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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Rhonda Pownell Councilor-at-Large 10/30/14

KYMN Radio - 1 hour 8 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Rhonda Pownell, Councilor-at-Large incumbent seeking re-election.  The polls open at 7am to 8pm on November 4th.  Check the City of Northfield‘s website for your polling location.

Click below for the full interview: 

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Public Benefit Concert at The Cave

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - 1 hour 25 min ago

The Cave at Carleton College is hosting a benefit concert for the Skateboard Coalition on Saturday, November 8. $5 at the door. The line-up of local bands includes The Liberty Orchestra, Pillow Fighting, El Triunfo, Love Surprise, Charley Markson and the Cutters, and Bob Crash. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All donations to the Coalition made at the concert will be matched by a donor. 

Categories: Organizations

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dale Gehring Councilor-at-Large candidate 10/30/14

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 29 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Dale Gehring, candidate for Councilor-at-Large.  Elections are November 4th.  Polls open at 7am to 8pm.  Check the City of Northfield‘s website for polling locations.

Click below to listen to the full interview:

 

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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.30.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - 3 hours 24 min ago

Today: Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Birthdays: Sue Boxrud (11/5) and David Brown (11/6)

Next Week: Jonathan Adams, RESTORE Project Director (V. Dilley)

Last Week:

The Northfield Public Library is poised for its first major expansion in 30 years, one that will position it to meet the evolving needs of the digital age.

Char Carlson, chair of the Northfield Library Board, said recent city council action will allow for the $2.1 million project to move forward on an aggressive schedule. The hope is the project will be completed next fall.

The project’s guiding principles are to make the library more functional, more flexible and more welcoming. A major feature of the expansion is a handsome, commons area on the library’s east side. Plans call for additional meeting space, improved flow of the building, better staff space and more community space. Other items high on the list for improvements include better children spaces, improved bathrooms, and ADA accessibility issues.

The project received a major boost last week when the city council agreed to fund “life and safety” code improvements estimated to cost $262,000 and to offer another $252,000 in bridge financing to allow the library to continue its private fundraising. All of that is in addition to a $1 million allocation from the city’s capital budget and $90,000 for a scheduled upgrade of the HVAC system.

That means the project will require $702,000 in private funds of which $450,000 is already in hand, Carlson said.

If you want to help with the project, she had several suggestions:

  • Be informed about the project and share your knowledge and excitement with others;
  • Thank members of the City Council for their support;
  • Support the private fundraising campaign with a check, stock gift or multi-year pledge.

“Every gift is important,” Char said.

The library was founded in 1910 with a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. An expansion in 1985 tripled the space and moved the entrance from Third Street to Washington. There are currently 18,000 library card holders and 65,000 volumes in the collection.

Teresa Jensen, library director, said she doesn’t see the number of books in the collection increasing over time, but their digital and web presence will. For more on the campaign, go to: http://www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org/capital-campaign.

Mini-Classification:

Teresa Jensen has Iowa roots, a Southern California childhood, and Minnesota sensibilities. The executive director of Northfield Public Library spent most of her professional life working for Minneapolis branch libraries. She was lured to San Antonio, Texas for four years and then family, specifically a grandchild, persuaded her to move back to Minnesota, where she is happily overseeing a major expansion of our library.

Guests: Lydia, Giulia, Marcelo and Philipy (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: Linda Wilgohs

First Job: “Metal Manufacturing Trade Magazine. Is this the party to whom I am speaking?” This was Jan Stevens’ first job. At age 18, she spent the summer as the receptionist for an eight-person editorial office in Illinois. She said she enjoyed it, especially the editors’ antics, but college was awaitin’.

Announcements:

— New member orientation will be Monday, Nov. 10, noon at Community Resource Bank. Lunch will be provided and entertaining speakers are promised. This is open to all members. Consider it a Rotary refresher.

— Rob Bierman is looking for someone to refresh the Turkey Trot signs. The new route that will begin and end at the Carleton College Weitz Center requires new signage. There are many ways to help with this project: 1) sign up to run; 2) volunteer for a very time-limited role on Thanksgiving morning or 3) Back to refreshing signage. It will also, for the first time, be a vehicle for collecting non-perishable food items for the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners will be invited to bring an item to the race.

