Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Gov. Mark Dayton, in his first appearance since having back surgery late last year, will outline his proposed budget for the next two years.
Laying out financial plans for the next two years, and with a Democratic controlled Legislature out in front of him, Gov. Mark Dayton will address both the public and public servants at the Minnesota State Capitol this morning. You can watch streaming video, live, courtesy of the UpTake right here as Dayton will lay out a series of tax hikes, line-item increases and an expected payment shift for Minnesota schools in his address. It's the first public appearance for Dayton since he had back surgery in Rochester, MN last month. Media outlets such as Minnesota Public Radio are saying the budget could have a big impact on Dayton's political future. The first-term governor has not hinted whether or not he will run again for the state's top seat…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The community can help St. Michael-Albertville's speech standouts as they make their way to Indianapolis next month. Plus, the evening's always worth a good laugh.
The St. Buffaville High School speech team will be hosting their second annual night of comedyand improv humor at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the St. Michael-Albertville High School Performing Arts Center. The event is free with all donations going to support the team and the upcoming June trip to the national speech tournament in Indianapolis. The public is invited. Come enjoy family-friendly laughs starring the top comedy performers on the speech team from this past season, along with the always hilarious on the spot improv comedy skits and other surprise performances. "Improvisational comedy is one of my favorite forms of humor," said head coach Mike Frickstad."You never know where its going until you get there." This year the speech…
Monday, March 12, 2012
After a decade in the activity, St. Michael-Albertville grabbed one of the state's biggest prizes in speech.
Cody Goodchild is going to have company at the national tournament this June after Jed Rothstein qualified Saturday in Grand Rapids at the Northern Lights National Forensic League district qualifier. Adding to the celebratory mood was the first-time win of the district traveling high-point award trophy for St. Michael-Albertville High after 10 years as a chapter. Isaac Heieie’s strong finish in the semifinals of drama would top off a great weekend in Minnesota’s northland for the speech team. "This was one of our best NFL tournaments ever," said head coach Mike Frickstad."Everyone may not have advanced to the semis or finals, but they held their own in rounds." For Jed Rothstein, his goal was clear: return to the national tournament. …
Friday, February 24, 2012
STMA Speech hosts largest meet in team history; 14 from home team place.
The halls of St. Michael-Albertville High School are usually quiet on the weekends. This past Saturday all that changed. Over 500 students, coaches, and fans packed classrooms, commons, and corridors for the largest-ever St. Michael-Albertville High School Speech Invitational. The home team defended their court with 14 placewinners and several honorable mentions. Earning top overall team honors from 19 registered schools was the squad from Park Cottage Grove High School. “Thanks to everyone who made this possible,” said coach Mike Frickstad. “This meet is a success because we have great support from school administration and teachers, Adam in the auditorium, parents volunteering their time, visiting coaches helping in the tab room, and …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Sam Richards and Nick Espinosa hit Mitt Romney with two glitter bombs during Romney's rally in Eagan on Wednesday.
It was all over in the span of 30 seconds. Sam Richards, 20, was one of at least two protesters at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's rally in Eagan on Wednesday. He watched as fellow protester Nick Espinosa dumped glitter on Romney at the beginning of the speech and was hauled out by security. And then it was his turn. "My nerves went away, I did it, and then I was being dragged out," said Richards, who identified himself as an Occupy Minnesota protester. "It was all said and done in 30 seconds." Richards was the second of two protesters to hit Romney with a "glitter bomb"—a symbolic gesture employed by LGBT activists, who throw a handful of glitter thrown at a politician or public figure. Similar tactics have been used …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The St. Michael-Albertville/Buffalo speech team kicked off the 2012 season the way it wrapped up last year–with some impressive performances.
Winter has finally arrived in the great northwest and with it, the start of the 2012 St. Buffaville speech season. Coming off an exceptional fall campaign of congressional and public forum debate success in the National Forensic League, the combined speech team of St. Michael-Albertville and Buffalo High School started the schedule with record setting wins at Annandale, stunning successes at Maple Grove, plus experience at national-caliber meet Chanhassen. With three meets in less than a week, we look back on the busy start for eastern Wright County’s most populous speech team: CHANHASSEN Part of the mystique behind the popularity of the speech team is the early morning departures for points unknown for meets. Convincing nearly 40 high …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Cody Goodchild, who earned a spot in the 2011 National Forensics League competition earlier this summer, will make a return trip in 2012.
For the second year in a row, St. Michael-Albertville High School speech will send a speaker to the National Forensic League National Tournament. Cody Goodchild has qualified for the second time in Congressional Debate with a second place finish in House I at the NFL Northern Lights District speech tournament held recently at Champlin Park High School. Goodchild is the first two-time national qualifier in school history. Right behind him was Jed Rothstein, finishing as first alternate in fourth place. In public forum debate, sophomores Goodchild and Rothstein teamed up to square off against over 30 other teams to finish in fifth place and as second alternates to nationals. “This was some of the toughest competition I’ve ever seen at a …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The St. Michael-Albertville High speech/debate team has kicked off its season and is out of the gate with some high level awards.
A strong performance in congressional debate capped a great day for the St. Michael-Albertville speech team at the second annual Capitol Congress in St. Paul. Leading the way with awards in the toughest debate chamber last Friday were Jed Rothstein and Cody Goodchild, placing second and third, respectively, along with Michael Bruner who placed 9th. In House II LeeAnne Kovaks placed 7th. Also in the awards were House III’s Betsy Bartholomew (9th) and Stephanie Chartier (10th). STMA has also become the “school of presiding officers,” with another strong display of leadership with four students winning election by their peers to govern over the House. Cody Goodchild, who presided over a session of congress at the National Forensic League’s …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
A daily roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Sixth-district congresswoman Michele Bachmann spoke at Liberty University in Virginia yesterday, where she told the crowd of conservative Christian students that Christian values are intertwined with American democratic institutions. During her address, Bachmann made a point of repeating the phrase that has become the new slogan of her presidential campaign: "don't settle." MPR says Bachmann is trying to position herself as the one true conservative in the 2012 race, and is appealing to evangelicals not to settle for a candidate who doesn't represent their values. (Bonus: Here's a video clip from her speech.) After the speech, Bachmann told reporters that despite being down in the polls, she intends to make a comeback in the GOP race. …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Patch is there as the 43rd President of the United States makes his first visit to Greater Minnesota.
Attempting to beat back the criticism from candidates in nearby Iowa, and on a mission to reconnect with his constituency, President Barack Obama made a visit to Canon Falls, a small community about 90 minutes from the Twin Cities, Monday. Catch up with the President's speech, reaction from fans and witnesses of the events, and much more from Minnesota Patch's southeast team of local editors, as they joined the White House Press Corps for the day. There's a collection of articles, videos and even a live blog of the President's visit to Canon Falls.