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St. Olaf named First-Gen Forward institution

St. Olaf College - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 9:55am
St. Olaf has been named a First-Gen Forward institution, a designation that recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes for first-generation college students.
Categories: Colleges

State Senator Rich Draheim

KYMN Radio - Tue, 03/30/2021 - 7:50am
State Senator Rich Draheim discusses the Governor’s State of the State address, the eviction moratorium and upcoming budget negotiations at the state legislature.

Time

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 10:24pm

Do not lament what opportunities are closed but embrace the ones before you. And give a bear hug to the beautiful ones all around you. There are moments when the experience of Time feels palpable. Snapshots from an emotional day: Your dog squinting into the wind, his sniffer vibrating — an old man soaking in […]

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Categories: Citizens

State program for veterans winds down, but needs remain

Northfield News - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 6:30pm
Almost exactly a year since it was first launched, a state grant program to help veterans through the pandemic is winding down, but there’s still significant precariousness among the more than 300,000 veterans who call Minnesota home.
Categories: Local News

Legislators, business leaders: Mpls. public safety challenges reverberate statewide

Northfield News - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 6:30pm
When he sees constituents on the street or in the supermarket, Sen. John Jasinski said the issue he often hears about first isn’t taxes, education or health care — it’s frustration with the direction of government in Minnesota’s largest city.
Categories: Local News

Compost workshop: How to Recycle and Compost in Northfield

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 4:53pm
Event date: March 29, 2021
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Elizabeth O’Sullivan Receives Gary Martin Memorial Scholarship

Laura Baker Services Association - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 4:19pm

Elizabeth O’Sullivan is the 2021 recipient of the Gary Martin Memorial Scholarship! Elizabeth started at Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) in 2019 and currently works overnights in LBSA’s Community Services Program. Elizabeth is currently pursuing a master’s degree at United Theological Seminary. Elizabeth enjoys working as a direct support professional and says it has been rewarding making...

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Categories: Organizations

Antoine nominated again for National Distinguished Principal award

Northfield News - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 12:15pm
Bridgewater Principal Nancy Antoine is one of three Minnesota elementary leaders nominated for the National Distinguished Principal award.
Categories: Local News

High school and middle school students to return to the classroom full time; Lippert praises MDH for vaccination progress; City Council strategic planning set for tomorrow

KYMN Radio - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director After more than a year in distance or hybrid learning, Northfield High School and Middle School students will all return to the classroom full time on Wednesday.  After beginning the year with elementary students in the classroom full time, and middle and high school students in a hybrid model, rotating

Announcing the 2021 business support fund recipients

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 9:53am

Thanks to a generous donation from Wings Financial Credit Union, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is happy to announce the recipients of the latest round of business support funds.  Downtown businesses were eligible to apply for up to $1,000 for projects and investments that will enhance their operations during and coming out of the current pandemic.

After a review of 27 strong applications, 15 were approved for partial support to maximize the reach of the ultimately limited funds.  The businesses listed below demonstrated their creativity and the potential impact of the proposed projects for their business and downtown community:

  • 502 Studio and Gallery  – interior flooring improvements
  • Café Shawn – signage and marketing
  • CakeWalk – online ordering system updates
  • Clothes Closet (CAC) – signage and marketing
  • Division Street Dance – interior wood floor refinishing
  • Downtown Bicycles – plumbing for bike wash station
  • Goodbye Blue Monday – new outdoor awning
  • HealthFinders Collaborative – marketing
  • Heath Creek Cycles – website and exterior improvements
  • Imminent Brewing – new bar project
  • Northfield Arts Guild – staffing shop for additional day during summer
  • Paisley Gardens – new point-of-sale system for garage area
  • Prema Studio – signage and marketing
  • The Contented Cow Company – repairs/updates to outdoor stage
  • The Sketchy Artist – interior fixture and display upgrades

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NDDC has distributed over $14,000 to help 28 downtown businesses strengthen their operations and upgrade their physical spaces.  As the number of applications for this round attests, there is still a great need to support our downtown businesses as they adapt to this ‘new normal.’  The NDDC will continue to seek additional grants and donations to fund additional rounds of applications in the future.

