Vintage Bands are Coming Back

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:40pm
If you are free for an hour or two—or the whole day—this Saturday, Aug. 1, I hope to see you at the One Day Vintage Band Festival in downtown Northfield. Twelve community and professional brass bands from Minnesota will perform concerts in Northfield’s Bridge Square, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m.

The Riverwalk Market Fair will be going between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., so you can shop for fresh produce, sample delicious pastries and purchase local art while enjoying the live music. Bring sunscreen, a lawn chair, and some cash or a credit card. Although the concerts are free, the goal of the event is to raise money and to generate excitement about next year’s big four-day festival, set for July 28-31, 2016. Please give what you can. With your financial support, we can make the 2016 event the best yet!

Some of the bands appearing this Saturday played at last year’s mini event, and some are new to the VBF. Visit the Vintage Band Festival website for the latest details about participating bands and concert times. You can also read this recent Northfield News article to learn more about the festival.

In addition to the concerts in Bridge Square, you can hear bands at a few other locations during the afternoon and evening. One performance that should be especially moving is the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band’s 4:30 p.m concert in the Northfield Cemetery. This is the first year that the Red Bulls have joined us, and they are performing in several different configurations, including as the Red Devils Rock Band at the Contented Cow Pub from 8-10 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering on Saturday, we are still looking for people to help move chairs and stands between concerts. We could also use help at the end of the day, putting away chairs and taking down street barricades. For more information, email or call 507-321-1250.
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On the Horizon - Bikepacking!

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:01pm
Both kids will be at camps next week so Owen and I have a whole week to ourselves. Instead of going on a relaxing vacation, however, we are going to load up our bikes and go on a bikepacking trip!

We don't have a tent, sleeping bags or equipment to make food along the way so we are going to stay at hotels along our route. This sort of bike touring is commonly called "credit card travel" - as in you use your credit card to pay for accommodation and food along the way. That said, we will be packing clothes and other things so will get a taste for what it's like to carry things on our bikes.

Our plan is to drop Ryan off at camp on Sunday in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. We'll leave our van at his camp and bike northwest to Siren where we'll pick up the Gandy Dancer bike trail that goes north along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border. We'll bike that to Superior then take another bike trail from Superior back down to Shell Lake. I figure we'll bike about 200 miles in four to five days (Sunday will be a short day as we won't leave until mid-afternoon. Thursday will be a shorter day as we need to be back in Shell Lake well before evening). I've never been on a multi-day ride so it will be interesting to see how my body holds up!

As for equipment...

Bikes: Owen will be riding his 2013 Salsa Mukluk 2 and I'll be riding my 2013 Salsa Vaya 2. Both bikes have two bottle cages so we'll have two bike bottles each. We'll also have a bike pump on each bike. I have a bike computer on my Vaya. Both bikes will have headlights mounted on the handlebars and we both have clip on tail lights.

Bike Bags in which to carry our stuff: 

  • We purchased Revelate seat bags from Milltown Cycles for both of our bikes to put our clothes in. Owen got a bigger bag than mine because he has more room for it on his Mukluk than I do on my extra small Vaya. The seat bags expand out to carry a ton of stuff! Owen's bag is the Viscacha and mine is the Pika.  
  • We'll both have handlebar bags (not sure of the brands on these - we've had them for ages) for our toiletries and first aid stuff.
  • Owen will carry spare tubes, patch kit and bike gear in a Banjo Brothers frame pack
  • I have a Bontrager "Pro Speed Box" bag that sits on my top tube near my handlebars. My iPhone and some snacks will go in this bag
  • Owen will probably have a Revelate "feed bag" on his Mukluk in which to carry his iPhone and snacks

We brought the bikes inside in the air conditioning so we could try on our new bike bags and check our equipment. Here's Owen's Mukluk (the fat tire bike in the back) and my Vaya

What will we bring?

We've learned to pack light from all of our trips in our little Pacer and, before that, our Christen Eagle (the Eagle had almost no baggage space - I had to fly with a duffle bag between my feet). That said, we'll be packing even lighter for the bike trip.

This is my tentative plan for clothing.

I'll wear:

  • bike shorts (Terry Bella shorts)
  • jersey
  • sports bra
  • Smart Wool socks
  • bike shoes
  • bike gloves - fingerless
  • sunglasses
  • bike helmet

I'll pack:

  • one pair pants that zip off into shorts (Kuhl brand)
  • two short sleeve shirts
  • one lightweight jacket
  • extra pair Smart Wool socks
  • underwear (4 or 5 pair)
  • bra (one that packs flat)
  • sandals
  • extra jersey
  • pajamas (lightweight knee length t-shirt thing - might leave behind depending on space)
We're considering:
  • I'm giving some thought to bringing a swim suit since we'll be surrounded by lakes and I'm sure it would feel good to swim at the end of a long day of biking. But I think the suit will not make it.
  • I'm also giving some thought to bringing a spare pair of bike shorts. That said another option is I'm thinking about bringing some really thin panty liners to stick on my chamois to keep my shorts a bit more hygienic. Not sure on that yet.
  • Owen is wondering if we should bring ponchos for rain. We have some that pack up really small
As for other stuff we'll pack - I don't plan to bring much for personal items. Since we're staying in hotels/motels I can (hopefully) plan on finding soap and shampoo in the room so don't need to pack things like that. I should be able to fit most of my stuff in a quart sized zip-lock baggie.
My Vaya equipped with bagsHere's a tentative list of personal items I'll carry in my handlebar bag:
  • travel toothbrush
  • small tube of toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • small thing of liquid Castile soap
  • spray on hair conditioner (so I can actually comb through my hair after I shower)
  • comb
  • contact lenses (I'm bringing daily disposables)
  • my glasses
  • vitamins/melatonin/ibuprofin
  • maybe some BB cream
  • lip gloss (Burts Bees)
  • Icy Hot
  • maybe a small container of lotion
  • pen & small notebook
  • elastic ankle support (for my left foot - for my plantar fasciitis)
  • racquet ball (also for my left foot - rolling the ball under my arch works out the muscles on the bottom of my foot)

Stuff Owen and I will share that will go in my handlebar bag:
  • sunscreen
  • small thing of aloe vera (for potential sunburn)
  • bug spray (likely some Off wipes I found - easier to pack)
  • hand/body wipes (great for quick clean ups along the trail)
  • Benadryl cream (for bug bites)
  • hand sanitizer (I have a small spray container)
  • a travel towel - most likely bringing. I think it could come in handy
As for other stuff
  • We'll carry some food (meat sticks, Clif bars, nuts) and will purchase these things along the way as they are pretty easy to find in convenience stores
  • I'll bring a container of Nuun electrolyte tablets (tri-berry flavor
  • I like to have Clif Shot bloks on hand (Mountain Berry flavor)
  • several pant leg straps that double as straps to fasten stuff onto our bikes, if need be
  • lightweight bike lock
Well, that's the tentative lineup of equipment, clothing and personal items. We'll pack up our bikes with everything and go on a ride to test everything before we head out on our trip. 
To those of you who bikepack, does it look like we are missing any essential items? Let me know! We still have time to make adjustments before we head out on our trip!

Categories: Citizens

Epic Enterprise featured in TPT documentary on Sunday

Northfield News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:20pm
A documentary covering the 25th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act and disability rights in Minnesota features interviews with staff at the Dudas based employment connection service Epic Ent
Categories: Local News

Don't make these mistakes in estate planning

Northfield News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:15pm
From our sponsor, Grundhoefer & Ludescher, PA, 515 Water Street South, Northfield, 507.645.4451
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Northfield's street assessment assistance program sees drop in participation

Northfield News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:21pm
The city of Northfield has offered street assessment assistance since 2012 and the program has continued to gain momentum. That is until this year.
Categories: Local News

Sogn Custom Cabinets of Dennison on Today’s Hometown Home Show

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:06pm

Karl with Sogn Cabinets in Dennison talks about the cabinetry trade with Tim Freeland on the ‘Hometown Home Show’. Karl specializes in custom made cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms, and unique designs. Click here to view some of the beautiful work Karl and Sogn Cabinets has completed.

Sogn Cabinets Karl Broggen – Sogn


You can hear the Hometown Home Show every Friday at 11AM right here on KYMN Radio. Happy Listening!

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More “What else fits in that parking space?”

Betsey Buckheit - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:51pm
Back in March, I posted What else fits in that parking space? with a couple of graphics about what fits in the same amount of space as a car. In real life, I saw this: So, 3 bikes and a tree … Continue reading →
Categories: Citizens

7-28 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:29pm
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at
Categories: Local News

Health Benefits of Blueberries on Today’s Community Pharmacist Conversations with Jessica Astrup

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:00pm

You may have heard of the term ‘super foods’ lately. Among the list of super foods are blueberries. High in health benefits, blueberries are the topic on today’s ‘Community Pharmacist Conversations’. Listen and learn about this sweet, and simple ‘super food’ with your host Jessica Astrup.


Listen to the full show in the link below:

Health Benefits Blueberries


Join the conversation! Have a question you would like answered during Community Pharmacist Conversations? Ask Jessica on twitter @PharmacistJess or with the hashtag #sterlingnorthfieldHappy Listening!

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Today’s News Update-Carleton Calling on Volunteers; Kid’s Safety Camp July 30th; Networking Works for the Chamber

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:35am

Carleton Calling on Volunteers

The Cowling Arboretum is asking for weekly volunteers starting this Wednesday (the 29th) to help them collect seeds of prairie plants.  Director of the Arb, Nancy Braker state,”This is a great time on the prairie. It is beginning to be twilight, the birds and colors are amazing.” You’ll spend about an hour and a half learning about the seeds and then snipping and collecting.  They’ll collect only a couple of different plant species at a time. “People can really learn to identify those one or two plants. It is a great way to learn if you are interested in adding to your botanical skills.” These are all native plants that have been restored from ag land.  Most of the seed will go to restoring more  prairie land in the Arboretum but they will share as well.  This week they’ll meet at 6:30 at the Arb Office.  Call 507-222-4543 for more information.

