Commencment for class of 2021 to be held in person

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:00pm

St. Olaf College has announced that the Class of 2021 will graduate in an in-person ceremony without guests on Saturday, May 29. President David Anderson ’74 sent an email to the graduating members of the St. Olaf community on April 15 announcing this year’s Commencement ceremony. The email included information regarding the schedule of events, caps and gowns, graduation applications and Senior Days.

To maintain the campus “bubble” and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the College is not permitting guests to attend the ceremony in person. This decision is a result of the limited space on campus that would not allow for all participants and guests to socially distance. Despite the distribution of vaccines, the College made the decision to close the ceremony to guests out of caution, and they continue to follow Minnesota Department of Health (MDC) protocols.

To accommodate for this change, the College will live-stream the 2021 Commencement and events, and graduates’ families and friends can also watch the events later in St. Olaf’s archived stream. The College will partner with the photography company GradImages to photograph each graduate as they exit the stage.

While the College will hold Commencement in person, there are changes to this year’s ceremony. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Olaf has instituted precautions following the guidance of MDH. Graduates must already be in St. Olaf’s campus bubble, meaning that they have to participate in COVID-19 testing and adhere to the Community Standards. However, seniors who are not on campus may still attend Commencement, but must quarantine and test negative prior to the ceremony.

The same COVID-19 regulations that apply to the Commencement ceremony also apply to the Illumination Ceremony, which will be held on May 28, and Baccalaureate, which is being held the morning of May 29. All events are scheduled to take place on the campus green/Mellby lawn; however, in the case of inclement weather, the College will hold Commencement in Tostrud Athletic Center.

For the students who graduated in 2020, the College has tentatively scheduled a commencement ceremony for Aug. 14, 2021. As more details become available and concrete, anyone who intended to participate in the 2020 ceremony will receive more information.

Similarly, as May 29 approaches, seniors should expect to receive more information from the Events Management Office and others involved in the planning of the 2021 Commencement in the coming weeks.

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Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:00pm

Categories: Colleges

Horoscopes: April 22nd

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:00pm
Aries: Rumor has it God is an Aries. Interpret that as you will. Taurus: You are so mysterious and brooding, but your large iced caramel mocha latte negates all of that. Gemini: You’re an artist, an icon, a visionary and maybe ambidextrous? Cancer: Red is your color this week, go be sexy. Leo: Take a break, go to therapy. Virgo: You don’t actually know what horoscopes are, and yet here you are, pretending that you do. Libra: Your caffeine addiction is concerning your friends. Try swapping your third cold press for an herbal tea today. Scorpio: Please be safe this weekend. We know what you’re gonna get up to, horny bastard.
Categories: Colleges

a lost possibility

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:00pm

It’s soft. slow. steady.

It’s Hot. Heavy. Heart-shattering.

I tried to expect


I tried not to hope for


She gave me


that I wasn’t supposed to be

hoping for


I do not want

more than

that Moment

I do not need


She gave me


Her warmth

pressed against me

filling me

with an Unknown Feeling

My senses overload

my heart is ready to explode

from nerves

from excitement

from fear

from Fear.

Fear that I will hurt her

Fear that I will do something wrong

Fear that I am not enough

Fear that she deserves more than me

Her eyes

swallow me whole

recover my soul

Hold me.

Let me hold you.

I just want to touch you.

To feel you.

To know that we are together.


in this moment

She kisses me


an ending

or a goodbye

or a memory

re-lived for one more

fleeting moment

to be stored forever

imprinted in our skin

in our lips

in our minds

to be written

in a poem

in hopes that she

felt it too

that she


to remember it


in hopes that

this memory

is not a memory

is not something to be

stored away

in our minds

in a poem

but instead





I am forever

in that Moment

I am forever

loving You.

Categories: Colleges

Spring concert preview: Rico Nasty to perform in MEC Zoom concert this month

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:00pm


Illustration by Aimi Dickel


Rico Nasty will perform at this year’s spring concert on April 30. The Music Entertainment Committee (MEC) will host the event virtually for both St. Olaf and Carleton students.

Elina Sargsyan ’23 and Ghazal Ramazanian ’22, members of MEC’s spring concert subcommittee, expressed their excitement for Rico Nasty’s upcoming performance. “Everyone was really really passionate” about the possibility of Rico Nasty performing, Sargsyan said. She described MEC’s “mission to bring artists that not only reflect the student body but also artists that promote positivity and use their platform to help others.”

