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Covid-19 Vaccination appointments available today

KYMN Radio - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 5:14am
Rice County Public Health announced last night that there are COVID vaccination appointments available  today – Thursday, March 4 – for Rice County area residents 65 years and older.   A statement released last night said the health department is inviting Rice County area residents 65 years and older to a Moderna COVID vaccination clinic

APG Media of Southern Minnesota to publish regional business magazine

Northfield News - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 4:45pm
Adams Publishing Group’s APG Media of Southern Minnesota announced Wednesday that it will begin publishing a business-to-business magazine in April.
Categories: Local News

Child safety seat technicians underutilized despite important role

Northfield News - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 3:56pm
One of the most exciting days in a new parent’s life is the day they get to load up their bundle of love and finally bring them home from the hospital.
Categories: Local News

Council nears body cam passage; NDDC receives donation for Business Support Fund; Home Energy Squad comes to Northfield

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director The Northfield City Council met last night with a number of items on the agenda, including a public hearing on the acquisition and use of body cameras for the Northfield Police Department. As expected, the conversation was thorough, and the questions were many. But the discussion was not without surprise.  Perhaps the

National Security This Week with Capt. Brad Gawboy and David Bruns 3-3-21 (U.S. Navy Submarine Operations)

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:15am
Host Jon Olson talks with Captain Brad Gawboy, US Navy (Retired), and Mr. David Bruns. Both men served aboard US Navy nuclear-powered submarines and they discussed the role of submarines in support of American national security.

Stage appears set the for council approval of body-worn cameras

Northfield News - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 9:55am
Northfield city councilors appear ready to body-worn cameras for the city’s 24 sworn police officers.
Categories: Local News

Ben Martig recaps March 2 Northfield City Council Meeting

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 8:58am
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig discusses the March 2 City Council meeting.  Topics include the Northfield Hospital strategic plan, police body cams, and more.

Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 8:52am
Event date: March 11, 2021
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
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Charter Commission Meeting
Thu, Mar 11, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)

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MPR broadcasts Institute conversation with Irshad Manji

St. Olaf College - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 6:53am
Minnesota Public Radio aired the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community's recent conversation with Moral Courage College founder Irshad Manji.
Categories: Colleges

Council endorses controversial plan to tighten vehicle emission standards

Northfield News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 9:37pm
The Northfield City Council is signaling its support for proposed state rules that would put stricter environmental standards on vehicle manufacturers, a plan that has drawn a lawsuit from a prominent Minnesota car manufacturers union.
Categories: Local News

Lippert voices price gouging concerns; Draheim has tax concerns; City strategic planning set to get underway

KYMN Radio - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director The global pandemic and the recent winter storms across Texas have combined to create some concern about price gouging in both Congress and the Minnesota State Legislature.  Last week, Minnesotans were surprised to hear that natural gas prices were on the rise due to the catastrophic energy grid failure in

New round of business support grants available

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 10:50am

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is pleased to offer another round of Business Support Funds thanks to a generous donation from Wings Financial Credit Union.  Downtown businesses can apply to receive up to $1,000 for projects and investments that will enhance their operations during the current pandemic.  The funds are ultimately limited, but all eligible businesses are encouraged to apply.

Click here to complete the application form.

Eligible Projects:  Marketing, customer and community engagement and relations, unique business specific reopening events, operational upgrades (including technology, online stores, etc.), physical space updates (signs, displays, paint/construction supplies), your time to complete the project.

Ineligible Expenses:  Rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, inventory costs, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business, personal expenses (groceries, healthcare, etc.)

The application deadline is 12pm on Monday, March 15th. Questions may be directed to Greg Siems, NDDC Executive Director (greg@nddc.org).

Additional Criteria for Applicants:

  • Be located in the C1 zoning district (indicated in pink on this map)
  • Have fewer than 20 employees (combination of part and full time)
  • Must be a brick and mortar business or nonprofit
  • Business may rent or own space
  • Demonstrate impact: how will the funds benefit or sustain your business during and post-pandemic?
  • Businesses who received support funds in 2020 are welcome to apply again, but priority consideration will be given to those who did not receive any earlier funds

2020 RECIPIENTS and PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

Round One

  • By All Means Graphics—for a digital marketing campaign to promote an online ordering system
  • The Entertainment Guide—for marketing to promote local events and happenings
  • Groundwire / Little Joy Coffee—for website updates to support direct-to-consumer sales
  • Heartwork Yoga Studio—for high-quality wireless headphones for instructors to improve the online class experience
  • The Measuring Cup—for website updates to allow for online shopping
  • Minnesota Soulstice—for improvements and maintenance of an online store
  • Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce—for sidewalk signs to promote foot traffic when MN’s stay-at-home order is lifted.
  • The Rare Pair—for creation and maintenance of an e-commerce site

