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Today’s news update – Home Rule government vs State; Graham says they need to plan for the future with regard to Woodley Street; NHS/PEHS team up for History Hound walk; Reddy named Chamber Services Director

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 3 sec ago

Home Rule government vs State

The City of Northfield voted in 1910 to adopt home rule government and define Northfield as a Charter city.  Recently the Charter has come under scrutiny as it calls for a 5/7 vote of the council to pass ordinance changes yet State Statute requires just a simple majority.  Mayor Graham and Councilors DeLong and Ludescher maintain that our Charter supersedes any state statute.  City attorney Chris Hood has sided with State over Charter.  Ludescher says Hoods opinion doesn’t matter and believes his role is to be to help Council reach an accord rather than “drive a wedge” between them.  [Listen to the podcast for exact quotes].  He added that the citizens should know that our forefathers thought it a wise idea for Northfield citizens to rule themselves rather than allow the legislature to govern.  I asked him his thoughts on changing to a statutory city…  “Should we get rid of it simply because we don’t follow it?  Should we get rid of the Constitution because our government doesn’t follow it?”.  Moving forward, he says this Council, in his opinion, needs to take a step back and ask themselves why they’re on the Council.  Is it to represent themselves or the citizens?  He said they need to be less personal and talk about what they hope to accomplish not about how they can win.  Mayor Graham has not signed the ordinance saying that changes to the LDC passed.  You can view the City Charter on the City’s website at ci.northfield.mn.us and type in City Charter.  The Charter Commission meets tonight at 6 in Council Chambers.  The meeting is open to the public.

Graham says they need to plan for the future with regard to Woodley Street

Mayor Graham weighed in this morning on this week’s council work session regarding Woodley Street.  He said they need to plan for 20, 30 even 40 years into the future.  This is a complete reconstruction for Woodley including utilities.  Graham says the feasibility report is due June 23rd.  Council needs to agree 6 of 7 for this to move forward in time to get the grant dollars available from the state.  His interview is online at kymnradio.net.

NHS/PEHS team up for History Hound walk

The first ever History Hound Walk will take place this Saturday.  The Northfield Historical Society is teaming up with Prairies Edge Humane Society to host some history on local houses while you walk your dog, your cat, your lizard or just yourself!  Registration begins at 8:30 at Central Park.  The tour will include the Nutting Home, built in 1888 and will offer some interesting stories of 11 sites around the neighborhood.  There will be treats for humans and pets and raffle prizes too.   Listen to NHS Executive Director Hayes Scriven all the events taking place for Northfield’s History Month

Reddy named Chamber Services Director

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism announced that they have hired Lindsay Reddy as the Northfield Chamber of Commerce Director of Member Services. Reddy joins the Northfield Area Chamber, replacing Jane Pausch who resigned the position in early May to move to northern Wisconsin.  Read more online at kymnradio.net

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5-29 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 3 hours 22 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

Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 5 hours 16 min ago
Event date: May 28, 2015
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

The Unexpected Caregiver | The future of care

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 39 min ago

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.

The Future of Care with show sponsor and CEO of Northfield Retirement Community, Kyle Nordine

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | NHS Ex. Dir. Hayes Scriven on Nfld. History Month 5/28/15

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 42 min ago

Tim Freeland sits in for Jeff Johnson to interview Northfield Historical Society Executive Director, Hayes Scriven, on Northfield History Month.

 

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Northfield history month

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Community News: Nfld Chamber names Reddy as Dir. of Member Services 5/28/15

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 16 min ago

NORTHFIELD CHAMBER NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES

NORTHFIELD, MINN. May 27, 2015 — The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism announced that they have hired Lindsay Reddy as the Northfield Chamber of Commerce Director of Member Services. Reddy joins the Northfield Area Chamber, replacing Jane Pausch who resigned the position in early May to move to northern Wisconsin.
A resident of Northfield, Reddy has previous Chamber experience, serving as an intern and the Communications Specialist for the Dakota County Region Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, Reddy has been a small business owner, purchasing a Jack of All Trades Handyman franchise, which she owned over two years before selling the business.
Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce President Todd Bornhauser said, “I am so excited to have Lindsay join our team here in Northfield.  Her previous experiences both as a small business owner as well as working at a chamber will help enhance the organization and provide valuable resources for our members.”
Chamber Board Chair Beth Ayotte Naumann was extremely impressed with Reddy’s outgoing personality.  “Lindsay will bring a lot of energy to the organization, and her personality will get members excited and motivated,” stated Naumann.
Reddy said she was excited to get back involved with the Chamber and community.  “The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce was on my short list, and I was excited when the opportunity became available.  I enjoy working with and helping businesses and Northfield is such a great community.  The position was perfect for me.  I am really looking forward to contributing to the Northfield Chamber and forming it into the best in Minnesota” commented Reddy.  “I found the Chamber an invaluable part of running my business, and I want to make sure our members see the value of their membership feel that same way” stated Reddy.
The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic business organization that promotes the Northfield area and the local business community.  The Chamber is comprised of local business and business-minded individuals who have banded together with one goal in mind:  to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of the community.
For more information, please see the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & tourism website:  www.northfieldchamber.com.  Businesses and individuals interested in join the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce are invited to call at 507-645-5604.

