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NO ROOM FOR DEBATE

Manitou Messenger - 37 min 36 sec ago
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, St. Olaf student activists gathered in the quad to demonstrate their support for the Minneapolis Black Lives Matter movement. Amid the popular chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “
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Lutheran center proposed

Manitou Messenger - 37 min 36 sec ago
In early November, all faculty and staff received an email that proposed establishing “an infrastructure to enhance both internal and external engagement with the distinctive mission and vision of the
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Bird Run Over by a Car

Manitou Messenger - 37 min 36 sec ago
Feathers flattened and flaking away, Blood turned black as tar, Beak cracked, Legs broken, Wings splayed sideways Like two quotation marks Around an ironic phrase. emanuel@stolaf.edu
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Exhaustion Can

Manitou Messenger - 37 min 36 sec ago
Exhaustion can creep up on you When you stand by your window late at night Staring into the black softness of the sky When the light pollution from these city streets Punched black eyes on stars,
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Humans of St. Olaf

Manitou Messenger - 37 min 36 sec ago
“I like radio as a means of communication. For me, it’s a two way street kind of thing, with listeners being able to call in and everything. I feel you get this insight into how people are thinking, w
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Mayor Pro Tem David Ludescher 2/10/16

KYMN Radio - 1 hour 37 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks Mayor Pro Tem David Ludescher sitting in for Mayor Dana Graham after last nights Northfield Council work session.  Listen to the full interview by clicking the link below: ludescher021016

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Knights Sweep MIAC Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week Awards

Carleton Sports - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:57pm

Both the Carleton College men’s and women’s teams enjoyed strong starts to the campaign, going a combined 5-0 so far this season. Among those Knights that have gotten off to strong starts are Jordon O'Kelly and Danielle Vasiliev, who were selected respectively as the 2016 season’s first MIAC Men’s and Women’s Athletes-of-the-Week.

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Northfield council accepts proposal to receive training in parliamentary procedure

Northfield News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:37pm
Thanks to the League of Women Voters (LWV) Northfield-Cannon Falls, the Northfield City Council will receive parliamentary procedure training from a registered parliamentarian.
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Stephen Grinich Claims Fourth Weekly Award This Season

Carleton Sports - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:14pm

Carleton College swimmer Stephen Grinich has starred throughout his senior season, and after a great performance at the Minnesota Challenge he appears to be saving his best for last. Grinich posted three top-10 individual finishes and led a Knights relay team to victory against top regional Division I, II and III competition at the University of Minnesota's Invite. As a result, Grinich was honored Tuesday with his fourth MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015-16 season.

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Beyond the Open Mic 2/9/16

KYMN Radio - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:30pm

Beyond the open mic is intended to open dialogue about the process and the processors in City Hall; Elected Officials, City Staff, citizen and others.  Your hosts are Donovan McGee and Victor Summa. Opinions expressed are solely those of the hosts and not necessarily those of KYMN.  To contact Victor or Don you can email […]

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All-Wheel Drive/February 9

KYMN Radio - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:27pm

Jessica Paxton hosts the 4-6pm hours filling them with eclectic music, news and local info. Playlist: Such a treat to chat a bit with Ben Lubeck today about his new solo record, “Rented Rooms,” coming out later this month. In advance of the release, Ben is headlining a fantastic triple bill this Thursday, Feb. 11 […]

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Despite improving housing market, inventory remains low in Northfield

Northfield News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:15pm
The city of Northfield saw an increase in homes sold for the second year, but the talk of the town is the low inventory.
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Faculty member’s urban photography garners recognition

St. Olaf College - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:06pm

David Schalliol

Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City, published last fall by Princeton University Press, features photos by St. Olaf College Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology David Schalliol. The book — and Schalliol — are gaining recognition for their portrayal of affordable housing.

Slate and Fast Company both have focused on Schalliol’s photography in the book. “At baby showers, sewing classes, and bingo sessions,” writes Jordan Teicher in Slate, “[Schalliol] captured a side of affordable subsidized housing that many New Yorkers rarely see: one that is functional, positive, and social.”

“The images I produced for the project don’t gloss over problems but reflect a sense that this is ‘home’ even with all of the complications,” Schalliol told Fast Company. An exhibition related to the book will open in Harlem this week.

In addition, Chicago’s WGN Radio has interviewed Schalliol about his online gallery of Chicago buildings slated for demolition.

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Learning the art of architecture from alumni

St. Olaf College - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:16pm

Paul Neseth ’83 talks with a student about the architectural principles behind the wooden structure the class built in Dittmann Center this January.

In an industrial room in St. Olaf College’s art center, 12 architecture students groan and cheer over the fate of a marshmallow.

Their assignment is to work as a team to build the largest structure possible out of spaghetti, string, and tape. The catch? It also has had to hold the weight of a marshmallow.

