Rotary Cogwheel | January 25.2018

Northfield Rotary Club - 2 hours 40 min ago

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Today: Lew Anderson, Destiny Rescue (Hoschouer)

Next Week: Human Trafficking (Thompson)

Birthdays:  Wendy Sivanich (1/21)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
Jenni Roney loves small towns. That’s why the position of executive director of Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is such a great fit. Jenni appreciates small-town neighborliness, the built in accountability, and the home-grown community festivals.

Jenni grew up in Wamego, Kan., a small town outside of Manhattan, Kan. Her father was president of the local bank; her mother worked as a registered nurse. Her family still lives on land that was homesteaded in 1886 by maternal Irish ancestors.

The elder of two daughters, Jenni graduated high school and went on to Kansas State where she majored in advertising. During college and for several years after graduation, she worked for Wildcat Sports Network, selling sponsorships for Wildcat games and doing stats. Jenni was on the ground floor as Kansas State rose to national standing in football and basketball.

It was husband, Doug, another Wildcat, who brought her to Northfield. After 10 nomadic corporate years, they settled in Northfield in 2009 when Doug took a position with Malt-O-Meal, now Post. They have three boys, a first-year lacrosse player at — where else — Kansas State, and a junior and first-year high school student at NHS. The Roneys watch a lot of soccer, football and lacrosse.

Jenni said she is proud of the work NDDC is doing. They are working on downtown parking solutions, marketing the downtown and launching a First Friday Art Night late this spring. Besides her work at NDDC and a busy family life, Jenni also does communication work and promotion for Rebound Enterprises and serves on the Northfield Round Table.


Erica Zweifel recently traded her work with Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center for a position at the college’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement. One of the center’s projects is a “food recovery program.” Launched in 2014, the program works with Bon Appetite, the college’s food service, to identify and package unused food and then works with seven community partners to get it in the hands of people who need it. The program is run by students, and her son, Christof, a first-year Carleton student, is one of the student volunteers.


New Member Induction: Stacey Longwich works in Communications and Operations at St. Olaf College. She is relatively new to Northfield, but not to Rotary. She previously belonged to a club in Burlingame,
Calif. Her sponsor is Rick Estenson. Welcome Stacey.

Guests: Anika Rychter (Wakely), Deb Peters (Kyte) and Mark Lancaster (Estenson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Sue Pokorney

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

Youth exchange students are taking to the Welch Village slopes on Saturday, Feb. 3. If you are interested in going, see Todd Thompson.

We are still scouring the country for a Blue-Ray copy of the movie “Breathe.” If anyone has access, please let President Wakely know. A story about the movie appears in this month’s “Rotarian” magazine on page 57.

Rotary is holding a district meeting on Human Trafficking on Friday, Feb. 23, in the Twin Cities. We would like representatives from education, the faith community, law enforcement to attend. If you know anyone who is interested, have them contact Todd Thompson or President Wakely.

There will be two events in February that may be of interest to those who work or live in and around the silver tsunami. Survey results compiled by “Creating an Age-Friendly Northfield” will be shared Feb. 3, 10 a.m. at the Northfield Public Library. On Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. the Northfield High School Auditorium, Cathy Wurzer of MPR will lead a conversation on living and dying well. The event is called “Reconvening Northfield.” See Shelly Holden for details on either event.

Bruce Morlan is reviving “Politics and a Pint,” an effort to create save space for civil discourse on political topics of interest. This lightly-moderated event will convene on Thursday evenings at the Contented Cow, 7 p.m.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

February 22 — Kengo Osumi, exchange student, (Frago)

March 1 — Sera Shin, exchange student (Estenson)

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Dave Bennett

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 45 min ago

City of Northfield Public Works Director, Dave Bennett, talks about the snow emergency, plow services and more after the snow storm.  Link to Public Works.  Click for additional information on snow emergency parking: cityofnorthfield Dave Bennett 1-23-18

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Matt Hillmann

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 52 min ago

Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann talks about the Northfield School closing, roads and student make-up days. Matt Hillmann 1-23-18

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Local school closings and delays for January 23

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 48 min ago

CLOSED:  Northfield and Head Start,   Cannon Falls,   Faribault and Head Start,   Farmington,   Kenyon-Wanamingo,   Medford,   Owatonna,   Randolph,   Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan DELAYED 2 HOURS:  Lakeville,   Tri-City,   Waterville/Elysian/Morristown ,   New Prague – delayed 2 hours  

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Snow Day!

