Dunn stresses need for new jail; City puts housing commitment into strategic plan; Lippert touts sick time bill

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director In a work session next Tuesday, the Rice County Board of Commissioners will hear a presentation for supplemental information from the Jail Study Task Force regarding options for a new Rice County Jail.  In 2019, the Department of Corrections notified the county that the current jail is inadequate and must

Partners connect early adopters of new perennial grain crop

Northfield News - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 11:15am
To farmers across greater Minnesota familiar with annual rotations of corn and soybean crops, the words “perennial” and “grain” might seem like an odd pairing at first.
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Charter Commission meeting

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 10:11am


Agenda with links to attachments

A background Legalectric post:

“Recall” on Charter Commission agenda?!?

So I sent this missive to all, being oh-so-transparent with the ask and intent:

I then sent background info to support the request for recusal of Kent Laugen, Ernie Stone, and Shelley Pohlman, which was added to the agenda #11 documents. These primary documents are the Recall petition with Stone, Laugen (and Rehder) named; the Campaign Financial Report and Amended Report with contributions from Stone and Pohlman; a “Recall City Hall” flyer posted on Pohlman’s Red Wing Minnesota News page; and Post Bulletin article with quotes from Recall principals Ernie Stone and Kent Laugen:

Attachment – Email from C. Overland

I was told, “we will not be adding your requested item to the agenda as your concerns could be brought up under item 11.” You can see how that went.

No problem, if that’s what it takes to get it off the agenda, well, that’s what it takes.

Ultimately, yes, it was tabled. Good. However, the conflict issue was not addressed, and it should be if there are items relating to “recall” on the agenda. Note also that the changes to Charter 5.17 were not “technical changes” to align with the statute, but were substantive changes eliminating the run-off provision, something which needs to be discussed.

And did I mention that Ernie Stone said he’d talked to the City Attorney about me and my questioning of Shelley Pohlman at the last meeting? Wish I were a fly on that wall! Guess he doesn’t think I should challenge her false statements, documented, on refugee resettlement, and her claims of “conflict of interest” of County Commissioner Flanders. Oh well. Those false statements and pot-stirring continue with the recall effort.

Three new Charter Commission members were approved. In the section in the beginning where Peggy Rehder had applied, and was approved, there’s material background that was ignored. Rehder was voted in despite the 2018 formal complaint against her when she was on the City Council, the investigation, which resulted in the Council’s resolution that she participate in mediation with Marshall Hallock, and a firm directive that her out-of-bounds behavior not occur again. She resigned prior to mediation even being scheduled. What has changed to address these behavioral issues? That was not answered.

Watch the 4/23/2018 City Council video of Council deliberation and decision.

Something this serious should be addressed. It wasn’t. Instead, discussion was blocked, putting blinders on to a demonstrated problem.

In discussion of the other two applicants, Shelley Pohlman (a/k/a/ Rena Marsh) demanded to know if the names were their legal names! Shelley then wanted to know of Bjornstad was a member of League of Women Voters or AAUW! (I am not now nor have I ever been a member of…) Bjornstad noted that she was too young, maybe in a few years (SNORT!), but that she was a 5th grade civics teacher for a few years. Kent Laugen was wanting to know if they would be loyal to the Charter Commission, not the City Council, which was weird, questioning their integrity and ethics. Shelley questioned Greg Bolt about his “conflict of interest” because he is a pastor and the Council President is a parishioner, and his role in her election (he marched in a parade with a sign and something else inconsequential). Three people voted against Bolt!

Also, there was discussion of a comment made at the last meeting by Alan Muller, who thought there should be a requirement that committees of the Council be subject to the same charter provisions as the Council, and they asked about that, he was there at the meeting, raised his hand electronically, was ignored, I noted he was there, but they did not acknowledge him to address their questions to him directly. That was weird.

The rest of the meeting was a typical Charter Commission meeting…

Oh, and there is also supposed to be a public comment period at the beginning of each meeting which was not there this time, and I’ve requested that this be in the boilerplate agenda.

Categories: Citizens

Suzie Nakasian and Galen Malecha on future of passenger rail thru Northfield

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 9:12am
Northfield City Councilperson Suzie Nakasian and Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha discuss the future of passenger rail traffic through the southeastern corridor.    

