After a challenging school year and a campaign season that began in January, I was thrilled to take a four day break with a few of my friends from the Minnesota alternative programs association (MAAP) . Dan Daly of Liberty High Charter School in Blaine was the MAAP President just preceding me, and he suggested […]

St. Olaf PAC Dinner

Last Tuesday, I was invited to speak to the St. Olaf Political Awareness Committee at their monthly dinner. Prior to speaking, I had a chance to visit with Janine Wetzel, PAC Coordinator and Kristin White. They are both Juniors and pursuing Political Science majors and thinking about law school. Janine is from Oklahoma where one […]

Environmental Listening Session

Last night was the “Environmental Listening Session” or “Natural Resources Listening Session,” with Rep. Ray Cox, Rep. Dennis Ozment, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance, and Rep. Tom Hackbarth, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. Like the Energy Listening Session, it was well attended, standing room only in […]

Valley Grove

Sunday before last, I took a break from the pressures of a new school year to attend the Valley Grove annual quilt sale and jello contest. Yes, a jello contest. It honors that “Norwegian” church tradition, the jello that is an essential element of all church gatherings. You’ve all seen the “recipes” in the church […]

Cannon River Watershed Festival

Saturday I visited the Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s Cannon River Festival, on Bridge Square in Northfield. Environmentally conscious folks met to share information on everything from clean water, organic farming, septic tanks, watersheds, pasture fed dairy cows, sustainable farming, food co-ops, and wind energy. All are working to lessen negative environmental impacts and make modern […]
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