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Brian Goodell and Logan Wells

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 9:33am

Brian Goodell and Logan Wells talk about their involvement in the Youth in Government Program.  There will be recruitment meetings for those interested in participating in the program on Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.,  at Northfield Middle School cafeteria and Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. , at the High School in Room H124.

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Video of Bridgewater and Greenvale school construction projects

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 8:39am

Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann shared live video of the work. Keep checking back for progress! Bridgewater: https://app.oxblue.com/open/Knutson/Bridgewater Greenvale: https://app.oxblue.com/open/Knutson/Greenvale-Elementary

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Road closure on Division Street

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 5:13am

From the City of Northfield – Engineering Manager Sean Simonson Warranty work on the Division Street and Seventh   Street Reconstruction Project is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 16, 2019. This work will require a closure of Division Street from Eighth Street to Sixth Street, including the Division Street and Eighth Street intersection in order

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ArtZany: Lakeville Art Festival with Bob Erickson

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:53am

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Bob Erickson, President of the Friends of the Lakeville Area Art Center, to preview the Lakeville Art Festival. LAKEVILLE ART FESTIVAL lakevilleartscenterfriends.org/art-festival/ September 21 & 22, 2019 | 10:00am – 5:00pm Both Days Lakeville Area Arts Center 20965 Holyoke Avenue Lakeville, MN 55044 Considered to be one

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Beer Sampling - Summit Brewing Co.

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:58pm
Event date: September 27, 2019
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:
116 5th St W
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Join us for free beer sampling with Summit Brewing Company.

Mayor's Youth Council Meeting + All Boards and Commissions

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:24pm
Event date: September 18, 2019
Event Time: 07:45 AM - 08:45 AM
Location:
1400 Division Street S
Northfield, MN 55057

Planning Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:17pm
Event date: September 19, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

12-bed memory care facility opens

Northfield News - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:15pm
After nearly two years of planning and construction, a new Northfield assisted living facility is providing services in a format similar to a home setting.
Categories: Local News

Creating Diverse Urban Forests

Princeton American Elm

Most of us don’t think of the trees in the cities as a forest, but for many creatures that live within our municpalities, they experience the urban tree canopy much like a forest.  City trees provide birds, mammals and insects with shelter, food, nesting, food storage and safety, even though the enviroment is an extremely varied and complex mix of buildings, streets, powerlines, parks, gardens and trees rather than an unbroken tree line.

We humans are also part of the envirmonment and fotunately we have an opportunity to make it a better place for all the critters including ourselves, by making it as geologically diverse as possible.  By plantung trees of many different varieties, we can increase the diversity of our urban forests.  We all seem to love maple trees, but by mixing in disease resistant elms, oaks, lindens, honeylocust, hackberry, aspen, birch, willow, ornamemntal trees and others, we will create a richer and healthier plant community.  It will also be visually varied and beautiful and less vulnerable to future disease and pest outbreaks.

For many decades, most people have avoided planting elm trees, due to the devastation that occured when Dutch Elm Disease spread throughout North America.  Thankfully, good reserach and extensive testing has brought many elm varieties to the market that are extremely resistant to Dutch Elm Disease.  These disease resistant elms are fast growers and tolerant of a very wide range of soil types, making them a versatile and wise choice for almost any landscape.  We often see elms thriving where urban tree varieties have struggled or failed.  Including a disease resistnat elm tree in your landscape is likely to provide you with a sizeable and good looking tree in just a few years time.

Excellent elm varieties that are available now include Princeton, New Harmony, Colonial Spirit, Prairie Expedition, Triumph, Accolade, New Horizon and Patriot.  With slightly different sizes and shapes, one of these disease resistant elms will be a good choice to provide welcome shade and a tough, long lived place for birds to hang out as they move to and from your bird feeders.

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Categories: Businesses

A White Pine for the Ages

Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pine

For many Minnesotans who love “going up north” to enjoy the extensive forests and lakes, the White Pine is a much loved tree variety.  Mature white pines tower over the northern forests with their signature look that is at one and the same time soft and feathery and tough and cragy.

