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What is happening to Rivian Stock?

Shares in electric pickup truck start-up Rivian (NASDAQ:RIVN) have stabilized somewhat after experiencing a major sell-off since its IPO in November. The stock is up nearly 20% over the past two weeks (roughly 10 trading days) while still trading about 16% below its IPO price... (Author: Gardener)

RivianShares in electric pickup truck start-up Rivian (NASDAQ:RIVN) have stabilized somewhat after experiencing a major sell-off since its IPO in November. The stock is up nearly 20% over the past two weeks (roughly 10 trading days) while still trading about 16% below its IPO price. First, EV stocks in general have recovered somewhat from their early January sell-off after trailblazer Tesla reported solid fourth-quarter 2021 results with rising sales and improving margins. Second, Bloomberg reported in late January that Rivian was scaling up production of its first electric vehicle, the R1T pickup, to nearly 200 units per week. While still a small number, it represents an improvement from the 50 units per week the company appeared to be producing towards the end of December, suggesting Rivian may be getting a grip on early production issues. Separately, Ford, a major shareholder in Rivian, says it has no intention of selling its stake in Rivian when the lockup period ends in May this year, and that could help the stock as well. So, do the recent developments make Rivian stock a buy at the current $65 level? As we've previously noted, the stock looks expensive on a relative basis, as other EV players and mainstream automakers are trading at much more attractive valuations. (see update below) Competition in the EV pickup space will also increase as Tesla and Ford eye the space with compelling trucks of their own. Even if Rivian has addressed some early production issues, the company is likely to experience more hiccups as it aims to meet its production goal of 150,000 electric vehicles per year by 2023 at its Normal, Illinois facility. This could lead to potentially better entry points for Rivian stocks. [1/24/2022] Rivian shares are down 60% from their highs, but don't buy just yet Electric pickup start-up Rivian (NASDAQ:RIVN) is down nearly 37% in 2022, fueled by Crowd Sell-off in high-growth and futuristic stocks as investors brace for rate hikes and a tighter U. Now we're bearish given the high valuation since Rivian stock went public in November (see updates below). (over $110 billion at peak) and the fact that commercial sales had not yet started. So is the stock finally a buy now that it's down over 60% from its all-time highs? While it's a bit difficult to rate a company like Rivian as it's not yet generating revenue and operates in a high-growth market, we still think the stock is expensive from a relative perspective. For perspective, Rivian's market cap is nearly $60 billion, which is just ahead of Honda and slightly below GM, which ships millions of vehicles annually. Although Rivian's product appears to be very strong, other players such as Tesla and Ford also have compelling electric truck prospects, and demand appears to be stronger. Tesla has more than 1.25 million pre-orders for its cyber truck, while Ford has received nearly 200,000 committed reservations for its upcoming F-150 electric truck. In addition, as already mentioned, scaling production is usually not easy for young automotive companies like Rivian. For perspective, Tesla stock fell nearly 50% in 2019 as it faced production ramp issues and liquidity problems. While we're not saying that Rivian won't be successful with the production ramp-up, there will very likely be issues along the way, and we could see even more attractive entry points for the stock in the years to come. Also check out our Auto Stocks theme, which includes legacy automakers and pure-play EV stocks. Also check out our Auto Stocks theme, which includes legacy automakers and pure-play EV stocks. Below is our past coverage of Rivian stocks, where you can follow our sentiment over time. Below is our past coverage of Rivian stocks, where you can follow our sentiment over time. Electric pickup startup Rivian went public in early November and currently trades at about $119 per share, up about 50% from its IPO price. However, the stock remains about 30% below the all-time high of about $172. So what are some of the recent developments driving Rivian stock? So what are some of the recent developments driving Rivian stock? The lull for Rivian shares after the IPO recently ended, meaning analysts are now free to rate the stock and the majority of brokers appear optimistic, with the average price target at around $134 per share, about 13% above the current market price. Separately, Rivian's R1T truck was awarded MotorTrend Truck of the Year 2022, which is considered one of the most coveted awards in the auto industry. The publication called the vehicles "the most remarkable truck" she has ever driven and praised Rivian for its engineering excellence. In mid-November, Rivian and Ford announced that they no longer plan to jointly develop electric vehicles. The S. Federal Reserve is also likely to hurt high-growth stocks in recent weeks, and the impact on Rivian could be particularly pronounced as the company is still in the very early stages of growth. So how do we view Rivian stock? The company certainly has a lot going for it, including a solid product that serves one of the auto industry's most profitable segments, and a major anchor customer in Amazon that has ordered 100,000 delivery vans from Rivian for delivery by 2030, we see at Rivian's latest Rating a high risk. Scaling production isn't easy for early-stage auto companies, and we've also seen this in the case of Tesla. While we're not saying that Rivian won't be successful with its ramp, there will very likely be hiccups along the way, and we could see more attractive entry points for the stock in the years to come. Additionally, there might be cheaper ways to play the place for electric pickups. For example, Ford stock, valued at about $82 billion (vs. $100 billion for Rivian), has big ambitions for electric vehicles, and early interest in its new F-150 Lightning EV has been extraordinarily strong since the company recorded approximately 200,000 reservations compared to approximately 200,000 55,000 pre-orders for Rivian. Ford's trucks are likely to have better brand loyalty, and the company also has a proven manufacturing track record. Check out our EV Component Supplier Stocks topic for a list of companies that will benefit from the big EV transition. Check out our EV Component Supplier Stocks topic for a list of companies that will benefit from the big EV transition. Check out our EV Component Supplier Stocks topic for a list of companies that will benefit from the big EV transition. [11/8/2021] Avoid Rivian IPO. Electric pickup startup Rivian is looking to raise about $10 billion via its IPO this week, with its shares priced at between $72 and $74 and the company at over $60 billion, according to its most recent SEC filing evaluate. While EV stocks are the hottest dynamic in the current market given the urgency to tackle climate change and solid returns from EV pioneer Tesla, we think Rivian stock isn't worth investing at the asking price to invest. Rivian has a few things going for it. It has early investors, including Amazon, which owns a stake of over 20%, and Ford. The company has two vehicles in its lineup, including the R1T pickup and the R1S SUV, which will serve the most lucrative segments of the auto market. In addition, the company is also developing a delivery truck for Amazon, which plans to use about 10,000 vans by 2022 and 100,000 vans by 2030. Tesla, for example, has introduced innovations in batteries, autonomous driving, and software, while building manufacturing capacity relatively quickly. Competition in the electric truck market will also intensify. For example, Tesla, which has so far mainly focused on cars and luxury SUVs, plans to enter the pickup market with its Cybertruck, which will go into production starting in 2022. The Cybertruck, which has reportedly already had over half a million pre-orders, will likely start at around $40,000 compared to Rivian's offering, which will start at a much steeper $67,500. Ford will also make an electric version of its F-150 pickup truck, the best-selling U. Expect customers to have several other electric pickups and SUVs to choose from in the years to come. The $60-plus billion valuations that Rivian is targeting put it ahead of established auto companies like Honda and approaching Ford's roughly $70 billion market cap. And this despite the fact that the company only started producing its vehicles a few months ago and only expects 1,025 deliveries this year. In our opinion, there is too much price risk for the stock at these levels. Although electric vehicles are the future, investing in EV stocks is a bit difficult at this point given the high valuations of pure-play EV stocks and the relatively low barriers to entry for the EV market, which has a slew of new entrants competing for parts. EV supplier stocks, on the other hand, should be a safer way to take advantage of the broader electrification of the auto industry without having to pick individual OEM stocks. For more information, see our topic on EV Component Supplier Stock Levels. Here's a quality portfolio that has consistently outperformed the market since late 2016.

