Interstate truck crash claims life of New Richland man UPDATED: 7:45 a.m.

Northfield News - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 5:47pm
SOMERSET TOWNSHIP — The driver of a pickup truck that veered off Interstate 35 and went into the Straight River in rural Steele County on Monday has been identified, according to a report by the Minnesota State Patrol.
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Senate follows House lead, passes hands-free bill

Northfield News - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:45pm
The Minnesota Senate Monday passed its version of a hands-free requirement for drivers looking to make a call. The vote sends the bill into final negotiations with the House, which approved a different version last week.
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Hurt by weather last year, Minnesota farmers face possible spring delays

Northfield News - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:37pm
Spring flooding may delay planting season a little bit for some southern Minnesota farmers, but that comes with the territory.
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One dead after truck crashes into the Straight River off of I-35

Northfield News - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:30pm
SOMERSET TOWNSHIP — Emergency personnel were in the waters of the Straight River south of Owatonna for more than four hours Monday afternoon first attempting to rescue, then trying to recover the body of a motorist whose pickup truck left…
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Knights open spring trip with sweep of Union

Carleton Sports - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:07pm

The No. 35-ranked Carleton College women’s tennis team began the competition portion of its Spring Break trip with a 9-0 victory over Union (NY) College. Sonya Romanenko, Jeanny Zhang, Kristina Conrad, and Madeline Prins all won in both singles and doubles.

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Lions Club guest leads conversation on opioid epidemic, solutions

Northfield News - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 2:17pm
After the Pledge of Allegiance, a rendition of "America the Beautiful" and a mini-auction, things got a little more serious at the Northfield Lions Club Monday.
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Meet Mark

Laura Baker Services Association - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 1:40pm

Mark is full of surprises.

Laura Baker Services Association Executive Director Sandi Gerdes knew Mark from early in her career at LBSA and recalls seeing Mark on stage years later. “I knew from working with Mark how difficult it could be for him to speak, so when I saw him singing a solo on stage I had tears running down my face,” says Sandi.

“No one would have imagined in a thousand years that Mark would love to go up on stage and perform,” says Grace Neuroth-Casson, who has known Mark for over 12 years. “They say music activates a whole different part of the brain.”

Music is clearly important to Mark, and LBSA’s music therapy program allows him an opportunity for self-expression and provides a social outlet. Mark participates in the LBSA choir and never misses a weekly practice or performance. He loves 50s music and did a solo of Elvis’ Blue Christmas at the gala two years ago. Music Therapist Jenny Solar says of Mark, “He really loves music and singing. For whatever reason, having a microphone is important to him. I think he really enjoys opportunities to be social.”

Mark’s sister explains that one of the nice things about LBSA for Mark is the stability. “He’s very shy. The staff goes out of their way to ensure that he does the things he wants to do.” Given Mark’s quiet disposition you might think he sits back and has difficulty keeping busy.


In addition to his choir and music engagements, Mark attends a day program half time and spends half time working at the cafeteria at Carleton College. He’s worked at the college for years. Mark also makes weekly trips to the library and senior center and loves trips to the zoo. In addition to music, Mark is artistic and has participated in LBSA’s arts programming for many years. He loves reading and receiving cards and letters and loves to write back.

Interacting with others is important to Mark, and you’ll sometimes see him dancing with others at the Halloween party, Summer Fun Day or one of the other LBSA events. Mark also gets an opportunity to socialize through his participation in the College Buddies program at LBSA. Mark likes to go bicycling with his college buddy, Daniel. Grace says, “Mark loves it when Daniel comes over. I think it is a cool thing. They have developed a really great relationship. When Daniel comes, Mark lights up.”

In Mark’s 40+ years at LBSA, he is proof that you don’t have to be the center of attention to become a valued member of a community. So, next time you meet someone shy or quiet like Mark, make a point to be friendly and get to know them.

You might be surprised.


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Service dogs aren't built in a day at local nonprofit

Northfield News - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 1:32pm
They say it takes a village to raise a child. The same is true for a service dog.
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Closed City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 12:33pm
Event date: March 26, 2019
Event Time: 05:15 PM - 07:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Water levels down but “all protective measures should remain in place”; Lippert seeks funding for transit hub; Workforce housing and other development; HRA’s Norvold receives Excellence Award; Puzzle players are freaky fast

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 12:02pm

Emergency Mgmt Director, Jennifer Hauer-Schmitz has good news.  She reports water Levels have gone down on all Rivers in Rice County.  The Cannon in Northfield is at 897.74 ft, taken at sea level. It’s dropped just over a foot over the weekend.  Hauer-Schmitz said, “this does not mean that we are “out of the water”

