Matt Hillmann 3-26-20

KYMN Radio - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 7:48am

Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann updates the community on distance learning and more after Gov. Walz ordered schools closed through May 4th.

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Drive-thru, curbside, and carry-out dining options

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 6:51pm

Our friends at Visit Northfield have compiled a comprehensive “menu” of dining options in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please continue to support our great downtown businesses as much as possible in these challenging times!  Check out the link below for ongoing updates to these details.


Categories: Organizations

City advisory on downtown parking and curbside/takeout options

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 6:45pm

The City of Northfield is encouraging downtown businesses to advertise their curbside/takeout options with sidewalk signs AND for residents/visitors to avoid parking for extended periods of time in front of those locations to keep them accessible. See their original memo below for more details.

Thank you for continuing to support local businesses as much as possible!

DATE: March 25, 2020

TO: Downtown Northfield Businesses, Residents

FROM: Northfield Police Department and Community Development Department

Maintaining access to businesses for customers who are picking up merchandise or take-out food items is especially critical during this time of social and economic disruption. To assist our businesses, we encourage all employees and residents to avoid parking in front of businesses to leave those spaces available to customers.

We encourage businesses to draw customer attention during their open hours by using sandwich/sign boards placed near the curb on the sidewalk, in front of the business. These sandwich/sign boards could also serve the purpose of identifying where businesses are trying to draw their customers to for take-out/pick-up. All sandwich boards must be placed on the sidewalk near the curb, and in compliance with ADA policies. Do not place signs where the mobility of pedestrians would be impaired.


Sandwich boards may only be used when businesses are operating/open.

Business owners/employees should not park in 2 hour or 20 minute parking spaces; these parking restrictions will be enforced to keep customer parking available. Thank you.

Categories: Organizations

Pandemic challenges child care providers, working parents

Northfield News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 6:00pm
Childcare providers and working parents have dealt with unprecedented conflicts the past couple of weeks with COVID-19 at the root of their challenges.
Categories: Local News

Gov. Tim Walz 3-25-20

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 3:18pm

Governor Tim Walz announced today a Stay In Place order from 11:59pm March 27th through April 12th. The full audio of his announcement along with commentary from Minnesota News Network Reporters Bill Werner and Tasha Redel.

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Governor Walz Issues Stay at Home Order for Minnesotans

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 2:47pm

Executive order directs Minnesotans to limit movement to slow the spread of COVID-19  [ST. PAUL, MN] – To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at

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Special Meeting of the Northfield Council Employment Policy Committee by Telephone

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 2:00pm
Event date: March 27, 2020
Event Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Northfield, MN 55057

Gov. Walz addresses the State with likely more restrictions

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 1:58pm

Currently on LIVE now, MNN’s Bill Werner and Tasha Redel are on the air at KYMN and will cover the Governor’s Update as he begins……

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CANCELLED Human Rights Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 1:34pm
Event date: April 9, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Second Thursday of each month

CANCELLED Mayor's Youth Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 1:32pm
Event date: April 1, 2020
Event Time: 07:45 AM - 08:45 AM
1400 Division Street S
Northfield, MN 55057

Gov. Walz to Minnesotans: Stay at home for 2 weeks

Northfield News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 1:32pm
Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced a stay-at-home order set to go into effect Friday night.
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KYMN extends invitation to Chamber and non chamber members

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 1:19pm

KYMN Radio would like to extend this invitation to all Chamber Members and non-Chamber members alike: On Thursday, March 26 (tomorrow) from 9:00 – 10:00am (and maybe later), KYMN Radio will be offering an opportunity for any local businesses to call in to our studios at 507-645-5695 and go on the air with us live

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DOING IT ALL: NHS Triple A award winners contributing academically, athletically

Northfield News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:34pm
From leading their teams as captains to volunteering their time to impact the Northfield community, Audrey Pagel and José Gonzalez Ramirez know the pressures and rewards of being student athletes.
Categories: Local News

Arson investigation in Bridgewater Twp; Loon Liquor sharing community Spirit in hand sanitizers; “Plan for distance learning of up to 8 weeks”; Hwy 3 road closure in Farmington

