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Duo tours local prisons

Manitou Messenger - 44 min 34 sec ago
Nursing homes, hospitals and churches are popular locations for St. Olaf students to share their musical talent off the Hill, but two Oles are adding an unexpected and underserved location to that lis
Categories: Colleges

How To Disappear Completely

Manitou Messenger - 44 min 34 sec ago
The members of Radiohead are masters of the unconventional album release. In 2007, for In Rainbows, they were the first major act to utilize the pay-what-you-want download model that has since been ad
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Lyric Theater’s muscial revue recieves positive reviews

Manitou Messenger - 44 min 34 sec ago
diences with their production of the opera Der Vampyr.  Luckily for everyone who left that show wanting more, Lyric Theater is back at it again with their 2016 spring show, Light.  This year’s product
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Myswyken production of Middletown muses on life and death

Manitou Messenger - 44 min 34 sec ago
In the shadow of a town’s insecurities, an awkward but honest quest for human affection and affirmation is laced through with humor and wonder at the stars. Ian Sutherland ’18 directed 10 student acto
Categories: Colleges

Senior art majors to end year with double-show

Manitou Messenger - 44 min 34 sec ago
On Sunday, May 8, senior art majors will have their final pieces on display throughout Dittman Center during “Lasting Legacy” and “The Senior Art Show.”  There are more featured artists than ever bef
Categories: Colleges

Rice County law enforcement issues 81 speed citations in recent wave

Northfield News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00pm
Local law enforcement recently concluded another Toward Zero Deaths speed enforcement wave resulting in a flurry of citations and warnings in Rice County.
Categories: Local News

Xcel Rate Case Hearing TONIGHT in Red Wing

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 5:03pm

7 P.M. TONIGHT IN RED WING

XCEL ENERGY RATE CASE PUBLIC HEARING

SE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

HWY. 58 & PIONEER ROAD

This is a transmission driven rate case, Xcel Energy claiming that the cost of the massive transmission build-out is reason to raise the rates.  they also claim that sand mining has increased demand.  But folks, the demand is down, down, down, and the transmission buildout is THROUGH Minnesota, bring Dakotas coal energy to points east, selling as much of their generation surplus on the market as they possibly can.

A couple of things you might find interesting, I did, are some of the Direct Testimony filings.

2A2_Multi-Year Rate Plan – Burdick_201511-115332-02

2C2_Xmsn_Benson_201511-115335-03

And the AG’s Office – RUD:

OAG_RUD_Initial Comments_201511-115670-01

OAG_RUD_Comments_11-20-2015_201511-115843-01

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Direct+Testimony+and+Schedules+of_Shoua_Lee_Travel_O&M

Here’s the AARP testimony, choosing narrow issues to challenge, particularly Xcel’s desire to raise the basic charge to have access to service, before one kWhr goes through your meter:

AARP Brockway Direct Testimony 20166-122233-01

And look what the Dept. of Commerce has discovered and revealed in testimony — XCEL HASN’T PAID TAXES SINCE 2008!

This income tax snippet is from the Direct Testimony of Nancy Campbell, Department of Commerce DER:

Campbell_DER_Direct Testimony_20166-122243-04

Here’s the Exhibit she refers to, scroll down to “NAC-20” at the very end, where you’ll find Xcel’s answer to IR 1171:

Campbell_Direct_Attachments1_20166-122249-01

Really!  Xcel Energy has paid less than $1 million in federal income taxes in the 7 years from 2009 through 2015!  Meanwhile, CEO Ben Fowkes was paid $9.2 million in 2015, v. $12.4 million in 2014!  (does that include stock options, deferred compensation, etc?)

Center of the American Experiment has been weighing in, but not even bothering to let people know when and where the hearings are or how to file a comment!!

Center of the American Experiment is off track

 

 

 

Categories: Citizens

Knights Earn ABCA’s Inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award

Carleton Sports - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:47pm

The Carleton College baseball team earned the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award. The Knights were one of only 35 NCAA Division III programs to take home this accolade and are also the lone representatives from the MIAC to receive the honor.

Categories: Colleges

Books & Stars featuring Dazzling Dave- YO-YO Master!

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:27pm
Event date: July 27, 2016
Event Time: 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
1011 Forest Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Dazzling Dave-- A Yo-yo Master with all kinds of tricks and he incorporates science into his presentation!
Made possible by SELCO/SELS Grant

In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forest Ave & Madison St. N
Check for updates at 507-645-6606 Facebook, Twitter and www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com

How To Encourage Customer Reviews

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:05pm

You know you do good work for your customers. Heck, you spend half your day making sure they’re happy. But how do you convince potential customers that you really walk the walk when it comes to knocking their socks off? Step One: Get some amazing reviews from past and current customers.

How to encourage great customer reviews via @brandyourselfmn.
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Here are a few methods to encourage your customers to write about you: Email

Follow up with a customer at the end of a project or contract via email. Customize the introduction based on your brand and voice, then give them one (or several) options to submit a review:

Custom Form

Create your own online review form, where you can collect information privately. This is good if you want to see how specific employees are performing, or ask for sensitive information. You can include a checkbox asking if the review can be shared publicly.

