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Wayne Eddy Affair | Pat Buresh

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 21 min ago

Pat Buresh is an author of childrens books after a long career in coaching college basketball at St. Olaf College.

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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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Wayne Eddy Affair | Andy Langhough

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 40 min ago

Andy Langhough talks about growing up in South Dakota and his path to become a funeral director in 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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Northfield Hospital Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 4 hours 23 min ago
Event date: April 30, 2015
Event Time: 06:30 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
2000 North Ave
Northfield, MN 55057

Mayor's Youth Council

City of Northfield Calendar - 4 hours 27 min ago
Event date: April 26, 2015
Event Time: 12:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

UPDATE: Northfield Planning Commission tables decision on Meadows Park

Northfield News - 5 hours 25 min ago
(UPDATE: This story has been updated to include information on an upcoming EDA meeting.)
Categories: Local News

Alec Lawler Named MIAC Pitcher-of-the-Week

Carleton Sports - 5 hours 32 min ago

Carleton College rookie pitcher Alec Lawler continued his breakout season on the mound with two near-perfect performances last week. Lawler didn't allow a run, going 1-0 and recording 8.0 scoreless innings, with six strikeouts against just three hits and three walks. For his performance, Lawler was honored Monday with his first MIAC Baseball Pitcher-of-the-Week award.

Categories: Colleges

Ole softball splits games with Royals: Oles fire in game one, can’t carry momentum in game two

Manitou Messenger - 6 hours 3 min ago

The St. Olaf softball team took on Bethel University on April 11 in a doubleheader on Mabel Shirley Field. The Oles got off to a flying start capturing the first game 3-2, but  they were unable to keep the momentum as the Royals cruised to a 10-1 victory in game two.

The Oles began the game in spectacular fashion, scoring twice in the first inning. The Royals responded with a game-tying run in the fourth inning, leaving the game in a delicate balance. The battle was poised evenly right through until the seventh inning. Jessica Bentley  ’18 starred for St. Olaf, hitting an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, which allowed Becca Walz  ’16 to score. Danielle Collins ’15 pitched all seven innings for the Oles, recording one strike-out along the way.

Despite claiming victory in game one, St. Olaf was unable to stop a Bethel onslaught in game two, as the Royals raced to a comprehensive 10-1 win.

The Oles were led by Afton Wolter ’16 , who batted in Alex Lopez  ’18 in the second inning to put the Oles on the board. Nothing could stop the Royals though, as they out-hit the Oles 14-5 on their way to victory.

The Oles also competed in  doubleheaders on April 12 and April 14, against Gustavus Adolphus College and Augsburg College respectively. Despite falling 0-5 and 1-5 to the Gusties, the Oles bounced back to record resounding 7-3 and 6-4 wins over the Auggies. St. Olaf currently sits at 11-21 overall, with a 6-8 conference record, good enough for eighth position in the MIAC. St. Olaf, who has several games in the coming week, will play at home for the last time on April 22 against University of St. Thomas.

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Photo Credit: ABBY DAVIS/MANITOU MESSENGER

Categories: Colleges

Emergency Planning For Safe Learning Environments – ACRL 2015 – Links and Handouts

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - 6 hours 6 min ago

As I mentioned before, my coworker Kristin and I presented a workshop at ACRL 2015 on emergency planning for libraries. The idea was that there are all kinds of things that libraries or individual groups within libraries can do to be more prepared for disruptive circumstances, many of them are even very simple.

The workshop proved to be an action-packed 3 hours featuring a cast of wonderful participants. I learned a lot, and I hope they each came away with something useful. If you want to see our materials, we shared all of our handouts here http://bit.ly/1QaYqW4 including example copies of an emergency plan and a set of scenarios to use if you’d like to conduct a lively and informative exercise with your colleagues.

Happy planning!

Categories: Citizens

English professor wins Minnesota Book Award for her memoir

St. Olaf College - 6 hours 17 min ago

St. Olaf College Visiting Assistant Professor of English Kaethe Schwehn took home a Minnesota Book Award this weekend for her memoir.

Schwehn’s book, Tailings: A Memoir, chronicles the time she spent living at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the Cascade Mountains.

“What seemed at first like a utopian ideal faded over the months and she was left with 354 inches of snow, a prowling cougar, 65 disgruntled villagers, and a pile of copper mine tailings 150 feet high,” notes a Minnesota Public Radio story about the winners of the 27th annual book awards.

