Duo tours local prisons

Manitou Messenger - 8 min 39 sec ago
Nursing homes, hospitals and churches are popular locations for St. Olaf students to share their musical talent off the Hill, but two Oles are adding an unexpected and underserved location to that lis
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How To Disappear Completely

Manitou Messenger - 8 min 39 sec ago
The members of Radiohead are masters of the unconventional album release. In 2007, for In Rainbows, they were the first major act to utilize the pay-what-you-want download model that has since been ad
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Lyric Theater’s muscial revue recieves positive reviews

Manitou Messenger - 8 min 39 sec ago
diences with their production of the opera Der Vampyr.  Luckily for everyone who left that show wanting more, Lyric Theater is back at it again with their 2016 spring show, Light.  This year’s product
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Myswyken production of Middletown muses on life and death

Manitou Messenger - 8 min 39 sec ago
In the shadow of a town’s insecurities, an awkward but honest quest for human affection and affirmation is laced through with humor and wonder at the stars. Ian Sutherland ’18 directed 10 student acto
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Senior art majors to end year with double-show

Manitou Messenger - 8 min 39 sec ago
On Sunday, May 8, senior art majors will have their final pieces on display throughout Dittman Center during “Lasting Legacy” and “The Senior Art Show.”  There are more featured artists than ever bef
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Kids take on safety lessons at Northfield camp

Northfield News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:00pm
Locals of Northfield and Rice County teamed up this week to teach kids a few lessons about safety.
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BOGO Sale Continues

Buy One Get One Free of Equal or Lesser Value.

Our Crazy Daze BOGO sale will continue through Sunday, July 31st!  Stop in and pick up some absolutely CRAZY bargains.  We have over 100 varieties of our trees, shrubs and perennials on BOGO.  Buy One Get One Free!  You can mix and match – plant of the lower cost is the free plant.


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Ancestry Oak Exceed Expectations

Ancestry Oak leaves

Sounds unbelievable.  An Oak tree that grows three to six feet in just three months?  An Oak tree that can also prosper even when planted in the alkaline soils commonly found in southern Minnesota when other Oak varieties struggle in these soils?  Ancestry Oaks have just the right make up to both grow quickly and in difficult clay soils, and develop into a strong and beautiful shade tree.

Ancestry Oaks are blessed with a nice mix of genetics from our native Bur Oak, the lovely English Oak and a dash of genes from other oaks.  This genetic diversity is what I believe creates the dynamic growth called hybrid vigor, that enables Ancestry Oaks to consistently produce amazing flushes of new growth in May, June and July each year.

New growth on Ancestry Oak

We expect Ancestry Oaks to develop quickly into full sized shade trees that have beautiful deep green shining leaves that look great throughout the entire growing season.  We produce Ancestry Oaks that have superior root systems by using specially designed air root pruning pots that enable the trees to develop root systems with almost perfect structure and many more fine roots for successful transplanting and rapid establishment in your landscape.

In the photo, the part of the Ancestry Oak above my hand grew 5 feet 4 inches during the three months from April 29 to July 29, 2016, and the diameter of this newly formed leader is an incredible 3/4 of an inch, and we still have 8 to 10 weeks of growing season left!  The average new growth on this year class of Ancestry Oaks is about 4 ½ feet in just 90 days.


Stop in and see for yourself the impressive growth on our Ancestry Oaks.  We currently have Ancestry Oaks available in #1, #7, #10, #15 and #20 pot sizes to fit any budget.  For best results, plant Ancestry Oaks in sunny areas with properly drained soils.  Avoid wet, soggy areas, follow our planting and watering guidelines, and you too can enjoy the satisfaction of watching an Ancestry Oak perform beyond expectations!

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A world of opportunities

St. Olaf College - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:04pm

Hunter Lin ’16 came to St. Olaf determined to make the most out of every opportunity, and he did — from conducting research to studying abroad to co-founding a biomedical company. He’ll enroll at Johns Hopkins University this fall.

While working at a leprosy clinic in Karigiri, India, as part of St. Olaf College’s Biology in South India program, Hunter Lin ’16 was struck by the suffering he saw.

“I saw how awful these patients felt, how sad they were, and I thought to myself, ‘Is there no way that we can change this?'” says Lin, a biology major with a biomedical studies concentration.

Knowing that early detection of the disease would prevent the long-term disabilities associated with leprosy, Lin set out to develop a simple diagnostic tool.

