St. Olaf Sentiments (11/2/17)

Manitou Messenger - 6 min 18 sec ago
How much is your life worth?Mine’s worth a little under $500,000.At least that’s my best approximation at how much the life-saving chemotherapy and radiation therapy cost private insurance and Medicaid when I was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in my right shoulder three years ago. In the eight months of treatment that followed, I dealt with the isolation, loss of independence and physical pain by viewing this school as the light at the end of the tunnel. Sure, things sucked now, but everything would be perfect once I stepped back on the hallowed campus of St. Olaf College. There have been few moments in my life more thrilling than sending in my deposit to attend the 15-16 school year. But the transition back to campus had some pretty significant snags. For one, I felt very weird about drinking. I told myself it was because I still had liver damage from chemotherapy, which was true … I wasn’t supposed to take Tylenol, much less be swigging from a bottle of Smirnoff. But I think there was a bigger thing that made me turn down a second drink: absolutely no part of me yearned to be out of control. I had blacked out and lost my memory countless times due to the potent anti-nausea medication. I had vomited endlessly when my body protested against the poison that was saving its life. I didn’t want a wild and free life. I wanted a tame and protected life.I didn’t really feel the need to be self-destructive when my self had already tried to destruct. Doing fun and reckless things that flirt with mortality didn’t have the same effect when I had already encountered my mortality up close and personal, and was achingly aware of what it meant.“Kill me please” and “I just want to die” jokes make me uncomfortable. I know it’s all fun and games and part of a specific internet-culture, meme-centric sense of humor, but all I really want to say “That’s nice. But I just spent most of a year and $500,000 trying not to die, and I still might, so maybe we could just treasure our lives unironically?”But that’s not a lot of fun at parties, and I want to be fun, so I usually just laugh.I know that many students here are dealing with issues of unreliable bodies and mortality, many in a more pressing day-to-day manner than I am. I’m in remission, and I have almost three more years of scans before I’m considered cured, but the most pressing danger period is over. That’s not necessarily true for many Oles here with chronic illnesses and disabilities, both physical and mental. There are many, many students who have to figure out how to navigate the tension between a cultural attitude of irreverent invincibility and the actual pressing knowledge that their bodies are definitely not invincible.People have told me I have a truer perspective: that I should be trying to convince people my age to be more grateful or careful or smarter about their lives and bodies. That may be true, but sometimes I feel anger at my new perspective. I don’t want the ability to relate to my peers to be another thing cancer has taken away. And it’s not like I’m some born-again health guru: I don’t know why I feel uncomfortable getting blackout drunk, but I’m fine with doubling up on caf desserts. Why I find smoking tobacco horrifying, but I also am horrifically unmotivated to exercise. All I know is when I encounter the vibrant, strong, reckless, carefree, youthful attitudes around me, there will always be a part of me that wants to join in. And another part that knows that I can’t.
Categories: Colleges

