Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 1 hour 42 min ago
Event date: December 4, 2014
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
801 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Mayor's Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use

City of Northfield Calendar - 1 hour 42 min ago
Event date: December 1, 2014
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Northfield, MN 55057

Knights Boast Fifth-Best GPA in Division III

Carleton Sports - 1 hour 45 min ago

For the 14th consecutive year, the Carleton College women’s soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Team Academic Award after posting a team cumulative GPA of 3.58 for the 2013-14 academic year. The Knights have earned this honor every year since 2001.

Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf College Operetta performs at Northfield elementary schools

Northfield News - 3 hours 37 min ago
Earlier this month, students at Sibley and Prairie Creek elementary schools were subject to a lyrical treat.
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – Excel Energy replacing gas main under the Cannon at 2nd street; Utility rates will change but personal usage will determine if it increases; Dundas asked to be a conduit for financing

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 27 min ago

Excel Energy replacing gas main under the Cannon at 2nd street

Expect lane closures as Excel Energy performs some preventative maintenance.  Workers arrived on scene this morning closing a lane as they begin repair work.  Spokesman Tom Hoen said they’re replacing a 4 inch main with a 6 inch main and will be boring under the River.  An Excel worker on the scene said they have to put the new pipe installation in and then tie it on each end into the existing gas main.  He added that the traffic control they’re using now will remain.  Two lanes of traffic will be maintained but there will be no turn lanes.   Work is scheduled for 3 weeks.  The 4th street bridge remains closed as crews continue repair work on the river wall.  That work is lasting longer than anticipated.  And Street crews are out placing snowflakes on the streetlights so expect a little extra congestion downtown.

Utility rates will change but personal usage will determine if it increases

Our utility rates will change.  This week the Northfield City Council approved Utility rate increases.  However, whether you pay more depends.  Councilor Zweifel said it depends on personal usage.  Finance Director Melanie Schlomann explained the increases are 3% for Waste Water, 6% for Storm Water and no increase in the Garbage fund.  In regard to the Water fund the current base rate of $12.93 for the first 500 square foot gallons of water will change to a base rate of $7 with no water and $1.18 per 100 sq. ft. of water used.  She added that the Water Fund is healthy and they will loan money to the other Enterprise funds for other projects within the next 5 years.  The vote was unanimous and the rate changes will take effect January 1st, 2015.

Dundas asked to be a conduit for financing

The Dundas City Council meets tonight.  They’ll be approving a resolution declaring a 2 year Council seat open and will also finalize the agreement with The Gear ReSource for their lease of the Engine House of the Ames Mill.  Dundas has asked to consider participating in the refinancing of certain debt held by Three Links in Northfield. This method of financing permits certain enterprises to offer tax preferred debt without obligating the government entity issuing the debt. The City of Northfield uses this process including Laura Baker Services Association. City Administrator John McCarthy will be in studio tomorrow morning at 8:40.


The wrong phone number for a Smart Ride was given out last Friday in a story on saturation patrols.  The number in Northfield is 507-645-4447.

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11-24-14 news

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Carleton Athletic Department No. 9 in NCSA Power Rankings

Carleton Sports - 4 hours 42 min ago

Carleton College is listed at No. 9 in Division III and No. 16 across all divisions in the annual Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings released by the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA).

Categories: Colleges

Holiday Office Hours

St. Dominic - Church News - 5 hours 15 min ago

The parish office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.

Categories: Organizations

15 with the Author | ‘No Plot? No Problem’ by Chris Baty 11/24/14

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 25 min ago

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, then listen to today’s 15 with the Author.   Teri Knight interviews Chris Baty who founded National Novel Writing Month.  He’s the author of “No Plot?  No Problem”.   Chris’s challenge is to write 50,000 words in a month and he tells you how to do it in this very fun and informative book.  Chris is a freelance writer for several publications.  NaNoWriMo

Click below to listen to the fun interview with enthusiastic Chris Baty:


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11-21 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 6 hours 12 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Nov. 21.
Categories: Local News

Everything you need to know about Yik Yak

Manitou Messenger - 6 hours 29 min ago

Between checking email, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, students at St. Olaf and around the country have added another social media app to their web of connectivity. Most frequently described simply as an “anonymous Twitter,” Yik Yak displays unsigned posts from other users in a close geographical area.

