Slow Roasted Tomatoes

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - 2 hours 35 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.



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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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All-Wheel Drive/August 29

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 5:49pm

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


Yes, it’s actually September 22 (!), but I just realized I never posted the delightful in-studio appearance by Twin Cities singer/songwriters Katy Vernon and Doug Collins — tons of fun to chat a bit and bask in the glow of their musical stylings. Enjoy!

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Open Youth Hockey

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:40pm
Event date: September 27, 2014
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
All hockey equipment is required to play.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority Work Session

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:55pm
Event date: September 25, 2014
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Northfield mayor suggests city investment for YMCA

Northfield News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:45pm
As the Northfield YMCA continues to progress, Northfield Mayor Dana Graham is proposing a $500,000 city investment to be used to reduce memberships and fees to low-income families in the community.
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Inaugural 'Nerstrand Night Out' will be Saturday

Northfield News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:48pm
Nerstrand will be the place to be on Saturday night.
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Northfield man acquitted of criminal sexual conduct

Northfield News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:32pm
A Rice County jury acquitted a 41-year-old Northfield man on Friday of two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
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Today’s news update – Weiers will handle search for Public Works Director; Dept. of Health could close Well #2; Absentee ballots now available at Northfield City Hall

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:01pm

Weiers will handle search for Public Works Director

Council approved the selection of Gary Weiers from David Drown and Associates to search for a Public Works Director.  They had 3 bids with Weiers coming in the least expensive at $12,000.  He assisted in the search for a new City Administrator.  No timeline has been set.  Assistant Brian Erickson is currently standing in for Joe Stapf who retired early to care for his ailing wife.

Dept. of Health could close Well #2

Public Works interim director Brian Erickson said 4 of the 5 wells in Northfield are in production right now but that is set to change as the oldest well is #2 and it’s called a “mixed” aquifer in that it draws from 2 different ones.  Erickson said that staff has expressed some concerns that the Dept. of Health could quickly close due.  Because it’s a shallow aquifer, there’s potential for contamination as well as cross contamination of the Jordan with water from Prairie DuChen.  Bolten and Menk performed a well siting study and recommend placing Well #6 near the Spring Creek soccer field.  It is the best and least expensive.  Council was asked to move this forward and get the well built.  They prefer to build over the winter when the ground is frozen for this type of project.  Council was interested in making sure the well would be aesthetically pleasing.  It was approved unanimously.  The well will not be put into production right away.

Dundas council discusses Bridgewater agreement, purchase of property

The Dundas City Council meets tonight at 7 o’clock.  On their agenda is a proposed maintenance agreement for 115th Street that’s been sent to Bridgewater Township Supervisors. Staff is recommending Council approve the agreement and authorize the mayor and city administrator to sign contingent on approval by Bridgewater Township.  There’s also a proposal to purchase 100 Railway Street.  City Administrator McCarthy says the new Public Works/Police Department will be ready for occupancy in 4 weeks.  They would like to set a date for an open house in late October.  McCarthy will be in studio tomorrow morning at 8:45.  The Northfield Police Department has tentatively scheduled their Open House for October 23rd.  Chief Nelson was quick to say that’s a tentative date.  

Absentee ballots now available at Northfield 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 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:19am
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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15 with the Author | ‘Against Football – one Fan’s Relunctant Manifesto’ by Steve Almond 9/22/14

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:13am

With allegations of child abuse, spousal abuse and drug charges in professional football, today’s 15 with the Author is timely.  Steve Almond is the author of  Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, He tackles his personal obsession head on.  Almond takes on the whole culture of professional ball from the owners to the players to the fans.  With research and wit, the book is a fascinating look at the game.  


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Against Football – Steve Almond

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