It's almost Go Time!

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:37pm
Tomorrow Owen and I take off on our bike packing adventure. We are mostly packed but will finish up in the morning. We have some time as we are not due to drop our son off at camp until 1:30 p.m. at the earliest. It's likely we'll leave our home for Shell Lake, Wisconsin around 10 a.m. and be biking by mid-afternoon.

At present, our plan is to bike 30 miles to Siren on Sunday afternoon and overnight there. We talked about biking to Danbury, another 10 miles further north, but I could not find a non-smoking hotel room open (at a reasonable price) at the local casino hotels. It's not that we are really picky about non-smoking vs. smoking rooms but that combined with the fact that we have just a few hours to get anywhere on Sunday made us decide we'd bike a shorter distance on our first day. Seems less stressful.

On Monday we plan to bike about 70 miles all the way to Superior. We'd make it a shorter day except that hotels appear to be scarce along the Gandy Dancer Trail so we'll just make a day of it and pedal away.

Once we're in Superior, we overnight then Tuesday morning head back south again for Shell Lake. I think we can make Shell Lake in two days of about 50 miles a day. If not, we'll take longer. We have an extra day built in as we don't have to be back in Shell Lake to get Ryan until Thursday.

I'm a bit stressed about carrying everything on my bike but I think I have things under control. I packed all of my clothes and some toiletries and a book to read (Neil Gaimon's The Ocean at the End of the Lane) all in my Pika seat bag. It weighs about five pounds and I still have room to spare. I'll finish packing a first aid kit, some other toiletries and some food in my handlebar bag tomorrow morning.

Tonight, Owen and I took the bikes out for a little test ride around the neighborhood with our seat bags all packed. The bikes rode great even with extra weight hanging off their back ends. In theory, we should have biked a lot longer and tested things out even better. But, oh well, we didn't. We'll be fine.

Here we are with our bikes packed and almost ready to go!I'm feeling pretty excited about our upcoming adventure! I've wanted to go on a bike packing trip for well over a year now and I'm so glad we are making it happen!

I feel excited about something else, too. This morning Owen and I rode the 25 mile route of the Tour de SAVE charity bike ride that raises money and awareness for suicide awareness and education. We've done the SAVE ride several years and are glad to help raise money for SAVE. The weather was perfect for the ride this morning and the attendance was good - I don't know how many rode, maybe 60? I met some great people and enjoyed myself immensely.

I feel doubly good about the ride because 1) we helped raise money for a great cause and 2) I, for the first time ever, rode 25 miles without taking a break. Normally on a ride of 20 or so miles I stop and rest about 10 miles in. Today, I felt great and just kept on pedaling.

After riding so well this morning, I'm feeling pretty confident about being able to ride strong this week.

I'll write as often as I can to keep you up to date on our bike adventure!
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Gallery: Bikes and Brass — fundraising ride and vintage bands make for a busy Saturday

Northfield News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:00am
A Saturday morning in Northfield is often busy with myriad events or activities, and August 1 was no exception.
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Laura Baker Services Association to build relationships with area business at 'Morning Brew'

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:30pm
Sandi Gerdes knows that when it comes to the topic of employers hiring people with developmental disabilities, having that conversation is “difficult.”
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News Update: Enhanced Law, Drivers Face Larger Penalty for Texting; NHS named one of the Top Ten Best Western Museum of 2015 by True West Magazine!; Night to Unite, August 4th

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:52pm
Enhanced Law, Drivers Face Larger Penalty for Texting

Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law beginning Saturday. Under the enhanced law, drivers face a $225 fine for second and subsequent violations of the texting while driving law, in addition to the current $50 fine. In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails, and access the web while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. That includes sitting at a stoplight or stop sign. It is also illegal for drivers with a permit or provisional driver’s license to use a cell phone while driving, except for emergencies to call 911. Over the last 5 years in Minnesota 19% of all traffic fatalities and serious injuries were distraction-related and driver inattention was the number on factor in multiple crashes in 2014


NHS named one of the Top Ten Best Western Museum of 2015 by True West Magazine!

