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Diane Pearsall is making a difference

Northfield News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:26pm
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative recently recognized HealthFinders volunteer Diane Pearsall with the Making A Difference award for investment of her time and her heart into our community. The award is given to community members or organizations that help make Northfield…
Categories: Local News

Yield reduction? Not in these cover crop fields

Northfield News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:13pm
Many agronomists and farmers agree that planting cover crops to keep farm fields covered with vegetation during the fall, winter, and spring can prevent soil erosion and keep soil and fertilizers from washing into area rivers and lakes.
Categories: Local News

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:24pm

Yes, he said this — REAL NEWS:

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

And his family came from where, when conditions were what???  Granted it looks like his grandfather tried to go back to Germany and was deported, but…

Harpers Magazine: The Emigrants — Friedrich Trump SNOPES: Did Trump’s Grandfather Beg the Government of Bavaria Not To Deport Him?

Unless you where already here when us white folks landed, unless you were brought here to live in a penal colony, unless you were brought here in chains in the belly of a slave ship, odds are you chose to come here because it looked a lot better to take the risk and than stay where you were.

In the STrib:

Trump: Why allow immigrants from ‘shithole countries’? Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment about Haiti lends credence to report he said Haitians ‘all have AIDS’

In the Chicago Tribune:

Trump dubs Haiti, El Salvador, African nations ‘shithole countries,’ sources say

President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why an immigration deal should help immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

The slur came in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration.

Trump made the remark after Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told Trump that under the proposal, a lottery for visas would be ended. Durbin said that in exchange, people from African countries that have benefited from that lottery would be given other access to visas.

The sources said Trump questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from “shithole countries.” They say Trump said the U.S. should allow more immigrants from places such as Norway.

The two people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the Oval Office meeting.

Trump included Haiti and El Salvador in his disparaging remarks, according to the Washington Post.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to the newspaper.

Also in the meeting was Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), the Post reported.

The White House did not deny that Trump used profanity in the meeting.

Spokesman Raj Shah said that while “certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries,” Trump “will always fight for the American people.”

He said Trump wants to welcome immigrants who “contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation,” and will always reject “temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures” that he said “threaten the lives of hardworking Americans” and undercut other immigrants.

In Illinois, one leading Democrat said the remarks show the president is a racist.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, who born in Chicago to Haitian immigrants, said Trump’s comments show his “ignorance of the contributions Haitians have made to this country, as well as other immigrant nations.”

“Clearly he’s a racist. He has ignorance with regard to the history of his country and the contributions Haitians have made to this country,” Raoul said, adding Chicago was first settled by Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable, a Haitian.

Raoul, who is running for Illinois attorney general, said an apology from the president over his comments won’t be enough.

“There’s not enough apologies that Donald Trump can do. I think this guy is unfit to be president of the United States,” Raoul said. “There’s nothing he can say that can even be received as sincere.”

Raoul said his sister Ninaj runs an organization in Brooklyn called Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, where she works with immigrants, both documented and undocumented.

Categories: Citizens

Refugees in the Workplace presentation engages Rotary Club

Northfield News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:35pm
Despite chilling temperatures and falling snow, the Northfield Rotary Club gathered at United Methodist Church for its Thursday meeting to learn about a topic of interest: Refugees in the Workplace.
Categories: Local News

St. Olaf College to break ground on new on-campus multi-purpose ice arena

Northfield News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 2:43pm
St. Olaf College announced that it will initiate construction on a multi-use indoor ice arena on campus, having secured 75 percent of funds needed to date.
Categories: Local News

St. Olaf to begin ice arena construction

St. Olaf College - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:02pm
An architectural rendering of the St. Olaf Ice Arena; the public entrances will open into the Tostrud/Skoglund entry corridor.

St. Olaf College has surpassed its $6 million funding threshold to initiate construction of its on-campus ice arena. The Boldt Company will start building this winter; the project will be completed by spring 2019.

This project is being made possible by more than 125 alumni, parents, and friends of the college who have committed $4.5 million in capital gifts and pledges in support of the project, in addition to $1.5 million in capital expenditures from the college. St. Olaf will continue to fundraise for the $8 million arena as part of its $200 million For the Hill and Beyond comprehensive campaign.

The ice arena will be located inside Skoglund Fieldhouse — directly accessible from both Skoglund and Tostrud Center main entrances. The updated design includes an NHL-size rink, seating for 800 fans, locker rooms for varsity hockey, and other ice-related program spaces. New locker rooms will also be built for St. Olaf’s varsity baseball, softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer programs. Courts inside Tostrud Center were already resurfaced last weekend to accommodate St. Olaf’s varsity tennis teams who currently use Skoglund Fieldhouse.