Coming Up:
Nov. 13 — Nick Frohner, Asian Carp (Anderson)

Nov. 20 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)

Nov. 27 — TURKEY TROT

Dec. 4 — District Governor DG Karel (Cogan)

Categories: Organizations

MORC’s 20th Anniversary Gala: why it’s a big deal to me & why you should be there on Nov. 9

Mountain Bike Geezer - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:52pm

I have a little story to tell but if you want to get all the info about the MORC 20th Anniversary Gala coming up on Nov. 9, CLICK HERE. More on the Gala’s Facebook event page here.

I took up the sport of mountain biking in serious way in June of 2011 after attending the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival Grand Opening. In the photo above, I’ve added an arrow pointing to the MORC and IMBA tents in the back of the parking lot at Cuyuna that weekend. I’d never heard of either organization but I became a member a few days later shortly after purchasing a a 2011 Trek Gary Fisher X- Caliber 29’er from Penn Cycle in Bloomington, courtesy of Ben Witt at Milltown Cycles in Faribault.  (If that makes no sense to you and you’re curious, click here.)

I’ve been hooked on mountain biking ever since, as evidenced by the 250+ posts to this Mountain Bike Geezer blog.  And in those 3 years, I’ve done 90% of my year-round mountain biking on MORC trails in the Twin Cities metro area.  I feel a kinship to the organization like no other because of what it’s given me: the enjoyment of a sport I love and the opportunity to meet and spend time with so many great people.  Being a MORC board member this year has been an honor, especially since it’s MORC 20th anniversary season, topped off with this big fundraiser Gala,

 

I’m also pleased that Penn Cycle, where I bought the bike that I still ride nearly every day, has stepped up to be the Title Sponsor for the Gala. That’s founder/owner Pat Sorenson handing a check to MORC Executive Director Matt Andrews in the left photo.

I briefly met Pat back in 2012, not long after he signed on to be one of the two Founding Retailers for the newly formed Minnesota High School Cycling League (press release here).  That’s QBP’S Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist, founder of the League, on his right.

The Gala will have amazing food, speakers, music, and auction items of course (details here), in a setting that’s stunning.

If you’ve not been to the Varsity Theater lately, you’re in for a treat, especially when you go to the bathroom, which won Best Bathroom in America honors last year.

Get your tickets before Nov. 1 and you’ll save some money. I’ll see you there.

 

 

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Categories: Citizens

Knights and Tommies Play to Scoreless Draw

Carleton Sports - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:27pm

Despite out-shooting their hosts by a 17-8 margin, the Carleton College women’s soccer team was forced to accept the result of a second consecutive scoreless draw, this one coming at the University of St. Thomas.

Categories: Colleges

Knights Playoff Hopes Dashed in Senior Night Loss to No. 9 St. Thomas

Carleton Sports - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:37pm

Lucy Stevens (Fy./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School) claimed a career-best 22 kills and hit .429, while Karen Halls (SR./Edina, Minn.) added 11 kills in her final home match, but the Carleton College volleyball team fell in a three sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) to No. 9-ranked St. Thomas at West Gymnasium Wednesday evening.

Categories: Colleges

Home plans (“blueprints”) now on the menu!

Vivus Architecture + Design - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:18pm

Do you need plans (“blueprints”) for your new home?

Are you planning a new home and have a pretty good idea what you want and some ideas of how you want the house to look?

Recognizing that not all people need the same level of design service, VIVUS now offers a plan-creation service for those people who need fewer design options and less-detailed customization.

Your home will be drawn custom for you, with the layout and the look that you want, on your building site. When finished, your plans will allow you to get construction pricing, to secure a building permit, and allow you to make all the selections that will go into the finished project. We work with you to provide a home that is exciting, functional, and attuned to your budget.

Additionally, if there are rooms or details you want to be further customized (built-ins in a great room, or custom-made cabinetry and details in the kitchen) those services can be added to make your new home reflect your style and allow you to get accurate construction pricing including those more-detailed areas.

Find more information here.

Don’t know which level of service you need (home plans vs. highly customized home)? Schedule a meeting and we can help you decide which arrangement better suits your needs.

