Rotary Cogwheel | 10.23.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - 5 hours 26 min ago

Today: Char Carlson, chair of Northfield Library Board (Bill Carlson)

Birthdays: Mark Gleason (10/20), Barry Carlson (10/22), Rob Martin (10/23) and Doug Crane and Brett Reese (10/25).

Next Week: Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Last Week:

Wokie Daboh is attempting to improve the educational system in Liberia, one classroom at a time.

She sees education as a pathway to a better quality of life. Through her nonprofit “Project Blackboard,” Wokie, a human resources executive for Target Corporation, is investing time and money in rehabilitating schools, training teachers and providing resources for students.

A graduate of Cooper High School in Robbinsdale and the University of Minnesota, Wokie has a strong familial connection to Liberia. Her mother immigrated to the United States from there before Wokie was born. Her father is an emigrant from Sierre Leone.

Liberia is still reeling from 14 years of civil war. The majority of the population cannot read or write, government support for education has dramatically eroded and now the Ebola epidemic has forced schools to close.

But Wokie is undaunted. She selected Bushrod Island School in one of Monrovia’s poorest neighborhoods for her initial project. She traveled there in July, refurbished the classrooms and held a teacher training. She hopes it will have a positive impact on the school’s 325 students.

Measures of success, she said, will be improved student performance, more parental and community engagement, established academic standards and more resources.

Wokie also provided heartfelt testimony to the powerful influence teachers have on students. Her host, Richard Maus, was her eighth grade math teacher. When asked what made him such a positive influence in her life, she said he pushed her to do her best work and never gave up on her. And then came the tears.


Richard Maus said the book he wrote about his polio experience — Lucky One — proved to be a therapeutic exercise. After committing his story to paper, he said he rarely thinks about it anymore. And life now goes on.

Guests: Philipy (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: John Fossum

First Job: Chris Weber makes a mean 500-egg omelet. He acquired that skill managing a Boy Scout dining hall on summer assignment in northern Wisconsin. He provided food for 200 three times a day. He is now a big proponent of automatic dishwashers.


— President Rich announced the three local service projects recently adopted by the board.

We will be contributing $5,000 to the Save the Depot campaign, and we will work with both the Musical Playground Project for Way Park and the Northfield Skateboard Coalition to help raise $15,000 for each project. The board evaluated six proposals before arriving at this mix.

— Rob Bierman updated the order on the re-engineered Turkey Trot. This year it will begin and end at the Carleton College Weitz Center at Third and Union. It will also, for the first time, be a vehicle for collecting non-perishable food items for the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners will be invited to bring an item to the race. If are not able to attend the event, please bring a food item to our November meetings. Rob said we still have room on the shirts for a couple more sponsors.

— There is a Rotary Foundation event Saturday, Nov. 1, in Oakdale at the venerable Prom Ballroom. If we send eight or more, we get a discount on registration fees. Let President Matt Rich know if you are interested in attending.

— Todd Thompson said he picked up on a suggestion from Jean Wakely and has launched a “kickstart” campaign to fund music education in Guatemala. For more information, write to: todd@

Coming Up:

Nov. 6 — Jonathan Adams, RESTORE Project Director (V. Dilley)

Nov. 13 — Nick Frohner, Asian Carp (Anderson)

Nov. 20 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)


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Turkey Trot 2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:27pm

We will be hosting our Turkey Trot event this year at the Weitz Center. Click here for details.

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Wreath and Calendar Sales

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:02am

The High School youth will be taking orders for wreaths and selling calendars following Masses the weekends of Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2.  These fundraisers are to support the June mission trip to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.

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Barry Morrow – 2014 Gala Guest Speaker

Laura Baker Services Association - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:14am

Laura Baker Services Association is pleased to announce Barry Morrow will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Gala.

