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What is a Bounce Rate?

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51pm
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Categories: Businesses

GALLERY: Having fun and learning go hand-in-hand in Northfield library's 'Kids Club'

Northfield News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 3:15pm
Learning and fun go hand-in-hand at the Northfield Public Library.
Categories: Local News

Saying good bye to Kady

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 3:12pm

Today we said good bye to our Kady.  Above, there she is on her “Gotcha Day!”

           K-K-K-Kady…  January 28th, 2010

And here she is in our “new” house a few years ago:

And this morning:

She’s been our dog for five years, the first dog that Alan and I got together, found on Petfinder not long after Krie, the doggy with the winglet ears, died unexpectedly.  That was January 2010.  I was in the middle of the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission project hearing in Newark, New Jersey, camped out officing at the R.Treat Hotel and I saw this photo and knew she was THE dog:

That’s Kady, and her “pup” in the background, peering out.  She was no spring chicken, a middle-aged grrrrl found as a stray in Georgia, with her young pup, and was spayed down there, and headed up the  I-95 dog underground railroad to 6th Angel German Shepherd Rescue, where she was treated for heartworm and then fostered out on Long Island.  She was there for a year before we saw her listed for adoption.

Kate was then “Lady,” and we were told that she was extremely dog aggressive and shouldn’t go to a home with another dog.  Sure… whatever… we filled out the application, went to meet her after the hearing in Newark, and took “Lady” and our Kenya for a walk.  They fussed a bit at first, but when we got back to the house and put Ken in the van, “Lady” jumped right in.  No doubt about it, she wanted to be our dog.  So a week later, after the house visit, we went back to Long Island to pick her up.

“Lady” is no name for a dog of mine, and no name for a German Shepherd, so given all our grrrrrrrrls were “K” grrrrrrls, she became “Kady.”  And getting to Delaware was kind of a rude awakening for our new grrrrl, she arrived just in time for FOUR feet of snow:

And she was clearly dog aggressive:

After Kenya died, we were inexplicably drawn to our Little Sadie, and life with Sadie was quite an adjustment for our shep grrrrl, but they became fast friends (one faster than the other!):

And then there’s the day that we brought them east to Co. R. E near Oconomowoc, WI to pick up a third sister, the irrepressible Summer!

Next thing she knows, Kady and the big galoot are headed down to St. Louis for BaronFest I for some GSD bonding, and that did it for these grrrrls:

And these grrrrrls got along famously, when they weren’t being bitches and drawing blood:

And then a year later, BaronFest II:

And then the next year, she was on her own for BaronFest:

(where are the rest of those BaronFest photos???)

Kady was a quiet grrrrrrl, a good match for her rowdy sister Sadie.  She loved the neighborhood kids and was oh-so-gentle, and loved to be loved up.  She was my constant companion every day, spending most of her time under my desk or behind in her spot with her toes curled around the wheels of my chair — YEOW!

It was time… she’d checked out and was just existing, no fun for her.  We will miss her every day.  Sadie seems to be pissed at us, and when we got home and she smelled us over good, she ran into the living room, jumped up in “her chair,” and was cowering and shaking, so I guess we need to convince her that we won’t be taking her to the vet any time soon.

Categories: Citizens

Ruth Steinke 4th, Knights 14th at NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 3:12pm

Ruth Steinke capped her spectacular junior season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. That result propelled the Carleton College women’s team to 14th out of the 32 teams competing at the national meet. This was Carleton’s ninth trip to the NCAA Championships since 2004.

Categories: Colleges

Knights Finish 18th at NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 1:57pm

Led by Hart Hornor’s top-20 finish, the Carleton College men’s cross country team placed 18th out of 32 squads at the Division III Championships. This was the Knights’ second straight trip to nationals and 22nd overall time competing at the NCAA Championships.

