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UPDATED: Bill Maher to bring his 'Flip A District' campaign to Northfield

Northfield News - 1 hour 29 min ago
(Updated on Thursday with news that tickets to "Flip A District" have been sold out.)
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Today’s news update – TIGER bids AGAIN higher than budget; EDA will review expense reimbursement and 2015 budget changes; Planning Commission talks LDC changes to Downtown District

KYMN Radio - 1 hour 43 min ago

TIGER bids AGAIN higher than budget

Will the third time be a charm?  That depends on your perspective on the Tiger Trail.   This started in 2011 when the City was awarded a grant of $1 million, 60,000.  That Council, under Mayor Rossing, approved a $500,000 City match.  The grant is through the Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER program, and is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) who have mostly been working through MnDot. The total budget for the project, voted on in September 2013, was $2.43 million.  In November of 2013, bids came back at over $3 million or about $800,000 more than approved.  (The first time, no company even bid the job, something that shocked former City Engineer Joe Stapf)  The City scaled back the design which had to go through the Railroads again and MnDot, who finally approved a version which Council sent out for bids. Those bids are back.   The base estimate from the City’s Engineering department was $1,658,000.  Minnowa Construction bid the trail at  $3,247,000 while Rosti Construction’s base bid is $2,153,000.  There are 3 alternates (or additives) that were also bid out, the press release from Haggenmiller is posted on our website.  I’ve also attached the PDF  TIGER bids.   The construction cost agreed to last May was $1.9 million due to funds already spent that add up to $404,455 with another $125,000 in anticipated construction engineering costs.  There’s also no contingency fund which, typically, is a minimum of 5% of the project cost. A clear division of the council on this project has been palpable for 2 years.  Whether the budget voted on will hold is yet to be determined.  Council will discuss it Tuesday.   The bids have been sent to MnDot Office of Civil Rights to make sure bidding was available to socially and/or economically disadvantaged businesses.  Haggenmiller said this review will take a few weeks.

EDA will review expense reimbursement and 2015 budget changes

During last week’s EDA meeting, they voted to skip giving themselves any monetary compensation, however, they will discuss further reimbursement for expenses.  Community Development Coordinator Michele Merxbauer said there’s money in the budget for reimbursement of mileage and training but they have no written policy.  This will come back with refined language in policy form later this month.  They discussed their 2015 budget and Fred Rogers suggested they move some monies around into different funds.  They would put an additional $5,000 into Professional Services for a total of $15,000; $1300 in Training for a total of $2500 and $3,000 in Advertising for a total of $5,000.  A total adjustment of $9300 which would come from the “Other Projects” category.  They want to use the consultant services of CEDA to go over development projects including The Crossings.

Change to Downtown Districts LDC

The Planning Commission meets tonight at 7 o’clock.  On their agenda are changes to the C1 and C2 districts.  C1 includes the downtown and C2 is the Hwy 3 commercial district which butts up against downtown.  There had been previous discussion about making changes that could impact the looks of downtown buildings and there was worry on the part Commissioner Alice Thomas in particular and the Heritage Preservation Commission that certain historical standards may be loosened.  It would appear by the documentation and changes made after public and commissioner input that LDC Consultant Bill Weber has made adjustments.  These items will be voted on tonight.  The meeting will be streamed live from the City’s website.  This will then go to a Council work session.  The EDA will also be reviewing the changes.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | 100% Local Music Fest details

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 8 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Elizabeth Childs of Northfield Area United Way and Rich Larson of Southernminn Scene  discuss the 100% Local Music Fest October 3rd and 4th at the Contented Cow.

 

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100% Local Music Fest

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Today’s news update – TIGER Trail bid breakdown

