“Arrestable action out of necessity”: students fighting Line 3 speak out

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:12pm

In Northern Minnesota, the Enbridge corporation is racing to build the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline as resistance grows. Since December, pipeline workers have ravaged a corridor through the state—chopping down trees like toothpicks, tearing up the ground, and welding massive sections of pipe together. The construction is an inescapable presence. Driving around, you’ll notice entryways to the construction area marked with brightly colored flags every few miles. You’ll see construction equipment, you’ll see trenches, you’ll see police keeping watch over the line. 

The Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline, if built, will cause almost $300 billion in climate damage, equal to 50 new coal plants. If the pipeline is finished, the tar sands oil will make it impossible for Minnesota to reach net zero emissions.

But that’s not all—Line 3 violates the right of Anishinaabe people to practice their lifeways guaranteed by treaties. When the pipeline spills (and it will ), the oil will pollute water in the Mississippi and other waterways, threatening Anishinaabe wild rice. The presence of pipeline workers also increases rates of drug and human-trafficking, worsening the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives crisis (MMIWR). 

Over spring break, a group of Carls—including us writing here—drove up to Northern Minnesota to fight Line 3. Since the pipeline is already halfway built, the way we stop it is by literally stopping it, putting our bodies in the way of construction. Towards the end of break, on March 25th, we stood in solidarity with 16 water protectors on an active Line 3 construction site. On that day, we locked ourselves to other allies, and defended Indigenous people as they prayed for our planet and our more-than-human-kin in a waag–a sacred Anishinaabe structure–on their native land and current treaty territory. 

From that day, we remember solidarity, hope, and pain. It hurts to see the land torn apart before your eyes for the profit of a Canadian oil company, it hurts to see Indigenous comrades mourn their land and culture, it hurts to know that the pipeline will poison the water and air of future generations. 

But beyond the pain, there is solidarity and hope. We fight in solidarity because all of our fates are intertwined—we all need clean water and want a healthy earth for our children. Protecting the sacred and defending the waters gives us a shared purpose and helps us learn how to create community and hope while preventing catastrophe. The love and support that we give each other shows us that another world is possible—because even with the fear of the pipeline, folks in the Stop Line 3 movement care for each other, splitting chores, providing mutual aid, and sharing knowledge. 

On the construction site, we stood with our arms locked together and halted construction for four hours. Police responded swiftly to our presence on the site, arresting bystanders and quickly working to extract us. They arrested us, placed us in dog kennels, strip-searched us, shackled us and held us overnight in jail—all for doing the necessary work of preventing the continued destruction of the land that sustains us. While in jail, my (Anna’s) cellmate remarked that this sort of work had not been on their radar in college, but then again, she hadn’t watched the world burn nor a seemingly endless stream of televised police killings.

Putting our bodies and our freedom on the line is something we do because we must. Our planet burns, the land is torn apart, our futures are at stake. Other tactics—petitions, lobbying, marches—have failed to prevent the construction of this pipeline, so we take arrestable action out of necessity. 

The fight against line 3 is a fight to protect water, land, treaties, Indigenous women, a livable future. It’s a struggle to put people over the profit of a Canadian oil company. It’s a rally for a better world, one where we care for each other, the planet, and our more-than-human kin. Additionally, we may be fighting against line 3, but this isn’t about us. As white settlers, we know it is our duty to support this fight because our ancestors colonized this land. Additionally, because of our skin color, we’ll have an easier time in the court system. 
Enbridge will continue constructing line 3 this summer, but we have the power to say no. We as students have the lifetime opportunity to mobilize for a better world—so hit us up over email or come to one of our trainings in the coming weeks. Join us and Carls Against Line 3 to help fight a pipeline this summer—take the chance and go up to Northern MN to say yes to clean water and a livable planet. The time is now.

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Categories: Colleges

The college caste system

Carletonian - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 12:11pm

We all have in our heads the pantheon of great American colleges: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, the list goes on. But these schools aren’t the true gems of our education system. Our truly great schools have names like East Los Angeles College, University of Central Florida, UC Irvine, and the City University of New York. These are big, less exclusive, public schools and community colleges that graduate thousands of students every year, a disproportionate amount of whom are poor, non-white, and first-generation students. The students who graduate from places like UCF and East Los Angeles College will lead wildly better lives simply because these institutions gave them a shot. 

Education is meant to be the silver bullet, the great equalizer that tears down class divides and creates the social mobility that propels the American dream. These institutions are the engines of that dream. 

Take UC Irvine for example. Almost 30,000 undergraduates are enrolled there. 85% are BIPOC. 75% qualify for financial aid, the average cost after aid is 14k, and the admissions rate is 27%. They graduate 87% of students and 89% of Pell grant recipients. UCI gives thousands of students a year the shot at the upward mobility the American Dream promises. And you don’t have to attend prep school, donate, or row crew to access that opportunity. 

