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Session success or flop for greater Minnesota?

and immediately promised to make 2015 the greater Minnesota legislative session. The session has ended and rural Republicans think things went well. "I'm happy," Republican Mary Franson of Alexandria said. Do Democrats agree? Not so much. "When you look at ...

A 'Greater' session? Opinions on rural Minnesota benefits vary

and immediately promised to make 2015 the greater Minnesota legislative session. The session has ended and rural Republicans think things went well. “I’m happy,” Republican Mary Franson of Alexandria said. Do Democrats agree? Not so much.

Greatbatch : U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (May 21)

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 20-- Microsoft, Redmond, Washington, has been assigned a patent (8,990,959) developed by two co-inventors for "[m]anipulable human interactive proofs." The co-inventors are Bin Benjamin Zhu, Edina, Minnesota, and Lin Xu, Beijing.

Sports scoop

Gopher Road Trip coming to Alexandria The 2015 University of Minnesota Gopher Road Trip is coming to the Alexandria Golf Club on May 27 at 4 p.m. The event is one of eight scheduled stops on the tour for Gophers coaches and Athletics Director Norwood Teague.

Carol Jean Ross

Carol Jean Ross, 66, of Grand Rivers passed away at 7p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Baptist Health of Paducah. Carol was born in Alexandria, Minnesota on December 5, 1948 to Arthur and LaJune Toft Hausken. She married Byron Hert on August 10, 1968. To this union ...

Move MN advocates, Owatonna officials express disappointment in state's 'duct-tape solution' to transportation

OWATONNA — The Minnesota Legislative session has come and gone and the ...
Owatonna and Mankato on Tuesday as well as Willmar, St. Cloud, Alexandria, Bemidji, Virginia and Duluth on Wednesday and Thursday. “It’s traveled the country wherever there ...

UPDATE: Missing Alexandria teen found

Alexandria, MN (Forum News Service) -UPDATE: According to the Alexandria Police Department as of 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, Joshua Adoni Otis, 15, has been located and is fine. Otis had been missing since Thursday Thursday, May 14, the Alexandria Police ...

Prep baseball roundup: Sartell blanks Alexandria, 2-0

ALEXANDRIA – Austin Gohl and Grant Lahn were each 2-for ...
and an RBI and Brady Faber went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a double for Kimball (4-7 Central Minnesota, 6-11 overall). Blake Patrick led the Huskers with two hits. ST. JOSEPH – Grant Franke ...

Alexandria, Minnesota-based Global Ag acquired by Mills Group

An Iowa-based ag equipment manufacturer has acquired a Minnesota-based holding company. The Mills Group of Earlville now possesses 51 percent share of Global Ag Investments, which is headquartered in Alexandria, Minnesota. Andrew Venton, head of Global Ag ...

Alexandria, Minn., company works on cleaning up after avian flu outbreak

An Alexandria company – Mobile Washer – is up to its elbows in this kind of work. It’s already sanitized more than 40 poultry barns in South Dakota, is just starting to work in North Dakota and will be cleaning Minnesota turkey barns in a week or so.

Memorial Day Decorations in Alexandria are Awesome in the Flickr Pool

Become a Red Brick Town Contributor by Taking Photos! Here is our favorite new photo from the Red Brick Town Flickr Pool, depicting the best of Alexandria, Virginia. Check out this photo of Ivy Hill …

Enjoy an All-American Summer in Alexandria, Virginia

Credit R Kennedy for Visit Alexandria Live Music, Fireworks and Historic Events Against the backdrop of a vibrant waterfront and historic streets, summer in Alexandria sizzles with live music, firewo…

About Today in Alexandria, Virginia

Sunday, May 24, 2015 To see more events in Alexandria, Virginia, click this link. To get your event added to our calendar, click this link. Your plans for today (Sunday, May 24, 2015) in Alexandria, …

Need a Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia? There’s an App for That

Travel apps and mobile devices have changed the way one books travel to a city like Alexandria, Virginia. You can visit a city, dislike your hotel, and fully research and book a better one in just min…

Bill Euille Gets Washington Post Endorsement in Alexandria Mayor’s Race

While this endorsement will help Mr. Euille’s campaign for sure, I’m a little surprised the Post hasn’t endorsed anyone on the close race for 45th Delegate yet. What do you think about this? REMINDER…

An Extraordinary Home for Sale in Alexandria’s Holmes Run Neighborhood

This extraordinary 1 bedroom, 1 bath condominium penthouse is for sale and located at 5300 Holmes Run Parkway in the Holmes Run neighborhood&nbs p;of Alexandria, Virginia. Check out the view! Open house THI…

Outdoor Pools in Alexandria OPEN This Memorial Day Weekend

Jump In to the 2015 Outdoor Pool Season The City of Alexandria 2015 Outdoor Pool Season opens Saturday, May 23 at the Old Town Pool, located at 1609 Cameron Street in Alexandria, and Memorial Pool at …

About Today in Alexandria, Virginia

Saturday, May 23, 2015 To see more events in Alexandria, Virginia, click this link. To get your event added to our calendar, click this link. Your plans for today (Saturday, May 23, 2015) in Alexandr…

