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Coping with Farm and Rural Stress in Minnesota brochure now available statewide

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 10:29am

Partnership with Farm Service Agency brings resources to more people St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) are teaming up to make copies of the Coping with Farm and Rural Stress in Minnesota brochure available at FSA offices in USDA County Service Centers across the state. The brochure highlights

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St. Olaf team a finalist in Hult Prize challenge

St. Olaf College - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 10:02am
After winning the Hult Prize regional final in Boston, a team of St. Olaf College students is now among 40 finalists competing for a $1 million prize to support their business idea.
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Todd Lippert, Parts 1 & 2

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:58am

State Representative and local pastor Todd Lippert is Wayne’s guest.  

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TJ Heinricy and Kathy Jasnoch

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:51am

TJ Heinricy and Kathy Jasnoch provide information about the 2nd annual Paws, Claws and Outlaws Rally scheduled for August 10.  The motorcycle rally benefits Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at Dawn’s Corner Bar in Dundas, or register online at prairiesedgehs.org.

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Jenelle Teppen

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:45am

Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen discusses the July 22 Dundas City Council meeting.  Topics include approval of construction documents and authorization to go out for bids for the new city hall, public safety budget, and development of Bridgewater Heights.

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5,500 gallons of wastewater discharged into Cannon River

Northfield News - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:13am
Approximately 5,500 gallons of wastewater is believed to have been discharged into the Cannon River Monday morning after sludge tanks began overfilling at the Northfield wastewater treatment plant.
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Approximately 5,500 gallons of wastewater discharged into Cannon River

Northfield News - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:13am
Approximately 5,500 gallons of wastewater is believed to have been discharged into the Cannon River Monday morning after sludge tanks began overfilling at the Northfield wastewater treatment plant.
Categories: Local News

It’s Crazy Daze Time Again

Thursday – July 25th – is Northfield’s Annual city wide Crazy Daze!   Bargains will abound!  

We will be opening at 7 am and will have over 100 varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials on sale at 50% off while supplies last!  Look for the pink 50% off signs.  

We will continue the sale through the weekend – from Thursday, July 25th to July 28th.  

Get crazy!!   See you at the garden center!

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Astilbe, Heuchera & Hosta

Walking around the yard this week has been such a delight.  The heat and humidity have been just what is needed for the annual planters and baskets.  They have just exploded.  

Astilbe

But then there are the perennials that are shining right now.  The astilbe – they just hang around the beginning of the summer but when their flower stalks blossom – they are beautiful.  They come in a variety of colors – white, off-white, pink, red and purples.  These are a part shade perennial and are so hardy.  

Heuchera

The heucheras are another wonderful shade perennial – grown more for the foliage than the flower stalk.  Another name for heucheras is Coralbells.  These perennials come in many different leaf colors – lime green, green, a shade of orange, and many different shades of purple – from a lighter purple to almost black.  You don’t prune back the heucheras – just a cleanup in the spring!  They need to be mulched in the first season, and need well drained soil.

Hosta Komodo Dragon

Now – both of these perennials are great additions to your hosta gardens.  They provide different colors, contrasts and focal points.  This year, I have had more questions on “What is one of your largest hosta”.  I have many large hosta – but one of the largest and also is a vigorous grower is Hosta Komodo Dragon.   A blue/green hosta – it is huge!  

Try combining your hostas with other shade perennials!  

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It’s Hydrangea time!!

Incrediball Hydrangea

It’s that time of year when the hydrangeas start to blossom.  The different varieties have somewhat of a staggered time frame of beginning to bloom – but they will flower all the way into late September to early October!

The hydrangea shrubs come in many different varieties.  There are ones that will be 6′-8′ tall and wide and several quite a bit smaller – 3′ tall and wide.  The blossom color ranges from white to deep pink/red.  The Limelight hydrangea comes out white and then transforms into a beautiful lime green.  Quickfire – will be a pinkish white color early and transcend into a deep pink. 

There are also the hydrangea trees.  Wonderful ornamental trees for that accent spot where you don’t want a shrub but not a tree.  Well the hydrangea trees are perfect.  Most will be 6′ to 8′ tall and about 6′ to 7′ wide.  We have several hydrangea trees in the yard, and when you drive into the yard when the light is low – their blossoms appear to be beacons in the dark.  

Hydrangeas can do full sun but they are also part shade plants which makes them really versatile.  They like to be planted in well drained soil, but they do want to be kept well watered.  

An added perk to the hydrangea shrubs and trees is the clipping of the flower stalks and having dried flower arrangements inside and out.  

We have many varieties of hydrangea trees and shrubs.  Stop in and pick yours out and enjoy 3 months of beautiful blossoms!

 

 

 

 

 

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Action

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:25am

Teams — like the markets — tend to fluctuate from year to year, which is also why [Edmonton Oilers forward Milan] Lucic had a pretty sensible take on the season that lies ahead. Optimism abounds, but wariness is never a bad thing either, he believes.

“At the end of the day, you have to be cautious a little in case of overconfidence and over expectations,” he said. “I went through that in Boston. Sometimes, you just expect to be there and that doesn’t get it done.

“Getting it done gets it done.”

