AAA: Over 98 million people traveling during the holidays

Northfield News - 4 hours 26 min ago
With the holidays drawing nearer and plans for travel beginning to take shape, the roads may be a little more crowded in 2014 than in previous years for travelers, according to the American Automobile
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Today’s news update – Neuville sentences Moreland to the max

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 21 min ago

Neuville sentences Moreland to the max

Michael Moreland sat quietly as Kimberly Motzko’s family read numerous victim impact statements before Judge Neuville yesterday morning.   His attorney David Hvistendahl said he read statements from 2 people who testified to Motzko walking in the road with her back to traffic.  Moreland apologized to the family and said it was a tragedy for all of them.  Judge Neuville rejected Hvistendahl’s motion to restore Moreland’s drivers license but did recommend he have a work permit.  It’s a 6 month suspension.  Moreland was ordered to serve 90 days with work release.  He’ll start a 60 day stretch on January 9th and then 30 days to start August 1st.  If the court receives a letter from probation stating that Moreland is in compliance, the 30 days would be stayed.  He also has supervised probation for up to 1 year.  He’s also ordered to pay a fine and surcharge of $1080.  Hvistendahl continued saying that Moreland will do 100 days community service.  Neuville gave Moreland the maximum sentence.  He also brought up the letter to the editor that Moreland had written bashing Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster.  The Judge acknowledged Moreland’s First Amendment right to say it but thought it was “inappropriate”.  Motzko was killed 2 ½ years ago when Moreland’s vehicle struck and killed her and one of her dogs as they walked along a rural road in Webster Township.  After years of court drama, Moreland pled guilty to Careless Driving last week.

LISTEN for audio from Hvistendahl on the 5pm news


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Moreland sentenced in Northfield pedestrian’s death

Northfield News - 7 hours 13 min ago
The criminal case of a Webster Township man who struck and killed a pedestrian and her dog in rural Northfield came to a close on Friday after 2 1/2 years.
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Northfield Meals on Wheels there for those in need during holiday season

Northfield News - 7 hours 26 min ago
For those in need of a meal during the holidays, the Northfield Meals on Wheels provides not only food but socialization for those receiving the meals they might not otherwise get on a daily basis.
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Community News: HANG UP BEFORE YOU PAY UP – Scam Alert

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 8 min ago


There’s a new warning from the IRS.

Taxpayers are receiving calls from scammers pretending to be with the IRS and demanding payment. Not only has the IRS agency been flooded with these calls, but so has the Rice County Attorney’s Office.

“We continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.” says Debra Shampanier, Economic Crime Specialist.

There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout Rice County and
the nation. Remember, your first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how the IRS operates. If you get a call like this hang up and immediately call the IRS and/or the Rice County Attorney’s Office Fraud Line.

• Ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.

• Insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method (often Green Dot Prepaid money cards) to pay tax

• Request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately
following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action
involving IRS tax liens or levies.

Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or
they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.

Protect Yourself:

Be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. Do not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.   The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

Need help or have a question?

Rice County Attorney’s Office 507-332-5934

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12-20 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 8 hours 27 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at
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Today’s news update – Passenger rail could be on track for Northfield’s future; Blueprint For Safety grant for Rice County; Calling all bellringers

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 47 min ago

Passenger rail could be on track for Northfield’s future

The passenger rail discussion has picked up steam in Northfield and surrounding areas.  District 20b representative David Bly has been gathering support up and down the rail lines, talking and meeting with communities as well as MnDot who said Northfield is advantageous with 2 lines.  One follows the old Dan Patch line that went through Lakeville, Savage and Edina, which is where the legislator who put the gag order on the Dan Patch line, lives.  The other is the old rock island line that runs to St. Paul.  Those lines are in MnDot’s 30 year plan or Tier 2.  If Bly can convince them of the interest in passenger rail then MnDot would consider the area to be a Tier 1 and passenger rail could be a possibility in Northfield in “3 to 5 to 10 years”.  Other things must fall into place but right now the focus is establishing support within the communities.  The deadline to inform MnDot is January 31st.  Dundas and Northfield councils both wrote letters of support this month.  This line would eventually go to Des Moines and could potentially go all the way to Dallas/Ft.Worth.  A point Bly wanted to make as well is that rail money doesn’t compete with highway dollars.  It would not take away from bridges and maintenance.  It’s not the same fund.  Money would have to come from the general fund, there could also be bonding.  Another notable is that IF passenger rail comes to our area, the whistle blowing would be curtailed as all crossings would have to be upgraded, meaning crossarms.  Bly offers much more information in the full interview available on

