St. Paul man pleads to criminal vehicular homicide; Fynboh seeks jury trial; Postponed – HPD recognition; FiftyNorth celebrates

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:02pm

In August of 2016, 41 year old Chad Michael Gibson never even slowed down when he slammed into a vehicle on I-35 and Hwy 60.  Gibson of St. Paul, pled guilty yesterday in Rice County court to criminal vehicular homicide and  criminal vehicular operation.  Last April, Rice County attorney John Fossum commented on KYMN that

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David Hvistendahl

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:17am

Northfield Attorney David Hvistendahl is Wayne’s guest. David Hvistendahl 011718

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Rice County to update housing study this year

Northfield News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:10am
Rice County is due to update its housing study this year, so the Housing & Redevelopment Authority hired a consultant to launch surveys and gather the required information.
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Caroline Mather tabbed Swimmer-of-the-Week

Carleton Sports - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:01am

Carleton College junior Caroline Mather was selected by as the MIAC women’s swimmer-of-the-week. Her weekend included a pair of individual victories and a trio of runner-up results.

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Jack Baker

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:51am

Northfielder Jack Baker, who owns and operates the North American Ice Fishing Circuit, talks about ice fishing with Wayne.  There will be an ice fishing tournament in Rice County at Cedar Lake. Jack Baker 011618

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Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:41am

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig talk about last night’s City Council meeting.  Topics included the Heritage Preservation District and progress being made on the fire hall. Pownell-Martig 1-17-18

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St. Olaf offers new, easy-to-use financial aid calculator

St. Olaf College - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:58am

Want to know how much financial aid you could receive from St. Olaf College? Thanks to a new tool available on the college’s website, you can find out by answering six simple financial questions.

The online tool, MyinTuition, enables prospective students and their families to get an estimate of their financial aid award from St. Olaf through a process that takes less than five minutes.

After users provide answers to basic, readily known financial questions (total family income, value of their house, any remaining mortgage balance, cash in the bank, and savings held in retirement accounts and other investment accounts), MyinTuition will provide an estimated cost for attending St. Olaf.  

“We know that many students rule out particular colleges based solely on sticker price. In less than five minutes, they can have an estimate of their cost to attend St. Olaf, answering one of the key questions in the college search process — and leaving more time to discover the tremendous opportunities available to them through a St. Olaf education,” says Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Chris George ’94.

The new tool was featured in a Washington Post story and mentioned in a New York Times piece, which notes that “the calculator is remarkably easy to use, far easier than other financial-aid tools.”

MyinTuition’s estimate breaks down to show a family’s expected contribution, work-study funds, available loans, and grant assistance. The estimate usually comes within a few thousand dollars of a student’s actual cost. However, MyinTuition does not replace the school’s more specific, in-depth net price calculator.

St. Olaf is one of just 80 colleges in the country that meets 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of every student it admits. At St. Olaf, 93 percent of students receive financial aid or scholarships.

“The financial aid application process is involved and includes language that can be unfamiliar. The usability of MyinTuition helps a family understand that is worth the effort to apply for financial aid,” says St. Olaf Director of Financial Aid Carly Eichhorst.

St. Olaf joins 30 other colleges and universities in using MyinTuition. These schools include Boston College, Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, Mount Holyoke College, and Wellesley College. MyinTuition was created at Wellesley in 2013 by Phillip Levine, Katharine Coman, and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics.

