Mayor's Youth Council

City of Northfield Calendar - 1 hour 34 min ago
Event date: October 8, 2014
Northfield High School
1400 Division St. S. - Room H103
Northfield, MN 55057

9-29 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 3 hours 27 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Sept. 29.
Categories: Local News

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Clark Carey on CROP Walk

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 16 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Clark Carey about this years CROP Walk to end hunger scheduled for Sunday, October 5th.

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Clark Carey – Crop Walk

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Community News: MnDOT Pays Farmers for Standing Corn Rows

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 25 min ago


MnDOT Pays Farmers for Standing Corn Rows, Hay Bales and Silage Bags

Ag production structures reduce blowing snow along state highways

In the winter of 2013-2014 Minnesota Farm Operators helped protect 7 miles of state highway from blowing and drifting snow by leaving standing corn rows. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has an innovative program which pays farm operators to leave standing corn rows, standing from fall to spring. These standing corn rows act as snow fences which catch snow throughout the winter to reduce blowing snow on state highways.

MnDOT will also pay farmers for two other snow control ag production structures including, large hay bales and silage bags. These structures would be positioned in the field at the proper distance from the roadway to offer snow and blowing snow protection to the roadway. If farmers want to plant a perennial shrub row receiving conservation payments, MnDOT will complement these incentives as well.

MnDOT is using a “Blowing Snow Control Calculator” developed by the University of Minnesota Extension and the UM Center for Transportation Studies, which assesses agricultural and MnDOT expenses to determine a fair and reasonable incentive payment for farmers. Farmers are compensated on a per acre basis that factors in crop yield, production costs, inconvenience factors for the farmer and traveling public, price of corn, and anticipated snow removal cost savings as determined through the MnDOT is seeking farmers with fields to the north and west sides of state highways and interstates where there is a known snow drifting problem. If you have land adjacent to a snow problem area and are interested in the program contact, Dan Gullickson, MnDOT Living Snow Fence coordinator at 651-366-3610 or visit for more information.

If farmers want to participate by leaving standing corn rows, assistance is offered to organize youth or adult organizations to hand pick ear corn from the site. This allows the farmer to keep the corn and reduces volunteer corn emerging in next year’s crop.

Benefits of participating in this program include; safer driving conditions, increases driver visibility, reduces snow and blowing snow on the highway, helps reduce salt applications and plowing expense, provides public and community value to area residents and shows farmer leadership and community

Gary Wyatt, Extension Educator, Mankato, 507-389-6748,
Dan Gullickson, MnDOT Environmentalist, 651-366-3610,
University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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Men's Golf ends play at Twin Cities Classic

Carleton Sports - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:55pm

Men's Golf team finishes play at the Twin Cities Classic.

Categories: Colleges

Carleton’s Latino American Heritage Convocation reflects on Columbian and Cuban influences in an exploration of family, language and identity

Carleton College News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:04pm
Author and columnist Daisy Hernández will present Carleton College’s Latino American Heritage Convocation on Friday, Oct. 3 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled "Feminism, Sofia Vergara, and Writing about Familia: A Talk on Media Representations,” Hernández will reflect on her Columbian and Cuban heritage in an exploration of family, language and identity. Carleton Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also recorded and archived online at
Categories: Colleges

Carleton presents renowned author and environmentalist, Barry Lopez

Carleton College News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:01pm
Carleton College is pleased to present renowned author and environmentalist Barry Lopez on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. Lopez will give a talk entitled “The Writer and Social Responsibility,” followed by a short Q & A session and a book signing
Categories: Colleges

Music Lecture Highlights 70 Years of Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’

Carleton College News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:58pm
Guest lecturer Annegret Fauser of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will present “Americana, War & Globalization: Seventy Years of Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’” on Thursday, Oct. 2 from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Music Hall Room 103. Fauser, a renowned musicologist, is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and Adjunct Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC. This event is free and open to the public.
Categories: Colleges

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.02.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:22pm

Today: Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop Owner

Birthdays: Laurie Williams (9/28), Robert Bierman, Michelle Lasswell and Kurt Larson – Yes, THE Kurt Larson — (9/29) and Tom Durkin (9/30).

