Lisa Van Allen

22 Jan 19
Reel Music

2018 Reel Music Awards It’s that time of the year again – Awards Season. As with last year, as part of the lead up to announcing my nominations (and eventual winners) of the stand-out scores of 2018, I thought that I would take some time and list all of the titles of the movies, TV […]

21 Jan 19
Import AI

Facebook reveals its “self-feeding chatbot”: …Towards AI systems that continuously update themselves… AI systems are a bit like dumb, toy robots: you spend months or years laboring away in a research lab and eventually a factory (in the case of AI, a data center) to design an exquisite little doohickey that does something very well, […]

21 Jan 19
Entertaining WE

(CNN)As federal employees brace themselves for their second missed paycheck should the government not reopen in time to make payroll by Tuesday, some members of Congress have decided to join them in a show of solidarity and refuse their paychecks.So far, 102 members of Congress say they will turn down their paychecks during the partial…

21 Jan 19
Travelling sucks

Saludos desde el Valle de los Cirios. El viento nos propulsaba estos últimos días a velocidades infernales, así que no he podido hacer muchas fotos. Tendréis que esperar las maravillas que le chef Pak presentará a vuestros ojos próximamente en Estás leyendo fragmentos de mi diario en orden cronológico inverso. Día 245 del viaje, sábado 19 […]

21 Jan 19
Twin Cities
ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS Preston Kelly, Minneapolis, announced the following hires: Sarah Hoehn, creative director; Lisa Thotland, executive producer; Ben Proell, designer; Alexa Harney, account manager; Jessica Thompson, account manager; Christine Sammons, controller, and Kim Nelson, accounting manager. AGRICULTURE Eden Prairie-based livestock nutrition supplier Zinpro Corp. announced the following leadership changes: William Scrimgeour moving from president and chief executive officer to CEO; Rob Sheffer moving from chief operating officer to president, and Patrick Brunner from chief financial officer to COO. The changes were effective Jan. 1. ATTRACTIONS Glensheen, Duluth, ranked second in the 2018 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Holiday Historic Home Tour. AUTO DEALERSHIPS Walser Automotive Group‘s Burnsville Subaru dealership is moving to be next door to Walser Honda on Buck Hill Road. CONSTRUCTION Construction equipment supplier McClellan Sales Inc., Blaine, has changed its operating name to MC Tool & Safety Sales; the business has been owned by Erika Scherman and her father Ken Breske since 2017. DEVELOPMENT Kraus-Anderson Development Co., Minneapolis, has hired Timothy Marco as director of development. ENTERTAINMENT Entourage Events Group, Minneapolis, announced it has secured a contract to manage all private non-concert events at concert venue First Avenue, Minneapolis, and associated St. Paul locations: Turf Club and Palace Theatre. FINANCIAL SERVICES Hiway Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, has welcomed Ed Kugland as mortgage operations manager. … Keith Hembre has joined Liniam Capital, Minneapolis, as chief investment officer. GROCERY Valley Natural Foods, a Burnsville co-op, has expanded its grocery and retail operation; the $8.2 million project was constructed by Kraus-Anderson and designed by Wilkus Architects. HEALTH CARE Oakdale-based recovery and mental health services provider Canvas Health has hired Hilke Riechardt-Martinez as chief financial officer. … The Health Enhancement Research Organization, HERO, a Waconia-based employer health care consultant, announced that Karen Moseley has been named president. … Dr. Eric S. Nussbaum of the National Brain Aneurysm and Tumor Center and medical director of the Neurovascular Neurosurgery Program at United Hospital in St. Paul, has been named associate editor-in-chief for Surgical Neurology International: General Neurosurgery. … Pella Regional Health Center in Iowa has partnered with Dutluth-based Sisu Healthcare IT Solutions for data support. HONORS The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Board, Mankato, announced that online support group Ally Network of MN, founded by Dan and Kirstin Cronn-Mills, has received its annual Pathfinder Award; its Young Pathfinder Award recipient is Kyle Kehoe and its Business Pathfinder Award recipient is Angie and Dan Bastian of Angie’s Boomchickapop popcorn brand; the inaugural Leadership Pathfinder Award recipient is Sheri Allen, Mankato Area Public Schools. The organization is affiliated with Minnesota State University, Mankato. … Eagan High School students Nils Peterson, Kevin Huang and Marissa Amerongen have been recognized by Eagan Rotary for the first quarter of this school year as students of the month for September, October and November respectively. HOSPITALITY Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, announced that its Minnehaha Café has reopened; also opening is Sweet Temptations, a standalone dessert shop; Minnehaha Café was Mystic Lake’s first restaurant to open in the early 1990s. … The 127-suite Residence Inn Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport/Eagan has opened at 1560 Quarry Road, Eagan. It will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Continental 390 Fund LLC and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality of Plano, Texas. … Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast announced its $14 million renovation and rebrand as a Delta Hotels by Marriott property. It’s located at 1330 Industrial Blvd., Minneapolis. LAW National law firm Ballard Spahr has announced the promotion of private equity attorney Peter V. Michaud from managing partner of the firm’s Minneapolis office to the position of chair of the Business and Finance Department, effective Jan. 1; litigation partner Karla Vehrs succeeds Michaud as managing partner in Minneapolis. …  Fish & Richardson, Minneapolis, received two 2018 Attorney of the Year awards in the individual and group categories from Minnesota Lawyer: Principal John Adkisson won an individual award for client Samsung Bioepis; Principals John Dragseth, Joseph Herriges, Rob Courtney, and John Adkisson, and associates Conrad Gosen and Malena Stiteler won for patent litigation wins for Arctic Cat. MANUFACTURING Medical and industrial gases supplier Airgas, an Air Liquide company, announced plans to build an air separation unit in the Twin Cities area. Permitting is ongoing and construction will begin in 2019 with operations expected to be on-stream in 2020. … Window and door manufacturer Andersen Corp., Bayport, announced it will pay out $19.4 million in 2018 profit sharing; eligible employees will receive $2,115, which is an 18 percent increase over 2017 profit sharing. … DriSteem, a maker of commercial humidification systems, announced the kickoff of its building expansion at 14949 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie. NONPROFITS Susie Emmert has been named vice president and chief advocacy officer for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. She has been with the organization for nine years. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota also announced a partnership with Lifetrack, a St. Paul provider of neighborhood health and community services. … NCF, a Minneapolis-based provider of housing assistance, announced that executive director and co-founder Warren Kramer stepped down at the end of 2018. … The St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations announced the following board appointments: Paul Snyder, KPMG LLP (reitred), board chair; board members Jill Farrington, KPMG; Matt Majka, Minnesota Wild; Mary Jane Melendez, General Mills Foundation; Gloria Perez, Jeremiah Program, and Craig Stapleton, Securian Financial Group. ORGANIZATIONS David Aafedt, partner at Winthrop & Weinstine, Minneapolis, was re-elected as chairman of the board for Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota; this is Aafedt’s sixth consecutive term as chairman, he has been a member of the board since 2010. … Greater Mankato Growth announced that Emmy Forsyth has been named the organization’s first-ever talent resources liaison and Jaci Sprague, the 2018 Greater Mankato Growth Young Professional of the Year, will begin Feb. 1 as director of business and community Relations; Greater Mankato Growth includes the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam. … Jewish Family Service of St. Paul announced the launch of its redesigned website, … Tim Lawrence, City & County Credit Union, has been named Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce board chair for 2019; Gina Kazmerski, Image360, will serve as past board chair; executive committee members are: First Vice Chair Eric Rislove, Edward Jones Investments; Second Vice Chair Pat Fritz, Seasons Market Holiday and Treasurer Brian Johnson, Two Bald Guys. … Jack’s Caregiver Coalition, a Prior Lake-based service for men who are cancer caregivers, has named Breanne Ostrom to its board of directors. Ostrom is the benefits and wellness specialist at Kraus-Anderson Cos., Minneapolis. RETAIL Best Buy Co., Richfield, announced that Eugene A. Woods has been appointed to its board of directors. Woods is president and CEO of Charlotte, N.C.-based hospital and clinic operator Atrium Health. SERVICES United Van Lines announced its Van Operators of the Month for August and September 2018, including Thomas Fronk, Suddath Relocation Systems, Eden Prairie, for household goods and Leonard Hampton, Suddath Relocation Systems, for logistics. … Mayflower Transit announced its Van Operators of the Month for August and September including Philip Marcorelle, Boulevard Moving & Storage, Eden Prairie, for logistics. TECHNOLOGY Communications Systems, a Minnetonka-based provider of broadband network equipment and services, announced that Curtis A. (“Curt”) Sampson has retired as the chairman of the board, but will continue on the board with the title chairman emeritus; Roger Lacey, CSI’s chief executive officer and vice chairman, has been named as the executive chairman of the board.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] EMAIL ITEMS to  
19 Jan 19
'90s Flashback