According to its own Web site,, the app allows users to “get a live feed of what people are saying around you.” The Apple Store’s description reads, “Yik Yak acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you. It allows anyone to connect and share information with others without having to know them.” You must be at least 17 years old to download this app (or be able to tap your screen saying that you are of age).

Unlike other familiar social media apps, Yik Yak brings an appealing new twist to the constant communication and affirmation millennials so eagerly seek because all the posts are anonymous. The creators, Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, describe Yik Yak as a forum for people living in close vicinity to share thoughts, observations or funny quotes. Since there are no followers, friends or even usernames, votes on posts are based solely on content and not judgment of a specific person.

However, this anonymity can also bring out the worst in people, causing cyber-bullying problems in middle and high schools. As this app quickly gained popularity since it was launched in November of 2013, employees have worked diligently to combat negative repercussions of its use. Teaming with the Vermont-based company Maponics, the Yik Yak app team was able to locate school zones and set up geofences to block Yik Yak from middle and high schools, but the system is not perfect yet. There are many news reports of threats, cyber-bullying and other worrisome content posted from middle and high schools all around the country.

The creators acknowledged that just as all social media struggles with its unintended uses, Yik Yak will continue to face and try to combat harmful use. Intending their app to be used for college-age students to connect, Droll and Buffington hadn’t anticipated high school students using and abusing the app, but Droll said that “any technology can be misused.” On the St. Olaf campus, students complain about “the negative things people say,” “unoriginal content” and “people complaining about stuff they don’t even know about” on the app.

In addition to the widespread iPhone and Android app, Yik Yak also has a Web site, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter profiles that share quotes from popular “Yaks” or pictures of the mascot interacting with students at various college campuses throughout the country.

Some favorite topics of the St. Olaf Yik Yak feed include food (especially Chipotle), the trials of registration, funny moments with strangers/profs/parents/prospies/friends, Netflix, relationships and stories of Friday night adventures.

The entertaining posts, the game of trying to get votes and the appeal of judging content that has no link to a username create the interesting social media experience of Yik Yak. If you haven’t given it a try yet, perhaps it is time for you to “join the herd!”

How to Yak:

1) Write a post (known as a “Yak”) up to 200 characters long about something you think is worth sharing.

2) Vote on posts. Other users (aka “Yakkers”) vote on Yaks they see in their news feeds by clicking an arrow to either “upvote” or “downvote” the post. If a Yak gets a score of -5 (that is, five downvotes), it is deleted from the feed.

From the home screen of Yik Yak, users can choose to sort through posts based on time stamp (under the “New” tab) or popularity (under the “Hot” tab). Yaks with the highest votes appear at the top of the “Hot” tab until they have been posted for 15 hours, at which point they disappear.

3) In addition to writing Yaks and reading those from users in your vicinity, the “Peek” feature of the app allows users to read what students are talking about at colleges all around the country.

Categories: Colleges

Are student athletes missing out?

Manitou Messenger - 6 hours 30 min ago

In recent times, there has been an uproar in relation to charges filed by a student athlete at the University of North Carolina. The student claims that the institution pushed him into classes that required very little effort and ultimately provided him with a “bunk” education. Staff employed at the school have corroborated the claims that this phenomenon of simplifying college for athletes is an ongoing and fairly pervasive reality.

Arguments regarding this situation are generally centered on two claims: that athletes are favored in the admissions process – as previous academic standing is less heavily weighed than it is for other incoming students – and that, once admitted, athletes are pushed into taking easier classes.

It is not a secret that for many college athletes, academic success does not function as a primary driving force, especially for those that intend to become professional athletes. The image of a meathead jock, partying every night and sleeping through classes until practice starts is a trope so saturated into our popular culture that it no longer requires an explanation in film or television. You see the buff dude with the baseball cap and sleeveless shirt sitting on his frat’s front porch and you know who that character is.

Still, that conception is a sort of mass cultural joke – something that is stretched to the extreme for comedic effect. A college student is a college student, regardless of what brought him or her there, and all college students are entitled to the education they pay for.

