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Composting expands to Ytterboe and Rand

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 7:40pm

The Environmental Coalition brought composting to Ytterboe and Rand residence halls in mid-October. 

The arrival of compost bins to residence halls began in the 2018-19 school year, following their addition to Buntrock Commons in January 2018 and Rolvaag Memorial Library and Boe Chapel in March 2018.

Signs provided by the Environmental Coalition hang above many of the new compost bins, indicating what can and cannot be composted. The compost is then taken to a commercial compost facility, the Mulch Store, located in Rosemount, Minn.

The Environmental Coalition’s efforts have had a significant impact on waste management on campus. Thorson, Ellingson, Mohn and Kildahl residence halls now have a 26 percent diversion rate for all food waste, according to the Environmental Coalition’s latest waste audit. The potential diversion rate is 79 percent, leaving a 53 percent gap for remaining improvement.

The potential diversion rate is significantly higher than the actual diversion of waste due to issues with contamination of food waste in recycling and landfill bins, said Environmental Coalition organizer Addie Poore ’20.

“We would rather people, if they are unsure or if they’re too lazy to sort their compost and waste in general, put it in the landfill than in the compost or recycling, if they’re not going to be fully educated,” said Environmental Coalition organizer Katie Stein ’20. 

Composting sites can only handle a certain percentage of impurity, which leads to material that is not fit for composting going to waste, Stein said. 

The Environmental Coalition combats improper sorting by having landfill bins be the most accessible option for disposing waste. 

“We make [compost] the hardest bin to get to to avoid the impurities,” Stein said.

Poore and Stein believe the College has yet to achieve its full composting potential in part due to a lack of education and knowledge among the student body about how to sort waste.

The group has used ‘toilet talks’ in Ellingson as educational outreach to communicate proper composting practices. The Environmental Coalition hopes to expand understanding on the subject by launching an education campaign during first-year orientation, Poore said. Stein hopes that composting can achieve a similar mainstream status in waste management to recycling.

With the help of Steve Rasmussen, assistant director of custodial facilities, the group is working to bring composting to Hoyme and Melby residence halls within the next two weeks. The Environmental Coalition then hopes to bring composting to the remaining dorms – Larson, Hilleboe and Kittelsby. They eventually hope to expand to Skoglund.

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Categories: Colleges

Could trains haul Dakota County groundwater to Southwest?

Northfield News - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 5:45pm
ST. PAUL — Could Minnesota water end up in the thirsty southwestern United States?
Categories: Local News

HRA: Ordinance changes will ensure quality rental housing

Northfield News - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 4:00pm
The Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority is taking steps to address recalcitrant landlords, a measure the city says will ensure the community’s rental housing stock is of sufficient quality.
Categories: Local News

Northfield Reads book discussion: Flight Behavior

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 3:46pm
Event date: November 12, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Location:
210 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Book discussion followed by presentations on monarch butterflies, milkweed, and climate change.

Trivia Bee

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 3:40pm
Event date: November 1, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
316 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Media teleconference with DNR officials regarding water well request

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 2:52pm

Teleconference at 3 p.m. on 11-1-19 with DNR Deputy Commissioner Barb Naramore and Conservation assistance and regulations section manager, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, Randall Doneen. They discussed and answered some questions from media regarding Empire Building Investments, the real estate arm of Progressive Rail, preliminary application to drill two wells on six acres

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Call 911 immediately, police say, following report of driver masturbating

Northfield News - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 2:37pm
Northfield police are advising residents to call 911 immediately to report suspicious behavior after a report of a man possibly masturbating in a truck last month was filed Thursday.
Categories: Local News

Adventures in the New Humanities: Archiving

St. Olaf College - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 1:35pm
In this "Adventures in the New Humanities" blog post, Professor of History Judy Kutulas highlights why archival work so important — and how St. Olaf is preparing students for this growing profession.
Categories: Colleges

Steve Paulson

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:52pm

Edina Girls Tennis Coach Steve Paulson joins Wayne in the studio. The team just won a state championship. In Steve’s 28 years as a girls tennis coach, he has won 23 state championships!

