Instagram page featuring Carls asleep in public spaces celebrates first birthday

Carletonian - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:24am

Picture this. You are standing in the hallway after class, squinting into the distance while you try to remember where you’re supposed to be going next. You are approached by a classmate, specifically, one of the persons with whom you are friends with inside of class, but not outside of class.

Student X: Hey, uh . . . Are you okay?
You: Yeah . . . why?
Student X: You just look…
You: ( ? )
Student X : Tired. You look tired.
You: Tired! Yes. I am.
Student X: You should sleep more.
You: Thank you, Student X! I will get on that right away.

If this conversation sounds familiar, then you better not be sleeping on @shleptcarls, since it would appear that you are, as luck would have it, a Shlept Carl. If you are the Student X in this scenario, I’m happy you’re well-rested, but please understand that I choose to look this way. I don’t sleep so that you can feel better about the fact that you do. And @shleptcarls is worth checking out for those who actually adhere to a sleep schedule, too—it sustains Carleton’s rich tradition of niche (and dare I say quirky) student-run Instagram accounts, including the likes of @casiof_91w, @carletoncrocwatch, @farm_house_fitness_club, @geo.chique, @lymanthekitty, and more. The account features photos of Carleton students passed out on pieces of furniture in public spaces, and boasts an impressive ratio of 557 followers to 69 following. The managers of the account, Colleen Milligan ’22 and Izzy Quattrucci ’22, are shocked at their success.

“We are so surprised. We thought it would just be a thing with our close group of friends sending pictures around. Once we started to get followers we didn’t know, we were shocked,” says Milligan.

I ask if they have any favorite posts. Milligan points to a post dated October 15, 2019, of one sophomore passed out on another sophomore. The caption reads, “We all need somebody to leeeeean on.” She then points to the most recent post, dated February 1, 2020 (in honor of their first anniversary!), which depicts my friend Alec, zonked in the middle of Burton Dining Hall.

“We love this one because four different people sent us a different angle of the same kid!” says Quattrucci.

I notice this and am impressed. I also realize that Alec has also been featured just days before, peacefully slumbering in the East Dining Hall. I shoot him a text, asking what it is about the dining halls. His response is perhaps too philosophical a treatise to fit into my paltry article, but he doesn’t seem to mind the attention.

However, not everyone is a fan.

“They’re a bunch of creeps!” says CAMS major Arya Misra ’22.

I think back on my own CAMS education and wonder if she is right. We are taught the pedagogy of scholar Calvin Pryluck, who begs the question, “What is the boundary between society’s right to know and the individual’s right to be free of humiliation, shame, and indignity?”

The @shleptcarls admin are posting without the permission of their subjects, after all.

I raise the issue with Quattrucci and Milligan.

“We have gotten one request to take a photo down, and we listened and took it down. We do not want to make anyone upset by these posts; our only intent is to make people chuckle.”

“You don’t see it as an invasion of privacy?”

“Not really,” replies Milligan. “We think that if someone is sleeping in a public place on campus, then they are okay with people seeing them sleeping.”

I ask myself if this is a selling point for Carleton, this chronic sleep deprivation on display. My mind immediately fills with images of what a more realistic Carleton information packet might look like.

“Carleton students are freaking tired all the time,” laments Milligan.

A pot-pourri of Shlept Carls flashes before my eyes.

And indeed, I too have experienced such overpowering desire to sleep in public before. Friends of mine will attest to my tendency to collapse to the floor of Weitz when a wave of exhaustion hits.

“I can’t go on,” I tell them, searching their eyes from the floor.

I reflect on how the account has evolved in its pilot year. In early days, on February 14, 2019, someone took the term “daybed” literally, but somehow found a way to sleep on it wrong. One year later and students are still finding innovative ways to crash out—bringing a blanket (or even a sleep mask) to the library, sleeping on the stairs, taking to the floor, straddling the couch, pushing two chairs together to create one.

