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Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra preps Handel's 'Messiah' sing-a-long in Faribault

Northfield News - 5 hours 45 min ago
Getting into the holiday spirit, the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is slated to perform George Handel’s “Messiah” as the next concert in its 35th anniversary season. The concert is hosted by the Ca
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ArtZany!-Radio for the Imagination | The Bread Exchange 11/21/2014

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 50 min ago

Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday at 12:00 Noon) to Paula Granquist on ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes bread baker and author Malin Elmlid.

Click here to listen to the show!  Art Zany 11-21-14
Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes bread baker and author Malin Elmlid. Her book The Bread Exchange: Tales and Recipes from a Journey of Baking and Bartering invites us to share her experiences with the art of giving and loaves of sourdough bread. This is a story about giving and sharing our stories. Malin Elmlid of The Bread Exchange has traded more than 1,000 loaves in exchange for things that inspire her (but never for money). This book pulls me in with the stunning photographs, the multi-cultural recipes, and the simple idea that a loaf of bread can be a ticket to the world. I believe she has something important to teach the world. Listen. Learn. Imagine: thebreadexchange.com

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The Bread Exchange: Tales and Recipes from a Journey of Baking and Bartering

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Breanna Jacene

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 59 min ago

Breanna Jacene joins the show for the first time and tells us her road to Northfield.

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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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City Council Work Session

City of Northfield Calendar - 6 hours 38 min ago
Event date: November 25, 2014
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Toddler Rhyme Time! Now one session a week.

City of Northfield Calendar - 6 hours 54 min ago
Event date: November 26, 2014
Event Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
210 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Toddler Rhyme Time is a time to encourage development of language and motor skills by integrating movement, songs, books and rhymes for kids ages 2-3 with parent or caregiver.
We have lots of fun and you will meet other moms and caregivers!

Senior Menu

Northfield News - 6 hours 57 min ago
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
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Northfield City Council considers repairs to river wall

Northfield News - 7 hours 14 min ago
A project aimed at repairing a section of Northfield’s river wall has skyrocketed in cost and could end up even more expensive if the council extends the work farther down the river, an issue the coun
Categories: Local News

Toddler Rhyme Time session II

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 16 min ago
Event date: November 26, 2014
Event Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
210 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Toddler Rhyme Time is a time to encourage development of language and motor skills by integrating movement, songs, books and rhymes for kids ages 2-3 with parent or caregiver.
We have lots of fun and you will meet other moms and caregivers!

Happy Thanksgiving! The library closes early today.

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 16 min ago
Event date: November 26, 2014
Event Time: 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
210 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Our library catalog and website are available!

Snubbing out teen cigarette use in Rice County

Northfield News - 7 hours 30 min ago
While the 2014 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey showed a substantial drop in teen cigarette use, the verdict is still out in Rice County.
Categories: Local News

Library Lego Club! Drop in anytime!

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 34 min ago
Event date: December 4, 2014
Event Time: 03:30 PM - 05:15 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Come take the weekly creative challenge or make something of your own. We display the items in the children's area for people to see until the next week. For all ages- adults too!

Community News: Getting Gobbled up by Scams – Paul Beaumaster

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 41 min ago

          Consumer Advisory

From the Office of Rice County Attorney G Paul Beaumaster

Getting Gobbled Up By Scams

I spend quite a bit of time researching current scams, making sure I am reporting on the most current, most relevant and the most egregious scams that these thugs are running. It’s relatively easy to find one, but this month, I’ve been so overwhelmed with the number of current scams, it was hard to choose just one.

Therefore, in keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, I’ve provided a feast of the most conspicuously offensive scams that are running amuck in Rice County and around the Country.  As you read these, keep in mind there are universal red flags for these and other scams:

Universal Truths regarding Scams:

  • Not one legitimate company will EVER call to ask you to wire money to rectify a situation.
  • Not one legitimate company will EVER call and ask for your social security number or any other personal information.
  • A request to wire money should be your first warning sign of any scam -NEVER wire money to someone who you do not know.  Period.
  • Do not try to outfox the scammer, just HANG UP.  If you are concerned about the call, initiate the call to the business that was reportedly calling you.

