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Andrew Chang selected MIAC Swimmer-of-the-Week

Carleton Sports - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:13pm

First-year swimmer Andrew Chang received recognition as the first MIAC Men’s Swimming Athlete-of-the-week for 2018 for his performances at two meets over the weekend. He won three events and notched a trio of runner-up results.

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2017 Gala: Celebrating Our Community

Laura Baker Services Association - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:54pm

We were honored to share an incredible evening with more than 300 friends at the 2017 Laura Baker Services Association Gala on December 2. The theme, Celebrating Our Community, emphasized the different ways various members of the community partner with LBSA, allowing us to bring the power of possibility to people with special needs. Speakers included Steve Underdahl, CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, our generous neighbor and ambassador Frank Grazzini, and Kira and Randy Yoder.

A very big thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, presenters, donors and attendees who made the evening possible! Because of your generosity, we raised $168,000 at the Gala, $73,000 of which supports our Fund-a-Cause campaign supporting LBSA’s Creative Arts, Family Support and Advocacy programs. View the photo album on Facebook.

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Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Gala, which will be held on Saturday, December 1.

 

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Art professor’s stop-motion animated film picks up festival awards

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:42pm
The poster for ‘Intruder Man,’ which won First Prize at Square Lake Film & Music Festival and the Audience Award at the Altered Esthetics Film Festival.

A collaborative project led by St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Art Peter Nelson has culminated in a stop-motion animated film, Intruder Man, that has won several awards as it plays at film festivals across the country.

Nelson worked with a team of St. Olaf students — Daniel Bynum ’15, Eileen McNulty ’16, Jon Tiburzi ’16, Matthew Johnson ’16, and Andrew Cannestra ’20 — on the film over the last several years as part of the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program. CURI provides opportunities for St. Olaf students from all academic disciplines to gain an in-depth understanding of a particular subject through working closely with a St. Olaf faculty member in a research framework.

The project was supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, an Individual Artist Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, and the CURI Program at St. Olaf College funded by the Olson Endowment for Marriage and Family.

The film shows Jessie as a young home economics teacher who faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent.

Intruder Man is inspired by the life of Nelson’s grandmother Jessie. As a young home economics teacher, Jessie faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent who blacklists her from teaching. As an elderly woman, Alzheimer’s disease makes Jessie paranoid of an “intruder man” who haunts her apartment. Slipping back and forth between these parallel periods, Jessie maintains strength and persistence in the face of sexism, loss, and dementia.

“Even the most flexible curriculum cannot replicate the constant problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity necessary to produce an animated film,” Nelson says. “I think it’s great professional experience for students and incredibly helpful for me, both in completing the piece and as a learning experience.”

Jon Tiburzi ’16 works on set pieces for ‘Intruder Man.’

Bynum, McNulty, and Tiburzi collaborated with Nelson on creating the story and characters, building puppets and sets, and shooting test animation sequences, while Johnson assisted in the animation aspect of the project and Cannestra wrote and recorded the musical score that accompanies the film.

“Working with Professor Nelson on Intruder Man was an awesome experience, and it was definitely one of my highlights of being at St. Olaf,” says Johnson. “I thought we worked well together. Professor Nelson did a great job of conveying what he was imagining and provided good guidance if I had any questions or wasn’t sure how to go about animating something, and he welcomed any suggestions I had, trusted my judgement on adding details and embellishments while animating, and provided encouragement in tackling some tricky scenes.”

Cannestra says working with Nelson was, from the start, very much a two-way street of communication.

Daniel Bynum ’15 works on creating the characters for ‘Intruder Man.’

“We started out with a rough draft of his animation for Intruder Man, both getting to know the overall arc and the excerpt that I specifically composed the film score for,” he says. “After months of work, we made a professional recording of the music. Finally, after that, he was able to apply the recordings to the animation itself, leading to a final product months in the making we could both be very proud of.”

