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Northfield pool goes to the dogs with annual swimming event

Northfield News - 4 hours 9 min ago
Prairie's Edge Humane Society and the City of Northfield invite your dog or dogs for a swim at the Old Memorial Park Public Swimming Pool, 801 7th St. in Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Fast Company magazine highlights professor’s Rube Goldberg machine

St. Olaf College - 5 hours 54 sec ago

The Rube Goldberg machine that St. Olaf Associate Professor of Physics Jason Engbrecht and two alumni recently built for 3M uses 25,000 Post-it notes and 75 rolls of blue painter tape, among other materials. Watch it in action here.

When Fast Company magazine wanted tips for designing an “awesome Rube Goldberg machine,” they turned to St. Olaf College Associate Professor of Physics Jason Engbrecht.

For four years, Engbrecht led teams of St. Olaf students to the national Rube Goldberg competition — where their machines twice took first place — and he recently worked with alumni Bryce Danielson ’11 and Christian Weeks ’13 to create a Rube Goldberg contraption for 3M.

The end result of that collaboration, dubbed The Brand Machine, is “a wonderful contraption that uses 10 different 3M products as gears in an insanely convoluted Rube Goldberg machine,” notes Fast Company.

Engbrecht tells the magazine that a great Rube Goldberg contraption has to have “interesting and wacky” parts; be perfectly timed; work flawlessly (and, ideally, always work flawlessly); take into account feedback from non-scientists; and have a “big and spectacular” finish — which, of course, the 3M machine does thanks to 25,000 Post-it notes.

When he’s not working on Rube Goldberg machines, Engbrecht teaches analytical physics, electronics, engineering design, and a variety of introductory and advanced laboratories at St. Olaf. His research interests focus on the interaction of positrons and positronium with ordinary matter at low energies, as well as robotics.

Read more about the first group of St. Olaf students to win a Rube Goldberg national championship in the St. Olaf Magazine.

Categories: Colleges

Wayne Eddy Affair | Frank Quilici

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 15 min ago

Former Twins player and manager Frank Quilici talks of his days in baseball.

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Garden Club meeting slated for Sept. 8

Northfield News - 6 hours 45 min ago
The Northfield Garden Club will meet at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the United Methodist Church for a presentation by Laura Freund from Ecological Gardens.
Categories: Local News

Arts and Culture Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 8 hours 16 min ago
Event date: September 14, 2015
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Stree
Northfield, MN 55057

Today’s news update – Dundas man tries to blame kid; Castle Rock Store looking for support to sell local liquor; Horseshoe Hunt holds largest purse in history

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 49 min ago

Dundas man tries to blame kid

An 18 year old Dundas man tried to blame his 14 year old companion for blasting windows out of a car at Mill Park in Dundas and stealing contents.  Brandon Hatfield is charged with 1st degree Aiding and abetting damage to property, a felony, and receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor.  According to the criminal complaint, the pair were walking past Mill Park when they noticed a vehicle. Hatfield told police that the 14-year-old said “let’s [mess] it up,” and the boy shot out the windows with a pellet gun. Hatfield said he tried to get him to leave. He denied taking anything from the scene.  When officers talked with the 14-year-old, he told police that Hatfield found a bat at the ball field and “nailed” the front windshield and started to hit the window, before shooting the car with the pellet gun.  According to police, a number of text messages between the two showed Hatfield admitted to shooting and attempting to hide the bat.  Police earlier spotted the pair with various items on them believed to be used in the destruction and items from the vehicle.  The cost of repairs to the vehicle is estimated at more than $1,000 dollars.  Hatfield faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

Castle Rock Store looking for support to sell local liquor

Castle Rock Store owner Monty Grinager is looking to add off-sale liquor.  He wants to specialize in local brews and wines.  He’s had a lot of support from the distillers, brewers, farmers, the community and even Dakota County, who checked the variances and did a background check.  Six months ago, Waterford Township had an issue with it.  They were “uncomfortable with it” because it’s in an agricultural preserve zone.  The store, which sells gas and convenience items, is right in town on 280th St W and has been there since the ‘70’s.  Grinager pays commercial preferred taxes.  Waterford told him that with enough support they would vote for it.  You can help Grinager by showing up at the meeting tonight at 7 o’clock at Waterford Township Hall at 3847 321st St W in Northfield.

