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DACA sigue o no sigue

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 9:17pm

Hablamos de las dificulatades para sacar adelante el programa de DACA y el Dream Act. El presidente hizo comentarios muy ofensivos de varios paises esta semana que no ayudan a este proceso de decidir el futuro de DACA y otros programas de asistencia a inmigrantes en Estados Unidos. El Super Barrio 1 14 18

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Stunner: Keenum-Diggs TD on last play; Vikes win 29-24

Northfield News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 7:18pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There wasn't much left for Case Keenum to do but to fling the ball deep and hope for a miracle.
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United Way Partnership offers free tax filing

Northfield News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 6:21pm
If your family made less than $66,000 last year, you can file your taxes for free.
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The Return of the Piano Man

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 11:07am
The most exciting musical development at our house over the past several months has been Elias' renewed interest in playing the piano. We have La La Land to thank for it. Turns out, Ryan Gosling didn't just save jazz (if you didn't catch Gosling's monologue last fall on Saturday Night Live, you can watch it here). He also inspired Elias' return to the piano bench, through his portrayal of fictional jazz pianist Sebastian (the character happens to share a name with my other son).

Elias, 17, with his Christmas 2017 gift from Nana and Poppa Riggs.Elias started taking piano lessons in first grade from the wonderful DeWayne Wee, who also taught Louisa and Sebastian for several years. Elias has natural talent (inherited from his great-great grandmother Islea, perhaps?) and he possesses the long, dextrous fingers needed to manage those octaves. But during his middle school years he grew increasingly frustrated with the practicing part of playing the piano—not an unusual situation for most kids.

Elias in August 2013, playing the piano in front of Cafe Latte in St. Paul.

When he asked to take a break from lessons at the end of eighth grade, I acquiesced, hoping he'd decide on his own to take up the piano again someday.

Months passed. He became busy with other activities, and the piano mostly stayed silent. Then, one night last winter, Steve and I watched La La Land while Elias was out with friends. When he came home, we discovered that he'd also wanted to see the movie, so we watched it a second time with him, and something clicked.

A few months later, Elias asked Steve if he would buy him the piano music for the movie. Steve ordered it through our friendly local bookstore (thanks, Content!), and once it arrived, Elias began sitting at the piano every day, working on the song "Engagement Party" until he'd mastered and memorized it. He moved on to other songs in the book, and soon he was digging into his old piano books, and old piano books of mine.

At first he preferred to practice when no one else was around. He would sneak in practice sessions when I was out getting groceries, or when I took the dog for a walk. Whenever I was lucky enough to hear him play, it made me smile. I tried to encourage him without making too big a deal out of it, not wanting to jinx it.

My stealthy video of Elias practicing in November 2017.I also secretly recorded him a few times and sent the videos to my parents, who were thrilled with this musical development. Although my dad is more known for his trumpet playing, he took many years of piano lessons and has continued to play throughout his life. Dad has the ability I wish I had—he can sit down at the piano, read a piece cold, and play it as though he's been practicing it for weeks.

Elias began watching YouTube videos of pianists performing challenging pieces, and he became less hesitant to practice with other people in the house. Now he will sometimes sit down and work on a particularly challenging section of a piece, over and over and over until he gets it right, and his patience amazes and inspires me.

Earlier this fall, after Steve, Elias, and I went to see the Minnesota Orchestra perform the music to La La Land during a showing of the movie, Elias came to us with another request. Could we take him to a prestigious piano festival in the spring? Turns out the Gilmore Keyboard Festival is held every other year in, wouldn't you know it, Kalamazoo, Michigan—the same city where Sebastian attends college. Steve, who loves to plan trips, was immediately sold on the idea, and last night, when concert tickets went on sale at midnight, he was ready. We are now set to attend four of the festival concerts in late April.

