GALLERY: Fun at the Rice County fair

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:15pm
Weather has played its role at this year’s Rice County Fair with rains dampening some of the excitement Wednesday and Friday. However, community members have still made their way out, and when the sun has shined, the grounds have flourished.
Categories: Local News

Dundas family's 3-generation farm earns Century Farm distinction

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:30pm
Dairy cows, hogs, horses, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, rabbits, dogs, cats and 16 kids grew up on the Littles’ Farm in Dundas since the family acquired it in 1915.
Categories: Local News

Imminent Brewing – Final Reveal

Northfield Construction Company - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 2:51pm

We know everyone was excited to follow along on the progress of Imminent Brewing. We are so proud of how the final concept came together. It was a first for both of us — NCC’s first brewery project and the Imminent Team’s first brewery! We learned a lot along the way and after it was […]

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Categories: Businesses

Edina meeting could impact return of passenger rail to southern Minn.

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:56pm
A Tuesday meeting could be an important step to bringing passenger rail service back to southern Minnesota.
Categories: Local News

Bob Gill

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:26pm

Listen here for Wayne’s interview with Northfielder Bob Gill: wayneeddy072017

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Draheim says “we’ll look at anything and everything” on new Health Care Committee; Nfld Council continues forward on Strategic Plan; Legislature okays Rice Co bid to appoint Auditor; Distracted Driving simulator at Rice Co. Fair tonight!

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:02pm

District 20 Senator Rich Draheim has been appointed to the recently formed Senate Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability.  It’s a bipartisan committee looking at ways to “fix” Minnesota’s healthcare.  He said, “we spend a lot of time talking about how to pay for healthcare, in whatever form, whatever side you’re on,

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Minnesota State Fair announces new attractions for 2017

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:45am
The Minnesota State Fair is proud to announce dozens of new attractions for the 2017 Great Minnesota Get-Together. The following is a list of the State Fair experiences debuting this year.
Categories: Local News

Jobless rate ticks slightly higher in June across region

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:08am
Unemployed across the region nudged higher in June, according to numbers released this week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Categories: Local News

Vintage Band Festival returns to downtown Northfield

Northfield News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:30am
The Vintage Band Festival is bringing historical music alive in downtown Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Stargazing with Oriental Lilies

Oriental Lily, Lilium ‘Hotline’

This time each summer, our midnight sky is streaked with the illuminant beauty of the Perseid meteor shower. Coincidentally, the aptly named Stargazer Lily also reaches its peak. Its large, extremely fragrant, fuchsia pink and white flowers come into bloom, with upturned faces gazing into the sky. This summer, another oriental lily has been turning heads with breathtaking beauty and fragrance, ‘Hotline’. ‘Hotline’ Oriental Lily produces large, pure white flowers, edged with a line of hot pink, creating a simple and elegant beauty. As the flowers age the pink edge can darken and spread throughout the blossom, making each flower its own unique combination of white, fuchsia-pink and maroon. Oriental lilies thrive in full sun with their bulbs and roots kept cool in the shade of neighboring plants. Because oriental lilies don’t require a lot of real estate they are ideal tucked in between established perennials. Mulching well will also help keep their “feet” cool. You can grow oriental lilies in just about any well drained soil from zone 3 to 9. The 3 foot sturdy stems of ‘Hotline’ and those spectacularly fragrant, showy flowers make them an excellent fresh cutting. Plant them near sitting areas, patios and decks where their fragrance in the garden can be enjoyed during the day, or at night, while stargazing.

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Categories: Businesses

Hydrangeas are in Bloom

Limelight Hydrangea Tree

Hydrangeas are in bloom all across southern Minnesota with many varieties that are still yet to bloom within the next six weeks!

I love hydrangeas for many reasons.  Hydrangeas display large, lush blossoms that last for anywhere from four weeks to twelve weeks.  That is a far longer period of time for us to enjoy a wonderful feast for the eyes, and there are many interesting varieties that are able to prosper despite the pretty tough winters we have in the Northfield area!

Hydrangeas are great in that they come in shrub form and tree form.

Bobo Hydrangea Hardy Hydrangea

Another very nice characteristic of hydrangeas is their toughness and adaptability,  with the ability to grow in almost any soil type.  Many varieties are able to do well as far north as Ely and International Falls.

While most flowering shrubs and trees bloom only for one to two weeks in April and May, hydrangeas have lovely blossoms for six to eight to twelve weeks.

Excellent hydrangea varieties for southern Minnesota include Incrediball, Incrediball Blush, Spirit II, Spirit Ruby, Limelight, Little Lime, Little Quickfire, Quickfire, Diamond Rouge, Bob, Firelight, Pinky Winky, Vanilla Strawberry and many more.


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Categories: Businesses

DOT considers adding passenger train to Chicago

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:37pm


CORRECTION: Purpose and Need Statement now available for proposed Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service

Our mistake! We gave you the wrong public information meeting dates in yesterday’s update. Wisconsin’s meeting is actually first. Correct dates are:

  • Sept. 6 at the La Crosse County Administrative Center in Wisconsin
  • Sept. 7 at St. Paul’s Union Depot 

We wouldn’t want you to miss these important public meetings. Sorry for the confusion.