Categories: Businesses

90 second Newbery video contest! Could be fun!!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:54pm
Calling All Kid Filmmakers!
The 90-Second Newberyis now accepting video submissions from Minnesota’s young filmmakers. Selected Minnesota-made movies will be screened with submissions from other states at the first-ever Minnesota 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in February.
How You Can Help
A 90-Second Newbery film tells the story of a Newbery Award winner or honor book in 90 seconds or less. We’d love to see your community’s creative kids submit their movies. The 90-Second Newbery websitefeatures dozens of films to spark ideas, how-to guides and complete instructions for uploading films. The submission deadline for consideration in February’s screening is December 20, 2014. Please help spread the word about this fun opportunity.
What’s Next
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival will be hosted by author (The Order of Odd-Fish) and 90-Second Newbery founder James Kennedy and renowned local author Kelly Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy). Join us on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 pm at Hennepin County Library — Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall. The festival is free and open to all.
For more information and additional resources, contact Jennifer Verbrugge, jennifer.verbrugge@state.mn.usor 651-582-8356.
     Jennifer M. VerbruggeLibrary Program and Partnership CoordinatorMinnesota Department of Education | State Library Services 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113
651-582-8356
Categories: Organizations

Rice County Chemical Health Coalition Prevention Champions honored in Faribault

Northfield News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:48pm
The Rice County Chemical Health Coalition recently named its five Project Prevention Champions for 2014.
Categories: Local News

Northfield: the best US city for well-rounded retirement

Vivus Architecture + Design - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:15pm

Northfield has recently been named the best city in the U.S. for a well-rounded retirement, according to MONEY Magazine.

Well, now the secret is out! But what they didn’t say in the article is that it is a great town for those who belong to any age group.

Here is the article and some feedback from our local newspaper.

And here is the original article.

Whether you are contemplating a move to our area or already live here, VIVUS is available to help make your home the best retreat in your corner of the world.

Downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square, (Photo courtesy of Northfield News website)

Categories: Businesses

Northfield News article about the 2014 Campaign

David Bly, We All Do Better - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:09pm

I met with Northfield News reporter Kevin Krein last week to discuss the 2014 campaign. In the article, he stresses my interests in the middle class and income inequality (see my Northfield News article as well), the need for affordable health care, the importance of offering Minnesotans a quality education, and the need to take care of our environment (check out my voting history on the Conservation Minnesota website). I have enjoyed meeting residents of 20B while out door-knocking and while attending public events. The stories and input I receive during these conversations are invaluable as I go forward.

 

 

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Categories: Government Officials

Judge to deliver fall Mellby Lecture on economics and the environment

St. Olaf College - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:09pm

Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Environmental Studies Department Rebecca Judge will deliver the fall Mellby Lecture November 3.

During this year’s fall Mellby Lecture, Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Environmental Studies Department Rebecca Judge will discuss the role of economic analysis — specifically, benefit-cost analysis — in environmental decision-making.

Though Judge describes herself as an “environmental economist who is unapologetically enthusiastic about the powerful insights that are the fruit of economic analysis,” her November 3 talk will aim to show the dangers of allowing environmental policy to be dictated by the simplistic outcomes of benefit-cost analysis.

Her lecture, titled Can Economics Save the Loon? Economics, Love, and the Environment, will be streamed and archived online.

Judge will argue that basing environmental policy on benefit-cost criteria will necessarily lead us to exchange too many irreplaceable environmental assets for replaceable assets whose scarcity and value will only to diminish over time.

“I’m concerned that our national and state environmental policies are increasingly relying on benefit-cost analysis to craft ‘reasonable’ or ‘defensible’ environmental policies, even though such reliance might itself be ‘unreasonable’ and ‘indefensible,'” she says. “I am hoping that people are inspired by this talk to trust the validity of their environmental commitments.”

She will use the loon to illustrate her argument.

“All we know is that loons, or any other irreplaceable environmental asset — by virtue of becoming more scarce — are likely to become more valuable, while whatever we’ve sacrificed them to — fossil-fuel-generated electricity, for example — is likely to become less valuable as replacements for this good become increasingly available,” she says.

“If we want to save the loon, or a couple thousand acres of boreal forest, or the quality of our air and water, or ecosystem stability, we cannot offer these entities the provisional support educed from the ‘reasonable’ conclusions of a benefit-cost analysis. Rather, we need to ‘love’ them,” she says. “We need to put them within a set of goods, like one’s voting franchise, whose allocation is determined, not by market principles, but in service to some other objective.”

Judge earned her bachelor of arts degree in music and biology from Smith College in 1976, her master’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1980, and her Ph.D. in economics from Duke University in 1987. She joined the economics faculty at St. Olaf in 1987, just in time to collaborate with a group of faculty who were preparing a proposal to launch the college’s environmental studies program. She remains active in both departments, currently serving as chair of the Environmental Studies Department, and having served as chair of the Economics Department from 2005 through 2012.

