Tenured teachers missing in minority schools state-wide; Northfield being an exception

Northfield News - 6 hours 19 min ago
Recent trends in Minnesota are stating that schools with high percentages of minority students lack experienced, tenured teachers. The process in place to become tenured and issues of seniority may be
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Smoke in our Mississippi River valley

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:32pm

Photos say it all…

Yes, it’s really this bad.  That’s the sun on a “clear” day.  Air quality is baddest of the bad, “Unhealthy” per the MPCA which isn’t exactly fond of negative declarations like that.  Got a 200 reading at St. Michael, that’s as high as the scale goes, so I’m sure that somewhere it’s off the charts.  It was 193 this afternoon in Prestigious East Phillips, and… well… note how few monitors there are around the state.  We don’t have one here.

Keep in mind this is biomass we’re breathing, and the emissions from trees are pretty awful.  Ask Alan Muller about that.

This is the result of all the fires in Canada added to the baseline pollution of the ND and MN coal plants, the turkey shit burner in Benson, all the garbage burners around the state including here in Red Wing.  We have a microclimate here in the Mississippi River valley, but it’s not just here where it gathers, it’s bad everywhere, the whole state, well, almost.

Don’t deep breathe, don’t do any outside exertion, don’t breathe the air if you can help it.  If you’re like me, you’re probably hacking and wheezing a bit.

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Riotgrrravel Reflections

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:50pm
This blog entry also appears on my Writing Space blog as R is for Riotgrrravel Reflections.

Two weeks ago, on June 20th, I rode Riotgrrravel, a gravel race/ride for women and am happy to say that I completed the 30 mile ride. Riotgrrravel is very well organized ride meant to introduce women to gravel racing. The ride is organized and put on by an awesome woman named Ellie and her family. Ellie started the ride just last year (I rode Riotgrrravel last year and wrote about my experience on my Idyllwild blog) and I’m so glad she did it again this year.Here we are at race start just about ready to go! From left to right: Lisa, Joy, Me & Katy. Last year the weather was stellar but the route had to be changed practically moments before race start because of flooding in the days previous to the race. This year the roads weren’t flooded but the morning of the race thunderstorms moved in. We woke up that morning thinking the ride would be cancelled due to the thunderstorms but the rain cleared out before start time and the roads ended up just a bit tacky instead of sloppy for the race and the ride was a GO!
Gorgeous scenery along the routeAbout 200 people were registered to ride the race but because of the uncertainty about the weather and road conditions, only 60 some people actually showed up to ride the 50 mile and 30 mile routes (20 rode the 50 miler & 40 rode the 30 miler).  Given how many people didn’t even show, it’s a great accomplishment to have shown up and finished. I rode with my “gravel gal” friends Lisa, Katy & Joy and we crossed the finish line together in 3 hours, 29 minutes and 39 seconds (a solid 10.6 mph – I believe we were in 23rd place). My Box of Frogs biking friends, Kate and Victoria, were also on the ride and finished 17 minutes before we did. After the ride my gravel gal pals and I ate pastries and lunch at a bakery. And then we got shakes at the Dairy Store. And we laughed and talked and had a good time as we ate and as we drove home.

