A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michelle
Categories: Organizations

Lonsdale's Wieber takes 2018 Rice County Fair queen crown

Northfield News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:15pm
Score another victory for northern Rice County.
Categories: Local News

City to apply for MnDOT grant to help with Q-block, transit hub development

Northfield News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:41pm
Northfield leaders are hoping to receive some help in transforming the Q-block.
Categories: Local News

Rotary Cogwheel | July 19.2018

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:08pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 19, 2018

Today:  Jim Holden shares about his latest book

Next Week: Laura Turek (Weber) Literacy Initiative – Special meeting at the Spring Creek Park Pavilion

Birthdays: Duane Benson 7/21, Jayne Hager Dee 7/22, Jody Gunderson 7/20, Steve Underdahl 7/24, Linda Willgohs 7/22, 

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 


  • Jean Wakely invited club members and their families to Rotary Race Day at Canterbury Park on Aug 10. Doors open at 5:30, race begins at 6:30. Tickets are $10 each, proceeds go to Polio Plus. See Jean if you’re interested.
  • Shelley Holden encouraged everyone to sign up to volunteer at the Jesse James Bike Tour on September 8.
  • Erica Zweifel invited everyone to attend the Climate Change program on August 16th. There will be no lunch meeting that day, so plan to join us at the Weitz from 6-8:30pm. Family and friends welcome!
  • Virginia shared that the Y is working on a new 15-passenger van program in conjunction with HCI. They are looking for van drivers. See Virginia for more info.
  • Congrats to Maria Estrada on the news of her new restaurant “Kahlo” opening in Downtown Northfield in a few weeks! It will be located in the old High Noon space at 306 Division St.
  • Vintage Band Festival is coming up on July 28th and volunteers are still needed.
  • Scott Wopata thanked Rotary for its great work at the Key. 40 meals were served at the last event and Rotary is making an impact in the lives of Northfield youth.

Scholarship enhancement: Bob Thacker

Last Week: 

Scott Richardson’s story began in Plainview, Minnesota, which is the home of many notable celebrities including Northfield’s own Dan Kallman. His career journey included 18 years at the Northfield News, four years of working independently, and a successful season as Director of Community Relations at Northfield Hospital. He now begins a new and exciting chapter as the President of the Rotary Club of Northfield.

Zack Zastrow got his nickname in a high school with too many Steves. He recently celebrated his 29th anniversary with his high school sweetheart and oceanographer wife Colleen, who now works at the Just Food Co-op. His son Daniel is a packaging engineer for Jack Links and his daughter Kara works for a Land Management Auctioneering Company. 

Zack comes from Brockport, New York, a suburb of Rochester with a population of 10,000 people. That region is the third largest wine-producing area of the country. Zack enjoyed Brockport so much he stayed there for college. After he and Colleen married, they headed to the heat and humidity of Houston, Texas, where he sold insurance and she worked for Shell Oil. Then Colleen’s master’s studies took them to College Station, where they experienced the original home of the 12th man in the Aggie football stadium. With Colleen’s masters in Oceanography completed, the Zastrows moved to Solomons Island, Maryland where she worked as a Fisheries Biologist in the University of Maryland lab on the Chesapeake Bay. Zach worked in medical imagery sales and his job later transferred them to Fox Island, Washington, west of Tacoma. Zack and Colleen raised their children there, enjoying a breathtaking view of Mt. Ranier across the water.

When a startup company recruited Zack, the Zastrows moved to Shakopee, Minnesota where they enjoyed life on the lake. Their 300 acres were located just across the lake from the signature hole at the Stonebrook golf course where golfers get ferried across the water in their cart. The Zastrows experienced Minnesota Nice when a straight-line wind took down 120 trees on their property and the neighbors rallied to help. When they decided to move to Northfield, they sold their Shakopee house in a day and began the challenge of finding a home here. Their plan to downsize was disrupted by Northfield’s low inventory/high demand real estate market, so they ended up living near another golf course in the Mayflower subdivision.

When he’s not playing golf, Zack handles sales and marketing for the Americas at Stille Surgical. The company manufactures surgical instruments and is based in Eskilstuna, Sweden, a city of 70,000 with four Rotary clubs. Zack plans to visit one of their clubs on an upcoming business trip. 

