A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 8:44pm
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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Solar Rulemaking Petition on file at WI PSC

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:02pm

Does anyone else think it odd, when solar projects in Wisconsin are in the 2-10MW range, to apply to site the 300MW Badger Hollow solar project when there are no rules?  Yeah, I know, it sounds like Minnesota siting 2,000+ MW of large wind projects with no rules and using small wind standards, way too similar.  But this is real.  300MW of solar is a LOT of solar.  It’s central station solar.  It’s on some of the best ag land in Wisconsin.  And it just happens to be on the route of the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line!

What to do?  Rulemaking, of course.  Yeah, we know how that goes (PUC denies Reconsideration re: Wind Rulemaking), but without rules, how will they reasonably site this project?  Without rules, how will they reasonably site any solar project?  So of course here we go, the Jewell Jinkins Intervenors’ solar rulemaking petition:

Petition for Rulemaking_JJI_Solar_FINAL_Signed

And Wisconsin’s PSC “ERFed” it today.  It’s docket 1-AC-254.  It’s my understanding that a comment period will be announced and then the Commission will decide whether or not to proceed with rulemaking.

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Knights erase 19-point deficit but are clipped by Falcons

Carleton Sports - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 9:45pm

Four Knights scored in double figures, including a game-high 24-point effort from Kent Hanson, but even that was not enough as the Carleton College men’s basketball team fell 81-71 to UW-River Falls.

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Anna Hughes gets hot from deep, but Knights fall at UW-Eau Claire

Carleton Sports - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 8:54pm

Anna Hughes notched a career-best 22 points, thanks to seven 3-pointers, yet the Carleton College women’s basketball dropped a non-conference battle at UW-Eau Claire, 75-54.

Categories: Colleges

Air quality alert – no open burning

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 5:05pm

An Air Quality Alert has been posted for southern Minnesota at 1:00 PM Wednesday, Wednesday December 12 through 6:00 pm Thursday, December 13.  Therefore, burning restrictions will go into effect immediately in Rice County and no open burning will be allowed. Recreational camp fires are also discouraged during this time period.  Thank you for your

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Tennis teams earn regional, national rankings

Carleton Sports - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 4:04pm

Both the Carleton College men and women’s tennis teams had players earn regional and national recognition in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA D-III singles and doubles rankings of the 2018-19 campaign.

Categories: Colleges

3 serious crashes has sheriff urging extra care during bad weather

Northfield News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 3:26pm
The Rice County Sheriff’s Office responded to three personal injury crashes within a 30-minute period Wednesday morning along with a number of other calls of vehicles off the road. These crashes occurred after freezing rain passed through the county.
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SageGlass will invest another $14M in Faribault plant, add jobs

Northfield News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 1:45pm
SageGlass will invest an additional $14 million in its Faribault operations, city Community and Economic Development Director Deanna Kuennen announced Tuesday.
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Lots of crashes and spinouts; Deadly crash in Hospital parking lot; Bridgewater ponders incorporation; Truck drivers gifts deliver; NAFRS Spaghetti dinner raises $1k

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

It was an unexpected mess on the roads this morning as freezing rain left a glaze on the roadway.  Early on, KYMN listeners were calling with reports of vehicles in ditches and fishtailing on Hwys 19, 3 and Cedar Avenue.  Rice Co. Sheriff Troy Dunn reported they were called to assist State Patrol with three

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Judge gives ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen 3 years in prison

Northfield News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:08am
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would "take a bullet" for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging…
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NDDC Awarded $30,000 Artists on Main Street Grant

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:01am

We are pleased to announce that the NDDC was awarded a $30,000 grant through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Artists on Main Street initiative. This program will help the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation to sustain a vibrant downtown by:

  • Providing art and creative placemaking experiences that draw people to shop, dine and connect in Downtown Northfield
  • Enhancing the downtown’s aesthetics through the creativity of our local artists
  • Utilizing the arts as a springboard for improving diversity and inclusiveness in Downtown Northfield across all cultures

Check out the official release from PAM below and watch here for updates on the program as we launch it in early 2019!

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, and with support from the Bush Foundation, launched a new program earlier this year, Artists on Main Street, to explore how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today. The pilot year’s success in Faribault, Mankato, and Winona has resulted in continued investment in the program by the Bush Foundation to include eleven communities over a three-year period. Four communities were selected to join the program in 2019, and they are Northfield, Olivia, Wabasha, and Willmar.

“The Bush Foundation is very excited to be able to support Artist on Main Street through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Main Street Program. We see this as a great opportunity to support artists as leaders in their communities and to show how art and culture can be an important part of efforts led by local Main Street programs, Cities, Economic Development Authorities, and Chambers of Commerce throughout the region.” – Erik Takeshita, Portfolio Director for Community Creativity at the Bush Foundation.

During the program’s pilot year, over ninety artists and creatives attended Creative Placemaking Workshops resulting in a total of thirty-four artist-led projects involving fifty-five artists and creatives. “Over the last year we’ve seen new relationships built between Main Street organizations and artists in their communities, which has resulted in more community pride and new, creative ideas about addressing downtown concerns,” said Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director at Springboard for the Arts. “We’re excited to welcome another cohort of communities to this program and build on this momentum.”

