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A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michellehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09921244970889478836noreply@blogger.com
Categories: Organizations

Knights drop pair in cross-town clash at St. Olaf

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:15pm

The Carleton College baseball team absorbed a sweep at the hands of rival St. Olaf College , falling scores of 4-1 and 9-0. Zane Johann and Griffin Bolte each had three hits on the day to pace the Knights.

Categories: Colleges

Knights travel across town to compete in the Manitou Classic

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:05pm

The Carleton College women’s track and field team took part in the Manitou Classic at St. Olaf College today, turning in 11 top-five individual performances.

Categories: Colleges

Northfield needs Dundas for 2-sheet arena to become reality

Northfield News - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:00pm
A Northfield advisory board is recommending a new, $21.2 million, two-sheet ice arena in the college city. But to make the facility a reality, it needs Dundas’ buy in.
Categories: Local News

Northfield native named principal of Minnetonka elementary school

Northfield News - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 4:15pm
Minnetonka Public Schools has named Andrew Gilbertson, originally of Northfield, as Principal of Groveland Elementary School. He begins his new role July 1, replacing beloved, long-time principal at Groveland, David Parker, who is retiring at the end of June.
Categories: Local News

Damali Britton secures MIAC weekly award

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 4:13pm

Damali Britton turned in a pair of impressive performances at the Cobber Snow-nami Open, earning the senior MIAC Track and Field Athlete-of-the-Week honors for the fourth time in her career.

Categories: Colleges

Future essential character: Starbucks, planning, and future development

Betsey Buckheit - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:32pm
Planning looks ahead to set policy and draft regulations to guide how a town grows. Development works now to get projects approved and built. When the development does not fit the planning, which should prevail? The long-term planning or the … Continue reading →
Categories: Citizens

Fun urbanism: Putting more people and more play in playgrounds

Betsey Buckheit - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:26pm
From Medium: A Q & A with Meghan Talarowski about why London playgrounds are more active and draw more adults than in the USA: The playgrounds are much more open-ended. They also have riskier, more adventurous elements, like giant tree … Continue reading →
Categories: Citizens

Minnesota health officials warn of possible measles exposures

Northfield News - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:48pm
Minnesota health officials said a non-Minnesotan with measles traveling through the state may have exposed others to the infectious disease in mid-April.
Categories: Local News

Save the Date – First Friday Art Night June 1

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 1:49pm

First Friday Art Nights are a popular celebration in many communities–from Phoenix to Boston to Kansas City. We’re bringing this monthly art experience to Downtown Northfield, beginning June 1, 2018! The fun will continue throughout the year on the first Friday of each month from 5-9pm. As you walk through our historic downtown, you’ll encounter art of all kinds–everything from live bluegrass music in Hogan Brothers to visual art exhibits at the Historical Society to dance performances in the NDA studio and poetry readings at Imminent Brewing. Mark your calendars now for this FREE event! Check out the tentative lineup here.

Are you an artist who would like to participate? Register here. Coming from out of town? Stay overnight and enjoy the Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday morning! Do you love the arts and want to help make this event possible with a tax-deductible sponsorship? Email jenni@nddc.org or donate online using the Give MN icon on the right sidebar.

Categories: Organizations

Patrick Tomczik, Parts 1 & 2

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:29pm

Northfielder Patrick Tomczik joins the show to talk about his life and opposition to a new Ice Arena in Northfield in two recent trips to the Wayne Eddy Affair Show One – Hour One:  20180424-0902AM-2 Hour Two: 20180424-1002AM-2   Show Two:  wayneeddy042518

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They hit the Million Moment; Dundas Planning and Council actions; Grass fire season and who pays; E. Cannon trail still closed

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:02pm

They hit the million dollar mark last night!  The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary book fair, in it’s 57th year, hit a million dollars in sales about an hour and a half in to the first day of the 5 day event at the Northfield Arena.  They needed just about $13,000 to make it happen. Applause rang

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Portraits of Rural Strength — Iris Burbank ’18

St. Olaf College - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:59am
Through a series of portraits, Iris Burbank ’18 shows strength in rural communities, but gives a glimpse into her passion for community, love of sustainability, and talent with art.

Like most Oles, Iris Burbank’s studies and work reflect her passions — the environment, art, Asian studies, and community engagement. To an outsider, an intersection between these four areas could be hard to imagine, but to Burbank, it couldn’t make more sense.