Barry Morrow is an Emmy and Academy Award winning writer/producer whose films are part of motion picture history. Best known for his original story and screenplay, Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, this 1988 “Best Picture of the Year” will be remembered as the highest-grossing Oscar-winning film of its time, but also for its global impact on autism and savant syndrome. Barry’s autobiographical story, “Bill,” starring Dennis Quaid and the late Mickey Rooney, has been hailed by the New York Times as Rooney’s most enduring role in his 90 year career.

Read Mr. Morrow’s biography here.

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We Have a Winner!

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:40am

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 HCI youth video PSA contest! The video that received the most votes was “What Inspires Me” by Carrie King, a ninth-grader at Arcadia Charter School. She will receive $200. Congratulations, Carrie!

The two other finalists will each receive $100. They are: Brynn Artley, a 10th-grader at Northfield High School, “We Belong to Each Other”; and Samuel Temple, an eighth-grader at Northfield Middle School, “Our Fearful Trip is Done.”

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the voting. We’d also like to thank all of the youth who took the time to create and submit videos to the contest. You inspired us with your stories and your talent!

If you would like to watch the three finalist videos again, visit the contest page.

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Roy Henning Obituary

St. Dominic - Church News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:13am
Roy Eugene Henning was born on September 17, 1933, in Fort Morgan, Colorado, to Leonard and Esther (Larson) Henning.  He moved with his family to Denver when he was five. When Roy was 13, his mother passed away and his father later remarried.  He graduated from Englewood High School in 1952 and joined the U.S. Army as an accountant in the personnel office, serving in Korea from 1953 to 1955.  Upon his return to Colorado, a friend set him up on a blind date with Mary Skoog, whom he married on September 6, 1958, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis.  The couple lived in Denver while Roy finished his business/statistics degree at the University of Denver, graduating in 1959.  They then moved to Minneapolis and Roy began his accounting career with Shell Oil and later Honeywell.  In 1965, Roy, Mary and family moved to Northfield and Roy worked for Sheldahl and later Control Data.  In 1974, Roy began working for Dakota County Technical College as the Accounting Manager, a position from which he retired in 1994, the same day that Mary retired, too. Roy and Mary enjoyed the wildlife surrounding their home in Wang’s Woods and later delighted to find deer, owls and other wildlife visiting their yard on Winona Street. In retirement, Roy and Mary won two trips, one to Hawaii and one to Australia and New Zealand, and enjoyed several cruises. Roy was a long-time member of the Church of St. Dominic and was active in Knights of Columbus, Jaycee’s, and the Cannon Valley Lions Club. Survivors include his children: Laurie (Richard) Henning-Johnson of Rosemount, Carolyn Lee Lattery of Shakopee, Steven of Prior Lake, Christina of Savage; 6 grandchildren: Mark, Elizabeth, Joshua, Steven, Mariah and Gracie; several great-grandchildren; two sisters: Shirley Wallace of Maryland, Janice Spindle of Parkwood, Colorado;  other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his infant daughter Mary Ellen, his daughter-in-law Leslie, his sister Dorotha, his sister-in-law Grace Skoog, and his parents. Roy passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday morning, October 14, 2014, at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield at the age of 81. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM, Friday, October 17, 2014, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with Fr. Dennis Dempsey officiating. Pianist will be Abraham Rusch.  Interment with Military Honors will be in Calvary Cemetery in Northfield.  Pallbearers will be Laurie Henning-Johnson, Richard Johnson, Carolyn Lattery, Steven Henning, Christina Henning and Steven Lattery.  Visitation will be 4-7PM Thursday, October 16, 2014, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and at church on Friday one hour prior to the funeral. Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.
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A Sneak Preview

Laura Baker Services Association - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:16pm

Board leadership, both past and present, was invited to take a sneak preview of Laura Baker Service’s new cottages this past weekend. Thank you all for your generosity and dedication to help make this all possible.

