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Dundas and Bridgewater work together, plan to share costs of ARD zoning ordinance

Northfield News - 49 min 31 sec ago
The ongoing discussion between Dundas and Bridgewater Township over planning and zoning within the Annexation Reserve District is continuing on the road to resolution.
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QUIZ: Test your Independence IQ

Northfield News - 1 hour 33 min ago
Think you know all the facts related to our country's Declaration of Independence?
Categories: Local News

School lunches under fire from GOP

Northfield News - 1 hour 54 min ago
With the help of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, kids around the country have been seeing healthier choices for school lunches.
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Wayne Eddy Affair | Mark Pritchard, Parts 1 & 2

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 58 min ago

Northfielder Mark Pritchard talks about his life in retail and corporate America while working for Target and Best Buy Corporations.

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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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Today’s news update – Drug Court steps up program; NAG nets nice grant from EDA for economic study; Watch for construction

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 16 min ago

Drug Court steps up program

As Rice County drug court nears it’s 2 year anniversary, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn says they’ve made some adjustments to the program adding felony dui’s to the list of eligible candidates.  There are 9 currently enrolled, six men and three women.  Dunn said their target is to have 25 enrolled by this time next year.  He’s very impressed so far by the program.  It’s really about accountability.  The group meets weekly and holds the individual responsible.   If they do well they’re given great feedback, if they make bad decisions, they could be put back in jail.  In fact, two were taken out of the program for violating the rules.  Dunn said he’s looking forward to even better things as a new Director joins the team next week.  No one convicted of a violent crime is eligible.

NAG nets nice grant from EDA for economic study

The Northfield Arts Guild (NAG) was presented an opportunity to participate in an economic impact study of arts and culture nonprofits within the Northfield community. The study will provide concrete data on the financial impact arts and culture generate for the local economy.  Community Development Director Chris Heineman told the EDA that they’re asking for $500 to help defray the cost of the study.  NAG Executive Director Alyssa Melby commented that it’s not just about buying the ticket to the play or gallery opening or reenactment or any number of other events but these people also spend money on food, gas and lodging as well as other items locally.  The total cost of the study to the NAG is $1500, with an estimated value of $7500 if the they were doing the study themselves.  It is being conducted and subsidized by MN Citizens for the Arts in collaboration with Americans for the Arts.   Chamber President and EDA member Todd Bornhauser said that this is exactly what the kind of data they need.  It will help inform other decisions they make.  He wanted to fund the entire amount.  While Melby appreciated the offer, she added that they want involvement from other organizations and have already received support from the NDDC and the Northfield Historical Society for $100 each.  The NAG is also contributing.  The motion was amended by Dale Gehring to grant the NAG $1,000.  It passed unanimously.  Bornhauser then told Melby to put down the Chamber for a contribution as well.  Melby said “thank you so much… this went much better than I thought it would”!   The end result of the study will be a 30-page report of the economic impact findings.

Watch for construction

If you’re traveling, there’s plenty of construction zones to contend with.  A few areas in particular include I94 between Rogers and St. Michael, I35 from Owatonna to Albert Lea, Hwy 169 through Jordan, and Hwy 10 through Detroit Lakes.  For a complete list go to mndot.gov/roadwork/current.

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Listen for news updates on-air at 6, 7, 8, Noon, 3 and 5

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Norman Oberto, Parts 1-3

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 24 min ago

Norman Oberto lives in Northfield and is owner and CEO of Imperial Plastics in Lakeville.  He talks about growing up in Illinois, his move to Minnesota, and life in Northfield in this three part series.

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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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This Northfield Life with Brad Ness and Corey Butler – Virginia Kazmarek

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 49 min ago

Northfield YMCA Director Virginia Kazmarek joins the show to talk about the Y and her other involvements in the community.  This Northfield Life with Corey Butler and Brad Ness airs each Wednesday at 6pm on KYMN Radio.

 

This Nfld Life 7-1-15

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Twin Cities-based rocker returns to The Contented Cow

Northfield News - 4 hours 4 min ago
Described as a "roots rocker," Minneapolis-based Michael Ray Pfeifer and his band The Nasty Notes will soon be making their fourth trek to Northfield for a show at The Content Cow on July 10.
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Northfield's spectrum of activities attracts retirees

Northfield News - 4 hours 8 min ago
When Time’s MONEY Magazine named Northfield as one of its best places to retire, it focused on the benefits of living in a town with two colleges.
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New business offers locally grown, organic and pre-prepared food for the soul

Northfield News - 5 hours 19 min ago
From an early age, Northfield resident Rael Rodning always had an interest in working with food.
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USFWS – Public Information Meetings

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 7 hours 18 min ago

                Photo by Marie McNamara

Beginning of review by USFWS of impacts of take permits for wind projects (where death is presumed and project is given permit despite protected species kills).  SPREAD THE WORD!

