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Carletonian - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 4:30pm

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Arb Notes: prairie roots run deep at McKnight Prairie

Carletonian - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 4:29pm

Rising out of the landscape like tiny islands in a vast sea of corn and soybeans, the hills of McKnight Prairie provide a refuge for rare native prairie plants.  This 33-acre plot of land located eight miles east of campus was purchased by Carleton in 1968 for conservation purposes.  McKnight, along with the tiny, aptly-named Postage Stamp Prairie in the upper Arb, make up Carleton’s only examples of remnant prairie ecosystems.  Despite the natural look, almost all of the prairies in the Arboretum have been restored from agriculture in the last 50 years.

18 million acres of prairie once stretched across the Minnesota landscape.  Today, less than 2 percent of that remains.  Prairie plants had harbored and developed very fertile soils over generations; most of the land is now used for agriculture.  McKnight, like many other surviving prairie remnants, has remained unplowed thanks to its hilly topography.  Additionally, the rounded hills of McKnight are part of the St. Peter sandstone, which is an exceptionally uniform and pristine sandstone that erodes easily and leads to sandier topsoil.  The soils and topography of the hills have remained intact because of the deep (~10+ feet) network of roots from the prairie plants.  Most of the Arb, on the other hand, is underlaid by the older and harder Prairie du Chien group of dolomitic (carbonate) bedrock, which forms the bluffs covered by prairie restorations.

In order to protect McKnight Prairie for generations to come, Carleton sold a conservation easement to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2010.  A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a conservation entity where the landowner receives monetary compensation in exchange for placing land use restrictions (for example, prohibiting building, developing, or plowing) on the property.  Conservation easements can be created for multiple purposes and provide permanent protection to important habitats while helping to incentivize conservation practices.  

The story of the land can only truly be told by its native remnants.  Maintaining and preserving the hills of McKnight allows the story of the backbone of this landscape to continue to be told.

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Carleton Cryptids: the whitened wildlife of the Weitz

Carletonian - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 4:27pm

Greetings, fellow mystery-seekers of Carleton College. I am Sue Dounim, class of 202X. I am new to this campus—but not to this college. Long have I immersed myself up to the neck in documenting the inexplicable, often paranormal occurrences that occur here as frequently as games of spikeball in spring.

I trust you will eventually acquiesce to my presence here every week. You need not laugh. My writings are not for your pleasure.  They are for your safety.

Recently, while out for a stroll by the Weitz Center for Creativity (I had just finished examining the ceiling hangings), I spotted what appeared, at first glance, to be the fluffy entrails of a stuffed toy. Yet fluff, dear reader, does not scamper up trees, chitter and twitch adorably. That is what squirrels do. Only this “squirrel” was sheer white.

Note that this is obviously not a squirrel. That much is obvious; animals do not simply become white. There is no biological phenomena that causes irregular whiteness in organisms. The “squirrel” is obviously some sort of phantasm—that much is clear. And all specters are sentient. But why would this one choose to soldier through the lowly life of a rodent? And why in front of the Weitz Center, of all places? It takes forever to get there, especially if you are coming from the great beyond. 

This “squirrel” is, in fact, a guardian spirit. Specifically, it is a creative spirit. It is familiar with our world—perhaps it is an ancestral member of the Weitz family or a being beyond the earthy ether of our minds. In any case, this spirit was likely attracted to the campus by its rich foliage and richer minds. Yet it soon grew disillusioned with the minutiae of college life. After all, we students go almost exclusively upon two legs, eat non-scavenged food and engage in chitter-free debates. But this spirit has assumed the form of an animal outside the most creative building on campus. It is literally engaging in performance art, reminding us humans what we have lost—or, more accurately, given away. Yet we ignore its message, snapping perhaps a photo or two as we march, backs sweating against their packs, to the next class. Shame on us.

For all my cynicism, forget not that this is a benevolent, wish-granting spirit. If we take a walk into its world, it will scamper through ours. As I writhed on the ground, snarfling acorns and fleeing from passersby, I asked the spiritual squirrel to show me its spectral nuts.

I don’t believe it understood quite what I was asking, but the sentiment was nice.