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 8:56pm
Today marked the first snow day of the 2017–18 school year. Elias was happy to sleep in a little later this morning, and I was happy I had no afternoon appointments, especially when the winter storm warning for our county was upgraded to a blizzard warning. It appears we received up to 16 inches of snow!
Our house in Northfield, earlier today.It reminded me of those good old-fashioned blizzards of my youth—and it also reminded me of two photos in the Riggs family archives. My guess is that these photos of my paternal great-grandparents, G. Oliver and Islea Riggs (and their unidentified dog) were taken in Thief River Falls, Minnesota (where my dad was born) or in St. Cloud, in the late 1930s—a few decades before residential snowblowers became popular (The Canadian man credited with inventing the first practical snowblower, Arthur Sicard, was six years younger than G. Oliver; you can read more about him here).

Islea Graham Riggs
G. Oliver and Islea RiggsBecause of the storm warning, Steve switched his schedule around and worked in town today instead of in Faribault. This was a wise decision. By the time he got home this afternoon, the roads in town were slippery, visibility was poor, and numerous accidents had been reported on the roads between Northfield and Faribault.

The shoveling duoAfter I sent pictures of the accumulation to my snow-deprived mom and my snow-deprived college kids, Steve and I got busy shoveling. It took us an hour and a half to clear our driveway and sidewalk, and the snow kept accumulating. I tried to take our dog, Waffles, for a walk, but the snow was too deep for his short poodle legs; since our neighbors hadn't yet shoveled, we didn't make it far.

According to the school district robo-call we received tonight, since roads are not expected to be cleared until late morning, there will be no school again tomorrow. Looks like there's more old-fashioned, shovel-based exercise in my future.

Waffles had an easier time on his evening walk.
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No School for Northfield Tuesday

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 7:19pm

KYMN has received word from Northfield Schools Superintendent Matt Hillman that school has been cancelled for Tuesday, marking Day 2 of snow days due to the current storm.  As of 6pm this evening, snowfall totals in Northfield have been reported up to 16.5 inches.  With snow still falling, that number will be rising.  Tune in

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I-35 closed through Owatonna – no travel advised Hwy 19

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:49pm

ROCHESTER, Minn. (3 p.m.) – Interstate 35 through Owatonna is closed at this hour because of a series of vehicle crashes that have stopped traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  Additionally, MnDOT is advising no travel on I-35 from Highway 30 south of Owatonna to the Elko/New Market exit north of Northfield because of dangerous travel conditions

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GALLERY: Northfield blanketed in white by Monday snowstorm

Northfield News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:49pm
Northfield turned white with crystal Monday, as more than a foot of snow covered the city and surrounding area.
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Chief Nelson updates listeners – it’s dangerous for the community and for Emergency Responders

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:36pm

Chief Nelson called at 3:15pm to update listeners.  We haven’t had this kind of snow event in quite a while and he’s strongly urging folks NOT to travel.  He has much more information in the interview below and also warns of possible power line issues with this storm: Chief Nelson condition update

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MnDOT advises no travel on portions of I-35, Hwy 19 in SE Minnesota

Northfield News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:20pm
Interstate 35 southbound through Owatonna is closed because of a series of vehicle crashes that have stopped traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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January Light

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 1:49pm
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Downtown businesses burglarized over weekend

Northfield News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 1:27pm
Three downtown Northfield businesses were burglarized Saturday night.
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Law Enforcement encouraging NO travel; Waterville man dies at job site; Volunteer Rescue worker burnout;

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:01pm

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn and Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson are recommending no unnecessary travel.  Dunn reported multiple crashes, areas of zero visibility and slick road conditions.  The snow is expected to continue like this into tonight.  If you have an appointment or wonder if a place of business is open, call ahead to

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A Body of Work – Dancing to the Edge and Back

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:20am

David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the described as “the most exciting male dancer in the western world,” is Teri Knight’s guest on today’s 15 with the Author.  His memoir, “Body of Work – Dancing to the edge and back”,  presents an intimate journey through