The self supported ride was full of good gravel, gorgeous scenery and awesome women (and some awesome men). I’m really glad I rode the ride this year. But, I’ve got to say, I found the ride really frustrating simply because I didn’t do as well as I hoped I would. I don’t want to dwell on the negatives here – but it might be helpful for someone to read this anyway (or maybe simply because it’s therapeutic for me to write about it).I had figured the 30 mile Riotgrrravel would be relatively easy compared to the 60 mile Box of Frogs ride I completed two weeks previous. That ride was a grand gravel/mud/tar/slippery sludge adventure that was terribly difficult. I rode most of Box of Frogs with Kate and Victoria, however, and somehow we chatted and pedaled our way through it all. I had also figured that since two of our group were new to gravel racing and I had oh so much “experience” because I’d ridden two gravel rides already (Box of Frogs and Riotgrrravel) and have been riding for several years, that I would maybe even be sort of a leader in our little group of gravel gals.Well, those were nice thoughts, anyway. Turns out the ride was not easy and I was not at all a leader as the rest of my group had to wait for me several times so I could catch up.
Gravel, lots of gravel, and my gravel gal friends on the road ahead. We started out the ride and got rolling right away. We had headwinds right off and and I quickly fell behind our group of four. We’ve ridden together on training rides and I thought I would have no trouble keeping up with the group. Maybe they are more charged with race adrenaline, I thought (whereas I wasn’t thinking race as much as ride and set off at my normal pace). Maybe they are simply stronger than I am. Whatever the case, I was behind, not far – but far enough that I got discouraged a bit. So I told myself, “that’s okay. This is your pace. You know you can finish the ride at this pace. It’s okay if they go on ahead” and I kept on pedaling.

But the headwinds were hard to pedal against and I felt tired from the get go. Mentally I just didn’t feel with it. I felt tired (I really didn’t sleep much the night before so I know that didn’t help). And, within the first few miles, I noticed my (ahem) “lady parts” were getting sore. It is not normal for me to be sore so I was puzzled then realized I was way heavier on my hands and front of my seat than I usually am, probably because I was tired and kinda collapsing forward. I did my best to shift my weight back and kept on pedaling.About then, oh, we were just five miles into the race, I suppose, the helpful little voice that told myself I was riding at my own pace and it was okay that people were ahead of me started saying not so nice things to myself like, “you’re too slow” and “it sucks to ride alone” but then I’d try to offset those thoughts with nicer things and remind myself that I was riding my own ride and I just was having one of those off days and I knew that if I just kept pedaling I’d finish.Lisa dropped back and rode with me for awhile. Then I decided I needed to stop and rest. That was a smart move. I sat in the shade and ate a Clif Bar. Then I cried rather ridiculously for awhile and told Lisa I was so disappointed in myself and that I was pretty sure I was the last person on the course (the brain is a liar – I was far from last. And what does it matter, anyway?) and that she and the gals should just go on ahead and I’d finish on my own. I haven’t cried on a ride in years. I thought I was over that. I guess not.Lisa said all sorts of nice things and we rode on. Then we caught up with Katy and Joy at an intersection where they, and several other people who were resting there, got to see me fall as I came to a stop because I was so tired I couldn’t manage to clip out of my pedals. I have never done that. It’s rather embarrassing. At least I didn’t cry! Oh, I didn’t really get hurt, either, just a bit of a scrape on my knee.We rode on. Looking back, I estimate we had nasty headwinds or quartering headwinds at least 75% of the time. I am not a fan of headwinds. Sometimes I rode with my friends, sometimes I fell behind. I kept pedaling. And tried to say nice things to myself. But the ride was really, really, hard for me.That said. I kept pedaling and I had some fun with my gravel gal pals. We took some pictures. We crossed the finish line together. And, I cried again because I was just so glad to have finished.After the ride, after scarfing down some candy bars nicely provided by volunteers from Hope Lutheran Church (they opened their church and parking lot to us as a ride start location – thank you!), I talked to Kate and Victoria about how hard the ride was for me. We talked about nutrition both pre-ride and during the ride to see if that might have been a factor (not a whole lot different but I did lack in energy chews which I found to be helpful on Box of Frogs). We talked about the F-ING headwinds and decided they were a huge factor. I felt better after talking to Kate and Victoria. Ultimately we chalked up my not so great of a ride because I was tired and lacked mental and physical energy and ran out of happy thoughts to something pretty simply – I was having one of those days. They happen.But here’s the thing – even when you’re having one of those days you keep on pedaling and finish the ride anyway. Partially because no one is there to pick you up but mostly because you set out to finish a ride so you finish it. And that’s what I did. I set out to ride Riotgrrravel and I finished the ride. Yay!
The Gravel Gals (from l to r: Me, Lisa, Joy & Katy) crossing the finish line of Riotgrrravel 2015!
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HRA Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:39pm
Event date: July 9, 2015
Event Time: 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Cannon River Watershed Partnership announces new executive director

