Stargazing with Oriental Lilies

Oriental Lily, Lilium ‘Hotline’

This time each summer, our midnight sky is streaked with the illuminant beauty of the Perseid meteor shower. Coincidentally, the aptly named Stargazer Lily also reaches its peak. Its large, extremely fragrant, fuchsia pink and white flowers come into bloom, with upturned faces gazing into the sky. This summer, another oriental lily has been turning heads with breathtaking beauty and fragrance, ‘Hotline’. ‘Hotline’ Oriental Lily produces large, pure white flowers, edged with a line of hot pink, creating a simple and elegant beauty. As the flowers age the pink edge can darken and spread throughout the blossom, making each flower its own unique combination of white, fuchsia-pink and maroon. Oriental lilies thrive in full sun with their bulbs and roots kept cool in the shade of neighboring plants. Because oriental lilies don’t require a lot of real estate they are ideal tucked in between established perennials. Mulching well will also help keep their “feet” cool. You can grow oriental lilies in just about any well drained soil from zone 3 to 9. The 3 foot sturdy stems of ‘Hotline’ and those spectacularly fragrant, showy flowers make them an excellent fresh cutting. Plant them near sitting areas, patios and decks where their fragrance in the garden can be enjoyed during the day, or at night, while stargazing.

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Hydrangeas are in Bloom

Limelight Hydrangea Tree

Hydrangeas are in bloom all across southern Minnesota with many varieties that are still yet to bloom within the next six weeks!

I love hydrangeas for many reasons.  Hydrangeas display large, lush blossoms that last for anywhere from four weeks to twelve weeks.  That is a far longer period of time for us to enjoy a wonderful feast for the eyes, and there are many interesting varieties that are able to prosper despite the pretty tough winters we have in the Northfield area!

Hydrangeas are great in that they come in shrub form and tree form.

Bobo Hydrangea Hardy Hydrangea

Another very nice characteristic of hydrangeas is their toughness and adaptability,  with the ability to grow in almost any soil type.  Many varieties are able to do well as far north as Ely and International Falls.

While most flowering shrubs and trees bloom only for one to two weeks in April and May, hydrangeas have lovely blossoms for six to eight to twelve weeks.

Excellent hydrangea varieties for southern Minnesota include Incrediball, Incrediball Blush, Spirit II, Spirit Ruby, Limelight, Little Lime, Little Quickfire, Quickfire, Diamond Rouge, Bob, Firelight, Pinky Winky, Vanilla Strawberry and many more.


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DOT considers adding passenger train to Chicago

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:37pm


CORRECTION: Purpose and Need Statement now available for proposed Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service

Our mistake! We gave you the wrong public information meeting dates in yesterday’s update. Wisconsin’s meeting is actually first. Correct dates are:

  • Sept. 6 at the La Crosse County Administrative Center in Wisconsin
  • Sept. 7 at St. Paul’s Union Depot 

We wouldn’t want you to miss these important public meetings. Sorry for the confusion.


There’s been a lot of bruhaha here about the “Zip Rail,” but that’s now “Zip” since the DOT suspended “work” on that project.  What’s new is that there’s a specific initiative by the DOT now for adding a 2nd daily passenger train to and from the Twin Cities to Chicago, serving multiple points in between.  THIS IS NOT A HIGH SPEED RAIL PROPOSAL, it’s adding another passenger train on the eastern end of the Empire Builder route.

Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service

Here’s Amtrak’s 2015 feasibility report (PDF) 

And the reports this rail group has generated with DOT:

Meetings seem to be held monthly, but there’s no notice of when the next meeting is on the e“meetings” page, and there are no details of the meetings, agenda, minutes, presentations, etc.   See future forum meetings.  HA!  They’re missing PAST meeting!

Look at the “Public Engagement” and tell me if you see anything about the public, and look at “Membership/Members” and tell me if you see anything other than corporations, governmental and lobbying organizations — WHERE’S THE PUBLIC?

Here’s the “Put Me On The List” link, copied from their page: contact the MnDOT Project Managers or Mary McFarland, MnDOT Communications.

Have at it, and keep an eye out for a Fall 2017 public meeting where the Purpose and Need Statement – July 2017 (PDF) will be presented and discussed (it does not note a formal comment period).

