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Cool Weather Root Crops

Root crops that like to grow in cool weather should be planted as soon as the soil is workable in spring. Planting in late April to early May is perfect. Growing cool weather crops helps gardeners maximize the short Minnesota growing season and enjoy fresh produce sooner. After quick turn crops like radishes are harvested, the same plot can be used for warm season vegetables like tomatoes and peppers.

Planting Cool Weather Crops

Cool weather crops grown for their edible roots perform best in loose, deeply cultivated soil and should be directly seeded. Thoroughly weeded, consistently moist, well-drained garden beds are ideal locations. Raised beds are excellent choices for root crops. Removing rocks and any large chunks of mulch or debris will help develop aesthetically pleasing, large, and unblemished roots.

Thinning cool weather root crops is essential. Things like carrots and radishes can’t develop properly if they are crowded. Follow spacing and planting depth instructions on each seed packet.

Carrots – Sow when soil can be worked. Germination can be irregular, so be patient. 

Radishes – Sow when soil is workable. Radishes are quick to germinate and can usually be harvested in a month or so.

Beets – Sow when soil can be worked. Beet greens are delicious too, you can clip a few while the roots are forming and enjoy them cooked or raw.

Onions –  While not exactly a root crop, onions can be direct seeded in late April. Plant them in full sun in a spot they can mature all summer. 

Want some roughage with your roots? Take a look at our post on greens for cool weather!

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Ex-Chief Pohlman’s statement last night

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 11 hours 39 min ago

Former Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman statement

President Norton, Council Members, and Mayor Wilson.  Thank you for the opportunity to restore my professional reputation with this name clearing hearing.

The purpose of this hearing is to restore my professional reputation and good name, both of which were damaged by the Red Wing City Council following the Special Meeting held on February 19, 2021.

I requested to attend that closed session meeting regarding “a proposed agreement and release of all claims” as stated in the meeting notice, but was denied; therefore, I was not given an opportunity to address your false claims. During this hearing, I will address 1) Inconsistency from paid administrative leave to termination; 2) Comments made by Council Member Brown in a Star Tribune interview; and 3) Comments made by Council President Norton in the termination letter and interview to media outlets.

Prior to discussing the events of the February 19th City Council meeting, we must back up to the February 8th City Council meeting.  I first learned from Administrator Kuhlmann at 3:00 PM that the Council wished to discuss my job performance. She advised me that I could request the meeting to be opened or closed.  Administrator Kuhlmann stated that during the previous year, a city employee was in a similar situation, and by keeping the meeting closed, the Council was able to develop a personal improvement plan for the employee and move forward successfully. 

I consulted with an attorney and we determined to leave the meeting closed.   

After the City Council adjourned on February 8th I received a telephone call from the Council Administrator and the City Attorney at approximately 10:00 PM. I recorded the phone conversation. In preparation for tonight’s hearing I listen to the recording several times, during which I was told repeatedly throughout the call that I was being placed on paid administrative leave for non-disciplinary reasons, and the City wishes to go a different direction.  I trusted what they told me. 

The Red Wing City Council created a false and defamatory impression about me in connection with my termination on February 19th. I was told repeatedly by City Attorney Amy Mace, during the February 8th call, that the paid administrative leave was for non-disciplinary reasons, and that if I did not resign, “Kay was authorized to terminate my employment” again for non-disciplinary reasons as the City wished

to go a different direction.  Trusting their words, I proceeded to move forward with my professional career.

The Red Wing City Council then contradicted their initial statement and on February 19th voted to terminate me for disciplinary reasons.  They also released the termination letter to the media, prior to my receipt of the notice. The  City did not redact my home address, but did redact the section of the letter which contained instructions for requesting a Veterans Preference hearing.

In short, the Council told the world, in a document dated February 19, 2021, that I was an untrustworthy person. That statement creates a false and defamatory impression of me, limiting my options for future career opportunities, including high-security clearance positions.

This letter also contained a totally different message than the initial “non-disciplinary, going a different direction” tone of February 8th.

It is my constitutional right to work and earn a living. The comments made by the Council damaged my professional standing and association in our community and the professional world.

The Council’s attempts to interfere with and micromanage the day-to-day operations of the police department caused additional damage to my professional reputation. In a June 2020, email to Administrator Kuhlmann, I stated that the City Council was inappropriately injecting themselves into police communications with the public.

As an example, a Council member took it upon herself to provide police policies to a group even though I had stated at the June 6th event that the policies would all be posted online at the Police Department website. As a result, citizens immediately began contacting council members instead of working with me, which hampered my ability to build positive relationships with members of this group.  I believe respectful, open communication is the best way to solve community problems.

Members of the Council have implied that I purposefully left them out of community meetings between citizens and the police. This is false. In fact, I fully implemented a process to involve Council members as stipulated in the Public Meeting Policy which was passed by the council on July 13, 2020. 

Coordination was demonstrated for the July 2nd community meeting, which emails show coordinating efforts as early as June 17th.

