Send us photos of your costumed kiddies

Northfield News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:38pm
We love kids in costume. So if you have a photo of your dressed up trick-or-treaters (OK, pets too) you’d like to share, post it on the Northfield News’ Facebook page or email
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Wayne Eddy Affair | Erica Staab

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:30pm

The executive director of the Hope Center, Erica Staab, joins Wayne to talk about the her job and her life.

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Listen in to the Wayne Eddy Affair every weekday. Monday through Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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Dundas resident sticks to what he's good at, turns hobby into occupation

Northfield News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:00pm
What started out as a hobby  has become a full-time passion − and business − for Dundas resident Steve Kvernmo.
Categories: Local News

Rice County Commissioner candidates focus on future changes

Northfield News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:00pm
Four candidates are seeking two County Commissioner positions, one in District 3 and the other in District 4, in the Nov. 4 general election.
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Postcard: Halloween 2014

Winona Media (Leslie Schultz) - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:30pm

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All-Wheel Drive/October 30

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:09pm

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


Hurricane Bells/The Waiting Song
The Polyphonic Spree/Carefully Try
Josh Rouse/Late Night Conversation
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds/I Let Love In
Chris Koza/Ponderosa Pine
Mark Olson/Poison Oleander
Chris Koza/The Healer

Then I was pleased as punch (truly) to welcome live in the studio, the always delightful Chris Koza, frontman of Rogue Valley and acclaimed solo artist whose second solo release “In Real Time” hit the streets this week. “In Real Time” is gorgeous, from start to finish, and Chris will celebrate the new album with a special Northfield appearance (along with Furia!) on Nov. 8 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater (tickets available at or by calling 507-645-8877) and on Nov. 9 at The Cedar Cultural Center (along with Reina del Cid, another favorite of mine — tickets at A lovely man, inside and out, who graces us with his exquisitely gorgeous and inspiring music. Check him out at

Chris performed the following tracks from “In Real Time”:


And we closed out the session with the first single from the new release, Radio Wave.

Of particular note — my apologies for goofing up both the intro and outro songs — obviously I need an audio engineer to help me with all these crazy confusing buttons!! (Sorry, Chris.)

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

San Cisco/Rocket Ship
Beck/Broken Drum
JD McPherson/Wolf Teeth
Wayne Hancock/Freight Train Boogie
Steve Forbert/Romeo’s Tune
Marshall Crenshaw/Mary Anne
Staple Singers/If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)
Mississippi Heat/Peace Train
Chastity Brown/Lift Us
The Polyphonic Spree/Carefully Try
Cat Stevens/Here Comes My Baby
Squeeze/Up The Junction

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Rael Rodning

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:56pm

Rael Rodning is a St. Cloud native who runs a plant-rich meal planning service and also runs marathons.

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Listen in to the Wayne Eddy Affair every weekday. Monday through Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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West Avenue, almost done, and parking changes?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:44pm

That’s tonight!  West is almost done.  The final layer of asphalt is now down, and they’ve dumped black dirt behind the wall and sprayed the boulevards and dirt bordering the sidewalks with that green stuff.

Here’s the new yard, with two new trees (with aftermarket bird nest), and the wired-for-light post for the Little Free Library next to the Neighbors Against the Burner sign:

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Dyslexia is everywhere, including Rice County

Northfield News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:00pm
Dyslexia is everywhere. 
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Here is the rest of the Storyland exhibit from the Children's Museum!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:38pm
This is the entry to the NCRC Welcome Center, Community Action and Food Shelf. it is on the NE corner of the NCRC.  Note the highschool's stadium is to the east of the building.

 This is the Early Childhood Family Education, Head Start and Community Services Division of the School District's entry on the NW corner of the NCRC

The Storyland exhibit can be accessed from either door.
It is open MTWF 8 am-4:30 pm and Th 8 am-7 pm.  All displays will be at these sites through January 2015.

Click on map to enlarge. One side of the Spot interactive learning display.
The Spot display. With Spot!From the book "Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats.  Peter wakes up to snow!
Kids can play with the snowballs and won't even get cold hands.
Kids can walk in Peter's foot steps.

