Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 3:09pm

Every day before going to work, I’m supposed to complete a short form to document that I don’t have any COVID symptoms. Sometimes I swing a little late, but so far I’m batting 1.000. It’s bizarre how satisfying I find that streak of “Green – Negative” descriptions. Proof of my virtue, or luck, or privilege, or something.

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Categories: Citizens

“Regional park designation” could open up $ for Nfld riverfront; Dundas Councilors interview Police Chief candidate; Election Guide; Nfld HRC invites community to Land Acknowledgement presentation

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director Out of Northfield’s Economic Development strategic plan came the Riverfront Enhancement Advisory Committee. Over the last 18 months they had significant support from the National Park Service through a Technical Assistance Grant and a consultant team that joined the project. The Northfield Council heard an initial presentation from Community Development

COVID-19 cancellations reduce lodging revenue, available tourism dollars

Northfield News - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:44am
Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau revenue dropped 46% in the first eight months of this year due to a spate of cancelled events and continued consumer caution amid COVID-19.
Categories: Local News

Free Covid-19 testing at Waseca County Fairgrounds

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:43am
Open to everyone ▪ Symptoms or no symptoms ▪ Free, no insurance needed Sign up for an appointment time now. Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Waseca County Fairgrounds 4-H building #6 409 Eighth Ave NE Waseca, MN 56093 Get TestedWaseca_English -2 partner logos Get Tested_Waseca_Spanish – 2

Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:33am
Event dates: September 23, 2020 - September 24, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Northfield, MN 55057
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 841-138-501

Rachel Miessler on Volunteer Needs in Northfield Community

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:20am
Rachel Miessler of Northfield Shares discusses volunteer efforts surrounding Covid19.  There is still a need in the community for masks as well as isolation gowns for some of the long-term facilities.  Visit for information on how you can help.

Join Me at a Free Virtual Book Festival

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:50pm

What are you doing Oct. 3-4? I'm guessing you're not straying too far from home, in these COVID times, so why not join me at an online book festival? The Deep Valley Book Festival is going virtual this year, and it will offer a variety of panels and events over two days.

The keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Matt Goldman, is a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer (Seinfeld, Ellen, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) who now writes the Nils Shapiro private eye series. Other participating authors represent a variety of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, children's, YA, and fantasy & sci-fi. 

You can even hear dead authors come to life, as living history actors portray five Minnesota authors from the past: Maud Hart Lovelace (one of my childhood favorites!), Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wanda Gag, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

I'm excited to be on both a history writers panel and a creative nonfiction & memoir writers panel (we recorded the discussions earlier this month). I'm also participating in a live panel discussion about writing and publishing. 

Here's where you can find me on the schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 3:

• 11 a.m.: Writing the Truth: Nonfiction and memoir writers discuss writing about real events and people, and some of the unique challenges posed by writing real stories. 

Panelists: Christine Bauer, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Mary Losure, Joy Riggs, Jonathan Sweet

Moderator Rachael Hanel

• 4 p.m.: Writing History: History provides rich fodder for stories, both real and fictionalized. These authors will discuss how they use history as the basis for their writing.

Panelists: Susan Hvistendahl, Terri Karsten, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson; Moderator: Danelle Erickson

Sunday, Oct, 4:

• 4 p.m.: LIVE Q & A with Festival Authors: DVBF authors will be available to answer audience questions about the writing process, the path to publication, and the writing life.

Panelists: Raven Eckman, Julie Holmes, Terri Karsten, Thea Kvamme, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson, Susan Stradiotto, A.J. Sullivan; Moderator: Rachael Hanel

Be sure to check out the website for the full schedule. You can also shop for books online, and purchase them directly from authors or from partner bookstores.

Although the event is free, a donation of $25 or more makes you a Festival Friend, which gives you access to additional benefits: you'll be entered into a drawing for a DVBF Friendship bag filled with autographed books, and you'll be invited to an exclusive conversation with the keynote author.

The all-volunteer organizing committee has worked tirelessly to make this a quality event, and I'm looking forward to spending two days celebrating books and connecting with other readers and writers. Hope to see you there!

