This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere: Smoke gets in your eyes

The 'Sphere is back!  In this week's edition: The MN state smoking ban, coal smoke, reducing your pollution, and cub scouts.  Cub scouts?

Tom Neuville leads us off this week with a lengthy explanation of this opposition to the proposed MN state smoking ban...

I grew up in a home with 6 children, and parents who smoked. None of the children in our family smoke today, or have suffered any adverse health impact because our parents smoked. I have tried to discourage my own children and others from smoking. Perhaps in this partisan climate, anyone who opposes more government regulation of smoking, feels the need to make an “up-front” disclaimer. So, I just did. I am no apologist for tobacco.

Thanks to Alex Beeby for the tip.

Sustainable Community Solutions writes on how to Reduce your gas emissions starting today... 

Public interest in, and awareness of, global warming is spurring policy action at the federal and state level. A prime example is Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard legislation requiring 25% of Minnesota’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020, which went to Governor Pawlenty yesterday for his expected signature. These policy initiatives are a welcome change, and will spur significant development of wind and other renewable energy resources in Minnesota (including the Northfield area!)

The Northfield Pack 300 Cub Scouts visited a Faribault art studio, courtesy of Vivus Architecture...

Ivan showed the boys his first painting, made when he was nine years old (the same age as many of the Scouts!), then told them about wood, carving, sculpture and painting. He even demonstrated carving on the statue shown above. The visit was part of the Artist Activity Pin requirement. Thank you, Ivan, for inspiring our boys.

And finally, badbrain computers has an entry on the launch of a new website for the Northfield Youth Choir... 

The NYC contracted us to help them update and redesign their website. They opted to make the move to WordPress for their website content management, utilizing Google Calendar to manage itineraries and Flickr to handle what are bound to be a multitude of pictures of bright, smiling, singing faces.

 
That's it for this week.  Smoke 'em if you got 'em.