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Rescue staff responds to motorcycle crash on 100th Street

Northfield News - 3 hours 15 min ago
Northfield responders, along with the Rice County Sheriff's staff, responded to a single driver, single vehicle crash along 100th Street, east of Northfield city limits.
Categories: Local News

Amid bird flu outbreak, turkey producers tighten security

Northfield News - 4 hours 6 min ago
An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising
Categories: Local News

UPDATE: Social media genesis of St. Olaf College hazing investigation

Northfield News - 5 hours 34 min ago
(This story has been updated to reflect further context by Steve Blodgett, director of marketing and communications at St. Olaf.)
Categories: Local News

March 27-29 Rice County court logs

Northfield News - 6 hours 41 min ago
Here are the Rice County court dispositions for March 27-29.
Categories: Local News

Human Rights Commission

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 6 min ago
Event date: April 9, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Library Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 13 min ago
Event date: April 8, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
Northfield City Hall
Washington Conference room
Northfield, MN 55057

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 7 hours 22 min ago
Event date: April 7, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Two Faribault men allegedly involved in weekend shooting at Bloomington hotel

Northfield News - 7 hours 53 min ago
A 37-year-old Faribault man was shot by a 25-year-old man, also of Faribault, after going to visit a female acquaintance at a Bloomington hotel on Saturday night, according to police.
Categories: Local News

Building a Future Where More People Get Ahead

David Bly, We All Do Better - 8 hours 59 min ago

I get frequent calls from my friend David who reminds me that people who work at the nursing home he lives in are underpaid and struggle to make ends meet. I hear from MNDOT contractors who’ve conducted layoffs that decrease their ability to take on the many repairs that our state desperately needs. College students tell me about how they needed a tuition freeze and more money added to the state grant program to continue school. School board members and superintendents say they don’t want to lay off teachers this year, but may have to due to finances.

Last week I met with some folks who work at the security hospital in St. Peter. We talked about some of the incidents that have happened there and how dangerous their job is. The hospital is not hiring new staff. Some workers are delaying their retirement, out of concern for their fellow workers, because the current staff will be subjected to mandatory overtime shifts if others aren’t hired. One worker calculated that for what the state pays out in overtime, they could hire more staff. It seems clear that the mindset that “government spends too much” is affecting them and their ability to do their jobs safely.

So, when I hear some say that “we have a huge surplus” or “we should give it all back,” I find it troubling. Having served in the legislature for a while, I know firsthand that we’ve lived through more than a decade of substantial budget cuts. During that time we struggled with where to cut and how to do the least amount of damage to state agencies and keep other vital services we fund.

This week, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle released their budget plan for Minnesota’s next two years. It calls for cutting funding for health and human services by more than $1 billion and cuts tens of millions from areas that create jobs, make energy affordable, and protect our environment. They make those cuts while also proposing to cut taxes by an astonishing $2 billion dollars. While they didn’t specify who would get the tax breaks, I’m assuming that it will go to corporate special interests because the first bill they introduced this year did just that. They also released a transportation plan that ignores entire portions of the state while paying for it by borrowing billions of dollars and taking billions more from parts of the State budget that would otherwise go to areas like education and health care.

Last week we tried, to no avail, to defeat a bill carried by Rep. Garofalo that would reduce the minimum wage for already underpaid tipped employees. I have been receiving e-mails from unhappy constituents after it passed with comments like: “The service industry wage is a scam, designed to keep the working poor in the hole. Tell Pat Garofalo he should probably plan to exclusively dine in.”

These actions remind me of when the Tax Committee Chair said “we need to put the brakes on” policies that help lower and middle income Minnesotans get ahead. It seems as though many of the advances we made the last two years for working people were just too rich for some. I don’t like sounding this partisan, I only mention this because I am troubled by the growing divide between those who are doing well and those who struggle to get ahead. We need to be careful about “putting the brakes on” before we’ve done enough to help all Minnesotans see some benefit from our growing economy.

I’m interested in building a future in Minnesota where more people can get ahead. That means creating opportunities through education, making investments in infrastructure and supporting vital services like health care. It also means making sure we have a fair playing field, where hard work not only provides enough money for people to support themselves and their families, but allows them to get ahead.

