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Chris Knopf

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Jan 8, 2020
 
Chris Knopf, Environmental Attorney and Executive Director of Friends of the BWCA:  “Issues in the Proposed Polymet Mining Operation”.  Host: Bob Rofidal
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
01/15/2020   Norma Garces, Executive Director of El Colegio High School in South Minneapolis, and recent recipient of a 24-month Bush Foundation fellowship: "Creating a Culturally Rich Environment Which in the Past 5 Years has Helped 100% of Students be Accepted into Post-Secondary Educational Institutions". Host: David Porter.

01/22/2020  TBA. Host: Dan Biersdorf.

01/29/2020  Dawn Simonson, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging: "Advocating and Innovating on Behalf of Minnesota's Senior Citizens". Host: Terry Bonertz.

02/05/2020  Musician TBA. Host: Ron Hasselmann.
 

 
Opening
Richard Wisland.  Good Morning.  What a wonderful way to start a New Decade.  Look at our Minnesota sports teams – they’re all advancing!
 
 
Today’s Distinguished Guests
Andrew Larson guest of Paul Rehkamp
Craig Shaver guest of Paul Rehkamp
 
 
Announcements
- Richard Wisland, our new Club President, sadly announced member Erv Grossman passed away the night of our Holiday party.  Erv’s wife Arllis, attending party stated Erv told her to attend, commenting what a wonderful club he belonged to.

- Richard Wisland reported two Members have dropped out: Tom Reusse & Dave Bardal.  Members wish both of them well.

- Richard Wisland stated Winter Party, Dec 21’st, was a huge success – Including a poem by our own wordsmith poet laureate Cliff Erickson & entertainment magician Kristeffer Olson  - all had fun.

- Richard Wisland, here told a bit of himself including current endeavors supporting ‘Urban BoatBuilders’.  Richard read a youth’s letter to ‘Urban BoatBuilders’ stating how his outlook and behavior totally changed for the better.  Visit: http://urbanboatbuilders.org/ for more information.

- Richard Wisland read a year end Thank You Note from Shelly, representing Edina Country Club servers, appreciating our continued patronage.

- Ron Jensen announced transfer of weekly Newsletter support to Darrell Bertelson stating his keyboard was worn out and Club deserved fresh new reporting perspective.  Thank You Darrell Bertelson!  Having supported Newsletters for 5 years, Ron also thanked: Bob Remakel, Don Teigen & Mike Casserly for their always generous fill in Newsletter help.  Thank You all, it was fun!
 
 
Today’s Speaker - Intrduction & Speaker 
Bob Rofidal hosting today’s speaker opened: “Can take the boy out of Brainerd, but can’t take Brainerd out of the boy”.  Chemistry of mining waste creates battery acid.   Chris Knopf, our speaker today, will discuss.
 
Chris Knopf – Thank you for having me today! 

-Opening Slide ”Protect Preserve & Restore Boundary Waters” and Statement: our vision is organization presenting the hazards of mining based on themes: “Wilderness, People & Community”

-Lot of animosity between pro mining & people who want to protect.

-Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (non-motorized area) covers over 1 million acres.

-2 mines today provide sulfide threat:  Twin Metals (underground) & Polymet (open pit).

- Sulfide + O2 +H2O  -> Sulfuric Acid, downstream leaching out additional hazards.

- Mines starting potential low at only 0.4% copper, ie lots of waste with missed copper & nickel bound in rock exposed to air and water producing acid runoff.  Much different than taconite mining.

- Neither company’s are local & neither have MN interests at heart.

-Trump Administration reinstated federal land leases (our land) & Congress recently aborted study efforts.

- Public education ~5 years ago poor.  Public today more aware.
 
Here significant enthusiastic healthy Q&A member interaction broke out!  
 
Richard Wisland interrupting (ECC time limits) thanked & presented Chris Knopf the prestigious, long sought after, Ham & Eggs coffee mug.
 
Huge Applause!
 
Thank you Dale Borgeson for photos today.  And thank all supporting and assisting these past years – You know who you are...
 
