Representative Todd Lippert

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:34am

Representative Todd Lippert comments on the Governor’s most recent order,  his bill proposing a rate increase for personal care assistants, a bill to extend the time for farmers who need to go into mediation.  Lippert will have a virtual town hall meeting tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

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‘Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach’ e-tool to help children with mental health concerns

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:31am

5-1-20 ROCHESTER, Minn. —  Anxiety disorders affect up to 20% of children, and according to recent Mayo Clinic research, there are several effective treatment options. The COVID-19 pandemic can intensify these and other mental health conditions. But as most of the U.S. continues social distancing, access to mental health care is limited. To address this urgent patient need, Mayo Clinic has

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LBSA – Why Community Matters – Share Your Talents

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:25am

In this 5th and final segment of our series on Laura Baker Services Association we highlight how community members can get involved through volunteering your time or your talents. With me today are Mike and Kenna Schulz, who have been very involved with Laura Baker over the years in a number of ways. Angie Ekern,

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Northfield Shares shares ideas on sharing philanthropy with your children

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:24am

Per the request of some parents with students at home and no school today nor Monday, Northfield Shares has put together a few ideas for community engagement, volunteerism along with a short ‘lesson plan” on philanthropy. The information can be found on the Northfield Shares website at: During these unusual times, there are unusual needs

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Lawns to Legumes webinar May 7th

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:18am

Blue Thumb’s 2020 Lawns to Legumes workshops teach sustainable practices and pollinator conservation techniques to create resilient yards. They’re offering a webinar. It’s $15 to attend, and will be offered at 6–8 pm, May 7. Participants will learn practical information about installing projects, Lawns to Legumes and other cost-share programs, and resources to help get

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Water association supports Dakota County ordinance banning certain industrial wells

Northfield News - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 8:28am
The Minnesota Water Well Association is supporting a Dakota County ordinance banning the drilling of certain industrial water wells for one year.
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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:38pm
If a man has frequent intercourse with others either for talk, or drinking together, or generally for social purposes, he must either become like them, or change them to his own fashion. For if a man places a piece of quenched charcoal close to a piece that is burning, either the quenched charcoal will quench […]
Categories: Citizens

The Weekly List – The 1977 Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 7:00pm

Tonight, Rich takes a look at the music of 1977.

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Local hospital officials: Expect fewer face-to-face appointments after COVID-19

Northfield News - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 5:32pm
Local hospital officials believe the health care changes brought by COVID-19 will forever alter health care delivery.
Categories: Local News

Commissioner questions process for selecting architect for jail study

Northfield News - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 5:00pm
The Rice County Board of Commissioners approved a contract for a study of its main jail despite strenuous objections from Commissioner Galen Malecha.
Categories: Local News

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 4:56pm
Event date: May 5, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Members of the public may monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location by dialing a conference number or by watching a live stream available You can dial in using your phone.
Conference #: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access code: 614-729-077

Cannon Valley Co-op executive director steps down to move to Little Falls

Northfield News - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 12:25pm
Change is never easy.
Categories: Local News

Dundas man busted traveling over 100mph on Hwy 3; Stronger Together – LBSA/CAC team up to provide services; Arcadia holds virtual Innovation day;

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A Dundas man is in jail after topping out at 119 mph on his sport bike on Highway 3. A Northfield police officer spotted 30 year old Abraham Rocha traveling southbound on Hwy 3 from Hwy 19 passing vehicles between lanes. He was clocked at 50 mph in a 30

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Facing financial strain, over 500 area child care providers receive emergency grants

Northfield News - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:30am
Difficulties facing southern Minnesota child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic are varied — many are seeing decreasing enrollment and revenues, while others are taking on more school-age children and needing to expand their capacities.
Categories: Local News

LBSA: Why Community Matters – Stronger Together

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:25am

In our continuing series Teri Knight talks with Community Action Centers Scott Wopata and Anika Rychner  who teamed up with the CAC to provide support services for the employees of the CAC. They discuss the importance of employee retention, in particular for the clients of Laura Baker as their relationships develop over time and are

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Arb Notes: Snakes emerge in the Arb

Carletonian - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:14am

As the weather gets warmer in southern Minnesota, reptiles are beginning to emerge from hibernation en masse. Three species of snake—the Common Gartersnake, Dekay’s Brownsnake, and Redbelly Snake—are frequently recorded in the Arb.

Though rattlesnakes can be found along the Mississippi River near the border with Wisconsin, all the snakes found in the Arb are non-venomous and pose no threat to humans. Some, like the diminutive Redbelly Snake which is currently becoming active in large numbers, can be handled with ease. Others, like the Gartersnake, grow larger and are typically more aggressive. However, even these will only bite if handled or cornered. It is a myth that snakes “chase” humans!

It may be surprising to see these reptiles emerging seemingly unscathed from months of bitter cold. Just like some mammals, snakes in northern regions hibernate—and they do it in enormous numbers. Some Gartersnake dens have been found housing over 5,000 individuals packed tightly together. In this species, mating occurs right after hibernation and is a truly bizarre spectacle; in some cases, hundreds of small males jostle desperately amongst each other to access a single much larger female. The females eventually move off to find a suitable nesting site.

In southern Minnesota, as elsewhere, snakes play an important ecological role. They prey on small rodents, which would quickly overpopulate without the top-down effect of snake predation and cause major problems for agriculture. In short, these slithery creatures are both harmless and highly beneficial, despite the negative reputation they have!

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Categories: Colleges

Why Community Matters: Stronger Together

Laura Baker Services Association - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:11am

This is the fourth segment of the radio series called, Why Community Matters. In partnership with KYMN Radio, several community members tell their stories on how they’ve contributed to and been affected by Laura Baker.