On the other hand, the schools we think of as great have perverted the purpose of education. In 2019, Harvard received 8,000 applicants with perfect GPAs, and 3,500 with perfect SATs/ACTs– yet they accepted less than 2,000 undergraduates total. And the lucky few they did accept already had their share of opportunity. Harvard has almost as many students from the top 0.1 percent of the income spectrum as from the entire bottom 20 percent. 

While sitting on a forty billion dollar endowment. 

If they wanted to, Harvard could more than triple their class size with no loss in academic excellence. Such a prestigious education dramatically increases the quality of life of every student it touches, especially if those students are underprivileged — but our ‘best’ institutions of higher education prefer to open that door only a crack.

In 1992 Harvard accepted 16% of applicants. In 2021 they accepted 5%. This conscious choice to value exclusivity and prestige rather than access squashes the notion of meritocracy. When class sizes are kept ridiculously small, it doesn’t matter how good your academics are.

 It’s the people who aren’t already at the top of the socioeconomic ladder who are left out. Harvard still prioritizes legacy kids, athletes (who are disproportionately white and wealthy), attendees of elite prep schools, and the children of donors. In such a crowded admissions process, these kids box the underprivileged out of the opportunities they deserve. 

By insisting to artificially constrain class sizes our most prestigious institutions of higher learning create American aristocracy where educational opportunity is, quite literally, passed down through bloodlines. 

Instead of expanding access, schools right now are in an arms race to be the most exclusive and prestigious, and we can see it here at Carleton. We have fancy new dorms, our dining halls are some of the best in the country, there are ice sculptures outside Sayles in the winter, and light installations that cost thousands of dollars. 

When Carleton pumps money into amenities instead of financial aid, into greater luxury rather than greater access, they are failing the purpose of education. Carleton itself sits on an endowment of more than eight hundred million dollars. Yet Carleton prioritizes legacy kids, has an average cost after aid upwards of thirty thousand dollars, and only 64 students in the class of 2024 are first-generation college students. Our class size has remained basically the same since the 1970s, while Carleton’s acceptance rate has dropped from 50% to 19% in the last thirty years. 

Why does the college insist on hoarding opportunity for those who already have it in abundance? 

We should not be proud of absurdly low admissions rates, we should be ashamed of them. A Carleton education has the potential to change and improve every life it touches, yet in the name of prestige and exclusivity, we slam the door of opportunity in the face of those who need it the most. Efforts to bring in more BIPOC, low-income, and first-generation college students are laudable. But if we increased our class sizes, we could be fulfilling the promise of the American dream for so many more. 

When we keep our admissions rates low and class sizes small we favor the haves instead of the have-nots: the children of donors, legacy kids, and prep school attendees. We fail to fulfill the promise of education and the promise of our country. We become guardians of an American caste system instead of the American dream.

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Categories: Colleges

Activist calls Northfielders to oppose Line 3, says project 'threatens my very existence'

Northfield News - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 1:43pm
Those attending a small Earth Day gathering Saturday morning in Bridge Square were called by an environmental activist to help prevent the replacement of the Line 3 pipeline, a project she said “threatens my very existence.”
Categories: Local News

The Earth Day Show 2021

KYMN Radio - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 12:50pm
Earth Day is being celebrated in Northfield on Saturday, April 24 this year. KYMN’s Earth Day Show included Northfielder Erica Zweifel, who highlights the activities and exhibitors at Bridge Square this afternoon, and Minn. Dept. of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey, who speaks about the MDA’s priorities involving ag and the environment.

Recall? (SNORT!) NO! NO! NO!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 12:36pm

It’s a RECALL TO NOWHERE! From the City: YOU ASK, WE ANSWER — What’s a Recall?

They’re out today, trying to gather signatures, handing out the above flyers. Earlier this week there was a long advertisement for the recall effort:

Red Wing recall movement hits the streets for signatures

Residents point to firing of Roger Pohlman along with open meeting violation as reason for signing petitions.

And some great Letters to the Editor in today’s bEagle – click for larger version:

“Pathetic malcontents” pretty much says it all.

My $0.02:

Note that the recall petitions they’re trotting around only complain of open meeting law violations (click for larger version):

When they say “by voting unlawfully to deny an open City Council session for consideration disciplinary action against Chief Roger Pohlman, thus infringing upon the rights of the public…” it seems to me that what they wanted was a open IN PERSON meeting at City Hall, so they could storm City Hall!

Pohlman had a “name clearing” hearing, and here’s what it looked like outside City Hall — is there anyone under 50 in this sparse under-50 group:

These are the initial flyers about the recall:

And then there’s the ~250 “Petition” that had typed names, no signatures, people living outside of Red Wing and even in Wisconsin!! Several have complained that their name was used improperly.

