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St. Olaf Sentiments (11/2/17)

Manitou Messenger - 4 min 3 sec ago
How much is your life worth?Mine’s worth a little under $500,000.At least that’s my best approximation at how much the life-saving chemotherapy and radiation therapy cost private insurance and Medicaid when I was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in my right shoulder three years ago. In the eight months of treatment that followed, I dealt with the isolation, loss of independence and physical pain by viewing this school as the light at the end of the tunnel. Sure, things sucked now, but everything would be perfect once I stepped back on the hallowed campus of St. Olaf College. There have been few moments in my life more thrilling than sending in my deposit to attend the 15-16 school year. But the transition back to campus had some pretty significant snags. For one, I felt very weird about drinking. I told myself it was because I still had liver damage from chemotherapy, which was true … I wasn’t supposed to take Tylenol, much less be swigging from a bottle of Smirnoff. But I think there was a bigger thing that made me turn down a second drink: absolutely no part of me yearned to be out of control. I had blacked out and lost my memory countless times due to the potent anti-nausea medication. I had vomited endlessly when my body protested against the poison that was saving its life. I didn’t want a wild and free life. I wanted a tame and protected life.I didn’t really feel the need to be self-destructive when my self had already tried to destruct. Doing fun and reckless things that flirt with mortality didn’t have the same effect when I had already encountered my mortality up close and personal, and was achingly aware of what it meant.“Kill me please” and “I just want to die” jokes make me uncomfortable. I know it’s all fun and games and part of a specific internet-culture, meme-centric sense of humor, but all I really want to say “That’s nice. But I just spent most of a year and $500,000 trying not to die, and I still might, so maybe we could just treasure our lives unironically?”But that’s not a lot of fun at parties, and I want to be fun, so I usually just laugh.I know that many students here are dealing with issues of unreliable bodies and mortality, many in a more pressing day-to-day manner than I am. I’m in remission, and I have almost three more years of scans before I’m considered cured, but the most pressing danger period is over. That’s not necessarily true for many Oles here with chronic illnesses and disabilities, both physical and mental. There are many, many students who have to figure out how to navigate the tension between a cultural attitude of irreverent invincibility and the actual pressing knowledge that their bodies are definitely not invincible.People have told me I have a truer perspective: that I should be trying to convince people my age to be more grateful or careful or smarter about their lives and bodies. That may be true, but sometimes I feel anger at my new perspective. I don’t want the ability to relate to my peers to be another thing cancer has taken away. And it’s not like I’m some born-again health guru: I don’t know why I feel uncomfortable getting blackout drunk, but I’m fine with doubling up on caf desserts. Why I find smoking tobacco horrifying, but I also am horrifically unmotivated to exercise. All I know is when I encounter the vibrant, strong, reckless, carefree, youthful attitudes around me, there will always be a part of me that wants to join in. And another part that knows that I can’t.
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NFL Thursday needs to go

Manitou Messenger - 4 min 3 sec ago
During recent seasons, it’s become increasingly evident the NFL has a serious image problem stemming from myriad ethically dubious revelations that threaten its future prosperity and survivability. Pressing issues such as a concussion epidemic leading to potentially lethal post-career diseases, inconsistent policies in punishing domestic abuse following a period in which the offense was overlooked entirely and the immoral blacklisting of a quarterback attempting to protest grave injustices looming over the country have revealed where the league’s core interests truly lie. Essentially, the facade of a united NFL that prioritizes its players’ health and well-being has evaporated, revealing an ugly, transparent corporation primarily concerned with enriching its pocketbook rather than addressing the harsh realities it currently faces that could negatively impact its success not too long from now. Despite its best efforts to conceal these issues, fans and players have easily managed to catch on and voice their collective complaints, which, unfortunately, usually fall on the deaf ears of a lucrative company preoccupied with its own selfish interests. However, recently the league’s questionable philosophies were once again accentuated, this time falling under a different, justifiable scrutiny from players who feel the league is robbing them of any realistic chance of performing at their highest possible level, even sacrificing their physical health for publicity and monetary gain. The focus of the athletes’ frustration has been the increased injury risk in an already dangerous sport perpetuated by the existence of weekly Thursday night football games. Last week, forced to compete on Thursday night with a mere three days of recovery time since their previous contest, the Seattle Seahawks lost star cornerback Richard Sherman, arguably the best defensive player on the team, for the season after he tore his Achilles tendon, the most noteworthy among 15 players to suffer sidelining injuries during the contest. The abnormally high injury total has sparked serious discussion about the moral implications of making athletes competing in arguably the most physically destructive sport take the gridiron with drastically shortened rest. According to several professional studies in the past decade and lived experience from professional running backs, participation in a typical complete NFL game is physical equivalent of sustaining damage from a serious car accident, if not multiple car accidents, per contest. Forcing players to recover in one week for nearly four consecutive months is already taking a considerable toll on their bodies, one that has translated to shortened careers and life expectancies. By essentially halving that healing window for even one week in order to expand its brand to dominate Thursday night television ratings, the NFL makes it practically impossible for every athlete to escape the premature contest unscathed in favor of stuffing its collective wallet with an additional billion-plus dollars in broadcasting contracts. The counterargument here is that athletes who participate gain additional resting time during the upcoming week to make up for the more severe damage. However, that extra time hardly matters when players like Sherman are sidelined for an entire season due to the impact Thursday games have already wrought. For an organization that has preached its ostensible concern over player safety with reworked equipment and penalty distribution, putting even its best athletes in directly serious danger for some extra funds screams hypocrisy. Outraged players such as wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Sherman’s teammate, have even proposed that playing under such conditions should be “illegal,” stating that, “guys do not have enough time to recover. You can’t recover in four days.” By neglecting player safety in an effort to perpetuate impractical and dangerous Thursday night football, the NFL has effectively added to its rapidly growing laundry list of ethical issues that could sink the organization within our lifetime if left unaddressed.
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St. Thomas hands Oles 97-0 beatdown

