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Beyond the Open Mic 3/31/15

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 36 min ago

Don McGee and Victor Summa

Beyond the open mic is intended to open dialogue about the process and the processors in City Hall; Elected Officials, City Staff, citizen and others.  Your hosts are Donovan McGee and Victor Summa. Opinions expressed are solely those of the hosts and not necessarily those of KYMN.  To contact Victor or Don you can email them at beyondtheopenmic@gmail.com

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 BTOM 3-31-15

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.02.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - 6 hours 14 min ago

Today: Kevin Born, Environmental Tillage Systems (R. Lorang)

Birthdays: Rotarians across the globe

Next Week: Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

Last Week:

Denny Hanson should have invested in a moving company. He’s moved more times than “Two Men and a Truck.” But banking got to him first.

He has been steering the ship for Community Resource Bank for a year now. He succeeded Donovan Kuehnast in March of 2014. He and his wife, Kristine, now call Northfield home.

They’ve been on quite an odyssey since graduating from Luther College in 1971. Denny was a basketball coach and teacher for several years after college. He was at high schools in North Winneshiek, Fort Dodge and Grinnell, where his basketball team finished second in the state in 1978.

Denny transitioned into banking with Powershiek County National Bank in Grinnell. He moved on to Baraboo, Wisconsin, where he was an executive vice president for Marquette Bank. Still working for Marquette, Denny and Kristine called Prior Lake home while their three daughters finished high school. He remained with corporate banking for a time with stops back in Grinnell and Sioux City, Iowa. He moved back into community banking with Valley Bank in Des Moines, where he worked for 10 years, before taking the position in Northfield.

Denny enjoys his work, but basketball is what really animates him. He was a standout high school player for Mapleton, the curling capital of southern Minnesota, he notes. At Luther College, he was an all-conference performer. His daughters ruled the Missota Conference during their high school years, and all went on to play and have success at Central Iowa. He follows the game closely and lives for March Madness.

Rotary has been another thread throughout Denny’s professional life. He’s belonged to clubs in Grinnell, Baraboo, Prior Lake, Iowa Falls, Sioux City, Ankeny and now Northfield. He traveled to Australia in 1982 with a Group Study Exchange team, and he is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Mini-Classification:

Rick Estenson could use “Two Men and a Truck,” too. He counts 21 different addresses on his resume. Northfield has been home for the last 24 years. Rick is Vice-President of Business Development for First National Bank of Northfield. His wife, Kris, works in the Piper Center at St. Olaf College. Their two children, Sam and Maria, were both Rotary exchange students. Sam is now working in Germany and will return home in July. Maria will graduate from the University of Denver in June.

Guests: Kristine Hanson (D. Hanson), Alyssa Herzog Melby (Madigan), Kim Breske (Hillmann), Matt Christensen (Estenson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Our treasurer Dave Wolf, of course.

Announcements:

Next week Daniel De Oliveira Ribeiro from Brazil, an inbound young adult with Rotary’s New Generations Exchange program, will begin a three-month stay with us. He has finished his college architecture program and is looking for experiences and work that will introduce him to American culture. See Vicki Dilley if you have an opportunity for him.

 — Peggy Prowe was honored last week by the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota for her advocacy and support for bike trail development. She received the Reuel Harmon Award. Harmon was a founding member of the Minnesota Council of State Parks. Friends and family were there to make it a special evening.

