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Gala 2014

Laura Baker Services Association - 2 hours 14 min ago

The 2014 Gala, held on December 6th at the Weitz Center, was a success and we are grateful for all that made it possible. We were honored to have Barry Morrow engage us with his stories and entertained by the Laura Baker Choir. Thank you for your support!

Categories: Organizations

'Purple Door' opens arts opportunities for Northfield youth

Northfield News - 2 hours 27 min ago
Based on sheer numbers, the Northfield Arts Guild's new youth theater program "Purple Door" has been a successful endeavor.
Categories: Local News

Breaking down the casting of Northfield High School's 11th annual 'Rock N Roll Revival'

Northfield News - 2 hours 42 min ago
Where do you begin when casting a show on such a large scale as Northfield High School's "Rock N Roll Revival?"
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – Moreland to be sentenced tomorrow; Man who shot dog charged; Stay Away – that’s the warning to visitors of the Hospital or Long Term Care

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 55 min ago

Moreland to be sentenced tomorrow

Michael Moreland will stand before Judge Neuville tomorrow morning to be sentenced in his role in the death of Kimberly Motzko on a rural road in July of 2012.  The 58 year old Northfield man pled guilty to Careless Driving, a misdemeanor, before his trial date Monday in which he was also charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide.  Defense lawyer David Hvistendahl will call 4 witnesses to the stand on behalf of Moreland.  Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster says there will be victim impact statements by the family and another person who was on the scene.  Beaumaster said that the sentence allowed is 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine.  Moreland’s plea means that he has lost his license right now.  Hvistendahl has motioned the court to sentence the Careless Driving as a petty misdemeanor, which means it was not a crime and his license would be returned.

Man who shot dog charged

The man who shot a dog while hunting will be arraigned on a charge of animal cruelty according to Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster.   James Peters, of Nerstrand, was out hunting on neighboring property in rural Northfield on November 15th when he admits to shooting a dog.   “Diesel”, did not return home after being let out to go to the bathroom.  The family searched the area, posted a missing dog sign along their road and finally called the Rice County Sheriff’s department.  A landowner who saw the sign called his friend, Peters, to ask if he’d seen the animal as he knew he’d been hunting out there at the time.  Peters told the landowner he saw two dogs run by a deer trail, one of them sniffing the area.  He said the dog was not chasing deer.  Peters then shot the dog, which, he said had no collar or tags.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said his office received numerous phone calls with people asking for justice for the dog.  He said that Peters said in a statement the same thing he told the landowner.  He apologized to Diesel’s owners and offered restitution.  They did not accept money.   Beaumaster says during the arraignment Peters will hear the charge against him and ask if he understands it.  He’ll also be told he has a right to an attorney.  He is scheduled to appear in court January 6th.  If convicted he could get up to two years in jail, and/or a $5,000 fine.

Stay Away – that’s the warning to visitors of the Hospital or Long Term Care

Northfield Hospital and its Long Term Care Center are asking visitors to stay home if they have any flu-like symptoms.  Director of Quality Ann Reuter says, “Influenza can be serious and even life-threatening for the elderly and for those who are already hospitalized with an illness, and it spreads quickly”.  Prospective visitors are asked to stay away if they have any symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever, or body aches.  With the flu now categorized as “widespread,” the Minnesota Department of Health reminds folks to wash your hands often.  Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.  Keep yourself more resistant to disease by getting plenty of sleep, exercise, and drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

Sister tix reduced for tonight only

In collaboration with Thrivent Financial, Rice County Habitat for Humanity presents Sister at The Grand tonight.  Tickets are regularly $23 but tonight they’re on sale for $15.  Doors open at 6, the show starts at 7 o’clock.  Experience the voices of the angels, the fun of the elves, the joy of the Aunts, the feeling of home, the warmth of friendship and share in the miracle of live theater. Sister is also playing on Saturday and Sunday.  Call Jo Odell at 612-210-8832 for tickets.

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Don Pavek

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 44 min ago

Northfielder Don Pavek joins Wayne to talk about a recent humanitarian trip to Nicaragua.

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Listen in to the Wayne Eddy Affair every weekday. Monday through Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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The Unexpected Caregiver | Adaptive Equipment for Older Adults

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 54 min ago

Broadcast on KYMN every Thursday from 11-11:30am. Ready or not, you’re a caregiver and Kari can help. This weekly program will help arm the average “boomer” with valuable help on getting the proper care for and reconnect with your aging parents.