​ True West magazine has ​sought the nation for Western museums dedicated ​to their mission of keeping the Old West alive in our communities and nation​. ​The Northfield Historical Society​, in recognition of their superior exhibitions and ability to reach all generations through their creativity in interpreting the West​ has been given the honor of top 10 Best Western Museums in 2015. This is not the first time the NHS has been awarded by True West. Northfield’s Historical Society ranked number 7.   Night to Unite, August 4th   16 groups have already registered for ‘Night to Unite’, Tuesday August 4th. ‘Night to Unite’ is to promote neighborhood connections, and discuss potential concerns in the area. Registering you party with the city of Northfield, you will receive a visit by Northfield Fire, EMS, and PD. More importantly, the evening is about connecting with the people in your community, police, fire safety, EMS, and council members in a more positive environment.    ​​Newscast 7.31

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Northfield School District activity fees increase for 2015-16 school year

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:11pm
Activity fees throughout the Northfield School District will see slight increases for the 2015-16 school year.
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ArtZany!-Radio for the Imagination | Vintage Band Mini-Fest 07/31/2015

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:51pm

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 Paul Niemisto, Artistic Director of the Vintage Band Festival (VBF) to share the plans for the VBF Mini-Fest.

Click here to listen to the show! ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination 07/31/2015

Vintage Band Festival Mini-Fest
Saturday, August 1, 2015
9am to 9pm
Bridge Square, Northfield, MN

Vintage Band Festival will present a one-day mini-festival on August 1, 2015 in downtown Northfield, Minnesota. There will be 12 different brass and wind bands playing throughout the day from 9am-9pm. Each band will have the stage for 45 minutes and the musical formats will range from Civil War to Old-Time to Jazz to Ethnic. There will be a German band, several community bands, a Mariachi Band and the “Red Bull Band” from the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. Perennial favorites include the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band and the Copper Street Brass Quintet.

From 9am-1pm, Vintage Band Festival will be sharing Bridge Square with Riverwalk Market Fair, a street fair with a collection of local art vendors showcasing photography, painting, pottery, jewelry as well as local farmers and food artisans.

Listeners should bring a lawn chair or a blanket and may stay for a couple hours or the whole day. Food will be available onsite from Maria’s Taco Hut, Cannon Valley Lion’s Club, Johnny Pops and the Moravian Church or attendees can visit any of Northfield’s fine restaurants many of which are within several blocks of the festival site. For the complete schedule and any possible schedule updates, visit the Vintage Band Festival website.


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Teachable moments: Northfield art instructors show off work in NAG gallery exhibit

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:49am
The name of the new gallery exhibition at the Northfield Arts Guild really says it all. “Current Art Teachers...Current Artists” gave 10 of the art teachers in the Northfield area a chance to get out
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Patsy Dew, Myrna Johnson honored for their parts in YPTW

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:11am
At the final performance of the most recent Young People’s Theater Workshop summer session and celebration of the program’s 25-year anniversary, Patsy Dew and Myrna Johnson were awarded the Making a D
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City Council Work Session - Budget Workshop

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:00am
Event date: August 3, 2015
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Police Station
1615 Riverview Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057

COUNCIL POLL: What would you like to see covered by the Northfield News?

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:30am
The Northfield City Council will meet for a regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and the Northfield News wants your opinion to help determine what topics you would like to see covered in greater depth
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City Council Work Session - Budget Workshop

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:29am
Event date: August 3, 2015
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Police Station
1615 Riverview Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057

8-1 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:27am
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at
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NCC Is Hiring!

Northfield Construction Company - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:09am

Northfield Construction Company is a full service general contractor located in Northfield, Minnesota. Founded in 1972, we have been engaged in both residential and commercial construction. By employing full-time local workers, we are able to deliver our projects on time and within established budgets with a true commitment to customer satisfaction. To further our mission, […]

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Kinship Collective Tattoo opens its doors in downtown Northfield

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 9:30am
Michael Hansen and his fiancé Shaylee Gutowski were about to throw in the towel.
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Northfield Union of Youth film debuts at Carleton Weitz Center

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 9:00am
Having dedicated their summer to filming and editing the movie “Journey to Neverland,” Northfield teens Josiah Olson and Collin Graham are debuting the finished project with a screening at the Carleto
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Northfield HRA acquires townhome with additional housing in mind

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:24am
Everyone likes options. And that’s exactly what the Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority has after it purchased a tax-forfeited townhome on Hidden Valley Road on Friday.
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Second-offense texting law takes effect Saturday in Rice County

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 7:53am
If you’re caught texting and driving a second time, starting Saturday, you’ll now face a bigger fine.
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Film festival 2015

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:50pm
The 4th Annual Northfield Summer Film Festival This year: “The Golden Days of the Hollywood Studios”

In cooperation with Carleton College, the Elder Collegium will present a series of four great films from the 1950s.  All are free and open to the public, on Tuesday evenings at 7:30, at Carleton’s Weitz Center cinema (Union and 3rd Streets), beginning on July 7.  Here’s the schedule:

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 7:    All That Heaven Allows (1955)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 14:  Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 21:  The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 28:  The Searchers (1956)


Seminars: In connection with the above films, CVEC is again offering a course of seminars, each given at 9:30 the following morning and led by the presenter of the week’s film.  For more information, click here.


