Matt Hillmann & Julie Pritchard

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:51am

Northfield Superintendent of Schools Matt Hillmann and School Board Chair Julie Pritchard discuss the upcoming November 9 election.  The election will address a $109 million bond referendum for several construction projects including the potential for a new high school, a new elementary school on the Greenvale Park site and repurposing Greenvale Park School into an

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Matt Hillmann and Julie Pritchard

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 8:27am

Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann and School Board Chair Julie Pritchard discuss the $109 million bond referendum. Hillmann-Pritchard 7-24-17

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Summer Cooking

The Children's House - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:39pm
Summer cooking at Montessori Children's House means an outdoor kitchen. Our entire program moves outside for the months of June, July and August. The children arrive each morning and enter an environment designed to extend the Montessori method into a natural outdoor space. What a joy to be able to provide this environment, but it is not without an element of preparation. During these warm lazy days of summer I would like to outline the preparation of a Montessori summer kitchen, beginning with the details of how we built our outdoor environment.
Next post: "Garden Party" - a dream, a plot of land, a community working together for children

Categories: Citizens

Dundas talks additional police staffing amid budget discussion

Northfield News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 9:28pm
Budget talks drove much of the discussion Monday at the Dundas City Council meeting.
Categories: Local News

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.27.2017

Northfield Rotary Club - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 8:20pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 27, 2017

Today: Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield Strategic Planning 

Next Week: Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

Birthdays: Steve Underdahl (7/24) and Jenni Roney (7/29)

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:
Several enterprising, socially-conscious young Northfielders have given residents another opportunity to go green.

Helen Forsythe, Amelia Ousley, Cliff Martin and several others have created Northfield Curbside Composting, a home pick-up service for environmentally-friendly disposal of organic waste, which includes food waste, soiled paper and yard waste.

“If it grew once, it can go in the compost,” Helen said.

For $6.50 a month, the service provides a five-gallon, sealed bucket with liners. Subscribers are asked to set it on the curb for collection every other Tuesday. The compost is taken to an organic dumpster and handed off to Dick’s Sanitation which transports it to Shakopee for processing.

Helen said the service is designed to divert organic waste from local landfills. It will not only prolong the life of landfills, but reduces the amount of methane emitted when organic waste is trapped by more inert materials.

This pilot program has been several years in the making. The group has been working with the city to secure all of the necessary permits. They currently have 200 subscribers. To learn more, go to

Mini Classification:
Speaking of bacteria and composting, Wendy Sivanich shared a medical episode from her life involving a stubborn intestinal bug that eluded several rounds of antibiotics before succumbing to a fecal transplant. Wendy called it “a miracle” cure.

Guests: Lisa Peterson (Conway)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Halsor


— Vintage Band Festival 2017 is this Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Bridge Square. Great music all day, and it is free.

— Some scheduling notes for upcoming meetings: On Thursday, August 17, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank for our regular luncheon meeting; then on Thursday, Sept. 7, attendance is required only for those who are volunteering for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. The program will be dedicated to the pre-tour chalk talk.

— On Friday, Sept. 29, there will be a 5:01 social event for Rotary members and their guests at Keepsake Cidery. Stay tuned for details.

— There are still spots to participate in Andrei Sivanich’s fourth annual Swiller Invitational Tennis Tournament Saturday, Aug. 5, at Northfield High School. All donations will support back yard improvements at The Key. Door prizes and donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Andrei at

— Virginia Kaczmarek has rack cards promoting the 2017 bike tour that need to be distributed to bike shops and other outlets in the Twin Cities and the region. If you can help, see Virginia.

— Shelly Holden and Rick Estenson are leading the charge on gathering bike tour volunteers this year. If you volunteered last year, we will assume you are doing that job again unless we hear from you. It’s getting to be “go” time for one of our major fundraisers.

— Michelle Lasswell, our former club president, has accepted a seat on the district rotary board representing large clubs. Her leadership abilities continue to be recognized. Nice going, Michelle.


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 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania (At Community Resource Bank)

August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

August 31 — Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)

Categories: Organizations

Northfield School Board sets $109 million bond vote for Nov. 7

Northfield News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 7:30pm
It’s official. This fall, Northfield voters will be asked to approve paying for some major school district upgrades.
Categories: Local News

Living Greens Farm quadruples its vertical food growing operation in Rice County

Northfield News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 3:37pm
From butter lettuce to arugula microgreens, Living Greens Farm specializes in growth. In August, the company will undergo some growth itself, quadrupling its size in its Faribault facility.
Categories: Local News

Vintage Band Festival 2017 One-day Festival

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:33pm

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Dan Bergeson of the Vintage Band Festival.   VBF 2017 One-day Festival Saturday, July 29, 2017 Bridge Square, downtown Northfield, MN Music from 10am-10pm 10 bands! Food Trucks! Riverwalk Market Fair! No Admission Fee! Rain or Shine! Vintage Band Festival 2017 will celebrate musical traditions spanning more