Just in from USFWS:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hosts Public Information Meetings in Eight Midwest States

for Regional Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting public input as it develops an environmental impact statement on the potential impacts of issuing incidental take permits for covered species under the draft Midwest Wind Energy Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan.

Public meetings will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time at the following locations:

  • July 13 – Minneapolis, Minnesota. Elliot Recreation Center, 1000 E. 14th St. 55404
  • July 14 – Madison, Wisconsin. Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive, 53704
  • July 15 – Ames, Iowa.  Iowa State Memorial Union, Campanile Room, 2229 Lincoln Way, 50011
  • July 16 – Columbia, Missouri. Battle High School Commons, 7575 E. St. Charles Road, 65202
  • July 20 – Lansing, Michigan. Letts Community Center Gymnasium, 1220 W. Kalamazoo Street 48915
  • July 21 – Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Downtown High School Commons,364 South 4th Street 43215
  • July 22 – Indianapolis, Indiana. World Sports Park Ballroom, 1313 South Post Road, 46239
  • July 23 – Bloomington, Illinois. Illinois Wesleyan University, Memorial Center, Young Main Lounge, 104 E. University Avenue, 61701

The first hour of each meeting will be an informal open house, followed by a brief presentation at approximately 6:00 p.m.  After the presentation, the informal open house will resume.

The Service also will host an online public meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 1 p.m. CT.  To participate, you can call a toll-free number and join a web conference:

·         Log on to http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=741848583&p=&t=c  to view a Service presentation about the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan and scoping for the Environmental Impact Statement.

·         To listen to the presentation and ask questions, call toll-free 1-888-324-7813. Enter passcode 9116767# to join the call.

For more information on this meeting, go to http://www.midwestwindenergyhcpeis.org

The draft plan is being prepared by the Service and their planning partners, including state wildlife agencies for seven of the eight states within the plan area, the American Wind Energy Association, a consortium of wind energy companies and The Conservation Fund.  States within the plan area include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The plan addresses incidental take of eight species that may be injured or killed at wind turbine facilities. The covered species include Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat, Kirtland’s warbler, Great Lakes and northern Great Plains populations of the piping plover, and least tern, all listed under the Endangered Species Act. Also covered are the bald eagle, protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and the little brown bat, a species of concern.

Habitat conservation plans are agreements between a private landowner or a non-federal company or group and the Service, allowing permit applicants to undertake otherwise lawful activities on their property that may result in the incidental death, injury or harassment of covered species; the applicant agrees to conservation measures designed to minimize and mitigate the impact of those actions.

Individuals unable to attend the meetings may submit comments and materials through August 11, 2015, by any of the following methods:

U.S. Mail:

Regional Director, Attn: Rick Amidon U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437-1458 

Electronically:

Visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal:  www.regulations.gov. In the search box enter (Docket Number FWS-R3-ES-2015-0033).

More information about the draft EIS for the proposed Midwest Wind Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan can be found at http://midwestwindenergyhcpeis.org.  Information about endangered species in the Midwest can be found at www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered.

Additional opportunities for public comment during development of the environmental impact statement will be provided when the draft statement is released for public comment, which is anticipated for early spring of 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Rick Amidon (Phone: 612-713-5164 – Email: rick_amidon@fws.gov).


Kim Mitchell

Ecological Services

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 5600 American Blvd. East, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437 612-713-5337

Kim_Mitchell@fws.gov

www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered

Categories: Citizens

Postcard: Fourth of July 2015

Winona Media (Leslie Schultz) - 7 hours 46 min ago

 This recent view of Lanesboro made me think about all the cultures coexisting happily under the same” small tent” in a town of fewer than 1,000 residents–from vacationers in station wagons, to Amish in horse-drawn buggies–from motorcycle devotees to avid bicyclists.

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4th of July

We will be closed on the 4th of July.  We will have our regular hours on the 3rd – 8 am to 6 pm and then again on Sunday – the 5th – 10 am to 4 pm.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.  Take a minute out of your day to say thanks for the freedom we enjoy in America.  It is precious.

 

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Miniature Hosta

Miniature Hosta Garden

Miniature hosta are so versatile.  They can be used in a little garden all by themselves with some “accents” like I have added in one of my hosta gardens, or they can be placed among some boulder outcroppings to provide a pop of color or even in planters.

If you are short on room, but have alot of shade – this is definitely a plant type that you would want to consider.  We carry about 15 different variety of miniature hosta.  Some will grow to only 3″ high by 6″ wide.

If you plant them in a planter – you will need to bring the planter into an unheated garage – preferably next to the house wall – where it will benefit from the “freezing” part of the winter dormancy – but not freeze to hard.

Stop in, take a look at the many different miniature hosta we  have available and let your imagination run!

