Purple Belters

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:47pm

After successfully completing a very challenging tae kwon do test last Thursday, the girls tonight received their purple belts tonight at a lovely, relaxed event organized by their instructor, Dan Elo.

Dan said some nice things about each kid, and singled out the girls and their BFFs as being especially hard working. I hope they were as proud of themselves as I was. They’ve shown real discipline and dedication in coming so far so fast. Their belts and smiles are well earned.

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Knights Receive AVCA Team Academic Award

Carleton Sports - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 8:23pm

The Carleton College women’s volleyball team earned recognition for its academic achievements last season, earning a Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Categories: Colleges

Northfield locals celebrate Night to Unite

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 5:58pm
After a night of fun and food, Northfield locals are more united with their fellow community members.
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Northfield schools report two bullying incidents; locals concerned about number reported

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 5:00pm
After new legislation last year from Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota bullies are leaving a paper trail. But bullies in Northfield are leaving a far less significant one.
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Dundas resident devotes life to improving foster care system in Rice County

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 5:00pm
The feeling still haunts Sheila Pforr.
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10 questions to ask yourself about your loved one

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:29pm
From our sponsor, Grundhoefer & Ludescher, PA, 515 Water Street South, Northfield, 507.645.4451
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NEWS Alert – Missing/Endangered Person 8/4/15

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:42pm

INCIDENT:  Missing/Endangered Person

DATE/TIME:  08-04-2015 @ 2:00 pm

LOCATION:  Shagger Park- Warsaw Township – Rice County

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:  On 08-03-2015 at about 11:45 pm, a Rice County
Sheriff’s deputy located an abandoned vehicle at Shagger Park on Cannon Lake.

The vehicle, a 1993 Toyota passenger car, teal in color, was found unoccupied in
the parking lot.  Upon running the vehicle registration, an attempt to locate from
Columbus, OH for Chelsea E. Martinez, age 24 came up. Deputies and State
Troopers checked the area and were unable to find anyone.  Additional searching
resumed at daybreak on the State Trail, park area and along the lake and
Martinez has yet to be located.

Martinez is described as a Caucasian female, 5’3”, 103 pounds, brown hair and
slender build.  (See attached photographs.)  She was reporting missing on 07-30-
2015 in Columbus, Ohio.  Statements made by Martinez on 08-01-2015 lead
authorities to believe she may want to harm herself.  If anyone has seen Martinez
or knows her whereabouts, we are asking you to contact the Rice County Sheriff’s
Office or the local law enforcement jurisdiction where you believe she is.

Release by:  Sheriff Troy Dunn – Rice County Sheriff’s Office – 507-334-4391


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Kiss Kiss 'Bang Bang': raucous Twin Cities band debuts in Northfield

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:30pm
What can one expect from an Annie and The Bang Bang live show?
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Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:21pm
 August 5Books & Stars at Way ParkJoin us for a night of  sweet harmonies and Big Band sound with musical guests 1st Things 1st!Booker opens at 6:30pmShowtime starts at 7pm Made possible with a grant from SEMAC  
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Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:08pm
Event date: August 13, 2015
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Northfield City Hall - Carleton Conference Room
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Today’s news update – If you hear a blast, don’t panic; A drunk Farmington mother drives with her daughter clinging to the vehicle; Mayor will argue to throw out Library bids; City staff asks for 2.5% levy; Golfing or raffle tix – you can still partici

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:02pm

If you hear a blast, don’t panic

If you hear a loud bang, don’t worry it’s likely work on Well No. 6.  The contractor for the Well located at the Spring Creek Soccer Complex is starting work on the well cavity.  According to City staff this can cause very loud blasts of air that can be heard from long distances from the construction site.  Work is expected to last a few weeks. There are no concerns for public health and safety, however the City  warns residents, you may be startled. If you have any questions call Doug Lien at the City of Northfield 645-3088.

A drunk Farmington mother drives with her daughter clinging to the vehicle

An intoxicated Farmington mother continued to drive her vehicle while her 8-year-old daughter clung to the pickup truck from the outside.  The Star Tribune reports 46 year old  Rena M. Giancherio was charged last week with criminal-vehicular operation, child endangerment and drunk driving stemming from the incident last Monday outside their home.  A preliminary breath test measured her blood alcohol content at .30 percent, nearly four times the legal limit.   According to the criminal complaint, the child was yelling and banging on the window of the truck.  A neighbor saw her fall off injuring her foot, but the mother kept driving.  By the time police arrived, Giancherio had returned and parked.  The crying girl told officers her story.  The mother denied it, that’s when the girl called her a liar.  Video surveillance from a nearby liquor store showed Giancherio in the store buying a “large bottle with a clear substance” just minutes before the incident.

Mayor will argue to throw out Library bids

The Northfield City Council meets tonight at 7 o’clock.  The big item on the agenda will be the Library project’s increased price tag and the 10 bids.  The City is required to accept the lowest bidder, however, they did not incorporate the 2 alternatives.  So the City is recommending Council accept the 2nd lowest bid from a company out of Mankato. It’s over $140,000 more than the estimate.  Mayor Graham said, after talking with Contractors, he will argue tonight to rebid the project.  He said he firmly believes they can get the bid down and save some money.  He doesn’t believe this would set back project completion, “its’ not like starting from scratch”.  We’ll learn more from Graham tomorrow morning during his 7:20 recap on KYMN.