Perhaps to broach the issue of educational deprivation for college athletes, it is important to look at the career course of an athlete in the United States. The fact is, if an individual intends to be a professional athlete, it is more or less required to play at the collegiate level before being drafted to a professional team. From this perspective, it is easier to see the justification for a system that requires less of athletes in class. It is possible that some students are only in college as a stepping off point for professional play, and that is the extent of their career plan.

In that case, it seems unfair that those individuals should be forced to receive, and possibly pay for, an education that is outside their fields of interest, and not in line with their future plans. This goal may be shortsighted in a sense, but it is still real. Here, assuming the school is offering a simplified education, the problem is that these easily-achievable degrees will either mean little or work to devalue degrees achieved by students on a more rigorous path.

For those who do not intend to pursue a professional athletic career – those who used their proficiency in a sport to help them get into college to achieve higher education or those who simply play for the experience – this cheapened education is a disservice. Maybe it will provide athletes with more time to exercise or practice, but ultimately it robs them of the education they are presumably at the school to pursue. These students are likely to leave colllege having acquired less knowledge than they should have, considering the time and money they spent on their education.

If a school propagates athletic achievement as its ultimate goal, academics will fall behind, especially for the athletes. This will ultimately cause problems for the school, but more importantly, problems for the students themselves.


Categories: Colleges

11-25 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 6 hours 38 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
Categories: Local News

Collaborative course brings together St. Olaf and Carleton students

St. Olaf College - 7 hours 9 min ago

Carleton College Associate Professor of Political Science Greg Marfleet answers a St. Olaf student’s questions during the collaborative course that he teaches.

At first glance, the class looks like any other taught at Carleton College. The room features desks, a blackboard, and a projector. The students tote backpacks and laptops, take notes, and sip their coffee while listening to a professor in glasses and a blazer lecturing at the front of the room.

But there is one thing about them that makes this course unique: half of the students are from St. Olaf College.

The course — Political Psychology of Presidential Foreign Policy Decision Making — is the first to be offered through Carleton and St. Olaf’s Broadening the Bridge: Leading Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges into a More Collaborative Future.

The program, which received a $1.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to advance collaboration between the two colleges in library services, information technology, management operations, and academic programs in order to strengthen liberal arts learning and teaching in ways that each college could not accomplish individually.

Making connections between departments
The colleges are using the Mellon grant to support faculty-led exploration and pilot activities with potential for substantive academic collaborations, both in formal classroom curricula and experiential learning. The Political Psychology course is the first collaborative class to come out of this program.

St. Olaf students (clockwise, from top left) Evan Davis ’15, HaYe Jun ’16, and Megan Jekot ’16 work with Carleton students during class.

“It began as a conversation about collaboration between our department chair, Al Montero, and St. Olaf’s department chair, Tony Lott,” says Carleton Associate Professor of Political Science Greg Marfleet, who teaches the course.

“There had been some excitement about the collaboration grant, and the two began to think about how we might expand the curriculum on each side of the river by offering some additional courses.”

Excited by the opportunity to build a connection between the two departments, Marfleet volunteered to design and teach the course.

“We discussed the kinds of courses St. Olaf students might like to take given the range of offerings already, and I noticed that political psychology and foreign policy were both areas that might attract Ole enrollment,” he says. “We thought it could help Oles seeking some variety, and it might also be helpful to have additional Ole enrollment for some of the more specialized offerings that occasionally don’t fill up with Carls.”

Providing new academic opportunities
With those goals in mind, Marfleet developed a course that explores the literature on personality, cognition, and decision-making and relates these insights to U.S. presidents.

Through psycho-biographical profiles of the presidents and word-by-word analyses of presidential speeches, Marfleet wanted to show students how a president’s personality affects his (because, Marfleet points out, so far it has always been “his”) foreign policy decision-making.

St. Olaf students Amy Mihelich ’16 (left) and Emma Youngquist ’15 work together during their political science class at Carleton.

“Part of the draw, at least for me, for taking this class was Greg’s expertise in political psychology, especially in view of foreign policy,” says Bayley Flint ’15, one of the 12 St. Olaf students taking the course. “That is really unique, and is something that we don’t have in the St. Olaf Political Science Department.”

