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Record weather slams state

MSU professor cautions reading too much into statistics.

web photo Sources are currently divided as to the meaning of Minnesota’s wild weather patterns, but the regions record weather will likley remain a point of discussion in 2013. SAM WILMES

staff writer

Minnesota and the nation suffered through a historically hot and stormy 2012, rais-

ing concerns about climate change. The state saw 68 weather records broken and more than 3,527 records were shattered nationally. The data, compiled by The

National Resources Defense Council, revealed that an astounding 30 percent of Minnesota’s weather records were broken in 2012, placing Minnesota only behind Tennessee

and Wisconsin. The upper Midwest, the Northeast, the northern Great Plains, and Rocky Mountain states were hardest hit. Minnesota’s weather featured recordbreaking heat in 42 counties. Last year was the hottest one in the United States since records have been kept. March 2012 was the hottest March ever, with over 15,000 records set nationwide. July was the hottest month ever recorded. Heavy rain in 34 counties set 72 new records, but the worst drought in 50 years struck the Midwest, including in Minnesota, where 36 wildfires were also sparked by drought. Minnesota’s wildfires were part of 9.2 million acres nationwide that burned. The drought led to over 1,300 counties in 29 states being labeled disaster areas. Without replenishing spring

moisture, agriculture faces a serious challenge this year. Pastures yielded no forage and hay supplies for the nation’s beef herd is at record low levels. Dry conditions caused grain and meat prices to soar, resulting in significantly higher food costs. Record breaking snow in five counties produced a halfdozen new snow records. In comparison, the Twin Cities received only 22.3 inches in the 2011-12 winter, the ninth lowest amount in the area’s history. Last year’s weather is seemingly only a large piece of the puzzle that has been forming for the past three decades. According to German international insurance giant MunichRe, from 1980-2011, extreme weather events in

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Mankato renews detox contract

Community service officers will continue chauffeuring the excessively intoxicated to New Ulm LUCAS RYAN

staff writer

Mankato community service officers will be forced to continue making trips to the Brown County Detox Center. In the last three years, an average of 246 people were arrested on-campus for alcoholrelated reasons according to the Minnesota State University, Mankato “Partners in Safety 2012” Campus Fire and Safety Report. Some of those arrests were individuals who needed to be transported by Mankato community service officers to spend two days at nobodies favorite place: detox. With no other realistic option on January 14, the Mankato City Council decided to renew the Blue Earth County detox transportation agreement. Renewing

the contract means Mankato Community Service Officers (CSO) will continue to be the taxicab for people in need of a trip to the Brown County Detox Center located in New Ulm, Minn. “We are the entity that comes upon these individuals most often,” Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges said. More than one third of Brown County Detox Center‘s patients come from Blue Earth County. According to the business coordinator at the Brown County Detox, Heather Reetz, 584 people from Blue Earth County were treated at the facility in 2012. The Brown County Detox treated just 883 people from all other counties combined. According to an article in the Mankato Free Press, “Officials

web photo The nearly 30 mile trek from Mankato to New Ulm means that heavy drinkers are costing the city a pretty penny in travel expenses.

say a total of 13 counties use the Detox Center in New Ulm” The money it costs to transport the individual is not the

problem. Rather it is the officers time being spent driving around drunk people to detox centers instead of patrolling Mankato for


crime. “They are reimbursing us for the CSO. They are fully

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DETOX “They are fully reimbursing us for cost of the vehicle and travel miles, but it is tying up precious resources.” continued from 1 reimbursing us for cost of the vehicle and transport miles, but it is tying up precious resources,” Hentges said. According to Google Maps the distance from Mankato to the Brown County Detox Center is 29.7 miles and the travel time is estimated at 39 minutes. This means that the CSO spends approximately one hour 30 minutes chauffeuring drunk people to the detox in New Ulm. What adds to this dilemma is weekend nights or during big events are when it is most common for someone to need a transport to detox. This causes city officers to become a taxi cabs for people in need of detox instead of helping Mankato police during a busy part of the week. During 2012 MSU homecoming, the Brown County Detox facility was full for most the weekend. In these instances where the Brown County detox is full, the Mankato CSOs have to drive a much longer distance to other detox facilities, usually to Hastings, Minn. or Wilmar, Minn. According to Hentges, dorm

residents comprise a significant number of the people being transported to detox. Many times this is due to the there being no responsible adult for the officers to release the person to forcing CSO to transport the individual to a detox facility. “This is certainly a disruption of resources from a city standpoint,” Hentges said. The City Council is looking at ways to deal with this problem including discussing a possible way for the university to help bear some of the load. (responsibility). “We are also going to continue to have discussions with the University regarding our ability to place them back into the dorm,” Hentges said. Waking up in a bed at detox is not the ideal way to wake up on Sunday morning. After the mandatory 48 hours at detox that costs 340 dollars per day, you are then on your own to find a ride back to home. Wouldn’t it be easier if we all just controlled our drinking so we didn’t have to be sent to detox?

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WEATHER “2012’s unparalleled record-setting heat demonstrates what climate change looks like.” continued from 1 North America nearly quintupled from 1980 to 2011, the largest increase anywhere. Because of Hurricane Sandy and other extreme storms, the United States experienced 90 percent of the world’s weather insurance claims. NRDC Senior Scientist Kim Knowlton said the 2012 weather wasn’t a statistical anomaly. “2012’s unparalleled recordsetting heat demonstrates what climate change looks like,’’ Knowlton said. “This extreme weather has awoken communities across the country to the need for preparedness and protection. We know how to reduce local risks, improve our lives and create more resilient communities. Now our leaders must act.” The NRDC said the government can take many steps to reduce climate change affects, including “Enacting plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants, vehicles and other major sources of heattrapping pollution; coupled with increased investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

They also insist that emergency planning plays a major role. “Emergency planning must incorporate risks from climate change. States and local governments should develop, prioritize, support and implement comprehensive climate change mitigation plans to address climate risks.” “The Federal Emergency Management Agency must also prioritize addressing and preparing for climate change by providing guidance and resources to state and local governments.” Local, state and federal governments have been slow to respond. New York City officials prepared a plan to make the city less vulnerable to disasters like Sandy, but without funding nothing was done. Geography Professor Martin Mitchell has a slightly different interpretation of this past year, and of the trends of the past 30 years. Mitchell said three factors may be at work: Warming caused by the removal of temperature satellites that suppressed temperature readings in 1850, CO2 emissions, and • 507-625-8443



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land use changes. For example, Mitchell said that corn production covers four times more acres worldwide than it used to. That’s important because cornfields produce more humidity. Mitchell also cautions against over-analyzing of the amount of records set last year. “Large heat waves that impact many communities are bound to set thousands of records, because of the number of communities affected,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said it’s not a good idea to read too much into long-range weather predictions. Long-term forecasting is only correct 55 percent of the time, he said, adding that some prediction firms, like Farmer’s Almanac, are based on tradition and not science. “Farmer’s Almanac is not based on anything scientific,” Mitchell said. Mitchell maintains that we may actually be returning to a climate not seen in 1,000 years when the earth’s temperature was 60.2 degrees, which is about 2 degrees hotter than it is now.

