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Somali music arrives in the classroom through book with Burnsville roots

By: Becky Z. Dernbach On a recent Thursday, the school day hadn’t yet started at Burnsville’s Gideon Pond Elementary School. But a long-awaited moment had arrived. In her music classroom, Becca Buck opened a brown paper envelope. “Here we go!” she said. “Our baby!” Buck and her co-author Qorsho Hassan, who met as teachers at Gideon Pond, were about to hold their new book—The Rhythm of Somalia: A Collection of Songs, Stories, and Traditions—for the first time. “OMG,” Qorsho exclaimed, as Buck slid the sunset-orange cover out of the envelope. The two friends examined their book cover in awe, taking in every detail. They praised the care illustrator Joof Farah had taken in designing a dynamic musical scene. On the cover, a man and a woman dance dhaanto in front of an aqal, or nomadic home. The woman’s hijab and skirt move with her steps. The man’s elbow is slightly cut off by the spiral binding, Buck observed. “We’re going to notice every detail,” she said. The book began as a master’s thesis for Buck, who was completing her degree in music education. Then her adviser, Karen Howard, suggested she turn the project into a book. Buck and Qorsho teamed…

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Good Credit Matters More Than Ever

Credit matters more than it did 20 years ago. Why does your credit score matter more than it did 20 years ago? Because more and more businesses are using it to sell, hire and rent to people. Nowadays, some companies check the credit score of an interviewee before they even hire them.  In today’s interconnected global market, your credit worthiness can directly affect your quality of life or the success of your business for that matter Not only is good credit essential for obvious things like qualifying for a loan or getting a credit card, but also for less obvious things like getting cellular telephone service, renting a car, and even getting a low insurance premium. Managing your credit will also help you save for a rainy day. A strong credit history, reflected in good credit scores, will let you qualify for lower interest rates and fees, freeing up additional money to set aside for emergencies, retirement, and other smaller unexpected expenses. Decreasing debt and increasing savings reduces stress and leads to greater financial freedom. The good news is that having good credit is not difficult. Simply follow these five fundamentals of good credit management and you will build and…