Next Week: Meet the Exchange Students (V. Dilley)

Last Week:
iPads are changing the face of education.

Kim Briske, Director of Technology at Northfield School District, calls the new technology “transformative.” In her estimation, it will advance the four tenets of 21st century learning: communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

The iPads bring several game changers to the field, she said. First, they make the Internet available to every student and increase students’ comfort level with digital technology. They are vehicles for creating and sharing new content. They invite teachers to learn new skills, and their presence in an educational setting help students learn to use iPads for productive purposes, not just entertainment.

Every child in grades 6-12 now has a dedicated iPad . Each elementary classroom has six common iPads. “Schoology” is the base software application, and to smooth the transition to the new technology, the schools have adopted the SAMR model — Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

Kim offered a few examples of how the iPad technology has been used in Northfield Schools:

  • The band teacher can teach and quiz music theory on the iPad which frees up more time for playing instruments during class;
  • Interactive exercises such as a pizza parlor game apply math skills to real life and incorporate critical thinking;
  • Syrian refugees were brought into the classroom via Google Hangout for a live interactive discussion about their plight.

Kim grew up in Northfield and now lives here with her husband and two children. She taught in Farmington for nine years before taking her position in Northfield.

Mini Classification:

Matt Hillmann is the Director of Administrative Services for the Northfield School District. Matt and his wife, Mary, have three children: Jackson, a 10th grader; Grace, an eighth grader; and Peter, fifth grader.

Matt grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He moved to Minnesota 20 years ago and has held many educational positions over the years, both classroom and administrative. He came to Northfield from Belle Plaine to be the Director of  Human Resources & Technology. He took on the finance position as well and is now the Director of Administrative Services.

Matt handed off the technology responsibility to Kim Briske, who was chosen from a pool of 42 applicants. She is responsible for overseeing the management of the school district’s 2,200 iPads.

Lisa Havelka (Estenson), our new director of the Northfield Convention & Visitors Bureau; Susan Quinnell (Quinnell); Charlie Duarte (Halverson) from Apple’s Education Unit; David Rod (Lawlor), Leo’s son-in-law and an American Airlines pilot; Sten Johanson (Willgohs), from Denmark with Delfi, which was owned by our former exchange student’s (Nico) father

Scholarship Enhancement: Matt Hillmann

First Job: Scott Richardson worked for a canning factory during the summer. It encouraged him to attend college.

— District Foundation Event in Oakdale on Saturday, Nov. 1.

— Our fall fundraiser, the Turkey Trot, needs sponsors – $1000, $500, $200. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 27, starting at Weitz Center this year.

—John Ophaug reported that Bob Lampe, a member of Rotary since 1961, has moved to assisted living in Roseville.

— Matt Rich presented Chris Weber with a pin from Rotary International for sponsoring two new members for 2013-14.

Coming Up:
Oct. 16 — Wokie Daboh, Project Blackboard (Maus)
Oct. 23 — Char Carlson, chair of the Northfield Library Board (B. Carlson)
Oct. 30 — Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Categories: Organizations

Doing it Wrong?

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:17pm

Two students have come to me in the last week saying that they listened and understood while taught how to navigate the MLA International Bibliography, but then when they tried it themselves, nothing seemed to work.

This tells me two things. First, MLA is hard. Second, I’m teaching it wrong.

There are caveats, of course. One of them being that my “research for compsing seniors” instruction session is rapid-fire review of things they’ve hopefully learned in lower level courses, plus advanced techniques they’ll need now more than every before. This is the one class where covering a bunch of stuff quickly matters to me (rather than experimenting and playing with a thing or two in class).

On the one hand, perhaps these and similar caveats really do mean that I should be doing lecture/demo, having them do the “workshop” portion of a hands-on class outside of class, and then wrap up with me one-on-one, just as they’re doing. On the other hand, maybe I’m using this as permission to rely on the less difficult instruction format of lecture/demo when really I should be working at finding an efficient hands-on approach to that session. Or maybe I need to rethink the approach of my lecture/demo.