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Mankato Brewery celebrates full year of beer

Local brewery has history, host of new brews on its side.

msu reporter Mankato-based folk group, The Bitterroot Band, played at the Mankato Brewery’s anniversary party. TIM FAKLIS

staff writer

This month marks a very special month for a pair of Mankato residents, as well as an entire city full of happy customers. Last week marked the 1-year anniversary of the Mankato Brewery, a business that has really taken off, and

is now served at bars and restaurants all over the southern Minnesota area. The first year marks a big moment for the brewery, the only one in the Mankato area. Co-founders Tim Tupy and Tony Feuchtenberger have been hard at work on different brands of what would even-

tually become the Mankato Original Beer that people have enjoyed on a frequent basis in the area. One big point of influence for them, Tim Tupy in particular, goes back a long ways. Tupy and Feuchtenberger was a home brewer for a multitude of years, even before the

opening of the brewery, but along with that, his great great great grandfather opened up a brewery in New Prague, Minnesota in 1885. To this day it has served as influence for them as a team, coming up with new ideas. That amount of family history is apparent even by going to their website, which is full of information for anyone curious to learn more about the history of anything beer in Mankato. With all the history and success they have endured over the past year, they are still far from done. Since the anniversary, they have announced a couple new beers that have recently hit the shelves, as well as a couple that are still in the works. Organ Grinder Amber Ale is now a product that hit the shelves full-time this year, along with Center Street Series #2, an IPA beer that has also been received well recently since its release. Along with that, they plan to release another beer, titled

Center Street Series #3, a beer that is still in the works, that is planned to be released in April. They have a multitude of tours, and are attempting to bring the community in as much as possible. From fundraising events, to concert bands performing, to a lounge where anyone with a valid ID can come in, try a pint of their beer, along with their home-made bratwurst, their attempts to access the local community as much as possible have been paying off in big ways since their creation a year ago. The brewery is the first active running company of its type in Mankato since 1967. According to a report by the Mankato Free Press, the brewery described its Mankato Original beer as an “homage to the traditional ales of Cologne, Germany; it is light and refreshing with a crisp bitterness, delicate hop aroma, subtle malt flavor and a hint of fruitiness.”

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Inaugural apathy is undeserved

web photo MEGAN KADLEC

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On Monday, like many other American college students who didn’t have classes due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I slept in instead of going to class and working. The only difference is that I slept until nine o’clock in the morning. I set my alarm so I could watch the presidential inauguration. My entire morning consisted of watching Inauguration coverage, tweeting and eating Cap’n Crunch. I can’t imagine a more perfect morning. I’m guessing most college kids would rather nurse their hang-

overs or sleep until one in the afternoon. While I could go on for hours about how well President Obama speaks and how I wish I could meet the team who crafted the most eloquent, beautiful speech since 2011’s State of the Union, I won’t. I would like to instead explore the lack of political involvement I see among my peers. It disappoints me, that in a society where democracy reigns supreme, many young adults turn their backs to anything political, often downplaying it to say that it doesn’t pertain to their lives.

I once had a friend who told me that he simply doesn’t care about politics or government because, in his words, everything they do is wrong. I once talked to a classmate who told me that voting was pointless because it wasn’t going to make a difference. Who cares if it is going to make a difference or not? It’s your right. Use it. This sort of political apathy astounds me. I simply don’t understand why no one cares to figure out who even the most involved political leaders in America are. I’m not expecting you to know who the Republican

senator in Lousiana is (it’s David Vitter, by the way). But I would expect students at Minnesota State University, Mankato to know that Tim Walz is the congressional representative for our district. Two weeks ago, at the start of the new year, I said goodbye to a roommate and welcomed a new one to the crew. And, no offense meant, but this new kid rocks (I know he’s not technically a kid if he’s four years older than me, but whatever). As I was watching Inauguration coverage in our frigid living room, he came in and started talking politics with me. No one ever does that, except of course, the individuals who were in my political science classes for the past three years. He even knew who Newt Gingrich was without my explanation. When I told him I was surprised that he knew who Newt was, he was shocked, “Of course I know who that is. He was the Speaker of the House and ran for president.” He also commented on how Gingrich left his wife for his mistress, twice. While I was excited that someone actually knew something about our country’s political elite, I was immediately disheartened when I went on Facebook that

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afternoon. The only comments I saw about the Inauguration were in regards to one quote of Obama’s address: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” Yes, gay rights are a big deal to me too. But so are the issues of absolutism, immigration, the military, health care, climate change, and bipartisanship, among many others. No one commented on any of the other things he said, and instead, all my peers took away was that Obama supports the freedom to marry. I’m sorry, but anyone who’s even been remotely paying attention, has known that. Even the perfect combination of words won’t make the statement newsworthy. Now, as a Political Science minor, I know I look at politics more closely than most of my peers, but even in my Mass Media classes last semester, there were individuals whom had no idea who Todd Akin was, or even who was running with Mitt Romney. I’m sorry, but if you don’t even know who Paul Ryan is,

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Thursday, January 24, 2013


Psyched out

Sports psychology center hopes to improve health of students and student-athletes CHRIS HOUCK

staff writer

Minnesota State University, Mankato has always strived to expand its horizons by providing new and innovative ways to reach and educate its students. And with the inclusion of the new Center for Sport and Performance Psychology Center, the university hopes to continue utilizing different and enlightening tools in order to better itself as well as its students. The new center, which officially opened two weeks ago, focuses on motivational and psychological techniques to help students overcome obstacles and challenges that they may face during their performances or sporting events at the university. Some of the main focuses of the program are to help find the best ways for students to achieve in such areas as performing arts, wellness and exercise, as well as some efforts to improve on a students’ journey through public speaking and rehabilitation from an injury or another type of obstacle that may stand in the way of a student’s success. According to the programs’ webpage, the goal of the newly established center is describes how it hopes to achieve a positive impact on the school’s artists and athletes: “[To] work with athletes, exercisers, coaches, artists and professionals to

help them gain the confidence and motivation they need to overcome barriers, refine their focus and prepare to face challenges at any level.” While the program has only recently opened its doors, it was involved in the most recent Maverick football season last fall, which saw the team advance to the Division II semifinals, a feat that had never been achieved by the program before. The center is the product of the MSU Big Ideas Campaign, which funded $101,000 in order to bring such a center to the university. The inclusion of a Center for Sport and Performance Psychology is a new tool that universities have been implementing within their workings, with MSU joining only three other colleges across the country who have such a program. The program not only provides services for performing arts majors and athletes, however. The services provided by the center also reach out towards individual students just trying to survive the semester. Along with helping such groups as the MSU football team, the program also offers workshops, individual sessions and small group sessions. There are fees for seeing a specialist from the program for help as well. A $75 charge is given to someone who wishes to

see a certified wellness coach or performance consultant, as well as a $35 charge to any students wanting to sit down with a graduate student performance consultant. Feedback for the program has been very favorable. While the program primarily concerns itself with MSU, it has expanded its reach across the Mankato area and helped with such programs as Mankato West High School along with the MSU football team. Both have been affected by the center, with the Director of Athletics, Kevin Buisman, stating, “It has been a wonderful partnership for us. The timing couldn’t have been better and the feedback from the coaches and student-athletes has been very encouraging.” So whether a student is looking for ways to relieve stress while performing in front of a crowd, a stadium, a professor, or just make it to the next day, the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology is dedicated to helping any student who walks through their door. The goal is not only relieve students of some of the pressure and anxiety that may come with a life of responsibilities, but to assist them to excel in their areas of interest through proper consultation and any other tool that may help in the process.