Categories: Citizens

Rice County's Kangases honored for decades of volunteerism

Northfield News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:05pm
After 50 years of marriage, 78-year-old Ken and 73-year-old Pat Kangas are still filled with life and laughter.
Categories: Local News

Faribault's Hammer wins fair essay contest

Northfield News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:00pm
Faribault’s Robert Hammer took first place in the Rice County Fair Senior Essay Contest.
Categories: Local News

Grant puts focus on early childhood dental care

Northfield News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:30pm
Local officials believe some low income Rice County families are waiting too long to get their children with proper dental care.
Categories: Local News

A show for everyone this weekend at the Rice County Fair

Northfield News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:00pm
Elvis Presley died 40 years ago next month, but his presence is alive and well at the Rice County Fair.
Categories: Local News

Carleton student charged in hazing related sexual assault; 2017 a good year for development in Northfield; New Officer sworn in

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:02pm

A man has been charged following a hazing incident at Carleton College in April.  13 students were found responsible for serious violations of the College’s student code of conduct and were suspended for 3 terms.  But 19 year old Taariq Muhammad Vanegas has been charged with 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct.  According to the criminal

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.20.2017

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:30am

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Next Week: Wednesday, July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

Birthdays: Jayne Hager Dee and 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.

Last Week:
Nate Watters’s description of running a cidery echoes a recent book on parenting titled “All Joy, No Fun.” He loves growing apples, and he loves adding value to those apples by using them for homegrown, all-Minnesota cider. But it is hard work.

But his business, Keepsake Cidery, is a calling of sorts. It is his effort to organize his work around some non-negotiable principles, such as: caring for the environment, staying local, caring for neighbors, friends and family, and doing it all with integrity.

“I wanted to find a way to be successful, but not exploit,” he said.

Cider was the drink of choice for most of the United States in its early years, Nate said. Prohibition knocked out the cider orchards, but now cider is experiencing a revival. Nate and his wife, Tracy Jonkman, are riding that wave. They have created a certified organic apple farm and locally-sourced cidery.

They are now in their third of operation. Nate grows his apples in a vineyard-like setting, using dwarf trees planted three feet apart. None of them would be mistaken for eating apples. He calls them “spitters.” He draws on 35 varieties of locally-grown apples to produce a tart, fresh wild cider with an alcohol content of around 7 percent.

His products are available in 130 different outlets between Blaine and Rochester. They also have limited weekend hours at their cidery south of Dundas. During the summer, they are open noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. In the fall they will open on Sundays as well.

Mini Classification:
Bruce Morlan drew on his time in the Air Force working the line crew in missile defense to say that everyone has a role to play in making this world a better place, even the cooks.

Guests: Craig Swenson (Pederson), Ellen Iverson and Cindy Kreis (W. Sivanich), Lisa Peterson (Conway) and Mariah (Taylor)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago, who no longer can be accused of insider trading.

— Vicky Langer is looking for volunteers at this year’s Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. They need people for set-up and to staff the hospitality tent. The concerts themselves run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

— Building on our visioning process in May, Alan Anderson is in the process of forming a Climate Action Committee for the club. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Alan or Rick Estenson. During our visioning exercise, climate change was identified as an area of focus for the club under International Service. Alan also has a radio program each Monday at 8:45 a.m. on KYMN radio where he addresses climate issues. Next Monday will be the third of eight programs. The first two are archived and can be heard by going to KYMN’s website.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

— With the passing of the torch from Michelle to Jean, the password has changed to access member information on our website. The new password is “wakely”, all lower case.

— Mike Leming still has spots available for his February trips to Vietnam and Thailand. See him if you are interested.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)
August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)
August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania
August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

Categories: Organizations

Shane Quiggle

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:08am

Cannon Falls Lions Club member Shane Quiggle talks about their 100 years of Service celebration on August 5th. Shane Quiggle 7-20-17

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Sen. Rich Draheim

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:02am

District 20 Senator Rich Draheim talks about his appointment to the Senate Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability as well as other legislative issues. Sen. Rich Draheim 7-20-17

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Knights Earn NABC Academic Excellence Award, Five Knights Named to Honors Court

Carleton Sports - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:01pm

The Carleton College men's basketball team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.48 for the 2016-17 academic year. In addition, Peter Bakker-Arkema ’17Mitch Biewen ’17, and Beau Smit ’17 were named to the Honors Court for the second consecutive year, while Kevin Grow and Malekai Mischke were named to the Honors Court for the first time following their junior years.

Categories: Colleges

Carleton football player charged in hazing-related sexual assault

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 6:00pm
Charges of sexual assault were filed Tuesday in connection with an April hazing incident in which 13 Carleton College students were suspended.
Categories: Local News

Books & Stars moved indoors for tonight

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:03pm

Due to the potential for rain this evening, the FREE family Books & Stars program, A Touch of Magic, has been moved to the high school auditorium (1400 Division St. South, back parking lot entrance, door number 10). A Touch of Magic will be performing starting at 7 pm. Nobody makes family audiences laugh harder than

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A summer internship with NOAA takes St. Olaf student to Alaska

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:59pm

Shannon Moore ’19 stands in front of the NOAA sign at the staff quarters on Saint Paul Island, where she is working with the agency to research northern fur seals.