If there’s a silver lining to it all, it’s that Colleen and Izzy have managed to bring out the humor in our collective fatigue. And they are careful to emphasize how grateful they are to their fans.

Happy first birthday @shleptcarls! National Public Sleeping Day (February 2) awaits you with open arms.

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PEAR takes over control of Winter Wellness Challenge, hopes to make it more inclusive

Carletonian - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:15am

Carleton’s Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation program (PEAR) is organizing a “Winter Wellness Challenge” encouraging students to stay active and explore new activities available at the Rec Center this winter. The challenge requires participants to log points by meeting physical, nutritional, and social goals such as sleeping 7-8 hours a night, stretching or being active for at least 30 minutes, meditating, and spending time with friends.

As its name implies, PEAR supports all facets of athletic and recreational activity at Carleton from varsity, club, and intramural sports, to PE classes and Rec Center resources. PEAR focuses on providing opportunities for all students to be active, hoping to cater to students of all athletic abilities. PEAR also hosts the MindBodySpirit program which offers additional classes for students, faculty, and community members such as Barre, Zumba, Kickboxing and much more.

Carleton students and faculty a register for PEAR’s Winter Wellness Challenge earn self-tracked points by engaging in any type of physical activity, maintaining a nutritious diet, or investing time in emotional and mental wellbeing. According to Jenna Kuhlman, the program organizer, “the goal of this winter challenge is for everyone to participate. We want those that are new to fitness, need a little push, or those that are fitness lovers to get involved.”

The challenge is designed to support any and all types of healthy living and can be completed individually or in groups. At the end of the term, points are totaled and the individual or team with the most points wins a prize. A second prize is awarded to a random contestant.

The Office of Health Promotion (OHP) and PEAR have organized similar events in past years. According to the Director of the OHP Janet Lewis Muth, the OHP opted not to run a Wellness Challenge this year for several reasons including a lack of staff capacity, low participation rates, and a lack of evidence that it was effective.

This year’s program led by PEAR is unique in its flexibility. Challenges in past years were structured with specific activities assigned to each day. Jenna Kuhlman explains that PEAR decided to re-design the challenge this year to encourage more participation and to “focus on a work-life balance because we think people spend too many hours sitting at their desk and not putting their health as a priority. We want people to be aware that they can stay healthy by doing little things each day to better their physical, emotional and mental health.”

PEAR has moved away from this more structured approach and is now placing focus on promoting a healthy work-life balance, expanding the program to include all types of exercise as well as organized activities to promote emotional health. This shift reflects the growing awareness on Carleton’s campus around the importance of mental wellbeing in addition to physical strength. “Mental health is really important but a lot of people don’t value it enough,” says Hannah Frankle ’23.

Students and faculty can register for the Winter Wellness Challenge through the PEAR website under the “MindBodySpirit” section to participate. All participants will be guaranteed a Rec Center 20th Anniversary t-shirt!

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January 29 – February 2

Carletonian - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:12am

Wednesday, Jan 29
Security responded to a fire alarm at a residence hall.
Security responded to a medical. An ill student was taken to the hospital.
Security responded to another medical. This student was left in the care of a friend.

Friday, Jan 31
Early Morning: An ill student was transported to the
Afternoon: Security took a vehicle accident report. No injuries.
Afternoon: Security took an assault report.
Evening: Security responded to a medical on the ice rink. Security assisted in getting the injured person to their friend’s vehicle for transport to the hospital.
Evening: Security responded to the report of a fire trouble at a residence hall. No reason could be found for the trouble.

Saturday, Feb 1
Early Morning: Security
transported a student from the hospital back to campus.

Sunday, Feb 2
Evening: Security responded to a fire alarm at a residence hall. Burnt food was the
reason for the alarm.
Early Morning: Security
responded to a medical. Security checked on an ill student but no further assistance was needed from Security.