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MSSA talks statues, sports dome CHRIS HOUCK

staff writer

In the wake of a new semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MSSA met again for the second time on Wednesday, continuing to discuss the issues and up and coming projects that concern the school and its students. Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman spoke in front of the student senators, highlighting the possible construction of a proposed ‘sports dome’ on campus. Buisman stated that a dome at MSU would relieve some of the heavy demand for available athletic space during the winter months and would include a blend of campus and community usage. Mark Bigelbach, CEO of the Sports Facility Development and Management LLC, gave his presentation of the proposed structure saying that the process of getting a dome on campus is only in a feasibility study phase and that there is only about a fiftyfifty chance that his business even recommends building those types of structures. Bigelbach presented a

couple of proposed options for the dome saying that there is a seasonal and permanent type that they could build and that the cheapest cost would be $4.9 million for the seasonal option and $6.1 million for a permanent structure. The feasibility study stage of the project is scheduled to be finished around the end of March, with construction of the building expected to take anywhere between eight months and a year to complete. MSSA president, Soyal Shrestha, gave his report to the student senators, speaking about the possibility of bringing a statue of chief Mahkato, Mankato’s namesake, to MSU’s campus. Shrestha stated that he’s exploring the idea of getting city funding for the project, which would cost between $30,000 and $35,000. According to MSSA Vice President, David Schieler, a Native Dakotan approached the university with the idea for the statue, which would be sculpted by the same artist who made the buffalo monument in Reconciliation Park.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013


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Thursday, January 24, 2013


After shootings, states rethink mental health cuts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of states have slashed spending on mental health care over the last four years, driven by the recession’s toll on revenue and, in some cases, a new zeal to shrink government. But that trend may be heading for a U-turn in 2013 after last year’s shooting rampages by two mentally disturbed gunmen. The reversal is especially jarring in statehouses dominated by conservative Republicans, who aggressively cut welfare programs but now find themselves caught in a crosscurrent of pressures involving gun control, public safety and health care for millions of disadvantaged Americans. In many states, lawmakers have begun to recognize that their cuts “may have gone too deep,” said Shelley Chandler, executive director of the Iowa Alliance of Community Providers. “People start talking when there’s a crisis.” About 30 states have reduced mental health spending since 2008, when revenues were in steep decline, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In a third of those states, the cuts surpassed 10 percent. As a result, nine staterun psychiatric hospitals were closed and another 3,200 beds for mental health patients were eliminated, dramatically reducing treatment options for the poor and people in the criminaljustice system. Thousands of patients were turned onto the streets. Making matters worse, the cuts came as unemployment was rising, causing more people to lose private insurance and forcing them to shift to public assistance. The steepest drop by percentage was in South Carolina, where spending fell by nearly 40 percent over four years — an amount that Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has called “absolutely immoral.” Now Haley, who took office in 2011, has pledged to bolster a mental health system that dropped case workers, closed treatment centers and extended waiting lists. She also wants to expand remote access to psychiatrists through video conferencing. Both Pennsylvania and Utah have put aside plans to scale back their mental health systems. And Kansas, which cut mental health spending by 12

percent from 2008 to 2011, announced this month a new $10 million program aimed at identifying mental health dangers. “I don’t think we’re well set as a state at all to be able to deal with these intensive cases” of mental illness, acknowledged Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, usually an avid proponent of downsizing social programs. The sudden pause reflects anxiety from last year’s shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school. Although little is known about the mental health of either gunman, the attacks have shaken state legislatures that until recently didn’t intend to consider more social spending. In some cases, gun-rights advocates are seeking mental health reforms as an alternative to more gun laws. Jon Thompson, spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, said many budget-cutting governors are having second thoughts, including whether to reform mental health policies “to further invest in the safety of their citizens.” South Carolina eliminated 600 full-time case workers and closed five treatment centers. That led to an increase in the number of people with mental illness in jail in Columbia — so much that it now exceeds the patient total at the city’s public psychiatric hospital. “We’ve been unable to maintain those preventative measures to keep people out of jail,” said Bill Lindsey, director of South Carolina’s National Association on Mental Illness. During former Gov. Mark Sanford’s term, the fiscal pressure was inescapable. The recession cut state revenue by more than $1 billion from 2008 to 2011. “It wasn’t really Sanford’s fault,” said former state Rep. Dan Cooper, Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “There just wasn’t enough money to go around.” Revenues have since recovered somewhat, and are projected to be at levels last seen in 2008. In Kansas, under thenGov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, state psychiatric hospitals began treating only the most dangerous cases. Caseloads at the Johnson County Mental Health Center near Kansas City rose from the recommended 15 per

caseworker to more than 30 in 2010. Tim DeWeese, the center’s clinical director, said one of his patients who had finished college and gotten a job and an apartment became homeless after his doctor visits were cut off. “It came crashing down all the way,” DeWeese said. Oklahoma also cut mental health programs in 2010 and 2011. But Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, a conservative elected in the GOP landslide of 2010 on a promise to cut spending, reversed course last year after grim warnings about the effect on public safety, and after several teen suicides in Oklahoma City. “There just weren’t enough resources,” said Harry Tyler, director of the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma. Fallin approved a 20 percent budget increase and has pledged to make mental health a priority again this year. “You’ll see more emphasis on being able to identify people that might have mental health challenges,” she said. Tyler said he would encourage Fallin to provide more money for screening teenagers who could endanger themselves or others. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another Republican, has promised to fully implement a new program under which people are required to take medication and attend therapy if a judge believes they pose a risk. Mike Hammond, executive director of Kansas’ Association of Community Mental Health Centers, said his state’s governor is looking for new ideas on mental health care. “I think he’s realized what’s happening in our system,” Hammond said. To be sure, Republicans have not given up on keeping state government lean and taxes low. And some party members question how much mental health spending will be approved. “I’m not telling you she gets the money,” former South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson said of Haley. Ty Masterson, Republican chairman of the Kansas Senate’s Ways and Means Committee, acknowledged the same conflict: “There’s obviously tension there.”

