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Today’s news update – Richardson receives MASA Polaris Leadership award; “Forever Green” bill looks to incentivize cover crops; Liquor on Sundays? What says the Senator…

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:02pm

Richardson receives MASA Polaris Leadership award

Northfield School District Superintendent Chris Richardson has received a prestigious award.  The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Richardson the recipient of the MASA Polaris Leadership Award.  He was named Superintendent of the Year in 2012 but says this one centers around life time achievement both in and out of the educational realm.  He is humbled by the honor adding that he’s not ready for retirement!  He said it’s an affirmation of all the things you hope you’ve been doing right and had a positive impact on your community and beyond.  Richardson has developed several programs and worked with legislators over the years to positively impact students and teachers.  Richardson has been a Superintendent for nearly 35 years.  From Iowa to Nebraska to Minnesota, he was Superintendent in Osseo and, 11 years ago, came to Northfield.  He believes his biggest achievement has been nurturing young leaders.  He credited the high quality people he’s worked with through the years and currently.  There will be a formal award ceremony in September.  At that time MASA will provide a scholarship in Richardson’s name to Northfield High School.

“Forever Green” bill looks to incentivize cover crops

House District 20b representative David Bly is an advocate for the environment and is encouraging farmers to plant cover crops to curtail erosion which leads to sediment issues in our Rivers and water sources.  He said farmers do the best they can but have to make a living.  Right now the only crops that are incentivized are corn and soy.  He says legislators need to find a way to incentivize different crops and look to other methods of drainage in their fields.  Bly says erosion isn’t new it’s just happening much faster due to current methods.  “Forever Green” is a bill he passed last year which encourages farmers to plant cover crops that could curb erosion and be profitable.  He adds that people need to be educated on the problems as well.  Bly can be heard on KYMN every Wednesday morning at 8:45 through the legislative session.

Liquor on Sundays? What says the Senator…

Will liquor be sold on Sundays?  District 20b Senator Kevin Dahle says that his mom owned a liquor store in Iowa for many years and she “would roll over in her grave if he voted yes”, however he went on to say that he’s hearing from a number of constituents that are in favor of it, about 63%.  Dahle says there will be some robust debate over the issue and it will come to a vote.  He added that he welcomes any input.

 

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Senator Kevin Dahle 1/23/15

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:46am

Jeff Johnson speaks with State Senator Kevin Dahle, from District 20 regarding current issues with the State Senate Sessions on 1/23/15

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Community News: BBB Tax Tips

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:15pm

Better Business Bureau Tax Season Tips

BURNSVILLE, Minnesota – January 22, 2015 – The IRS is now processing tax returns, and the agency continues to emphasize the convenience and security of their online services for taxpayers. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota® (BBB) offers some helpful tips for the public as tax season kicks into gear.

“Most of us know the anxiety level only grows the longer we put off doing our personal taxes,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. “It’s better to be proactive. If you’re not comfortable preparing your own taxes, be sure to find a qualified professional to assist you.”

BBB offers the following tips on how to find a trustworthy tax preparer:

·         Ask around. Get referrals from friends and family on who they use and research free BBB Business Reviews on tax preparers and tax preparation services at bbb.org.

·         Consider accessibility. Some tax preparation services wind down their operations shortly after the April 15 tax deadline. In case the IRS finds errors or in case of an audit, you need to be sure you know how to contact your tax preparer throughout the year.

·         Bigger isn’t always better. Be wary of tax preparation services that promise larger refunds than the competition, and avoid tax preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund.

·         Look for credentials. Ideally, your tax preparer should either be a certified public accountant, a tax attorney, an enrolled agent or a certified E-file provider.

·         Make sure they have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). A PTIN must be obtained by all tax return preparers who are compensated for preparing or assisting in the preparation of, all or substantially all of any U.S. federal tax return, claim for refund, or other tax form submitted to the IRS.

·         Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state’s Board of Accountancy (for CPA’s), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for enrolled agents.

·         Remember that a Paid Preparer is required by law to sign your return and fill in the preparer areas of the form. They should also include their appropriate identifying number on the return. In addition, the preparer must give you a copy of your tax return.

·         Read the contract carefully. Read contracts closely to ensure you understand issues such as how much it will cost for the service, how that cost will be affected if your tax preparation is more complicated and time consuming than expected, and whether the tax preparer will represent you in case of an audit.