Manitou Messenger - 4 min 3 sec ago
... Yikes.This season was going so well for first year head coach James Kilian and St. Olaf football. Three consecutive conference wins during the heart of its schedule, including a pulse-pounding victory against longtime rival Carleton, gave the Oles their best conference record since 2012. Standout performances from veteran players such as receiver Troy Peterson ’18, who was second in the MIAC with 81.6 receiving yards per game, and from younger contributors like Khayleb Willis ’20, who was a revelation at running back with four 100+ all-purpose yard performances, provided the team with excellent leadership and optimism for the future. Though competing in the postseason with the best of Division III was still out of reach, after what seemed like an eternity, St. Olaf football finally carried some momentum.Then St. Thomas came to campus and washed that sense of hope down with a bitter aftertaste. No, your eyes do not deceive you – the Tommies dominated from the opening seconds of the game, never letting up on their way to a 97-0 demoralizing rout of the Oles. The subtext of the final score doesn’t read much better: 326 St. Thomas rushing yards dwarfed St. Olaf’s 9, 29 Tommie first downs eclipsed the Oles’ 5 and a staggering 596 difference in total yards is simply abnormal. If this were baseball, these are what we would call “crooked numbers.” The fact that the game took place on Ole Pride day only added insult to injury.Look, it’s obvious from the lopsided contest that St. Thomas possesses a more dominant football team than St. Olaf does – anyone who claims otherwise is simply in denial. A major question that remains, however, is if the Tommies went too far.Evidence would indicate that the answer is “absolutely.” Normally the team on the winning end of games such as this would remove their starters the moment it becomes obvious that the contest is relatively out of hand. However, entering the third quarter with a 64-0 lead, the Tommies kept elite starting quarterback and MIAC star Jacques Perra ’20 in for an additional series to score another superfluous touchdown. St. Thomas attempted three two-point conversions despite its massive leads, the last of which came in the second quarter when the score was already a convincing 41-0. Despite never being seriously contested, the visitors went for fourth-down conversions five times, all successful, the final one taking place late in the game after the Tommies held a surreal 91-0 advantage. Finally, instead of taking a knee to run out the clock during the final drive, St. Thomas opted to keep piling it on, scoring a rushing touchdown with seven seconds remaining in regulation. Despite accusations of poor etiquette, opposing coach Glenn Caruso insists in an interview with WCCO that the scoring wasn’t excessive.“We do everything we can to make sure that we put our guys in the best possible situation, as they do,” Caruso told WCCO. “I can’t control whether or not they want to extend the game, which obviously they were very comfortable doing ... I’m going to do everything I can to make sure [our team] is in the best possible situation. At the end of the day, it’s really not serving the game well if you don’t play your hardest.”Therefore, it may behoove the MIAC to explore reinstating a mercy rule that was abolished in 2001, one that allows a running clock at all times, even outside of play, to speed up the contest. However, for now, Kilian and the Oles will have to do their best to overlook this blip on the radar, examining and ultimately returning to the brand of football they executed so proficiently during an inspirational midseason run.
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Young volleyball trio named all-conference