Facebook

Send customers straight to your Facebook reviews page. Simply link to this page in your email, asking customers to click the link and write a review.

Google+

Ratings on Google are surprisingly important, as they can influence your search rankings. First, get your Google+ page verified so you can respond to reviews. Then, let your customers know how to submit a review of your business on Google.

 Offer Guidelines

Sometimes, your customers will have great things to say about you, but they don’t know how to word it. Give them some examples or guidelines to help get the ball rolling. MindShare Consulting has a great post to get you started.

Write-In’s

Some industries or clientele are a bit more old-school. If your customers simply aren’t the type to leave online reviews, send them a letter with a pre-addressed return envelope, asking them to submit a review.

Ask In Person

Nothing beats a face-to-face interaction, even in the days of social. Host a party for your clients, or simply bring it up at your next meeting. You can either ask for a verbal review, or follow up the conversation with a personal email.

Extra Note:

While all of your customers are probably equally awesome, you want to be sure your reviews are reaching the right audience. Seek a range of reviews and testimonials so you can find your sweet spot. SumoMe has you covered in this post.

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Categories: Businesses

July 27 BOOKS & STARS UPDATE!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 1:47pm
Books & StarsDazzling Dave DUE TO THE LARGE CHANCE OF RAIN WE ARE MOVING TO THE DRY ODDFELLOWS PAVILION! (Forest Ave & Madison St) by the Three Links Care Center.)A Yo-yo Master with all kinds of tricks!   Dave will also incorporate some science into his presentation- Fun for all ages! Free look for Booker, the Book Bus.Made possible by SELCO/SELS Grant
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PORTRAITS: 'El Super Barrio Latino' gives voice to Latino community in Northfield

Northfield News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 1:02pm
As downtown Northfield begins to wind down most Sunday nights, a trickle of water from the dam is what most may hear. For others, it’s the highlight of the week as familiar voices take to the air waves.
Categories: Local News

UPDATE: St. Olaf's Anderson says college will implement Title IX recommendations; paths may vary

Northfield News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:33am
(UPDATE 4:10 p.m. Wednesday: Quotes from St. Olaf VP for Enrollment and College Relations Michael Kyle were added to this story.)
Categories: Local News

Rice County public safety report for July 26

Northfield News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:27am
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

Bruce Anderson talks about the Tour de SAVE on the KYMN morning Show

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:02am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Bruce Anderson, on of the organizers of Saturday’s Tour de Save.  Cyclists should meet at Spring Creek Park before the 9am start. Click below to listen to the full interview: Tour De Save 7-27-16

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dundas City Adm John McCarthy 7-26-16

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 9:57am

Jeff Johnson speaks with John McCarthy after last nights Dundas City Council Meeting, they discuss the agenda and other topics. Listen to the full interview…. mccarthy072616

The post ‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dundas City Adm John McCarthy 7-26-16 appeared first on KYMN Radio - Northfield, MN.

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.28.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:21am

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 28, 2016

Today: Northfield Y Tour (Halverson)

Birthdays: Steve Underdahl (7/24)

Next Week: Wendy Sivanich, Classification

Last Week:
Who in their right mind would attempt to bring 30 bands to Northfield in Minnesota’s mid-summer to play 100 concerts over a four-day span and live to talk about it?

Enter Paul Niemisto, founder and artistic director of Northfield’s Vintage Band Festival, affectionately known as our own musical maniac.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the festival, now the premier event of its kind in the United States. What started as conference for music historians punctuated by a few band performances quickly was turned on its head. In year one, it became a band festival with a conference on the side and it has stayed that way.

This year, bands from Germany, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin and two dozen from Minnesota will converge on Northfield July 28-31 to entertain thousands at concerts scattered throughout the community and in nearby towns.

The term vintage is broadly defined for the purposes of the festival. Paul said it includes bands with lots of brass and wind instruments who do historic music from the Civil War, those that do complete re-enactments with authentic vintage uniforms and instruments, those that play ethnic music, and those that perform swing and military music.

Paul said he is very pleased with the unbridled enthusiasm of the musicians who look forward to performing at the festival and pleased with Northfield’s embrace of the event.

“It means that the vision and that risk we took back in 2006 has really paid off and that it’s been a great thing for the community,” Paul said.

The festival costs $100,000 to produce. Paul said donations are appreciated.

Mini Classification:
Jan Stevens knows her geography. She lives 45 minutes from an international airport and 50 minutes from Mayo Clinic, two resources she values highly.

She came to Northfield in 1971 as the youngest faculty wife at St. Olaf College. When her husband, Stan, moved into the private sector, they relocated to Champaign, Illinois, where Jan received her Ph.d while raising three children. They came back to live in the Northfield area. Her kids finished school and all were Rotary exchange students. Jan has worked in real estate for Coldwell Banker for 25 years and is the current president of the Vintage Band Festival board.

Guests: Kevin Skip and Lillie Meakin (Child) and Frank Wakely (Wakely)

Scholarship Enhancement: The Old Trapper, Bob Will, hit it big.

