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Man found in Cannon Lake identified; City of Nfld will seek bids on solar; Family/student/teacher mtgs start an unprecedented school year start; KYMN’s Election Guide to local elections to launch Monday

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director The man found in Cannon Lake yesterday morning has been identified as 84 year old James R. Frederick of Faribault. Rice County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 3000 block of Cannon Lake Tr. in Wells Township to assist a person looking for their father. A pair of boots were

Video Production: One Novice’s Workflow

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 10:58am

Like lots of us, my work pretty quickly shifted this year to emphasize remote instruction. And remote instruction means (among other things) instructional videos. And I have never made an instructional video or any other kind of video that wasn’t just pointing my phone at something cute my nephews or pets are doing and then sharing that with friends and family. So… I don’t know what I’m doing. Like, not at all.

Last spring I made a few videos using our institution’s lecture capture system, Panopto. (Insert shudder here about the panopticon…) Pros: I was able to get up and running with no-frills videos quickly, and I really appreciate any help I can get with accessibility features like captions. Cons: editing is extremely limited, and I just couldn’t get it to do some of the things I needed.

Me in full video-projection mode

So over the summer I watched some YouTube videos about making videos (very meta), and then I faced down almost a week of script-writer’s block, and then I spent a week writing a whole bunch of scripts. And I made myself a slide template so that my videos would have a consistent look to them, which I’m hoping will help me mix and match them for the various courses I’ll be supporting. And now I’m deep in the weeds of video production.

Here’s the process I’ve developed so far:

  1. Write a script (trying to get things down to 5 minutes or less means I can’t risk too many tangents, and making videos that people may need to watch more than once means I can’t risk too many stumbles, so scripts are where it’s at for me right now)
  2. Create slides in PowerPoint using my template
  3. Export the slides as large-ish JPEG images
  4. In QuickTime, record a “movie” of me going through the script. (I don’t use my face through the whole finished video, but if there’s any part of this where I want the video and audio synced up, it’s when my mouth is moving, so it’s easiest for me to just record this all and then overlay it with other stuff later where all I need is my voice.)
  5. In QuickTime again, record any screen captures I’ll need of me navigating through things or whatever.
  6. Sometimes I need screen captures of me drawing or annotating PDFs or whatever, and I do those on my iPad.
  7. In iMovie, edit the places where I stumbled or whatever, and then drop in the Slide images and screen captures (usually sped up to x2 or x4 speeds) where appropriate.
  8. Sometimes I need to do more voice-over work in iMovie.
  9. Export my movie to my computer
  10. Import my movie to Panopto
  11. Use Panopto to generate auto-captions and then go through and edit the captions as needed.

If the video isn’t super specific to a single course, I’ve added two more steps:

  1. Download the caption file from Panopto
  2. Upload the movie and the caption file to YouTube

Now I have two places where students can find my videos:

  • Panopto: easy to feed into their Moodle courses, etc, and familiar on campus for course-related viewing
  • YouTube: easier to stumble across or use for less formal work

And through all of this, one of the big things I’ve learned is that it is absolutely possible to be super corny and super boring all at the same time! Weeeee!

My main other take-away is that need to figure out a teleprompter situation. Right now I’m not very happy with the fact that my eyes are always just slightly down from camera even though I’ve pushed my script up as high as I can on my computer screen. Recommendations for good set-ups are welcome!

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Representative Todd Lippert comments on 4th Special Legislative Session

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 9:22am
District 20B Representative Todd Lippert discusses the 4th Special Session of the Minnesota Legislature held on September 11.

Voting open for presidential, state and local elections

Northfield News - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 4:15am
With everything from president to school board on the ballot, November’s election could hardly have higher stakes — and it’s now less than 50 days away.
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The Weekly List – The Cosmic American Music Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 6:00pm
On the anniversary of his passing, Rich looks at the music of Gram Parsons and the rich legacy of music he influenced and inspired.

Organizers raise nearly $3,400 for CAC, Minneapolis church

Northfield News - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 6:00pm
Jessi Labenski knew she wanted to help.
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Online Sidewalk Yoga

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 5:26pm

Tuesday, I looked out my office window around 10 and saw a young woman, dressed in athletic clothes, lying perfectly still on the sidewalk below. I started, thinking something was wrong. But she had a laptop next to her, and after a second, she sat up and assumed a yoga pose. Ah, okay, she’s doing yoga. Outside. On concrete. In the open spot between one academic building and another. Okay.

