Northfielder's death found to have been caused by methadone overdose

Northfield News - 3 hours 10 min ago
About a month after Tyler Jeffry Jeno was found unresponsive, the Northfield resident’s death has been determined to have been caused by an overdose of methadone.
Categories: Local News

Former Northfielder Bri Seeley plans to 'inspire' with coffee table book

Northfield News - 5 hours 17 min ago
The Northfield News reported on Sept. 14 that former Northfield resident Bri Seeley had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a coffee table book collection of interviews from her "Inspirational Wom
Categories: Local News

Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces grant winners in Rice County

Northfield News - 5 hours 19 min ago
On Tuesday, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) award 35 grants, totaling $235,000 in funding to applicants located throughout southeastern Minnesota.
Categories: Local News

New project highlights seldom-seen artworks in Flaten collection

St. Olaf College - 5 hours 35 min ago

Ola Faleti ’15 holds “Unidentified Girl (Blue Shirt with Teddy Bear)” by famed pop artist Andy Warhol. It’s one of several pieces from the Flaten Art Museum that she highlights as part of a video tour of the collection.

St. Olaf College’s Flaten Art Museum is home to more than 4,000 objects, ranging from a collection of Andy Warhol photos to Southwest Native American pottery.

Yet the bulk of these objects largely go unseen by the greater public.

Flaten Art Museum Director Jane Becker Nelson ’04 and students Ola Faleti ’15 and Liz Brindley ’15 are working to change that. Through a new “Collection Stories” initiative, they have created video tours of the college’s extensive art collection.

In one story, Faleti highlights a woodcut by famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

In another, Brindley relates a painting by Kurt Larisch to her personal experiences during her Manhattan Art Interim course.

“Instead of relying on art historical genres, or the linear ‘march’ of art history, we decided to pursue thematic stories that focus on how the objects in our collection speak to us today,” Nelson says.

The three recently shared their work at the Universities Art Association of Canada annual conference in Toronto.

Nelson co-presented a talk with Laurel Bradley, the director of the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College, as part of a larger panel called “Art Collections for engagement, teaching, learning, and research in the 21st century.”

Liz Brindley ’15 records the audio for her Collection Stories segment. “The intention of this project is to start the conversation around artwork,” she says.

Faleti and Brindley jointly delivered a presentation about the student perspectives behind the Collection Stories.

Nelson created the Collection Stories project after seeing a similar initiative at neighboring Carleton College.

“I wanted to present the pieces in Flaten Art Museum in a way that focuses on how the objects relate to our community,” she says.

The project is part of the college’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry program. The team began the project by researching other existing models of digital collection engagement, including projects out of the Portland Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At an early field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, they met with TDX (The Digital Experience), a cross-departmental team dedicated to enhancing visitors’ digital learning experiences in the museum.

Telling the stories
As curators and storytellers, Faleti and Brindley played integral roles with the Collection Stories. They developed virtual exhibitions, narrated video slideshows, and published them as part of Flaten Art Museum’s online collection. Using artworks as a springboard for interdisciplinary inquiry, their work highlights thematic relationships among works from disparate periods, cultures, and media.

Faleti and Brindley found inspiration in themes that seemed to emerge from the collection as they created ideas for the stories. With Nelson’s guidance, they each developed a core topic, researched related objects, and developed scripts. They recorded their stories, and, after editing videos, they created a website to house the videos and object descriptions.

“Der Kuss,” a woodcut by Edvard Munch, is one of the pieces featured in the Collection Stories.

“My favorite part of this project was getting the unique and rare opportunity to look through our collection and find pieces that I connected with,” Faleti says. “Art is multipurpose, of course, but it also exists to elicit emotions and express the human experience, which can be difficult to remember within a scholastic setting. I’m glad that I got to tap into those feelings through the Collection Stories.”

Only the beginning
Two Collection Stories have been published thus far, featuring roughly two dozen pieces of art.

Nelson says that the published stories are only the beginning of this project. She envisions that the Collection Stories model could be adopted in various fields across the liberal arts.

“As a course assignment, the project would require thoughtful ‘curating’ of visual and interpretive material to create a cohesive whole. This is an important skill for the 21st century,” she says.