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Iman Jafri ‘15 returns to Carleton as interim Muslim chaplain

Carletonian - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:06am

Iman Jafri thought she wanted to go to medical school. Instead, she is Carleton’s new Interim Chaplain for Muslim and Interfaith Life. Jafri fills a position that had been vacant Fall term following Ailya Vajid’s departure last spring.

Jafri, 26, graduated from Carleton in 2015 with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She had also completed pre-med course requirements, thinking she might want to apply for medical school. But after graduating college, Jafri began to question her career path. Uncertain of what to do next, she took Chaplain Carolyn Fure-Slocum’s advice to further explore her passion for religious community and intercultural understanding, which Jafri began as a student Chaplain’s Associate. She abandoned her dreams of medicine in order to pursue a masters degree at Harvard Divinity School.

Despite making a significant change in her career path, Jafri says her return to the Carleton Chapel feels more like a homecoming than a new direction.

Jafri says that her Muslim identity was always an essential part of her life, especially in her suburban hometown of Eagan, MN, which has a very small Muslim population. She said her parents, immigrants from Pakistan, told her and her brother that they “had to be conscious of the fact that we might be the first Muslims a lot of people were meeting, and that we were representing our family, Pakistan, and Muslims all over the world all the time.”

Despite the pressure of constantly representing her culture, Jafri relished any opportunity for intercultural or interfaith dialogue. “It’s something my parents had always been involved in,” she explained. Her mother, for example, gave a presentation on Ramadan at Jafri’s school every year—a memory Jafri looks back on fondly.

“As a result, a lot of events that I would go to even as a young kid were an interfaith dialogue or dinner or going to different services at churches and things like that. I was used to being a Muslim representative.”

Jafri hopes to bring her experience with and passion for interfaith conversation to Carleton. She noted that one of her favorite Chapel programs is the Council for Religious Understanding, a multifaith discussion group. “Having a faith identity is something that brings you together even if you’re not from the same community,” she explained. Jafri hopes to branch out beyond the Muslim community to be a resource to the wider Carleton community, regardless of religious affiliation.

“Carls are very self sufficient. Even if they don’t have a whole lot, they’ll do something with it. If they’re in a kitchen and they have three ingredients, they’ll make a meal out of it. I think that’s what I’ve seen of the Muslim community here,” Jafri said.

Resourceful as they were without a chaplain, leaders of Carleton’s Muslim community are excited to have one again. There are certain things that the Muslim community felt they could not do on their own. Rameen Dogar ’21, President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Chaplain’s Associate, said that without a chaplain, “the only thing we feel qualified as a board to discuss are more experience-related questions, such as ‘what is it like to be Muslim?’”

Dogar added that without a chaplain, “text-based discussions” about the Quran are difficult. She hopes that under Jafri’s guidance, these types of conversations will become a larger part of the MSA’s weekly meetings.

Several students expressed gratitude for Jafri, identifying her as both a source of spiritual guidance and as “someone to advocate on our behalf.”

Kiki Perry ’21, Vice President of MSA, noted that one of the MSA’s main initiatives is to make Ramadan “more normalized on campus so there are more services and options for students who are fasting.” When it comes to providing various accommodations for religious observers, “it’s definitely helpful to have Iman serve as a liaison between faculty and staff,” Perry explained.

Jafri’s main goal as Carleton’s Interim Chaplain is to be a “wealth of knowledge,” which is exactly how Perry describes her. Jafri’s knowledge is contemporary, Perry says; she brings a fresh perspective to the chaplaincy.

“A passion area for me is religion in media,” Jafri noted. “I love talking about representation, I love talking about Muslims in media, and how stories about religious people or stories about faith and community are told.”

As for the future, Jafri says she doesn’t know what’s in store. But for now, she’s “glad to be back.”