Today, I happened to get a cup of coffee at about ten, and as I walked back to my office, I nearly stepped on her, again lying perfectly still on the sidewalk. This time, though, I could hear a yoga instructor giving directions through laptop. Ah, okay, she’s in a yoga class. A physical education yoga class. Online. The kid is doing her required PE class via Zoom. Outside. On concrete. In the open spot between one academic building and another. Impressive. Sad. Impressively, sadly normal.

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To Watch From a Window

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:46pm

To watch from a window,

Is to see beauty in motion.

To watch seasons come to and fro,

Is to see love and devotion.

 

Her bright gleam smiles upon us,

Light but shines to reveal stunning sights.

Here, her intense gaze glows most beauteous,

And with never ending grace, she fills my nights.

 

As she journeys, winds coerce the falling fronds;

Each guiding a new vision or ambition.

Though chills strike in times far from fond,

Her quiet comfort calms my inhibition.

 

While her bite is cold as ice,

She inevitably rests on my shoulder.

There, her prolonged presence does not think twice,

For her company makes her love bolder.

 

Now her story, though constant, is reborn.

New blossoms inspire and brighten my days.

Passion, love, and creativity adorn

The canvas of the lover who I need always.

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The End or the Beginning?

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:43pm

The sunshine gleams on the windowsill, refracting through the glass and gracing everything it touches with its presence. The soft beams begin to intensify, conquering all other colors until there is nothing left but pure, blinding white. Dazedly, as if lured by a pleasant daydream, I become ensnared in its haunting glory. “Is this my salvation?” I wonder helplessly as I feel it swallow me up from the inside.

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Boe Chapel, Old Main, Holland Hall

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:40pm
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Don’t rush the vaccine

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:25pm

Vaccines save lives, are safe and effective and are arguably the most important development of modern science.

However, we should be concerned about President Donald Trump’s administration’s political interference at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two of the world’s preeminent public health agencies. These institutions are tasked with monitoring the development of and offering the final approval on vaccines, which includes any potential COVID-19 vaccine.

A recent memo from the CDC directed states to prepare for the mass distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1. Coincidentally, there is another major event happening just two days later: the general election.

Last March, the FDA granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine after the Trump administration praised the drug. The authorization was reversed weeks later when large studies found the drug had no, or even negative, benefits.

In August, the FDA declined to issue an EUA for convalescent plasma treatments. However, once Peter Navarro, a White House trade advisor, told reporters that “there should absolutely be no controversy about convalescent plasma,” the FDA quickly reversed itself, issuing an EUA for the plasma therapy. The FDA commissioner then went on to spread false information that the therapy would save 35 lives for every 100 who received the treatment. 

In July, a group of former CDC officials wrote a Perspective in the Washington Post titled, “We ran the CDC. No president ever politicized its science the way Trump has.” A recent poll by Harris found that 80 percent of Americans think the development of the COVID-19 vaccine is politically motivated.

Science should not be political. Politicization of science means the public may not trust the vaccine. We need to be fighting against apprehension now by demanding that the White House not interfere with vaccine development and approval processes. The major biotech and pharmaceutical companies have already taken an important step by announcing that they would not seek approval from the FDA until they are confident in the safety and efficacy of their vaccine. 

It’s a matter of life and death that the American public trusts the vaccine. Only then can we return to pre-pandemic life. I will be the first in line when a vaccine is approved, but I will feel a lot better about it if the FDA encourages an extra month or two of safety trials. I know the public will too.

Jacob is from Plymouth, MN. His majors are biology and political science.

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Man Drowns In Cannon Lake

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:24pm
The Rice County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drowing death in Cannon Lake west of Faribault.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn released this statement:Rice County Sheriff’s Office NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE: September 17, 2020 Date/Time of Incident: September 17, 2020. Time of call 10:49 am Incident Description: Death Investigation Location of Incident: 3000 block

Gen Z, we have to support the Green New Deal  

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:18pm

In my home state of Colorado, a fire that’s spanned over 100,000 acres has made the mountains invisible. Last week, we had three inches of snow and a record temperature drop. The sky in California is red. This increase in extreme weather and natural disasters is just a taste of what will happen in the coming decades if the problem of climate change is not dealt with. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that an average temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrialized levels will lead to disaster, with millions of people becoming refugees, a complete collapse in food production and wars over water. To stop a climate fallout, greenhouse gas emissions need to be at a net zero by 2050—we have ten years to get on track for this. This is a genuinely apocalyptic situation heightened by our government’s inaction over the past ten years. So, if the Green New Deal seems like an extreme solution, it is—for an extreme problem. 

