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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Senator Kevin Dahle 5/22/15

KYMN Radio - 21 min 35 sec ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with State Senator Kevin Dahle, from District 20 regarding current issues with the State Senate Sessions on 5/22/15

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Community News: City of Nfld. Youth Leadership academy starts June 22

KYMN Radio - 46 min 28 sec ago
City of Northfield Youth Leadership Academy — June 22-25, 2015

The City of Northfield and Mayor’s Youth Council invite local high school students to apply.

Up to five students will be selected.

What: A week-long career exploration program for local high school students interested in gaining exposure to municipal careers, including local government and public service.

Who: Open to youth entering grades 10-12 in fall 2015. (Current 9th, 10th and 11th graders may apply.)

When: Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25, 2015. Students must commit to attending events and activities all four days between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday evening. Exact schedule TBA.

Where: Students will meet each day at the Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. From there, students will tour various departments and facilities throughout the city.

Students will spend a half or full day with staff from the following departments:

  1. City Administration – Spend time with Nick Haggenmiller, City Administrator, learning what it takes to support the departments and personnel that make a city run.
  2. Community Development – Discussion, presentations, and tours on the Northfield Comprehensive Plan, Northfield Land Development Code, public infrastructure vs. private infrastructure, public project planning, sustainable development, economic development, and more.
  3. Communications & Human Resources – Engage with staff members to brainstorm how the City can use Facebook, learn about what happens in human resources, hear tips about how employees are recruited and hired, and more.
  4. Library – Learn about operating the Northfield Public Library! Students will cycle through a number of stations at the library, including reference, children’s services, circulation, and tech services.
  5. Police – Staff will introduce law enforcement as a career and discuss its challenges. Presentations from members of Patrol, Investigations, Records, and Evidence divisions. Tour and pizza at the Police Department.
  6. Public Works – Tour the City’s Public Works, including job sites, the wastewater treatment plant, and parks, and discuss operations and infrastructure management.

To Apply: Click HERE.  Or DOWNLOAD and complete the application form and return it via email to malechasandyhci@gmail.com or drop it off with Kari Bonde in the Administration Office at City Hall (801 Washington Street).

Please submit your application online, by email, or in person no later than Monday, June 8, 2015, at 5 p.m.  Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday, June 10 or 11.  Students will be notified of their status by Friday, June 12.

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Community News: State wide road construction 5/21/15

KYMN Radio - 1 hour 11 min ago

May 21, 2015            Contact:  Kevin Gutknecht

For Immediate Release

MnDOT urges travelers to use caution in work zones over Memorial Day weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Memorial Day weekend approaches and summer construction roadwork
around the state revs up, the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones.  “We will suspend work on many projects during the holiday weekend,” said Sue Mulvihill, deputy commissioner and chief engineer. “However, there are still many work zones around the state where drivers need to plan ahead, pay attention and slow down to make it a safe weekend for everyone.”

Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic and use extra caution in highway work
zones. Plan ahead, think about alternate routes and go to www.511mn.org before you leave home
to get information about road construction and detours.

Highway projects that may affect weekend travel on May 22-25 include:

Southern Minnesota     

 I-35 Owatonna to Albert Lea – single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic. Expect
delays
 Highway 63 south of Spring Valley to Iowa border – closed, detour
 I-90 between Alden and Highway 22 – single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic
 Highway 14 at Highway 42 in Eyota – closed, detour

Twin Cities area

 Interstate 494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
 I-35E in St. Paul and Little Canada – lane and ramp closures
 Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift
 Highway 169 in Jordan – single-lane traffic in both directions, County Road 9 access
closed, detour

Central Minnesota

 I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael – lane shift, narrow lanes and reduced speeds
 Highway 10 between St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids – all lanes of traffic will be open for the
weekend
 Highway 95 in Cambridge is closed over the Rum River Bridge (check 511 for width and
length limits)
 Highway 25 in Buffalo – detour

West Central Minnesota  

 Highway 12 between Kerkhoven and Pennock — detoured
 Highway 14 between Florence and Tyler — detoured
 Highway 59 in Marshall – short detour

Northern Minnesota    

 Highway 197 in Bemidji – lane closures, slow traffic
 Highway 34 between Barnesville and Highway 59 – closed, detour
 Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes – four lanes of traffic will be open for the weekend
 Highway 2 (Bong Bridge) between Duluth and Superior – eastbound lanes closed, detour
For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit
www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Motorists may also sign up to receive email updates for
major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates.

“Drivers face many distractions under the best of conditions – and driving through construction
work zones only amplifies distractions with lane changes and other unexpected variations,” said
Kristine Hernandez, statewide Toward Zero Deaths coordinator. “Let’s pay attention and make this holiday weekend a safe one for everyone on the road.”

Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths is the state’s cornerstone traffic safety program that uses
education, emergency medical and trauma services, enforcement and engineering approaches to
reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Minnesota roads. For more information, visit
www.minnesotatzd.org/.

MnDOT reminds motorists to:
 Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions
 Don’t use cell phones or text while driving
 Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones
 Expect delays, especially during peak travel times

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www.mndot.gov

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Hart Hornor Takes Third in 10K, Picks up All-America Recognition on First Day at NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:54pm

Junior Hart Hornor made his NCAA DIII Outdoor Track and Field Championships debut on Thursday and turned in an All-America performance by finishing third in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:51.74. He is one of three members of the Carleton College men’s track and field team slated to compete at Nationals, which runs through Saturday.

Categories: Colleges

Three Knights in Action on Day One of NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:48pm

The Carleton College women’s track and field team sent a trio student-athletes to compete at the 2015 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships, and all three Knights were in action on Thursday, the first of three days on competition at the Merrick-Pinkard Track and Field Complex.

Categories: Colleges

Dakota Pinnacle Birch

If you are looking for a tree that has moderate size, a handsome shape, beautiful bark, leafs out early, holds leaves until late fall, has buttery yellow fall color, is disease resistant, can grow in a wide variety of soils and is very cold hardy, Dakota Pinnacle Birch might be the tree for you!

With a narrowly pyramidal shape and growing to a width of about fifteen feet, Dakota Pinnacle Birch tapers gently from bottom to top, creating a graceful profile.  Leaves are a shining dark green and are fairly resistant to the Japanese Beetles.  I rarely see blemishes on the leaves of Dakota Pinnacle Birch which are among the first to leaf out in the spring, and just about the last to turn color in the late fall, which extends the fall color season at a time when the rest of the landscape is turning grey and brown.

Dakota Pinnacle Birch grows quickly from a small tree to a stately specimen tree that really catches the eye with its beautiful white bark, and narrow form.

Single stem Dakota Pinnacle Birches make a great focal point in the landscape, and multi-stem clumps of Dakota Pinnacle are simply stunning.  Plant Dakota Pinnacle Birch in just about any soil except soggy, poorly drained spots, and avoid excessively shady locations.

Dakota Pinnacle Birch can easily tolerate heat, bitter cold, and nasty winter winds, but does not like areas that get hit by salt spray kicked up by high-speed traffic on major roads.  Mature height is about 40 feet, making Dakota Pinnacle Birch smaller than many shade trees that reach to 80 feet tall.

Check out our Dakota Pinnacle Birch this weekend!   We carry both single stems and clumps in several sizes.

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Good as Gold

Goldmound Spirea

While Goldmound Spirea has long been a shrub considered to be a old standard for placing some vibrant leaf color in our landscapes, some people consider spireas in general to be too old fashioned.  I differ, viewing spireas as hardy and reliable shrubs that can serve a useful function and provide several types of beauty throughout the season, with few problems.

Deb and I have enjoyed a garden border planting of Goldmound Spirea at our home for over twenty years, and have necessitated little more than an annual pruning each spring as we clean up the landscape after a long Minnesota winter.  The yearly pruning stimulates a strong flush of bright gold new shoots that light up the planting bed where they sever as the backdrop for a drift of annuals where we plant a different variety each year to keep things fresh.  We never tire of the beautiful gold foliage of the Goldmound Spirea as it contrasts with the annuals.

Goldmound can be grown in full to part sun, grows to a height and width of about 3′.  Zone 4 hardy.  In early summer the Goldmound Spirea will sport beautiful dainty pink flower clusters.  Once the flowers have faded, a light pruning will generate a modest second round of blossoms later in the summer!

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The Shade Garden

Shade Garden

We have many hosta gardens at home, some with all hostas, others with a few ferns mixed in, my garden gnomes stand guard over my miniature hostas and others are planted in with shrubs and boulder accents.

One of our favorite island garden beds is right on the edge of the yard- with a Limelight Hydrangea tree, a Quickfire Hydrangea shrub, a couple of Taunton Yew, a Russian Cypress and a mix of shade perennials and hosta.  The hosta are a mix of green, variegated  and plenty of yellow / gold varieties which in the early part of the season – lights up the garden.

Leif found the sculpture when visiting one of our wholesalers this spring and that adds an aura of spirituality.  Colors, textures and natural elements all combine to make this wonderful setting.

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Carleton’s renowned Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble performs in concert

Northfield News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:01pm
The Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble will perform in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 24 in the Concert Hall.
Categories: Local News

St. Olaf student awarded Rotary Global Grant Scholarship

St. Olaf College - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:59pm

St. Olaf College student Mirwais Wakil ’15 has received a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship that will help him pursue a graduate degree at either Oxford University or the London School of Economics.