 

November Feast of Scams:

  • IRS Scam – Happening at alarming rates, you receive a call saying that there is a warrant for your arrest because you have underpaid your taxes. Of course the scammer says he’ll “help get you off” if you just pay a nominal fee.
  • Puppy Scam- Scam artists have bilked animal lovers by posting ads with pictures of puppies and other pets. The ads often include a compelling story about why the puppy is available, and details about the dog’s lovable personality. The ads may request a reasonable payment for the pet, say $300, or they may claim the pet is available to a good home for free – if you pay for shipping.
  • Free Pizza – The email says it’s Pizza Hut’s 55th anniversary and you can join in the celebration by getting a free pizza at any of its restaurants. Just click on the “Get Free Pizza Coupon” button—Don’t do it. There’s no free pizza. Clicking on the coupon will just install malware on your computer.
  • Switching Health Coverage – If you are shopping in the Health Insurance Marketplace, only shop at HealthCare.gov.
  • Medicare – There are no Medicare sales representatives; Medicare is not sold door-to-door.
    • Someone calls and says:
      • you must join their prescription plan or else you’ll lose your Medicare coverage
      • you need to give your Medicare number in order for you to keep your Medicare coverage under ACA.

 

With all cases, do your research before responding to a “great deal” or a tactic devised to instill fear that you’ve done something wrong.  And, as always, if you’ve been scammed or are concerned that something may be a scam, call us at Rice County Attorney’s Office 507-332-5934.

 

November 2014

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St. Olaf Sentiments: Nov. 21, 2014

Manitou Messenger - 8 hours 47 min ago

In a few short days, Thanksgiving break will be upon us. Many Oles spend these five days traveling home, spending time with family, enjoying home-cooked meals and engaging in pleasant conversation with relatives. Reuniting with parents, siblings and extended family members around the dinner table is a highly-anticipated event for many students who have been away for several months.

At a glance, Thanksgiving appears to be a time for celebration. After all, this may be the year that you are finally allowed to sit at the “adult table” (ooh, ahh!). However, after the turkey has been carved, many Oles find Thanksgiving to be a time of discomfort, confrontation and annoyance. After only a few bites, one relative or another is sure to ask the most dreaded and irritating question of the holiday season: “So, how’s school? What are you majoring in again?”

These questions may not seem all that daunting, unless you are one of the many Oles majoring in the humanities. At this point in the conversation, humanities majors have two choices: gloss it over or tell the truth. If you are majoring in English, history, art or any of the other humanities disciplines, you have most likely contemplated this awkward encounter:

You can simply say, “It’s good; classes are good, my roommate is great and I love college,” regardless of your actual feelings on the matter. This response allows you to provide a polite response and appease the relatives while simultaneously shutting down the conversation. Unfortunately, this answer does not allow you to share anything about your passions or interests, the exploration of which dominates your life on the hill.

However, if you are feeling bold and courageous – as in, you would be up for bungee jumping or swimming in a tank of sharks – you can answer truthfully. This is a highly risky choice, because it gives you an opportunity to share your true passions with your family while simultaneously setting you up for a fleet of awkward and unanswerable questions.

Are you getting nervous already? Fear not! Here are three tips for humanities majors to survive Thanksgiving dinner conversation this year. This simple survival guide will provide you with all the tips necessary to enjoy an only slightly-awkward Thanksgiving meal.

1) Your major does not define your intellect or self-worth. The first thing you need to remind yourself is that everyone at this school is “smart.” We all went through the same admissions process and took the same standardized tests, and therefore, for the most part, when we enter this school as  first-years, Oles have similar academic qualifications. Just because students don’t decide to major in math or science doesn’t mean that they couldn’t major in these disciplines. It simply means that their interests lie elsewhere. You may even feel pressured to add a caveat, such as “I’m a history major, but I am pre-law” or “I am an English major, but I am pre-med.”  If you really are one of these unique vocational combinations, then that is excellent. If you aren’t, that is also excellent. Be proud of the major that you have selected and use Thanksgiving dinner as an opportunity to affirm your passion for your area of study.

