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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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Knights Earn NABC Academic Excellence Award, Five Knights Named to Honors Court

Carleton Sports - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:01pm

The Carleton College men's basketball team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.48 for the 2016-17 academic year. In addition, Peter Bakker-Arkema ’17Mitch Biewen ’17, and Beau Smit ’17 were named to the Honors Court for the second consecutive year, while Kevin Grow and Malekai Mischke were named to the Honors Court for the first time following their junior years.

Categories: Colleges

Carleton football player charged in hazing-related sexual assault

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 6:00pm
Charges of sexual assault were filed Tuesday in connection with an April hazing incident in which 13 Carleton College students were suspended.
Categories: Local News

Books & Stars moved indoors for tonight

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:03pm

Due to the potential for rain this evening, the FREE family Books & Stars program, A Touch of Magic, has been moved to the high school auditorium (1400 Division St. South, back parking lot entrance, door number 10). A Touch of Magic will be performing starting at 7 pm. Nobody makes family audiences laugh harder than

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A summer internship with NOAA takes St. Olaf student to Alaska

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:59pm

Shannon Moore ’19 stands in front of the NOAA sign at the staff quarters on Saint Paul Island, where she is working with the agency to research northern fur seals.

St. Olaf College student Shannon Moore ’19 is spending this month researching northern fur seals in Alaska as part of an internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“One of the main factors that drew me to this internship was, of course, the fact that it provides me with an opportunity to assist in conducting research for a scientific agency within the United States government,” says Moore. “I have an interest in polar ecosystems, and I am considering research as a potential career path. What better place to engage in research in the field as an undergrad than with NOAA?”

Shannon Moore ’19 photographed this seal pup taking a snooze on a pile of washed-up debris along a rookery.

NOAA’s mission places emphasis on science, service, and stewardship. To fulfill this mission, NOAA strives to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; share that knowledge and information with others; and conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

Moore, a biology major at St. Olaf, is working for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in the National Marine Mammal Laboratory on Saint Paul Island, where she is conducting research on northern fur seal populations.

Saint Paul Island —  with a land area of just 40 square miles and only one residential area — is the largest of the Pribilof Islands, a group of four Alaskan volcanic islands located in the Bering Sea between the United States and Russia.

Shannon Moore ’19 took this photo as she was working along the coast of Polovina Rookery. The structures are called blinds, and they protect researchers from the elements as well as from bulls (male seals).

Moore’s research on the island is focused on ecology and behavior, population dynamics, life history, and status and trends.

The data collected will be provided to various domestic and international organizations to assist in developing rational and appropriate management systems for marine resources under NOAA’s jurisdiction. Along with NOAA, Moore will determine movements and migrations, critical feeding areas and depths, and other behavioral data.

Her work focuses on re-sighting flipper-tagged fur seals, making observations on rookeries (breeding sites), entering data on computers, and assisting in the management of the summer database.

Shannon Moore ’19 photographs the tags she is re-sighting at a rookery. “We do this to make sure we record the correct tag number,” she says.

Another one of Moore’s tasks is monitoring fur seal numbers at index sites within some of St. Paul’s rookeries. This data provides a repeatable and highly precise estimate of mean numbers visible on shore, enabling the detection of interannual changes and trends.

Her final task is to use a number of VHF radio-tags on adult females at six different rookeries on St. Paul to estimate migration rates between rookeries, which biases estimates on survival.

“I have always had a fascination with northern ecosystems,” says Moore. “I was born and raised in Minnesota, and I have always enjoyed spending time outside in various locations across Minnesota exploring the flora and fauna in my surroundings and learning about the natural history of the places I visit.”

In June, Moore worked as an animal care intern for the Wildlife Science Center in Wyoming, Minnesota, providing her with a wealth of information concerning wolves, lynx, and red fox.

“I am excited to continue my hands-on learning, assisting with research for NOAA through this amazing Alaskan opportunity,” says Moore.

Categories: Colleges

Rice County 4-H clubs provide range of fair experiences

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:45pm
Rice County’s eight 4-H clubs all descended on Faribault this week to showcase a diverse set of skills to fairgoers.
Categories: Local News

Knights capture ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award

Carleton Sports - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:31pm

The Carleton College baseball team earned its second consecutive Team Academic Excellence Award from the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). The Knights were one of only 29 NCAA Division III programs to take home this accolade in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 and are one of only three programs from the MIAC to ever receive the honor.

