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MnDOT seeks Rice County, state farmers to leave rows of standing corn

Northfield News - 3 hours 27 min ago
In effort to improve winter road conditions, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for farmers to leave rows of standing corn throughout the winter to minimize blowing snow.
Categories: Local News

Two Minnesota companies bid on Northfield's TIGER Trail project

Northfield News - 4 hours 15 min ago
In a city of Northfield release, City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller said that bids on the TIGER Trail were opened on Wednesday. There were two bidders on the project:
Categories: Local News

Clean Out Your Garage Before Winter

Northfield Construction Company - 6 hours 13 min ago

Does your garage feel cluttered? Do you have to park on the street because your garage is full? It may be time to clean out your garage for good, especially with winter on its way. You’ll want space in your garage for your car and other important items. Remember defrosting your car in zero-below weather? […]

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Categories: Businesses

Today’s news update – Rice County levy/budget increase due to wages and healthcare costs; WBWF is not a new wrestling organization; Maher’s “Flip A District” coming to Northfield – Jeff Johnson will have him on Tuesday’s morning show

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 24 min ago

Rice County levy/budget increase due to wages and healthcare costs

Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha remarked a month ago that the Board would be setting their preliminary budget and levy.  At that time he said he thought they would set it at 5.5% but come down to 4.5%.  They set it last week at 5.6% with a total budget of nearly $57 million.  That’s an increase of just over $1 million from last year.  A large portion of that is employee wage and health care increases.  County Administrator Tony Murphy said they’ve negotiated with several unions.  Employees were given a 2.75% cost of living raise and the County will be responsible for $40 a month for healthcare costs.  He said the total for those increases is $919,000.  He added that he felt the 5.6% request is “defensible” and “justified”.  The preliminary levy can come down but cannot be raised.   A public hearing will be held on December 2nd.  The final number must be set by the end of December.

WBWF is not a new wrestling organization

The Northfield School district continued to put the finishing touches on their Worlds Best Work Force or WBWF that legislature now requires.  Superintendent Chris Richardson gave “kudos to Mary Hanson” for taking lead on all the work that a group of them did to streamline and set up the process as well as guide what would go on the website.  The document features the district’s strategic plan, goals of the district, school improvement plans and more.  There are links to dive deeper into any one of the subjects.

Maher’s “Flip A District” coming to Northfield – Jeff Johnson will have him on Tuesday’s morning show

Comedian Bill Maher will bring his campaign to run Second District Congressman John Kline out of office to Northfield next week.  The late-night host of HBO-TV’s “Real Time,” Maher has highlighted Kline (R-MN) as the winner of his “Flip A District” contest. The contest requests viewers to send in votes with a statement as to why they feel their representative should get the boot.  The panel discussion will be held at The Grand on October 7th at 6pm.  Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Northfield Olive Oils –  the money goes to Student Debt Crisis.

Panel members:

  • Ann Marie Cox, political columnist for The Guardian and regular commentator on “MSNBC” and National Public Radio.
  • Matt Taibbi, head of “First Look Media’s ‘Racket'” and author of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”.
  • Betsy Hodges, mayor of Minneapolis and former member of the Minneapolis City Council.
  • Katie Keifer, weekly columnist at TownHall.com and author of “Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials” and “One Woman’s Case for Hope.”
  • Steve Sviggum, University of Minnesota professor and former Speaker and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • John Rouleau, executive director of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition.

KYMN’s Jeff Johnson will interview Maher for the Tuesday (Oct. 7th) morning show.

Representative Kline’s office response:

“It’s disappointing Mike Obermueller wants to take this race into the gutter and campaign with someone who compared Kline, a decorated Marine Corps veteran, to ‘ISIS,’ and previously was fired by ABC for saluting 9/11 terrorists and calling our troops ‘cowardly’.” — Troy Young, campaign spokesman

 

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Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 25 min ago
Event date: October 13, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 25 min ago
Event date: October 9, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 25 min ago
Event date: October 6, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 26 min ago
Event date: October 5, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 26 min ago
Event date: October 4, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 26 min ago
Event date: October 2, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 8 hours 3 min ago
Event date: October 5, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

10-2 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 8 hours 58 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at Northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

Religion professor awarded NEH fellowship

St. Olaf College - 9 hours 6 min ago

St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Religion Mara Benjamin has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship that will enable her to complete her second book, Parental Obligation, Power, and Care in Jewish Theological Perspective.

“In my new book, I intend to synthesize critical reflection on parental caregiving with contemporary Jewish thought,” Benjamin says. “My project investigates how pre-modern Jewish sources can aid in constructing a useful description of parental obligation toward children.”

This new work will be primarily geared toward scholars and graduate students in feminist studies, Jewish thought, and religious studies, but Benjamin hopes to also attract readers who would like to reflect on childrearing in philosophical and religious studies.

Benjamin is spending the 2014–15 academic year on sabbatical in New York, where she will draft her manuscript and collaborate with other scholars.

“While I’m in New York, I am working with people who are helping me understand some of how classical Jewish texts, such as the Talmud, shape the discussions in the pre-modern period,” she says.

Benjamin’s initial research was supported by a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. This project builds on Benjamin’s previous work and her book Rosenzweig’s Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity, but will bring a specifically feminist angle to the question of how religious thinkers accommodate pressures of modernity.

Categories: Colleges

Why yes, I am hopping mad. Here’s why. #teamharpy

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - 9 hours 19 min ago

Ok, I wasn’t going to write more about this. I felt like other people were doing a much better job, and I don’t have much of substance to add. And besides, writing about this kind of thing is apparently risky business and I’m kind of risk averse. But here’s the thing: I’m mad. So here I am again.