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POLITICAL APATHY continued from 4 you should be tied to a chair and forced to watch the 6 o’clock broadcast, or read a newspaper. Heck, even scrolling through CNN’s Twitter Feed would do the trick, or the much funnier @ PaulRyanGosling, a Twitter profile dedicated to twisting the feminist “Hey Girl” memes with pictures of Ryan Gosling to fit the former Vice Presidential candidates’ statements and beliefs. What I don’t understand is how these young individuals can get by without knowing anything about the way their government works. I took an introductory United States government course my first semester of college as a prerequisite for my major. The class taught us all

about our government – including how many seats there are in the House of Representatives and what the three branches of government actually do. Seriously? I learned more than this in elementary school by watching political commentary with my father on Sunday mornings. Is it too much to ask for a little political involvement? A quick scan of The New York Times website will do. There’s no need to keep up on everything going on in the world. Even I can’t do that. But at least I try. At least I don’t pretend that politics don’t impact my everyday life because, guess what, they do. A lot.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013T

Governor Dayton must sell sales tax change to fellow DFLers

• web photo Governor Mark Dayton proposes the elimination of the sales tax exemption on clothing purchases of more than $100.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Rep. Ben Lien is a freshman Democrat from Moorhead, where clothing merchants enjoy an advantage over competitors in Fargo just across the river because Minnesota doesn’t have a sales tax on apparel. Lien is among the lawmakers who could determine the success or failure of Gov. Mark Dayton’s ambitious tax reform proposal, which includes eliminating the sales tax exemption on clothing purchases over $100. “People come over to Moorhead to buy clothes,” Lien said Wednesday. “So that was a concern that I had before the budget was even released.” Dayton’s recently unveiled

budget blueprint proposes $2.1 billion in new taxes, mainly by lowering the overall sales tax rate but applying it to more things, hiking income taxes on the state’s wealthiest citizens, and raising the state’s cigarette tax by 94 cents to $2.54 a pack. In exchange for the new tax revenue, the Democratic governor’s $38 billion plan increases spending to public schools, colleges and job-creation programs and provides a $500 yearly property tax rebate to all Minnesota homeowners. With Democrats now running the state House and Senate, Dayton has a receptive audience. But that doesn’t mean getting their votes will be easy. DFL lawmakers, particularly freshman members

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from swing districts, could face trouble convincing constituents that they’ll see the benefit of paying more sales taxes for clothes, services like hiring lawyers and accountants, or going to the hair salon or car mechanic. The governor is hoping to sweeten the pot by reducing the overall rate from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent. “That is going to be the most controversial piece, I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Rep. Tim Faust, DFL-Cloverdale, who rejoined the Legislature this year after losing a reelection bid in 2010. “It’s hard to judge whether my district would pay more or less sales taxes as a result of that. The jury is still out on that one — I’m not as excited for that one as some of the other things.” After unveiling his budget proposal Tuesday, Dayton met privately later in the day with DFL lawmakers. His spokesman, Bob Hume, said most of the questions were about the sales tax changes. On Wednesday, the governor began the job of pitching his changes beyond the Capitol’s walls; he said in a conference call with journalists from greater Minnesota news outlets that in the 24 hours since unveiling his plan, he learned that “everyone is for change as long as it doesn’t happen to them.” Dayton said he wants to go before local chambers of commerce and Rotary Clubs to promote his plan. He’ll also meet one-on-one with lawmakers in the coming months;

legislative leaders say they’re likely to roll out House and Senate budget proposals by April and have promised it’s likely to vary in noticeable ways from what Dayton proposed. Democratic lawmakers were reluctant to commit themselves either way on Dayton’s tax proposals, and most say that the new money would help pay for promises they made on the campaign trail — from all-day kindergarten to lowering property taxes to slowing the increasing cost of college tuition. Lien, elected to a House seat long held by Republicans, said despite his concern about the effect of a clothing tax on the Moorhead economy that he liked Dayton’s spending priorities and his effort to stabilize the state budget in order to end chronic deficits and temporary fixes. “I think the most important thing to take away from this is that it’s sound, responsible budgeting,” Lien said. “In terms of specifics, it gives us a starting point for discussions.” Some of Dayton’s proposed tax changes will be an easier sell than others: his longtime call to tax income at a higher rate of 9.85 percent above $150,000 for single filers and $250,000 for joint filers is popular with fellow Democrats, and many new lawmakers are from exurban or rural areas with few residents who earn that much. “I think that’s something like 40 people in my district,” said Faust, who represents

towns including Mora, Pine City, Sandstone and Hinckley. He said he hopes to see an analysis of whether residents of his district would end up on average paying more or less under the proposed sales tax changes. Legislative Republicans lack the votes to stop Democrats from raising taxes, but they will be quick to use those votes as clubs in 2014, when Dayton and all House members are on the ballot. “This is a massive tax increase on all Minnesotans,” said Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, a veteran House Republican. “We’ll be talking about this for the next two years. This is an albatross around the neck of every Democrat running for office in 2014.” Just as Dayton has to win over Democratic lawmakers, those lawmakers must win over constituents. Just a few hours after getting his first look at Dayton’s proposal, freshman Rep. Dan Schoen — a Democrat from a swing area in suburbs south of St. Paul — found himself trying to explain the sales tax changes to several constituents at a restaurant. “When you actually explain how it works, there’s a lot more support for it than I thought there would be,” Schoen said. “These were folks I generally know to be Republicans, and quite frankly they wouldn’t vote for Mark Dayton. But when I explained some of these things, they said, ‘OK, maybe that’s not so bad.’”

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An interview with A Band On a Mission: Throw the Fist to perform at Buster’s Bar and Grill Friday RB: By working our asses off, touring, and working the internet 12+ hours a day. Opportunities do not present themselves to people who simply sit and wait around for things to happen. We work hard and make them happen for ourselves as best as we can. The Alternative Press article was the first piece of press we got that helped us reach a larger audience and open some doors for us. TB: Throw the Fight has switched members over the years. Does the dynamic of the band change at all when the members change? RB: Absolutely. Writing styles change. Personalities change. Live show changes. It all changes. But that’s part of the process. There is no way a band that has been around as long as we have will not face that at one point or another. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right group of people. We’re happy to say that after all this time, we finally feel like we’ve got the right mix of dudes in the group. TB: John Feldmann has worked with some pretty famous bands like The Used, Saosin and Atreyu. How did it feel to work with him on your latest album, “What Doesn’t Kill Us”?


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n Friday, Minneapolis band Throw the Fight will be performing at Buster’s Bar in Mankato. Throw the Fight’s sound is alternative rock and they’ve played with bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Staind, Chevelle, Lost Prophets and A Change of Pace. Guitarist Ryan Baustert answered these questions to get you amped up. Show starts at 9:40 p.m. and cover is $3. TB: Background information: When did you start becoming interested in music? How and when did all of you meet? Were you friends before you started the band? Whose idea was it to start the band? RB: I got interested in music when I

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was 11 or 12 years old. My dad got me into Metallica and Black Sabbath during that time. It was all down hill from there. After that I started branching out into punk and blues music. The band formed in 2003 when I was going to school at UW-Stout and I’m the only original member currently. But we are definitely all friends and we still keep in contact with guys that used to play in the band. TB: How did you come up with your name? RB: The name is a tribute to my grandfather, who was a boxer during WWII. TB: If the information I have is correct, you were one of the Top Ten Unsigned Bands in the country by A.P. in 2006. How did you gain such a fan base before being signed?

