MN Blog Cabin Roundup: 4/6

Finally, A Woman On The Steele County Board

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

For the first time in its history, this southeastern Minnesota county will have a woman serving on its county governing board. She is Nina Huntington, a dental hygienist from Owatonna, who beat out opponent Doug Hughes in a special election on Tuesday to represent the Fifth Commissioner District.

Clark releases internal poll showing strength (upon prompting)

from Minnesota Brown by Aaron Brown

Tarryl Clark’s campaign has sent me a memo touting Clark’s fundraising success (with numbers to be released next week) and highlights from an internal poll they put in the field. They like what they see.

Campaign finance can’t Monitor the Money

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

The lesson here is how easily these low level campaign finance violations can be filtered through these reports without any discovery. The Campaign Finance Board gets thousands of reports during the mandated reporting periods. They have neither the resources nor the personnel to do the things that need to be done to catch these issues.

Swing away Soucheray

from Girl Meets Geek by Kate Madonna Hindes

In 100 years, I doubt Soucheray’s elitist articles will be pulled up from the catalog for more than a good laugh. Rhea’s haunting photographs, Justin’s beautiful melodies and the many other powerful creations of artists in our community will live on farther and stronger than anything Soucheray could write.

An Interview With Actor Michael Levin, Plus Win Tix to “What’s the Word For” at Illusion Theater

from TC Jewfolk by Leora Itman

I always participated in theater. I didn’t really consider acting as a profession until high school when I discovered there were actually people making a living doing it. Instead of focusing on big-name celebrities, I began to notice the “character” actors in the scenes with them. Same faces over and over appearing on film & TV opposite the big stars. I thought that would be a pretty cool job.

All Aboard For The Randolph Model Train Show

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At The Railroad Swap Meet In Randolph

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

IF I WAS INTO TRAINS or railroading, I could have spent hours filing through the collections of railroad-related merchandise offered at the Randolph Railroad Days Swap Meet on Saturday.

Exstasism

from Barataria by Erik Hare

The idea of being “ex stasis” is more than a state of joy.  Nearly all religions have some tradition of being “not of this world”, or at least the rough and tumble daily life that diverts attention away from the things that really make anyone happy.  Gnostic traditions in Christianity were present from the beginning up through the middle ages, and they have their roots in the Essene practices of Judaism.  Add in Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, or animist traditions and you can see the common thread among nearly all people, all around the world.

Blog Cabin Picture of the Week

Cathedral of Saint Paul

from “Cathedral of Saint Paul — Preparing for Easter II” on Questions and Answers by Wayne Moran

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