Though making the course work for both Oles and Carls took some ingenuity — for instance, the course was taught on Carleton’s trimester schedule, while St. Olaf operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar — Marfleet says getting students from both campuses working together was worth any added headache.

“It has been nice to see the students make friendships over the term, and I really wanted to have the students work on collaborative projects involving students from both campuses in teams,” he says. “That caused some issues of coordination, but it was well worth the effort. And since Carleton and St. Olaf have different mid-term breaks, rather than take both off I met with half the class each time and we watched a movie and ate pizza.”

Carleton student Nicole Nipper ’17 says having St. Olaf students in the course enhanced the diversity of perspectives during discussion.

“I really enjoyed being able to work collaboratively with a group of students who were really interested in political science concepts and issues,” she says. “Most of the individuals in the class were political science majors and most of us had different areas of interest, which really enriched the discussion and collective intelligence in the room; it was really engaging.”

Categories: Colleges


Janet Lewis Muth discusses a new Rice County Program with KYMN Radio’s Jeff Johnson;   The program is called “Mental Health First Aid”.
Categories: Organizations

Lonsdale Area Food Shelf prepares for Christmas

Northfield News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:44pm
While every kid looks forward to Christmas, some families have a harder time celebrating the holiday than others. The Londsale Area Food Shelf helps some of those families in need.
Categories: Local News

Fine Tune #260 giving… 23 Nov 2014

KYMN Radio - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:36pm

Host Wendy Nordquist hosts an eclectic hour of acoustic, Americana, jazz, old-time, roots and world music every Sunday evening from 6-7 p.m.

Fine Tune 11-23-14 #260

 1  Thanksgiving Waltz / Jay Ungar, Molly Mason & Friends 2  Billie Holiday / I can’t Give you Anything but Love 3  Carlene Carter / Give Me the Roses (While I Live) 4  Charley Pride / All I Have to Offer You is Me 5  Clark Anderson / Give Me Something Real 6  Beautiful Bobby Blackmon / Give Me the Blues Any Ol’ Time 7  Los Lobos / Free Up 8  Paul Simon / Love and Blessings 9  Andrew Bird / Give It Away 10 Gillian Welch / Everything is Free 11 Joni Mitchell / For Free 12 John Martyn / May You Never 13 The Hopeful Gospel Quartet / Count Your Blessings 14 Susan Werner / Help Somebody 15 Ruthie Foster / Thanks for the Joy

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Fine Tune #259 Handy… 16 Nov 2014

KYMN Radio - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:29pm

Host Wendy Nordquist hosts an eclectic hour of acoustic, Americana, jazz, old-time, roots and world music every Sunday evening from 6-7 p.m.
Fine Tune 11-16-14 #259

To honor the memory of W.C. Handy, ‘Father of the Blues’, born this day in 1873,

1  Herbie Hancock / St. Louis Blues 2  Louis Armstrong / St. Louis Blues 3  Django Reinhardt / St. Louis Blues 4  The Nite-Owls / Memphis Blues 5  Lieut. Jim Europe’s 369th Infantry Band / Memphis Blues 6  Allen Toussaint / Bright Mississippi 7  Preservation Hall Jazz Band / Oh Didn’t He Ramble 8  Butch Thompson / Beale Street Blues 9  Pat Donohue / St. Louis Blues 10 Bessie Smith / In the House Blues 11 Jelly Roll Morton / The Pearls 12 Butch Thompson / Original Jelly Roll Blues 13 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra / I’ve Got the World on a String 14 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys / St. Louis Blues 15 Asleep at the Wheel w Merle Haggard / St. Louis Blues

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Fine Tune #258 you’ve been at sea… 9 Nov 2014

KYMN Radio - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:22pm




Host Wendy Nordquist hosts an eclectic hour of acoustic, Americana, jazz, old-time, roots and world music every Sunday evening from 6-7 p.m.

On this day in

Fine Tune 11-09-14 #258

1620, the Pilgrims sighted land – Cape Cod, Massachusetts – so you’ll hear songs of the sea, of travel, and more on this week’s show. (Audio in 2 parts.)

