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All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield receives new steeple

Northfield News - 2 hours 46 min ago
While Northfield’s All Saints Episcopal Church may not look much different this Sunday when people arrive for morning service, it will actually be sporting an entirely new steeple.
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All-Wheel Drive/November 21

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 49 min ago

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

Playlist:


Really enjoyed wrapping up today’s show with an in-studio chit-chat with and performance from Ben Weaver. A truly talented, inspiring and generous man. Enjoy!

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Community News: Extra Patrols on Rice County Roads to Combat Drunk Driving Nov. 26-Dec. 27

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 19 min ago

2014 WINTER HOLIDAY DWI MOBILIZATION: PRE-ENFORCEMENT NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT: Sgt. Ross Spicer
PHONE: 507-333-3801

YOU CAN’T GO BACK: PLAN AHEAD FOR A SOBER RIDE HOME

Extra Patrols on Rice County Roads to Combat Drunk Driving Nov. 26-Dec. 27

Faribault, Minn. – Holiday parties and family gatherings can create special memories, but for some, the
memories are painful after losing a loved one to a drunk driver.  The Rice County MOD Squad which includes all Rice County law enforcement agencies – Rice County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and Faribault and Northfield Police Departments, will be conducting extra DWI enforcement starting November 26 to keep motorists and memories safe this holiday season. The extra enforcement campaign runs on weekends through December 27.

No Holiday Cheer with Impaired Driving

A person is more likely to die in an alcohol-related crash during the holidays than at any other time of the year.  Forty percent of traffic deaths during the holidays involve an impaired driver according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

In the last three years (2011–2013), there were 279 drunk driving-related traffic deaths in Minnesota and 81 people were killed in 2013 alone. In Rice County during the last three years, there were 12 drunk driving traffic fatalities and series injuries. In addition there were 809 DWI arrests in Rice County during the last three years.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

An increasing number of motorists tempted to drive drunk are getting the message to drive sober or get pulled over. DWI arrests have gone down every year since 2006. In 2006 law enforcement officers arrested 41,951 drivers in Minnesota for DWI with 349 arrests occurring in RICE COUNTY. The 2013 numbers statewide dropped to 25,719 the lowest in Minnesota history because of the efforts of the Toward Zero Death campaign.

“We hear it time and time again from offenders—‘If I could just go back and get a ride home my friend would
be alive today,” said Sgt. Ross Spicer, Rice County Sheriff’s Office:  “We’re encouraged by the drop in DWI
arrests, but it’s clear there is much more work to be done through education and law enforcement. The
responsibility falls on all of us. Speak up if you see a friend or family member who has had too much to drink. If you are a server, don’t be afraid to cut off a customer. Let’s keep the holiday memories special, not tragic.”

DWI Consequences

 Loss of license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.

 Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration
level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year
without a driver’s license.

  Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will
never regain driving privileges.

Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

 Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of
the celebration.

 Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.

 Buckle up – the best defense against a drunk driver.

 Report drunk driving – call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide
location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

Definitions

 Driving While Impaired (DWI) is a violation for driving under the influence of alcohol.

 Alcohol-related: any evidence of alcohol detected in a driver, pedestrian or bicyclist.

 Impaired-related: any driver, pedestrian or bicyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or
above.

 Drunk-driving-related: any driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS) coordinates the statewide
campaign, and local agencies participating are:  Faribault Police Department, Northfield Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, and Rice County Sheriff’s Office along with the Rice County Safe Roads Coalition.

The enhanced DWI enforcement campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.

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Wine Tasting

City of Northfield Calendar - 3 hours 30 min ago
Event date: November 26, 2014
Event Time: 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:
116 W. 5th St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
We will offer selections from our current sale, chosen to complement the traditional Thanksgiving dinner: Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé (France), “Conundrum” White and Red (California), Meiomi Pinot Noir (California), Pulenta “La Flor” Malbec (Argentina) and Marcarini Moscato d’Asti (Italy).

