‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Representative David Bly 10/22/14

KYMN Radio - 1 hour 2 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with State Rep. David Bly (District 2oB), regarding his re-election.  Dan Matajcek is the opponent on the ballot, however, he has withdrawn from the race.


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From the Archives: The 2006 Northfield Skate Plaza Proposal

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:01pm

In 2006, the newly-formed Skateboard Coalition compiled a proposal for a skate plaza in Northfield. The proposal includes early drafts of a skatepark design, as well as letters of support from community leaders, including the former Mayor and the former Police Chief. You can look find the proposal here (2.5MB pdf). 
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Oles second in BluGold Invite

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:00pm

The St. Olaf women’s cross country team travelled to Colfax, Wis. on Oct. 3 to compete in the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invite. The Oles finished in second place, 56 points behind conference foe Carleton College.

Despite placing two runners in the top 10, St. Olaf was unable to stop Carleton from running away with the event. Jamie Hoornaert ’17 was the best Ole performer, finishing in a time of 22:46.8, which was fast enough for an eighth place finish. Just behind her was Jorden Johnson ’15, who earned 10th place with a time of 22:47.9.

Capping off the strong performance were Piper Bain ’16, Amy Waananen ’15 and Michaela Banz ’15, who finished in 21st, 32nd and 34th place respectively.

Categories: Colleges

Walking to Mass

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:00pm

First, the sun:

the long pink pit of the sky’s mouth.

The snow-capped peaks of Division Street businesses

are grey cutouts of the virgin gold sky.

Lights and televisions wink in windows.

Mothers reheating waffles,

children rustling plastic lunch bags,

and Dad

if there is a dad

remarking on the bitterness of the coffee

while slathering saltines in butter.

I move on.

The darkness seems uncertain

of where it wants to hide before

the dawn forces it to retreat


into basements and dark computer rooms.

But it knows its time will come again

as sure as my boots strike the asphalt,

as the white smoke escapes my lungs

and dissolves in the pure cold air

like a personal incense.

I am the only pilgrim

this brutally quiet morning;

on my knees as the sun ascends

from the black voids of hell.

Categories: Colleges

Northfield man sentenced to nearly five years for burglarizing Northfield homes, killing dogs

Northfield News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:00pm
A Northfield man who was convicted of breaking into several Northfield homes and killing three dogs was sentenced to almost five years in prison on Wednesday.
Categories: Local News

New adventures: International Copyright

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:44pm

Wikimedia Commons

I’ve always said I don’t know anything about international copyright. Knowing anything about domestic copyright has seemed like quite enough of a challenge for me. But I guess all things must come to an end.

So here’s what I know now about international copyright.

  1. There’s that Berne Convention you always hear about (full text here). Essentially it says that the countries that have signed onto that treaty agree that they will apply their own copyright laws to foreign works used in their countries. So a French work used in the United States has all the protections that a United States work has in the United States. No special registration required. The author owns all rights to their creative expression (except those granted to users under Fair Use) as soon as the work is fixed in a tangible medium, unless they sign those rights away to publishers and such.
  2. Then theres the TRIPS Agreement (full text here), which says that everyone who signed that agreement will follow articles 1-21 of the Berne Convention, except for the “moral rights” laid out in Berne Article 6bis. Again, no special registration required. Authors own their rights. Fair use applies.
  3. All of which leads us back to good old U.S. Copyright Act

So now you know what I know about international copyright.

Categories: Citizens

Moreland withdraws misdemeanor careless driving guilty plea; judge sets trial date

Northfield News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:41pm
A Webster Township man who struck and killed a pedestrian in 2012 now finds himself facing felony vehicular homicide charges for the second time.
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – Jensen gets 57 months

KYMN Radio - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:33pm

Jensen gets 57 months

In a case that rocked a Northfield neighborhood, Matthew David Jensen, of Northfield, was sentenced today in Rice County District court for 6 felonies and a gross misdemeanor in connection with 2 burglaries where 3 family dogs were killed. In court in September, he told Judge Neuville that an acquaintance is the one that killed the dogs in the first home invasion but that he’d encouraged it.  He called this acquaintance “Jay”.  Jensen admitted killing the 3rd dog in another break-in.  Police Chief Monte Nelson said he was pleased that Jensen will serve nearly 5 years.  Listen to the 3pm and 5pm news for more on the story.


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Norbert Skluzacek

Today, we will say goodbye to a dear friend and former employee, Norbert Skluzacek.

Norbert worked for us for 4 years following his retirement.  Having worked most of his adult life as a dairy farmer, he brought his farming knowledge and incredible work ethic here to the nursery.   He was such a hard worker and his work ethic was second to none – a trait we sincerely valued.