·         Don’t forget about Free File. If your adjusted gross income is $60,000 or less, Free File offers free Federal tax preparation and e-filing. Visit irs.gov/freefile to learn more.

The IRS says taxpayers will receive their tax refunds quicker by using e-file or Free File, with the direct deposit option.

BBB is also warning people about tax refund fraud, a form of identity theft where someone else fraudulently files a tax return in your name. This is a rapidly growing problem, one that is difficult to detect and can delay the tax refund you’re due. One of the best ways to avoid falling victim to this type of fraud is to file your tax return as soon as possible.

The mission of Better Business Bureau is to be the leader in building marketplace trust by promoting, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, assist and protect the general public. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact BBB at bbb.org or 651-699-1111, toll-free at 1-800-646-6222.

 

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Today’s news update – Bennett excited to start!; Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kick off Celebration planned; Funeral homes merge; 2nd street lane closures lifting in 2 weeks

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:02pm

Bennett excited to start!

The Northfield City Council approved the appointment of Dave Bennett to Public Works Director for the City of Northfield.  “I’m excited to get started…”

Bennett was the City Engineer for Apple Valley.  He and his wife live in Farmington with their 3 small children.  Mayor Graham commended Brian Erickson for filling in after Joe Stapf retired in August.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kick off Celebration planned

The Mayor is committed to make Northfield a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” community.  The idea is to take care of our local Veterans and the families of active duty military.  He says it could be anything from repairs to their home or car to emotional support.  Many communities across the state are involved.  Out of 61 communities that have armories, we are the only one that is NOT a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” community.  A steering committee has been set up.  Graham says “you don’t just announce you’re a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community”.  There’s a process to rally businesses and the community.  It usually takes about 9 months.  There will be a community kick off celebration on the evening of March 2nd at the Armory from 6 to 8:30.   From business owners to law enforcement, clergy to citizens everyone is invited.  You may discover ways that you can be of help.  We’ll have more on the event and how “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” is helping veterans and their families in the coming weeks.

Funeral homes merge

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home & Cremation and Bierman Funeral Home announced yesterday that they are joining forces effective immediately.  The directors, Andy Langehough and Jim Bierman, will each continue to manage their respective facilities. Bierman said they’d been talking for a couple of years as their businesses are busy but they don’t have enough to each hire another mortician.   According to Langehough this will allow them to bring in an up-and-coming mortician who will help set the stage for future business decisions and transitions.  Bierman is a native Northfielder who has been running the funeral home started by his grandfather more than 109 years ago. Langhough commented that when he moved here 14 years ago, Jim Bierman was the first to come around and welcome him to the community.  Benson & Langehough Funeral Home & Cremation has been serving the community for  more than 50 years.

2nd street lane closures lifting in 2 weeks

Just before Thanksgiving, Excel Energy began work under the Cannon River at the 2nd street bridge.   Excel spokesman Tom Hoen (hane) said that the project has been delayed. First was the brutal cold that didn’t allow them to work outside.  And Q3, the company they’ve contracted with, had major equipment failure while drilling under the river to replace a gas pipeline.  They ran into quite a bit of rock.   Hoen said, as of yesterday, if the weather and equipment holds, they should be wrapped up in 10 to 14 days.  Excel is replacing a 4 inch main with a 6 inch main along a 500 foot span.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Representative David Bly 1/21/15

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:22am

Jeff Johnson speaks with State Rep. David Bly (District 2oB), regarding last weeks  Legislative Session.

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Elizabeth Yang

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Elizabeth Yang talks about her journey from central China to currently working as manager of Carleton College’s Chemistry Lab.

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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 – Skateboard Park to become reality; Standing his ground may sink his ship, or rather, Pub; Rice Co escaped inmates captured UPDATED to include text

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:00pm

Please listen to the podcast below.  Stories include the Northfield City Council approval of the Skateboard Park, The Contented Cow Controversy over the appearance of Jim Fetzer with quotes from Norman Butler and the escape of 2 inmates from the Rice County jail annex.  One of them a Northfielder.