“Rico was a great option,” Sargsyan said.

Listeners are familiar with Rico Nasty using her platform to advocate for Black rights and mental health. MEC recognized that in the current political and social atmosphere, their choice of performers would have an impact on the student body. “[Rico Nasty’s] platform to advocate for marginalized and underrepresented groups of people” was a significant factor in MEC’s decision for her to perform, Sargsyan said.

Ramazanian called Rico Nasty’s personality “outgoing and engaging,” an essential quality MEC was looking for in a performer this year. Ramazanian was particularly excited about Rico Nasty’s performance. “She is a rising artist … in the industry and I’m sure she’ll blow up,” Ramazanian said.

Rico Nasty began her career on SoundCloud, a popular music-sharing website for up-and-coming artists. Her self-declared “sugar trap” music gained popularity online through both YouTube and TikTok. In the past year, snippets of her songs “Ohfr?,” “Smack a B*tch” and “P*ssy Poppin” became trends on Tik Tok. Rico Nasty released seven mixtapes before the release of her first studio album, “Nightmare Vacation,” with Atlantic Records in late 2020.

Similar to past virtual concerts, MEC will present the event via Zoom webinar. Students will be able to connect with each other during the performance through the live chat function. Rico Nasty will also participate in a Q&A led by a member of MEC, and those attending will have the chance to submit their questions. Ramazanian believes the online format will allow the concert to be more “personal” and will create “more of a connection with the artist and the students” since Rico Nasty will be able to see students’ messages.

MEC also hopes that the virtual concert will encourage students to stay safe and stay in as COVID-19 cases continue to loom over campus.

As finals week and the end of the semester approach, the Rico Nasty concert will be “a good platform to just reconnect with each other, relieve stress, and listen to some good music,” Sargsyan said.

The Rico Nasty concert will take place on April 30 at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Students can RSVP to the event through the link in @stolafmec’s Instagram bio or by scanning the QR code on event posters around campus.

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Flowers that Bees Stuff Themselves Into

Pollinator gardens are all the rage, and we hope this isn’t a passing trend! In addition to providing much needed habitat and food for these essential creatures, there is another extremely important reason to plant for pollinators: to watch bees stuff themselves into flowers.

If you haven’t witnessed this phenomenon, you will not regret lingering in your garden to catch it. Here’s a list of perennials that will all but guarantee hours of enjoyment watching the bees.

Perennials that Bees Love to Squeeze Into

Digitalis – Also known as foxglove, Digitalis puts up spikes dripping with tubular blooms that bumblebees love to climb into. They’re great at the back of the garden where they will hang above shorter plants. Foxglove is a biennial, so plant a few each season to ensure blooms every year.

Penstemon – Super tough, long blooming, and long-lived, Penstemon, aka beardtongue, brings the bees in with its prolific blooms. Big juicy bumblebees spend quite some time happily squeezing into each individual bloom. To keep the show going, remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom.

Physostegia – Known as obedient plant because the flowers will stay in place if moved, Physostegia has tubular blooms up and down, and the bees never pass it up. It spreads happily and likes moist soil, so pick a spot where there is room to let it go and watch the bees enjoy the buffet. 

Great Blue Lobelia – A bee magnet! The bright blue blooms are impossible to miss, and they’re just the right size for a bumblebee to squeeze about halfway in. Great in combination with yellows, purples, and whites. Good for moist soils and tolerant of some shade.

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Categories: Businesses

Midori Krieger on One Small Step Program

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 9:29am
Midori Krieger discusses a program called One Small Step aimed at bringing people together in a bi-partisan way to have conversations around common issues.  For more information, visit the Story Corps website.

