Northfield Chamber names Bornhauser as executive director

Northfield News - 50 min 53 sec ago
The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced Tuesday that it has named Todd Bornhauser as its executive director.
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Pavement plan: Much thought, planning spent on Northfield street projects each year

Northfield News - 2 hours 11 min ago
Potholes and cracked pavement have always been a problem for Minnesota drivers. But lately, Northfield residents have been questioning the state of city streets as the city budgets millions of dollars
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Rotary Cogwheel | 09.24.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - 2 hours 57 min ago

Today: Kim Briske, Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools, (Lawlor)

Birthdays: Ryan Blumhoefer (9/21),Jack Hoschouer (9/22), Don Robertson (9/25), Gerhard Meidt, Hugh Kaste and Jim Blaha (9/27).

Next Week: Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop owner (TBD)

Last Week:
Bike enthusiast Jesse Streitz said the hardest part of his 3,200-mile cross country bike ride wasn’t so much the physical demands of peddling from Florida to San Diego, it was the mental challenge of being away from his family for so long.

“You know things are going to happen,” he said.  “You have to be mentally prepared for anything that comes along.  You have to put yourself out there, and not be afraid.”

Beginning this past March, Jesse put himself out there for 50 days on the trail — 44 days of riding.  He stayed clear of the freeways and onto the back roads of America, passing through seven states.  He rode alongside the ocean, through mountain ranges and the desert, over the plains, and through the forest.  He stopped at interesting areas, such as Civil War battlegrounds and local cemeteries.   He rode in all kinds of weather, through rain storms and the searing desert heat.

Through it all, he got to experience the sights and sounds of the road.  “For two months it was just me and my bike,” he said.

Jesse took one day off about every 10 days to rest.  He camped in a tent, stayed in economy hotels, and even bunked at a hostel.  He packed light, stashing under 35 pounds of supplies that included an IPad, cell phone and solar charger, as well as a repair kit and camping accessories.  He carried two to three meals of cold food at any one time, and often stopped at convenience stores to resupply.

“I lost about 15 pounds on the trip,” he said.  “The great thing is that on a trip like this, you can eat just about anything you want.  It’s easy to burn it off when you’re on a bike all day. “

Affectionately known around his house as “the crazy man on a bike,” Jesse took two years to plan his ambitious trip.  Now, he has a lifetime of memories of the places and people he saw along the way.

Last Week’s Guests:

Mark Thatcher (Williams); Pastor Pam Fickenscher of St. John’s Lutheran Church (Weber); Eleanor Croone and Kim Bell, a Carleton graduate and former Rotary Scholar to Egypt (Covey); Diana Abbott (Abbott); and our new exchange students:  Marcelo (Brazil), Philipy (Peru), Giulia (Italy) and Lydia (Feroe Islands).

Scholarship Enhancement: Guest Extraordinaire Kim Bell


Charlie Cogan noted that the Gates Foundation campaign has now raised more than $850,000 from District 5960 over the past six years to support PolioPlus.  Our club is No. 1 in the District for funds raised for the campaign.

Jim Holden encouraged club members to tune in to the outstanding PBS television series on The Roosevelts:  An Intimate History.

Jean Wakely has a few XXL tee-shirts left over from the Bike Tour.  The tee-shirts are $12 each.  If you can’t wear one that large, there’s room enough for two.  Please see Jean if you’d like one of the tee-shirts, or to claim any of the remaining lost items from the tour.

Virginia Kaczmarek reported that craft sales from the Defeat of Jesse James Days netted the club a check for $4,200.

