Rice County taking measures to reduce courts backlog; Hillmann touts Northfield early learning programs; City Council set to meet tomorrow night

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/03/2022 - 12:02pm
A statement released just before Christmas has confirmed the plans to reduce the backlog of cases in the Rice County court system. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting statewide court system shutdown, the county has seen a backlog of upwards of 350 trial cases, and many more non-trial misdemeanor cases. Consequently, each member

Playing with Light in the Winter Garden

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 01/03/2022 - 7:05am

Winter in Minnesota may be cold, but at least it’s sunny. That’s something gardeners can take comfort in and use to create a more interesting winter garden. As I am writing this, the temperature is hovering around 0 degrees F but the sun is bright as can be, reflecting off the snow. Cathy Rees, who ... Read More about Playing with Light in the Winter Garden

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Categories: Citizens

Primer programa de 2022

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/02/2022 - 4:45pm
Primer programa de 2022 con metas, planes y esperanzas para mejoras en la economía y la vida de inmigrantes en Estados Unidos y por supuesto el fin de la pandemia.  

Farthest South

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Fri, 12/31/2021 - 3:57pm

As I read on Antarctic exploration, I keep reading about explorers’ efforts to go further south than anyone else. And so on New Year’s Eve at the bottom of the year, we can look at the history of “Farthest South” – efforts to go closer to the pole than anyone else.

As one might expect, Wikipedia includes a pretty good entry on “Farthest South,” and honestly, the striving – like that of Antarctica exploration generally – is fascinating to read about, inspiring to contemplate, and hollow to actually achieve. Quite literally none of the “farthest souths” went anywhere other than an empty spot on the map – and until 1900, only empty spots in the Southern Ocean. Not even land (or ice shelf). There’s more to say at another time about the fascinating, inspiring, hollow spot that is the farthest south, the pole itself.

But look at the fits-and-spurts non-pattern of this list of known farthest south records, which doesn’t include the legendary 7th-century feats of the Polynesian sailor Ui-te-Rangiora, who ventured far enough from to see icebergs, but does include the Yaghan natives of what’s now Tierra del Fuego, who probably sailed as far south as Cape Horn at the end of South America. Once the Europeans began trying transoceanic voyages, they set three successive furthest-souths in the 16th century but then only one in the 17th. Sailing so far south was simply too difficult and too unrewarding – not many places to colonize!

From Wikipedia

154 more years passed before James Cook set two farthest-south records, both on his second circumnavigation of the planet – and both measured with the famous marine chronometer that allowed sailors (Cook almost first among them) to precisely determine their position on north-south lines of longitude. Cook’s Second Voyage, in fact, was an effort to prove or disprove the existence of a Terra Australis, a huge unknown land at the bottom of the planet. Cook never saw that land, but he did sail far enough to encounter icebergs and other suggestions of a landmass even further south.

Cook died in Hawaii on his Third Voyage, and almost fifty years passed before another British sailor set a new record, then another twenty years before James Clark Ross went almost to 80º south in 1841 and 1842, reaching what’s now the Ross Sea, directly below New Zealand. As Britain and other European powers strived to colonize virtually all the rest of the planet, explorers had less interest in the southern continent itself, which was deemed to have value only as an object of scientific research – not as an object of colonization or even just economic extraction. (The whales and seals in the seas were valuable enough.) Answering calls late in the 19th century to finally investigate Antarctica proper, Carsten Borchgrevink set a new farthest south at 78º 50’ S on the ice shelf in the Ross Sea in 1900. Two years after that, Robert Falcon Scott went further down the shelf, finally passing beyond 80º S – a very forbidding few more degrees from the pole.

Seven years of increasingly intense international competition all around Antarctica (and, at the opposite end of the planet, around the North Pole) culminated in 1909 with Ernest Shackleton getting to within two degrees of the South Pole – a huge leap forward. And then Roald Amundsen finally made it to the pole at 90º S in January 1911, beating Scott by a few weeks. Amundsen brought his men back from the pole safely, but Scott and all his men died as they headed back north.

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Categories: Citizens

County looks to combine Social Services, Corrections Departments; District, NPD re-authorize School Resource Officer; Public Service wants you

KYMN Radio - Fri, 12/31/2021 - 1:17pm
Rice County Administrator Sara Folstad, County Social Services Director Mark Shaw, and Community Corrections Director Rick Gieseke gave a presentation to the Rice County Board of Commissioners earlier this month proposing to combine the Social Services and Corrections Departments in an effort to better serve the people of Rice County who need help and do it more

The Weekly List – The Rules for Humans Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 12/30/2021 - 6:00pm
Rich is joined by Laura Meyers to discuss the year-long conversation happening at Imminent Brewing regarding sexual harassment in the craft brewing industry, how Imminent moved to get out in front of any issues that could arise at the brewery, and just to have a larger conversation about the issue and the way we should

YEAR IN REVIEW: The biggest Northfield/Dundas stories in 2021

Northfield News - Thu, 12/30/2021 - 4:00pm
A lot has happened in the last year in Northfield; some good, some bad, sometimes predictable, but often unexpected. On balance, the top events last year were unusually interesting, often noteworthy and never boring.
Categories: Local News

NSP/Xcel Rate Case testimony on nuclear

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 12/30/2021 - 1:30pm
Within Red Wing city limits, and right next door to
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NSP/Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant is just 13.4 miles away through our bluffs, and more like 9 as the crow flies. And don’t forget about Monticello, same GE reactor as Fukushima Di’iachi, upriver, also on the Mississippi.

