Archbishop prohibits predecessor from celebrating mass

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he’s troubled by the Vatican’s failure to conclude an investigation into allegations that his predecessor behaved inappropriately with young men.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda says in a post on the archdiocese website Friday that investigative materials were submitted to the Vatican in 2014, but the Vatican apparently halted any investigation of its own when former Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned a year later.
Hebda says the former archbishop is barred from celebrating mass in the Twin Cities archdiocese until the allegations are resolved.
Hebda says he is not suggesting Nienstedt is guilty but that more investigation is needed.
In an e-mail response to Minnesota Public Radio , Nienstedt says he welcomes an investigation.
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New elk herd could be reintroduced in northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An effort is underway to reintroduce elk to parts of northeast Minnesota, but it could be a long process.
Minnesota Public radio reported that the University of Minnesota has spent three years observing potential habit for elk in the Cloquet Valley State Forest north of Duluth, the Fond du Lac State Forest near Cloquet, and the Nemadji State Forest near the Wisconsin border.
Researchers say nearly 80 percent of rural landowners and residents in the area support reintroducing elk, which is key to the project’s success. A law was approved amid tension in 2016 that barred the expansion of elk in northwestern Minnesota, where elk have feasted on farmers’ crops.
“Without enough public support, this idea would probably be dead in the water,” said Mike Schrage, wildlife biologist with Fond du Lac Band. “It would be difficult to successfully turn loose a big hairy animal like an elk on the landscape without support from the public and landowners for doing it.”
About a dozen states to the east have brought elk back in the past few decades. Schrage said Kentucky is probably the “poster child” for elk reintroduction, noting the state brought in roughly 1,500 elk about 20 years ago and currently has an elk population of more than 10,000.
Backers of the Minnesota plan are due to submit their final report to the state in the summer. Policy makers will then decide whether to bring elk back to the region, something that would require “a significant chunk of funding,” Schrage said.
Schrage says the earliest northeast Minnesota would likely see a new elk herd would be three or four years from now.
The forests being studied for elk reintroduction include areas that are logged for aspen trees, which creates new habitat because young aspen trees provide ideal forage for elk.
“They like aspen, they like grass, but they can eat a lot of different things,” Schrage said. “I’m pretty confident in the end we will find that there’s enough habitat. It’s just quantifying where is it and how much of it there is.”
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Metro Transit planning to power buses by electricity

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The public transit agency serving the Twin Cities is advancing efforts to have all of its buses powered by electricity.
Metro Transit plans to buy more electric buses in the next few years and eventually phase out diesel buses, The Star Tribune reports . The plan has drawn support from environmentalists, labor unions and transit advocacy groups.
“It’s an aspirational goal, but we think this plan is set up to be fully successful,” Metro Transit official Brian Funk said during a meeting of the Metropolitan Council Transportation Committee.
The agency has already purchased eight 60-foot articulated electric buses for the C Line rapid bus service, which will link downtown Minneapolis with Brooklyn Center through the city’s north side. The C Line is expected to begin service next summer.
Metro Transit struck a $12.5 million deal in July with a transit bus manufacturer to assemble battery-powered buses and related charging equipment for the C Line.
Metro Transit also plans to install protective shields on 150 buses in January to protect its drivers following recent assaults. Funk said the acrylic shield can be opened or closed at the driver’s discretion, enabling drivers protect themselves without compromising their customer service.
“It makes (drivers) feel better and, in their experience, causes somebody who may want to do them harm to walk away,” Funk said.
A total of 189 assaults were reported through October of this year, up from 184 for all of last year. The incidents range from felony-level assaults to spitting, verbal harassment and threats.