 
Ron Jensen






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Joe Mahon

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Dec 18, 2019


 
Joe Mahon, Director of Regional Outreach at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis:  “Economic Outlook in Minnesota”.
 Host: Richard Wisland
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
12/21/2019 – HOLIDAY PARTY - Saturday (12 Noon to 2:30PM
12/25/2019 – NO MEETING
01/01/2020 – NO MEETING
01/08/2020 – Chris Knopf, Environmental Attorney and Executive Director of Friends of the BWCA:  “Issues in the Proposed Polymet Mining Operation”.  Host: Bob Rofidal
 
 
Opening
Herb Schechter.  Good Morning Ham & Eggers!  No joke today.  Instead a serious matter - the favorite pronoun of the year per Merriam Webster dictionary is ‘they’.  ‘They’ now used when writer unable to identify gender, a move to eliminate politically incorrect foh pahs with reference to ‘he’ or ‘she’, especially when another identity desired.  Now, it’s ‘they’ or ‘them’.  Herb continued the ‘serious matter’ usage phenomena with statement:  ¨I recently told this to an associate.  He asked if I was crazy!”  
 
Amid laughter, the Irish in Roger O’Daniel forced uncommon feedback from clubs sage:  Just combine ‘he’ ‘she’ and ‘it’
 
Herb Schechter:   “Well, we’ve come full circle!”  Here a hearty discussion broke out!  Herb quiets enthusiasm stating “Cliff Erickson needs to write us a poem on topic!” 
 
 
Today’s Distinguished Guests
Brad Sorenson guest of Don Teigen
Kevin Watson guest of Gene Hoff
 
 
Announcements
-Darrell Bertelson– A great sign up for -Holiday Party - Saturday 12/21/2019  (12 Noon to 2:30PM)

-Herb Schechter – I have an announcement.  Today’s last day to serve as your President.  Been an honor to serve, I’ve had fun!   We don’t advertise or sell anything...(referring to other ECC’s meeting agendas)  Here - voice from ‘back of room’ blares “but we have members who give away books!...”

-Outgoing President Herb acknowledged several (of many) members supporting Club endeavors:
Bob Lewis – Treasure
Mike Casserly – Web Site & Audit Support
Darrell Bertelson – Programs & Hands on Member Support
Ron Jensen - Scribe
Dale Borgeson – Female Guest Greeter, Party Planner, Photographer
Leslie Sharpe – Speaker Coordinator
Victor Kirsch –Icon Morning Humors & “Why We’re Here!”
Larry Forsland - Program Support (Saturday’s Entertainment!)
Cliff Erickson – Club Poet Laurate

-Herb Concluding – “It Takes a Village”.  Unfortunately, will not be at Winter Party. Still, parting President tradition is to introduce the New President.  Friends, our new President is Richard Wisland!   Much Applause!
 
 
Acknowledging
Richard Wisland (also today’s speaker host) Herb twisted my arm.  A newer member, nearly year now, have met many new friends and learned a lot.  Quote:  “A man’s friendships are best of his attributes...”
 
 
Today’s Speaker 
Richard Wisland introduced today’s speaker, Joe Mahon, Director of Regional Outreach at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
 
Speaker
Joe Mahon, opened his hugely informative fast descriptive slide filled presentation ( inviting Q & A anytime) -1st stating:  “A DISCLAIMER – I speak for myself this morning & not the Feds.”   Continuing, It’s important to be independent from the political process.  We strongly attempt not to wade into politics.

-The Federal Reserve System is America’s Central Bank.

-Federal Bank actually is not a Federal Function – instead an independent non-profit enterprise.

 -Main Fed Function & Responsibilities:
-Supervise & Regulate Banks. 
-Offer Financial Services
-Set Monetary Policy
 
Today’s dynamic ,informative speaker offered several times to turn to Q&A format, admitting at expense of designed theme & numerous slides.  A valued member stated:  “Continue with Presentation – Then Q’s “  And thus it happened.. 
 
Today’s presentation ended with slides (distinguishing MN economic statistics with often identical national averages.  Some charts suggesting MN ahead of business desired goals.  
 
Visit Web Site:  MinneapolisFed.org  for more information. 
  