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The NFT project is flooding the Texas capital with pro-crypto billboards

Sam Feldman, founder of the Crypto is Real campaign, said he has put up more than 100 billboards in the Austin area since July, each spreading a different message about Bitcoin, non-fungible tokens, and other aspects of the crypto space. (Author: Gardener)

NFTThe founder of a website that guides readers through the digital asset market launched a campaign in Austin to raise awareness of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Speaking to Cointelegraph, marketcap.guide founder Sam Feldman said he has set up more than 100 billboards in the Texas capital since July, each spreading a different message about Bitcoin (BTC), non-fungible tokens, and other aspects of the crypto space . Although the ads aim to drive adoption, many of them have been funded by tokenizing drone photos of the billboards and selling the resulting NFT. The project claims to have spent more than $624,000 on the existing billboards before fully launching sales of the NFTs on Solana (SOL). According to Feldman, he plans to use 70% of proceeds from sales - bids are up to $450 at time of publication - to fund future billboards, with the rest going to his team. "We're not just selling people a picture of a billboard," Feldman said. "No one needs to put up billboards that say 'the stock market is real' or 'gold is real' or 'real estate is real' because obviously they are real and have intrinsic value," Redditor jimatx said. "If you have to buy billboards to convince people that your asset is real, then maybe it's not that real." Feldman said, although one of the billboard companies originally asked for a disclaimer similar to that of a political ad, it was Way to release the pro-crypto news mostly free from regulatory and legal hurdles. Depending on how the Austin campaign is performing, the marketcap.guide team may be looking at Miami and Los Angeles for the next billboard rollout. “Our goal is for this billboard campaign to lay the groundwork for understanding that crypto actually has something to offer,” Feldman said. Austin has slowly become a hub for many crypto firms looking for friendly regulators and lawmakers. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott previously indicated that he wanted the state to follow Wyoming's lead in passing more crypto-friendly laws and becoming a "crypto leader" for BTC payments.

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Holly Willoughby shares an inspirational post ahead of the snow moon

Holly Willoughby shared an inspirational post urging fans to "let go of their inhibitions" as they watch Wednesday's snowy moon. (Author: Gardener)

Holly WilloughbyHolly Willoughby shared an inspirational post urging fans to "let go of their inhibitions" as they watch Wednesday's snowy moon. The This Morning presenter, 41, has long been a fan of astrology and the constellations and launched her co-branded Wylde Moon late last year - and used the brand's Instagram Stories to share the message. She wrote: "Welcome to Wylde Moon in February, as the snowy moon rises in majestic Leo and the emphasis is on self-expression, creativity and confidence. “Now is the time to let go of your inhibitions, be bold and share your passions with the world. The universe has you and it is full of positivity out there!' she wrote on Wylde Moon's Instagram Stories. The star also shared a post about harnessing the power of the Leo moon while promoting her brand's February issue. The February full moon -- the phase of the moon when its entire disk is illuminated -- will reach 100 percent illumination at 4 a.m.: Wednesday, February 16 at 5:56 p.m. GMT (11:56 a.m. EST). A full moon occurs once every 29.5 days - the amount of time it takes for the moon to complete a full lunar cycle. When the full moon comes in February, astronomers give it the name "Snow Moon" because it often coincides with heavy snowfall. The post comes after Holly celebrated her 41st birthday in style on This Morning last week, sipping champagne before enjoying her own personalized cocktail for a boozy start to the show. The presenter was taught how to make her own drink by a Mayfair expert before being surprised with an unexpected gift by her close friend Phillip Schofield. Given her love of astrology, Holly was gifted a piece of the moon herself by her close pal Phillip, and she struggled to hide her excitement as she gushed, "I can't think of a more incredible gift." Phillip announced at the start of the show that he and Holly would celebrate their birthday with a bespoke cocktail class, where an expert would show them how to make the aptly named drink, "The Willoughby." The pair were then guided through the making of the drink, which featured Holly's favorite drink, tequila, by a Mayfair bartender before enjoying the boozy drink together. Holly enjoyed the drink and gushed, "I'm definitely better at drinking them than making them... but this is so lovely, thanks." Phillip then revealed his special gift for Holly, announcing that he was giving her "a slice of the moon." worried before handing her the small stone. Struggling to hide her surprise, Holly gushed, "I can't believe it. Look, I've got the moon in my hand. I can't think of a more incredible gift.

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Minnesota Vikings receiver K.J. Osborn gives back to the community with an inspirational speech to Ypsilanti student athletes

Osborn spoke to students at Ypsilanti Community High School on Wednesday morning. (Author: Gardener)