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Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:20am

Marc Lesser, author of  Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, is Teri Knight’s guest today on 15 with the Author.  He blends his leadership experience running a Zen monastery kitchen and leading mindfulness trainings for Google engineers with the insights of an experienced business leader.  Marc explains

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Mayor for a Day: Elementary students share their ideas on how to make Northfield better

Northfield News - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:05am
Sibley Elementary fourth graders entered the 2019 Mayor for a Day essay contest, and six winners were chosen. Each of their essays details what the fourth graders would focus on if they were mayor of the city for a day.
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Gene Lyman

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:19am

Long-time Northfielder Gene Lyman is Wayne’s guest.

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Jane Tapper is Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 9:14am

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative recently recognized Jane Tapper, volunteer at Bridgewater Elementary School, with the March 2019 “Making a Difference Award.”

The Making a Difference recognition is given out monthly to community members or organizations that help make Northfield an even better place for young people.

Tapper volunteers at Bridgewater Elementary School, helping students who struggle with reading. As a retired teacher, Jane has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of reading acquisition. She currently works with students individually in kindergarten through third grade twice a week.

“Jane is an extremely hard working and dedicated volunteer. She is very devoted to her role at Bridgewater and we truly appreciate the expertise she brings in support of struggling readers,” said Inger Hanson, Bridgewater’s instructional coach.

Hanson also noted that Jane helps children acquire the reading skills necessary to be successful in the classroom.

“Her data shows that what she is doing moves the needle and is making a difference in their lives. We could not support as many students with individual help without the phenomenal volunteering given to the Bridgewater community from Jane,” said Hanson.

Erin Hall, mom and first grade teacher at Bridgewater, described Tapper’s interaction with her own daughter, Maddie.

“Jane is simply the most caring, kind and loving person. She opened her home to my daughter several times throughout the summer because she ‘wanted her to stay on track.’ She helped encourage Maddie and brought back her love of reading,” said Hall.

When asked if her name could be used in Tapper’s award, Maddie said, “Well, yeah! I mean Jane helped me learn to read! She should get an award!”

Pam Charlton, another first grade teacher, noted that Tapper gives tirelessly of her time to help kids learn the foundational pieces of reading. She noted Tapper’s expertise helps student reach — and even surpass — reading goals and gives them the confidence to see themselves as readers.

“The students love working with Jane. Her calm demeanor and encouraging personality put kids at ease and help them soar,” said Charlton.

Everyone seems to agree! Jane Tapper is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure students are making progress.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, visit for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application — or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

Photo: Jane Tapper accepts the March Making a Difference Award, accompanied by (left to right) her grandson, teacher Lahna Tran, teacher Kristen Cade, Connie Nelson (HCI board member), Randy Olson (HCI board member) and teacher Pam Charlton.

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Fischel’s blast not enough as Knights clipped by Falcons

Carleton Sports - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 11:36pm

Brendon Fischel belted a pinch-hit 3-run home run that helped the Carleton College baseball team grab a 4-1 lead, but the Knights were unable to hold the advantage and dropped a 7-4 result to Concordia University Wisconsin.

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Knights improve to 10-2 with 7-2 wins over UWRF and L&C

Carleton Sports - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 11:31pm

The Carleton College softball team picked up two more victories on Sunday, defeating both UW-River Falls and Lewis & Clark College by identical 7-2 scores. The Knights improved to 10-2 on the season.

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No. 1-ranked Knights open spring with win over UMHB

Carleton Sports - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 11:24pm

The top-ranked Carleton College women’s golf team opened the 2019 portion of its schedule with a dual match victory over University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Senior Ayumi Sakamoto paced the Knights with a two-day total of 155 (+11).

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Licencias de conducir/Temas de psicologia que ocurren en nuestro alrrededor

KYMN Radio - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 9:20pm

Hoy se hablo de mas informacion para la comunidad sobre las licencias de condicir, y diferentes temas que ocurren en la psicologia. Tambien de como eso afecta a las familias y sus hijos en el presente y el futuro. El-Super-Barrio-3-24-19

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Small contingent of Knights compete at WashU Mini Meet

Carleton Sports - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 11:39pm

Eight members of the Carleton College women’s track and field team got the outdoor season started at the WashU Mini Meet.

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Knights settle for Saturday split

Carleton Sports - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 9:51pm

The Carleton College softball team dropped Saturday’s first game to Kalamazoo College, 5-3, before responding with a 6-0 triumph over Middlebury College.

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