Outbound Exchange Students

2015-16

Beimers, Henry – Norway

Beimers, William – Brazil

Carlson, Samuel -Argentina

Estrada, Gabriella – France

Hahn, Erin – Thailand

Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia

Kelley, Caitlin – Chile

Lunderby, Jack – Brazil

Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe

Martinez, Odalys – Japan

Muir, Mason – Taiwan

Olson, Josiah – Colombia

Regnier, Eli – Brazil

Rodriguez-Vazquez,Leslie – Brazil

Scheffert, Jenna – Italy

Seitz, Zoe – Denmark

Washburn Chapman, AhnaCole – South Africa

Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Coming Up

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

April 23 — Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

April 30 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retiree Volunteers (Blaha)

May 7 — Paul Krause, Classification (Sinning)

May 14 — David Wee, All Things Baseball (S. Richardson)

Categories: Organizations

Northfield developers weigh in on proposed LDC amendments

Northfield News - 7 hours 12 min ago
Proposed revisions to Northfield's land development code could continue to be tweaked, which in the long run could help shape the face of Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Library Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 27 min ago
Event date: April 8, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Mayor's Youth Council

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 28 min ago
Event date: April 8, 2015
Event Time: 07:45 AM - 11:59 PM
Location:
Northfield High School
Room H104
Northfield, MN 55057

Mayor's Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 29 min ago
Event date: April 6, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC)
Room YW108
Northfield, MN 55057

Tile camera offers cost savings for Rice County

Northfield News - 7 hours 42 min ago
In the midst of the drone era, the amount of technology used underground can often get overlooked.
Categories: Local News

Forsythia

Forsythia

With each year that passes, Forsythia shrubs and trees have become more and more one of my favorites.  After a tough winter, I find myself longing for a burst of spring color and Forsythia are among the very first to produce blossoms.

Northern Gold Forsythia, and Meadowlark Forsythia are two varieties that consistently deliver masses of bright yellow/gold blossoms that delight the eye and lift the spirit.  Northern Sun Forsythia also shows good flower bud hardiness and we have this variety available as a small ornamental tree.

Whether you choose a shrub form or tree form, Northern Gold, Meadowlark, and Northern Sun Forsythia will provide the hardiness and bright spring color you’re looking for.

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Categories: Businesses

Got the Itch? Try This…

For gardeners who have spring fever and have the itch to plant something even though it’s only the very beginning of April, try planting trees and shrubs.  If the ground has thawed enough to dig, trees and shrubs can be safely planted even though the ground is cold.

I just wrote an article for the Northfield Entertainment Guide on successful tree planting and am publishing it here as well.

Successful Tree Planting Tips

Planting trees in our landscapes is a long term investment of effort, dollars, and time.  Taking steps to increase the chances of having a healthy, beautiful and long lived tree makes a lot of good sense, both economically and to beautify the landscape.  Here follows some suggestions for success:

  1. Pick trees that have demonstrated good winter hardiness for southern Minnesota. If the variety you are considering has a zone rating of 4, 3, or 2, it will probably do well here.  Zone 5 rated trees are borderline hardy.  They may do well for a period of years, but there is a risk that they could die during a hard winter.
  2. Choose trees that have excellent root structure. Trees that have poor root structure due to circling, matted roots that are root bound are likely to fail after a few years in the landscape.  Trees produced in special air root pruning pots form almost perfect root systems.
  3. Use proper planting techniques. Do not plant too deep. Dig the hole wider, not deeper, and very aggressively cut any roots that are observed to be matted or circling.  Trees that are planted too deep more easily develop stem girdling, circling roots that would later strangle the tree.
  4. Water just enough, but not too much. More frequent and modest amounts of water prevent super saturation of the soil which can encourage root rot.  Over watering is a common cause of failure of newly planted trees.
  5. Eliminate soil compaction in the planting area over as wide an area as possible by digging the soil, and breaking up clumps. Trees will root out faster if the surrounding soil is loose and free of compaction.
  6. Pick a planting site with good soil drainage. Not very many varieties of trees do well in chronically water logged soil.
  7. Pick a planting location with the amount of sunlight preferred by the variety you have chosen. Too much shade often causes a tree to grow poorly and often the tree gets lopsided as it seeks sunlight.
  8. If you already have picked the location for a tree, choose a tree that is a good match for the site conditions. Consider soil type and fertility, soil pH, exposure to winter winds and damaging winter sunlight, the amount of sunlight available during the growing season, soil drainage, and the soil compaction.  Not all trees will do well on every site.

