Council candidates stress economic development and connectivity during forum

Northfield News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:08pm
Economic development was the buzzword of the evening during the City Council candidate forum hosted by the Northfield-Cannon Falls League of Women Voters on Thursday night.
Categories: Local News

Barbara O’Brien’s DOGFACE book release pawty tomorrow!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:34pm

Tomorrow, Friday, October 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., photographer Barbara O’Brien is having a DOGFACE book release party at Agile Canines, 216 Colfax Ave. N., Minneapolis.  Come join the fun, and bring a bag of dog food, cat food, kitty litter, or some other animal donation for the Humane Society of Goodhue County.  Be the first in your dog park to have a copy of her new book.  That’s DOGFACE!

That’s a photo of Alan and our dear old Kenya, not long before she died, yes, taken by Barbara O’Brien, photographer extraordinaire, when she did a photo shoot for Humane Society of Goodhue County.   Kenya couldn’t walk then, Alan had to carry her in, but her spirit was still good and she was full of life, a happy pup.  Barbara captured her buoyant smile.

Thanks, Barbara, for preserving her for us, and also Kady when she was younger, new to our family, Minnesota, and a little hesitant.  Now she’s always smiling too… when she isn’t sleeping, which she does a lot now.  It means a lot to all of us that Barbara got them on film… errr, on disk.  And we’ll be there tomorrow!!!

Categories: Citizens

Drug task force making progress cleaning up Rice County streets

Northfield News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:30pm
The Cannon River Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force is making its presence known in Rice County, with efforts from a number of law enforcement agencies.
Categories: Local News

Dennison city clerk charged with theft, check forgery also serves as Randolph city clerk

Northfield News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:48pm
The Dennison city clerk, who also serves as Randolph city clerk, has allegedly stolen more than $5,000 from the City of Dennison.
Categories: Local News

10/23/14 League of Women Voters candidate forum at City Hall 6pm (LIVE)

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:17pm

Live streaming video by Ustream

The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls are holding a candidate forum for Councilor-at-large and Ward 1 at 6pm from Council Chambers at City Hall.


6pm:  Rhonda Pownell – incumbent

Dale Gehring – challenger

Ward 1

 7:15pm:  Suzie Nakasian – incumbent

Joe Gasior – challenger


These candidate forums will be held Saturday, October 25th in Council Chambers:

9:00 am – School Board

Fritz Bogott, Margaret Colangelo,

Julie Pritchard & Jeff Quinnell

10:30 am – Rice County Attorney

Paul Beaumaster & John Fossum

12:30pm – 2nd  Congressional District

Mike Obermueller & Paula Overby

NOTE: The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls is pleased to offer this opportunity for Northfield area community members to get to know the candidates prior to the November 4th election.  They will also have the opportunity to observe the Forums streaming live and archived on the local League of Women Voters website



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Jobless rate continues to drop in Rice County and surrounding counties

Northfield News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:04pm
Joblessness in Rice County dropped to its lowest rate in eight years down to 3.9 percent in September, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Deve
Categories: Local News

Wayne Eddy Affair | Rich Larson, Pts 1-3

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:21pm

Rich Larson, editor of SouthernMinn Scene, talks about his early days growing up in Mankato, arriving in Northfield in the late 1980’s, and brings us up to date on what he is up to now in this 3-part series.

Show One:  10/08/14  wayneeddy100814

Show Two:  10/15/14  wayneeddy101514

Show Three:  10/22/14  wayneeddy1022141  Hour 1

Show Three:  10/22/14 wayneeddy1022142Hour 2

Listen in to the Wayne Eddy Affair every weekday. Monday through Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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Today’s news update – Moreland will face a jury; Jensen’s drug addiction left multiple victims; After 8 years of talk, the doors open on a new Police Facility and you’re invited in

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:02pm

Moreland will face a jury

Michael Wayne Moreland will face a jury in December.  He was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea of Careless Driving in connection with the death of Kimberly Motzko in July of 2012.  After hearing arguments, Judge Neuville said he didn’t believe the plea was correct, saying it was structurally flawed anyway.  Moreland’s attorney, David Hvistendahl contends that evidence, specifically an ipod,  that would influence a jury in favor of Moreland was withheld until just before the plea hearing on September 16th.  Hvistendahl accused Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster of misconduct and asked for sanctions.   According to Hvistendahl the case partly hinges on whether Motzko, who was walking with her back to traffic, was listening to an ipod when she was struck.  Neuville told him that the ipod is not an intervening cause.  Meaning that that’s not a defense for Moreland. Hvistendahl agreed but added that, in front of a jury, it would be relevant.  Hvistendahl added that he was not supplied with prosecution’s notes from an interview with a technical expert that said he could not testify that Moreland had been reading a text message at the time of the accident.   Neuville found no fault with how Beaumaster has handled the case and denied sanctioning him.  The judge set the trial date for December 15th on the original charges of Criminal Vehicular Homicide/gross negligence, a felony and Careless Driving, a misdemeanor.  The Motzko family was present but had no comment.  Judge Neuville instructed attorneys to not openly discuss any other evidence to the media as there’s already been “too much chatter with respect to discovery”.   A witness for the defense, discovered after the plea, will likely now be interviewed by the prosecution as well.  The trial is expected to take 5 days.  A list of all witnesses must be presented to the Judge by November 7th.