Along with fellow St. Olaf student Leah Plasek ’16, Lin founded atPoint. The company is developing the PhorEX1, an immunologic multiplex system that utilizes a vast array of biotechnologies for toxicology, infectious disease, and drug testing. Put simply, the device aims to more efficiently diagnose patients using a blood-based test — and, Lin hopes, “to reimagine diagnostics.”

The business venture was a finalist in this year’s Ole Cup, the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career’s annual student entrepreneurial competition.

It also provided Lin with ample business and biotech experience that he’ll use as he heads to Johns Hopkins University this fall to pursue a postgraduate degree through the School of Nursing. Johns Hopkins has granted Lin access to the labs and tools he’ll need to continue advancing atPoint.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be part of an amazing community of doctors, nurses, and faculty at Johns Hopkins that focuses on providing the highest level of health care to their patients,” Lin says.

The Grottings and Javelets celebrate with Hunter Lin ’16 at his St. Olaf graduation. Both families played a pivotal role in helping him achieve his college dreams.

The road to St. Olaf
Lin’s success at St. Olaf is remarkable by any standards — but especially so considering the incredible obstacles he’s overcome.

Born in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory situated just off the Philippines, Lin grew up in Fujian, China. By the age of 11, he was working two jobs: one on a tennis shoe factory assembly line and the other installing locks in bank vaults.

His mother, seeking a better life for her children, sent Lin and his sister to live with a family member in California. When that living situation deteriorated, the siblings found themselves homeless.

Despite the challenges of housing insecurity, Lin continued to excel academically and eventually graduated from high school in the top 5 percent of students in California. He struggled, though, with the college application process — until Jessica Javelet, a volunteer at the homeless center for teens that Lin was staying at, connected Lin with her family. They took him in, and his new foster father, Jeff Javelet, connected Lin with his longtime friend and St. Olaf Regent John Grotting ’71.

The support that Grotting provided was pivotal. He helped Lin arrange a visit to St. Olaf, where an in-person admissions interview enabled him to showcase his strengths. And Lin was instantly taken with the campus and people.

“I fell in love with the campus the moment I saw it,” he says. “I just knew in my mind that I was home.”

Hunter Lin ’16 works in the molecular biology lab at the Schieffelin Institute of Health Research and Leprosy Centre in India. His experience there inspired him to co-found atPoint.

Calling St. Olaf home
With the door to college finally opened, Lin was determined to make the most out of every opportunity possible.

And in four short years, he did.

As part of Associate Professor of Biology Kevin Crisp’s research team, he constructed a minimalistic electromyography (EMG) device that records the electrical activity of muscles to detect abnormalities.

“We are able to produce our devices at a cost of $5, while a conventional device can cost upwards of $50,000,” Lin says.

The team hopes to provide affordable access to electromyography for researchers and clinicians who lack the funds for this vital piece of diagnostic equipment. It could have a significant impact for patients like those Lin met at the clinic in Karigiri, given that monitoring muscle activity is a critical part of leprosy patient care.

Lin conducted this research as part of the St. Olaf TRIO McNair Scholars program. McNair is a graduate school preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by St. Olaf since 2007. It provides low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students with research opportunities, summer research funding, and graduate school support and preparation.

“McNair was critical in my time at St. Olaf because it gave me the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research with a faculty member, provided me with resources for applying to graduate school, and guided me through my application process,” Lin says.

A presidential thank-you
In addition to McNair, Lin was also heavily involved in the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at St. Olaf. Having benefitted early on from the support the program provides first-generation college students as they navigate life on the Hill, Lin devoted time during his junior and senior years to providing similar assistance to younger SSS students.

“The TRIO programs were important because they provided me with resources that otherwise wouldn’t be available to me due to my background, and I became part of a caring community,” Lin says. “TRIO gave me the fighting chance to succeed in college.”

Lin capped his connection to the program by constructing a case study to analyze the effectiveness of federal intervention programs such as TRIO. The case study was seen by many — including President Barack Obama, who sent Lin a letter congratulating and thanking him for his efforts.

Despite all that life has thrown at him, Lin says he’s leaving St. Olaf equipped with the mindset and skills that ensure there are no bounds to what he can achieve.

“My path has not been an easy one,” he says. “However, I know that my journey has made me who I am, and I am glad that I found hope, wisdom, and love from everyone at St. Olaf to open the door.”