“We are incredibly excited to start building — I am grateful for the generous support we have from donors to do this now,” says St. Olaf athletic director Ryan Bowles. “In a little over a year, St. Olaf will have an operating ice arena that benefits a number of our athletic programs and our campus community.”

St. Olaf is initiating construction in advance of rising material and labor costs due to post-hurricane reconstruction. Locating the rink inside Skoglund reuses an existing building envelope that already has the required utility infrastructure. The project utilizes other strategies supporting cost-efficiency and sustainability such as a multistage ammonia refrigeration system and heat reclamation. Funds formerly used to rent ice will cover rink management.

The arena builds on other facility updates recently supported by donors including Holland Hall, Klein Field at Manitou, Tom Porter Hall, and a new golf training facility.

The Bring Ice Home initiative has reached 75 percent of the college’s funding goal and construction is starting. Be a part of the final push to the goal! Learn more about making a gift as well as naming opportunities for seats and other spaces.

Categories: Colleges

Charges dependent on public assistance; Meth, a Bowie Knife and a high school parking lot; Mayor to form “Advisory” committee on NW land development

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:02pm

Northfield Police are reaching out to the community after a slew of thefts from vehicles.  Deputy Chief Mark Dukatz said it’s important for the community to contact police if their vehicle was broken into.  The suspects were found with a lot of property that they’ve yet to connect with thefts.  He said, “we’ve recovered a

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Todd Berntson

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:59am

Todd Berntson, a member of the band Run Like Hell, a Pink Floyd Show, talks about the band and  a show coming up on Saturday, January 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Paradise Center for the Arts.  Tickets can be purchased online here. Todd Berntson 1-11-18

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John Fossum

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:51am

Rice County Attorney John Fossum discusses “aggregate” charges possible for individuals recently arrested for car break-ins, as well as cases including a recent rape conviction and several charges against an individual that include kidnapping, drug sales, domestic assaults, and more. John Fossum 1-11-18

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Big night for Katie Chavez leads Knights to 71-66 win

Carleton Sports - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:04pm

A career-best 21-point performance by Katie Chavez helped the Carleton College women’s basketball team snap its four-game slide with a 71-66 triumph over Hamline University.

Categories: Colleges

Knights go cold in loss to Pipers

Carleton Sports - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:04pm

Cold shooting was the culprit as the Carleton College men’s basketball team dropped its third straight game, this time falling 51-47 at Hamline University.

Categories: Colleges

Council discusses development in city's northwest as assisted living project awaits

Northfield News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 4:25pm
Northfield city leaders want an idea of what future development will look like in the city’s northwest corner before that development takes place.
Categories: Local News

Welcome, Lindy Wifler to the Brand Yourself team!

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:52pm

As our client’s businesses expand and grow – so does the Brand Yourself team! We are excited to share that we are bringing Lindy Wifler on as our much needed, Digital Wrangler (a.k.a. – Project Manager). This is a great addition to the team for us as Lindy will help manage details and timing for our client’s marketing campaigns as well as keep the team accountable to their ever expanding to-do lists.

Lindy’s last position before coming to Brand Yourself was a full-time mommy role, her daughter is 3 years old now and she’s excited about getting back into the creative/marketing world. She brings experience in advertising and marketing to the table, along with a heart for details, timelines, strategic thinking & creative brainstorming.

Lindy says, “I love taking on new creative challenges, not only does it allow me to use my design side but I also enjoy problem solving and determining the most efficient, cost effective way to complete them.”

Lindy lives in Farmington, MN with her husband and their adorable little girl.  She has a passion for photography and enjoys taking photos of family and friends when she can. Lindy also loves DIY projects and digging through Pinterest for her next conquest! Past projects have included painting her kitchen cabinets, making decor shelves with a matching frame for the mirror and sewing a pink flamingo costume this Halloween for her daughter (you’ll have to follow her on Facebook for a picture!).

Lindy is a leader of a children’s classroom at her local Bible Study Fellowship class (BSF) and LOVES the opportunity to pour into two year old little boys and girls. She gets a lot of the catchy jingles stuck in her head as she continues her day. So if you ever catch her at Hyvee in Lakeville (her favorite spot!) don’t be surprised if she’s jamming out to a little “B.I.B.L.E.” or “Wheels on the Bus”.

Lindy and her family love to go for walks, watch movies and discover the next best place for pepperoni pizza. Lindy love-love-loves coffee, fall weather and cozying up on the couch with one of the many throw blankets she has an addiction to buying.