Two years ago, after a decade of structural budget deficits, accounting gimmicks and borrowing from our kids, we finally balanced our budget in an honest way. We made strategic investments, raised the minimum wage and provided tax relief for middle class Minnesotans and homeowners, but we also raised revenue by closing corporate tax loopholes and asked the top 2% to pay their fair share in taxes.

Two weeks ago the Department of Revenue released its annual Tax Incidence Study. The study showed that for 9 out of 10 Minnesotans—those earning less than $140,000 a year—they’re seeing their taxes go down. The study noted that taxes were going down for the vast majority of Minnesotans because of the policies we implemented and because wages are growing.

It’s clear that the policies we enacted are helping more Minnesotans and providing more opportunities to get ahead. The State is on great economic footing too. We have a projected budget surplus of $2 billion that is due to the improving economy and policies put in place.

I want to build a future in Minnesota where more people can get ahead all across our state. That means a Minnesota where we invest in education, from early childhood all the way to accessible and affordable college. We should ensure that when people work hard they can do more than just get by, they should be able to get ahead. That also means that we have a tax code where 9 out of 10 Minnesotans can benefit from a growing economy.

The last thirty years have seen an unraveling of benefits and opportunities for the vast majority of people and a massive increase in the concentration of wealth among a tiny group of people. We can’t count on the economy to do as well as it has the past two years indefinitely. Making drastic cuts to vital services while giving money to corporate special interests or excessive tax cuts for the rich isn’t going to build a stable future where more people have the opportunity to get ahead.

 

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Categories: Government Officials

Today’s news update – Rep. Bly agrees with Dayton on gas tax increase; Adult posse members wanted; Before Labor Day start a reality this year?; Got potholes? Tell it to the City

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 4 min ago

Rep. Bly agrees with Dayton on gas tax increase

Talk to a republican, talk to a democrat and you’ll get 2 different stories on the same subject.  The surplus is at the top of that list.  House district 20b representative David Bly said the transportation bill from Governor Dayton, which requires a gas tax increase, is a way to get back to where we should’ve been.  He said the Governor says we need to spend over the next 10 years to catch up.  While it seems like a lot at once, it’s because they didn’t increase it before.  Republicans don’t want to spend as much on transportation and disagree with the gas tax.  The current fees we all pay for our vehicles goes into the general fund rather than the transportation fund.  Bly says that’s the Governor’s point as a gas tax is the only constitutionally designated tax to go to transportation.  Short of a constitutional amendment, those fees will continue to go into the general fund.  Bly says this is an important piece of work that needs to be done.

Adult posse members wanted

The Northfield Historical Society is looking to increase their adult Posse.  These are volunteers 18 and older that participate in leading tours through the museum.  Former NHS President Christian Hakala explained a training program run by Earl Weinmann begins April 7th for 5 weeks.  You’ll learn all about the bank raid history, other Northfield history and how to give a museum tour.  Once trained, the adult posse is asked to give tours during the summer.  Usually that’s 3 or 4 shifts per summer on weekends.  The tour guides are, oftentimes, our visitors first introduction to Northfield as NHS is in the center of town.  Executive Director Hayes Scriven says they take pride in “good tour guides telling good stories”.  For more information call 645-9268.  NHS held their annual meeting Saturday at The Grand.  Sarah Beimers, newly elected President, Rice County Historical Society Director Susan Garwood and Winona Historical Director, Mark Peterson spoke.

Before Labor Day start a reality this year?

It may be a short summer for school kids across Minnesota this year.  The state legislature has long grappled with the idea of starting the school year before Labor Day, but has never made the move.  That may change this year, at least temporarily.  Dahle says there’s “good agreement” for a 1 year waiver to start 3 days before Labor Day.  State Senator Kevin Dahle.  Labor Day this year is September 7th and that’s the latest that it can possibly be.  In past years, lobbyists from the State Fair and the Northern Tourism industry have helped quash any bill that suggested a start before the Labor day weekend, and Dahle says they have been heard from again this year.  They spoke last week but Dahle thinks it will go through, at least for this year.  The bill does have the support of the education community, and, if passed, would likely be for just this upcoming school year.  School districts would still have the option of starting after Labor Day.

