Today’s news update – Convicted cop killer could get released; Mock Crash drives home the effects of driving under the influence to teens; Non controversial topics for City Council tonight?; Hanson Farms honored

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 46 min ago

Convicted cop killer could get released

If a bill passed by the Senate last week moves through the House and Governor Dayton.  A man convicted of killing a Rice County Deputy in 1996 could be released from prison.  Three years ago the US Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for offenders under 18 are cruel and unusual punishment, and therefore unconstitutional. In Minnesota, convictions of murder of a police officer in the performance of their duty and murder during a rape receive automatic life without release.

Rice County attorney John Fossum said nineteen years ago in Rice County, a then 17 year old Timothy Chambers, deliberately aimed his car at Deputy John Liebenstein’s squad, stepped on the gas and killed him after a chase in a stolen vehicle.  [In May 2013, 25 miles of I-35 between Rice and Steele Counties was dedicated to Deputy Liebenstein.  More than 100 officers were there for the dedication along with his family]  In June of 2013, Chambers attorney argued that the Supreme Court’s ruling was retroactive.  At that time the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Chambers sentence.  But Fossum says now that the bill the Senate passed would automatically convert those sentences of Life without Release to Life WITH Release.  If the bill passes, Chambers would be eligible for release next year.  Fossum agrees with the US Supreme Court in that Life without Release for juveniles is not always appropriate, however, these cases should be re-evaluated, not just automatically changed.

There are currently 8 felons who were juveniles at the time of their convictions in Minnesota prisons. Fossum had been confident early last week that the bill was dead, however, the Senate appropriations bill was converted to a policy bill that included allowing silencers to be sold to the public as well as other policies that had been rejected and “crammed” them into one and passed it quickly.  The bill still needs to pass the House and get past Governor Dayton.

Mock Crash drives home the effects of driving under the influence to teens

A mock crash staged yesterday was complete with all the carnage and chaos of a very real demonstration of what happens when law enforcement gets the call of a crash with injuries.  Northfield EMS manager, Brian Edwards coordinated several agencies and utilized student actors to show Northfield High School students the consequences of drunk driving.  The sound of squealing tires and a loud crash and then buses pulled away to reveal the scene. The crowd was silent, then chaos increased as emergency vehicles arrived on scene and the driver of the vehicle admitted to drinking.  After a field sobriety test, a State Patrol officer handcuffed and arrested the driver adding “you did this”.  The drama unfolded with 2 dead and 2 critically injured.  The crowd again went silent as the hearses pulled away.  Firefighter Mark Etzell said they plan this mock crash around Prom to drive home the point of driver safety.  Police Chief Monte Nelson told the crowd, the number one killer of people between the ages of 16 and 25 is car crashes.  Northfield’s Prom is Saturday.  We have some dramatic pictures up on our website

Non controversial topics for City Council tonight?

The Northfield City Council meets tonight for a work session at 7 o’clock.  Two subjects are on the agenda, Beautify Northfield and the1980 Waterford annexation agreement. Mayor Graham will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a recap.

Hanson Farms honored

Each year, the University of Minnesota recognizes families throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. This year’s Rice County Farm Family is Hanson Farms.  Randy and Brian Hanson of Nerstrand continue the family farm now growing corn and soybeans.  The Hansons are involved with the Rice County Farm Bureau, Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers, and Pork Producers. Randy has been president of the Rice County Farm Bureau for the last 18 years. Hansons also work the SWCD to maintain buffer strips and sediment control basin to help reduce erosion.  Locally, the Hanson Family will be honored during the Best of the Best Ceremony at the Rice County Fair. The official statewide presentation of the 2015 Farm Family Recognition Program will take place on August 6th at Farmfest.

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Oh, Baltimore…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 3 hours 29 min ago

I really don’t know how to deal with our inability, our refusal, to deal with the systemic problems in this country.  In the 50 years that I’ve been aware that there’s no “liberty and justice for all,” not much has changed…


Categories: Citizens

Carleton College stages unique productions of Chekov's "The Three Sisters"

Northfield News - 3 hours 30 min ago
For its spring theatrical production of Anton Chekov's "The Three Sisters," Carleton College is asking the big questions: Who or what do I love? What have I accomplished with my life? Does my life hav
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Northfield News - 3 hours 48 min ago
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Ole tennis clinches playoff position

Manitou Messenger - 3 hours 49 min ago

The St. Olaf women’s tennis team took on the College of St. Benedict on April 18 in a MIAC clash that was important to both teams’ playoff aspirations. Nothing could stop the Oles, as they rolled to an 8-1 victory.

