Canadian Hemlock

Imagine a peaceful evergreen forest; all cool air and diffused light through cascading deep green branches. Nesting birds sing in the distance. The smell of moss. 

Now imagine this effect in your home landscape. It’s a beautiful thought, and even in landscapes with limited sunlight it is within reach. The shade tolerant Canadian Hemlock has graceful branching and feathery needles that create a soft, natural look in the landscape. 

While most evergreens prefer full sun, this one thrives in part shade. Moist, cool soil in an understory is absolute heaven for these trees. While they can grow quite large in the wild, they are slow and steady growers that won’t quickly outgrow a space. If necessary, they will tolerate pruning. 

Canadian Hemlock Odds and Ends

Canadian Hemlock are perfectly suited to our cold climate once established, but they benefit from some winter protection, like a snow fence, in the first few years. Planting sites with evenly moist, well-drained soil that are protected from drying winds and scorching sun are ideal.

Hemlock has the distinction of being jugalone tolerant, so they can be planted with confidence even if you have black walnut trees in the vicinity. This is a noteworthy feature in the evergreen world.

For gardeners interested in supporting wildlife, Canadian Hemlock is a phenomenal source of protection and food for many birds species throughout the year.     

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The Weekly List – The Monsters of Rock Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 6:00pm
What happens when Rich let’s Dan program nearly an entire show? How can two people be in the same room and have two very different experiences? Well… this is the show that exposes the communication problems between our two hosts. This week, the guys commemorate the landmark 1988 Monsters of Rock Tour. Daniel G. Moir

Four members of meth trafficking ring sentenced to prison

Northfield News - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 4:30pm
Four people arrested following the April 2020 seizure of an estimated $1 million in meth in Faribault have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a Twin Cities-based methamphetamine trafficking ring.
Categories: Local News

Highway 246 closed, detoured in Northfield Monday for sewer line repair

Northfield News - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 3:58pm
Hwy 246 at Fremont Street in Northfield will be closed and detoured Monday as crews repair a sewer line, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Categories: Local News

Learning from experiences, NHS grad delves into entrepreneurship

Northfield News - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 2:38pm
While some people were picking up a new hobby or working on home improvement projects last summer, Wayne LaVine started his own business.
Categories: Local News

MPR broadcasts Institute conversation with Bryan Caplan

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 2:35pm
Minnesota Public Radio aired the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community's conversation with New York Times bestselling author and George Mason University Professor of Economics Bryan Caplan on Freedom, Populism, and Big Tech.
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City Council Work Session Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 1:04pm
Event date: June 8, 2021
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Please refer to the link below to view the council meeting.

Allina to hold Pfizer clinic on Saturday, free shuttle is available

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 12:17pm
Allina Clinic will hold a Pfizer vaccination clinic on Saturday morning.  Anyone 12 years of age or older can go to the clinic between 8am and noon and receive their first dose of vaccine. The second dose will be administered on June 26th.  The Benjamin Bus Company will run a shuttle every half hour, beginning at 7:30. The

MetroNet seeks cable franchise; HRA offering homeowner assistance; Home Town Credit Union Grand Opening

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director Tuesday night at the City Council meeting, MetroNet, the company that purchased Jaguar Communications last year, began the process of formally applying for a cable franchise in the City of Northfield.   While the city will be more than happy to provide Northfield residents with another choice for a cable provider,

Sheriff Troy Dunn on planning for new jail facility and more

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 8:46am
Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn discusses summer activities and planning for the new Rice County jail and law enforcement center facility.


Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 4:44am

“Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true power potential. Social action without education is a weak expression of pure energy. Deeds uninformed by educated thought can take false directions. When we go into action and confront our adversaries, we must be as armed with knowledge as they. Our policies […]

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Percy novel re-imagines Minnesota as meteor-strewn center of geopolitics

Northfield News - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 9:59pm
Have you ever imagined what would happen if a meteor shower hit your neighborhood? Ben Percy has. In great detail. Sitting outside his Northfield home, Percy reads from “The Ninth Metal” where he describes the moment before the destruction and…
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Invasive species competes aggressively with crops

Northfield News - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 4:41pm
A towering plant climbs 6 feet into the air, casting a shadow on the crops below. While the plant’s height can be impressive, even reaching up to 10 feet, its ecological effects are less than grand.
Categories: Local News

Collective goals? REGULATORY CAPTURE!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:49pm

Here we go again. It’s bad enough that CapX 2020 is morphing into CapX 2050/Grid North Partners, but they’re having a “conference(sign up here) in a couple weeks.

Look at the Chair of this panel, none other than the Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and the description:


Remember the toadying for CapX 2020? Remember the toadying for Excelsior Energy’s Mesaba Project coal gasification? Remember the toadying for Prairie Island/NSP/Xcel Energy’s nuclear plants, particularly Prairie Island circa 1994 and 2003?

This sort of thing has been an issue before, and former Chair LeRoy Koppendrayer has been the only one to acknowledge this type of participation as an issue — this was in 2007:

IEDC gets carried away

When this happens, I contact the PUC and register concerns, and have always been assured that they know well the boundaries.

And, well, here’s Commissioner Tuma on DOE Nuclear Waste panel circa 2016:

DOE “Consent-Based” Nuclear Waste Mtg.

This was also an issue with Commissioner Reha when she went off on a coal gasification junket to Belgium and promotion of CapX 2020! See the John Tuma link, above, for this with active links:

When the promotion and bias is so blatant, I’m not about to watch silently. Earth to PUC Commissioners, here are the PUC’s rules:

And when you see something, say something?

Ummmm, right…


Listen to Commissioner Tuma’s words that were the subject of our complaint at the link above. And the ALJ’s report delivers this warning:

I guess it will be an informal complaint, eh?

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Council considers aid to Hillcrest Village; Northfield Public Broadcasting shows its value; Adopt-a-Catch-Basin program seeks volunteers

KYMN Radio - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director The Northfield City Council met last night in the Council Chambers in City Hall for the first time since March of 2020. After the initial excitement of having everybody in the same room, they took up a wide and varied agenda, including the consideration of assistance to the Community Action Center’s  Hillcrest Village

National Security This Week with Rear Admiral Mike Studeman, 6-2-21

KYMN Radio - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 9:57am
Host Jon Olson interviews Rear Admiral Mike Studeman, Director of Intelligence for the US Indo-Pacific Command.

Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig discuss June 1 Northfield City Council meeting

KYMN Radio - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 9:12am
Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig discuss the June 1 Northfield City Council meeting.


Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 1:11am

“Throughout our life we acquire ‘thought habits’ — automatic ways of thinking about the world and ourselves. Functional thought habits — like good eating, sleeping and driving habits — help us operate efficiently and safely. However, distorted thought habits — like poor eating, sleeping, or driving habits — will, over time, result in psychological pain […]

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Memorial Day service includes calls for remembrance, honor of veterans

Northfield News - Tue, 06/01/2021 - 1:07pm
Although this year’s Memorial Day was moved online for a second straight year due to COVID-19, local veterans clearly outlined the central tenants of any similar in-person service: Recognizing the veterans who gave their lives in service to the U.S.
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Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 06/01/2021 - 12:26pm
Event date: July 8, 2021
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
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