Categories: Colleges

Northfield council nears strategic plan completion

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:08pm
The i’s are being dotted, the t’s crossed, on the three-year strategic plan for the city of Northfield.
Categories: Local News

5 Steps to Taking a Good Photo

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:44pm

Hello All! Tasha here. As you may have read in my bio, I have been a professional photographer for nearly two decades and so naturally I was the one at Brand Yourself who was asked to write this blog post. “How do I take a good photo?” is the question I aim to answer here for you. However, the photographer in me is struggling with how to simplify this into a blog post versus a 6-month mentoring session. I believe there are SO many things that you can do to create a stunning print and I also believe that we are all consistently building and growing our skills no matter where we are in our photography journey. But this blog post is about the basics. The building blocks, if you will, on what to consider when taking a photo so you can begin to elevate the images you want to capture. We encourage you to take these concepts and build upon these over time – play, practice, analyze, and repeat. Though our mothers may have always said, “Practice makes perfect,” perfect doesn’t have to be perfection. Perfection is something left to be interpreted. Let your “perfect” be simply an expression of how you viewed the moment happening in front of you and captured it in a still image to cherish for a lifetime.

No one else can ever take the exact same photo as you just did… and that, my friends, IS perfect.

Enough with the small talk, let’s get to it! In our 27 years of combined photography experience, Tami and I don’t necessarily believe that you must have high-end equipment to take great photos.

We believe that if you can find the best light and choose the best exposure, you can take beautiful photos no matter where you go, no matter what camera you are holding in your hand, no matter who is your subject.

Whether you are a business owner wanting to take better photos for social media or a mom who wants to capture better images of her children, these steps can be applied to any photography shoot. Let’s chat through these basic steps.

Step 1) Find the light.

The difference between a really beautiful photo and an okay photo is the light! Ask yourself, “where is the main light source?” and then watch how that light lands on your subject. Try putting the light behind the subject for a natural glow, or straight on the subject (I would consider having your subject look down or to the side so he/she is not squinting with the sun in their face). You’ll notice how the colors in your images change when the light is directly behind your subject versus when the light is directly on the front of your subject. The colors and the sky are more vibrant when the light is direct. The light behind a subject gives a diffused and softer feel to the image. Neither is right or wrong and both produce beautiful results! My simple advice is to FIRST find the best light for your subject and THEN find the background you want to photograph on within that light. Most people will find their background first and the light may be harsh or spotty in that location which then takes away from a great photo. Here are a few examples of some images that I recently captured with 3 different types of lighting: behind/diffused, direct/straight on, and side/directional lighting.

*Flower design in these first two photos are by the amazing Ashley Fox Designs.* Step 2) Watch your background.

Like I said above, be sure to find your light first and then your background. Once you’ve found beautiful light (one simple tip: cloudy days or shady areas tend to be the easiest to photograph in because your light is nearly even on all sides of your subject), then you can position your subject for the photo. Here is where you want to watch for what photographers would call “mergers”. Mergers are items like telephone poles, red exit signs or other distracting elements that appear to be growing out of your subject’s head/body. You can move these mergers by moving yourself a little more to one side or by moving the camera a little up or down. Try it the next time you notice a distracting element in the background. And… you’re welcome… you won’t be able to look at your friends’ photos the same ever again, you’ll always be noticing mergers!

Step 3) Expose correctly.

When I mentored other photographers, I would find myself saying over and over, “pull back on your highlights.” This meant that when they were taking a picture, they were letting the highlights (the lightest parts) in the image lose all its detail. I would encourage them to take the picture a little darker next time so the details remain in the highlights. Here are two examples of images, one with overexposed highlights and another with correctly exposed highlights. Notice the difference? There is more depth and interest to a photo where the highlights are not all over exposed.

Step 4) Capture the fleeting moments!

You’ve learned a few technical tips, but don’t let this scare you from taking photos. They are little tips that you can start to train your eye to see. However, moments are fleeting and you can’t always stop the moment and reposition your subject. So, I would simply encourage you to just capture life when life is happening. The beautiful moments in life! When you have the time to look for the ideal light, watch for mergers, and adjust your exposure, then do so! But when you don’t, just simply capture the moment. You’ll be so happy you did!