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director The Rice County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal are investigating two cases of arson. The locations of both fires were in Bridgewater Township, west of the Dundas city limits. Both cases involved vehicles being set on fire, which were parked next to out buildings in close proximity to occupied

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Salons offer gift cards and product amid prolonged closures, urge clients to 'Wait for us'

Northfield News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:00pm
Salon owners and stylists across the region are going into their second week of state-mandated closure, with an extension likely on the horizon. While many note that employee and client health comes first, the small businesses and independent contractors are…
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Pandemics, Methodists, and the Healing Power of Art

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:50am
Three weeks ago — which seems like three years ago now — I was the featured guest at the monthly meeting of the Stillwater Woman's Reading Club. The group formed in 1886 and is the longest-operating woman-founded club in Minnesota. I was honored to be invited and had a marvelous time talking to its members about my book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man. During my presentation at St. Paul Lutheran Church, I read an excerpt from Chapter 12, which seemed appropriate for several reasons. That chapter covers the years my great-grandparents G. Oliver and Islea Riggs lived in Bemidji, Minnesota (1919-1923), and it includes events like the influenza pandemic, a measles epidemic, and the passage of the 19th Amendment, which allowed women nationwide to vote in their first presidential election in the fall of 1920. 
The week after my talk, I learned that Elias's college, Grinnell, was shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the days seemed to both accelerate and elongate from there, as our daily routines changed by the day and by the hour. On March 12, I gave what I imagine will be my last public talk for quite a while. I was the guest of the Northfield Rotary Club, which holds weekly luncheon meetings at the United Methodist Church (or did; those meetings are currently on hiatus).
Courtesy of Northfield Rotary ClubThe audience, I was told, was not as large as it usually is, no doubt to the growing concern at that time about the spread of COVID-19 (this was one day before Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency, and three days before he ordered all public schools to close between March 18 and March 27). The 65 to 70 people who did attend seemed nervous, as was I, about being in a large public group. So I decided to read again from Chapter 12. It gave me comfort to know that people 100 years ago endured a similar horror and got through it by supporting each other as best they could.

(Interestingly, that chapter also includes mention of a speech by Maria Sanford at the Methodist Church in Bemidji. I didn't appreciate the coincidence until later that my last public appearance was at a Methodist church.)
I closed my Rotary presentation with a short excerpt from Chapter 25 about a magical moment from the 2013 Vintage Band Festival, when a trombone shout group from North Carolina took the stage and brought the crowd to its feet. Reading that scene aloud gave me hope that we will endure the difficult times ahead and eventually emerge from our homes to gather and celebrate. I am holding out hope that we will hold the One Day Vintage Band Festival on Aug. 1 in Northfield as planned, and that music can provide a balm for us, like it did for my great-grandparents and their community during the darker moments of history.
A picture of the welcoming, receptive audience I had for my talk in StillwaterAlthough I'm disappointed that other spring events I had planned have been canceled (the 2020 DSM Book Festival in Des Moines) or rescheduled for the fall (Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair and the Family History Conference in St. Cloud), I'm grateful for my health and my ability to connect with people through other ways — like Zoom, my new best friend.

If you don't already have a copy of my book and are interested in reading it during this prolonged time of staying at home, you do have some options. It's still in stock and/or can be ordered through several independent bookstores, including Content Bookstore in Northfield (they ship for only 99 cents); Cherry Street Books in Alexandria; the Irreverent Bookworm in Minneapolis; Zenith Bookstore in Duluth; Beagle and Wolf Books and Bindery in Park Rapids; Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais; Ferguson Books and More in Grand Forks; and Beaverdale Books in Des Moines. 
You can also order it online through Itasca Books, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

It's available in several libraries, too, but since they're not open right now, I'll skip linking to their sites.
Be safe and be well, and keep making and enjoying art.
Categories: Citizens

First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Goodhue County

Northfield News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:08am
The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed a presumptive case of COVID-19 in Goodhue County.
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