The film received First Prize at Square Lake Film & Music Festival and won the Audience Award at the Altered Esthetics Film Festival. It is currently screening at film festivals across the country, most recently at the Austin Film Festival, the New Hampshire Film Festival, and the D.C. Shorts Festival. The film’s West Coast premiere will be at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival in March.

“Working collaboratively with students on a project like this is both intense and rewarding,” Nelson says. “The relationship between professor and student is elevated: constructive feedback goes both ways, a common goal is defined and shaped collaboratively, and you have to put in an extraordinary amount of time together to make sure the project is successful.”

Watch the trailer for the film below.

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Dayton statewide construction plan, local projects could top $2.3 billion

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:56pm
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton might support borrowing more than $2.3 billion for public works projects this year, his last in elective office.
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League of Women Voters offers training to "demystify" caucus process

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:29pm
It’s rather difficult to partake in the political process if you don’t know how it works.
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PEG fees, new committee, Fire Station and more on Council agenda; SLIFE offers opportunity; Main Street goes to the chickens

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:02pm

The Northfield City Council, last week, heard from IT Director Kurt Wolf,regarding a Cable Access PEG Fee Increase for users.  Administrator Ben Martig said the City charges to be in the City’s public right-of-ways.  He said there’s a 5% general revenue fee and also a PEG fee which, “basically goes to equipment needs and upgrades that

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Set for summer opening, 10,000 Drops makes progress on downtown location

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:00pm
FARIBAULT — Nearing two years of hard work turning the old Peterson Art Furniture Building into a distillery, the men at 10,000 Drops Craft Distillery finally were able to unwrap some of the fun stuff.
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Professor’s new book highlights ‘Poetry Wars’ of American Revolution

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:52am

St. Olaf College Professor of English and Department Chair Colin Wells recently released his new book Poetry Wars: Verse and Politics in the American Revolution and Early Republic.

“Poetry Wars offers an erudite and engaging account of the surprisingly instrumental role of verse in U.S. nation formation,” Edward Cahill of Fordham University says in his review of the book, noting that Wells is “capturing a time when poetry was both a vital force in public life and a dynamic means of effecting political change.”

Penn Press describes the book by saying “The pen was as mighty as the musket during the American Revolution, as poets waged literary war against politicians, journalists, and each other. Drawing on hundreds of poems, Poetry Wars reconstructs the important public role of poetry in the early republic and examines the reciprocal relationship between political conflict and verse.”

Wells joined the St. Olaf English Department in 1995, where he has taught courses in 18th-century and early American literature, comedy, satire, the novel, and Marxist literary theory. His areas of interest include the literature of the American Revolutionary and Early National periods, 18th-century English poetry, and the relations between literature, politics, and religion.

Tell us a little about your book. Are there key messages that you want to come across to your readers?
The main goal for the book is to recover for contemporary readers a sense of the cultural and political importance of political poetry in America’s founding period. This is a time when hundreds of amateur poets submitted political poems to newspapers (usually anonymously) as a way to respond to the news as it was unfolding – and particularly the news related to the events that preceded the Revolution (such as the Stamp Act), the Revolutionary War itself, and then – after the war – the intense struggle over the political direction the new republic should follow. Most of these poems have been forgotten in the ensuing centuries. My book attempts to re-examine the hundreds of poems that were published and, more particularly, recover the atmosphere in which rival poets waged “poetic warfare” against political leaders and each other during this time.

What did you draw inspiration from as you wrote this book?
I was inspired to write this book because, when I was doing research on an earlier book, I kept coming across satirical poems and songs that were directed at other printed texts: sometimes they were directed at official proclamations or declarations (including the Declaration itself); sometimes they were directed at articles from the  newspapers or speeches and writings by people like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or Alexander Hamilton; sometimes they were directed at other poets. So often I saw this dynamic in which poets were attacking and counter attacking each other so that their party or group could gain the upper hand politically.

