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ann klefstad

duluth, MN
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I love this focus on libraries-- fantastic work, Andy!

Posted on 05/06/14 at 10:11 am in response to Bad for the brand: how Steinhafel made Target's 'shabby chic' shabby

Add to this a purported training video shown to new hires (which got out onto the web) that is intended to indoctrinate employees against union recruitment. It's mawkish, paranoid, condescending, and generally awful. It seems to be genuine, though this was impossible for me to determine for certain (I don't know any Target employees and so couldn't ask if they'd been required to view this video).

Posted on 03/19/14 at 11:42 am in response to The dirty truth behind Park & Rides

Not sure transit planning will be well served by feeding ressentiment between urban and suburban users-- "Suburban park & riders are clearly not paying $9.50 to park before paying an additional fare to get on the bus. Someone else is paying to subsidize their car storage habits. And you’re it." Apparently all readers are non-users of Park & Ride?

It will take many kinds of herculean effort to wean people from door-to-door car use. I think Park & Ride is one thing that...

Posted on 03/10/14 at 10:10 am in response to Osmo Vänskä's fate: Minnesota Orchestra board facing intense pressure

I think Vanska is simply expressing what many of the musicians also feel-- Henson mismanaged the situation badly, tore apart people's lives, wielded power seemingly for the sake of doing so-- it will be impossible to proceed afresh with him at the helm. I think it is time that he take his leave. Why on earth he would want to stay is beyond me.

Posted on 11/26/13 at 12:10 pm in response to Iran nuclear arms deal: better than bombing

A more proximate example of Great-Satanish US behavior was the support of the US for Iraq in the horrific war that Iraq began soon after the revolution in Iran that overthrew the Shah. It was a brutal war of attrition that Saddam Hussein began with covert and overt U.S. support. This war, which dragged on for years, set Iran against nearly the whole of the Arab world, isolating it and setting in place the idea that nukes were necessary for national survival.

And this was caused by...

Posted on 07/18/13 at 01:45 pm in response to State considers release of health-insurance rates for MNsure

It puzzles me that rates are to be hidden so that insurance companies won't "undercut" each other. Isn't this the avowed purpose of going with the current system of insurance providers, rather than a single-payer system? so that competition will drive prices down for users?

Posted on 05/28/13 at 11:55 am in response to Let's find a way to preserve Anoka's historic mental-health facility

I believe that these buildings were designed by Clarence Johnston, the architect who also designed the governors' mansion and Glensheen in Duluth. There are many fans of Johnston's work in the state.

Posted on 11/14/12 at 10:47 am in response to U of M Press gives lavishly illustrated Sami folk tales new life

But the current king of Norway isn't Olav but Harald. Olav was indeed Harald's father.

Posted on 11/14/12 at 10:53 am in response to Some arts nonprofit groups to help on Give to the Max Day

but they have not included any arts presenting or service organizations not in the Twin Cities. There are many outstate arts organizations that really need support, and that use that support very effectively. Here in Duluth, for instance, there are the Duluth Art Institute, the Duluth Playhouse (and Playground), the Wise Fool Shakespeare Company, the DSSO, the Minnesota Ballet, Matinee Musicale, the Three Bridges Chamber Music Festival, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and many more. "...

The River Arts Collective used to be housed on the top two floors of the nice old artdeco-ish Strutwear Building which is now a hive of lawyers. At that time a knitwear factory and some kind of Defense-oriented manufacturing was in the first couple of floors. Printmaker Ruthanne Godollei, jeweler Hans Brummel, musician Nathan Muus, artists Frank Sander and Carla Stetson, book artist Robert Johnson, sculptor Jeffrey Kalstrom, and myself (and some others-- can't remember everyone!) were all...