Norbert was a gentle man, probably the kindest man you would ever meet and had a heart as big as the sky.  His eyes would sparkle when he smiled.  Norbert’s love for his wife, family, his faith and friends was evident during  any conversation you would have with him.

We will always treasure our memories of Norbert.  We love you Norbert – may you rest in peace.


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Categories: Businesses

Real language experiences

The Children's House - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:44pm
As I head out of the country I feel compelled to post yet another reflection on the danger of losing an important component in human development--language. The losing of it is occurring in the cyber filled nature of children's language "interaction". This occurs in the form of e-readers, iPad games, and the like. Much has been written lately about thus subject and I am happy to read about the research being done on the possible effects on children's development. Much like the nature deficit defined by Richard Louv in recent years, there appears to loom a language deficit. There is no understating the negative effects caused by a lessened experience in language (not to mention movement) in the young child. The early language and literacy deficit is revealed in the varied research done on the achievement gap plaguing our nation's schools, but is not limited to the conventionally cited groups in this discussion. What of the car seat bound suburbanite child restricted to interacting with the leap pad? Or the youngster pushed on the swing while a cell phone conversation takes the place of appropriate language interaction? A pervasive language neglect may prove to dumb down all children to the point of some serious struggles with surrounding reading. Reading is being able to understand written language. Written language is based entirely on the spoken word. When I say reading begins at birth, I mean that as we hear our first word, we begin the road to reading. 
As I board a plane to the other side of the globe I plan to ready myself to observe the language interactions from the perspective afforded to a language outsider. I hope to find that universal human element alive and active. The electronic devices I feel are robbing our young children of successful language experiences are manufactured in the continent I'm traveling to, let's see if their influence is similarly influential on the degradation of language development there.
Categories: Citizens

Welcome to Wellness with Dan Corbett – Heartburn

KYMN Radio - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:33pm


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

Click the arrow to listen! Welcome to Wellness10-22-14

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10-20 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:13pm
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Oct. 20.
Categories: Local News

10-21 Rice County court log

Northfield News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:09pm
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Oct. 21.
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – Council Chamber walls echo whoops and hollers after Library expansion vote; Water Patrol gets suited up; Giving at The Grand is opportunity for Non-profits

KYMN Radio - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:02pm

Chambers breaks into applause after Library expansion vote

After years of languishing in limbo, it looks like the Library is going to get it’s expansion.  Last night the Northfield City Council approved the predesign and additional funds to bring the building up to code.  Mayor Graham asked Building inspector Jim Kessler if some of the code items could be grandfathered in.  In a word “no”.  Graham had said he would not vote to give them a penny more than $1 million but made an exception for the $262,000 to bring the building up to code as that’s a necessity the City should pay for.  City Administrator Hagenmiller added that there’s a permitted use for TIF 4 district money of about $54,000 for things like landscaping.  The Council also chose to front the Library $250,000 to allow them more time to fundraise. Finance Director Melanie Schlomann told council that the City has a plan in place, a separate account that will allow them to “front” that money for 3 years and also to allow them to accept the donations.  Graham asked Library director Teresa Jensen if she thought they’d have any problem raising the rest of the money, she emphatically said “no”.  Support for the project has been overwhelming as Councilors were flooded with emails and by the number of people who spoke during the public comment period.   At one point Councilor Pownell wanted to “take the temperature” of council about giving the Library another $100,000 citing the Library as a City service.  Graham felt it was complicating the process.  After some back and forth, that was never put into amendment form.  Council voted 6 to 0 with Suzie Nakasian absent.  The estimated for the project is $2.1 million with a 10% contingency included.  With the money committed by the City and the Library’s fundraising they have $1.9 million.  Mayor Graham’s interview this morning is posted online at

Water Patrol gets suited up

With 22 lakes and rivers that run through it, the Rice County Sheriff’s department received grant funding through the Minnesota DNR and County Commissioners were quick to allow them to accept it.  Sheriff Troy Dunn said they’ll receive $12,552 for the Water Patrol to purchase dry suits and float coats.  Dunn had put the items in his budget because of the importance of the equipment.  Now with the grant, one of the Commissioners asked “can we reduce your budget” [laughs] Dunn replied that he did reduce it some.  Dunn said they have tried for years to receive the grant and are pleased to finally get the opportunity.