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Princeton American Elm

Princeton American Elm – photo courtesy Bailey Nurseries

It is now safe to plant American Elms, since elm varieties are available that have excellent resistance to Dutch Elm Disease.  Princeton American Elm is one of the elm varieties that has performed very well in the landscape, growing quickly into a large, beautiful vase shaped shade tree that can prosper on almost any soil type and not fall victim to Dutch Elm Disease.

If you want to have shade develop quickly in some part of your landscape, a  Princeton American Elm may provide just what you are looking for since Princeton is a true American Elm. it will become a large shade tree, so choose a location where it’s gracefully arching branches have room to spread out comfortably.  Mature size rating is 60′-70′ tall by 60′ wide.

We carry Princeton American Elm in #7, #15, and #30 containers as well as some larger balled and burllapped specimens.  We also carry other disease resistant  elm varieties such as Accolade, Discovery, Triumph, Patriot and New Harmony.  By mid-August we will also have limited availability of Prairie Expedition Elm ad St. Croix Elm, two new American  elms that are from North Dakota and Minnesota.

Stop in today to take a look.  Elm are excellent!

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Senior Menu

Northfield News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:20pm
For meals at the Northfield Senior Center, suggested donations for those older than age 60 is $3.50. Cost for those under age 60 is $7.
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Asian studies professor receives four grants to support teaching, research

St. Olaf College - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:23pm

St. Olaf students (from left) Jacob Caswell ’17, Cameron Rylander ’16, and Nathalie Kenny ’16 are working with Assistant Professor of Chinese Ka Wong this summer to examine environmental awareness in China. Wong has received four grants to support his teaching and research.

St. Olaf College Assistant Professor of Chinese Ka Wong has been awarded four grants that he will use to support projects ranging from field research in China to an in-class exploration of what it means to be a hero.

Wong received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), ASIANetwork, and the Digital Humanities on the Hill program.

The Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Grant from ASIANetwork will support Wong’s travels to China this August with three St. Olaf students — Jacob Caswell ’17, Nathalie Kenny ’16, and Cameron Rylander ’16 — to conduct field research for a cross-disciplinary project titled A Tale of Two Eco-Cities: Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Urban Development in Tianjin and Qingdao, China.

Examining the concept and construction of the “Eco-City,” a significant chapter in Chinese environmental development, this cross-disciplinary project combines environmental studies, cultural studies, ethnography, economics, natural science, and engineering. Each of the three students will conduct their own research on distinct aspects of the Eco-City, and they will present their findings at St. Olaf this fall during a symposium on campus.

“We want to understand whether the Chinese public is broadly aware of sustainability, recycling, carbon footprint, urban development, and other environmental concerns,” Wong says. “And we wonder if this has led to a relationship with the Chinese government that embraces pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors, as well as support for grassroots, business, and international joint ventures.”

Looking at Asia in the American Midwest
In contrast to visiting China, Wong also received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) to look at the Asian American experience right at home in the Midwest.

“Midwestern Asians, unlike their coastal counterparts, have been largely overlooked in academic research and literature,” Wong says.

Titled Asia in the American Midwest: Enhancing Diversity, Visibility, and Connectivity through Digital Learning, the project will look at devising digital teaching and learning materials from a uniquely Midwestern perspective that all colleges in the ACM can share. This will be an expansion of Wong’s current Asia in Northfield project.

Wong will also focus on the Midwest in terms of Japanese American experiences during World War II for a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities on the Hill (DHH) Summer Grants program.

While Japanese families were being placed in internment camps during the war, St. Olaf was one of the very few higher education institutions that accepted Japanese American students. In 1943 and 1944, 10 Japanese American students enrolled, representing seven of the 10 internment camps nationwide.

“Their stories offer fertile ground and a distinct vantage point from which to view American history, and St. Olaf is in a very special position to offer important insights on this topic,” Wong says.

He will create a digital project that will include ethnographic videos, visual artifacts, critical analysis and readings, as well as research tools “to bring key issues such as race, culture, identity, nationalism, and diversity to the forefront of our discussion of American society and history,” he says.

Examining an enduring question
In addition to all of these projects, Wong received an Enduring Questions Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a new course at St. Olaf that examines a simple question: “What is a hero?”

The course, which will be offered this fall, will prompt students to consider and investigate various questions about heroism: What does it take to become a hero? How are heroes different in various cultures? What is the heroic way to live, and more importantly, to die? Is a hero simply someone we admire and respect? In a post-9/11 world, can our own hero be someone else’s villain?

“To ask these questions is to explore fundamental ideas of the humanities,” Wong says. “I believe that a course that asks ‘What is a hero?’ will not only intrigue our students but will also motivate them to read widely across cultures and reflect on their own understanding of morality, mortality, heroism, patriotism, and good versus evil.”