South Dakota researcher working on fire-risk estimation tool

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s state fire meteorologist is part of a coalition using satellite technology to notify fire managers when fuels are abnormally dry.
Darren Clabo, a research scientist and instructor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, is collaborating with colleagues from other scientific agencies including NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create a tool called Fire Risk Estimation 2.0, or FiRE, the Rapid City Journal reported .
The tool analyzes drought, high-resolution fuel and precipitation conditions to produce a fire-danger assessment map that land managers and firefighters can monitor daily. The tool will first be put to use in Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, but could become more widely used in coming years.
The device was first developed during the spring of 2017, several months before the Legion Lake fire burst out of Custer State Park in December 2017. Clabo said the second version of the tool shows potential to produce warnings about fuel conditions.
“The biggest concerns we have for monitoring wildfires is assessing the status of fuels,” Clabo said. “Right now, it’s really difficult to determine fuel dryness on a sub-county scale. The FiRE tool uses satellite data to give our first responders a leg up on suppressing fires as quickly as possible.”
The device was funded with subsidies from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information and NASA DEVELOP, with partnerships from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Legion Lake fire — the third-largest wildfire in Black Hills history — began on Dec. 11, 2017, when a tree fell onto an overhead electricity line in Custer State Park. There was no snow cover in the immediate area, and dry fire fuels in the form of dormant vegetation were among several factors that contributed to the fire’s growth.
By the time the fire was fully contained on Dec. 19, 2017, it had spread out of Custer State Park into Wind Cave National Park and onto privately owned land.

New startup aims to boost manufacturing sector in Mandan

BISMARCK (AP) — A startup company making prebuilt home frames is aiming to fill a gap left in Mandan when it lost a longtime window manufacturing company at the end of 2013.
Nordic Steel Systems, which frames homes with steel rather than wood, could change the way houses have been constructed for the past few decades or more, according to JC Dominguez, co-founder of the company.
“The methodology we employ isn’t revolutionary but close to it,” Dominguez told The Bismarck Tribune .
Steel frame construction has often been reserved for commercial construction because it’s more expensive than wood, but Dominguez and his partner, Jared Stober, say they’ve found a way to make it affordable for the average homebuyer.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders, labor costs and the cost of wood are the top two factors slowing home construction.
Nordic Steel finds savings for homebuilders and their customers by cutting back on labor. The company builds its framing panels to match the building plan. The panels are numbered and sent on pallets via truck to the job site in order of assembly. Because they are pre-built, Dominguez and Stober say they can reduce a builder’s labor cost by 30 percent as well as decrease time to complete a building.
Stober said the framers are among the highest-paid workers on a job site because it’s a highly skilled position. But he says, with Nordic Steel, they estimate a crew of four could assemble the prebuilt panels in hours rather than days.
“We’re trying to change the methodology,” said Dominguez, adding that if homeowners start to see homes go up in days rather than weeks, they will want the same.
Because the learning curve to make Nordic Steel panels is low, the partners aim to employ more at-risk people in the community, giving them a chance at work. Stober said they hope to start with two to six employees. If the business takes off, they may employ as many as 100 people.
“We’re always trying to foster primary sector businesses,” said Ellen Huber, Mandan’s business development director. “They really are the new wealth creators within a community. We know, from the vantage point of a strong, diverse local economy, we need manufacturing and tech-based business as part of the community.”
Dominguez said Nordic Steel sets itself apart in other ways, too.
A pier system eliminates the need for a foundation if a homeowner chooses, allowing for a home to be built cost-effectively even in the most remote areas.
Because steel is recycled, it resonates well with those who want to be environmentally friendly. Because the panels are prefabricated, there’s no cutting or waste on the job site, either.
Nordic Steel offers the option of magnesium oxide-coated manufactured wood as the sheeting portion of its panels, making them impervious to fire and water. A radiant heat barrier can be included to reduce cooling costs.
Finally, lumber costs rise year to year because it takes 25 to 30 years to grow a tree. Steel is “endlessly recyclable,” Dominguez said.
As growth additives are being applied to new trees, it’s also resulting in less-dense materials. Trees that used to result in 80 percent lumber are now getting down to 60 percent.
“When it hits 50/50, it’s going to be a problem,” Dominguez said. “Steel is a far better alternative.”
Nordic Steel has been waiting as a builder in Reno, Nev., prepares to erect a home using its prefabricated panels.
“We plan to explode in our marketing campaign,” Stober said, when the Reno building is complete. “We want to really be aggressive getting our products into the market.”
Right now, the pair is bending the steel by hand.
“Ultimately, the process could benefit from automation,” he said.