The $30,000 award from Rotary International supports graduate-level studies related to the organization’s focus on humanitarian issues. Wakil will use the scholarship to pursue either a master’s degree in international relations at the London School of Economics or a master’s degree in refugees and forced migration at Oxford.

“I will also be interning with organizations such as Refugee Resource or Oxfam to help contribute to development and refugee assistance,” Wakil says.

Before enrolling in one of the two graduate programs in the fall of 2016, Wakil will spend a year in Vienna, Austria, working with an organization he co-founded called Ready Power.

Ready Power employs immigrants and refugees and helps them better integrate into Austrian society. Employees and their families also receive advice and help with their legal cases, government paperwork, and education. Wakil helped establish the organization three years ago and continued to work on it throughout his St. Olaf career.

In addition to his work with Ready Power, Wakil hopes to be involved over the next year with ORS Service, an Austrian organization that houses refugees before they receive asylum. He also plans to volunteer with the United World Colleges (UWC) National Committee of Austria.

A native of Afghanistan, Wakil moved to Austria at age 15, where one of his teachers suggested that the United World Colleges — international baccalaureate high schools that educate students in an environment of shared learning, collaboration, and international understanding to promote positive social action and build a more equitable and peaceful world — would be a good fit for him.

He attended the UWC in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, before coming to St. Olaf as a Davis UWC Scholar.

At St. Olaf, Wakil majored in studio art, political science, and economics, and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. He earned a Magnus the Good Fellowship to support his work on a project that re-examined international relations through the eyes of individuals affected by war, power, statecraft, and international law.

Wakil was a Nobel Peace Prize Scholar at the University of Oslo, where he researched peace and reconciliation regarding the ex-Yugoslavian countries with the Nansen Dialogue Center.

He also participated in Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School Junior Summer Institute. The institute is part of the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program, a national consortium of the top public policy and international affairs graduate schools that prepare college juniors for advanced degrees and careers serving the public good.

After he completes his graduate program in England, Wakil would like to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross or the United Nations Refugee Agency.

“I hope to help improve the life quality of refugees and ensure their protection in conflict zones,” he says.

Categories: Colleges

GALLERY: Northfield's Sibley, Bridgewater elementary schools hold D.A.R.E. graduations

Northfield News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:10pm
The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programs at Sibley Elementary and Bridgewater Elementary schools were handled a little differently this year.
Categories: Local News

City of Northfield’s Youth Leadership Academy – Apply Today!

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:51pm
City of Northfield Youth Leadership Academy — June 22-25, 2015

The City of Northfield and Mayor’s Youth Council invite local high school students to apply.

Up to five students will be selected.

What: A week-long career exploration program for local high school students interested in gaining exposure to municipal careers, including local government and public service.

Who: Open to youth entering grades 10-12 in fall 2015. (Current 9th, 10th and 11th graders may apply.)

When: Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25, 2015. Students must commit to attending events and activities all four days between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday evening. Exact schedule TBA.

Where: Students will meet each day at the Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. From there, students will tour various departments and facilities throughout the city.

Students will spend a half or full day with staff from the following departments:

  1. City Administration – Spend time with Nick Haggenmiller, City Administrator, learning what it takes to support the departments and personnel that make a city run.
  2. Community Development – Discussion, presentations, and tours on the Northfield Comprehensive Plan, Northfield Land Development Code, public infrastructure vs. private infrastructure, public project planning, sustainable development, economic development, and more.
  3. Communications & Human Resources – Engage with staff members to brainstorm how the City can use Facebook, learn about what happens in human resources, hear tips about how employees are recruited and hired, and more.
  4. Library – Learn about operating the Northfield Public Library! Students will cycle through a number of stations at the library, including reference, children’s services, circulation, and tech services.
  5. Police – Staff will introduce law enforcement as a career and discuss its challenges. Presentations from members of Patrol, Investigations, Records, and Evidence divisions. Tour and pizza at the Police Department.
  6. Public Works – Tour the City’s Public Works, including job sites, the wastewater treatment plant, and parks, and discuss operations and infrastructure management.

To Apply: Click HERE.  Or DOWNLOAD and complete the application form and return it via email to malechasandyhci@gmail.com or drop it off with Kari Bonde in the Administration Office at City Hall (801 Washington Street).

Please submit your application online, by email, or in person no later than Monday, June 8, 2015, at 5 p.m.  Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday, June 10 or 11.  Students will be notified of their status by Friday, June 12.

Categories: Organizations

Road construction season is here, check out our interactive map

Northfield News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:44pm
The three most dreaded words to see on the highway, any highway, when you're on a road trip: "Road work ahead."
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Wayne Eddy Affair | Dwight Scoles

KYMN Radio - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:02pm

Dwight Scoles talks of growing up in Montana and overcoming personal struggles .