Blueprint For Safety grant for Rice County

Bringing down recidivism in domestic violence cases has been an ongoing discussion within Rice County criminal justice departments for a year and now they have a grant to move forward.  Attorney Paul Beaumaster explains that Hope Center Director, Erica Staub, wrote the Blueprint for Safety grant.  They’ll receive $135,000 for a coordinators position who would be  housed at Hope Center.  The Blueprint for Safety is a uniform policy between all departments that will center around hope for victims and getting offenders out of cycle of violence.  Beaumaster says they’ve also started administering a lethality assessment     Law enforcement are asking questions of a perpetrator  to determine if victim is in danger of being victimized again.  The hope is this will spur victims to have a safety plan.

Calling bellringers

The Rice County Salvation Army is still asking for volunteers to ring the bell this season.  There are 2 hour shifts in Northfield at Econofoods or Cub Foods. Call Rice County Kettle Coordinator Gina Little at 507-456-7076 or email

Hideaway offers free Christmas dinner

The Hideaway is once again serving up Christmas dinner to those in the community who don’t have a place to go.  The Spauldings started this last year and it was so successful, they wanted to do it again.  They’ll be open from 1 to 5 on Christmas Day serving up all the fixin’s for a traditional dinner.

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12-19-14 news

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New solar garden will help light up Northfield

Northfield News - 9 hours 26 min ago
Northfield may become a bit of a trailblazer when it comes to energy resources.
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Greenvale Elementary School students and Three Links residents become pen pals

Northfield News - 10 hours 56 min ago
This fall, Greenvale Park Elementary students and residents at Three Links Assisted Living discovered the lost art of letter writing.
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ArtZany!-Radio for the Imagination | Fine Craft Collective 12/19/2014

KYMN Radio - 11 hours 32 min ago


Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday at 9:00am) to Paula Granquist on ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes welcomes artists Heather Lawrenz, Dave Peterson and Juan Fried from the Fine Craft Collective.

Click here to listen to the show!  Art Zany 12-19-14


Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes artists Heather Lawrenz (composed jewelry), Dave Peterson (turned wood), and Juan Fried (composed jewelry) from the Fine Craft Collective.

The Fine Craft Collective is a seasonal venue featuring the work of professional artists. The pop-up art store is open now through December 24, 2014 at the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery, 304 Division Street South in downtown Northfield, MN. This co-operative gallery and shop features hand-made objects from over 20 artisans. The pieces include both functional and decorative items and this model allows for members of the community to meet the artisans, learn about their work, and support the local economy.

Fine Craft Collective: Holiday Reception
Saturday, December 20th 10-6pm

Northfield Arts Guild Gallery,
304 Division Street South in downtown Northfield, MN

Take care of your last minute shopping while enjoying treats, coffee during our holiday open house! This is our end-of-season ‘thank you’ to you for supporting our artisans again this year!

Juan Alejandro Fried Ortiz de Zarate is an architect and artist whose work reflects the complexity of his ancestry, his urban experiences, and a new home in the country. Juan studied art history and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota.  As an architect and urban designer, he has completed award-winning designs for public agencies and community groups.  As a maker, he continues his study – on a more intimate and  personal scale – of form, space, and materials.

Heather Lawrenz has been creating jewelry since childhood and launched her business, Lawrenz Jewelry in 2003.  Found objects and natural stones inspire the jewelry she designs, and she finds gratification in bringing together unexpected components. Her current jewelry lines feature colorful discs she cuts from decorative tins, and up-cycled leather from purses and belts. With each new design, she strives to create beautiful jewelry that women want to wear every day.  Lawrenz Jewelry can be found online at, and in galleries, boutiques and salons across the Midwest.

Dave Peterson now turns wood full time to make useful, sometimes adorned, objects. This past year he has: produced less scrap (i.e., less fire wood), made nice things a little faster and made things that come out closer to what his eyes were anticipating, and his shop is better organized and more presentable. Turning wood is more fun than ever for him. He says the fine-craft community is a bunch of truly wonderful people: friendly, helpful, encouraging, and open to newcomers.