Got potholes?  Tell it to the City

That spring snowfall damaged our roads even further.  Streets and Parks supervisor TJ Heinricy said it’s a real problem and invites citizens to call his department and report them.  That number is 645-3032.  Warmer temps this week could have you thinking of Spring cleaning.  The cities yard waste and compost site will open on April 7th.  For more information, check out the City’s website.  Heinricy added that Northfield cleanup days are May 2nd and 9th.  We’ll have more on that as the dates approach.

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Prairie's Edge Humane Society prepares for annual fundraising banquet

Northfield News - 9 hours 6 min ago
Dubbed an evening of "Hope, Faith and Courage," the Prairie's Edge Humane Society is getting ready for its annual dinner and silent auction.
Categories: Local News

Library preparing to turn the page into temporary location

Northfield News - 9 hours 11 min ago
The Northfield Public Library wants to remind all patrons that it is gearing up for the temporary move six blocks down the street to the second floor of Northfield City Hall. 
Categories: Local News

15 with the Author | ‘Soul Food Love’ by Alice Randall 3/30/15

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 55 min ago

On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with best-selling author Alice Randall, co-author of “Soul Food Love”.  It’s a history of the black kitchen going back 5 generations.  Weighing in at over 200 pounds, Alice Randall was determined to be “the last fat black woman” in her family. She turned to her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, for help. Together they overhauled the way they cook and eat, translating recipes and traditions handed down by generations of black women into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes. And today, we reap the benefits as well with their history of the black kitchen and cookbook, “Soul Food Love”.    Check out their website too soulfoodlove.com

Soul Food Love

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Check out our library move blog!

As of today ( March 30th) - it's 9 weeks before we open at City Hall.
Click on photos for link.
Categories: Organizations

This Northfield Life – T.J. Heinricy 3-25-15

KYMN Radio - 10 hours 41 min ago

T.J. Heinricy, Street and Parks Superintendent for the City of Northfield and General Chair of the Defeat of Jesse James Days, joins hosts Corey Butler and Brad Ness in the debut of “This Northfield Life”.  Listen for the show and a new guest each Wednesday at 6:00pm.

 

This Nfld Life 3-25-15

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"Swing Low," a collection of unique hanging landscapes, opens in the Perlman Teaching Museum

Carleton College News - 10 hours 43 min ago
Arts staff at Carleton College are busy installing a new exhibit in the Perlman Teaching Museum that literally ‘hangs’ in the Braucher Gallery. “Swing Low,” opening Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3, features sculptural works from four talented artists that hang from the space’s ceiling grid, creating a unique and varied visual landscape. “Swing Low” features the work of three Minnesota artists—Elizabeth Simonson, Alison Hiltner, and HOTTEA (aka Eric Rieger)—along with Massachusetts artist Rebecca Hutchinson. All four artists will speak about their work at the exhibit’s opening event, Friday, April 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Room 236, followed by a reception in the Weitz Commons from 8 to 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Categories: Colleges

History Lecture Maps Urban European Histories of Slavery

Carleton College News - 10 hours 44 min ago
Thursday, April 2, from 5 to 6 p.m., University of Amsterdam history professor Dienke Hondius will present “Mapping Urban European Histories of Slavery” at Carleton College in Leighton Hall Room 304.
Categories: Colleges

Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell presents Convocation and Community Sing

Carleton College News - 10 hours 50 min ago
Friday, April 3, Carleton's convocation series returns with a special presentation by Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell. From 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Barnwell will present “Building Vocal Communities,” a lecture that traces the evolution of African American communal vocal music from Africa through Spirituals and work songs to the music of the Civil Rights Movement. And later that evening at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Dr. Barnwell will conduct a Community Sing, bringing together voices of all ages from across the campus and greater communities. Both events are free and open the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Categories: Colleges

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Joan Ennis on Northfield Reads 3/30/15

KYMN Radio - 11 hours 54 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Northfield Library’s Joan Ennis about Northfield Reads – a community wide reading program.  The Human Rights Commission, along with several other groups chose ‘Enrique’s Journey‘ as it appeals to both adults and young adults.  It’s the true story of 17 year old Enrique as he works to come to the U.S.  There will be a discussion tonight at Content Bookstore.  

 

Joan Ennis 3-30-15

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3-27 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 12 hours 5 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 at northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

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