Is there anything in your book that you think the St. Olaf community might find of particular interest?
So many of us have fallen in love with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton because it recreates this period in the form of music and rap. What Poetry Wars reveals is that “rap battles” were fought over politics and policy during Washington’s administration, but they were fought out in the poetic forms of the time. In fact, I recently wrote a blog post on the Penn Press Log discussing the similarities between poetry wars and rap battles.

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Student journalism is a very important platform for opinions

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
To start off, like any responsible journalist, I’ll call attention to my bias. My bias is that a large part of my college experience cannot be separated from my hours in the Manitou Messenger office. Most of the biggest moments of college happened in Buntrock 110, with the couch that I rescued from the side of Ole Ave, the donut-patterned blanket Emma Whitford’s friend sent her, the little purple tinsel Christmas tree and the Will and Kate poster that predates us all. Many of my friendships were grown and solidified there, born out of the spikes and dips of energy that emerge when a bunch of people are working hard at something important under a deadline. We joke, we laugh, nearly everyone has cried.Every year, the Messenger staff starts as a group of people that has nothing in common but a fondness for writing. Every year we end up friends, learning more about each other in between late production nights and squirrelled-away bag lunches.Our collective wit accumulates and refines itself over several months before erupting in the satire edition, the one time of year we are truly popular. My freshman year I was a staff writer, my sophomore year I was the news editor and last year I served as the executive editor. This year I have taken a back seat from the action, but I have come to appreciate the Messenger’s work even more. We provide a free service to the St. Olaf community that I think is invaluable. According to Frank LoMonte’s CNN op-ed entitled “A free press shouldn’t stop at the schoolyard,” “Student journalists are, increasingly, the information lifeline for their communities. With employment in traditional newsrooms hitting historic lows, down 42 percent since 1990, the public is more reliant than ever on students to sound the alarm if schools are unsafe or ineffective – or if there’s any story unfolding on their campus that could affect their community.”And since our founding in 1886, we have indeed told the stories unfolding on our campus. We’ve talked about racism, war, civil unrest, sexual misconduct and sexual assault. We’ve offered serious news coverage and opinions, and glimpses into the lives of the faculty, students and staff who live and work here. We’ve written fun and fluffy pieces. That’s not say we have ever done this perfectly: we’ve struggled, messed up very badly and learned from our mistakes.The Messenger has waxed and waned throughout the years, but it has always been a platform for students to openly talk about what matters to them. This concept is incredibly important.The college produces their own narratives, and those are essential for fundraising and growing the student body, and those things are important to keep the school ticking. But it is also vitally important that there are some narratives present on campus that don’t have this agenda, and that they are able to be expressed on a legitimate platform with proper resources and support.“The case for protecting press freedom in schools isn’t just about training future journalists,” LoMonte continues. “It’s about developing inquisitive, participatory citizens willing to ask the hard questions of government authorities that involved citizenship demands.”So thank you, readers and subscribers, for your support. I’m grateful for what we have now, and as the future of journalism becomes more and more murky, I hope all of us fight for it in every context.
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Online personalities dominate St. Olaf’s campus