Coming Up:

Aug 9 – Brent Nystrom Classification (Reese)

Aug 16 – no lunch meeting, Climate Action Team presentation at the Weitz Center 6-8:30pms

Categories: Organizations

Knights pick up another AVCA Team Academic Award

Carleton Sports - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:00pm

The Carleton College women’s volleyball team secured recognition for its achievements in the classroom during the 2017/18 academic year, earning a Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). This is the 16th time over the last 17 seasons that the AVCA bestowed this honor upon the Knights, the most among MIAC squads over that span.

Categories: Colleges

Loon Liquors adds new equipment, intends to quadruple production

Northfield News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:00pm
Five years ago, an idea officially grew into a business. And now, the makers of that idea and that business, are hoping to grow it some more.
Categories: Local News

Shelley Brady a dedicated worker, volunteer, friend, mother

Northfield News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:30pm
“How do you say good bye to a best friend?” Julie Eddy wondered in a July 7 Facebook post.
Categories: Local News

Emmaus Baptist Church receives "Making a Difference" award

Northfield News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:26pm
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Emmaus Baptist Church as the May/June 2018 “Making a Difference” award recipient.
Categories: Local News

Grisim family needs help

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:08pm

A young family starting their 2 week vacation in Costa Rica is now trying to get their son home on a medical transport.   I spoke with Grandpa Doug Grisim. He said his daughter Emmee and her family arrived at their host family’s home on July 10th to enjoy time on the beach, in the parks

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Three strikes and you’re in jail; Nfld man charged with sexual misconduct; Nfld council to get WWTP Fire Investigation update; MS bikers rest up in Nfld

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:02pm

He was driving a stolen car with a warrant for his arrest and decided to flee officers. Now he’s in jail.   19 year old Brandon Anthony Hendrickson of Owatonna led Faribault police on a chase through the City that began on Hwy 60 around Lyndale Avenue on Saturday afternoon.  According to the complaint, the officer

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From the Archives: The pioneering puckster

St. Olaf College - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:43am
Harold C. “Chick” Hagen

The history of ice hockey at St. Olaf College has all the elements of a great story: excitement, drama, humor, and a hero with pluck who persevered against adversity. When 18-year-old Harold C. “Chick” Hagen enrolled as a first-year student in September 1920, he arrived in Northfield the fatherless son of a Norwegian immigrant and newspaperman who had succumbed to the influenza pandemic the year before. Young Hagen struggled to support himself financially and attended St. Olaf sporadically over the next several years. In the fall of 1925, Hagen returned to campus, where he remained to complete his degree in 1927. One constant throughout his time at St. Olaf was his passion for hockey.

Pick-up and interclass hockey games were played at the 60,000-square-foot Mammoth Ice Rink on the Cannon River, which flows through Northfield. Hagen and fellow Oles were a common sight at the rink, which was equipped with a warming house, lighting, and a bandstand to entertain on “pleasant evenings.” The student newspaper, the Manitou Messenger, noted, “skating and hockey have become the most popular pastimes for the students … rosy cheeks under flashy tassel-caps are all in vogue.”

Editorials in the Messenger extolled the benefits of the sport, from healthy, outdoor exercise to coordination of skates and “exhilarated muscles.” One student opined, “Hockey should be encouraged because it is probably the most stimulating, the most exciting, and the fastest game, with the possible exception of airplane racing.” By December 1926, primarily due to Hagen’s convincing efforts, the St. Olaf Athletic Board recognized hockey as a collegiate sport.

The inaugural season opened on the Cannon River rink, Saturday afternoon, January 15, 1927. Led by the hard-driving center and student coach, Hagen, the team was equipped with natty uniforms and new sticks. The St. Olaf Pucksters put up a good fight against their opponent, Shattuck, a prep school from Faribault, Minnesota, but lost 3−2. For the next four games, the Oles crossed sticks with Macalester College and Shattuck, and twice skated against the vaunted Augsburg College, considered one of the nation’s best college teams. The results were not stellar, with the team posting in its first-ever regular season a record of three losses and two ties.

Skating on the Mammoth Ice Rink, downtown Northfield, in the 1920s.

