Bridge Chamber Music Festival

Northfield Arts Town - 1 hour 15 min ago

The 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival begins tonight (Wednesday, August 20) with the first of six concerts being offered in the week-long series. The Artaria String Quartet will perform at St. Olaf College (Urness Recital Hall) in Northfield at 7:30 pm, presenting Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and a world premiere quartet piece by Minnesota composer Reinaldo Moya. The Bridge Chamber Players perform the Septet by Saint-Saens, joined by Christopher Atzinger, piano, and Martin Hodel, trumpet. Tickets are available at the door for just $5.

Festival Performances continue through Tuesday, August 26.

Thursday, August 21, 7:30 PM
Young Artist Recital (Studio A, Skifter Hall, St. Olaf College)
Featuring: Talented young musicians from southern Minnesota perform a variety of solo and chamber works. Free concert.

Friday, August 22, 7:30 PM
Jazz Concert I (Northfield Middle School Auditorium)
Featuring: Seven Steps to Havana perform a fast paced and engaging program of Latin-inspired jazz.

Sunday, August 24, 7:30 PM
Festival Concert II (Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College)
Featuring: WindWorks and pianist Andrew Hisey perform Ludwig Thuille’s Sextet for Piano and Winds, and SPCO violinist Kyu-Young Kim, MN Orchestra cellist Pitnarry Shin and pianist Esther Wang perform a new work by Minnesota composer Doug Opel and Schubert’s last chamber work, the majestic Trio in E-flat Op. 100.

Monday, August 25, 7:30 PM
Festival Concert III (Carleton Concert Hall)
Featuring:Pianists Nicola Melville and Jill Dawe perform Shostakovich’s Concerto for Two Pianos, and the Bridge Chamber Players and special guests perform Rossini’s String Sonata in C, and Tchaikovsky’s epic “Souvenir of Florence.”

Tuesday, August 26th, 7:30 PM
Jazz Concert II (The Grand Event Center)
Featuring: The Dave Hagedorn Trio performs an eclectic and upbeat program of jazz standards and contemporary compositions.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. For more information, visit

- written by Amy Acheson for the Bridge Chamber Music Festival

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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.21.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - 1 hour 20 min ago

Today:Kathy Jasnoch, Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Craig Ellingboe 8/22

Next Week: – Chuck Huntley, Angel Flight Central (Nemo)

Last Week:

Todd Thompson spends half his time these days in Guatemala, using music education as a bridge between cultures. Five years ago, he traveled there on a church mission trip. Now he has a regular presence in school classrooms and local churches.

Guatemala’s educational system is woefully short of resources, and there is not much music in the curriculum. Guatemala has many needs, Todd said, but his passion is music and he wants to share it with young people. He sees it as nourishment for the body, mind and spirit.

His latest project is the publication of a Spanish hymnal with accessible arrangements. He said most of the musicians he has met in Guatemala play by ear and find many of our standard hymns too complex for guitar, the instrument most commonly used. His hymns have a slower melodic progression and rhythms familiar to Guatemalans.

To raise money for his music education projects, Todd has made two CDs of music in Spanish He is now seeking funding to allow him to continue his music education exchange for periods of up to three months. Todd is also collecting songs in the Mayan dialects. There are 22 of them. Todd said Guatemala has one of the largest indigenous populations in the world. Of the 17 million folks there, 80 percent are considered indigenous, Todd said.



John Sinning is in transition. (Editor’s Note: Aren’t we all?)

John worked most recently as a controller for Field Solutions, a company that provides field technicians to the electronics industry. He is now taking a step back and looking for a way to work in his home community.

John and his wife, Susan, moved to Northfield in 2001. They raised their two kids on a 40 acre hobby farm. Their daughter is now on her own after graduating from Wittenberg and their son is a junior at Bradley University in Illinois. Susan runs a boutique in the Archer House in downtown Northfield. 

Welcome Lydia:

Lydia Solheim, the first of four inbound students, arrived last week and joined us for lunch. She is from the Faroe Islands. Wendy and Andrei Sivanich are her host parents. Brad Frago and Michelle Lasswell are her club counselors. Welcome Lydia. We are delighted to have you with us.

Still to come are: Philipy from Brazil, Marcelo from Peru and Giulia from Italy.

