Duo tours local prisons

Manitou Messenger - 2 hours 49 min 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 - 2 hours 49 min 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 - 2 hours 49 min 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 - 2 hours 49 min 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 - 2 hours 49 min 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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Octopus Life

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:50pm

A while ago I asked for recommendations of natural-history and science books to read.

Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus was heartily recommended by several people, and very much worth my time. The book is so beautifully and transparently written that it can be read quickly, which for me heightened its effect. Like an octopus using all eight arms to take in everything it can all at once, I wanted to gorge on everything the book has to offer: wonderful science writing on these utterly bizarre creatures; learned considerations of how humans can connect to wild creatures and, especially, what forms animal consciousness might take; and wonderful stories about her own relationships with several octopuses in a Boston aquarium.

The book contains too much of all that and more to summarize, so let me just say that anyone interested in animals or a nature beyond humans should read it. The closing passages were as moving as anything I’ve read this year, but every other page contained astounding stuff like this litany of octopus mythology:

Categories: Citizens

Seven Knights Earn All-Region Honors Ahead of NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:50pm

Seven athletes from the Carleton College men’s and women’s track and field teams earned All-Region awards from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their performances during the 2016 outdoor track and field season. All seven Knights will also compete at the NCAA Championships from May 26-28.

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Local Author Lisa M. Bolt Simons to Speak about her book Faribault Woolen Mill; Loomed in the Land of Lakes.

Northfield Reader's Corner - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:25pm

Come to the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 pm and meet local author
Lisa M. Bolt Simons.  She will discuss her book Faribault Woolen Mill; Loomed in the Land of Lakes.
Lisa received her MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  During the day, she is an English as a Second Language Teacher.  She has published numerous essays, reviews and profiles, and has published 21 nonfiction books for children.
                Do you have Faribault Woolen Mill wool throws and blankets in your home?  Come and hear Lisa talk about the mill where your blanket was produced.  The Mill was established in 1865, survived five fires, changes in ownership, and is still producing their famous blankets today.  Lisa will talk about how she became interested in the Mill, and what she discovered writing her book.  The event is free and open to the public.
Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.26.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:00am

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today: Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heineman)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15), Andrei Sivanich and Daniel Knutson (5/17), Keith Covey and Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21) and Chris Heineman (5/23).

Next Week: Mark Bigelbach and the Dundas Dome (Estenson)

Last Week:
Who knew that Kim Briske, a mild-mannered Director of Technological Services for Northfield Public Schools, was once a nationally-ranked competitive cyclist?

It was an all-consuming passion for her from age 11 to age 26. She raced with a club out of St. Paul and at one point reigned as the Junior National Champion.

Kim is the daughter of Phil Strom, a Methodist minister who served Little Prairie and Main Street Moravian churches in the late 1980s and 1990s. Kim graduated from Cambridge High School and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. She obtained her masters degree from Hamline University and her Principal and Educational Specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas.

She was teaching for the Farmington School District when her path intersected with Matt Hillmann’s at a professional development event. She’s been working in Northfield for the past two years as a bridge between technical services and the classroom.

The access to information through the Internet and the use of technology is reshaping the educational environment, she said. The model is shifting from a teacher-focused classroom to a student-focused one, with teachers guiding student exploration.

Kim said an apt description of new classroom experience with the interplay between students goes like this: “No longer does a teacher have one conversation with 30 students, but 30 conversations with one student.”

Kim is married with two children, ages 5 and 8. Throw in an assortment of pets, and life is managed chaos.

New Mom’s Network was an important touch-point for her when her children were small. She has maintained friendships with many of the people she met there. She said she is also grateful for her community connections through Rotary and Emmaus Church.


Matt Hillmann was born and raised in New York, attended college at St. John’s University in New York City and then spent 20 years in education. He came to Northfield seven years ago with his wife, Mary, and three children. He received his advanced degrees from Minnesota State University – Mankato. In July, Matt will assume the position of superintendent for Northfield Public Schools.

Paul Harris Fellows:
Paul Harris Fellowships were conferred to five club members for their contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation. They are: Jacob Conway, Matt Hillman, Matthew Rich, Scott Richardson and Jean Wakely.

Guests: Camilo of Colombia and Leonardo Lune (Halverson), Dave Berglund (Rich), Ben Martig (Heineman and Ramiz Allawala (Karen Allawala).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Guest David Berglund


A golf tournament in memory of Ken Bank, former Northfield Hospital & Clinics President and CEO and former member of our club, will, in part, benefit Northfield Rotary. The nine-hole event will be Thursday, June 9, at the Northfield Golf Club. Golf begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 8:30 p.m. In honor of the footprint Ken left on the community, organizers are encouraging participants to donate individually to either Rotary Northfield Gymnastics or Northfield Hospital Auxiliary. Call the Northfield Golf Club to reserve your tee time. Ken died in February of 2015 at the age of 69. He served NH&C for 22 years, retiring in 2010.