Lindsay will be in the office tomorrow continuing her training, and her first official day will be Tuesday June 2, 2015.

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Community News: Dakota County Sheriff creates Citizen Board

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 22 min ago

MEDIA RELEASE

FROM: Sheriff Tim Leslie
Cell Phone: (651) 324-0866
DATE: March 26, 2015
RE: Creation of Citizen Advisory Board

Dakota County Sheriff Leslie is pleased to announce the creation of the Sheriff’s
first-ever Citizen Advisory Board. This board will meet regularly to discuss issues facing
the office and suggestions expressed by Dakota County’s citizenry. It is believed that the
open communication with this panel will serve to create additional transparency, as well
as strengthen and enhance the relationship between the office and the community.
Members of the panel at this time include:
Duane Fredrickson         Eureka
Richard Fuller                 Eagan
Michael Johnson            West St. Paul
Mike Kaess                      Eagan
Julie May                         Farmington
Bob McAdams                Mendota Heights
Jim and Judy Misencik      Lakeville
Linda Olson                   West St. Paul
Liz Petschel                   Mendota Heights
Paul Stevens                 Farmington
Bob Stowell                  Lakeville
John Tapper                Rosemount
Ronald Williams         Farmington
The Sheriff wishes to thank the above members of the panel for their service and
for their committment to ensuring we continue to provide quality policing to our county’s
citizens.

If you have questions about the Citizen Advisory Board, you may contact the
Sheriff’s Office at (651) 438-4710.
Dakota County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook @DakotaMNSheriff on Twitter

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Rice County Attorney John Fossum on Summer Driving Safety 5/28/15

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 34 min ago

Summer Driving Safety

By John L. Fossum, Rice County Attorney

The weather has turned beautiful again in Minnesota, and it is important to remember to not be carried away by the long summer evening.  As fun as it may be to have an evening summer drink, legal consequences and a loss of license from drinking and driving would ruin the evening.

Minnesota law prohibits driving with a blood alcohol of .08 or more.  For many people, a single drink could make it difficult to properly judge distances or safely operate a vehicle.  A first DWI conviction carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.  In addition, there are civil penalties, including the loss of driving privileges for up to a year.  A second offense, or refusing a test, ramps up the penalties to up to a year in jail, a $3,000 fine, and up to a two year suspension of driving privileges.  A DWI remains on your driving record for at least 15 years.

In 2013 in Minnesota, 81 people died in traffic crashes involving impaired drivers, 2,300 people were injured in alcohol related crashes, and 25,719 people were arrested for DWI (which works out to an average of 70 per day).  One out of seven Minnesota drivers has had at least one DWI.

We have a similar enforcement system  for boating while intoxicated.  BWI convictions could also cost you your right to drive in Minnesota, for a similar revocation period.  Also, a refusal to take a BWI test could result in the same consequences as a refusal to take a DWI blood alcohol test.

Law enforcement will be out with extended patrols all summer to keep our roads and waterways safe.  Keep yourself and your passengers safe as well by not driving a boat or a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol.

Call a cab, or a friend to give you a ride home.  First Choice Shuttle offers sober rides home for $6 from most local establishments and they are available by calling 645-4447 in Northfield or 333-0090 in Faribault.

The Safe Roads Coalition created the Safe Ride program to help provide options to avoid DWIs.  Choose the safe option and avoid bad consequences to a beautiful summer evening.   Stay safe and don’t become a statistic.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Mayor Dana Graham 5/28/15

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 10 min ago

Tim Freeland sits in for Jeff Johnson speaks with Mayor Dana Graham after this week’s Northfield Council work session and more.  Listen to the full interview…

Graham 05282015

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Pat Micheletti has kidney transplant

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 8 hours 6 min ago

Fair Use from STrib

In today’s STrib:

Micheletti recovering from transplant after brother donates kidney

Says he was in severe pain and thought he had hip issues… whoa… and then went to Mayo to get checked out:

Doctors believe Pat Micheletti’s kidneys were failing because of years of taking the over-the-counter pain reliever, Motrin (ibuprofen), to deal with discomfort stemming from his hockey-playing career. Alex said his dad plans to start making hockey players aware of the dangers of taking too much ibuprofen.