Coming Up:
Oct. 9 — Inbound Exchange Student (V. Dilley)
Oct. 16 — Ramiz Allawala, Wellstone Leadership Training (Taylor)

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Finnish musical duo brings traditional, modern sounds to St. Olaf College concert

Northfield News - 3 hours 11 min ago
Having performed both independently and together in a variety of projects, musical cousins Arto and Antti Järvelä are about to embark on their first tour of the U.S., kicking things off with a show at
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Today’s news update – Mayor suggests major funding and KYMN will stream it’s last Council meeting; Board of Commissioners reluctantly stepping into a technical future; Dundas looks to revamp Water Fund fees; Absentee voting now available at Nfld. City Ha

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 24 min ago

Mayor suggests major funding and KYMN will stream it’s last Council meeting

The Northfield City Council work session starts at 7.  They’ll discuss changing the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.   Several more departments will present their budgets and the Mayor is requesting a rather generous yearly donation from the City of $100,000 for the next 5 years for the new YMCA.  You can view his letter and reasoning to Haggenmiller and the council on the City’s website in the Council portal.  The meeting will be streamed live online at  This will be the last City government meeting KYMN will stream.  After nearly 5 years of a temporary contract with the City, they are now ready to take over responsibility for streaming government meetings such as the Council, the EDA, the HRA and the Zoning and Planning Commission.  We’ll provide a link from our website,, through the City Hall button located just under the KYMN banner at the top of our front page.   The City is in the process of creating a learning tool for the public to use the new software program for council packets and streaming.

Board of Commissioners reluctantly stepping into a technical future

Rice County is also moving toward electronic management of the Board of Commissioners meetings.  Members will receive iPads, just as Northfield Council has.  IT rep Kevin Schmidt shared with the Board all the various capabilities including electronic signatures and approval much faster with auto routing.  An example is if the County attorney would need to look it over.  It then goes to County Administrator Tony Murphy for approval.  The electronic version would then be sent to all the Board members.  All notes taken during the meetings will also be posted to the public.  Some members asked that they have guidance as they learn to use the technology.  Schmidt added that they will be able to post the entire packet online to the public, something that has been a complaint of media and public that they couldn’t view the details.  Chair Malecha insisted that paper copies of their packets would be available for those who want them.  As for the cost, Schmidt said it’s $1763 per month in perpetuity.  This will run as a month to month contract.  When asked what they would be saving, a staff person said they figure a ½ a staff person’s time.  Commissioners Miller and Bower were the only 2 members more willing to accept the changes.

Dundas looks to revamp Water Fund fees

The Dundas City Council got a lot of work done last night including budget talks and Enterprise funds.  City Administrator John McCarthy said the funds are in good shape, however, he presented some proposals to the water fund fees.  But Council wants him to go back and make further changes that would cover fixed costs with the minimum charge and the user fees would cover the actual production of the water.  This could further increase or decrease the changes for some users.

Absentee voting now available at Nfld City Hall

All residents of Rice County may vote by absentee ballot at Northfield City Hall  on  Washington Street.   Ballots for the General Election are now available.  Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday, now through November 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 1st: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Also pre-registration closes October 14th. Voters are encouraged to preregister to vote to avoid long lines and waiting at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Election Day, November 4th.

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9-23-14 news

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9-22 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 4 hours 17 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Sept. 22.
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BeFrienders Ministry Training

St. Dominic - Church News - 4 hours 37 min ago

BeFrienders Ministry is one way to extend care to our Parish family. BeFrienders sincerely desire to listen/visit with a fellow parishioner, experiencing any type of transition in their lives. Their visits are made as a formal extension of St. Dominic’s pastoral care and the conversations that take place during these visits are confidential.  BeFrienders respond by listening without judging.

St. Dominic’s offers training, which is open to all. The training is offered at no charge and each participant decides how she/he will respond after the training sessions. Some will join as formal BeFrienders; attending monthly meetings and making BeFriender visits. Some will use the training in their daily lives (or other areas of St. Dominic Ministry). All will benefit from this wonderful opportunity to experience God’s love through this listening ministry.

 Please consider attending our training, Thursday evenings, 6:45-9:00pm. Oct. 23-Nov. 20, 2014 and Jan. 8-22, 2015  Contact Nancy Ludescher, Parish Nurse, if you are interested.  645-8816, ext. 203 or email:

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Are you prepared, Northfield? It's time to find out

Northfield News - 6 hours 11 min ago
From our sponsor, Rich Cahoon Agency, 205 S. Water St., Northfield. 507-403-4060.
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Archibald Engine House, force main replacement discussed at Dundas council meeting

Northfield News - 6 hours 12 min ago
The Dundas City Council convened on Monday evening for its regularly scheduled meeting. 
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dundas City Adm John McCarthy 9/23/14

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 26 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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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dr. L. Chris Richardson 9/23/14

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 39 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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Slow Roasted Tomatoes

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - 8 hours 41 min ago

Ready for a long roast in a low oven.