Minnesota VikingsJ. Osborn knows what it's like to dream. Before becoming an aspiring NFL wide receiver, the Ypsilanti native's goals were to make it to the pros while helping provide for his family. Osborn achieved those goals two years ago after being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2020 NFL draft, and with those accomplishments completed, the 24-year-old has now set his sights on another goal -- giving back to his hometown. Osborn spoke to Ypsilanti Community High School athletes in the school's auditorium Wednesday morning and offered advice on work ethic, confidence and other tools to become successful. "I think it's huge," Osborn told MLive/The Ann Arbor News after the event. "I think it's very important. I was in their shoes, I walked the same streets so I thought it was huge to show them I'm from here too, I'm coming back, I'm family so it was really good and I think that's kids I enjoyed speaking with them and look forward to doing more in the future.” Osborn spent his first three years of high school at Ypsilanti Lincoln before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida to finish his prep career . Having the opportunity to mentor more than 100 athletes with goals like his as a high school student was a moment Osborn treasured. "It's very surreal," Osborn said of speaking to the students. “One of my (goals) was to go to the NFL, but now my thing is to give back and inspire and motivate. This is the first time I've really done something that open and I really enjoyed it and was really glad I got to do it." Ypsilanti athletic director Lawrence Reeves was grateful to Osborn for letting him had taken the time to devote it to children with ambitions of their own. "We are very grateful," Reeves said. "I think it was really important for the kids to see that they can do it. For a man who has walked the same roads as her, been in the same situation to achieve his main dream, which is many of the dreams of our student-athletes, but also to be able to talk to them about doing their best effort, the They have. J. takes the time and effort to talk to our student-athletes and we're glad he's giving back. "I hope this is an inspiration for our students to follow their dreams and see the work that is required to achieve those dreams and I think he has exemplified that through the things he has said and I think he sent a great message.” Osborn, who plans to hold camps in Ypsilanti this summer and in the future, said he hopes his story will continue to shed light on the potential of children from his hometown. "There's a lot of talent coming out of here," he said. A lot of people hear about Detroit or Ann Arbor, but we have a lot of talent here in Ypsilanti and I just want people to know that.” Vote for Ann Arbor Area Athlete of the Week, January 31-February 31. 5

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What's up today? Your daily horoscope for Wednesday February 16, 2022

Today is all about the drama. (Author: Gardener)

todayToday is all about the drama (Image: Getty/Metro.co.uk) It's a full moon tonight and as it's in the sign of Leo you know it's going to be dramatic. Gemini, you're in for an emotional roller coaster ride, but trusting your gut feeling might help you get through it. Feeling daring Capricorn? Change is coming and could mean a time of true passion. Read on to find your zodiac sign's full prediction for today, February 16, 2022. Today's Leo Moon in your leisure zone can take things to a whole new level. Showcase your skills. And with a Venus Mars tie in your career zone, you could be drawn to an opportunity that works well for you. Here's everything you need to know about being an Aries. The Leo full moon in your home zone can have dramatic effects. Whatever you do, something will change and you will feel like you have opened a door to a positive new future. Here's everything you need to know about being a Taurus. Ready to make a romantic decision? When you're having trouble knowing what to do, trust your instincts, even if your mind tells you otherwise. A strong full moon in Leo could add a touch of theatrics to the mix. Here's everything you need to know about being a Gemini. With a luxury-loving full moon in your shopping zone, treating yourself can be so easy. A zesty Venus-Mars merger could coincide with a delicious encounter. Here's everything you need to know about being a Cancer. As Venus and Mars merge, a surprising turn of events could see you connecting with someone who is as attractive as he is ambitious. Here's everything you need to know about life as a lion. It might be wise to keep a reduced schedule as a strong lunation in a remote zone could bring hidden emotions to the surface. Talking to someone you trust can help you process and release them faster. Are you ready to share your feelings? Here's everything you need to know about being a Virgo. With a vivid outlook on the cards, this is a time to rejoice in those lucky encounters that can make life so enjoyable. Today's Leo Full Moon in your social circle may coincide with a meeting that will leave you feeling deeply and wanting more. You will be the most charming and attractive. Here's everything you need to know about being a Libra. With a brilliant full moon in the top sector, you'll have no trouble making a great impression. Make the most of this moon phase and give a presentation, submit your resume, or show off skills others didn't know you had. Here's everything you need to know about being a Scorpio. Today's full moon in your adventure sector might highlight one option. Here's everything you need to know about being Sagittarius. A charismatic full moon in your zone of transformation encourages you to initiate change. This may have been in sight for some time and events could bring them into existence quickly. This can be a very romantic time when passions are ignited. Here's everything you need to know about being a Capricorn. Positive and social energies bring fresh experiences into your life. Today's Leo Full Moon may coincide with an event that changes your destiny. Also, a sizzling mix of energies in a private zone suggests feelings you may wish to keep secret. Here's everything you need to know about life as an Aquarius. All you need is to get organized. Once you've done this, you'll find that you'll be up and running in no time. Here's everything you need to know about being a Pisces. Your daily Metro.co.uk horoscope is here every morning, seven days a week (yes, weekends too!). To check your forecast, visit our dedicated horoscope page. To order your unique personal horoscope based on your birth time, date and place visit patrickarundell.com. Contact us by email at [email protected]

