A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michelle
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Save the Date – First Friday Art Night June 1

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - 1 hour 4 sec ago

First Friday Art Nights are a popular celebration in many communities–from Phoenix to Boston to Kansas City. We’re bringing this monthly art experience to Downtown Northfield, beginning June 1, 2018! The fun will continue throughout the year on the first Friday of each month from 5-9pm. As you walk through our historic downtown, you’ll encounter art of all kinds–everything from live bluegrass music in Hogan Brothers to visual art exhibits at the Historical Society to dance performances in the NDA studio and poetry readings at Imminent Brewing. Mark your calendars now for this FREE event! Check out the tentative lineup here.

Are you an artist who would like to participate? Register here. Coming from out of town? Stay overnight and enjoy the Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday morning! Do you love the arts and want to help make this event possible with a tax-deductible sponsorship? Email or donate online using the Give MN icon on the right sidebar.

Categories: Organizations

Patrick Tomczik, Parts 1 & 2

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 20 min ago

Northfielder Patrick Tomczik joins the show to talk about his life and opposition to a new Ice Arena in Northfield in two recent trips to the Wayne Eddy Affair Show One – Hour One:  20180424-0902AM-2 Hour Two: 20180424-1002AM-2   Show Two:  wayneeddy042518

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They hit the Million Moment; Dundas Planning and Council actions; Grass fire season and who pays; E. Cannon trail still closed

KYMN Radio - 2 hours 47 min ago

They hit the million dollar mark last night!  The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary book fair, in it’s 57th year, hit a million dollars in sales about an hour and a half in to the first day of the 5 day event at the Northfield Arena.  They needed just about $13,000 to make it happen. Applause rang

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Portraits of Rural Strength — Iris Burbank ’18

St. Olaf College - 2 hours 50 min ago
Through a series of portraits, Iris Burbank ’18 shows strength in rural communities, but gives a glimpse into her passion for community, love of sustainability, and talent with art.

Like most Oles, Iris Burbank’s studies and work reflect her passions — the environment, art, Asian studies, and community engagement. To an outsider, an intersection between these four areas could be hard to imagine, but to Burbank, it couldn’t make more sense.

Burbank is an environmental studies and studio art double-major at St. Olaf who also participates in Asian studies classes, with six semesters of Japanese language courses under her belt. “I’m really interested in Asian cultures, and I’m so lucky to have been able to go to Japan three times with St. Olaf,” she says. “It’s been extremely rewarding using the language skills and environmental perspective I’ve learned to make lasting friendships with Japanese university students and communicate with grassroots rural leaders and change-makers.” She has been focusing on rural issues for the past two years, through her art and studies at St. Olaf.

Hidden opportunities

Outside the classroom and her travels to Japan, Burbank works in the St. Olaf Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) office, a high-impact educational approach that encourages students to learn in community contexts. Often referred to as community-based research, service-learning, community-based learning, and public scholarship, ACE facilitates the development of skills, habits of mind, and relationships that prepare students for future internship, research, civic leadership, and work roles.

Burbank found the opportunity by chance when asking around for student work opportunities. Once started, she quickly noticed something about the community-engagement projects.

“No one was really recording or keeping track of the of all the groups and engagement initiatives around campus,” says Burbank. “One of the things I was in charge of was creating an inventory of all the community partnerships on campus. We discovered that a lot of groups and efforts were going unnoticed.”

By creating this list and learning more about what the campus organizations did, Burbank was able to gain insight and learn about engagement opportunities that previously remained in the shadows.

“I didn’t know there were so many organizations and partnerships happening around St. Olaf,” she says. “My hope is that we can continue to grow our connections because there are many ways Oles can benefit from the community off the Hill in a tangible way, and community partners also gain from collaborating with students who have fresh passion and dedication to develop specialized skills.”

“…there are many ways Oles can benefit from the community off the Hill in a tangible way…”

Don’t forget the art

Burbank also takes care to remember and include her love of the arts and environment with her community engagement work. Last February, she interned with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP). She worked alongside Thomas Hardy ’20 and Assistant Professor of Art Peter Nelson in a partnership with CRWP to curate and publicize international and local environmental films for the Downstream Film Festival, an event that brought artists, environmental topics, and the community stakeholders together.

Perhaps the paragon of Burbank’s intersection of passion and studies is her current Senior Studies Project, a 16-piece series of oil portraits of international grassroots leaders. Her inspiration for this work comes from her reflection on environmental and rural narratives, largely shaped by her time living, farming, cooking, and learning at Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Founded in 1973 by Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami, ARI is a local grassroots leader and sustainable agriculture training school that hosts a nine-month training program for established international rural leaders, primarily hailing from developing nations in Africa and Southeast Asia. Burbank’s daily life included cooking breakfast and dinner for 25-80 people, community workshops, organic farming demonstrations, community discussions, worship with global Christians, and tending to crop and vegetable fields, chickens, goats, and fish.