The most common argument against the Green New Deal is about how much it would cost. It’s expensive to provide jobs and get to 100 percent clean energy, but the IPCC projects that the U.S. will lose about $500 billion in annual economic output by 2100 due to climate change. The possible economic effects created by combating climate change pale in comparison to the unprecedented economic collapse that the climate crisis will create.

Also, it’s cheaper to use clean energy. For the parts of the country that already use it, it’s the most affordable option. Sometimes, industries die off. This post-industrialized world is cursed by our continuing reliance on oil. It’s an unstable commodity, much of which comes from overseas. Jobs will be lost in the transition away from oil, but more can easily be created in clean energy. Sadly, the amount of money and political power that the fossil fuel industry and our largest corporations have is obscene. This is why we need to enact strong legislation to make the switch to renewable energy happen. 

The Green New Deal is much more concerned with aiding the U.S. economy than most people realize. The deal mitigates the threat of climate change while bolstering economic output and improving the lives of workers. You could whine about the program being too socialist, but programs like President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal massively stimulated the economy while making life better for the people. We can do that again. 

Last year, I joined the Sunrise Movement, a group of youth climate activists fighting for a Green New Deal and a liveable future. It’s amazing how passionate and energetic young people are about the climate, but it is because we have to be. We’re going to be the first generation to experience the effects of the climate crisis fully, but we can also be the one to stop it. 

Great strides have already been made, such as the primary wins of climate champions like Senator Ed Markey. But we need to do more. We need to listen to science and reason, and therefore, we need to make 2021 the year of the Green New Deal. 

Check out congress.gov to learn more about the Green New Deal.

Charlotte is from Boulder, CO.

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The art of performing to an empty room

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:14pm

From pro sports to Broadway, institutions have undergone massive changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is not only the athletes, musicians, actors and TV show hosts but also the millions of avid fans around the world who face these unprecedented challenges. Therefore, we must ask—how important is it that fans flood back into stadiums and theaters?

Deprived of the chance to cheer on their favorite sports team, many fans jumped at the opportunity that Major League Baseball (MLB) offered to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves or even their dogs to have a front-row seat in stadiums. Twitter blew up with tweets about sitting next to a celebrity at a baseball game or being sent the homerun ball if it hit your cardboard self, and a new type of excitement buzzed around the world of sports.

The MLB, the National Hockey League and the National Football League began piping crowd noise into the stadiums in an attempt to bring the spirit of the game back. The topic generated conflict because the fake noise may be more distracting for the players and ruins the feel of the game. Initially, the idea was to recreate the feeling of excitement and competition within the stadium and to cover the voices of the players so the integrity of the game would not be compromised. In theory, piped-in noise is a good idea to make the best of the situation, but when I watch games, I find that the cardboard cutouts of people’s giant heads and artificial cheering make the game more of a comedy. 

In the world of entertainment, comedians have taken to performing in front of virtual audiences. Broadway is streaming previously performed musicals, and the Grand Ole Opry is a ghost town for musicians. Similar to sports, we lose the excitement of being physically present watching the best of the best perform surrounded by an atmosphere of noise and nerves. Although the chat button and fake laughter attempt to bring the joy back, the feeling of physically attending these events is unbeatable. 

St. Olaf, as well as many other institutions, faces the likelihood that performances will be live-streamed and audiences will be absent or at least socially distanced outside until 2021 at the earliest. As fans, there is a loss of connection between the teams and performers that we love, and on the other side, there is a different energy without applause and shouts. Although performing to an empty room has its challenges, the effects of opening up too soon are far greater.

Zoe is from Braddock Heights, MD.

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The problems with St. Olaf’s Policy on Student Demonstration

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:12pm

Following the 7 Feet for 7 Shots protest and counter-protest, it became clear how much more work St. Olaf needs to do to support and uplift its Black, brown and minority students. The protest illuminates many policies that the College needs to change, including the silencing of the Policy on Student Demonstration that went into effect in 2017 after school-wide protests against racism.

