Knights Open Season with Split at St. Olaf Invite

Carleton Sports - 2 hours 1 min ago

After dropping a hard-fought match early in the day, the Carleton College volleyball team responded with a convincing three-set sweep in their second match to finish with a 1-1 record on day one of the St. Olaf Invitational. The Knights dropped a five-set match to the University of Wisconsin-Stout to open up the day before defeating Bethany Lutheran in the nightcap.

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Beyond the Open Mic 9/1/15

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 6 min ago

Don McGee and Victor Summa

Beyond the open mic is intended to open dialogue about the process and the processors in City Hall; Elected Officials, City Staff, citizen and others.  Your hosts are Donovan McGee and Victor Summa. Opinions expressed are solely those of the hosts and not necessarily those of KYMN.  To contact Victor or Don you can email them at

Tonight’s subjects include “meaningless discourse at council”, the Liquor store “odyssey” and the rental code ordinance

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 BTOM 9-1-15

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Library Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 4 hours 24 min ago
Event date: September 9, 2015
Event Time: 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Liquor Store Closed

City of Northfield Calendar - 5 hours 10 min ago
Event date: September 7, 2015
Event Time: 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
116 W. 5th St.
Northfield, MN 55057
The Liquor Store is closed for Labor Day.

Cider Tasting

City of Northfield Calendar - 5 hours 12 min ago
Event date: September 4, 2015
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
116 W. 5th St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Join us for an in-store tasting of superb, locally produced hard ciders from Keepsake Cidery: Heartwood and Woodskeep.

Northfield Historical Society, HPC encourage designation of Northfield Armory as historic site

Northfield News - 5 hours 40 min ago
Staff and board members of the Northfield Historical Society (NHS) not only want to protect the Northfield National Guard Armory, they want the development of the property to tell a community story.
Categories: Local News

Circle Lake Association leading charge to improve water quality

Northfield News - 6 hours 20 min ago
Lakes across the state face a crisis with invasive species of fish and vegetation, run-off, sediment deposits and algae blooms.
Categories: Local News

Northfield offers free trees to the public

Northfield News - 7 hours 24 min ago
Anyone interested in free trees should visit Wheeler Park on Thursday. 
Categories: Local News

Rotary Coghweel | 09.03.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - 8 hours 40 min ago

Today: Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Tate Running (8/30) and Judy Brown-Wescott (9/4)

Next Week: Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)

Last Week:  

Rice County Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to provide stability for families and the community by providing affordable housing for families in need. Since its inception in 1991, the local nonprofit has built 40 homes. Dayna Norvold, executive director, is pleased to report that 37 of their partner families still live in their homes.

To qualify for a Habitat home, families must be willing partners, have the ability to support a mortgage and have a need. Dayna introduced us to Traci Morris and her family, partners for the home now being built in Dundas. The Morrises have a need.

Three of four Morris children have been born with a rare genetic condition called Hartsfield Syndrome. It interrupts brain development at critical junctures, leading to both mental and physical handicaps. One of their children, Jake, died from the syndrome last February. Tommy, 10, is confined to a wheel chair, and Colin, 1, has developmental issues. Their other son, Matt, is a healthy five-year old.

Traci said her children’s disabilities have been challenging. They are looking forward to moving to a home that is handicapped accessible. Presently, they are essentially living on one floor to accommodate Tommy’s mobility issues.

The new home will be a standard Habitat build, a three-bedroom rambler built to energy-efficient Silver LEED specifications with a bathroom on the first floor and egress windows in the basement. All Habitat homes are handicapped visitable, Dayna said, but this one will be handicapped accessible.

The new home will have wider doorways, a large handicapped accessible bathroom, a second bath downstairs and a track system that will help move Tommy and later his brother from room to room.  

“I think this is what Habitat for Humanity is made for,” Dayna said, “a community coming together to help a family in need.”

She thanked Rotary for its help providing volunteers for the build. She also said Habitat is always in need of financial support. For more information, go to:


Jayne Hager Dee moved to Northfield in 1998 when she became Regional Director for the University of Minnesota’s Extension Service in Southern Minnesota. She retired in 2012 and is now involved in many civic activities. Besides being a member of Rotary, Jayne is president of the Northfield Community Action Center board, a member of the city Housing and Redevelopment Authority, an active member of WINGS, a member of Minnesota Public Radio’s advisory council, and she is fundraising for the Northfield City Library project.