Northfield News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:00pm
Following a regional search after Beth Kallestad announced her resignation in April, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) named Bradley Frazier as its new executive director on Monday.
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7-7 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 1:51pm
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at
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Today’s news update – Woodbury man drowns in rural Faribault; Everbridge alerts aid officers and citizens; Kaczmarek talks about Beyond the Yellow Ribbon on TNL; Arts Guild season tickets now on sale

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:02pm

Woodbury man drowns in rural Faribault

A Woodbury man drowns in a pond in rural Faribault.  The Rice County Sheriff’s office received a report of a missing swimmer just after 5 Saturday evening in a pond off Canby Avenue in Wells Township.  Deputies along with the Water Patrol & Dive Team and other emergency personnel were called to the scene.  Dive team members located the missing swimmer just over an hour later in 14 feet of water.  Resuscitation efforts were attempted.  21 year old Devin Nathaniel McCauley was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.  An autopsy is being performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.  The Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by the MN State Patrol and DNR.

 Everbridge alerts aid officers and citizens

Law enforcement throughout Rice County, including Northfield Police, are involved with the Everbridge program.  It’s a notification program you can sign up for to alert citizens to severe weather, traffic closure, missing person or other critical incident.  They can notify you by text, email, mobile or home phone.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said when  you sign up you tell them HOW you want to be notified.  Click on HERE to sign up via Rice County.  Click on Citizen Alert notification.  Or click HERE via the City of Northfield.  It will take you step by step through the process.  It’s localized for you as well.  If you don’t have a computer or you have questions about the program you can call Dispatch at 507-363-6464.  Dunn added that it has helped them locate missing children.  For example, someone looking out the window saw the child and reported it.  You can sign up at the Rice County fair from July 21st to the 26th.  The Sheriff’s Department will be in their new incident command center that replaces they’re 1980’s white camper!  They’ll be set up by the 4H building as usual.  Dunn gave a shout out to TJ Heinricy and the City of Northfield.  His office hired the City to retrofit the command center and added some modifications.   {now Chief Nelson’s embarrassed because I have a better bus}  Dunn said they’re all pretty excited about it.

Kaczmarek talks about Beyond the Yellow Ribbon on TNL

On This Northfield Life, Virginia Kaczmarek said now that the new Y is open she’s had time to have a life outside that and she chose to donate her time and expertise to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, an initiative by Mayor Dana Graham.  She said organizations such as the Northfield Hospital, Allina, various churches and more are part of the network looking to become an official BYR community.  That would give the City of Northfield the official designation from Military Affairs.  BYR supports veterans and their families with any number of needs such as doctor referrals, shoveling driveways, assimilation into the community and more.  There’s nothing to achieve but to create a network of resources.  The plan is to get the designation by Veterans Day.  If you want to be involved or learn more, go to Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon facebook page.  Kaczmarek is a former Marine and now an adjutant to the local American Legion.  This Northfield Life airs Wednesday evenings at 6 and is hosted by Corey Butler and Brad Ness.

Arts Guild season tickets now on sale

Season tickets for the Northfield Arts Guild’s 56th Theater season are now on sale. There will be a series of five shows including A Streetcar Named Desire; Winter Wonderettes, a 60’s jukebox Christmas gift; the Pulitzer Prize winning tragic comedy Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the 2013 Tony Award Best Play comedy by Christopher Durang; and the Tony award nominated musical Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.   Season tickets provide a substantial savings by giving subscribers one play free. Additionally, each season ticket holder will get a free candy, snack or pop at every season show.   Northfield Arts Guild Theater season tickets and more information will be available online at or by calling 507-645-8878.