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Daily guide to what your zodiac sign has in store for you

♈ ARIES March 21 to April 20 You have excellent creative abilities as the full moon brings forth deep inspiration. Ideas may not be what everyone expects, but you will immediately know which ones work best... (Author: Gardener)

March 21 to April 20You have outstanding creative abilities as the full moon brings forth deep inspiration. Ideas may not be what everyone expects, but you'll immediately know which ones work best for you. Your passion chart is off the scale as Venus and Mars make a hot couple. Make this a family day, even if you didn't plan it, because feelings that have been ignored need to be addressed. You have the words you need. Love is on a journey that can twist and turn but keep the price of passion in mind as it can be yours. Your communication center glows with the intensity of the full moon and you realize you have the words to ask for something you really need. Love has a physical power that may feel overwhelming at first, but pursue it. When fiery and loyal planets join forces in your marriage sector, you can expect more from long-term commitments, no matter what stage they have reached. If you are single, the first step is to know your worth. Step two makes sure everyone else knows too. A quick fix can be tempting, in love and in life. But a balance of the power of the great planet will help you overcome challenges. At work, slipping into an "M" role changes everything, even if it's temporary. A fitness goal is reached faster when you love the journey to get there. When a Full Moon full of mystery and fantasy sends feelings through your horoscope, get ready to unveil long-held secrets or speak honestly about recent developments that you've found difficult. Opposites attract, not only in love but also at work. The moon and sun occupy opposite positions in your horoscope and you have an extraordinary ability to present ideas and speak to unique people. So if there's a chance to level up, take it. Romance is rooted in a familiar setting and the new face in an established group could be The One. Finding the right line of communication in a love situation is easier when Venus and Mars connect. You can be stronger in what you say, but love remains at the heart of a bond. If you are single, a love quest that you abandoned some time ago can be resumed with surprising success. Everything you love about love gets bigger and bolder when Power Planets focus on passion. You can advance a relationship faster than expected or, if you are free from fantasies, find the person who fulfills your fantasies. Experience counts at work, so mention yours. A super sensual full moon can distract you . Even the longest love relationships can feel as exciting as a first date. When you're not in love, take the time to put your plans in concrete terms and to review appointments and agreements. Secret crushes and long-term desires are part of your passion profile, but you handle them well when you trust that you can express those feelings at the right time. Love and friendship can work well together if you break the set rules you usually apply to both. Treat strangers as potential friends, not enemies, to increase the chances of success.

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' Simmons of Mayo is doing his thing as a top running back in Southeast Minnesota

DeMonte Simmons may not have the same rushing stats as other running backs in the area, but the Rochester Mayo senior should be mentioned in the same breath as the other stars. It has become one of the most important weapons of the Spartans. (Author: Gardener)