I’ve not dealt with Pat since Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project days, what a protracted sticky and very painful mess that was.  He’s probably very glad to be out of that… I remember when he was caught in the midst of an ex parte contact blitz:

Excelsior’s indirect ex parte contact July 26th, 2007

I will never forget the packed standing-room-only hearing in Taconite when one of the public commenters drifted up the aisle in flowing clothing and brought a sculpture/collage/birdcage(?) as an exhibit to present to the judge, representing the Mesaba Project and what it meant to her, the devastation it would create, and she said she made it especially for Pat (it might have been his birthday that evening).  He was sitting near the back, on the center aisle, head in hands, shaking his head in disbelief at this odd presentation.  The judge was visibly afraid/concerned, he held his hands up, “stay back” or some such, did not want her to approach with that “exhibit.”  It was one of the most hilarious parts of that long mess.

Categories: Citizens

Bernie Sanders in Mpls on Sunday!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 8 hours 14 min ago

Time: Sunday, May 31, 2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT Host: Bernie Sanders Contact Phone: (802) 862-1505 Location: Minneapolis American Indian Center (Minneapolis, MN)

1530 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404 Maps:

Categories: Citizens

Spring Bridge

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:27pm

I love looking at the arched bridges that connect the campus “mainland” to Stewsie and Mai Fete Islands in the lower Lyman Lake. The bridges were rebuilt last fall, and are just now being finished with a lovely coat of dark stain that complements the green of the islands.

Bridge to Mai Fête Island
Categories: Citizens

Mill Towns State Trail Joint Powers Board

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:09pm
Event date: June 3, 2015
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
Rice County Government Service Building - Room 3C
320 3rd St. NW
Faribault, MN 55021

Northfield Chamber names new director of member services

Northfield News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:15pm
On Wednesday, the Northfield Chamber of Commerce announced that it had selected its new director of member services.
Categories: Local News

Lamb, Hansen, Taube, and Beson Award Winners Named for 2014-15

Carleton Sports - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:11pm

In conjunction with Carleton College’s upcoming Honors Convocation, the Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation (P.E.A.R.) Department announced the recipients of the Pat Lamb, Ele Hansen, the Mel Taube, and the Warren L. Beson Memorial Awards.

Categories: Colleges

Alumna gives $1 million to new Institute for Freedom and Community

St. Olaf College - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:28pm

Karen Buchwald Wright ’74 has provided a $1 million gift to support the new Institute for Freedom and Community.

St. Olaf College alumna Karen Buchwald Wright ’74 has provided a $1 million gift to support the new Institute for Freedom and Community.

The cross-disciplinary institute, which was established at St. Olaf earlier this year, aims to foster intellectual inquiry and meaningful discussion of important political and social issues.

By exploring diverse ideas about politics, economics, and society, the institute aims to challenge presuppositions, question easy answers, and foster constructive dialogue among those with differing values and contending points of view.

Wright says she was particularly taken with the institute’s goal of promoting civil discourse in a democracy.

“Civil discourse is one of the most important aspects of a civil society,” Wright says. “You can’t have a civil society in which people shout down or shut out anyone who disagrees with them.”

Through its programs and educational offerings, the institute underscores the value of having open and spirited exchanges on controversial subjects in a respectful and productive manner.

To achieve this goal, the institute will provide a program of academic coursework, public lectures and debates, scholarly and undergraduate research, and internships for students.

Wright says she hopes that the programming offered through the institute encourages students to approach all issues with an open mind and carefully contemplate new ideas.

“There’s always more to learn,” she says. “In almost everything you do in life, you will have to work with others — and the beauty of almost any group is that there will be a variety of perspectives. You need to have the ability to thoughtfully consider those perspectives in order to succeed.”

Wright herself is accustomed to exploring a wide range of interests. While a student at St. Olaf, she developed her own wildlife research major. She took a lot of biology and psychology courses, graduating in just two-and-a-half years with the goal, she says, of becoming “a Jane Goodall.”

Instead she worked for several companies in Minneapolis before returning to Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1980 to work for the company her parents established. Wright rose through the ranks at Ariel Corporation, which designs and manufactures natural gas compressors, and eventually took over as CEO and president in 2001.

Six years ago she created the Ariel Foundation, an organization focused on enhancing the quality of life in Mount Vernon by supporting education, parks, and the arts.