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12-18 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 12 hours 21 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Dec. 18.
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Take a look at the library's new layout!

 These are working plans subject to some change.
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Rice County elected officials see pay increase

Northfield News - 14 hours 21 min ago
After nearly a year since the original request, Rice County elected officials will receive a pay increase for both 2014 and 2015.
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Charlie Parr brings authenticity to Shattuck

Northfield News - 22 hours 26 min ago
Charlie Parr doesn’t mince words.
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Carleton’s Perlman Teaching Museum opens 2015 with “A Collection Embodied,” featuring recent acquisitions to the College’s Art Collection

Carleton College News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:52pm
Carleton College opens 2015 with a new exhibit in the Weitz Center for Creativity’s Perlman Teaching Museum. “A Collection Embodied” is a student-curated exhibit featuring recent acquisitions to the College’s Art Collection, offering over forty prints, photographs, ceramics and other works. The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 9 with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and the reception, as well as other related events, is free and open to the public.
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Carleton brings internationally acclaimed Danish design collective N55 to campus for a five-week residency

Carleton College News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:04pm
Carleton College will host the internationally acclaimed Danish art, architecture and design collective N55 for an arts residency focused public space from January 9 to February 5, 2015. N55 members Ion Sørvin, Till Wolfer, and Anne Roome will collaborate with Carleton students to set up a design laboratory focused on public space by imaging a hypothetical new building complex for the College’s Cowling Arboretum. The residency will include public lectures and events, culminating in an exhibition in the Braucher Gallery of the Perlman Teaching Museum.
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Shaw releases new biography of St. Olaf College’s second president

St. Olaf College - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:49pm

Professor Emeritus of Religion Joseph Shaw ’49 has published a biography of St. Olaf College’s second president, John Nathan Kildahl.

St. Olaf Professor Emeritus of Religion Joseph Shaw ’49 has published a biography of the college’s second president.

John Nathan Kildahl is a careful investigation into the life and times of a gifted servant of the college and the church. Drawing primarily on resources from the St. Olaf College Archives, Shaw presents a very personal record of Kildahl that reads much like a narrative — but one with historical substance. The project was assisted by a grant from the Nygaard Foundation.

Shaw felt compelled to complete this biography for many reasons. Having already written a centennial history of the college in 1974, as well as biographies of St. Olaf founder Bernt Julius Muus and first President Thorbjorn Nelson Mohn, among other works, Shaw took John Nathan Kildahl as the natural next step for publication.

While doing research for his previous books about St. Olaf, says Shaw, he came across numerous references to the second president.

“I became aware that Kildahl was simply a very important and pivotal leader in St. Olaf’s early history,” Shaw says.

After immigrating to America from Norway, the Kildahl family soon settled in Northfield. John Nathan Kildahl studied at Luther College and Luther Seminary in Madison, Wisconsin, to become ordained as a pastor. After serving congregations in southern Minnesota and Chicago, Kildahl was president of St. Olaf College from 1899 to 1914.

Called by the church to be a professor of theology in 1914, he taught at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, until his death in 1920.

Shaw says Kildahl left the college a significant legacy that the campus community can be grateful for today. Kildahl enriched St. Olaf’s academic program, expanded the campus, saved coeducation, built a strong faculty (including Ole Rolvaag and F. Melius Christiansen), organized student leadership outlets, established an endowment fund, and solidified the college’s relationship with other academic institutions, with the Lutheran church, and with Norway.

John Nathan Kildahl can be purchased at the St. Olaf Bookstore.

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Science historian and psychologist Michael Shermer examines why people believe weird things in Carleton Convocation

Carleton College News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:41pm
Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and the executive director of the Skeptics Society, will present Carleton’s first convocation address of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 9 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, when many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory and alien abduction, Shermer’s presentation will wage a no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, debunking nonsensical claims and exploring the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. Entitled “Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time,” Shermer’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at
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12-19 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:27pm
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at
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Gala 2014

Laura Baker Services Association - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:43pm

The 2014 Gala, held on December 6th at the Weitz Center, was a success and we are grateful for all that made it possible. We were honored to have Barry Morrow engage us with his stories and entertained by the Laura Baker Choir. Thank you for your support!

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