Education – What Matters – What works

MAAP Board meeting and SE regional conference As the MAAP newsletter editor, and past president I attended the Board meeting of the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs on October 3rd. Many programs are struggling with the results of the last legislative session and resisting the direction in which the new commissioner is heading us. Some […]

Lights Out #7 – Mesaba “Two Lobbyists and a Wife” Power Plant

Boon-dog-gle a wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving graft. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Ed.(2000), p. 132. The editorial in the St. Paul Pioneer Press put it well: What oinks and has its head on backward? No, this isn’t about feedlots and H.F. 1202. In this case, the St.PPP was referring to the federal […]

Lights out #6 – Two Lobbyists and a Wife

The Mesaba power plant, which I wrote about on October 2, is finally attracting a closer look, and none too soon, given the federal loan guarantees under consideration: Politics behind Iron Range power plant plan questioned Question of power on Iron Range Overland, the Red Wing utility regulatory attorney, said, “This power is not needed, […]

Investing in Community

Philanthropy Day – October 2, 2003 Today was the Northfield Foundation’s Philanthropy Day, held at St. Olaf, and coordinated by Pat Vincent of 3 Links. This well attended event is the embodiment of the belief of the importance of “Investment in Community” that I’ve been writing about. And the carrot cake was decadent! Judy Dutcher, […]

Lights Out #5 – Mesaba

“Two Lobbyists and a Wife” Coal Plant – Now it’s a Federal Issue! Mesaba’s corporate welfare is in the news again, but this time, it’s gone from a $10 million grant from the state to a whopping $800 million loan guarantee from the federal government! RANGE POWER PLANT PROJECT BRINGS POLITICAL PARTIES TOGETHER, by Lee […]

Earth Charter Summit – October 11, 2003

Third Annual Earth Charter Summit October 11, 2003 College of St. Catherine St. Paul, Minnesota FREE OF CHARGE! Keynote speaker – Kathryn Sikkink, U of M Professor of Political Science and an international expert in transnational social movements. Panel discussion – How can business support the common good? Transportation from Northfield to the Summit and […]


From Power outages to power lines energy is in the news a lot these days. It’s not all negative there are some interesting things happening in the next few weeks: RIDE WITH THE WIND Here’s an event for the weekend after next that just came in over the wire – RENew’s ‘Ride With The Wind’ […]

Minnesota State Standards – Where are we headed?

The new standards in Science and Social studies were recently released by the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Department is starting to receive reactions from all quarters. The Profile of Learning, though described as “state mandated curriculum,” had nowhere near the specificity of these standards. Even though these standards are telling all teachers what […]

Health Care: Is it a right or is health care all wrong?

Most agree, health care is the most critical issue we face and yet few folks want to talk about. As Mike “Barry Casper” says in his book, ‘Lost in Washington‘ (2000), recollections of his time as policy advisor to Senator Wellstone. In all discussions of health care reform, there is general agreement about the major […]