St. Olaf College student Shannon Moore ’19 is spending this month researching northern fur seals in Alaska as part of an internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“One of the main factors that drew me to this internship was, of course, the fact that it provides me with an opportunity to assist in conducting research for a scientific agency within the United States government,” says Moore. “I have an interest in polar ecosystems, and I am considering research as a potential career path. What better place to engage in research in the field as an undergrad than with NOAA?”

Shannon Moore ’19 photographed this seal pup taking a snooze on a pile of washed-up debris along a rookery.

NOAA’s mission places emphasis on science, service, and stewardship. To fulfill this mission, NOAA strives to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; share that knowledge and information with others; and conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

Moore, a biology major at St. Olaf, is working for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in the National Marine Mammal Laboratory on Saint Paul Island, where she is conducting research on northern fur seal populations.

Saint Paul Island —  with a land area of just 40 square miles and only one residential area — is the largest of the Pribilof Islands, a group of four Alaskan volcanic islands located in the Bering Sea between the United States and Russia.

Shannon Moore ’19 took this photo as she was working along the coast of Polovina Rookery. The structures are called blinds, and they protect researchers from the elements as well as from bulls (male seals).

Moore’s research on the island is focused on ecology and behavior, population dynamics, life history, and status and trends.

The data collected will be provided to various domestic and international organizations to assist in developing rational and appropriate management systems for marine resources under NOAA’s jurisdiction. Along with NOAA, Moore will determine movements and migrations, critical feeding areas and depths, and other behavioral data.

Her work focuses on re-sighting flipper-tagged fur seals, making observations on rookeries (breeding sites), entering data on computers, and assisting in the management of the summer database.

Shannon Moore ’19 photographs the tags she is re-sighting at a rookery. “We do this to make sure we record the correct tag number,” she says.

Another one of Moore’s tasks is monitoring fur seal numbers at index sites within some of St. Paul’s rookeries. This data provides a repeatable and highly precise estimate of mean numbers visible on shore, enabling the detection of interannual changes and trends.

Her final task is to use a number of VHF radio-tags on adult females at six different rookeries on St. Paul to estimate migration rates between rookeries, which biases estimates on survival.

“I have always had a fascination with northern ecosystems,” says Moore. “I was born and raised in Minnesota, and I have always enjoyed spending time outside in various locations across Minnesota exploring the flora and fauna in my surroundings and learning about the natural history of the places I visit.”

In June, Moore worked as an animal care intern for the Wildlife Science Center in Wyoming, Minnesota, providing her with a wealth of information concerning wolves, lynx, and red fox.

“I am excited to continue my hands-on learning, assisting with research for NOAA through this amazing Alaskan opportunity,” says Moore.

Categories: Colleges

Rice County 4-H clubs provide range of fair experiences

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:45pm
Rice County’s eight 4-H clubs all descended on Faribault this week to showcase a diverse set of skills to fairgoers.
Categories: Local News

Knights capture ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award

Carleton Sports - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:31pm

The Carleton College baseball team earned its second consecutive Team Academic Excellence Award from the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). The Knights were one of only 29 NCAA Division III programs to take home this accolade in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 and are one of only three programs from the MIAC to ever receive the honor.

Categories: Colleges

Northfield council nears strategic plan completion

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:08pm
The i’s are being dotted, the t’s crossed, on the three-year strategic plan for the city of Northfield.
Categories: Local News

5 Steps to Taking a Good Photo

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:44pm

Hello All! Tasha here. As you may have read in my bio, I have been a professional photographer for nearly two decades and so naturally I was the one at Brand Yourself who was asked to write this blog post. “How do I take a good photo?” is the question I aim to answer here for you. However, the photographer in me is struggling with how to simplify this into a blog post versus a 6-month mentoring session. I believe there are SO many things that you can do to create a stunning print and I also believe that we are all consistently building and growing our skills no matter where we are in our photography journey. But this blog post is about the basics. The building blocks, if you will, on what to consider when taking a photo so you can begin to elevate the images you want to capture. We encourage you to take these concepts and build upon these over time – play, practice, analyze, and repeat. Though our mothers may have always said, “Practice makes perfect,” perfect doesn’t have to be perfection. Perfection is something left to be interpreted. Let your “perfect” be simply an expression of how you viewed the moment happening in front of you and captured it in a still image to cherish for a lifetime.

No one else can ever take the exact same photo as you just did… and that, my friends, IS perfect.