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
Since St. Olaf is a small, residential community, its students live in such a way that makes no one a true stranger. With around 3,000 students, it is obviously impossible to know everyone on a personal level, yet, there is a strong chance of knowing most people indirectly, as a friend of a friend, a fellow club member, a classmate or at least a familiar face. We meet new people often and then begin to see them around campus, in residence halls, at parties or in town.Despite not knowing these people intimately, many of us maintain social media relationships with the acquaintances we accumulate throughout our time at St. Olaf. These relationships are tenuous and largely mediated by the online identities we curate for ourselves. This seems banal to point out; of course, everyone knows that who we are online does not necessarily match who we are in real life. However, I argue that the residential small campus in fact affords more power to the online persona. Though we might not know our acquaintances very well at all, people seem more tangible on social media when we also see them walking around campus and when we hear friends or professors mention them in conversation.Thus, in many ways, a person’s online persona becomes a person’s truth. This attribution of truth to a curated online self fosters what I see as a microcosmic cult of personality around certain students with strong social media presence, most often social media presence directly connected to politics. Garnering likes and comments often in the hundreds, St. Olaf students validate social justice posts written by peers who are somewhat arbitrarily determined to be visible social activists. In this way, certain students are upheld as cool and radical for their justice-seeking social media presence, a virtual embodiment of being “woke.”These students are valorized online and in person for their politics, despite the fact that their real life behavior may not match their curated online self at all. If someone is abusive, harassing or inappropriate, these harmful actions can be quickly erased or diminished by a strong social media presence that condemns this very behavior. For example, it might be more difficult to believe someone is a rapist if they constantly write posts that denounce sexual violence – especially when these posts are widely circulated and socially approved. For victims and survivors of violence, such constant social validation of abusers can be gaslighting and painful, an ongoing struggle not only with the perpetrator but with those that stand in virtual support of the perpetrator. It is common for students to lionize acquaintances that appear woke online, to look to such people for salient thoughts on the latest campus issue or to speak positively about them in public. All these factors make it difficult to remove such people from the pedestal and to begin to see how this aggrandizement happens.This is not to say people should stop posting about political issues. Social media has been an integral part of mobilizing activism, spreading awareness and staying politically informed. I often read articles posted by my friends that give me new perspectives, uplift voices that might otherwise be buried and present refreshing takes on old issues. Organizations like Black Lives Matter employ social media as a tool, and their impact has been furthered by a strong online presence. I wish to be clear: I don’t think social media is in itself bad, nor is the curation of online self.However, I do think the social status relegated to certain people because of their online presence can become dangerous. At St. Olaf, where everyone knows everyone, we need to remember that our peers can post anything online to appear kind, friendly or down for the cause. Though we may see our Facebook friends and Instagram followers every day, we might not truly know them outside of these media – media that are often tightly curated to produce an effect. As students in community with each other, I would ask that you think through your online relationships to your peers, being mindful of what is visible and what might be obscured through the screen, considering thoughtfully who deserves to be celebrated.
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Half-baked stories do more damage than good

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
A few weeks ago, The New York Times published a story by Richard Fausset that humanized and sympathized with a white nationalist named Tony Hovater. That was not the intent, according to The Times national editor Mary Lacy, who said that the goal of the story was “not to normalize anything but to describe the degree to which hate and extremism have become far more normal in American life than many of us want to think.” To that end, the story sorely missed the mark. It read more like alt-right fan fiction than a news feature, and profiled the day-to-day activities, interests and quirks of Hovater. His involvement with the Traditionalist Workers Party and hateful online activity seemed to be included only for color. I counted: the story contained approximately 38 details about the Hovaters’ “normalcy,” and only 35 details about Hovater’s white nationalism. A good news story is not a math problem, but in no case should a story about a bigoted white nationalist include more sympathizing details than damning ones. Since it was published, there has been enormous backlash and a wave of critiques of the New York Times for printing such a story, many of them valid and that I agree with. Both Lacy and Fausset offered a response and a defense of the story. In his letter, Fausset discussed his lack of confidence in the heart of the piece.“After I had filed an early version of the article, an editor at The Times told me he felt like the question had not been sufficiently addressed,” Fausset wrote. “So I went back to Mr. Hovater in search of answers. I still don’t think I really found them. I could feel the failure even as Mr. Hovater and I spoke on the phone.”I routinely tell myself and my staff that “If you’re not 100 percent confident in the piece, don’t print it.” Throwing away months of work on a story can be incredibly frustrating, but sometimes it’s necessary. For The Times, it was likely necessary. Perhaps lulled by his own perception of Hovater’s normalcy, Fausset believed that after enough pressing Hovater would disclose some meaningful explanation as to why he was white nationalist, as if a person cannot be polite and hateful at the same time. The Times was looking for the inconsistency in Hovater’s otherwise typical American life, but that inconsistency is that he’s a white nationalist. In my opinion, and apparently Fausset’s as well, existing in the world as a white nationalist isn’t enough for a story. It’s disheartening that The Times didn’t know better, and didn’t realize that the once-golden idea they had for a story fell flat. Fausset should have realized the profile was missing its nugget sooner. His editor should have pushed harder and somebody should have asked “why is this important for the world to know?”Even the best editors and journalists make mistakes. I consider myself to be a good, ethical journalist, but I’ve made editorial decisions that continue to make me cringe. Remembering those failures ensures that I won’t make those same mistakes again. I will continue to read and trust the New York Times, but I expect better. At a time when covering white nationalism and alt-right extremism has become a beat of its own, I expect The Times to think harder about why that coverage is important, and how that coverage can assist and inform the American public. I’ve been told by editor after editor not to bury the lede. In this case, the lede is that Tony Hovater is a white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer, who engages in and supports horrifying ideologies that produce real, ongoing damage to marginalized American communities. He should be fired from his job and he should be called-out for his racist and bigoted ideology. But I didn’t read that in this story. All I could tell you for certain is that his Midwestern manners would likely impress my mother. 
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Abroad program should prioritize lower incomes