The simple fact is – the Council was always invited to neighborhood meetings, and once the policy was implemented, a process was in place to comply with the Public Meeting Policy.  I did express my concern to Administrator Kuhlmann that in certain situation this policy delays my community engagement efforts and gives community members the impression that I am slow to respond or that I don’t care.

Now let me continue with two examples of Council interference with building positive public relations and further damage to my reputation

The first example took place in July 2020, I expressed my concerns to my supervisor regarding a July 18th social media post from a City Council member on Facebook.  My concern was that several council members were possibly undermining my community policing efforts to work with all residents. Again, damaging my professional reputation within the community.

The second example occurred on September 4th when the Council President participated in an anti-police protest outside my residence, which occurred from approximately 9:00 PM to after Midnight. Later, when I asked the Council President concerning his presence at the protest, he stated he was there to keep the peace. What he failed to recognize or understand is that his presence condoned their actions and implied support for the message on their signs, again damaging my professional reputation.  

Now let me turn to my interaction with the Council regarding the “Advisory Team.”

On September 23, 2020, Administrator Kuhlmann and three Council members met with me to discuss the selection process of the officers for the Advisory Team. I explained why some officers that the Council wanted were not available. I explained the Department’s selection process of the two officers that were selected.

After reviewing the video of June 22nd City Council meeting and the June 29th Workshop. The Council did not state that they would be involved in picking the officers. Instead, I received guidance, noting that police would be at the table (equals) and at all meetings. That did not happen.

Moreover, based on guidance and direction that I received from the Council, our strategic plan for 2021 would heavily reflect the 2015 Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the 2020 MN Attorney General’s and DPS Commissioners Report from the Police Deadly Encounter Working Group, both of which provided

direction on improving relations within communities where those relationships are strained. The Police Department and I were also strong supporters of the City’s effort and involvement regarding the Government Alliance for Racial Equity.

Now to the question of prompt response to Council concerns.

Your statement that I did not respond to citizens or to council members in a timely manner is simply false.

Every week I responded to citizens’ questions in a weekly column entitled ‘Ask the Chief’ and did so for years. Also, my records reflect that not one phone call, email, or meeting request was unanswered or denied.  I cannot control voicemails that are not set up or full of messages and in some instances, I talked to the individual in person. Just because they did not agree with my response does not indicate that I did not respond to them.

My phone and email records also reflect countless communications with Council members. In fact, my phone logs show that since March of 2020 to February 2021 I spent approximately 4 hours on the phone with Council Member Brown and 6.4 hours on the phone with Council Member Norton. 

To be clear, my mandate was to communicate with the Council through my supervisor. Accordingly, I kept my supervisor current on police operations. If she chose not to update council, I supposed she had good reason.

Now to the issue of my performance evaluation.

The 2020 DRAFT evaluation was initially covered with me by Administrator Kuhlmann in early January.  The Council stated that they wanted input on all “officers of the council” evaluations and the Chief of Police was the first evaluation to be completed with this new input procedure from Council. 

Council President Norton justified my termination based on comments in this DRAFT evaluation. 

During my discussion with Administrator Kuhlmann, she stated that for 2020 she rated me an overall 4 out of possible 5.  Looking at the draft report that City Hall released (which the release is questionable, as it is a personnel document, and never finalized let me repeat never finalized) Administrator Kuhlmann had adjusted her rating to an average 3.7 out of possible 5 and the six City Council Members that submitted their comments to Administrator Kuhlmann had an average rating of 3.3 out of 5, just above average overall performance. 

2019 and prior year evaluations complimented me as an employee and made no reference to support Council Member Brown’s statement to the media that “this has been an issue for five years”.

Throughout the historically stressful year of 2020, I stayed true to the highest standards of professional conduct in service to ALL members of our community.

That brings me to the issue of trust.

I resent and deny your false allegations of untrustworthiness. 

To be clear, I was entrusted with the lives of 40 US soldiers’ and 200 Iraqi soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  I brought every US soldier home.  I lead a Department that was authorized for 35 employees, and was entrusted with a budget of $5.1 million dollars, and every penny is accounted for. I am an honest and trustworthy person. 

I am a Christian, and I believe everyone is created in God’s image as stated in Genesis 1:27.  I treat everyone with kindness and respect and believe that laws and constitutional rights equally apply to ALL members of our community.

On June 6th I stood in central park to demonstrate unity among our police and community members and addressed questions for over 30 minutes.  Council Member Brown even stated in a social media post that “a moment blew my mind…when Chief of Police Roger Pohlman read a statement from (a local activist)”. 

Also, I have emails that reflect my belief in the potential value and efforts of working with the Advisory Team in reviewing Department Policy and improving our relationships, which was the original direction provided by Council in June 2020.  Through my implicit bias and equity training, I fully understand how important it is for all members of the community to be treated equally and fairly, and that is exactly what I attempted to do. I welcomed and support working on police reform. The Law Enforcement Profession can and needs to do better.