Each community receives support on planning and implementing creative placemaking projects through training, one-on-one technical assistance, and cohort support to integrate arts-based problem solving. Artists on Main Street communities receive $20,000 for project funding and program implementation the first year and $10,000 the second year for artist-led solutions to a local challenge identified by the community. Training and resources will be provided in partnership with Springboard for the Arts to artists who live, work and have a personal investment in the community to make positive physical, economic and social impacts.

“Artists on Main Street is creating bright spots of arts-based community development and downtown revitalization in Greater Minnesota,” said Sarina Otaibi, Rural Program Manager for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.

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Minn. lawmakers vow action on rising insulin costs

Northfield News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:49am
ST. PAUL — Alec Smith died less than a month after he fell off his parents’ health insurance plan because he could not foot the $1,300 bill to refill his insulin.
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Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig

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

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig talk about the December 11 City Council meeting.  Among the topics, the Council had a presentation from Bridgewater Township relating to whether to pursue an annexation agreement with Northfield or incorporate to become its own city. Pownell-Martig 12-12-18

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Rotary Cogwheel | December 13.2018

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 7:18am

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Today: Barb Wornson Classification (Hillmann)

Next Week: Holiday Cheer meeting

Birthdays: Dale Ness (12/15), John Ophaug (12/15), Bob Thacker (12/17)

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.

Guests: Elise’s host families, Mitzi Baker (new City Community Development Director), Al Spens (Pokorney), Amy Gurwitz, Itty’s host mom (Galdeen), and Rick Olson from Prior Lake Rotary told us about Eastern Europe Rotary Tours in May of 2019


• More than 1300 people participated in the 2018 Turkey Trot. Net profits will be over $42,000! • Kristi Purcell invited us to donate to CRWP before December 31st and win a canoe full of brew • Jim Pokorney thanks everyone who signed up to do Meals on Wheels. • Jack Hoschouer is celebrating good medical news • Greg Carlson was happy to hand off his title of Turkey Trot winner • Jean Wakely’s daughter won her Roller Derby tourney – if you ever want to tag along to watch, just ask Jean!

Scholarship Enhancement: Lori Williams

Last Week:

Brad Frago came to Northfield to attend Carleton College, then went to the University of Minnesota Law School. He met his wife Michelle when they were working as law clerks in Olivia, Minnesota. They later moved back to Northfield where they now have a family law practice and two teenagers. Brad’s favoritehobby is participating in the Civil Air Patrol at the Stanton airport. He introduced Elise as one of the easiest, most delightful students they’ve had.

Elise Marillet says that people think of France as Paris but many do not know that France has 13 overseas territories. The state of Texas is bigger than the country of France, so it was an adjustment for her to drive five hours and still be only in Wisconsin. Elise is from Gannat, a small city of 7,000 people. Her other hometown is Clermont Ferrand, a much larger city. The local rugby team there is one of the best in France.

She is enjoying lots of friends and fun experiences in Minnesota. Her favorite things about France are crepes, croissants, cheese and bread. She also loves the museums, cathedrals, castles and other landmarks. Elise loves it that you can go to the beach, ski, go to the countryside, or join the party in the city after France wins the World Cup.

Her great-grandfather was in the French Resistance in WWII. In the future, she wants to study law, possibly in the U.S. The biggest surprise to Elise so far in Northfield has been how warm the people are, even though the weather is cold. She ran cross-country and next she is trying out for Rock & Roll Revival as a dancer. Welcome, Elise!

Coming Up:

Dec 27 – No lunch meeting

Jan 3 — Yuyu Ose, Exchange Student from Japan

Jan 10 — Larry Vorwerk, Classification (Krause)


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Vulnerable adult missing

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 4:59am

UPDATE 12:11pm 12-12-18:  Cancel University of Minnesota Police Department missing person Sylvester Sanders alert. Sanders returned to the hospital and is safe. Thank you to all who helped look for him. The University of Minnesota Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Sylvester Sanders, 49, of Maplewood. Sylvester was last seen at the University

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Bridgewater Township considers becoming a city

Northfield News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 6:41pm
Bridgewater Township has always been a little more city-like than most of its Rice County township peers, and in 2019, it might make that description official.
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Raider Boys Basketball tonight on KYMN

KYMN Radio - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 5:38pm

The Raider Boys Basketball team will host Rochester John Marshall with their highly prized recruit Matthew Hurt tonight at the Northfield High School.  KYMN will broadcast the game on 95.1 The One and AM1080.  You can stream the game by clicking the listen live button to the right.  Brad Prestemon is on the call.

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New free legal clinic offers services otherwise out of reach to some residents

Northfield News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 5:22pm
A new legal clinic in Northfield, initiated by community faith leaders, could prove a crucial resource for area resident with financial obstacles.
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Increases in property values likely mean rise in Dundas taxes

Northfield News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 4:59pm
If it wasn’t for those pesky property value increases, residential property owners in Dundas might have seen decreases to their city taxes in 2019. Alas, most residential properties in the city are expected to increase in value by at least…
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School Board approves 4 percent levy increase, moves forward with building projects

Northfield News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 3:30pm
There are still a few weeks left in 2018, but the Northfield School Board spent the year’s last meeting looking forward to 2019.
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