Last Week’s Guests:  Wendy, Katie, Maggie Sivanich (Lasswell), Sharon Flaten (Flaten), Tracy Fossum (Fossum), and Joe Wakely (Sinning).

Scholarship Enhancement: Jon Snodgrass. Invest it wisely, Jon.

First Job:

Adam Elling, our newest member, cut his employment teeth on Dairy Queen products. He worked at a Cottage Grove franchise for seven years. He characterized himself as a mistake-prone employee. The mistakes went home with him for later consumption.


Rotary has received five proposals for a flagship local service project. Presentations will be made to a committee on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The board will make a decision Thursday, Sept. 11.

Jean Wakely is recruiting club members for the Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour. We need all hands on deck. It is our largest annual fundraising event. If she has not yet contacted you, please see her before you leave today.

If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know.  We have many openings for future programs.

Rotary Minute:

President Rich said by the end of the year, polio should be eradicated across the globe, except for Pakistan. A complete eradication requires $5.5 billion. We still must raise $557 million. Each year our club contributes $3,000. Other funds are contributed through our Every Rotarian Every Year campaign. If you want to make a contribution, go to the Rotary International website.

Coming Up:

Sept. 4 – Bike Tour Planning
Sept. 11 – Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College (C. Richardson)
Sept. 18 – Jesse Streitz and His Cross Country Bike Tour (Williams)
Sept. 25 – Matt Hillmann Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools (Lawlor)

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'Minnesota Master Naturalist' volunteer training to be held at Carleton College Arboretum

Northfield News - 1 hour 44 min ago
The Carleton College Aboretum is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training beginning Sept. 15 and running through Oct, 23.
Categories: Local News

St. Olaf scientists among authors of Nature cover story

St. Olaf College - 3 hours 9 min ago

St. Olaf scientists Bob Jacobel and Knut Christianson ’05 are among the authors of a paper published in the new issue of Nature that confirms that a lake 800 meters below the ice in Antarctica supports “viable microbial ecosystems.”

Two St. Olaf College scientists are among the authors of a paper published in the new issue of Nature that confirms that a lake 800 meters below the ice in Antarctica supports “viable microbial ecosystems.”

It’s a finding that “has implications for life in other extreme environments both on Earth and planets elsewhere in the solar system,” notes Nature, a highly regarded international journal that publishes original research across a wide range of scientific fields.

St. Olaf Professor of Physics Bob Jacobel and postdoctoral scientist Knut Christianson ’05, who taught at the college from 2010 to 2012, are members of the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) team that wrote the paper.

The team, which includes 13 principal investigators from eight academic institutions and additional collaborators from around the world, spent several years studying the subglacial lake in Western Antarctica.

Last year, in what the National Science Foundation called “a first-of-its-kind feat of science and engineering,” the team successfully drilled through nearly half a mile of ice to reach the subglacial lake. Through that process, they retrieved water and sediment samples that had been isolated for thousands of years. Jacobel and Christianson, who gathered remotely sensed geophysical data on the dimensions and hydrology of the lake, played a crucial role in helping the team determine where to drill.

“We were pleased to see the project achieve exciting results after many years in the planning stages and two years carrying out the geophysical studies that led to the successful drilling,” Jacobel says.

The two St. Olaf researchers have continued to play an active role in distilling the data they collected in Antarctica, with Christianson heavily involved in the writing of the Nature paper and Jacobel working with a team of St. Olaf students this summer to analyze and compile all of the geophysical data collected.

The summer project, supported by the National Science Foundation, is part of ongoing research at the college’s Center for Geophysical Studies of Ice and Climate (CEGSIC), which Jacobel directs.

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8-19 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 3 hours 29 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Aug. 19.
Categories: Local News

8-21 Rice County Public Safety Report

Northfield News - 5 hours 17 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at
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Today’s news update – Thieves pilfer potted plants; Public Works Director Joe Stapf resigns; Library Board gets okay to seek construction grant

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 21 min ago

Thieves pilfer potted plants

Northfield police report that in the past six weeks, nine different residences/businesses have reported thefts of seventeen large potted plants and that reflects only those who chose to make a formal report.  Officer Dukatz says there have been other cases in which the resident decided not to report the incident.  He also believes there are still more thefts from residents and business owners who just haven’t realized something was missing.  Dukatz says all of the reported thefts have mainly taken place between 2 and 5 am.  Some of these potted plants weighed close to 100lbs and would, most likely, have required two people to lift into the back of a truck or trunk of a car.  Some of these potted displays were located close to the homes.  Police have not located any of the stolen pots or crocks and to this date and have not been able to identify anyone or any vehicle that might be involved.  If anyone has any information or observes strange activity between 2am -5am , please call the non-emergency number for the Police Department  507-645-4477.  Dukatz also advises taking pictures of your outdoor containers and note any unusual markings on them for further identification.  He’s also aware that there have been other thefts outside the City Limits.