White Pines can live in excess of 200 years and were an extremely important part of the timber harvests that were an economic mainstay of Minnesota’s growth years that took us from a territoy to statehood.

One problem with white pines has been a disease called White Pine Blister Rust, which gradually kills the bark of some trees.  Not all white pines get this disease, but enough do that finding a resistant strain has been a goal  of the timber and nursery industries for the last 100 years.

Recently, the nursery industry introduced Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pine, which has significantly enhanced resistance to White Pine Blister Rust.  Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pine is a lovely sightly smaller white pine with a bit more irregular growth habit.  Like its’ wild white pine cousins, Paton’s Silver Splendor has a soft, feathery appearance and is also soft to the touch.

Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pine

If you love the white pines of our northern forests, you may want to try some Paton’s Silver Splendor White Pines.  I suspect you will really enjoy them and not have to worry about the blister rust.

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Categories: Businesses

Bridgewater Twp. OKs new annexation agreement with city, steps away from incorporation

Northfield News - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 2:24pm
Bridgewater Township on Wednesday approved a three-year annexation agreement with Northfield.
Categories: Local News

NH&C ceremonial groundbreaking; Flash flood watch while river rises; Climate Action Day set for Sept. 19; Fare For All comes today to St. Dominic Church

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Ceremonial groundbreaking is taking place today for the new Northfield Hospital and Clinic Expansion and Birthing Center. President and CEO Steve Underdahl said they were waiting for one more piece of bureaucratic paperwork to come from St. Paul but they know it’s coming. Once that comes through, construction will begin

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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | September 12, 2019

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:22am

TODAY’S PROGRAM | Thursday, September 12, 2019

Today: Sam Ouk, Working with Refugees (Wakely)

Next Week: Climate Action Plan Advisory Board  (Kallestad)

Birthdays: Rotarians Around the World

Last Week: 

Jesse James Bike Tour Chalk Talk

Two Weeks Ago

Looking back on a 40-plus year career in marketing, Bob Thacker probably wouldn’t consider  “Elf Yourself” his crowning achievement, but it’s hard to argue with more than a billion social media downloads. He helped create a cultural event.

“Elf Yourself” is one of those social media gimmicks that invites people to park portraits of friends and family on the bodies of dancing elves. We’ve all been there. This was part of an Internet marketing strategy developed while Bob was at Office Max, and it went viral. 

Bob came to Minnesota in 1970 to begin his long and distinguished career in the creative arts. He worked for some of the leading Twin Cities advertising agencies; helped shape Target’s brand and expansion in the mid-80s; served as chief marketer for Office Max, before it was subsumed by Office Depot; helped launch Austin’s SPAM museum while working at BBDO; and most recently completed a five-year run as head of the non-profit Adopt a Classroom. 

A self-described “fatal optimist,” Bob said things happen for a reason. But you often have to be patient to learn what that reason is.

He grew up in Lincoln, Nebr, the great-great-grandson of original prairie homesteaders who lived in a sod house. That chapter in his family history led Bob to one of his many Thackerisms: When you live in dirt, you learn to dream big.

 Bob’s mother was a teacher, his father a postal worker.They modeled a life of service and community investment, which he took to heart. He went to the University of Nebraska, graduating with a degree in advertising. He married and moved to Minnesota.

Working for Target, Bob thought big and took risks. He aligned the company with the restoration of the Washington Monument in D.C. and teamed with architect/designer MIchael Graves to turn the construction scaffolding into its own temporary work of art. Bob also changed perceptions of people with disabilities by including them in Target ad campaigns. Target was the first advertiser to do so.

Bob has four children. All work in the marketing arena. He married Northfield professor Karen Cherewatuk and moved to Northfield a few years ago. He considers his new hometown value added.  He has jumped in with both feet. Besides his active Rotary work, he is chair of Northfield Shares .and is involved in other local activities.

He and Karen have built a house that will allow them to “age in place.” It is built to accommodate a range of adaptations as they age. They are writing a book about this concept and their idea will be featured soon in Mpls.-St. Paul magazine.

