'Health crisis:' Faribault overdose one of five tied to elephant tranquilizing agent

Northfield News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:45pm
Once researched as a chemical weapon before being discovered by drug dealers, local authorities say carfentanil – a substance legally used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants – has killed five people, including one in Faribault, between Jan. 30 and…
Categories: Local News

Mill Towns State Trail route on faster course than ever, but obstacles still to come

Northfield News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 1:42pm
Northfield’s Peggy Prowe has spent about 25 years advocating for and working on the Mill Towns State Trail (MTST) project.
Categories: Local News

TrumpCo’s got to go — Government is NOT a business

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:46pm

Each day it’s something.  In the beginning, it was a flurry of Executive Orders and Memoranda that were poorly thought out, worsely executed, even posted on White House website with different wording than what was actually signed — I know because I was tracking them closely as they were coming out and posting them and resulting court losses via Temporary Restraining Orders and decisions  here and here and here,  for example.

A friend was looking at how to frame this problem, and branded it “TrumpCo.”  TrumpCo is what’s developed from Trump’s claim that government should be run like a business, and his efforts to initiate that plan.  Just the facts about how tRump runs businesses (into the ground, fact check on that, yes, multiple bankruptcies) should give us pause, but deeper thought about the purpose and functions of government should stop this in its tracks.  Dream on… these guys are relentless.  Meanwhile, Republican #notmyPresident Donald Trump is putting his son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of ??(hard to tell, Senior White House Advisor, etc?), his daughter Ivanka installed in an office and requesting security clearance, and sons on US taxpayer business trips, WTF?

Son-in-law Jared Kushner has a large role in TrumpCo:

Reinventing government

The Office of American Innovation is expected to tackle domestic issues such as Veterans’ Affairs, workforce development and opioid addiction, the Associated Press reports.

“The government should be run like a great American company,” Kushner told the Washington Post of the initiative, one of the few interviews he has granted since becoming a senior adviser. “Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

Categories: Citizens

Keystone XL Pipeline – Complaint for Injunctive Relief

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:57am

tRump signed a Memorandum pushing Keystone XL (and Dakota Access) pipeline inviting them to reapply, which they did two days later:

#notmyPresident – Keystone XL pipeline is baaaaaaaaack

And today, a Complaint has been filed by Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club to stop KXL from going forward:

Complaint filed 2017 03 30 FINAL

The focus is on the extensive record of the earlier proceeding, the prior rejection of the Presidential Permit, NEPA violations, and the arbitrary and capricious nature of the Memorandum and moving forward with this project.  The specific claims are:

  • Violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 4321 et seq., and Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 701-706, by Defendants State Department and Under Secretary Shannon
  • Violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 4321 et seq., and Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 701-706, by Defendants Interior Department, Bureau of Land Management, and Secretary Zinke
  • Violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 701-706, by Defendants State Department and Under Secretary Shannon

The third claim is what I’d been noting after tRump issued the Memorandum.  With the lengthy and voluminous record, and the denial, to with the stroke of a pen say “go ahead,” that’s arbitrary and capricious on its face.  From the Complaint:

The State Department has failed to adequately explain and justify (a) its reversal of positions on whether Keystone XL is in the national interest, and (b) its reliance on a stale and inadequate environmental review. Its approval decision is arbitrary and capricious.

… and oh, what a good example that Memorandum is, itching for challenge.  Well, here it is.

Categories: Citizens

Rice County court logs for March 29

Northfield News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:53am
Here are the court dispositions for March 29.
Categories: Local News

Rice County public safety reports for March 29

Northfield News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:47am
Below are selected incidents from the media reports for March 29:
Categories: Local News

MDH: Influenza remains widespread in Minnesota, not too late for vaccination

Northfield News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 9:15am
Despite seeing the highest number of influenza cases in mid-February across Minnesota, state health officials say they’re “still seeing quite a bit of activity.”
Categories: Local News

Republicans want to delay, change buffers around waters; Dayton says no way

Northfield News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 8:48pm
Environmental legislation going through the Minnesota Legislature could face trouble if it reaches Gov. Mark Dayton.
Categories: Local News

Rotary Cogwheel | 03.30.2017

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:07pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today: Daniel Chien, Inbound Exchange Student (Ischler)

Next Week: Mike Eaves, St. Olaf College hockey coach (Barry Carlson)

Birthdays: Yogi Reppmann (3/27)

Last Week:
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin was an entrepreneur from an early age. As a kid in Guatemala, he struck a deal to muck out barns in exchange for the manure – then used it to grow the best cilantro in his village. These days, he’s running non-profit Main Street Project, an incubator for progressive agriculture project.