Burbank is an environmental studies and studio art double-major at St. Olaf who also participates in Asian studies classes, with six semesters of Japanese language courses under her belt. “I’m really interested in Asian cultures, and I’m so lucky to have been able to go to Japan three times with St. Olaf,” she says. “It’s been extremely rewarding using the language skills and environmental perspective I’ve learned to make lasting friendships with Japanese university students and communicate with grassroots rural leaders and change-makers.” She has been focusing on rural issues for the past two years, through her art and studies at St. Olaf.

Hidden opportunities

Outside the classroom and her travels to Japan, Burbank works in the St. Olaf Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) office, a high-impact educational approach that encourages students to learn in community contexts. Often referred to as community-based research, service-learning, community-based learning, and public scholarship, ACE facilitates the development of skills, habits of mind, and relationships that prepare students for future internship, research, civic leadership, and work roles.

Burbank found the opportunity by chance when asking around for student work opportunities. Once started, she quickly noticed something about the community-engagement projects.

“No one was really recording or keeping track of the of all the groups and engagement initiatives around campus,” says Burbank. “One of the things I was in charge of was creating an inventory of all the community partnerships on campus. We discovered that a lot of groups and efforts were going unnoticed.”

By creating this list and learning more about what the campus organizations did, Burbank was able to gain insight and learn about engagement opportunities that previously remained in the shadows.

“I didn’t know there were so many organizations and partnerships happening around St. Olaf,” she says. “My hope is that we can continue to grow our connections because there are many ways Oles can benefit from the community off the Hill in a tangible way, and community partners also gain from collaborating with students who have fresh passion and dedication to develop specialized skills.”

“…there are many ways Oles can benefit from the community off the Hill in a tangible way…”

Don’t forget the art

Burbank also takes care to remember and include her love of the arts and environment with her community engagement work. Last February, she interned with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP). She worked alongside Thomas Hardy ’20 and Assistant Professor of Art Peter Nelson in a partnership with CRWP to curate and publicize international and local environmental films for the Downstream Film Festival, an event that brought artists, environmental topics, and the community stakeholders together.

Perhaps the paragon of Burbank’s intersection of passion and studies is her current Senior Studies Project, a 16-piece series of oil portraits of international grassroots leaders. Her inspiration for this work comes from her reflection on environmental and rural narratives, largely shaped by her time living, farming, cooking, and learning at Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Founded in 1973 by Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami, ARI is a local grassroots leader and sustainable agriculture training school that hosts a nine-month training program for established international rural leaders, primarily hailing from developing nations in Africa and Southeast Asia. Burbank’s daily life included cooking breakfast and dinner for 25-80 people, community workshops, organic farming demonstrations, community discussions, worship with global Christians, and tending to crop and vegetable fields, chickens, goats, and fish.

Burbank designed her senior thesis, “Portraits of Rural Strength,” to feature grassroots leaders, subverting the tradition of portraiture being “high art” exclusively for affluent, aristocratic people. Utilizing reference photos self-selected by ARI participants, her project acknowledges the agency of rural people, who are too often reduced to images of poverty, hunger, and “backwardness.” The portraits challenge traditional assumptions that rural leaders are just farmers — they serve as teachers, students, non-governmental organization coordinators, financial experts, and exemplify brilliance, resilience, environmental vision, and community power.

Countless opportunities

Through her engagement and passion, many doors are opening for Burbank. After graduation, she hopes to develop professional experience in international relations, sustainable agriculture, sociology, anthropology, and political ecology, with a goal of becoming a professor. She is currently contemplating a master’s program related to rural sociology, international agriculture, and sustainable development. She is also hoping to keep her love for art fresh through some potential artist-in-residence programs in the United States and Japan.

Burbank also wants to bring the lessons she learned from serving in Japan to other parts of the world. “Someday way in the future, I think it would be really awesome to establish a similar international rural leader training school in the U.S. for leaders from Latin America,” she says. “The school’s mission would be centered on principles of creativity, sustainability, the dignity of labor, self-sufficiency, and the innovative use of local resources.”

She’s also working with ARI to plan a continuation of her senior project to return for a summer to teach oil painting to a new class of participants. “My dream would be for the participants to spread my shared passion for creative self-expression back at home after returning from the training program,” she says. “I would love to organize a community showcase of portraits of rural strength, where we would all use our own creativity to tell our stories untold.”

While looking to the future, Burbank thanks her experience at St. Olaf for opening so many opportunities. “I’m very grateful for being able to study at a place where I can learn unconventional academic intersections,” she says. “This was easier to realize with the help of some really encouraging faculty and interdisciplinary programs I participated in, like Environmental Conversations and Asian Conversations.”

