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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.20.2017

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:30am

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Next Week: Wednesday, July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

Birthdays: Jayne Hager Dee and Linda Willgohs (7/22)

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:
Nate Watters’s description of running a cidery echoes a recent book on parenting titled “All Joy, No Fun.” He loves growing apples, and he loves adding value to those apples by using them for homegrown, all-Minnesota cider. But it is hard work.

But his business, Keepsake Cidery, is a calling of sorts. It is his effort to organize his work around some non-negotiable principles, such as: caring for the environment, staying local, caring for neighbors, friends and family, and doing it all with integrity.

“I wanted to find a way to be successful, but not exploit,” he said.

Cider was the drink of choice for most of the United States in its early years, Nate said. Prohibition knocked out the cider orchards, but now cider is experiencing a revival. Nate and his wife, Tracy Jonkman, are riding that wave. They have created a certified organic apple farm and locally-sourced cidery.

They are now in their third of operation. Nate grows his apples in a vineyard-like setting, using dwarf trees planted three feet apart. None of them would be mistaken for eating apples. He calls them “spitters.” He draws on 35 varieties of locally-grown apples to produce a tart, fresh wild cider with an alcohol content of around 7 percent.

His products are available in 130 different outlets between Blaine and Rochester. They also have limited weekend hours at their cidery south of Dundas. During the summer, they are open noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. In the fall they will open on Sundays as well.

Mini Classification:
Bruce Morlan drew on his time in the Air Force working the line crew in missile defense to say that everyone has a role to play in making this world a better place, even the cooks.

Guests: Craig Swenson (Pederson), Ellen Iverson and Cindy Kreis (W. Sivanich), Lisa Peterson (Conway) and Mariah (Taylor)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago, who no longer can be accused of insider trading.

Announcements:
— Vicky Langer is looking for volunteers at this year’s Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. They need people for set-up and to staff the hospitality tent. The concerts themselves run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

— Building on our visioning process in May, Alan Anderson is in the process of forming a Climate Action Committee for the club. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Alan or Rick Estenson. During our visioning exercise, climate change was identified as an area of focus for the club under International Service. Alan also has a radio program each Monday at 8:45 a.m. on KYMN radio where he addresses climate issues. Next Monday will be the third of eight programs. The first two are archived and can be heard by going to KYMN’s website.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

— With the passing of the torch from Michelle to Jean, the password has changed to access member information on our website. The new password is “wakely”, all lower case.

— Mike Leming still has spots available for his February trips to Vietnam and Thailand. See him if you are interested.

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
August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)
August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)
August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania
August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

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Easy Notification When Group Ex Classes Change

Northfield YMCA - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:37am

We’ve been working on a better way to communicate changes in group exercise classes at the Y. Here’s a handy-dandy ap.

Sign-up for the classes you participate in and get a message if that class changes (or is cancelled).  There are occasions when instructors need to make short-notice changes (we want to support our GX staff too).  Communication is hard (which sounds odd in a world of social media) because we all use such different ways to connect.

Here’s a direct way to get the info you need. Contact Stacey@northfieldymca.org get signed up (specify the class(es)).   We’ll add classes as time goes by (we’re testing it right now) and appreciate your continued feedback).

Here’s a Printable info sheet.

 

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.13.2017

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 9:14pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 13, 2017

Today: Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

Next Week: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Birthdays: George Davis (7/1), Kari Nelson (7/12) and Jan Stevens (7/15) 

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:
The Northfield Rescue Squad is in need of a new heavy duty rescue truck.

Aramis Wells, captain and a 17-year veteran of the rescue squad, said it will cost somewhere north of $600,000. The Northfield VFW is taking the lead in the fundraising, but is canvassing the community for support. The campaign began this year; they hope to order the truck in 2019 and have it in operation by 2020.

This will be the rescue squad’s sixth vehicle since its inception 1959. The truck currently in service was purchased in 2000. Much has changed since then. The new truck will have numerous safety features, such as anti-lock breaks, rear camera for backing up and air bags. It will also accommodate newer and more effective extrication tools to deal with stronger automobile design.

The Northfield Rescue Squad is an all-volunteer group with 30 members who cover 144 square miles in and around Northfield. They responded to 229 calls last year, 85 were motor vehicle accidents.

If you are interested in donating, go online to NAFRS.org or contact Aramis at musketeer78@yahoo.com. You can also support the campaign through Amazon Smile.

Mini Classification:
John Ehresmann began his dental practice in Northfield in 1982. He worked with Buck and Remes at 711 Division Street while his wife, Gretchen, practiced medicine across the street. They raised two children here. John retired in 2011 and, for the past seven years, he has volunteered on natural disaster teams for the American Red Cross.