Enough with the small talk, let’s get to it! In our 27 years of combined photography experience, Tami and I don’t necessarily believe that you must have high-end equipment to take great photos.

We believe that if you can find the best light and choose the best exposure, you can take beautiful photos no matter where you go, no matter what camera you are holding in your hand, no matter who is your subject.

Whether you are a business owner wanting to take better photos for social media or a mom who wants to capture better images of her children, these steps can be applied to any photography shoot. Let’s chat through these basic steps.

Step 1) Find the light.

The difference between a really beautiful photo and an okay photo is the light! Ask yourself, “where is the main light source?” and then watch how that light lands on your subject. Try putting the light behind the subject for a natural glow, or straight on the subject (I would consider having your subject look down or to the side so he/she is not squinting with the sun in their face). You’ll notice how the colors in your images change when the light is directly behind your subject versus when the light is directly on the front of your subject. The colors and the sky are more vibrant when the light is direct. The light behind a subject gives a diffused and softer feel to the image. Neither is right or wrong and both produce beautiful results! My simple advice is to FIRST find the best light for your subject and THEN find the background you want to photograph on within that light. Most people will find their background first and the light may be harsh or spotty in that location which then takes away from a great photo. Here are a few examples of some images that I recently captured with 3 different types of lighting: behind/diffused, direct/straight on, and side/directional lighting.

*Flower design in these first two photos are by the amazing Ashley Fox Designs.* Step 2) Watch your background.

Like I said above, be sure to find your light first and then your background. Once you’ve found beautiful light (one simple tip: cloudy days or shady areas tend to be the easiest to photograph in because your light is nearly even on all sides of your subject), then you can position your subject for the photo. Here is where you want to watch for what photographers would call “mergers”. Mergers are items like telephone poles, red exit signs or other distracting elements that appear to be growing out of your subject’s head/body. You can move these mergers by moving yourself a little more to one side or by moving the camera a little up or down. Try it the next time you notice a distracting element in the background. And… you’re welcome… you won’t be able to look at your friends’ photos the same ever again, you’ll always be noticing mergers!

Step 3) Expose correctly.

When I mentored other photographers, I would find myself saying over and over, “pull back on your highlights.” This meant that when they were taking a picture, they were letting the highlights (the lightest parts) in the image lose all its detail. I would encourage them to take the picture a little darker next time so the details remain in the highlights. Here are two examples of images, one with overexposed highlights and another with correctly exposed highlights. Notice the difference? There is more depth and interest to a photo where the highlights are not all over exposed.

Step 4) Capture the fleeting moments!

You’ve learned a few technical tips, but don’t let this scare you from taking photos. They are little tips that you can start to train your eye to see. However, moments are fleeting and you can’t always stop the moment and reposition your subject. So, I would simply encourage you to just capture life when life is happening. The beautiful moments in life! When you have the time to look for the ideal light, watch for mergers, and adjust your exposure, then do so! But when you don’t, just simply capture the moment. You’ll be so happy you did!

Then after you have captured that beautiful moment, please don’t just keep it on your phone or computer, print that baby! The generations after you will thank you!

Step 5) Print. Print. Print.

Did I mention that you should probably print your photos? Well, let me repeat. Print your photos! I believe moments large and small should be printed – consider it just one back up of your photos (external hard drives are nice for another back up). Some of my favorite moments as a child and even now, as an adult, are browsing through old printed photos. We live in a technology-driven era and its wonderful! However, technology sometimes fails and then, sadly, it’s likely too late. Take it from the girl who lost the first 4 months of photos and videos from my son’s life that I had captured on my iPhone before it crashed and burned. Thankfully, I had a few professional photos taken and family members who shared what they had captured. But some of those sweet little moments that just he and I shared together are now only memories. I urge you to consider printing your photos so you, your children, and generations beyond will have them to look through! In our home, we have a few large canvases of different phases of our family life, we have smaller prints in frames and we love and use little printed books for all the images that we capture on our phones (even a photographer finds herself documenting her life on an iPhone). Whatever and however you choose to display your images, I hope you choose to print them!

If you are wanting or needing photos done for your family, we are more than happy to recommend some of our most favorite photographers in the area! Send us a message or give one of us a call. Whether it’s for photos or a business question, reach out to us, because more than anything, we love to support small local businesses and connect you with the businesses that will bring light and ease into your lives!

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Categories: Businesses

Major construction project set for Hwy 3 in Castle Rock

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:37pm

Beginning Monday, July 24 the intersection of Highway 3/ County Road 86 (280th Street) will close for approximately two months as crews reconstruct the intersection to improve sight distance, add turn lanes and extend a box culvert on the south side of the intersection. This one-construction season project on Highway 3 and County Road 86/280th Street in Castle Rock

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