Consultant: $3.8 million investment would help city meet climate goal

Northfield News - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 3:45pm
A consulting firm is recommending the city invest more than $3.8 million in the coming years to install solar panels at public facilities with the goal of ensuring 20% of the city’s energy is achieved through on-site solar by 2040.
Categories: Local News

Socially Distanced Stoop

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 3:34pm

This week’s New Yorker cover by Chris Ware nails the autumn’s neighborhood mood, right down to the tangled flag:

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Categories: Citizens

Comment period for Nfld SWPPP

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 1:22pm
Residents are invited to view and comment on the city’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) during its official commenting period from 7 a.m. on September 21 to 3 p.m. on October 2. This is part of the City of Northfield’s regular review with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The goal of the program is to

Letter to the Editor Re: School Board

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 1:17pm
Letter to the Editor: While there are a number of very important national election races this fall, I believe that your choices for our Northfield School Board also deserve your strong consideration.  I have had the privilege of knowing and working with current School Board candidate Corey Butler during my years as Superintendent of Schools

'Yellow Ribbon' chapters organize care package drive for deployed soldiers

Northfield News - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 1:00pm
Minnesotans deployed from the Second Battalion, 135th Infantry to the Horn of Africa will receive care packages of toiletries, protein drinks and gym equipment next month.
Categories: Local News

In 5/2 vote, Nfld Council sets Prelim levy at 5.7%; Dundas Council meets in new City Hall, sets their Prelim at 11.95%; Minnesota’s absentee voting system is “very solid”, says City Clerk Little

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director In a 5 to 2 vote, Northfield City Councilors set the preliminary levy last night at 5.7%, the number city staff recommended. C. Peterson White made the motion adding, “we might need the additional flexibility at the higher rate but it looks like at this point we can make this

Ben Martig recaps Northfield City Council Meeting

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 9:32am
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig recaps the September 15 Northfield City Council meeting.  Topics include setting the preliminary tax levy, utility rates, Citizen Task Force on Police Reform Policy, and more.

Senator Tina Smith discusses report on trade payments to farmers

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 9:26am
U.S. Senator Tina Smith discusses a new report by the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office about the Administration’s trade payments to farmers harmed by trade turmoil.  The report reveals that the payments created deep regional inequities, favored certain crops over others, and funneled money to large agricultural operations over smaller farms.  

Wider View

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 8:44am

Yet my peace has been disturbed by a fuller awareness that one of our two major political parties is -- at best -- indifferent to democracy.

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Categories: Citizens

While looking to cut expenses, council OKs initial 2021 levy hike

Northfield News - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:57pm
A $10.82 million preliminary 2021 levy OK’d by the Northfield City Council would increase property taxes by about $75 per year on a residential property valued at a $250,000.
Categories: Local News

Dundas council approves nearly 12% prelim. levy increase

Northfield News - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:04pm
The Dundas City Council on Sept. 14 approved a nearly 12% preliminary increase in the 2021 tax levy to account for various projects slated within the next year.
Categories: Local News

COVID Debris

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 4:05pm

I was just thinking as I rode home tonight, “I haven’t seen any discarded masks in a while.” Turn the corner and…

No way I was picking up that thing!

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Categories: Citizens

Man charged with stealing a vehicle to replace other illegally taken

Northfield News - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 3:03pm
A Northfield man who allegedly stole a vehicle last month after another one he had taken began to run out of gas has been charged with one felony count in Le Sueur County District Court.
Categories: Local News

Time out!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 1:08pm

There’s a lot to be said for taking a “Time Out!” First trip of the year was up to Tettegouche for solstice, and it was too crowded and people were uniformly non-observent of COVID precautions. After that, we declined two camp hosting gigs, no way was I up for dealing with people and cleaning and stocking bathrooms in that situation.

I am on several camping lists, one of which is the North Dakota State Parks, which sends out a list of weekend sites available. Little Missouri State Park ALWAYS had sites. It looked interesting, was a horse camp with 2 assigned corrals for each site (!) so I called, and horses aren’t required. So I grabbed the best site starting after Labor Day – 13e!

Site 13e in the background, from the road into the park (photo taken by someone in my camping group who was there the week after I’d booked our reservation. on the way… Flaring at sunset… Flaring in the distance – 15+ visible at night.

Sunset, right? Well, it is that time, but that’s an oil well flare. The campground was surrounded by oil wells (satellite view here).