New Banner: President Wakely unfurled the new Rotary International banner. It reads: “Rotary Makes A Difference,” a slogan endorsed by our new Rotary International president, Ian Riseley of Austrialia.

Fond Farewell: Last week, Wanzita, Daniel and Eric all reported on their East Coast Rotary trip. New York City, Boston’s Freedom Trail and a roller coaster ride with Eric were some of the highlights. The three returned home last weekend. Nico and Mateo returned home last month.

Guests: Marty Anderson (Alan Anderson), Penny Hillemann (Kaczmarek), Kelly Chang (Hoschouer)

Scholarship Enhancement: Wendy Sivanich

Announcements:

— Jan Stevens invited all to enjoy this year’s abbreviated Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. Great music; great time.

— Larry Fowler announced that a sculpture, “Between Earth and Sky,” created and donated by Mac Gimse, retired St. Olaf College Art professor, is being installed near the Dundas bike trail head. It’s 32-feet tall and made of stainless steel. There will be a formal dedication in early September.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

 

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

Wednesday, July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania

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Thanks for your votes and a successful Taste Tour!

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 3:52pm
2017 Downtown Northfield Taste Tour Queued up at The Hideaway

Greetings from Downtown Northfield! Thanks to everyone who came out to make our first ever Downtown Northfield Taste Tour food crawl such a big success!  On Thursday, June 15, the sun was shining, the food was amazing and we sold more than 3000 tickets in just two hours. Eleven downtown restaurants participated in the inaugural event and the variety of offerings was terrific.

The national anthem kicked off the Community Band concert

Everyone enjoyed the free Northfield Community Band concert afterwards in Bridge Square. Next year, we’re hoping to make the event longer and add the breweries to the tour. Save the date for June 14th, 2018!

America’s Main Streets Contest

Congratulations to DeLand, Florida, the winner in the “America’s Main Street” contest!

Deland, Florida supporters with a $25,000 check!

242 Main Streets in 48 states were nominated for the title, and more than 300,000 votes were cast. Because of your votes, Downtown Northfield made it into the Top 25 main streets in the nation. It is the people that make our downtown the central heart of our community–thank you and stay tuned: they’ll do it again in 2018!!

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.06.2017

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:47pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today: Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

Next Week: Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

Birthdays: Dayna Norvold (7/5) and Candy Taylor (7/7)

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:
Pam Tschida, a Rotarian from White Bear Lake, shared her story about a Fast for Hope project to improve the lives of residents in El Corozo, Nicaragua. The goal is to create systemic change by bringing quality, sustainable solutions to projects identified by the local community.

The need now is for books, medical supplies, clean water and passable roads. This project has been years in the making. Pam admits she was slow to get behind this initiative. “Before I went, I was not a believer,” she said. “But I connected with the people and it was all real.”

Several Rotary delegations have spent time in El Corozo, and relationships are being built with community members and NGOs that also are active in the country.

This District 5960 project is changing lives she said. Progress has been made on the literacy initiative, medical supplies and local roads. Pam said most people in El Corozo simply say they just want a better life for their children.

Another delegation will travel there in November. Two spots are still available. If you want more information, contact Dave Newman at dave@bancorgroup.com.

Mini Classification:

Alan Anderson was raised in Owatonna, graduated from Gustavus Adolphus and then pursued a Wildlife Management degree from the University of Oregon. He and his brother ran a bookstore for a few years in St. Cloud before Alan started a 35-year career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Now retired, he volunteers his time with Rotary and the Boy Scouts and is a champion for addressing climate change.


Paul Harris Presentation:
A Paul Harris Fellow was presented to Karen Allawala in honor of her late husband, Ramiz, who passed away earlier this year. David Koenig, Bruce Morlan and Charlie Cogan coordinated the effort.

Guests: Lisa Peterson (Conway), Luis Dominguez (Rich), Georgene Malecha (Yogi) and Bill Lindberg (Koenig).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Ehresmann

Announcements: 

— Ron Linde thanked members of the club and their friends who helped with Cannon River clean-up recently.

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

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

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The Promise of Medicaid

Laura Baker Services Association - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:09pm

“The Promise of Medicaid” one minute video is a powerful testimony to the promise made, and that should be kept, to all Americans. The piece was produced by the This Is Medicaid coalition.

Please share broadly, especially in key states – Ohio, West Virginia, Maine, Alaska, Colorado and Nevada – and take action to save Medicaid.