And some more primary documentation — the initial campaign report with significant LARGE anonymous donations:

Here are the reports, initial and “amended.” SNORT!

Campaign-Financial-Report-Committee-to-Recall-City-Hall-PDFDownload Amended-Campaign-Fianancial-Report-Committee-to-Recall-City-Hall-PDFDownload
Categories: Citizens

Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 4-24-21

KYMN Radio - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 11:18am
Put me in coach, I’m ready to play. Head Coach of the Raiders baseball team, Mark Auge joins the program to discuss the 5 and 2 baseball team and what’s in store for the remainder of the season. LaCrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.  This week the Wrap talks with


Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 9:43am

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Categories: Citizens

Ole Cup participant Olacoral: One year later

St. Olaf College - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 2:05pm
Olacoral won the Best Social Venture award at Ole Cup in 2020. See how their business has evolved in the last year by keeping the health of coral reefs in focus.
Categories: Colleges

No injuries in Faribault airplane crash; Rice County vaccinations keeping pace; One Small Step promotes civil discourse

KYMN Radio - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director A single engine airplane crashed about half-a-mile southwest of the Faribault Airport yesterday afternoon, according to the Rice County Sherriff’s Department and the Faribault Fire Department.  The crash occurred shortly after 2pm yesterday in a field west of the airport. According to the fire department, the airplane’s two occupants were outside

Julie Daniels and Pam Tidona discuss Three Links Care Center services

KYMN Radio - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 10:17am
Julie Daniels and Pam Tidona of Three Links Senior Care Center discusses the services offered by Three Links.

Announcing the 2021 Artists on Main Street program

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 10:12am

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is thrilled to offer the 3rd year of the Artists on Main Street (AOMS) program, a community development initiative exploring the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation by investing in “creative placemaking” projects.  Originally designed and funded by Rethos: Places Reimagined, Springboard for the Arts, and the Bush Foundation, the 2021 program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

A virtual workshop will be held on Friday, May 7th from 11am-1pm for anyone interested in learning more about the program.  To RSVP for the workshop and receive the Zoom link, please send an email to

For more information, check out this page of FAQs (Preguntas Frecuentes).  Applications will be accepted in either English or Spanish.  Please follow either of the links below to submit your proposal:


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Categories: Organizations

Representative Todd Lippert on Chauvin verdict, public safety bill, tax bill, and more

KYMN Radio - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 10:06am
State Representative Todd Lippert discusses the Chauvin trial verdict, public safety bill passed by the House, provisions of the tax bill, and more.

Charges: Northfield man 4 times over legal limit during crash

Northfield News - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 9:45am
Felony charges have been leveled against a man who was reportedly driving while four times the legal blood alcohol content limit during a crash last year in Northfield.
Categories: Local News

In-person classes continue at Carleton, St. Olaf as do strict COVID protocols

Northfield News - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 6:00am
St. Olaf College officials say the on-campus protocols they’ve implemented to limit the spread of the coronavirus have proven effective, and are allowing them to continue in-person classes. Across town, Carleton College is also maintaining in-person classes.
Categories: Local News


Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 8:00pm

“By that time, the Copenhagen eccentric had become one of the most important influences on twentieth-century theology and philosophy. Although the term ‘existentialism’ wasn’t coined until the nineteen-forties, in retrospect Kierkegaard appears as the first existentialist, thanks to his insistence that life’s most important questions — How should I act? What must I believe? — […]

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Categories: Citizens

The Weekly List – The Prince Show, Part 1

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 6:00pm
This week Rich and Dan are joined by their old friend, and Prince authority, Patrick Drury to remember and celebrate the legacy of Prince.

Archer House owners frustrated over delays, say structure is deteriorating

Northfield News - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 5:30pm
Owners of the historic Archer House and River Inn in downtown Northfield are concerned that a months-long insurance process is worsening water damage in the building following last November’s devastating fire and possibly further endangering the chances of salvaging the…
Categories: Local News

St. Olaf named a national ‘Colleges Worth Your Money’ leader

St. Olaf College - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 3:34pm
St. Olaf has been recognized as a national “Colleges Worth Your Money” leader according to the 2021 College Transitions rankings. St. Olaf graduate outcomes, access to internships and job opportunities, and an overall strong return on investment helped land the college on the list.
Categories: Colleges

New Boe House initiative brings therapy online

St. Olaf College - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:53pm
A new Boe House Counseling Center seminar series called "Re-Imagining Boe House" aims to give students the tools to better manage their mental health during the pandemic and beyond. 
Categories: Colleges

Northfield making progress on climate plan, environmental panel told

Northfield News - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:42pm
The Northfield Environmental Quality Commission spent some time this week reviewing the city’s progress on completing its Climate Action Plan.
Categories: Local News
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