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TEXT:

Skateboarders erupt in cheers at the Chamber

In a unanimous vote, the Northfield City Council approved a permanent Skateboard Park to be built at Old Memorial Park.   With a standing room only Council Chambers, there really wasn’t much debate.  One by one, 19 voices spoke at the podium.  Age was irrelevant as young and old gave their support.  President of the Northfield Rotary Matthew Rich said the club gave serious consideration when deciding to contribute $15,000 to the Skateboard Coalitions efforts.  A young voice, not even a skateboarder but a part of The Key, spoke eloquently of the skateboarders continued passion.  And another view from a skateboarder was all about safety.  Councilman Ludescher had a personal visit from supporters Kiffi Summa and Rob Hardy earlier.  He said “this old financial curmudgeon will vote yes”.  Even DeLong got behind it.  Mayor Graham’s interview this morning is posted online.

The Contented Cow not so content

Standing his ground may sink his ship….   “I nearly folded but then got my second wind”.  Norman Butler has invited controversy and conversation at The Contented Cow for years but his latest invitee is a step too far for many in the community.  Conspiracy theorist Jim Fetzer is a McKnight scholar whose focus is the philosophy of science.  He searches for evidence of major events and reports his findings.  According to Fetzer, briefly, he believes the CIA responsible and that “innocent patsies” were framed.  He believes that President Bush and the Israeli’s conspired to take down the towers on 9/11.  He also says he has proof that 6 million jews did not die in the Holocaust. That point is the most contentious to professors from both St. Olaf and Carleton who sent emails to Butler trying to reason with him to uninvite Fetzer calling his position “hate speech” and saying they would no longer patronize the Cow or Chappati.  As Carleton Professor Louis Newman wrote in an email to me:  He is not just “controversial;”  if that were all, no one would care.  Newman teaches Judaic studies.  Butler says he was amazed at the reaction.  He did not “expect the Spanish Inquisition”.  Nor a boycott of The Cow and Chapati.  Butler sent the emails he received to Fetzer himself who chose to publish them, including the contact information of all those on the emails, in an article titled “The Abdication of Reason and Rationality in Northfield” on a website called Veterans Today which also sells customized firearms.  Those who sent the emails have now received threatening mail from Fetzer followers.  Two people I asked to speak to me said they were fearful and didn’t want their names attached to it.  Butler contends that this is about “Freedom of Speech vs Hate Speech”.  The backlash so far is that bands scheduled to play have backed out and Quiz Mistress Jessica Peterson White is looking elsewhere to host her quiz night events.  Fetzer’s first appearance is scheduled for February 19th.  His subject is the tragedy at Sandy Hook, which he contends was staged.  While some find Fetzer to be a, quote, “Whack Job” there are others that find him deeply offensive.

Escaped inmates captured hours later

Two inmates that escaped the Rice County jail annex in Faribault just after 1 this morning were apprehended 3 hours later.  In a press release Sheriff Troy Dunn said the inmates escaped through a window, climbed a perimeter fence and stole a car.  After a short pursuit, they exited I-35 at the Owatonna rest area, crashed into a car and fled into the woods.  A short time later they stole another vehicle in Owatonna.  18 year old Austen Michael Chytracek of Northfield was serving a 60 day sentence for criminal sexual conduct.  18 year old Austyn Daniel Gates of Faribault was being held for possession of stolen property and warrants in 2 other counties for burglary.  At 4:22 this morning Freeborn County deputies nabbed the pair near Albert Lea after they crashed.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Mayor Dana Graham 1/21/15

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 7:50am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Mayor Dana Graham after last nights Northfield Council meeting and more.  Listen to the full interview…

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Today’s news update – Chief Nelson and EMS Dir. Edwards discuss Steve’s Law; Nfld Council makes decision on Skateboard Park tonight; Nfld Chamber holds open house; Fine Arts Boosters auction prime seats to Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:02pm

Chief Nelson and EMS Dir. Edwards discuss Steve’s Law

Last year, the Minnesota Legislature passed Steve’s Law, named for Steve Rummler who suffered from chronic pain, became addicted and died of an opioid overdose.  Police Chief Monte Nelson said there were 2 reasons to push passage of Steve’s Law.  One is that the law grants amnesty to the person overdosing and the one who calls it in as long as they stay at the scene and cooperate with law enforcement and emergency personnel.  The intent is to get people to call 911 immediately.  Northfield EMS Director Brian Edwards said that drugs such as opioids, which includes heroin, can cause respiratory arrest.  That means they have 4 to 6 minutes before brain death begins to occur.  If EMS can get to them, they can reverse the process and get them breathing on their own.  The 2nd reason  is to get naloxone or Narcan into the hands of First Responders, the drug to treat an overdose.  (Nfld EMS have carried it for years) Getting Narcan into the hands of those who are closest to overdose situations, such as police, sounds simple but Nelson says the storage of the drug (temperature control) and the use of it make it more difficult.  He said, “it’s not like an epipen that you carry in your pocket”.  The drug is also expensive.  Because our EMS is at the scene just as quickly as the PD, has the training to use Narcan and has it easily accessible, Nelson says it doesn’t make sense for our police to carry it.  Another part of the legislation is that a family member who deals with an addict can get a doctor’s prescription for naloxone.  Nelson said arrests don’t fix the addiction problem but Northfield’s lucky in that there are good treatment options here.  He said that once on opioids “it’s a terribly strong addiction”.  Edwards says the path to addiction doesn’t discriminate among age, race or socio-economic background.  The motto for Steve’s Law is “Don’t Run Call 911”.  Four people died of heroin overdose last year in the Northfield area.