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Local companies expand within; Rice County assesses space needs; DJJD Ambassadors make history as Gonzalez named Queen of the Lakes

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:02pm

Local companies are investing in their businesses.  That’s good news to Northfield Community Development Director Chris Heineman.   Cardinal Glass is doing another internal expansion.  They’ll be adding another line, expanding their services to the southern Metro.  They service many major glass providers throughout the region. Heineman said it’s about a $10 mil project.  All

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Marilyn Neuville

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:45am

Local resident Marilyn Neuville joins Wayne in the studio.  Marilyn is a former Northfield Public School teacher. wayneeddy072417

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The Sunshine Sisters

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:20am

Jane Green is the author of eighteen novels.  Seventeen of them are New York Times Bestsellers and her latest, “The Sunshine Sisters” is well on it’s way.   Teri Knight talks with Green about “The Sunshine Sisters”, a powerful story of a mother who calls home her three estranged daughters to help her end her life.

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Students use new technology to document ancient carvings

St. Olaf College - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 9:46am

Olivia Snover ’19 (left) and Claire Mumford ’18 at the Jeffers Petroglyphs, a North American indigenous rock-art site located in southwestern Minnesota.

Two St. Olaf College students are preserving a 7,000 year old story told by ancient rock carvings at Jeffers Petroglyphs.

Claire Mumford ’18 and Olivia Snover ’19, with the guidance of St. Olaf Professor of History Tim Howe, have spent the summer in Comfrey, Minnesota, using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)  to record half a mile of Dakota religious carvings.

“RTI is a type of computational photography that captures images that you might not necessarily be able to see with the naked eye,” Mumford says. “We have a fixed camera pointing down at the petroglyphs and then we move a mobile light source around the petroglyph to capture how the light picks up surface detail from every angle. Using this method, we take about 55 photographs per petroglyph.”

Olivia Snover ’19 and Professor of History Tim Howe work set up the Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) equipment at the Jeffers Petroglyphs.

These photos are later processed through RTI Builder and RTI Viewer to allow an image of each petroglyphs to be viewed on a computer from every angle and with different lighting options.

“Jeffers Petroglyphs is a spiritual site for the Dakota people,” Snover says. “A lot of the petroglyphs represent something more. For example, there are a lot of buffalo carvings and often times they represent vitality and life as they are are historically a sacred animal to the Dakota people.”

Mumford and Snover are completing this work as part of the St. Olaf Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program.

A photograph that Claire Mumford ’18 and Olivia Snover ’19 took while working at the Jeffers Petroglyphs.

The St. Olaf CURI program provides opportunities for St. Olaf students from all academic disciplines to gain an in-depth understanding of a particular subject by working closely with a St. Olaf faculty member in a research framework.

“With our CURI project we are looking at Dakota myths and comparing how those myths have changed throughout the years according to political climates and changing ideas,” Mumford says.

Mumford and Snover will continue their work this fall, when they will collaborate with computer science students at St. Olaf to develop a website for the Historical Society that will allow the petroglyphs to be viewed interactively.

“The idea that we can be working on this project for the next year and it can become something a lot bigger is exciting,” says Mumford. “We can pass down this data to future students and researchers so they can use it, along with the Historical Society.”

Categories: Colleges

Glen Castore

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 9:39am

NAFRS Board Chair Glen Castore discusses last week’s meeting.  Discussion centered around the new building. Glen Castore 7-24-17

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Climate Series part 3

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 9:20am

In this 3rd installment of our 8 week series on Climate Change, CCL’s Alan Anderson talks about what scientists are saying about our climate.  What is fact vs theory.  Who are the scientists doubting Climate Change?  And more including the Peer Review system of scientists.   Question for skeptics2 Climate series part 3

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A decade of data offers glimpse into watersheds' health

Northfield News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 6:55am
Chad Anderson and John Sandberg slosh through a muddy stream in hip waders, pausing occasionally to duck under overgrown branches or swat a mosquito.
Categories: Local News

Rice County Fair demo battles are family affairs

Northfield News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 6:14am
Brother against brother. Wife versus husband.
Categories: Local News

Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds (and What’s Going on With This Soil?)

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 5:57am
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Categories: Citizens

Nueva esperanza en politica migratoria para DACA

KYMN Radio - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 9:12pm

El super barrio 7 23 17 La nueva ley que se va a intentar presentar para preservar DACA y mejorarlo da esperanza en un ambiente muy negativo para cuestiones migratorias. En una nota triste, encuentran un trailer con migrantes, algunos muertos, en un estacionamiento de Walmart en San Antonio, Texas, mostrando el horror y peligro

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For 2nd year, Northfielder takes Aquatennial crown

Northfield News - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 4:27pm
Vanessa Gonzalez, who served as a 2016 Defeat of Jesse James Days ambassador, was named 2018 Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes in a Saturday ceremony in Minneapolis.
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