2) It is okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life right now. After you explain your academic situation, most relatives are likely to ask the dreaded follow-up question: “So, what are you going to do with that?” This can be a heart-stopping, blush-inducing quandary. While it might be a good idea for your own vocational discernment to frequently consider this question during your time on the Hill, you do not need to commit to any single career path this Thanksgiving. It is okay to provide a broad answer, explaining the types of careers you are interested in. It is even okay to admit that you aren’t sure yet. Under no circumstances should you feel like you need to make an excuse for your major. This is your education, and these are your choices.

3) Use this as an opportunity to find common ground. The people you are dining with this Thanksgiving are often people you only get to see a few times a year.  Take advantage of this conversation as an opportunity to strengthen your relationships with family members.  Remember that your interests are not a coffee table book for your relatives to flip through absentmindedly. Actively engage in the conversation by highlighting some things you care about. Maybe talking about your academic interests will make your family members think about an artist, author or cause that they care about as well. Who knows? Maybe this Thanksgiving you will rekindle a new relationship with that slightly eccentric aunt or uncle.

Let’s face it. Even if you follow these tips, your conversation is still going to be a little awkward. Okay, it will probably still be really awkward. But your conversation will be a reflection of your true interests, rather than a superficial description of a falsely-constructed identity.  So this Thanksgiving, proclaim your passions unapologetically, and find affirmation in your own intellect rather than the approval of your relatives. Also, eat lots of pie.

 

mihelich@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Three Links employees recognized with state awards

Northfield News - 8 hours 53 min ago
Northfield’s Three Links assisted living center is known statewide for its great service and caring staff.
Categories: Local News

‘Love of Three Oranges’ keeps things fresh

Manitou Messenger - 9 hours 29 min ago

Last weekend, the St. Olaf Theatre Department premiered its newest show, The Love of Three Oranges, written by Carlo Gozzi and directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Jeanne Willcoxon. The show was done in the style of Commedia dell’Arte, a classic form of comedic troupe acting that reached prominence in 16th-century Italy (think the street performers in movies such as Gladiator). In keeping with the Commedia dell’Arte traditions that inspired the production, Three Oranges is set up as a traveling show, each performance taking place at various St. Olaf locations and even a trip to the Carleton campus.

With auditions taking place at the beginning of the semester, the cast and crew had substantial time to build their show from the ground up.

“Early on in the rehearsal process we all read the script together as a group . . . and then we threw it away and never looked at it again,” cast member Matt Stai ’18 said.

The actors used the basic structure of Carlo Gozzi’s script more as a jumping off point to create an entirely unique show custom-fit to the specialties and talents of the cast.

These talents were on display even before performances began. For about 20 to 30 minutes before each show, a few members of the troupe would be out among the crowd to mingle with and entertain the waiting audience. These preshows included the acrobatics of Memo Rodriguez ’16, card-tricks performed by Francesco D’Aniello ’16 and the opportunity to take a selfie with actor Denzel Belin ’15. Also during this time, another cast member, Jenna McKellips ’16, offered every audience member a button that looks like an orange as a souvenir of the show.

“Come to three shows so you can get three orange buttons,” Belin said. “Then you can put on your own show called The Love of Three Buttons!

Once it was time for the show to begin, the rest of the cast – all in clown get-up – flooded the performance area, prancing around and howling with exaggerated laughter. The play was introduced with a prologue delivered in character by Christine Menge ’18. She outlined the story of a prince, played by Shannon Cron ’15, who falls in love with three pieces of fruit. Though a relatively short play, with a runtime of about one hour, Three Oranges was not at all short on laughs. The charming comedy won audiences over.

The show leaves absolutely no time for boredom with a constant stream of unrelenting jokes and gags to accompany the wonderfully hammy plot. But what really sells the comedy is the top-notch chemistry between the actors that makes all of the character interactions truly come to life. Whether it is the bickering of the king’s advisors (played by Nathan Aastuen ’17 and Stai), a magic battle between sorceress Fata Morgana (played by Joey LeBrun ’15) and the Great Wizard Celio (played by Noelle McCabe ’15) or a tap dancing competition between two country bumpkins (played by Shannon Brick ’16 and Amy Jeppesen ’15), seeing the actors have as much fun performing as the audience had watching was definitely a treat.