Former attorney receives life sentence for killing his mother

In rambling court address, defendant announced he is the Antichrist, immortal

HILO (AP) — A former attorney convicted of killing his mother on the Big Island delivered a bizarre, rambling statement to the court during sentencing, telling the judge he had “attained immortality” and is the Antichrist.

Sean Alan Rutledge, 43, was sentenced this week to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the deadly stabbing of 63-year-old Nadean Rutledge, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .

A Hawaii jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in September.

“The prison term is appropriate given the nature of the offense and, in the court’s view, the defendant is a danger to the community,” Hilo Circuit Judge Henry Nakamoto said.

Nadean Rutledge’s body was found naked under a sheet on the side of her home in the Kapoho Vacationland subdivision in August 2015.

Sean Rutledge had displayed odd behavior at prior court proceedings, but he was found fit to stand trial.

When asked by the judge if he wanted to speak during the sentencing hearing, Rutledge responded by giving a near incoherent monologue that spanned claims of innocence to government conspiracies.

“When I left, Nadean Rutledge were not seriously injured. There were no stab wounds to the head; there were no stab wounds to the back,” he said. “There were no serious injuries. Nadean Rutledge were alive.”

Rutledge said that because of “disputes with the U.S. federal government” he left California for Hawaii “to leave the country.” He said he contacted foreign governments and had been seeking political asylum. He also said the U.S. government tried to harass him.

“When I attained immortality, that became a circumstance that the U.S. federal government became very concerned with,” Rutledge said.

The former lawyer was disbarred in New York under the name Alan Frank. He also resigned from practicing law in California to prevent disbarment hearings.

In California in 2012, the Orange County Superior Court entered a $37.7 million judgment against United Law Group, which was co-founded by Rutledge, over claims it duped mortgage-relief clients. The class-action suit had about 1,700 claimants.

Bellator takes over Blaisdell

Women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (left) and challenger Valerie Letourneau pose in front of Bellator president Scott Coker during Friday’s weigh-in for Bellator 213, set for today at Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. MacFarlane (8-0), a Punahou School graduate, weighed in at 125 pounds, Letourneau (10-6) at 124.4. The card features 12 fights, with the entire undercard featuring Hawaii fighters. The main card — which will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN — features a few others Oahu fighters, with Kona Oliveira of Haleiwa taking on Nainoa Dung of Makaha and Honolulu’s Liam McGeary facing King Mo Lawai of Florida. In the co-main event, UFC veteran Lyoto Machida faces former Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho. In Bellator 212: Salute the Troops on Friday night at the Blaisdell, Michael Chandler defeated Brent Primus by unanimous decision to reclaim the lightweight title.

How to bond with your employees without compromising your authority 

Authority and power are complex issues that come with the task of being a manager. In the workplace, the ability to hire, fire, and give raises sets the power dynamic between employees and bosses. But while power and authority are clearly linked, authority is a bit murkier to define—it relies on the established relationship between […]

Authority and power are complex issues that come with the task of being a manager. In the workplace, the ability to hire, fire, and give raises sets the power dynamic between employees and bosses. But while power and authority are clearly linked, authority is a bit murkier to define—it relies on the established relationship between employees and their bosses and can be built over years and lost in an instant. Bonding with your employees and projecting authority are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the two things are much closer than one might think.

Here are a few ways you might develop both leadership traits.

Establish an atmosphere of mutual respect

Authority doesn’t come automatically with a job title. It is earned when managers are clearly knowledgeable and competent, and when they get results. But you can’t get those results without team effort—and your interaction with employees plays a vital role in establishing authority. In order to truly lead a team, you need to earn trust and establish an atmosphere of mutual respect with employees. If you find yourself pounding on your desk and engaging in intimidation tactics, chances are you are trying to assert authority rather than earn it. But if you build a base of shared respect, then bonding with employees will grow your authority rather than diminish it.