The match started off in a troublesome fashion for the Oles, as the number one double tandem of Margaret Zimmerman ’18 and Kristi Kroker ’15 fell to a heavy 0-8 defeat. However, St. Olaf rallied in the number two and three doubles positions, with Lisa Hall ’16 and Maya MacGibbon ’16 winning second doubles 8-4, and Erin McDonald ’18 and Bailey Kent ’16 giving the Oles a 2-1 lead with a tight 8-6 victory at the third doubles position.

With a slender advantage heading into singles play, the Oles were relentless, winning all six matches in straight sets on their way to a dominant victory. Hall led the way at number one singles, winning 6-3, 6-4. Hall has an outstanding 12-2 record in singles over the course of the season.

Kroker had a battle at number two singles, where she edged her opponent by a scoreline of 7-5, 6-4. Not to be outdone, MacGibbon controlled her third singles match from start to finish, recording a 6-1, 6-3 victory. Zimmerman also fought through a tough first set at fourth singles, which she won 6-4. However, she raced away with the second set 6-1 to score a comfortable win. The fifth and sixth singles matches proved to be no problem for the Oles, as Erin Hynes ’15 and Kent won their matches 6-1, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-0 respectively.

The Oles, with a conference record of 6-2, have secured their playoff spot, despite having two remaining regular season matches to complete. They will be joined in the playoffs by the University of St. Thomas, Gustavus Adolphus College, Carleton College, College of St. Catherine and one other team that has yet to be determined.

St. Olaf appears destined to begin its postseason campaign in the quarterfinal round on April 29. The Oles will be looking to improve on last season’s performance, where they fell in the quarterfinal to College of St. Catherine 4-5.


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NBC affiliate talks to St. Olaf students from Nepal

St. Olaf College - 4 hours 55 min ago

St. Olaf students (from left) Bishwas Sharma ’16, Stuti Thapa Magar ’15, Pika Pokharel ’18, and Yazmin Moktan ’18 talk to NBC affiliate KTTC-TV about the earthquake that hit their home country of Nepal.

St. Olaf College student Bishwas Sharma ’16 tells KTTC-TV that the two hours between when he first learned about the earthquake that devastated his home country of Nepal on Saturday and when he was able to reach his family was “one of the scariest times in my life.”

The powerful 7.8-magnitude quake has claimed the lives of more than 3,500 people and left thousands more injured.

Sharma and three other St. Olaf students from Nepal — Stuti Thapa Magar ’15, Pika Pokharel ’18, and Yazmin Moktan ’18 — tell the Rochester NBC affiliate that witnessing the devastation from afar has been difficult.

Nepal is the home country of seven current St. Olaf students, and together they have organized a candlelight vigil that will be held in Boe Chapel this Wednesday, April 29, at 9 p.m. “We will discuss ways we can come together as a community to provide aid to this country of rubble that we call home,” Moktan notes in a letter she sent to the campus community.

The students emphasize that while aid is starting to pour into Nepal’s largest cities, like Kathmandu, help is still not getting to many rural areas.

That’s a point that St. Olaf alumnus Subhash Ghimire ’10, the editor of the daily Nepalese newspaper Republica, reiterated in an interview with National Public Radio. Ghimire is from a village in the mountainous district of Gorkha, which is near the earthquake’s epicenter, where he said not a single house is left standing.

He says the devastation from the earthquake, combined with the lingering effects of a decade-long civil war, have left the country facing a massive rebuilding task.

“We were still trying to get out of the conflict and rebuild some of the structures destroyed in the wartime,” Ghimire tells NPR. “And now you add all the destruction from the earthquake, and it has taken us back at least a decade.”

Yet Moktan tells KTTC that her family members in Nepal are already expressing hope for the future. “My dad, who is in Nepal, said people are so stressed but he said we’re shaken, but not broken.”


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UPDATED: Northfield High School drives home awareness with 'Mock Crash'

Northfield News - 5 hours 3 min ago
(Updated: The story has been updated with a comprehensive look at the Northfield High School "Mock Crash.")
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dundas City Adm John McCarthy 4/28/15

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 35 min ago

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….