If you are unsure about HOW to plant, stop by our Garden Center and we will  answer any questions, provide you with a copy of our Planting Guide which we have created to help you follow the best practices to ensure great results.  It’s easy to follow and has clear diagrams.

We now have most of our shrubs and trees available for sale and ready to plant.  For perennials, we suggest you wait a few weeks to get past most of the danger of spring frosts!

 

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Categories: Businesses

Save the Northfield Depot receives donation match from Carleton College alumni

Northfield News - 8 hours 23 min ago
Save the Northfield Depot (SND) received a boost in its efforts recently, from someone who not only has an interest in preserving the past, but also resides in a piece of history as well.
Categories: Local News

Trending Andoid & iphone App – Dash, Drive Smart finally connects us to our cars

Smarter. Driving. Every Day. Dash turns any car into a ‘smart car’. Connect your car to your smartphone, and unlock enhanced performance, cost savings and social driving. Dash connects your smartphone to your car with a simple, low-cost device – call an On Board Diagnostic or OBD -which you can install yourself – simply reach under your steering wheel and plug it in! No mess, no mechanic, no problem. You can now connect your phone to your vehicle, by pairing via Bluetooth. Ready, Set, Dash!

Tech Trends, Daily App Review is an audio podcast segment around 2 minutes in length. I test dozens of new smartphone apps each week and share the best with you! Whether you’re on iPhone or Android, you’re going to LOVE these apps! You’re about to find an app that you can’t live without.

Tim’s App Rating: 9 of 10 Clicks

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Categories: Citizens

Today’s news update – Plagued by problems pipeline work continues; Rice Co. ranks 29 out of 87 CUP for brew pubs; 10 year old is honored;

KYMN Radio - 10 hours 9 min ago

Plagued by problems pipeline work continues

More water was present in the new gas pipeline under the Cannon River at 2nd street after rain over the weekend, and snow previously.  Representative Tom Hoen said they will tie in the gas main and backfill once 100% of the water flow is stopped. They got the water out yesterday and are monitoring the situation through the end of the day today after applications of yet heavier weight grout. If it maintains with no additional water, Hoen says, they’ll finish the tie-in later today. However, if water continues to be an issue, they’ll re-evaluate the situation. They have to ensure there are no water-related issues in the vicinity of a live gas main.  The workers on the job site were not at liberty to talk but I have a call in to their Project Manager.  Even if they’re able to tie-in the pipeline today, there’s still plenty of finishing work including repairing the sidewalks and landscape.

CUP for brew pubs

Brew pubs, taprooms, cocktail rooms, microbreweries and distilleries were approved by the Northfield City Council last month.  While they could operate under the current tavern definition, City Planner Scott Tempel told the Planning Commission last week that he didn’t think it was a good idea.  There are other considerations including the possible growth of these places to include bottling and distribution, which would mean more truck traffic as well as odors associated with it.  He has been through this in other towns.  Tempel urged the commission to consider the size they’ll allow as the current ordinance allows up to 250,000 barrels a year.  The average microbrewery starts at closer to 300 barrels a year.  They added an amendment to Tempel’s ordinance that would require a CUP (conditional use permit) in the C1 district downtown.  It should address any growth.  A public hearing is set for April 16th.

10 year old is honored

Amber Fredrickson of Northfield was honored last Friday.  She’s the 10 year old who managed to take control of the vehicle her mom was driving while suffering a diabetic reaction. Deputy Chief Mark Dukatz said her parents, siblings and grandparents were all there as she was given a plaque.

Sgt. Tussing, Amber, Tim Siebsen

Dispatcher Tim Siebsen gave her a recording of their 911 call.  Police Chief Monte Nelson noted in a press release that Amber got the hug she wanted from Seibsen.  Mayor Graham declared March 27th as Amber Fredrickson Day.