If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to a future round of support funds, please reach out to NDDC Executive Director Greg Siems (greg@nddc.org).

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Categories: Organizations

Report: Nfld. needs hundreds of new homes to meet demand

Northfield News - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 7:20am
Approximately 500 housing units will need to be introduced over the next five years in Northfield to keep up with demand.
Categories: Local News

Why Are We Here?

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 03/28/2021 - 5:50pm

No matter what you think of that dude flexing in the mirror at your gym, or the beauty on the red carpet, compared to the physical prowess of the other species, the human body is not especially impressive. An eagle can see more keenly. A dog can smell better. An elephant is stronger. A giraffe […]

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Categories: Citizens

Vacunas para personas mayores de 16

KYMN Radio - Sun, 03/28/2021 - 4:49pm
Nuevas normas para las vacunas para todas las personas del estado mayores de 16 a partir del 30 de marzo. Noticias de la reforma  migratoria.  

Dumb Phone

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 03/28/2021 - 1:31pm

One way to look at your level of happiness is in inverse proportion to the amount of time spent on your phone.

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Categories: Citizens

Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 3-27-21

KYMN Radio - Sat, 03/27/2021 - 11:14am
It’s an end of season wrap on this weeks Raider Wrap.  Head Basketball Coach Ryan Driscoll reviews the 2020/2021 season and the final game of sections versus Lakeville south and what’s next for the team and his staff. Doug Davis with the Raiders Gator’s Swim Team salutes his team and their State bound accomplishments as

Hundreds join nonprofit challenging planned residential development

Northfield News - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 7:00pm
More than 200 Northfield residents have reportedly joined a nonprofit challenging developer plans to construct 130-140 apartment units and 20 single-family one- and two-story homes on the northwest side of town.
Categories: Local News

Senator Tina Smith discusses fire safety act; Northfield Hospital birth center now full open; NAFRS makes plans for new chief succession

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director After a fire killed five people in a Minneapolis high rise housing development in 2019, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith co-authored a bill that would make it easier to install sprinkler systems in older public housing developments and better protect the residents of those buildings.   The Public Housing Fire

Representative Todd Lippert on expanded vaccine eligibility, DFL budget targets and more

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 8:57am
State Representative Todd Lippert discusses expanded eligibility for the Covid vaccine, DFL budget targets, gifted education and more.

Following an increase in COVID cases, campus moves back to heightened yellow alert

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 03/25/2021 - 7:31pm

St. Olaf returned to a  heightened yellow alert level following an increase of positive COVID-19 cases. As of Thursday, March 25, 76 students are in quarantine and 34 are in isolation alongside a 2.23% positive test rate through the last seven days of surveillance testing — the highest positive test rate of the semester so far.

Rice County’s 14-day case rate per 10,000 people increased as well and currently sits at 26.21. In response the Campus Reopening Team has moved campus back to a heightened yellow alert, limiting off-campus travel and inter-campus visiting. 

A week after the first of three campus rest days, students wonder if the rest day coinciding with  St. Patrick’s day contributed to the current outbreak and may continue to result in more cases.

Campus has recently reopened for in-person campus tours. Following Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s March 13 COVID-19 announcement, which eased state-wide restrictions, admissions began to offer limited campus tours throughout the week. The tours will require masks and prior health screenings of visitors, as well as maintaining physical distance and limited entry into buildings. The Campus Reopening Team is in current discussion with admissions on whether the tours will continue during this time.

As vaccine rollout continues across the state, students are urged to get the vaccine whenever they become eligible. However, recent conversations with Rice County Public Health make it seem unlikely that St. Olaf and Carleton would be able to host a campus-wide vaccination clinic in the near future. 

“We feel confident that by taking these steps now, in conjunction with our strong testing and quarantine protocols, we can stay on top of the cases on campus and remain together in person,”  wrote Campus Reopening Lead, Enoch Blazis  in an email to campus. “But we need to be cautious and work together as a community — we’re all in this together. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.”

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Categories: Colleges

The Weekly List – The Elton John Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 03/25/2021 - 6:00pm
This week, Rich & Dan wish Sir Elton John a very happy 74th birthday by pretty much fanboying all over him.
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