NFL Thursday needs to go

Manitou Messenger - 6 min 18 sec ago
During recent seasons, it’s become increasingly evident the NFL has a serious image problem stemming from myriad ethically dubious revelations that threaten its future prosperity and survivability. Pressing issues such as a concussion epidemic leading to potentially lethal post-career diseases, inconsistent policies in punishing domestic abuse following a period in which the offense was overlooked entirely and the immoral blacklisting of a quarterback attempting to protest grave injustices looming over the country have revealed where the league’s core interests truly lie. Essentially, the facade of a united NFL that prioritizes its players’ health and well-being has evaporated, revealing an ugly, transparent corporation primarily concerned with enriching its pocketbook rather than addressing the harsh realities it currently faces that could negatively impact its success not too long from now. Despite its best efforts to conceal these issues, fans and players have easily managed to catch on and voice their collective complaints, which, unfortunately, usually fall on the deaf ears of a lucrative company preoccupied with its own selfish interests. However, recently the league’s questionable philosophies were once again accentuated, this time falling under a different, justifiable scrutiny from players who feel the league is robbing them of any realistic chance of performing at their highest possible level, even sacrificing their physical health for publicity and monetary gain. The focus of the athletes’ frustration has been the increased injury risk in an already dangerous sport perpetuated by the existence of weekly Thursday night football games. Last week, forced to compete on Thursday night with a mere three days of recovery time since their previous contest, the Seattle Seahawks lost star cornerback Richard Sherman, arguably the best defensive player on the team, for the season after he tore his Achilles tendon, the most noteworthy among 15 players to suffer sidelining injuries during the contest. The abnormally high injury total has sparked serious discussion about the moral implications of making athletes competing in arguably the most physically destructive sport take the gridiron with drastically shortened rest. According to several professional studies in the past decade and lived experience from professional running backs, participation in a typical complete NFL game is physical equivalent of sustaining damage from a serious car accident, if not multiple car accidents, per contest. Forcing players to recover in one week for nearly four consecutive months is already taking a considerable toll on their bodies, one that has translated to shortened careers and life expectancies. By essentially halving that healing window for even one week in order to expand its brand to dominate Thursday night television ratings, the NFL makes it practically impossible for every athlete to escape the premature contest unscathed in favor of stuffing its collective wallet with an additional billion-plus dollars in broadcasting contracts. The counterargument here is that athletes who participate gain additional resting time during the upcoming week to make up for the more severe damage. However, that extra time hardly matters when players like Sherman are sidelined for an entire season due to the impact Thursday games have already wrought. For an organization that has preached its ostensible concern over player safety with reworked equipment and penalty distribution, putting even its best athletes in directly serious danger for some extra funds screams hypocrisy. Outraged players such as wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Sherman’s teammate, have even proposed that playing under such conditions should be “illegal,” stating that, “guys do not have enough time to recover. You can’t recover in four days.” By neglecting player safety in an effort to perpetuate impractical and dangerous Thursday night football, the NFL has effectively added to its rapidly growing laundry list of ethical issues that could sink the organization within our lifetime if left unaddressed.
Categories: Colleges

St. Thomas hands Oles 97-0 beatdown

Manitou Messenger - 6 min 18 sec ago
... Yikes.This season was going so well for first year head coach James Kilian and St. Olaf football. Three consecutive conference wins during the heart of its schedule, including a pulse-pounding victory against longtime rival Carleton, gave the Oles their best conference record since 2012. Standout performances from veteran players such as receiver Troy Peterson ’18, who was second in the MIAC with 81.6 receiving yards per game, and from younger contributors like Khayleb Willis ’20, who was a revelation at running back with four 100+ all-purpose yard performances, provided the team with excellent leadership and optimism for the future. Though competing in the postseason with the best of Division III was still out of reach, after what seemed like an eternity, St. Olaf football finally carried some momentum.Then St. Thomas came to campus and washed that sense of hope down with a bitter aftertaste. No, your eyes do not deceive you – the Tommies dominated from the opening seconds of the game, never letting up on their way to a 97-0 demoralizing rout of the Oles. The subtext of the final score doesn’t read much better: 326 St. Thomas rushing yards dwarfed St. Olaf’s 9, 29 Tommie first downs eclipsed the Oles’ 5 and a staggering 596 difference in total yards is simply abnormal. If this were baseball, these are what we would call “crooked numbers.” The fact that the game took place on Ole Pride day only added insult to injury.Look, it’s obvious from the lopsided contest that St. Thomas possesses a more dominant football team than St. Olaf does – anyone who claims otherwise is simply in denial. A major question that remains, however, is if the Tommies went too far.Evidence would indicate that the answer is “absolutely.” Normally the team on the winning end of games such as this would remove their starters the moment it becomes obvious that the contest is relatively out of hand. However, entering the third quarter with a 64-0 lead, the Tommies kept elite starting quarterback and MIAC star Jacques Perra ’20 in for an additional series to score another superfluous touchdown. St. Thomas attempted three two-point conversions despite its massive leads, the last of which came in the second quarter when the score was already a convincing 41-0. Despite never being seriously contested, the visitors went for fourth-down conversions five times, all successful, the final one taking place late in the game after the Tommies held a surreal 91-0 advantage. Finally, instead of taking a knee to run out the clock during the final drive, St. Thomas opted to keep piling it on, scoring a rushing touchdown with seven seconds remaining in regulation. Despite accusations of poor etiquette, opposing coach Glenn Caruso insists in an interview with WCCO that the scoring wasn’t excessive.“We do everything we can to make sure that we put our guys in the best possible situation, as they do,” Caruso told WCCO. “I can’t control whether or not they want to extend the game, which obviously they were very comfortable doing ... I’m going to do everything I can to make sure [our team] is in the best possible situation. At the end of the day, it’s really not serving the game well if you don’t play your hardest.”Therefore, it may behoove the MIAC to explore reinstating a mercy rule that was abolished in 2001, one that allows a running clock at all times, even outside of play, to speed up the contest. However, for now, Kilian and the Oles will have to do their best to overlook this blip on the radar, examining and ultimately returning to the brand of football they executed so proficiently during an inspirational midseason run.
Categories: Colleges

