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Free childcare for children of healthcare/1st responders at Bridgewater; Gathering places closing, cancellations and a new “normal”; Red Cross faces severe blood shortage

KYMN Radio - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Northfield Superintendent Matt Hillmann updated the community last night on KYMN. The next two weeks school districts are preparing for a longer closure if necessary. Hillmann said, “we are standing ready to implement the Governor’s order that we provide childcare for children Kindergarten through age 12 for those of families

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NH+C opens Temporary Respiratory Clinic – NOT a COVID center

KYMN Radio - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:43am

MARCH 17, 2020 – Northfield Hospital + Clinics has opened a Temporary Respiratory Clinic to treat all patients in the most effective setting possible.   NH+C will serve patients in this specialized area to determine the best evaluation and treatment plan for their respiratory illness while protecting other clinic patients and staff.  This temporary clinic will

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City scaling back operations as coronavirus hits

Northfield News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:01am
A press release states city officials have made decisions about department operations and meetings by following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Categories: Local News

Rashad Turner

KYMN Radio - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 9:33am

Rashad Turner, Executive Director of the Minnesota Parent Union,  discusses the “Page Amendment” proposed by Justice Alan Page which would give every child in Minnesota an equal right to a quality education.

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American Red Cross faces severe blood shortage

KYMN Radio - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 8:48am

Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 86,000 fewer blood donations.  ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 17, 2020) – The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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COVID-19 drives Cafes, restaurants to reel, shut down

Northfield News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 2:09am
With COVID-19 looming, Northfield's cafe and restaurant owners fretted as fewer and fewer customers trickled in over the past days. Their worst fears were confirmed Monday when Governor Tim Walz ordered them to shut their doors.
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Craig, health officials call for caution to combat coronavirus

Northfield News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 10:13pm
Second Congressional District Rep. Angie Craig, DFL-Minnesota, local superintendents and public health officials advised residents to take precaution and described how they will meet student needs as schools close during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Northfield Superintendent Matt Hillmann 3-16-20 update

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 6:33pm

Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann talked with Jeff Johnson this evening. He discussed distance learning, childcare and tomorrow’s final day of school among other things.

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Northfield Police Department public lobby closed March 16, 2020

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 6:28pm

Effective Tuesday, March 17 through Friday March 27, the Northfield Police Department will be closing the front lobby to visitors, following CDC guidelines related to COVID-19. The entrance vestibule with telephone access to dispatch will remain open. Services available o    As always, in case of an emergency, dial 911. o    If you need to speak with an

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Governor Walz Orders Temporary Closure of Restaurants, Bars, Other Places of Public Amusement

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 6:05pm

Governor also took action to support affected employees [ST. PAUL, MN] – Following the Minnesota Department of Public Health’s announcement today that the number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota climbed past 50 with multiple cases of community transmission, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-04 to order the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and

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Nfld City officials make decisions on operations in light of COVID-19

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 5:48pm

City officials have made some decisions about department operations and meetings by following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health MDH and Center for Disease Control CDC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The following decisions have been made effective immediately: Northfield Ice Arena is closed through the end of April Northfield Public Library is closed

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Food shelves face unique barriers as COVID-19 spreads

Northfield News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 5:29pm
The arrival of COVID-19 in Minnesota is posing a unique set of problems for area food shelves and their suppliers, as grocery stores have less left over to donate and hygiene concerns necessitate unique ways of taking in and delivering…
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DNR adjusting and canceling some public events

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 5:28pm

State parks, recreation areas and public lands remain open The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in accordance with guidance from state health officials, is postponing, adjusting, and canceling a variety of public events, including open houses, safety education training, naturalist programs and other meetings. Public engagement on DNR issues and projects is a top priority.

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One reference librarian in a time of COVID-19

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 3:14pm

I have colleagues who are doing fantastic work with information gathering and dissemination for our various publics, so I’ve let them get on with that. Management folks are all scrambling to figure out big things like what kinds of access and services we can safely provide, and how to adjust practices for increased safety, so I’m letting them get on with that.