MayoAll good running backs play with an advantage. They want the ball in the big moments. So, as Rochester Mayo's DeMonte Simmons prepared for Wednesday's high-profile clash with Byron, his stride was a little snappier. Byron running back Austin Freerksen has been widely hailed as the best running back in Southeast Minnesota. Freerksen has been nothing short of remarkable this season. The University of Minnesota Duluth Commitment broke Byron's single-game record with 355 rushing yards in Byron's 34-18 win over Mankato East on Oct. 31 earlier this year. He does everything right and works hard in training. Simmons has nothing but respect for Freerksen, but he wanted to make a statement when they went head-to-head. Mayo didn't have Noah Smith in the backfield, so Simmons had to take on a bigger role and delivered. Simmons ran 19 times for 204 yards and a touchdown . And then he flew around linebackers on defense and was a major reason Freerksen could only break off one big play at 32 touches."It was definitely motivation," Simmons said. "Also, we didn't have Noah tonight (Smith ). It felt good to get the W (Wednesday). We played some good games on offense and defense. Simmons is now at 635 rushing yards this season. He's averaging 9.2 yards per carry and hitting his ninth touchdown of the year. Mayo's passing attack has been among the best around this season, and although that certainly helps Simmons It takes away some of his potential touches to handle some advantageous situations Simmons has also shared the load in the backcourt with Smith, Tore Pappenfus and LeBron See-Stadstad, as Spartans coach Donny Holcomb likes to get different looks at opposition defences "Noah's a straight-ahead runner, while DeMonte makes a difference," Holcomb said after Smith and Simmons racked up 186 rushing yards against Mankato East. "It's nice to have them both because they complement each other well, but it also makes them work hard because the other one can play too.” Freerksen regularly takes a heavy load for being the straw that stirs the drink for Byron's offense has scored more than 30 touches on multiple occasions this season. Wednesday marked the first time Simmons processed 20 touches in a game all season. Simmons proved he was a major threat every time he touched the ball. Four of those six went at least 24 yards. As the game progressed, Simmons got even stronger. His first nine carries were for 86 yards. His first nine carries went for 86 yards. His last 10 carries were for 118 yards. "That's great to see," Simmons said. With big possessions in play, they couldn't get me down and I could drop forward for extra yards. Freerksen will finish with the better totals, but Simmons deserves to be in the conversation with the area's best ball carrier as well. He's not worried about that at the moment. "I really want to play with these guys," Simmons said.

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Motivation isn't hard to find for either Warrior team

The boys' and girls' teams of the Brainerd Warriors and the Little Falls Boys prepare for the state Nordic Ski Meeting. (Author: Gardener)

MotivationLast year it was the Brainerd Warriors boys who didn't qualify as a team but still promoted five boys to the state meet. These five guys gave an unofficial team score that would have put them eighth in the team score. This year, however, the Warrior Boys progressed as a team as they finished second behind the Little Falls Flyers. The Brainerd girls team also returns to the State Meet, which has changed its format to a two-day event to include a new Sprint Relay added to the State experience this season. The national meeting begins on Wednesday, February 16, with a classic 5 km run for boys and girls. Then on Thursday, February 17, will be the preliminary and final rounds of the sprint relay, with the boys' and girls' 5K freestyle finishing at the State Meets. Section 8, which gave rise to Brainerd and Little Falls, was the only section to use a similar two-day format to the state meeting. "I think we feel better just having the experience of the night," said Warriors assistant head coach Chris Hanson. We will use that to our advantage as far as how it feels, what we eat and so on. I think it was a good experience for us.” “Usually for sections you have a few hours to think about your race before you move on to the next one and we had 24 hours to think about the race,” said she. We practiced that at the section race and I think that will also be an advantage at the national meeting. I think we're going to go there and not stress about the previous race or the next race.” One person who feels she has something to prove is Warrior senior Lily Schaeffer. The two-time Section 8 champion placed 61st last year after wishing for an All-State finish (recognized in the top 25). Schaeffer won her second Section 8 title in 33:07.3 on Wednesday, February 9 at the Maplelag Resort. "She was motivated to