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Robert Bonner Distinguished Service Award for 2014

Laura Baker Services Association - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:13pm

The Board of Trustees of Laura Baker Services Association is pleased to announce the two recipients of the Robert Bonner Distinguished Service Award for 2014 are Bob and Marilyn Matta. This award was created in 2009 to commemorate the long-term Board presidency of Robert Bonner and his extraordinary volunteer tenure. It is given yearly in recognition of individuals who have shown constancy over time to the organization and significant contributions of time, energy, and/or resources.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.16.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 6:38am

Today: Wokie Daboh, Project Blackboard (Maus)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the world

Next Week: Char Carlson, chair of the Northfield Library Board (B. Carlson)

Last Week:

Northfield Rotary Club’s sterling reputation for its Youth Exchange Program is well-deserved. Since 1969, we have sent or hosted 302 exchange students.

Vicki Dilley reminded us that we have touched many lives with this program. She refers to the students as “ambassadors,” ambassadors for peace, unity, tolerance and understanding. Our commitment to this program is underscored by the heavy involvement of club members in the North Star Division, the combined exchange program for Districts 5950 and 5960. Rick Estenson is the chair-elect, Linda Wilgohs is the treasurer, Karna Halverson is the Responsible Office and others serve as country officers.


Our Exchange Class of 2014-15 – Lydia (Feroe Islands), Guilia (Italy), Philipy (Peru) and Marcelo (Brazil) — took center stage and fielded questions from their counselors. What we learned is we have four very engaging young people in our midst. They became interested in exchange in a variety of ways. Lydia learned about exchange opportunities at age 11, and her dream of travel was reinforced by her gymnastics coach. Philpy’s father was involved in Rotary, so he knew about exchange opportunities. Guilia’s interest was fueled by watching American movies.

They all come with a high level of curiosity and enthusiasm for different cultures and new experiences. Guilia is surprised by how much she has enjoyed American food and a different climate. Lydia said she is looking forward to American holidays. They all commented on how differently the schools are organized. Most are used to being stationed in one room and having teachers rotate in and out.

They have embraced their American high school experience, attending football games and the Homecoming dance. Lydia has participated in gymnastics, Guilia in swimming. Both girls are interested in trying out for the Rock ‘N Roll Revival this winter. Philpy played on the soccer team; Marcelo plans to go out for basketball.

Guilia enjoys classical dance and the theater. Marcelo also enjoys theater. Lydia hopes she can see some of the iconic American landmarks while she is here, such as Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park or the Grand Canyon. If some of their interests match yours, invite them along and add to their exchange experience.


Guests: Lisa LaCoursiere (Fenton); Karna Halverson and Tuuli Tuomilehto, an exchange student from Seinajoki, Finland (Halvorson); Pete Carlson (Marcelo); Wendy, Katie and Andrei Sivanich and Steve Braker (Lydia); Shari and David Holman (Philipy); Julie Anderson and Julie Thornton (Guilia); and Marilyn Hanson (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: Michelle Lasswell

First Job: Vicky Langer got her Colorado high poolside, working as a swimming instructor and lifeguard during high school. She remembers all of the scenery being pretty mesmerizing.


— Hospitality is forming a “sunshine committee.” Vicky Langer, Hospitality chair, said it will be a vehicle to reach out to club members when there are joys, losses or significant life changes in their world. If you have news to share, please let Vicky Langer know.

— It’s time for updating your membership information on the Membership Directory on our website. Please take time to review your information. If there are changes, use the form provided to submit them to headquarters.

— There is a Rotary Foundation event Saturday, Nov. 1, in Oakdale at the venerable Prom Ballroom. If we send eight or more, we get a discount on registration fees. Let President Matt Rich know if you are interested in attending.

— Russ Halverson will lead new member orientation on Monday, Nov. 10. The location and time is to be determined.

— President Rich invited members to download the club calendar posted on our web site.

— We have responsibility for staffing Thursday’s Table tonight. If you signed up, please be there.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:
Oct. 30 — Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Nov. 6 — Jonathan Adams, RESTORE Project Director (V. Dilley)

Nov. 13 — Nick Frohner, Asian Carp (Anderson)

Nov. 20 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)


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Our Fall Term, 2014, is Underway!

