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A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 8:44pm
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
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Fiestas de invierno y construir el crédito personal

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/26/2020 - 9:12pm

Se suceden las fiestas de invierno con ritmo latino en Northfield. Repasamos la importancia de crearse un buen crédito para tener acceso a préstamos y crédito para comprar casas, carros, muebles y otras necesidades.  

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Fine Tune #452 Jimmy Van Heusen 26 Jan 2020

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/26/2020 - 7:20pm

Born 107 years ago today, Jimmy Van Heusen was a wonder in the world of popular music composition for decades – bringing the world more than 1000 songs. We hear just a few on this week’s Fine Tune: Fine Tune 01-26-20 #452 Imagination / Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w Frank Sinatra Love and Marriage / Frank

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Remember Radio – March 23, 1947

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/26/2020 - 10:00am

Introducing Remember Radio, a brand new show set during the Golden Age of Radio in the 1940’s. Your hosts Andrew Rossow and Rich Larson bring you music, news and radio serials of the era, in a fun and entertaining presentation.

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Arrowhead VII

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 11:40pm

Monday morning at 7:00, I’ll start my seventh Arrowhead Ultra, my seventh attempt to ride my fatbike down the 135 miles of snowmobile trail across northern Minnesota from International Falls to Tower.

Sundogs just after the start of the 2019 Arrowhead

So far I’ve finished the race each time I’ve started, with times ranging from 19.5 hours in 2015 to 29 hours in 2014. My best placing was my first year, when we rode in the polar vortex and I wound up in 7th place.

The forecast (as of Saturday night) looks increasingly good, with highs near 25° on Monday afternoon and lows near 0° at the start and then overnight — which likely means actual air temps near -10°’ when we hit the low swampy areas. Those temperatures are very manageable and should mean the trail will be hard and fast.

This year — after a very busy few months at work and much less riding than I’d like — I’m in less good physical shape than I’d like, although I rode well at the Tuscobia 160 a month ago. I’m primarily gunning for another finish and I’ll be happy to go under 24 hours.

If you want to see how I am doing, check Trackleaders, a cool free service that uses GPS data to plot some (but not all) of us on a map of the course!

Categories: Citizens

Energy Committee – Roch PB headline says it all

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 3:30pm
Photo by moi

Here’s the bill everyone’s talking about:

DRAFT sc5558-6_Rochester_Energy CommitteeDownload

Comments? It’s important to let them know what you think. Here’s the contact info for the Senate Energy Committee (LINKED HERE).

In last week’s Rochester Post Bulletin, about the Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee meeting in Rochester:

Senators take heat on waste-burning energy
Categories: Citizens

Big Woods Park Ranger Laurel Quill

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 11:50am

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park has something to offer visitors during any season: view wildflowers in spring; cool off near the waterfall in summer; experience incredible colors in fall; and ski the wooded trails in winter. Listen in as Andy and Dave interview Laurel Quill, the new State Park Ranger.  Laurel shares her background, her excitement

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Raider Wrap 1-25-19

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 11:17am

Head Coach Ryan Driscoll stops in to talk Boys Basketball and then Craig Cardinal and Captains Jess Messner, State Hopefuls Caroline Peterson and Katie Schroeer take us up and down the terrain of Nordic Skiing season.  AJ Has all the sports scores along with interviews with Dance Team Captains Leah Covach, Regan Underdahl, Sydney Gill

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With 2 confirmed cases in the U.S., coronavirus raises fears

Northfield News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 4:30pm
Two suspected cases of the deadly illness coronavirus have been reported in Minnesota, sparking fears that a now-global epidemic which started in China could be close to hitting home.
Categories: Local News

Lack of state, federal special ed funding is costing local districts

Northfield News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 1:00pm
A persistent shortage in special education funding from state and federal governments has left Faribault and Northfield school districts no choice but to make budget cuts.
Categories: Local News

NEW “Navigable Waters” Rule

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:11pm

Something that drives me crazy — posting things without the underlying links. I’m seeing so many posts about slashing existing water rules and release of new dreadful rules that allow pollution, but there are no links to the actual rules they’ve trotted out. So I added to my Federal Register alert, still nothing. OK, and now yesterday and today there’s another wave of posts about it, that something was released, and still no links. Digging and digging here, and found it.