Giving at The Grand is opportunity for Non-profits

Northfield Gives at the Grand will be held again this year in conjunction with Give to the Max Day, November 13th from 5-9 pm at the Grand Event Center.  Organizers of the event want area non-profits to know that there is still room available to participate at the event.  The cost for the non-profit to participate is $50, which gets you a 4 foot table space.  Each non-profit must provide their own laptop and a person to man the table as well as have an on line donation page set up with GiveMN. They have space for 28 and right now they have 20.   If your non-profit would like to participate please email by October 31st.  

The event is a celebration of giving for the Northfield community and a place for area non-profits to raise funds all in one location! Last year 20 area non-profits were present and collected donations for their various organizations totaling over $100,000.  Donors can enjoy appetizers and a cash bar while they support local non-profits.  From 7-9 pm the Bohemian Duo, featuring Chad Johnson and Russel Franek will provide music.  Admission is free to donors as long as they make at least a $10 donation to a Northfield Area non profit onsite or have already done so earlier in the day on line.  Each donation to a non-profit at the event enters that non-profit into drawings to win “Golden tickets” valued at $500, $1000 or a $10,000 final drawing, every donation counts!

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Concert presents music for flute and piano

Carleton College News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:54am
Guest artist Linda Chatterton (flute) will join Carleton faculty musician Matthew McCright (piano) for a recital of masterworks from the piano and flute repertoire on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This performance is free and open to the public.
Categories: Colleges

Lefler Lecture to Focus on Japan’s Cold War, Post-Colonial Asia, and the Kula Ring

Carleton College News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:46am
Professor Hiromi Mizuno will present the Carleton College Fall 2014 Herbert P. Lefler Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 305. A professor of history at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Mizuno’s lecture is entitled “Japan’s Cold War, Post-Colonial Asia, and the Kula Ring: Technical Aid Reconsidered.” This event is free and open to the public.
Categories: Colleges

Foreign policy expert shares with Carleton

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:00am

Traversing down the Hill and across the Cannon River can be a daunting journey, but on Monday, Sept. 29, a controversial speaker enticed several St. Olaf students to wander over to the Carleton campus. Carleton and St. Olaf students and faculty gathered in Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity to listen to Stephen Walt’s lecture “Follies and Fiascos; Why Does U.S. Foreign Policy Keep Failing?” The event was hosted by Carleton’s Department of Political Science and the Harold Stassen UN Lecture Fund.

Stephen Walt is a professor of international affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and a nationally acclaimed expert on U.S. Foreign Policy. Walt has taught at Princeton and the University of Chicago, worked for the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and the Brookings Institution and edited several scholarly journals including Foreign Policy and International Relations. In 1987, he wrote The Origins of Alliances, and in 2007 he co-authored The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy with J.J. Mearsheimer.

Walt began his lecture with a whirlwind review of the United States’ foreign policy history. He highlighted the creation of institutions such as NATO, the World Bank and the United Nations. He reminded the audience about the strategies of containment and appeasement.

“The end of the Cold War left us in a remarkable position and on good terms with the world,” Walt said. He explained, however, that in the following years the U.S. failed to secure a peace agreement with the Middle East, invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, spent several trillion dollars on its defense budget and struggled to combat climate change. He continued listing off U.S. foreign policy disasters, pointing out that Americans were unprepared for the conflict in Ukraine and calling the United States’ handling of the Arab Spring “haphazard at best.” He cited that by most measures, freedom in the U.S. has declined over the past 15 years, and that Reporters Without Borders recently ranked U.S. press freedoms as 46th in the world.

“It is an odd paradox: because the U.S. is so independent and so secure, it has the freedom to move around, but none of it really matters,” Walt said. He explained that the U.S. – which spends more on defense than the next 15 countries combined, possesses thousands of nuclear weapons and is surrounded by vast oceans – is well suited for geopolitical success. In fact, the continental U.S. has not been invaded since 1812.

Despite domestic security, the U.S. has turned away from the isolationist approach President Woodrow Wilson advocated and toward a model of intervention.

“When we do get involved and it doesn’t go well, we come home and we are perfectly fine,” Walt said. He pointed out that this perceived lack of consequences makes it difficult for the U.S. to strategize and stick to priorities.

Walt listed four major problems with current U.S. Foreign Policy. The first is the way the elite convince citizens to act: they exaggerate the danger. Walt referenced the Communist scare and frustrations with Vietnam. He also revealed that, statistically speaking, an American civilian is more likely to be injured slipping in his or her bathroom than by al-Qaeda.

“They have found that exaggerating the danger is the best way to mobilize Americans,” Walt said. While this technique certainly mobilizes Americans into action, it also creates problematic misconceptions.