 

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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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Public invited to reception honoring 2015 Aquatennial Princess Sonia Berdahl of Northfield

Northfield News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:30pm
The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee invites the public to a reception to meet Northfielder Sonia Berdahl, who is the 2015 Minneapolis Aquatennial Princess.
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – Neighbors/Community divided over Woodley Street amenities; Two new businesses slated for opening late Summer/early Fall; Ludescher says his non-vote means a “no” vote

KYMN Radio - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:02pm

Neighbors/Community divided over Woodley Street amenities

Last night was the joint meeting of community members and Woodley Street residents regarding amenities such as bike lanes and sidewalks.  According to the data collected and the powerpoint put together by Assistant City Engineer Brian Erickson, there is a clear divide between what the residents want and what community members are asking for.  For example, over 60% of residents do NOT want sidewalks on both sides yet over 60% of community comments were FOR sidewalks on both sides.  As for bike lanes on both sides, that was another clear divide with community members responding with 70% for them and resident ata over 60% against.  In the presentation, Erickson has numbers by a showing of hands for several questions posed to the neighborhood residents.  The majority didn’t walk bike lanes at all, sidewalks on 1 side only and on street parking on both sides.  Clearly there will be some decisions that need to be made.  Some will be guided by the fact that it’s a county state aid highway and some may be cost.  This will be the topic at next weeks City Council work session.  A presentation of the final results of Community Feedback will be held on June 3rd in the gymnasium of Sibley School beginning at 6:30pm.

Two new businesses slated for opening late Summer/early Fall

The Oak tree stays.  After some impressive negotiating on City staff’s part, the Oak Tree on Hwy 3 south of town near the KFC will stay, even as a Dollar Tree and Maurices are built.  Community Development Director Chris Heineman said the developer is working under the newly formed Northfield Development LLC.  The parent company is United Development Group, a Wisconsin based company.  Heineman said they started working through a local real estate company over a year ago.  United generally works on multi-tenant buildings.  Dollar Tree and Maurices are anchors for them.  The Bridgewater Lane dedication was the final step for the site plan.  Staff wrapped up the building process in early may and work has begun with foundation and footings.  The developer is responsible for everything from “the site to the signage” according to Heineman.  The plan is for the stores to open their doors by late Summer/early Fall.  It generally takes the stores 30 to 60 days to get ready for opening after completion of construction.  Dollar Tree and Maurices have signed long term leases.  Co-founder of United Development, Patrick Flynn, said market research has shown a demand for these stores.  They’re right in the target price range for students and will complement downtown businesses.  Heineman was also quick to point out that the structures are high quality and will look good.

Ludescher says his non-vote means a “no” vote

Councilor Ludescher walked out of the Northfield City Council meeting on May 12th with the belief that his absence would allow for a supermajority vote on the 2nd reading of the LDC.  This week he said “it didn’t help” to pass the ordinance (without violating the Charter) but rather was counted as a 4 to 3 vote.  The issue is that he believes the City Charter, which says they need a supermajority vote for a zoning change, trumps the State statute which requires a simple majority and which our City Attorney says supersedes the Charter.  Then it got fuzzy when Ludescher said the Minutes of that meeting could not be approved because the City Clerk had it written as a 4 to 3 vote and that the motion carried.  Mayor Graham said he didn’t use the words “passed or carried or approved”, rather he gave the count which was 4 to 2.  After some discussion, an attempt at amending the Minutes to reflect that failed.  Council then voted 6 to 1 to approve the Minutes as written.  Mayor Graham was the dissenting vote.

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Wed, May 20 - Dundas 6, Rosetown A's 4

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:31am
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Rosetown A's 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0   4 7 5 Dundas 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 x   6 8 3

W - Gausman (1-0)  L - Stangel  S - Luedtke (1)  HR - None
Full Box Score

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The Unexpected Caregiver | Be in Charge of Your Choices

KYMN Radio - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:36am

Broadcast on KYMN every Thursday from 11-11:30am. Ready or not, you’re a caregiver and Kari can help. This weekly program will help arm the average “boomer” with valuable help on getting the proper care for and reconnect with your aging parents.

Parents: Don’t leave decisions about where you’re going to live to your adult children. Adult children: Be brave and engage in tough conversations about aging and what possibilities are out there for your parents. My guest is Jill Johnson.

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5-22 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:14am
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

Funding for buffers in Minnesota, Rice County remains unknown

Northfield News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:23am
The Legislature’s passage of the compromised buffer law may be progress, according to some environmentalists, but without funding, the plan is in limbo.
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