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4-27 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 5 hours 47 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dr. L. Chris Richardson 4/28/15

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 59 min ago

Dr. Richardson talks with Jeff Johnson about topics from last nights School Board Meeting. Listen to the full interview….


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A Beautiful Year for Spring Bulbs

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:22pm

Maybe it’s because it has not warmed up too fast, or we had moisture at the right times (though parts of Minnesota are technically in a drought), 2015 has been a good year for bulbs in my garden.

Mixed crocus

Over the past couple of years, I’ve planted more bulbs in the fall for spring bloom, including lots of crocus*, Siberian squill in the yard and garden beds, new big daffodils*, more tulips and cute, little Chiondoxa (glory of the snow). For later bloom, I have two kinds of allium as well. So far, the early spring bulbs are blooing except the tulips, which will be colorful until mid-May or beyond.

First tulips in bloom.

Bulbs brighten up the early spring landscape and are a great addition to northern gardens. Since we often aren’t sure when spring will occur in Minnesota or how long it will last, bulbs guarantee a bit of color before that explosion of spring flowering trees and early perennials that occurs in May.

Glory of the Snow

They are easy to plant and take care of, too. In early October, I dig a big hole to place large groups of bulbs. The larger groups have more impact in the landscape and placing them in one hole is easier than digging individual holes for each bulb. I give them a little fertilizer, but otherwise just leave them alone and wait for spring. I’ve been fortunate that the many critters we have around our house have not gone after my bulbs. My neighbors have had that happen and switched to mostly daffodils, which for some reason the little monsters don’t like.

How are your bulbs looking this year?

I’m pretty sure these were test plants sent to me at no charge from Longfield Gardens. (I lost the paperwork between October and now.) The bulbs are fantastic.

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Micaela LaRose Leads Knights to Sweep of Martin Luther in Season Finale

Carleton Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:16pm

Talk about giving it your all. In her final two games for the Knights, senior captain Micaela LaRose had a field day in game one, going 4-for-4 at the plate with 3 RBI, including the walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth to end the contest early as the Carleton College softball team defeated visiting Martin Luther College by scores of 8-0 (6 inn.) and 4-2.

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Letter to the Editors: Second from April 24, 2015

Manitou Messenger - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 7:55pm

In the March 20 edition of the Messenger, Christine Barkley ’18 wrote about the media coverage of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, calling it “ridiculous.” This scandal started with the revelation that while serving as Secretary of State, Clinton used a private email address instead of a government email. Barkley asserts, “Who really cares?” This story has been “blown out of proportion” and was a “simple oversight.”

Let’s take a deeper look at what has happened here: in lieu of using her mandated government email, Clinton installed a private server in her New York home under the name “Eric Hoteham,” and then used a personal email to communicate as our nation’s top diplomat. It is hard to see this as a simple “oversight,” especially coming from Clinton, who is one of the sharpest legal and political minds in our country.

As I see it, this scandal is problematic for two reasons. Firstly, her private email server is significantly more vulnerable to hackers, lacking the sophisticated privacy measures one would find on a government server. Secondly, the release of her work-related emails to the government has been done by her own personal lawyers, leading to no public transparency. We can only take her word that she released all the relevant emails. If she had something to hide, she could simply not include it in the 55,000 pages of emails her lawyers already released. Why not let an objective third party review her emails?

This scandal is emblematic of a criticism commonly waged against Clinton: that she operates with little transparency. In fact, the insularity of her campaign for president in 2008 is largely seen as the cause of its failure. Most recently, this criticism resurfaced when it was revealed that the Clinton Foundation had been surreptitiously accepting large donations from foreign governments while Clinton was the nation’s top diplomat.

As a vanguard female political leader, Clinton has sustained much criticism – some unnecessary and rooted in sexism, and some warranted. I think this is a case of warranted criticism. I find it ridiculous to disregard a clear ethics violation. We should strive to be critical of the politicians that represent us, holding them up to the high moral and ethical standards that our democracy deserves.

Taylor Lightman ’16 ( is from Lewisburg, Pa. He majors in religion and political science.

Categories: Colleges

All-Wheel Drive/April 28

KYMN Radio - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:51pm

Jessica Paxton hosts the 4-6pm hours filling them with eclectic music, news and local info.