Public Works Director Joe Stapf resigns

Northfield Public Works Director, Joe Stapf, has resigned.  In an email last week, Human Resources Director Michelle Mahowald said Stapf resigned from his position with his last formal day being August 29th.   Mahowald,  City Administrator Madigan and new Admin Nick Haggenmiller met with Stapf’s assistant Brian Erickson to discuss the projects coming and will meet again to discuss the “process”.   There are several pending projects that need attention.  Stapf has been out since early July while his wife is dealing with health issues.  They live in Michigan and Stapf had been commuting.

Library Board gets okay to seek construction grant

The Northfield City Council met last night for a brief meeting where they approved rezoning for Central Valley Coop and lease agreements for equipment and the fire station with the NAFRS.   The yearly rent is $20,000.  The only item on the regular agenda was Authorization for the Library Construction Grant Program.  Just the instructions are 60 pages long.  Mayor Pro Tem Erica Zweifel sitting in for Mayor Graham this morning said they’ll have to decide whether the time and resources spent pursuing the money would be worth it.  They could potentially get up to $300,000.  This is a grant where there is preliminary submission.  Council approved allowing the Library board to pursue the grant with this caveat that the City Administrator be involved.  Madigan will be passing the torch to Nick Haggenmiller by the end of the month.  Zweifel’s interview and the meeting are archived online at

School fund drive continues through Saturday

You have until this Saturday to donate school supplies.  The Minnesota Auxiliary of Wives Behind the Badge have organized the fund drive for slain Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick’s children and the community of Mendota Heights.  You can drop off supplies at the Northfield PD and several other places.  For all the details go to our website where we’ve posted the flyer.  It’s also in our window on Division Street.

Click below to listen to FULL newscast:

8-20-14 news

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

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Soil Test Results

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - 6 hours 49 min ago

Almost every garden book starts with the admonition to “get a soil test.” I hate to admit it but in nearly two decades of active gardening, I have never had one — until this summer.

Some of my vegetable garden boxes have not been performing as well as I thought they should be over the past couple of years. When one area of the garden looks bad and the rest look OK (or better than OK), then soil may well be the problem. I had a coupon for $2 off the standard University of Minnesota soil test courtesy of the Hennepin County Master Gardeners’ Learning Tour, which I went on in July. So, I got out my trowel and collected samples of the soil from a couple of places in the boxes, and took it down to the soil test office at the U’s St. Paul campus. Within a week, I got the results back in the mail.

The results were both surprising and not. In the “not surprising” category, I found out that my soil is a bit alkaline. It has a pH of 7.1, which is slightly high. The ideal pH for growing vegetable is 6.0 to 6.5, some say 7.0. It might be hard to lower the pH much because the water in our area is very alkaline (like 7.5 to 8.0) and that’s the water I use on the garden. Plants generally grow well up to a pH of 7.5, so I likely won’t try to adjust this much. I may see if I can find some more acid mulches (such as pine needles) and use those in the vegetable garden.

Also “not surprising” is that the soil has adequate levels of nitrogen and a high percentage of organic matter — 10.5 percent, which is pretty good though lower than the 19 percent required to have “organic soil.” My potassium levels are in the normal range at 158 parts per million.

What struck me as surprising was the extremely high levels of phosphorous in the soil. The report did not list an exact number but my soil has more than 100 parts per million of phosphorous. A “very high” reading is 25 parts per million. What does that mean? Well, according to this university article, it may mean the composts and manures that I have added to the garden were high in phosphorous. I do use a lot of compost and it generally comes from my own yard or the city compost pile. I’ve also added aged chicken manure to this garden in the past. This University of Wisconsin article on soil tests says that high phosphorous readings are not uncommon in urban soils and that it’s best to avoid “balanced” fertilizers, which most organic fertilizers are.