In this atmosphere of camaraderie and friendly competition, music plays and professors join in on the fun, while wins are celebrated and the losses good-naturedly taken as lessons learned. Students learn to build structures — and along the way, they build community. Welcome to Architectural Drawing and Design I.

This year, the Interim course was taught by five alumni: Kurt Gough ’88, Nathan Knutson ’89, Mark Larson ’88, Paul Neseth ’83, and Chris Strom ’95. All are practicing architects who have achieved remarkable success in their field.

Neseth went to graduate school at Harvard University and Strom at the University of California, Berkeley, while Knutson’s firm was the 2012 recipient of the Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor the American Institute of Architects can bestow. The professionals agreed to each oversee four days of instruction this January in a collaborative effort to keep architecture thriving at St. Olaf.

“This course was critical to a significant number of Oles who became architects. It is particular to St. Olaf, and I think we all felt it was something that needed to be continued,” Knutson says.

“All of us took design classes in the Art Department to prepare for further study in architecture, but it was really the total liberal arts education that paved the way for us,” says Chris Strom ’95 (right), one of five St. Olaf alumni who joined forces to teach the Interim architecture class.

Expert instruction
The architects are taking over the class from Steve Edwins ’65, who taught architectural drawing and design at St. Olaf for more than 25 years. His architecture firm, SMSQ, led the 2007 redesign of Boe Chapel. Edwins retired in 2012 and passed away in December 2014.

This year’s instructors, nearly all of whom were students of Edwins while at St. Olaf, are determined that his legacy and the legacy of architecture at St. Olaf live on. The five men agreed to work together to build a curriculum at their alma mater after Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History Wendell Arneson reached out to them about continuing the course.

The class they put together is rigorous, requiring students to meet for six hours a day and keep up with a deluge of assignments, including simulations of redesigning the offices at Skoglund Athletic Center, remodeling the demolished French House, and a design-build project. The students aren’t complaining, though.

“Honestly, this class really solidified my future in architecture. Any doubts that I had about a career in architecture were greatly diminished or completely erased. It is one of the best classes I have ever taken, and I’m sure I’ll look back on it as a pivotal moment in my architecture career,” says Joe Kyle ’18.

The instructors worked together to make the course as cohesive as possible, while each bringing a different emphasis to the table.

A small model of one student’s architectural design.

“We inherently bring different experiences and points of view about the profession, but hope to integrate these for the students into a well-rounded introduction to the field,” Larson says.

Students say that approach was invaluable.

“Yes, they’re all architects — but each of them has an interest in a specific aspect of architecture, which allows for multiple perspectives and insights into the course and makes the classes engaging. They managed to put the schedule together in a way that made it feel very smooth even though we had a different professor almost every day,” Nouf AL-Masrafi ’19 says.

The liberal arts advantage
Re-entering the world of St. Olaf education has “brought back great memories of our own St. Olaf architecture instructors — Mac Gimse, Steve Edwins, and Ed Sovik,” Larson says. Arneson and Gimse have stopped by the course this January, watching their former students teach and offering opinions and insights to the newest generation of students.

“I wrote a lot of recommendations for that bunch,” Gimse says. “Their pool of knowledge of their profession and their mastery of their craft is so important for current Oles to witness. This course is the real thing.”

All of the instructors feel the liberal arts education of St. Olaf prepared them for their outstanding success in their field. While Strom and Neseth were art majors and Gough double majored in art and theater, Larson majored in economics and Knutson in philosophy.

Students listen to Mark Larson ’88, one of five alumni who taught the architecture class. “Each of them has an interest in a specific aspect of architecture, which allows for multiple perspectives and insights,” says Nouf AL-Masrafi ’19 (second from right).

“All of us took design classes in the Art Department to prepare for further study in architecture, but it was really the total liberal arts education that paved the way for us,” says Strom. “Architects need to be generalists, meaning we need to know a little bit about a whole lot of things, depending on the project.”

Neseth agrees, adding that the St. Olaf emphasis on vocation and engagement was instrumental in shaping his career.

“I think the St. Olaf education, while not providing much related to the technical aspects of architecture, instills a sense that our work should be meaningful,” he says. “I acquired most of my skills elsewhere, but it’s the St. Olaf sense of purpose that makes me look for ways to do ‘A’ architecture for those who don’t ordinarily receive the services of an architect.”

The team has been active in the St. Olaf community before — all five were guest architects for this course in past years. In addition, Strom led the design team on St. Olaf’s Tostrud Center in 2002, while Larson was one of the architects that worked on the 2001 renovation of Dittmann Center and Gough’s sculpture hangs in the lobby of Kelsey Theater. Now the students will add to that legacy with the wooden structure they built in the Dittmann Center first floor stairwell next to the Link. Passing on the torch is important to the instructors.

“Working with students is one of the most optimistic things I can imagine doing,” says Neseth.

