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Board Transitions

Just Food Co-op - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 1:56pm

How’s everyone’s summer going? Summer is often a time of transition and contrast — between grades in school, between school and the working world, and between everyday life and vacation adventures near and far.

 

This is a time of transition on Just Food’s board of directors as well, unexpectedly requiring the mid-year election of new officers. Our vice president, Karen Fossum, moved back to her former home of Seattle at the end of June to start a new job, and our president, Lee Runzheimer, has decided to step off the board and focus on his business and family interests. The board is grateful to Lee and Karen for their service and dedication to Just Food Co-op and we wish them well in their next endeavors.

 

At the July 24 board meeting, the board elected past president (2018) Penny Hillemann to finish out the year as president, and first-year board member Michael Pursell as vice president.

 

When board seats become vacant mid-year, the board can appoint new members to fill those seats to the end of the year, until those openings are filled through the fall board elections. Because the board has work to do, it is better not to let those seats sit empty. To fill Karen’s and Lee’s vacant seats to the end of the year, the board is appointing Dick Bodman and Dirk Peterson to the board.

 

Dick Bodman, a retired St. Olaf professor who ran for the board last fall in a highly competitive election (10 candidates for 5 open seats), plans to run for a full term again in this fall’s elections. Dick has a particular interest in how the Co-op can serve the Northfield area’s growing population of retirees, and has already shown his dedication to the Co-op by volunteering with our capital campaign efforts over the past year. Welcome, Dick!

 

When board openings have occurred mid-year in the past, the board has often found it helpful to appoint former board members who can step in without extensive orientation. Past president Dirk Peterson (2016-2017) volunteered to step in once more to complement this “young” board. His prior board experience will be appreciated. Thanks, Dirk!

 

Other than Penny, who is in her eighth and final year on the board, only one of the remaining members — Just Food staff member Nancy Malecha — was on the board before this year. It takes a while to become familiar with our policy governance model, and having some experienced board members in the mix is very helpful.

 

Before long our newer board members will be the experienced ones who will help future board members learn the ropes and chart Just Food’s future course. And that’s just as it should be.

 

-submitted by the Just Food Co-op Board of Directors

 

 

 

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Categories: Businesses

Rollover on Lincoln Street, non-serious injuries; Former Carleton football player sues college; City wants your input on roundabout options at 246 and Jefferson; More No Wake restrictions lifted

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Police, Fire and EMS arrived on the scene of a crash on Lincoln Street at Madison Street in Northfield yesterday morning. It looked a whole lot worse than it was. An elderly gentleman rolled his vehicle clipping a parked car. He was extricated and taken to the hospital. Police on

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Cathy Osterman

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:23am

Cathy Osterman of the Northfield Historical Society talks about the Teddy Roosevelt Encampment scheduled at Central Park from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7.

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Sheriff Troy Dunn

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:19am

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn talks about the new laws that go into effect today, August 1, including the hands-free law and the “slow poke” law.  More information about the hands-free law can be found at handsfreemn.org    

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DJJD Ambassador Candidates (Hr 1) and The Original Drachenfelser Musikanten Band (Hr 2)

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:12am

Wayne talks with Ambassador candidates for The Defeat of Jesse James Days during the first hour and then the German band The Original Drachenfelser Musikanten joins Wayne in the second hour and plays music.

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CANCELLED Human Rights Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:56am
Event date: August 8, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

A Toast to Healthy Eating

Laura Baker Services Association - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:02am

Salmon with Avocado & Tomato.   Diced Chicken w Penne & Vegetables.  Arugula & Kale Salad.

No.  These aren’t menu listings from a trendy health food restaurant.  These are a few items from the new meal plan at Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA).

In the summer of 2017 LBSA assembled a staff team to develop a plan for improved healthy eating practices across the organization.  The group created a vision statement to help guide the development of its Healthy Eating Initiative: “We encourage the adoption and use of healthy food practices, focusing on nutrient-rich, whole foods.”  Then came the hard part – Where do we start?  How do we implement?

At first, Registered Dietician, Charla Spitzack and LBSA Dietary Manager, Eileen Anderson had their doubts.  Converting to an entirely new healthy menu meant a lot of time and effort developing base recipes, conducting nutritional analysis on those recipes, integrating the new meal plans with specific dietary requirements of individual residents and training kitchen staff.  And even if all of this planning and preparation was successfully completed, there were no guarantees that anyone would eat the food.

Thanks to a grant from Northfield Hospital & Clinics and over a year of planning, a completely new healthy menu plan was launched in July 2018 for clients on our Oak Street campus.  The 105 new meal plans rotated every five weeks for a year.  The rotation featured reduced simple sugars, reduced sodium, reduced preservatives, and more fruits, salads and fiber.

The initial feedback from clients and staff has been overwhelmingly positive.  Initially,  staff planned to track meal compliance; they were uncertain of how clients would react to the new food plans.  “We realized after a short while we didn’t need to keep track anymore because everyone was eating the new menu,” Program Director, Nicole Laudont explained. “Overall, everyone seems to really like the change.”

Implementing an entirely new menu has not come without challenges.  Preparing meals requires more “scratch” cooking and meal preparation.  This means additional hours for the LBSA kitchen crew.  In addition, more than half of the residents on the Oak Street campus have specialty diets adding another layer of complexity for dietary staff to manage.  “The job of dietary manager is more challenging than most people realize,” Charla says about Eileen’s role at LBSA.  “Staffing, training, juggling client diets, working with family and staff and managing special events. It’s a lot.”