The comedy was very well played, with gags ranging from playing around with a mannequin arm, to throwing confetti as an ineffective magic spell, to an entire scene performed as a puppet show. A couple of the jokes fell a tad flat, mainly the references to modern day pop culture. One such reference was a rant about Kim Kardashian’s eyebrows. Another was the cringe-inducing line: “My anaconda knows you twerk.” These seemed very out of place in a show of primarily zany, timeless comedy.

However, whenever these lulls occurred they never lasted more than a couple of seconds as the actors pushed through with the show and kept the laughs coming. Through the use of clever puns, rib-tickling physical gags, wacky props and the occasional musical accompaniment, the cast of Three Oranges created one of the funniest works on the Hill this year.

The Love of Three Oranges performs in venues big and small through the course of its tour. The venues do indeed impact the performances. Bigger venues, such as the Caf, draw much more energy from the actors, as they are fueled by the booming thunder of laughter inevitably produced by a larger audience. Smaller venues, on the other hand, are not quite as zany, but find value in a stronger connection between the actors and audience, facilitating subtler gags, such as Prince Tartaglia drawing hearts on fogged-up windows upon seeing his loves. Audiences are encouraged to attend more than one performance to get the full experience.

The Love of Three Oranges continues this weekend with a 7:30 p.m. show on Friday, Nov. 21 in Tomson Hall Atrium, and two shows on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ytterboe lounge, and 7:30 p.m. in Stav Hall.

Pro tip: sit in the front row, it’s even more fun!

mayo1@stolaf.edu

Photo Credit: ASHLEY BELISLE/MANITOU MESSENGER

Categories: Colleges

Today’s news update – Patient Information gets inadvertently thrown into the dumpster; Local man’s death ruled methadone overdose; Stepped up saturation patrols – get a Smart Ride

KYMN Radio - 10 hours 43 min ago

Patient Information gets inadvertently thrown into the dumpster

Northfield Hospital Communications Director Scott Richardson is apologizing after a breach in the handling of protected patient information.  For 8 days in late October a cleaning crew commingled protected health documents with other refuse and placed it in commercial dumpsters for disposal.  Richardson said they were not hacked.  The issue was discovered after the cleaning crew had ramped up their efforts and an employee who handles the shredding of the documents noticed they weren’t there.  That’s when they knew “something had changed”.  The hospital is in the process of notifying 1778 patients whose private information may have been mixed in with the regular refuse.  Richardson added that they are very confident that the paper documents were taken to a secure landfill where they were likely incinerated.  Richardson added that they’ve taken steps to review their protocols and train their staff as well as recommit to being proactive in protecting information.  Something extremely important to them.  Patients involved will receive a letter offering them resources to guard against identity theft.  President of Northfield Hospital Steve Underdahl said in a press release “We are confident that our patients’ exposure is minimal. But we always want to error on the side of caution and do what we can to mitigate the impact of the incident.”  An 800 number will be established for people to call with questions and for help in minimizing their exposure. The number will be published next week on the Northfield Hospital & Clinics website. Northfield Hospital & Clinics is also offering free credit monitoring for a period of twelve months.  The full press release is posted on our website, kymnradio.net.

Local man’s death ruled methadone overdose

A methadone overdose is the official cause of death for 23 year old Tyler Jeffrey Jeno.  Northfield Police were called to a home on the 1600 block of Pheasantwood Trail on October 15th for a report of an unresponsive male. Officers and paramedics found Jeno dead at the scene.  Methadone is prescribed as a pain reliever and to reduce withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction.  Police Chief Monte Nelson could not comment on Jeno’s medical issues but added that methadone is a prescribed drug and “normally” administered in a “methadone clinic”.  Nelson said more of those clinics have opened up in the last 10 years due to the rise in heroin use.  Methadone in itself is addictive and can cause your heart to stop.  While the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office determined the cause of death they were unable to determine the manner of death.  What that means is that the death could be suicide, accidental overdose or any other manner.  Nelson said there were a unique set of circumstances surrounding Jeno’s death that made the manner uncertain.  He added that this is not the first death due to methadone toxicity in the area.