Alexandria Police Assisting Metro Transit Police in Alexandria’s North Ridge

Via APD, the Alexandria Police Department is assisting Metro Transit Police with an investigation in the 2400 block of Central Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia (see below). Expect police activity in the…

About This Memorial Day Weekend in Alexandria, Virginia

To see more events in Alexandria, Virginia, click this link. To get your event added to our calendar, click this link. Your plans for this weekend (May 22-25, 2015) in Alexandria, Virginia include th…


The Guardian and a warning to ALEXANDRIA MINNESOTA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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How can I follow Congressman votes that I have chosen in ALEXANDRIA MINNESOTA

How to . . .   observe about congressional votes  All voting in Congress is a matter of public record. However, not all floor votes are roll call votes. There are voice votes (“aye” or “no”) and pision or standing votes (where the presiding officer counts Members), and these types of votes do not indicate by name how a member voted.

Senate roll call vote tallies are posted online within an hour of the vote.   You can view today´s votes or use the vote tables to look at any roll call vote taken since the 101st Congress (1989).  In addition to vote tallies, the entries also provide brief descriptions of the votes and links to for the texts of the legislation.

House roll call vote tallies are posted online directly following the vote.   You can view votes from this Congress or use the archives to look at any roll call vote taken since the 101st Congress, 2nd session (1990).  In addition to vote tallies, the entries provide brief descriptions of the votes. provides Senate recorded floor votes going back to the 101st Congress (1989-90) and House recorded floor votes going back to the second session of the 101st Congress (1990). To access votes using search for a bill and click on the "Actions" tab. All House and Senate roll call votes will be listed with links to the House and Senate´s web pages.

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official source of information on recorded floor votes.  Votes are printed in the daily Record as they occur on the floor. The votes provide an alphabetical listing of members under “yea,” “nay,” and “not voting” categories and show the overall tally for each category.  However, votes are not identified by party or by state. The Daily Digest section that is printed at the end of each Record shows how many roll call votes were taken that day and show on what page in the Record the votes can be found. TheCongressional Record Index provides subject access to the votes (under “Votes in Senate” and “Votes in House.”)


There are more opportunities than ever for those receiving benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance [Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)] and SSI [Supplemental Security Income (SSI)] to learn job skills and find permanent employment in ALEXANDRIA MINNESOTA.

If you are looking for work, or are new to the workforce, familiarize yourself with the Americans with Disabilities Act [Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)] of 1990 , a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.

A fundamental principle of the ADA is that people with disabilities who want to work and are qualified to do so should have equal employment opportunities.

This booklet answers questions you may have about your employment rights under the ADA.

How do I know if I am protected by the ADA?

To be protected, you must be a qualified individual with a disability. This means you must have a disability as defined by the ADA. Under the ADA, you have a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, thinking, walking, breathing, or performing manual tasks. You must also be able to perform the job for which you want to be hired, or for which you have been hired, with or without reasonable accommodation.

What are my rights under the ADA?

The ADA protects you from discrimination in all employment practices, including: job application procedures, hiring, firing, training, pay, promotions, benefits and licenses. You are also right not to be harassed because of your disability and your employer can not fire or discipline you for asserting your rights under the ADA. More importantly, you have the right to request reasonable for the hiring process and employment functional adaptations.

What is a "reasonable accommodation"?

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job, work environment or how they usually do things that would allow you to apply for a job, work, or enjoy equal access to the benefits available to others in the workplace. There are many things that can help people with disabilities work successfully. Some of the most common types of accommodations are:

  • physical changes, such as installing a ramp or modifying the workspace or services;
  • sign language interpreters for the deaf or blind readers;
  • provide a quiet space or other changes to reduce noise distractions for someone with mental disabilities;
  • training and written materials in accessible formats such as Braille or audio cassette or computer discs;
  • TTY for deaf can use the telephone, and computer hardware and software to facilitate computer access for people with visual impairments or who have difficulty using their hands; and
  • licenses disability who needs treatment.

    What should I do if I think I need a reasonable accommodation?

    If you think you need a reasonable accommodation for the job application process or at work, you must apply. You may request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the job application, or any time before or after starting work. How do I request a reasonable accommodation? Just let your employer who needs an adjustment or change because of their disability. Needless to complete special forms or use technical language to do so. For example, if you use a wheelchair and it does not fit under your desk, you should talk to your supervisor. This is a request for a reasonable accommodation. A doctor´s note requesting disability leave or saying that you can work with certain restrictions is also a request for reasonable accommodation. What happens after making a request for a reasonable accommodation? Once you have made the request for reasonable accommodation, the employer must discuss the options available to you. If you have a disability that is not obvious, the employer may require documentation that demonstrates and explains why you need a reasonable accommodation. You and your employer must work together to determine an appropriate accommodation.

    For more information on labor support, contact the Social Security Administration [Social Security Administration] to:

    1-800-772-1213 (voice)

    1-800-325-0778 (TTY) [2]


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