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Students observe political process at 2020 Iowa caucuses

Carletonian - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:04am

On Monday, February 3, the night of this year’s Iowa caucuses, Carleton students, along with Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Melanie Freeze, traveled to Mason City, Iowa’s North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) to observe the caucus process and invite voters to participate in exit surveys.

The trip aimed to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity that would teach them about the Iowa Caucus and its voting process.

“Another goal is to conduct research to help us better understand democratic deliberation, the factors that shape willingness to engage in political persuasion and the implications of new caucus rules on caucus-goers’ experiences,” Freeze said.

“The observations were a success and so much fun,” despite confusion about new voting rules, Freeze posted on the Political Science department page after the caucuses.

The Iowa caucus process occurs every other year and involves state residents gathering at local caucus meetings and discussing and voting on candidates. One quirk of the Iowa caucus is its two alignment periods. If a candidate does not receive 15 percent of the vote within the first voting period of the given caucus, then that candidate is considered unviable, and their supporters are able to support a different candidate in the second alignment period. Supports of viable candidates use the second alignment period to convince supporters of unviable candidates to switch their votes. This can lead to the employment of interesting rhetorical tactics during conversations between supporters, like when an Amy Klobuchar tried to switch a Yang voter by arguing that “Yang is pretty moderate in some regards, like Amy.” Even so, the process is generally viewed as a reliable predictor for future candidate election performances and, as the first major polling event in presidential primaries, gathers much attention nationally. Lydia Field ’20, a political science major, emphasized the importance of seeing issues first-hand in another state.

“I think that it will be interesting for me to see what issues are most important to people, especially in a swing state,” she said in an interview conducted before the caucuses. “I’m from Connecticut, a consistent blue state, so I’ve never seen firsthand how these decisions are made in swing states like Iowa.

“I’m very passionate about politics, but I haven’t taken many opportunities to really participate in the election process, besides voting,” she added. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to see how the caucus process plays out.”

Students observed four Mason City precinct caucuses on Monday, where they were divided up into teams of four to five members and took notes and offered caucus attendees access to an online survey which was made live after the caucus so as not to interfere with the voting process.
Freeze’s decision to host this year’s trip stemmed from her experience observing an Iowa caucus precinct in 2016.

“It was such an interesting and fun experience, I knew that I wanted to try and replicate the experience with students if I ever had the chance,” she said.
Field also emphasized the Student Observers’ role of having dialogues with caucus-goers as a form of observation.

“We will also be socializing with caucus-goers prior to the start of the actual caucus to gauge why they decide to participate and what their expectations are,” she said before the event.
Some members of the Carleton Democrats (CarlDems) student group also traveled to Iowa the prior weekend, specifically under the “Carls for Warren” label, in order to canvas for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign.

Rebecca McCartney ’21, a participant in both trips, voiced appreciation at being able to become acquainted with the general Iowa caucus’ political process as a way of pushing beyond her “usual paralysis of feeling angry at the political state of things and not knowing what to do about it.”

Despite political beliefs, however, students seemed to express enthusiasm for the political process and the activist nature of the Iowa caucus process.

“I went to visit a friend in Iowa this summer and we got to see a couple of the presidential candidates and see how intense the campaigning is there,” said Siena Leone-Getten ’21, president of CarlDems. “So I’m excited to see people come out and advocate for the candidates they are supporting and to finally see the results of so many months of campaigning focused on Iowa.”

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Early Decision sees 34% acceptance rate; demographics similar to recent years

Carletonian - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:02am

With the 2020 admissions cycle in full swing, the results of Carleton’s Early Decision 1 (ED1) option show a decrease in acceptance rate while demographics remain in line with what Carleton has seen in recent years. Results for Carleton’s ED1 option were released on December 15, 2019. The second round of Early Decision is currently underway, with outcomes to be released on February 15.