Deb Purfeerst provides update on vaccination process in Rice County

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 9:17am
Deb Purfeerst, Director of Rice County Public Health, provides an update on the Covid vaccination process in Rice County.  52.5% of residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

City administrator praised in performance review

Northfield News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 5:15pm
The Northfield City Council is praising City Administrator Ben Martig for his work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Categories: Local News

City Council briefed on Housing Report; Certain school district budgets hurt by Covid; Northfield Police begin hiring process

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 2:44pm
By Rich Larson, News Director The Northfield City Council met last night, and among the many items on the agenda was a presentation of the comprehensive housing study put together by HKGi Consultants.  This was the first housing study commissioned by Northfield in 15 years, and it was indeed comprehensive. It looked at the demographics of the city

National Security This Week with Professor Tun Myint, 4-21-21 (Situation in Myanmar)

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 10:05am
Host Jon Olson talks with Professor Tun Myint from the Carleton College Department of Political Science about the current situation in Myanmar.

Mary Jo Cristofaro on Northfield’s Earth Day Celebration, Apr. 23-24

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 9:19am
Mary Jo Cristofaro talks about Northfield’s Earth Day celebration, April 23 and 24.  For more info about events and activities, click here. 

Northfield woman charged with using glass vase in assault

Northfield News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 8:45am
A Northfield woman who allegedly assaulted someone she knew with a glass vase during an argument last month has been charged with a felony in Rice County District Court.
Categories: Local News

Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig discuss Council mtg, Housing Study, Martig Performance Revew

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 8:30am
Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig talk about the April 20 City Council meeting.  Topics include a housing study, City Administrator’s performance review, and more.

Chauvin GUILTY 3 of 3

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 10:38pm
Categories: Citizens

You say there’s gonna be a recall…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 6:32pm

6-1 vote? You LOST!

Here’s another recall, recall denied 6-1 by City Council.

Blue Earth denies recall petition

BLUE EARTH — After nearly an hour of discussion which included a report from an attorney and input from members of the public and the council themselves, the Blue Earth City Council voted 6 to 1 to deny a petition calling for a recall election of a council member. The decision came at the beginning of the regular City Council meeting last Monday night. A group of citizens had previously presented the petition calling for a recall election of councilman John Huisman. The reason given was that Huisman had violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution due to his co-signing a letter to KBEW radio station concerning removal of a radio program. The letter also threatened to organize a boycott of the station if the program was not removed. At a previous special council meeting the council decided to postpone a decision on the petition until after having an independent attorney study the legalities. At Monday’s meeting, attorney Christopher Kennedy of Mankato gave both a verbal and written report. At the end of Kennedy’s four-page report, he stated the members of the recall committee on this matter had done everything that was required of them to institute the recall of the council member, following all the requirements set out in the City Charter.“The language of the Charter, however, is in conflict with the provisions of the Minnesota State Constitution that there must be an allegation of malfeasance or nonfeasance in order to remove an official,” Kennedy stated. “The allegations in this matter do not meet that definition ­- so the recall petition should be denied.”Kennedy also stated he felt that if the council did accept the petition, councilman Husiman’s attorney could take the matter to District Court and would win a decision that the petition was not valid. Mayor Rick Scholtes was the lone vote against the motion to deny the petition.“I feel we need to follow our City Charter now,” Scholtes said. “And in the future change the Charter to follow the constitution.”Kennedy had stated earlier in the meeting that in the future the city of Blue Earth should amend the Charter to include language that is consistent to the Minnesota State Constitution.

This article has a little more meat on it:

BE Council denies recall petition Vote is 6-1 after hearing attorney’s opinion on the legal issues

This is the part that is most important, the notion of malfeasance or non-feasance:

At the end of Kennedy’s four-page report, he stated the members of the recall committee on this matter had done everything that was required of them to institute the recall of the council member, following all the requirements set out in the City Charter.

“The language of the Charter, however, is in conflict with the provisions of the Minnesota State Constitution that there must be an allegation of malfeasance or nonfeasance in order to remove an official,” Kennedy stated. “The allegations in this matter do not meet that definition ­- so the recall petition should be denied.”

Once more with feeling… Ya say ya wanna do a recall, but I say NO! NO! NO!

Categories: Citizens

Pandemic cut participation, but didn't diminish exchange student's experience

Northfield News - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 4:45pm
Typically Greenheart Exchange, a nonprofit which established an exchange student program in 1985, has 800-1,000 exchange students per year. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly decreased those numbers, though a small group of exchange students have decided to continue…
Categories: Local News

Former Northfielder helps produce Academy Award-nominated film

Northfield News - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 2:39pm
“It is not God who kills children, not fate that butchers them, or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us.”
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