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
One night, Charles Hamer ’20 came to my room, and I could see so much happiness in him. “This feels so surreal, Ariel,” he told me. He explained to me that he had just received his passport for the first time in his life. Hamer has never travelled outside of the United States before. But this January, he will be going on a St. Olaf study abroad program to Bangkok, Thailand. St. Olaf College has ranked No. 1 in study abroad programs for nine consecutive years, according to Open Doors. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the college offers 123 study abroad and off-campus programs in nearly 50 countries, and students can study nearly anywhere in the world, with literally any field of study. While the study abroad and off-campus programs “aims to foster students’ global engagement” and serves as an extension to liberal art learning, the cost can be a burden. The programs usually require students to pay above the St. Olaf normal tuition, which on average ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000. Starting this year there’s one study abroad program where students don’t have to pay anything: Global Semester. It’s a prestigious and long-standing St. Olaf program that allows students to study in eight to ten countries over the course of one semester. Thanks to a generous donor, the program has no additional cost above a normal semester on campus. In the past, the program was known to be expensive and only some students could afford to go. So in theory, the donation to Global Semester is supposed to help students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to go on Global, especially students from lower-income families. Why is it important to give students from lower-income backgrounds an opportunity to see the world? One of the issues that cripple a lot of children in impoverished communities is the inability to see past their current situation. This inability is rooted in the fact that these children are starved of basic necessities. How much time can you spend dreaming about college or a future career when you are trying to stay safe or figure out where your next meal is coming from? Can disadvantaged youth garner global awareness when the circumstances of their environment demand that they be present in order to make it to the next day? The answer is not a strict no. However, it is severely limited – the more you have, the easier it is to dream big.This situation is in stark contrast to the reality that a lot of privileged youth face. From a young age, the chance that a person has traveled abroad is significantly higher if that person comes from a middle to upper class family background. Chances are, people from these backgrounds have learned about a variety of situations and people around the world. Sometimes traveling abroad is even an annual tradition for people with means to do so. If this is true, those people probably have an increased sense of global awareness and have several more opportunities compared to someone who has never had the privilege of traveling outside of their city.When asked if free study abroad programs should prioritize low income students, we do not have a strict, conclusive answer. However, we do believe that these privileges, or lack thereof, travel with students to college. The opportunity to study abroad could change the life of someone who has only had the opportunity to travel when it came to moving into college. For others, Global Semester could be one of the several opportunities they have to travel abroad in their lifetime. Without a doubt, low income students could benefit more from subsidized program fees than others. To be able to travel to different nations, learn different cultures and meet different people is a privilege, and it’s important that this gap is bridged between students that are able to have that experience, and students that are not able to. Free programs such as Global Semester should try to close this gap in opportunities among students.
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sleep, its all in your mind

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:41am
a yoyo in my hand for a secondyou on my pillowfor a brief moment my heart in a foreign hand,knotted and thrown connected, closeand separate enough to be surreal 
their story warned ofmuddy paths aheadwe’re aware, yet we attach silencers to our mouths, for the following days hold possibilities we hardly tell our 
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Community unites for MLK celebration

