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Free Covid-19 testing at Waseca County Fairgrounds

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:43am
Open to everyone ▪ Symptoms or no symptoms ▪ Free, no insurance needed Sign up for an appointment time now. Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Waseca County Fairgrounds 4-H building #6 409 Eighth Ave NE Waseca, MN 56093 Get TestedWaseca_English -2 partner logos Get Tested_Waseca_Spanish – 2

Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:33am
Event dates: September 23, 2020 - September 24, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/841138501

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 841-138-501

Rachel Miessler on Volunteer Needs in Northfield Community

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:20am
Rachel Miessler of Northfield Shares discusses volunteer efforts surrounding Covid19.  There is still a need in the community for masks as well as isolation gowns for some of the long-term facilities.  Visit northfieldshares.org for information on how you can help.

Join Me at a Free Virtual Book Festival

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:50pm

What are you doing Oct. 3-4? I'm guessing you're not straying too far from home, in these COVID times, so why not join me at an online book festival? The Deep Valley Book Festival is going virtual this year, and it will offer a variety of panels and events over two days.


The keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Matt Goldman, is a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer (Seinfeld, Ellen, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) who now writes the Nils Shapiro private eye series. Other participating authors represent a variety of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, children's, YA, and fantasy & sci-fi. 

You can even hear dead authors come to life, as living history actors portray five Minnesota authors from the past: Maud Hart Lovelace (one of my childhood favorites!), Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wanda Gag, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

I'm excited to be on both a history writers panel and a creative nonfiction & memoir writers panel (we recorded the discussions earlier this month). I'm also participating in a live panel discussion about writing and publishing. 

Here's where you can find me on the schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 3:

• 11 a.m.: Writing the Truth: Nonfiction and memoir writers discuss writing about real events and people, and some of the unique challenges posed by writing real stories. 

Panelists: Christine Bauer, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Mary Losure, Joy Riggs, Jonathan Sweet

Moderator Rachael Hanel


• 4 p.m.: Writing History: History provides rich fodder for stories, both real and fictionalized. These authors will discuss how they use history as the basis for their writing.

Panelists: Susan Hvistendahl, Terri Karsten, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson; Moderator: Danelle Erickson

Sunday, Oct, 4:

• 4 p.m.: LIVE Q & A with Festival Authors: DVBF authors will be available to answer audience questions about the writing process, the path to publication, and the writing life.

Panelists: Raven Eckman, Julie Holmes, Terri Karsten, Thea Kvamme, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson, Susan Stradiotto, A.J. Sullivan; Moderator: Rachael Hanel

Be sure to check out the website for the full schedule. You can also shop for books online, and purchase them directly from authors or from partner bookstores.

Although the event is free, a donation of $25 or more makes you a Festival Friend, which gives you access to additional benefits: you'll be entered into a drawing for a DVBF Friendship bag filled with autographed books, and you'll be invited to an exclusive conversation with the keynote author.

The all-volunteer organizing committee has worked tirelessly to make this a quality event, and I'm looking forward to spending two days celebrating books and connecting with other readers and writers. Hope to see you there!

Categories: Citizens

Biden in northeast Minnesota: 'All Trump sees from Park Avenue is Wall Street'

Northfield News - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 12:20pm
HERMANTOWN, St. Louis County — Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to rally the support of a crucial voter bloc here Friday that could be decisive in the all-important Upper Midwest: Trades unions.
Categories: Local News

Unbeknownst to Trump during his lengthy speech in Bemidji, history pivots

Northfield News - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:50am
BEMIDJI — During President Trump’s rambling two hour speech in an airport hangar here in which he praised confederate general Robert E. Lee, bemoaned his own fate of having to make speeches in places like Bemidji, Minn., and played the…
Categories: Local News

Who's running in 2020? Find out here

Northfield News - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 8:30pm
CONGRESS
Categories: Local News

Pandemic Racing

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 5:50pm

Today, I should have been in Marquette, Michigan, racing the Marji Gesick mountain bike marathon.

Finishing the race last year was just about the hardest athletic thing I’ve ever done, up there with the Arrowhead and perhaps only exceeded by the Fat Pursuit. I super eager to do the race again this year, but alas: the pandemic forced its cancellation.

Instead, I headed into the woods here in Northfield for a ninety-minute bike ride on our far easier but still fun trails. Riding the same bike I’d used a year ago at the Marji, I reflected on how much training for and riding in that race changed me as a bike rider.

Some of the changes are pretty trivial, ones I could have achieved with plain old hard work: I use my brakes far less often now than I did 18 or 24 months ago, and I’m far better at riding technical stuff with some speed. But other changes are more interesting, and probably more valuable as we look, as a society, down the long tunnel of this pandemic, work against social injustice, and a tumultuous election. I think they can be reduced to a willingness to be patient and to suffer quietly. Right now is not the time (no matter what the president and his supporters think!) for a white guy to whinge. Just like this night last year, but I have to (metaphorically) just avoid crashing and keep turning the cranks. Maybe donating some money to Democratic senate candidates would be a good start.

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Categories: Citizens

Prairie Island Indian Community Buffalo Project part 3 of a 3 part series

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 11:50am
In March of 1992 the Prairie Island Indian Community accepted a male bison bull, 6 years old, from the Lakota Nation of South Dakota. The Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council and Elders of the community supported the establishing of a bison herd on their own tribal lands.  The community purchased additional bison cows in 1993.