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The Tariq Nasheed controversy

Carletonian - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 4:26pm

Unless you’re a Twitter enthusiast or someone who happens to catch some of the most obscure news, the recent Tariq Nasheed scandal likely passed you by. Nasheed is an American movie producer and Twitter activist/social commentator. Interestingly, he describes himself as the “World’s #1 Race Baiter,” and sees himself as an opponent and activist against white supremacy and racism towards the Black community. However, one of his latest claims of racism created a Twitter backlash so large that he briefly became a Top 20 trending topic on the platform. 

He posted a video of a distressed Holiday Inn employee as the videographer, a Black customer who is not Nasheed, harasses the employee. The customer was apparently upset about a mistake in the reservation system which he is attempting to get fixed. The employee for whatever reason seems to be unable to do this. Whether that’s because of a genuine inability to manipulate the system in such a way, or an individual difficulty managing the system, is irrelevant. It is, however, important that the customer continues to follow him after he has communicated that he has mental health difficulties and that he’s going to presumably need some time to work. 

It gets to the point that the employee becomes so distressed that he proceeds to repeatedly smash his head into the computer monitor, eventually breaking down in tears, and attempting to leave the area. The customer continues to film and follows the man while continuing to essentially mock him. 

Nasheed posted the video under the pretense that the employee was being racist by reacting like that towards a Black man scolding him for a mistake. Additionally, he also claims that employee called the customer the “N” word prior to the start of the video. The employee, on the other hand, also claims that the customer called him a homosexual slur and that he wasn’t particularly offended since he is “a raging homosexual.” Whether or not either claim is true is unknown, since we don’t particularly have evidence for either in the video.

As someone who has watched the video, it’s rather difficult to see any situation, racial slur or not, where the employee is not the victim here. There’s a point where our sense of compassion and empathy towards others should take center stage — and I’d say the point where a person, whether you’re in a conflict with them or not, begins to hurt themselves, is visibly sobbing and is not currently mentally or emotionally well should be that point. Based on the raucous discussion that Nasheed raised, it seems that most people, Black or not, are in agreement with this and recognize that there’s such a thing as just being a bad person no matter the race. 

Where I think the problem lies is that there are people, predominantly Black, who are on Nasheed’s side, believing that the employee was being racist in his reaction and that the customer did the right thing. Additionally, they also believe anyone who comes to the defense of the employee is a racist if not a white supremacist. The very idea that there are people who are able to coherently believe this is astonishing to me, surprising but not unexpected with the rise of Black Entitlement in the U.S.

To clarify, when I say Black Entitlement, I don’t speak of Black Privilege, which I still consider to be a joke. Black Entitlement, as it’s used here, is meant to represent the rising conception in Black America that Blacks are deserving of some special treatments and indeed privileges, that they believe can’t be afforded to others. It simply doesn’t rise to the ranks of pure privilege, because at the end of the day, Blacks in America cannot do what they want, say want they want, look how they want or act as they please in a society where all those things are figuratively and quite literally policed. However, the fact that Black Americans feel they have certain pockets of the world in which they hold some special positions is indisputable.

I think of the astonishingly common phrase that “Black people can’t be racist,” which I find to be a surprisingly accepted falsehood, both within the Black community and the collective political left. The idea seems to stem from the fact that Blacks cannot be systemically racist in a society where they ultimately have no power and remain marginalized communities, and where they are ultimately discriminated against by systems of power. However, being systematically racist is very different from being individually racist, and Blacks are as prone to it as any other race. The idea that racism can only be systemic is absurd, principally because the very fact that systemic racism must be qualified with the word “systemic” is a prime indicator that racism on its own is not as such.

If racism by definition was systemic, by that logic there would not exist racist individuals; instead there could only be people who work for and people who support systems of racism. 

If that were the case I wouldn’t be hearing individuals being called racist every other day. However, if we agree that all individuals have the capacity to say, and do racist things, then by what stream of logic do we reach the conclusion that Black people cannot be racist? Is the saying “all white people are racist” not equally a racialized generalization as “all Black people are criminals?” The simple fact is that they are generalizations. They are both very different from acknowledging the facts that “all white people, like all people, have the potential to be racist,” and “all black people, like all people, have the potential to be criminals.” They assert negative generalizations as a characteristic of a singular race.

This trend towards believing that Blacks are immune from certain negative characteristics or qualifications is what I believe to be the primary contributor to a rise in the defense of negative actions and words of Black Americans. People are beginning to believe that Black America is above that. The simple fact is that we’re not, and it’s time that we recognize that.