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:49am
‘We All Belong Here’ was the theme of the 24th annual community celebration of the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Northfield High School students set record for Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 9:35am
Eleven Northfield High School students received Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards —the most in the school’s history — from thousands of submissions across the state.
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Purge Your Pantry

Just Food Co-op - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 1:45pm

We put a lot of pressure on starting things right away with the new year. However, you have 365 days to accomplish your goals, and goals need to be addressed in small bites and little steps. Before we are able to bring in all of these new ideas and big aspirations, we have to take a look at what we already have. What is already going well? Where is there clutter? How can you make space for all of the new things that you are going to usher in during the new year? Whether you are trying to create time, earn more money, or make better decisions, all of these things require space both physically and mentally.

During the first week of the new year, think about all of the things that have built up during 2017. Are you going to do 2017 laundry this week? Are you still eating 2017 food? Will the 2018 you thank you for making some changes right away that create space for new growth?

Purge your Pantry

Here we are talking about your literal pantry, but you can apply these principles to any area that you are trying to clean up and make ready for new possibilities. Grab the trash can & a box or bag that you plan to use for donations.

1 – Open the pantry all the way up. Can the doors open? Is there anything blocking you from your food stores? Remove that first.

2 – Take everything out. If this sounds scary to you, you need to lean into that discomfort. You could be scared because there is a lot there or you could be scared because you feel like this will take you a long time. If you are worried about time, just take out a laundry basket and put everything in there – the floor and the counter work too, use whatever is easiest for you. Make it fast and painless on yourself.

3 – Clean. Once everything is out, you have the opportunity to chase down those stray noodles, those dust bunnies that are hiding, and that spider that you have an agreement with. Evict the spider, capture and re-house the dust bunnies, and thank the noodle for its services and see it off. As a side note – all of the things mentioned above are compostable. If you don’t have a composting bin, the trash works.

4 – Keep your dust cloth handy, and start reshelving things. The order doesn’t matter, but if your brain craves organization, start with the stuff that you know you are keeping and the things that have a particular spot in the pantry. Dust them off, check the expiration date, and reshelve them.

  1. Things that are expired, use your best judgment. If you know you are going to use it, and it is a canned item, it is probably safe. If it is 6 years old, please toss it. You weren’t going to eat it when you bought it, chances are you’ll never eat it and, at this point, you should be starting to worry that the food has gone rancid.
  2. Things that are not expired, but you do not intend to eat, go in the donation pile. If it is a sealed container it can go to the food shelf or your favorite charitable organization. If it is opened, or a bulk item you’ll have to decide later. Some opened packages you may be able to give to family and friends who will use them. But, likely you will have to put some of these items in the trash.
    1. Tips for the trash.
      1. Recycle cans, cardboard, and plastic where you can. This makes your process take more time, but it does reduce the guilt when you are heading out to the trash can during step 5.
      2. Compost where you can. Maybe this is the one time that you make a compost container and you drive it out to your local compost pile. Maybe you already have a compost service set up or you are an at home composter.
      3. Terracycle where you can. Certain chip bags can be saved and terracycled. This is an added prep. Step, but if reducing your waste is important to you, it is worth a look. https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/
      4. If it is difficult or cost prohibitive to take these steps. Forgive yourself. Needing to use trash services is okay.
    2. Tips for composting
      1. Stainless steel, ceramic, and glass receptacles work best because these receptacles won’t be stained or damaged in the process. If you don’t have any of these, just choose something that you don’t mind becoming tomato stained.
      2. Check your local composting rules. If you have a service that can take paper towels, tissues, and bones, everything can go in one big bowl together. If not, compost where you can. https://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/336/Compost-Site-Yard-Waste
      3. Get it out of your house ASAP. If you have a big bucket full of compost, drive it out to your local site that same day. If you compost in the backyard, bring it out there right away. Or, if you have a service, plan your pantry purge the day before a compost day.
    3. Tips for giving stuff away
      1. Know the gift recipient. Will they actually want or use what you are giving them? If you don’t want smoked oysters, ask yourself if they would.
      2. Make arrangements to give it to them right away. Start texting them while you are making your piles of stuff to donate.
      3. Don’t try to give away something that is garbage. Dented or destroyed items, out of date items, and open items should be judged on an individual basis. When in doubt – ask the potential recipient and be okay with them telling you no.
      4. Maybe this can even be a trade. If your friends are all doing this on the same day, you can set up a grocery swap with all of the things that you would like to trade out. Just make sure you have a plan for the leftover, unwanted items. Donate or dispose of those as well.
    4. Tips for donating.
      1. Most donation places only accept non-perishable, in-date items. And some places only accept food products. So check your local place learn what their rules are. https://communityactioncenter.org/donate/
      2. Make sure that you are able to donate the day of your project. You want these things out of your house, so pick a day that your donation center is open.
      3. Learn what items are in high demand. This changes throughout the year. This could allow you to purge a few extra items that you may or may not use and get them to people who do need them.