The Policy on Student Demonstration outlines the types of protest that are welcomed and the ones that are banned or restricted. The policy begins by emphasizing the encouragement and support of free speech and then goes on to describe St. Olaf’s restrictions on the matter. Amplified music, blocking walkways, not cleaning up after an event and generally disrupting the usual flow of business are some of the restricted behaviors, all of which were a part of the 2017 protests.

The adoption of the Policy on Student Demonstration presents a major issue. It shows that those protests were not supported by the school. St. Olaf should be proud of students for standing up for what they believe in. Instead, the response was to silence students and stop a similar protest from happening again. 

The policy is extremely restrictive. The fact that St. Olaf wants to remain orderly even when students are demanding to be recognized shows a lack of care for the voices of the unheard. 

The emphasis on free speech within the Policy presents a false sense of open discussion, when in actuality St. Olaf limits protest but not hate speech. The existence of the Olefront and Olefrontier Instagram accounts exhibits that harassment, hate speech and blatant racism are a part of our campus. There should always be disciplinary action in these circumstances. St. Olaf needs to be crystal clear about the types of discourses that are encouraged and the ones that are banned. With vague and positive language like that used in the policy, it is unclear where the administration stands in supporting minority students, who are often the ones protesting. 

I will not deny that the policy seems fairly standard in comparison with the policies of other private institutions similar to St. Olaf. This does not make it right. I want to see administration unafraid to be criticized and in full support of the voices of their students no matter what. 

Reading the current policy took me back to high school where we were asked to have a permission slip to do future walk-outs after the national walkout for gun control following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. It felt important to me not to sign that permission slip but to get suspended or sacrifice my grade in solidarity with the movement. That was the point of the walkout. The policy felt inconsistent with the merits and ethics of protest in general.

Nevertheless, the privilege of protesting securely is not ubiquitous for all students. The vagueness of the policy might leave students wondering what will happen if they don’t follow it, leading to questions about losing financial aid and other disciplinary actions. These questions are scary, especially for minority students who already feel like their place on campus is not always secure. 

As a community, we need to thwart the continued narrative that allowing free speech jeopardizes and oppresses the feelings of people who disagree. If the same amount of energy and emphasis was put into stopping white supremacy as was put into restricting demonstration, St. Olaf might be in a better, more encouraging place. 

I believe an updated policy needs to state a rejection of racism and hate speech, describe explicitly the disciplinary action that might occur if it is broken, loosen overall restrictions on protests and clarify the importance of accountability at a private institution. 

Caroline is from Pasadena, CA.

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HeartBeat: Get creative with your love  

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 4:07pm

Magnum

Anyone who has ever gone to a supermarket with an empty stomach knows how appetite hampers our judgment and often leads to regrettable choices. This year, Oles came from quarantining with their families to campus in the same state of mind as that with which a hungry Costco cardholder sets upon a family-size box of bagel bites. That’s why the 2020-2021 school year is sure to provide a bumper crop of flings, embarrassing stories and Zoom breakout room flirting that is bound to make the third person in your discussion group really uncomfortable.

It is as much a time of risk as opportunity, however. A whole new set of questions face the Zoom student in search of love: “What’s under that mask?” “Is that a ‘Pulp Fiction’ poster in his room?” “Did I just send ‘great comment! ;)’ to the whole class instead of privately?” “Wait, that’s a first-year?”

Certain students will be thrilled to learn that your peers cannot smell you through a Zoom screen, fortunately permitting the consumption of a full loaf of garlic bread prior to a class with your imagined beau. Just as exciting is the face mask’s role in covering up an early-stage facial hair experiment. Wear it for classes and then, on your first caf date with the unfortunate student who liked your eyes, whip off the mask to reveal your caterpillar-lip and ask them to call you “Magnum.” That’ll work.

But with in-person clubs suspended, the hallway crowds thinned, Stav Hall socially distanced and the non-alcoholic gatherings that once defined Ole social life ruled out, it might be hard to get some quality time with the apple of your eye — the one who would probably fall for you if you were just pinned to their screen instead of exiled to the second page of gallery view. If slipping into their Moodle DMs is too forward for you, think creatively. Is your quarantine crush an athlete? Try stalking them on Strava or MapMyRun, and then jog the same Natural Lands routes, claiming to be a fellow passionate runner. By the time they realize you aren’t an exercise fanatic but are in fact an irrevocable creep, they’ll be too in love with you to be mad. Probably.