Categories: Colleges

Raider Wrap with Dusty Budd | Girl’s Hockey, Recap of Week

KYMN Radio - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:48am

Dusty Budd chats with local high school players and coaches as he wraps up the week in Raider sports. You can listen live to Raider Wrap every Saturday morning at 10am.
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Raider Wrap with Dusty Budd | Gator Swim and Dive Section/State Recap

KYMN Radio - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:47am

Dusty Budd chats with local high school players and coaches as he wraps up the week in Raider sports. You can listen live to Raider Wrap every Saturday morning at 10am.
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Music on Trial: Popular artists are all about that bass, and lyrical freedom

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:00am

Miley, Britney, Kesha and Justin Bieber are widely controversial artists. They have each had their ups and downs, including run-ins with law enforcement, questionable personal choices and provocative projects. Many people recognize the influence of celebrities and heavily criticize those who put forth a negative image.

It seems quite logical that the more popular an artist, the more widespread his or her message will be and the more influence it will have on the general population. The phrase “it takes a village” holds truth in that everyone has some impact when it comes to shaping Generation Z. But should impact necessarily mean responsibility, particularly in a society that values so highly rights to speak and act freely?

In arguments against publicizing negative celebrity viewpoints, critics often cite the popularity of certain artists as reasons to be careful of the images and ideals they put forth, but what this criticism fails to recognize is the volatility of the music industry. Can you say you knew Meghan Trainor six months ago? “All About That Bass” is controversial in many ways, and yet it has been near the top of the Billboard Top 100 for 18 weeks, while Miley isn’t on it at all.

Let’s take a second to talk about why “All About That Bass” is arguably problematic, for those of you who are shaking your head saying, “it’s a beautiful song about body image; what’s your problem?” One of the lyrics mid-song says, “I’m bringing booty back/ Go ahead and tell them skinny b*tches that . . . No, I’m just playing.”

So, yes, she took the time to acknowledge that she shouldn’t be skinny shaming, but there are two problems. First, “no, I’m just playing” is so quiet it is practically background noise – an afterthought – thoroughly undermining the work it does to save Trainor from her own implied prejudice. Second, it is sort of like saying “no offense.” Has anyone ever done that to you? “No offense, but… you could stand to participate/exercise/work harder/do better/etc.”

Trainor did not expect the song to go anywhere and wrote the “skinny b*tches” lyric as a joke. So how do we account for negative messages that are spread by artists who had no idea how popular their songs would become? What responsibility do musical artists have to the community? It’s a tough question to address, but let me try.

Music is art. If we lump music in with other arts, rhetorical and visual, we should treat it as such. There are paintings and novels galore that tell gruesome stories, use vile language and depict sexual activity or violence. Other media explore elements of sexual and physical subjects through erotic poetry, nude figure drawing and even pornography. The complexity of, and emotional reactions to, this provocative subject matter lead artists to continually experiment with it in their work.

The music industry is primarily different from these other media because music gains popularity in a way that no other medium does. It is easily accessible via the Internet, the radio and almost any store’s PA system. Musicians are the face of their art like no other creator. We make excuses for actors, because, generally, they didn’t write the film. Authors tell stories which rarely have visuals, and books are not often forced upon people (we college kids are in a special, controlled environment).

Given the freedom of speech and art of expression, along with the fact that no other industry operates quite the same way music does, I think it is only fair to allot musicians the same artistic freedoms other artists receive. If you don’t like the music, you can choose not to listen. If something like “skinny b*tches” stirs the pot, as it has, we all have the opportunity to express our opinions on the matter in order to learn what to watch out for the next time a well-intentioned artist with a foolish lyric or two comes along.

christeg@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Advocating for mountain biking to be part of Northfield’s new Meadows Park

Mountain Bike Geezer - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:17am

Back in the summer of 2013, I blogged about the mountain biking-related possibilities for Northfield’s new Meadows Park. So it was pretty cool to attend the City of Northfield‘s Meadows Park community planning meeting at the Northfield Middle School on Wednesday night and have mountain biking be mentioned by the consultants (Paul Miller Design and SRF Consulting) as one of the possibilities under consideration.

  

Even better, there was some support for it from citizens at the small group discussions, helped along by participation from fellow Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT) members Marty Larson and Scott Klein. 

