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Alternate work scheduling approved for some City Hall employees

Northfield News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:59pm
The work schedules for the approximately three dozen Northfield city employees who occupy City Hall will become more flexible this summer if certain conditions are met.
Categories: Local News

Youth highlighted at Northfield council meeting; Northfield Rotary offers grants for electric vehicle charging stations; More solid concrete installed at fire hall

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Last night was about the kids at the Northfield City Council meeting. From 2nd graders to seniors, the first highlight was the recognition of Arcadia Charter School’s Bella Callery for her accomplishment in winning the National Poetry Out Loud contest. She bested 275,000 other student competitors with her performance of

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Lisa Peterson

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:37am

Lisa Peterson, new President of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, talks with Wayne about her background and experiences.    

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Spreadsheets: my not-so-secret love affair

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:34am

I’ve gotta admit. I love a good spreadsheet now and again. Maybe it’s because they aren’t the only thing I work with day in and day out, but I’m very much a fan of computers doing my grunt work for me, and spreadsheets are very much a part of that picture for me (right along with most of the other light-weight coding I’ve dabbled in).

I’m NOT a fan of using a spreadsheet just because it has columns and rows. Call me a software snob, but if all you need is a table in a document to keep a bunch of text in order, that’s not a spreadsheet. No sense using an extra tool. But if it can automate processes or do your error-checking for you — that my friends is workplace GOLD.

I’ve used spreadsheets to take conference session information as submitted by presenters and wrap each bit up in html, string the html together, and then paste the resulting html into a web page (hundreds of sessions processed in minimal time with minimal human error). I’ve used it to reconfigure 14 years of reference, instruction, and consultation statistics to make the data from various systems from our past match the needs of our new system, flipping people’s names, combining, splitting, reshuffling, and reformatting. The list goes on. If you can teach a computer a pattern, you can probably teach it to do your fiddly work for you.

Case in point: Libguides asset management.

Most of us librarians at this point use Libguides. One of its great strengths is that you can reuse “assets” (links, books, etc) from one guide to another. But over time, duplicate assets multiply like rabbits, and old unused assets clutter up your search results for that one asset you really want to reuse. So over time it becomes easier to make new assets rather than see if that asset already exists in the system. And then you end up in a vicious cycle the spirals your assets out of control and makes one of the great features of Libguides functionally useless.

So every summer I do a big ol’ asset clean-up project. I ask Springshare to delete our unused assets for me (we mere mortals can’t do bulk deletions), and then I work to knit back together all the unnecessarily duplicated assets that have spawned in the system when the librarians either make a new one that already exists or copy boxes or guides to new guides (which duplicates all the assets in the box or guide — asset management hell).

This is where the massive spreadsheet comes in. I need to find all the assets that are actually the same thing, and then map them back together so that they ARE the same thing. And the first part of this is to sort them by name. So I download a spreadsheet of all assets, plunk it into Google Sheets (easier to work on from multiple computers or share with others in the department), and alphabetize by title. But as you may know, neither Libguides nor any spreadsheet software I’m aware of is smart enough to alphabetize by the first “real” word, or to know that “US,” “USA,” “U.S.,” U. S.,” and “United States” are all the same thing. And anything with a quotation mark in front of it will go up into the non-alphabet part of the sort. And the list goes on. Alphabetizing just doesn’t cut it.

So in my google sheet, I add a column for Sort Title, and in the first cell of that column I use a formal to teach it all of the patterns that I know will be a problem with the titles in my asset list. Then I drag that formula down through all 7-9,000 asset records, and Ta-Da! Alphabetizable titles!

I’m a little nervous about sharing my formula for this because I’m a rank amateur and probably used a million IF statements where a simpler solution is possible. But hey, I’m also a rank amateur, so if you’ve never done this you can join me and then improve on what I’ve found! So… if you want to try this out, the basic pattern is “If at the left of the string in the title column you see x string, substitute x string with y string.” The other basic pattern is “If at the left of the string in the title column you see x string, delete it.” If your Title column is in column E, and you’re starting on row 2 (because row 2 is your header row). My current formula, which accounts for the patterns I’m currently seeing in my title list, looks like this:

=IF(LEFT(E2,2)="A ",RIGHT(E2,len(E2)-2),IF(LEFT(E2,3)="An ",RIGHT(E2,len(E2)-3),IF(LEFT(E2,4)="The ",RIGHT(E2,len(E2)-4),IF(LEFT(E2,6)=""",SUBSTITUTE(E2,""",""),IF(LEFT(E2,5)="U.S. ",SUBSTITUTE(E2,"U.S. ","US "),IF(LEFT(E2,14)="United States ",SUBSTITUTE(E2,"United States ","US "),IF(LEFT(E2,4)="USA ",SUBSTITUTE(E2,"USA ","US "),IF(LEFT(E2,6)="U. S. ",SUBSTITUTE(E2,"U. S. ","US "),IF(LEFT(E2,11)="University ", SUBSTITUTE(E2,"University ","U "),IF(LEFT(E2, 5)="U.K. ",SUBSTITUTE(E2,"U.K. ","UK "),IF(LEFT(E2, 5)="U.N. ",SUBSTITUTE(E2,"U.N. ","UN "),IF(LEFT(E2,15)="United Nations ",SUBSTITUTE(E2,"United Nations ","UN "),IF(LEFT(E2, 15)="United Kingdom ",SUBSTITUTE(E2,"United Kingdom ","UK "),E2)))))))))))))))))))))))