So many options, so little clarity. All I know is that these students didn’t learn what I wanted them to learn, and that’s got to be at least partly my fault.

Categories: Citizens

When Parents Join Facebook

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:15pm
It finally happened. Mom or Dad created their own Facebook page. Should...
Categories: Businesses

Landscape Partnership Program continues to beautify gateways into Northfield

Northfield News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 3:00pm
If you think that the landscape alongside Highway 3 looks a little different these days, you would be right. 
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – If they build it, will they come?; School Board sets prelim levy at 2%; TORCH gets grant; A&C Commission looking for Living Treasure nominees; Carleton bookstore sale

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:02pm

If they build it, will they come?

It’s pretty certain, they’re not right now.  The infamous Northfield Ice Arena was discussed during the Council work session last week.  Mayor Pro tem Zweifel said the idea is to form an Ice Arena User Group. Some of that user group would, hopefully, include the Northfield Hockey Association, the 2 colleges and the School district.  The plan is to have stakeholders put some money into a fund to do a feasibility study on how to move forward whether that’s improvements or a new Arena.  City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller said that he’s looking for direction from Council and added that there is a $30,000 expenditure in their 2015 budget for a study.  The building is 40 years old and there are some colleges that refuse to play there due to the poor locker facilities and more.

School Board sets prelim levy at 2%

The Northfield School Board set their preliminary tax levy last week at 2% levy.  Superintendent Richardson says they will be going over more information and hold a truth in taxation hearing and then set the final levy in December.  Whether your property taxes will actually be raised depends on your property valuation.  If yours did not increase then you’re likely to pay less, if it increased, you’ll likely pay more.

TORCH gets grant

The start of the new school year brought news of an exciting wave of additional resources for Northfield students.  The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative was among 10 recipients of the $1.3 million in College Ready grants. A $55,660 grant will fund extracurricular instruction in math and English to help 56 Northfield high school juniors and seniors ultimately pass college-level courses.  The 56 students will be members of the TORCH cohort, which serves youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees.  We’ll hear more about the program from Coordinator Marnie Thompson next Monday.

A&C Commission looking for Living Treasure nominees

The Arts and Culture Commission is inviting Northfielders to submit nominees to considered a Northfield Living Treasure.  For all the details go to the Arts and Culture webpage on the City’s website. Completed forms must be received at the Library or at City Hall no later than November 7th.  Past recipients include Paul Niemisto of the Vintage Band Festival and Patsy Dew of the Northfield Arts Guild.

Carleton bookstore sale

Carleton College Bookstore is preparing to transfer its operations management to Barnes & Noble College Stores.  They’re selling off their inventory at half-off all in-stock general reading books. The sale starts today and runs through Saturday.    For more information call the Bookstore at (507) 222-4150.

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9-28 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:49am
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Sept. 28.
Categories: Local News

9-27 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:47am
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Sept. 27.
Categories: Local News

9-26 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:45am
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Sept. 26.
Categories: Local News

15 with the Author | ‘Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy’ by Karen Abbott 9/29/14

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:10am

In the countless books about the Civil War, the role women played has been mostly non-existent.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Karen Abbott, the author of  “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy – 4 women undercover in the Civil War”.  The true stories of 4 women whose contributions to both sides could’ve been lost forever except for Abbott.  Her book is not a dry history lesson but a sweeping novel of these amazing women.

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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

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9-30 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:57am
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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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Todd Bornhauser 9/29/14

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:47am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Todd Bornhauser, newly hired Executive Director for the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce.  His official first day is October 1st.

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Oles finish 10th of 15 teams competing at Twin Cities Classic

St. Olaf Athletics News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 1:00am
J.R. Shimpach finished in the top 20 with a score of 225 (+9) over three rounds as the St. Olaf men's golf team finished 10th of 15 teams competing at the Twin Cities Classic on Monday.
Categories: Colleges

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