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Carleton College to host 33rd International Conference of the Haskins Society

Carleton College News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:22pm
Carleton College is pleased to host the 33rd International Conference of the Haskins Society, a three-day gathering focused on all dimensions of medieval history. Featuring panels and lectures on medieval archaeology, manuscript studies, art history, history and literation, the conference will take place Friday, Nov. 7 (12-5:30 p.m.), Saturday, Nov. 8 (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.), and Sunday, Nov. 9 (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Family Meeting Room (Room 236). This event is free and open to the public.
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Gould Library hosts exhibit exploring medieval manuscripts

Carleton College News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:20pm
A new exhibit in the Carleton College Laurence McKinley Gould Library explores medieval manuscripts and how medieval peoples produced and derived meaning from word and image. The “Process of Illumination: Word, Image and the Scribal Imagination in the Middle Ages” investigates the relationship between word and image in the Middle Ages by critically examining a variety of medieval manuscripts in facsimile. The exhibit opens Wednesday, Nov. 5 and will be on display through Jan. 5, 2015. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 5. This event is free and open to the public.
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Ted Talk: the Musical Picnic Surprise Edition

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:14pm
I knew as soon as I saw Ted’s face yesterday that he was feeling chipper about something. When I knocked on his door, stepped into the room and peered around the corner, I found him sitting on the side of his bed, looking alert. He was expecting me.

“I have a surprise for you,” he said, nearly singing the words.

“You do?”

My heart began to beat a little faster. I had a guess about what that might mean, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.

“There’s a thick book over there on the shelf, right in the middle — do you see it? Can you get it for me?” he asked.

“The book Full Harvest?”

“Yes, that’s it.”

I maneuvered between the bed and the walker next to it and reached for the book. It was heavy. I handed it to him and sat down on the bed next to him. I tried to wait patiently while he paged through the 900-page historical novel, looking for something.

Ted opened the book to a spot three-fourths of the way back, where a bookmark was placed. I could see that the chapter it marked was about his grandfather, Benjamin Papermaster, the famous North Dakota rabbi. The first page of the chapter included a black and white picture of the elder Papermaster as a young man.

From my previous visits with Ted in the nursing home, I knew how much he loved and admired his grandfather. I also knew that my great-grandfather, G. Oliver Riggs, had known and admired Ted’s grandfather. In a recommendation letter G. Oliver wrote to the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army on Ted’s behalf back in 1941, G. Oliver had said of Benjamin Papermaster, “I never knew a finer man.”

But that page in the book wasn’t the object of Ted’s search. After another minute or two, he turned to the back of the book, where he located three small black and white photos. They were not part of the book; they were loose and had been placed there temporarily for safekeeping. Two of them were about the size of my iPhone; the third was almost half that size.

I took a deep breath. I sensed that my guess had been right.

Ted had insisted a few visits ago that he had nothing new to tell me about his days in the St. Cloud Municipal Boys’ Band, and no new memories to share about my great-grandfather. But I had happily discovered that this was not true. During my last visit in April, after I showed him an old family photo of G. Oliver, his wife, Islea, and their children, Ted came up with a new, tantalizing fact: he had a photo, somewhere at his house, of his mother and my great-grandmother pretending to play band instruments. The photo had been taken at a park in St. Cloud when the families of the adult band members had gathered for a picnic. Ted’s father, Bert, had played clarinet in the adult band.

“Here’s what I had in mind for you. Some pictures,” Ted said.

He held them in his hands and examined the smallest one. It was a photo of about a dozen middle-aged women, arranged in three rows. They were holding band instruments and posed as if they were about to perform a tune. The women were wearing long dresses and were either kneeling or standing in the grass, with trees and a lake behind them.

“Oh my gosh!”

I could feel my eyes widen. I leaned in closer and peered through the bottom half of my glasses, wishing I had either a magnifying glass or younger eyes. Or both. I scanned the tiny faces for anyone who looked familiar. I pointed to a woman in the front right corner.