Take an interest in your employees

You don’t want to invite daily gab sessions or become a shoulder to cry on, but being responsive to employees and really listening can help foster your authority. Simple things like knowing where your employees went to college, or the names of their family members, or their personal interests and hobbies, can help you understand their motivations and actions at work and help establish basic respect. This type of bonding also fosters a working relationship that can open the channels of communication so that when your employees have a good idea, they can reach out. This way you can be the boss employees want to listen to and will trust to follow.

Be a real person

So, can you drink a beer with your employees and just be a regular person? Sure. But you can’t drink too much or share too much personal information. Letting employees see that you’re a real person with your own life and interests outside of work does not compromise your authority, but is part of that two-way street of building mutual respect. Social settings like the office party can help you bond while keeping it professional.

Set boundaries

After you relax with employees at an office party or talk up your golf game, you need to be clear when it’s time to focus back on work. The afternoon progress meeting is not the place to shoot the breeze, so take care to establish the atmosphere you want with a simple, firm-yet-kind acknowledgment of when it’s time to get back to business.

Head off problem employees

Occasionally there will be the employee who can’t separate the friendly boss from the friend and switch gears back to work-mode. If you find an employee becoming overly familiar, too joking, or disrespectful, this is where your authority needs to put its foot down. Nipping a problem in the bud is best, and opening the channels of communication with the individual employee can turn the situation around.

Bonding with your employees, when done the right way, can actually help you gain authority. It can take years to cultivate but largely stems from you setting appropriate boundaries and maintaining genuine interest in your employees as people. So ask yourself: are you approachable, or intimidating? And which do you think will get better results?

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Should you search for a job during the holiday season?

As the end of the year approaches, it gets easier to justify not doing things until later. “I’m awfully busy right now. I’ll start my diet/gym routine/job hunt in the new year, when things are calmer.” Is this reasonable logic? It is. But it may be costing you valuable job opportunities. Here are 7 reasons […]

As the end of the year approaches, it gets easier to justify not doing things until later. “I’m awfully busy right now. I’ll start my diet/gym routine/job hunt in the new year, when things are calmer.” Is this reasonable logic? It is. But it may be costing you valuable job opportunities.

Here are 7 reasons you should consider making a job search part of your holiday festivities this year.

7 reasons to start your job search during the holidays

Hiring is year-round

The end of the year is no different than any other time of year: people leave jobs, and those jobs need to be filled. Or, companies are looking ahead to the new year and want to have staff in place as soon as possible after the ball drops in Times Square. The hiring keeps buzzing along, holidays or not.

There’s less competition

While others are out waiting in line doing their last-minute shopping or putting stamps on 549 holiday cards, there are fewer people focused on job searches. In the new year, there are likely to be hordes of other people seeking out job listings and ads, while openings that pop up in December go under the radar. If you’re keeping an eye out for a new job opportunity while most other people are focusing on other things, you could have an advantage.

You can think short-term and long-term

Many places hire seasonal staff to get through the holidays. But that temporary gig could turn into a permanent one. You’re already in place, you have the skills they want, and now you have a toe in the door. This makes you a great candidate when a more permanent job opens up.

You can look now, but start later

Because many companies are looking ahead to staffing needs in January and February, it may be that the job you’re applying for now may not even start until after the holidays. But if you wait until January to put those feelers out, it may already be too late to score those upcoming jobs.

The holidays have built-in networking opportunities

What better time of year is there to say, “Let’s go out and grab a holiday drink” or write, “It’s been a while, and I’d love to catch up with you” in a holiday card. The holidays are a time when people get sentimental about relationships and feel a little extra social. You never know what opportunities can pop up if you put a little extra work into networking this time of year.

Holiday vacation isn’t necessarily off the table

One of the biggest concerns about job hunting during the holidays is, “What if I get it and can’t accommodate my existing holiday plans?” If you have a non-refundable flight over the holidays and your new job offer comes with a non-negotiable start date the day before you’re scheduled to travel… well, that might not be the right opportunity for you. But some companies are willing to negotiate a start date—say, January 2.

Extra money comes in handy this time of year

A new job often comes with a bump in pay, and for many people, this is a time of year fraught with extra expenses and indulgences. Sticking with your job search during the holidays could be a bonus if you score a new job and a pay raise right before all those credit card bills come due.

