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A White Pine for the Ages

Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pine

For many Minnesotans who love “going up north” to enjoy the extensive forests and lakes, the White Pine is a much loved tree variety.  Mature white pines tower over the northern forests with their signature look that is at one and the same time soft and feathery and tough and cragy.

White Pines can live in excess of 200 years and were an extremely important part of the timber harvests that were an economic mainstay of Minnesota’s growth years that took us from a territoy to statehood.

One problem with white pines has been a disease called White Pine Blister Rust, which gradually kills the bark of some trees.  Not all white pines get this disease, but enough do that finding a resistant strain has been a goal  of the timber and nursery industries for the last 100 years.

Recently, the nursery industry introduced Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pine, which has significantly enhanced resistance to White Pine Blister Rust.  Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pine is a lovely sightly smaller white pine with a bit more irregular growth habit.  Like its’ wild white pine cousins, Paton’s Silver Splendor has a soft, feathery appearance and is also soft to the touch.

Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pine

If you love the white pines of our northern forests, you may want to try some Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pines.  I suspect you will really enjoy them and not have to worry about the blister rust.

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Categories: Businesses

Bridgewater Twp. OKs new annexation agreement with city, steps away from incorporation

Northfield News - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 2:24pm
Bridgewater Township on Wednesday approved a three-year annexation agreement with Northfield.
Categories: Local News

NH&C ceremonial groundbreaking; Flash flood watch while river rises; Climate Action Day set for Sept. 19; Fare For All comes today to St. Dominic Church

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Ceremonial groundbreaking is taking place today for the new Northfield Hospital and Clinic Expansion and Birthing Center. President and CEO Steve Underdahl said they were waiting for one more piece of bureaucratic paperwork to come from St. Paul but they know it’s coming. Once that comes through, construction will begin

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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | September 12, 2019

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:22am

TODAY’S PROGRAM | Thursday, September 12, 2019

Today: Sam Ouk, Working with Refugees (Wakely)

Next Week: Climate Action Plan Advisory Board  (Kallestad)

Birthdays: Rotarians Around the World

Last Week: 

Jesse James Bike Tour Chalk Talk

Two Weeks Ago

Looking back on a 40-plus year career in marketing, Bob Thacker probably wouldn’t consider  “Elf Yourself” his crowning achievement, but it’s hard to argue with more than a billion social media downloads. He helped create a cultural event.

“Elf Yourself” is one of those social media gimmicks that invites people to park portraits of friends and family on the bodies of dancing elves. We’ve all been there. This was part of an Internet marketing strategy developed while Bob was at Office Max, and it went viral. 

Bob came to Minnesota in 1970 to begin his long and distinguished career in the creative arts. He worked for some of the leading Twin Cities advertising agencies; helped shape Target’s brand and expansion in the mid-80s; served as chief marketer for Office Max, before it was subsumed by Office Depot; helped launch Austin’s SPAM museum while working at BBDO; and most recently completed a five-year run as head of the non-profit Adopt a Classroom. 

A self-described “fatal optimist,” Bob said things happen for a reason. But you often have to be patient to learn what that reason is.

He grew up in Lincoln, Nebr, the great-great-grandson of original prairie homesteaders who lived in a sod house. That chapter in his family history led Bob to one of his many Thackerisms: When you live in dirt, you learn to dream big.

 Bob’s mother was a teacher, his father a postal worker.They modeled a life of service and community investment, which he took to heart. He went to the University of Nebraska, graduating with a degree in advertising. He married and moved to Minnesota.

Working for Target, Bob thought big and took risks. He aligned the company with the restoration of the Washington Monument in D.C. and teamed with architect/designer MIchael Graves to turn the construction scaffolding into its own temporary work of art. Bob also changed perceptions of people with disabilities by including them in Target ad campaigns. Target was the first advertiser to do so.

Bob has four children. All work in the marketing arena. He married Northfield professor Karen Cherewatuk and moved to Northfield a few years ago. He considers his new hometown value added.  He has jumped in with both feet. Besides his active Rotary work, he is chair of Northfield Shares .and is involved in other local activities.

He and Karen have built a house that will allow them to “age in place.” It is built to accommodate a range of adaptations as they age. They are writing a book about this concept and their idea will be featured soon in Mpls.-St. Paul magazine.

Mini-Classification:

David Koenig grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, received his undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio and a graduate degree from Northwestern. His wife, Jennifer’s appointment at St. Olaf brought him to Northfield 22 years ago. David passed on a career as a CIA operative and has made is living in the field of “risk management.” He has two children. His son is in college, and his daughter is a junior at Northfield High School.