Secondly, he explained that democracies should excel at foreign policy because politicians and citizens have the freedom to debate. However, even with free press, the government can interfere with spread of information. Walt cited instances in which interviewees were primed before discussing their experiences in Iraq. The government can leak information to the press, and Walt referred to the Washington Post fiasco during the second Bush administration. The bias in U.S. media, both obvious and subtle, often subdues critical thinkers who could foster dialogue about foreign policy strategies.

The third, and perhaps most prominent, problem is that the people who make foreign policy mistakes are not held accountable.

“In fact, you are more likely to get in trouble for mismanaging a baseball team than for making a foreign policy mistake,” Walt said. He listed several examples of people who made enormous foreign policy mistakes and were pardoned or even promoted. Walt did say that innovation is important, and that mistakes are acceptable as long as they are acknowledged, but warned that the current system lacks accountability.

The last problem Walt discussed was the chaos of governmental bureaucracy. There are 3,000 positions that the president must fill when he is elected, and only 800 of these require direct approval.

“No other great power changes hands with this much transition and many positions remain unfulfilled for months,” Walt said. In addition, the U.S. routinely allows amateur ambassadors to hold positions that would be better suited for more experienced representatives. He provided the example of John Tefft, U.S. ambassador to Russia, a career politician who speaks little Russian.

Walt ended his presentation with a brief message of hope, pointing out that even though the U.S. foreign policy situation is not ideal, the country is still one of the world’s greatest powers, and he foresees progress in the future. The audience appeared generally impressed with Walt’s analysis, and a lively question and answer session followed the formal lecture. Walt left his audience feeling frustrated with the current system but hopeful for improvements.

Categories: Colleges

Flood control in works in Rice County

Northfield News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:59am
It's no secret that the amount of water that is gathered in the Spring Creek watershed following an extreme rain event is tremendous. So, too, is the impact the watershed has on the city of Northfield
Categories: Local News

10-23 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:34am
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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Public art class gives Way Park a makeover

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:00am

This fall, the Topics in Art class, led by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Michon Weeks, is creating an art piece you may walk past if you are wandering down St. Olaf Avenue.

The Topics in Art class covers a wide range of themes. Weeks explained that the class encourages students to develop a personal basis for their artwork through the investigation of a specific topic. It promotes work across varied media by expanding the student’s definition of art practice, and encourages development through research, process, media, sketching and model building. The class put students in contact with advanced students working in other media within a common theme. Participants will develop a broad source of ideas, approaches and possible solutions in addition to realizing creative connections between ideas generated on a common theme.

The course is offered every fall and revolves around a different topic each year. In years past, the class has focused on topics such as the role of art in the home and central identity through artist Cindy Sherman. This year’s topic is projects in public art. Students are examining art outside of the museum, and works that are more accessible to the public.

“Students explore public art in its many manifestations,” said Weeks, “from contemporary memorials, site-specific projects, political actions, projects that work with communities, environmental, temporary, ephemeral and permanent projects.”

The students started the course by working with group public art projects. To begin the process, the students went to Way Park for a project in re-arranging nature as temporary installations. After that, they moved on to a more permanent project: creating a design for the Way Park warming house.

Thirteen students submitted their designs to a panel of members from  the Friends of Way Park Board, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board, the Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Northfield. They were asked to make the design site specific, and to accompany Way Park’s theme: “a park for all seasons.”

The students had to think about the history, environment, purposes and users of the park. Daniel Bynum ’15 submitted the winning design.

Bynum said he created his design through artistic elements that support the motto and mission of Way Park. Each of the four sides represents a different season, and the colors correlate to hues he associates with winter, spring, summer and fall. There are silhouettes around the four sides of people doing various activities in the park.

“These figures are meant to imitate the way someone may act or pose in a park,” Bynum said in his design description. “The images have been broken up when one color intersects another and the design breaks up the obvious image, leaving more to the imagination, and draws the viewers’ eyes longer to figure out the picture.”

Since then, the class has been working on painting Bynum’s creation. Problem solving has been another major aspect of the class. Bad weather slowed the process, and enlarging the silhouettes of Bynum’s original design created a problem.

“It was really stressful for a while,” Bynum said. “Between the rain and enlarging the silhouettes, I was out here from 12:00 to 2:00 a.m. with a projector retracing the silhouettes.”

Even though there have been some challenges, Bynum says he has a great team of people getting the job done. Silhouettes are scheduled to be finished by the end of the week as long as the weather prevails.

“The students have learned a lot about team work and project management,” Weeks said. “Students are managing the projects so they’ve learned how to work on quality control, setting goals, getting everyone to work together and problem solving.”


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