Horseshoe Hunt holds largest purse in history

Today’s the day the Defeat of Jesse James Days Horseshoe Hunt begins!  Cluemaster Tim Freeland says it’s the biggest purse they’ve ever had at $1300.  That is if your button was registered before the actual hunt begins.  If not, then the purse is $300.  Clues will be read on KYMN at 7 each morning and will post to our website as well as djjd.org.   Freeland urges everyone to read the rules!  Keep off private property and check out the safety tips too.  He says there are some outside groups this year trying to get in on the action and win the big purse.  He has a tip for townies.  They’re all Northfield specific!  The Horseshoe Hunt was added 18 years ago for the locals  a week before DJJD for those “townies” who leave town to avoid the chaos.  The DJJD Committee donates $500 to the horseshoe hunt and, this year, four local businesses stepped in for another $800.  Professional Pride Realty, U.S. Federal Credit Union, Bursch Travel and Edina Realty.  If the shoe’s not found, the purse rolls into next year.

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Northfield Troubadors seek new singers for September rehearsal

Northfield News - 8 hours 56 min ago
The Northfield Troubadors male chorus will have its first practice at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, at Bethel Lutheran Church.
Categories: Local News

Zoning Board of Appeals

City of Northfield Calendar - 8 hours 59 min ago
Event date: September 10, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Human Rights Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 9 hours 50 sec ago
Event date: September 10, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Student launches a business with a purpose beyond profits

St. Olaf College - 9 hours 18 min ago

St. Olaf student Justice Nwigwe ’18 pitches his business plan for Papa Theo’s Fish Farm at this year’s Ole Cup.

Each year, Nigeria imports 900,000 metric tons of fish — a culinary staple in the West African nation — to help meet a market shortfall of 1.8 million tons.

That prompted St. Olaf College student Justice Nwigwe ’18 to ask a simple question: Why not produce more fish in Nigeria?

And why not do so in a way that uses the profits from selling locally grown fish to help members of the community?

So rather than spend his summer interning at a company, Nwigwe established his own.

Using grants he received from two entrepreneurship programs offered through the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career, Nwigwe established Papa Theo’s Fish Farm in his hometown of Ihitta-Ogada, Nigeria.

The farm utilizes aquaculture practices to rear fish from eggs to market. And not only will the company create jobs in the community — which has an unemployment rate of 53 percent among young people — but it will also use its profits to provide microcredit loans to local residents who want to start their own businesses.

Nwigwe hopes this endeavor will serve as a catalyst for improving the village’s economy and reducing poverty rates.

He pitched his plan for the farm as part of the 2015 Ole Cup, an annual student entrepreneurial competition at St. Olaf. His proposal received the competition’s “Best Social Venture” award and a grant to help make it a reality.

That, along with a Finstad Entrepreneurial Grant from the Piper Center and funds from several investors, enabled Nwigwe to spend four weeks this summer in Nigeria establishing Papa Theo’s Fish Farm.

Judges at this year’s Ole Cup listen to Justice Nwigwe ’18 present his plans for a fish farm in Nigeria. His proposal received the competition’s “Best Social Venture” award and a grant to help make it a reality.

“The ‘Theo’ in Papa Theo’s Fish Farm is for my grandfather, who also had a fish farm when he was alive. But after he died, the farm became dilapidated,” Nwigwe says.

This summer Nwigwe began building a new fish farm. In addition to purchasing a plot of land to build the farm, he also secured a partnership with local farmers who will assist with the business while he’s at St. Olaf.

The farm currently has three employees, a number that Nwigwe hopes to eventually increase to somewhere between 20 and 30. His goal is for the company to eventually produce about 10 tons of fish each month.

“The farm is able to harness the unused labor and resources that exist in the community,” says Nwigwe, who is majoring in economics and political science at St. Olaf with a concentration in business management. “Hence, our cost of production is cheaper when factors such as the cost of transporting materials for production is taken out of the picture.”

This endeavor has not been without its lessons and challenges. The lack of modern infrastructure and utilities in Ihitta-Ogada has been an obstacle, for example.

Nwigwe says he’s learned firsthand the importance of planning each step along the way and how difficult entrepreneurship can actually be despite the best-laid plans.