I don't know where Elias' interests will take him next, but I'm eager to find out. If Ryan Gosling continues to have any influence on Elias, it could be an interesting fall. Gosling's next movie, set to open in October, when Elias turns 18, is called First Man and is about the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
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Body found in Denver confirmed as missing Randolph man

Northfield News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 9:44am
The family of a Randolph man last seen almost a month ago outside Denver, Colorado, was found Saturday in the South Platte River that runs through the city.
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Knights shine at Luther Sprint Invite

Carleton Sports - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 8:17pm

Emma Lederer, Caroline Mather, and Ada Meyer each won individual events, and the trio figured in a whopping 10 top-five finishes for the Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team at the Luther Sprint Invite.

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Strong third quarter helps Knights topple Concordia

Carleton Sports - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 7:11pm

Katie Chavez set a new career-best with her game-high 22 points, while Cece Leone added 16 points and Sarah Waldfogel chipped in 10 more to catapult the Carleton College women’s basketball team to a 64-53 victory at Concordia College-Moorhead.

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Knights post numerous top-five results at Luther Sprint Invite

Carleton Sports - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 5:25pm

Competing at their second meet in less than 24 hours, first-years Andrew Chang and Stevie Fitch led the way for the Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team as the Knights notched seven individual and one relay top-five results at the Luther Sprint Invite.

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Arts for Martin honors King's legacy, messages during the annual celebration

Northfield News - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 4:00pm
Artists and Rice County residents squeezed together Friday into the Arcadia Charter School theater for a night of solidarity, artistic performances and messages from Martin Luther King Jr. during its annual Arts for Martin celebration.
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Knights get back on track, cruise to win at Concordia

Carleton Sports - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 3:04pm

Behind 17 points from Matthew Stritzel and a game-high 18 points for Kevin Grow, the Carleton College men’s basketball team rode an impressive first-half performance to a convincing 77-52 victory at Concordia College.

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Thunderhook Fly-ins Al Heidebrink

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 11:32am

You’re thinking about booking that once in lifetime hunting trip or going on a fly-in fishing trip with your buddies.  How do you select the right Outfitter, Guide or Resort?  Listen as Dave and Andy talk with Al Heidebrink with Thunderhook Fly-Ins.  AL brings with him a lifetime of experience on this subject. Thunderhook Fly-ins  

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Dalluge and Chang double-up during dual with Gusties

Carleton Sports - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:38pm

Sophomore Jack Dalluge and first-year Andrew Chang both won a pair of races as the Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team began the 2018 portion of the schedule with a dual meet at Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Meyer and Mather lead Knights in Gustavus dual meet

Carleton Sports - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:28pm

Ada Meyer won twice and Caroline Mather added another victory as the Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team returned to action with a dual meet at Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Cook-Gallardo brothers start season with wins at St. Thomas Opener

Carleton Sports - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:57pm

Brothers Joey Cook-Gallardo and Donson Cook-Gallardo both won races as the Carleton College men’s indoor track and field program sent a small contingent of runners to compete at the St. Thomas Opener.

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End of Temporary Protection Status?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 6:23pm

Yes, this administration is planning to end “Temporary Protected Status” for many legally admitted/present refugees. Here’s the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Temporary Protected Status page.  They’ve been here legally for how long, and now, the rug will be pulled out from under them.

Countries covered include:

And here’s the real news of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen doing tRump’s bidding — note it’s coming from Homeland Security, this one regarding El Salvador:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Nielsen Carefully Considered Conditions on the Ground

en Español

WASHINGTON— Today, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced her determination that termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador was required pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. To allow for an orderly transition, she has determined to delay the termination for 18 months. The designation will terminate on Sept. 9, 2019.

The decision to terminate TPS for El Salvador was made after a review of the disaster-related conditions upon which the country’s original designation was based and an assessment of whether those originating conditions continue to exist as required by statute. Based on careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the Secretary determined that the original conditions caused by the 2001 earthquakes no longer exist. Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.

The Department of Homeland Security has conducted extensive outreach to Salvadoran communities throughout the country. This includes, but is not limited to, community forums on TPS, panel discussions with Salvadoran community organizers, stakeholder teleconferences, regular meetings with TPS beneficiaries, news releases to the Salvadoran community, meetings with Salvadoran government officials, meetings at local churches, and listening sessions. The Secretary met recently with the El Salvadorian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States, and spoke with President Sánchez Cerén.

