Commencement 2016

We’re halfway through commencement here at CSB|SJU.  College of Saint Benedict held their ceremonies today at Clemens Fieldhouse and tomorrow Saint John’s University celebrates at the Abbey Church. At this time of year, I always think of my own commencement in 1983.  (I double checked and I’m on p. 58.  It wasn’t a dream…) I still remember economics classes with my fellow B.S. graduates: Paul … [Read more...]

Get to know your neighborhood via Minnesota Compass

Source: Flikr Creative Commons We've hosted the local National Night Out block party in our yard on the first Tuesday of August since 2000. It's fun to see familiar faces, meet new neighbors, and talk about what’s going on in our area. Now there's a virtual way to do this: geographic profiles, produced by Minnesota Compass. I learned about them last night at a workshop, "By the numbers: … [Read more...]

Thinking about the transportation funding fight in Minnesota

Source: Flikr Creative Commons When I saw this tweet: Sen. Bakk says Senate will make an offer to House Friday on transportation spending. Did not say what would be in it. #mnleg — R. Stassen-Berger (@RachelSB) May 4, 2016 My first thought was this: It's been frustrating to watch the dance among Governor Dayton, Senate Democrats, and House Republicans on this issue. Instead of dealing … [Read more...]