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Adult Open Hockey

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:00pm
Event date: August 9, 2016
Event Time: 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
1280 Bollenbacher Drive
Northfield, MN 55057
Players must be 18 years of age. Helmets, gloves and skates are required at all times. All other hockey equipment is recommended.

Adult Open Hockey

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:00pm
Event date: August 2, 2016
Event Time: 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
1280 Bollenbacher Drive
Northfield, MN 55057
Players must be 18 years of age. Helmets, gloves and skates are required at all times. All other hockey equipment is recommended.

Knights, Five Players Net ITA Academic Awards

Carleton Sports - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:37pm

The Carleton College men’s tennis squad was tabbed an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) following the 2015-16 season, marking the 13th time since 2002 that the Knights have been recognized for their excellence in the classroom. Five Carleton players also received individual recognition as ITA Scholar-Athletes, a figure that tied for tops in the MIAC.

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Quartet Tabbed as ITA Scholar-Athletes

Carleton Sports - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:12pm

Four members of the Carleton College women’s tennis program were recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for their success in the classroom. Recent graduates Mikayla Becich ’16, Grace Davis ’16, and Julia Krumholz ’16 as well as rising junior Danielle Vasiliev ’18 were tabbed as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

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GALLERY: Downtown Northfield gets 'Crazy' for bargains

Northfield News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:15pm
A minor chill in the air, an overcast sky and slight sprinkles did not deter people from attending the downtown Northfield staple since the 1970s — "Crazy Daze."
Categories: Local News

NAFRS to consider becoming special taxing district

Northfield News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:41am
Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services has some big expenses looming in the next several years, and the joint powers board is looking at the best way to finance it.
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Last night, best rate case crowd ever!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:04am

Last night’s Xcel Energy Rate Case public hearing was the largest crowd of the ones I attended.  There were also more public comments than at any hearing I’d attended.

To look at the docket, which includes testimony, go HERE and search for PUC Docket 15-826.  The testimony, particularly that of the OAG-RUD, Commerce DER, and AARP are worth a look.

Now, it’s time to get to writing comments.  Probably the Rebuttal Testimony won’t be filed in time to read and comment on, grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

AARP work on notice and turnout seems to have helped, and a couple of folks commented that they’d read my Letter to the Editor in the Republican bEagle:

Letter: Speak up at Xcel rate case hearing


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Rice County public safety report for July 27

Northfield News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 8:44am
For the full log of police calls, visit or You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at or
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My Woodland Garden – July 28th

This is getting to be my favorite time of year!  The hydrangeas are just starting their show!  Actually some have been blossoming for a few weeks now but the others are coming on strong now!   Driving down the driveway it is dark through the woods and when we enter our yard – the hydrangeas light up like bright beacons!

Limelight Hydrangea Tree


Our Limelight Hydrangea tree has just started to open it’s blossoms and in another week or so will be very bright!

I have mentioned in posts through the season that we try different plants for full sun in the woods.  Some don’t work but the one that really works is our

Rudbeckia Goldsturm

Rudbeckia Goldsturm.  We have two different areas – one with about 5 hours of sun and a second area that gets only 2-3 hours of sun.  Both do exceptionally well.  Since this is one perennial that has a long bloom period – we will have bright yellow blossoms from now until the frost comes.  They self-seed and over time – have filled in along our boulder wall to the north and we have seed heads that we leave over the winter for the birds.   These have been blooming for a couple of weeks already in areas with full sun.  That is about the only trade-off I have seen – is that it takes a little longer for the blooms to appear!

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Show Your Crazy Love for Music and Get Downtown

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 8:32am
The Vintage Band Festival is here! Get yourself to downtown Northfield today for Crazy Daze and an afternoon and evening of free concerts by international, national and Minnesota brass bands. We also have concerts going on tonight in the nearby communities of Cannon Falls, Faribault, Owatonna and Red Wing. Check the Vintage Band Festival online schedule for up-to-date times and locations.

In other exciting news, VBF is mentioned today on Minnesota Public Radio’s Art Hounds feature (thanks, Jessica Paxton!). Here’s the link: Art Hounds: Minnesota Public Radio

If you can’t make it to Northfield today, the festival continues through Sunday evening. And on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., I’ll be giving my Cowboy Band presentation at the Northfield Historical Society.

Hope to see you in lovely downtown Northfield!

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Rice County law enforcement issues 81 speed citations in recent wave

Northfield News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00pm
Local law enforcement recently concluded another Toward Zero Deaths speed enforcement wave resulting in a flurry of citations and warnings in Rice County.
Categories: Local News

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