Following the 2001 earthquake, El Salvador received a significant amount of international aid to assist in its recovery efforts, including millions of dollars dedicated to emergency and long-term assistance. Many reconstruction projects have now been completed. Schools and hospitals damaged by the earthquakes have been reconstructed and repaired, homes have been rebuilt, and money has been provided for water and sanitation and to repair earthquake damaged roads and other infrastructure. The substantial disruption of living conditions caused by the earthquake no longer exist.

Additionally, in recent years, the U.S. government has been repatriating individuals back to El Salvador – more than 39,000 in the last two years – demonstrating that the temporary inability of El Salvador to adequately return their nationals after the earthquake has been addressed.

To allow for an orderly transition, the effective date of the termination of TPS for El Salvador will be delayed 18 months to provide time for individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible. Salvadorans in the United States who benefited from TPS may still receive other protections under our immigration system for which they are eligible.

The 18 months will also provide time for El Salvador to prepare for the return and reintegration of its citizens. During this timeframe, DHS will work with the Department of State and the Government of El Salvador to help educate relevant stakeholders and facilitate an orderly transition. In addition to materials posted online, DHS components will participate in outreach activities such as teleconferences, town halls and roundtables to ensure that affected populations have a full and accurate understanding of their rights and obligations.

Only Congress can legislate a permanent solution addressing the lack of an enduring lawful immigration status of those currently protected by TPS who have lived and worked in the United States for many years. The 18-month delayed termination will allow Congress time to craft a potential legislative solution.

Salvadorans with TPS will be required to re-register for TPS and apply for Employment Authorization Documents in order to legally work in the United States until the termination of El Salvador’s TPS designation becomes effective Sept. 9, 2019. Further details about this termination for TPS, including the re-registration period, will appear in a Federal Register notice. Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries should not submit re-registration applications until the re-registration period is announced through the Federal Register notice.

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Each has its own notice, but some are set to expire and no notice — here’s what’s on the site:

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'God Girl' brings contemporary messages to Northfield Arts Guild's stage

Northfield News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 5:00pm
Many don’t recall that while women won the right to vote in 1920, newspapers routinely segregated employment ads into “men only” and “girls only” jobs until the mid-1970s. But Kristine Holmgren does.
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HPC Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:42pm
Event date: January 18, 2018
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

A Dialogue on Sport, Protest, and the NFL National Anthem Debate

St. Olaf College - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:37pm
Alan Page, whose illustrious career has included time spent as a Hall of Fame defensive tackle with the Vikings and as a justice with the Minnesota State Supreme Court, is one of the panelists who will visit St. Olaf January 23.

On January 23, less than two weeks before the Super Bowl comes to Minneapolis, the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community will host a town hall–style forum on sport, protest, and the controversies surrounding the NFL and its players taking a knee during the national anthem.

The St. Olaf community will be joined for this conversation by Justice Alan Page, whose illustrious career has included time spent as a Hall of Fame defensive tackle with the Vikings, as a justice with the Minnesota State Supreme Court, and as the founder of the Page Education Foundation. Joining Justice Page will be Jackie MacMullan, an award-winning sports journalist, and Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret and NFL athlete who played a key role in convincing Colin Kaepernick to kneel rather than sit during the national anthem.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in Viking Theater in Buntrock Commons, is free and open to the public. It will be streamed and archived online.

Read more about forum and speakers on the Institute for Freedom and Community’s event page.

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Dedication to public gardening makes Judy Code a Living Treasure

Northfield News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:15pm
It’s quite possible, if you’ve spent much time in downtown Northfield, that you’ve seen a 70-something-year-old woman hopping out of a van, armed with gloves and gardening shears, and going to town on some pesky weeds.
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Student charged with sexual assault expelled from St. Olaf

Northfield News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:45pm
A St. Olaf student was kicked out of school following an investigation into allegations of sexual assault. He’s now being charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct after police say he sexually assaulted a drunken classmate while she drifted…
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