Announcements:
We need 180 volunteers to pull off the Defeat of Jesse James Days Rotary Bike Tour. Jean Wakely and Ragh Singh are taking names. See them if you can help.

Dave Wolf completed a 515-mile bike tour in Northern Minnesota to raise funds for Minnesota Habitat. He was one of 125 riders who collectively raised $260,000 for the organization.

 We will be partnering again with the Eagan Rotary Club and Northfield High School to host an Ethics Workshop for 40 to 50 high school students on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Community Resource Bank. If you are interested in helping plan or participating in the all-day event, see David Koenig.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford,  Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea

Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

August 11 — Jim Barbour, (Reppmann)

August 18 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

August 25 — Zach Pruitt, Northfield Promise (Kaczmarek)

September 1 — Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Nemo)

Quote of the Week:
This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

Categories: Organizations

5 Things A Homeowner Should Splurge On

I get asked all the time, “What can I improve on my house that will give me the biggest return upon selling?”. The answer to these questions is usually, a kitchen or bathroom remodel or an unfinished basement build out.

Look online and you will find articles galore about how homeowners can and should save on various home ownership expenses. It may range from outlet furniture to different types of bargain paint. In this article I am going to discuss 5 key home investments that calls for the fearless side of spending by the homeowner. It’s your home and sometimes you can splurge on yourself. It is a place where you spend so much time, so why not treat yourself for all of your hard work over the years. After all, the following do generally help increase the value and attractiveness of a home.

Yard/Garden Supplies – This point is especially true if you reside in the suburbs and live with just your spouse. A nicely manicured lawn can turn wild in the blink of an eye. We spend so much on the insides of our homes, why not the outside? Attempt to invest in the best organic fertilizers and lawn mowing tools you can lay your hands on. Anything that is efficient will save you a hand full of money in the long term. Even sprinkler systems can be set up to automate this aspect of the maintenance process. Get a cordless weed whip, a leaf blower and maybe get some solar pathway lighting to highlight a flower garden.

Real Estate for Pets – Have you considered giving your pets open access to the outside? I have used quality “doggie doors” over the years with magnetic flaps that keep it closed in high winds. If your yard is fenced and the pets have all of their shots, let them go inside and out on their own leisure. This is a huge convenience and saves you having to “let them out”. Ensure that you invest in a spacious dog house or fenced in kennel. Cats may appreciate one of those carpet tree stands to crawl up on and watch the world go by out a window.

Tool Kits – Not just men need their “man cave” full of high-end power tools. Gather an arsenal of tool kits that include quality screw drivers, hammers, nails, etc and place smaller kits on various levels and areas of your home. I keep a tool box with the basics upstairs where our bedrooms are and another kit in my car trunk. Having multiple next tools within a few steps is so nice, and allows you to more easily install the home improvement items that you purchase for your property. Essentially, anything that may and will come up eventually when you own your home. These can come in very useful if you need to repair the odd leaky tap or even hang a picture frame. Some other essentials include, levels, tape measures, plumbing wrench, power drills, drill bits, pliers etc.

Appliances – To be exact, high quality appliances. These can not only add to your home’s personality but can add to the saleability when it comes time to sell. A homeowner shouldn’t hesitant about putting in the best oven or stove, a grill, or furniture that compliments the home. You say “but I am rent out this property”… well, this is still a perfect scenario for adding features that make the living experience convenient can go the extra mile in attracting the right kind of renter. Aside from appliances, don’t forget proper lighting and energy saving as a way of adding that extra touch for resale.

Security – This is a given, but we have to mention this. Locks and quality entry points are key to not only upping your resale game, but the peace of mind can make the difference while you are living in the home. Replace all of the existing locks and keys if you have to. Especially if you are buying a property that is pre-owned. Do not hesitate to spend big here and on alarm systems too. This is a must for anyone but especially if you have a family. Check the locking mechanisms on each window and be sure to install bright exterior lights. I have a good quality motion light on the front and back of my house. I also found a place to purchase little stickers for the windows around your doors that state you are protected and the house in monitored by some security service. Sometimes it’s ok to bluff like this if you can’t afford the real thing.

And lastly, we’re seeing a trend in wireless home surveillance. I’ve been hearing commercials for a smart doorbell that includes a small HD camera that, when someone rings, will trigger an app or alarm that includes a real-time video of the person outside your front door. The eye-hole “peep through” cameras are also a thing. Hide your passage camera in this location if the doorbell is too obvious.

I’m a licensed Realtor in the state of Minnesota and am eager to get your feedback on this article or better yet, discuss your next real estate transaction. Please text or call me anytime. 507-581-5038.

Tim Freeland
Edina Realty

Categories: Citizens

SCC, Multek combine powers for workforce training program

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:48pm
A college in Faribault and an engineering company in Northfield are combining forces to develop an innovative work-education program.
Categories: Local News

Garrison Keillor coming to town for Save the Northfield Depot fundraising show

Northfield News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:39pm
Garrison Keillor is set to take the stage of The Grand in Northfield this fall, as he comes to town to support the efforts of Save the Northfield Depot.
Categories: Local News

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