Manitou Messenger - 4 min 3 sec ago
Following a breakthrough triumphant season, three underclassmen for St. Olaf volleyball were selected as All-Conference athletes immediately after the MIAC playoffs concluded – Lauren Rewers ’20, Lexi Wall ’21 and Summer Reid ’21. With the help of these three athletes, St. Olaf surpassed all expectations and had an outstanding season.Rewers and Reid placed first and second in the conference with kill totals of 395 and 355, respectively, while Wall dominated the competition with 11.24 assists per set, topping the MIAC by a considerable sum. Together, the breakout trio helped St. Olaf to top three finishes in total points (1,878), kills (1,492), assists (1,433) and service aces (173), igniting a previously dormant offense that placed in the bottom third in each of those statistical categories in 2016. Considering all three are currently underclassmen with countless upcoming opportunities to improve both individually and as a unit, St. Olaf is looking like a worthy contender with seemingly limitless potential for the near future. Despite the fact that the young Ole stars were emphatically named All-MIAC, they give full credit to their team.“I wouldn’t, this sounds cliché, really be on the All-Conference team if it hadn’t been for my teammates,” Reid said. “They were just really supportive of me the whole year. Everyone was just awesome. I don’t think I would have made it if I didn’t have such awesome teammates.”From the very first serve in the regular season, the Oles were determined to defy preseason coaches’ polls and a recent history of cellar conference finishes, piecing together a surprising season in which it emerged victorious in two-thirds of its contests, including a 9-2 record at home. This resurgent effort was a shock to all outside spectators and opponents, as St. Olaf was ranked second to last in the MIAC heading into the fall. This ranking hardly presented any significant restriction to the athletes’ unshakable tenacity and determination. Rewers vividly remembers witnessing her team’s ranking for the first time, an early motivational factor for what would become one of St. Olaf volleyball’s most special seasons in recent memory. “I remember in a team meeting looking at it and thinking ‘this means nothing to us,’” Rewers said. “‘We are not going to let this dictate how our season goes. We’re not going to let this be the deciding factor.’” This determination to prove St. Olaf’s latent talent hidden beyond a mere preseason number was the shared catalyst which jumpstarted the team through a playoff run to the semifinals, the club’s first since 2010. According to the triumphant triad, it also sparked an uncanny camaraderie that allowed the team to gel and find its groove down the stretch, united in their common goal of proving doubters wrong and extracting the very most of their latent potential.“We all just work together really well,” Reid said. “And I think the fact that we all had one common goal, winning and doing our best, really led to the closeness of the team. Communication is a really big part of a team sport, especially volleyball. Communication on and off the court really fostered our family feel. It was a pretty welcoming community which I really enjoyed and felt a part of from the beginning.”“Everyone on the court, even off the court, tries their hardest, and everyone is all in,” Wall said. “I think everyone just came together and it was good chemistry and good hard work that made it [the team’s success].” “I think that [family mentality] plays a huge role in how successful we are on the court,” Rewers said. “Because we love each other so much off the court and on. I learned that from the alumni before and I think I’ll keep just teaching that to everyone that comes, just that we care so deeply for each other.”Even though St. Olaf Volleyball has always been a tightly-knit community akin to a real family, the difference between previous seasons and this magical year was the energy, drive and belief that the team could truly excel following two consecutive seasons in which it finished last in the MIAC. The welcoming atmosphere kept the team close and determined, possessing a mentality of unity and trust that contributed to every match, oftentimes resulting in victory. Yet, despite their confidence, the athletes remained humble enough to keep that powerful work ethic alive for the duration of the marathon season. “All of us were just completely brought into the program and all of us were completely invested,” Rewers said. “We have seven freshmen that I am so thankful that they came to St. Olaf, whether they were on the court all the time or just working their butts off in practice every day. They added so much to the team dynamic. [In] no game did we ever walk in thinking, ‘oh, we’re going to win this game’ or ‘oh, we’re going to lose this game.’ We work so hard for every game and [the successful season] was the outcome of it.”The Oles fell short in the semifinals against St. Thomas, but after leapfrogging from 11th to third in the MIAC rankings, the future for St. Olaf volleyball with Rewers, Reid and Wall making up a strong core for several additional seasons to come, looks brighter than it has in a long time, as the players are determined to keep the momentum going. “I think [next season’s team] will stay strong, just because we’re not looked down on in the MIAC anymore,” Reid said. “We’re proud to be Oles and we like to show that. I think that pride of playing for St. Olaf will really show through the next few years.”
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The nekyia performed by the Oriole in light of his family.

