Institute to host Title IX conversation with Northwestern professor

St. Olaf College - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:48pm
Laura Kipnis will visit St. Olaf College January 24 for a discussion on her recent work and involvement with Title IX investigations in higher education, the #MeToo movement, and other current events.
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Rotary Cogwheel | January 17.2019

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:57pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, January 17, 2019

Today:  Sitty Fitriany, Exchange Student from India (Galdeen)

Next Week: RYLA students (Hillmann)

Birthdays: Mark Abbott (1/17), Rick Esse (1/16), Mike Leming (1/16), Lynne Pederson (1/11), Erica Zweifel (1/14)

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.

Guests: Nicole (former inbound), Sage (former inbound) and Jane (host sis) (Estenson), Colonel Buhler (Steed), Nita Wolf (Vorwerk)


  • Today is your last chance to nominate someone for the Good Neighbor Award. Know a non-Rotarian who embodies ‘Service above Self’? Visit our website or see Erica Zweifel for a nomination form
  • David Stanford introduced himself as our new Treasurer and got a big round of applause. If you’d like an automatic withdrawal for your dues, see him.
  • Scott Richardson gave us the board update: RCAT is pursuing an EV charging station initiative, the 4-way Taste prep is going well and is tentatively scheduled for July, the Big Idea has been narrowed down to four ideas with a finalist to be announced in March, and Bob Will was officially given honorary member status
  • Kristi Purcell says that the CRWP made their fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of many Rotarians

Happy News

  • Janice Lemkuhl just returned from a week in Pasadena where she and her husband served as petal pushers in the Rose Bowl parade. The Pasadena Rotary Club gave her a t-shirt.
  • Jim Holden reports that the group who took our inbound strudents to the Timberwolves game had a great time.
  • Jacob Conway’s son was born with a hole in his heart and is improving—he will now only need to be seen every two years.
  • Anika Rychner thanked everyone who helped move the food shelf for the CAC last week.
  • Janine Atchison was awarded recognition as a National Merit Scholar and received a letter from former President Obama.

Scholarship Enhancement: Duane Benson

Last Week: Paul Krause is not the Hall of Fame Vikings player, but he is famous in Northfield. He introduced our speaker, Larry Vorwerk, who shared his classification talk with us.

Larry was an only child for 12 minutes, until his twin brother was born. He grew up in Burlington, Iowa in a loving family with four other siblings in addition to his twin—there were three boys and then three girls. As a child, Larry enjoyed participating in a variety of activities including scouts, baseball, track and cross-country. He was interested in animals from an early ago. His parents didn’t allow him to have a dog, so he got a guinea pig and quickly befriended the neighbors’ collies. After the collies began spending more time in Larry’s yard than their own, his dad said okay to having a dog. Now Larry has had 16 dogs in his lifetime.

Larry bought his first book in first grade. He saved his pennies to purchase the book “Wild Animals” with a tiger on the cover. He saw an ad in Outdoor Life magazine that said, ‘you too can be a forest ranger’ and that was when he knew he wanted to go to college and learn to work with animals. He enjoyed small game hunting and blackberry picking with his father, and his interest in animals continued through his boyhood. He has always been curious and a scientist and if he could be anyone, he identifies most with Lewis & Clark, adventurers who enjoy discovering things.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology from Iowa State in 1973. College field trips took him to see things like prairie chickens booming in Kansas and millions of birds migrating in Northwest Missouri’s Squaw Creek Reserve. Larry’s first full time job was in Muscatine, Iowa at the Weed Park Zoo. We saw some great photos of Larry holding an African lion cub named ‘Fat Cat’ and some pics of Dolly the Asian elephant, who enjoyed lifting the roof off of her zoo building for fun. He says that elephants have the most personality of all animals.

Larry met his first wife (also a wildlife biology major) at college and they had three children together. He was one of the first zookeepers hired at the Minnesota Zoo, starting his career there in 1978. He worked at the Minnesota Zoo for 39 years, serving on the mammal crew for 17 years and the bird crew for 20 years until he retired two years ago.

One of his most memorable experiences happened two weeks into his job when he was asked to walk the fence line of the tiger exhibit and check it. The large male tiger saw him and pounced onto the chain link fence right at Larry, but thankfully the fence held strong.

Six months after Larry’s first marriage ended, he met his wife Nita Wolf. They have been married for 20 years, have five children between them, and live on a hobby farm five miles north of Northfield. Larry showed us photos of their beautiful flowerbeds. He really enjoys gardening and finds peace in being connected to the earth. They had a pond built on their property and it has attracted 83 species to their farm. Their two dogs Honey and Sunny the lab/retrievers love to go on outdoor adventures with them.

Larry enjoys being active. He has run over 42,000 miles and walked more than 80,000 miles. The longest race he ever ran was a 50 mile run back when he was a ‘lean machine’ and he was pleased that his parents were able to be there. He finished in 7 hours and 18 minutes.He is also artistically talented, and has completed many oil paintings. His favorite subjects are—you guessed it—nature and animals. Larry authored a book called The Bartholomew Effect: Awakening to Oneness. He is enjoying life and volunteer work in retirement and says that serving others is the true way to experience oneness.

