35 is indeed the pie highway. On weekends, my husband and I seldom fail to ride from Frontenac to the Homemade Cafe in Pepin for a slice of one of Julie's perfectly delicious pies.
35 is indeed the pie highway. On weekends, my husband and I seldom fail to ride from Frontenac to the Homemade Cafe in Pepin for a slice of one of Julie's perfectly delicious pies.
Power goes out to the mighty P-B building at 3 p.m...hopefully no disruption to the website, and if King Voltage at RPU is correct, the lights will be back on by 7 p.m.
If you see news from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., contact me or other P-B friends on FB and we'll respond.
News release from Savers:
Halloween is right around the corner, and with that, Savers thrift store released their fourth annual Halloween Trends Report. The report is chock full of interesting data, such as:
· 50% of people in group costumes will go as the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame— that’s more than the new Royal family or Kanye, Kim and baby North West!
· Nearly 70% of costume wearers admit social media platforms like Facebook and Pinterest influence their costume choices.
· Almost 50% of shoppers are inspired by Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” anthem and will shop thrift for Halloween because of it!
· 90% of kids will dress up this Halloween and 80% of parents will join in on the dress up fun.
Pop Culture Inspires Halloween Trends:
Trick or Treaters Will Pop Some Tags, Don Duck Dynasty Camo and Turn into Walking Dead Zombies
70% of Costume-Wearers Look for Inspiration from Social Media
According to Savers’ Annual Halloween Shopping Survey
BELLEVUE, Wash. – For the fourth year in a row, pop culture reigns supreme for Halloween costume inspiration with top trends pointing to Duck Dynasty camo and bushy beards and The Walking Dead zombies, according to the annual Halloween Shopping Survey* released by thrift retailer Savers, Inc. Similar to years past, nearly 50 percent of respondents think movies and TV shows are the best costume inspiration, and almost 40 percent said they put in more effort to wear something different every year because they know pictures of them in costume will be posted on social media channels like Facebook and Pinterest. And with the popularity of the hit song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore, more people are thrift shopping and Halloween is no exception. Survey respondents aren’t afraid to pop some tags, noting they’ll spend just as much money—if not more—on their costume this year.
The Savers family of thrift stores offers the largest selection of new and thrifty costumes, accessories and home décor to help shoppers find festive Halloween items at a great value. There’s a costume for every budget and style with thousands of brand-new, ready-made looks including popular comic and cartoon characters starting at $14.99, and seasonal accessories and makeup as low as $1.99. Every new costume piece can easily be paired with pre-loved clothing and accessories that fill the aisles at Savers for a fraction of their original price.
Trends for Halloween 2013
Get Your Camo Ready. Duck Dynasty Rules: “Duck Dynasty” is costume royalty this Halloween as nearly one in two costume wearers plan to deck themselves out in camo and big beards as a group look. That’s more than those who would select the Royal family or the newest Kardashian brood: Kim, Kanye and North West.
Social Networking through Halloween: Nearly 70 percent of typical costume wearers admit social media platforms like Facebook and Pinterest influence their costume choices, while nearly half of them say they get inspiration from looking at photos of what others wore in their social media newsfeeds. Once the perfect costume has been chosen, people dressing up will on average post 10 pictures of themselves in their ensemble to a social media channel!
Popping Halloween Tags at the Thrift Store: After topping nearly every music chart around the world, hip-hop artist Macklemore has been an inspiration to many, including those seeking Halloween costume ideas. Almost one in two people who plan to dress up this year and have heard the artist’s “Thrift Shop” anthem say they would consider finding a costume in a thrift store because of the song. Whether shoppers are looking for flannel zebra print jammies, house slippers or a velour jumpsuit, close to fifty percent of respondents admit the song has made shopping at secondhand stores cool.
Creativity Wins: Careful costume consideration is key as nearly a quarter of survey respondents think you can tell a lot about someone’s personality based on the type of costume they wear. To stand out from the crowd, 41 percent of people planning to wear a costume will get creative and create their own instead of buying a pre-packaged look, and only 4 percent will wear the same costume every year.
· The Tricks of Online Costume Shopping: When shopping online, nearly half of people say their shipment took longer than expected, while almost 40 percent said their order didn’t fit or it looked different than what they expected. In contrast, shopping at Savers for a Halloween look
offers a more fun and personal experience, and allows customers to create a unique costume without the hassles and issues that can come with ordering online.
· Screen Magic: For the third consecutive year, survey respondents chose The Walking Dead as the TV show that most inspires their costume. And more than 30 percent of respondents will draw inspiration from superhero movies this year, with Wolverine, Iron Man and Superman as top picks. Similarly, 31 percent will draw inspiration from cartoons like Monsters University and Despicable Me.
Trick or Treat: Four in ten of those who typically dress up for Halloween opt for a funny costume with the rest of the costume-wearing nation split between scary and sexy costumes. More men than women (43 percent versus 18 percent) go for scary costumes while 42 percent of women choose costumes that make them look attractive.