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:20pm

That’s right,  our fall term began on Sept. 9 with 11 courses and another robust registration.    You might enjoy this snapshot of just one of these courses,  “Seeing Energy as a Kaleidoscope of Alternatives,  taught by Richard Schulte.   As with many of our courses,  it included time away from our traditional classrooms,  and we carpooled to Faribault on Oct. 14 and had an excellent tour of the Faribault Energy Park.

The Faribault Energy Park is located west of the city,  and is described as a dual cycle, gas-fired electricity generating station.   This means that  clean-burning natural gas is used to  drive a turbine similar to one in a jet airliner.    That turbine drives the first generator.   The excess heat from the first turbine is captured and converted to steam,  which drives a second turbine and a second generator.    The combined electrical power can peak at 265 megawatts,  enough to power 265,000 homes in our region.   This plant is considered a model of green engineering,  and emits 97% less noxious materials than a coal-fired plant.

Aerial view of the attractive Faribault Energy Park

We were hosted by the plant manager, Bob Birchfield, who got his start in the energy field on a nuclear submarine.

View of the control room

View of the steam turbine

You can have your own personal tour of the Faribault Energy Park by seeing a You Tube clip.    Copy and paste this  into your browser:

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New Fiction Titles

Northfield Reader's Corner - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:57am
We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas.  2014
Eileen Tumulty was born in Woodside, Queens, and raised by her drinking Irish parents.  She took care of them and eventually went to nursing school, although she originally thought she wanted a higher status job, such as law or politics.  She meets Ed Leary, a research scientist, and marries him.  She encourages him to move up in the world.  She wants a nicer house and nicer things than her parents had.  They live in the house where he grew up, and rent floors to other families.  Ed stays at a community college where he has a lab and is happy.  She pressures Ed to move to a nicer house, but he is reluctant.  They have one son, Connell.  Eileen wants more for him that she had, and is pleased when he is accepted into a competitive high school.
Around the time Connell is beginning high school, it is clear that something is changing with Ed.  He is spending more and more time preparing for his classes, and is repeatedly going over his grading and recording grades.  He finally breaks down and admits he needs Eileen’s help entering his grades.  Eileen finally takes him to a doctor and he is diagnosed with early onset dementia.  He is only 51 years old.  Eileen suspects that he knew he was coming down with this disease.   He tries to keep his job until he is at 30 years, for retirement benefits, but the college eventually calls and says he is unable to perform his job, and must retire.   Eileen then faces having Ed at home while she is at work.  He is able to function for a while, but eventually she hires a Russian immigrant to watch him during the day.  He ends up in the hospital for a while, after hurting himself.  Eventually, Eileen must put him in a nursing home because she is unable to physically move him around and care for him.  The story follows his decline, Eileen’s road to acceptance to her life without Ed, and Connell’s dealing with his father’s illness.
This is a well written novel, and an excellent description of a family caught in the throes of early onset dementia.  The journey of the son, who has a hard time dealing with the illness and loss of his father, finally turns his life around and becomes a teacher.  One of the most touching scenes was when Connell reads a letter that Ed wrote to him before his illness took over, in which he encourages him to remember all that they shared while he was growing up, and not to remember him as diseased.

  The Story Hour by Thrity  Umrigar,  2014
This author always writes good, psychological novels, and this newest novel is not an exception. Maggie is a therapist, and a black woman married to Sudhir, an Indian math professor.  A woman about 30 years old comes to the hospital, after she attempted suicide.  Maggie feels sorry for her and agrees to take her on as a client pro bono.  Lakshmi’s husband owns a grocery store/restaurant.
Maggie realizes that Lakshmi is in a loveless marriage, but she knows that many Indian marriages are arranged.  Maggie allows the boundaries between therapist and patient fall down, and Lakshmi sees Maggie as a friend.  Meanwhile, Maggie has been attracted to a photographer, Peter, who is back at the college for a year.  They become involved, and Maggie struggles with why she is risking her steady, solid marriage for this.