 

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Vintage Band Festival 2017

Northfield Arts Town - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:28pm

Vintage Band Festival 2017 will be held on July 29 from 10am–10pm in downtown Northfield, featuring a jam-packed day of non-stop brass and wind band music. Crowd favorites among the bands returning to Vintage Band Festival in 2017 include Bavarian Musikmeisters, Sheldon Theater Brass Band, Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, Brio Brass, and Copper Street Brass. New this year will be the Fife and Drum Corps from Historic Fort Snelling in St. Paul, Brass Lassie, and the McNasty Brass Band.

Learn more about the event at the Vintage Band Festival website.

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The Pirates of Penzance

Northfield Arts Town - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:19pm

Set sail with this Northfield Arts Guild Theater production that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history – so famous, that Lin Manuel Miranda claims it as inspiration for his work on the musical Hamilton.

Performances are July 21-23, 28-30, Aug. 4-6, F/Sa 7:30pm, Sun 2pm at Arcadia Charter School, 1719 Cannon Rd, Northfield.

Directed by Bob Gregory-Bjorklund with musical direction by Daniel Kallman and choreography by Shari Setchell. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Comic Operetta.

On the coast of Cornwall, a band of tenderhearted pirates celebrates the coming of age of Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Now, Frederic has vowed to devote his life to the extermination of piracy – until a ludicrous leap year snag threatens to keep him apprenticed to the pirates for life. Throw in a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King, the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley and you’ve got an endearing evening of fun for the entire family.

An opening night reception is scheduled for July 21 and a post-show discussion will occur following the July 23 matinee. Tickets available at northfieldartsguild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the downtown Center for the Arts.

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Normal Hours at the Y over the 4th Holiday

Northfield YMCA - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 9:28am

The Y will have normal facility hours over the long weekend to celebrate the 4th of July.  Check the calendars for any updates or changes in Group Exercise classes.  The calendar is located at on the Y website (‘calendar’ icon).  Thank you and have a great long weekend.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.29.2017

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:04pm

Today’s Program | Thursday June 29, 2017

Today: Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan) and Changing of the Guard. Thank you Michelle Lasswell for steering the ship these past 12 months.

Next Week: Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

Birthdays: Richard Collman (6/26), Rhonda Pownell (6/28) and Scott Richardson (7/1)

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:
It was a pleasure to see the faces behind the voices we know so well when Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight gave Rotarians an informative presentation about KYMN Radio. Both Jeff and Teri have many years of broadcasting experience, and their professionalism can be heard daily.

KYMN Radio, although recently rebranded as “The One – Real Radio – True Variety”, remains as well “A Friend You Can Count On” to long time residents of the Northfield area.  KYMN is an authentic home town community radio station that has maintained its independent local ownership in a very competitive commercial broadcast environment, a significant and rare achievement.  The station which has always been locally owned was founded in 1968 by Stan Stydnicki and subsequently owned by Wayne Eddy before Jeff Johnson assumed ownership.

Local programming has always been the focus of KYMN.  Jeff and Teri begin the day with the Morning Program and News Updates, followed by the Wayne Eddy Affair and late afternoon by All-Wheel Drive with Jessica Paxton.  All music programming is done locally by Jeff Johnson.  Frequent interviews and excellent local news and sports coverage keep listeners informed about local issues and events.  Many locally produced shows provide excellent community based radio.  KYMN does rely on Westwood One for network news and they broadcast Twins games but all other programming is created by station staff.

KYMN broadcasts on their original frequency at 1080 AM with 1,000 watts of power and simulcasts at 95.1 FM with 250 watts of power.  Programming is also streamed online at kymnradio.net. In August of 2015, transmitting equipment was replaced and upgraded in new space at the broadcast site three miles east of town after a lightning strike. The FM license was successfully purchased and the FM simulcasts began in November of last year.

KYMN Radio was recently named Business of the Year by the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, a well deserved award.  Thanks Jeff and Teri for a comprehensive presentation and for giving us excellent local radio programming!

Guests: Penny Hillemann, Northfield Area United Way’s new executive director (Kaczmarek); and Mary Erickson and Darcy Rose, Rotarians from Prior Lake, who encouraged us to participate in Prior Lake Rotary’s upcoming Lakefront Music Fest July 14 -15,

Scholarship Enhancement: Rick Estenson

Announcements: 

— Richard Collman has organized the 11th Annual Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals with a recital scheduled every Wednesday at 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm from July 5 through August 9.  Organ Recitals are held at various Northfield churches.  For details contact Richard Collman at 507-645-1357 or email him at rkcollman@msn.com.

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

July 13 — Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

July 27 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

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