Burbank designed her senior thesis, “Portraits of Rural Strength,” to feature grassroots leaders, subverting the tradition of portraiture being “high art” exclusively for affluent, aristocratic people. Utilizing reference photos self-selected by ARI participants, her project acknowledges the agency of rural people, who are too often reduced to images of poverty, hunger, and “backwardness.” The portraits challenge traditional assumptions that rural leaders are just farmers — they serve as teachers, students, non-governmental organization coordinators, financial experts, and exemplify brilliance, resilience, environmental vision, and community power.

Countless opportunities

Through her engagement and passion, many doors are opening for Burbank. After graduation, she hopes to develop professional experience in international relations, sustainable agriculture, sociology, anthropology, and political ecology, with a goal of becoming a professor. She is currently contemplating a master’s program related to rural sociology, international agriculture, and sustainable development. She is also hoping to keep her love for art fresh through some potential artist-in-residence programs in the United States and Japan.

Burbank also wants to bring the lessons she learned from serving in Japan to other parts of the world. “Someday way in the future, I think it would be really awesome to establish a similar international rural leader training school in the U.S. for leaders from Latin America,” she says. “The school’s mission would be centered on principles of creativity, sustainability, the dignity of labor, self-sufficiency, and the innovative use of local resources.”

She’s also working with ARI to plan a continuation of her senior project to return for a summer to teach oil painting to a new class of participants. “My dream would be for the participants to spread my shared passion for creative self-expression back at home after returning from the training program,” she says. “I would love to organize a community showcase of portraits of rural strength, where we would all use our own creativity to tell our stories untold.”

While looking to the future, Burbank thanks her experience at St. Olaf for opening so many opportunities. “I’m very grateful for being able to study at a place where I can learn unconventional academic intersections,” she says. “This was easier to realize with the help of some really encouraging faculty and interdisciplinary programs I participated in, like Environmental Conversations and Asian Conversations.”

“I’m very grateful for being able to study at a place where I can learn unconventional academic intersections.”

Categories: Colleges

Downtown undergoing change as 3 businesses close

Northfield News - 3 hours 49 min ago
When it rains it pours.
Categories: Local News

Enbridge Line 3 pipeline – ALJ Recommendation released

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 4 hours 29 min ago

Line 3 proposed and alternate routes

The Administrative Law Judge’s Recommendation is out:

Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation

It’s a fascinating read, exposing the misrepresentations of Enbridge about quite a few material issues, particularly about Enbridge circumventing requirement of removing the pipeline, the paucity of the “jobs jobs jobs” claim, and the need to renegotiate easements with tribes, which factors into Enbridge’s “inexplicable” easement acquisition for up to 4 pipelines as it finagled for this Line 3.  READ THE Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation!  Judge O’Reilly did a great job of digging through the literally tons of materials in this docket.

Something near and dear to me about this — note the “SA-04” alternative route — it goes right through two of the Freeborn County townships dealing with the Freeborn wind project. Notice?  See p. 47-48.

Guess the Certificate of Need “Notice Plan” and notice requirements are worthless…

Apparently the karst is more important than notice:

And the DNR supported this option?!?!

However, SA-04 was deemed not a viable alternative:

If you have comments, objections, there’s been a notice issued regarding submission of “Exceptions” which are due May 9, 2018:

20184-142282-01_Exceptions Notice

Here’s how this is interpreted by the press:

‘There’s a ton riding on this’: Enbridge pipeline project dealt blow in Minnesota Enbridge faces new Line 3 setback in Minnesota ruling Judge: Enbridge Line 3 project should follow existing route Ruling: Minnesota regulators should approve new Line 3 pipeline — if it follows current pipeline’s route


Categories: Citizens

Representative David Bly

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 50 min ago

State Representative David Bly provides his weekly update of activities in the current Legislative Session. Rep- David Bly 4-25-18

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Rhonda Pownell, Todd Bornhauser, Chris Kennelly

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 55 min ago

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and members of the Ice Arena Task Force, Todd Bornhauser and Chris Kennelly, talk about the work of the Task Force during the past 16 months and the recommendation to build a new two sheet ice arena. The recommendation will go before both the Northfield and Dundas City Councils for consideration of

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Professor’s new book boxes with life’s challenges

St. Olaf College - 5 hours 14 min ago

With help from a few philosophical heavyweights, St. Olaf College Professor of Philosophy Gordon Marino offers readers an opportunity to face life’s struggles.

His new book, The Existentialist’s Survival Guide (HarperOne), has just been released. In it, Marino thinks alongside philosophers like Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Albert Camus. Together they provide some much-needed insights on everything from love to death.

“I’ve been hanging around with these guys for 30-some years, and it seems to me that I ought to be able to distill some of their wisdom,” Marino says. “I’ve suffered from anxiety, depression, and all kinds of troubles, many of them self-inflicted. More than articulating abstract theories, I try to provide personal examples of the ways in which this motley crew of thinkers, known as existentialists, have positively impacted my life.”

He hopes his book stands as an honest reflection of philosophy’s teaching power and that his readers might come away with some new perspectives on their own lives, how they want to live, and what kind of person they want to be.

