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A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michellehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09921244970889478836noreply@blogger.com
Categories: Organizations

Questions and answers about ICE regulations impact on international students

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 7:04pm

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released new regulations on Monday, July 6, that will prevent foreign college students from staying in the country if their schooling is carried out entirely online in the fall.

How do these new regulations affect international students, and how is St. Olaf responding? Read on for an explanatory Q&A

Where does St. Olaf currently sit in regards to the new ICE regulations?

Currently, the College is adopting a hybrid model for the fall semester that includes a mix of both online and in-person classes. This means that St. Olaf international students will be able to take both in-person and online courses in the fall in the same way domestic students would be able to.

The new regulation is not the Final Rule in the Federal Register, according to Megan Carmès, Assistant Director for International Student Engagement in the Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion. This means that the fall 2020 guidance could continue to change before the semester begins, leaving international students at St. Olaf and across the country in an unpredictable position after the new, updated guidelines were released.  

Will international students be allowed to remain in the U.S. under St. Olaf’s current fall plans?

Yes. Since St. Olaf is currently adopting a hybrid model, the updated guidelines will allow international students currently located in the U.S. to remain in the country for their studies. 

How will international students’ schooling be affected by these new regulations?

Each international student will be allowed to take online courses. However, to meet the new regulations, all international students must have at least one in-person component of their schooling in the U.S. 

Moreover, colleges must certify that each student permitted by a F-1 visa is taking “the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program” to remain in the U.S., according to the new federal guidance.

It is currently unclear how St. Olaf will meet this certification, but President David Anderson ’74 has assured community members that the Registrar will continue to work individually with international students.

Does the College anticipate a switch to a more hybrid or entirely online system in the fall as COVID-19 continues to progress?

According to an email from President Anderson to The Messenger, the College does not currently anticipate a switch to entirely online schooling in the fall. The College is planning a hybrid system with a mix of in-person and online courses for students.    

What will happen to international students if the College switches to entirely online schooling in the fall?

International students will be forced to leave the country if St. Olaf switches to entirely online schooling in the fall and if current regulations remain in place. President Anderson has assured community members that the College will work to accommodate international students on campus the best that they can in the event that St. Olaf is allowed to accommodate students. 

International students will be able to continue their schooling off-campus if the College switches entirely online. 

Will international students currently abroad be allowed to return to campus for in-person schooling in the fall?

Under the College’s current approach, international students currently abroad will be allowed to return to campus to complete their studies, as long as they can receive visas and other necessary documentation and are not blocked by travel restrictions.

President Anderson has ensured community members that the College is continuing to work individually with international students who are currently outside the U.S. to ensure their fall schooling is handled successfully. The Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion, Dean of Students, Admissions, Financial Aid and the Registrar are all assisting international students currently abroad.  

How are other colleges around the country reacting to the new regulations?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University filed a joint lawsuit against ICE and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday, July 8, asking a Massachusetts court to prevent ICE and DHS from enforcing the new guidance and to declare it unlawful.

Tens of other colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota, have supported the lawsuit through the filing of amicus briefs.

The Association of American Universities (AAU) President Mary Sue Coleman released a statement on behalf of AAU criticizing the new regulations as “immensely misguided and deeply cruel to tens of thousands of international students who come to the United States every year,” the statement reads.

Other peer institutions have taken no conclusive steps but have offered support for their international students and criticism for the new regulation.

marand1@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Good Sam Club camping

KYMN Radio - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 11:50am
RVing is the thing to do in 2020.  More people than ever are hitting the road in a RV.  The Good Sam Club is an international organization of recreational vehicle (RV) owners and the largest organization of RV owners in the world. Listen in as Dave Vesledahl talks with Tom and Brenda O’Neil, Minnesota Good

Misty, Water-Colored

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 8:18am
Today is 7-11. When I wrote those numbers at the top of a fresh page in my notebook this morning I heard the sound they made in my mind and my mind sent me back to a day more summers ago than I care to count when we rode our bikes what seemed like a […]
Categories: Citizens

July 2020

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 4:54am
11 Saturday Fast weeks. Early mornings. A break from the humidity. A break from food. The benefits of squat practice. A mowed lawn. The confidence to criticize. 90 minutes of escape at just the right time. The strength to be constructive. Good conversation. Electronic boundaries. Waiting until you are ready. Tater tots. 5 Sunday Talking […]
Categories: Citizens