Young volleyball trio named all-conference

Manitou Messenger - 6 min 18 sec ago
Following a breakthrough triumphant season, three underclassmen for St. Olaf volleyball were selected as All-Conference athletes immediately after the MIAC playoffs concluded – Lauren Rewers ’20, Lexi Wall ’21 and Summer Reid ’21. With the help of these three athletes, St. Olaf surpassed all expectations and had an outstanding season.Rewers and Reid placed first and second in the conference with kill totals of 395 and 355, respectively, while Wall dominated the competition with 11.24 assists per set, topping the MIAC by a considerable sum. Together, the breakout trio helped St. Olaf to top three finishes in total points (1,878), kills (1,492), assists (1,433) and service aces (173), igniting a previously dormant offense that placed in the bottom third in each of those statistical categories in 2016. Considering all three are currently underclassmen with countless upcoming opportunities to improve both individually and as a unit, St. Olaf is looking like a worthy contender with seemingly limitless potential for the near future. Despite the fact that the young Ole stars were emphatically named All-MIAC, they give full credit to their team.“I wouldn’t, this sounds cliché, really be on the All-Conference team if it hadn’t been for my teammates,” Reid said. “They were just really supportive of me the whole year. Everyone was just awesome. I don’t think I would have made it if I didn’t have such awesome teammates.”From the very first serve in the regular season, the Oles were determined to defy preseason coaches’ polls and a recent history of cellar conference finishes, piecing together a surprising season in which it emerged victorious in two-thirds of its contests, including a 9-2 record at home. This resurgent effort was a shock to all outside spectators and opponents, as St. Olaf was ranked second to last in the MIAC heading into the fall. This ranking hardly presented any significant restriction to the athletes’ unshakable tenacity and determination. Rewers vividly remembers witnessing her team’s ranking for the first time, an early motivational factor for what would become one of St. Olaf volleyball’s most special seasons in recent memory. “I remember in a team meeting looking at it and thinking ‘this means nothing to us,’” Rewers said. “‘We are not going to let this dictate how our season goes. We’re not going to let this be the deciding factor.’” This determination to prove St. Olaf’s latent talent hidden beyond a mere preseason number was the shared catalyst which jumpstarted the team through a playoff run to the semifinals, the club’s first since 2010. According to the triumphant triad, it also sparked an uncanny camaraderie that allowed the team to gel and find its groove down the stretch, united in their common goal of proving doubters wrong and extracting the very most of their latent potential.“We all just work together really well,” Reid said. “And I think the fact that we all had one common goal, winning and doing our best, really led to the closeness of the team. Communication is a really big part of a team sport, especially volleyball. Communication on and off the court really fostered our family feel. It was a pretty welcoming community which I really enjoyed and felt a part of from the beginning.”“Everyone on the court, even off the court, tries their hardest, and everyone is all in,” Wall said. “I think everyone just came together and it was good chemistry and good hard work that made it [the team’s success].” “I think that [family mentality] plays a huge role in how successful we are on the court,” Rewers said. “Because we love each other so much off the court and on. I learned that from the alumni before and I think I’ll keep just teaching that to everyone that comes, just that we care so deeply for each other.”Even though St. Olaf Volleyball has always been a tightly-knit community akin to a real family, the difference between previous seasons and this magical year was the energy, drive and belief that the team could truly excel following two consecutive seasons in which it finished last in the MIAC. The welcoming atmosphere kept the team close and determined, possessing a mentality of unity and trust that contributed to every match, oftentimes resulting in victory. Yet, despite their confidence, the athletes remained humble enough to keep that powerful work ethic alive for the duration of the marathon season. “All of us were just completely brought into the program and all of us were completely invested,” Rewers said. “We have seven freshmen that I am so thankful that they came to St. Olaf, whether they were on the court all the time or just working their butts off in practice every day. They added so much to the team dynamic. [In] no game did we ever walk in thinking, ‘oh, we’re going to win this game’ or ‘oh, we’re going to lose this game.’ We work so hard for every game and [the successful season] was the outcome of it.”The Oles fell short in the semifinals against St. Thomas, but after leapfrogging from 11th to third in the MIAC rankings, the future for St. Olaf volleyball with Rewers, Reid and Wall making up a strong core for several additional seasons to come, looks brighter than it has in a long time, as the players are determined to keep the momentum going. “I think [next season’s team] will stay strong, just because we’re not looked down on in the MIAC anymore,” Reid said. “We’re proud to be Oles and we like to show that. I think that pride of playing for St. Olaf will really show through the next few years.”
Categories: Colleges