Virtual presentation on land acknowledge statements

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 7:53am
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Northfield, MN (September 17, 2020)  The City Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in an online presentation by Professor Meredith McCoy from Carleton College regarding the history of, need for, and development of land acknowledgement statements on Wednesday, September 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation

RBG RIP

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 7:08pm

Last night’s vigil in Red Wing:

Categories: Citizens

Virtual presentation on land acknowledge statements

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 5:56pm
Event date: September 23, 2020
Event Time: 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
The City Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in an online presentation by Professor Meredith McCoy from Carleton College regarding the history of, need for, and development of land acknowledgement statements. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. The City of Northfield is considering the adoption of a Land Acknowledgement Statement.

St. Olaf digital concert series returns September 27

St. Olaf College - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 2:38pm
Sounds from St. Olaf, a digital concert series launched by the college this spring, is set to make its return for the fall semester on Sunday, September  27.  
Categories: Colleges

Environmental subcommittee calls for creation of carbon reduction fund

Northfield News - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 1:11pm
Northfield’s Environmental Quality Commission is seeking council approval for the formation of a publicly and privately funded fund to help ensure the city is carbon neutral by 2040.
Categories: Local News

Ottings selected for 2020 Forest Stewardship Award for Rice County

Northfield News - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:51pm
The Rice Soil and Water Conservation District has selected Paul and Mary Otting as the 2020 Forest Stewardship Award winners for Rice County.
Categories: Local News

Good riddance, Donny!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:10pm
Categories: Citizens

COVID-19 posing challenges, opportunities for local authors

Northfield News - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:08pm
Societal shifts created by COVID-19 are posing both challenges and possibilities for local authors.
Categories: Local News

Man found in Cannon Lake identified; City of Nfld will seek bids on solar; Family/student/teacher mtgs start an unprecedented school year start; KYMN’s Election Guide to local elections to launch Monday

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director The man found in Cannon Lake yesterday morning has been identified as 84 year old James R. Frederick of Faribault. Rice County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 3000 block of Cannon Lake Tr. in Wells Township to assist a person looking for their father. A pair of boots were

Video Production: One Novice’s Workflow

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 10:58am

Like lots of us, my work pretty quickly shifted this year to emphasize remote instruction. And remote instruction means (among other things) instructional videos. And I have never made an instructional video or any other kind of video that wasn’t just pointing my phone at something cute my nephews or pets are doing and then sharing that with friends and family. So… I don’t know what I’m doing. Like, not at all.

Last spring I made a few videos using our institution’s lecture capture system, Panopto. (Insert shudder here about the panopticon…) Pros: I was able to get up and running with no-frills videos quickly, and I really appreciate any help I can get with accessibility features like captions. Cons: editing is extremely limited, and I just couldn’t get it to do some of the things I needed.

Me in full video-projection mode

So over the summer I watched some YouTube videos about making videos (very meta), and then I faced down almost a week of script-writer’s block, and then I spent a week writing a whole bunch of scripts. And I made myself a slide template so that my videos would have a consistent look to them, which I’m hoping will help me mix and match them for the various courses I’ll be supporting. And now I’m deep in the weeds of video production.

Here’s the process I’ve developed so far:

  1. Write a script (trying to get things down to 5 minutes or less means I can’t risk too many tangents, and making videos that people may need to watch more than once means I can’t risk too many stumbles, so scripts are where it’s at for me right now)
  2. Create slides in PowerPoint using my template
  3. Export the slides as large-ish JPEG images
  4. In QuickTime, record a “movie” of me going through the script. (I don’t use my face through the whole finished video, but if there’s any part of this where I want the video and audio synced up, it’s when my mouth is moving, so it’s easiest for me to just record this all and then overlay it with other stuff later where all I need is my voice.)
  5. In QuickTime again, record any screen captures I’ll need of me navigating through things or whatever.
  6. Sometimes I need screen captures of me drawing or annotating PDFs or whatever, and I do those on my iPad.
  7. In iMovie, edit the places where I stumbled or whatever, and then drop in the Slide images and screen captures (usually sped up to x2 or x4 speeds) where appropriate.
  8. Sometimes I need to do more voice-over work in iMovie.
  9. Export my movie to my computer
  10. Import my movie to Panopto
  11. Use Panopto to generate auto-captions and then go through and edit the captions as needed.

If the video isn’t super specific to a single course, I’ve added two more steps:

  1. Download the caption file from Panopto
  2. Upload the movie and the caption file to YouTube

Now I have two places where students can find my videos:

  • Panopto: easy to feed into their Moodle courses, etc, and familiar on campus for course-related viewing
  • YouTube: easier to stumble across or use for less formal work

And through all of this, one of the big things I’ve learned is that it is absolutely possible to be super corny and super boring all at the same time! Weeeee!

My main other take-away is that need to figure out a teleprompter situation. Right now I’m not very happy with the fact that my eyes are always just slightly down from camera even though I’ve pushed my script up as high as I can on my computer screen. Recommendations for good set-ups are welcome!

Categories: Citizens

Representative Todd Lippert comments on 4th Special Legislative Session

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 9:22am
District 20B Representative Todd Lippert discusses the 4th Special Session of the Minnesota Legislature held on September 11.
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