The tomato season is about to close, so about a week ago, I bought a nice batch of beautiful cherry tomatoes. I didn’t grow cherry tomatoes this year, but slow-roasted tomatoes are too good not to have on hand. They could not be easier to make either.

I poured about 3 tablespoons of olive oil on a cookie sheet, then rolled the tomatoes around in it so they were all covered. I salted them lightly and ground some pepper over them. You could also put a couple of cloves of garlic (in the skins) on the tray, too. Then I set the oven to 225 degrees, put the tomatoes in and forgot about them. About six hours later, they were soft and wrinkly. I put some in a jar and covered them with olive oil and put the rest in freezer bags for later use.


These are like candy. They make a great addition to a salad or slice some soft cheese on a cracker (gouda is good-a!) and top it with a tomato. Instant hors d’ourves elegance.


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West Side House, Finishing

Northfield Construction Company - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:14pm

We have been working hard on our new West side Northfield home. During the construction process the owners decided to change the exterior finish from smooth fiber-cement panels to Portland stucco. The stucco has been applied and finished in a bright white. With black windows, doors and trims this creates a sharp, distinct look for […]

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Adding Skylights to Your Home

Northfield Construction Company - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:54pm

Natural light has a healthy effect our our well-being. Studies have shown that natural light helps us boost our energy, along with improving our focus/productivity. It also reduces the cost of energy in our homes. If you’re looking to improve the light quality in your home, consider adding a skylight. Installing a skylight to any […]

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Women’s golf competes in DIII Classic

Manitou Messenger - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:28pm

On Sept. 13-14, the St. Olaf women’s golf team competed in the DIII Classic at the Jewel Championship golf course. They finished in 8th place out of 15 teams over the 36-hole tournament.

The Oles’ cross-town rival, Carleton College, won the team event with an impressive total of 628 and four of its individuals finishing within the top 15. The team’s best performance came from Grace Gilmore ’16, who secured her individual win with a final round 76 for a total of 151 and 5 shots clear of the field.

Maxine Carlson ’15 helped propel the Oles past Gustavus Adolphus College and Macalester College. Carlson started only 3 shots back of the lead after firing a 78 on Saturday and finished with an 81 on Sunday to end the tournament in solo 10th. This is her third straight top-25 finish of the season and her fifth round of 82 or better.

Grace Luker ’16 finished in a tie for 28th after two consistent rounds of 84. She looks to build upon her low round of 77 at the Wartburg Invitational in anticipation of the MIAC Championships.

Nadia Baka ’15 posted an 89 after shooting an 80 on Saturday. The Oles are poised to challenge the Knights and prevent them from winning their fourth straight tournament of the year.

Low rounds from all St. Olaf golfers could be enough to compete for the MIAC Championship and their first title since winning back-to-back two years ago.

Bunker Hills golf course will be a difficult test with a lot of trees, tough angles and fast greens. Weather conditions always have the potential to be an issue, but experience will be invaluable in the upcoming tournament. If the Oles can mentally prepare and come in with momentum, then they have a strong chance of claiming victory.

We can hope to see the trophy back on Northfield’s top campus.



Categories: Colleges

PAC dinner tackles conflict

Manitou Messenger - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:27pm

The long, simmering conflict between Palestine and Israel erupted into violence this summer, throwing the region into chaos and raising questions about the legitamacy of Israel’s claims on the land. On Sept. 9, over 50 students and faculty met in the Black and Gold Ballroom to discuss the situation.

Students seemed eager to gain a holistic understanding of the war from professors in pertinent fields. Assistant Professor of Sociology Ibtesam Al Atiyat and Associate Professor of Political Science Anthony Lott shared their expertise on the complex issue. Emma Youngquist ’15, Political Awareness Committee (PAC) Coordinator, welcomed the guests and provided a short introduction of the two panelists.

