One of the country's most respected authorities on worker slavery is coming to Central Lakes College in Brainerd for a Feb. 17 presentation in the John Chalberg Theatre.
Charles Kernaghan, executive director for the National Labor Committee, is known for his fearless unauthorized entrance into slave labor facilities in less developed countries all over the world.
His appearance from noon to 2 p.m. in Brainerd is sponsored by People United for Peace, a student volunteer organization on the CLC campus.
Kernaghan, an engaging and energetic speaker, is best known for his expos on the brutality involved in the manufacture of the Kathie Lee Gifford line of clothing.
Kernaghan also played a major role in the hard-hitting documentary, "The Child Behind the Label," in which he and his camera crew were thrown out of a Korean-run sweatshop in Central America (cameras rolling) after interviewing the workers regarding human rights abuses at the facility.
Seating starts at 11:45 a.m. There will be a 55-minute presentation beginning at noon, followed by a five-minute break for students and others who need to attend classes or return to work just before 1 p.m. At 1 p.m. the presentation will reconvene with a question-answer period for as long as questions arise, with a 2 p.m. limit.
Peterson recognized for committee work
Diane Peterson, Crosby, was recently recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations for her work on the National Spirit Rules Committee.
Peterson will officially complete her three-year term in December, 2000. She helped to draft safety guidelines for cheerleading throughout the nation and officially represented section V including the following state: Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Peterson was presented with a certificate and a National Federation watch for her work with the spirit rules committee by Cynthia Doyle, assistant director of the NFSHSA in Kansas City, Mo.
Wenzel votes to override veto
Rep. Steve Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls, voted to override Gov. Jesse Ventura's veto of funding for a World War II veterans memorial but the effort fell short on Thursday.
At issue was a measure passed in 1999 that provided $150,000 to plan and design the memorial. Ventura used his line-item veto to delete the project when the 1999 session adjourned.
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