The Mellby Lectures
The annual Mellby Lectures are named in remembrance of St. Olaf faculty member Carl A. Mellby and were established in 1983 to give professors the opportunity to share their research with the public. Mellby, known as “the father of social sciences” at St. Olaf, started the first courses in economics, sociology, political science, and art history at the college. He was professor and administrator from 1901 to 1949, taught Greek, German, French, religion, and philosophy, and is credited with creating the college’s honor system.

Categories: Colleges

Give to the MAX DAY! Help the Library Improvement Project!

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:19pm
Event date: November 13, 2014
Location:
316 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Donate to the Friends & Foundation of the Northfield Library to help raise funds for the great Northfield Public Library expansion and improvement project!
Then come down to the Grand as other Northfield area non-profits watch the results of the generous people of Northfield!

Minnesota Will Monitor Recent Travelers from West Africa

David Bly, We All Do Better - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:12pm

According to a news release by the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota will begin a monitoring program for people who have recently traveled in West Africa.  The framework for the program involves identifying travelers based on their possible exposure to the Ebola virus and monitoring as follows:

  • All identified travelers will receive active case management that will include twice daily monitoring by MDH staff.
  • None of the individuals being monitored will be allowed to use public transportation for trips lasting longer than three hours, regardless of exposure history.
  • Only those with a known exposure will be restricted from using local public transit or attending mass gatherings.
  • All travelers will be allowed to have family members in their home.
  • Only those travelers who treated an Ebola patient and have been exposed will be required to be restricted in their home (have no physical contact with others).
  • All travelers will be required to keep a log of all activities and a log of close contacts during the 21 days.
  • Any situation involving children or adults who work with children will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

In a KARE11 TV report, Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger assured the public that there is no outbreak or epidemic in Minnesota, and he said “we want to assure people in Minnesota that everybody’s that’s been to west Africa is being monitored on a regular basis, so they can go about their business and not worry. We’re doing the worrying for the State of Minnesota.”

The Mayo Clinic and the Center for Disease Control have both published fact sheets on Ebola.

 

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Categories: Government Officials

Northfield City Council discusses future for Meadows Park

Northfield News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:32pm
Northfield has a blank canvass when it comes to using 41 acres of land in Fargaze Meadows, but city councilors must still decide the best use for it before time runs out.
Categories: Local News

Patricia Beckers

St. Dominic - Church News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:34pm

Patricia Margaret Quast Beckers was born March 17, 1943, in Watkins, Minnesota, to Anthony and Armella (Dank) Quast. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and graduated from St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring in 1961.  She married Ewald Lewis Beckers on September 8, 1962, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. After marriage they lived in St. Paul until moving to Northfield in 1976.  Pat worked as a CNA for Three Links Care Center for 37 years, just retiring in September of this year. She was a member of the Church of St. Dominic and enjoyed reading, crafts, knitting, crocheting and having coffee with friends.  Pat always gave of her time unselfishly and her greatest joy came from the involvement she shared in the lives of her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Ken and wife Kathy of Northfield, Kevin and wife Janis of Bloomington, Kathy and husband Paul Ahrndt of Benson; 5 grandchildren: Kody, Matthew, Aaron, Erik and Mariah; her sister, Ramona Hokanson of Watkins; her brothers John (Elaine) Quast of Richfield, David (Gloria) Quast of Garrison; her sister-in-law Diane Quast of Crosby; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ewald on October 20, 2010, her daughter Karen, her parents, her sister Marian Kupka and her brother Joseph Quast.

After a courageous fight with Leukemia, Pat passed away with her children by her side on Tuesday afternoon, October 28, 2014, at the Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community, at the age of 71.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00AM Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with Fr. Dennis Dempsey officiating.  Interment will be 3:00PM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Watkins.  Pallbearers are her grandchildren Kody Beckers, Matthew Ahrndt, Aaron Ahrndt, Erik Beckers and Mariah Ahrndt. Visitation will be 4-7PM Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to St. Dominic Church or St. Dominic School.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home, www.northfieldfuneral.com.

Categories: Organizations

CVEC Newsletter, October, 2014

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:23pm
Go here to open .pdf file of complete newsletter.   web newsletter, Oct. 14
Categories: Organizations

Welcome to Wellness with Dan Corbett – Constipation

KYMN Radio - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:36pm

Broadcast on KYMN every Wednesday from 12:10-12:15 pm. Dr. Dan Corbett talks with body work expert Susan Herder on alternative ways of treating constipation.  Dan is a chiropractor in Northfield at Corbett Chiropractic & Health Enhancement.

Click the arrow to listen! Welcome to Wellness10-29-14

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10-28 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:18pm
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Oct. 28.
Categories: Local News

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