Area seniors write of fun at the county fair

Northfield News - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 3:00pm
Robert Hammer, of Faribault, took first place in this year's Rice County Fair Senior Citizens Essay Contest. His essay can be found in the July 21 edition of the Faribault Daily News.
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2 years probation for man convicted of unlawful machine gun possession

Northfield News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 3:26pm
A Northfield man charged in 2015 with unlawful possession of a machine gun was given two years probation in United States District Court Tuesday.
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Roets Jordan Brewery Co.

KYMN Radio - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:30am

Tim Roets with Roets Jordan Brewery is in studio this episode for On Tap with Corey and Ira. Find out how Roets is doing in its first year of business, why and how the business landed in Jordan and why the brewery does things just a little bit differently. Also, Brad the Beer Guy is

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Northfield council agrees to refinance payments from 1999 housing project

Northfield News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:00am
The Northfield City Council approved a measure Tuesday to refinance payments for a housing project, first started in 1999.
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U.S. Navy deputy undersecretary and Northfield native promotes Navy during Navy Week

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 7:00pm
Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Jodi Greene, a Northfield native, returned home this week to talk about the Navy and the commissioning of the future USS Minneapolis/St. Paul.
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Rice County Fair Horse Show a celebration of area saddle clubs

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:30pm
Whether they intend to qualify for the state show or are getting their feet wet in their first competition, this weekend’s Rice County Fair Horse Show will feature a wide array of riders.
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Heavenly addition: Nevaeh Salon adds mobile salon station

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:16pm
A piece of heaven can be found anywhere, and for those short on time, the mobile Nevaeh Salon can be just that.
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GALLERY: Fun at the Rice County fair

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:15pm
Weather has played its role at this year’s Rice County Fair with rains dampening some of the excitement Wednesday and Friday. However, community members have still made their way out, and when the sun has shined, the grounds have flourished.
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Dundas family's 3-generation farm earns Century Farm distinction

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:30pm
Dairy cows, hogs, horses, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, rabbits, dogs, cats and 16 kids grew up on the Littles’ Farm in Dundas since the family acquired it in 1915.
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Imminent Brewing – Final Reveal

Northfield Construction Company - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 2:51pm

We know everyone was excited to follow along on the progress of Imminent Brewing. We are so proud of how the final concept came together. It was a first for both of us — NCC’s first brewery project and the Imminent Team’s first brewery! We learned a lot along the way and after it was […]

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Edina meeting could impact return of passenger rail to southern Minn.

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:56pm
A Tuesday meeting could be an important step to bringing passenger rail service back to southern Minnesota.
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Bob Gill

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:26pm

Listen here for Wayne’s interview with Northfielder Bob Gill: wayneeddy072017

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Draheim says “we’ll look at anything and everything” on new Health Care Committee; Nfld Council continues forward on Strategic Plan; Legislature okays Rice Co bid to appoint Auditor; Distracted Driving simulator at Rice Co. Fair tonight!

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:02pm

District 20 Senator Rich Draheim has been appointed to the recently formed Senate Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability.  It’s a bipartisan committee looking at ways to “fix” Minnesota’s healthcare.  He said, “we spend a lot of time talking about how to pay for healthcare, in whatever form, whatever side you’re on,

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Minnesota State Fair announces new attractions for 2017

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:45am
The Minnesota State Fair is proud to announce dozens of new attractions for the 2017 Great Minnesota Get-Together. The following is a list of the State Fair experiences debuting this year.
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Jobless rate ticks slightly higher in June across region

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:08am
Unemployed across the region nudged higher in June, according to numbers released this week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
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Vintage Band Festival returns to downtown Northfield

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:30am
The Vintage Band Festival is bringing historical music alive in downtown Northfield.
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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).

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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.
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