Police: Suspect used stolen ID to enter dorms, watch women shower

Northfield News - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 2:45pm
A St. Paul man with a history of peeping has been charged with stealing a St. Olaf student’s ID card and using it to access private areas on campus to watch young women shower.
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Rotary Cogwheel | December 6.2018

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 2:28pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 6, 2018

Today:  Elise Marillet, Inbound from France (Frago)

Next Week: Barb Wornson Classification (Hillmann)

Birthdays: Carl Behr (12/12), Jim Holden (12/6), Jim Pokorney (12/7),

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.


Nikki and Che Regnior, Amy Goerwitz (host mother of Indonesian inbound Itty), Lucas Schmidt (Janine Atchison’s adult son–happy news – he survived an accident that totaled his car yesterday, he’s fine but they are car-shopping today), Jon and Deve Drenth, Michelle Drenth, Pepe’s host families and grandparents


  • Rachel Estrella – thanks to all the volunteers who interviewed outbound applicants last week — it’s a good, varied pool of applications this year
  • Wendy Sivanich – asking on behalf of Andre — still need 3 more vol’s to valet park for LBSA gala
  • Rachel McG Morey – noting program is being projected on wall, not screen. This is transitional. They will not be using the old screen anymore. Please don’t get it out of its storage spot.
  • Alyssa Melby – St. Olaf 2018 Midterm Elections Conference next week, Dec. 6, 1:30 to 7:30, 280 Tomson Hall – all invited
  • Mike Leming – went to Greenvale School where volunteers are planning a community meal for Viking Terrace and nearby apt bldgs on Dec. 19 – hoping each child’s family will get a turkey, a gift, and a meal that night. (I asked for clarification after the meeting whether he was looking for volunteers or donations. He said he thinks they have what they need, not asking for help)
  • Richard Collman – mentioned the nice pics of Rotary volunteers serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Key in the Northfield News. Also, he has a t-shirt for Karen Olawalla.
  • Scot Richardson says the Big Idea survey is out – it was emailed Monday morning. Please complete it by Friday of next week (Dec 7).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Tuomas

Rotary Almanac with John Ophaug:

John asked the audience how the Ford Foundation has changed the world; how the Rockefeller Foundation has changed the world — no obvious answers … BUT:

Rotary started 30 years ago to do something that did change the world. In 1982 they decided to do something big for their 100th anniversary in 1985. They selected PolioPlus as this initiative, with the goal of seeing that all the children in the world were vaccinated by 2005. They set a $120 million fundraising goal. In two years they raised more than twice that amount. They used top-down fundraising where each region told each district how much to raise, each district told each club how much they needed to raise — about $250 from each member, locally.

Then they went to the World Health Organization and said “we want to eradicate polio” – which was not well received at first. They said, “You’re just a service club” — then Rotary told them “we have a million volunteers on the ground and $240 million raised.” “Come on in!” WHO said. To date $1.8 billion ($450 million from the Gates Foundation) has been raised by Rotary for this effort. There were 350,000 polio cases worldwide when they started; last year, just 22.

WHO later said of all the organizations in the world there was no one but Rotary they could turn to for such an effort. Rotary did something that dramatically changed the world. Turkey Trot helps provide our annual $10K contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

Last Week:

Jim Pokorney, Pepe’s counselor, introduced Pepe and said he likes the counselor role because he gets to play the “crazy uncle.”

Pedro “Pepe” Gomes do Nascimento shared with us about his life in Brazil. He says that Carnival is a major attraction in there, and the carnival in Rio is the best in the world. He showed us a video about Rio. There is the street carnival where people dress in costumes, and also there is the big parade with huge floats.

Belo Horizonte is Pepe’s hometown — the capital of the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. He was born there, then moved to a small city and spent his childhood there. Pepe’s father teaches sociology and politics at a university and is also a writer. His mother works in state government helping the counties. He also has a little brother Miguel, age 13.

Pepe told us about Junina Party, a celebration that happens every June where they dress in costumes, have dancing at schools, food. Families come to see their children dance.

On vacations his family likes to go to beach cities and to visit relatives.

Brazil is the biggest country in South America and the only one that speaks Portuguese. They have a population of over 208 million population, making it the 5th largest country and 6th most populous. The capital is Brasilia. Brazil has 26 states and 5570 cities. It is also one of most culturally diverse nations, due to their history. The capital Brasilia was built in the shape of an airplane. The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio is one of the modern 7 wonders of the world.

Pepe showed a video about the Amazon rainforest, which reminded us that the earth depends on a healthy Amazon – clean water, stores carbon, etc. Our choices can make a more sustainable world and protect the Amazon for future generations. The Amazon Jungle is the biggest rainforest in the world, with the largest river in the world. 10% of the species there are yet to be discovered, scientists say.

Pepe is enjoying his classes at Northfield High School and he is taking German He played football this fall, where he made a lot of friends. He learned how to play American football and also learned lots of life lessons.

He had an amazing time with his first host family and thanks all his host families for taking him in (he was originally supposed to go to Faribault but is glad he is here!)

From the Q&A:

  • People told Pepe that MN would be very cold. They were right! He had the option of choosing MN or FL for exchange — wanted to go somewhere different from Brazil so he chose MN.
  • He does not yet know what he wants to do with his career. He hopes to discover a lot about himself through his exchange year.
  • People have been very friendly to him — he thought they might be more cold.
  • He had the idea that people in US are very sedentary, but has found people to be active and involved in sports.
  • He had taken some years of English before coming.
  • Q about politics in Brazil. This last year was very controversial, country very divided. His family was not very happy with the results. You can vote at age 16 in Brazil.
  • Q about travels since he has been here: Has been as far as southern Iowa so far.
  • Would like to see the Northern Lights while he’s here.
  • In Brazil he did swimming as a sport and a sport that’s like boxing.
  • Was asked who plays “real football,” Americans or Brazilians — Brazilians!

