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Dear Future Oles … we’ve got advice for you

St. Olaf College - 3 hours 6 min ago
Through the Dear Future Oles video series, St. Olaf students provide incoming students with candid advice about all the things they wish they would have known before beginning their college journey.
Categories: Colleges

New Froggy Bottoms Ownership

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 13 min ago
Neal Wilson, Cindy Wilson and Michael Gasior discuss they’re plans to re-open Froggy Bottoms River Pub in August.

NAFRS to undergo operational review; Hoopla Digital now working with Northfield Public Library; Boards and Commissions membership drive

KYMN Radio - 6 hours 29 min ago
by Rich Larson The Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service has decided to undergo a full operational review to be conducted by an independent consultant.   Last week during its quarterly meeting, the NAFRS board made the decision to hire Barbara Strandell of What Works, Inc. NAFRS board chair Brad Ness said she will look at

Programa musical

KYMN Radio - Sun, 07/25/2021 - 5:26pm
Hoy tuvimos un especial musical para este soleado domingo.  

Career Update

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Sat, 07/24/2021 - 3:13pm

So… things have happened since last I wrote. I’m still a librarian (because I still have an MLIS), but I’m no longer employed by a library. I’ve decided to step sideways into technical support and information management at my institution’s IT department. Super exciting and super terrifying all at the same time!

I’m a few weeks into this new job now, and while new jobs are just basically always hard (I’d grown very very used to knowing everything about my job, and now I know a whole lot less about my job), I’ve been relishing all the times where the skills and habits of information literacy translate into this new context. That’s always been my favorite thing about taking on new liaison areas or even new topics and methodologies within established liaison areas, and now it’s my whole life. And spoiler alert, “all the times where the skills and habits of information literacy translate into this new context” are basically all of the times.

I’m still scrambling hard to learn all the things I need to know about campus IT infrastructure and about departmental workings — there are days when I wonder if I’ll ever know enough to be less dependent on patient and helpful colleagues. On the other hand, it seems like my experience with the underlying concepts of information seeking, information retrieval, and the reference interview are pretty useful in a variety of contexts. I also get to build a new knowledge base and help my new colleagues restructure parts of their ticketing system to help make it so techs can more easily see what they need to see when they need to see it.

The upshot is, I’ve decided not to shelve this blog. I’m still me, and I’m still interested in the same concepts. But if you’re mostly here for ideas about teaching primary source discovery to undergraduate researchers, that’ll be in pretty short supply. Granted, that’s been in short supply for a while now as personal and professional priorities edged out blogging most of the time in the last few years. But to the extent that I’m able to form coherent thoughts that I want to share down the road, it’s unlikely to be about traditional reference and instruction. It may be (and probably will be) applicable or analogous in some way, but it’d take some translation.

On the other hand, if you’re interested in guides and/or knowledge bases, that’s what’ll be on my mind for the next while at least. What do you put into them? What don’t you put into them? How do you manage discovery vs known item retrieval? Are we going to shoot for exhaustivity or a more limited collection? How are library research guides similar and different? Right now it feels like the week we subscribed to Libguides for the first time and had to decide how to structure things there: boundless possibilities and a ton of work in front of us.

Categories: Citizens

Raider Wrap July 24 2021 Bryce Malecha Interview

KYMN Radio - Sat, 07/24/2021 - 10:33am
AJ Reisetter catches up with Gustavus University student and Northfield alum Bryce Malecha on how his first year of college went.

Raider Wrap July 17 2021 Grace Neuger Interview

KYMN Radio - Sat, 07/24/2021 - 10:28am
AJ Reisetter catches up with Kenyon University student and Northfield alum Grace Neuger on how her first year of college went.

Northfield teen arrested for Owatonna park shooting

Northfield News - Sat, 07/24/2021 - 8:41am
A Northfield teen has been arrested in connection with a July 18 shooting in Owatonna's Dartts Park.
Categories: Local News

What's it take to show an animal at the fair? Months of preparation, persistence and commitment

Northfield News - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 7:00pm
Showing an animal at the fair requires more time and effort than just taking them out of the barn and whisking them off to the fair for judging on the day of the show.
Categories: Local News

Council establishes committee for ARP funds; Slumberland donates beds; Minnesotans in the Olympics

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 2:36pm
by Rich Larson The City Council on Tuesday Night voted to establish a special advisory committee that will offer guidance on how best to distribute the money that the city will receive from the federal American Rescue Plan.  The American Rescue Plan is the $1.9 trillion Dollar Covid-19 relief package passed by Congress and signed