return to the state right after graduating last year," Hanson said. Then, during this ski season, she identified a few things she should be doing differently this year in terms of food and perfect preparation. She found that out and the season has gone well for her. Close behind her was eighth-grader Annelise Baird, who finished fourth in sections. This will be her first state experience. "When you have a young person who works at university, there's always attention to how they fit in, and Annelise just fitted in really well," Hanson said. She knows where she wants to be in the scheme of things. Her youth wasn't an issue and I'm sure she'll turn some heads for those who look at the results and see that she's only an eighth grader. Brown did not ski at last year's state meet, but did compete at the 2020 state meet, where she was the No. 3 Brainerd skier with a 117th place finish. "Like Lily, Ellie resolved some issues that may have plagued her last year," Hanson said. “She's progressing really well and most importantly she's gaining some confidence. She's no stranger to the Skater Meet course and this is the strongest she's ever had at this point in the season.” Brainerd's sprint relay will be Addie Ryan and Isabelle Smith, who is third in the section with 18:55 ,1 line up. This will be Ryan's second state meeting, but first in the sprint relay. She was 136th in the pursuit last season. "It's really hard to tell that all the periods not only placed the teams but also the best team after those two state qualifiers," Hanson said. “There are some teams that put some really strong skiers in their relay because they knew they didn't have the depth to maybe go further, so they got a few relays into the state meet. “It's going to be really interesting to rank these teams. The times were also so different because each relay route was different, whether hilly or not. "We've used substitutes in the past so it's great to have two girls prepared and ready to go," Hanson said. For boys, the Warriors were led by Eli Knapp, who finished fourth in 29:37.7. All five Brainerd pursuit skiers finished in the top 20, with Braden Capelle 17th and Adam Cady 18th. Neumann placed 53rd at last year's state meet. Capelle narrowly missed it when he placed 17th in the section meeting. "It's exciting for them because we have almost the same mix of athletes and some of the guys were alternates last year," said Warriors assistant head coach Mary Ryan. “Being there officially is a great feeling. They still call it a "dark day". They did well last year, but now they're officially here. They all have experience and want to officially score points as a team. The sprint relay duo consists of Noah Schaeffer and Taite Knapp, who placed third in the section with a time of 16:23.9. "They've had a great run all season," Ryan said. “Of course, the teams combined different combinations at the section meeting. Some teams felt if they couldn't get a team to say they could at least get a season. Difficult to compare times with other sections because of different courses, but our team is healthy and loves what they do. I think we can be right in the middle. "I'm not sure if we're going to beat Duluth East, Stillwater or Forest Lake, but there are teams we can beat to help our team score well." or be part of the season," Ryan said. "You never know with COVID this year, so those alternatives have to be really operational." The Flyers won the Section 8 title for the first time since 2011, but this will be their fifth straight state appearance. Last year's roster also saw former teammate Jackson Grant finish in a fourth place finish. "I think what Jackson has been able to achieve over the last two years, finishing 10th two years ago and fourth last year, is really motivating for them," Hendrickson said. “You can see it's achievable by working hard and sticking to the training regimen that our team is straying from. Connor (Grant) and Ethan (Yorek) are definitely looking forward to this year. Ethan was very close to All-State last year and they both hope to work their way into that position this year. "I think this entire team wants to do more in the state than just show up. The fact that they're coming back a few years in a row helps with that confidence.” Connor Grant won the Pursuit title by 20:05. He was followed by Ethan Yorek in third and Alexander Oberton in 14th. The Little Falls sprint relay took second place. "This will be Elliot's freshman year, he's a freshman, and Eddy is coming back to the state and he's a sophomore, so they're a young team," Hendrickson said. "I think they're both unsure what to expect. Not many know what to expect with these seasons, but being a bit on the green side also plays a part. I think they can make it to the finals, but I don't even know what to expect.” The Flyers' alternates will be Chase Olson and Parker Grant. Who: Boys and girls teams from Brainerd Warriors, boys from Little Falls Flyers