Regi’s recent book, In the Shadow of Green Man, shares the stories of his childhood that shaped his world view: “In my community, the story was ‘service’ – you became better and happier by serving others so they can be better and happier. If we want the world our children live in to be different than it is now, we have to create those stories for them.” Regi does this by approaching agriculture with balance, purpose, and a spiritual grounding. One example is Poultry-Centered Regenerative Systems Engineering, a closed, self-sustaining cycle of production in which every output (yes, manure too) is a resource that benefits the cycle. This system has out-produced similar-sized ag projects at the U of M and University of Wisconsin four times over.

The five principles of this ag philosophy: be healthy; fair; sustainable; transparent; and resilient. The system, designed to make the most of small spaces (5 hectares or less), is being used in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras . . . and southeastern Minnesota, where just over 3,500 acres are yielding $74 million worth of product.

Fred Rogers shared the lessons he learned from the other Fred Rogers when they met a few times while working near each other in Pittsburgh. “Every time I met him, he was exactly just himself. He listens to you precisely – whether there are just the two of you, or a thousand people. And he was very honest.” What can we all learn from that? “Be in the moment,” Fred says. “Focus on the people you’re talking with. Be completely honest. In this way, you can be a surprising angel for someone else.”

Guests: ReJean Schulte (Richard Schulte)

Scholarship Enhancement: Our speaker, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, had the good/bad luck to draw his own ticket. He declined the prize, and drew again – making Rich Lorang a little richer.


— Jean Wakely will host new-member orientation and lunch on Wednesday, May 3, from noon-1:00 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. We have added 14 new members in the past 20 months! Current members who’d like a refresher are also welcome. Please RSVP to Jean.

— There’s a ticket available for the District Conference in St. Paul on Friday, April 28. Would you like to go, and represent our club? Contact Jean Wakely.

— Dave Brown presented a Paul Harris Fellowship +1 pin to Russ Halvorsen. Our club has given a total of $288,000 to Rotary Foundation over the years.

— Northfield Rotary women were featured in the latest Girlfriends magazine published by Southern Minnesota Media earlier this month. The article talks about the growth of female membership over time and the important contributions our female members have made. The story by Beth Forkner Moe is accompanied with a photo of 14 of our members. The story can be found at

— Yogi Reppmann is hosting a Euro-Atlantic Conference Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2 at St. John’s Lutheran Church here in Northfield. Here is a link for information on the conference: There is no charge and lunches and dinners are free. But please register. Yogi needs to know how many are coming. The conference coincides with Yogi’s 60th birthday so he is inviting all of us to Froggy Bottoms at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, to share in the revelry.

— Alan Anderson’s thoughtful letter on climate change was published in the most recent issue of Rotary magazine.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour, so be on your best behavior. We want to make a good impression.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

April 13 — Wanzita Ally, (Barry Carlson)

April 20 — Margo Squire, Nuclear Non-Proliferation (R. Flaten)

April 27 — Nico Suarez, Exchange Student (Stevens)

May 4 — Gordon Marion, St. Olaf philosophy professor and boxing coach

Categories: Organizations

Rice County court logs for March 28

Northfield News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:40pm
Here are the court dispositions for March 28.
Categories: Local News

Rice County public safety reports for March 28

Northfield News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:33pm
Below are selected incidents from the media reports for March 28:
Categories: Local News

Northfield clinic named in indictment of 3 for alleged $1 million Medicaid fraud

Northfield News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:46pm
A Northfield clinic is referred to in a federal grand jury indictment, which details an alleged $1 million Medicaid fraud scheme, involving three defendants and co-conspirators.
Categories: Local News

New breweries approaching openings

Northfield News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00pm
A couple truckloads of brewing tanks arrived at Imminent Brewing Monday morning, as the company continues preparation for an early summer opening.
Categories: Local News

The Miracle Worker

Northfield Arts Town - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:43am

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater presents The Miracle Worker, by  William Gibson. Adapted from the true story of their lives, this inspirational drama chronicles Helen Keller’s miraculous journey from her trapped and silent world to one of knowledge and freedom with the help of her beloved and gifted tutor Anne Sullivan.