 

5 – Now that you have your pantry filled with only the things that you know you want to keep, make all of your trips. Take a trip to the garbage can with the things that couldn’t find a better home. Bring your recycling to the bin. Compost your compost.

6 – Then take your bigger trips. Bring all of the donations to their drop off points. Meet up with the person or friends that you are trading with or gifting to. Drive the composting to the drop-off point.

7 – You should take a day or two to enjoy your new, clean pantry.

8 – Make a list. It is likely that you will start feeling like you have no food in the house and you can’t make anything if you wait too long to restock your pantry. But, I would suggest taking a clear inventory of what you still have and what you need before you go to the store.

  1. Consider your eating patterns and goals for the year. If you cut out processed foods, don’t put those on your shopping list. If you are low on coconut oil, and you use that everyday, put that on the list.
  2. Can any of your things be purchased in bulk or with less packaging? Set up your grocery kit with jars that fit in your pantry and will work well for those items. You can actually set your jars in the pantry and see where everything is going to fit before you shop. Then, remember to put them all back into your car or grocery bag so that they make it to the store with you.
  3. Are there new recipes that require ingredients that you don’t have? This is the time to add those items to the list.

9 – After you shop put everything away in their intended spots. You may want to snap a picture of your pantry so that you can remember what goes where and what you have for the next time you shop or are meal planning.

10 – Enjoy and Assess. New plans and habits take time to mature. Does this layout work for you? Do you feel like you keep running out of flour? Keep changing things and adjusting until it is working well for your lifestyle. A fresh start is just that, a start, a place to begin and build from.

Written by Vicki Scott, Social Media and Creative Coordinator

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ArtOrg defendants move to dismiss case involving possession of valuable works

Northfield News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 1:15pm
After being sued by the widow of a noted artist in October 2017, a local nonprofit arts organization has moved to dismiss the charges against it.
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Randolph man found a month after he went missing; Faribault man pleads guilty to Arson; Renewed interest in HRC brings about change/ MLK Jr. celebration tonight at Emmaus

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:02pm

After nearly a month of searching a young Randolph man is found.  29 year old Adam Gilbertson had moved to Denver.  He went missing December 15th after leaving a bar around 1am.  Family and friends, unable to reach Gilbertson, flew to Denver a few days later.  Family reported to FOX news that his phone was

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Zingerman’s Bakehouse

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:20am

On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with co-author Frank Carollo about “Zingerman’s Bakehouse”, a must-have baking book for bakers of all skill levels.  Frank opened Zingerman’s Bakehouse 25 years ago in Michigan and it’s now well known throughout the country.  He talks about common baking mistakes, the foundations of baking, why certain

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GALLERY: Vikings beat Saints 29-24 in comeback for the ages

Northfield News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 10:22pm
On the brink of another catastrophic playoff loss, the Vikings delivered a moment that will live on in their fans’ minds for the rest of their lives.
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