Mini-Classification:

David Koenig grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, received his undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio and a graduate degree from Northwestern. His wife, Jennifer’s appointment at St. Olaf brought him to Northfield 22 years ago. David passed on a career as a CIA operative and has made is living in the field of “risk management.” He has two children. His son is in college, and his daughter is a junior at Northfield High School.

ROTARY NEWS

Guests: Annie Mickelson (Rychner), Robert and Henry Steed and Bryce Seidl (J. Steed), Marcos (Haslett-Marroquin), Henry Hillemann (Hillemann), and Bea Rebello, former exchange student, now a St. Olaf student (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Siems

Hello Exchange Students:  

Our Fab Five Exchange Students were formally introduced to the club with flags flying. We have the privilege this year of getting to know Sophie from Germany, MarK from Hungary, Diago from Brazil, Ollie from Slovakia, and Ara from Paraguay. Please make them feel at home in Northfield.  

Bike Tour Huzzahs:  

Brett Reese, co-chair the Jesse James Bike Tour, recognized three committee members for their outstanding work this year. They are: Dale Ness for hitting an all-time record in tour sponsorships; David Wolf for his tireless work developing new routes; and Shelley Holden for her work recruiting volunteers. 

Announcements:  

• St. Olaf College’s International Friendship Program is looking for volunteers to welcome foreign students to the community. If you are interested, contact Alyssa Herzog-Melby.

• Northfield Climate Action Day will be Thursday, Sept. 19. We will formally dedicate the new EV Charging Station at Fifth and Water at 2 p.m. There will be an electric vehicle tailgating party at First UCC parking lot from 5 to 6 p.m. and a symposium at the Carleton College Weitz Center from 6 to 8 p.m. See Beth Kallestad for details.

• Mike Krance, executive director of Northfield Shares thanked all who participated or contributed to the Northfield Shares Dinner Sunday, Aug. 25. It was a hugely successful exercise in community building. He also invited people to participate or volunteer to help with the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/’Walk Sunday, Sept. 8. Northfield Shares sponsors it.

• Mark Abbott announced that Northfield Y will be celebrating five years of operation Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Y. 

• Kristi Purcell reported the “Learn to Fish” event Aug. 24 was a big success. She also encouraged members to participate in the Cannon River Watershed Project’s 11th annual watershed cleanup Saturday, Sept. 21. 

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Categories: Organizations

Steve Underdahl

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 9:41am

Northfield Hospital and Clinics President/CEO Steve Underdahl discusses the new Faribault clinic location and updates on the Northfield Clinic expansion and new Birthing Center, lactation services and new providers.    

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John Fossum

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 9:36am

Rice County Attorney John Fossum discusses Veterans Court which begins next month, the REAL Act and other issues.

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I-35 road work between Faribault and Elko/New Market

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:28am

FARIBAULT, Minn. — Interstate 35 motorists between Faribault and Elko New Market are likely to experience traffic delays beginning in late September when concrete pavement repairs begin on the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The concrete pavement repairs require closing one lane of traffic in both directions, so crews can replace the

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September 11

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 8:17pm

This week, Rich  looks at the music that surrounded and was inspired by the events of September 11, 2001.

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Flash Flood Watch – Flood Prone Property Preparedness September 11, 2019

KYMN Radio - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 4:42pm

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Cannon River area. Parts of the Cannon River Watershed received heavy rainfall amounts overnight last night. City Staff have been working with the National Weather Service (NWS) to evaluate the rainfall amounts and corresponding effect on river levels in the area. NWS staff have predicted additional

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Economic theorist Glenn Loury to speak on campus

St. Olaf College - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 3:51pm
The St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community will host a moderated conversation with Glenn Loury on September 27 titled "Truth, Justice, and Racial Equality."
Categories: Colleges

I-35 repairs From Faribault to Elko New Market begin this month

Northfield News - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 3:16pm
Interstate 35 motorists between Faribault and Elko New Market are likely to experience traffic delays beginning in late September when concrete pavement repairs begin on the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Categories: Local News
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