1  Tedeschi Trucks Band / Shrimp & Grits 2  Jefferson Airplane / Wooden Ships 3  Eliza Carthy / Rolling Sea 4  The Bryan Ferry Orchestra / This Island Earth 5  Bebel Gilberto / Far from the Sea 6  The National / So Far around the Bend 7  Rosanne Cash / Rules of Travel 8  James Taylor / My Traveling Star 9  Andrew Bird / Hole in the Ocean Floor 10 Billy Bragg / Distant Shore 11 Laura Marling / Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) 12 Lesley Riddle / I’m Out on the Ocean a-Sailing 13 Susan Tedeschi (Happy Birthday, Susan!)/ In the Garden 14 The Cactus Blossoms / Traveler’s Paradise

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Postcard: November 24, 2014

Winona Media (Leslie Schultz) - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:56pm

Categories: Citizens

Neglect of chapel time points to NCHA statistics

Manitou Messenger - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:01am

I came to St. Olaf with a preconceived notion of what daily chapel service would be like. My parents, both Ole alumni, always mentioned chapel time while reminiscing about their college years. The entire campus stopped during those precious 45 minutes and everyone convened in one place, my mother would tell me. In that day, perhaps more students identified as Lutheran, but by no means did they all practice their religion to the same degree. Chapel time was a short spiritual pause in the day for fellowship, music and prayer.

Chapel attendance has decreased among Oles since my parents’ time, and I cannot help but wonder at the correlation between decreased interest in chapel and trends described in the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) from 2014: Oles are stressed out. Students, faculty and administration alike are well aware of this fact.

When I came to St. Olaf after graduating from high school in 2011, The Board of Regents Student Committee (BORSC) Report of 2010 had just been released. Its findings?

- Over 92 percent of Oles report feeling overwhelmed in the past 12 months, compared with the national average of 86.4 percent.

- The number of Oles reporting exhaustion also beats national averages, at 87 percent compared to the 81 percent average.

- More St. Olaf students sought treatment for depression (12.8 percent) than the national average (10.1 percent). And this only measures those who sought help – it may not include the many others who suffered from depression and failed to report it.

- Over 68 percent of Oles reported feeling lonely, surpassing the national average of 57 percent.

Current research from the NCHA of 2014 suggests these numbers have increased in the four years I have attended St. Olaf. I can almost feel these changes occurring – those numbers ticking up every time I sit down and talk my friend (or myself) through a breakdown, when I see others rushing to their activities in a frenzy of over-commitment, when I collapse into my bed and realize I haven’t stopped moving since six that morning. Most of us know this feeling.

My plan for part of an intervention? Chapel time.

Notice I didn’t say chapel service. I care about the intention behind the time spent in those 45 minutes, not your specific location during them. It’s always amazing to me that people still feel overbooked in every minute of their days, when there are 45 specific minutes mapped out where (gasp) there are no classes, (gasp) no meetings, and (gasp) no commitments.

And don’t you dare shake your head and tell me that that’s when you meet with your advisor or your organization, or catch up on homework for your 10:45 class. You might as well eat your words: that time is filled because you filled it yourself.

During chapel time, the college blocks out 45 minutes for students to attend chapel if they wish, or simply to take a mental break during the day. Many of the main offices are closed, including the Post Office, the Student Activities Office and the Registrar’s Office, to name a few. Yet Oles continue to fill chapel time to bursting when it should be approached with intention and reverence. Is nothing sacred anymore? Will we do nothing in reaction to the NCHA’s troubling assessment of St. Olaf’s state of affairs? I do not enjoy the fact that 92 percent of us that are stressed, exhausted, depressed and lonely. Consider this time with respect for your own mental well-being and that of this community.

I am also not asking you to add another thing to your plate – this part of the intervention does not entail “adding” chapel time to your daily activities. It involves integrating something that is already present, but hidden: the time to stop. To rest. To be.

To paraphrase the author Wayne Mueller in his book Sabbath: “We do not stop because we have accomplished everything on our to-do list. We stop because it’s time to stop.”

Emily Stets ’15 ( is from Northfield, Minn. She is a CIS major in Public Mental Health: Wellness and the Arts.

Categories: Colleges

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