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Love

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 4:20pm

“Don’t demand that things happen as you wish, but wish that they happen as they do happen, and you will go on well.” -Epictetus, The Enchiridion (No. 8)

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New ice cream shop adds flavors to downtown

Northfield News - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 1:05pm
A new ice cream shop in downtown Northfield is bringing a wealth of flavors to the community while attracting more visitors to the city's Riverwalk.
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Stumping on the Stoop

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 9:44am

There are 11 windows. Twelve if you count the glass in the top half of the door. The floor — and nearly everything else in my porch — is wood. These almost 118 square feet, from where I write these words, are not as old as the house they introduce. The house turns 101 this […]

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Process

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 10:22pm

“If you do it for a result in the future, you are not doing it.” -Alan Watts, as quoted in In Search of Greatness (2019)

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Hwy 19 closed, detoured May 12-14 for watermain repairs

Northfield News - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 9:29pm
Hwy. 19 between Armstrong Road and Hwy. 3 will be closed and detoured from 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 12 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 14 as crews repair a watermain and perform railroad maintenance, according to the Minnesota Department of…
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Nearly $950,000 for park rest rooms, City Hall upgrades on go

Northfield News - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 1:11pm
Almost $950,000 in upgrades to rest rooms at one of the city's busiest parks and to City Hall lhave earned the Northfield City Council's approval.
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Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 5/8/21

KYMN Radio - Sat, 05/08/2021 - 10:54am
We talk track today on the wrap.  Head Coach Tyler Balow joins the program and gets us caught up on the overall season and what lies ahead. AJ Resetter goes the distance with Martin Brice and Will Tidona in this weeks meet the Raider, followed up with the past weeks sores and highlights of Raider

Celebrando a las madres en la pandemia

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 9:14pm
Se celebra de nuevo un año más a las madres en un programa especial con entrevistas y recuperando un programa de 2019. Programa en dos segmentos. Entrevistas a madres en la pandemia y un segmento del programa de 2019.  

St. Olaf celebrates academic excellence with Honors Day

St. Olaf College - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 3:40pm
St. Olaf held its annual Honors Day on Friday, May 7, a celebration of student academic accomplishments, a time to express gratitude for faculty members, and a moment to say “thank you” to alumni and friends of the college who provide scholarships.
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President David Anderson announces intent to retire in 2023

St. Olaf College - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 2:23pm
St. Olaf President David R. Anderson '74 announced his intent to retire after the 2022–23 academic year. He has served as president of the college since 2006.
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Grid congestion caps Minnesotan's rooftop solar ambitions

Northfield News - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 12:45pm
The explosive growth of community solar projects to meet demand from Twin Cities customers is curtailing clean energy options in Northfield.
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Lippert stresses sustained vigilance against virus; Dunn discusses body cameras; Oddfellows restrooms to get a makeover

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 12:01pm
By Rich Larson, News Director Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz made a major announcement regarding the Covid-19 protocols that have been in place since March of last year.  The governor set a timeline that will lead to the end of all Covid-19 restrictions. Beginning at noon today there will no longer capacity limitations on large outdoor venues, the

Local CPAs agree, filing taxes in 2021 a challenge

Northfield News - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 10:30am
As the postponed IRS tax deadline of May 17 fast approaches, local tax preparers say they’re dealing with unprecedented headaches that personal filers will certainly want to be aware of largely due to the flurry of COVID-19 related legislation passed…
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Craig Swenson on upcoming activities at FiftyNorth

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 9:20am
Craig Swenson  provides information on upcoming events and activities at FiftyNorth.

Highway 19 to close Wednesday-Friday next week

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 8:55am
The Northfield Public Works Department announced today that Highway 19 between Armstrong Road and Highway 3 will be closed from 7am on Wednesday, May 12 to 5pm on Friday, May 14 to repair a watermain and to perform maintenance on the railroad.  A detour will be posted using Eaves Avenue, North Avenue, Eveleth Avenue, 320 Street

Representative Todd Lippert on easing Covid restrictions, the need to fund schools, and more

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 8:36am
State Representative Todd Lippert discusses easing of the Covid restrictions as announced by the Governor yesterday, the need to fund schools, and more.
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