Windchills force late start for Northfield Schools on Wednesday

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 45 min ago
Northfield Schools will start two hours late on Wednesday morning due to the cold weather. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for the area effective until 11am tomorrow morning. Temperatures in the Northfield area will dip as low as 15 and 25 degrees below zero tonight. Southerly winds will increase late

WINGS Starts New Grant Cycle, Northfield Shares “Evening of Entertainment”, RSWD Tree Sale

KYMN Radio - 8 hours 21 min ago
News 1-25-22 Wings Grants Women In Northfield Giving Support, aka WINGS, is beginning their grant cycle for local non-profits. Sara Swan McDonald is in charge of the grant program for WINGS. She explains what the group focus’s on when awarding grants: 7414 :23 “The first is basic needs, so addressing things like housing stability and

Missing Person Budenski, Update

Northfield News - 11 hours 20 min ago
On October 3, 2021 Daryl Budenski was reported as a missing. Mr. Budenski has dementia and authorities are concerned for his welfare. He is 71 years old, is 5’9”, 145 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He wears glasses…
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Northfield City Council considers housing, climate and coalition options

Northfield News - 13 hours 20 min ago
Climate change, township development, affordable housing and member coalitions were major topics on the agenda at the Jan. 18 Northfield City Council meeting.
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Midwest Machinery Co. grows company to include SEMA Equipment in Northfield

Northfield News - 13 hours 44 min ago
Regional John Deere dealer SEMA Equipment is switching gears to new ownership under Midwest Machinery Co., based out of Glencoe, Minnesota.
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Jenelle Teppen discusses Jan. 24 Dundas City Council Meeting

KYMN Radio - 15 hours 11 min ago
Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen talks about the January 24 City Council meeting.  

A life well-lived: Harry Nordstrom

Northfield News - 15 hours 17 min ago
When Harry Wallace Nordstrom died on Nov. 13, 2021, only eight days short of turning 98, he departed the town where he had happily lived, worked and raised a loving family for over 71 years.
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Dr. Matt Hillmann discusses Jan. 24 School Board meeting

KYMN Radio - 15 hours 19 min ago
Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann talks about the January 24 School Board meeting.  Topics include bond rating for the new Middle School roof, updated demographic study, priority-based budgeting, changes to 2022-23 school calendar, and more.

Archer House torn down in Northfield

Northfield News - Mon, 01/24/2022 - 4:26pm
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Rice County 4-H'ers gear up for new year of learning

Northfield News - Mon, 01/24/2022 - 12:01pm
Learning is always an important part of the 4-H experience, regardless of the time of year.
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KYMN Monday News: AirSoft Gun at Middle School, Archer House Demolition, Mayor for a Day

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/24/2022 - 12:00pm
Monday 1-24-22 News   Air-Soft gun brought to middle school There was an incident at the Northfield Middle School involving an airsoft gun brought to school by a student in a backpack Friday. Northfield Public School officials wanted to assure the community that “no students were in danger nor was there any intent to cause

Kim Decker and Sarah Swan McDonald discuss WINGS Grant Process

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/24/2022 - 9:15am
Kim Decker and Sarah Swan McDonald talk about WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) that provides  grants to qualified non-profit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District. There will be sessions at the Northfield Public Library to learn about

Fine Tune #503 waiting 2022.01.23

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/23/2022 - 7:20pm
We all seem to waiting for something these days – warmer, brighter days, a healthy population, world peace… here are a few examples of what one could be waiting for: Fine Tune 2022-01-22 The Waiting Game / Poor Richard’s Hound // Just Waitin’ / John Prine // Weary Blues from Waitin’ / The Wailin’ Jennys // You’ve

Sturtevant redo next spring!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 01/23/2022 - 1:25pm

The Sturtevant Street project meeting was last Thursday night, and few neighbors were there. HEADS UP, NEIGHBORS!

The project has been postponed for a couple years, but for this spring, 2022, it seems to be a GO! The plan is to dig up and redo utilities and the street, from West Avenue over to Prairia, and Pine over to Putnam. It looks like a cost of at least $6,000 per house, and a spring and summer of discontent. What we did learn with the “Great West Wall” was that the City did work with people to make sure they knew the schedule, could access their homes, and for sure this will not be as complicated as the Great West Wall project:

The Great West Wall, circa 2014 (that long ago?!?)


Sturtevant in Red Wing has been a mess for a while, full of constantly refilled potholes. It’s narrow, with parking on only one side. We’re on the corner of West and Sturtevant, so impacts won’t be as bad, as we have a driveway on West, not just the short one on Sturtevant, so parking won’t be an issue here. However, the assessment? Just a few years ago, we got hit with the “Great West Wall” project assessment, and now this one, whew, it’s going to hurt!


Apparently they made some mistake in calculations regarding the sewer and water, I believe, they admitted this, $369 worth, so I’m waiting for the correction, but looking at the map, I think the 140′ on the north side is also off, but I can’t verify, because that’s not online anymore – click and see!!! We’ll be checking that out. Alan did some measurements after we got the house.

