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Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 8:04pm
From Alex Beeby via email:
Shepherd's Way Farms needs crews of 4 at a time to help move sheep and fill syringes. Sheep will be put down in their presence. Volunteers should be prepared to wear clothes that can be wrecked. If you are interested in helping, call Kelly Scheuerman at 507-664-9234.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 8:02pm
Cuts loom in Northfield district
The Northfield school district may have to cut nearly 10 percent of its $31 million operating budget for next school year to balance its books.
Blaze at sheep farm was arson
There was little surprise at Shepherd's Way Farm Tuesday when state and county investigators determined that the fire that killed hundreds of sheep Monday morning was arson.
Submitted by rbrown on Tue, 01/25/2005 - 6:09am
The downtown bagel and bread shop Bagel Bros. has a closed sign in its window this morning. The sign on the door reads, "We're sorry, all Bagel Bros. locations have been closed as of 1.25.05... Thanks to our loyal customers."
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Tue, 01/25/2005 - 2:20am
Newborn lamb a symbol of hope after fire
The Reads' Shepherd's Way Farms is the largest farmstead raising dairy sheep in North America. They turn sheep's milk into award-winning cheese, which they distribute throughout the country. But on Monday, most of the animals and a big chunk of the barn were gone.
Donations, arson hot-line
Anyone with information about the fire in Nerstrand is asked to call the Minnesota Arson Hot Line at 1-800-723-2020. A fund for the farm has been established. Donations may be sent to SWF Fire Relief, First National Bank of Northfield, 329 Division St., Northfield, MN 55057.
Boat by boat, returning hope
Even with generous help from Minnesota and elsewhere, it could take at least a year before most of Thailand's fishing families get new boats, said Gary Dahl, a Northfield, Minn., native who oversees the American Refugee Committee's work in Thailand.
Blaze kills hundreds of sheep
Dozens of veterinary faculty and students from the University of Minnesota rushed to set up a makeshift animal hospital Monday after a suspicious fire killed hundreds of lambs and ewes at the largest farm in North America that produces cheese from its own sheep milk.
Caring for elder-care providers
Patricia Vincent had worked for more than 30 years in nursing home care, but when she wanted to add assisted living to a senior housing center she runs in Northfield, Minn., she felt clueless.
Minnesota town broke up the James Gang
Every September, the town re-enacts the raid several times during a weekend festival that draws 150,000 spectators... "It was a turning point. The gang never re-formed after that," said Bob Phelps, a museum volunteer. While Northfield is perhaps best known for this event, it has other attractions that appeal to visitors. The city is blessed with two well-respected liberal arts colleges that bring it an unusual degree of culture, sophistication and youthful ambience. Students constitute almost a third of Northfield's population of 17,000.
Submitted by rbrown on Mon, 01/24/2005 - 10:05am
The Shepherd's way fire, first reported around 3 this morning, initially killed around 150 of the sheep and 255 lambs. This was around 1/3 of the total sheep and all the lambs according to owner Jodi Read. Part of the roof of one of the barns has collapsed from the fire. Of the remaining sheep some will likely perish due to their burns, while others will be rescued. A team of veternary students were already there administering aid this morning.
Jodie and Steve thank the community for being so supportive. In addition to the media outlets, many neighbors had been by to support the Reads and their employees. Shepherd's Way employs anywhere from 4 to 17 workers throughout the year.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/24/2005 - 9:34am
Star Tribune archives
Investigators: Fire That Killed Sheep Suspicious (text plus video)
Hundreds of sheep dead after fire in Rice County (text plus video)
Hundreds of Sheep Die in Suspicious Fire (text plus video)
Well-known Nerstrand sheep farmers Steve and Jodie Read lost 600 sheep in a fire that burned two barns early Monday. Another 100 sheep were severely injured. The barns were engulfed in flames when the Nerstrand Fire Department and the Rice County sheriff's office responded to the fire at 2:45 a.m. It was reported by a neighbor. Firefighters from Fairbault and Kenyon helped battle the blaze, but the barns were a total loss, according to the Rice County sheriff's office. The state fire marshal's office and the sheriff's office were investigating. Sheriff Richard Cook said arson has not been ruled out. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call an arson hotline at 1-800-2020. Nerstrand is about 44 miles southeast of Minneapolis.