ROTARY NEWS

Guests: Annie Mickelson (Rychner), Robert and Henry Steed and Bryce Seidl (J. Steed), Marcos (Haslett-Marroquin), Henry Hillemann (Hillemann), and Bea Rebello, former exchange student, now a St. Olaf student (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Siems

Hello Exchange Students:  

Our Fab Five Exchange Students were formally introduced to the club with flags flying. We have the privilege this year of getting to know Sophie from Germany, MarK from Hungary, Diago from Brazil, Ollie from Slovakia, and Ara from Paraguay. Please make them feel at home in Northfield.  

Bike Tour Huzzahs:  

Brett Reese, co-chair the Jesse James Bike Tour, recognized three committee members for their outstanding work this year. They are: Dale Ness for hitting an all-time record in tour sponsorships; David Wolf for his tireless work developing new routes; and Shelley Holden for her work recruiting volunteers. 

Announcements:  

• St. Olaf College’s International Friendship Program is looking for volunteers to welcome foreign students to the community. If you are interested, contact Alyssa Herzog-Melby.

• Northfield Climate Action Day will be Thursday, Sept. 19. We will formally dedicate the new EV Charging Station at Fifth and Water at 2 p.m. There will be an electric vehicle tailgating party at First UCC parking lot from 5 to 6 p.m. and a symposium at the Carleton College Weitz Center from 6 to 8 p.m. See Beth Kallestad for details.

• Mike Krance, executive director of Northfield Shares thanked all who participated or contributed to the Northfield Shares Dinner Sunday, Aug. 25. It was a hugely successful exercise in community building. He also invited people to participate or volunteer to help with the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/’Walk Sunday, Sept. 8. Northfield Shares sponsors it.

• Mark Abbott announced that Northfield Y will be celebrating five years of operation Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Y. 

• Kristi Purcell reported the “Learn to Fish” event Aug. 24 was a big success. She also encouraged members to participate in the Cannon River Watershed Project’s 11th annual watershed cleanup Saturday, Sept. 21. 

RotaryCogwheel_9.12.19

Categories: Organizations

Steve Underdahl

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 9:41am

Northfield Hospital and Clinics President/CEO Steve Underdahl discusses the new Faribault clinic location and updates on the Northfield Clinic expansion and new Birthing Center, lactation services and new providers.    

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John Fossum

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 9:36am

Rice County Attorney John Fossum discusses Veterans Court which begins next month, the REAL Act and other issues.

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I-35 road work between Faribault and Elko/New Market

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:28am

FARIBAULT, Minn. — Interstate 35 motorists between Faribault and Elko New Market are likely to experience traffic delays beginning in late September when concrete pavement repairs begin on the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The concrete pavement repairs require closing one lane of traffic in both directions, so crews can replace the

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September 11

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 8:17pm

This week, Rich  looks at the music that surrounded and was inspired by the events of September 11, 2001.

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Flash Flood Watch – Flood Prone Property Preparedness September 11, 2019

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 4:42pm

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Cannon River area. Parts of the Cannon River Watershed received heavy rainfall amounts overnight last night. City Staff have been working with the National Weather Service (NWS) to evaluate the rainfall amounts and corresponding effect on river levels in the area. NWS staff have predicted additional

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Economic theorist Glenn Loury to speak on campus

St. Olaf College - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 3:51pm
The St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community will host a moderated conversation with Glenn Loury on September 27 titled "Truth, Justice, and Racial Equality."
Categories: Colleges

I-35 repairs From Faribault to Elko New Market begin this month

Northfield News - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 3:16pm
Interstate 35 motorists between Faribault and Elko New Market are likely to experience traffic delays beginning in late September when concrete pavement repairs begin on the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Categories: Local News

Dundas votes against giving NAFRS fire chief complete personnel authority

Northfield News - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 2:55pm
The Dundas City Council voiced its displeasure to a change to the Northfield Area Fire Rescue Services joint powers agreement document that would give the fire chief complete control over hiring and firing personnel.
Categories: Local News

2019 Rice County Minnesota State Fair results

Northfield News - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:15pm
Animal Science Interviews at the State Fair are designed to further enhance educational opportunities for young people exhibiting livestock.
Categories: Local News

Planning Commission Regular Meeting & Work Session

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:02pm
Event date: September 19, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Dundas denies “personnel oversight” amendment for NAFRS; Northfield council considers 9.5% to 11% preliminary levy; AgeFriendly Northfield celebrates “Red Chairs”

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director In July, the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service (NAFRS) Joint Powers Board approved a third amendment to their joint agreement with Rural, Northfield and Dundas. Before it went to those entities for approval, they saw some language inconsistencies and approved a change of those at their August meeting. The

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Rock County CUP granted

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:53am

Here they are, the two County Attorneys bookending the three developer reps, probably congratulating themselves on the County’s granting of the “Juhl Energy Development in partnership with Agri-Energy/GEVO” Conditional Use Permits for Sections 17 and 19 in Rock County.