Stray Cats/Rumble In Brighton
Southern Culture On The Skids/Cheap Motels
Dwight Yoakam/Second Hand Heart (July 17 at the Lake Front Music Fest in Prior Lake!)
Dwight Tilley/I’m On Fire
The Edgar Winter Group/Free Ride
Har Mar Superstar/DUI
Fujiya & Miyagi/Collarbone
Bing Ji Li/You Shook Me All Night Long
HAIM/Days Are Gone
Sia/Clap Your Hands
Kim Wilde/Kids In America

After the news, area funeral announcements, and the weather forecast

Haley Bonar/Eat For Free
A.M. Stryker/A Breathe Let Go (celebrating the release of his gorgeous new album, May 2 at Icehouse MPLS)
Fleetwood Mac/The Chain
Fathom Lane/Perfect Day (this Thursday — along with LOTT & We Are The Willows — at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis)
Matthew Sweet/I’ve Been Waiting
The Frames/Perfect Opening Line
Arcade Fire/Modern Man
Jonsi/Sticks And Stones
Sam Smith/Money On My Mind
Ariel Pink/Round And Round
Sam Cooke/Little Red Rooster
Morrissey/All You Need Is Me (July 13 — supposedly! — at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul)

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Community News: Mock crash dramatically drives message home

KYMN Radio - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:27pm

As Northfield’s Prom approaches, several law enforcement agencies put a lot of effort into setting up a mock crash at the Northfield High School.  Northfield EMS Manager, Brian Edwards said he’d been there since 8am and they had all been working on the event since February.  Some of the actors were Northfield High school students Meg Etzell, Kayla Huntington and Cole Gilbertson.  Between sound effects and very realistic brain matter smashed across the pavement, the scene continued to become more dramatic as emergency vehicles arrived.  Etzell, the one driving the vehicle had only minor injuries but admitted to drinking and smoking a little something.  After a field sobriety test, she was handcuffed and told “remember, you did this” and “you’re under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol”.  You could hear her sobbing.  The audience was completely silent as the scene moved to the chaos of assessing injuries and extricating students and chaperones from the vehicles.   Two victims were dead on the scene.  After the hearses left, Police Chief Monte Nelson introduced Rice County attorney John Fossum to tell the listening students what was next for the driver.  A possible felony conviction for criminal vehicular homicide.  He said it’s not just the legal troubles but all the other consequences that come with living with what you’ve done.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn spoke of his personal experience at 16 when he went on a ride-along as part of the Explorer program and they were called to a fatality.  That was 30 years ago.  The  brother of that victim spoke.  Another message repeated throughout the event was the danger of texting while driving and encouraging students to make good decisions and to stand up for themselves if they see the driver on the phone, take it from them.  One student I talked with was visibly affected.  Law enforcement says if it stops one kid, then you never know how many lives were saved.  Firefighter Mark Etzell explained earlier that they put this mock crash together specifically around prom.  He says there are hundreds of kids traveling to and from dinners, pictures and parties.  Etzell says the more kids you get into a car, the more distracted the driver will be and  Prom is one of those events.  He asks the kids to leave the driver alone and let them concentrate on the job of driving.  Northfield’s Prom is this Saturday.

Brian Edwards prepping

Mock Crash 2015

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Northfield YMCA's 'Healthy Kids Day' draws diverse groups, kids of all ages

Northfield News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:16pm
Virginia Kaczmarek is calling Saturday's "Healthy Kids Day" one of the most successful events in the nine-year history.
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Hanson Farms of Nerstrand named Rice County Farm Family of the Year

Northfield News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 2:53pm
Each year, the University of Minnesota recognizes families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities.
Categories: Local News

Young Knights Conclude Season at SJU Invitational

Carleton Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 1:49pm

The Carleton College men's golf team wrapped up its spring schedule at the Saint John's University Spring Invitational this past weekend. With three rookies in the lineup, the Knights finished 17th out of 18 teams with a three-round total of 938, which put them at 82 strokes above par.

Categories: Colleges

Drink after drink after drink

Northfield News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:22pm
From many backgrounds and for many reasons, some people can't stop at just one or two.
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Mayor's Youth Council

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:10pm
Event date: May 6, 2015
Event Time: 07:45 AM - 08:45 AM
Northfield High School
Room H104
Northfield, MN 55057

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