So here’s what I’ve been up to.

  • I’ve started a task list called “When This Is All Over” where I keep track of stuff I’ll need to change back once our college resumes normal-ish operations.
  • I’ve offered my services as a test participant in virtual meeting/instruction platforms that our faculty and staff are learning and setting up right now in preparation for online-only instruction.
  • I’ve tested my VPN and will take my laptop and headphones home with me whenever I’m not working at the library. (My phone sends audio files to my email, so I’ll just let it keep doing that.)
  • My colleagues and I are using email, chat, and video chat where we used to pop into each others’ offices. Or else we’re standing outside each others’ offices talking from a distance. (Starting tomorrow we’ll rotate so only one of us at a time is on campus, and only healthy/low-risk people are in the rotation.)

I also have a couple of specialized roles that suddenly required action:

  • Copyright
    • I’m the chair of our campus’ copyright team, so we had to get a decision from College administration about how much they’re comfortable taking on the risk of uncharted legal territory vs instruction upheaval. Once we got that answer my team and I started drafting guidance for our campus that will hopefully be posted by the end of the day, or tomorrow. (Meanwhile, check out the extremely helpful Public Statement of Library Copyright Experts: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research and Nancy Sims’ CC-BY guidance for the University of Minnesota on Rapidly Shifting Your Course from In-Person to Online.)
    • Working from within what’s legal and within campus policy, I also worked with library administration to draft a statement about practical availability of library resources. (Not everything that is possible is practical, or possible within the staffing and infrastructure available.) And no, this isn’t comprehensive and there are a lot of unanswered questions still, but for right now the statement reads:
      “The Gould Library provides access to many physical as well as digital materials, and in some cases the physical materials may not be practical or available for online teaching. Your Liaison Librarian can work with you to investigate whether alternative content is accessible that would help you achieve your learning goals. Your liaison can also help you create stable links to online materials that will work for you and your students, whether on campus or off.”
  • I’m in charge of our LibApps stuff so…
    • I’ve been getting virtual meeting URLs into the librarians’ automated scheduling systems. (This is a local document, but it explains how we’re putting a virtual meeting URL into LibCal and LibGuides, and here’s what it looks like live.)
    • In LibGuides I replicated the alert text from our main library website (many thanks to Grand Valley State University for sharing how they managed this so that I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel). Other libraries are able to put similar code into their LibGuides Headers, which would be easier, but our local header functions in a way that wouldn’t allow for that so I put it on every page layout instead. You can put something similar at the bottom of your system’s header code, or (like me) after the line in your page layouts that ends in {{breadcrumbs}} </nav>
      Here’s what the alert code it looks like:
      <div class="alert alert-warning">
      <p>YOUR TEXT HERE</p>
      </div>
      If you don’t normally do this kind of thing and you want step-by-step help, just let me know.

What practical steps are you implementing?

Categories: Citizens

STAY HOME!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 1:14pm

From the STrib: Tracking Coronavirus in Minnesota

Just do it — no excuses. Neighbors, relatives, friends, need to help each other get through this, self-isolation and social distancing is not easy, and is for sure nearly impossible for too many. HELP AS YOU CAN!

Coronavirus and the Sun: a Lesson from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
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Local Boy Scout shows how to make DIY hand sanitizer

Northfield News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 1:00pm
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UPDATE: NDDC annual meeting postponed

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 12:42pm

Following the recommendations of federal/state health authorities, the NDDC’s annual meeting originally scheduled for 3/31 has been postponed. Stay tuned for further updates and announcements later on this year.

It’s wonderful to see our community already coming together to support one another and our local businesses. We wish all the best to our friends and family in Northfield and beyond in these uncertain times.

Stay safe and wash your hands!

Categories: Organizations

A note to our readers and advertisers

Northfield News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 12:30pm
Like most of you, we have been closely following the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our communities. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority.
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A note to our readers and advertisers

Northfield News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 12:30pm
Like most of you, we have been closely following the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our communities. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority.
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