In 2011 she provided a $1 million gift to support St. Olaf College’s Great Conversation Program, a sequence of five rigorous courses that traces the development of literary and artistic expression, philosophic thought, religious belief, and historical reflections on Western culture into the modern world.

“I’ve been really lucky,” Wright says. “I’m the second generation to lead a successful business, and I’ve been able to take it to the next level. It’s the right thing to do to give back and make it possible for other people to have these opportunities.”

Categories: Colleges

‘Strokes and Heart Attacks’ on Community Pharmacist Conversations with Jessica Astrup

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:34pm

Today concludes our month long series on all things related to blood pressure on ‘Community Pharmacist Conversations’ with Jessica Astrup. Learn from Jessica about stroke and heart attack signs, symptoms, diagnosis and prevention. Listen for ‘Community Pharmacist Conversations’ every Tuesday right here on KYMN Radio.

Listen to the full show in the link below:

http://kymnradio.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Comm-Pharm-526.mp3

 

Join the conversation! Have a question you would like to be answered during the Blood Pressure Series? Ask Jessica on twitter @PharmacistJess or with the hashtag #sterlingnorthfield. Happy Listening!

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Today’s news update – Council leaning toward sidewalks for Woodley street; Dundas okays gambling at L&M, hiring a police officer and new camera systems; Councilor offers “politically neutral decision making process”

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:02pm

Council leaning toward sidewalks for Woodley street

Every household within 350 feet of the Woodley St. project received notice of the construction, the meetings and a survey of what they wanted.  Public Works Director Dave Bennett said last night that, of the 200 households, less than 50% responded.  Staff recommended a 44 ft wide street, sidewalks on both sides, a bike lane and a parking lane that’s wider and shared on one side with bicycles.  Bennett said they felt that accommodates neighbors and the community by being multi-modal, still gets the 44 foot wide County requirement and leaves parking.  Council discussed options for just over an hour.  Staff will hold another public meeting next Wednesday to share council input.  This will need a 6 of 7 majority vote to move forward.  It appeared that most councilors were in favor of sidewalks on both sides but they also seemed willing to compromise.  This will come back to council for action in late June.  Mayor Graham will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20.

Dundas okays gambling at L&M, hiring a police officer and new camera systems

The Dundas City Council met last night.  City Administrator John McCarthy said they voted to allow gambling at the L&M bar.  They have contingencies to work out yet with the Waterford Warriors who made the charitable gambling request.  The Waterford Warriors are a snowmobile club that grooms many of the trails in the area. Proceeds from gambling will help them continue to do so.  Dundas Council also approved hiring another full time police officer and upgrading their squad cameras from VHS to digital.  The camera goes on as soon as the lights are on.  Officers wear microphones which pick up sound even if they’re not in front of the camera.  Dundas will purchase 2 systems.  The cost is just over $4800 each plus installation. About ½ of the cost will be covered by forfeiture monies and the donation from Faribault Floor to Ceiling. McCarthy says the remainder is within the 2015 budget.  His full interview is online at kymnradio.net.

Councilor offers “politically neutral decision making process”

City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller attended the Minnesota City Manager’s Association conference last week.  This year’s theme was “Developing Human Capital;  Know Thyself and Understand Others”.  Among the sessions was Identifying and Reducing Biasness for Effective Governance . Haggenmiller then referenced  Councilor Ludescher saying he’ll be excited by this as he has called for the creation and use of a “politically neutral decision making process.”  Ludescher explained that he suggested to Nick, when the Northfield Council has controversial topics, to “run a matrix or decision making tree” whereby the final result isn’t decided before the end.  [Listen to audio clip in podcast].  He was referring to the 1 versus 2 story building requirement in the Land Development Code that 4 of the councilors wanted.  He added that those councilors already knew what they wanted to do before there was any discussion.  He added that there were political views held prior to the whole process development of the LDC.  Councilors Ludescher, DeLong and Mayor Graham still contend that the changes with Councilor Pownell’s amendments did not pass as they believe our City Charter which requires a supermajority vote, supersedes State Statute.   We’ll have more on the question of our City’s governance coming up.

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5-27-15 news

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Northfield Area United Way announces 2015 grant allocations

Northfield News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:00pm
This week, the Northfield Area United Way announced the 21 programs that will receive funds from its 2014 fundraising campaign, which raised $263,000 total. 
Categories: Local News

WINGS 2015 grant celebration set for June 16

Northfield News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:29am
The area group, Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) is preparing for its 2015 grant celebration. 
Categories: Local News

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