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Mayor's Youth Council Meeting

Event date: October 7, 2020
Event Time: 07:45 AM - 08:45 AM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057

Steve Underdahl discusses enhanced Birth Center and more

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 17 min ago
Northfield Hospital & Clinics CEO Steve Underdahl discusses the newly enhanced and expanded Birth Center, Covid 19,  and more.

John Fossum on enhanced traffic enforcement, body cameras, data privacy and more

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 32 min ago
Rice County John Fossum discusses enhanced traffic enforcement, police body cameras, data privacy, and more.

Outdoor Class

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 6:03pm

It’s a joke, how students will plead with their instructors to “have class outside today.” A Pandemic College, you can. In fact, you have to. On a gorgeous summery day like today, this is not a bad thing.

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Categories: Citizens

Bloom with the Master Gardeners of Rice County

Northfield News - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 4:00pm
As fall approaches and colder weather makes its way in, local gardeners don’t want you to forget about warmer weather and gardening.
Categories: Local News

When they can't get on stage, these musicians hit the driveway

Northfield News - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 3:33pm
Aware of how different life has become over the last six months as COVID-19 continues to wreak uncertainty, and economic and societal changes, professional musicians Laura Caviani and JC Sanford have turned to a familiar friend to bring cheer to…
Categories: Local News

Man allegedly steals $10,000 from vulnerable family member

Northfield News - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 2:43pm
Allegations involving a breach of trust have been leveled against a Faribault man.
Categories: Local News

Man with violent past picked up in Faribault; Nfld applies for Fed $ to assist in flood study; Nerstrand Fire to hold Open House at new Fire Hall and receives grant for rescue equipment

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director A Rosemount man is in the Rice County jail charged with a felony after police get a tip. According to the criminal complaint, 35 year old Brandon Jerome Doby has repeatedly threatened a person who lives in Faribault, with violence. The reporting party knew that Doby had a silver gun

Traffic delays expected as southbound I-35 concrete repairs begin near Faribault Sept. 24

Northfield News - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 11:29am
Southbound Interstate 35 motorists north of Faribault are likely to experience traffic delays beginning Thursday, Sept. 24 when concrete pavement repairs begin on the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Categories: Local News

Ben Martig on Absentee Voting, DMV, Street Projects and more

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 9:20am
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig provides information about absentee voting, DMV operations, riverfront enhancement, street project updates, and more.  The Roundabout on Hwy 246 is expected to open in mid October.

100 years of helping disabled veterans of all generations

Northfield News - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:30am
Disabled American Veterans is an organization that will be celebrating its 100th year birthday on Sept. 25, 2020.
Categories: Local News

CUBE: Practicing vital anti-racism work for over 50 years

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 8:18pm

The Cultural Union for Black Expression (CUBE) is a deeply significant organization on the St. Olaf campus that focuses on providing outlets for Black students to express themselves. CUBE also invites students of all identities to come and learn about Black history and the experiences of Black students at St. Olaf.

CUBE has existed in one form or another since the creation of the Black Action Committee (BAC) in 1968. “The Cube” was originally a physical space in the Ytterboe annex, which eventually evolved into becoming the Cultural Union for Black Expression. 

During this period, CUBE was a place where “St. Olaf’s minority students, not exclusively Black, [congregated] for a number of reasons” — from studying to playing cards — as written in a Messenger article from 1971.

Even during this time, however, the BAC was focused on helping Black students at St. Olaf on an administrative level. The BAC advocated for purchasing “racial literature,” creating more accredited race and ethnic studies courses and sponsoring travel across the country for Black St. Olaf students to help encourage more Black applicants to the College. 

At the same time as CUBE advocated these systemic changes, race and ethnic studies programs were emerging in colleges across the country. Seen as “pacification programs,” colleges founded these initiatives on soft money to reduce tension in the short run without a real commitment. Within a few years, funding began to dry up.  

It was only through advocacy from faculty members and CUBE that the race and ethnic studies program at St. Olaf became protected and was able to grow into one of the oldest race and ethnic studies programs in the country.

The early history of CUBE set the stage for the tripartite role that CUBE has played and continues to play here at St. Olaf — providing a space for Black students to engage in self-expression, creating programs and resources to educate students of all backgrounds and advocating on behalf of BIPOC students to cause administrative change.

It is easy to see the combination of their three goals in CUBE’s recent work. By hosting events like the “Why I Love Being Black” panel and “Paint n’ Sip,” where attendees got to try their hands at recreating paintings by famous Black artists, CUBE provides opportunities for Black students to engage in self-expression and to put that expression in the context of Black history. These events provide invaluable learning opportunities for people of all identities. 

CUBE’s condemnation of administration co-opting the “7 Feet for 7 Shots” march has served as a catalyst for the St. Olaf community’s hunger for systemic change, the greatest push since the Collective for Change on the Hill led protests in 2017. It is unquestionable that CUBE has been and will continue to be one of the best resources on campus for promoting and doing the work of anti-racism. 

 

CUBE meets via Zoom from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. 

 

Categories: Colleges

“Thank you for the music,” cast of “Mamma Mia!”

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 8:16pm

The fall theater season kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13, with a COVID-19-adjusted outdoor performance of “Mamma Mia!” directed by Department Chair of Theater Karen Wilson. The theater department originally planned to premiere the musical on campus last April but had to postpone it due to the pandemic. 