The Collection Stories are being screened continuously during the current Flaten Art Museum exhibition, Art Works: Gifts from Dan ’69 and Nancy Schneider, which runs through December 14.

“The intention of this project is to start the conversation around artwork, to begin telling our stories as an invitation for others to do the same,” Brindley says.

Categories: Colleges

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 5 hours 58 min ago
Event date: November 26, 2014
Event Time: 11:45 AM - 01:15 PM
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Open for all ages and all skill levels. Helmets and gloves are recommended. Please follow all public skating rules when skating at the arena.

Adult Open Hockey

City of Northfield Calendar - 6 hours 1 min ago
Event date: November 29, 2014
Event Time: 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Open to players 18 yrs and older. All skill levels welcome. Helmets and glovers are required to play. All other hockey equipment is recommended.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - 6 hours 4 min ago
Event date: November 29, 2014
Event Time: 04:45 PM - 06:15 PM
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Public Skate is open to all ages. Helmets and gloves are recommended. Please follow all public skating rules when skating at the arena.

11-21 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 6 hours 45 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
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – A hunter shoots someone’s dog; Northfield’s Tobacco and Drug ordinances will take effect 30 days from publication; NHS ED Scriven exuberant over Wheeler gun acquisition

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 15 min ago

A hunter shoots someone’s dog

It’s never happened here.  A dog that was not pursuing big game was shot by a hunter.  Last Saturday morning a couple in rural Northfield let their black labs out.  Moose came back after 15 minutes, Diesel did not.  The owner along with sons and nephews who were hunting on their property at 6989 145th St. in Northfield, went looking for Diesel. After hours of searching the Sheriff’s Department was notified of the missing dog.  The owners called neighbors and then put up a missing dog sign in their yard.  A nearby landowner saw the sign and asked a friend who had been hunting on his land over the weekend if he had seen the dog.  According to the incident report, the property owner’s friend noticed a dog with no collar or tags and shot it. The person’s name is not being released yet.  Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster said that after an investigation and a follow-up have been completed there will then be a charging decision.  He continued to say his office received lots of calls from people concerned that the case be properly reviewed.  He assured the callers that all cases are taken seriously.  He added that  domestic animal killings foster a visceral response and people feel they need to speak for the animals.  The suspect told a deputy he felt bad about shooting the dog and would be willing to speak to the owners.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said the only charge he is aware of that could be used is animal cruelty but that decision will be made by the County Attorney.

Northfield’s Tobacco and Drug ordinances will take effect 30 days from publication

The final readings of the Tobacco and Drug Paraphernalia ordinances were quickly approved at the Northfield City Council meeting.  The big change to the tobacco ordinance was updating language to include e-cigarettes.  Principal Joel Leer commented on a blogger who had stated about the drug ordinance that “it won’t matter they’ll just go somewhere else and bring it here”.  Leer said he likes a chipotle burrito but he doesn’t live near one so his consumption is kept in check.  He then added that if he lived next door to one, the convenience could lead to a larger waistline.  City Administrator Haggenmiller said the next step is to place a summary notice in the newspaper, the ordinance will go into effect 30 days from publication.

NHS ED Scriven exuberant over Wheeler gun acquisition

The Northfield Historical Society has added to its collection one of the most important known artifacts from the 1876 robbery attempt by the James-Younger Gang: the rifle that Henry Wheeler used to defend the First National Bank of Northfield. The weapon — a .50 caliber Smith carbine — is on loan from its anonymous new owner.  Executive Director Hayes Scriven said the collection also includes a gold pocketwatch given to him by First National in recognition of his heroism and the 38 Smith and Wesson he carried with him till the end of his life due to threats from the Miller family.  Scriven said the collection also includes a number of other personal items of Wheelers.  The Historical Society has a number of items from the outlaws but this is the first significant collection from the townspeople.  Scriven has been working at acquiring the gun that killed  Clell Miller and wounded one of the Younger brothers for some time.  After much back and forth with the previous owner, a failed attempt at a legacy grant, Scriven met with a new friend of the Historical Society who heard the story, felt very much for the heroism of Wheeler and believed the gun should be brought back to Northfield so he bought the collection.  Scriven and the new owner then set up a long term loan to the Historical Society for the public to view.  It will be on display sometime in the coming months.  Scriven added that feeling those artifacts in your hand takes you back in time and makes it more real.  He said it gives him “goosebumps”.  For more information on Henry Wheeler and the collection go to

