The prudes in West Fargo are keeping her down.
WEST FARGO – A proposed ordinance here requiring adult performers to be licensed is ruffling the feathers of at least one local burlesque performer.
The ordinance is meant to curb illegal activities related to the business of stripping and escorts, but Gennifer Christianson says it’s not fair to legitimate performers who just happen to have nudity in their act.
She said that although burlesque performances can be risqué, they are not necessarily tawdry, and certainly not meant to encourage anything illegal.
Christianson said she wants to see a clause included in ordinances such as West Fargo’s proposed law or the one passed in Moorhead in January that gives burlesque troupes an exemption.
Christianson is concerned the licensing process and possible hefty fee might keep some women from getting involved with the performance troupe.
“It’s intimidating for someone who just wants to go onstage, meet new people and be cheeky,” Christianson said. “It’s not that we’re against the whole idea of (stripper licenses), we’re not. What it comes down to is every performance is a play, and it’s not being recognized as such.”
I’ll bet it never occurs to them that they priced their product beyond the ability to pay for it. They probably believe the solution is higher taxes on the private sector.
MOORHEAD — Under a plan outlined by administrators Thursday morning, Minnesota State University Moorhead plans to eliminate majors, merge several departments and lay off six faculty members to solve its $4.9 million budget deficit.
The cuts unveiled made it a “sad day to be a Dragon,” said Ted Gracyk, chairman of the Faculty Association which serves as the bargaining unit for permanent faculty at MSUM.
Administrators detailed the cuts in a meeting with the Faculty Association. The plan is projected to save $2 million in the 2015 fiscal year and $919,000 in fiscal year 2016.
The plan calls for a reduction of 16 temporary faculty positions and six layoffs of tenured or tenure-track faculty in the community health, elementary and early childhood education, English, history, theater arts and special education graduate programs.
Five majors with relatively few students would get the ax under the proposed plan including American multicultural studies, medical laboratory technician, master of fine arts in creative writing, music composition and community health.
Though a tenured or tenure-track faculty member’s current program may be closed, they are not immediately laid off, Gracyk said. Those faculty members may be reassigned and retrained, he said.
Each of the program areas targeted for layoffs do not have any temporary faculty whose positions could be eliminated, Provost Anne Blackhurst said.
He and his insurance agency will get audited from now on when the Obamites see his letter!
Published December 02, 2013, 10:02 PM
Letter: Change the name of health reform act
By: L.D. Thompson, Dent, Minn.
Now that we have the “Unaffordable” Care Act, it is time to name the new plan. Let’s call it Labodemicare!
Yeah, those years were great; 22% interest rates, sky high energy prices and a whole lot of hair shirt wearing!
Five days after Jason Carter jumped into the Georgia governor’s race, his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, delivered a speech urging a ban on the death penalty. Within hours, the newly minted candidate felt compelled to issue a retort: while he loves his grandfather, he told a reporter, “I believe in the death penalty for heinous crimes, and that won’t change when I’m governor.”
The episode spoke to the benefit and potential burden of the Carter surname for the upstart Democratic state senator, who is waging a long-shot bid to unseat first-term Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. Practically everyone in the Peach State knows the Carter name, and in state Democratic circles the ex-president remains a revered figure more than three decades after he left the White House.
Who could have predicted this?
Husband broadcasts drunk, naked wife on Playstation 4
The user was reportedly banned instantly but they were not the only ones getting up to naughtiness. Some other users made videos of themselves parading around with guns, while others paraded around naked.
It sounds like there’s a whole lot o’ parading going on!
Did Jane upgrade her original outdoor plumbing?
Ahlin: Historic neighborhoods important to all in Fargo
The Hawthorne neighborhood is feeling threatened – not by urban blight; rather, it’s insidious infill. We believe there are home buyers out there to resurrect and rehab old homes, even if 75- or 100-year histories have taken a toll on those homes. (Fargo does sit on clay, folks.) The menacing trend, however, is for demolishing homes.
So here’s the question that was posed to the Historic Preservation Committee, a question really intended for all city governing bodies – zoning, planning and City Commission: When does the trend for tearing down old homes and replacing them with brand-new structures turn a historic neighborhood into something else entirely?
In this case, why is the city of Fargo suddenly so enthusiastic about demolishing homes along Eighth Street South? Be clear, these are not condemned houses; they are simply houses that need lots of rehab. Also, why do the zoning and planning folks appear more eager to satisfy the desires of people building brand-new homes in old neighborhoods than they are about helping current residents keep old homes livable and lovely?
Some might have to get real jobs. Oh, the humanity!
MOORHEAD – More than half of the 31 departments at Minnesota State University Moorhead could be considered for tenured faculty layoffs and program closures to resolve the school’s projected $5 million deficit.
After a recent faculty buyout offer fell short, the school on Wednesday provided faculty members with a list of departments and their potential for reductions. Eighteen departments are at risk of the most severe reduction measures – layoffs of permanent faculty and program closures.
Before the school decides where cuts will be made, departments have the opportunity to respond with information that may affect their final placement on the school’s reduction prioritization list.
MSUM Provost Anne Blackhurst said school officials determined the potential for reductions in academic departments by using enrollment data and the cost to deliver programs.
Five programs identified in the green zone show potential for closer scrutiny and room for more efficiency, such as increasing class sizes, Blackhurst said.
Eight programs in the middle, yellow zone could see reductions in terms of reducing the number of adjunct or fixed-term faculty, merging departments or sharing curriculum.
The remaining 18 departments could face layoffs of tenured and tenure-track faculty or program closures.
“We would have to take all of those other steps first and try to find every other cost savings possible before we would issue layoff notices,” Blackhurst said.
What blasphemy! There will be no fat government grants in Adnan Akyuz’s future.
FARGO – Climate change may not be such a bad thing for North Dakota.
While other states report the negative effects of climate change, Adnan Akyuz, a North Dakota State climatologist, said the implications in North Dakota have made the climate more favorable to agriculture.
“The climate is really not the same as it was before, but is it bad?” Akyuz asked during a presentation for the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts annual meeting.
Akyuz, who runs the North Dakota State Climate Center at North Dakota State University, gave an overview of the impact of climate change based on his research and data for the state.
The average annual temperature in North Dakota is increasing by .27 degrees Fahrenheit per decade – the steepest trend in the lower 48 states, Akyuz said.
A warmer global climate might be bad news for glaciers, but in North Dakota the warming trend has added days to the growing season and increased the number of plant varieties that will survive here.
There are fewer 25-below-zero Fahrenheit days in Fargo than there were a century ago, Akyuz said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture uses those extreme temperatures to divide the nation into “plant hardiness zones” based on which plants are likely to survive in each zone.
He should change his name to “Ramses, the King of Da’ Nile.”
“Obama covers his ears to drown out the booing after his name is mentioned at basketball game,”