The nekyia performed by the Oriole in light of his family.

Manitou Messenger - 6 min 18 sec ago
The king knows the way around his coliseumBut it’s his newborn babe that pushes him awayTo his gated neighborhood. No hand of wisdom could break suchFrantic doodlesHis past his only renewal.He will leave the eyes of love and fate upon his catacombAnd a shattered home his eternal throne. 
Categories: Colleges

Knights race to fifth-place result at NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - 7 hours 14 min ago

The Carleton College women’s cross country posted the program’s best-ever result at the NCAA Championships as the Knights took fifth out of 32 teams at the national meet. Sophomore Meg Mathison led the way, placing sixth overall to earn All-America recognition.

Categories: Colleges

Freeborn Wind & Bent Tree in the STrib

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 7 hours 28 min ago

Yes, Minnesota, impacts of wind turbines are real, and you’re going to have to deal with it.

“I want quiet and dark nights, not the noise and red flashing lights on top of wind towers,” she said. “We did not choose to live out here to be next to an industrial park.”

Here’s the proposal for Freeborn Wind with sound modeling (See Figure 6 Application, Siting_Initial Filng_Figures1-17_20176-132804-02), and consider, Minnesota standards for setbacks are that it much comply with MPCA noise standard PLUS 500 feet — the 500 feet is not built into this map (click for larger version):

Shadow flicker? Commerce admits in its Comments that there are homes affected beyond what is allowed by county ordinance  (See Figure 8 Application, Siting_Initial Filng_Figures1-17_20176-132804-02) (click for larger version):

Wind project in southern Minnesota gets pushback Wind turbines increasingly important to state’s power supply, but some opposition is fierce By Star Tribune staff November 17, 2017 — 11:03pm

GLENVILLE, Minn. – The vista from Dorenne Hansen’s kitchen window features corn and soybean fields specked with barns and tree groves. It may also one day include three wind turbine towers and a power line — though not if she can help it.

Hansen and other residents are fighting to stop the Freeborn Wind Farm project in Freeborn County southeast of Albert Lea.

“I want quiet and dark nights, not the noise and red flashing lights on top of wind towers,” she said. “We did not choose to live out here to be next to an industrial park.”