Carleton Admissions filled 171 of its 525 spots for the class of 2024 through ED1 and accepted 34 percent of applicants. This percentage was similar to what Carleton saw in 2018, but the ED1 acceptance rate has otherwise been higher throughout the past five years.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Art Rodriguez ’96 explained that committee sessions for this first wave of applicants concluded over a month ago, meaning that the class of 2024 is beginning to take shape. Rodriguez is serving his first year in the position. “My goal is to maintain the character of Carleton and to not lose sight of it,” he said.

Rodriguez noted that geographically, acceptances were distributed relatively similar to last year’s ED1. For ED1 this year, 14 percent of acceptees were Minnesotan and 9 percent were international. Additionally, 35 percent of students self-identified as students of color, 14.6 percent are first-generation college students, and 53 percent will receive financial aid.

He further said that ED1 demographics generally embody those which are desired for the incoming class as a whole. “When you look at various factors there is not a significant difference. We want ED1 students to look just like everybody else,” Rodriguez said.

“Two goals we have when we think about building our class are supporting the middle-income population as well as students who are low-income or require substantial financial aid to be here,” explained Rodriguez. He also noted that financial accessibility “is something we are thinking about and discussing as we look at students’ experiences, to make sure that we have a real reflection of socioeconomic diversity on campus.”

“Over the last 10 to 15 years, many institutions like Carleton have seen an increase in the number of students who are applying, and are interested in enrolling at the college,” Rodriguez explained. “We are seeing a lot more diversity across a wide range of factors, whether it is geographic diversity, diversity across race and ethnicity, and an increasing amount of international students,” he continued. “We are seeing a growing number of students who are first-generation applying to Carleton.”

The number of first-generation ED1 applicants increased by 2 percent compared to the 2019 ED1 breakdown, though it is 0.4 percent less than the percentage of ED1 first-generation students in 2016.

Rodriguez suggested that admitting a smaller fraction of the incoming class via early decision helps Carleton create a more diverse class. “If you look at some institutions, they may be admitting up to half of their class through early decision, so that leaves a smaller fraction they have to fill,” he explained. “Through ED1 and our second round, we fill around 40% of the class. We are at the lower end in terms of how we are choosing to utilize early decision. This is really because, through our process, we want to enroll as many different kinds of students as we can. Having more flexibility in regular decision allows us to do that.”

During the review of this year’s ED1 applications, “the thing that came up frequently was this notion of the Carleton fit,” according to Rodriguez. “Being a good fit for Carleton means representing who we want to see on-campus. That often drives a discussion in committee about, do we see this student just really appreciating being a part of the Carleton community and being seen as a Carl? I find that this is more present here than other places I have been working at, and I appreciate that.”

The trends Rodriguez highlightets suggest that change from previous admissions cycles is likely to be rather gradual this year, though figures are not yet concrete. Associate Dean of Admissions Adam Webster explained, “We never truly know what comes of a class until they arrive the following September. There will be students who take gap years, withdraw for one reason or another, or do not matriculate for other reasons. We’re also in the midst of selecting the bookend of Early Decision ED 2 and so the numbers you’re seeing are incomplete.”

Looking ahead, Rodriguez said, “We’ll be moving into more of the heavy lifting come February through part of March.” He explained that going forward, his goal is to maintain the character of Carleton while also focusing on diversity efforts, such as increasing first-generation representation and geographic diversity. “I think about how those factors play into student experiences,” Rodriguez concluded.

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Opinion: The case for not declaring a major

Carletonian - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:00am

By the time I was 18, the stars had simply never aligned in such a way as to inform me what I should major in during college, as they had, I presumed, for everyone else. No god emerged from a wine dark sea in the depths of my dreams to deliver to me a divine message of academic interest, no ancestral poltergeist called to me from under my Twin-XL bed to tell me that they wanted me to live out the life they never had by majoring in economics, and no bolt of lightning struck me while walking along my many-pronged fork of a path to reveal to me that I should major in philosophy.

In short, I had no idea what I was doing.