OD’s in Goodhue County

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 2:13pm

Stopping the overdose on the front lines

Here’s an effort to supply NARCAN to libraries:

Company to Supply Free Narcan to Libraries – Emergent BioSolutions will provide two doses to every public library branch in the US

Recently on our local COVID page (to which I post the stats daily), I was challenged for posting on COVID and not the many ODs in our community, the party stating that “there were more ODs than COVID deaths.” Nope, NOT true! Although I’ve heard of several ODs here, we’ve had 74 COVID deaths since the start of tracking, and no way have we had more ODs than COVID deaths.

But given the challenge, and that I didn’t know how many ODs here since March 2020, I did some digging to see what the stats are on ODs.

A search of our local Republican Eagle for “overdose” had a lot of hits from here and surrounding area (rather wide circle):

SEARCH RESULTS HERE

Yesterday or the day before, I got this info from Goodhue County, though note it’s not 2021 info, only current through 2020, and it’s DRAFT info:

2020-Overdoses-Opioid-Deaths-in-Goodhue-County-one-pager-PRELIMINARY-LIKELY-TO-CHANGEDownload SMRMEO_Goodhue-County-2019-Annual-ReportDownload

For Goodhue County separately, but no 2021 info yet:

And this despite a sharp increase in ODs in Minnesota:

Comparisons aren’t particularly relevant, whether between numbers of COVID deaths v. numbers of OD deaths, or between numbers of OD deaths here and elsewhere. One is too many.

I had asked for OD statistics, and got the info above. I also asked about treatment options, and info on resources, because I know from days as an attorney taking on whatever issues for whoever walked in the door how difficult it is to get into treatment. Even with an intervention that pushes someone toward straightening up, getting IN to treatment, whether inpatient or outpatient, is so difficult, between location, openings, PAYING FOR IT in our wonderful capitalistic health “care” system, what a mess. Back then, I did have a list of options for clients, and so remember my successes and failures to help clients through to sobriety, one failure particularly tragic, three times with the same client, who died of his addiction to alcohol. We need to do more to help people get treatment, and to get to the state where they’re ready for treatment, and that takes commitment and MONEY.

Per the County: When it comes to treatment, there is a statewide online treatment resource called www.fasttrackermn.org , and another statewide resource locator is https://www.211unitedway.org/ .

Also, below, please note some of Goodhue County specific treatment resources:

Thank you for this list of resources. Nina Arneson, Director of Health and Human Services, Goodhue County, has been very helpful and responsive in finding health related info.

Categories: Citizens

The cycle continues – A retrospective on race at St. Olaf

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:56am

St. Olaf loves to market itself as an institution committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, but beneath the optics and empty rhetoric the College continually fails to adequately protect and support staff, faculty and students of color.

For many affiliated with the school, it is tempting to view student demonstrations and faculty departures as isolated flare-ups instead of what they are — manifestations of a systemic problem that has persisted at St. Olaf since before the school’s inception.

This special edition of The Olaf Messenger does not tell the full story of racism at St. Olaf itself — it falls short of painting a full picture even of recent history. However, we hope that by offering an anthology of articles, stories and editorials spanning the last five years we can center discussions around race on campus and prompt critical reflection on the work that is left to be done.

In order to fully take accountability and begin investing in the lived experiences of community members of color we must remember and reckon with the College’s failures and the persistent demands of its students. We hope this edition of the Messenger will be one step in the process of reexamination and renewal, with an eye always pointed toward the future.

Below are links to full stories featured in our July 2021 special edition, as well as more contextual articles.

Departures:

Research and instruction librarian Ellen Ogihara resigns from college, citing bias, discrimination within LITS
Former professor Michelle Gibbs implicates ‘Ole Culture’ in letter following resignation
Bruce King says ‘Everything in time’ – community members say change is long overdue

Recent events:

What happened at the ‘7 Feet for 7 Shots’ march
Photos from the ‘7 Feet for 7 Shots’ march
President Anderson announces plan to retire after 2022-2023 school year

2017 protests:

Where the Inequity Lies
This Ends Now

Athletics:

Toxic racism permeates numerous St. Olaf athletic programs
Platform for change: St. Olaf athletes take key role in anti-racist activism

Editorials:

My Open Mayday Letter to Oles and Allies: On Where the Silences Are
It is time for long-demanded change
Students of color react to campus protests
Anti-racism training: Same old, same old St. Olaf
The kind of staff we lose

Ongoing efforts:

‘God is good’ – Campus reacts to Chauvin verdict
Northfield residents engage in weekly protests for Black Lives Matter
Women’s and gender studies, race and ethnic studies to receive departmental status

More stories:

CUBE: Practicing vital anti-racism work for over 50 years
Current focused efforts to address rising racial tension at St. Olaf
A starter guide to unraveling a white supremacist world

Categories: Colleges

Equity and Inclusion Update

St. Olaf College - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:37am
A message from Vice President for Equity and Inclusion María Pabón Gautier that is part of a new series of regular updates she sends to the campus community.
Categories: Colleges

ArtZany! Vintage Band Festival 7-23-21

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:12am
Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Paul Niemisto and Randy Ferguson from the Vintage Band Festival. vintagebandfestival.org Vintage Band Festival 2021 Live IN-PERSON event in Bridge Square, downtown Northfield, MN Saturday, 31 July 2021 from 9:30AM – 10PM Find the performance schedule here: https://vintagebandfestival.org/vbf-2021 Preview YouTube video Back to Black Preview YouTube video William Tell Overture, Finale Preview YouTube video

Fantastic Foliage

Under colorful blankets of blooms and tall inflorescenses, our plants’ foliage can remain overlooked. This isn’t entirely fair. Afterall, foliage faithfully absorbs light, makes food, breathes, and releases excess water for our plants. It is, in a word, essential.

Lucky for gardeners, foliage isn’t only utilitarian, but also often beautiful. Why not celebrate leaves, these heroes of photosynthesis and landscape interest, with a feature on some fantastic foliage? 

Leaves We Love

Heuchera, commonly called coral bells, are known for their colorful leaves. Varieties come in pinks, purples, reds, bronze, chartreuse, and greens- and that is just the short list of color choices. Want more? How about spots, splotches, streaks, and squiggles? Branch out and try Tiarella (aka foam flower) for even more exciting patterns and colors. And don’t forget Heucherella, a cross between coral bells and foam flowers. Great for shade with certain varieties tolerating more sun.

Timeless Night Heuchera

Tiger Eyes Sumac is nothing but striking. Deeply cut, chartreuse leaflets almost drip from the upright branches. The feathery foliage and architectural form create an elegant look in the garden and make a superb focal point. The fuzzy reddish stems add even more interest, and the vivid orange and red fall color is stunning. Less aggressive than its parent, staghorn sumac, Tiger Eyes is a beautiful addition to gardens in need of some fantastic foliage.

Tiger Eyes Sumac

Ninebark has nice flowers, but it also has incredible leaves. In fact, the foliage and exfoliating bark of this shrub are the real showstoppers. Leaf colors vary from bright green to burnt orange to nearly black. The naturally open form is best left to its own devices, with minimal pruning needed only every few years to remove dead or damaged stems and improve air circulation. For best vigor, leaf color, and flowering, plant ninebark in full sun.

Amber Jubilee Ninebark

 

 

 

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Categories: Businesses

Northfield library adds content streaming service called hoopla digital

Northfield News - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 7:15pm
The popular on-demand streaming service hoopla digital is now available for free at Northfield Public Library. Library card holders can access more than 950,000 titles of audiobooks, eBooks, comics, music, movies and television for all ages and every taste. Content…
Categories: Local News

The Weekly List – The Eagles Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 6:00pm
This week Daniel and Rich have a good discussion about separating the artist from the art as they talk about how much they love the Eagles’ music, and aren’t so thrilled with a couple of the band members.

City looks to align strategic plan, budget; Public use of community alerts encouraged; Register now for Tour de Save

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 12:02pm
by Rich Larson As city budgeting discussions approach in the next month, the city council and city staff are now evaluating their own departments and priorities in order to facilitate the best use of the city funds. With a brand-new strategic plan in place, the city leadership is taking steps to ensure that the coming

Brad Ness on NAFRS Budget and Operational Review

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 8:34am
Northfield Area Fire & Rescue Services (NAFRS) Board Chair Brad Ness discusses the budget and plans for an operational review.

City closes out insurance claim for wastewater treatment plant fire

Northfield News - Wed, 07/21/2021 - 7:31pm
Northfield City Council has OK'd the final insurance claim on its wastewater treatment plant, ending a particularly unpleasant chapter for the city.
Categories: Local News
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