Health Insurance Solutions to be Discussed

Thursday Dec. 15th at 7pm Kip Sullivan of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition will discuss our current Health Insurance system and how a Single-Payer Universal coverage system would not only save money but would improve efficiency.They will also show you health insurance finder, so you can find the right insurance for you. The presentation […]


"One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in […]

Rebecca Otto Candidate for State Auditor

Earlier this month I drove up to Marine on the St. Croix to cheer Rebecca Otto on as she begins her campaign for the Minnesota State Auditor. The fall colors were beginning to emerge and I enjoyed the rolling hills. The Ottos have a beautiful farm and gave willing participants hayrides between speeches. There were […]

Counting Blessings

(Painting by J.J. Sletten on dispaly at Northfield Arts Guild Gallery) Sometimes we have to count our blessings. There is an ancient Chinese curse that goes, “may you always live in interesting times.” We certainly do, with hurricane clouds crashing on the coasts and tornados and winds tearing across our own state. The lives of […]

Q- Comp

What is Q-Comp? It is an interesting question and on one level, an excellent example of how laws and initiatives are made at State Government. I know it is often described by the metaphor of making sausage, a process most don’t want to watch. But in another way it is like those powerful forces of […]

I 35 Summit in Bridgewater Township

I went from the infectious enthusiasm of students looking forward to school success and getting on with their futures to Bridgewater Town Hall to listen to leaders from local and county units of government discuss and try to find some common ground on the commercial industrial development proposed for I 35 and County Rd 1. […]

“Connecting is Key” – HCI Luncheon

Jim Blaha introduced the Lewis Appledorn Award at the Healthy Community Initiative Luncheon with a tribute to Lewis describing him as a husband, father, grandfather, veteran, businessperson, boss, mentor, friend, and youth asset-builder. The latter being the purpose for the award and the preceding list the prescription of roles a person performs to become one. […]

River Heights and IALA

This past week I visited with some long time education friends. Bill Zimniewicz, of River Heights Charter School, and the gang of four who started IALA. Below, that’s Bill, Dan Daly of Liberty Charter, Wayne Jennings of Designs for Learning and Wally Campbell MAAP STARS founder and then there’s me who took the picture – […]


StorytellersA mix of whimsy, humor and poignant meditation captured the audience at the “Real Lives Aloud” event presented by a group of Northfield storytellers lead by Paul Krause and Don Forsberg. Other storytellers were Bernadine Hughes, Mary Flaten, Carol Fridrickson, Victor Red Oak and Bill Gurnon. I enjoyed several of the Artswirl events though I […]
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