· Fun for the Whole Family – And Fido Too: Ninety-two percent of parents typically dress up their children and 78 percent join in the fun and also wear a costume. More than one in two respondents will decorate their homes with Halloween décor this year, and pets will get in the spirit of Halloween this year too, as four in ten say they’ll dress up their pet.
“Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year and we continue to hear from our customers that shopping at Savers is one of their favorite Halloween traditions,” said Ken Alterman, President and CEO of Savers, Inc. “Only at Savers will you find a huge selection of affordable brand new and gently used costumes and accessories for the whole family, combined with knowledgeable Costume Consultants dedicated to helping shoppers easily create one-of-a-kind looks that will set them apart from the crowd.”
To help shoppers navigate the many ways to create a unique look at Savers and narrow in on their perfect costume, each store location has dedicated “Costume Consultants” who are specially trained to help people find exactly what they need. To provide further inspiration, stores will host free “Halloween Costume Catwalk” fashion shows at 3 p.m. every Thursday in October. Set to festive Halloween-themed music, each store’s Costume Consultants will showcase the season’s most popular costume looks while providing useful Halloween shopping tips.
Online Inspiration and Fun
Savers has multiple destinations for Halloween inspiration this season and is also hosting an exciting Halloween costume contest on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
· Savers’ Halloween Costume Photo Contest offers participants the chance to win $500, $250 or $100 Savers gift certificates by showing off photos of their best Halloween costumes on Facebook and Twitter. From October 7 to November 8, 2013, fans can enter to win by uploading photos of themselves, their families or pets in their Halloween costumes through the page’s Facebook tab or by tweeting photos @SaversVVillage using #thriftortreat.
· Pinterest.com/SaversVVillage features Halloween costume boards with a variety of this year’s most creative costumes and accessories from Savers. Additional Halloween content showcasing DIY costumes and Halloween décor will be developed in collaboration with lifestyle blogger and BlogHer conference speaker Jenny on the Spot. Pinterest users will have the chance to win a Savers gift certificate when they pin their own Monster Mash inspired décor content.
· Savers.com provides information on Savers’ Halloween offerings, a store locator and instructions for a variety of simple Halloween DIY costume and home décor projects.
Here's my print column for today:
At this point in its career, DMC appears to be an acronym for Dodge Media Coverage, rather than Destination Medical Center.
That may seem harsh, but take a look at the recent record.
The agenda for today's DMC Corp. board meeting went up on the city of Rochester website early Wednesday afternoon, I believe. If the agenda was posted and widely publicized elsewhere, our newsroom was unaware of it. There's no DMCC website, other than Mayo's DMC website, and if reporters don't have agendas, minutes and other information in advance of an important public meeting, that's unusual and not helpful.
In any case, the late notice doesn't help public turnout. One of the very best-connected political people in Rochester emailed me late last night, asking where the board meeting would be today.
This is the third meeting of the board. The second, a special meeting Sept. 20, was a conference call. Not much chance for public involvement there, either.
It's late September. The Legislature created this thing more than four months ago, and we believe there's plenty going on behind the scenes. The City Council has even (somewhat retroactively) authorized the first DMC private development, even though the DMC Economic Development Agency hasn't been set up yet and a master DMC plan hasn't been outlined or approved.
That's one of the items on the agenda today, by the way -- a report from Mayo's Patricia Simmons on formation of the DMC's EDA, which is the more private and inscrutable entity, created by Mayo, that will do much of the behind-the-scenes work to generate new development in Rochester. Not many veils will ever be lifted on that organization, but it would be good to know what little is available on that process.
So, things are happening. You'd think the basic infrastructure for the corporation could be created just a hair faster than this.
As a result, a lot of people have basic questions about how the board will function, in part because of the information vacuum. Here's an email I received earlier this week:
Sir, Mayo has stated over and over again that the DMC process will be open and transparent. Yet, there is no DMCC website and the meeting notices are very quietly pasted on the wall down at City Hall. If Mayo doesn't want people to know about or see how the DMC process plays out, they should consider not expecting to use the hundreds of millions of dollars we taxpayers are donating to them. — Not-so-quiet
Again, maybe not fair, but predictable.The process to date begs some questions, such as, is DMCC covered by the state Open Meeting Law? That's the way the Legislature framed it and that's what local officials have said, but for reporters and the public, it's hard to tell.
Tina Smith, Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff and chairwoman of the DMCC board, said in a trade of emails with me Wednesday night that the law absolutely applies to DMCC.
Do conference calls involving a quorum of members qualify as public meetings? She says they do: "Section 13D.015 permits 1) a state agency, board, commission, or department and a statewide public pension plan defined in section 356A.01, Subd. 24, and 2) a committee, subcommittee, board, department or commission of any entity listed in clause 1 to conduct a meeting by telephone or other electronic means."
OK. That doesn't seem to honor the intent of the open meeting law, however, especially in this early phase of creating the corporation and making crucial decisions.
Another issue that now seems to be up for grabs: Are DMCC meetings required to be in Rochester? Smith said that hasn't been resolved.
"Our discussion of board bylaws, rules and procedure is deferred to our next meeting," she said by email, referring not to today's meeting but presumably the October or November meeting. "I think it’s extremely important, however, that board meetings are easily accessible to the residents of Rochester. There may be good reasons for the board to convene in other places from time to time, but I personally think it’s important that standing meetings happen in Rochester."
