More for a Few and Less for You!! #8

The people know what’s really harsh: Minnesota Poll: Economy takes its toll on Bush Daniel Schorr: Deregulation is not the Promised LandLegislators see people feel pain of no new tax increases. (Anoka/editorial): Taxes on the rise: Cities look for new revenue as state cuts aid. (White Bear Lake) Blazer-Mn Chamber: City balances higher rates and […]

More for a Few, and Less for you — #7 What’s Really Harsh

The people know what’s really harsh: From the St. Cloud Times – 8 September, 2003Letter: Unfair trade bills hurt AmericaRichard Steffes, President, Central Minnesota Trades and Labor Association, St. Cloud In the past 30 months, 50,000 Minnesotans lost their jobs manufacturing tools, tapes, toys, cookware, paper, plastic containers, refrigerators, school computer stands, book trucks and […]

Education – What matters (second in a series)

Democratic Presidential candidate, Howard Dean says, “Today the President used his weekly radio address to praise his education bill, No Child Left Behind. Behind his glowing rhetoric is an unfortunate reality: Another broken promise by this President, who has broken his pledge to fund the statute’s new demands, creating crushing burdens for local school boards […]

More for a Few, and Less for You! # 6

Look at this!!! Republican fiscal policies are responsible, fairWeb Posted Saturday, September 06, 2003 No, Minnesotans are not undertaxedWeb Posted Saturday, September 06, 2003 Here’s the letter they are responding to:Letter to the editor: The other night, I attended a Northfield Precinct 2-1, neighborhood meeting hosted by Bill and Janet McGrath, a great idea for […]

“Get your guns, boys, they’re robbin’ the bank!!”

The Defeat of Jesse James Days celebrates a story of how individuals and a community responded in mutual interest to an immediate crisis– an 1800’s terrorist attack. These citizens from Joseph Lee Heywood to the folks joining to help put the common good ahead of their individual well being. Valiant selfless action saved the day, […]

Education – What matters (first in a series)

It’s been a hectic week. School is starting up again and there is that mix of excitement and stressful aversion about what schools demand. I remember clearly that sense of butterflies my stomach and wanting to see friends I hadn’t seen over the summer. I loathed and liked what school would demand and allow me […]

Lights Out? Here’s another way!

There’s lots of ethereal talk about renewable energy, but renewable energy is a very real ‘hands on’ alternative that is viable today. These are photos taken (by a RENew Northfield board member) at an installation of two small scale (under 40 kW) wind turbines last week at the Springer farm near Owatonna. Joseph Springer and […]

Preserving a bit of Yesterday for today.

Last Sunday I drove down to Nerstrand to join in the All Church outdoor worship service, where the Methodist, Congregational and Lutheran churches of Nerstrand come together for a community service in the park. After the wonderful service filled with some of my favorite hymns, we were treated to a fine Minnesota church salad and […]


Jim Hightower, former Texas commissioner Agriculture gave a fiery talk about the state we’re in with the Bush economy, and how thrilled he is to see that the people are ‘revolting’ – I mean that in the best possible sense,” he said. Lost jobs, rising National debt, and a stagnant economy have lead to growing […]