Coming Up:

Dec 20 – Holiday Cheer meeting

Dec 27 – No lunch meeting

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Man arrested after peeping on St. Olaf campus

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 2:19pm

He’s in custody, but Northfield Police Sgt. PT Haider is asking the public if they recall seeing him… On Monday, December 3, 2018, Northfield Police Officers responded to St. Olaf College after on-campus security had apprehended a male suspect who had been attempting to gain unauthorized access to several college buildings. Responding Officers recognized the male from photos

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Chris & Sheila Kennelly Awarded 2018 Robert Bonner Distinguished Service Award

Northfield Construction Company - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 2:13pm
Chris Kennelly and his wife Sheila were recently award the Robert Bonner Distinguished Service Award for 2018. This award honors those who have been constant in their association and support of LBSA (Laura Baker Services Association). Each year, they recognize those who have made consistent and personally significant contributions of their time, energy and resources over....
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Nfld Council narrowly approves 6 wks additional pd leave for pregnancy; City sets Levy at 4.9%; EDA/HRA levies set; NAFRS holds fundraiser for Operation Joy

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:02pm

There were 2 options for Paid parental leave on the Northfield Council agenda.  A new policy that a committee had been formed to create. That committee recommended an additional 2 weeks of paid leave for Beginning of Life events and to care for a family member (up to twice a year).  In a 4 to

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Jerry Williams, Parts 1 & 2

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:14am

Jerry Williams joins Wayne  in the studio.  He was an electro engineer during his career prior to retirement and was one of the pioneers in early computers. Jerry Williams 120318 Jerry Williams Part 2 120518

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Northfield students learn about amazing animals in the Cannon River

Northfield News - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:00am
In October and November, over 200 students at Prairie Creek Community School, Sibley Elementary and Bridgewater Elementary took part in the “Amazing Animals of the Cannon River” program to learn about local wildlife and what we can do to help…
Categories: Local News

Kathy Jasnoch and Jenny Kelly

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 9:43am

Kathy Jasnoch and Jenny Kelly of Prairie’s Edge Humane Society talk about the valuable services provided to animals at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and concern about the proposal by Rice County to cut its funding to PEHS.  Rice County Commissioners will consider the issue at its meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 8:30 a.m.  Jasnoch encourages

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Snowflake Ornament Hunt clues No. 1-3

Northfield News - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 8:00am
Clue 3 — Wednesday, Dec. 5
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Mayor Pownell and Administrator Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 7:57am

Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Administrator Ben Martig talked with Jeff Johnson about last night’s Council meeting including the 2019 Budget and Levy and HRA/EDA levies, Paid Parental Leave and more. Pownell-Martig 12-5-18

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City Council approves 4.9 percent tax levy increase

Northfield News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 8:30pm
Northfield property taxes will increase again in 2019, but not as much as originally expected.
Categories: Local News

Stray animal protocol varies throughout Rice County

Northfield News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 6:00pm
At last week’s Rice County Commissioners meeting, two commissioners brought up the idea of discontinuing the $5,000 in funding provided to Prairie’s Edge Humane Society in Northfield, saying the humane society wasn’t taking in stray animals or providing an essential…
Categories: Local News

Missing person alert – UPDATE

KYMN Radio - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 4:04pm

UPDATE: Cancel Wright County Sheriff’s Office missing person Tanisha Maehling alert. Tanisha was located deceased late Tuesday afternoon near Buffalo, MN. The Wright County SO thanks all who helped look for her and the agencies that assisted in the recovery The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating Tanisha Maehling, 39, of Monticello.

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Supplemental memo regarding levy from City of Northfield – this is a Public Hearing on the Levy

KYMN Radio - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 1:21pm

The City of Northfield added a supplemental memo this afternoon regarding their vote on the 2019 Levy and Budget.  A public hearing will take place regarding the Levy.  Meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to comment on any item at the meeting.  eComments are closed at noon on the day of

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Local faith communities launch free legal clinic

Northfield News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:14pm
A new monthly legal clinic in Northfield will provide free, private legal consultations with lawyers on a walk-in basis.
Categories: Local News

Cabin destroyed by fire; Decision time for Nfld Council on 2019 Budget and Levy; Rice Co. to receive $2 mil in Disaster Assistance; Day of Mourning for #41 – USPS will be closed

KYMN Radio - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:02pm

They just fixed up their seasonal cabin after the September storms and last night lost it in a fire.  Faribault Fire Chief Dustin Dienst reports that around 7:30 last night, his department along with Rice Co. Deputies, Morristown Fire and North Memorial Ambulance responded to a cabin fire at 17850 Roberds Lake blvd.  The structure

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Gift honoring alumna supports women in Ole Leadership Academy

St. Olaf College - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:59am
A gift in honor of alumna Sheila Brown '68 supports women's participation in the Ole Leadership Academy, a yearlong program for St. Olaf sophomore student-athletes.
Categories: Colleges

Meet the Team: Holli Reed

Northfield Construction Company - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:56am
How long have you been with NCC? 3 months What is your official title? Executive Assistant What does a typical day look like for you? I provide administrative support for Chris Kennelly and his two companies Northfield Construction Company and Bluewater Properties.  I actually work out of the Bluewater Properties office.  I maintain Chris’s calendar,....
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Book donation promotes early literacy among Spanish-speaking families

Northfield News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:00am
For the 90-plus Spanish-speaking families served by Growing Up Healthy and Northfield's Early Childhood Navigators, the ability to read to kids in their native language is no small thing.
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Federal offices, mail impacted by day of mourning

Northfield News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:00am
Federal offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.
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