Stepped up saturation patrols – get a Smart Ride

Local law enforcement will be part of saturation patrols once again.  Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster says, traditionally, the day before Thanksgiving is the deadliest on our roadways.  Beaumaster encourages everyone to get a Smart Ride Home.  It’s just $6.  You can get a ride to the bar and one home.  He said it’s the “best 12 bucks you’ll ever spend”.  The number to call in Northfield is 507-339-1651.  That’s First Choice Shuttle.

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Sexual assault gets needed attention: SGA Town Hall meeting raises community response

Manitou Messenger - 10 hours 44 min ago

No e-mails carry as much weight as those from Fred C. Behr. So far in the 2014-2015 school year, students have seen an unnerving rise in messages tagged “Crime Alert.” As of Nov. 7, there have already been five reports of sexual assault – as many as there were in the entire 2013-2014 academic year.

This increase in assault reporting on our campus – as well as increased attention to the issue on a national scale – has understandably sparked concern and confusion. St. Olaf Student Government Association (SGA) responded with the launch of “It’s On Us,” a campaign to foster community accountability for sexual assault on campus. The sense of urgency spiked, though, after a student reported an assault that took place at this year’s SGA-sponsored Halloween Pause dance. To generate feedback on how to move forward, SGA hosted a “Town Hall” meeting and open forum on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

In the spirit of discussion, chairs were arranged in a circle, with a central ring consisting of administrative figures and representatives from SGA and the Sexual Assault Resource Network (SARN). Vice President for Student Life Greg Kneser, Dean of Students Rosalyn Eaton-Neeb ’87 and Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Pamela McDowell were present to field questions regarding the institutional end of assault procedures.

Students filled the available seating and flowed over into standing room. Though the event was Wellness swiped, less than half of attendees lined up to swipe their cards.

SGA President Rachel Palermo ’15 kicked off the conversation by addressing the student body’s concerns about increased assault reporting. She emphasized that although frequent reports are upsetting, they can be “a step in the right direction.” More reporting does not necessarily indicate a surge in actual rates of assault; it is more likely that more students feel empowered to speak up.

Maren McGill ’15, Co-Chair of SARN, took the floor next to establish a common understanding of the terms “rape” and “consent.” She clarified the need to refer to “survivors” and “perpetrators” rather than “women” and “men,” since sexual assault does not always adhere to the stereotypical man-attacks-woman model. McGill then explained the difference between confidential (Boe House, pastor’s office, SARN) and non-confidential (residence life, faculty, Public Safety, EMTs) resources, which is that non-confidential resources act as mandated reporters. Eaton-Neeb rounded off the introduction by breaking down St. Olaf’s sexual assault statistics from the past several years, and elucidating the action that the College takes when an assault is reported.

“When a complaint is received by the college, a no-contact order is issued and an investigator is assigned,” she said. If there are witnesses, they are called upon. Throughout the proceedings, the complainant and respondent never meet in the same room.

A disturbing trend in reported cases at St. Olaf is the near-universal presence of alcohol. Eaton-Neeb noted that of the cases brought to her attention over the past five years, all but one of them involved alcohol and/or other substances.

The discussion was then opened up to questions from the group as a whole. SGA members passed around microphones to participants who raised their hands. The first question – posed by Olivia Slack ’15 – asked why college and police discipline are separate, with the latter often completely absent from the proceedings. Kneser explained that the decision to report assault to the police is at the discretion of the survivor.

“We encourage people to make the report to the Northfield police, but ultimately, it is [the survivor’s] choice,” he said. Jo Treat ’15, Co-Chair of SARN, reiterated that survivors often make the decision not to involve the police.

“For a survivor, it’s whatever they choose… we never push them to a certain option,” Treat said. She acknowledged that going to college authorities rather than the police tends to be “a lot less traumatic.”

Further questions focused on the degrees of punishment available to perpetrators. A general sense of dissatisfaction with disciplinary measures pervaded the conversation. In an emotional moment, a survivor rose and spoke about her dismay that her assailant still attends St. Olaf, and stated that he was in the room. Josiah Mosqueda ’15 also questioned the apparently limited range of discipline.

“Why is expulsion not on the table?” Mosqueda said. Though the Deans were eager to engage in the dialogue, it was difficult to do so while respecting the confidentiality of individual cases.