Council makes decision on Skateboard Park tonight

Last Thursday the Parks and Recreation board voted 7 to 1 in favor of the design and subsequent added funding for the Skateboard Park.  They will recommend the Northfield City Council do the same tonight.  This is the final hurdle to the realization of a permanent Skateboard Park at Old Memorial Park.  It’s also the only item on the regular agenda for tonight.  The Council, last year, approved $60,000 for the project.  Tonight they’ll be asked to approve funding of $121,500 to add to the Skateboard Coalition’s dollars of $70 odd thousand.  You can expect a packed Chamber tonight as folks on both sides of the issue will be allowed to have their say.  The meeting will be streamed live on the City’s website.  Mayor Graham will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a recap.  There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 in Council Chambers for new Public Works Director, David Bennett.  The public is invited to attend.

Nfld Chamber holds Open House

You’re invited to the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and Open House event today from 4:30 to 6:30.  They moved over one door to 205 3rd St. W Suite B. Professional Pride Realty, 2015 Business of the Year, has also moved into the building.  Hor d’oeuvres, dessert and adult beverages will be served.

Fine Arts Boosters auction prime seats to Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival

The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters launched a new fundraising event last week that will run through Feb. 13.  NFAB is auctioning packages of four prime seats for each upcoming performance of Northfield High School’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival 2015. These seats are visually and acoustically the best seats in the house and as most Northfielders know, this is one of the best shows of the year!  Bid online through the Public School website.  I’ll have a link from kymnradio.net.  These are blind bids so you won’t know your status until the auction has ended.  Winners will be notified by Feb. 16th.  Performances are at the Northfield Middle School at 7:30 p.m. from March 6th  through the 14th.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Marnie Thompson and Allie Devney 1/20/15

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:29am

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Jeff Johnson speaks with Northfield High School Assistant Principal Marnie Thompson and Americorp Promise Fellow Allie Devney about the progam and how it’s affecting Northfield students.

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Community News: Krin Finger named 2015 Business Person of the Year

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:15pm

Check out her profile from the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce. 

 

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Krin Finger of the Rare Pair has been named “2015 Business Person of the Year.”  Krin Finger is the owner of Rare Pair since 1991, a retail store on Division Street with comfortable shoes & clothing for men & women.

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The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year award is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the Chamber and local business community that have encouraged economic development efforts and led to significant improvements for the greater Northfield area.  The individual chosen has provided leadership, volunteer time, financial contributions and investments, business knowledge and expertise.  Although the selection is intended for one person each year, if appropriate, and additional person or partner may be named.  New for 2015, the past winners met to review and select the individual from nominations made by the general chamber membership and the committee.

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Community News: Professional Pride Realty named 2015 Business of the Year

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:03pm

2015 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Professional Pride Realty has been named “2015 Business of the Year.”  Owner Pete Mergens was honored to accept this award on behalf of his employees and calls this a “very humbling experience”.

Professional Pride Realty was started in May 2011 in Northfield and is resides at its current location of 203 Third Street West since August 2014.  The office currently has 5 agents and office manager Sandy Deutsch.  The name of the company came from important ideals/values that Pete received from his parents.  Pride and Professionalism are what he learned from working for his dad.  His dad worked 43 years for the same company and was highly respected by his peers..

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Community News: LIVE IT! Infinite Possibilities Workshop starts Jan. 25th

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 1:45pm

LIVE IT!

Join a new and exciting workshop with the new IT! FACTORY in Northfield.  Below is the description of the LIVE IT! Infinite Possibilities Workshop….it could change your life!  The workshop is offered on Sunday’s, Jan. 25 – Feb. 15, 6 – 7:30 pm.  Click HERE to register or call 507-664-3649.