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15 with the Author | ‘Backlands’ by Victoria Shorr 7/6/15

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:15am

On today’s 15 with the Author Teri Knight’s guest is Victoria Shorr, author of “Backlands”.  Victoria brings to life the true story of beloved Brazilian legends Lampião, the one-eyed bandit and his lover Maria Bonita in the rugged landscape of the country’s forsaken outback.  She’s a fascinating interview, sharing much more about why Lampiao became a bandit and details of the backlands of Brazil.  Victoria is a political activist and has started several schools for girls.  Find out more at

Click below to listen to the full interview:

Backlands by Victoria Shorr

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TAB meeting! Monday, July 6th at 7 pm

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:10am
We're meeting at Hogan Brothers!  It will include ice cream!
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Let the packing begin!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:05am
Empty shelves in the reference office.
Library director's officeRef area upstairs
Looking towards the non-fic area upstairs The romances have left the building!
Pye room
A very busy circulation area even with no patrons!
Claudia packing the children's DVD and new books.
Leesa emptying out the shelves we are taking to City Hall and pulling the books we're taking
to the interim library.

Most of the large print collection has been moved/
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Hartland firefighter suspended

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:00am
                                      Photo by Linda Wallace

The Hartland firefighter who put the Stars & Bars battleflag on the city fire truck for the Albert Lea parade has been suspended.   He seems to be starting to figure out that he didn’t think it through.  As a condition of keeping his job, he should have to do some homework and write about Minnesota participation in the Civil War and the meanings of the use of that flag from the 1940s to the present, to be published as Commentary in the Albert Lea Tribune.

The parade organizer still refuses to take any responsibility.

It’s hit TIME Magazine:

Firefighter Suspended for Flying Confederate Flag During Parade

From KMSP:

Firefighter suspended for flying Confederate flag at parade in Albert Lea, Minn.

In the Albert Lea Tribune:

Hartland firefighter suspended after flying Confederate flag in parade
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Postcard: July 6, 2015

Winona Media (Leslie Schultz) - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:42am

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Creating A Brand

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:27pm
Creating a brand, redesigning a logo, and refreshing a company’s image are...
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Fine Tune #285 … 5 July 2015

KYMN Radio - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 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 07-05-15 #285

Celebrating the sounds of strings… and the composer of Elvis’s 1st single (this day in 1954), SPAM’s introduction in 1937, Marc Cohn’s birthday,  wonderful Twin Cities string trio treVeld, and That’s (not) All!

 1  NewGrange / Under the Hood 2  Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup / That’s All Right 3  Paul McCartney / That’s All Right 4  Memphis Seven / Grunt Meat Blues 5  Monty Python / SPAM Song 6  Dan Lund / Pam, Don’t Take My SPAM 7  The Hot Club of Cowtown / Faded Love 8  Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers / King Tut 9  treVeld / Goldfinch 10 treVeld / Morain 11 Marc Cohn / Rest for the Weary 12 Marc Cohn / Fallen Angels 13 The Hot Club of Cowtown / Keeper of My Heart 14 Rick Nelson / That’s All 15 Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem / That’s All 16 NewGrange / Round Trip

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Sun, July 5 - Dundas 10, Hampton 6

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:47pm
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Dundas 0 2 0 3 0 0 2 0 3   10 14 3 Hampton 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1   6 11 3

W - Matt Neuger (5-1)  L - Martinson  S - Gausman  HR - Van Roekel 2 (3), T. Jones (3), P. Strey, J. Schlosser
Full Box Score

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Sat, July 4 - Northfield 5, Dundas 4

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 8:26am
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Northfield 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0   5 7 3 Dundas  2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0   4 7 2

W - J. Mathison  L - Ruud  S - Cronin  HR - Pittman
Full Box Score

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A flea market and some fireworks: The Fourth of July in Northfield

Northfield News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:30am
The Fourth of July celebration in Northfield has certainly evolved over recent years.
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Confederate battle flag in Albert Lea parade?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 12:36am

So it’s the 4th of July, and yesterday in Albert Lea’s parade, a Hartland Fire Department truck is displaying the Confederate battle flag.  Yes, really.  A publicly owned City of Hartland truck, a public employee, in Minnesota… speechless…

Many people get the origin of this flag confused, it’s not an official state flag or a “Confederate” flag, but is a battle flag of Virginia.  More disturbing is that most people don’t know of the history of use of this flag in the 1940s and on to the present as a symbol of resistance/opposition to integration.  This symbolism is what I object to, the way it’s been used as a symbol of suppression and hate, often under color of law, such as use by Gov. George Wallace when he fought integration of his state’s schools.  People here in the North are particularly ignorant of the history of this flag.  I see it often as a bumper sticker, as a decal on a truck window, or big truck grills and mudflaps.

