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Nursing homes, hospitals and churches are popular locations for St. Olaf students to share their musical talent off the Hill, but two Oles are adding an unexpected and underserved location to that lis
The members of Radiohead are masters of the unconventional album release. In 2007, for In Rainbows, they were the first major act to utilize the pay-what-you-want download model that has since been ad
diences with their production of the opera Der Vampyr. Luckily for everyone who left that show wanting more, Lyric Theater is back at it again with their 2016 spring show, Light. This year’s product
In the shadow of a town’s insecurities, an awkward but honest quest for human affection and affirmation is laced through with humor and wonder at the stars. Ian Sutherland ’18 directed 10 student acto
On Sunday, May 8, senior art majors will have their final pieces on display throughout Dittman Center during “Lasting Legacy” and “The Senior Art Show.” There are more featured artists than ever bef
If I had to pick one type of plant right now in our gardens, it would have to be the hydrangeas. We have many hydrangeas, both in shrub form and tree form. The Quickfire Hydrangea shrub form has such great upright standability. We have two in one of our beds – one on each end – and they are such good “anchors” for this bed.Quickfire Hydrangea
One has more sun than the other so it blossomed sooner, consequently, it is turning pink now where the one with the more shade, is still pretty white. Quickfire Hydrangea will grow to about 5 to 6 feet tall and wide.Tardiva Hydrangea
In the main perennial / annual bed we have our Tardiva Hydrangea Tree. This tree has graced this bed now for more than a dozen years and is beautiful. Hydrangeas – both tree and shrub form – are best pruned in the late fall. Once the blossoms have lost their beauty, prune them off. We learned this the hard way several years ago. Our Tardiva was full of blossoms and with the late fall / early winter hoar frost that grabbed onto each of the many flower petals, put a considerable amount of weight on the tree branches. Well, sadly the main branch in the tree broke. Leif pruned it out and we were heartsick in that our perfect Tardiva now was a little misshapen. It took about 3 years, and it filled in and we continue to prune it each fall religiously. This past fall he was a little more aggressive with his pruning and I told him that it didn’t look very good. He told me to have faith and wait until the end of the summer. Well, it is once again a beautiful tree. A little skinny but next season – it will be more full. Be sure to prune your hydrangeas in the fall.Flower of the Plantingea ‘August Lily’.
Now for the perennials that are impressing me this week. More hosta blossoms are getting my attention as is the Turtlehead. This perennial is a great shade garden plant. It has such a deep green color and it starts to blossom inTurtlehead
late August and will sport flowers most of September when most of the other perennials have done their job. A nice clump reaching about 20-24 inches tall and about 18 inches wide. We have them planted in among our hostas and heuchera.
Just a quick update on my hardy hibiscus in a part-sun – part shade environment. The plant has now reach more than 5 feet tall and has blossoms opening up daily now. Other hibiscus plants have been blossoming for a few weeks, and that is the trade-off for not being in the full sun. However – mine is just as beautiful!Hardy Hibiscu
I’m always searching for better trees varieties for our Minnesota landscape. In recent years, Miyabei Maples have caught my attention as an outstanding alternative to many of the more commonly planted maple varieties. Rugged Ridge Miyabei Maple and State Street Miyabei Maple are two excellent varieties, and both will produce a beautiful well-behaved, structurally sound, and winter hardy tree.
State Street Miyabei Maples have been available for a number of years, and produce a tree of medium size at 35′ tall x 20-25′ tall. This size may be a better choice for small areas, or where you have plenty of space, but don’t want a tree that dominates the area. I’ve noticed that State Street Miyabei Maple and Rugged Ridge Miyabei Maple, both have excellent branch angles that form very strong attachments with the trunk and will be very resistant to storm damage. Leaves are medium size and a very deep and handsome green color, thick so they resist leaf tattering in heavy winds, and stay fresh looking right up until they turn a nice soft yellow in autumn.
Rugged Ridge Miyabei Maple has a nice feature of displaying a more pronounced set of corky bark ridges at an early age that adds a nice texture, and bit more winter interest. Like State Street Miyabei Maple, the Rugged Ridge Miyabei Maple has a nice, somewhat shiny lustre on the dark green and thick leaves. From a distance, both varieties present a dense rounded form that stays neat and well-behaved with less pruning than many other varieties of shade trees.
