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Fewer failing grades reported during distance learning shift

Northfield News - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 2:45pm
Distance learning statistics indicate slightly fewer Northfield Middle School and High School students failed classes during last spring’s distance learning period than the year prior.
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Northfield schools receives $1.38 million in federal relief funding

Northfield News - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 1:18pm
Northfield Public Schools has received $1.38 million in federal funding since June, money administrators want to use to ensure students are as safe as what is practicable when they return to school next month.
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Nfld School Board gives Hillmann high marks; Teppen updates Dundas news; St. Olaf speaker series brings in Andrew Yang

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 1:08pm
By Teri Knight, News Director Through a pandemic, Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann was given a near perfect review from the School Board at their meeting in July. He said, “I’m very humbled to have this job in this place. It is really a privilege”. He said there are a lot of great leaders in

Board considers additional help for business, this time including ag

Northfield News - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 1:00pm
It’s set aside money for local businesses, non-profits and to feed those in need. On Aug. 25, the Rice County Board of Commissioners turned its attention to yet another sector negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic: agriculture.
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Majority of Arcadia students opt for distance learning this fall

Northfield News - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:45am
A majority of the 110 students who attend Arcadia Charter School have opted to engage in distance learning once school starts Sept. 8.
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White supremacist vigilante kills 2 in Kenosha

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 9:43am

(FYI, threats however anonymous and hidden are reported, and comments approved so the world can see what ugly jerks you are.)

Kyle Rittenhouse arrested in Illinois for fleeing, and charged with 1st degree Intentional Homicide, and more, in Wisconsin:

READ THE WISCONSIN CRIMINAL COMPLAINT HERE:


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Contact the Wisconsin Attorney General and urge a full investigation of not only these murders and shootings, but the ties between Kenosha militia (and others) and Kenosha Police Dept., their coordination with militia in driving protesters towards them, and the role of militia and inciters to bring this about. Urge a U.S. Dept. of Justice investigation into Kenosha Police Department. https://www.doj.state.wi.us/ag/contact

Suspect Charged with Murder After 2 Shot Dead at Kenosha Protest

  • Wisconsin DOJ 608-266-1221
  • Gov. Tony Evers 414-227-4344

See him walking away? You’ll see that in the Military Vangard video below. And after that first shooting, this:

Tucker Carlson defends actions of teen charged in killings of Kenosha protesters

Contact Fox News – Tucker Carlson needs to be FIRED – link HERE

Watch this video:

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These are the types of people Trump has emboldened: a member of a white supremacist militia called Boogaloo boys shoots people protesting against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

One of the core beliefs of boogaloo boys is that a new civil war is imminent in America. pic.twitter.com/3oiV7f8dYx

— Admirim (@admirim) August 26, 2020

Another video, can’t embed it (see Military Vanguard fb page):

“I just killed somebody” says Kyle Rittenhouse

#Breaking #KenoshaProtests 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse with a green shirt and assault rifle can be seen running from the scene saying: “I just killed somebody”

Posted by Military Vanguard on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Here’s another:

And Kenosha Police Department issue this:

Looking for him? Kyle Rittenhouse, a/k/a Kyle Lewis, of Antioch, Illinois. They had him after the shooting, and they had him before, right here:

LOOK AT THIS CLIP! LOOK! THEY ARE WORKING ALONGSIDE THE POLICE pic.twitter.com/BPL5clfjrc

— A Friendly Dad (@AFriendlyDad) August 26, 2020

“We appreciate you guys, we really do!

And some people wonder why people are out in the streets.

Here’s Kyle Rittenhouse a/k/a Kyle Lewis, of Antioch, Illinois:

Kyle Rittenhouse, charged in Kenosha protest homicides, considered himself militia

https://twitter.com/RichieMcGinniss/status/1298657958205820928

Police press conference, OMFD, complete with passive voice and claim that Rittenhouse was there “to resolve the situation,” another OMFD:

https://twitter.com/MollyJongFast/status/1298710512243322883 Kenosha_Antioch-Press-Release-KPD-Incident August 26, 2020Download

Here he is in 2017:

Apparently Rittenhouse’s mother drove him up to Kenosha. Is that who he was calling after he shot that first person who fell between the cars, saying “I just killed someone” and she came and picked him up (how did he get back to Illinois otherwise?). Sounds like she’s an accessory:

Kyle Rittenhouse in front row at Des Moines tRump rally

Here’s a photo from that rally:

Read the missive below, and recall the video above where the Kenosha Guard is trying to be all chummy with the police, and Paul Swick, local III%, going back and forth with Kenosha Guard. fb has taken down the Kenosha Guard and Armed Citizens… pages and posts of their “event” for last night. Scroll down for Infowars promotion!