Students filled the lawn in front of Boe Chapel — each in a physically distanced spray-painted circle on the grass — over an hour before the performance began. Attendees brought blankets and masks in order to maintain social distancing guidelines while watching the performance. Promptly at 2 p.m., ABBA music started blasting through the speakers, and the performance began. 

“Mamma Mia!” follows a young woman, Sophie, as she prepares for her wedding at her mother’s hotel in Greece. After reading her mother’s diary, Sophie invites three men to the wedding, each one of whom may be her father, and lighthearted yet heartfelt shenanigans ensue once the three potential fathers arrive. 

Tamsin Olson ’21 shined as Sophie, one of the leads. Olson’s voice complimented Sophie’s bubbly character, and she proved her prowess as a talented actor. Mary Maker ’23 played Sophie’s mother, Donna. Her energy, comedic timing and vocal range were extraordinary. Despite a few unfortunate microphone malfunctions, Olson and Maker had excellent chemistry as a mother-daughter duo. 

Tyler Krohn ’21, Andrew Decker ’23 and Aidan Sivers-Boyce ’22 played each of the three possible fathers. Krohn’s delightful British accent and perfectly awkward mannerisms made him quite lovable on stage. Decker had several wonderful vocal solos and his perfectly trimmed mustache made him look perfect for the role of Sam Carmichael. Sivers-Boyce drew several laughs from the audience with his physicality and wonderfully inappropriate interactions with Abigail St. John ’21, who played Rosie, a friend of Donna. 

St. John also had some fabulous moments with Mira Davis ’23, who took over the role of Tanya after the original actor graduated last spring. Davis’ flirtatious character and superb voice control made her the perfect match for Tanya, and her ability to jump into the role on short notice is commendable. 

“Mamma Mia!” would not be the same without the talents of the ensemble. The cast added comedy, background singing and some hilarious choreography that transformed the Boe Chapel plaza into a stage. Additionally, the show incorporated some friendly nods to the pandemic guidelines. Actors wore face shields and adjusted all of the choreography so that they never touched one another. 

Overall, “Mamma Mia!” was an excellent way for students to temporarily escape the stress of classes and take advantage of a cool Saturday to watch a performance. The sound team worked with the windy atmosphere as best as they could, and “Mamma Mia!” truly showcased the tenacity of the students and staff involved. 

The cast performs Mamma Mia! on the front steps of Boe Chapel. Madelyn Wood/The Olaf Messenger
Categories: Colleges

Pandemic! in the Men’s Room

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 5:05pm

The old building where I’ve worked my whole time at Carleton is being renovated this year, so we’ve relocated to slightly less old building that boasts all of two restrooms. I dunno about the women’s, but the men’s has two stalls – done up in heavy, dark wood like a lavatory at Hogwarts – which under the new pandemic rules, has the capacity for just one, uh, user at a time. Barging in and knocking didn’t work very well to determine occupancy, so a colleague installed a four-phase system for using the restroom.

Phase I: Arrive and flip the occupancy sign to red:

Phase 2: Do your business and as you leave, let Uncle Sam remind you to flip the sign over:

Phase 3: Immediately forget to flip the sign over, but be reminded by the other sign, pinned to the bulletin board straight across the corridor:

Phase 4: Flip the sign back to green and walk away, wondering if touching the sign negated the 20 seconds of hand washing:

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Categories: Citizens

Lawsuit: Physicians violated standards of care, hospital fired whistleblower

Northfield News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 4:30pm
A former Northfield Hospital & Clinics nurse is alleging that the hospital violated the state’s Whistleblower Act by firing her as she tried to sound the alarm about improper surgical techniques and delayed followup visits, leaving patients at greater risk…
Categories: Local News

Board goes all in on Hwy. 19 interchange, but finding funds won't be easy

Northfield News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 4:15pm
Rice County's Board of Commissioners has gone all in in a push for state funding to improve safety at one of the area’s most difficult intersections.
Categories: Local News

Road work on Hwy 52 between Cannon Falls and Hampton

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 2:36pm
A new project has begun on Hwy 52 between Hampton Township and Cannon Falls in Dakota County. The ride quality of the road on Hwy 52 in this area is reaching its life expectancy. A concrete overlay will improve the smoothness and ride quality in the area. The project work will include construction crossovers, concrete

NH+C staff receive special thank you . . . with COVID precautions

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 1:26pm
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 – Northfield Hospital + Clinic staff got a special thank you for their hard work during the pandemic when Lion’s Fire Pizza Truck visited NH+C’s main campus to deliver a pizza lunch. This event took place under very special circumstances – a one-time-only gathering under COVID precautions. Lion’s Fire Pizza Truck has

“Click it or Ticket” campaign: September 18th – 30th

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 1:05pm
From Rice County: Driving in Greater Minnesota can be a welcome contrast to metro driving. What isn’t different is the need to buckle up and ensure children are in the correct car seat! The statewide Click It or Ticket campaign is being held September 18th –September 30th to enforce the life-saving seat belt law and

Nfld Strategic plan updates on EDA/HRA/grant opps; NH&C to open new Birth Center Sept. 28th; Dundas makes offer on new Police Chief

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director Northfield Administrator Martig gave the Council a 2nd quarter update on their Strategic Plan. In terms of Economic Development he briefly touched on the progress of the 5th St. Lofts apartment complex downtown. The EDA is continuing with their implementation of their minority and immigrant business expansion program, Martig said,
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