Final Rule: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” pre-publication version

Water’s not my area, admittedly I don’t know much about it. That new rule, following on the repeal, is on the EPA website (what’s left of it).

There’s the “Clean Water Act” which I hear LOUDLY is being decimated. I’ve found the “new” rule is rooted in this administration’s objections to the 2015 expanded definition of “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Rule.

Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule (Federal Register)

And so it goes… EPA and Army Repeal the 2015 Definition of “waters of the United States” oh, yeah, they did that..

Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections

The focus is on discharging into streams and wetlands, well, correction, the focus is on Trump administration slashing, eliminating rules, to ALLOW discharging into streams and wetland.

So what happened yesterday, what I’ve been looking for, is that they signed a new “Navigable Waters Protection Rule,” which is really one of those Orwellian things, name is just the opposite of what it does, because it changes the definition of waters to be protected, eliminates protections, and allows formerly waters that were protected to now be open season for pollution. Here’s the final “pre-publication” rule (which is why I’ve not been able to find it, not published yet, not published in FR Public Inspection yet either). Here it is, once more with feeling:

Final Rule: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” pre-publication version

There’s also this, a different link: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” – pre-publication version (PDF)(340 pp, 2 MB)

Check out this “Federalism Consultation” section from EPA page, a Clinton Administration E.O. that’s to address unfunded mandates and consult with states where federal changes can affect states (from EPA site):

Federalism Consultation – Consistent with E.O. 13132, Federalism, the EPA, Department of Army, and the Army Corps of Engineers consulted with state and local government officials, or their representative national organization, while developing a revised definition of “waters of the United States.”

And public comments on this rule change were posted to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149 and can be found here (from EPA site).

It’s similar to the way the Minnesota Senate DRAFT 5558-6 would change the definitions of “renewable energy” to incorporate burning garbage and nuclear as “renewable” cutting regulatory authority.

Categories: Citizens

Bids to go out for Hwy 246 & Jefferson Pkwy roundabout on Feb. 27; NAFRS votes in new Chair, oks quarterly meetings; Library looking for vinyl donations

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Expect big changes at Hwy 246 and Jefferson Pkwy this year when work begins on a roundabout at the intersection. The Northfield Council voted to approve the final design and open bids on February 27th and award the project March 10th. This intersection has been debated for years. Many felt

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The Power of Music

St. Olaf College - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:50am
Beginning his 30th year as conductor of the world-renowned St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong ’78 is keeping his eyes firmly fixed on the future.
Categories: Colleges

ArtZany: Northfield Fine Arts Boosters – One Hit Wonders

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:00am

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Chris Ash and Mike Meehan from the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters to promote the upcoming fundraiser One Hit Wonders. Both musicians are members of the band No Time for Fame. One Hit Wonders Saturday, January 25 Armory Square, 519 Division Street South, Northfield armorysquarenfld.com $7 suggested

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 9:55am
Event date: January 28, 2020
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Alex Morefield

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 9:35am

Northfield High School Band member Alex Morefield talks about the High School Band Coupon Book now available for sale to benefit the High School Band.  Coupon books are $25 and can be purchased from band members or at KYMN studios on Division Street.

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Birding in the winter

Carletonian - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:28pm

Many bird species found in the arboretum during the early spring to late fall have flown South for the winter, though there are species who stay in Minnesota during the cold winters. One advantage to birding in the winter is that there is a much more manageable number of species to identify, perfect for the casual or beginning birder. Some of my favorite birds to observe during the winter are listed below.

One popular and easy bird to identify is the Northern Cardinal. You have probably seen them before: they have bright red bodies and a tuft of feathers extending from their heads, making them an eye-catching and brilliant bird to observe. This species displays sexual dimorphism: the male birds are bright red all over, whereas the females are dull brown with red wings.

Another fantastic bird to view is the Cedar Waxwing. These magnificent birds have yellow markings and red waxy secretions on their tail and wing feathers respectively, have a silvery yellow body, and have black markings around their eyes that look like masks. Their main source of food comes from berries, so look for them hanging out in packs around bushes with winter berries. You may hear their high-pitched trill before you see them.