Categories: Citizens

Biden in northeast Minnesota: 'All Trump sees from Park Avenue is Wall Street'

Northfield News - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 12:20pm
HERMANTOWN, St. Louis County — Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to rally the support of a crucial voter bloc here Friday that could be decisive in the all-important Upper Midwest: Trades unions.
Categories: Local News

Unbeknownst to Trump during his lengthy speech in Bemidji, history pivots

Northfield News - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:50am
BEMIDJI — During President Trump’s rambling two hour speech in an airport hangar here in which he praised confederate general Robert E. Lee, bemoaned his own fate of having to make speeches in places like Bemidji, Minn., and played the…
Categories: Local News

Who's running in 2020? Find out here

Northfield News - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 8:30pm
Categories: Local News

Pandemic Racing

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 5:50pm

Today, I should have been in Marquette, Michigan, racing the Marji Gesick mountain bike marathon.

Finishing the race last year was just about the hardest athletic thing I’ve ever done, up there with the Arrowhead and perhaps only exceeded by the Fat Pursuit. I super eager to do the race again this year, but alas: the pandemic forced its cancellation.

Instead, I headed into the woods here in Northfield for a ninety-minute bike ride on our far easier but still fun trails. Riding the same bike I’d used a year ago at the Marji, I reflected on how much training for and riding in that race changed me as a bike rider.

Some of the changes are pretty trivial, ones I could have achieved with plain old hard work: I use my brakes far less often now than I did 18 or 24 months ago, and I’m far better at riding technical stuff with some speed. But other changes are more interesting, and probably more valuable as we look, as a society, down the long tunnel of this pandemic, work against social injustice, and a tumultuous election. I think they can be reduced to a willingness to be patient and to suffer quietly. Right now is not the time (no matter what the president and his supporters think!) for a white guy to whinge. Just like this night last year, but I have to (metaphorically) just avoid crashing and keep turning the cranks. Maybe donating some money to Democratic senate candidates would be a good start.

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Categories: Citizens

Prairie Island Indian Community Buffalo Project part 3 of a 3 part series

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 11:50am
In March of 1992 the Prairie Island Indian Community accepted a male bison bull, 6 years old, from the Lakota Nation of South Dakota. The Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council and Elders of the community supported the establishing of a bison herd on their own tribal lands.  The community purchased additional bison cows in 1993.

Virtual presentation on land acknowledge statements

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 7:53am
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Northfield, MN (September 17, 2020)  The City Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in an online presentation by Professor Meredith McCoy from Carleton College regarding the history of, need for, and development of land acknowledgement statements on Wednesday, September 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation


Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 7:08pm

Last night’s vigil in Red Wing:

Categories: Citizens

Virtual presentation on land acknowledge statements

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 5:56pm
Event date: September 23, 2020
Event Time: 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Northfield, MN 55057
The City Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in an online presentation by Professor Meredith McCoy from Carleton College regarding the history of, need for, and development of land acknowledgement statements. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. The City of Northfield is considering the adoption of a Land Acknowledgement Statement.

St. Olaf digital concert series returns September 27

St. Olaf College - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 2:38pm
Sounds from St. Olaf, a digital concert series launched by the college this spring, is set to make its return for the fall semester on Sunday, September  27.  
Categories: Colleges

Environmental subcommittee calls for creation of carbon reduction fund

Northfield News - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 1:11pm
Northfield’s Environmental Quality Commission is seeking council approval for the formation of a publicly and privately funded fund to help ensure the city is carbon neutral by 2040.
Categories: Local News

Ottings selected for 2020 Forest Stewardship Award for Rice County

Northfield News - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:51pm
The Rice Soil and Water Conservation District has selected Paul and Mary Otting as the 2020 Forest Stewardship Award winners for Rice County.
Categories: Local News

Good riddance, Donny!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:10pm
Categories: Citizens

COVID-19 posing challenges, opportunities for local authors

Northfield News - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:08pm
Societal shifts created by COVID-19 are posing both challenges and possibilities for local authors.
Categories: Local News
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