City staff asks for 2.5% levy

The Northfield City Council held a work session regarding the 2016 budget last night.  Mayor Graham said they heard from the leadership team about their proposal for a tax levy.  Many things can change from now till September but they must set the preliminary levy September 1st.  It can be lowered from that point but not raised.  Graham said the budget goes up slightly to just over $11.5 million from 11.3.  They are looking at projects including Woodley Street.  The East Cannon River trail also came up.  City staff is asking for a 2 ½ % levy increase.  With a healthy reserve, Northfield could do all the projects with a zero % increase which would bring the reserve to about 52%.  State guidelines suggest a 35 to 50% reserve.  The tax rate is expected to go down for Rice County so, in theory, the tax levy MIGHT not increase your overall taxes.  The final budget must be adopted by December.  On August 25th, they’ll get more into defining the preliminary tax levy.

Golfing or raffle tix – you can still participate in 3Links tourney

The 16th annual John Falk Memorial Golf tournament to benefit the Three Links Foundation is coming up on Thursday.  Director Ruth Dahle comments on John Falk calling him a force of nature.  His family remains active in the tournament.  It’s at Willingers with a shotgun start at 1pm.  There are over 65 raffle prizes.  You can still golf OR you can still buy raffle tickets.  The Foundation supports in part scholarships for those going into senior care.  Plus much more.  For more information call 507-664-8800.  Or online at

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8-4-15 news

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8-5 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:22am
For the full log of police calls, visit You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at
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Lonsdale search warrant reveals reasons for raid

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:56am
Law enforcement had reason to believe there were up to seven guns, 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine, a half a brick of heroin and a surveillance system located inside the Lonsdale home that was raided fo
Categories: Local News

State plans to transfer adult foster care patients into private sector

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:14am
There were a lot of questions but not a lot of answers available during Tuesday morning’s Rice County Board of Commissioners work session.
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Northfield council, department heads begin to take on budget

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:40am
Monday evening marked the first time the Northfield City Council got an in-depth look at the city’s 2016 budget. And as the year continues, changes will continue to be made.
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Northfield staff, councilor ponder tiny house development

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:12am
The tiny house movement is alive and well throughout the United States. In Northfield, however, the requests have been limited. 
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Dundas pond project set to alleviate flooding issues for Bridgewater residents

Northfield News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:09am
If you have never thought of a pond as being “live” or “organic,” now is the time to do so.
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Mayor Dana Graham 8/4/15

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 8:33am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Mayor Dana Graham about their special Budget workshop on 8/3/15


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Community News: Red Cross issues urgent call for blood 8/4/15

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 8:28am

Red Cross issues urgent call for most needed blood types

Type O negative, B negative, A negative blood donors asked to restock shelves ST. PAUL, Minn. (Aug. 4, 2015) – The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B
negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Overall blood donations in the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region have been
approximately 1,734 fewer per month in June and July this year than the previous 10 months of the year. When demand for the most needed types begins to outpace donations, the Red Cross alerts donors to help restock the shelves.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood
type. Types B negative and A negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

Eligible donors are encouraged to donate double red cells – a process where two units of red
cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor – where

“Summer blood shortages are not uncommon, but they can be prevented when generous
volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,” said Sue Thesenga, Communications
Manager for the Red Cross North Central Blood Serives Region. “Many donors have already
given this summer. We’re now asking donors who haven’t donated, and those who are eligible again, to make an appointment to give now to help ensure blood products are available for patients.”

Platelets and type AB plasma also needed Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood products they need. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, surgical patients and bone narrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Donors with type AB blood are urged to give blood or platelets to restock the plasma supply. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types.

Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again and help
patients like an expectant mother at a Red Cross-supported hospital who is currently receiving nearly 100 units of blood products a week until she delivers. Her need alone could add up to 1,100 units.

DRIVES coming up in Northfield:

8/7/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Culver’s, 960 Highway 3 South
8/11/2015: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Dominic Catholic Church Northfield, 104 Linden Hall

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And in the Alaska Highway News…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:26pm

They published my LTE in the Alaska Highway News:


Your coverage of the RCMP shooting of James McIntyre has been thorough in this general dearth of information.

I’ve spent the last 20 years advocating against utility infrastructure in the U.S., and the killing of McIntyre by RCMP is horrifying.  

A big part of my schtick is to stand at the door (not inside where I’d be “interfering”) and enthusiastically greet everyone, hand them a flyer about how to participate, and direct them to the meeting.  Had I been at that open house, I’d be the one they found at the door.  Had they told me to leave, I’d have argued and resisted, as always, ramping up if they pushed.

In my experience, utilities have now and then requested police presence, and when I see it, I let the organizers know it’s offensive and off putting, chilling public participation.  People have a right to speak out against a project, and they have a right to be angry!  I talk to the officers too, find out if I can who wanted them there, and let them know it’s inhibiting and threatening to the public.  I figure they just add me to their list of people to watch.  But this atmosphere of blind fear is not acceptable.  Don’t Canadians have a right to free speech?  Civil disobedience is an appropriate response.  Civil disobedience is NOT a death sentence with law enforcement as judge, jury and executioner.

People are being steam-rolled by utility infrastructure projects such as dams, transmission lines, and pipelines, and no one wants to hear about it.  They want opposition to just go away.  People are losing their land, communities are deeply affected, and those affected are not compensated sufficiently to make it acceptable — and money is not the answer to everything!  

Is the Site C project worth the impacts?  Is generating electricity and profiting from it sufficient reason to inflict these impacts, including this death?  Maybe BC Hydro should think again.

—Carol A. Overland, Utility Regulatory Attorney, Minnesota

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