Have you ever felt like you’ve tried everything to make changes in your life? Come to a 4-week workshop and learn about the power of “Thoughts Becoming Things” ™ and how alignment is the key to creating the life you desire. The workshop includes an Infinite Possibilities workbook created by Mike Dooley, a world renowned life coach, recently featured in the movie “The Secret”. Join Cindy Boyum in letting go of limiting beliefs. Learn new skills to help shift your thoughts and begin taking action to create what you desire. Cindy is a Certified Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach, Infinite Possibilities Coach, and a Certified fitness coach who will help you connect mind, body and spirit to assist in creating the life you desire.

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Today’s news update – Richardson explains SEE platform – Dahle sponsoring bill; MLK Community celebration tonight; Carleton sponsors “Black Lives Matter: Conversations for Change” tomorrow night

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:02pm

Richardson explains SEE platform – Dahle sponsoring bill

Northfield School Superintendent Chris Richardson presented the Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) platform to the School Board last week.  Northfield has been associated with SEE for many years, they represent about a third of the districts in the State.  There are many school facilities around the state that are deteriorating.  There’s a disparity in that 25 of the largest districts have the ability to do what are called alternative facilities levies allowing them to levy for long term repairs.  The other 300 plus do not.  Richardson says SEE is looking for the Governor and the legislature to level the playing field.  This bill would also help with dollars for Special Education, funding for English as a 2nd language and kids who are on the reduced lunch program.  The point is to make sure the formulas are used fairly across the board.  Some districts, mostly in the Metro, are given hundreds of dollars more per student than rural districts.  Richardson said that SEE would like legislators to do things that equalize property tax efforts.  Meaning areas of low property wealth, of which Northfield is included, don’t have to get more money from taxpayers to get the same amount of help from the State.  District 20 Senator Kevin Dahle is a sponsor of the bill.  He says there are supporters even in the wealthier school districts this time around.  When asked if he thought it could pass, “I think so”.  Dahle, along with Representative Bly and new representative Bob Vogel, will be setting up town hall meetings in the coming weeks.  He’ll be in studio on Friday morning, as he is each week at 8:45 through the legislative session.

MLK Community celebration tonight

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Northfield celebrates.  The Human Rights Commission is sponsoring the 21st annual Community Celebration at Greenvale Park School.  It’s a full program entitled “Seeking Justice for Everyone”.  HPC member Franklin Lee adds that the Northfield Youth Choir, Troubadors will perform as well as a theatrical performance by the Nfld. High School Performing Arts.  Aztec Dancers will perform. The guest speaker is Sambath Ouk.  They will also present this years recipient of the HPC Human Rights Award is The Northfield Union of Youth aka The Key.  The Northfield Union of Youth (NUY) is a Nonprofit youth-run youth center.  All ideas for programs, projects and events are all generated by the youth.  Lee says this is, for some, a haven.  For others a focal point and others a safe place to do homework.  Following the Award, there will then be an Open Mic period.  The celebration begins at 7 o’clock.

Carleton sponsors “Black Lives Matter:  Conversations for Change” tomorrow night

Carleton College invites the public to a campus dialogue on racial justice in America. Carleton will host “BlackLivesMatter: Conversations for Change,” on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chape.  A panel discussion with faculty and guest speakers will follow with a Q&A session.   For more information call (507) 222-4394. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First Street between College and Winona Streets in Northfield.

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15 with the Author | ‘The Happy Bicycle’ by Kathy McGee 1/19/15

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:15am

On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight interviews local author and designer, Kathy McGee.  Her book, “The Happy Bicycle” is a collection of colorful designs to accessorize  your bicycle.  Kathy grew up in Northfield and is the daughter of Don McGee, local City Council watchdog.  She believes you should be able to change your bike accessories just like you do your purse and shoes!  Kathy tells us how she got from traveling the world for Target Corporation to owning her own business, Hemma Design.  McGee says “if you’re not crafty, then buy the book for a friend who is and have them make you something!” 

 

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Community News: January Consumer Advisory from Rice County Atty John Fossum

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:41am

Consumer Advisory

From the Office of Rice County Attorney
John L. Fossum

I’m the Taxman, Yeah, I’m the Taxman

Filing day is some months away, but while you’re busy gathering all your documents, receipts, and bank records, identity thieves are scheming ways to get your tax refund and steal your identity.  January 26th begins Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week.  Here are some tips to make your tax season…less taxing.