While new menu plans were being rolled out on the Oak Street campus, LBSA’s 6 Community Services (CS) homes also began examining their cooking and eating practices.  Unlike LBSA’s Oak Street campus where all meals are prepared in a commercial kitchen by dietary staff, shopping and meal preparation in the CS homes is done by the direct support staff and residents themselves.  Northfield Hospital & Clinic’s dieticians provided training to key CS support staff on healthy approaches to eating.  In addition, LBSA staff, interns and students from a Carleton public health class developed additional training and materials including a Healthy Eating Guide for CS staff and residents that includes nutrition information and healthy eating best practices.

Because each CS home operates independently, The Healthy Eating Initiative is being integrated on a house by house basis.  Each community home sets their own healthy eating goals balancing client choice and satisfaction, with healthier eating options.  Goals include eating more fresh vegetables, cooking less processed foods, more from “scratch” meals and reducing use of unhealthy snacks.  Regardless of the goal, every home has the same end in mind: to encourage healthier eating habits.

Staff have been pleasantly surprised by clients’ adoption of a healthier eating lifestyle, and many clients have lost weight and increased their overall activity.  LBSA is excited about the positive health impacts we’ve seen already and are grateful for our partners Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Reinhart Foodservice, Charla Spitzack and Carleton College who have made our progress to this point possible.

On a quiet summer evening the ladies at Lincoln House are in the front yard having dinner to honor Clare and Ellen, two outgoing St. Olaf students/staff members.  After eating a round of vegan, tofu chocolate cupcakes, they raise a glass of fruit & vegetable smoothie.   Tonya salutes, “To the two best workers ever!”.

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Categories: Organizations

Rice County Soil Health Group meeting scheduled

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:39am

A meeting of the Rice County Soil Health Group is scheduled for August 6, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Mike Peterson Farm, 8391 Hall Avenue, Northfield. Please meet at the red garage at the driving range.  Join area cover crop farmers and staff from the Rice SWCD to talk about soil health and

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City Council Work Session Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:23am
Event date: August 13, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
1615 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Lissa Branham is Making a Difference at Northfield YMCA

Northfield News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:21am
The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recognized Lissa Branham with the July 2019 Making a Difference Award.
Categories: Local News

Rural Stress podcast excerpts now available for broadcast

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 5:39am

MDA makes TransFARMation 60-second stories available for free use St. Paul, MN – Prompted by the many sources of stress affecting farmers and ranchers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Red River Farm Network joined forces to create a new radio and podcast series called TransFARMation. Now, the MDA is making the first five 60-second episodes

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Sen.'s staff gets an earful about available, affordable housing

Northfield News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 5:15pm
When it comes to housing in Rice County, local leaders agree: it's neither affordable nor available.
Categories: Local News

Missing person alert

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 5:04pm

UPDATE: 11:20am The BCA reports Robert Swanson has been found safe. Thank you to all who helped look for him. Wisconsin law enforcement are seeking the public’s help locating a missing man who may be headed to Minnesota. Robert Swanson, a white male, age 79, 5’8″ and 190 lbs. It is unknown what he may

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Streaming is working

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 4:21pm

Our Tune In streaming is up and running… at least till the Twins come on. Then we have to shut it off while they’re on.

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NAFRS approves budgets; NTV’s Hager to retire – council approves $ to take over public access; Carleton professor awarded $300k grant; Longtime fixture at local McDonald’s retiring

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service (NAFRS) joint powers board has approved their operating budget for 2020 at $836,000; $300,000 of that will be going to the City of Northfield for rental fees for the newly expanded fire station. Along with the operating budget, they also approved a 10-year

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Scarsella rebuffed by MN S.Ct.

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 11:45am

The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied Scarsella’s petition to the Supreme Court. GOOD!

Click HERE for the Minnesota Court of Appeals argument.

Click HERE for Court of Appeals decision (unpublished) State of Minnesota v. Allen Lawrence Scarsella, Case No. A17-1147

MPR: Scarsella gets 15 years for shooting at Jamar Clark protest

I vividly remember seeing that video, it was out there prior to the shooting, and waiting for the 4th Precinct demonstration to explode at the hands of these yahoos. Yes, Scarsella got what he went there for, incited a “justification” for his opening fire. He said what he was going to do, and he did it. The only good news is that he got a 15 year sentence. His appeal, and trying to get to the MN Supreme Court shows his convictions.

Prior posts on Legalectric:

Protesters attacked by white supremacist… again Racist extremists charged today! About the shootings and openly racist threats…

Categories: Citizens

Northfield man taken to hospital after rollover crash

Northfield News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 11:39am
At Northfield man was injured on the morning of July 31st after a rollover crash in Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Rhonda Pownell and Lisa Bauer

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 9:19am

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Northfield Hospital Birthing Center Director Lisa Bauer discuss the hospital’s new lactation services for moms ad babies; the new midwife who has joined the hospital’s OB/GYN practice, and some of the benefits to families of the Birth Center expansion plans.

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Council gets details on planned bank relocation, apartment construction

Northfield News - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 4:01pm
The Northfield City Council last week received an update on the planned 79-unit high-end apartment complex in downtown Northfield.
Categories: Local News
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