On her website, Schwehn describes the book as “a lyrical memoir of intentional community told from the front lines, a passionate and awkward journey about embracing the ‘in-between’ times of our lives with grace and hope.”

The Minnesota Book Awards, established in 1988, are presented annually.

Schwehn is also the co-editor of Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts, a collection of essays written by 14 St. Olaf faculty members.

Categories: Colleges

Registration NOW OPEN for Summer Skating Lessons!

Northfield Skating School - 6 hours 55 min ago


Do you want to learn to skate fast, to perform, to jump and spin, or to be a great hockey player? Parents, do you want your children to meet new friends and receive professional instruction in a supportive and challenging environment, with the official curriculum designed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey?

You’ve come to the right place!

Online registration for winter classes is NOW OPEN through June 25th for winter classes beginning July 7th

Beginner, advanced, adult, and hockey group lessons available, as well as spin and power specialty classes, private lessons, and special events. View class descriptions and calendar to learn more about our classes. Registration deadline June 25th.

GO TO REGISTRATION PAGE

Interested in more information about programs? Contact us or attend our Parent Meeting on Tues, June 30th from 7:15-8:15pm at the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield MN.

Categories: Businesses

Community News: Twins Baseball Clinic comes to Faribault

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 1 min ago

Play Ball! Free Minnesota Twins Baseball Clinics

Faribault Park & Rec is proud to announce our city has been selected to host the free Play Ball! MN Twins Youth Clinic on Sat. June 6. The clinics provide quality hands-on throwing, hitting and fielding instruction for boys and girls ages 6-16. The Twins provide safe, youth-friendly equipment—but participants are asked to bring their gloves. The clinic is divided into two 1.5 hour sessions, youth ages 6-9, and the second is for ages 10-16. Clinics are open to all Faribault and surrounding area youth.

The Play Ball! MN Twins Youth Clinics have always been, and will continue to be, available to participants and communities FREE of charge. Play Ball! Funding for the free clinics is provided by the Twins Community Fund and Great River Energy.
Pre-Registration required:

Go to  http://www.faribault.org/parks/onlineregistration or fill out a form at the Park & Rec front desk. Forms are available at www.faribault.org/parks.

Date:  Saturday, June 6, 2015.  Cost: Free

Ages 6-9:  9am-10:30am  |  Ages 10-16: 10:30am-Noon

Location: Bell Field, N. Alexander Park, Faribault. In case of rain, event held indoors, location T.B.A.

For more information, contact David Pribbenow at 334-2064.

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Today’s news update – Five months later 2nd street is open; Richardson raises concerns over universal Pre-K; Kallestad resigning from CRWP; Nfld. Meals on Wheels celebrates 45 years; State of the City luncheon slated for tomorrow

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 23 min ago

Five months later 2nd street is open

It’s a relief!  For the first Monday since late November, 2nd street over the Cannon River is now completely open.  Xcel Energy’s pipeline project was plagued with problems from the get go.  The 3 week project took nearly 5 months due to extreme cold, equipment failure and an artesian well that just wouldn’t stop flowing.  Crews finally wrapped up the finishing touches late Friday.  NOTE:  MNdot conducted a routine bridge inspection early this afternoon.  They assured me they’d be out of there by 2pm! 

Richardson raises concerns over universal Pre-K

Governor Dayton’s proposed $400 million to pay for 4 year olds to attend pre-K classes is causing concern for school districts.  Superintendent Chris Richardson says one of the concerns is that all available space they had is gone since the implementation of All Day K last year.  Prior to last year, some children went half days, which means they could double the number of students.  Now every parent has chosen to put their child in all day K.  Richardson says every room is full.  There’s no money in the bill to provide space.  Richardson would far rather see the money be used to increase the formula benefitting all students.   Private daycares may be eligible for the program IF they can provide classes that meet standards of preparing preschoolers.  One elementary teacher I spoke with was leery of sending 4 year olds to such a structured setting and added that they really don’t have a curriculum for them.

Kallestad resigning from CRWP

After almost seven years, Executive Director Beth Kallestad is resigning her position with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership at the end of June.  In an email she said she’s been feeling like she needed to do something different.  The organization is in a good place right now.  They just completed a strategic plan and recently won the Bush Prize.  Kallestad said that gives them some funds to enhance their work.  She added that they have a solid staff.  Her plan is to start her own consulting business doing work similar to what she does now  – planning, grant writing, project management, meeting facilitation – she hopes to stay in the water and natural resources arena and will definitely be staying in Northfield.