“The main reason that I was attracted to Kierkegaard and company was that they, more than any other group of philosophers, seem to address our inner obstacles such as anxiety and the funk more directly and perceptively than anyone else.”

“Most people find it easy to be a decent human being when they have all green lights. But it is not so easy to be a kind and upstanding person when we encounter the suffering that is inevitable in life,” he says. “Maybe the main reason that I was attracted to Kierkegaard and company was that they, more than any other group of philosophers, seem to address our inner obstacles such as anxiety and the funk more directly and perceptively than anyone else.”

Marino is an internationally recognized journalist who regularly contributes to publications like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In addition to his teaching and writing, Marino also serves as curator of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library.

Categories: Colleges

TORCH Care Packages

There was a great write up on the TORCH care packages project in the Star Tribune — many thanks to the local faith communities and civic groups who make this care packages project possible. Check it out here.

Categories: Organizations

Knights split home opener versus Macalester

Carleton Sports - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:48pm

Due to the way the schedule played out this season, the Carleton College softball team finally held its home opener on Tuesday and ended up splitting the doubleheader against Macalester College. The Scots prevailed, 1-0, in a game one pitcher’s duel, while the Knights rallied to take game two by a 7-4 margin.

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Streets of New York, 1911

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:54pm
A friend posted a link on Facebook recently that immediately sucked me in. It showed footage taken by a Swedish film production company of various locations in New York City in 1911. A man edited it down to an 8-minute YouTube film and added ambient sounds. Check it out, it's quite mesmerizing:

My great-grandparents G. Oliver and Islea Riggs weren't in New York in 1911—I'm not sure they ever visited that city—but they visited Chicago that year, where they would have observed similar scenes of horseless carriages sharing the streets with horse-drawn carts, and gentlemen and ladies all wearing hats. The ability to see actual footage from 1911 helps me better picture what life was like for my great-grandparents in that time period. It's a richer perspective than what you glean from looking at photos.

If the New York footage had been in color, that really would have blown my mind. I have a tendency to picture the world before the 1940s as being in black in white (even though I know better) because the family photos I have from that era are in black and white.

A 1908 postcard from the county fair in Aledo, Ill.For example, I'd love to know how the above scene from 1908, of the Mercer County Fair in Aledo, Illinois, looked in color. G. Oliver sent the postcard photo to his sons Ronald and Percy and asked if they recognized anyone in the photo. I wonder if they did? I am also curious about the sounds and smells people experienced at that fair. I can make some guesses, based on my experience of attending modern county fairs, but I'm sure there are details I'm missing without the ability to travel back in time.

The smells and sounds of modern New York City differ in many ways from 1911—there's less horse poop now, for sure, and fewer police officers blowing whistles. But it's remarkable how much hasn't changed in one hundred years, like my favorite New York building, the Flatiron (built in 1902 and designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham). With any luck, it will remain part of the streetscape for another 100 years, as people continue to go about living their ordinary, color-filled lives.

Elias, Sebastian, and Louisa in front of the Flatiron Building in 2016.

Categories: Citizens

GALLERY: Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair notches $1 million in sales

Northfield News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:35pm
Opening night at the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair was the usual story — huge crowds, dozens of volunteers and tons of books. But this opening was special.
Categories: Local News

Swine Smooching: Local bank leaders kiss a pig for Community Action Center fundraiser

Northfield News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:15pm
It's not often you see local business leaders getting down and dirty, kissing pigs. But that's exactly what happened Tuesday afternoon in downtown Northfield.
Categories: Local News

VIDEO: Bankers pay up by kissing pig

Northfield News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 6:50pm
Categories: Local News

Passionate director Kivell leads I Cantanti through 30th year

Northfield News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:04pm
“Forte! Piano! Down a half. Alto’s down a half. Tenor’s up a half. You may be seated.”
Categories: Local News

Southbridge Area Neighborhood Input Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 3:56pm
Event date: April 26, 2018
Event Time: 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
2200 Division Street South
Northfield, MN 55057
Plans are being considered for housing development in the Southbridge area. Please join us to hear presentations and view concept plans for the HRA and Koester owned properties at Southbridge.

Coffee, juice and light refreshments will be served.

Contact Janine Atchison if you have further questions:

Kiss the Pig for a cause!

KYMN Radio - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 2:37pm

Ya gotta love a small town…  where would two local bank executives be willing to Kiss a Pig for a Cause?  Of course, Northfield.  Community Resource Bank’s Denny Hanson and First National Bank’s Rick Estenson loaned their lips for a friendly competition to support the Community Action Center during March Food Shelf Month.   The two local

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Missing vulnerable adult – CANCELLED

KYMN Radio - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 2:14pm

Rolando was found safe last night (Tuesday). The West Saint Paul Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Timothy John Rolando Date of Birth: 10/31/1963. Timothy is described as an adult white male 54 year of age, 6’3”, 160-170 pounds, and primarily bald. Timothy was last seen on Friday, April 20, 2018 wearing

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