For best results, plant Miyabei Maples in soils that are properly drained, slightly acidic, and dense enough to have good moisture retention. The more sunlight you give Rugged Ridge or State Street Miyabei Maple the better they will perform, although a half a day of direct, unfiltered sunlight will be enough to keep the trees healthy. If you live in a wide open spaces, Miyabei Maples should be able to perform really well in these fairly harsh conditions. We planted some along a highway right of way, ad they appear to be doing quite well.
We currently carry Miyabei Maples in #7 and #15 containers. Pictures here are of the Rugged Ridge Miyabei Maple and are courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Nursery, Boring, Oregon.
The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) program in Northfield is no stranger to receiving accolades for its work. But now it’s being recognized at a national level.
Though it's fund balance is in healthy condition, the Northfield Economic Development Authority is uninterested in going into 2017 with higher projected expenditures than revenues.
Today’s news update – The Cannon’s Rise and Fall; Dundas Enterprise Fund gets a look-see; Hwy 3 and 3rd scheduled to open September 6th; AGT passes on The Passing Zone
The Cannon’s Rise and Fall As one of the rainiest Augusts in recent years, Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson and his department have been keeping a close eye on River levels. The Cannon rises as more rain falls in the Straight and Cannon Watersheds in Owatonna and Faribault. Nelson said Northfield’s Emergency Management Director Tim […]
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The perfect recipe for creating new memories with loved ones includes close friends and family, meaningful conversation and, of course, great food.
Deployed military member’s family receives “building a deck’ support from the Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network. The new deck at the Sirek home is a great coming together of business, veterans and community organizations and demonstrates how well the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network works to support our local veterans, military personnel and their […]
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Deployed military member’s family receives 'building a deck’ support from the Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network
The new deck at the Sirek home is a great coming together of business, veterans and community organizations and demonstrates how well the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network works to support our local veterans, military personnel and their families.
Below are selected incidents from the media reports for Aug. 24:
Jeff Johnson speaks with Northfield Hospital & Clinics Registered Dietitian Kristi Von Ruden on Mindful Eating. Click below to listen to the full interview: Kristi Von Ruden 8-25-16
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This year’s Defeat of Jesse James Days Horseshoe Hunt includes some big changes for hunters, including a record purse for the winner.
Last evening (August 23) was one of August’s highlights: the Capstone Event for the Northfield Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Unlike the past five years, when the event has been held in Bridge Square with music by local favorites, Bonnie and the Clydes, this year’s event combined music with poetry in a new way. Readings of the 2016 winning poems were interspersed with outstanding musical offerings made possible by the Bridge Chamber Music Festival–the brain child of David Carter, a professor of music at St. Olaf College and a new member of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission, who introduced the musical component of the evening.
The Artaria String Quartet played an early lullabye by George Gershwin and later the second movement of “String Quartet #7 in C major” by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. (Ray Shows and Nancy Oliveros, violins; Annalee Wolf, viola; and Rebecca Merblum, cello.)
The remarkably inventive and sonorous Parker Ousley, who sings like an angel and plays the cello like no one else, sang and played a range of works including Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” Arthur Hamilton’s “Cry Me a River,” Lorenz Hart’s “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” Ben Folds’ “Sentimental Guy, ” and Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” He spoke eloquently of the influence of Ella Fitzgerald and the sonic possibilities of the electrified and unbowed cello.
The evening concluded with a number of lively and unusual arrangements of Brazilian music by the Glider Trio (Dave Hagedorn, vibes; Kevin Clements, bass; and Erik Hanson, drums.) Their selections ranged from an Eliane Elias arrangement of “The Girl from Ipanema” to a medley of works from the classic 1959 jazz film Black Orpheus. (The Glider Trio will be performing other works at St. Olaf College this coming Friday evening.) Black Orpheus, a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, was an especially appropriate choice for an evening of poetry and music.
All nine winning poems were read by their authors: Steve McCown (2 poems), Barbara Belobaba, Orick Peterson, Richard Waters, Julia Braulick, Lori Stoltz, Anne Running Sovik, and Becky Boling.
Emcee Bonnie Jean Flom, Chair of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission, also made an historic announcement: the City is establishing a Poet Laureate position, and Rob Hardy has been named to serve the three-year inaugural term beginning September 1, 2016.
It was a vibrant celebration on many fronts.