RB: It was awesome. We’ve always been fans of the albums he has done. Sonically, they are all killer. Since day one, we said that doing a record with Feldmann was one of our goals. Now we can cross it off the list. It was great recording in LA and not have anything to do other than focus on doing a record. All our previous albums have been recorded in Minneapolis so it was a change from what we were used to. TB: Your website says that TTF has the “X factor.” Fans can tell that the “X factor” is there, but what do you all think it is? Do you think it’s something that comes naturally or is it something that can be developed? RB: To me, “the X factor” means being the total package. From the live performance angle, to the songwriting angle, to the recorded music angle, to the way you simply treat your fans, and a million other areas in between. It’s all of that stuff that plays a part in the bigger picture and they all need to be working in conjunction together. A lot of that stuff can be developed over time. Most definitely. But a lot of it

can’t. You can either sing in key and know how to play your instruments or you can’t, you know? When we play a show, we want people who have never seen us before leaving the venue saying, “ok, those dudes are legit and the band is the real deal.” To me, that’s the “X factor.” TB: Describe the feelings you had when you played at The Van’s Warped Tour. I’ve been in the audience, and it gets wild. Does the crowds energy levels affect TTF’s performance at all? RB: Warped Tour is great. Hot, but great! A band should always feed off a crowd’s energy. But the trick is to not let it affect the performance no matter what type of crowd it is. A band should be giving it their all no matter if they are playing in front of 10 people or 10,000 people. So to answer your question, no, we try to not let crowds affect what we are doing up there. But we definitely make a point to interact with people on stage and make a connection with them. TB: I’ve heard of “Minnesota Rap” like Atmosphere, Doomtree and Brother Ali. Do you think there is such a thing as “Minnesota Rock?” RB: Definitely. New Medicine, 3 Pill Morning, After the Burial. Those are just a few that come to mind that are doing big things these days. TB: Can you explain the feeling you have when you’re on stage? Do you have any pre-show/post-show rituals? RB: No rituals that I can think of off the top of my head. If trying to be well rehearsed is considered a ritual, then that’s what it would be for us. Every time we go on stage we are reminded that we’re blessed to be able to do what we do. TB: What inspires you? RB: Friends, family, and life in general. TB: After your show at Buster’s in Mankato, what’s the first thing you’ll do? RB: Have a beer and hang out with everyone that came to see us, of course!

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The Craft Beer Expo Pours Flavor Over Mankato Brew Enthusiasts


staff writer The Craft Beer Expo came to Mankato on Saturday, Jan 19. The Expo was held in the Verizon Wireless Center from 1-6 p.m and had more than 1,500 attendees. Tickets were sold at the Verizon Wireless Center Box Office. According to the official homepage of the Expo, www., the purpose of Saturday’s event was “to promo[te] craft beer through sensory evaluation and education. 40 craft breweries, both locally and nationally, showcased their craft beers for attendees. Attendees were able to freely sample their offerings in a commemorative tasting glass in 2 oz. samples. Educational seminars on various topics relating to beer also took place during the expo. Music

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and food were available for purchase to attendees.” The general admission price to this event was a quaint $30, which included access to the event, a unique tasting glass, beer samples and various beer education opportunities. A coupon to Pub 500 for $3 RagTop Ambers was also included in the tasting glass. If the need arose, designated drivers only had to pay $10 to attend this event. Designat-

ed drivers were offered soda and water samples from craft breweries, but they weren’t allowed to sample any beer. The expo also partnered up with hotels and taxi services so that everyone who attended the expo got home safely. Many local breweries were stationed in a circle inside the VWC. A couple of these breweries included Mankato Brewery, Angry Orchard, Finnegans and Mantorville Brewing Co. Some of the beers offered for sampling were the Mankato Original, Stagecoach Amber, Crisp and Irish Amber. Breweries that always seemed to be crowded were the Boston Beer Company (the company that created Samuel Adams beer), Sierra Nevada Brewing, Kona Brewing and Alaska Brewing Co. This event gave people a chance to sample many kinds of beer without having to spend the full price of a bottle or a six-pack at the liquor store. That can get really expensive, really fast. Employees of the brewing companies were also set up at each booth so that event attendees could ask them questions about their beers and breweries. Water stations

are also provided to cleanse the palette and to keep guests hydrated. The program that was handed out went on to say, “this talented and diverse selection of beers at the expo should be enjoyed responsibly. Please remember to pace yourself and drink plenty of water.” VIP tickets are also available for $40, which gave attendees early entrance into the event at 1 p.m. Those who purchased general admission tickets are not allowed in until 2 p.m. This allowed VIP’s extra time to sample beers without having to worry so much about waiting in line. The Mankato Craft Beer Expo was the perfect place to sample many kinds of beer, and to learn much about brewing, perfect pint pairings, or anything else the beer lover may want to know. In fact, the Expo offered four classes during the day, which were titled “History of Brewing in Minnesota,” “Perfect Pint Pairings,” “Brewers Panel,” and “Homebrew Demo.” These educational opportunities turned the focus away from consuming beer and more onto being educated about how to make beer and

the history of brewing, especially in Minnesota. A vote was also taken at the end of the evening to determine which beer was best. It was called the “People’s Choice Award.” The result of this vote is announced around 5:45 p.m. There was also some delicious food and great music at the Expo. Food was provided for purchase from Natedogs and Token BBQ. Token BBQ has been ranked 3rd best BBQ joint in the state. The music was provided by the Barefoot Winos and the Bitterroot Band. The Expo also had merchandise on sale, such as tshirts that said “Mankato Craft Beer Expo” for only $10. Individual breweries also had merchandise that they sold at their respective booths. More information on this event and when it will be happening next can be found at MankatoCraftBeerExpo, or E-mail questions can also be directed to info@ or (612) 234-1430. This is definitely an event that should not be missed when it comes around again next year.

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TB’S Adventure with Doomtree


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Last Thursday, a spur-of-themoment opportunity was presented to me: drive up to Maple Grove and interview Doomtree’s Mike Mictlan. If you’ve never heard of him, stop reading now and check him out. Then come back and keep reading. Mictlan, a Southern California native, is a member of Minneapolis indie-rap group Doomtree. He’s a rapper and a damn good one. After getting into trouble, his parents sent him to Minnesota to live with his uncle and he attended Hopkins High School, where he met a few of Doomtree’s future members. He’s released an album and an E.P.: Hand Over Fist and SNAXXX. His next album, HELLA FRREAL, comes out this year. Back to the story. This was something any sane, independent rap-loving person couldn’t pass up on, so my roommate Amy and I piled into her ’03 Cavalier, stopped at MGM to grab a bottle of Jameson, his favorite whiskey, and started the trip. As I began my 89 miles of chain-smoking, the window got stuck halfway down. When we were almost there, the phone with the directions on it died. We got lost. Twice. I felt doomed and nervous as all hell. We finally got there. Into a townhome we went, with a lot of alcohol and plenty of nerves to drink down. Mike, Jeremy (also known as Spyder Baybie Raw Dog), their friend, Jonny, Amy and I