Today’s energetic (including delayed Q&A) was followed by Herb’s  last ‘Prestigious Mug Presentation’.  Our retiring President, our New President & today’s Superb Speaker received Significant Appreciative Applause! 

Thank you Darrell Bertelson and Don Teigen for photos taken.
 
 

Ron Jensen








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Roger O’Daniel

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Dec 11, 2019
 
H&E Member Roger O'Daniel, Mentally retired Unit Commissioner in Scouts BSA, Life Member of American Legion, Life Member of Air Force Association: “German Navy's Enigma Cipher vs. Alan Turing's Bombe in WW II".
Host: Leslie Sharpe.
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
12/18/2019 – Joe Mahon, Director of Regional Outreach at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis:  “Economic Outlook in Minnesota”.  Host: Richard Wisland

12/21/2019 – HOLIDAY PARTY - Saturday (12 Noon to 2:30PM
12/25/2019 – NO MEETING
01/01/2020 – NO MEETING

01/08/2020 – Chris Knopf, Environmental Attorney and Executive Director of Friends of the BWCA:  “Issues in the Proposed Polymet Mining Operation”.  Host: Bob Rofidal
 
 
Opening
Herb Schechter.  Good Morning!  Nice to see everybody.  At Orpheum last night, the doorman was 7’ tall with tall hat – Knew it wasn’t our Henry Pryor!
 
 
Distinguished Guest Today
Anne Varberg guest of Roger O’Daniel
 

Announcements
-Holiday Party Saturday 12/21/2019  (12 Noon to 2:30PM).  A buffet (including to-order omelets) & Entertainment by Kristoffer Olson, Decision Artist musician.  Check Out:  http://www.kristofferolson.com
Contact Darrell Bertelson ASAP for very last minute signup (952-944.6618) or Larry Forsland (612-804-6787)

-Victor Kirsch – information re 3 club members:  Tom Reusse’, Bill Maher & Mike Casey out today with scheduled surgery’s.  The Club wishes each a healthy recovery and fast return.

-Mark Stageberg – Last week – all books went.  Today, bought in more!

-Darrell Bertelson –Sad announcing long time member Erv Grossman in serious health crisis.
 
 
Why Are We Here?
President Herb asks again:  “Why are we here?”...
Victor Kirsch  Following humors broadcasts the anticipated: “Because Best Place in Twin Cities to start Wednesday morning – We’re Glad You’re Here!”   Thunderous Applause! 
 
 
Today’s Speaker  
Leslie Sharpe introduced today’s well known ‘Irish’ member and today’s repeat speaker Roger O’Daniel with words:  “a really really smart guy...”  
 
Roger O’Daniel  gathering microphone started today’s topic:  “The Need to Keep Secrets”
 
A comprehensive, informative, historical & currently relevant presentation followed.
 
Starting with basic encryption decoding (What kind of language, Then vowel analysis discussion - Roger launched an in-depth discussion ranging from Navaho language to Fibonacci Encoding Encryption
 
Momentarily, the Irish within begged a Hamlet (pardons Shakespeare) spy episode ending a changing encryption from : “kill the messenger” to No “kill the guards!”   Hilarious! – see Roger’s link below.
 
An in-depth Enigma cyber machine lock documentary followed. 
 
President Herb thanked Roger for a fascinating report, adding “with Irish tunge, you also provided great Club savings, didn’t have to pay extra for your breakfast, and, no need to offer another prestigious cup.    Much Applause! 
 
Roger provided a link to this morning’s fascinating presentation:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fvn37b96bpws67v/Enigma%20Machine.pdf?dl=0
 
Roger also provided link of hardcopies put on each table top this AM.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0s0wl44yv3c55ps/Enigma%20handout.pdf?dl=0
Additionally:  I have another handout with the answers to the assignment and will make it available at the H&E party for anyone who asks for it.
 
 
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Kim Crockett

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Dec 4, 2019

 
Kim Crockett, Attorney and Writer:  “How Immigration Has A
Affected Minnesota”.  Host Don Teigen
  
Upcoming Speakers
12/11/2019  H&E Member Roger O'Daniel, Mentally retired Unit Commissioner in Scouts BSA, Life Member of American Legion, Life Member of Air Force Association: “German Navy's Enigma Cipher vs. Alan Turing's Bombe in WW II". Host: Leslie Sharpe.