So, it’s IF(logical statement, result if true, result if false), and in the “result if false” section, that’s where I put the next IF statement. The very last “result if false” is just “show me the full title from the title column” because by that time the title is probably just fine without alteration. Each logical statement here tests the characters at the left of the title column, since that’s what I’ll be alphabetizing on. Then each “result if true” section tells it how to transform those left-hand characters so that they’ll alphabetize properly.

So that’s my spreadsheet love story of the week! I can’t believe that last year I sat there and used successive “find/replace” searches and thought I was being efficient. Live and learn!

Categories: Citizens

Senator Tina Smith

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:10am

U.S. Senator Tina Smith talks about two of her bills; one relating to rural broadband, and one relating to modernization of health care in rural communities such as telephone help from rural clinics.

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Shelley Holden and DawnMarie Vihrachoff

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 9:48am

Shelley Holden, VP of Housing & Community Outreach, and DawnMarie Vihrachoff, VP of Fund Development from the Northfield Retirement Community talk about celebrating the 50-year anniversary of NRC, and the annual fundraising Golf Classic scheduled for June 6.

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Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 9:39am

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig review the May 21 City Council meeting.

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$806,000 in assessments authorized for road projects to start later this year

Northfield News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:39pm
Northfield city councilors on Tuesday approved more than $806,000 in assessments for the two-year street reconstruction project slated to start this year.
Categories: Local News

2019 Joseph Lee Heywood Award honors Clancy Dokmo

Northfield News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:19pm
The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee has announced longtime Northfielder Clancy Dokmo as the 2019 Joseph Lee Heywood Award recipient. The award is given annually to a person who exhibits a dedication to public service which Joseph Lee Heywood…
Categories: Local News

Late Planting Corn Considerations in Minnesota for 2019

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 3:08pm

As of Monday, May 20, 2019, the USDA Minnesota crop progress report indicated that fifty-six percent of Minnesota’s corn was planted, which was three days behind the previous year and ten days behind the five-year average. Averages being what they are, just averages, many parts of the state report that the rate of corn planting

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Intersection of Third and Washington streets to close Wednesday

Northfield News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 3:04pm
The intersection of Third Street and Washington Street and a portion of Washington Street will close Wednesday as part of Division Street and Seventh Street reconstruction, Washington Street mill and overlay, and various parking lot rehabilitations, a press release states.…
Categories: Local News

Road closures begin May 22 as Washington St. construction continues in Northfield

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 2:59pm

The intersection of Third Street and Washington Street, and a portion of Washington Street will close Wednesday May 22, 2019 as part of the Division Street and Seventh Street Reconstruction, Washington Street Mill and Overlay, and Various Parking Lot Rehabilitations Project. Additionally, the Third Street Parking Lot, and the Grand Event Center Parking Lot will

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Traffic stop leads to arrests; Dokmo chosen as 2019 Joseph Lee Heywood Award recipient; Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair nets $67K and donates it back

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Two men from Faribault were arrested after a traffic stop in Morristown. 18-year-old Mason Scott Kryzer was clocked driving at 72 mph in a 60-mph zone on Morristown Blvd just before 4 p.m. on Sunday. A Rice County Deputy pulled him over near Iona Avenue. As the deputy approached the

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St. Dominic School chosen to partner with Groves Academy to boost student literacy

Northfield News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:00am
It’s hard to stay caught up in school when you can’t read proficiently.
Categories: Local News

Local task force credited with bust of Burnsville woman sentenced in heroin case

Northfield News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:00am
A Burnsville woman found with more than $700,000 worth of heroin was sentenced Friday to 24 months in federal prison.
Categories: Local News

April Kopack and Rick Hirsch

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:54am

April Kopack and Rick Hirsch talk about the Riverwalk Market Fair scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 1.

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Al Malmberg

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:47am

Former WCCO Talk Show Host Al Malmberg talks with Wayne via phone from Colorado.

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Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force investigation instrumental in sentencing of Burnsville woman for intention to distribute heroin

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 9:32am

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ANGELICA PINO PERALTA, 37, to 24 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin. PERALTA, who pleaded guilty on January 22, 2019, was sentenced on May 17, 2019, before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to

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