You could, of course, transfer to their schedule entirely for a little more quality time. Lying about who you are, what you do and the sort of things you’re interested in is one of the best ways to find a meaningful relationship. If you’re not willing to take that step, consider bribing your professor into pairing the two of you for some group work. Nothing brings about romance like a due date and something neither one of you wants to do. It works for married couples!

Ultimately, we’ll all need a dash of courage and good luck in our amorous adventures this year, no matter what stage of a relationship we’re struggling with. Flirting isn’t easy, but neither is keeping a relationship healthy with all manner of restrictions (and roommates who no longer have any reasons to leave the room, ever). So good luck, Oles, and find some closeness at a distance.

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MediaBeat: The new, live-action “Mulan” 

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 3:58pm

When I first heard that Disney would be making a live-action “Mulan” movie — one that didn’t have any musical numbers and wanted to be more faithful to the original story and culture — I was more than excited. I didn’t like the live-action remakes of other Disney Renaissance films because they tried to recreate the original shot for shot. Sure, there is some obvious enjoyment in seeing these live-action films, but they are still very much inferior to the original animated versions. I was ecstatic for “Mulan” because it sounded like it would set itself apart from the original. Now that the movie has been put on Disney+, costing subscribers an extra $30 to watch, one wonders: Is the price worth it? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. I’m glad I saw it, but I definitely have some gripes.

While I was excited for the fresh take on this film, the changes the filmmakers made didn’t feel nearly as impactful as they should have. The best example I can give is the phoenix, which replaces the character Mushu from the original film. I am glad Disney made this change in order to set a more realistic and serious tone. However, I was hoping the phoenix would have just as strong of a relationship with Mulan as Mushu had in the original. Unfortunately, other than a few moments of screen time, the phoenix does not do much aside from serve as visual eye candy. Plus, Mulan doesn’t really connect with it on a personal level. If the filmmakers wanted to justify the changes they made, they could have given it more meaningful contributions.

Another example of a disappointing change is the small role of the witch. She was my favorite part of the movie; I enjoyed seeing all of her cool powers on display while also witnessing her satisfying character arc. The story would have benefited from her being the main antagonist since her story parallels Mulan’s. Unfortunately, the witch doesn’t have much of an impact on the story aside from a small scene. Furthermore, it does not help that the main villain of the story is not exactly noteworthy. 

Simply put, not many of the new characters actually stand out. What is the point in changing these characters if they are going to serve a similar purpose as in the original? 

I would be fine with these small changes if the story itself was interesting enough to carry the film. I felt like everyone involved was going through the motions in terms of plot. Those who have seen the animated version will know exactly what happens at each stage of the story. A certain level of predictability is to be expected, but if the filmmakers really wanted to make the live-action version different from the original, changing at least part of the plot certainly would have helped. 

The filmmakers did not have trouble shaking up Mulan’s character in this film. Unlike the original, which showed her having to work her way to the top, she starts out being skilled and competent as a warrior. I honestly don’t mind this change, as it helps to color the narrative in a different way. It shows that no matter how hard she tries, Mulan can never be herself in front of the patriarchal society. Only when she proves herself through her commitment and courage do people understand and respect her. This strength then gives her the chance to be her true self. Sure, it’s not the most cohesive message, but I can at least appreciate the writers for trying to do something different. 

That being said, not only do her new powers feel like a huge deus ex machina, but they’re given so little explanation that they feel out of place. If at least one other person were seen channeling their chi in the same way as Mulan, it would make more sense. As it stands, however, it feels like the writers gave her new abilities just for the sake of her being a strong “chosen one.” Her natural superiority over everyone else gives less space for moments that truly resonate. Overall, the biggest problem of this film is that the story lacks substance and is ultimately a bland imitation of the original.

Of course, that’s not to say that this movie is a complete mess. This one definitely does a lot more to show appreciation for Chinese traditions and culture than the original ever did. Not to mention the backgrounds and cinematography are straight-up gorgeous, and the action scenes are truly spectacles to behold. I think the film is worth experiencing at least once if you’re even slightly interested. Definitely wait to watch it on Disney+ until December, though; that way, you won’t have to pay the $30.

It is clear that this remake has not brought honor to us all. Here’s to hoping that Disney can give future remakes better, more creative treatment.

