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2020 Stormwater Pollution Poster contest winners

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:01am
Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) and the City of Northfield are happy to announce the winners of the 2020 Stormwater Pollution Poster Contest. Northfield students in grades 2 through 5 were asked to create a poster that represented the theme “Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution.” The top three posters in each category will be

Musician Talk – Katerina Middeldorp

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:35am
This week on Musician Talk, host Pauline Jennings talks with Northfield native, NHS and St. Olaf graduate, power soprano Katerina Middeldorp!  Many of you may have seen and heard her on the Guild stage before she moved to Boston to attain a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at Boston University, where she studies with Dr.

Steve Underdahl

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 9:42am
Steve Underdahl, CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, provides an update on re-opening hospital and clinic services.

Krista Danner

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 9:36am
Northfield YMCA Executive Director Krista Danner talks about re-opening the YMCA on June 15.

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) distributes $83K to local nonprofits

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 5:28am
WINGS 20th Anniversary Dare to Dream $20,000 Grant Northfield Healthy Community Initiative: Northfield Community College Collaborative Expansion – A Place Where Dreams gain WINGS The Northfield Community College Collaborative seeks to expand to serve more than 75 local individuals annually, including more than 55 women, allowing students to continue their postsecondary journeys, earning Minnesota State

Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Squirrel

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 06/09/2020 - 6:51am
This morning’s walk began with a first: I was touched by a squirrel. No — not in that way (you sickie). The little buddy and I were stroking along the southbound sidewalk, approaching a young woman waiting for her early-a.m. bus. To maintain distance, I steered us slightly onto the edge of the lawn of […]
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Three Things

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 06/08/2020 - 8:04am
I have over time discovered that there are three things I must do each morning in order to have any semblance of a chance to win the day: Write something that moves me. Move me (work out). Take care of my dog (walks, meals, meds, bath*). While the dog still gets his daily doses, I […]
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Letter from the Editors

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 06/06/2020 - 10:37pm

St. Olaf Community,

First, we would like to acknowledge that we should have written this letter many days ago. Black Lives Matter at The Mess, and we should have voiced that immediately. We stand with those mourning the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black people lost to police brutality. 

We want to share some updates on actions our organization will take in response to the movement sweeping our world. 

We will include anti-bias training in our on-boarding week in the fall, a training that will be repeated each year for all staff members. Remaining oriented towards justice is vital in the world of reporting, and we want each of our team members to have concrete training that will keep this goal in mind at all times.

We will increase our tabling and reach out to specific organizations on campus to increase the voices that are represented by our newspaper. We want all students to feel included and involved in campus news, and we will actively use our marketing team to ensure all students are connected.

We will have a set of books in our office next year detailing anti-racism and journalistic accountability that all our staff members and writers can check out at any time. These provided resources will encourage our staff to educate themselves and commit to anti-racism both personally and in their reporting.

At this time, we also feel it is our duty to recall the protests against racism that happened at St. Olaf three years ago. We want to build the institutional memory of those events so that we can continue the work started in April of 2017. 

We are calling attention to the issue of The Messenger published on the two year anniversary of the protests, ‘Where the Inequity Lies,’ written and reported by Avery Ellfeldt ’19. We will continue to research the demands issued by The Collective for Change on the Hill and signed by President David Anderson, and we will publish an update on the four year anniversary of the protests this coming school year. 

Journalism is a powerful tool, and we strive to use that tool in the best way we can. Media often shapes how we think, and in a civil rights movement like the one we are currently experiencing, it is imperative that reporting is honest and uplifts the correct narrative. 

We hope you all stay safe and well in these times of upheaval, and we hope that the momentum gathered this past week launches us into a more just future.

Grace Peacore and Jacob Maranda

Managing Editor and Executive Editor

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Letter from the Editors

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 06/06/2020 - 10:37pm

St. Olaf Community,

First, we would like to acknowledge that we should have written this letter many days ago. Black Lives Matter at The Mess, and we should have voiced that immediately. We stand with those mourning the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black people lost to police brutality. 

We want to share some updates on actions our organization will take in response to the movement sweeping our world. 

We will include anti-bias training in our on-boarding week in the fall, a training that will be repeated each year for all staff members. Remaining oriented towards justice is vital in the world of reporting, and we want each of our team members to have concrete training that will keep this goal in mind at all times.

We will increase our tabling and reach out to specific organizations on campus to increase the voices that are represented by our newspaper. We want all students to feel included and involved in campus news, and we will actively use our marketing team to ensure all students are connected.

We will have a set of books in our office next year detailing anti-racism and journalistic accountability that all our staff members and writers can check out at any time. These provided resources will encourage our staff to educate themselves and commit to anti-racism both personally and in their reporting.