Atiyat’s perspective on the war reflected her Palestinian and Jordanian heritage. Her academic specialization is the Arab world and global interdependence. In her introduction, she addressed the American media coverage of the conflict.

“I am concerned about the information Americans were getting about the events,” she said.

She expressed her worry about what she called the ill-informed, biased and superficial essence of the news. She questioned the reliability and accuracy of the journalists reporting back to the States.

“Quasi-experts with six months training are being sent to the Middle East to tell us the news…This is extremely dangerous and alarming,” she said.

Atiyat then offered an impassioned defense of the Palestinians and their claim to the Gaza Strip. Israel acquired Palestine in 1967 and, as a result, many Palestinians lost homes and political rights.

“Nobody spoke against the occupation of a state against international law,” Atiyat said. She noted that the occupation of Palestine is too often ignored.

“What gets to the media are oftentimes selected pockets of history,” she said.

She focused on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and Palestine’s subsequent defense. She justified the Palestinian right to revolt, questioning Israel’s right to defend land taken illegitimately from another people.

At the end of her argument, she mentioned her Palestinian grandmother’s inability to return home from Jordan due to the war. She became emotional and said that Israel’s power over Palestine was and is still “delegitimizing the Palestinians’ right to exist.” In her closing, Atiyat implored U.S citizens to take action and help change the rhetoric of Western media regarding the conflict.

Youngquist then introduced Professor Lott to offer his opinion. Lott began by acknowledging Atiyat’s superior knowledge on the subject and the region. He added that he would provide an analysis of the information found on the United Nation’s website based on his expertise in public international law.

He quickly disagreed with Atiyat’s opinion that it is the responsibility of U.S. citizens to change the media coverage of the conflict.

“It is the international community at large that needs to and can make that change,” he said.

Using the United Nation’s summer 2014 data, Lott provided a legal understanding of the war. He stated that 2,100 Palestinians were killed, and of that number, 1,460 were civilians and 500 were children.

Lott went on to criticize the Israeli military’s seeming disregard for the international law regarding noncombatant immunity, which states that soldiers must avoid targeting civilians at all cost.

“This is a cascading violation of international law,” said Lott. He noted that two thirds of Palestinian casualties have been civilians.

These numbers stand in stark contrast to the Israeli casualty figures: 72 Israelis died and 66 of them were soldiers.

He described Israel’s plan as ethnic cleansing and informed the audience that this too violates international law. Lott concluded with a description of the United Nations’ role and its relationship to the United States as a hegemon.

With 10 minutes remaining, Youngquist opened the floor to questions. Most questions focused on the United States’ relationship with Israel. This included the U.S. government’s financial support of Israel’s military, Israel’s influence on public policy in the United States and the existence of think tanks that support Israeli media.

Weekly dinner discussions, hosted by PAC, are every Tuesday between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Email for more information on activities coordinated through St. Olaf College’s P.A.C.



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All-Wheel Drive/September 22

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:06pm

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


Really enjoyed chatting a bit with author and St. Olaf College professor Mark Allister today about his new book “The Cloud Cult Story: Chasing The Light,” about this amazing and inspiring indie rock band. I definitely encourage you to get your hands on a copy of the book — a powerful and insightful read. Allister will appear this Wednesday, Sept. 24 at St. Olaf’s Viking Theater at 7 pm, reading from the book and signing copies, which will be available for purchase at the event. You can also catch Allister — along with members of Cloud Cult — at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul on October. 15. RSVP for tickets here.

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Economic Development Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:01pm
Event date: September 25, 2014
Northfield, MN 55057

All-Wheel Drive/September 3

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:00pm

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


A few weeks late, but definitely worth a listen! It was such a treat to host award-winning musicians Hilary Scott and AJ Gennaro, in advance of their amazing special performance later that night at The Contented Cow. It’s not often such top-notch performers roll through the 55057 — such a treat to catch them live, and to feature them on All-Wheel Drive. You’ll be hearing lots more from this very talented duo in the months and years to come!

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