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Sweet Encounter Bakery & Cafe opens Wednesday in Lansing's historic Knapp's Center

Sweet Encounter brings gluten-free whoopie pies, other treats, and breakfast and lunch to Knapp's Center in downtown Lansing. (Author: Gardener)

Knapp's CenterLANSING - Eight months after Nikki Thompson Frazier's business plan earned her free rent of a bakery in a downtown Lansing store for a year, she is ready to open in the historic Knapp's Centre. Sweet Encounter Bakery & Cafe will open on Wednesday in a 2,500 square meter space on the first floor. The bakery and café will specialize in homemade gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free and vegan desserts, but will also serve breakfast and lunch. Last May, Thompson Frazier's business plan for a brick-and-mortar location beat 23 others in the Lansing Built to Last competition. The winner earns their bakery and café rent-free for a year at Knapp's Center. Original plans to open in a 3,000-square-foot space previously occupied by a Hallmark Gold Crown gift shop down the street were scrapped last year, Thompson Frazier said. The cost of equipping the building with a kitchen that she would have to pay for herself was too high, she said. The space at Knapp's Center, 300 S. Washington Square, already has a kitchen and has been vacant for several years. The venue, which will feature seating for dining and a designated space for baking classes, is "beautiful," Thompson Frazier said. "This building has a lot of historical memories for the people of Lansing, which is great," she said. Thompson Frazier has been baking in a room in the Allen Neighborhood Center's incubator kitchen since 2015. A pop-up store Sweet Encounter operating in the 100 block of South Washington Square closed last week. These include a dining area that seats at least two dozen people and a 500-square-foot classroom that hosts cooking and baking classes for every age group. Thompson Frazier, a Muncie, Indiana native who moved to Lansing over six years ago, was inspired by a childhood spent cooking and baking with her mother. When her two daughters, Melia and Madison, began suffering from food allergies, Thompson Frazier began baking treats they could eat. It led to The Bakery and Sweet Encounter Kids, a monthly subscription-based cooking club mailed to people in 22 states. The Amer1can Bistro is closing its doors less than two years after opening in Lansing Township Everything at Sweet Encounter Bakery & Cafe will be gluten-free, Thompson Frazier said. This includes cakes and cupcakes, dessert bars, brownies, cakes, tarts and cookies. The bakery's red velvet whoopie pies and lemon bars are particularly popular, Thompson Frazier said. The store also offers special order cakes for birthdays and other occasions. "I probably do at least 30% or more of my business with people who don't have food allergies," said Thompson Frazier. "Most of the time, they don't even realize we're gluten-free." The bakery and cafe's breakfast and lunch menu includes quiche, scones, sandwiches, soups, and salads. "We're going to have a very simple menu, so we're not going to make anything too big," said Thompson Frazier. The company currently employs five people. It opens at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. To learn more, visit Sweet Encounter Bakery & Cafe on Facebook or at www.sweetencounterbakery.com. This article originally appeared in the Lansing State Journal: Sweet Encounter Bakery & Cafe opens Wednesday at Knapp's Center

