The Great Northern reveals Kate Nordstrum’s original programming; Tane Danger to direct Westminster Town Hall Forum

Just short of a year ago, Kate Nordstrum was named executive and artistic director of the Great Northern. Co-founded by Eric Dayton with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships and the City of Lakes Loppet, the Great Northern celebrates winter in the cities with original programming and a focus on climate change.

Kate Nordstrum

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Kate Nordstrum

Nordstrum knows original programming. It’s what she did for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra when she ran Liquid Music, a series she invented and brought to national prominence. It’s what she did before then at the Southern Theater and her own Kate Nordstrum Projects, and afterward with her curatorial collective Infinite Palette and in partnership with arts and culture organizations across the U.S., from the Kennedy Center to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

So we thought, if anyone can make winter in Minnesota more interesting, especially for those of

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Northern California county to pay $10 million after shooting, paralyzing Silicon Valley software engineer

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO  — A Northern California county has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who was having a mental health crisis when a deputy shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Placer County agreed to pay Samuel Kolb, 50, and his family $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit the family filed after a deputy shot him twice on Jan. 14, 2018, inside a North Lake Tahoe rental cabin where Kolb and his teenage son were vacationing, Kolb said.

“There’s a measure of relief in not having to go through this and not having to put my family through any more legal challenges. But I would trade all the money plus interest to have my old life back, to not have gone through this and put my family through this, to have

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New blockchain tech key to cost savings for Northern mango producer

New blockchain tech key to cost savings for Northern mango producer
Senors placed in mango boxes track real-time data. Credit: CRCNA

A new blockchain platform has proven to be a game-changer for one of Australia’s largest mango producers, providing real-time, secure information from the tree to the supermarket.

The digital platform was developed and tested as part of a 2.5-year Smart Supply Chain pilot project co-funded by the Cooperative Research Center for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) in partnership with blockchain experts Trust Provenance (T-Prov), mango producer Manbulloo and industry group Growcom.

During the trial T-Prov and Manbulloo co-designed a platform which integrated all the systems and information Manbulloo identified as critical touchpoints along their supply chain. Real-time data, such as time, temperature and location were tracked, transmitted and uploaded to the blockchain where Manbulloo and other supply chain participants could then access the information through a dashboard interface.

Manbulloo’s quality manager Scott Ledger said integrating data and quality assessments along the

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BBC hits rewind on Northern Ireland faces and places from past for new website

Spending all day at work watching television might sound like a great way to earn a living, but after three years of painstaking research through the vast BBC archives, the idea might wear a little thin.

ndaunted by the challenge, a team of BBC researchers and editors, matched by a pioneering technical wizardry which has set a new standard across the network, has thrown open the window to the past.

And from today a new website, the first of its kind, is opening up access to a rich treasure trove of footage from BBC Northern Ireland’s archive.

Weeks and months of searching through the BBC vaults in London and Belfast has unearthed more than 13,000 broadcasting gems and, as the corporation prepares to celebrate 100 years next year, the new portal is being presented as a fully searchable gift to the public.

Concentrating on the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and

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