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Continued COVID waves affect all sectors in southern Minnesota

Northfield News - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 2:09pm
With COVID-19 case counts hitting historic highs across the region, local businesses and health care facilities are feeling the strain from exacerbated staffing shortages that had already been a major issue due to a tight labor market.
Categories: Local News

Northfield City Council rejects citywide mask mandate

Northfield News - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 2:08pm
After a thoughtful discussion regarding the pros and cons of instituting a temporary 30-day citywide mask ordinance to stem the spread of the persistent Omicron variant, the Northfield City Council rejected the mandate Jan. 18.
Categories: Local News

Elliott says community understands masking importance; City considers Housing Trust Fund; Hillmann is Humanitarian of the Year

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 9:15am
Northfield Chief of Police Mark Elliott is joining the list of community leaders encouraging people to wear a mask in public spaces to guard against the Omicron variant of Covid-19.  On Tuesday night the City Council discussed and debated a mandate that would have required the public wear a mask. While the mandate ultimately failed,

The Weekly List – The 2021 Daniel G. Moir Music Awards

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 6:00pm
Presenting, after some unfortunate delays, the 2021 edition of the Daniel G. Moir music awards. Danny shares his, er, unique perspective on the stat of music and the world over the last twelve months, and pretty much takes over the entire show.

Couple charged with drug possession following search warrant

Northfield News - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 3:58pm
A Northfield couple has been charged with drug possession after more than 10 grams of methamphetamine was discovered in their residence.
Categories: Local News

Economic Development Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 3:50pm
Event date: January 27, 2022
Event Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Archer House comes down; Pownell, Martig encourage masks; Middle School to get new roof

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 12:57pm
Yesterday, the most historic section of the Archer House, built in 1877, was demolished, leaving now, only the North wing of the building which will come down most likely next week.  The demolition comes fourteen months after a fire ravaged the interior of the hotel, leaving the building as a total loss. Despite the cold,

Supreme Court does not extend Executive Privilege and docs will be turned over to House

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 12:03pm

The Supreme Court did the right thing!! From New York Times: In Rebuke to Trump, Supreme Court Allows Release of Jan. 6 Files:

Here’s the Supremes’ opinion:

Categories: Citizens

CANCELED Planning Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 9:36am
Event date: January 20, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Police Chief Mark Elliott on new officers, winter driving, and more

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 8:50am
Northfield Police Chief Mark Elliott talks about two new officers sworn in at the City Council meeting, Nicole Malecha and Dominic Milne.  There is one more position to fill.  He also provides winter driving tips, talks about safety around the Archer House demolition, and comments on free face masks that will be provided by the

Nobu Shirase – The Unknown Antarctican

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Thu, 01/20/2022 - 3:14am

While Amundsen and Scott dueled to reach the South Pole first, another team – led by Nobu Shirase, an unknown Japanese soldier – was deep in its own expedition to Antarctica. Shirase had long aimed to go to the North and then to the South Pole, but his effort was slowed by a lack of interest in Japan – still emerging from shogun-era inwardness, and focused on building its Asian empire – and the concomitant lack of funding for the trip.

Halting attempts to reach the continent finally culminated in a push in spring 1911 that brought Shirase and his crew to the Ross Ice Shelf from which the Europeans had launched their treks south. Realizing that the he would never reach the pole first, if at all, Shirase decided on other goals. His tiny ship – the smallest exploration ship to try the Southern Ocean – ranged along the coast of the Ross Sea while Shirase and a few men made a dog-sled sprint as far south as they could, beginning on January 20, 1912 (110 years ago today). They turned around, nearly out of food, after 8 days, having ventured to 80º 5’ S – the fourth-furthest anyone had ever gone (after Amundsen, Ross, and Shackleton).

Amundsen had reached the pole exactly two weeks before; Scott was still heading south to his fate. Shirase sensibly headed back to his ship and then home to Japan, where he was briefly hailed as a hero. He spent most of the rest of his life paying off the debt incurred by the expedition. At least he’d looked like a complete badass during his expedition.

Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition, 1910. Shirasenobu.com

Sources:
Stephanie Pain, “Scott, Amundsen… and Nobu Shirase,” New Scientist (12/20/11)
Jeff Moag, “This Forgotten Japanese Dreamer Raced Scott and Amundsen To The South Pole,” Adventure Journal (1/6/22)

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Categories: Citizens

Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 5:27pm
Event date: January 25, 2022
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

National Security This Week with Ambassador Ross Wilson (last year of America’s involvement in Afghanistan), 1-19-22

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 10:06am
Host Jon Olson’s guest is Ambassador Ross Wilson, who served as Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan for the last year of America’s involvement in that nation.

Mask mandate fails to pass at council meeting; Archer House bricks to raise funds for Historical Society

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 9:27am
An emergency ordinance that would have required the wearing of face masks in all Northfield indoor public spaces failed to pass through the City Council last night.  Councilor Jami Reister, a trained physician, had requested the ordinance. Her comments during the meeting echoed the letter she sent to city leadership last week. Positive cases are on the rise. Hospitals and

Brent Bielenberg and Brett Reese discuss Archer House demolition and future planning for the site

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 9:04am
Brent Bielenberg and Brett Reese of Rebound Partners talk about demolition of the Archer House, salvaging of bricks for Northfield Historical Society fundraiser, and planning for the future of the site.  

Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig discuss City Council meeting

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 8:48am
Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig discuss the January 18 City Council meeting.  Among other topics, the Council discussed and chose not to approve a city-wide mask mandate.  

Cathy Osterman on NHS fundraiser selling Archer House bricks

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 8:42am
Cathy Osterman, Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society, discusses plans to sell bricks from the demolished Archer House as a fundraiser.  

Cathy Osterman, Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/19/2022 - 8:37am
Cathy Osterman of the Northfield Historical Society discusses NHS’ plans to sell the bricks from the Archer House, donated by Rebound Partners, for the refurbishment and maintenance of the Scriver Building.  
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