Militia guy said cops told him, “Do you know what the cops told us today? We’re going to push them to you, because you can deal with them, then we’re going to leave.”

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“Do you know what the cops told us today? We’re going to push them to you, because you can deal with them, then we’re going to leave.” Listen to this heavily armed white supremacist saying police told him that they were going to push protestors and demonstrators toward them, the armed white supremacists, then leave. THEY SET THIS UP TOGETHER. Then murdered 2 Men.

A post shared by Shaun King (@shaunking) on Aug 26, 2020 at 9:43am PDT

White supremacist vigilante kills 2 in Kenosha

Other links for when they start taking links down:

Infowars promotion of the militia recruiting:

Wisconsin Militia Recruiting Citizens to Patrol Kenosha After 2nd Night of Riots

The Kenosha Guard, a local militia, is making a call-to-arms for “any patriots willing to take up arms and defend our city tonight from evil thugs.” The groups Facebook warns of potential future destruction to the neighborhood, claiming that there is “no doubt they’re currently planning on the next part of the city tonight!” [fb or the Kenosha Guard has taken the link down]

The Facebook event scheduled for 8PM at Civic Center Park today, outlines the agenda asking for “Armed Citizens to Protect our Lives and Property.” [fb or the Kenosha Guard has taken the link down]

The meet-up outlines that, “law enforcement is outnumbered and our Mayor has failed, Take up arms and lets defend our CITY! Meet at civic center at 8PM,” This was captured by the Rundown Live as thousands of Wisconsin protesters joined the Kenosha residents and things quickly turned violent, leaving vehicles, buildings in shambles and several injured.

A local resident who asked to remain anonymous, told the Rundown Live that the community is fed up with the looting and that law enforcement is not protecting local businesses, just federal buildings.” The individual suggested there are “many locals who share his sentiment and that” and that he is ” all for peaceful protests but we are not going to stand by and watch our city burn.”

This may have been inspired by other boogaloo movements such as in Michigan, but subsequently a result of the destruction of private property. A few brave locals came out armed last night to protect their businesses in Kenosha. The armed militia attempted to stop looters and rioters.

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Preparing for Fall Term during Pandemic Times

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 9:41am

Like everyone, I’m deep in the weeds of pandemic-era librarianship. Unlike lots of folks, my institution’s classes haven’t started yet. But because I’ll be teaching 100% remotely this Fall (even though some classes will have on-campus components) I’m basically doing a whole ton of my Fall instruction right now, at my dining table, while trying to keep my cat and my bird off camera and off mic.

I’ve been teaching for 15 years — longer if you count the years I spent as a dance teacher. There are parts of this gig that I can do in my sleep. There are moves I’ve learned to make in the classroom as naturally as breathing. Sure, I’m always learning and tweaking and generally feel like I’m not actually teaching as well as I’d like to be, but I’ve developed a style, a pace, a repertoire.

And right now it feels like everything I know how to do in the classroom is varying degrees of useless. I’m back to square 1. Or maybe square 2.

Here’s some of what I’m learning and thinking about right now.