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St. Olaf College prepares for 103rd annual Christmas Festival

Northfield News - 8 hours 17 min ago
As the holiday season approaches, student musicians and singers at St. Olaf College are getting ready for the school’s 103rd annual Christmas Festival.
Categories: Local News

All-Wheel Drive/November 20

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 58 min ago

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


Sufjan Stevens/All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!
Joey Ryan & The Inks/You Are All Friends Of Mine
Belle & Sebastian/We Are The Sleepyheads
Papas Fritas/Way You Walk
San Cisco/505
The Shins/No Way Down
The National/I Need My Girl
The Great Depression/Hey Go Easy (Serpentina)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart/Masokissed
David Byrne & St. Vincent/Who
Cliff Richard/Devil Woman
Justin Timberlake/FutureSex-LoveSound
Britney Spears/Toxic
The Ramones/Sheens Is A Punk Rocker
Faux Jean/Kiss Life On The Lips (K’s Trip)
Now, Now/Dead Oaks

After the news, area funeral announcements, and the weather forecast

Mayer Hawthorne/Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out
Staple Singers/Respect Yourself
The Valdons/All Day Long
Anthony Hamilton/Sista Big Bones
Sam Smith/Money On My Mind
Rolling Stones/19th Nervous Breakdown
The Kinks/Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy
The Who/The Kids Are Alright
Big Star/Back Of A Car
Son Of A Gun/Rock Monkey
And The Professors/We Are
Kishi Bashi/Hahaha Pt.1
Kishi Bashi/Hahaha Pt.2
Morrissey/I Like You
Jim Noir/Eanie Meany

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11-19 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 9 hours 16 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Nov. 19.
Categories: Local News

Community News: UCC church to dedicate solar panels

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 26 min ago

from left, Mary Carlson, Church Moderator; Randy Reister, Church Vice-Moderator; Rev. Abby Henderson and Rev. Todd Smith Lippert.


Nov. 13, 2014

From: Scott Richardson, First United Church of Christ Communications Committee

UCC church to dedicate solar panels

Northfield’s First United Church of Christ (UCC) is reducing its carbon footprint.  Earlier this month, it activated 39 solar panels installed on the roof of its 19th century brick church on the corner of Third and Union streets. The panels will prevent the release of 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, while reducing the congregation’s electricity costs by almost 50 percent.

The congregation will dedicate the solar panels and affirm its commitment to ecological stewardship with a special worship service Sunday, Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Every one is welcome.

The Rev. Todd Smith Lippert said being good stewards of the earth is a central part of  First UCC’s ministry.
“This is our congregation’s response to God’s call to care for creation,” Rev. Smith Lippert said. “The science is clear. The dramatic effects of climate change are all around us. We need to pay attention and act.”

UCC purchased the solar panels through the state’s Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program. The panels were manufactured by Bloomington-based TenK and installed by All Energy Solar of Minneapolis. Fifty-eight percent of the project cost is covered by rebates.

The congregation sees these solar panels as a first step toward responsible energy use. It is hopeful it will soon be able to purchase more solar energy through a local community solar project, now in its formative stages.

Rev. Smith Lippert says First UCC is exploring the prospect of becoming a “carbon-neutral facility.” Plans are being formulated to be more energy efficient, to pursue more renewable energy and to employ creative carbon offsets.

First United Church of Christ is a progressive, Christian community of faith and action, committed to theological openness and justice for all creation. It is an “open and affirming” congregation, committed to the inclusion of all of God’s people — all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, backgrounds, and abilities.