Summary: A man is speaking at a support group at a church in Novi, Virginia, telling the other participants how much better he is because he’s been coming there. Another man, Ed, says our lives “only go one way,” and the speaker can’t undo the crimes he’s committed. He’s going to Hell just like everyone […]

19 Jan 19
New Delhi Times

The black box construction branded “DIOR” was so big it obscured the view of the Eiffel Tower. The sheer scale of menswear designer Kim Jones’ pop-up venue of 2,840 square meters (30,570 square feet) could only mean one thing: he was competing for show of the season on Friday at Paris Fashion Week. A high-tech […]

19 Jan 19
My Histree

Disclaimer” My only intention behind writing this is to understand the history of Sexual Abuse of Black women and the nature and influence of Pimp culture in R Kelly’s alleged sexual violations, It is not my intention to dehumanise or simplify the abuse of any of the survivors. Like many of you I watched the […]

18 Jan 19
National Post

PARIS — The black box construction branded “DIOR” was so big it obscured the view of the Eiffel Tower. The sheer scale of menswear designer Kim Jones’ pop-up venue of 2,840 square meters (30,570 square feet) could only mean one thing: he was competing for show of the season on Friday at Paris Fashion Week. […]

18 Jan 19

THE PROGNOSIS Rallygoers attend the March for Life in Washington in 2018. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post) Abortion protesters are set to gather today for their annual March for Life, buoyed by a slew of regulations the Trump administration is advancing to restrict federal funding for abortion and expanding protections for those who are morally opposed […]