  • Friday, April 21, 7:30pm (Opening Night Reception)
  • Saturday, April 22, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 23, 2pm (Post Show Discussion)
  • Friday, April 28, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 29, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 30, 2pm (ASL interpreted performance)

Learn more and buy tickets at the Northfield Arts Guild website.

Categories: Organizations

Minnesota lawmakers strike reinsurance deal

Northfield News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:24am
Saying they cannot afford to wait for a congressional rewrite of the nation’s health laws, House and Senate negotiators announced a deal on a bill that aims to rein in soaring health insurance costs in Minnesota.
Categories: Local News

County, Faribault pass resolutions asking for CSAH-9, I-35 planning funds

Northfield News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 7:00am
The Rice County Board of Commissioners and the Faribault City Council passed complementary resolutions Tuesday, calling for state of Minnesota investment into planning and engineering work at the County State-Aid Highway 9 and Interstate 35 intersection.
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Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative approves its own staff agreement

Northfield News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 5:55pm
In its first year, the Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative approved a two-year draft agreement for licensed staff contracts.
Categories: Local News

Northfield district staff may switch to leased MacBook laptops

Northfield News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 5:47pm
Update: Superintendent Matt Hillmann added that, if approved, the laptops would arrive by the end of this school year, but would not be replaced until after the school year ends.
Categories: Local News

Dundas approves code change to allow religious institutions in commercial district

Northfield News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:29pm
The Dundas City Council approved a change to the city code this week to allow religious institutions in a commercial district.
Categories: Local News

St. Olaf alumna awarded prestigious Luce Foundation fellowship

St. Olaf College - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:20pm

Corey Ruder ’16 holds a drill used to take permafrost cores while conducting fieldwork last summer in Siberia.

The Luce Foundation has awarded recent St. Olaf College graduate Corey Ruder ’16 a prestigious fellowship that will enable her to continue her work in aquatic biogeochemistry in Asia.

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society.

Ruder, who majored in environmental studies at St. Olaf, is one of 18 students selected as a 2017 Luce Scholar. She is currently studying the effects of internal waves on nitrogen cycling in reservoirs through a Ph.D. program at Washington State University Vancouver.

“I’m optimistic that this year in Asia will contribute to my dissertation research at Washington State, and I am most excited to be completely immersed in a new culture,” says Ruder. She hopes to continue her research at Lake Biwa in Japan and become fluent in Japanese, including the technical vocabulary she’ll need working in a laboratory setting

As a senior at St. Olaf, Ruder received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. NSF Graduate Research Fellowships support the most promising graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Ruder had a number of hands-on learning experiences at St. Olaf that prepared her for the graduate work she’s now doing.

Corey Ruder ’16 takes a dissolved gas sample from lake water for analysis of greenhouse gases during fieldwork in her last semester at St. Olaf.

As a Beckman Scholar at St. Olaf, Ruder independently designed an 18-month research project assessing the utility of Chironomidae (Diptera) as indicators of nitrogen loading in lakes under the guidance of Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Charles Umbanhowar Jr.

She also studied abroad in Australia for a semester with Associate Professor of Biology Steve Freedberg, where she was involved in several smaller research projects, and spent two Interims in Japan — one with Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak and the other with Associate Professor of Chemistry Paul Jackson ’92. Both of these faculty members worked with the Luce Foundation and helped Ruder apply for the scholars program.

Ruder traveled with St. Olaf Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies John Schade to Siberia last summer as part of the Polaris Project, which investigates the impacts of global climate change in the Arctic ecosystem.

In addition to her research projects, Ruder received the Finstad Entrepreneurial Grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career during her first year on campus and co-founded the Ole Thrift Shop LLC with Lyla Amini ’14 and Sudip Bhandari ’14. The student-run small business combats campus waste by collecting donations of clothes, books, and miscellaneous belongings in the spring, then selling the secondhand items during the first week of the following school year.

From study abroad programs to research projects, Ruder’s experiences have prepared her for the work she’ll do through the Luce Scholarship program. “I very much consider this an opportunity that St. Olaf made possible,” says Ruder.

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