Round Two

  • Aquatic Pets Plus—for interior lighting improvements
  • Forget-Me-Not Florist—for updates to outdoor signage and awnings
  • The HideAway Coffeehouse and Wine Bar—for interior remodeling projects
  • The Quarterback Club—for interior remodeling projects
  • Vintage, Etc.—for interior painting projects

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Categories: Organizations

Beth Kallestad and Danielle Hauck on Home Energy Squad Visits

KYMN Radio - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 9:17am
Beth Kallestad of the City of Northfield and Danielle Hauck from the MN Center for Energy & Environment talk about home energy squad visits to determine how you can cut your energy costs.  Visits cost either $70 or $100 and can be scheduled by calling 651-328-6220 or online on the MN Center for Energy &

Honor Council reports near doubling of cases received during fall 2020 semester

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 9:02am

The St. Olaf Honor Council has released statistics covering its caseload and findings from the Fall semester of the 2020-21 academic year, which show a near doubling of cases reviewed during Fall 2020 when compared to semesters before the pandemic shifted the College to virtual course instruction.

The Honor Council reviewed 58 cases in the Fall semester, roughly twice the case volume received in a traditional, on-campus semester. The proportion of cases brought to the Honor Council by faculty increased significantly; 51 of the 58 cases were implicated by professors, whereas the Council normally receives about half of its reports from students.

The Honor Council’s median time taken between the report and the finding on a case was 18 days; the Council sets a goal of a two-week turnaround between the time they receive a report and submit a finding on that report.

“Despite our increased caseload last semester, I’m proud of the speed and diligence with which the Honor Council has handled its work,” Honor Council President Logan Drieslein ’21 said. “This is thanks to the hard work of each member, and particularly the structural reform of our secretary, Logan Flom.”

Honor Council Secretary Logan Flom ’23 created a “new and more efficient system” to collect and organize reports received by the Council, Drieslein wrote in an email to the Messenger.

Councilmembers were unable to comment further on the impact of distance learning or new developments in cases due to the strict privacy guidelines of the body.

Honor Council statistics from Fall 2020-21. Numbers courtesy of the St. Olaf Honor Council. Graphic created by John Emmons ’23/Olaf Messenger.
Categories: Colleges

Grasping

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 8:48am

Let the world come to you. No, this is not passive. Be you. Do you. Inch ever closer to your best you. These steps will cause you to cross paths with the people and things you need. You don’t have to wander off into the dark woods, hoping you will stumble upon these people, these […]

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Categories: Citizens

EDA approves two-year contract with Riverwalk Market Fair

Northfield News - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 8:30pm
Northfield’s Economic Development Authority will help fund the Riverwalk Market Fair for at least two more years.
Categories: Local News

ERCOT Update:

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 4:27pm

Remember this storm and the absurdly price-gougingly high ERCOT market? Folks stuck with bills for thousands, even over TEN thousand dollars for electricity during that time?

Here’s what one Texas co-op did to protect its members:

Texas power company seeks bankruptcy protection after storm

From the article:

Brazos said that it received excessively high invoices from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas for collateral and for purported cost of electric service. The invoices were required to be paid within days. As a cooperative, Brazos’ costs are passed through to its members and retail consumers served by its members. Brazos decided that it won’t pass on the ERCOT costs to its members or the consumers.

THIS! Another reason we need more co-operatives, eh?

STRENGTH THROUGH COOPERATION!

Categories: Citizens

A LIFE WELL-LIVED: St. Olaf music leader remembered for kindness, commitment to justice

Northfield News - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 3:30pm
Robert Scholz’s tenure as a St. Olaf College music professor began in 1968, a time when the U.S. was in the grips of the Vietnam War, a conflict that would cost thousands of lives and cause a cultural shift some…
Categories: Local News

Plant Partners: Book Review and Giveaway

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 2:03pm

The latest Grow it, Minnesota podcast episode is an interview with Michelle Bruhn of Forks in the Dirt. Michelle is a gardener, chicken keeper, blogger and local food advocate. She runs classes on gardening and consults with home gardeners about vegetable garden design. She’s someone who enjoys experimentation and has played around with companion planting ... Read More about Plant Partners: Book Review and Giveaway

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Categories: Citizens

For students with dyslexia, new legislation, leadership provides hope

Northfield News - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 12:26pm
Over the last several years Minnesota has put increasing focus on helping students with dyslexia — but advocates say there’s much more to be done to make up for years of neglect.
Categories: Local News
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