Nfld Meals on Wheels celebrates 45 years

Meals-On-Wheels in Northfield celebrates 45 years of providing nutritional meals to older adults and people with disabilities. Northfield Hospital Media Relations Director, Scott Richardson, explained how they started in May of 1970.  Fourteen women from Church Women United gathered at the home of Dorothy Becker in rural Dundas for their spring meeting. Seven churches and the senior center were represented. They discussed their balance sheet, Operation H.O.P.E, the Clothes Closet and then new business: Meals-On-Wheels.  The food is prepared by Nutrition Services at Northfield Hospital. Individual volunteers and drivers recruited by churches, services clubs, businesses, colleges and schools deliver some 6,500 meals annually.  For more information on Northfield Meals-On-Wheels, call 507-646-1024 or go to the Hospital website and search. : http://www.northfieldhospital.org/about/community-partners/meals-on-wheels/.

State of the City luncheon slated for tomorrow

The Northfield Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 2015 State of the City Luncheon tomorrow at Jesse James Lanes.  Mayor Dana Graham will give speak on City activities, development and key initiatives.  Registration is at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and program to follow at noon.  You can register online at Northfield Chamber events

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UPDATED: Discussions with City of Dundas and artisanal cheesemaker halted

Northfield News - 8 hours 40 min ago
(UPDATED to reflect that talks have come to a halt with the city of Dundas and Carolyn Jackson.)
Categories: Local News

15 with the Author | ‘Deadmistress’ by Carole Shmurak 4/20/15

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 2 min ago

The headmistress of an exclusive private school for girls has been found murdered in her office. When professor Susan Lombardi learns that her friend John is the prime suspect, she sets out to clear his name, but her research uncovers some troubling secrets…  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Carole Shmurak author of  “Deadmistress”, a Susan Lombardi mystery.   Carole talks about the characters in her book, her love of mysteries and reveals who the headmistress really is!  From the East Coast, Carole tells us about her connection to Northfield.  She’ll be speaking tonight at All Saints Episcopal Church at 6:30.    Please note that her website says her talk is at the Library, it’s been moved to All Saints

Deadmistress by Carole Shmurak

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Meetings concerning Woodley Street scheduled for coming months

Northfield News - 9 hours 25 min ago
The City of Northfield along with Rice County is seeking input on the upcoming Woodley Street Project. The City Council along with Rice County have identified a preliminary project scope of a 44 foot
Categories: Local News

4-17 to 4-19 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 11 hours 24 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

Model UN simulates WWI

Manitou Messenger - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 10:00pm

On Saturday, April 11, St. Olaf’s Model United Nations Club put on a World War I simulation, where attendees represented different factions involved in the conflict, specifically in the time immediately following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The simulation was designed to actively engage students in the study of history and government by allowing them to take a direct role in the conflict and make choices that directly influenced the course of the simulation.

The Model United Nations Club is a student-run organization that seeks to enrich the study of social science through the simulation of real-life government and political dynamics.

“It allows you to work with real-world issues in a much more hands-on way than you would in a class or through independent study,” Alex Luna ’18 said.

The group occasionally competes in larger Model United Nations conventions, including an annual conference in Chicago. Members of the group meet every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.,  and are open to any interested students who wish to try their hands at political negotiation.

This most recent simulation placed participants in the roles of specific cabinets of government, including ministers of the interior, war, economy and foreign relations. Each of these positions came with its own powers, outlined on a sheet of paper. These were unique to each player and contained information about specific positions and countries.

Due to the size of the simulation, three countries – Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia – were controlled by four active participants, with the remaining countries simulated by administrators. Many actions required the approval of all four cabinet members, but other actions could be enacted by individuals alone. These powers allowed for complex decision-making among team members creating the possibility of conflict and in-fighting among factions. This system also gave a certain degree of power to each participant, so that no one was left powerless.

The experience was structured so that the different groups were placed in their own rooms, emphasizing a certain separation where deliberation was mostly isolated from the other groups. Important declarations were shared, through Google Docs, to the other groups, but most were kept secret, unless shared in face-to-face interactions with a representative from another country. Essentially, players were left somewhat to their own devices, being fed information that was either particularly pertinent or directly requested regarding the social context of the conflict, but mostly ignorant of what was happening outside of their own assigned countries. This added  a sense of gravity to the decision-making process, and made the consequences of these decisions unpredictable.