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 19 min ago

For Immediate Release:
TIGER Trail Bid Opening
Bids on the TIGER Trail were opened on October 1, 2014. There were two bidders on the project;
 Minnowa Construction, Inc. of Harmony, MN
 Rosti Construction of Jordan, MN
There were three additive alternates to bids in addition to the base bid item with constructed the trail from Greenvale Ave to St. Olaf Avenue. Those alternates included the construction of trail behind The Crossings to Second Street, installation of lighting, and landscaping along the trail.
The bids are as follows:
Minnowa ConstructionBase Bid $3,247,630.77
– Alternate 1 $167,957.02
– Alternate 2 $54,626.00
– Alternate 3 $39,681.20
Rosti ConstructionBase Bid $2,153,059.80
– Alternate 1 $223,436.00
– Alternate 2 $66,871.00
– Alternate 3 $44,570.00
Engineer’s Estimate – Base Bid $1,658,216.00
– Alternate 1 $147,245.45
– Alternate 2 $62,339.00
– Alternate 3 $51,202.91
The bid results have been submitted to MNDOT Office of Civil Rights for concurrence on disadvantaged business enterprise goals. This review is anticipated to take a few weeks. To that end, the Northfield City Council will have the bid information included as part of their October 7, 2014 Council Agenda as information only. For additional information contact Public Works at 507-645-3020.
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Wilson, Knights tame St. Catherine

Carleton Sports - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:48pm

A goal by senior Ellie Wilson  early in the second-half propelled the Carleton College women’s soccer team to a hard-fought, 1-0 victory over St. Catherine University.

Categories: Colleges

MnDOT seeks Rice County, state farmers to leave rows of standing corn

Northfield News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:00pm
In effort to improve winter road conditions, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for farmers to leave rows of standing corn throughout the winter to minimize blowing snow.
Categories: Local News

Two Minnesota companies bid on Northfield's TIGER Trail project

Northfield News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:12pm
In a city of Northfield release, City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller said that bids on the TIGER Trail were opened on Wednesday. There were two bidders on the project:
Categories: Local News

Clean Out Your Garage Before Winter

Northfield Construction Company - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:14pm

Does your garage feel cluttered? Do you have to park on the street because your garage is full? It may be time to clean out your garage for good, especially with winter on its way. You’ll want space in your garage for your car and other important items. Remember defrosting your car in zero-below weather? […]

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Today’s news update – Rice County levy/budget increase due to wages and healthcare costs; WBWF is not a new wrestling organization; Maher’s “Flip A District” coming to Northfield – Jeff Johnson will have him on Tuesday’s morning show

KYMN Radio - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:02pm

Rice County levy/budget increase due to wages and healthcare costs

Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha remarked a month ago that the Board would be setting their preliminary budget and levy.  At that time he said he thought they would set it at 5.5% but come down to 4.5%.  They set it last week at 5.6% with a total budget of nearly $57 million.  That’s an increase of just over $1 million from last year.  A large portion of that is employee wage and health care increases.  County Administrator Tony Murphy said they’ve negotiated with several unions.  Employees were given a 2.75% cost of living raise and the County will be responsible for $40 a month for healthcare costs.  He said the total for those increases is $919,000.  He added that he felt the 5.6% request is “defensible” and “justified”.  The preliminary levy can come down but cannot be raised.   A public hearing will be held on December 2nd.  The final number must be set by the end of December.

WBWF is not a new wrestling organization

The Northfield School district continued to put the finishing touches on their Worlds Best Work Force or WBWF that legislature now requires.  Superintendent Chris Richardson gave “kudos to Mary Hanson” for taking lead on all the work that a group of them did to streamline and set up the process as well as guide what would go on the website.  The document features the district’s strategic plan, goals of the district, school improvement plans and more.  There are links to dive deeper into any one of the subjects.

Maher’s “Flip A District” coming to Northfield – Jeff Johnson will have him on Tuesday’s morning show

Comedian Bill Maher will bring his campaign to run Second District Congressman John Kline out of office to Northfield next week.  The late-night host of HBO-TV’s “Real Time,” Maher has highlighted Kline (R-MN) as the winner of his “Flip A District” contest. The contest requests viewers to send in votes with a statement as to why they feel their representative should get the boot.  The panel discussion will be held at The Grand on October 7th at 6pm.  Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Northfield Olive Oils –  the money goes to Student Debt Crisis.

Panel members:

  • Ann Marie Cox, political columnist for The Guardian and regular commentator on “MSNBC” and National Public Radio.
  • Matt Taibbi, head of “First Look Media’s ‘Racket'” and author of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”.
  • Betsy Hodges, mayor of Minneapolis and former member of the Minneapolis City Council.
  • Katie Keifer, weekly columnist at TownHall.com and author of “Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials” and “One Woman’s Case for Hope.”
  • Steve Sviggum, University of Minnesota professor and former Speaker and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • John Rouleau, executive director of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition.

