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Tuesday, August 05, 2014 10:38 AM
Each year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards approximately $1 million in grants to schools, communities, and nonprofits in order to strengthen early childhood programming and economic development efforts throughout southern Minnesota.
  • As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess. It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data.

     
  • In January, President Obama declared that despite congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

     
  • Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”

     
  • What explains the never-ending justifications for U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts? In a word: Oil.

     
  • As students everywhere gear up to go back to school, so are 20 AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) program members. These members work one-on-one in pre-school classrooms with children who are at-risk of falling behind in the skills necessary for success in kindergarten. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has been a sponsor of the AmeriCorps LEAP for the past 20 years. And we are proud of to have been a leader in Minnesota in dedicating this program to early childhood education.

     
  • With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.

     
  • Each year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards approximately $1 million in grants to schools, communities, and nonprofits in order to strengthen early childhood programming and economic development efforts throughout southern Minnesota. 
  • A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, N.D., are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Mich., are state capitals. 
  • You perhaps more or less remember what congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said on a radio talk show a few months ago about "work" and "culture." It led to a midsize flap about whether he is a racist.

     
  • Chances are you have noticed extra law enforcement on our roads and "Click It or Ticket" messages on TV and radio. The effort and the messages certainly raise awareness about seatbelts and their use, but there is a deeper reason for the campaign. Quite simply, there are far too many preventable fatalities and life-altering injuries occurring on Minnesota roads. 
  • With summer finally here, many of us will be finding ways to enjoy the out-of-doors. There are many ways to enjoy being outside in Minnesota in the summer. 
  • After reading the Spanish banquet article referencing high school students attending Concordia Language Camps, it seemed that studying abroad was being completely discouraged and discounted because of its cost. Further, according to the article, it seemed that a weekend language camp could be equivalent to studying abroad and the inherent "being surrounded by a completely new culture." 
  • Our annual meeting of the Mabel Cooperative Telephone is on Tuesday, April 1, and I want to express my frustrations with our current telephone board of directors. 
  • As I was reading the recent article in the Bluff Country Reader, "New mother receives parenting advice from care center residents," I was filled with joy at the thoughtfulness and compassion of this act of kindness done by the staff and residents of Harmony Community Healthcare! 
  • Each year the JRLC (Joint Religious Legislative Coalition) has what is called, "A Day on the Hill." The coalition is a broad grouping of religious faiths in Minnesota, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. There were about 30 co-sponsors this year. 
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