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Scott Reaches the Pole

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 3:19pm

110 years ago today, the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole – and found that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had reached it five weeks before. I can only imagine Scott’s reaction. He had contorted his entire life to be the first man to the South Pole, and had failed.

Scott and his team at the South Pole on January 17, 1912.
Image from Wikipedia.

Here is how Scott – in a journal found with his body – summarized the day that he reached the pole:

Camp 69. T. -22ºF at start. Night -21ºF. The Pole. Yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected….

We started at 7:30, none of us having slept much after the shock of our discovery….; the wind is blowing hard, T. -21ºF, and there is that curious damp, cold feeling in the air which chills one to the bone in no time…. Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without the reward of priority. Well, it is something to have got here, and the wind may be our friend tomorrow. We have had a fat Polar hoosh [food in liquid form, typically made of lard, oatmeal, beef protein, vegetable protein, salt, and sugar] in spite of our chagrin, and feel comfortable inside—added a small stick of chocolate and the queer taste of a cigarette brought by Wilson. Now for the run home and a desperate struggle. I wonder if we can do it.

He was correct to wonder. All five of them died on the return trip, defeated by hunger, frostbite, malnutrition, exhaustion – and disappointment.

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Categories: Citizens

Council to consider mask mandate; Pursell announces candidacy; NH+C greatly tightens visitor restrictions

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 12:02pm
The Northfield City Council will meet tomorrow night in the Council Chambers at City Hall, and among the several items on the agenda, the council will consider an emergency mask mandate for all public indoor spaces.  Last week, City Councilor Jami Reister sent a letter to Mayor Rhonda Pownell, City Administrator Ben Martig and Police

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 11:16am
Event date: January 17, 2022
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

State faces its most severe blood shortage in years

Northfield News - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 10:40am
With local hospitals bursting at the seams amid a recent rise in COVID cases, a troubling decrease in blood donations has become one more stressor on the overloaded system.
Categories: Local News

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update — Honoring Dr. King

St. Olaf College - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 8:41am
A message from Vice President for Equity and Inclusion María Pabón Gautier that is part of a series of regular updates she sends to the campus community.
Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf names new director of public safety

St. Olaf College - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 8:30am
Derek Kruse will lead the Public Safety Office's mission of working collaboratively with campus community members to create a secure, stable environment in which to live, work, and learn.
Categories: Colleges

City creates public survey as it considers emergency mask mandate in indoor public spaces

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 10:21am
The City of Northfield is considering an emergency mask mandate for all indoor public spaces. A Google survey has ben created to ask for public input. Please fill out the survey before noon, Monday, January 17th. The City Council will debate and vote on the mandate at their regular meeting on Tuesday night. To find

Business person of the year promotes coffee and community

Northfield News - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 4:44pm
When Tanya Mollenhauer was presented a balloon bouquet for winning the 2022 Businessperson of the Year from the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, customers inside The James Gang Coffeehouse & Eatery started applauding.
Categories: Local News

Just Food Co-op wins Northfield Chamber business of the year

Northfield News - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 3:42pm
Criteria for being named 2022 Business of the Year by the Northfield Chamber of Commerce includes how much a business has been engaged in community involvement, how many new and existing jobs have been created, and any renovations or expansions…
Categories: Local News

Books on the End of the Earth

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 3:30pm

It’s apparently pretty easy to title books on Antarctica. On the other hand, if a book has “end of the earth” in the title, it’s probably pretty good.

The Sancton book is a gripping account of a near-disastrous 1897-1899 expedition led by Adrien Gerlache to the Antarctic Peninsula — discovering many of the places I’ll see next month, but also getting trapped in the ice and barely surviving.

The Matthiessen book comprises two long, beautifully written essays on eco-tourism cruises that Matthiessen took in the 1990s, one to the Ross Sea south of New Zealand, the other to the Antarctic Peninsula. I hope my experiences there are more like Matthiessen’s than Gerlache’s!

Finally, the Mulvaney book is, uh, a history of the polar regions. I haven’t finished it yet, but the sections on Antarctica look to cover both exploration and subsequent use of the continent for science, whaling and sealing, etc. Should be good!

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Categories: Citizens

Tsunami fear? Nope, reality!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 12:42pm

Warnings for West Coast, see U.S. Tsunami Warning Centers:

… and it’s hit Fukushima!