The holiday season may feel like a time you should be focusing on the personal over the professional, but if you put in time and effort into the job hunt while others are putting theirs on hold, you could find great opportunities.

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7 New Year’s resolutions for career-oriented parents

Do you fall prey to the New Year’s resolution rollercoaster? In winter, most of us decide I will do better. By springtime, you already feel like a failure—or, you simply forget why it was so important to wake up every day at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. With kids, you’re not only navigating […]

Do you fall prey to the New Year’s resolution rollercoaster? In winter, most of us decide I will do better. By springtime, you already feel like a failure—or, you simply forget why it was so important to wake up every day at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. With kids, you’re not only navigating personal or professional goals; your resolutions can also factor in a whole other person or set of people: This summer I will finally teach my daughter to ride a bike!

Setting resolutions can be truly intimidating, and if you reach too far, you’ll set yourself up for disappointment and bad feelings. The real goal in making resolutions is to tap into the motivation you feel in the new year by setting low-key, flexible goals so you’re not setting yourself up for failure.

1. Shoot for good-enoughism, not perfectionism

This first one is a meta-resolution. There’s an old proverb:  Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Whether you missed a school recital or aren’t as far along in your career as you hoped, you have to get over the longing to be all things to all people, ditch the guilt, and meet yourself where you are. Give yourself a forgiving timeline to meet your goals and allow yourself to simply be good enough.

2. Establish new traditions

Schedule a new family outing once a month on the weekends—maybe explore a hiking trail or visit a local museum. Fostering a sense of adventure and trying new things can help you get out of a rut, and it also allows you to prioritize family time in a fun way outside of the house. Plus, once a month is a reasonable goal to set, and something the family can look forward to every time the calendar page turns.

3. Take a personal day once a month

Prioritizing self-care is something working parents “forget” to do (or perhaps feel is impossible), but it is something you need to do in order to remain centered, healthy, and able to be a good employee and a good parent. A whole day to do those little tasks that have been nagging but not urgent, or to get yourself organized, or take a long bath or read a good book—whatever a personal day looks like to you that would help you re-center—can allow you to de-stress and gain better overall focus. When you have too much going on, sometimes it’s important to just hit the pause button. You can tackle all your tasks the next day, we promise.

4. Ditch the multi-tasking

Have you heard multi-tasking is bad? Like, really bad. When you try to do two things at once, which is actually impossible, you do both things worse and your ability to focus suffers. But parents, whether you are aware of it or not, are constantly multi-tasking by default, trying to meet the needs and demands of multiple people at once. So, it takes extra care to try to focus on one task at a time. You need to establish boundaries. Kids know when you’re distracted, so half-listening to your daughter tell a story as you write an email sends the wrong message to her. Give yourself a clear space to do this task; go into another room and help your kids learn patience as they wait until you are finished.

5. Declutter your commitments

Parents get really good at saying “no” to their kids but are not necessarily good at applying the same practice to peers or coworkers. When you’re juggling too much, you have to prioritize. Will doing this make me happy, will it make me a better person, will it enrich my life? Make sure you feel a strong “yes” when you agree to do something. You don’t need to bend over backwards for everyone. Learn when your “yes”es constitute being a good coworker, a good parent, or a good citizen, and learn to say “no” when things are too much.

6. Curb your email

This is along the same lines as learning to say “no.” Email “autoreply messages” aren’t just for vacation time. It can be really freeing to turn on your autoreply message on your email as the last thing you do before you step out of the office. It sets a clear boundary in your mind that you will leave work behind, and also communicates that to others. If you don’t have a 9-to-5 job, this can prove trickier, but all the more vital. Set times when you will actively not check email and not think about work.

7. Declutter your “stuff”

The new year brings all the stuff you collected over the old year plus the new stuff you got from the holidays. It’s time to make space for that new stuff: recycle, donate, make a few bucks on Ebay, and empower your kids to decide what they no longer use and discover what clothes no longer fit. This can be a seasonal practice. But if you find your collection of “stuff” too daunting, even just getting rid of just one thing you don’t need in the new year will clear your mind and make you feel productive for 2019.

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