Categories: Colleges

COUNCIL POLL: What would you like to see covered by the Northfield News?

Northfield News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:51pm
The Northfield City Council will meet for regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and the Northfield News wants your opinion to help determine what topics you would like to see covered in greater depth.
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Community News: Check your stuffed frozen chicken

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:02pm
Salmonella cases linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken products Consumers urged to handle raw chicken products carefully, cook thoroughly

State health and agriculture officials said today that seven recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees.

The illnesses prompted health officials to remind consumers that the products may look cooked, but are in fact raw and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen and then always cooked thoroughly.

Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) determined that the illnesses occurred in two separate outbreaks, involving two different strains of Salmonella bacteria in products from two distinct, unrelated producers.

In the first outbreak, four illnesses occurring from April 5 through June 8 were linked to Barber Foods Chicken Kiev. This product has a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stamped code of P-276. This product is sold at many different retailers, including grocery store chains. The four cases in this outbreak ranged in age from 19 to 82 years, all from the metro area, and two were hospitalized.

In the second outbreak, three people got sick from May 9 to June 8 after eating Antioch Farms brand Cordon Bleu raw stuffed chicken breast with a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamped code of P-1358. This product is sold at many different grocery store chains. The three cases were all adults in their 30s and 40s from the metro area, and two were hospitalized.

No deaths have been linked to either outbreak. MDH and MDA are working with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the investigation. The investigation is on-going.

With these two outbreaks, there have now been nine outbreaks of salmonellosis in Minnesota linked to these types of products since 1998. “These chicken products are raw, breaded and pre-browned and  often found near pre-cooked products at the grocery store, so even though the current labels state that the product is raw, consumers could mistakenly think the product is pre-cooked,” said Carlota Medus, epidemiologist for the Foodborne Illness Unit at MDH. Improvements were made to the labeling of such products in 2008, but three outbreaks have occurred from eating the raw, stuffed chicken products since 2014.

“Another problem is that consumers could accidentally contaminate their hands and kitchen surfaces prior to cooking,” Medus said. “Since these products are pre-browned and often cooked from the frozen state, they may appear safer when handling than other raw meats that may be noticeably dripping juices.”

Salmonella is sometimes present in raw chicken, which is why it is important for consumers to always follow safe food-handling practices. This includes cooking all raw poultry products to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which kills the Salmonella bacteria. “The problem arises when consumers don’t realize that they are handling and preparing a raw product,” said Alida Sorenson, an investigator for the MDA Dairy and Food Inspection Division. Consumers should handle them as carefully as they would any other raw meats, she said.

Consumers with these products in their freezers, if they choose to use them, should cook them thoroughly. Other important food handling practices include washing hands thoroughly after handling raw meat, keeping raw and cooked foods separate to avoid cross-contamination, and placing cooked meat on a clean plate or platter before serving. Consumers can find more information about safe food-handling practices on the MDH Web site at: Food Safety.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, but can begin up to a week after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5 to 7 days, but approximately 28 percent of laboratory-confirmed cases require hospitalization. Invasive infections (e.g., blood stream infections, meningitis) occasionally occur. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to death, particularly in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Approximately 700 cases of salmonellosis are reported each year in Minnesota.  

More information on Salmonella and how to prevent it can be found on the MDH Web site at Salmonellosis (Salmonella).

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Community News: Rice County Hist. Soc. looking for volunteers during Fair

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:14pm
MEDIA  RELEASE

July 2, 2015                                    For Immediate Release

Contact:    Susan Garwood, Executive Director

Rice County Historical Society

(507) 332-2121

Rice County Historical Society Looking for Volunteers during Rice County Fair

July 22-26 on the Rice County Fairgrounds

Visiting the Rice County Historical Society Museum during the Rice County Fair has become a beloved tradition for many.  Our museum and all of our outbuildings are open Wednesday through Friday of the Rice County Fair.  In addition we have demonstrations and activities for people of all ages during the Fair.  In order to help all of this happen, we need volunteers.  Have you always wanted to hang out in the log cabin for an afternoon?  Do you have stories to share about your time in a one-room schoolhouse?  This is the perfect opportunity for you!

Volunteers are needed to help oversee the RCHS Museum, as well as the society’s other building on the fairgrounds, which includes a log cabin, one-room school, church and Harvest and Heritage Halls which feature agricultural items and artifacts from early Rice County businesses. Afternoon and evening shifts need to be filled from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26 during the fair.  Volunteers willing to help with activities for children are also needed.  For more information or to volunteer, please call 507-332-2121.

The Museum of History and other historic buildings are located at the eastern end of the Rice County Fairgrounds. The one-room school, log cabin, church, and Harvest and Heritage Halls are open and offer free admission during the fair. There is a reduced Fair admission fee for the main, air-conditioned museum building.

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