Northfield Historical Society to add another piece of 'Bank Raid' history to collection

Northfield News - 4 hours 3 min ago
Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Northfield Historical Society has been able to access another piece to the now infamous bank raid.
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Collaborative course brings together St. Olaf and Carleton students

Carleton College News - 4 hours 5 min ago
At first glance, the class looks like any other taught at Carleton College. The room features desks, a blackboard, and a projector. The students tote backpacks and laptops, take notes, and sip their coffee while listening to a professor in glasses and a blazer lecturing at the front of the room. But there is one thing about them that makes this course unique: half of the students are from St. Olaf College.
Categories: Colleges

Northfield Police Department advises caution when responding to emails, telephone solicitations

Northfield News - 6 hours 9 min ago
The Northfield Police Department and City of Northfield would like to remind the community to be very careful when responding to emails, paper mailings, and/or phone calls requesting Any personal info
Categories: Local News

Volunteers plan for 15th annual Laura Baker Thanksgiving dinner

Northfield News - 6 hours 18 min ago
Northfield residents Jerry and Sue Odette have Thanksgiving Day down to a system: They arrive at Laura Baker Services Association around 9 a.m., start arranging flowers, set the tables in the dining r
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dundas City Adm John McCarthy 11/25/14

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 44 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with John McCarthy after last nights Dundas City Council Meeting, they discuss the agenda and other topics. Listen to the full interview….

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Community News: Nfld Police warn residents of scam

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 21 min ago

NORTHFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
Monte D. Nelson
Chief of Police
300 West Fifth Street, Northfield, MN 55057
Phone: (507) 645-4477 / Fax: (507) 663-9323
11/25/14
The Northfield Police Department and City of Northfield would like to remind the community to be very careful when responding to emails, paper mailings, and/or phone calls requesting Any personal info. Recently, residents have reported receiving phone calls asking for information about where/how household members work and commute: the caller(s) have claimed to represent the City of Northfield. The City of Northfield Does Not contact residents anonymously, or ask for personal info of this type.
Especially during the holidays, the City of Northfield and Northfield Police remind you:
– Do Not share personal info online, by mail, or by phone with anyone you do not know.
– Do Not share your travel plans on social media or in other ways that could jeopardize the security of your home or family.
– If you are leaving your home for holiday travel, arrange for someone to watch your home for security and mechanical concerns.
– Check for other helpful info at the Minnesota Better Business Bureau website and Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov)”
Monte Nelson
Chief of Police, Northfield Police Department
1615 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057
Office: 507-663-9301
Fax: 507-663-9323

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Church of St. Dominic parishioners feed the needy in Northfield

Northfield News - 7 hours 48 min ago
"People like helping people."
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11-24 Rice County court log

Northfield News - 8 hours 27 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for Nov. 24.
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Today’s news update – Online petition calls for justice for Diesel; 4th street bridge set to open Wednesday; First meeting on Meadows Park yields “natural component” ; Cruz continues as Councilman; Nfld Council talks year end

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 45 min ago

Online petition calls for justice for Diesel

The public outcry over the shooting of a pet dog November 22nd in a hunting incident in rural Northfield has become an online petition for the hunter to be charged.  The Goodhue County man admitted shooting “Diesel” as the dog was running through the woods on an adjacent property.  He confirmed that the dog was not chasing wildlife but he thought the dog was a stray so he shot it.  The petition to the Rice County Attorney’s Office says, “Make this man pay for what he’s done”.  The petition on Change.org  has 1,100 signatures, they need 1500.

4th street bridge set to open Wednesday

Lane closures on 2nd street over the Cannon, due to work by Excel Energy are scheduled into December.  In the meantime, the 4th street bridge remains closed as crews continue repair work on the river wall.  The City’s Jasper Kruggel said that work should be wrapped up by tomorrow afternoon.

First meeting on Meadows Park yields “natural component”

The first public comment meeting on Meadows Park was held last week.  Consultants from Paul Miller Design started the meeting by asking those in attendance to share about their favorite park.  DeLong said the universal theme seemed to be something with a “natural component”.  Keeping paved trails to a minimum, the suggestion was to  add raised wooden trails and a natural playground without steel equipment.  DeLong said they discussed reuse of the “spoils pile”.  That’s the pile of dirt left over from the contractor.  The idea would be to make it safer but use it as a vista or in the winter time as a sledding hill.  They discussed a mountain bike trail that would convert to cross country skiing.  They also talked about leaving the “spoils pile” as natural seating for an ampitheatre.  There’s a lot of room out there to create different uses.  There will be more open meetings, discussions with the Park Board and then the consultants will compile the information and present a Master Plan to Council in April.  The next community meeting in January will be more focused as they start considering costs.  Several city officials, councilors, board members and neighbors were on hand at the meeting.  We’ll keep you informed as to the next Community Input meeting.

Cruz continues as Councilman

John Cruz will fill out the remainder of Dundas’s 2 year open council seat.  He had been appointed over a year ago when Nate Ryan moved away.  In other Dundas council news the Police department has fully moved into their new building and the public works department will be moved in by the end of the week.  City Administrator John McCarthy said it will be a real assest to the Community.   Council also formally approved the lease agreement with The Gear ReSource in the Engine House of the Archibald Mill.