Both Sidewalk Poetry and the Bridge Chamber Music Festival are supported by generous grants from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), with funds from the people of Minnesota through the Legacy Amendment. Sidewalk Poetry would not be possible without the enthusiastic in-kind, volunteer, and moral support of the City of Northfield (especially the Engineering Department’s staff), the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, and the Arts and Culture Commission.
Wishing you a happy conclusion to the Dog Days of your summer, wherever they take you! Leslie
Today’s Program | Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Today: Joel Wagar, Mill Towns Trails (Prowe)
Birthdays: Craig Ellingboe (8/22)
Next Week: Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Lawlor)
Jim Hunt is our District #4 Governor. He worked in Prairie du Chein prior to moving to White Bear Lake. He’s held a number of positions for his local club and served in various project leadership roles. He led a GSE trip, made seven international trips for Rotary projects and attended three International conventions.
His talked about shared values of Rotarians. The Four-Way Test reflects the values that Rotarians affirm at every local meeting. They reflect the core values of International Rotary: fellowship, learning, leadership, friendship, service, integrity and diversity. He described how these values line up for him pointing out fellow Rotarians always have a basis for conversations with each other. He had us pair up and talk about our individual values with each other. He pointed out that our communities see the outcomes of what we do. He encouraged us to make Rotary as visible as possible and to recruit and inform others.
Polio Plus continues to be the strategic imperative; membership is the operational imperative. Rotary membership has slightly declined in recent years. We aren’t as attractive to millennials as we were to previous generations. We need to design ways to encourage their participation, he said.
He discussed the role of the Rotary Foundation that is currently valued at $1billion. It effectively and efficiently grants funds for projects. The Foundation is noteworthy in that it uses .925 of every donated dollar to fund projects.
He invited us to thank or invite someone in the community with a note card he provided. He also reminded us that Amazon.smile.com will donate to the Foundation with each of our purchases.
Mini-Classification: Russ was born in Edina, MN, and grew up in Winona. He attended the University of Colorado in Denver where he majored in land surveying. He owned his own business for six years followed by employment in a land surveying business.
Five of our exchange students have arrived. They are: Nicolas Suarez from Columbia; Matteo Lombardo, Italy; Wanzita Ally, Tanzania; Daniel Chien, Taiwan; and Eric Kwun, South Korea. A number of host parents attended in addition to Hayes Scriven from the Northfield Historical Society.
Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull
Chris Weber heard from our Global Grant Scholar from Nepal. He has completed his Masters and will move on to a PhD program in Public Health.
Jim Hunt, District Governor, gave an award to the club for its work on Literacy. Chris Weber accepted the award.
Alyssa Herzog Melby noted that the Northfield Arts Guild will host “Artists and Ale on August 27.
Jean Wakely encouraged Rotarians to sign up for volunteer posts at the Jesse James Day Bike Tour.
Michelle Lasswell thanked Russ Halvorson and Jean Wakely for filling in for her while she was on vacation.
Michelle noted that Tim Madigan and Virginia Kaczmarek were in the “Northfield News.” She encouraged everyone to consider attending the International Convention in 2017 June 10-17 in Atlanta, GA
Our 2016-17 outbound students are:
Sage Brinton, Argentina
McKenna Dale, Brazil
Caroline Hummel, Norway
Noah Klein, South Korea
Jane Ludwig, Colombia
Yizel Marcial, Germany
Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan
Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy
Madison Peterson-Bradford, Brazil
Emma Pritchard, Taiwan
Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.
September 8 — Bike Tour Volunteers
September 15 — ENT Gerard O’Halloran, MD, “What I Wish My Patients Knew” (Spethmann)
September 22 — Patrick Donahue, James J. Hill Center (K. Hargis)
September 29 — Joe Wakely, Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala (Halverson)
The members of the Library Board show us their favorite books.Front rowJon Denison, Bill North, Audrey Battiste, Cynthia Terry, Pat Stenglein, Teresa JensenBack rowAmy Goerwitz, Sarah Weeks, Ryan Redetzke, Dan Riehle-Merrill, Liz Reppe.
Looking for a few good neighbors to protect water quality in the Cannon River Watershed Freshwater Society’s Master Water Stewards program is now taking applications. The first MWS courses begin on October 11, 2016 and runs through April 25, 2017. To learn more, citizens can visit masterwaterstewards.org or attend an upcoming information session at […]
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