If anyone is interesting in reviving Kids Vote for this fall’s election, contact Jake Conway. 

Ron Linde thanked Rotary members Jean Wakely, Pat O’Neill, Jack Hoschauer and others for helping with Cannon River cleanup between Water and Third Saturday, May 14.

Matthew Rich reported that Paddy Mader, author of “Minnesota Gold, the book about Minnesota Olympians, sent a check for $100, a portion of book sales from his visit to Rotary. Books are still on sale in the lobby of Community Resource Bank.

Elizabeth Child said Northfield Area United Way made its goal this year. She thanked Rotarians Blake Abdella, Jim Pokorney, Barry Carlson, Jayne Hager-Dee, Jon Snodgrass and Ron Linde for serving on allocation panels or performing financial reviews.

Barry Carlson said a new plaque is now in place on the bench honors Al Haugen at the soccer complex that honors Al Haugen, a long-time Rotarian who died in 2003 at the age of 68.

John Ophaug announced that Rotary will benefit when he completes his quest to run marathons in all 50 states. He recently completed a race in New Mexico, so he has three states remaining. He asked us to wish him good health as comes down the home stretch.

Dr. Chris Richardson’s service to Northfield School District will be celebrated with an open house Tuesday, May 31, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. All are invited.

We are need of correspondents for our 2016-17 outbound students. If you are interested, talk to Rachel Estrella. The students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson=Bradford,  Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

June 9 — Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)

June 16 — Robert Shepley, MD, Joint Replacements (Estenson)

June 23 — John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

June 30 — Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Quote of the Week:
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” -Henry James

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Hayden Tsutsui Voted All-Region for Fourth Straight Year

Carleton Sports - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 9:12pm

Following a historic senior year, Carleton College catcher Hayden Tsutsui was voted to the All-Midwest Region Team for the fourth consecutive season.

Categories: Colleges

Wednesday morning Toddler Rhyme Time

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 8:15pm
Event date: June 1, 2016
Event Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
210 Washington St
Northfield, Mi 55057
Toddler Rhyme Time offers a fun, interactive early literacy time with kids 18 months through age 3 with a parent or caregiver. While we focus on toddlers, other children are welcome.
Morning storytimes are held in the blue area of the children's library space.

Tuesday morning Infant Lapsit

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 8:15pm
Event date: May 31, 2016
Event Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
210 Washington St
Northfield, Mi 55057
Infant Lapsit at 10 am on Tuesdays is designed to encourage development of language and motor skills by incorporating books with simple songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Plus you will meet other new parents! Now held in the blue area in the children's area.
For ages 6-18 months with parent or caregiver.

All-Wheel Drive/May 23

KYMN Radio - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 5:42pm

Jessica Paxton hosts the 4-6pm hours filling them with eclectic music, news and local info. Playlist: The Counterfactuals/Might As Well Join In (celebrating their new record release Friday, June 10 at the Upstairs Rueb, along with special guests The Ericksons!) Sea Wolf/Changing Seasons Midlake/Aurora Gone The Jayhawks/Think About It (appearing July 1 at the Minnesota […]

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Three Rice County commissioners seek reelection this fall; Hallet to oppose Gillen in district one

Northfield News - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:00pm
The road to November began last week when the filing period for the 2016 election opened. For three Rice County commissioners, no time was wasted in making their intentions known that they are seeking reelection.
Categories: Local News

UPDATED: Meetinghall brewery in Dundas continues to gain momentum and eyes 2016 opening

Northfield News - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:55pm
UPDATED (May 23, 2016): This story has been updated to reflect additional information regarding the progress of the brewery.
Categories: Local News

Hampton man federally indicted on drug, weapon charges

Northfield News - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:30pm
A man who has been in Dakota County jail since February has been federally indicted on three different counts for an alleged crime that took place last year.
Categories: Local News

Repairing history: Rice County Historical Society to restore Fleck's Beer truck

Northfield News - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:00pm
For the last 40 years, somewhere in Faribault, a 1946 Chevrolet delivery truck, formerly used by the Fleckenstein Brewery, sat stuck in a stand of trees.
Categories: Local News

Tips To Make Your Home More Senior Friendly

Northfield Construction Company - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:12pm

Forever homes, or age-in-place homes, are a great option for homeowners to make a lasting investment in their residence. A forever home is a smartly designed home with single level living or space dedicated for an elevator, wide driveways, proper blocking and backing for future grab bars, lighting, outlet and switch heights, and many other well […]

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Categories: Businesses

15 with the Author | ‘Recess’ by Dan DiSorbo and Ben Applebaum 5/23/16

KYMN Radio - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:15am

Who doesn’t like to play?  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Dan DiSorbo about his book “Recess – from dodgeball to double dutch: classic games for players of today”.  He and his co-author were inspired by nostalgia of their days of youth but when they thought more on the benefits of […]

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Mayor's Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:01am
Event date: June 1, 2016
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Northfield Community Resource Center
Room YW108
Northfield, MN 55057

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