To close, the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. The City of Red Wing failed to give me a meaningful opportunity to address the Council’s concerns. I was denied due process; therefore, the name clearing hearing is the best way to address your defamatory statements publicly. 

I have much more data but do not wish to cause “data fatigue” this evening. 

Thank you for the opportunity to address the inconsistency with my release of employment, and comments made against me by council members. Your public statements damaged my professional record which was stellar.

I also want to thank the residents of Red Wing for the opportunity to serve them. I kept my oath of office and you were always my top priority.  It was my honor.

Categories: Citizens

Chief Mark Elliott on Froggy Bottoms’ liquor license, body cams, Rice Co. jail, hiring new officer

KYMN Radio - 12 hours 34 min ago
Northfield Police Chief Mark Elliott talks about his recommendation to not renew the liquor license for Froggy Bottoms, the status of purchasing body cams, Rice County jail options, and interviews for a new police officer.

Soon… Freeborn Wind appeal

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 12:37pm
Categories: Citizens

Council refines Strategic Plan draft; Hillmann discusses Covid in the schools; Dundas council seeks report on Decker Avenue

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director The creation of a new City Strategic Plan took another step forward last night when the City Council met with members of the city staff to review an initial draft of the plan and offer suggestions on some of the more detailed segments. Led by Strategic Planning Consultant Craig Rappe, the group

Cancelled - Parks & Recreation Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:47am
Event date: April 15, 2021
Event Time: 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057

National Security This Week with Mark Canning, 4-14-21 (Korean Peninsula)

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:27am
Host Jon Olson talks with Mark Canning, a retired Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. They tap into his deep experience with the Korean peninsula and discuss both North and South Korea.  

Potential Dundas bypass wins city, Bridgewater support

Northfield News - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 10:45am
After years of discussion, a new paved thoroughfare running straight north out of Dundas toward Dakota County’s population centers could be a bit closer to completion.
Categories: Local News

Ben Martig discusses City Council Work Session on Strategic Plan

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 8:53am
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig talks about the April 13 City Council work session relating to strategic planning.

April 2021

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 3:10am

14 Wednesday Melatonin. Sam Harris. Cheese and crackers. Every reminder of what really matters. Kettlebells. Action. 12 Monday Loving Vincent. Shadow Falls Park. 1776. The compound effect of stretching throughout the day. Poop bags. Parks with trash cans. Looping back to an important person from an earlier time in your life. Even-numbered days. 11 Sunday […]

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Categories: Citizens

Writing

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 1:11am

“But if I learned anything about writing when writing about my daughter, it is that the subject, above all, determines the degree of difficulty. And I loved my subject.” -Frank Deford, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter (2012)

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Categories: Citizens

Annual tractor parade rolls through community of Randolph for 18 years

Northfield News - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 3:45pm
The Annual Randolph FFA Tractor Parade is the place to be, whether you have an appreciation for agriculture or love everything about tractors.
Categories: Local News

Council considers Charter amendment; Draheim uneasy with federal strategies; ‘Clean Up Day’ set for May 1

KYMN Radio - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director Last week the City Council held the first of what promises to be many discussions about a proposed amendment to the City Charter.  As the city and Northfield Hospital & Clinics have adopted what they call a “playbook” that clearly defines the relationship between the city and NH&C, which is

Northfield honors the planet at annual Earth Day celebration

Northfield News - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 11:24am
Whether it’s learning how to fix your bike, growing your own garden or maintaining your lawn, the 12th annual Northfield Earth Day Celebration reportedly has something for everyone.
Categories: Local News

$2 million gift adds new chair in Kierkegaard studies

St. Olaf College - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 11:21am
A new endowed Kierkegaard Chair in Christian Philosophy will advance scholarship exploring the work of 19th century existentialist Søren Kierkegaard and offer new core curriculum courses.
Categories: Colleges

Jenelle Teppen discusses Dundas City Council meeting

KYMN Radio - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 9:19am
Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen discusses the April 12 City Council meeting.  Topics include the Decker Avenue corridor, annual audit, re-opening Memorial Park pavilion for reservations, waiver of liquor license fees.

Dr. Matt Hillmann discusses School Board meeting, Covid, on-line program application

KYMN Radio - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 9:10am
Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann discusses the April 12 School Board meeting, Covid update, and an application to the State to establish a formal on-line learning program as an option for students.

Process

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 1:44am

“All attention ought to be focused on the internal practice of the art rather than the external result.” -John Sellars, “Stoicism and the Art of Archery,” Modern Stoicism (July 23, 2016)

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Categories: Citizens

NHS planning outdoor grad ceremony with limited attendance

Northfield News - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:13pm
Northfield High School is planning an outdoor graduation ceremony in June with limited attendance.
Categories: Local News

Annual tractor parade rolls through community of Randolph for 18 years

Northfield News - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 7:15pm
The Annual Randolph FFA Tractor Parade is the place to be, whether you have an appreciation for agriculture or love everything about tractors.
Categories: Local News
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