12/18/2019  Joe Mahon, Director of Regional Outreach at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis:  “Economic Outlook in Minnesota”.  Host: Richard Wisland

12/21/2019 – HOLIDAY PARTY - Saturday (12 Noon to 2:30PM)

12/25/2019   NO MEETING
 
 
Opening
Herb Schechter.  Good Morning Ham & Eggers - Beautiful day in the neighborhood!  First, thanks Tom Goodman for filling in last week.  Continuing - each week I try to come up some wisdoms - but sometimes they escape me.(spontaneous applause breaks out!).  Absolutely, all lov our President Herb!
 
 
Distingushed Guests Today-
Marty Probst guest of speaker Kim Crockett
Eric Teachout guest of speaker Kim Crockett
 
 
Announcements
-Holiday Party Saturday 12/21/2019  (12 Noon to 2:30PM).  A buffet (including ‘to-order’ omelets similar to prior years).  Entertainment by Kristoffer Olson, Decision Artist Musician.  Check him out:  http://www.kristofferolson.com
Contact Darrell Bertelson ASAP for last minute signup (952-944.6618) or Larry Forsland (612-804-6787)

-Leslie Sharpe proudly announced new healthy grandchild #5!
Congratulations Dr Les!
 
-Mark Stageberg – noting ‘new members’ since last advertisement: “I’m still trying to clean garage.  My book “Win Some, Lose Some” available on back table.  A good read for anybody considering legal profession.  And – ‘the price is right!’  Club Scribe endorses:  a fun informative read!  (Rumor:  is Mark starting another book?)
 
  
Why Are We Here?
President Herb again asks weekly repeated Q – “Why are we here?”...
Victor Kirsch stands again to repeated challenge.  Following humors, Victor broadcasts w superb gusto the anticipated: “Because Best Place in Twin Cities to start Wednesday morning – We’re Glad You’re Here!”   Huge applause! 
 
 
Today’s Speaker  
Don Teigen, hosting today’s phenomenally outspoken speaker states “we have a very interesting topic today – Immigration”.  Welcome Kim Crockett, a return speaker to Ham & Eggs.
 
Kim Crockett – prior speaker recognized for meaningful (perhaps) controversial speak, opened with: ‘lot of potty mouth humor this AM!’  Too Funny! 
 
Today, I represent not so much a ‘think tank’ but more a nontraditional educational source.  Today’s topic – Immigration.
 
Consolidating todays well defined ‘again perhaps controversial’ presentation & paraphrasing Kim’s message:  “Todays policy undermines confidence in US governance and beyond.”
 
A significant presentation followed – several statements heard follow:         
  1. Most Americans agree we have a humanitarian situation at our border.
  2. Only growth in MN since 2000 is from people born outside the US.
  3. Why aren’t Congress and Courts working with our President?
  4. Premise: ‘Charlemagne Institute -Defending and Advancing Western Civilization’ position today is America’s culturally lost’.  https://charlemagneinstitute.org/
  5. Kim Crockett endorsed publication “Chronicles”.   (taking copy offered from back table – Scribe confesses after several articles – a significant publication)
 President Herb had to stop an enthusiastic Q&A session to enable ECC to prep for room’s next usage.
 
   
Thank You Dale Borgeson, Richard  Swenson & Don Teigen for photos -  included in Members weekly Newsletter distributions.

Todays Slides Titles (Photographed) Included:
-Are we Still (capable) Governing Ourselves?
-America Culturally Lost.
-America – the Great Assimilator – lost moral footing & confidence
-‘melting pot’ a macroaggression on campuses.  Taxpayers funding attempt to divide.
-Immigration law from Congress – 1965 to present
-Nationwide injunctions  - Judges do not have power under Constitution
-Trump – Refugee Resettlement – Fed Program by State Dept without Taxpayers Consent.
-Trump Executive Order 13760, Jan 27, 2017
-additional...
 
 

Ron Jensen






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