Then after you have captured that beautiful moment, please don’t just keep it on your phone or computer, print that baby! The generations after you will thank you!

Step 5) Print. Print. Print.

Did I mention that you should probably print your photos? Well, let me repeat. Print your photos! I believe moments large and small should be printed – consider it just one back up of your photos (external hard drives are nice for another back up). Some of my favorite moments as a child and even now, as an adult, are browsing through old printed photos. We live in a technology-driven era and its wonderful! However, technology sometimes fails and then, sadly, it’s likely too late. Take it from the girl who lost the first 4 months of photos and videos from my son’s life that I had captured on my iPhone before it crashed and burned. Thankfully, I had a few professional photos taken and family members who shared what they had captured. But some of those sweet little moments that just he and I shared together are now only memories. I urge you to consider printing your photos so you, your children, and generations beyond will have them to look through! In our home, we have a few large canvases of different phases of our family life, we have smaller prints in frames and we love and use little printed books for all the images that we capture on our phones (even a photographer finds herself documenting her life on an iPhone). Whatever and however you choose to display your images, I hope you choose to print them!

If you are wanting or needing photos done for your family, we are more than happy to recommend some of our most favorite photographers in the area! Send us a message or give one of us a call. Whether it’s for photos or a business question, reach out to us, because more than anything, we love to support small local businesses and connect you with the businesses that will bring light and ease into your lives!

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Categories: Businesses

Major construction project set for Hwy 3 in Castle Rock

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:37pm

Beginning Monday, July 24 the intersection of Highway 3/ County Road 86 (280th Street) will close for approximately two months as crews reconstruct the intersection to improve sight distance, add turn lanes and extend a box culvert on the south side of the intersection. This one-construction season project on Highway 3 and County Road 86/280th Street in Castle Rock

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A multi-million dollar project may be driving into Rice County; Nfld Council votes yes on solar subscription; Northfield sweeps Rice County Fair Royalty

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:24pm

A $38 to $45 million dollar development project may be driving it’s way into Rice County, literally.  The Commissioners were presented with a unique opportunity at their work session yesterday morning.  District 2 Commissioner Galen Malecha explains the Rice County Auto Country Club.  It’s similiar to a golf country club but for car enthusiasts.  There

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Highway 3 full closure near Castle Rock begins July 24

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:08pm
Motorists on Highway 3 in Castle Rock will encounter a full closure and detour at the County Road 86/280th St intersection beginning at 5 a.m. Monday.
Categories: Local News

Mike Kelley, Randolph Superintendent of Schools

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:02pm

Mike Kelley, Superintendent of Randolph Public Schools, is Wayne’s guest. Listen here: wayneeddy071917

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Matt Little

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 9:21am

District 58 Senator Matt Little talks about his upcoming Town Hall meeting scheduled for July 27th at the Northfield Public Library from 6:30pm to 8pm.  A meet and greet first with the formal Town Hall beginning at 7pm.  Representative Bly will also be there.   He wants to hear what legislative issues you’re interested in.

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Bell Field improvements move ahead with Faribault City Council

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:00am
The city of Faribault is set to solicit bids for construction on Faribault’s historic ballpark, Bell Field.
Categories: Local News

Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 7:42am

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Administrator Ben Martig discuss last night’s City Council meeting including the vote to subscribe to solar energy. Pownell-Martig 7-19-17

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Rice County Agricultural Hall of Fame welcomes class of 2017

Northfield News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 6:00am
Paul and Barb Liebenstein will be inducted into the Rice County Agricultural Hall of Fame Wednesday. And though they’ve been running Wolf Creek Dairy for 23 years, they enter the hall of fame as active farmers.
Categories: Local News

Trio of Northfielders are 2017 Rice County Fair royalty

Northfield News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 8:41pm
Northfielders took the crowns Tuesday at the 2017 Rice County Fair royalty coronation.
Categories: Local News

Combatting social anxiety by spreading positive messages

Northfield News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:45pm
Every day, 6-year-old Northfielder Nika Hirsch faces her fears.
Categories: Local News

Northfield council approves solar subscription agreement

Northfield News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 5:15pm
After a month’s consideration, the Northfield City Council Tuesday agreed to the city’s first solar subscription.
Categories: Local News
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