See simplyinfo.org: Fukushima Daiichi Hit By Tsunami 1.15.2022

Categories: Citizens

Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 1-15-22

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 11:25am
We go skiing on todays program with Alpine Head Coach Tracy Clossen. AJ kicks off the program with the Raider Score board with all the scores and highlights from the past week. Activities Director Joel Olson enlightens us as to all activities and COVID Protocols due to the newest outbreaks. This week in meet the

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 3:00pm
Event date: January 18, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 2:59pm
Event date: January 18, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Additional charges filed in 2-county identity theft case

Northfield News - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 2:29pm
A Florida woman is facing new charges in connection to an alleged case of identity theft that took place in Owatonna, Faribault and Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Limited hours, limited choices: It’s time to reconsider certain COVID restrictions

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 1:30pm

Hannah Goldner Niederman
Contributing Writer 

Existing on a college campus can be a difficult experience for so many reasons, and Covid has only made it more difficult. Being on Olaf’s campus during this time is absolutely a rare and great opportunity in comparison to other colleges that are completely online, but that does not mean that the choices being made about student life are right. The recent decision to change meals to be scheduled compounds a huge issue facing interim students on campus — access to food. 

 

What was already reduced hours for both the Caf and the Cage has now become a minefield of scheduling conflicts and an increase of the question on many students’ minds, “Do I have time to eat today?” As someone who has been dealing with an eating disorder for many years, I already struggle with convincing myself to nourish my body with care and intention. I have spent many months working on teaching myself how to eat properly again, and now I find that progress has moved back to square one. Having only 45 minutes to eat at a set time with no alternatives is a slippery slope for all students, and extra difficult for those, like me, who already struggle with not nourishing themselves. This decision to limit open meals is supposed to be in response to Covid risk, but making this the only readily available food option can also create the opposite impact. Having little access to food on campus is only encouraging students to go off campus for food or to order delivery, which brings outside people into our “closed” community. 

 

If you do find yourself going to the caf despite the new regulations, then there is the problem of the cafeteria’s limited options as well. Many would argue that St. Olaf has always had limited vegetarian, kosher, vegan, halal, gluten free, and allergy safe options. With the supply chain and understaffing issues faced during Covid, options have become even more limited. I see my friends struggling to convince themselves to go to the cafeteria but knowing that if they don’t, they might end up hungry or spending money they don’t have on delivery or vending machines. 

 

It is difficult for me to understand how this was the decision that seemed the smartest, especially when Covid spreads in so many ways. Not every student eats in the caf., not every student goes to every meal, and not many are using the mealtime as a free-for-all maskless social gathering. Making a rule about this may seem like a straightforward way to limit exposure in the eyes of an administrator who does not live the life of a residential student, but it is simply not. It pains me to see this restriction alongside weekly experiences of walking past touring groups, visitors on campus, basketball games filled with maskless attendees, and non-college student visitors. It feels like hypocrisy right in front of my eyes, just begging me to say, “Why do the rules apply to some and not others?” 

 

It has begun to feel like the school is saying that they value some students over the overall health and wellness of the rest of the campus. Policies should be made with care for the risk of everyone, with special consideration for those suffering disproportionate harm. Every decision made can have unintended consequences, but when the consequences impact the health of the student body, it is time for a deep reconsideration of that decision. 

 

Hannah Goldner Niederman ’23 is from Skokie, Ill. Their majors are gender and sexuality studies, political science, and race and ethnic studies.

 

Categories: Colleges

John J. Sletten: Northfield's artist and cobbler

Northfield News - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 1:29pm
Before mounting an art exhibit featuring 10 of Northfield resident John Johannes Sletten’s works, Cathy Osterman hesitated a few days before going forward.
Categories: Local News

Planning Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 12:56pm
Event date: January 20, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Archer House demolition begins; Council addresses Board & Commission concerns; Hillmann praises Arcadia, Prairie Creek

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 12:02pm
After more than a year of emotion filled conversation and debate, as well as some significant community wide mourning, demolition crews have begun the process to take down what is left of the Archer House River Inn.  The hotel, which was constructed and opened in 1877, was heavily damaged by a fire in November of

Carrie Carroll of Northfield Shares encourages service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 8:56am
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 17, and Carrie Carroll of Northfield Shares encourages people to make it a day “on”, not a day “off”.  There are many volunteer opportunities to be found on the volunteer hub at the Northfield Shares website.
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