How many thousands of people attended this parade?  Yet this happened… no one stood up… no one stopped it… silence… The silence of people in Albert Lea on Friday watching this is worse than the display, it is through silence that some of the most horrific behavior in human history has occurred.  The Hartland Fire Department and City which allowed this use on its City equipment should be held accountable.  And then there’s the guy who put it there, Brian Nielsen — what message is he delivering to his daughter, his daughter’s friend, and his niece?  The organizer, per the STrib, “chuckled a bit.”

From MPR: Southern Minnesota fire department takes a stand for the Confederacy

In the STrib: Firetruck flies Confederate flag  alongside stars and stripes in holiday parade

Parade rules distributed to entrants say “all vehicles … must be decorated in either a patriotic theme or according to the parade theme.” This year’s theme: “Teaming Up for America.”

Kehr chuckled a bit and acknowledged that the Hartland firetruck was “probably not” in compliance.

“chuckled a bit” — very funny…

And the Washington Times: Minnesota firefighter flies Confederate flag in parade

And the first article from the Albert Lea paper:

Confederate flag flown at Third of July Parade

Published 1:34pm Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Confederate flag flown on the back of the Hartland Fire Department truck during the Third of July Parade sparked conversation in the community and on social media.

Brian Nielsen, who drove the truck with his wife, daughter, his daughter’s friend and his niece, said he has been on the department for about 10 years.

“It’s not that I’m up for the rebel or the slavery part of it, “ Nielsen said. “It’s history. They’re trying to take this flag away. They’re basically trying to change the history and abolish it and get rid of it.”

The comments come about two weeks after nine people were killed on June 17 at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Authorities said the accused gunman had posed in photographs with the Confederate battle flag.

The shooting has sparked debate across the country about the role of the Confederate flag, and the South Carolina Legislature is slated to vote about whether to remove the flag from the Statehouse grounds. Walmart has announced it is removing any items from its store and website that feature the flag.

“Even the Minnesota flag, they want to change that,” Nielsen said. “Where does it end?”

Nielsen said he wasn’t looking to get a lot of attention from his decision to fly the flag, and he didn’t think it would spur as much discussion as it has. He, himself, has a family member who is black, he said.

He had the Confederate flag on one side of the back end of the truck, while the U.S. flag was on the other.

He noted he saw two or three other Confederate flags along the parade route.

Nielsen said he talked with a few of the other firefighters on the department, and they supported him standing up for his rights. Another fire department in the county approached him as well saying they had considered doing the same thing.

Here’s another photo, this one by Laura Walker:

From Ryan Ruud who took this in Erhard, MN on July 4th:

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Easy Riding

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 9:29pm

Since the Crashquamegon a couple weeks ago, I’ve taken it pretty easy – daily sessions at the gym, but no long rides till today, when the stars aligned such that I could spend the whole day out in the Buffalo. I picked out a route over some of my favorite roads, aiming to hit some new MTB trails for a an hour of trail riding before an easy ride home.

As luck would have it, the ride took place in amazingly great conditions – cool early but rising to about 80° F, a cooling westerly breeze, bright sunshine, a crisp blue sky. Through I hammered the hills as hard as I could, I took it easy at other times. I wound up with 63 miles in my legs over 5:30 of ride time and soaked up some great views.

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'A matter of looking closely': Northfield Garden Club digs in for 2015 Garden Tour

Northfield News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:55pm
On why the Northfield Garden Club's annual Garden Tour is so successful, tour organizer Richard Collman said that it is because naturally, "everybody is snoopy."
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