BALTIMORE -- Aaron Hicks will get another chance to prove he's the Twins' future in the outfield, and this time he'll have most of a season in the high minors behind him. Hicks was one of eight players who will be added to the Twins' roster on Tuesday, when the team opens a six-game homestand at Target Field. Seven of the eight callups have previous major-league experience; only A.J. Achter, a righthanded reliever who saved six games at Class AAA Rochester this season, is new to the major leagues. Along with Hicks and Achter, the Twins will add: -- Chris Herrmann, whose ability to play both outfield and catcher give him value, though he's batted only .180 in 82 major league games. -- Josmil Pinto, who hit .342 in a September tryout with the Twins last year, but was demoted to Rochester, where he hit .279 with six homers, in May. Pinto is the Twins' top catching prospect, but has had issues … [Read more...] about Hicks, Pinto, Tonkin among 8 called up by Twins
I had trouble uploading this youtube to the blog, so please click on the link below to view it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNjggLhQo6w It was taught in our Islamic tradition that "Whoever takes a life except for one who takes a life or for grave trangression, it is as if he killed all of mankind, and whoever saves an innocent life, he saves all of mankind." So Islam clearly teaches that targeting of civilians (including using rockets and suicide bombings) not only harms the cause of the Palestinians - it's immoral. REQUIREMENT in Islam. There is an Arab proverb that says, "What made you, O Pharoah?" Pharoah replied: "I didn't find anyone to tell me stop." Silence and sycophancy are the building blocks of tyranny. Moses, upon him peace was asked to speak to Pharoah. Imam Hussein spoke up against the tyranny of Yazid. And people of conscience all over the world, including Jews, must speak up against the tyranny of the Israeli … [Read more...] about Be People of Conscience. Speak Up Against Tyranny.
Frank Halsted, a New Jersey native, settled on Lake Minnetonka in 1855. He served in the Navy during the Civil War, commanding a Union gunboat on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers in 1863-65. After the war, he returned to Lake Minnetonka and built a cabin that came to be known as the Hermitage. Some years later he went into debt to build a steamboat, but the stress of owing money apparently was too much for this “man of erratic habits,” as the Tribune described him upon his death. In July 1876, a few days after he was last seen at his cabin, a fishing party found his body floating in the lake, a stone-filled sack tied around his neck. The coroner ruled it a suicide. Abiding by his will, the citizens of Excelsior buried him on his property, not far from the cabin. Which brings us to his brother, George Halsted, who is profiled in the Minneapolis Tribune story below. The elder Halsted traveled from New Jersey to Minnesota to take care of his brother’s … [Read more...] about Aug. 1, 1897: Minnetonka’s up-to-date hermit
Locked out workers at the American Crystal sugar plant are taking their contract dispute to a new level, calling for consumers to boycott the company’s products, and demonstrating outside stores that sell the sugar. Tuesday, the national AFL-CIO issues a release supporting the boycott, which includes private lable products that use the sugar, such as Target brand sugar sold in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota. The national union, in its memo, noted that the company “refused to budge” on demands regarding seniority rights or its ability to increase contract workers. “We encourage all affiliated unions to do everything in your power to assist these workers.” Workers have been locked out for more than a year as the company operates with replacement workers, which remains its focus, according to a report in the Fargo Forum. “At this point, we’re focused on our new employees who are doing a great job of producing high-quality sugar … [Read more...] about Locked out sugar workers up the ante
Kids Like Us' Elijah Fhima, Sam Wayne and Jordan Lapping mature into Future Fossils It was an early sticky humid Minnesota summer morning on July 4th, 2012 when I received a call from artist manager/booker Zack Chazin (Chazin Ent.) who invited Villa Rosa Music to celebrate a day of fireworks and bikinis on a boat with him and his close friends on Lake Minnetonka. With the sun beaming, a jar of coconut oil, Puerto Rican rum and a new bikini to break in I was off to party and experience this massive lake fest full of boats, privileged Minnetonkians, and good blaze. By noon, I had arrived from my uptown apartment to a Minnetonka residential dock set up like a traditional Hallmark American 4th of July gathering. You had the red and white checkered picnic tablecloths, the horseshoe games, miniature US flags picketing the dirt road pathway, and white kids running around in shorts and patriotic t-shirts. Zach led me to the boat and while boarding we clowned … [Read more...] about Kids Like Us looking up toward the future