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Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 8:32am

Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig provides updates on pumpkin recycling, Northfield street projects, the Fifth Street Lofts project, and more.

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Nine sustainable agriculture projects receive funding

KYMN Radio - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 8:16am

Awards highlighted in now-available Greenbook 2019 St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grants (SustAg) totaling $241,009 to nine farmers and researchers across Minnesota. The grants are featured in the new Greenbook, which is now available. Projects will explore sustainable agriculture practices

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Submit your nomination for the 2020 Northfield Living Treasure Award by November 18

KYMN Radio - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 4:07am

The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to nominate anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered the 2020 Northfield Living Treasure by November 18, 2019. The annual award honors an individual who has, over time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture to enhance the reputation

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Meet Keshia

Laura Baker Services Association - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 3:34pm

With her bright colored clothes and her outgoing personality, you would never know the challenges Keshia has had to face in her life. In fact, you could say she is an expert at overcoming obstacles.

“Since the beginning, she’s exceeded what everyone thought she could be,” explains Keshia’s mother. Keshia was born very thin and fragile and had difficulty moving as a baby. Doctors even told Keshia’s parents that she would most likely never walk. Keshia’s parents didn’t accept that fate for their daughter and have worked tirelessly to find support resources.

In elementary school, Keshia was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome – a genetic disorder where one of the symptoms is a constant feeling of hunger. Having a better understanding of their daughter’s condition, Keshia’s parents supported her as she lived at home until she graduated from her high school’s special needs program. “They say the first decade is easier to manage, but the second decade becomes more challenging,” says Keshia’s mother. “After Keshia’s graduation, we felt we had done what we could on our own.” That’s when Keshia moved into Laura Baker Services Association.

Her mother says, “One of the reasons we were attracted to LBSA was because they had successfully supported Prader-Willi clients.” The transition to LBSA went well for the first few months until some of the novelty of a new living situation wore off. With the support of LBSA staff, and continued advocacy and support of her parents, Keshia continued to work through daily ups and downs.

A few years after moving into LBSA, Keshia faced another significant challenge – she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression. As a result, she was prescribed new medication, which involved several different medication trials. It was during this time that Keshia’s health began to suffer. Keshia’s mother was very concerned about her daughter’s increasing weight and overall health. At the suggestion of Keshia’s doctor, she read the book “Eat to Live.” Afterwards, Keshia’s mother requested a meeting with LBSA support staff to develop a plan to better manage Keshia’s eating and impact her health positively.

Implementing a new diet sounds easier than it was. The plan required two layers of collaboration, specifically dietary staff preparing the meals and Keshia’s direct support staff working with Keshia on the transition to the new menu. According to Keshia’s household director Sierra Law, the transition to the new eating regime was rough at first. “Keshia doesn’t like changes, so we would try and make it fun for her,” explains Sierra. “The way you word things is important, and she likes surprises, so we would say, ‘This is your special diet.’”

Staff began involving Keshia in the menu planning process, helping Keshia to feel energized and engaged. The full transition to the new diet took about 12 weeks, and the results have been transformative. Keshia has lost over 50 pounds, which is considerable given she is under five feet tall. Even more remarkable are the additional changes her mother has seen. “We’ve been able to decrease the dosage of her psychotropic medications. She no longer takes afternoon naps. She has a lot more energy to go out and do things, and her ability to converse with you is so much improved.”

Today, Keshia goes to her day program in Owatonna five days a week and loves it! She loves cats. She loves being outside in the summer and going for walks. She enjoys movies and spending time with staff and peers in Elwell. “When she gives you a food name, that’s when you know she’s accepted you as a staff member,” says Sierra Chicken Noodle Soup, who has worked with Keshia for the last 11 years. “Keshia is very happy and makes Elwell so much fun!”

All from the little girl that would likely never walk.

 

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Categories: Organizations

Nfld School Board member has 1st Amendment rights; One EDA voice questions finance gap in lending $ to 5th Street Lofts developers; Franek and Simonson attend Fire Chief Convention and Board Chair looks to examine operations

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 11:02am

By Teri Knight, News Director A little over a week ago, a Northfield School Board member, Tom Baraniak, was accused of cyber-bullying and a resident asked for his removal. Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann commented this morning on KYMN that, as a board member is elected, there are a few key things to remember: “School

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Oles Explore Engineering

St. Olaf College - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 10:27am
St. Olaf College students don't just study engineering — they experience it.
Categories: Colleges

Fred Lauder, Parts 1, 2 & 3

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 9:20am

Wayne’s guest is Fred Lauder from Hastings.  Fred has lots of interesting stories to share.  

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Active around the world at all ages

St. Olaf College - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 8:52am
Being deliberately active while exploring another country can make the experience even more rewarding and inspiring — just take it from alumni and family members who participated in some of our most on-the-go Study Travel programs.
Categories: Colleges

Jenelle Teppen

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 8:50am

Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen provides an update on construction of the new city hall  and discusses the October 28 Dundas City Council meeting.  Topics include the sale of bonds, approval of several financial management policies, approval for a part-time office staff position, and adjustment of city hall hours.

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Dr. Matt Hillmann

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 8:42am

Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann discusses an incident of a school board member accused of cyber-bullying and recaps the October 28 school board meeting, including the annual World’s Best Workforce report.

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OSI Industries, LLC recalls ready-to-eat beef patty products due to possible foreign matter contamination

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 3:57am

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2019 – OSI Industries, LLC, a Fort Atkinson, Wisc. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,218 pounds of ready-to-eat beef patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The frozen, ready-to-eat beef patty items were produced on August 10,

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Pumpkin Composting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 5:10pm
Event date: November 2, 2019
Event Time: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:
1710 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Oles can go all in during 24-hour day of giving

St. Olaf College - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 4:17pm
Join us November 12 for All in for the Hill, St. Olaf College's annual 24-hour day of giving.
Categories: Colleges

Q&A with sociologist and expert on aging Beth Truesdale ’97

St. Olaf College - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 3:55pm
Beth Truesdale ‘97 is a sociologist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. She examines how age discrimination in the workplace and the changing nature of work affect Americans’ well-being as our society ages.
Categories: Colleges

Energy Action Team

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 1:13pm
Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Anyone who wants to participate is welcome.

Girl Be Brave by Cheryl Hale

KYMN Radio - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:50pm

With all the negative, politicizing news out there, most of us our looking for some inspiration, kindness and joy. On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight’s guest is Cheryl Hale with her book “Girl Be Brave”. Cheryl found those words in her grandmother’s bible at a crucial time in her life. She talks about

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Pumpkin Composting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 11:19am
Event date: November 2, 2019
Event Time: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:
1710 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Motorcoach pulls out in front of pickup on Hwy 3; Motorcyclist airlifted after crashing on Roberds Lake Blvd; I-35 construction update; “Hunters don’t have to look a certain way” says first time hunter Lt. Gov. Flanagan

KYMN Radio - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 11:02am

By Teri Knight, News Director A 23-year-old Faribault man was injured Saturday afternoon when a motorcoach pulled out in front of him on Highway 3. According to the State Patrol, Joshua Kath was driving southbound in his pickup just after 1 p.m. when a Van Hool motorcoach headed east off of Riverview Drive pulled out

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