Jayne does consulting work. She helped secure a grant for Action on Alzheimer’s, which will sponsor both an Alzheimer’s Walk September 27 and a community summit on Alzheimer’s November 10.  She and her husband have two grown children.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Our new exchange students: Nicole from Paraguay, Carson from Taiwan and Jose from Mexico; Gary Campbell, past District Governor (Halvorson); Brent Nystrom (Reese); Dan Knutson (Rich); Andy Goke (Knutson); Jose Dunn-Foster, Ed Marek and Natalie Cantbury (V. Dilley); Sarah Carlsen (Kallestad) and Alyssa Herzog Melby (Lorang).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Dr. Richardson I presume.


There are only a few volunteer spots left for the bike tour. Check with Jean Wakely if you can help the weekend of Defeat of Jesse James Days.

The skateboard park will have a grand opening Thursday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. at Old Memorial Field.  All are invited to hear Russ’s speech.

Rotary will sponsor an Ethics Workshop for select juniors and seniors from Northfield High School on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Community Resource Bank. We will need volunteers to help with the day-long event delivered by members of the Eagan Rotary Club. Talk to Scott Richardson if you are interested.

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks, a high school soccer game, high school football games and the steam engine show in Dundas.  It is a great opportunity to sell tickets and fun to work in teams.  

Rotary will be working a Habitat for Humanity site in Dundas Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake Conway if you can help.

Northfield Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th year with a birthday party at the Estenson Event Center Saturday, Oct. 17. We are inviting the Janesville, Waseca and Faribault clubs to help us celebrate.

We will be hosting a friendship exchange group from Brazil for a few days beginning Sunday, Oct. 4. We need places for the five to stay.

Coming Up

September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)
September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)
October 1 — Mike Leming, Bereavement Process (Holden)
October 8 — Marlene Gargulak, District Governor (Cogan)

Categories: Organizations

Today’s news update – Liquor at Castle Rock Store still in question; Nfld Council has a closed session and a full agenda; Rice Co. Commissioners okay grant dollars and wildlife mgmt areas; Nfld School Master Facilities plan mtg. tonight

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 22 min ago

Liquor at Castle Rock Store still in question

Castle Rock Store owner Monty Grinager is looking to add off-sale liquor.  He wants to specialize in local spirits, brews and wines.  While he has a lot of supporters including Dakota County, Grinager said they’ve checked the variances and he’s gone through a background check, Waterford Township has an issue.  The are is an Agricultural Preserve Zone.  The store, which sells gas and convenience items, has been in the same location since the ‘70’s.  During a public hearing last night, Grinager said that Township Supervisors are still holding on to the ordinance that this is called a change of business but will have their attorney look into it.  He added that Supervisor Liz Messner had done a lot of research into adding off-sale liquor and found MANY instances where this is happening.  Grinager said she changed her mind on it and seemed in favor.  The next step is approval from the attorney and then it’s on their September 14th agenda.  This allows time for Grinager to get before the Dakota County Board of Commissioners.  He’s excited and says he has lots of plans.  Messner confirmed they will vote on September 14th so that Grinager can be prepared for the final step in Dakota County.

Nfld Council has a closed session and a full agenda

Northfield City Council will meet in a closed session tonight at 5:30 for preliminary consideration of allegations against an employee.  That’s what the notice says, no one at City Hall is talking.  They will then meet at 7 for a regular meeting.  They’ll hear a presentation from NAFRS joint powers board members Glen Castore and Bron Scherer on their budget.  Council will be asked to accept the budget at a future meeting.  During the regular agenda they’re being asked to approve a Master Plan for Meadows Park, including turning back 4.6 acres of the 41 acres parcel to the State.  Council will also be voting to approve preliminary tax levies for the HRA, EDA and the Property tax.  The meetings are streamed live on the City’s website.  Mayor Graham will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a recap.   On tonight’s Beyond the Open Mic, Victor and Don discuss the liquor store odyssey and the history of the rental code, which Don co-wrote.  That’s at 6 tonight.

Rice Co. Commissioners okay grant dollars and wildlife mgmt areas

Rice County Commissioners quickly approved accepting grant dollars from Homeland Security for $32,000 for emergency management operations including drills.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn says the dollars pay for about half of the emergency managers pay.  Commissioners also approved 2 resolutions to purchase land for wildlife management areas which will be for hunting, trapping, bird watching, etc.  Jeanine Vorland of the DNR added that these areas are closed to motorized traffic.  One parcel is 166 acres in Erin Township along the west shore of Phelps Lake, the other is 165 acres at Prairie Creek in Wheeling Township near Nerstrand.  The state will pay the property owners the assessed tax value.