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Northfield ready to fight winter ice dams

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:51pm

Energy Action Team recommends Home Energy Squad® visits to identify smart fixes for avoiding trouble and staying comfortable Northfield, MN (November 1, 2019)  As winter approaches, Northfield’s Energy Action Team is mobilizing to help residents avoid costly ice dam problems at home. They are encouraging homeowners and landlords to schedule visits from the Home Energy

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New class teaches whole system approach to farm and woodland management

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:07pm

Media Contact: Matthew Russell, Extension forester, russellm@umn.edu, 612-626-4280. ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (10/30/2019)—The University of Minnesota Extension forestry and crops programs are offering a new course to farmers who own woodlands. Starting in late November, the Farms and Woodlands class is specifically designed for landowners and farmers who want to get the most out of every acre

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Just Food Co-op - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:02pm
Spicy Pumpkin Soup By: Co+op, stronger together Creamy pumpkin soup is spiced up with jalapenos and a refreshing dollop of chipotle sour cream.
Servings6 servings Cook Time30 minutes Ingredients Soup Chipotle Sour Cream Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion, celery, carrots and jalapeño peppers, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes. Add the cumin, garlic powder, pumpkin purée, broth and milk. Bring to a simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. While the soup is cooking, blend the sour cream ingredients together in a small bowl. Place a dollop of the sour cream on each soup serving.
Recipe Notes Serving Suggestion

Served with mulled apple cider and hearty bread, this soup goes equally well with roast pork or a spinach salad.

Tips & Notes

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are smoked jalapanos in a tangy, slightly sweet sauce. Look for them in a small can with other Mexican condiments. They can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 6 months.

Nutritional Information

190 calories, 10 g. fat, 14 mg. cholesterol, 408 mg. sodium, 22 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 6 g. protein

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Categories: Businesses

Pumpkin Parmesan Savory Scones

Just Food Co-op - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:48am
Pumpkin Parmesan Savory Scones By: Co+op, stronger together This savory scone is the perfect accompaniment to a steaming bowl of minestrone or a crisp glass of dry cider or chilled white wine. 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
Servings8 servings Prep Time10 minutes Cook Time10 minutes Passive Time20 minutes Ingredients Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly oil it. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, dried thyme, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate the butter into the flour, tossing to coat. Add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan and toss to mix.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and cream. Stir into the dry mixture just until mixed, then add walnuts. Spread a little flour on the counter, then scrape the dough out onto the flour. Form into a round, and flatten to about an inch thick. Sprinkle with chopped thyme, top with remaining Parmesan, and pat down with your palms. Using a knife, divide the round into 8 wedges. Transfer to the baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches between the scones.
  3. Bake for about 18–20 minutes, until the scones are golden around the edges and firm to the touch. Cool on racks before storing in a tightly covered container or bag.
Recipe Notes Serving Suggestion

A warming, savory scone featuring the flavors of fall is the perfect accompaniment to a steaming bowl of minestrone soup or enjoyed with a crisp glass of dry cider or chilled white wine.

Nutritional Information

330 calories, 21 g. fat, 45 mg. cholesterol, 460 mg. sodium, 29 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 9 g. protein

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Categories: Businesses

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:15am
Event date: November 5, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Railway wants to drill for water in Randolph, ship it southwest; Don’t leave leaves in the street – compost your pumpkin too; St. Dominic teams up with City on painted plow project; Bundles of Love provides for babies in need

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:02am

By Teri Knight, News Director UPDATE with comment from DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen. A Lakeville-based railway wants to drill two wells in Dakota County that would annually produce 500 million gallons of water to be shipped by rail to the drought-stricken southwest, areas like Colorado, Arizona and Utah. According to the Star Tribune, Empire Building

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Rep. Craig leading bill to tackle mental health care in rural communities

Northfield News - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:27am
Mental health among farmers and the greater rural population have come more into focus lately.
Categories: Local News

Wet conditions close State forest roads and trails

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 8:07am

Regions all over Minnesota are experiencing the wettest conditions we have seen in years, presenting challenges for hunters and other visitors to our State Forests. Make sure to “know before you go” by checking our trail and road closures website. Northern Minnesota has had an average of 8 inches of rain over the last 30 days.

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Craig Swenson

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 8:02am

Craig Swenson of FiftyNorth talks about events, classes and activities coming up at FiftyNorth. The play “Case of the Railway Ruckus” will open on November 2. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets and more information available at www.fiftynorth.org.

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Northfield street project update 11-1-19

KYMN Radio - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 7:33am

Phase 1 Simione Court, Nelson Court, Kimble Court, Hackerson Court, Grundhoefer Court, Eklund Court, Covey Court, Lockwood Drive, Gill Lane, Zanmiller Drive, and Bluestem Court Paving crews were able to complete the base course paving  on all of Phase 1 this week.  Crews were also on-site late in the week raising manholes and gate valves on

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