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AWD with special guest Matt Arthur 1/17/18

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 5:38pm

It’s been far too long since I featured an in-studio guest but certainly worth the wait for this guy — such a treat to finally feature the legendary Matt Arthur on All-Wheel Drive, something I’ve wanted to do for years! Matt has a stellar new solo album out, providing the perfect “excuse” to get him

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As county grows, residents prefer its overall character remains

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 5:15pm
No surprises here.
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Council delays decision on expanding Northfield Historic District

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 5:04pm
The Northfield City Council erred on the side of caution Tuesday night, postponing a decision on expanding the downtown historic district. The delay provides staff time to notify affected property owners, who may or may not benefit from having their…
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City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:43pm
Event date: January 16, 2018
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Rise in domestic violence has led to efforts toward solutions, stopping the disturbing trend

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:30pm
In the year since two murder-suicides rocked this community, there’s been a continuing rise in domestic violence cases, more than 100 in Rice County alone. That’s paired with a rise in lethality, the likelihood of death or serious harm.
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Rotary Cogwheel | January 18.2018

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:09pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Today: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Next Week: To Be Announced

Birthdays:  Rick Esse and Mike Leming (1/16) and Mark Abbott (1/17)

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:
Patricia Fenrick, Refugee Workforce Development and Outreach Specialist with the State Department of Human Services, said immigrants are a part of our story and a part of our future. With a shortage of able-bodied workers as we approach full employment, they are critical to our future economic growth, she said.

Immigrants already settled in Minnesota account for 7.5 percent of our gross domestic production. They hold $1.8 billion in spending power and pay some $220 million annually in state and local taxes.

Patricia gave us a sneak preview to the “World in Your Lobby” workshop scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23, at the United Methodist Church that will address working with people of different cultures and identities.

The workshop is provided by CAC-Northfield Works. This is a partnership between Northfield employers, CAC clients, volunteers and staff that helps people work toward economic independence and improved quality of life through earned income. The workshop is being funded by a Northfield Shares grant. Rotary is a partner for the event.


Jim Blaha is executive director of the Northfield Community Action Center. He spends his days looking for ways to provide basic needs to those who live on the margins. A Rotarian since 2000, he has been a board member and served as president in 2006-2007. He said Rotary is a powerful voice in the community and he is proud to be a member.

Guests: Nalongue Cogan (Cogan), Kier Johnson (B. Johnson), Laura Schlotterback (Blaha) and  numerous guests associated with the World in Your Lobby workshop.

Scholarship Enhancement: John “Red Cross” Ehresmann

David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him today after our noon meeting.

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

You are invited to participate in an upcoming North American Ice Fishing tournament Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 28. There will be free indoor seminars at Jesse James Lanes and an ice fishing kids’ camp. The tournament, itself, with a $14,000 payout, will be held at Cedar Lake. See Lisa Peterson for details.

Youth exchange students are taking to the Welch Village slopes on Sunday, Feb. 4. If you are interested in going, see Todd Thompson.

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:

February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

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Cloverbuds invited to Rice County 4-H's Winter Wonders event

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:51pm
It may be too cold to make the outdoors a winter wonderland, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the fun indoors.
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Save the Date! Annual Golf Tournament: Monday, July 9, 2018

Laura Baker Services Association - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:35pm

Join us for our 27th annual LBSA Golf Tournament which will be held on Monday, July 9th, at Northfield Golf Club! Registration starts at 11 AM, be in your carts by 12:45PM for a 1PM shot gun start!

Sponsorship opportunities are available and registration is now open.

Contact Cassandra DeVries (507-645-8866 ext. 101) with any questions or to register your team over the phone.

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Andrew Chang selected MIAC Swimmer-of-the-Week

Carleton Sports - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:13pm

First-year swimmer Andrew Chang received recognition as the first MIAC Men’s Swimming Athlete-of-the-week for 2018 for his performances at two meets over the weekend. He won three events and notched a trio of runner-up results.

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2017 Gala: Celebrating Our Community

Laura Baker Services Association - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:54pm

We were honored to share an incredible evening with more than 300 friends at the 2017 Laura Baker Services Association Gala on December 2. The theme, Celebrating Our Community, emphasized the different ways various members of the community partner with LBSA, allowing us to bring the power of possibility to people with special needs. Speakers included Steve Underdahl, CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, our generous neighbor and ambassador Frank Grazzini, and Kira and Randy Yoder.