What’s the big deal? Well, let’s start with the application, which was “fluff” — incomplete to put it mildly, and yet it was forwarded to the Planning Commission, a hearing was held without necessary information and documentation, and then it went to the County Board. Really, no exaggeration. Here’s the full board packet:

Board Packet – GEVO-Juhl CUP_RockCoBoard-9-3-2019Download RCWF_Gevo_Juhl_CUP_Commissioners_19-0903Download

And what’s odd about this? The “conditions” proposed in the Board packet:

These are things that are to be included with an application, and if not, the Ordinance says that the application is not complete. FYI, this Ordinance was adopted in 2018, but is NOT posted on the County’s Website with the other Ordinances — really — check the link. WTF? Here it is (the County Attorney sent me a pdf, but it was only the even pages! Another WTF! Thankfully a little birdie sent the full Ordinance.):

NOTE in the heading: “An application to the County for a permit under this section is not complete unless it contains the following…” with all those 1-19 requirements constituting “the following.”

Take another look at the “application” in the board packet, two “applications” and a total of 10 pages! What a farce.

On behalf of the Jarchows, I’d sent a letter to the County Attorney, Administrator, and Zoning/Land-Use Administrator, and the County Board, laying out the problems, particularly stressing the egregiously incomplete application, together with an Affidavit of John Jarchow explaining their concerns with the potential nuisance coming to their property, a pre-existing permitted use:

9-9-2019_Letter to County Board and Affidavit of JarchowDownload

And a Data Practices Act Request:

DATA PRACTICES ACT REQUEST_9-9-2019Download

On to yesterday’s meeting. The County Attorney admitted that the Board had only the materials of the posted pack in front of them. As to the many missing items necessary for a complete application, one Commissioner asked about the Ordinance requirement of completeness, and the County Attorney said (not exact quote, but close) at least twice:

Oh, I wouldn’t be concerned about what the Ordinance says.

Really… I’d reminded the Commissioners of their Oath of Office, and I wonder if they thought about that. What’s the point of an ordinance if it’s ignored by the Board, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Administrator who referred that incomplete application forward?

There were unstated claims that the biofuel plant needs this project to be able to sell to a California company. There’s a deadline approaching as the developers say this will be operational by year end.

IF THIS PROJECT IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE PLANT, AND TO THE COMMUNITY, why would the developer submit such an inadequate application? It’s on them, if they want to grease the skids and make it sail through, to do it right. But they didn’t.

Why would the Zoning Administrator forward such an inadequate and non-compliant application to the Planning Commission to review? Why would the Planning Commission hold a hearing and recommend it be approved when there is no record on which to base its “Findings.” Why would the County Board approve a CUP with so little record, and make a decision that has no record to support it? Why would the County allow a developer to put it in this position?

It’s on the developer to provide a complete application. If this project is so important, why would a developer make this strategic decision not to provide what’s required in an application?

Because they could? Because they couldn’t/can’t provide the information required? Because they knew the County wouldn’t make them follow the County Ordinance?

Oh, I wouldn’t be concerned about what the Ordinance says.” Don Klosterbuer, Rock County’s County Attorney

Follow up Data Practices Act Request #2:

DATA PRACTICES ACT REQUEST_9-11-2019Download
Categories: Citizens

Planning Commission Work Session

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:23am
Event date: September 19, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Greenvale students help “break ground” in a ceremony for the new school

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:20am

Last evening, the Northfield School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Greenvale Park Elementary School. The construction trailer is on site now and some earth movement will begin soon. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann commented that this was a kid-friendly event. Knutson Construction provided kid-sized hardhats and small shovels. They had about five groups

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Shelly Holden and DawnMarie Vihrachoff

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 9:36am

Shelly Holden and DawnMarie Vihrachoff talk about the 50th anniversary of Northfield Retirement Community and how it has changed over the years.  There will be a 50th anniversary celebration open house on Saturday, September 14, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 9:30am

Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig discusses the city’s budget and how tax levy rates are determined.

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