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What's up today? Your daily horoscope for Wednesday February 16, 2022

Today is all about the drama. (Author: Gardener)

todayToday is all about the drama (Image: Getty/Metro.co.uk) It's a full moon tonight and as it's in the sign of Leo you know it's going to be dramatic. Gemini, you're in for an emotional roller coaster ride, but trusting your gut feeling might help you get through it. Feeling daring Capricorn? Change is coming and could mean a time of true passion. Read on to find your zodiac sign's full prediction for today, February 16, 2022. Today's Leo Moon in your leisure zone can take things to a whole new level. Showcase your skills. And with a Venus Mars tie in your career zone, you could be drawn to an opportunity that works well for you. Here's everything you need to know about being an Aries. The Leo full moon in your home zone can have dramatic effects. Whatever you do, something will change and you will feel like you have opened a door to a positive new future. Here's everything you need to know about being a Taurus. Ready to make a romantic decision? When you're having trouble knowing what to do, trust your instincts, even if your mind tells you otherwise. A strong full moon in Leo could add a touch of theatrics to the mix. Here's everything you need to know about being a Gemini. With a luxury-loving full moon in your shopping zone, treating yourself can be so easy. A zesty Venus-Mars merger could coincide with a delicious encounter. Here's everything you need to know about being a Cancer. As Venus and Mars merge, a surprising turn of events could see you connecting with someone who is as attractive as he is ambitious. Here's everything you need to know about life as a lion. It might be wise to keep a reduced schedule as a strong lunation in a remote zone could bring hidden emotions to the surface. Talking to someone you trust can help you process and release them faster. Are you ready to share your feelings? Here's everything you need to know about being a Virgo. With a vivid outlook on the cards, this is a time to rejoice in those lucky encounters that can make life so enjoyable. Today's Leo Full Moon in your social circle may coincide with a meeting that will leave you feeling deeply and wanting more. You will be the most charming and attractive. Here's everything you need to know about being a Libra. With a brilliant full moon in the top sector, you'll have no trouble making a great impression. Make the most of this moon phase and give a presentation, submit your resume, or show off skills others didn't know you had. Here's everything you need to know about being a Scorpio. Today's full moon in your adventure sector might highlight one option. Here's everything you need to know about being Sagittarius. A charismatic full moon in your zone of transformation encourages you to initiate change. This may have been in sight for some time and events could bring them into existence quickly. This can be a very romantic time when passions are ignited. Here's everything you need to know about being a Capricorn. Positive and social energies bring fresh experiences into your life. Today's Leo Full Moon may coincide with an event that changes your destiny. Also, a sizzling mix of energies in a private zone suggests feelings you may wish to keep secret. Here's everything you need to know about life as an Aquarius. All you need is to get organized. Once you've done this, you'll find that you'll be up and running in no time. Here's everything you need to know about being a Pisces. Your daily Metro.co.uk horoscope is here every morning, seven days a week (yes, weekends too!). To check your forecast, visit our dedicated horoscope page. To order your unique personal horoscope based on your birth time, date and place visit patrickarundell.com. Contact us by email at [email protected]

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