The U of M recommended that I use a fertilizer with no phosphorous and more nitrogen than potassium. (The exact ratio recommended for me was 30-0-20—that’s nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium or NPK—for you fertilizer geeks.) I’ve done a bit of online searching and most fertilizers with that rating are commercial fertilizers designed for golf courses or other turf-heavy spots.  I’ll be looking over the winter for some low-phosphorous options, preferably organic.

Phosphorous is not bad per se. It’s vital for root growth, for instance, but too much phosphorous can promote weed growth (yep!) and lead to stunted plants. Apparently too much phosphorous can also affect plants’ abilities to take in zinc and calcium, which are essential nutrients for vegetable crops.

My plan was to spread a lot of leaf compost that I made this summer over the vegetable gardens this fall. I’ll be doing some more research to see if that is still a good idea. I’ll also be taking soil samples from some of my other garden beds. Knowledge is power, as they say, and the more you know about your garden, the better you can tend it.

Have you ever had a soil test?



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It’s Time to Protect Young Trees

Now is the time to protect the bark of young shade trees and ornamental trees by installing white plastic trunk protectors.  Within 5-15 days, male white tail deer will begin rubbing their antlers on the trunks of young trees.  The damage to the bark of valuable young, shade and ornamental trees from antler rubbing can be severe, and in many cases is bad enough to cause people to remove and replace the tree which can be expensive and very disappointing.

The goods news is that white plastic trunk protectors are inexpensive, easy to install and reusable for several years, and will also protect tree bark from damage by mice, rabbits and winter sun.  FOr just $3 to $5 you can purchase white plastic trunk protectors that are available in several styles.

Be sure to avoid the use of black plastic drain tile for protecting tree trunks.  Black material fluctuates too  such in temperature during February and March and may actually increase the probability of bark damage from late winter freeze/thaw cycles.

Years of experience have taught us that the four-foot tall white trunk protectors offer better protection than 2 or 3 foot versions.  Stop in and see our display for the various styles of trunk protectors.

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Categories: Businesses

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Life of an Athlete 8/20/14

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 6 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Northfield High School senior Christy Anderson and junior Ella Stromme about a program called “Life of an Athlete” – a leadership/teamwork program


Life of an Athlete

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Circle the Lake half marathon

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 23 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Julia and Annika about the Circle the Lake Half Marathon set for September 20th.  Proceeds benefit watershed cleanup.



circle the lake 8-18-14

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Mayor Pro Tem Erica Zweifel 8/20/14

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 38 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Mayor Pro Tem Erica Zweifel sitting in for Mayor Dana Graham after last nights Northfield Council meeting and more.  Listen to the full interview…


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How to Finish and Unfinished Basement

Northfield Construction Company - 14 hours 23 min ago

You’re considering remodeling your basement, maybe to add more value to your home or maybe to give your family extra space to grow. Either way, you’re not quite sure the type of remodel you want for your basement. To help you decide, we’ve put together a quick list of popular basement remodels.   Family Room […]

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Money, Rudstrom earn CSCAA Scholar All-America honor

St. Olaf Athletics News - 16 hours 24 min ago
St. Olaf men's swimmers Erik Money and Alek Rudstrom were named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America this week, while Andrew France was honorable mention.
Categories: Colleges

Five Oles earn CSCAA Scholar honors

St. Olaf Athletics News - 16 hours 24 min ago
St. Olaf swimmers Carolyn Bernhardt, Sarah Kemp, Maddie Lee and Abigail Schnaith earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America honors last month, while Maggie Boling was named honorable mention.
Categories: Colleges

Silica Sand Mining 1,000 ft setback from Public Waters

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:58pm

At long last, here it is — only took a gazillion phone calls, emails, and finally a Data Practices Act Request…


The Goodhue County Silica Sand Mining Ordinance 1,000 foot set back from Public Waters:

1000_BlufflandEco_MEFsetback – BIG map, can enlarge for great detail!

Categories: Citizens

Northfield City Council considers moving dog park

Northfield News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:29pm
The Northfield City Council discussed the possibility of moving the city’s dog park to a new location during its work session Tuesday night.
Categories: Local News

2nd day at the Northfield Safety Camp- just add water!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:17pm
Pool Noodle Soccer
Folks from Minnesota Orthodontics informed everyone on the need
for mouth guards and other ways of taking care of your teeth.
The Orange Team
The Yellow/Green Team
The Goldenrod Team
The Red Team
Color wars with Silly String!