“I’m very grateful for being able to study at a place where I can learn unconventional academic intersections.”

Categories: Colleges

Downtown undergoing change as 3 businesses close

Northfield News - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:00am
When it rains it pours.
Categories: Local News

Enbridge Line 3 pipeline – ALJ Recommendation released

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:19am

Line 3 proposed and alternate routes

The Administrative Law Judge’s Recommendation is out:

Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation

It’s a fascinating read, exposing the misrepresentations of Enbridge about quite a few material issues, particularly about Enbridge circumventing requirement of removing the pipeline, the paucity of the “jobs jobs jobs” claim, and the need to renegotiate easements with tribes, which factors into Enbridge’s “inexplicable” easement acquisition for up to 4 pipelines as it finagled for this Line 3.  READ THE Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation!  Judge O’Reilly did a great job of digging through the literally tons of materials in this docket.

Something near and dear to me about this — note the “SA-04” alternative route — it goes right through two of the Freeborn County townships dealing with the Freeborn wind project. Notice?  See p. 47-48.

Guess the Certificate of Need “Notice Plan” and notice requirements are worthless…

Apparently the karst is more important than notice:

And the DNR supported this option?!?!

However, SA-04 was deemed not a viable alternative:

If you have comments, objections, there’s been a notice issued regarding submission of “Exceptions” which are due May 9, 2018:

20184-142282-01_Exceptions Notice

Here’s how this is interpreted by the press:

‘There’s a ton riding on this’: Enbridge pipeline project dealt blow in Minnesota Enbridge faces new Line 3 setback in Minnesota ruling Judge: Enbridge Line 3 project should follow existing route Ruling: Minnesota regulators should approve new Line 3 pipeline — if it follows current pipeline’s route

 

Categories: Citizens

Representative David Bly

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:59am

State Representative David Bly provides his weekly update of activities in the current Legislative Session. Rep- David Bly 4-25-18

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Rhonda Pownell, Todd Bornhauser, Chris Kennelly

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:54am

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and members of the Ice Arena Task Force, Todd Bornhauser and Chris Kennelly, talk about the work of the Task Force during the past 16 months and the recommendation to build a new two sheet ice arena. The recommendation will go before both the Northfield and Dundas City Councils for consideration of

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Professor’s new book boxes with life’s challenges

St. Olaf College - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:35am

With help from a few philosophical heavyweights, St. Olaf College Professor of Philosophy Gordon Marino offers readers an opportunity to face life’s struggles.

His new book, The Existentialist’s Survival Guide (HarperOne), has just been released. In it, Marino thinks alongside philosophers like Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Albert Camus. Together they provide some much-needed insights on everything from love to death.

“I’ve been hanging around with these guys for 30-some years, and it seems to me that I ought to be able to distill some of their wisdom,” Marino says. “I’ve suffered from anxiety, depression, and all kinds of troubles, many of them self-inflicted. More than articulating abstract theories, I try to provide personal examples of the ways in which this motley crew of thinkers, known as existentialists, have positively impacted my life.”

He hopes his book stands as an honest reflection of philosophy’s teaching power and that his readers might come away with some new perspectives on their own lives, how they want to live, and what kind of person they want to be.

“The main reason that I was attracted to Kierkegaard and company was that they, more than any other group of philosophers, seem to address our inner obstacles such as anxiety and the funk more directly and perceptively than anyone else.”

“Most people find it easy to be a decent human being when they have all green lights. But it is not so easy to be a kind and upstanding person when we encounter the suffering that is inevitable in life,” he says. “Maybe the main reason that I was attracted to Kierkegaard and company was that they, more than any other group of philosophers, seem to address our inner obstacles such as anxiety and the funk more directly and perceptively than anyone else.”

Marino is an internationally recognized journalist who regularly contributes to publications like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In addition to his teaching and writing, Marino also serves as curator of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library.

Categories: Colleges

TORCH Care Packages

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:51am

There was a great write up on the TORCH care packages project in the Star Tribune — many thanks to the local faith communities and civic groups who make this care packages project possible. Check it out here.

Categories: Organizations

Knights split home opener versus Macalester

Carleton Sports - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:48pm

Due to the way the schedule played out this season, the Carleton College softball team finally held its home opener on Tuesday and ended up splitting the doubleheader against Macalester College. The Scots prevailed, 1-0, in a game one pitcher’s duel, while the Knights rallied to take game two by a 7-4 margin.

Categories: Colleges
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