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Duo tours local prisons

Manitou Messenger - 47 min 30 sec ago
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
Categories: Colleges

How To Disappear Completely

Manitou Messenger - 47 min 30 sec ago
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
Categories: Colleges

Lyric Theater’s muscial revue recieves positive reviews

Manitou Messenger - 47 min 30 sec ago
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
Categories: Colleges

Myswyken production of Middletown muses on life and death

Manitou Messenger - 47 min 30 sec ago
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
Categories: Colleges

Senior art majors to end year with double-show

Manitou Messenger - 47 min 30 sec ago
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
Categories: Colleges

Northfield officers awarded for saving resident's life through CPR

Northfield News - 3 hours 46 min ago
In the middle of one night this spring, a couple of Northfield Police Department officers did their job and they did it well.
Categories: Local News

Steam and Gas Show enters 42nd year, features Goffrier family's equipment

Northfield News - 5 hours 9 min ago
The 42nd annual Rice County Steam and Gas Engines, Inc. will once more bring an exciting array of antique equipment and unique activities to the area.
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – Faribault Exposer not connected to Northfield; NAFRS encourages public to attend Taxing Authority meeting; Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall arrives tomorrow

KYMN Radio - 5 hours 37 min ago

Faribault Exposer not connected to Northfield  A Faribault man is charged after allegedly exposing himself.  According to the criminal complaint a woman and her 2 children were at South Alexander Park early Friday afternoon when she says she saw a man approach them, he stopped 20 feet from her and the kids and was  grabbing himself on […]

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Morning Show with Jeff Johnson – Police Chief Monte Nelson 8/30/16

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 20 min ago

Jeff Johnson talks with Police Chief Monte Nelson  about issues affecting Northfield residents including Back To School and the upcoming Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration. Click below to listen to the full interview: nelson083016

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Mayor's Youth Council

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:36pm
Event date: September 7, 2016
Event Time: 07:45 AM - 08:45 AM
Location:
Northfield High School
Room D107
Northfield, MN 55057

Mayor's Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:25pm
Event date: September 7, 2016
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
Northfield Community Resource Center
Room YW108
Northfield, MN 55057

City Council Closed Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:24pm
Event date: September 6, 2016
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Applying physics to the world of medicine

St. Olaf College - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 4:24pm

St. Olaf student Nellie Brovold’s internship at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Care Center has given her an up-close look at the work of medical physicists.

Until this summer, St. Olaf College student Nellie Brovold ’18 didn’t spend much time thinking about the important role that physics plays in treating cancer.

But her internship at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) has given her an up-close look at the work of medical physicists — and an idea of how she might like to apply her physics major to a growing field after graduating from St. Olaf.

Brovold, a physics major and Miami native, has been working in the SCCC’s Department of Radiation Oncology.

During her time there, she’s shadowed dosimetrists, medical physicists, and radiation therapists, learning the intricate process of imaging, planning, approving, and administering radiation to cancer patients.

Hospitals have many different machines and techniques for administering radiation in the best way for a wide variety of patients — and Brovold has gotten an up-close look at what role experts can play in figuring out a treatment plan to pursue.

“The role of the dosimetrist, the medical physicist, and the radiation oncologist is to make decisions and compromises in the planning stages about certain cases,” she says. “Each patient is different and may present different constraints than a typical protocol patient would present.”

In the past few weeks, Brovold’s attention has shifted to solely looking at the role that statistical analysis can play in determining the best course of action for treating patients. To do this, her team is employing software that works by taking previously planned anonymized patients from the SCCC to create a model for future patients with similar characteristics.

“I have been learning how to use the University of Miami’s planning software to be able to analyze and understand methods dosimetrists and physicists use in treatment plans that are drafted to doctors and used in treatment for patients,” says Brovold.

Why do hospitals such as SCCC create models for planning cancer treatment?

“Our team wants to analyze how well such models can increase the overall quality and homogeneity of the plans for patients at SCCC,” explains Brovold.

Brovold illustrates the importance of hospitals creating efficient models for cancer treatment.

“Without this tool, it may take several iterations of planning for a dosimetrist to achieve a plan that a physicist and an oncologist will also approve. One patient may take hours to plan, and in a comprehensive cancer center, it still amazes me how many perspectives it takes to accomplish one job very well.”

As a physics major at St. Olaf, Brovold was well equipped for the work that she is doing this summer. The Modern Physics class that she took last spring was especially useful in preparing her for the work this summer, she says.

“I was so excited to recognize how quantum phenomena such as simple Compton Scattering play a role in calculating how X-rays in a linear accelerator disperse doses in a patient’s body,” she says.

Brovold has already been invited to return to the University of Miami next summer to continue her work.

“I am eager to continue learning more about the ever-growing physics applications in the medical field,” she says. “I’m glad that I had the opportunity to study a small part of a large field of interdisciplinary knowledge. It is so satisfying to see how radiation treatment immediately benefits those of all ages in their battles against cancer.”

Categories: Colleges

Settlement? PUC says “show your work!”

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 4:20pm

Xcel Energy’s rate case just received another interesting twist — a request of the PUC that the parties to the “settlement agreement” show their work!  I love it when that happens.

20168-124453-01_PUC Letter_8-29-2016

PUC staff wants detailed information about how they reached the numbers they did, how the settlement relates to each of the parties initial positions and testimony, etc., to “show your work!”  The PUC staff is requesting this information so that the Commission can determine whether to accept, modify, or reject the partial settlement agreement.  And note that the parties are mostly those e21Participants who signed off on Xcel’s Exe21_Initiative scam.

GOOD!  Take a close look, PUC!

To review the filings in this docket, go to this PUC SEARCH DOCUMENTS PAGE and search for docket “15-826.”

Categories: Citizens

Community News: Powerful video on the impact of texting and driving

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:49pm

Northfield Police Sgt. and TZD (Toward Zero Deaths) Representative Kevin Tussing asks that you take a moment to view this…  then please share it!  

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Community News: Rice County SWCD schedules Buffer Law meeting

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 2:06pm

Buffer Law Meeting The Rice Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a public meeting to provide updates and information regarding Minnesota’s buffer law. Come to learn more about the legislation, the DNR mapping process, and the SWCD role in implementing the law. Time will be provided for audience questions. When: Wednesday, September 14th, […]

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Conventional and organic farmers collaborate for state fair presentation

Northfield News - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 1:13pm
Dave Legvold and Ben Doherty come from two different disciplines of farming, but the two share enough common ground that they can collaborate with each other.
Categories: Local News

Immunizations on Community Pharmacist Conversations with Jessica Astrup

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:46pm

August is Immunization Awareness Month and Jessica discusses immunizations. Comm Pharm 8-23-16 Listen for “Community Pharmacist Conversations” every Tuesday morning at 11am here on 1080AM KYMN.  

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Reading Prescription Bottle Labels on Community Pharmacist Conversations with Jessica Astrup

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:35pm

  Jessica talks about how to read the label on your prescription bottle. Comm Pharm 8-16-16   Listen for “Community Pharmacist Conversations” every Tuesday morning at 11am here on 1080AM KYMN.  

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Vitamin E on Community Pharmacist Conversations with Jessica Astrup

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:24pm

Jessica continues her conversation about vitamins – this week she discusses Vitamin E. Comm Pharm 8-9-16 Listen for “Community Pharmacist Conversations” every Tuesday morning at 11am here on 1080AM KYMN.  

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