Wind farms commonly generate some local antipathy as they grow both in number and economic importance to the energy industry, but the Freeborn project has sparked a higher level of opposition. It has been intense enough to prompt Freeborn Wind’s developer, Invenergy, to move more than half the project — 58 turbines — across the border to Iowa.

“Iowa loves it,” said Dan Litchfield, senior manager for Chicago-based Invenergy, which is developing Freeborn Wind for Xcel Energy. As far as state permitting, “the Iowa portion of the project is done,” Litchfield said. In Minnesota, Freeborn Wind has sparked a fight before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

There are issues over the proximity of wind turbines to some houses. And opponents of the project are concerned about unwanted noise, potential health effects, visual pollution and declining property values.

Litchfield said it’s a “myth” that wind farms cause ill health, and the Freeborn project will “comply with the law” as far as noise levels and distances between houses and turbines.

Both sides agree on one matter: Poor perception of an existing wind farm in Freeborn County, the Bent Tree project north of Albert Lea, has helped feed opposition to Freeborn Wind.

Complaints against Bent Tree by some local residents prompted the PUC to take the uncommon move of ordering a noise study. The results in late August showed that Bent Tree exceeded noise levels at certain times.

Quality of life at issue

The Freeborn Wind project is part of a building boom in an industry that has already made great strides in Minnesota.

The state is the seventh largest U.S. wind power producer, with more than 2,300 turbines dotting the countryside, particularly in the wind-rich southwest, according to the American Wind Industry Association.

The industry has flourished with rising demand for clean energy coupled with falling prices for equipment and federal tax breaks for wind projects. Wind has been a economic boon for some farmers and rural landowners, too: Leasing land for turbine sites can generate well over $10,000 of income annually.

But it’s been anathema for some rural residents, a quality-of-life issue that can provoke hard feelings. Some property owners leasing cropland live out of state or otherwise outside of a wind farm’s footprint. “They get the cash and don’t have to deal with what we have to,” Hansen said.

Hansen is a 56-year-old retiree who lives near Glenville, where she and her husband raise beef cattle on a hobby farm. She’s the fourth generation of her family to live in southeastern Freeborn County. Hansen says she’s relatively fortunate — the closest turbines to her house would be well beyond the minimum setback required by state regulations.

Yet fighting Freeborn Wind has become a cause for Hansen, and several area homeowners have joined her. The PUC has received at least 15 letters of opposition from Glenville residents.

Hansen showed the Star Tribune a petition signed by 465 people who live in Freeborn Wind’s footprint and who oppose the projects. They far outnumber supporters, she said, wielding color-coded maps to prove her point. “If we got to vote, this would be over.”

Litchfield, however, notes that a July 2016 poll of 300 voters in all of Freeborn County — conducted for Invenergy — showed that 79 percent supported having wind farms in the county. “There are a lot of people in Freeborn County who want the project,” he said.

The Bent Tree effect

Invenergy, which has developed 82 wind projects, began work on Freeborn Wind in 2008. By the end of 2009, the company had lease agreements with Minnesota landowners for more than 30,000 acres. But Invenergy couldn’t find a buyer for the project’s electricity.

In September 2016, the company finally got a deal: It would develop Freeborn Wind and sell the project to Minneapolis-based Xcel, the nation’s largest wind-energy utility. At the time, Freeborn Wind entailed 200 megawatts of power production in Freeborn County. (A megawatt is 1 million watts).

But when Invenergy applied to the PUC for a permit in June, the project had shrunk to 84 megawatts in Freeborn County; the rest had been shifted to Worth County, Iowa. Litchfield said Invenergy was able to lease the land it needed in Iowa in just nine months.

In Freeborn County, lessors were opting out: Invenergy had 17,435 acres under lease in Freeborn County in June, 42 percent less than it had in 2009.

Leases signed back then began expiring in 2015 and 2016, and some landowners chose not to renew. Hansen’s family was one of them. Back in 2010, Hansen and her three siblings — who together own 155 acres — voted 3-1 to sign a lease with Invenergy. She was the holdout. Seven years later, the vote flipped: 3-1 against.

