End of Another School Year

It seems difficult to explain the end of year chaos teachers face trying to make sure all the many tasks are finished, reminding students to get those final assignments completed and in, sifting through papers and assignments, grading, putting things away so the custodial staff can clean and repair, and finally preparing and planning for […]

Making a better world …

Earlier this spring I had the pleasure to witness and participate in the work of several groups in our community working in small ways locally to make the world a better place sand dollar by sand dollar if you remember that popular little anecdote of a few years ago.   Next two houses to be […]

NAG Annual Meeting

In the meeting, Rebecca Bazan, Executive Director reviewed the annual progress and plans for the future of the Northfield Arts Guild and outgoing President, Steve Meyer, announced the changing of the guard as Jill Ewald takes over as the new Board President.  A limerick farewell was offered by Chris Brunelle to Bruce Santerre who leaves […]

Wal-Mart World discussed at St. Olaf

Professor Fure-Slocum and panel  "Wal-Mart America: Changing the Face of our World" a symposium held May 4th in the Lion's Pause of Buntrock Commons was sponsored by Assistant Professor of History Eric Fure-Slocum's History 297 class. (I apologize for being late with this blog it's been in the hopper for awhile.) It featured a panel […]

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Mark Ritchie has been on a remarkable journey, from activist and author hoping to save the family farm to President of an important international trade institute to his present pursuit as Minnesota Secretary of State.  In 1979, he wrote, Loss of Family Farms, a powerful indictment of U.S. farm policy, which intentionally cut the number […]

Coleen Rowley in Northfield

Those of you looking for an opportunity to support Coleen Rowley, DFL endorsed candidate for U.S. Representative from the 2nd Congressional District may wish to join her for Syttende Mai (17th of May) at the Ole Store.  She is having a reception there on Wednesday, May 17th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm  for more information contact […]

Curing the Health Care System

  Here’s a presentation you might find interesting.  Steve Miles was student body president my Freshman year at St. Olaf and in 2000 was seeking the DFL endorsement for US Senate, the seat Mark Dayton currently holds.  I remember him as an impressive leader in 1970 and great speaker as well.  Curing the Health Care […]

Corporate America Is Taxing Us to Death

My friend Richard Levins sent me a book he is publishing called,  “Middle Class*Union Made.” It is an excellent analysis of our current economic situation.  Dick used to be my neighbor on Lincoln Street but now lives in St. Paul.  He is an Ag Economist at the University of Minnesota and wrote an excellent short […]

2nd Congressional District DFL Convention

     Coleen Rowley was endorsed by delegates at the 2nd congressional District DFL convention May 6th at Faribault High school.  She will represent the DFL against John Klein in the Novemeber 7th election.