Adaptive Equipment for Older Adults with Angelene Volpatti, Occupational Therapist from Hospice of Dayton, OH. Learn just how an OT can benefit you in your caregiving, and what adaptive equipment is especially useful.

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12-17 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 4 hours 14 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Dec. 17.
Categories: Local News

Nature and faith collide at lecture

Manitou Messenger - 4 hours 57 min ago

On Thursday, Nov. 20, the Valhalla ballroom hosted the Green Faith Conference, an event sponsored jointly by the Interfaith and Environmental Coalitions. The purpose of the event was to promote discussion of how one’s personal religious beliefs inform and affect environmental attitudes. The featured speaker of the evening was Instructor of Religion Jacob Erickson. He teaches REL 121: The Green Bible, a first-year religion class that discusses similar topics to those of the Green Faith Conference. Erickson believes that discussion of the topic is long overdue.

“Connections between religious dialogue and environmental ethics have been happening for decades,” he said, “But it’s not brought up around here. Not in chapel or even around campus.”

Erickson outlined how religious traditions harbor ecological concerns and how many faiths call for practitioners to “love the Earth” and have an obligation to non-human life. He juxtaposed these viewpoints with traditions that exacerbate environmental problems, such as a sense of non-attachment to the physical world. As an example, he used the Bible verse Genesis 1:28, which says that humans are given “dominion to subdue the Earth.”

In reference to these harmful practices, Erickson said, “traditions are like large spice cabinets, and sometimes you need to try some new recipes.”

He then concluded his speech by discussing two movements he believes have done exceptionally well in promoting religious-environmental relations. The first was recent reforms by the Catholic church. The Vatican is the world’s first carbon-neutral state, and Pope Francis has declared that water is a basic human right. Pope Francis has also engaged in unprecedented communication with the Eastern Orthodox church on environmental topics.

The second movement mentioned was Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that collects environmental statements from hundreds of congregations to show the varying religious perspectives on environmentalism.

After the conclusion of Erickson’s speech, attendees of the Green Faith event divided into smaller groups for discussion. Each table was given discussion questions. The discussion questions were divided into three categories: personal, inter-religious and contemporary context.

The personal values category primarily discussed how upbringing affects environmental beliefs. Much of the discussion of this topic involved the rural versus urban dynamic. Those from small towns appeared to have a strong belief in the necessity for environmental balance. Also discussed was how growing up specifically in Minnesota is a large factor in many students’ ecological beliefs due to the extreme weather conditions.

The inter-religion category sought people’s thoughts on how various faiths cooperate on environmental issues. The general consensus was that churches do not communicate with each other nearly enough. Erickson explained to his discussion table the contradicting ways religion impacts the environment by using elephant poaching as an example. On one hand, the mystical and spiritual symbolism of the elephant has prompted many Western countries to take action to end elephant poaching. On the other hand, Christians often enable poaching through demand for ivory church ornaments.

The contemporary context category asked how religious environmentalism could be further explored at St. Olaf. The group members concluded that student clubs and organizations could weave this issue into their discussions and events.

Eventually, time was up for discussion and everyone regrouped to hear Emma Burck ’17, who offered the concluding remarks.

“We’re hoping to continue this discussion into next semester, next year,” she said. “Maybe we’ll even have a panel of speakers in the future.”

mayo1@stolaf.edu

Photo Credit: SARAH BARTON/MANITOU MESSENGER

Categories: Colleges

'Barnyard Christmas' shines holiday spotlight on Dundas barn

Northfield News - 5 hours 9 min ago
Many people in the area have seen the barn of Dundas resident Deborah Martin.
Categories: Local News

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Representative David Bly discusses passenger rail 12/18/14

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 41 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with State Rep. David Bly (District 2oB), regarding passenger rail service in Northfield.  He mentioned after the show that dollars for passenger rail do NOT compete with State Highway funds.  Money for bridges and road repairs are separate dollars.