The team that found the biggest silly string ball wins!
ATV Safety

In the ambulance after first aid training/
Checking out books with David's help on Booker.
EMS Manager Tex was the celebrity reader today.
Tex got the group in line and ready for an obstacle course.

Acting out a DARE resistance skill.
Checking out the boat.So many choices- what should I check out!?

Swimming, jumping off the board, trying out life jackets and some
of the rescue tools Officer Matt showed them.
Sopping wet sponge relay- over- under run around, over-under, repeat!!
Showing the group water  and boating safety tips.
Catching-or tying to catch wet balls in towels.
DARE Officer Derrick asked them good questions!
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New Fiction Titles

Northfield Reader's Corner - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:53pm
New fiction titles are continually selected and arrive on our library shelves.  I will be reviewing several new books that you might want to read.

What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins, published in 2014.
The book is based on the real life story of Laura Bridgman, who lived in the 1800's.  She contracted scarlet fever at age 2, and was no longer able to see, hear, smell or taste.  When she was seven, she was taken to the Perkins Institute in Boston, to determine what a child with her disibilities could learn.  Dr. Howe taught her to write with her fingers, on the palm of a hand, and she learned to read, and write on a board.  She becomes very attached to Dr. Howe, and he favors her and lets her stay in his house, until he marries a woman named Julia.  He and Julia go to India for a year, and come back with a child.  Laura is no longer as special.
A woman, Sarah White,  is hired to be her companion, and teach her.  Laura becomes very attached to Sarah, and when Sarah is being courted by Mr. Boyd, Laura thinks he is courting her.  She is devasted when Sarah leaves, and marries Mr. Boyd.  The Boyds live on one of the Hawaiian Islands for several years, and she is very subdued when she returns.  It turns out that her husband had syphillis.  She becomes ill later in life, and ends up in an asylum.  It is never clear if she got syphillis, or this was from the depression she had dealt with all her life.  When Sarah leaves, a young Irish woman named Kate is hired to help Cook, and also to spend time with Laura. Kate becomes pregnant by an unnamed man, and has to leave. 
 Julia is portrayed as a very bright, intelligent woman who needed more intellectual stimulation than she was getting in her marriage.  She travels abroad for a while, and Dr. Howe is threatened when she has a friendship with a poet. Dr. Howe spends less and less time with Laura as she becomes an adult.  He is frustrated that she has her own ideas about philosophy, religion, slavery and abolitionists.  This parallels his relationship with his wife.  He is against her writing and publishing her own poetry, and establishing her own identity.  Laura lives a long life, but was restricted in so many ways, in addition to her physical disabilities.  A very interesting, true story about a handicapped woman who preceeded Helen Keller. 
The Arsonist by Sue Miller, published in 2014 Sue Miller writes another very good book.  Frankie Rowley returns home to New Hampshire after working for 15 years in Africa.  She feels she doesn’t belong anywhere.  She stays in the summer home of her parents, who have just moved permanently to their summer home in a small village in Pomeroy.  Frankie remembers summers growing up here, when, she was a summer resident.  Now she is living here during the year.  Her sister Liz and family are building a family home nearby.  When Frankie arrives she sees that her parents, both retired professors, are living a very different life.  Her father, Alfie, seems to have Alzheimer’s and her mother is his caretaker.  Her father has times of lucidity and times of strong confusion.   Frankie moves into her sister’s house, which is half built, while the family is away.  The book focuses on a number of arsons, that first occur  before the summer residents arrive in June.  Then the fires begin while residents are in the town or in their house.   Meanwhile, Frankie is falling in love with Bud, the owner of the newspaper who has left Washington D.C. to buy the local newspaper, and write the news, and live in a small town.  Frankie doesn’t know if she wants to go to N.Y. to work, or stay.   She is torn between her love for Bud and her need to travel and work abroad.  The book has several themes going on -- Alzheimer’s, and the devastation to a very intelligent man and his family;  Fear in the community when arson begins, and how relationships change as people  become suspicious of each other;  Frankie's difficulty determining what she wants in life,what feels meaningful to her, and where she feels she needs to be;  These feelings mixed in with the feeling of not belonging anywere, and leftover feelings from childhood about parents.    This is also a love story, focusing on the difficulty of making a commitment and understanding each other’s needs.  

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