  • Accessibility is hard
    The vast majority of my video production time goes to captioning, and for other online things I’m working really hard to make them fully accessible. In the face-to-face classroom these issues exist too, of course, but up till now most of my time was spent learning how to make accessible face-to-face encounters work out well for everyone. Now that’s all out the window and I’m spending hours upon hours editing and syncing up captions and click-through tables of contents and alt-text. Super important work, but extremely time-consuming.
  • Panopto (my campus’ main lecture capture tool) is both easy and hard
    I like that I can relatively quickly capture video of me talking while demonstrating or using a slide deck. I also really like that it produces videos in an interface that our students are becoming pretty used to, so I can more easily assume that they’ll know what to do when they land on a Panopto video page. And I like that as the faculty and I are all re-learning our jobs, it produces analytics that can help me figure out which approaches worked in which situations. (And yes, I always set it up for anonymous access – I don’t want or need individual student information.) So I’m planning to have all of my course-integrated videos served up via Panopto into Moodle. But I don’t like that I can’t do some of the video-clip combing that I want to do for a few modules, and editing the captions is an absolute bear (not only does it take forever for each change to save, but if your caption is timed to start within about a second of a cut the caption won’t show on the public side! Ack!! So much fiddly editing even beyond fixing “in utero” back to “in Zotero”). I also don’t like that I can’t figure out how to do good revisions in Panopto — if I have to change a small thing I have to re-record the video. And of course, then there’s the ominous name “Panopto”…
  • So then there’s more video production to learn
    Today I’ve been learning iMovie. And how to record my screen on my iPad in a way that allows me to draw things and then import those videos of me drawing things into my screencast. And how to record new snippets of audio to replace audio that I messed up in the original recording. And how to write timed closed caption files to upload to Panopto and YouTube whenever I upload a video.
  • Plus I now have a YouTube channel
    I was thinking about how to live in a world where help-seeking will look really different compared to the extremely in-person-based methods we generally use at my institution. I can’t rely on people happening to see me when they come to print their papers. I can’t rely on people wanting to email me rather than talking to me on the sidewalk. So in the spirit of “be where they are” I’m trying to be more in their Google results… hence my brand new YouTube channel. I’m planning to put all the videos I make (that aren’t super specific to a particular assignment or class) up on YouTube so that if students Google something research related they’re more likely to find me and then be reminded of the things I taught them in our library session. Right now, it’s home to a playlist I made for a French course on getting started with Zotero. (If you watch it, please look past my stumbles…)
  • Moodle Integration
    I worked with our Moodle person on campus to get the LibGuides LTI working, so now we can get appropriate guides sucked right into Moodle. I still wish that there was something easier than custom metadata that would allow this kind of interaction, but right now the fiddly custom metadata route is the price we’re paying for more seamless integration into what has become students’ primary classroom. Such is life.
  • More chat reference widgets
    I made a chat widget to integrate into several of our core database platforms, and our eResources person is working on getting those loaded.
  • Custom vs Generic
    One big thing I’m wrestling with right now is when to do highly customized instruction (which is our norm) and when to provide generic videos paired with assignments, guides, and/or Q&A sessions. Students here really respond to the personalized, custom, course-integrated work we generally do, and this funnels them into our liaison appointments quite nicely. But I simply can’t do that in the current environment 100% of the time. 6 short Zotero videos took me most of a week’s work… So which things need to be exactly how customized? For example, I have an upper level course in one department where I know students get very few opportunities for library instruction before their senior thesis, so even though they need a pretty generic thing from me, I decided it was important to have that thing delivered all in my own voice rather than in equally good (or better) videos made by my colleague. I want them to know that I’m their librarian. But then for a first year seminar I kind of want to find videos from my colleagues as much as possible so that they come away having learned that there’s a whole team of librarians at this library, all of whom are awesome and available to help students throughout their college careers.

So yeah, nothing earth shattering here, but that’s where my brain’s been for the last while, ricocheting wildly between big things and little things – solvable things and unsolvable things. And now I’m going to go back to story-boarding a couple of videos for core concepts that I teach ALL THE TIME, and that take 5 minutes or less in a classroom, but will probably take me several hours to put into video form… Wish me luck!

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Alyssa Herzog Melby on Virtual Sidewalk Poetry Celebration

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 9:37am
Alyssa Herzog Melby shares information about this year’s sidewalk poetry contest and a culminating virtual celebration tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. on the City of Northfield’s UTube page.

Mayor Rhonda Pownell on organic waste survey, road construction, and voting

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 9:25am
Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell provides information about the organic waste survey that Northfielders are asked to complete online and discusses area road construction and voting.

First National Bank mainstay retires after 58 years

Northfield News - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 8:45pm
Shortly after graduating from Northfield High School in 1962, Janet Topp began her career as a bookkeeper at First National Bank in downtown Northfield.
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Entrepreneur, former presidential candidate kicks off St. Olaf series

Northfield News - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 3:28pm
To kick off the new school year, St. Olaf College’s Institute for Freedom & Community has invited an entrepreneur and political commentator known for his outside-the-box thinking.
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College reports 25 new coronavirus cases following first full round of student, staff and faculty testing, with positivity rate under 1 percent

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 2:22pm

Less than a week after the first day of classes, St. Olaf reported 25 new coronavirus cases, with 81 people in quarantine and 27 in isolation, on its weekly dashboard. Positivity rates currently sit at 0.9 percent according to campus reopening lead Enoch Blazis, and his team continues to closely track cases.

The College has now completed the first round of COVID-19 testing for students and its second round for faculty and staff, and is currently undergoing its second round of student testing.

In an email to students, Blazis attributes the raise in positive cases to the increased number of new tests conducted. As of Aug. 24, 3,060 new tests had been recorded since the first round of faculty and staff testing.

As part of the reopening plan, the College laid out different COVID alert levels to inform the community on the differing risks and to quickly and clearly update the current status of the COVID threat on campus.