There’s been a lot of bruhaha here about the “Zip Rail,” but that’s now “Zip” since the DOT suspended “work” on that project.  What’s new is that there’s a specific initiative by the DOT now for adding a 2nd daily passenger train to and from the Twin Cities to Chicago, serving multiple points in between.  THIS IS NOT A HIGH SPEED RAIL PROPOSAL, it’s adding another passenger train on the eastern end of the Empire Builder route.

Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service

Here’s Amtrak’s 2015 feasibility report (PDF) 

And the reports this rail group has generated with DOT:

Meetings seem to be held monthly, but there’s no notice of when the next meeting is on the e“meetings” page, and there are no details of the meetings, agenda, minutes, presentations, etc.   See future forum meetings.  HA!  They’re missing PAST meeting!

Look at the “Public Engagement” and tell me if you see anything about the public, and look at “Membership/Members” and tell me if you see anything other than corporations, governmental and lobbying organizations — WHERE’S THE PUBLIC?

Here’s the “Put Me On The List” link, copied from their page: contact the MnDOT Project Managers or Mary McFarland, MnDOT Communications.

Have at it, and keep an eye out for a Fall 2017 public meeting where the Purpose and Need Statement – July 2017 (PDF) will be presented and discussed (it does not note a formal comment period).

Categories: Citizens

Rice County's Kangases honored for decades of volunteerism

Northfield News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:05pm
After 50 years of marriage, 78-year-old Ken and 73-year-old Pat Kangas are still filled with life and laughter.
Categories: Local News

Faribault's Hammer wins fair essay contest

Northfield News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:00pm
Faribault’s Robert Hammer took first place in the Rice County Fair Senior Essay Contest.
Categories: Local News

Grant puts focus on early childhood dental care

Northfield News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:30pm
Local officials believe some low income Rice County families are waiting too long to get their children with proper dental care.
Categories: Local News

A show for everyone this weekend at the Rice County Fair

Northfield News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:00pm
Elvis Presley died 40 years ago next month, but his presence is alive and well at the Rice County Fair.
Categories: Local News

Carleton student charged in hazing related sexual assault; 2017 a good year for development in Northfield; New Officer sworn in

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:02pm

A man has been charged following a hazing incident at Carleton College in April.  13 students were found responsible for serious violations of the College’s student code of conduct and were suspended for 3 terms.  But 19 year old Taariq Muhammad Vanegas has been charged with 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct.  According to the criminal

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.20.2017

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:30am

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Next Week: Wednesday, July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

Birthdays: Jayne Hager Dee and Linda Willgohs (7/22)

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.

Last Week:
Nate Watters’s description of running a cidery echoes a recent book on parenting titled “All Joy, No Fun.” He loves growing apples, and he loves adding value to those apples by using them for homegrown, all-Minnesota cider. But it is hard work.

But his business, Keepsake Cidery, is a calling of sorts. It is his effort to organize his work around some non-negotiable principles, such as: caring for the environment, staying local, caring for neighbors, friends and family, and doing it all with integrity.

“I wanted to find a way to be successful, but not exploit,” he said.

Cider was the drink of choice for most of the United States in its early years, Nate said. Prohibition knocked out the cider orchards, but now cider is experiencing a revival. Nate and his wife, Tracy Jonkman, are riding that wave. They have created a certified organic apple farm and locally-sourced cidery.

They are now in their third of operation. Nate grows his apples in a vineyard-like setting, using dwarf trees planted three feet apart. None of them would be mistaken for eating apples. He calls them “spitters.” He draws on 35 varieties of locally-grown apples to produce a tart, fresh wild cider with an alcohol content of around 7 percent.

His products are available in 130 different outlets between Blaine and Rochester. They also have limited weekend hours at their cidery south of Dundas. During the summer, they are open noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. In the fall they will open on Sundays as well.

Mini Classification:
Bruce Morlan drew on his time in the Air Force working the line crew in missile defense to say that everyone has a role to play in making this world a better place, even the cooks.

Guests: Craig Swenson (Pederson), Ellen Iverson and Cindy Kreis (W. Sivanich), Lisa Peterson (Conway) and Mariah (Taylor)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago, who no longer can be accused of insider trading.

— Vicky Langer is looking for volunteers at this year’s Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. They need people for set-up and to staff the hospitality tent. The concerts themselves run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

— Building on our visioning process in May, Alan Anderson is in the process of forming a Climate Action Committee for the club. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Alan or Rick Estenson. During our visioning exercise, climate change was identified as an area of focus for the club under International Service. Alan also has a radio program each Monday at 8:45 a.m. on KYMN radio where he addresses climate issues. Next Monday will be the third of eight programs. The first two are archived and can be heard by going to KYMN’s website.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

— With the passing of the torch from Michelle to Jean, the password has changed to access member information on our website. The new password is “wakely”, all lower case.

— Mike Leming still has spots available for his February trips to Vietnam and Thailand. See him if you are interested.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)
August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)
August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania
August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

Categories: Organizations

Shane Quiggle

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:08am

Cannon Falls Lions Club member Shane Quiggle talks about their 100 years of Service celebration on August 5th. Shane Quiggle 7-20-17

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Sen. Rich Draheim

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:02am

District 20 Senator Rich Draheim talks about his appointment to the Senate Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability as well as other legislative issues. Sen. Rich Draheim 7-20-17

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