Yet within those scores are stories of encouragement. In the team’s second game against Augsburg, St. Olaf scored a goal against the hockey powerhouse, the only team to accomplish such a feat during the season. The second meeting with Macalester ended in a tie after two overtimes. On Shattuck’s home ice, the two teams skated to a tie, but in all fairness, no overtime periods were played, as the Oles needed to catch a return bus to Northfield.

On February 16, 1927, the Pucksters entered the state tournament, where they faced Macalester on the Scots’ rink in St. Paul. With the score tied 1−1, and with less than 30 seconds to play in the second overtime period, 26-year-old senior Hagen ended his intercollegiate hockey career most fittingly, as witnessed by the Messenger:

The original Ole Pucksters (Hagen is in front row, second from right).

Taking the puck near his own blue line on a poke check, he skated down center ice, swerved to the left and got around the Mac defense man to skate up to the mouth of the goal where he drove a wicked shot into the netting through the small area not covered by the Mac goalie.

By winning the game against Macalester, the Oles finished second in the state tourney. After that miracle on ice 91 years ago, Hagen worked in a variety of fields, from automobile racing to newspaper publishing. In 1943, he was elected to the U.S. Congress, representing Minnesota’s Ninth District, where he served until 1955. Honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award by St. Olaf in 1954, he was described as, “a public servant whose life has been characterized by unselfish devotion to state and nation.”

Hagen passed away in March 1957. He was survived by his wife, Audrey, and two children, Andora ’56 and Harold ’56. No doubt his “puckish” spirit, which helped shaped hockey at St. Olaf so many decades ago, will take a chair and cheer the loudest when St. Olaf unveils in the spring of 2019 its new 800-seat indoor ice arena.

Categories: Colleges

Nerstrand's free backyard music festival brings together musicians, families and more

Northfield News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:39am
A local music festival will host 20 performers in Nerstrand’s backyard — literally.
Categories: Local News

2018 County Fair offers new attractions along with old favorites

Northfield News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 6:00am
This year, the Rice County Fair — which runs July 17-22 — is offering several new events that are sure to draw people in.
Categories: Local News

COURT REPORTS: Trifecta of mistakes, say cops: stolen car, warrant and fleeing police

Northfield News - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:43pm
Behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle and with a warrant for his arrest, an Owatonna man reportedly led police on a high-speed chase through town Saturday, a jaunt that netted him two felony charges.
Categories: Local News

Rodeo is set to excite and amaze fair audience again this year

Northfield News - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 5:30pm
After a successful 2017 run, the Barnes PRCA Rodeo returns to the Rice County Fair this week.
Categories: Local News

$5,000 reward for information on arson investigation offered

Northfield News - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:22pm
A $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification of those responsible for a fire and theft south of Faribault is being offered.
Categories: Local News

Planning Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:02pm
Event date: July 19, 2018
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

All in a day’s work… AFCL rocks!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 1:31pm

WOW!  Who knew this many people would turn out, well, after all, it is Association of Freeborn County Landowners, talk about an active, thriving bunch!  What an incredible job of organizing, lining up live auction donations, oh, and making pudding shots… ja, I’m an old fart, jello shots bring back memories, but pudding? This group has shown up, and worked together to be heard — each and every one of you has made the difference in this groundbreaking challenge to Freeborn Wind’s application.  Keep up the good work!  And thank you!!!

And of course, the satellite office:

This morning, pelicans on the lake!  How cool is that!  This is the view out the office window:

And it took 2+ years, but I think I’ve finally got the camper kitchen figured out.  Before last trip added the Camp Chef stove, and this trip, added a table for the stove, and Alan made leg extensions for the prep table, and voila, a workable kitchen! Everything in its place and a place for everything.

p.s. phone signal is great!

Categories: Citizens

Climate Action Plan Advisory Board

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:49pm
Event date: August 1, 2018
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

WWTP tour and process; Sen. Smith introduces teacher shortage bill; Nfld intros new mobile app

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:02pm

Last Friday, City Councilors and media were invited to tour the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Utilities Manager Justin Wagner and Public Works Director Dave Bennett took us on an hour-long tour showing where the 3 major events have happened since January, including the latest wherein 1 million gallons of sewage had to be discharged into the

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