‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Joan Ennis on Northfield Reads 3/30/15

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 21 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Northfield Library’s Joan Ennis about Northfield Reads – a community wide reading program.  The Human Rights Commission, along with several other groups chose ‘Enrique’s Journey‘ as it appeals to both adults and young adults.  It’s the true story of 17 year old Enrique as he works to come to the U.S.  There will be a discussion tonight at Content Bookstore.  


Joan Ennis 3-30-15

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Decorating Volunteers Needed!

St. Dominic - Church News - 4 hours 4 min ago

Volunteers are needed to help decorate the church on Saturday, April 4th.  Organizers will be there from 9am – 1pm; come when you can, stay as long as you are able.

Categories: Organizations

From the office of Rice County Attorney John Fossum

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 10 min ago

The future of Juvenile Life Without Release Sentences in Minnesota

By John L. Fossum
Rice County Attorney

The legislature has two crime-related bills under consideration on an issue of particular significance for Rice County, juvenile life without release sentences.  The United States Supreme Court decided in the case of Miller v. Alabama that an automatic sentence of life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional.  The court did not say that all life without release sentences are unconstitutional, only that a judge should decide whether or not life without release was the appropriate sentence for that juvenile.

Senate File 994 and House File 1069 attempt to address the issues raised by converting all life without release sentences to life with release.  A simple approach is not always the best approach to a complex problem.

Timothy Chambers was 17 on May 3, 1996, when he stole a car in Scott County.  He led police on a chase crashing into a Scott County deputy’s vehicle, running red lights and hitting a truck.  The chase lasted for 30 miles and he drove at 90-100 miles an hour in the stolen car southbound on I35.   South of the Highway 19 exit, two trucks slowed down and blocked traffic to trying to assist law enforcement and stop Chambers.  Chambers drove around them on the median and then got off the exit ramp at Rice County Road 1 and accelerated up the ramp towards the squad car of Deputy John Liebenstein who had set up a roadblock at the top of the ramp.  Liebenstein was killed instantly and his body was found 70 feet from the point of impact.  Witnesses at the scene, and the investigation, determined that Chambers made no attempt to slow down or to avoid the impact and in fact accelerated towards the squad car.

Chambers was found guilty of First Degree Murder of a police officer after a trial in adult court.  Chambers told an inmate at the Steele County jail that if “the cop wanted to be a hero he would die a hero,” he also bragged he had seen Liebenstein’s face before hitting him with the stolen car and that the two made eye contact.  The inmate testified that Chambers thought the whole thing was funny.

Chambers was convicted at trial and sentenced to life without release as mandated by statute.  Senate File 994 and House File 1069 as currently formulated would make Chambers eligible for release from prison in 2016.

The differences between Timothy Chambers and the defendants the Supreme Court found sympathetic in Miller v. Alabama are significant.  Miller was convicted of aiding and abetting murder because he entered  a convenience store just before his  codefendant  pulled  the trigger he was 14 and with a large group of friends.  That is very different than aiming a car at a deputy and accelerating towards him.

Miller v. Alabama does not say that no juvenile can be sentenced to life without release, it says that the legislature may not require it for a class of juveniles, rather the court should be free to determine the appropriate sentence for the juvenile.

Automatically converting all juvenile life without release sentences to life with release is no better than requiring that the court always select life without release. Chambers has appealed his conviction and sentence three times to the Minnesota Supreme Court.  In 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court found that Miller v. Alabama did not require conversion of Chambers’ sentence to life with release.  Senate File 994 and House File 1069 should not become law and make Timothy Chambers eligible for release from
prison in 2016.

What Miller v. Alabama really tells us is that many states, including Alabama and Arkansas use adult court and life without release for juveniles far more freely than Minnesota does.   The legislature should not convert all juvenile sentences of life without release to life with release, rather, if it feels the need to address the Miller v. Alabama decision and its impact on these cases, it should direct that they be returned to district court and let a judge decide the appropriate sentence.  For future cases, the legislature should also allow judges to select between life without release and life with release depending on the juvenile and the circumstances of the case.

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Knights Cruise Past Concordia

Carleton Sports - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:51pm

The Carleton College women’s tennis team returned home from spring break and picked up a decisive, 9-0, victory over host Concordia College. All six players in the Knights’ lineup won in both singles and doubles.

Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf College cancels baseball season following hazing incident

Northfield News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:02pm
(This story has been updated to provide additional information about St. Olaf's hazing policy, hazing statistics and an incident that took place in 1999.)
Categories: Local News

Postcard: March 30, 2015

Winona Media (Leslie Schultz) - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 8:05am

Categories: Citizens

Knights Wrap Up SoCal Spring Break Against Top Competition

Carleton Sports - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:25pm

On Saturday, the dozen members of the Carleton College women’s track and field team that traveled to Southern California over spring break concluded their three days of competition at the SDSU Aztec Invitational. The Knights got to test themselves against a field comprised mostly of Division I athletes, as well as some former Olympians.

Categories: Colleges

Bats Stymied as Knights Swept in MIAC Opener at Hamline

Carleton Sports - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:37pm

The Carleton College softball team managed just a single tally in both ends of the conference-opening doubleheader at Hamline University. The Knights lost the games by identical 9-1 scores. Cassie Clarke had the highlight for Carleton, belting her fourth home run of the season to account for the Knights’ run in the first game.

Categories: Colleges

GALLERY: Northfield Historical Society celebrates 40 years in annual meeting

Northfield News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 7:43pm
The Northfield Historical Society (NHS) held its annual meeting Saturday evening to commemorate the years past, look towards the future and take note of the organization's 40th anniversary.
Categories: Local News

What else fits in that parking space?

Betsey Buckheit - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 2:53pm
This infographic is a visualization of just how much space we devote to cars by showing what else could fit in the same space. Here’s another. My goal is not to make everyone stop driving, but to only stop and … Continue reading →
Categories: Citizens

Stars on Ice Photos and Video

Northfield Skating School - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 1:49pm

See our 40 local skaters perform in “Stars on Ice: Dancing for Joy” at the Xcel Center on March 22:

View more photos in our Flickr album

Categories: Businesses

Community Discussion & Presentations on the Immigration Stories of Northfield residents

City of Northfield Calendar - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:16am
Event date: April 13, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
216 Spring St N,
Northfield, MN 55057
Community Discussion & Presentationsat St. Dominic’s Church Northfield Reads brings
the community together for conversations to promote an understanding of the diversity among us.

All Northfield Reads events are free and are sponsored by:
Human Rights Commission, Northfield Public Library, Carleton College,
League of Women Voters, Content Bookstore and Northfield Public Schools

Ruth Steinke Wins Steeplechase at Aztec Invite

Carleton Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:33pm

Ruth Steinke won the 3000-meter steeplechase in convincing fashion at the Aztec Invitational. A total of 11 members of the Carleton College women’s track and field team competed Friday at the meet, which is comprised mostly by Division I and II programs.

Categories: Colleges

District Grant supports Cilongo Foundation

Northfield Rotary Club - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:25pm

Northfield Rotary Club secured a District Grant to help Cilongo Foundation ship donated shoes, socks, clothes and backpacks to schools in Democratic Republic of Congo.  After seeing a Star Tribune story on their dilemma, the club contacted Books For Africa to be a partner. Together, we funded a shipping container that 1) got the shoes and goods to Africa, and 2) enabled Books For Africa to ship more books than they otherwise would. Northfield Rotary committed $2,000; Woodbury Rotary contributed $500; and the District matched that with a $2,500 grant.

Cilongo Foundation leader Albert Nyembwe spoke to Northfield Rotary Club on March 5 about the project, and shared photos.

Click here to see the Northfield News story on the grant.

Click to view slideshow.


Categories: Organizations

Easter egg hunt slated for next week

Northfield News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:47pm
Starting at 10 a.m. April 4, at Memorial Park, the Dundas Park and Recreation Advisory Board will hold its seventh annual Easter egg hunt.
Categories: Local News

Senior Menu

Northfield News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:38pm
Meals by reservation only at the Northfield Senior Center. Call 664-3735 by noon one business day in advance. Suggested donation for those older than age 60 is $3.50. Cost for those under age 60 is $6
Categories: Local News

Wayne Eddy Affair | Dan Van Tassel, Parts 1 & 2

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:48pm

Dan Van Tassel is a retired college professor and author of the book “Back to Barron”.

Hour 1 of show 1 3/24/15  wayneeddy032415

Hour 2 of show 1 3/24/15  wayneeddy0324152

Show 2  3/26/15  wayneeddy032615


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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Northfield Fire Department looking towards fire hall's future

Northfield News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:00pm
Many questions concerning the future of the Northfield fire hall have been circulating recently.
Categories: Local News

Northfield High School students hope to save lives with PSA

Northfield News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:00pm
With a love of animals, inspiration from the “Beggin’ Stips” commercial and a want to help people, four Northfield High School students worked together to make a personal service announcement for suic
Categories: Local News

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