The American Goldfinch is often found around backyard bird feeders. The birds’ color will appear more dull during the winter, but will still be identifiable by their black and white striped tails and dull yellow heads. Listen for their po-ta-to-chip sounding call while you walk across the prairie in the arb, a place where you are likely to come across them.

The Downy Woodpecker is a common, but beautiful, species seen year-round in the Arboretum, and all across the United States. They can be identified by their black and white-checkered body and distinctive red tuft on the back of their heads. Listen for their singular bright chirps, or their beaks knocking against dead wood.

Birding can be a very joyful experience during the long winters, and listening to bird song and seeing their playful spirits will implore you to get outside!

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Categories: Colleges

okay, boomer

Carletonian - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:25pm

So little attention has been focused on toxic youthfulness that many people—the current reader perhaps included—still mistake the term for a satire or parody based on related terms such as toxic masculinity. It’s time for a change, and this article is a step in the right direction.

Toxic youth culture thrives on college campuses, primarily due to their alarming homogeneity. Admissions offices in particular do little to promote age diversity; a 2019 study found that most students at undergraduate institutions were fewer than three to four years apart in age. (This landmark research was published in the provocative journal Obvius.)

Its ingenious name, a Latin adjective meaning literally “on the path,” represents the journal’s tireless mission to block our habitual paths with revelatory findings that force us to challenge our assumptions and take our lives in new directions.) Such small age ranges defeat the purpose of college, whose purported aim in separating students from family and friends is to isolate them from like-minded people who may validate their misconceptions.

Some readers may already want to ask for a definition of toxic youthfulness. They should be reminded of the kind of people who engage in such behavior, so that they see the danger in imitating it. When informed of their participation in toxic youth culture, most young people express appropriate guilt, and some even show an admirable and poignant longing for change.

There are others, however, who accuse a peer or elder of having made some “accusation” against them; a few even ask for a definition of toxic youthfulness, protesting that they should not face blame without being told what they have done wrong. By feigning confusion and distracting themselves with a mere phrase, they refuse to recognize the harm they have caused throughout their lives.

Despite the self-interested motives of those who want a definition of toxic youthfulness, it cannot hurt to give an example. The epitome of our toxic youth culture is a dangerous phrase whose recent invention and popularization by young people should be enough to raise suspicion. With this phrase, young people judge an argument by its proponent rather than by its content; some even perpetrate this offense against members of their own generation. As my friend and I made lunch one day during winter break, the microwave prompted us with repeated bleepings of self-satisfaction, the more infuriating for their habit of stopping for a minute or so and then starting just when I was sure the misery was over. Having had enough, I grumbled that technology was so gleeful dominating our lives. My friend’s response was short and unforgivable: “okay, boomer.”

Overlooking such clear proofs that their own generation is against them, some members of Generation Z presume to express a wish to fight toxic youthfulness. “Think after you speak” is such a commonplace that we cannot reasonably judge it—critically or favorably—without showing disrespect for the wisdom of our own culture. I will take the liberty, however, of observing that the maxim is particularly helpful to these idealistic people who believe that they as individuals can influence society. It is only once the damage is done, so to speak—after the “okay, boomer” is said—that we can hope to cultivate an appropriate sense of guilt for participating in toxic youthfulness. And guilt, of course, is the root of all positive change.

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Categories: Colleges

Women in Psychology

Carletonian - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:23pm

A newly-formed student org on campus seeks to address uneven gender dynamics at play in the Psychology department. Women in Psychology (WIP) was started by two senior Psychology majors as an “attempt to provide a space where women can feel comfortable discussing topics in Psychology,” as described on the club’s website.

The club follows in the tradition set by a few long standing clubs at Carleton, including Women in Economics, Women in Math and Science, and Lovelace (named after 19th-century mathematician Ada Lovelace). These groups work to amplify the voices of women in academic spaces often dominated by men.

“It’s not that we feel excluded from the major community,” said Psychology major and club founder Michelle Gazer ’20. “Carleton profs do a great job of fostering healthy learning environments. It’s just that there are some things you can get from a 100%-female discussion that you just can’t get from, say, a 96%-female discussion.”