KYMN’s Jeff Johnson will interview Maher for the Tuesday (Oct. 7th) morning show.

Representative Kline’s office response:

“It’s disappointing Mike Obermueller wants to take this race into the gutter and campaign with someone who compared Kline, a decorated Marine Corps veteran, to ‘ISIS,’ and previously was fired by ABC for saluting 9/11 terrorists and calling our troops ‘cowardly’.” — Troy Young, campaign spokesman

 

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Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:02pm
Event date: October 16, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:02pm
Event date: October 13, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:01pm
Event date: October 9, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:01pm
Event date: October 6, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:01pm
Event date: October 5, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:01pm
Event date: October 4, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:00pm
Event date: October 2, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:23am
Event date: October 5, 2014
Location:
1280 Bollenbacher Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Public Skate is open for all ages. Helmets are recommended. No shoes or boots on the ice at any time. Please see all other public skate rules posted at the arena.

10-2 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:29am
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map on the home page at Northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

Religion professor awarded NEH fellowship

St. Olaf College - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:21am

St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Religion Mara Benjamin has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship that will enable her to complete her second book, Parental Obligation, Power, and Care in Jewish Theological Perspective.

“In my new book, I intend to synthesize critical reflection on parental caregiving with contemporary Jewish thought,” Benjamin says. “My project investigates how pre-modern Jewish sources can aid in constructing a useful description of parental obligation toward children.”

This new work will be primarily geared toward scholars and graduate students in feminist studies, Jewish thought, and religious studies, but Benjamin hopes to also attract readers who would like to reflect on childrearing in philosophical and religious studies.

Benjamin is spending the 2014–15 academic year on sabbatical in New York, where she will draft her manuscript and collaborate with other scholars.

“While I’m in New York, I am working with people who are helping me understand some of how classical Jewish texts, such as the Talmud, shape the discussions in the pre-modern period,” she says.

Benjamin’s initial research was supported by a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. This project builds on Benjamin’s previous work and her book Rosenzweig’s Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity, but will bring a specifically feminist angle to the question of how religious thinkers accommodate pressures of modernity.

Categories: Colleges

Why yes, I am hopping mad. Here’s why. #teamharpy

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:08am

Ok, I wasn’t going to write more about this. I felt like other people were doing a much better job, and I don’t have much of substance to add. And besides, writing about this kind of thing is apparently risky business and I’m kind of risk averse. But here’s the thing: I’m mad. So here I am again.

I’m mad because I myself am reluctant to put names into the sentence “So-and-so created a hostile environment for me and other women at such-and-such conference” in a public and googleable place. I’m mad because women like Amanda, who experienced blatant and totally illegal sexual harassment at conferences, are afraid to name their harassers. I’m mad because the sentence “But he continues to be famous and I’m just a small fish in libraryland” is such a ridiculously common theme in these conversations, and such a silencing force in our profession (the quote is from Amanda’s post).

The only men who have created hostile environments in gatherings of librarians that I’ve been part of (online and off) have been big name librarians who are on the keynote speaking circuit. I have seen pictures of their naked crotches. I have seen pictures of their daughters in bustiers. I have heard them use their keynote microphones to talk about tea bagging. And I have heard of them doing even more things of this nature that I didn’t witness directly, like using the phrase “you ignorant slut” towards fellow panelists.

And yet they continue to rise through the ranks of librarians and become more and more powerful. These kinds of things are apparently “all in good fun” and hilarious jokes.

Here’s news for you powerful men and the conference organizers who keep you in business: These things are not funny. I no longer attend your sessions for a reason. And no, I am not a super sensitive little girl who just needs to grow up and realize that you’re joking. I have a pretty good sense of humor, actually. Cut it out.

Looking for a way to help out? Consider supporting #teamharpy with words or money or both, and let conference organizers know when this kind of thing happens to you.

[Edited to add: for those of you who don't know about #teamharpy, conversations about sexual harassment in libraryland were recently sparked off by one prominent male librarian suing two women for 1.25 million dollars. He's claiming defamation because they spoke out about his harassment. Libraryland is in heated conversation, now, about power dynamics, the silencing affect that lawsuits like this cause, and exactly how much of a problem this is, and how prevalent. Right now the message is clear, speaking out is more dangerous than harassing.]

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