“Is that your mom?” I asked.

Ted got his glasses from the nightstand and put them on, so he could read the words scrawled in black ink on the back of the photo.

He had apparently written the identifying words years ago.

“St. Cloud Municipal Band Picnic. Ladies picture with instruments. Some front row, right end . . .” he read aloud.

I interrupted him. “Does that say Sonia — your mom?”

“Yes. Sonia, front row, 1924 or 25 — I wasn’t sure which year that was,” he said. “They took the men’s instruments, which they can’t play, and they did that for a joke.”

He turned the photo back over so we could see the women’s faces again. Sonia was wearing a white dress, and her dark hair was pulled back from her face. She was holding what appeared to be an alto saxophone, although at first I thought it was a clarinet.

“Yes, that’s my mother,” Ted confirmed.

He would have been about 10 years old when the photo was taken. He was now 100 years old.

Ted moved on to a second picture. This was the one he really wanted to show me. This one was more of an action shot. Six women were visible, standing, holding instruments they appeared to be playing. Ted’s mom was second from the left, in the foreground. On the right side of the photo, I spotted a woman with an ample figure holding a sousaphone. She had not been in the previous photo. But she looked familiar anyway.

“One of these ladies is Mrs. Riggs,” Ted said, peering at the faces. He pointed to the figure on the right with the sousaphone. “I think that’s her. Is she kind of a fat lady?”

“Yes, that looks like it could be her,” I agreed.

“That’s your great-grandmother!” he pronounced triumphantly.

The surprise was revealed. I could tell he was greatly enjoying this. I was, too.

He read the words on the back of the second photo: “St. Cloud Municipal Band Picnic. Ladies with the instruments for a fun picture.”

We both laughed.

I rested my hand on his shoulder and turned to face him. I tried to speak a little louder than my normal quiet voice, to make sure he could hear me.

“Ted, you have made my month!”

The third photo showed a young Ted, playing clarinet, and his younger brother, Ralph, playing soprano saxophone. This was taken in about 1928 or 1929, according to the writing on the back. The boys were standing in front of their house, showing off their band uniforms. It was impossible to tell from the black and white photo, but Ted explained that the uniforms were blue, with a red stripe down the leg of the pants, and red trimming on the cap. The boys also wore red ties.

He handed all three photos to me.

“They’re yours forever,” he said. “Guard them with your life!”

I think he was only half-joking. But I took the admonition seriously. After our visit, I transported them home safely, where I will indeed guard them with my life.

What a gift, and what a fun surprise.

There is no way to adequately express my thanks for such a gift. But this blog post is an attempt.

Every visit I have with you is a gift, Ted. Thank you. 

With love and gratitude,

Your favorite bonehead

Categories: Citizens

Carleton Hosts Northfield City Council Candidate Forum

Carleton College News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:11pm
Are you familiar with the many local races that will be on the ballot come November? Want to meet the candidates who may end up deciding Northfield's future? Join us on Thursday, October 30th from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium for a public forum with all your local city council candidates. Audience members will have the ability to submit questions during the forum and hear how potential City Councilors would respond to issues that are important to them.
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St. Olaf to award honorary degree to private secretary to King of Norway

St. Olaf College - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:30pm

Knut Brakstad, private secretary to King Harald V of Norway, will receive an honorary degree from St. Olaf College November 7.

St. Olaf College will award an honorary degree to Knut Brakstad, private secretary to King Harald V of Norway, on November 7.

The honorary degree convocation, part of the college’s Founders Day celebration, will be streamed and archived online.

Brakstad was born in Molde, Norway, graduating from Rauma Folkehøgskole, Molde, in 1974 and Molde Gymnas in 1977. In 1983 he earned his master of divinity degree at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet in Oslo, as well as a divinity degree at the University of Oslo’s theological seminary. Brakstad pursued additional studies at St. Olaf College from 1979 to 1980.

In 1981 he studied philosophy at Augustana Hochschule in Germany before going on to study radio and television production at the National Radio and TV Centre in London the following year. He received a degree in family therapy from the Nic Waals Institutt in Oslo in 1990.