-Eric Duhatschek, “Milan Lucic Holds Court on Oilers’ Chances, Leon Draisaitl, and Cam Talbot’s Workload,” The Athletic, 9-19-2017

 

Categories: Citizens

Freedom

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:22am

I’m fading out of sight
My wheels are the only sound
Runnin’ at the speed of light
I can’t slow down

Out on the open road
Racing to beat the night
No matter where I go
Guess I’ll get there all right

So why don’t I understand
What’s trippin’ me up
It used to be a simple thing

I can’t hold on, I can’t return
Time to let go, start to live and learn

I took the one way flight
Too high to see the ground
Now I know how long it takes
A heart to come down

Why don’t I understand
What’s trippin’ me up
Oh, it ought to be a simple thing

I can’t hold on, I can’t return
Rivers will run, bridges will burn
I’m not sure just how
But there’s no lookin’ back now

I can’t hold on, I can’t return
Rivers will run, bridges will burn
I’m not sure just how
But there’s no lookin’ back now

I can’t hold on, I can’t return
Rivers will run, bridges will burn
I’m not sure just how
But there’s no lookin’ back now

No lookin’ back now
No lookin’ back now
No lookin’ back now

-Michael McDonald, “No Lookin’ Back,” No Lookin’ Back (1985)

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Action

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 8:44pm

Wisdom is Revealed
Through Action, Not Talk

Don’t declare yourself to be a wise person or discuss your spiritual aspirations with people who won’t appreciate them. Show your character and your commitment to personal nobility through your actions.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

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Growth

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:00pm

Once the necessities for survival are satisfied, the struggle against sin and for virtue is the central drama of life. No external conflict is as consequential or as dramatic as the inner campaign against our own deficiencies. The struggle against, say, selfishness or prejudice or insecurity gives meaning and shape to life. It is more important than the external journey up the ladder of success. This struggle against sin is the great challenge, so that life is not futile or absurd. It is possible to fight this battle well or badly, humorously or with cheerful spirit. Contending with weakness often means choosing what parts of yourself to develop and what what parts not to develop. The purpose of the struggle against sin and weakness is not to “win,” because that is not possible; it is get better at waging it. It doesn’t matter if you work at a hedge fund or a charity serving the poor. There are heroes and schmucks in both worlds. The most important thing is whether you willing to engage in this struggle.

-David Brooks, The Road to Character (2015)

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Acceptance

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:57am

Hang on through the tense parts of the day in the knowledge that they will pass soon enough. These little conflicts, inconveniences, and expectation adjustments are really unavoidable.

-Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 9-17-2017

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September 2017

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:04am

19 Tuesday
– When the words come easy.
– Expanded consciousness.
– The snake in the toilet bowl.
– Being firm yet not hard.

18 Monday
Knowing you are good at helping people — and realizing you get as much from it as they do.

15 Friday
– Squirrels.
– Not having to be right.
– Not having to be good.
– Moving forward, flaws and all.

14 Thursday
Playing games at work.

12 Tuesday
– Rabbits on the path ahead.
– Your dog’s eyes.
– The pigeon who appears next to you on your morning walk, right there in the parking lot, reminding you of another pigeon at another time and place that had appeared next to you during one of those moments for which there are no words.

11 Monday
– Sunshine at lunchtime.
– Unexpected ice cream.
– Sadness.
– Strength.
– A blemish on your arm that reminds you this is your skin.

10 Sunday
That a certain friend was born.

9 Saturday
– The feeling of throwing a solid punch.
– The right song at the right time (redux).
– Doing more than you need to — but not more than is useful.
– The ding on your windshield as you drive down the highway. It leaves a mark but that mark is minute. The hurled item doesn’t penetrate. And it doesn’t slow you down in any noticeable way.

6 Wednesday
– Crisp air.
– Holding both: the part of you that is strong, capable, kind, caring with the part that is weak, erratic, angry, fucked up. They are you, both.

5 Tuesday
– Work. Demanding-commanding-immersing-distracting work.
– Feeling valued.
– Listening to weakness, honoring it, accepting it, allowing it to be.

3 Sunday
– A free ticket.
– Neighbors who don’t mind if you poop a little on their lawn (dog involved).

2 Saturday
– Helping out. Spur of the moment. And, hey, look, free doughnut!
– Getting some needed OT in.
– Texting. Really. You love it and hate it. Love it with friends who light you up.

1 Friday
Working at a place that recognizes your skills and then values them enough to put them to direct and meaningful use.

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Beauty

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 9:44am

Lost and lonely lives
Floating like waves at sea
We make it day by day
Watching the world go by

In a moment when time stands still
From here we look out on forever

Darling, our love
One love that never fades away
Our love
This love will light the world on its way

Shattered, broken dreams
Sifting like grains of sand
We claim it and here we stay
Watching the world go by

And with the strength that we spend in this life
In hope that it goes on forever
We believe as we promise to try that

Darling, our love
One love that never fades away
Our love
This love will light the world on its way

In a moment when time stands still
From here we look out on forever
And we can see all that time will tell

Darling, our love
One love that never fades away
Our love
This love will light the world on its way

-Michael McDonald, “Our Love,” No Lookin’ Back (1985)

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Truth

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 9:14am

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

-Tears for Fears, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Songs from the Big Chair (1985)

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Humility

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 7:23am

Pride is the central vice. … Pride blinds us to the reality of our divided nature. Pride blinds us to our own weaknesses and misleads us into thinking we are better than we are. Pride makes us more certain and closed-minded than we should be. Pride makes it hard for us to be vulnerable before those whose love we need. … Pride deludes us into thinking that we are the authors of our own lives.

-David Brooks, The Road to Character (2015)

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Stability

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 4:04am

If someone treats you disrespectfully or speaks unkindly about you, remember that he or she does so from their impression that it is right to do so.

It is unrealistic to expect that this person sees you as you see yourself. If another person reaches conclusions based on false impressions, he or she is the one hurt rather than you, because it is that person who is misguided. When someone interprets a true proposition as a false one, the proposition itself isn’t hurt; only the person who holds the wrong view is deceived, and thus damaged. Once you clearly understand this, you will be less likely to feel affronted by others, even if they revile you. You can say to yourself, “it seemed so to that person, but that is only their impression.”

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

 

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