Maggie and Lakshmi’s lives get intertwined when she begins bringing  Maggie and Sudhir Indian food, and he hires her to cook or a party.  Friends also hire her, to both cook and clean.   The boundary between therapist and client are irrevocably crossed when Lakshmi uncovers a secret in Maggie's life, and Maggie cannot accept something Lakshmi reveals in therapy.  Yet, when Maggie's marriage falls apart, Lakshmi is able to help her.    Although the ending is a bit of a stretch,  it was very touching, and demonstrated how all the characters had grown, from knowing and being with each other.   
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Youth Mission Trip Informational Meeting

St. Dominic - Church News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 8:59am

An informational meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 27 at 7pm in the church basement regarding the High School Mission Trip to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.  The trip is open to all youth in grades 8-12, and is scheduled for June 19-28, 2015.  The meeting is for youth and their parents.  For more information about the Mission Trip, contact Rick Nelson at 645-8141.

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SPECIAL TAB meetings!

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 4:11pm
Work sessions!  Mondays Oct. 13 and 20th from 6:30-8! We have lots to do to prepare for the speak easy!
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MN Express: Northfield

Northfield Arts Town - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:10pm

The Cedar presents MN Express: Northfield, A one-bus, five-musician, five-city, ten-day tour around the state of Minnesota.

MN Express is a new program that will take five Minnesota artists on a ten-day tour around the state. Artists include vocalist Aby Wolf, bassist Nick Gaudette, guitarist Kyle Sobczak, fiddler Sara Pajunen, and saxophonist Nathan Hanson.

These songwriter/composers are all former participants of The Cedar’s 416 Club Commissions Program which is funded by the Jerome Foundation and designed to support the creation of new works by Minnesota’s emerging artists. Each show will be a unique collaborative performance that presents an evolved version of the artists’ commissioned works as well as new material created for the tour.

  • One of the many talents of Aby Wolf is being Dessa’s “secret weapon of harmony,” Watch her sing “Stay Right There” from the Current.
  • Kyle Sobzcek records and produces albums for local bands like The Teenage Moods and Buffalo Moon and of course, fronts his on band Rupert Angeleyes.
  • Nathan Hanson is a soprano and tenor saxophonist who has performed in venues from concert halls to prisons, churches to train stations, debutante balls to Soviet fallout shelters in places ranging from St. Paul to Slovenia; Paris to Pittsburgh; Milano to Milwaukee; and Rome (both Italy and Georgia).
  • Nick Gaudette is a renegade bassist and composer who has been playing and performing in the Twin Cities area for over a quarter century.
  • An extremely versatile violinist with a propensity for adventure in culture and sound, Sara Pajunen performs in many genres of music, including Nordic fiddle, Argentine tango, classical, jazz and electronic.

MN Express was modeled after the recently successful “Africa Express” in which 80 artists from the U.K. and Africa, including Damon Albarn, Amadou & Mariam, and Babaa Maal, toured Britain by train, collaborating and performing in traditional and nontraditional spaces.  In addition to scheduled, ticketed events, MN Express will be popping-up to play impromptu gigs around schools, town squares, and other public spaces.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.

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Being a parent isn’t the same as parenting, but help is available

Joan Janus of Northfield’s MTFYADU, in collaboration with a Strengthening Families program facilitator, discusses resources for parents in this Northfield News guest column.

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Faith Formation News

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:26am

We are looking forward to the journey with our families preparing their children to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

If you have not yet registered your child, please contact Mara Mangan at the parish office 507-645-8816 ext 205

Students interested in participating this year (2014-15) must register by November 1, 2014.

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Pumpkin Fest 2014

Friends of Way Park - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:47am
Pumpkin Fest 2014 Saturday, October 25th5:00 to 7:00 PM Costume Parade and Pumpkin Lighting at 6:00 PM Help create a wall of pumpkins!Wear your costume!Facepainting!Bonfire!Music!Pumpkin Carving! Bring a pre-scooped pumpkin to carve for the wall, or bring your already carved pumpkin! Edward Smith
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