1. FILE EARLY  The earlier you file, the more likely you’ll get your refund before the fraudsters.

2. FILING ONLINE  Make sure your internet connection is secure.  Do not use public Wifi to file. Those connections are not secure, making that coffee shop more than a latte stop.

3. DON’T MAIL FROM HOME – What’s that you say? The“flag up” on your mailbox is a signal for fraudsters saying: “Hey, all my private tax information is in this envelope including my social security number and bank records. Come and get it!”

4.  EMAILS FROM IRS  Don’t believe them!  Tax identity theives may send phoney “phishing” emails or texts.  The emails look like they are coming from the IRS, but know this: The IRS doesn’t email or text people and will never request personal information over the internet. If the IRS does need to contact you, it will be through the mail.  But, just to make sure the request is legitimate, call the IRS directly.

5.  CHECK YOUR MAILBOX Fraudsters love to beat you to your mailbox. Especially if there may be checks arriving. The best way to keep a fraudster away from your refund check is to request your return be automatically deposited into your bank account.

6. CHECK YOUR TAX PREPARERS QUALIFICATIONS Know who is helping you file.  If you are using an outside source to help you file:
– All paid tax preparers must have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). In
addition, ask if the preparer is affiliated with a professional organization and attends
continuing education classes.
– Check the preparer’s history with the Better Business Bureau and check for any
disciplinary actions and licensure status through the state boards of accountancy for
certified public accountants; the state bar associations for attorneys; and the IRS Office of
Enrollment for enrolled agents.

7. SUSPECT SOMETHING?  If your tax records are not affected by identity theft, but you believe you may be at risk due to a lost or stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or credit report, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490.

Need help or have a question?

Rice County Attorney’s Office 507-332-5934

January 2015

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Community News: Minute with the Mayor on “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon”

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:54am

Northfield community kickoff “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” – Minute with the Mayor

Mayor Graham is leading the charge for a renewed push to get Northfield to be a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” community.  We are the only community with an Armory that is not.  There will be a community kick-off on March 2nd.  Watch his new Minute with the Mayor video on the City’s website ci.northfield.mn.us.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Franklin Lee on MLK Day activities 1/19/15

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:13am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Human Rights Commission member, Franklin Lee, about tonight’s MLK Community Celebration and the winner of the HPC Award, The Key or Northfield Union of Youth. 

MLK Day 1-19-15

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Fine Tune #267 a good friend… 18 Jan 2015

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:15pm

Host Wendy Nordquist hosts an eclectic hour of acoustic, Americana, jazz, old-time, roots and world music every Sunday evening from 6-7 p.m.

Fine Tune 01-18-15

1  Roger Lasley / Friends, Tried and True
2  Larry Long / Road to Freedom
3  Rosanne Cash / Will You Remember Me
4  Dion / Abraham, Martin and John
5  Bruce Cockburn / Turn, Turn, Turn
6  Eric Bibb / Stayed on Freedom
7  Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem / Joy Comes Back
8  Keb’ Mo’ / One Friend
9  Patty Griffin / Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)
10 Ruthie Foster / Up Above My Head ( I Hear Music in the Air)
11 James Taylor / You’ve Got a Friend
12 Kim Richey / Get Together
13 Guy Davis / We All Need More Kindness in this World
14 Susan Werner / Help Somebody
15 Tim O’Brien / When this World Comes to an End
16 Glen Campbell / Try a Little Kindness

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All-Wheel Drive/January 16

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:36pm

Jessica Paxton hosts the 4-6pm hours filling them with eclectic music, news and local info.

Playlist:

Wrapped up another great week with an in-studio session with one of my very favorite musicians, Martin Devaney. He’s the real deal — a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve and gives his all to each and every performance. A musician’s musician, admired by just about every other Minnesota musician I know. In fact, I kinda consider Martin to be the ambassador of the Minnesota music scene — he’s a big supporter of other musicians and the music scene in the Twin Cities (and beyond) — inspiring so many to pursue their artistic passions. And always ready to jump on stage and share his talent in support of others. Can you tell how much I like and admire this guy?!? More at martindevaney.bandcamp.com.

We heard:

Paint The Town Blue (from “September”)
House Off The Beaten Path (from “The West End”)
Whiskey Kisses (from “House Of Rust”)

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