To be honest, nothing has changed since then, despite the wealth of courses, talks, and opportunities I’ve had. How can it, when I fall head-over-heels in love with everything? But alas, upon my formal designation as a 6th term sophomore, I declared a major in accordance with the rules. Why then, do I feel this lingering regret and sadness associated with major declaration?

Perhaps it is because the fact that I’m majoring in Chinese just doesn’t cut it, doesn’t cover what I’m feeling and thirsting for. It doesn’t show how I’m racing to learn as many languages as possible while I have time, how I’m trying to write worlds in my free time, how I am drop-dead fascinated by neuroscience, how I’m dancing barefoot through academic fields and spreading the cloudlike seeds of the knowledge therein with my breath like so many dandelions. How I want to be a doctor, writer, journalist, diplomat, linguist, and professor. How I already know I’m going to have a mid-life crisis when I’m fifty because I know I’m going to want to explore a new area in my profession, or a different profession altogether, or drop everything and go invent a new one in some far-off place. How that’s somehow fine with me and representative of the life I want to lead.

I’m not the only one who feels this way, at least I can’t be, not with all the amazing knowledge whorling out there in the world and awaiting discovery. So why do we as students, as people, as humanists, have to show the world, through some slot in an online drop-down menu, that we’ve made this one decision?

“What’s your major?” they ask us, meaning nothing by it, not thinking of the question’s implications, but not genuinely curious as to what lights our fires either. Why must a single designation initiate many of our interactions with strangers, with interviewers, with even the ones closest to us?

So why don’t we just stop declaring majors? Just, let us stop, take a slew of random courses simply for the delight in them, drift by the deadline for major declaration, or consider recanting one’s declaration, and await consequences. Of course, there is importance and value in specializing in an area for graduate school preparation, and in that case majors must be declared, but outside of that, how much would it really change about our lives just to bear a degree with no specific concentration?

The answer is not much, not fundamentally.

Yet the very essence of a major implies that we must show we have learned something in college, that we have gotten something distinct and valuable from our education that we may show to the world as validation. Perhaps, then, instead of a major and a senior thesis regarding that major, those who do not declare majors could also do a research project or self-directed thesis covering any topic they find interesting, or a combination, multi-genre work representing their different passions, for a lack of decision on a major would not signify a lack of learning or lack of growth as a person.

What do we lose by declaring a major? We lose, perhaps, the opportunity to take a greater variety of courses in favor of specialization. We lose, in the eyes of others, our previous nonconformist status as “unsure,” or “interested in a lot of things,” in brief, the identity of being undecided. Does it matter to hold onto this identity, or rather, this chameleon-like antithesis to the very idea of identity? I think it does.

So let us take a moment to stare the drop-down menus and major declaration forms in their eyes, breathe in the academic air, and decide whether decision itself is right for us, or whether no amount of majors we could take on would ever feel like enough. Let us prove to the world that taking multiple paths in life and having multiple areas we want to become proficient in is a gift, not a problem of strange uncertainty and not knowing oneself. Let us show everyone that being undecided is an art and commands respect. The fact is, a lot of people don’t know where they’re headed, or they think they know, but they’re wrong.

Then maybe, if enough people stopped declaring majors, the state of being undecided in college, in life, would gain some respect.

Because ultimately, indecision in and of itself is a decision.

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Courtney Yasmineh, 2/6/2020

KYMN Radio - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 8:04pm

It is always a treat to feature singer/songwriter (and artist and author and all-around amazing woman) Courtney Yasmineh on All-Wheel Drive. Especially so, on the heels of the release of her latest album, Songs From The Open Road, which I included on my year-end “Best of 2019” edition. It’s such a great album and I

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The Weekly List – The Drummer Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 7:00pm

This week, in memory of Rush drummer Neil Peart, Rich presents a list of drummers who contributed, not just to the songs on which they played, but to the overall sound of their respective bands.