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Morning Show – Rice County Attorney G. Paul Beaumaster 12/18/14

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 14 min ago

KYMN’s Jeff Johnson interviews Rice County Attorney, G. Paul Beaumaster 12/18/14

about a grant, the Moreland case and the man who shot a dog while hunting

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Letter to the Editors

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:49pm

I write regarding your article on the new public affairs Institute, the Institute for Freedom and Community. As you correctly reported, I believe the Institute will provide great opportunities for students. A faculty task force designed the basic framework of the Institute which is to focus on public affairs in a way that encourages civic discourse and engagement with diverse perspectives. This vision is consistent with the mission of St. Olaf College which is to “respect those of different backgrounds and beliefs” and to encourage and challenge students to be “seekers of truth” and “responsible and knowledgable citizens of the world.” While the task force designed the framework, the Institute will be defined by what it does. Working with the task force, the faculty, students, and administration of this college will determine the direction of this project. To support our efforts, we are fortunate to have received external support from generous friends of the college and a major national academic foundation.

The Institute has resources for new courses (a new conversation program tentatively titled the Public Affairs Conversation) which must be approved by the faculty. It also includes a conference with a topic yet to be determined. There will be paid internships for students, lectures, visiting fellows, and other student activities. We have some introductory lectures and visiting fellows planned, but there will be a long line of visitors and public events yet to be determined.

The article included the view that we are following an unprecedented process to launch the Institute. I respectfully disagree; we are following a long-established standard operating procedure. This college has received thousands of external grants and gifts. The curriculum committee and faculty have never vetted the pursuit of grants and gifts. When the grants include resources for courses and curricular academic programs, the Curriculum Committee and the entire faculty must approve the courses and curricular programs. The task force of the new Institute continues this process and respects the power of the faculty to approve courses and academic programs.

Grants also often include co-curricular programs that have never depended upon a faculty vote. Faculty can advise and plan co-curricular events and programs, but they do not approve them by vote. Student governance structures also allow students to plan co-curricular events. Potentially, the Institute could co-sponsor events with students. For example, the Institute might fund and co-sponsor an event with PAC. This would require approval by PAC. Students also organize groups and events such as a debate team, political groups, town hall meetings, etc.. These events and groups are premised on the approval of student government with limited administrative and faculty oversight. The Institute looks forward to working with students on new co-curricular ventures.

We have begun to define this project and have sought community input. There have been four open faculty forums, discussion at faculty meetings, an introductory conversation with the Curriculum Committee, and a beginning discussion with PAC and SGA,. The task force has much consultation and other work yet to be done. We hope to engage this community as we define and develop this project. In the end, the Institute will provide more opportunities for Oles to be involved in public affairs. We will be more thoughtful citizens and many more of us will enter vocations and careers in public affairs. Fram Fram.

Sincerely,
Dan Hofrenning
Professor of Political Science
Associate Dean of the Social Sciences
Director, Institute for Freedom and Community
507-786-3128

Categories: Colleges

Nerstrand hunter charged after killing dog in rural Northfield last month

Northfield News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:30pm
A Nerstrand man who shot and killed a black Labrador retriever while deer hunting in rural Northfield has been charged with a single felony count of animal cruelty.
Categories: Local News

Perspectives: On the Threshold of a New Era in U.S.-Cuban Relations

Carleton College News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:00pm
President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba could not come at a more opportune time for the struggling Cuban economy and for a political regime on the verge of a transition in leadership. President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba could not come at a more opportune time for the struggling Cuban economy and for a political regime on the verge of a transition in leadership. The fall in oil prices this year put pressures on Nicolás Maduro’s government in Venezuela to reduce its oil subsidy to Cuba, a sure sign to the Cuban government that a fundamental change in strategy was necessary.
Categories: Colleges

Community News: Nfld. Hospital, long term care center limit visitors due to flu

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:19pm

Dec. 16, 2014

From: Scott Richardson, Director of Community Relations, Northfield Hospital & Clinics

Re: Northfield Hospital restricts visiting hours

Northfield Hospital, long term care center limit visitors due to flu

Northfield Hospital and its Long Term Care Center are asking visitors to stay home as a precautionary measure if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Influenza can be serious and even life-threatening for the elderly and for those who are already hospitalized with an illness, and it spreads quickly, said Ann Reuter, Director of Quality at Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Prospective visitors are asked to stay away if they have any of these symptoms:

  •  Cough
  •  Sore throat
  •  Runny or stuffy nose
  •  Fever, or
  •  Body aches.