North Dakota oil production on the upswing again but may plateau this fall

Some nights, they were audible, both a sound like a jet taking off and a very high pitched whistle. That was countered by the coyotes yipping and howling at sunset and an hour before sunrise.

Little Sadie loves to travel, and she’s learned to be cool around strangers and wildlife.

We took a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, South Unit one day, North Unit the next. Campgrounds are closed at both. From the looks of it, the wildlife is benefiting from not having people around.

The picnic ground was FULL of buffalo!

The buffalo walking along the road found a snake, and stomped it but didn’t kill it, and they took turns checking it out, the snake opened its mouth wide, hissing, they’d dance away, and come around again for a look-see. It was as if it was bison school, to learn how to recognize danger and what to do about it.

And the joys of zooming on the internet!
Categories: Citizens

Adventures in the New Humanities: Con me

St. Olaf College - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:59pm
In this "Adventures in the New Humanities" blog post, Professor of History Judy Kutulas shares why the St. Olaf learning communities collectively known as the Conversation Programs are "the best of the liberal arts."
Categories: Colleges

The Bulbs are Here!

Bulbs are in the house! Planting bulbs in the fall is a superb way to get a jump on your garden next year. If you’ve long admired the cheery colors of spring and early summer blooming bulbs, why not get some into your own garden? Tuck them in between perennials and enjoy the spring show or start a new bed by digging a trench and dropping them in en masse. To give your bulbs the best start, add some high phosphorus amendment like bone meal at planting time and water them in but don’t keep them soggy.

Bulbs we love:

Allium – Alliums make a statement! Big or small, the pom-pom blooms are impossible to miss. Plant them now and enjoy them for years. Bonus! Allium is deer and pest resistant and attracts pollinators.

Fritillaria – These are some unique and underappreciated plants! The dangling, checkered flowers are a real conversation piece that add an elegant, unique touch to the spring garden.

Hyacinth – If you want fragrance, Hyacinths are it. The tightly packed clusters of flowers are bright and beautiful and usually undisturbed by critters. 

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Categories: Businesses

City Clerk Little answers questions on absentee voting; A few “re-entry issues” on 1st Day of a pandemic school year; Citizen task force on police reform, presentations and preliminary levies

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director Friday is the first day of absentee voting and there are a lot of questions out there.  Northfield City Clerk Deb Little is in charge of voting within the City. While Absentee voting is nothing new, Little said two-thirds of those who voted in the Primary voted absentee. That’s a

Jenelle Teppen recaps Dundas City Council meeting

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:38am
Dundas City Adminstrator Jenelle Teppen discusses the new City Hall, and recaps the September 14 City Council meeting.  Topics include the preliminary tax levy, street lighting projects, CARES funding, and more.

Dr. Matt Hillmann on 1st Day of School

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:31am
Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann reports on the first day back to school and recaps the September 14 School Board meeting.

Future of Downtown Northfield online survey

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 8:22am

All individuals who live or work in or near Northfield, MN, are invited to share their thoughts on Northfield’s Downtown in an online survey.

Staff from Rethos in partnership with the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation are encouraging Northfield locals to take part in an online survey to share their thoughts, perceptions, and ideas for Downtown Northfield.

This survey is meant to gain insight from residents of all ages (kids included) who live in or near Northfield, as well as people who work in Northfield. This input will be analyzed and included with information from other related surveys and studies with an end objective of identifying community values and themes to direct planning and goals for downtown revitalization.

All survey input will be anonymous. The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete, and will be live from Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 30. Simply follow this link in order to complete the survey.

If you have questions about this survey or for the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, contact Greg Siems at To connect with Rethos Staff, contact Emily Kurash Casey, Rural Programs Coordinator at

About Rethos 

Rethos, formerly the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working nationwide for the use of old buildings and sites. We are holistic in our thought and flexible in our approach. We activate space, invest in communities, and reimagine what can be to lead and inspire people to connect with historic places, promoting community vitality. At Rethos, our purpose to reimagine places comes to life through core services that help educate, motivate and strengthen communities. Our board, staff, and partners work together to protect and promote communities’ shared environment and culture. Rethos Main Streets Minnesota helps cities maximize both their people and built assets for economic vitality.  Rethos Main Streets is a Main Street America Coordinating Program and provides local Main Street communities with the training, tools, information and networking they need to reinvigorate their downtown districts. More:

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