The simulation heavily emphasized historical realism, and all participants were offered a fair amount of context regarding the dynamics of the conflict. Members of each country had objectives both to protect themselves and to maintain national peace, and the simulation was framed so as to make war likely but not inevitable.

The choices offered in the simulation truly did hold weight. Not only was their the possibility that war could be prevented, but also almost all aspects had the capacity to follow a different path from that of history. Despite this potential, the simulation offered a perspective to history that made it fairly clear how  WWI began. Despite participants’ efforts to end diplomatically, the objectives offered for each country made it very difficult to avoid war, something that ultimately appeared necessary.

Ultimately, simulation participants were able to prevent a full-blown world war. There was still conflict in central and eastern Europe, but major world powers, like the United Kingdom, were kept out of the war and prevented escalation.

The simulation, despite its relatively basic structure in regard to actual government, served to offer a realistic depiction of history. This engagement was not only a learning opportunity, but also was a fun and exciting opportunity to interact with other students and to learn about an event in history that still resonates today. This type of simulation can be applied to any event in history, allowing for the accommodation of a variety of students interests in regard to politics and government.

The simulation was more or less a game that required the use of skills that apply to many fields of study offered at St. Olaf. Students were encouraged to talk clearly and effectively, and put into consideration the ultimate benefit of their country while working with a group of likeminded peers.

Beyond everything else,  this simulation was a very enjoyable experience where participants were given an opportunity to test their wits while working through history to a common goal.

campbe1@stolaf.edu

hatzky1@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Fine Tune #277 quiet… 19 April 2015

KYMN Radio - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:15pm

Host Wendy Nordquist hosts an eclectic hour of acoustic, Americana, jazz, old-time, roots and world music every Sunday evening from 6-7 p.m.

Fine Tune 04-19-15 #277

If, like me, you’ve had hectic days – here’s a chance to slow and quiet down…

1  George Winston / Love will Come 2
2  David & Steve Gordon / Earth Chakra, Part 1
3  Barefoot / Arica
4  Clannad / Maid Marian
5  Steve Erquiaga / Nocturne from Op. 54 Lyric Pieces
6  Peter Davison / Sky
7  Steven Halpern / 4th Chakra: F
8  Afro Celts / Rise
9  Suzanne Ciani / Berceuse
10 Dariao Marianelli; London Session Musicians / Not Upset
11 Dickon Hinchcliffe / Hardscrabble Elegy
12 Al Petteway & Amy White / Land of the Sky
13 Alex de Grassi / White Rain
14 Michael Hedges / Aerial Boundaries

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Sunday Funday

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:26pm

The girls and I fought off a dreary Sunday afternoon by going to Carleton’s rec center to shoot baskets and then over to the art gallery for an amazing exhibit of hanging works like "The Collector" by HOTTEA:

Stunning.

Categories: Citizens

Wider bars and shorter stem make my XC 29’er hardtail into an all-mountain bike. Kind of.

Mountain Bike Geezer - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:43pm

My 2011 Trek Gary Fisher X-Cal 29’er hardtail is going to have to do duty as an all-mountain bike this year because A) I’d like to ride one or more gravity enduros; and B) I can’t afford full squish yet.

So this past week, I upgraded to a:

(I’m somewhat less than mechanically-inclined so I needed a little rescuing from Stew Moyer & Ryan Hutchinson at Mike’s Bikes.)

I rode all of Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail yesterday and I can tell already: the wider bars and shorter stem is a change for the better.  It felt awkward at first but I quickly realized that the wider bars helped to keep my arms bent and chest down more which translated to more leverage and stability when hitting rocks and roots at speed.  The shorter stem seemed to help me keep my hips ‘hinged’ more instead of crouching.  All that translates to being more in the attack/ready position.

I was a little worried about hitting trees, since my old bars were 625mm.  But it turned to not be a problem, as I’m pretty good at reflexively leaning my bike anyway.

I was most concerned about how it would affect my technical riding. I was relieved when I cleaned Leb’s long, twisting log skinny on my first attempt.  But I didn’t immediately feel confident riding over big rocks and and off ledges.  My timing seemed off.  I’m too worried, though. It’s a big change and I should be able to adapt.

Lots out there on the interwebs about these changes. Just search on the words ‘wider bars shorter stem’ to get started. Blog posts by mtb instructors Lee McCormack (here) and Gene Hamilton (here) helped convince me. Another good blog post here on the topic by AimFor Harkor.

 

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