One big change in the interim was the Bent Tree Wind Farm, which began producing electricity in 2011. “I never wanted [Freeborn Wind], and then add in the Bent Tree project and the colossal mess of that,” Hansen said.

Bent Tree, owned by Madison, Wis.-based Alliant Energy, features 122 wind turbines in the northwestern part of Freeborn County. (Litchfield said that Freeborn Wind’s turbines will not be as close together as Bent Tree’s.)

Three residents who live within Bent Tree’s footprint repeatedly complained about turbine noise. The Minnesota Department of Commerce found that the complaints were “unresolved and substantial,” and potentially violated site permit conditions, according to an August 2016 PUC order. The Commerce Department recommended a noise study of Bent Tree, and the PUC concurred.

The study found that noise exceeded maximum decibel levels seven times at one of two testing locations and nine times at the other. “Wind induced sound,” birds chirping and leaves rustling “appear to be the primary contributor to the exceedances,” the study said. The role of wind turbines alone would require further tests, it concluded. So a second study is on tap, this one isolating wind sound.

Alliant said in a PUC filing that another study isn’t necessary, noting that the number of noise violations was small and that they could be explained by “meteorological conditions and wildlife activity.”

In a statement to the Star Tribune, Alliant said it believes Bent Tree “remains in compliance with noise standards. We work hard to be a good neighbor and look forward to working with the (PUC) and others to demonstrate our Bent Tree Wind Farm continues to be fully compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.”

Noise and ‘shadow flicker’

Dave Langrud, 54, of Alden was one of those who repeatedly complained to regulators about Bent Tree. Langrud owns a wood-flooring business and lives with his wife and youngest son in an old farm house that he’s restored and expanded.

“I stuck a lot of money into this,’’ he said, noting the home’s extensive cherry woodwork. “I would never have done it if I knew the windmills were coming to town.”

About 10 turbines are within three-quarters of a mile of his house, he said. The closest is 1,150 feet away. “We can hear them inside our house — whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. It’s hard to fall asleep and you don’t get a restful sleep,” Langrud said. “When I go out of town, I start catching up on my sleep.”

Langrud said he also often gets “dull headaches,” which he believes stem from the turbines. And his property — including the inside of his house — is prone to “shadow flicker,” a condition caused by the casting of shadows by turbine blades. “It drives you nuts,” he said.

Shadow flicker, which primarily occurs in mornings and evenings, is a common concern of wind-farm opponents. And sleeplessness and headaches are the most common complaints about wind farms from nearby residents, according to a 2009 study by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Wind farms have also drawn complaints about inaudible infrasound, or low frequency sound, which can pass through walls easier than higher frequency noise and can also be accompanied by vibration, the health department study said.

The health department has not updated its report. But James Kelly, an environmental surveillance manager at the department, said he’s “unaware of any significant studies that would cause us to rethink the statements we made in 2009.”

Langrud has made video and audio recordings of the turbines’ effects, and he’s had a few families from southeastern Freeborn County — wary of the Freeborn Wind project — visit his home.

“I said, ‘Take a look around, hang out as long as you want and see if you want to live here.’ ”


Here’s the Bent Tree project – click for larger version:


Categories: Citizens

Talk Doctor aims to bring psychology services to local youth

Northfield News - 8 hours 17 min ago
When Christi Bostwick worked as a psychologist at a pediatric firm in Kansas, she provided comfort for kids.
Categories: Local News

Knights take 10th at NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - 8 hours 25 min ago

The Carleton College men’s cross country team concluded the 2017 season with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships. Donson Cook-Gallardo placed 15th in the 280-runner field to earn All-America honors for the fourth time in his collegiate career and the first time in cross country.