Blazis explained that data indicates campus will still be in green alert level come Sept. 2. The green alert level indicates that there are low transmission levels, meaning less than 1 percent of students are infected and health resources such as testing and other critical supplies are still readily available.

bermel1@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Relationships key in learning environment; Land Acknowledgement discussion highlights NHS new exhibit including Dakota Nation; NH&C Long Term Care visitor restrictions loosening

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield School Board held their 2nd socially distanced in-person meeting last night. They listened to a continuous improvement plan for High School Principal Joel Leer. It’s a little more challenging this year, but Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said they’re looking back and reflecting on last Spring, “Mr. Leer talked

Public invited to attend online conversation with Andrew Yang

St. Olaf College - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 11:01am
Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community Edmund Santurri explains how Andrew Yang's run for president has shifted policy conversations in anticipation of Yang's virtual visit to campus next month — and you're all invited.
Categories: Colleges

Ambiguous loss, unending uncertainty = COVID daze

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 9:50am

Thanks to Ann Iijima for this great article explaining what so many are wrestling with these days with extreme changes in our daily routine, our lives, family, work, school, and travel! I do wonder if we’ll ever again have a spirited Indian dinner with friends! Live jazz indoors? Not holding my breath…

Over the years, and particularly in times of financial, environmental, societal struggles and disasters, one thing I’ve notice is that so many people cannot handle uncertainty, and a truism of my life is that “the only certainty in life is uncertainty.”

I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve worked from home forever now, but I’m thinking a lot about “regular people” and wondering how they’re getting by, my neighbor having to go to work every day around people, often unreasonable and unruly people, a friend trying to run a restaurant spending so much time on sanitizing and precautions and, again, running into those unreasonable and unruly people, and neighbors with a large family who didn’t want the offer of a handful of masks I’d made. I’m thinking of my many musician friends who suddenly have zero work, zero income, and most of whom are have been living on the edge for a lifetime.

From the article, “But I was still doing well because I thrive in high-stress emergency situations. It’s exhilarating for my ADHD brain.” Yup, I can relate! Working from home since the end of February has meant not much of a change for me, other than frustrations of not being able to attend PUC meetings to jump up and loudly, or to go meet personally with distant client groups which is important to maintain interest and support. The travel is what I miss the most, and my clients are such a joy to deal with that they keep me going!! I’ve been binging on CLEs, which has been really interesting (surprisingly), and also using the extra time (from not traveling all the time) to dedicate an hour or more every day to ACTION (it’s a lot easier to lobby and agitate online, imagine these days without the internet!). Spurred by sending out campaign postcards, I recently started sending out postcards to people I’ve not seen in way too long — I have a huge collection from my trucking daze that were getting dusty. Adventures in gardening, baking, sewing masks, and yes, a haircut! House and car paid for and no consumer debt and solid income stream so I’m pretty secure financially, with no worries about eviction or foreclosure. At this point, the STAY HOME has been great for me, well, except for cancellations of campsites when state parks were closed, and pulling out of two Camp Host gigs and withdrawing from consideration for another in Wisconsin. Overall, I’m SO fortunate that my life fits into this pretty well. I recognize every day that for most, it’s an extreme struggle, and I think about all the time looking out the windows or on those rare trips out.

And here’s the article Ann found that might be helpful:

Our Brains Struggle to Process This Much Stress

A key point:

“It’s a shitty time, it’s hard,” he says. “You have to accept that in your bones and be okay with this as a tough day, with ‘that’s the way it is,’ and accept that as a baseline.”

And:

It’s a bit of a Schrödinger’s existence, but when you can’t change the situation, “the only thing you can change is your perception of it,” she says.

Of course, that doesn’t mean denying the existence of the pandemic or the coronavirus. As Maddaus says, “You have to face reality.” But how we frame that reality mentally can help us cope with it.

Bottom line:

Begin slowly building your resilience bank account

Maddaus’ idea of a resilience bank account is gradually building into your life regular practices that promote resilience and provide a fallback when life gets tough. Though it would obviously be nice to have a fat account already, he says it’s never too late to start. The areas he specifically advocates focusing on are sleep, nutrition, exercise, meditation, self-compassion, gratitude, connection, and saying no.

“Start really small and work your way up,” he says. “If you do a little bit every day, it starts to add up and you get momentum, and even if you miss a day, then start again. We have to be gentle with ourselves and keep on, begin again.”

Categories: Citizens

Jenelle Teppen on moving into new Dundas City Hall and more

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 9:30am
Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen talks about $1,000 donation from the new Kwik Trip, moving into the new Dundas City Hall, and provides an update on public works projects.

Dr. Matt Hillmann recaps School Board meeting

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 9:23am
Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann recaps the August 24 School Board meeting.  Next week is workshop week during which teachers will train and prepare for the school year.  The first day of instruction is September 14.

Superintendent salary frozen due to funding challenges

Northfield News - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 10:35pm
Despite extremely positive performance reviews, Northfield Public Schools Superintendent Matt Hillmann won’t see a salary increase for the coming school year due to the financial challenges the district is facing due to COVID-19.
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Who's running in 2020? Find out here

Northfield News - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 8:30pm
CONGRESS
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Who Do You Want Me to Be?

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 4:54pm

Copywriting. Press releases. I once wrote a blog as a bird for a bookstore. Who here's got that one on their writing resume?

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