Northfield Council talks year end

The Northfield Council will meet for a work session tonight at 7 o’clock.  It’s all about year end reports and budgets.  They’ll also discuss grant applications.  The meeting will be streamed on the City’s website.  An official will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a re-cap.

Click below to listen to FULL newscast:

11-25-14 news

Listen for news updates on-air at 6, 7, 8, Noon, 3 and 5

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Outrage! Grand Jury says no charges!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 9 hours 44 min ago

If you don’t understand why people are really pissed off, take a look in the mirror and at society and confront white privilege, privilege of race and privilege of class — think honestly and deeply.  Then do something about it in your world — within your family, at work, at church, in your community, take steps toward justice and equality.  If you do understand and are working toward change, keep at it with perseverance and patience.  The struggle won’t be over soon.

Yeah, I’m an attorney, sworn to uphold the Constitution.  What a concept!  I spend my time helping regular people exercise their freedom of speech, association, and protecting their property in their efforts to participate in a legal and administrative system that’s stacked against them, daring them to stand up for themselves.  The legal training I have, and the rudimentary experience and knowledge of criminal law and police procedure has me tied up in knots, sick at the Grand Jury decision… but I’d not expected Wilson to be charged.  Everything leading up to the start of Grand Jury deliberations pointed up to last night’s release of their decision.  But this is not about the law, it is not about justice, it is not about police procedure, it is not about appropriate or legal use of deadly force.

Ferguson’s Trial – Sarah Kendzior

12 things white people can do now because of Ferguson

Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop

If we presume the facts are as stated by McCulloch, and note what facts were not stated…

McCulloch said that Wilson knew about the reported theft at the store, and yet in the transcripts it’s said that he repeatedly stated he did not know, he was not responding to that call.  McCulloch said he had called for assistance, but the transcripts say he did not until after the shooting.  In his statements, he said he got out of the car and chased Brown.  In what world is it police procedure for an officer to, without backup, get out of his car and run after and shoot at someone who is running away after an altercation and where two shots were already fired from inside a police car?  How far away was Wilson when Brown stopped and turned around?  Reports and transcripts say about 20 feet… a couple of car lengths.  Why didn’t Wilson carry a taser?  How far away was Wilson when he fired the final shot?  How many shots should be fired at an unarmed man?  When shooting an unarmed man, what’s your target?  When his immediate supervisor questioned him after the incident, why wasn’t that recorded, why were there no notes taken?  When is use of deadly force acceptable?  Justified?

Here are the GRAND JURY TESTIMONY & DOCUMENTS.

A transcript that jumps out – other officers and Darren Wilson’s testimony.

The federal investigation is ongoing about civil rights violations, and there’s the civil suit, but neither will do much, if anything, to alter the systemic mindset in Ferguson, or in this country (look no further than the police killings in Minneapolis).

Will this provide an opportunity for whites to examine the meaning and impact of white privilege and racism?  Will we look at class stratification in our society?  Is this a teaching moment?  Hardly.  It’s necessary, but I’m not holding my breath.  From what I’ve observed, so far it’s “circle the wagons” in the onslaught of virulent protests.  What will it take to reach an understanding of why people are so pissed off and do something about it, do something different?  We have made some progress in the last 50 years, what I’ve seen in my lifetime, but there is so much further to go.  I so distinctly remember that day in 4th grade when saying the Pledge of Allegiance in school on a cold winter morning, red stretch pants and a multi-colored red based shirt, when I realized that we don’t have “liberty and justice for all.”   Now it’s ~50 years later.  We’re not even close.  Change of the magnitude necessary is never easy, particularly where so many people believe that equality means less for those with privilege.  Change of the magnitude necessary is never easy, particularly where spewing racial hatred has become recreational sport.

I feel very fortunate to have been a near-suburban white teenager who transferred into the Magnet program at Minneapolis Central H.S., when the public school system was trying to avoid a segregation lawsuit. This was a time where part of my education was exposure to race and racism first hand.  After high school, I lived in Prestigious East Phillips for 20 years.  It was impossible to ignore the impact of race-skewed education funding, racism and death threats in Harry Davis’s Mayoral campaign, the gutting of Minneapolis neighborhoods with a freeway, housing segregation and covenants, and awareness of white privilege.  That awareness shifts my perspective, but it doesn’t wash me clean, nope, we all carry those biases.  We are all racists, and we each need to look at that.  Over the last 50 years, the balance has shifted some, but white privilege remains.