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Coalition looks for further investment in rural Minnesota this session

Northfield News - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 3:45pm
With the Minnesota Legislature set to kick off its 2020 session next week, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is expressing hope that legislators will make significant investments in rural communities throughout the state.
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Enhancing Readiness for Business Succession

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 1:57pm

Are you part of the 60% of small business owners who were born between 1946-1964 who are nearing retirement? Do you have a plan for unexpected life transitions? Do you recognize the need for succession planning, but feel hindered by the cost, time and lack of resources?

The University of Minnesota Extension and VisionOne High Performance Group have collaborated to create a course that will help you prepare with a 10-week transition planning course, specifically designed for small businesses in rural Minnesota.

What will you gain by participating?

  • Build knowledge and ability to strengthen your business in preparation for a succession event.
  • Learn about resources in your community and how to leverage them.
  • Engage in an on-line learning community with other firms featuring five bi-monthly sessions including one 120-minute kickoff session and four 90-minute sessions to enhance your succession planning knowledge
  • In the alternating five weeks, business owner participants will meet in-person in their community with local economic development facilitators to apply their learning to your specific business.
  • By the end of the course, you will have drafted a formal, written succession plan that addresses and supports your most important business succession, personal wealth, and legacy desires and needs.

What is the commitment?

  • This program is ten weeks in length and will run from March-May 2020
  • Participate in the five on-line learning sessions – March 4, 18; April 1, 15, 29
  • Attend five local meetings in your community with other business owners and your economic development facilitator to complete the coursework for each session. Dates TBD.

What is the cost?

  • Because of a grant through the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, your cost as a business owner is only $100.00 for the full 10-week course. If the registration fee creates a financial hardship, there are limited scholarship funds available through SMIF. Contact John Katz at SMIF for more info (


Details and registration are available online at

Question? Contact Greg Siems (

Access to this workshop is the result of a partnership between the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, and the Northfield Enterprise Center.

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Council green lights $1.5 million in bonding for roundabout

Northfield News - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:53pm
The Northfield City Council on Feb. 4 green lighted approximately $1.5 million in bonding to help fund the planned roundabout at the intersection of Hwy. 246 and Jefferson Parkway.
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HRA expands to 7 members; Craig’s bill on payment accountability goes to the President; What’s going on at Hwy 19 and I-35

KYMN Radio - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield Council had a long discussion regarding the Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s move to increase the number of commission members to seven from five. Councilor DeLong had multiple questions of City Attorney Chris Hood. Mayor Pownell requested the expansion. She explained, “so that we can get more people serving

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Rep. Angie Craig

KYMN Radio - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 9:46am

Representative Angie Craig discusses her Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 that passed the House yesterday.  The bill is aimed to protect tax payer money and prevent improper payments by government agencies.  Click the link for more information: Congresswoman Angie Craig’s Bill Aimed to Save Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Passes House

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Sheriff Troy Dunn and Sgt Paul LaRoche

KYMN Radio - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 9:35am

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn and Cannon River Drug Task Force Commander Sgt. Paul LaRoche talk about the drug task force and drug issues they are seeing in the area.

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Missing person alert

KYMN Radio - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 4:30pm

Updated information from the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office: We received a notice of a missing person from a family member. Richie Sanders Jr., 37, has been missing from the Cannon Falls area since Sunday morning, Feb. 2nd. Richie is 5’11” tall, 180 lbs., brown hair and hazel eyes. He reportedly left on foot with no

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New POC Ole Theater Ensemble provides space to celebrate, share identities

St. Olaf College - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 3:42pm
The new POC Ole Theater Ensemble, led by Assistant Professor of Theater Michelle Gibbs, gives people of color on campus the opportunity to tell their stories, while exploring and reflecting on their own identities and cultural practices. 
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The St. Olaf Alumni Board is Making a Difference

St. Olaf College - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 2:55pm
The St. Olaf Alumni Board welcomes new members.
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