Regardless of the fate of marshmallows and spaghetti towers, it is clear this community and its passion for education and engagement will stand the test of time.

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Today’s Program | Thursday,

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:17pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today: Nicole Blaires, Exchange Student (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: Robert Craig and Ross Thomason (2/7) and Jan Hanson (2/13)

Next Week: Jayne Hager Dee, Classification Talk (Prowe)

Last Week:

The science on climate change is settled, according to Alan Anderson, club member and advocate for reducing carbon emissions.

“It’s us. It’s getting warmer, and it’s urgent,” he said.

That’s Alan’s shorthand for: Our dependence on fossil fuels is the cause of unprecedented global warming, and the situation is dire.

Left unchecked, global warming will melt land ice, resulting in rising sea levels, resulting in coastal flooding, resulting in displaced people and hundreds of thousands of refugees who will require humanitarian aid. Alan said it will threaten all of Rotary’s good work in the developing world.

For the sake of our children and grandchildren, Alan says we cannot run the risk of sitting on our hands. Addressing the climate science skeptics, he said: “Are we willing to run an uncontrolled, irreversible experiment?”

He says we are the ones who must initiate the change. He calls it a terrible “intergenerational injustice” if we fail to address this critical issue.

Things to do:

  • Make climate change a personal priority.
  • Insist our state and national representatives support efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Vote only for those who understand the issue and have made a commitment to change.
  • Become educated based on science not those who benefit from the status quo.
  • Courteously challenge climate change skeptics with real science from skepticalscience.com.
  • Encourage Rotary to get involved in climate change educations and national and worldwide initiatives that protect Rotary’s investment in the world.

Mini Classification:
Every person needs a quest, and for Rick Estenson it’s collecting National Geographic magazines. He told us last week that he has in his possession one of every National Geographic magazine published between 1923 and last month, special issues included. His collection is the result of some good luck and an inquisitive nature.

This is all good to know. Now when we want to read an old National Geographic, we won’t have to dig through the old “Field & Streams” in Pat O’Neill’s waiting room to find one.

Presentation: A check for $5,000 representing the club’s contribution to the Northfield Y’s recent capital campaign was presented to Virginia Kaczmarek and Chris Kennelly.

Guests: Gary Campbell (Lasswell), Sandy Campbell and Dorothy Ischler (Wakely), Tom Loretto (Holden), Scott Wopata (Estenson), Griff Wigley (Morlan), and Patty Ciernia (Hager Dee).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Beth Kallestad

Announcements:

Gary Campbell, former District Governor and incoming chair of the District Rotary Foundation, reminded us of the foundation’s good work. This is its centennial anniversary and it will be celebrated with an expanded program at the foundation’s November 12 annual dinner. A Rotary Day at Target Field is set for June 18 when the Twins will play the New York Yankees.

The district would like us to register on its website. Here’s how you do it:

  • Find your Rotary ID number on the label of your Rotary Magazine; 2) Log on to www. Rotary.org, click “My Club,” below Rotary International click “Sign in Register,” and click “Create Account. 3) Follow the prompts to complete the questions and your Rotary profile.

A former outbound exchange student, Zachery Mitchell, son of Mike and Mary Mitchell of Dundas, died last week from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was 23. Most recently Zach was a student at Carleton College. His funeral was last Saturday.

Ramiz Allawala, a friend of the club, has been diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and was in the hospital last week. Rob Bierman delivered to him a Cogwheel with our best wishes inscribed.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Coming Up

February 25 — Betsey Buckheit, Northfield Bike Plan (Zweifel)

March 3 — Adrian Thomas, Classification (Conway)

March 10 — Carson Hsai, Exchange Student (V. Dilley)

March 17 — The Irish are coming (Madigan)

Quote for the Day:
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”  — William James

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Northfield student musicians take part in Minnesota All-State concerts

Northfield News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:15pm
Student musicians from Northfield High School will be participating in the Minnesota All-State Concerts this weekend at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Concerts begin at 10:30 a.m. with the All-State Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Choirs. The Concert and Symphonic Bands…
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Today’s news update – Barron bail set at $1.5 million; Heroin toxicity ruled cause of death for woman; TIF 4 dollars and Rules of Business on Council’s agenda

KYMN Radio - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:02pm

Barron bail set at $1.5 million Joshua Paul Barron of Northfield was out on bail when he led several law enforcement agencies on at least 2 high speed pursuits.  Rice County has 3 open files on him.  Rice County attorney John Fossum said one of those files is 1st degree controlled substance.  Barron was found […]

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Rice County grounds to go tobacco free beginning May 1

Northfield News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:00pm
Following discussions last week between Rice County Public Health and the Rice County Board of Commissioners regarding a proposed policy to make Rice County grounds tobacco free, the commissioners unanimously approved the policy during its Tuesday morning board meeting.
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