Annie Shoemaker ’21 and Lucy Rae ’20 attended the first WIP meeting, which was held last week. “It was really cool to be in that kind of space,” said Shoemaker. “I mean, I love my Psychology classes, don’t get me wrong. But male voices are often prioritized. Well, maybe not prioritized, because there are usually only a couple of men. But still, they’re there. So that’s something.”

“When we talk about things like object permanence, or the role of potassium in action potentials, it can be hard to listen to a single man speak,” continued Shoemaker. “Again, and I want to be clear about this, classes are almost entirely female. But when there are even three or four men, it really changes the dynamic. Or, to be more precise, it slightly changes the dynamic, a little bit.”

“It’s really exciting,” said Rae of WIP. “Women supporting each other like this. In a department that’s so overwhelmingly female, it’s really great to have a space that’s actually, 100%, exclusively female. The exclusion of those handful of men, who care about Psychology just like we do and often make insightful contributions in class, really makes all the difference.”

“It can be hard to be a woman in STEM,” continued Rae. “But it’s even harder being a woman in Psychology, when there are already so many other women studying Psychology too.”

“In my Psychology of Gender class, all the students are women,” noted Shoemaker. “And class discussions are great. But it reaches a whole new level of awesome when those exact same people gather together for WIP and talk about the exact same topics — it’s like, our normal class, but this time we’re there as women Psych majors, not just as Psych majors. I don’t know, I just think there’s something pretty powerful about that.”

“Women Psych majors, you know? I mean, it just has a nice ring to it,” said Gazer, an ambitious glint in her eyes.

Nareen Dickson-Halto ’20, a male Psychology major and one of the department’s Student Departmental Advisors (SDA), commented: “I don’t know. I’m happy that women are empowering each other. But it’s kind of awkward when my prof announces that there’s a WIP meeting after class in the same room, to which every member of the class except for me is invited. They basically just ask me to leave. I usually spend that time planning cool Psych bonding events, so I guess it’s good to have the extra hour free. But it’s still kind of weird to hear them laughing through the wall while I send out an email to the major listserv seeing if people would wanna go bowling.”

A few new clubs have been inspired by WIP. Women in Educational Studies, as well as Women in Women’s and Gender Studies, are expected to hold their first meetings next Monday.

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Categories: Colleges

“Snow” solution to housing shortage: igloos

Carletonian - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:22pm

From the start of this academic year, administrators have been brainstorming solutions for the winter term housing shortage. The college, in an effort to find space for 40 beds out of thin-air, offered creative solutions. Popular proposals were moving SHAC out of Burton’s basement, converting study rooms into dorms and encouraging students to live in (frat) houses. However, as is the case for every important decision regarding student life, the college has been indecisive.

Debates surrounding the housing crisis came to a boiling point during one meeting of college employees when the college’s president, fed up with the inaction, yelled “Why don’t we just build igloos!” Surprisingly, the group readily agreed to the plan. The college president was just joking, but they didn’t want to seem like a weenie and gave the final approval for construction. Ice sculptors were brought to campus the following week and constructed an entire village of igloos, which are ready for students to inhabit.

The lucky students to move into the igloos and live out their childhood Club Penguin fantasy are the residents of CANOE house, who claim to be the most outdoorsy despite living in a mansion. While other housing pilot programs (aka the mysterious learning community) have had mixed success, the “cold community” is expected to be a hit.

College officials have boasted that the igloos offer enticing amenities for students. The igloos are located in the heart of campus, nestled next to the Bald Spot ice rinks. As the igloos are made of pure Minnesotan snow, they are ethically sourced and the most environmentally friendly living option. The igloo village does not have an RA and will be outside the jurisdiction of residential life, making it as lawless as the wild west or farm. Perhaps, the best feature is the noise cancelling properties of the snow bricks. Unlike the paper thin walls of Watson and other dorm buildings, the igloos muffle the sounds of your bad music taste among other noises…. Every igloo is outfitted with a sleeping bag, thermus and wool socks.

One junior resident stated: “The igloos are honestly great. There’s this fireplace in the center that makes my room warmer than most dorms on campus. I think the only downside is the occasional yellow snow…”

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