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Why all the fuss about Cecil?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:02pm

Photo by Brent Stapelkamp

Yes, this whole Cecil thing does bother me.  I’ve seen a lot of criticism of people posting about Cecil when there are so many other awful things going on in the world these days.  But it’s not binary. And it’s not about “hunting,” because dragging an elephant as bait to lure a protected animal out of its sanctuary, wounding it with a bow and arrow and not tracking it immediately and not ending its suffering until 40 hours later, that is not hunting. And there’s also an interest curve, things pop and wane.  There are trends though about those who are making public waves about this.

Another issue, think about Palmer’s choice when he learned that he’d injured and then killed a protected lion. His response was not to contact authorities and report the dead lion. Instead it was to behead and skin him and take those “trophies.” That moment he had a choice, he blew it. Since then, he’s hidden, sent out messages avoiding his responsibility, and not until the shitstorm hit did he acknowledge his actions. This is indicative of his moral compass and code, and consistent with prior acts of poaching and sexual harassment.

I’ve had some time now to consider what shows up in my computer… Of those of us who are commenting on Cecil, we can be concerned about many issues at once, we MUST be concerned about many issues at once.  Most of the people I’ve seen posting about Cecil are activist sorts, people also standing up for equal rights, those who worked for gay marriage, an end to police shootings and abuse, prosecution of bank fraud and rabid capitalism, sex trafficking, homelessness, essentially, demonstrating that we need to pay attention to all these issues for anything to change.  We can and will be concerned about many, many things.  Cecil will be high on the “interest curve” for a while and then we’ll be following the Ray Tensing trail, and then there’s the four Clean Line transmission proposals trying to steamroll their way through state and federal scrutiny. On the other hand, those who are not commenting about Cecil are the same ones not standing up about all things political, ethical, and illegal. I’m noticing the silence. Will watch this over time and see if this hypothesis holds!

The Science of why you are so upset about Cecil the Lion

Bottom line:

Small writes that “most humans are… not just ignorant of but indifferent to almost all of the species on the planet.” In fact, people are “biophobic” meaning they are “slightly to extremely negative towards the majority of species they encounter.”

My issue here is that this is such a blatant case of narcissism on parade, a demonstration of white male privilege in the extreme:

This guy is a privileged white male dentist who pays out more money than most of us make in a year to go around the world and kill beautiful rare animals and bring pieces of them home and display on his walls.   Oh, and he wants to convince us that he’s Putin II.  Oh, please…  urp… Well, then again, considering what we know of Putin, perhaps there are similarities.


As a part of his sentence, I’d like to see it include restitution of all he’s paid for this “hunting” to animal sanctuaries; that he must photograph in the wild each of the animals he’s listed as having killed, whether by his “hunting groups” or in criminal records (yes, go photograph a bear); that he face a public (and protected) public shaming; that he get a psych evaluation and follow the recommendation; that he lost his dentistry license for ethical breeches/unethical breaches.

That’s a start.

Here’s the Board of Dentistry’s Settlement regarding the sexual harassment claim against him in 2009 (note it is expressly not “Disciplinary Action”):

Walter Palmer_Agreement for Corrective Action – MN Board of Dentistry

And on NPR (I’d write that headline a bit different… “hunter?” … maybe just “Walt, call home!”):

U.S. Authorities Can’t Find Hunter Who Killed ‘Cecil the Lion’

Let’s keep on this guy… and let’s keep on all the other issues we care about, stop the Clean Line, all four of them, keep demonstrating at the Mall of America, jump up and with with glee as they shut down sand mines in the Driftless area, and run “Greenmark Solar” out of Red Wing!

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GALLERY: Northfield youth safety camp concludes with emergency vehicle display

Northfield News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:17pm
To conclude a three-day camp that focused on teaching kids all about safety, a number of emergency vehicles gathered behind Bridgewater Elementary for area youth to see.
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