Jensen’s drug addiction left multiple victims

Police Chief Monte Nelson commented further on the victims of Matthew Jensen, convicted of burglary and the killing of family pets.  He said there were multiple victims including one who is battling cancer.  Also all the neighbors who were frightened, especially after Jensen was released again.  Nelson says sometimes we forget about the victims but yesterday was a good day for them as the system worked, eventually.  He praised his officers and the Rice County attorney’s office for the work they did.  Nelson added that it comes down to addiction.  Specifically Jensen has a heroin addiction.  He mentions the possible drug overdose last week.  Nelson said this needs to stay fresh in peoples minds, parents need to keep watch over the kids early on and lead them away from that path.  Nelson says it’s not always the hard drugs, it usually starts with alcohol or marijuana.

After 8 years of talk, the doors open on a new Police Facility and you’re invited in

The conversation about building a new safety center/police facility started in 2006 and today, it’s a reality.  Police Chief Monte Nelson, his officers and staff are opening the doors to welcome the public from 4:30 to 6:30 this afternoon.  They’ll have as many officers as possible, 7 Reserves and all the administrative staff on hand.  Nelson said that part of this is about viewing the building but a large piece is also to meet the officers.  Tours will be self-guided but officers and staff will be stationed in areas to explain what the rooms are used for and answer questions.  A short flag raising ceremony and dedication will take place at 4:30.  Nelson urges folks to park at the street facility across from the station on Riverview Drive.

Need dirt?  Habitat has it…

Rice County Habitat for Humanity has 30-40 truckloads of dirt.  It’s YOURS if you load it and haul it.  Located in Dundas on Spring Wheat Drive.  Call their Construction Coordinator, Mike Terry at 507-330-0740, if you’re interested!

Click below to listen to FULL newscast:

10-23-14 news

Listen for news updates on-air at 6, 7, 8, Noon, 3 and 5

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10-24 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:45am
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at
Categories: Local News

Faribault's Pleasant Manor receives national award

Northfield News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:12am
A Faribault skilled nursing facility was recently honored with a national award for quality care.
Categories: Local News

The Unexpected Caregiver | Reboot Your Life in 21 Days

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:57am

Broadcast on KYMN every Thursday from 11-11:30am. Ready or not, you’re a caregiver and Kari can help. This weekly program will help arm the average “boomer” with valuable help on getting the proper care for and reconnect with your aging parents.

Robert V. Taylor:

Click the arrow to listen!

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Morning Show with Jeff Johnson – Police Chief Monte Nelson 10/23/14

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:54am

Jeff Johnson talks with Police Chief Monte Nelson about issues affecting Northfield residents.  Click below to listen to the full interview:

Stop by the Open House TODAY (Oct. 23rd) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and tour the new facilities and meet the Officers.


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10-22 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:48am
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Oct. 23.
Categories: Local News

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Nicki Kelly and Vanessa Eng 10/23/14

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:49am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Hope Center‘s Nicki Kelly and Rice County Attorney’s Vanessa Eng about Domestic Violence Month. 

Domestic Violence Awareness

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Representative David Bly 10/22/14

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00am

Jeff Johnson speaks with State Rep. David Bly (District 2oB), regarding his re-election.  Dan Matajcek is the opponent on the ballot, however, he has withdrawn from the race.


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From the Archives: The 2006 Northfield Skate Plaza Proposal

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:01pm

In 2006, the newly-formed Skateboard Coalition compiled a proposal for a skate plaza in Northfield. The proposal includes early drafts of a skatepark design, as well as letters of support from community leaders, including the former Mayor and the former Police Chief. You can look find the proposal here (2.5MB pdf). 
Categories: Organizations

'C' Club Nominations Open Through Nov. 15, 2014

Carleton Sports - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 4:06pm

The 'C' Club Board of Directors is now seeking nominations for the 'C' Club Hall of Fame. The purpose of the ‘C’ Club Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor Carleton letter winners, coaches, and others who have made outstanding contributions to varsity athletics at Carleton. Nominations must be submitted/postmarked by November 15, 2014.

Categories: Colleges

Oles second in BluGold Invite

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:00pm

The St. Olaf women’s cross country team travelled to Colfax, Wis. on Oct. 3 to compete in the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invite. The Oles finished in second place, 56 points behind conference foe Carleton College.

Despite placing two runners in the top 10, St. Olaf was unable to stop Carleton from running away with the event. Jamie Hoornaert ’17 was the best Ole performer, finishing in a time of 22:46.8, which was fast enough for an eighth place finish. Just behind her was Jorden Johnson ’15, who earned 10th place with a time of 22:47.9.

Capping off the strong performance were Piper Bain ’16, Amy Waananen ’15 and Michaela Banz ’15, who finished in 21st, 32nd and 34th place respectively.

Categories: Colleges

Walking to Mass

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:00pm

First, the sun:

the long pink pit of the sky’s mouth.

The snow-capped peaks of Division Street businesses

are grey cutouts of the virgin gold sky.

Lights and televisions wink in windows.

Mothers reheating waffles,

children rustling plastic lunch bags,

and Dad

if there is a dad

remarking on the bitterness of the coffee

while slathering saltines in butter.

I move on.

The darkness seems uncertain

of where it wants to hide before

the dawn forces it to retreat


into basements and dark computer rooms.

But it knows its time will come again

as sure as my boots strike the asphalt,

as the white smoke escapes my lungs

and dissolves in the pure cold air

like a personal incense.

I am the only pilgrim

this brutally quiet morning;

on my knees as the sun ascends

from the black voids of hell.

Categories: Colleges

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