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he became a professional rapper. His parents laughed, but he never gave himself another plan to fall back on, leading him to reach his goal of never having to get a job. I ask about the pictures on his Instagram showing his daughter, Weather, and him playing with Barbie dolls. But these are no regular Barbies; they are dressed like complete bad-asses. I assume this would be great fun, and he assures me it is. “I have as much fun as she allows me to have,” he said. • provided by Doomtree “She’s four years old, but she piled onto a huge square couch already got moved up to Kinderand after a few rounds of hard garten… She’s really into girly alcohol we were ready to go. stuff right now, like marriage, so Jonny whispered to me, “You I dress them up like Funbeard, better have good questions, or who’s never getting married, and he’s not going to answer.” I this super hero chick who hates swallowed hard and asked my boys.” first, perhaps best, question: He’s a proud dad and bragged “Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch that she can already read the Doritos?” word “connect,” which she “Nacho Cheese. But it displayed on the city bus. depends. If you’ve got a Sub“If you could only eat one way sandwich, you put Nacho food for the rest of your life, Cheese on half and Cool Ranch what would it be?” I know it’s on half,” Mike said. generic, but I was curious. I Either Jeremy or Jonny knew there’d be a good answer. proclaimed that he had, in fact, Without hesitation, Mike done it. says, “Shrimp!” Feeling a little more at ease, I The night before, they had began to drink and ask more: eaten shrimp pizza and Mike “If you had to listen to either said he was “seriously into it.” Justin Bieber or Nickelback, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog which would you choose?” said, “PU**Y! And put my He tells me that he doesn’t number down next to it.” know the difference. I’m not sure if he really “I honestly have never wants me to, but I have it if you listened to either of them,” he want it. said. “I might know it’s a pop Mike’s played all over the song, but I wouldn’t know who United States and Europe; on sang it.” his own and with his group In sixth grade, Mike told his Doomtree. The first thing that parents that he “wouldn’t have came to mind when I asked to go to school or get a job” if where his favorite place to perform was: Italy. Salt Lake City was a close second. Then, he summed the second one up: “’Murica!” By this point of the night, Jamie Foxx’s “Blame it on the Alcohol,” seems to be on repeat. “Or is Jamie Foxx just wack?” Mike says. We tried to order a pizza. Pepperoni, jalapeños and pineapple is Mike’s favorite. “The spicy peeñ rapper Mike Mictlan posing for the camera pizza,” he says. • provided by Doomtree Spyder Baybie

tells me that he feels snubbed in this interview. I promise him his own interview and ask what he’s going to name his kids. It ended up being the best answer of the night: “Dirtbike, Jetski, Corndog and Porkchop.” Ironic, since we were about to eat a pan full of bacon. Shortly after that, somewhere between two and four in the morning, I let Spyder Baybie shave a third of my head.

At 7:15 a.m., I went to bed. At 8:45 a.m., Amy woke me up. Was it worth the day-long hangover and the sleep deprivation? Yes. I found out so much more about the man behind the denim vest than I’m able to share in a typical article. The life of rap isn’t for everyone, and it’s not for us, but for Mike and Spyder, it fits perfectly.

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An Editor’s Thought: EMRE K. ERKU

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Mankato, a true winter wonderland


his lovely river city of ours, frozen to the bone and iced over like a damn Siberian mountain village, is blossoming into a fine center of entertainment, which isn’t surprising. Green Day used to perform here on a regular basis – quaffing down drinks at South Street Saloon in post-performance binges. The Rolling Stones have rocked the Verizon Wireless Center, and rapper Slug from Atmosphere performs here almost every year. That’s right, bands and performers from far and wide have and still grace us with their acts as if they’re musical priests pilgrimaging to a rock and roll mecca. Sometimes, it’s just better to perform for a middle American crowd whose lips are wetted with Keystone and whose heads are permanently filled with music. On any given night in this winter wonderland, one can walk down Cherry Street and be given the

opportunity to listen to all genres of music with a cup full of good times in both hands. Funk, rap, hard metal, anything – all are there for the taking. Hell, lets say a warm glass of Pinot and the beautiful note of an alto saxophone is desired, one can hump his or herself to the Wine Café under gentle falling snowf lakes and be serenaded with sweet jazz – a fine thing, indeed. In this week’s edition of The Reporter, two of our writers proved that Mankato has become a major hot spot for musical culture and entertainment. The wicked and wild MSU child Trish Bjerke scored two interviews with a local Minneapolis band, Throw the Fight, whom are scheduled to perform at Buster’s Bar and Grill Friday night, and rapper, Mike Mictlan, a performing regular of the group Doomtree. For the Doomtree interview, she endured the 80-mile trip the cities with a cigarette permanently stuck between her lips, a consumption

session of a bottle of hard whiskey, and god knows what else – just to obtain an interview in the fine name of pure journalism. As for the interview with Throw the Fight, a simple phone call led to a two pages full of dialogue. The Reporter’s Sara Vagt also, while fighting a battle with inf luenza, sucked it up and covered Mankato’s Beer Exposition last Saturday. This event was f looded with more than 40 types of lagers and ales originating from the great state of Minnesota and beyond. She too submerged herself in all the action in the name of journalism. It is a proven fact: one must infuse his or herself into the action in order to represent the trueness of anything – without participation a story just isn’t worth while. And that’s why Mankato seems to be developing into a major city of hipness and dumb fun. Pre-hockey game burgers and cheap drinks on any given Friday night are a thing of a fun lover’s delight. And by the end of the game of brutes

on skates, comes music, short-skirted f loozies, tight-shirted bros, and endless bar tabs. It is crystal clear that this igloo of a town is taking the atmosphere of a never-ending frenzy of fun. And journalists, including yours truly, are on a mission to cover it all, despite the fact that

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Mavericks stay hot with big wins over St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth

The no. 7 ranked Minnesota State men’s basketball team brought their winning streak to nine this past weekend by denying the high-flying Huskies of St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth to bring their mark on the season to 15-1. JOEY DENTON

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It was just another weekend in the office for the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s basketball team as they brought home two wins this weekend against St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. At St. Cloud. the Mavericks won 81-75 and then took another victory at Duluth 73-65. As they extend their winning streak to nine games, the squad also won the 1,200th victory in the history of the program. “I didn’t even know we had the 1,200th win, but it was a great thing for our program,” Head Coach Matt Margenthaler said. “It’s an honor to be the head coach and obviously honored to be here when our team got the 1,200th win of the program.” On Friday, the team headed up to St. Cloud and was expecting a tough team to play and they got one. With just under four minutes left in regulation, the Mavericks were down 69-67 before sophomore point guard Zach

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Monaghan made a crucial three-ball to avenge the lead again. As the Huskies brought the ball up the court in their next possession, Monaghan swiped the ball and that shortly turned in to two points with a jumper by sophomore center Assem Marei to quickly give the Mavericks a 74-69 lead. With Marei finishing the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds, two of those points came from a dunk set up by Monaghan to extend the lead to five with two minutes to go. As time winded closer to the buzzer all the Mavericks needed to do was make their free throws, and they did just that. The Mavericks finished going five for seven at the line in the last minute and 15-for-21 in the game. Senior guard Jarvis Williams led all Mavericks with 22 points and added seven rebounds and Monaghan added eight assists and two steals to go along with his 14 points. Coach Margenthaler