NHS Football Coach Bubba Sullivan discusses retirement

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 8:53am
Long-time Northfield Raider head football coach Bubba Sullivan discusses his retirement from coaching after 32 years.

EDA allocates $105,000 for downtown facade improvements

Northfield News - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 5:45pm
The Northfield Economic Development Authority is substantially increasing funding for the downtown facade improvement program.
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Raider football coach Bubba Sullivan announces his retirement

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 4:42pm
Bubba Sullivan, longtime Raider football coach, announced he is retiring from coaching. Sullivan started in his coaching career with Northfield 1989 and guided Northfield to their only State Championship (1997). Along the way, he has won many Section titles and Section Acedemic titles. Coach Sullivan will appear on the KYMN Morning Show tomorrow (Thursday) at

Campaign: most students decline alcohol, value parents' approval

Northfield News - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 1:15pm
Underage drinking isn’t the norm in Rice County, according to the most recent Minnesota Student Survey results from 2019.
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Advocates say Supreme Court ruling proves sexual assault statute needs changing

Northfield News - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 12:25pm
The recent Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that victims of sexual assault aren’t considered mentally incapacitated if they’ve voluntarily consumed alcohol or drugs has the Minnesota Legislature working to change the law.
Categories: Local News

City Council and staff eye new strategic plan; Lippert discusses summer learning plan funding; Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival set for mid-May

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director Last night the Northfield City Council along with key members of the Northfield City staff convened for the second of their Strategic Planning Retreat sessions.  Led by planning consultant Craig Rapp, the group put the structure together for what will form the city’s next strategic plan that will be used

National Security This Week with Lea Gabrielle, 3-31-21 (State Dept’s Global Engagement Center)

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 10:02am
Host Jon Olson talks with Lea Gabrielle, a former US Special Envoy who led the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, about US government efforts to defeat foreign propaganda by nation states and non-state actors alike.

Sheriff Troy Dunn discusses burning permits, Rice County jail, and more

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 9:11am
Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn discusses burning permits and red flag warnings, using recreational vehicles, using care when hauling debris,  Rice County jail programs and facility, and more.

Ben Martig discusses City Council work session on strategic plan

KYMN Radio - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 8:54am
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig discusses the March 30 City Council work session on the strategic plan.

March 2021

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 4:14am

31 Wednesday The month of March. We hardly knew ye. Nursed coffee. Cold coffee. Not cold-brewed coffee. Whatever that is. Just coffee cold. Keen memories. The warmth of the morning bed. Your dog. Your gut. The chance to help someone help others. John Keats. Rosemary fries. 30 Tuesday Vets. Evening strolls in shorts. Grocery delivery. […]

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Categories: Citizens

Rice County response to opioid epidemic meets addicts where they’re at

Northfield News - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 5:45pm
There are many paths to recovery, but getting there is sometimes the hardest part.
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Senator proposes funding to fix up rural Minnesota's neglected homes

Northfield News - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 4:10pm
As the region struggles to deal with its shortage of affordable workforce housing, a newly elected Minnesota senator with a background in real estate is proposing a fairly simple, yet logical solution.
Categories: Local News

Senator proposes funding to fix up rural Minnesota's neglected homes

Northfield News - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 4:10pm
As the region struggles to deal with its shortage of affordable workforce housing, a newly elected Minnesota senator with a background in real estate is proposing a fairly simple, yet logical solution.
Categories: Local News

Habitat conservation at the heart of Pheasants groups' efforts

Northfield News - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 3:21pm
Despite the pandemic, a pair of local conservation organizations have continued to make progress on several projects to enhance and expand local wildlife habitat.
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Draheim wants specifics from Walz; Lippert praises DFL budget proposal; Library to forgive fines for National Library Week

KYMN Radio - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director On Sunday night Governor Tim Walz delivered his State of the State address. The governor touched on a variety of topics ranging from how the stat e has navigated and survived the Covid-19 pandemic, to the unrest in Minneapolis last summer due to the death of George Floyd and the

Interim off-campus programs go virtual

St. Olaf College - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 10:20am
St. Olaf’s Office of International and Off-Campus Studies worked with faculty members who had planned to teach off-campus courses this Interim in order to adapt the courses to a virtual setting so that students could access global learning from their own homes. 
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