Ryan Illa is the Project Manager (651) 385-3628 and (651) 260-5956,

Jay Owens is the Grand Pooh-bah in City Engineering Dept: (651) 385-3625 and

Red Wing is offering FREE televising of your sewer connection. Call Steve Thoms (651) 385-3680, (651) 380-0470, or, to schedule. This is helpful if you’re considering, or NEED TO, replace service to the house, and city only goes ONE FOOT past the sidewalk. The rest is up to the homeowner.

If you need to replace service to your house, get on the plumber’s list early.

Rough schedule:

  • February 14 – Public hearing prior to council formal approval
  • April – May 2022 – “Private utilities work” (not clear what that means)
  • May 2022 – begin work on the project
  • Fall 2022 – project over, with luck trees will be planted in fall.
  • 2023 – Assessments start to hit.

Assessments are an issue, because in these times of very, very low interest, the city’s interest rate to spread it out is way too high. Very few people are able to cough up that amount of money, looks like about $7,000 per house, before it goes into “payment” mode and they start charging interest. I’ve called Marshall Hallock, City Finance (651.385.3602 or, and will keep on this so Council is aware that this is a problem. If the City’s interest rate is an issue for you, CALL AND MAKE IT KNOWN! They’re not mind readers.

Sturtevant Street needs to be redone, the storm system needs to be extended up the hill, and yeah, we will need to replace our house service (UGH!), no doubt about it. The money end of it, though, needs attention.

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Fingerprints of local engineers on James Webb telescope

Northfield News - Sat, 01/22/2022 - 2:50pm
When the James Webb telescope was launched Christmas day from Goddard Space Flight Center, local engineers Keith Barnes, Dave Rowe and Clare Sokup were cheering from a personal perspective: they worked on a key element of its high-tech design.
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The Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 1-22-2022

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/22/2022 - 11:13am
On today’s program, Doug Davis will join us by phone as the Swim Team  head to the state meet at the U of M to talk about the season and today’s chances. Paul Eddy of the Girls Basketball team will also join us by phone, coming off a victory on Thursday against Faribault, as they

Area restaurants forging ahead in face of Omicron surge

Northfield News - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 4:02pm
Even as COVID-19 case counts are hitting historic levels amid the Omicron surge, local restaurants are forging ahead thanks to strong support from their communities.
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Penguins: Seeing, Sorting, Eating

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 2:37pm

Like International IPA Day, Mother’s Day, or Christmas, Penguin Awareness Day – January 20 – is a made-up event that has a worthy purpose: to draw attention to one of the world’s most charismatic birds.

Penguins comprise 18 different species, but just seven are actually found in Antarctica and only four of those are found only in Antarctica. The other 11 live far and wide, from the Galapagos and Chile to South Africa, Namibia, and Angola, all the way to Australia and New Zealand.

What distinguishes penguins isn’t adaptation to cold, but adaptation to water: they’re all superbly aquatic, having turned the skill of flying into swimming. Though they look comical on land, they’re actually surprisingly adept at moving on solid ground (or ice). The Emperor famously migrates hundreds over miles over ice to open ocean, and many smaller species climb mountainous island terrain to find nesting sites. All penguins are social and monogamous, and all are also stone-cold killers that eat lots of crustaceans and fish. Plus, they (like many birds that live on or near the ocean) can drink seawater and excrete the salt.

We could see five of the seven Antarctic penguins on our cruise of the Antarctic Peninsula: the gentoo, rockhopper, macaroni, Adélie, and chinstrap. We won’t see the pretty big but sleek King, which lives on islands we won’t visit (including some in the Indian Ocean),

King penguins (Coolantarctica)

or the larger, rounder Emperor, which mostly lives in colder, icier parts of the continent (though a couple colonies are in the area we’ll visit).

Emperor penguins (Coolantarctica)

The Emperor is the largest penguin, as its name suggests, and probably the only bird in the world that doesn’t ever touch land, living its whole life on pack ice.

Conversely, we should see lots of the smaller Adélie, which is the most widespread Antarctic penguin,

Adélie penguins (Coolantarctica)

and chinstrap

Chinstrap penguin (Coolantarctica)

penguins, whose range seems to be expanding as ice retreats around the continent.

We will be luckily to see any Gentoo,

Gentoo penguin and hatchling (Coolantarctica)


rockhopper penguin (Coolntarctica)

or macaroni, all of which are in decline, whether from the retreat of ice or, more likely, the loss of their prey to warmer coastal waters.

Macaroni penguin (Coolantarctica)

I’ll be pretty excited to see any of the birds, honestly. The penguin colonies are usually described as “teeming” and “raucous” and “smelly,” and though we’re strictly prohibited from approaching the birds, it’s apparently not uncommon for them to approach humans either on their way between land and water or to defend their territory. Being bitten by a penguin would be a novel experience.

So too would eating one, but that’s reserved now for orcas and seals. Antarctic explorers did have to eat a lot of penguins, and almost universally detested the meat, which was usually served raw or only lightly seared. American Frederic Cook, on the ill-fated Belgica expedition of 1897-1899, described the penguin steaks as akin to

a piece of beef, odiferous cod fish and a canvas-backed duck roasted together in a pot, with blood and cod-liver oil for sauce.

But Cook, and later explorers, ate penguin meat because its vitamin C prevents scurvy. I’ll just have some oranges.

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