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thought this weekend made his team better with two close road wins. “We kind of stayed pace and we got better this past weekend. Friday night was a big win at St. Cloud, which is a good rival victory for us.” Even after shooting 14-for-28 on the floor and 3-for-7 from downtown in the first half of Saturday’s game, the squad just couldn’t get away from the Duluth Bulldogs. With 11 minutes left in regulation, the teams were even at 50 until the Mavericks broke for a 10-0 run with junior guard Jimmy Whitehead putting in four points off the bench. Duluth would slim the margin to five, but the Mavericks wouldn’t let them get any closer, then the final buzzer rang at a 73-65 win for the Mavericks. Marei hit the double-digit mark for the second time in the weekend with 19 points along with his four rebounds and steal. The 6’9” forward

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shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Sophomore guard Zach Monaghan has been a key player to the success of MSU all season long. Friday night saw him score 14 points and dish 8 assists in the Mavericks victory over St. Cloud State.

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MSU prepares for last conference meeting with in-state rival Minnesota

The rivalry between the Mavericks of Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota has been one-sided to say the least, but the Mavericks can knock the top-ranked Gophers off their throne with a win this weekend in their last conference series together. RYAN LUND

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Before the WCHA, before Jutting and Hastings, before Midwest Wireless and Alltel gave way to the Verizon Wireless Civic Center, and Lafontaine and Leitner replaced Backes and Brownlee, there was the University of Minnesota. Pervasive, powerful and at times dominant throughout the state of hockey, the Gophers have been a scheduling fixture for the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey team since 1998, two years

prior to the team’s entry into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The rivalry was lopsided in the early goings, as Minnesota amassed a 7-1-2 edge in the teams’ first 10 meetings, beginning with a 6-2 drubbing during the 1997-98 season. Just three games later the fledgling Mavericks would record their first win over the Gophers, a 6-5 overtime victory off the stick of defenseman Andy Fermoyle. It would be another few years before the Gophers would finally leave the comforts of Mariucci Arena for

Mankato’s Midwest Wireless Civic Center, downing the Mavericks 4-1 and 3-1 once again. Now, after 12 years, 47 career meetings and a combined record of 32-9-6 in favor of Minnesota, the Gophers and the Mavericks will meet for their final regular season tilt as conference foes. The arrival of Penn State saw the long-awaited formation of the Big 10 Hockey Conference in time for the 2013-14 season, making this season the last for the current incarnation of the WCHA and many of its charter members.

And while the schools have pledged to keep their current rivalry alive, the drama of a WCHA showdown will have lost much of its luster. This last series however, could prove to be one of the most important. While the Mavericks currently sit in a tie for sixth place in the WCHA, they trail the top-ranked Gophers by just three points, making games number 48 and 49 the most crucial of the season. The Mavericks are 158-3 after coming home from Anchorage with three points, including a 4-0 drubbing

of the Seawolves on Saturday night, taking advantage of a red-hot powerplay that netted three goals. The Gophers however are coming off of an emotional 3 point effort of their own, downing the University of North Dakota 5-1, before overcoming a two-goal deficit on Saturday night to force a tie in the two teams final regular season meeting. The Mavericks are led by sophomore Matt Leitner, whose 29 points are good enough for seventh in the WCHA, tied with Minnesota’s

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Five reasons for the removement of the Pro Bowl in the NFL

If you have’nt watched a Pro Bowl in a while, you can see why the NFL has thought of getting rid of it. Still the National Football League forces their best out to Hawaii every season for an all-star exhibition that is more irrelevant than the preseason. A simple solution: end it. REECE HEMMESCH

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With both Harbaugh’s earning a victory last Sunday in their respective conference championships, Super Bowl XLVII is now in place and the Superdome is ready to be rocked in what should be a very evenly matched contest. But wait, before we start talking about one of the biggest events of the year, we’ll have to wait a week once again to play the longdreaded, player-hated Pro Bowl, which will take place Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has repeatedly stated his thoughts of cancelling the Pro Bowl due to low ratings and player reactions but has yet to have those plans come to fruition. Honestly, does anyone even watch the Pro Bowl anymore? I can’t say I have since I was about 10-years-old and don’t plan on it once again this year. If I really want to bore myself with a bunch of professionals messing around and not playing seriously, I might as well watch the senior tour in professional golf or any other oldtimers game for that matter, it just doesn’t work with football. So to Roger Goodell, the players that constantly gripe

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about having to play in the game and to football fans everywhere who will not degrade themselves to watch that pathetic excuse for a game of football, here are five reasons the NFL should just do away with the Pro Bowl. No. 1- Rule Changes I understand where they are coming from with this one, they don’t want to see players get too roughed up in an exhibition game that has absolutely nothing at stake, but really? No press coverage or blitzing, or even the rushing of a punt or a field goal? The game also gets dumbed-down with players just taking opponents to the ground without really tackling them and ridiculous trick plays with no intention of actually gaining yardage; just end it. Sports like baseball, basketball and hockey can do an all-star game because they can be slowed down a little bit without the integrity of the game being destroyed and players doing things half-assed. Football is a hard-nosed, hard-fought, go-hard type of game. You simply cannot play the game of Football going half-speed and with your offensive intentions to slowly move the ball up the field and defensive intentions to

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just help the player with the ball to the ground. It makes the NFL look stupid as well as the game of Football. No. 2- Players Want No Part I know it sounds easy, head to Hawaii for a week, practice a couple of times, sit in for the media and play a “glorified scrimmage” against the other league. But the fact of the matter is players do not want any part of this game. The honor of

being selected for the Pro Bowl has been completely washed away by players who do not want to be there. A lot of players claim injury during the game, some of which I’m sure are actual injuries, but most of them decide that there is no point to the game so we might as well just fake a leg cramp and start our vacation a little earlier, which I cannot blame them for. They’ve all had long seasons on the field and would love to start their

offseason right of the bat by taking a trip or just simply relaxing, not putting their pads on one more time to play a completely irrelevant game for a measly pay of $25-50,000, which is to any pro who is good enough to make the Pro Bowl, the equivalent of a ham sandwich. No. 3- Timing In 2010 Goodell made

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Web Photo Maybe in another time the Pro Bowl was relevant to American sports culture, but lately that is not the case. The Pro Bowl in recent memory has turned into a game of low-ratings, a rule system that even a pop warner football player would call weak and a bunch of players who really do not want to be there.