Kid’s Safety Camp July 30th

As a culmination of Northfield Police Department’s Kid Safety Camp, the community is invited to Community Night July 30th.  Campers will show what they’ve learned.  School Resource Officer Angela Borchardt states, ”We’ll also have firetrucks, police cars, paramedics, water control, the Rice County Dare car will be there, plus a helicopter landing.” There will also be a rollover simulator.  The event is free and open to the public Thursday evening from 5 to 7.  It will be held at Bridgewater Elementary.
Networking Works for the Chamber

From Winter Walk to Crazy Daze, Todd Bornhauser has been working his way through his first year as Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce President.  Bornhauser has restarted programs such as Chamber bucks and member events like Lunch & Learn,  Breakfast Brew and Business After Hours.  Bornhauser commented, “One of the biggest things we can do is get our members together and be able to interact with one another.” He wants to offer as many opportunities for members to interact, network and promote each other’s businesses.  Bornhauser is a major business advocate as he attends Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings and is a member of the Economic Development Authority.

Click the link below to listen to the full newscast:

Monday News

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GALLERY: Rice County Demolition Derby

Northfield News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:26am
The Rice County demolition derby took place Sunday night at the Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault. 
Categories: Local News

15 with the Author | ‘I, Ripper’ by Stephen Hunter 7/27/15

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:06am

What’s new to say about Jack the Ripper?  On today’s 15 with the Author, we find out from New York Times bestselling author, Stephen Hunter, who takes us deep inside the mind of the most notorious serial killer of all time. “I, Ripper” is a vivid reimagining of Jack’s personal story entwined with that of an Irish journalist who covered the case.

Click below to listen to the full interview:

I,Ripper by Stephen Hunter

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GALLERY: NYBA Home Run Derby caps off fun weekend

Northfield News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:55am
The Northfield Youth Baseball Association held its Northfield Classic Baseball Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Sechler Park.
Categories: Local News

Report: Northfield ranks among 10 safest cities in Minnesota

Northfield News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 8:54am
Northfield is the ninth safest "big city" in the state, according to a report recently released by ValuePenguin. 
Categories: Local News

Seeking nominations for Project Prevention Champions!

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 8:03am

A Project Prevention Champion is someone who has helped provide support for a healthier life in our community – someone who helps reduce risk factors for alcohol and drug abuse, someone who supports recovery, or someone who builds assets for our youth and other community members.
They can be our friends, our neighbors, our teachers, our mentors, our business partners, our police officers, our health professionals or other community members.

Please help us recognize and encourage these community leaders by nominating them for a Project Prevention Champion Award. They will receive the recognition and encouragement they deserve, and others will be inspired by their story.

Nominating a Project Prevention Champion is simple and takes just a few moments.

  1. Click HERE to download a nomination form.
  2. Send a copy to the address or email contact at the bottom of the nomination form by August 19, 2015.

Please take just a few moments to help us recognize these leaders who make our community safer for our children.

If you have any questions about the nominations, please email Kathy Sandberg at or Zach Pruitt at

Categories: Organizations

Fine Tune #288 jour d’été paresseux… 26 July 2015

KYMN Radio - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 7:15pm

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 07-26-15 #288

A day-dreamy summer afternoon provided the mood for today’s Fine Tune:

1  Moleskin Waltz / Basco
2  Made in Paris / Trini Lopez
3  It could Happen to You / Jackie Paris
4  This Little Town in Paris / Beverly Kenney
5  Sous le Ciel de Paris / Juliette Greco
6  Swing de Paris / Django Reinhardt
7  Leaving for Paris No. 2 / Rufus Wainwright
8  April in Paris / Blossom Dearie
9  Your Heart is as Black as Night / Melody Gardot
10 Let There be Love / Nat King Cole & George Shearing Quintet
11 How are You  Doing? / Living Sisters
12 Ton Amour c’est Ma Vie / Dan Newton’s Café Accordion Orchestra
13 And I Love Her / The New Standards
14 Foto Viva / Mo’Horizons
15 This and That / treVeld

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Sun, July 26 - Dundas 7, Elko 0

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 6:41pm
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Elko 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 0 Dundas 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 x   7 16 0

W - Luedtke (1-0)  L - Brekke
Full Box Score

Categories: Organizations

Soccer refereeing a tough job with benefits

Northfield News - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 5:00pm
A variety of reasons attracted Northfield residents Andy Kornkven and Charles Gray to the world of soccer refereeing and after getting involved it has only grown on them.
Categories: Local News

EMS manager focuses his 'lifestyle' on the succession of others while making a difference

Northfield News - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 12:00pm
Brian Edwards is a man who enjoys challenges.
Categories: Local News

Just call Swanny: Swanson's behind the scenes work keeps Knight going

Northfield News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 5:00pm
When in doubt, call Swanny.
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