Nfld. Schools Master Facilities Plan mtg. tonight

The Northfield School District is holding another Master Facilities plan meeting tonight at 7 o’clock at Sibley Elementary media center.  They’re looking for public input to gauge community interest in the plans and cost.  There will be another this Thursday at Bridgewater Elementary.  Same time, same material.  Three more meetings are scheduled for September.  Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson said the idea is to make sure as many community members as possible have an opportunity to voice their opinion.  Some of these plans could involve a bond referendum.

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9-1-15 news

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Northfield Public Schools and Arcadia Charter School see lower MMR rates in 2015

Northfield News - 10 hours 19 min ago
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Education released the annual MMR rates for schools in Minnesota.
Categories: Local News

Waseca-based Tejano outfit debuts at The Contented Cow

Northfield News - 10 hours 25 min ago
For Waseca-based musician Jerome Broughten, when asked what prompted him to put together his recently formed Tejano/Tex-Mex band Los Tequileros (The Tequila Runners), the answer is simple — three beer
Categories: Local News

Valley Grove Preservation readies annual country social for Sept. 20

Northfield News - 10 hours 55 min ago
Serving as a celebration of the beauty, craftsmanship and immigrant roots of the area, the Valley Grove Preservation Society is preparing for the annual Valley Grove Country Social.
Categories: Local News

Northfield Enterprise Center names new executive director

Northfield News - 11 hours 51 min ago
The Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC) announced the hiring of Chris J Whillock as the organization's new Executive Director.
Categories: Local News

9-1 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 13 hours 47 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit or You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at or
Categories: Local News

2015 Horseshoe Hunt Clue #2

KYMN Radio - 14 hours 25 min ago

Celebration Journal – Thursday, September 10th
I ran into Bill again ​tonight ​at wrist band night. He leaned in and asked if I’d share how I picked the location for this years hunt. I explained that I first eliminated all of these locations tied to the various celebration events…

Which new event replaced an arts and crafts show that accidentally made the paper brochure?
Which new event features a funny entertainer?
Which events proceeds benefit the Northfield Fire and Rescue?
Which event takes place in a common area and is put on by the Northfield Arts Guild?

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DJJD Horseshoe Hunt clue #2 (Tuesday)

Northfield News - 14 hours 25 min ago
The annual Defeat of Jesse James Days Horseshoe Hunt is off and running.
Categories: Local News

Imagining Three Tons of Fresh Salmon

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:35pm
My mouth started watering last night while I was working on Chapter 8 of my book. I was writing about a national Elks convention my great-grandfather attended in July 1912. G. Oliver Riggs was a cornet soloist with the Kalispell (Montana) Elks Club Band, and one of the events they attended (and performed at) during the six-day event in Portland, Oregon, was a memorable barbecue at the Oaks Amusement Park.

The local newspapers went into great detail about the food the Portland hosts had prepared for their guests, an estimated 20,000 people from across the country. What’s more, the meal was free, thanks to the generous donations by Portland businesses.

The Portland Oregonian offered statistics on what was consumed during the first 45 minutes of the three-hour barbecue: it included 3 tons of fresh Chinook salmon, 3,300 pounds of clams, 6,300 loaves of bread, 2 tons of potatoes, 500 bunches each of onions and radishes, 100 boxes of celery, 248 rolls of butter, 146 boxes of crackers, 100 pounds of coffee and 300 cases of soft drinks.  

The Kalispell Elks Club Band in front of the Portland, Oregon, armory. It’s difficult to pick out G. Oliver Riggs because of the quality of the photo; he might be one of the men on the far right, who appear to be holding cornets.

Another newspaper, the Oregon Daily Journal, explained that “just to give an idea of the number of persons that barbecue will be able to take care of, exactly one mile of high, narrow tables have been laid at the park at which the guests will be served standing.”

An article in the July 11, 1912 issue of the Oregon Daily Journal.I also discovered last night, while fighting off hunger pains, that the Oregon Daily Journal ran two photos of the Kalispell band during its multi-day coverage of the convention.

The Kalispell band uniforms were white with purple trimmings (the Elk organization colors), which is difficult to convey with black ink on white newsprint. My great-grandfather is in there somewhere, one of the guys in white wearing a hat.

Inspired by the lengthy description of the Elks convention meal, I decided to make salmon for dinner tonight. Instead of steaming clams, I made broccoli and cheddar cheese risotto. We did not eat standing up.
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