Education – What matters…

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. ” -Upton Sinclair I think what bothers me so much about the President’s No Child Left Behind initiative is that it establishes a system for education that is so far removed from the system I envision […]

November 28, 2003

JFK

It’s worn out over time, but my kids still ask me, “So where were you when Kennedy was shot?” I do remember — sixth grade, returning from lunch. I was the first student in the classroom because I was told to come in over recess to work on my handwriting. The teacher sat stunned staring […]

November 28, 2003

Seagren, Sykora, Cox Hold Education Listening Session

This past week Bridgewater school hosted an education focused legislative listening session with Rep. Alice Seagren, chair of the House K-12 Education Finance Committee Rep. Barb Sykora , Chair of the House K-12 Education Policy Committee and Rep. Ray Cox of Northfield. The meeting was advertised as chance to comment Governor Pawlenty’s education initiatives, namely […]

November 16, 2003

St. O. Pol. Awareness Com. presents – Nadine Strossen and Patrick Buchanan

St. Olaf Political Awareness Committee presents: Nadine Strossen and Patrick Buchanan This was forwarded by Bob Ciernia and has been edited a bit: The St Olaf Political Awareness Committee is pleased to present a debate on civil liberties between two of America’s foremost scholars in this field, Nadine Strossen and Patrick Buchanan. Strossen and Buchanan […]

November 15, 2003

NORTHFIELD POLICE CHIEF TALKS ABOUT VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Northfield Police Chief Gary Smith gave a presentation to UCC church members Sunday morning before church as part of a series on preventing violence. He spoke from a perspective that was both practical and visionary. His belief is that because his 23 member police force can not be everywhere to stop crime, he needs to […]

November 5, 2003

Lights Out #9 – Where are we going and how will we get there?

MAPP addresses MISO’s Market Initiative Tuesday, October 21, the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool (MAPP) held its Regional Conference at Bandana Square – held there because there were too many people to fit into the MAPP headquarters just down Energy Park Drive. It was standing room only wall to wall energy wonks, ranging from electrical engineers, […]

November 2, 2003

Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

The Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women held their first annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 18, 2003. I participated in the walk to support the work of the shelter in Belle Plaine.We started out at Belle Plaine’s Heritage Park. It was a beautiful fall day, and the course passed the Halloween Fair at […]

October 26, 2003

Solar flares!! Could threaten electrical grid.

On the space weather website you can find information about a massive X-class flare! SpaceWeather.com — News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids The latest flare appears to have sent its CME (coronal mass ejection – A transient outflow of plasma from or through the solar corona, often but not […]

October 26, 2003

Lights Out #8 – Mid-Continent Area Power Pool

You got the update from MAAP, now here’s the update from MAPP! Following is an update from Carol Overland: On October 16, 2003, the Northern MAPP Sub-regional Planning Group, chaired by Mike Steckelberg of GRE, met at MAPP headquarters in St. Paul. These meetings are where the transmission plans for the MAPP northern region are […]

October 17, 2003