 

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Postponed senior art show celebrates playful and contemplative pieces

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 3:48pm

Each year, at the conclusion of their time at St. Olaf, senior art majors undergo the creation of four to seven pieces of art. These pieces, exhibited in the Senior Show, are the culmination of the skills students have mastered over their four years at St. Olaf. 

Artists’ themes often have a personal message or demonstrate their experiences and ambitions. As I toured this year’s Senior Show, I was impressed not only by the beautiful art, but also by the range of topics addressed. The artists expressed themselves through their particular medium, artistic style and topic. Some decided to tackle significant issues, including sexuality, race, religion and environmental awareness. Through their evocative works of art, these creators called their audience to action and informed them of a variety of issues. 

Memorable pieces included Lesly Damaris Ramos Perez’s ’20 “Atrapada,” which focused on immigrant identity, and Sarah Guilford’s ’20 “A Theater Near You,” which highlighted the lack of minority representation in cinema. 

In addition to these important themes, there were also satirical pieces, including Elissa Krauses’s ’20 “The Pink,” which commented on consumerism in America. Other seniors decided to relay personal experiences or beliefs through their exhibits. In these playful and stunning pieces, you can relate to the artists on a personal level and see the world as they do. Less serious exhibits, though just as exceptionally artistic and fun, included Jose Gomez Jr.’s ’20 “Quirks,” an illustrative self-portrait of their unique habits.

Mediums varied between artists and included watercolor, photography, painted glass, sculpture, pottery, acrylic and oil paint. Individual artistic style was also apparent throughout the show; some pieces focused on realism, while others utilized surrealism, satire or advertisement.

The Senior Show is located in the Flaten Art Museum and is open on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. I would highly recommend supporting these artists and their accomplishments by stopping by to admire their work. There is a short written explanation of the artist’s inspiration and intention next to each work of art. As you take in the exhibit, I encourage you to read these insights and ponder the message of the artists.

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School districts turn to CARES Act to offset MSHSL's large fee increases

Northfield News - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 3:45pm
The Minnesota State High School League has taken a hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving member schools to deal with the consequences.
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Giannis needs help

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 3:37pm

Giannis Antetokounmpo has climbed the NBA ladder. Coming into the league as a scrawny 6’9” forward with lots of room to grow, Giannis took advantage of every off-season until now to become a dominating force. Two league MVPs, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player — the list of accolades goes on. 

Yet, when we think of Giannis now, all we can think of is how the Miami Heat just cruised past the Bucks with a gentleman’s sweep. Why is one of the top players in the league struggling so much in the playoffs? The answer is as simple as not having a sidekick.

Throughout the years, Giannis hasn’t been paired up with many people that we can call “stars.” Kris Middleton has been the best partner Giannis has ever had, but most people would not call him elite. Middleton is a very good three point shooter and defensive player, but on any other roster would probably be seen as a third option. 

Yet on the Bucks, Middleton is seen as Giannis’s go-to guy when he is in trouble. That isn’t right. Lebron James has Anthony Davis. Kawhi Leonard has Paul George. Even James Harden has Russell Westbrook. All of the best players in the league also have someone else who is elite on the roster to take the pressure off. Super teams have become a necessity in the league to win championships the past years. I’m not saying that Kris Middleton can’t be a great player on a championship team, I’m just saying that they need someone better than him to go anywhere.

Giannis recently told the media that he isn’t planning on going anywhere. That’s right Bucks fans, you can breathe for now. Still, there is one possibility that crossed my mind. It is a beyond extreme thought, and as a Portland Trailblazers fan, I dream about it every night. That’s right … a Giannis and Damian Lillard team up.

Now hear me out: imagine Giannis getting frustrated in Milwaukee because of their lack of wanting to surround him with talent. Giannis leaves Milwaukee and comes to Portland. It would be perfect! People would be scared of Damian Lillard’s ability to shoot from anywhere and the paint would be wide open for Giannis to dunk to his heart’s content. Add in CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkić and you have a championship contender right away. I’m just saying Giannis … maybe think about it?

With all dreams aside, Giannis actually needs help. With the roster the Bucks have at the moment, nothing but good regular seasons and sad playoff disappointments are in store for them in the future. They need somebody big time. A Superman to Giannis’ Batman. A second player who can also do heavy lifting. Please hurry Milwaukee. Your window is closing.

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