  

After the meeting, we had some informal discussions with Ward 2 Councilor David DeLongAt-Large Councilor Rhonda Pownell, and PRAB Chair Dale Gehring, as well as City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller, Community Planning and Development Director Chris Heineman, and Interim Public Works Director/City Engineer Brian Erickson.

The CROCT Board has not taken an official position on what we’d like to see in the way of mountain biking for the park.  But in our comments, we talked about the advantages of having:

  • a beginner/intermediate-level singletrack (multi-use) trail around the perimeter of the park
  • a bike park in one corner, with features like pump tracks, dirt jumps, and a skills course, all serving a range of abilities (progression) including a tot area
  • a pavilion area with bathrooms, changing facilities, picnic tables, grills, water fountains. See the West Trailhead facilities page for Dakota County’s Lebanon Hills MTB Park for a good example.

The next Meadows Park community meeting will be on Jan. 21.

Want more information about Meadows Park? See these documents that I extracted from the Nov. 20 PRAB meeting agenda packet:

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Categories: Citizens

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra preps Handel's 'Messiah' sing-a-long in Faribault

Northfield News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:00pm
Getting into the holiday spirit, the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is slated to perform George Handel’s “Messiah” as the next concert in its 35th anniversary season. The concert is hosted by the Ca
Categories: Local News

ArtZany!-Radio for the Imagination | The Bread Exchange 11/21/2014

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:55pm

Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday at 12:00 Noon) to Paula Granquist on ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes bread baker and author Malin Elmlid.

Click here to listen to the show!  Art Zany 11-21-14
Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes bread baker and author Malin Elmlid. Her book The Bread Exchange: Tales and Recipes from a Journey of Baking and Bartering invites us to share her experiences with the art of giving and loaves of sourdough bread. This is a story about giving and sharing our stories. Malin Elmlid of The Bread Exchange has traded more than 1,000 loaves in exchange for things that inspire her (but never for money). This book pulls me in with the stunning photographs, the multi-cultural recipes, and the simple idea that a loaf of bread can be a ticket to the world. I believe she has something important to teach the world. Listen. Learn. Imagine: thebreadexchange.com

Malin Elmlid

The Bread Exchange: Tales and Recipes from a Journey of Baking and Bartering

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Breanna Jacene

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:45pm

Breanna Jacene joins the show for the first time and tells us her road to Northfield.

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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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City Council Work Session

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:06pm
Event date: November 25, 2014
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Toddler Rhyme Time! Now one session a week.

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:51pm
Event date: November 26, 2014
Event Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
210 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Toddler Rhyme Time is a time to encourage development of language and motor skills by integrating movement, songs, books and rhymes for kids ages 2-3 with parent or caregiver.
We have lots of fun and you will meet other moms and caregivers!

Senior Menu

Northfield News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:48pm
Meals by reservation only at the Northfield Senior Center. Call 664-3735 by noon one business day in advance. Suggested donation for those older than age 60 is $3.50. Cost for those under age 60 is $6
Categories: Local News

Northfield City Council considers repairs to river wall

Northfield News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:31pm
A project aimed at repairing a section of Northfield’s river wall has skyrocketed in cost and could end up even more expensive if the council extends the work farther down the river, an issue the coun
Categories: Local News

Toddler Rhyme Time session II

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:29pm
Event date: November 26, 2014
Event Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location:
210 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Toddler Rhyme Time is a time to encourage development of language and motor skills by integrating movement, songs, books and rhymes for kids ages 2-3 with parent or caregiver.
We have lots of fun and you will meet other moms and caregivers!

Happy Thanksgiving! The library closes early today.

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:28pm
Event date: November 26, 2014
Event Time: 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
210 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Our library catalog and website are available!

Snubbing out teen cigarette use in Rice County

Northfield News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:15pm
While the 2014 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey showed a substantial drop in teen cigarette use, the verdict is still out in Rice County.
Categories: Local News

Library Lego Club! Drop in anytime!

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:10pm
Event date: December 4, 2014
Event Time: 03:30 PM - 05:15 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Come take the weekly creative challenge or make something of your own. We display the items in the children's area for people to see until the next week. For all ages- adults too!

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