Star Tribune archives
Minnesota farm harnesses power of sheep cheese
September 8, 2002
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/24/2005 - 8:18am
There was a major fire at Shepherd's Way Farms near Nerstrand this morning. Owners Steven Read and Jodi Ohlsen Read and family are reportedly fine but most of their animals and some buildings were destroyed. We hope to have photos posted here later today.
Alex Beeby, Marketing and Member Services Manager at Just Food Community Co-op: "Just Food has started a community donation jar to provide monetary assistance for these members of our co-op and community. All money raised will be given directly to Shepherd's Way Farms."
Shepard's Way co-owner Steve Read (L) with Charlotte Smith and Randy Malecha at the Member Preview night at Just Food last December.
The Shepherd's Way Farms booth at last summer's Crazy Daze.
Submitted by administrator on Mon, 01/24/2005 - 7:58am
The Station Formerly Known as WCAL (89.3 FM) came back to life this morning, reincarnated as KCMP.
The format is mixed modern, with attention paid to 'local' artists.
More information can be had from a StarTribune article.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/24/2005 - 7:56am
Wonders of India, 7-8 pm, library meeting room
Debby Nitz, reference librarian at the Northfield Library, asked me to post this today, since the event is tonight:
Wonders of India, 7-8 pm, library meeting room
"Sculptor, art historian, poet, world traveler, St. Olaf Professor Emeritus Mac Gimse has traveled India many times. His talk will introduce listeners to the artistic wonders of this fascinating country."
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sun, 01/23/2005 - 5:38am
We had our first significant snowfall of the season on Friday afternoon and evening. This photo was taken by downtown building owner and resident Bart de Malignon on Saturday, on Division St. facing south, right in front of the Northfield Historical Society.
Usually the second night after a major snowfall, the City of Northfield's Street Department crews use a variety of heavy equipment to push all the snow on downtown streets, sidewalks, and city parking lots into strategic piles. I took the above photo early this morning on Division St between 3rd and 4th, facing north, right in front of Oolala.
Crews use a snowblower to deposit the snow into dump trucks. This is a shot of the city parking lot behind the Lampe, Swanson, Morisette & Heisler law office.
The dump trucks deposit the snow on the flood plain along Hwy 3 and the Cannon River, by the rodeo arena.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sat, 01/22/2005 - 2:19am
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Minnesota turns politically
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/21/2005 - 7:15pm
Submitted by Bruce Morlan on Fri, 01/21/2005 - 2:00pm
Open House for the Rice County Transportation Plan
held at Bridgewater Township Hall tonight brought out a variety of
people interested in learning more and providing their inputs.
Here, Leif Knecht points out one area where he has been heavily involved over the past few years. He led the Bridgewater Township Council as they negotiated a joint Bridgewater-Dundas annexation plan. (Click image for larger image).
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/21/2005 - 2:21am
Why is Ken Bank (L), head honcho of Northfield Hospital, smiling while he enjoys a cup of coffee with Clark Webster (R) at the Goodbye Blue Monday earlier this morning?
Because the Northfield Hospital was not mentioned in this report, Adverse Health Events in Minnesota, released this week by the MN Dept. of Health. See the Star Tribune article titled Minnesota hospital errors revealed for more.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/19/2005 - 5:23pm
State plans consumer fee system to finance recycling of PCs, TVs
Sen. Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Ray Cox, R-Northfield, last year proposed companion bills that would have required manufacturers to pay for up to 15 recycling centers. Retailers generally favored that approach, but some legislators and Pawlenty signaled that they wanted a solution that would involve retailers and consumers.
Could you spend 30 minutes studying a single raisin before eating it, oh, so slowly?
"People want to reclaim a little more control over their lives and find more effective ways to handle the stress that's inherent in people's lives," said Dr. Henry Emmons, a psychiatrist in Northfield, Minn. He uses the raisin exercise with patients and doctors at the University of Minnesota's Center on Spirituality and Healing in Minneapolis.