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Rice County to offer perception survey to citizens

Northfield News - 10 hours 21 min ago
Rice County has included a citizen perception survey in its 2015 budget report, with hopes of getting a better idea of how the county services are performing.
Categories: Local News

Morning Show – Rice County Attorney G. Paul Beaumaster 11/20/14

KYMN Radio - 12 hours 27 min ago

KYMN’s Jeff Johnson interviews Rice County Attorney, G. Paul Beaumaster 11/20/14

click below to hear the full interview:




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Knights Pull Away from Vikings to Win Season Opener

Carleton Sports - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:55pm

Buoyed by a raucous crowd that got into the Hawaiian Night theme, sophomore Tianen Chen scored a game-high 14 points and senior Shane McSparron added 13 as the Carleton College men’s basketball team kicked off the 2014-15 campaign with a 69-53 triumph over visiting Bethany Lutheran College.

Categories: Colleges

Knights Clipped by Falcons in Home Opener

Carleton Sports - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:14pm

Michele Arima scored a team-high 15 points and Skylar Tsutsui chipped in 14 points, but the Carleton College women’s basketball team dropped its home opener, 58-51, to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Categories: Colleges

Jones Loop Handlebar: A Belated Review

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:34pm

When I sold the Beast in August to upgrade to a titanium Mukluk, I also decided to switch from traditional straight handlebars to the funny-looking but apparently quite comfortable "Loop" H-Bar made by Jones Bikes.

I had had problems with my hands going numb on many rides on the Muk with straight bars, but many riders on the Internet swore up and down that the unusual backwards sweep of the H-Bar helped relieve pressure on their hands and thus numbness. Mindful of the self-selection there, I figured that I could always sell the H-Bar if I found that my hands still fell asleep on them.

Having now done about 500 miles on the new (to me) ti Mukluk with the H-Bar, I can report that these funny-looking bars are in fact much more comfortable than my flat bars (even cushy flat carbon bars!).*

I spend most of any ride with my hands on the grips at the ends of the bars, where I’ve found the sweep to be very congenial to the way I ride. Bike control is excellent because of or despite my hands being fairly far out and quite far back, even in tight cornering situations like singletrack. The 710mm width seems to allow for more steering by leaning my hips and shoulders and less by actually turning the bars.

When I’m cruising, I can reach forward to the joints where the front loop meets the back bar or even all the way out to the front loop, creating a much more "aero" position that’s perfect for straight flat sections, on gentle uphills, and especially on steady downhills. I have much less control over the bike in these forward positions, but just enough that I can avoid bumps and potholes. And it’s very easy to pop back to the grips to resume full control over the machine.

In my use of the bars, I’ve only had one brief episode with numb hands, which I chalked up to wearing thicker-than-usual gloves and white-knuckling the grips on some long downhills. Lessons learned: relax and switch hand positions frequently.

In addition to excellent handling and comfort of the H-Bar, I have discovered that the bar is great for attaching all the junk needed for the kind of riding I’m doing right now: bar bags on the aft bar for food and stuff, sleeping pad/sleeping bag/drybag under the loop, cyclocomputer on the stem, light on the front of the loop… And the loop itself is a pretty handy spot for either stuffing clothing (at different points I’ve securely wedged my windshell and my vest between the bar and the drybag underneath it) or for carrying stuff:

All in all, the Jones H-Bar has been a great addition to my bike. I’m looking forward to racing on it this winter. That front spot should be a great place for number plates!

  • One note: I did switch from a 90mm stem to a 100mm stem after my knees started getting achy on long rides. My LBS guy guessed that the backsweep of the bars was keeping me a little too upright. By getting me forward more, the 100mm stem seems to have fixed the knee problems.
Categories: Citizens

UPDATE: Deer hunter shoots dog in rural Northfield

Northfield News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:00pm
(This story has been updated to include information about an online petition.)
Categories: Local News

KYMN Presents………Live from the Northfield Senior Center

KYMN Radio - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:02pm

This edition of KYMN Presents has us broadcasting live from the Northfield Senior Center.  Musical performances from guitarist Randall Ferguson, singer/keyboardist Earl Beals, the duo of Helen Forsythe and Cliff Martin, and singer Bryce Skaar.  Also, Rikki Kobl Nelson interviews artists Jeanne Miller, Nancy Rechtzigel, and poet Karen Wee.  Greg Smith is emcee and organizer of the event.

KYMN Presents – Senior Center

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