Brakstad’s year at St. Olaf was a transformative one for him. The college’s distinctive liberal arts education, grounded in academic rigor, global engagement, and the Lutheran faith tradition, shaped his personal philosophy of servant-leadership and provided the framework for his life journey as a humanitarian, civic leader, and theologian.

He began his professional career in 1984 as navy chaplain in the Royal Norwegian Navy, Navel District East (ØSD), and served for two years as a senior advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo. From 1987 to 1991, he was a Lutheran minister at Geilo in Hallingdal (Church of Norway), and was a project manager for the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee from 1991 to 1994. Brakstad became private secretary to His Majesty, King Harald V, in 1994.

Brakstad was on the board of Norwegians Abroad (Nordmannsforbundet) for 17 years, and from 1995 to 2012 served as vice president of the board. Through his work with Nordmannsforbundet and the 1994 Winter Olympics, and as a representative of Norway’s royal family, Brakstad has been a passionate advocate for Norwegian culture throughout the world — but always behind the scenes.

In 2005 Brakstad received the Knight’s Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, awarded by King Harald V in recognition of his accomplishments on behalf of Norway and humanity.

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Kevin Kling ready to 'Interact' with Northfield audiences

Northfield News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:30pm
In a partnership with the Interact Theater troupe, Minnesota-based storyteller and performer Kevin Kling is bringing a production − aptly titled "Kevin Kling & Friends" − to the Kelsey Theater at
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Northfield High School readies 'The Matchmaker' for fall production

Northfield News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:15pm
The Northfield High School is gearing up for its fall production of Thornton Wilder's comedy "The Matchmaker."
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10-31 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:04pm
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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Jordy Cammarota Voted to Academic All-District Squad

Carleton Sports - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:58pm

Already a solid performer in the classroom, Carleton College men’s soccer player Jordy Cammarota stepped up his play this season and was voted to the 2014 Academic All-District team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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PUC Chair: This is not about layout…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:57pm

Not today’s photo, this one from September 11, 2014.

Today at the PUC, the Black Oak and Getty Wind Project was on the agenda. For the full docket, go to PUC SEARCH DOCKETS, and search for 10-1240 (Black Oak) or 11-831 (Getty), and for the Certificate of Need, 11-471.

I’d been retained late last week by project neighbors to address the Commission on their behalf.  They’d been participating throughout, and are frustrated that they’re not being heard, that issues that had been raised by their group, their neighbors, and the DNR were not being heard.  Well, so much for that… Chair Heydinger said that they, the Commission, were not there to discuss layout of the turbines, that it’s only about size, that the notice was about size.  Well, we did get that statement on the record, and I asked again, to be clear on the record, and she repeated that the layout was not at issue, that it’s all in the footprint.  There’s no where to go at the Commission with that kind of statement from the Chair!

Here’s the notice for that agenda item, the issues for Commission decision.

And more importantly, the Applicant filed a Petition For Extension of Certificate of Need on Tuesday, two days before this meeting!  The Commission is making decisions on this siting permit when the Certificate of Need is in limbo?  When the Applicant by their own admission is not going to meet its in-service deadline?

Anyway, layout not at issue today?  Here are the decision items presented to the Commission:

From the Briefing Papers, here is the DNR take on the layout, and note the reference to “previous layouts” because there have been several, and it’s very confusing

Here are DNR comments over the years — the September and October, 2014, comments are regarding this new layout — can you tell if the Commission, Commerce, or anyone paid any attention to the DNR Comments?







DNR_Aug 24 2012_20128-78117-01

DNR_Bat_Feb 22 2013_20132-83757-01


Did the Commission make any attempt to determine whether the DNR concerns were addressed?  Nope.  They just voted.

But this “wasn’t about layout,” so what does it matter…

And worse, knowing of the just filed Petition For Extension of Certificate of Need and that the project would admittedly not be built by the claimed in-service date, they rammed through approval of this new siting arrangement.



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