With the flu now categorized as “widespread,” the Minnesota Department of Health offers these reminders to help you stay healthy:

  •  Wash your hands often to protect yourself from germs
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent those around you from getting sick
  •  Stay home if you feel ill.
  •  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  •  Keep yourself more resistant to disease by getting plenty of sleep, exercise, and drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

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Looking for a great volunteering experience!?

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:08pm
The Northfield Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is looking for new members!

The requirements are:

1.  Must be a teen in grade 9 or up.
2.  Must be interesting in what the library has and offers for teen.

TAB meet the first Monday of the month at 7 pm.  Our next meeting is Monday, January 5th in the library's meeting room.  Refreshments served.  Welcome all!
Categories: Organizations

Today’s news update – Rice County sets levy at 5.65%; A Solar Garden to be planted in Nfld; Free bikes program gives 100 bikes to area children in need

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:02pm

Rice County sets levy at 5.65%

Rice County Commissioners set the preliminary levy at 5.65%.  At that time Commissioner Malecha said no one advocates to raise taxes but there’s a definite need.  And raise them they did.  Yesterday morning the Rice County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the levy at 5.65%.  Malecha explained that they’ve gone years with very little tax increases so they have to make adjustments.  They could’ve lowered the levy but the County had labor negotiations and health insurance increases this year in each of the departments adding personnel cost.  The total increase in the net levy in dollars, including the Rice County HRA comes out to $1.1 million.

A Solar Garden to be planted in Nfld. thanks to local group

The seeds of a Solar Garden to be planted in Northfield.  Northfield Area Community Solar is a group started last year after the climate summit.  NACS co-founders Mary Jo Cristofaro and Erica Zweifel announced that a Solar Array will be installed at Eastgate Farms in partnership with developer Minnesota Community Solar.   A solar “array” is a group of solar panels.  This particular garden will take up 4 to 5 acres just off Hwy 19 by the turkey farm.  “The turkeys will have a birdseye view” says Zweifel.  Cristofaro explains that the land used is called “brown” land.  “The goal is to use unusable land”.  This is land that is not farmed or used for anything else.  Their hope is to start installation in the Spring and have it up and producing energy by Fall of 2015.  Anyone with an Excel Energy bill is eligible.  NACS has a buy-in from MCS right now for locals to have first chance at purchasing a subscription.  The local period is 120 days.  If you want to participate use the link provided and you can save $5 on a leaf.   We have a link to Minnesota Community Solar and the local landing page on our website kymnradio.net inside Today’s News Update.  If it is not sold out, then anyone in Rice County is eligible and it will go out from there.  The State has a cap of 40% for allowable solar energy usage in an area covered.  Cristofaro explains how it works for users.  You purchase a 25 year subscription and the amount of solar energy you use is credited to your Excel energy bill.  You can buy a “leaf”, which is 205 watts, up to 120% of your usage.  Your average usage is taken into account and you buy whatever you choose.  A “leaf” is $889, which turns out to be considerably cheaper than if you installed panels on your home.  You also don’t pay for maintenance.  NACS is the first such group of it’s kind.  They’re holding a Just Talk Turkey about Solar at Just Food Coop on December 28th from 7 to 9pm.  For the full interview find it on kymnradio.net.

 Free bikes program gives 100 bikes to area children in need

A free bikes program was held on December 6th as part of the Greenvale Community School Program.   Allina Health, HCI, Northfield Police Department staff, and other volunteers distributed 100 bikes and helmets to area children.  One of Northfield’s retired police officers, who wishes to remain nameless, contacted Evidence Technician Lynn James to see about donating any bicycles the police department has.  James said last year, the first year they’ve been involved,  they gave 6 bikes.  This year she had 14 bikes.  She continued that these bikes are found and/or abandoned.  James holds them for 90 days.  If no one’s claimed them they’re given to an auction company out of state but, at this time of year, the retired officer picks them up for donation.  The Free Bikes 4Kidz program is a non-profit that helps kids in need ride into a healthier lifestyle.

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12-17-14 news

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12-16 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:41am
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Dec. 16.
Categories: Local News

12-15 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:39am
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Dec. 15.
Categories: Local News

12-12 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:36am
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Dec. 12.
Categories: Local News

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