Manitou Messenger - 4 min 3 sec ago
The king knows the way around his coliseumBut it’s his newborn babe that pushes him awayTo his gated neighborhood. No hand of wisdom could break suchFrantic doodlesHis past his only renewal.He will leave the eyes of love and fate upon his catacombAnd a shattered home his eternal throne. 
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Stritzel dazzles in debut, Knights win season opener

Carleton Sports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:07pm

Matthew Stritzel knocked down five 3-pointers en route to scoring 19 points in his collegiate debut and Kevin Grow dominated inside with 17 points and 17 rebounds as Carleton opened its season with a 76-65 victory over Colorado College at the Rocky Mountain Thanksgiving Classic.

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New equipment could automate Rice County's elections

Northfield News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 7:00pm
Imagine entering your precinct, ready to vote. You march up to an election judge and give them your name.
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Crash on Hwy. 3 sends two to hospital

Northfield News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 5:57pm
A crash on Hwy. 3 Wednesday afternoon sent two adults to Northfield Hospital, according to Northfield Police.
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Planning sober ride home encouraged as drunk driving enforcement begins

Northfield News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 5:30pm
When Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn thinks of the Toward Zero Deaths enforcement wave that kicked off Wednesday night, four names come to mind: Tina Johnson, Greg Fette, Meghan Cooper and Brittney Landsverk.
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Residents turn out in support of municipal ID program

Northfield News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 3:15pm
Over 60 people crowded the audience section of the Northfield City Council meeting quarters Tuesday night, most supporting a proposed citywide municipal identification card program.
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Six honored for their work as 'prevention champions'

Northfield News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 2:15pm
This year, the Rice County Chemical Health Coalition has named six area residents as its 2017 Project Prevention Champions.
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Better Business Bureau offers Black Friday tips

Northfield News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 1:30pm
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- In advance of Black Friday, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota has released numerous tips for shoppers looking for big savings:
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Parking issue postpones 2018 street project vote; Ring the Bell, have some fun, raise some funds!; Careful out on those roads tonight…; “Have Yourself a Classic Christmas” on KYMN coming this Sunday

KYMN Radio - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:02pm

Postponed.  After nearly an hour and a half discussion on the 2018 street improvement projects, the Northfield City Council postponed it until December 5th.  The biggest sticking point was the loss of parking on the south end of Division between 6th and 7th streets.  The preliminary design council approved by simple majority would remove 30

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Betty Folliard – Parts 1 and 2

KYMN Radio - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:26am

Betty Folliard, former member of the Minnesota Legislature and now working for women’s rights is Wayne’s guest.  She is founder and immediate past president of ERA Minnesota, an organization responsible for passing the equal rights amendment into the MN and US Constitutions. She is also creator and producer of “A Woman’s Place”, a feminist progressive

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Andrei Sivanich – LBSA

KYMN Radio - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:21am

Andrei Sivanich, Community Relations Director at Laura Baker Services Association, talks about the annual LBSA Thanksgiving Feast for the community and introduces Jamie, one of the volunteers whose family helps with the feast. LBSA 11-22-17

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Rhonda Pownell/Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:02am

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig discuss the November 21 City Council meeting.  Topics include the City Identification Program (Municipal ID),  input on design plans for the road reconstruction program, an update on the fire station and more. Pownell-Martig 11-22-17

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The great canned pumpkin hunt: Fans won't let Festal go

Northfield News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 5:45am
OWATONNA — A can of pumpkin at the grocery store this holiday season will cost you about $1.50. Three bucks if you’re going organic.
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Hamilton and the Knights corral 49-31 win over Northwestern

Carleton Sports - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:12pm

The Carleton College women’s basketball team led wire-to-wire in securing its first victory of the season, a 49-31 non-conference triumph over University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Anne Hamilton had nine points to go along with a career-best 19 rebounds.

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Northfield council postpones decision on 2018 downtown streets project

Northfield News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:54pm
With an agreement apparently out of sight Tuesday, the Northfield City Council voted to postpone a decision on 2018 street improvement projects, including work that’s raised a number of questions about reduced downtown parking.
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Showing Friday: Cannon Valley Cinema 10 opening in Dundas

Northfield News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:45pm
Movies are back in Rice County.
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