At this time, we also feel it is our duty to recall the protests against racism that happened at St. Olaf three years ago. We want to build the institutional memory of those events so that we can continue the work started in April of 2017. 

We are calling attention to the issue of The Messenger published on the two year anniversary of the protests, ‘Where the Inequity Lies,’ written and reported by Avery Ellfeldt ’19. We will continue to research the demands issued by The Collective for Change on the Hill and signed by President David Anderson, and we will publish an update on the four year anniversary of the protests this coming school year. 

Journalism is a powerful tool, and we strive to use that tool in the best way we can. Media often shapes how we think, and in a civil rights movement like the one we are currently experiencing, it is imperative that reporting is honest and uplifts the correct narrative. 

We hope you all stay safe and well in these times of upheaval, and we hope that the momentum gathered this past week launches us into a more just future.

Grace Peacore and Jacob Maranda

Managing Editor and Executive Editor

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Baptisia or False Indigo

If you’re wanting a striking perennial that needs minimum care to produce maximum results, take a  look at the False Indigo or Baptisia.  Some also refer to this as “False Lupine”.   A sun to part sun perennial, it will mature to a size of approximately 2′ to 3′ and can  be used as a cut flower.  Place this perennial in the back of your perennial garden.  In late spring or early summer you will have beautiful blooms.  Sequence with summer and fall blooming perennials to have color all season.  


The hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the Baptisia.   A prairie plant, Baptisia doesn’t like to be moved, so chose your site carefully.  It will reward you for years to come.  It is almost maintenance free – other than applying a dose of fertilizer once a season, it doesn’t require a lot of other work.  Some gardeners want to remove the seed pods – others will leave them for a contrast in the garden.  Once established, it is quite drought tolerant.

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Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree

The Dwarf Korean Lilac is a single trunk dwarf tree.  The prolific blooms are highly fragrant and a light lilac in color. This tree is a beautiful accent plant and  it is smothered in stunning panicles of fragrant flowers  in late spring.

Dwarf Korean Lilac tree

The Dwarf Korean Lilac is a  lollipop-shaped tree that will grace your entryway garden,  can be planted around your patio or can be used in a formal setting or anchoring a cottage garden.   A matching pair will elegantly frame a garden gate, a pathway, or your front door.  Dwarf Korean Lilacs bloom a bit later than common lilacs and has wavy, nickel-sized leaves that won’t mildew like some lilacs will. While only blooming for a few weeks in late spring, once the blooms have gone this tree will provide a look that will complement your landscape all year.

This is our Dwarf Korean Lilac at our home – just a few feet from the front door.  The birds love it all year and the fragrance of the flowers is incredible for these few weeks.  Walking past it makes you want to stop and pull up a chair and just sit for awhile!

We have a limited number of  Dwarf Korean Lilac trees available in two sizes – a smaller size #10 container for $189 and a larger tree in a #25 container that is absolutely gorgeous and will provide definite impact right away for $299.  

Maintenance?   Once every few years, we prune ours back to contain its size in the location we have it.  In a garden set away from the buildings – you may never want to prune yours.  Mature height is approximately 8′ -10′ and width of about 8′.  

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From the vault: Honeybees!

The Children's House - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 1:11pm
Bzzz!

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Navigating Empathetic Marketing

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Wed, 05/06/2020 - 5:23pm

Welcome to our new normal. Every single day, we are bombarded with updates, statistics, and stay-at-home orders. Emotions are running high, and everyone is feeling a little stuck. This adjustment has been nothing short of difficult, and it’s especially tricky...

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Arrowhead VII

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sun, 01/26/2020 - 12:40am

Monday morning at 7:00, I’ll start my seventh Arrowhead Ultra, my seventh attempt to ride my fatbike down the 135 miles of snowmobile trail across northern Minnesota from International Falls to Tower.

Sundogs just after the start of the 2019 Arrowhead

So far I’ve finished the race each time I’ve started, with times ranging from 19.5 hours in 2015 to 29 hours in 2014. My best placing was my first year, when we rode in the polar vortex and I wound up in 7th place.

The forecast (as of Saturday night) looks increasingly good, with highs near 25° on Monday afternoon and lows near 0° at the start and then overnight — which likely means actual air temps near -10°’ when we hit the low swampy areas. Those temperatures are very manageable and should mean the trail will be hard and fast.

This year — after a very busy few months at work and much less riding than I’d like — I’m in less good physical shape than I’d like, although I rode well at the Tuscobia 160 a month ago. I’m primarily gunning for another finish and I’ll be happy to go under 24 hours.

If you want to see how I am doing, check Trackleaders, a cool free service that uses GPS data to plot some (but not all) of us on a map of the course!

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