Partnerships between community organizations address gaps and improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as help the community overall.

The Community Action Center is a nonprofit organization in Northfield that helps people meet their most basic needs, such as providing them with food or helping them find housing and employment. The Community Action Center and Laura Baker are rallying together to address employment challenges in the community through an innovative cross-staffing pilot that provides wraparound support and services to employees of Laura Baker.

Teri Knight from KYMN interviews Scott Wopata, who is the executive director of the Community Action Center, and Anika Rychner, who is the program director at the Community Action Center.


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Categories: Organizations

How COVID19 Changed Your Co-op

Just Food Co-op - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 9:43am

First it was “no salad bar, hot bar or soups.” Then it was “no bulk bins.” Then your Co-op could not get toilet paper or flour or rice. Then our deliveries were shorted (we literally got only crackers one day – that was it!) because the warehouse workers just simply could not keep up with demand. For over a year, we have asked you to bring your own bags, and then we told you to leave them in the car. Then we said, “only 10 people in the store at a time” and kept a Co-op Bouncer outside to monitor the crowd. Then we closed for a couple of days to regroup. And then we put social distancing rulers on our floors and begged you to not touch our staff and to keep your distance. We also created an entirely new way for you to shop online and receive your order curbside. And we are now preparing to give you a new, more robust tool to use to order. There’s been so much change, and it doesn’t feel very co-opy – believe us, we know!

We hear the positive praise and accolades, of course. Thank you for uplifting our staff! We also hear complaints about where we are falling short – either not doing enough or that we are doing too much. We feel like it’s time to address some of those things and to be transparent with you about how decisions are made. The very first thing we want you to know is that our staff and their safety will be the first priority in all of our decisions.

We serve a diverse crowd of people, we’ve always known this and it is exactly why we love what we do! Our community granted us a lot of grace as we tried new things  to get you food and ensure that your family was well fed – we thank you for that! 

Six weeks ago, we saw three times the number of customers we would normally serve in a week. Now, because we limit the number of people in the store and because of the convenience of our curbside pickup, we see half as many customers face to face.  Nothing about those early days of the pandemic felt good and there are still days that do not feel good. We do not say ANY of this to pat ourselves on the back. We say this now to hopefully provide you with a different viewpoint – of the ground zero of retail grocery stores. 

Now, the question of to mask or not to mask has come into play. Right now, today, we fall on the side of allowing you to decide if you will wear your mask in the store, and we allow our staff the option to decide that for themselves as well. We know some of you agree with us, while some of you do not. Some of you have told us you will not shop with us until we require it, and some of you have told us that you will not shop with us if we do require it. We do know that some individuals can not wear a mask for health reasons, which we completely understand. We also ask that you respect our staff’s ability to make that decision for themselves. Pleasing all owners and customers during this time is actually an impossible task, and if you know anything about our staff, impossible is not in their vocabulary.

Some folks have questioned the commitment of our staff in serving the needs of our customers and have told us that we are failing our community. Some customers have been quite upset at the present inability to accept case orders, telling staff that it is simply down to staff not being willing to try harder. We understand that frustration because we feel it too!  Our goal is to serve all of our customer’s needs while working within the limitations of our distribution channels. This has been an inconvenience to everyone in one way or another. However, this is only temporary, and is in no way due to staff’s lack of commitment or willingness to serve you! 

Every day these incredible people show up, look through out of stock lists that are pages and pages long, and strategize the best way to order for that day. Not for the week or month – that DAY. We are not able to plan like we used to, it’s literally a day by day decision on what we will order to maximize our pallet space to best serve the majority of our customers. Unfortunately there are days we know that some other customers’ favorites might not make it into the order that day. It is not our goal to disappoint you and it’s frustrating, borderline demoralizing, when we are not able to meet the lofty expectations that we were able to meet just 6 short weeks ago.

Can you believe all of this has transpired in just 42 days? Neither can we. 

We are doing things now that we have said never, ever, ever do. I never thought I’d see the day when it was perfectly ‘normal’ to hang a clear plastic shower curtain to protect our cashiers, that we would limit the number of shoppers in our store, that we would have someone stand at our door and ask people to not touch staff, to buy what they touch, that we would debate whether we should close the store to get a much needed break or forge ahead and take our lumps, that we would need to remind our customers to please stay 6 feet away from staff, and to please, please, please not touch them. 

I also never thought I’d see the day that I’d write a piece like this. 

This is our new normal and the one thing we will always do is keep our staff safe. Without them, we can not provide for our community. Without our staff there is no Co-op. Without our owners there is no Co-op. Without all of us helping each other through this, together, there is no Co-op. 

Overnight, your Co-op had to change the way we do business, and we did it with a smile, a very weary smile, but a smile. We are still YOUR Co-op. Thank you for being here with us and for us! We appreciate the support we have been given throughout this pandemic and we will continue to do our very best, even if we sometimes fall short, to serve you in the best way we possibly can. We will always keep trying. Always. 

Written by: Stephanie Aman, Marketing and Community Relations Manager

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Categories: Businesses

Reflections on studying democracy and the arts

St. Olaf College - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 9:41am
This past January, the Democracy and Arts in Washington, D.C. course provided 24 St. Olaf students the opportunity to visit museums, government offices, performance venues, and other arts facilities to talk to professionals and representatives about arts policy and advocacy.
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Beth Kallestad

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 9:28am

Beth Kallestad, who is in charge of the climate action plan for the City of Northfield, describes plans for implementation.  

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