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St. Peter finance director to become Rice County's 1st CFO

Northfield News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:47am
It’s been a roller coaster ride for Rice County officials in their search for a new chief financial officer, but after a couple of starts and stops, the county administrator announced that St. Peter’s Paula O’Connell will become its first…
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Gerry Franek

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:25am

NAFRS Fire Chief Gerry Franek talks about last week’s NAFRS joint powers board meeting, what they deal with on days like today with all the snowfall, “heart attack” snow shoveling and more. Gerry Franek 1-22-18

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No unnecessary travel

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:07am

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn is recommending no unnecessary travel.  He spoke with KYMN at 9 o’clock this morning and reported multiple crashes, areas of zero visibility and slick road conditions.  The snow is expected to continue into tonight.  Police Chief Monte Nelson echoed Dunn’s words.  If you must travel leave plenty of stopping distance

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Closings for January 22nd

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:06am

Closings January 22nd, 2018: 2:30pm….     Several Allina Health Clinics in the south and east metro are closing early today due to the winter storm. The following clinic locations are closed now or will close shortly: Eagan Faribault Farmington Lakeville Northfield St. Paul – United Medical Specialties West St. Paul Woodbury All Allina Health Urgent

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1 Week from Arrowhead 5

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:35pm

Monday, January 22, is the start of the last week before the fourteenth annual Arrowhead 135. This year’s race will be my fifth. So far I’ve completed all four of the Arrowheads I’ve entered, and I hope to earn finish number five this year.

Five years is half a decade, which seems like a long time to be invested in this event. As I finish my preparation for the 2018 race (checking the forecast, drinking a lot of water, checking the forecast, packing my gear, checking the forecast, getting good sleep), I am thinking about how naïve and lucky I was in 2014, my rookie year, when the race was run in -20° temperatures. I did the only thing I’m good at – not giving up – and finished seventh in 29:09.

That race hooked me on fatbike racing, and I’ve since raced in eight more long-distance fatbike races: three more Arrowheads (finishing each one faster than that first), three Fat Pursuits (one finish, two DNFs), and two Tuscobias (two finishes). At this year’s Tuscobia, I accumulated my 1,108th mile and 247th hour of fatbike ultra racing.

As those totals (and the many, many more miles and hours of training that lie underneath them) suggest, the winter ultras have become a very important part of my life. The races themselves are highlights of the last five years, and really of my current life. Racing has taken me to some amazing and beautiful and scary places, both literal (Mount Two Top outside West Yellowstone, Montana, or the endless midnight-forest hills before the third checkpoint at the Arrowhead) and figurative (the mind-bent existence of racing for 20, 30, 50 hours straight). The work of getting and staying ready for the races has become permanent – a way of living, I guess. Some of the people I’ve met at the races are now among my closest friends, and many more are great folks I enjoy knowing. (A few, I could do without!) And I probably cherish my fatbike, the Buffalo, more than any other possession I’ve ever had.

With seven days to go till the start of the 2018 Arrowhead, then, I’m reflecting on all this and trying to recapture some of the beginner’s mind that I didn’t know I had in 2014. I want to approach this race with less expectation than the last few, when I’ve aimed for particular results; some came to pass, some didn’t. Too, I want to approach this race with more gratitude than usual: gratitude for race officials and volunteers who stage these crazy events under very trying circumstances, for the fellow racers who make the training and competing fun even when it isn’t, for a body and mind that (partly by accident, partly by intention) match up well with the demands of the events, for a family that lets me engage in this pursuit, for non-racing friends who seem to enjoy following the events online, and yeah for that gorgeous bike.

This year, I’m racing the Arrowhead in the “unsupported” category again, meaning that I can’t use any of the services at the three race checkpoints (shelter, warmth, water, food). I tackled the race this way last year and everything went (mostly) fine. With colder temperatures forecast this year than last, staying hydrated will be a bigger task, since my spare water might freeze, but I’ll carry a lot to drink and be prepared to melt snow if needed. Having competed successfully in three very cold races, my kit and body should be fine at temperatures around 0° F. Even writing this out makes me feel more comfortable with the challenge, and eager to get after it again! Now it’s just the wait until the fireworks at the start at 7 a.m. on Monday the 29th.

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