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Minnesota used two and three-goal performances from the nations top two scorers to dismantle the Mavericks by scores of 8-1 and 6-0 and remain undefeated on the season. TIM FAKLIS

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The Minnesota State University, Mankato women’s hockey team suffered what may have been their worst series of the 2012-13 season last weekend, suffering a pair of blowout losses to the no. 1 ranked and undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers. Preparation for a team that has yet to lose and has two of the top scorers in the entire country in forwards Amanda Kessel and Hannah Brandt, head coach Eric Means seemed to have an idea on that fairly early on. “We need to be able to control their top line with Kessel and Brandt,“ Means said the week leading up to his series against the heavily favored Gophers. “They are the top two scorers in the country. If we can do that I am confident we will have a chance to win those games.” Unfortunately for Coach Means and his team, that had been on an upward swing of momentum over winter break, the Gophers were able to continue their torrid streak and uphold the reputation that they’ve built for themselves throughout this season. The first game of the twopart series is the only game where the Mavericks were able to get on the scoreboard over the weekend, losing at an 8-1 clip. Mavericks forward Lauren Smith, who was voted the WCHA player of the week a week ago, was able to put in an early goal, tying the game up 1-1. From there, it was all Gophers, as they finished the game on an astounding 7-0 run, blowing out the Mavericks at All Seasons Arena. Amanda Kessel was able to put together a hat trick in the game, scoring three in a row, and also had an assist on the evening. The second game was much of the same for the Mavericks, losing the game, and the weekend series,

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6-0, bringing MSU’s record to 5-12-3 in WCHA play and 9-14-3 overall. The other Gopher star, Hannah Brandt, had her night in this particular game, scoring a pair of goals, and having an assist to top it off. Amanda Kessel was able to contribute with three assists as well. “The effort needs to be the same, but we need to score on the chances we get.” Means said, following the end of a tough series. “Plus, we always need to have good goaltending.” With that said, the series is over, and up next for the Mavericks is a team that they haven’t played since early October: the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. They get a week off this weekend, but then get back to work the following week at home. They split the original series in Grand Forks, and now with the games being played at home this weekend; it serves up as a good opportunity for the Mavericks to gain back some momentum that they may have lost from the previous week. There is one thing in particular that Maverick fans should be on the lookout for in this upcoming season: Lauren Smith’s pursuit of the Mavericks’ team record for goals scored in a season. With four sets of weekend series still approaching, there is plenty of time for Smith to break it. “I think it will be nice for her because of the hard work she puts in every day.” Means said about her big time goal scorer. After the Mavericks’ weekend against the Gophers, Smith was able to pull within one goal of tying the record. Next weekend will provide her a chance to do it in front of the home crowd.

peter menke • msu reporter Senior defender Emilia Andersson and the rest of the MSU women’s hockey team played the top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers hard, but fell victim to a sweep from Minnesota by a combined score of 14-1.

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Pro Bowl “You simply cannot play the game of foot- MSU Hockey continued from 15 leading scorer, junior Erik may prove to be the two teams ball going half-speed and with your offensive intenHaula. last meeting as conference tions to slowly move the ball up the field and defensive Leitner is joined in the top- opponents, the stakes, and 25 by fellow sophomore Jeanthe scoring, have never been intentions to just help the player with the ball to the Paul Lafontaine, and senior higher. Eriah Hayes, while MinnesoThe finale begins Friday ground.” continued from 16 the choice to change the Pro Bowl from after the Super Bowl to the weekend in between the conference finals and the championship. His thinking was that many people are probably uninterested in the Pro Bowl due to the fact that it is played after the season is over where people have lost interest in the game where as every other sport aims for the middle of the regular season to play their all-star game. Again, I can see why he would think this, as the possibility of fans being anxious for the big game and finding some comfort in watching football the offweek before the Super Bowl, but let’s be real, it’s not like it fills any gaps. It gets the players out of there quicker so they don’t have to wait an extra two weeks to play the game but it’s still not like it takes the place of the Super Bowl, or even acts a prequel to it for that matter. It just leaves fans hungrier for some actual football to be played. No. 4- No Super Bowl Players Due to the Pro Bowl now being played the week before the Super Bowl as stated in no. 3, the game

now features no players that are in the Super Bowl, an obvious move. Imagine if someone on the Ravens or the 49ers was taken out during the game and had to sit out for the biggest game of their careers due to an injury in the Pro Bowl, it would be bedlam. So for this year’s teams, a total of 13 players will be missing from the game due to their respective teams making it to the Super Bowl. Some of which really don’t matter, as I am not too hurt that Baltimore fullback Vonta Leach will not be playing this year, but the NFC’s defense features five starters from the 49ers, who have one of the most fun defenses to watch in all of football. That mixed in with no Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Frank Gore or about half of the ‘Niners O-Line once again brings down the honor of the game and brings in alternates who are still solid players, just do not bring the star-value to the game. No. 5- No One Cares Throughout this article there are many ploys shown by the commissioner and the NFL to enhance the

game and earn a better following for it. They have done lots over the years but to put it simple, none of it works. The game is still low-rated and has people objecting all week long about it. How many times does the NFL need to try something new in this game to realize that no one truly cares about it? It’s not like baseball or basketball where all-star weekends mid-season are filled with skills competitions and celebrity games that attract more fans than the actual game, personally I would rather watch the MLB celebrity game than the Pro Bowl. It’s just one game that occurs at the end of the year where everyone has Super Bowl on their minds and could care less. So just end the thing. I don’t know a single person who would be heartbroken if they never saw a Pro Bowl again, so why not just put a finish to it? You wouldn’t have to worry about players moaning about it or faking injuries and Goodell wouldn’t spend half the season thinking about new ways to improve it. NFL, it’s time to give the Pro Bowl the boot.

ta’s Nick Bjugstad, Kyle Rau, Nate Condon, Nate Schmidt and Zach Budish round out the Gophers’ balanced attack. And while this weekend

night in Minneapolis with a 7:07 p.m. start and is followed up Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Center which will begin at 7:07 again.

MSU Basketball continued from 15 from Egypt has been a force down low on both the offensive and defensive side for the last month. With this weekend, Marei is leading the Mavericks with 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds a night. “He is a force to reckon with on both ends of the floor and he’s continued to get better,” Margenthaler said. As the team sits at 15-1 and moved up to no. 7 in the NABC Coaches Poll, it wasn’t all that easy for them. They have had some nail biters but pressure doesn’t seem to faze this crew. In their last nine wins, four games were decided in single digits and came down to the last few minutes. “We’re a confident group. When we get to late game situations, we’re a group that has great poise that stays together, stays the course and doesn’t get panicked and truly believes that we should win every single game,” Margenthaler said. One of the aspects that has kept the Mavericks win-

ning this season is the bench. Their bench possesses some players that could be starting at any other NSIC squads, but they have sacrificed some playing time for wins. In their first 16 games, the bench has come up with 22.75 points a game and has outscored their opponent’s bench in 10 games. Margenthaler knows how much talent he has on his bench and they have taken advantage of it. “It’s not just the starting five, there’s no question the reason we are successful is that we have great depth and that comes from our bench,” Margenthaler said. The no. 7 Mavericks play host this weekend as (12-6) Wayne State and (12-4) Augustana come to Mankato. The Mavericks have already defeated both teams once early this season, 66-54 to Wayne State and 60-48 to Augustana. Action on Friday against Wayne State starts at 8 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday against Augustana.


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