Lindy is excited to be a part of the Brand Yourself team and use her eye for detail to support the team,  and add value to every project she touches.

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Categories: Businesses

What you need to know about Minnesota's flu season so far

Northfield News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:28pm
(MPR) — Flu season is full swing in Minnesota. Between October and December, more than a thousand Minnesotans were hospitalized with the flu — and about a third of those cases cropped up in the week before New Year’s.
Categories: Local News

Faribault/Dundas bid to host 2021-22 state amateur baseball tournaments

Northfield News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:24pm
According to minutes from the Jan. 3 Minnesota Baseball Association board meeting, Faribault and Dundas have submitted a bid to host the 2021 or 2022 Class B and C state tournaments.
Categories: Local News

Michael Daly

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:12pm

Michael Daly, life-long Northfielder and 1971 graduate of Northfield High School talks about his life and his love of music, and shares some of his music. Michael Daly 011018

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Alert citizen aids in apprehension; Wastewater treatment plant accident prompts emergency Council action;  Nominate a Northfield graduate – Distinguished Alumnus; Hillmann and Co. will be checking roads tomorrow

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:02pm

A slew of thefts from vehicles hit the south end of Northfield late Sunday into Monday morning.  At 6 o’clock Monday morning, Northfield Police received a call from a resident reporting suspicious activity. Officers apprehend 2 suspects inside their car with, what appeared to be, lots of stolen items.  Police Chief Monte Nelson said they’re

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Julie Ristau

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:57am

Julie Ristau, CEO of the Main Street Project talks about the 100-acre farm they purchased last summer and a new program being offered.  Main Street Project has put a twist on the conventional CSA (community supported agriculture) program by offering shares of locally raised chickens. Community members are invited to purchase a half (six chickens from spring

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Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:37am

Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig discusses an emergency involving the waste water treatment plant on Monday as well as last night’s City Council work session. Ben Martig 1-10-18

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Rotary Cogwheel | January 11.2018

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 8:10am

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Today: Patricia Fenswick, Refugees in the Workplace (Blaha)

Next Week: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Birthdays: Ragh Singh (1/10) and Lynne Pederson (1/11)

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:

Houston. We have a problem.

The earth is warming at an unprecedented rate; humans are the cause and it’s an urgent issue, says Alan Anderson, chair of our Climate Action Committee.

Save for a handful of “merchants of doubt,” Alan says the scientific community is unanimous in its recognition of the human influence on global warming. “It is no hoax,” he said.

Sixteen of the last 17 years are the warmest years on record. Average global temperature has increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice caps are melting faster than projected. Coastal waters are rising, and climate change has sparked more severe natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes in the gulf and Atlantic to forest fires in California. The only way to combat these changes is to reduce our carbon emissions, he said.

Rotary, with its global reach and track record of success, is uniquely positioned to address these issues, Alan said. On a national scale, Alan sees benefits of implementing a carbon fee and dividend. Locally, he reminded us of our educational efforts at climate summits and our support of city leaders in their efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Climate change affects everyone, he said. It puts at risk all of Rotary’s six areas of focus — peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. Ultimately, we owe it to our children, grandchildren and all future generations to take this issue seriously and to act, he said.

Mini-Classification:
Rick Estenson, a member since 1999, pointed us to a recent missive from the president of Rotary International, Ian Riseley, where he encouraged us to actively seek to attract younger people and women to our clubs. Diversity is our strength, President Risely wrote. He said our clubs must reflect the world in which we live.

Marston Headley Award

David Wolf, our long-time treasurer, was named this year’s winner of the Marston Headley Award. The award goes each year to a club member who provides exceptional service to the club or the community. David was cited for his unassuming and supportive nature while keeping track of money in and money out for the club over the past five years. The award is named for past member Marston Headley, now deceased, who was a past president and long-time secretary for the club. Congratulations David. He now must find an appropriate landing for the fabled traveling Rotary shovel, which will be in his custody for the next 12 months.

Guests: Lin Wolf (Rotary) and Richard DeBeau (the law firm of Craig and Davis)

Scholarship Enhancement: The affable Charlie Gogan

Announcements:
David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him next week 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.

Chris Weber is looking for 10 more club members to read to elementary students at our elementary schools as part of Northfield Promise’s literacy campaign.  We have 20 already committed and going through the required background check. If you can help, see Chris.

President Wakely said the movie “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield, is a movie that will provide information and insight into polio and the development of the iron lung. If you have a chance, she encourages you to see it.

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:

January 25 — Beatriz Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

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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