Amber Fredrickson and Mayor Graham

About a dozen police officers were also on hand, several of whom responded that day.  Dukatz said she was a bit shy but obviously pleased.  Chief Nelson said earlier that Amber prevented an accident as so often medical emergencies turn into crashes.  Amber also received a card and gift from a Northfield resident who had experienced a similar incident with a family member.

 

There’s no Northfield City Council meeting tonight.  They’ll be back in session April 7th.

Rice Co. ranks 29 out of 87

The County Health Rankings were recently released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.  Rice County ranks 29th out of 87 counties in overall health outcomes.  Dakota County ranked 19th.  Carver County ranked 1st overall and Mahnomen, in the northwest quadrant, ranked last.  An alarming ranking is the percentage of driving deaths related to alcohol in Mahnomen were 88%. By contrast, in Rice County it was 16% and Dakota County 33%.  For more information on all the rankings and what they measure go to countyhealthrankings.org.

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St. Olaf stages 'big' production with musical adaptation of 'Big Fish'

Northfield News - 10 hours 12 min ago
With a show named "Big Fish," it's bound to be a "big" production.
Categories: Local News

Light finally shines on Bethel Lutheran Church's solar panel project

Northfield News - 10 hours 12 min ago
Originally announced almost a year ago, work started this week on installing an array of 90 solar panels on the roof of Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield.
Categories: Local News

UPDATE: Driver identified following motorcycle crash east of Northfield

Northfield News - 10 hours 42 min ago
(This story has been updated to provide additional information from the Rice County Sheriff's Office.)
Categories: Local News

Buffer proposal forum slated for Monday in Rice County

Northfield News - 11 hours 5 min ago
Following the announcement of Governor Mark Dayton's 50-foot buffer proposal, Rice County organizations have partnered to hear concerns and discuss the proposed bill. 
Categories: Local News

Rohrbach leads Knights at Camp Lejeune Championship

Carleton Sports - 11 hours 14 min ago

Over break, the Carleton men’s golf team participated in the 44th Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The Knights finished 10th out of 14 teams and junior Ned Rohrbach (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) led the squad with a three day total of 224. Rohrbach finished in a tie for 12th out of 70 competitors and turned in an impressive even par round of 72 on day two of the tournament.

Categories: Colleges

Reece named Boldt Distinguished Teaching Professor

St. Olaf College - 11 hours 18 min ago

St. Olaf College Professor of Classics Steve Reece has been named the O.C. and Patricia Boldt Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities.

Reece’s teaching and research focus on Homeric studies, New Testament studies, comparative oral traditions, and historical linguistics.

His scholarly work includes research done at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Lord Fellowship), the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition at the University of Missouri (National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship), the American Academy in Rome (Fulbright Fellowship), and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Reece is the author of a book about the rituals of ancient Greek hospitality titled The Stranger’s Welcome: Oral Theory and the Aesthetics of the Homeric Hospitality Scene and a monograph on early Greek etymology titled Homer’s Winged Words: Junctural Metanalysis in Homer in the Light of Oral-Formulaic Theory, for which he received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

He is currently engaged in two projects: one on handwriting styles among ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish letter writers, the other on allusions to classical literature in the letters of St. Paul.

Reece chaired the St. Olaf Department of Classics and directed the programs in Medieval Studies and Ancient Studies for two years. He earned his baccalaureate and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii and his Ph.D. in classics from the University of California-Los Angeles. He joined the St. Olaf faculty in 1994.

The Boldt Chair was established in 1994 by contractor Oscar C. Boldt and his wife, Patricia Hamar Boldt. It is offered to a current faculty member whose scholarship and professional endeavors advance the teaching and learning of humanities at the baccalaureate level.

The Boldt Chair is awarded for terms of three years; prior holders are James Farrell (History), Carol Holly (English), Edward Langerak (Philosophy), Gordon Marino (Philosophy), Diana Postlethwaite (English), Solveig Zempel (Norwegian), and John Barbour (Religion).

Categories: Colleges

3-30 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 11 hours 56 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for March 30.
Categories: Local News

3-30 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 13 hours 11 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

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