I’m mad because I myself am reluctant to put names into the sentence “So-and-so created a hostile environment for me and other women at such-and-such conference” in a public and googleable place. I’m mad because women like Amanda, who experienced blatant and totally illegal sexual harassment at conferences, are afraid to name their harassers. I’m mad because the sentence “But he continues to be famous and I’m just a small fish in libraryland” is such a ridiculously common theme in these conversations, and such a silencing force in our profession (the quote is from Amanda’s post).

The only men who have created hostile environments in gatherings of librarians that I’ve been part of (online and off) have been big name librarians who are on the keynote speaking circuit. I have seen pictures of their naked crotches. I have seen pictures of their daughters in bustiers. I have heard them use their keynote microphones to talk about tea bagging. And I have heard of them doing even more things of this nature that I didn’t witness directly, like using the phrase “you ignorant slut” towards fellow panelists.

And yet they continue to rise through the ranks of librarians and become more and more powerful. These kinds of things are apparently “all in good fun” and hilarious jokes.

Here’s news for you powerful men and the conference organizers who keep you in business: These things are not funny. I no longer attend your sessions for a reason. And no, I am not a super sensitive little girl who just needs to grow up and realize that you’re joking. I have a pretty good sense of humor, actually. Cut it out.

Looking for a way to help out? Consider supporting #teamharpy with words or money or both, and let conference organizers know when this kind of thing happens to you.

[Edited to add: for those of you who don't know about #teamharpy, conversations about sexual harassment in libraryland were recently sparked off by one prominent male librarian suing two women for 1.25 million dollars. He's claiming defamation because they spoke out about his harassment. Libraryland is in heated conversation, now, about power dynamics, the silencing affect that lawsuits like this cause, and exactly how much of a problem this is, and how prevalent. Right now the message is clear, speaking out is more dangerous than harassing.]

Categories: Citizens

Big Tooth Aspen

In recent years, Big Tooth Aspen have become one of my favorite trees.  Native to southern Minnesota and with a range that extends north into central Canada,  Big Tooth Aspen put on quite a fall color show, and are tough enough to withstand corn country heat and 50 below zero winters.

I try to spend a few days each fall in the Ely, MN area where Big Tooth Aspen are found in mixed forests with their better known cousin the Quaking Aspen, as well as Paper Birch, Red Maple, Spruce, Pine, Fir, Larch and even a few scattered Red Oak, Bur Oak and Northern Pin Oak.  While the Birch and Quaking Aspen take on a mixed mantle of yellow/gold in mid fall, the Bigtooth Aspen typically color up a week later and sometimes add intense orange and red highlights to complement their basic gold fall color.

When you witness a grove of Big Tooth Aspen literally glowing in the sunlight with a shimmering apricot color as the leaves rustle in the slightest breeze,  it is a sight to behold, especially when there is a clear blue sky for a backdrop.

In the canoe country a very common and super hardy low growing understory native shrub called Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle turns lovely shades of red and burgundy, providing a lovely contrast to the color show of the BigTooth Aspens.  Dwarf Bush Honeysuckles mae great groundcover shrubs.  The accompanying photo shows both plants as they occur just a miles south of Ely!

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Categories: Businesses

Minnesota utilities unite to fight scams

Northfield News - 10 hours 3 min ago
For the first time, 13 Minnesota utilities − including Dakota Electric and Xcel Energy − are joining forces to fight back against scams.
Categories: Local News

Sept. 30 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 10 hours 6 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Sept. 30.
Categories: Local News

20% to 50% Off Sale

From October 1st through November 10th – ALL trees, shrubs and perennials are on sale at discounts of 20% off to 50% off.  Mid to late fall is a good time to add plant materials to your landscape, and there are great deals available throughout the entire nursery.

At Knecht’s, we maintain excellent inventories even in mid to late fall, allowing you to choose from the thousands of trees, shrubs and perennials we have in stock and ready to plant – and to get discounts of 20% to 50% off on all plant materials.

Stop in today at our garden center – We are here 7 days a week for your shopping convenience.

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Categories: Businesses

Le Cento Fontane

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:29pm

Andrew Wilder ’15 took this photo last Interim at the Villa d’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tivoli, Italy while on the St. Olaf study abroad program “Catholic Rome, Lutheran Wittenberg.”

Categories: Colleges

Ole tennis competes at regional event

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 7:24pm

On Sept. 19–21, the St. Olaf women’s tennis team traveled to St. Peter, Minn. to compete in the  2014 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships. The Oles performed exceptionally well in an event that featured 25 of the top schools in the region.

Lisa Hall ’16 starred for the Oles, powering her way through the the quarter–finals of the singles tournament before falling to the number–one ranked Megan Humphreys ’17 in straight sets.

Kristi Kroker ’15 opened up her campaign with a strong 6-1, 6-1 victory, before falling 6-7, 6-4, 8-10 in an epic battle against Shirlene Luk ’15.

In the doubles event, Hall also recorded several victories with partner Margaret Zimmerman ’18. Hall and Zimmerman won their first three matches before falling in the quarter-finals.

Also hosted at the Swanson Indoor Tennis Center and Brown Outdoor Courts in St. Peter was the Gustie Fall Invite. The event is broken into smaller draws, allowing players to gain valuable match experience during the fall.

Zimmerman won four consecutive matches to claim her bracket. Throughout the four matches, she dropped only eight games in a dominant display.

Eric McDonald ’18 also had success in her first collegiate competition, winning several matches, including two in super tie–breakers.

McDonald and Bailey Kent ’16 cruised to the final of their double draw before unfortunately having to withdraw before the final match.

The Oles will face off against College of Saint Benedict on Oct. 4 in what will be  the final competition of the fall season. They will then turn their attention towards preparing for the regular season, beginning in early February.

nolans@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

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