I think most people in Rochester and Olmsted County would agree, but based on comments made at the first meeting, I'm not sure all board members share that opinion. This will be one of the more interesting decisions made by the board early on. Hope the public gets to really hear about it and participate.
Then there's the pesky matter of the DMCC bylaws. The bylaws that were approved by the city on July 15 were only a draft, according to the resolution adopted by the council. The resolution refers to the bylaws as a draft to be submitted to the DMCC board for their "consideration."
OK, this raises yet another question that concerns some people, including Sen. Dave Senjem: If the DMCC board makes any changes in the bylaws, does the city council have to approve them? According to the city council's July 15 resolution, it's only a "request" that the council be allowed to review any changes before they're adopted.
This is despite the fact that the draft bylaws explicitly say that the DMCC articles of incorporation and bylaws can be amended by the board, "provided that (the) City shall approve all such amendments before the same shall become effective."
I'm assuming a good lawyer for DMCC could find his way around that "request" for a council review. In fact, just about the only action at the board's second meeting (or first conference call meeting) was to retain legal counsel.
Those draft bylaws, by the way, say the board "may hold its annual, regular and special meetings at such times and at such places within the city as determined by the chair...unless the board of directors determines otherwise."
Again, it doesn't sound ironclad that meetings are to be held in Rochester, does it?
In other words, the sooner the bylaws are approved, and the sooner the DMCC board begins to function like the important, accountable public body that it is, the more confidence the public -- and the media -- will have in the process.
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Here's interesting detail on how Destination Medical Center's Economic Development Agency, the very non-public entity that will do much of the legwork behind DMC, will operate and integrate with DMC Corp., according to minutes from the first DMCC board meeting. Ignore some of the bullets...couldn't make the formatting transfer from PDF to Typepad:
L isa Clarke, Administrator for the DMC ...explained how the DMCC will connect with the Economic Development Agency to fully execute the DMC Plan. The EDA is a group that the DMCC will contract with to provide services for the purpose of developing and marketing the DMC.
The Primary Functions of the EDA are as follows:
Facilitating private investment through development of a comprehensive marketing program to global interest.
Developing and updating the criteria for evaluating and underwriting development proposals.
• Drafting and implementing the development plan, including soliciting and evaluating proposals for development and evaluating and making recommendation to the DMCC Board and the City regarding those proposals.
Providing transactional services in connection with approved projects.
Developing patient, visitor, and community outreach programs for a destination medical center development district.
Working with the corporation to acquire and facilitate the sale, lease, or other transactions involving land and real property.
Seeking financial support for the corporation, the city and a project.
Partnering with other development agencies and organizations, the City and the County
in joint efforts to promote economic development and establish a destination medical
Supporting and administering the planning and development activities, required to implement the development plan.
Preparing and supporting the marketing and promotion of the medical center
Preparing and implementing a program for community and public relations in support of the medical center development district.
Assisting the corporation or city and others in applications for federal grants, tax credits, and other sources of funding to aid both private and public development.
Making other general advisory recommendations to the DMCC and the City, as requested.
From the minutes of the first DMCC meeting, just released with the meeting agenda for Thursday's meeting...
(Rochester) City Attorney Terry Adkins stated that all meetings of the DMCC Board are open to the public. This means at least a 72-hour noticeprior to the meeting unless there is a regularly scheduled meeting agenda published. He explained thatthe Board is considered a state agency and can conduct a telephone conferencecall and explained the details of conducting that type of meeting.
Another teleconference, apparently -- not an auspicious start for the board making itself accessible, and with materials released well in advance, as per most public bodies.
I had to retype this quickly because it wouldn't import into Typepad:
DMCC board of directors
Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to noon
1/ Approval of consent agenda, approve meeting minutes from Aug. 9 and Sept. 2)
2/ Chairs report
3/ Report from EDA: Dr. Patricia Simmons from Mayo to update on formation of EDA
4/ Discussion/action items:
Overview of development plan
Approval of resolution authorizing board chair to negotiatie for Destination Medical Services (cq??) with the EDA for final approval by the board
Approval of resolution authorizing board chair to negotiate an operating services contract with the city for final approval by the board
5/ Other business
Approve DMCC Bpoard meeting schedule through 2014
Appointment of secretary to DMCC
I may be wrong, but I'd bet at least a few people interested in Minnesota and Rochester architectural landmarks will have opinions on demolishing the building, which dates from 1966 and is, in my humble opinion, a pretty good example of mid-century modernist architecture. It's not a national landmark or masterpiece, but in terms of local buildings from 50 years ago, it's top quality.
You might be surprised...this question crossed my desk on its way to the Answer Man's, in light of the story today on Crossroads College.
Here's what Crossroads says.
Crossroads College students have the benefit of attending one of the most affordable private colleges in Minnesota. The cost listed below is the cost of attending Crossroads before any financial aid is applied. To learn more about the many financial aid opportunities available to Crossroads students, visit the Financial Aid website.
Cost (per year)
Total Annual Cost