NSP thinks they don’t need to file Application!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 3:45pm

Freeborn Wind/NSP’s position is simple: We don’t have to file a new application and we’ve worked it all out with Commerce-EERA. AFCL says we’ve heard all that before… uh-huh… whatever…

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And here’s what we filed that the were responding to:

Motion_Order to Show CauseDownload
Categories: Citizens

CAC: End of eviction moratorium could spell more homeless

Northfield News - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 3:45pm
Northfield Community Action Center employees are expressing concern that plans to lift the state’s eviction moratorium Monday could increase the number of homeless.
Categories: Local News

Supremes recognize Indian Country

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 2:23pm

Held: For MCA purposes, land reserved for the Creek Nation since the 19th century remains “Indian country.”

Here’s the full case:

McGirt v Oklahoma_Supreme Court Case No. 18-9526Download
Categories: Citizens

Tim and Tami Little family recognized as 2020 Rice County Farm Family of the Year

Northfield News - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 1:40pm
The Tim and Tami Little family has been named Rice County’s “2020 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.
Categories: Local News

AgVocate 'Farmer Kevin' leaves behind lasting impact on farm community, students

Northfield News - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 1:00pm
Children from area elementary schools knew him as “Farmer Kevin,” the man who visited their class to talk about soybeans, corn and pigs as well as farmers’ impact on the world.
Categories: Local News

NHS keeps door open to public restroom; Felon voting controversy; Hwy 60/57 roundabout now open; City wins GreenStep award

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director In 2011, the Northfield Historical Society entered into a Forgivable Loan and Facility Use Agreement with the City of Northfield which allowed NHS to build restroom facilities for employees and patrons as well as, the general public, free of charge. Due to the pandemic, Executive Director Cathy Osterman asked the

City Council Work Session Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 11:59am
Event date: July 14, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Members of the public may monitor the meeting electronically:

Conference # +1 (872) 240-3212
Access code: 297-016-373

Lippert steps away from First UCC to focus on political work, reelection

Northfield News - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 11:30am
District 20B Rep. Todd Lippert stepped away from his role as Northfield First United Church of Christ senior minister earlier this year to focus on political work and seek reelection.
Categories: Local News

CAC Director Scott Wopata on supportive housing project

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 9:44am
Northfield CAC Executive Director Scott Wopata talks about its project to provide supportive housing at the old Hillcrest motel site. The plans are for 6 buildings, 17 housing units on the site.

The Hill From A Distance: Continued career and internship support

St. Olaf College - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 9:00am
Our blog series, The Hill From A Distance, features messages from a variety of campus leaders — and this week Piper Center for Vocation and Career Director Leslie Moore '77 shares how career and internship support has continued in a virtual world.
Categories: Colleges

The Weekly List – The Songs for the Poor Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 6:00pm
This week with Tax Day on the very near horizon, Rich plays some music to commiserate with the folks who have been hit hard by the recent economic downturn.

Air-Source Heat Pumps Webinar

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 5:24pm
Event date: July 14, 2020
Event Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
An air-source heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling for your home. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. Learn more about air-source heat pumps and what you need to know before installing one.

COVID-19 pandemic highlights Minnesota's racial inequities

Northfield News - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 4:00pm
As COVID-19 cases continue to mount, both local and national statistics show that the impact of the pandemic is being felt particularly acutely among immigrants and people of color.
Categories: Local News

Trench collapse buries man to his chest; City gets less than 1% interest rate on bonding sale – leads to reduction in assessments; Court trials resuming as zoom hearings continue; NDDC is Accredited Main Street

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director Faribault Fire and Police responded to a trench collapse yesterday afternoon. Around 12:30, they received a call to 1340 Matteson St. in Faribault on report of a man buried up to his chest. Co-workers had cleared the dirt away from the victim’s chest and he was conscious and breathing. Fire

With CARES Act funding decided, local officials look to divvy it up

Northfield News - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:30am
While local municipalities are just figuring out how to spend millions of dollars in one-time funding from the federal government, area school districts have already made plans for how they intend to spend their allocations.
Categories: Local News
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