Yet he’s committed to the farm, and plans to continue working on it over the next few years — and devote even more time after graduation.

“This fish farm, like the community itself, has a lot of untapped resources that can be utilized,” Nwigwe says. “I believe that once it’s fully developed, this farm will feed a lot families and can put food on many people’s tables at a good price. Why? Because this endeavor is mainly a social venture. So I really want to make this business work for the people.”

Categories: Colleges

Taking on someone else’s job (or, Hey look, I’m in charge of the Digital Humanities Associates now.)

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - 9 hours 28 min ago

As of today, I find myself in charge of the Digital Humanities Associates on our campus, seven exceptional student workers who partner with faculty on digital humanities projects while they also help build the digital humanities conversation, community, and infrastructure on our campus. It’s a temporary assignment until we hire a new librarian, but it’s a weighty one for me. There are so many hopes and expectations riding on this program, so many practical and political, technical and interpersonal aspects. So much room for excitement, engagement, and success. So much potential for failure.

“The Hero of Haarlem” from Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland, by Mary Mapes Dodge (1865)

My good friend and outstanding colleague Heather Tompkins built the program from scratch (not alone, of course, but centrally important), and now she’s moved on to work her magic at St. Kate’s. Walking up to work this morning, everything felt slightly unreal, slightly fractured, as I realized that there’s a Heather-ish hole in our library now, and that I’m supposed to be able to patch one portion of that hole – keep the dike from bursting – while doing some semblance of justice to Heather’s vision for the DHAs and the digital liberal arts at Carleton.

Taking over from someone who has built a program from scratch is a daunting thing. You’d think that with a young program, now entering its fourth academic year, it’d be easier to pick up and move forward. There’s less history to learn, for one thing. But with less history comes fewer people who know that history who can support you as you find your way, more things that lived solely in one person’s memory, fewer stable pieces of infrastructure to cling to.

So today I’m going to pour over the documentation and notes that Heather left for me and the notes I took while she told me about her work, and I’m going to begin the process of wrapping my head around this new project.

Categories: Citizens

15 with the Author | ‘We Know How This Ends…’ co-author Cathy Wurzer 8/31/15

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 36 min ago

How do you talk about living with someone who’s dying?  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight’s guest is Cathy Wurzer, host of MPR’s Morning Edition and Co-host of TPT’s Almanac.  She spent many hours in conversation with Bruce Kramer, former Dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, who shared his story of living with ALS on his blog and on MPR.  Together, they wrote “We Know How This Ends – Living While Dying”.  Cathy has spent her television and radio career interviewing newsmakers, she talks about her approach in interviewing Bruce and how HER life changed.

From the website: This is a book about healing even if there is no cure, light even when there is darkness and meaningful living in the face of impending death.
Don’t be frightened. This is a mirror of your own life, you just might not realize it yet.

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We Know How This Ends – Living while Dying co-written by Cathy Wurzer

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Meet The Team – Chris Kennelly

Northfield Construction Company - 9 hours 38 min ago

Northfield Construction Company boasts a talented team of individuals. In this blog series, we will feature a new team member each week. It’s because of our team that our company is so strong, and we want to show you why. Naturally, we want to introduce you to Chris Kennelly, our President. When did you start […]

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Categories: Businesses

Wayne Eddy Affair | Denny Hanson

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 48 min ago

Denny Hanson is the President of Community Resource Bank.

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Human Rights Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 10 hours 8 min ago
Event date: September 10, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Wayne Eddy Affair | Julie Clark

KYMN Radio - 10 hours 10 min ago

Julie Clark tells stories of her passion and profession…a professional stunt pilot.

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Skateboard Park Grand Opening

City of Northfield Calendar - 10 hours 11 min ago
Event date: September 10, 2015
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
801 Seventh St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Labor Day

City of Northfield Calendar - 10 hours 21 min ago
Event date: September 7, 2015
Event Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
City offices closed today.

8-31 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 11 hours 11 sec ago
For the full log of police calls, visit faribault.com/news/local or northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at faribault.com or northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

Vikings honor deceased Northfield construction worker; fund set up for widow

Northfield News - 11 hours 7 min ago
If you noticed a new decal on the Minnesota Vikings' helmets on Saturday, it was a way for the team to pay its respects to the family of the Northfield construction worker who died while working on th
Categories: Local News

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