Categories: Colleges

MN Deer Hunters Assoc. Craig Engwall

KYMN Radio - 9 hours 35 min ago

Andy and Dave talk with Craig Engwall, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA).  He took a break from hunting to talk with the guys about the state of deer hunting and more. MN Deer Hunters Assoc. – Craig Engwall

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Public Poetry at the Northfield Public Library

Rob Hardy - Rough Draft - 12 hours 45 min ago
In early August, the director of the Northfield Public Library, Teresa Jensen, asked me to write a poem to be displayed prominently in the atrium of the Northfield Public Library. She wanted something that would capture the essence of the library as a place of knowledge and stories, a community gathering place, and a democratic institution. I wrote a poem in five stanzas of four lines each. The first four stanzas consist of three lines in English and a concluding line in Spanish. The final stanza translates each of the Spanish lines into English.

On Friday, November 17, 2017, the poem was installed at the public library. The plastic films were designed, created, and installed by Graphic Mailbox in Northfield. Here's the Northfield Public Library's Facebook post unveiling the new poem:

And here's the text of the poem:

This is where we come for windows on another world,and where we find mirrors to look at ourselves. This is the house we have built to house our histories. Esta es la puerta que se abre a nuestra vida común.
Here is the end of our search, and the start of our journey.Here is the map and the transport and the destination,here the main-traveled roads and the road not taken. Aquí está el camino que hacemos caminando juntos.
Here the stars are named, and still retain their mystery.Here there are dragons curled over their hoard of words.Here is what we know, and what can only be imagined. Este es el lugar donde se reúnen todas nuestras historias.
This is where we compose the poetry of a more perfect unionand learn to harmonize with the better angels of our nature. Here is our faith in each other and our common purpose. Este es un lugar de bienvenida a todas y todos.
This is the door that opens on our common life.Here is the road that we make by traveling together. This is the gathering of all our stories. This is a place where all are welcome.

Thanks to Mar Valdecantos for making corrections to my Spanish. 
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GALLERY: Students bring the 'Tom Sawyer' gang to Northfield

Northfield News - 13 hours 27 sec ago
Audiences journeyed down the Mississippi this weekend with Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher and all the gang.
Categories: Local News

Council gives thumbs up to new subdivision overlooking the Cannon

Northfield News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:45pm
Work on Dundas’ new, 19-lot subdivision started even before the council signed off on the final plan.
Categories: Local News

Northfield police see rash of thefts from vehicles

Northfield News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:32pm
The Northfield Police Department are warning residents of recent thefts from motor vehicles in Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Construction underway on downtown Express Care Clinic

Northfield News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:30pm
Northfield Hospital, Sterling Pharmacy and Healthfinders staff aren’t wasting any time renovating the Sterling building to make way for clinic space.
Categories: Local News

Minnesota rape survivor wants new bill sponsor after Sen. Franken groping revelations

Northfield News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 1:56pm
Fallout for Sen. Al Franken continued Friday after revelations that he kissed and groped at a woman against her will in 2006.
Categories: Local News

Northfield photographer dives deep into bogs

Northfield News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 1:05pm
Meg Ojala always draws on the natural world for her photography. And her newest exhibit at Groveland Gallery, “From the Bog,” dives into the mysterious atmosphere of bogs and why preservation is needed in those areas.
Categories: Local News

“Hiccup” changes NAFRS design; Fairfield Inn update – they’re making progress; Hillmann says the community “gave us very clear feedback” regarding bond referendum

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:02pm

A “last minute hiccup” from Mn Dot means changes for the design of the entrances for the NAFRS (Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service) building from Hwy 3.  Since about 1996 there has been a drive over curb off Hwy 3 near 5th street that MnDot put in when they redid the road.  During this

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Author J. Courtney Sullivan

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:03am

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes author J. Courtney Sullivan to talk about her new novel Saints for All Occasions. ArtZany! Radio for the Imagination 11-17-17 Courtney Sullivan’s newest novel is Saints for All Occasions. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement, Maine and The Engagements, soon to be

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Opioid limits proposed for Minnesota prescribers to fight painkiller abuse

Northfield News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:30am
In Minnesota’s latest effort to combat the abuse of prescription painkillers, a state task force has set new limits on opioid prescriptions by doctors who participate in the state’s Medicaid program.
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