A very big thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, presenters, donors and attendees who made the evening possible! Because of your generosity, we raised $168,000 at the Gala, $73,000 of which supports our Fund-a-Cause campaign supporting LBSA’s Creative Arts, Family Support and Advocacy programs. View the photo album on Facebook.

View the Photo Album on Facebook!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Gala, which will be held on Saturday, December 1.


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Art professor’s stop-motion animated film picks up festival awards

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:42pm
The poster for ‘Intruder Man,’ which won First Prize at Square Lake Film & Music Festival and the Audience Award at the Altered Esthetics Film Festival.

A collaborative project led by St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Art Peter Nelson has culminated in a stop-motion animated film, Intruder Man, that has won several awards as it plays at film festivals across the country.

Nelson worked with a team of St. Olaf students — Daniel Bynum ’15, Eileen McNulty ’16, Jon Tiburzi ’16, Matthew Johnson ’16, and Andrew Cannestra ’20 — on the film over the last several years as part of the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program. CURI provides opportunities for St. Olaf students from all academic disciplines to gain an in-depth understanding of a particular subject through working closely with a St. Olaf faculty member in a research framework.

The project was supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, an Individual Artist Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, and the CURI Program at St. Olaf College funded by the Olson Endowment for Marriage and Family.

The film shows Jessie as a young home economics teacher who faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent.

Intruder Man is inspired by the life of Nelson’s grandmother Jessie. As a young home economics teacher, Jessie faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent who blacklists her from teaching. As an elderly woman, Alzheimer’s disease makes Jessie paranoid of an “intruder man” who haunts her apartment. Slipping back and forth between these parallel periods, Jessie maintains strength and persistence in the face of sexism, loss, and dementia.

“Even the most flexible curriculum cannot replicate the constant problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity necessary to produce an animated film,” Nelson says. “I think it’s great professional experience for students and incredibly helpful for me, both in completing the piece and as a learning experience.”

Jon Tiburzi ’16 works on set pieces for ‘Intruder Man.’

Bynum, McNulty, and Tiburzi collaborated with Nelson on creating the story and characters, building puppets and sets, and shooting test animation sequences, while Johnson assisted in the animation aspect of the project and Cannestra wrote and recorded the musical score that accompanies the film.

“Working with Professor Nelson on Intruder Man was an awesome experience, and it was definitely one of my highlights of being at St. Olaf,” says Johnson. “I thought we worked well together. Professor Nelson did a great job of conveying what he was imagining and provided good guidance if I had any questions or wasn’t sure how to go about animating something, and he welcomed any suggestions I had, trusted my judgement on adding details and embellishments while animating, and provided encouragement in tackling some tricky scenes.”

Cannestra says working with Nelson was, from the start, very much a two-way street of communication.

Daniel Bynum ’15 works on creating the characters for ‘Intruder Man.’

“We started out with a rough draft of his animation for Intruder Man, both getting to know the overall arc and the excerpt that I specifically composed the film score for,” he says. “After months of work, we made a professional recording of the music. Finally, after that, he was able to apply the recordings to the animation itself, leading to a final product months in the making we could both be very proud of.”

The film received First Prize at Square Lake Film & Music Festival and won the Audience Award at the Altered Esthetics Film Festival. It is currently screening at film festivals across the country, most recently at the Austin Film Festival, the New Hampshire Film Festival, and the D.C. Shorts Festival. The film’s West Coast premiere will be at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival in March.

“Working collaboratively with students on a project like this is both intense and rewarding,” Nelson says. “The relationship between professor and student is elevated: constructive feedback goes both ways, a common goal is defined and shaped collaboratively, and you have to put in an extraordinary amount of time together to make sure the project is successful.”

Watch the trailer for the film below.

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Dayton statewide construction plan, local projects could top $2.3 billion

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:56pm
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton might support borrowing more than $2.3 billion for public works projects this year, his last in elective office.
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League of Women Voters offers training to "demystify" caucus process

Northfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:29pm
It’s rather difficult to partake in the political process if you don’t know how it works.
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