Coming Up: Jan 31 – Randall Knox, Civil Air Patrol (Frago)

Categories: Organizations

Mar Valdecantos

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:44am

Mar Valdecantos is Wayne’s guest.  Mar is very active in the community and is a member of the Northfield Human Rights Commission. Mar Valdecantos  

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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to perform on campus

St. Olaf College - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:13am
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will perform at St. Olaf January 19. The concert is free and open to the public.
Categories: Colleges

Premier Bank Robbery Press Release

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:37am

Here is the press release from the Northfield Police Department regarding the bank robbery on Tuesday.  Citizens are asked to contact the police department with any information they may have regarding the suspects. Press Release Premier Bank Robbery 01.15.19

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Corinne Smith and Richard DeBeau

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:28am

Northfield Human Rights Commission members Corinne Smith and Richard DeBeau talk about the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event to be held on January 21 at Emmaus Church from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Human Rts Commission 1-16    

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Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:17am

Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig talks about the January 15 City Council Work Session.  Topics included discussion about a new contract for waste disposal and development of Lot 5 near the new hotel as well as the northwest area of the community. Ben Martig1-16-19  

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Police looking for suspects in bank robbery

Northfield News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:46pm
A pair of armed gunman robbed Premier Bank in downtown Northfield Tuesday morning, making away with an undisclosed amount of cash. It's the second time in three months and the third time in three years robbers have struck the Fifth…
Categories: Local News

NDDC Executive Director resigns

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:13pm

Executive Director Jenni Roney has submitted a letter of resignation to the NDDC board of directors. Her resignation will be effective January 24, 2019.

Jenni had a number of accomplishments during her time with the NDDC. In 2017, she redesigned a favorite summer community event formerly called “Taste of Northfield.” Renamed “Downtown Taste Tour”, the event now has a format that has proven to be much more effective for both attendees and participating food establishments. That same year she orchestrated a project to upgrade the holiday tree lighting in Bridge Square.

In early 2018, Jenni guided the NDDC through a successful application process resulting in Northfield being named a Designated Minnesota Main Street community by the state chapter of Main Street America, a national program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There are less than a dozen communities in Minnesota that have achieved this designation.

Also in 2018, Jenni helped launch a new event program called “First Friday Art Night”. Using a combination of indoor and outdoor events, the program has highlighted the artistic talents of the community and attracted residents and visitors alike to the vibrant Friday night scene downtown. Most recently, Jenni wrote a successful application that awarded Northfield a two-year $30,000 Artists on Main Street Grant. This program will provide small stipends for 10-15 artists each year to be used to produce public art in the downtown district.

“Jenni Roney has been the NDDC Executive Director since 2016 and during that time she has had a significant impact on the life of the organization,” commented Dan Bergeson, NDDC board president. “We will miss her energy and her many talents, but we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

A search for the next NDDC Executive Director will begin immediately.

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Council on Equity and Inclusion seeks input on vision statement

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:03pm
The St. Olaf College Council on Equity and Inclusion is seeking input as it works to develop a vision statement.
Categories: Colleges

COURT REPORTS: Burglary charges filed against man who broke into home, assaulted woman inside

Northfield News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:30pm
Daniel Tyrique Moore, 21, of Northfield, was charged Monday with two counts of felony burglary, one coupled with an assault after reportedly breaking into a neighbor's apartment Friday and assaulting a woman inside. According to police, the victim left her…
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With 2019 streets project, city considers first steps on railroad quiet zone

Northfield News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:25pm
With Third Street’s inclusion in the city of Northfield’s 2019 street improvement project, city leaders are thinking about a long-sought railroad quiet zone.
Categories: Local News

School Board decides on name for new elementary, swears in new members

Northfield News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:00pm
The Northfield School Board Monday approved a name for the new elementary school set to replace Greenvale Park Elementary in 2020.
Categories: Local News

Minnesota feels pinch of government shutdown, enters 'uncharted territory'

Northfield News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:01pm
ST. PAUL — The ongoing federal government shutdown is costing Minnesota and how much longer the state can bear the expense is coming into question, state officials said Tuesday.
Categories: Local News

Northfield events reflect on Martin Luther King's legacy

Northfield News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:00pm
Martin Luther King Jr. never visited Northfield, but his legacy seems to hold particular importance in the community, living on through performances and speaking events in his honor each year.
Categories: Local News

Teen Vaping; Council Work Session; Lippert’s Legislative priorities

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 1:06pm

Gone are the days of stealing mom or dad’s cigarettes. Teen Vaping was a topic at the Northfield School Board meeting on Monday. In the past, E-cigs were designed to transition smokers to a “healthier” alternative. Superintendent Matt Hillmann explains one reason teens start vaping is their brain is undergoing changes and they want to

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cancelled Mayor's Youth Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:53pm
Event date: January 16, 2019
Event Time: 07:45 AM - 08:45 AM
1400 Division Street S
Northfield, MN 55057
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Wendell Arneson

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:11am

Retired St. Olaf College Art Professor and  artist Wendell Arneson is Wayne’s guest. Wendell Arneson 1-15-19

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Matt Hillmann

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:13am

Northfield  Superintendent Matt Hillmann reviews the January 14 School Board meeting.  Topics  include the issue of  “vaping” by students and plans to address it, annual reports from Arcadia and Prairie Creek Charter Schools, and the sale of bonds for upcoming construction projects. Matt Hillmann 1-15-19

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