“We can’t release the outcome of cases. We can’t say exactly what happened,” Kneser said. “Expulsion is on the table… ‘suspension’ often means four years.”

“Suspension does not mean automatic return,” Eaton-Neeb said.

Two other survivors shared their experiences near the end of the conversation, receiving thunderous applause for their courage. One of them suggested having a SARN advocate present at Pause dances, rather than flat-out canceling them. The other – a survivor of male-on-male sexual assault – also suggested taking another path.

“If you cancel Pause dances, it won’t eradicate the problem,” he said.

Some students were interested in the concrete steps that the campus community could take to prevent assault. The possibility of mandatory bystander training was discussed, though SARN’s first-year corridor training remains voluntary. McGill mentioned that SARN is seeking “increased support from Residence Life.”

The conversation was still heated as the SGA leadership drew the event to a close. Though it was emotionally-charged and wide-ranging in subject matter, SGA regarded it as a success.

“I think it was good that we got people together for a dialogue. These are the conversations we should be having,” said Nick Stumo-Langer ’15, SGA Vice President.

“Seeing 300 people show up to the event meant a lot to us. We were proud to see so many of our peers and friends thoughtfully share their questions, comments and ideas, especially when it was about difficult topics,” Palermo said.

Although many attendees were grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in an open forum, there is still a limit to the tangible change that can stem from such an event.

“There were many helpful questions asked and points made at the town hall meeting. Students are right to ask what the college is doing,” said Campus Pastor Matt Marohl. “But, a truly safe campus requires every individual student to be part of the solution.”

grosse@stolaf.edu

Photo Credit: HAILEY SALAZAR/MANITOU MESSENGER

Categories: Colleges

Sixth annual 'Breakfast with Santa' set for Bethel Lutheran in Northfield

Northfield News - 10 hours 45 min ago
It’s that time again. Come join Santa and his elves on Dec. 13 for the 6th Annual Breakfast with Santa at Bethel Lutheran Church.
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Northfield Hospital & Clinics patients to be notified about breach of patient information

Northfield News - 10 hours 52 min ago
Northfield Hospital & Clinics is in the process of directly notifying 1,778 patients about a recent breach in the handling of protected patient information.
Categories: Local News

Community News: Northfield Hospital informs patients of information breach

KYMN Radio - 10 hours 59 min ago

Nov. 18, 2014
From: Scott Richardson, Director of Community Relations, Northfield Hospital & Clinics, 507-646-1034.

Patients to be notified about breach of patient information Northfield Hospital & Clinics is in the process of directly notifying 1,778 patients about a recent breach in the handling of protected patient information.

The notification stems from an incident over a period of eight days in late October when documents containing protected health information were comingled in error with other refuse and placed in commercial dumpsters for disposal. The unsecured documents may have included patient names, account numbers, birth dates, home addresses, types of treatment, insurance information, medical information, and, in a few cases, credit card information.

Hospital officials say they are confident the documents went directly to a secured landfill. But out of an abundance of caution, patients are being notified and offered assistance in monitoring their financial accounts.

“We sincerely apologize to our patients for the breach,” said Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “We are committed to being good stewards of protected patient information and honoring our promise of confidentiality. We very much regret that this incident occurred. We are learning  from it and are emerging  with more secure protocols.”

Patients involved will receive a letter offering them resources to guard against identity theft.  An 800 number will be established for people to call with questions and for help in minimizing their exposure. The number will be published next week on the Northfield Hospital & Clinics website. Northfield Hospital & Clinics is also offering free credit monitoring for a period of twelve months.

As a result of the breach Northfield Hospital & Clinics, steps are underway to further improve the security of operations and eliminate future risk. For instance, desk-side recycling containers have been removed in favor of more secure, centralized confidential waste containers. Staff is being educated on best practices for the handling confidential waste and cleaning personnel will be supervised until further notice.

Underdahl said a very small subset of patients is affected by this breach, but he said an incident like this is always taken seriously.  “We are confident that our patients’ exposure is minimal,” he said. “But we always
want to error on the side of caution and do what we can to mitigate the impact of the incident.”

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is an independent, city-owned healthcare organization providing hospital and clinic services to residents of Northfield, Lonsdale, Elko New Market, Lakeville and Farmington.

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