People tend to be innately afraid of “other,” which often manifests in anger and hate.  How do we deal with this other than systemic changes from birth — little kids playing together, going to school together — so it’s “us” and not “other.”  How do we move away from parental and societal lessons of racism when it’s so deeply instilled?  When it’s everywhere we look?  When it fills the airwaves and internet?

This is not the world as I want it to be…

Categories: Citizens

11-26 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 10 hours 15 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at Northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

A Note from the Editors

Manitou Messenger - 10 hours 41 min ago

Winter has settled in comfortably on the Hill once again. Snow is sparkling on the bare tree branches, bikes are stored safely in the Ytterboe basement and the tile of Buntrock is perpetually covered in sand and salt tracked in from outside. Winter is certainly ready for us, but not every Ole on the Hill is ready for winter yet. It can be a tough adjustment, especially for those experiencing their first-ever subzero temperatures and 4:30 p.m. sunsets. (I traveled south to come to St. Olaf, and it still isn’t easy.) So here are my suggestions for a smoother, happier, warmer welcome to winter.

Take care of yourself. Wear a coat, a hat and mittens. Your clenched fists stuffed up your sweatshirt sleeves do not count. Wear mittens. You are never too cool for mittens or too warm-blooded for mittens or too anything for mittens during a St. Olaf winter. If you do not have mittens, invest in a pair. They will serve you well, and you will be happier and healthier and so much warmer. It’s pretty shocking to see how many people are still running around without mittens – why? There’s no reason for this madness. (Gloves are good too, if that’s what you’re into.)

In addition to your mittens, invest in sleep. Your health and wellness are more important than finishing every last word of the assigned reading for tomorrow. Part of the college experience is being busy as you explore everything you can in a vibrant learning community, but another part of the experience is learning when to take a break. You are a human being, not a human doing.

Take care of each other. In a campus climate where sexual assault is a daily topic of concern and conversation, and where depression and anxiety are commonplace, it’s easy to feel isolated. But you’re not alone. Oles, reach out to one another. If a friend has been down lately, ask her if she wants to talk about it. If somebody has had too much to drink, don’t leave him alone in a room or behind at a party. If your roommate from California hasn’t invested in mittens yet, lend her your extra pair.

Most importantly, if you witness a situation in which somebody might get hurt, step in. Do not be a bystander. We’re all in this together, and it’s up to us to remind each other of that whenever we forget.

Do not freak out. Just because your friends begin to panic about final exams or 15-page papers does not mean that you have to. That may sound like a no-brainer, but it is truly so easy to get caught up. Freaking out about registration and finals are certainly a normal part of the college experience, but trust me: your time will come. Don’t work yourself into a frenzy because it seems like everyone else is, and that you must be doing something wrong if you are not. Instead, do the opposite. Take a nap. Spend time with a friend. Go to bed when you are tired. Remember that you are in college, and that a B is a good grade. Curl up with a copy of your favorite college newspaper and take a study break. Shop online for a new pair of mittens.

Take time to enjoy this bright, beautiful cozy new season. Spring is only six months away!

Ashley Belisle ’15 (belisle@stolaf.edu) is from Mahtomedi, Minn. She majors in English and Spanish.

Categories: Colleges

Rice County to assess juvenile detention, out-of-home placement

Northfield News - 11 hours 8 min ago
It's 11 p.m. on a Sunday night. A child is either delinquent or in need of protection. What tools are available for law enforcement with regard to placing that child somewhere? Are there better option
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dr. L. Chris Richardson 11/25/14

KYMN Radio - 12 hours 26 min ago

Dr. Richardson talks with Jeff Johnson about topics from last nights School Board Meeting. Listen to the full interview….

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Not a Great Ride

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:25pm

Today’s ride did not live up to expectations, and yet the magic of bike riding ensured that it still didn’t suck. I fell short on both saddle time and total distance, crashed twice on the ice, experienced no lovely falling-snow moments, fought a heavy headwind, damaged various bits and pieces, and had to call for a rescue ride home from my great friend Michael. Yet! I was grinning as I rode into the garage.

By way of summary, here’s a rundown of damaged stuff and their current dispositions:

  • Front blinker light: cracked in crash #1; now junk
  • Right hip: bruised and scraped in crash #1; now healing in a purply way
  • Right elbow: jarred in crash #1; now aching nicely with a likely bruise tomorrow
  • Rear derailleur: slightly bent in crash #1; straightened by hand later and now functioning fine
  • Cranks and spindle: mysterious malfunction led to complete separation of cranks about 20 miles from home and a call to a friend for a rescue; repairers quickly and at no cost at the LBS.

Categories: Citizens

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