FYI, the NRC’s page for:

Prairie Island Enforcement Actions (it’s been a while, is that a good thing?)

Categories: Citizens

Hillmann discusses security and safety in schools; Benjamin Percy readies for Sundance Film Festival

KYMN Radio - Thu, 12/30/2021 - 12:02pm
Shortly before Northfield Public Schools went on holiday break, a trend occurred across the Tik Tok social media platform that was encouraging students to commit violence in their schools on a specific day. The trend became so concerning that many school districts across the country, including Farmington and Lakeville, shut down for the day. While no

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 12/30/2021 - 10:29am
Event date: January 4, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Time to Pass the Baton

As many of you know, Knecht’s founders Leif and Deb Knecht are retiring this winter. We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight their hard work and congratulate them on a well-earned retirement.

Leif started growing trees in 1988 and the obsession grew from there. By 1999, a landscaping division and full-blown retail garden center were born. One by one, hoop houses popped up and tree racks were erected to become the Knecht’s of today. 

Leif infused the business with his deep connection to plants and wildlife. It is not uncommon to hear him talking about trees as if they are his friends, and he has a keen eye for their creative potential. Leif thinks about plants not only as retail products, but as members of a wider ecosystem. His dedication to growing many of our oak trees from local seed is part of that connection to nature. Indeed, no acorn is unwanted- they simply must be planted! 

While Leif was out fighting squirrels for the most perfect acorns, Deb kept the business running smoothly. Her attention to detail cannot be overstated, and she ensured that Knecht’s met every new challenge. In addition to her eagle eye for administrative detail, Deb is a hosta fanatic. She built Knecht’s reputation as a hosta collector’s oasis and kept on top of every exciting new variety while maintaining a solid inventory of the classics. 

Leif and Deb leave the business in the capable hands of 16 year Knecht’s veteran, Jim Westlund. Jim started in 2005 and quickly became the fearless leader of our landscaping division and an integral part of the business as a whole. Jim’s track record as a good and kind leader, his commitment to high standards, and his unwavering work ethic ensure a smooth change of hands for Knecht’s. We will keep offering the same high quality plant material and customer service that our business was built on. 

Bon voyage and happy retirement to Leif and Deb! Here’s to basking in nature’s glory, taking some great pictures, and catching the biggest fish.




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Categories: Businesses

No threats to local school districts, but social media still presents problems

Northfield News - Thu, 12/30/2021 - 4:30am
While local school districts have not, thankfully, been thus far impacted by recent threats of violence on social media, local school leaders are still deeply concerned about the all too often toxic impacts of social media discourse.
Categories: Local News

Días festivos, navidad y nuevo año

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 8:00pm
Seguimos celebrando la época invernal de días festivos y navidad y preparándonos para el nuevo año.  

Northfield School District offering at-home Covid tests to students; Historical Society offers all third-graders museum field trip; Passport fees increase

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 12:02pm
As we move into what will be a third calendar year with Covid-19, and with the Omicron variant playing havoc with holiday plans, Northfield Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matt Hillmann said the district is taking another step to ensure the safety of all the students and staff when school resumes next week. Before that happens,

Only two comments on rulemaking

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 11:25am

Only two comments were filed by Advisory Committee members (not including utility comment prior to the 12/16/2021 Commission meeting):

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The Comments before-hand seem orchestrated, as much as the 97 or so last minute comments in November:

Withdrawal of proposed rules at the last minute? What’s the procedure? What happens now?

Have all these folks not heard of the notion of submitting a Rulemaking Petition if they want something other than what’s in the rules? The excuses mouthed by the Commission at that 12/16 meeting were utterly off point. No mention of the 2005 legislative changes, and attempts to subvert the “prime farmland” rule by weaving it into this? Just no…

Categories: Citizens

National Security This Week with Dr. Stephen Walt and Dr. Ron Krebs, 12-29-21

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 10:07am
Host Jon Olson talks with Dr. Stephen Walt from Harvard’s Kennedy School and Dr. Ron Krebs from the University of Minnesota. They discuss whether or not America should have a grand strategy.

Ben Percy on his film “Summering” premiering at Sundance Film Festival

KYMN Radio - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 9:06am
Local author and screenwriter Ben Percy discusses his film “Summering” that will premier at the Sundance Film Festival.  Visit for more information on his works.

NEW PUBLICATION: "An Attention to What Continues: Two Books on Herbaria"

Rob Hardy - Rough Draft - Tue, 12/28/2021 - 9:06am

In the December 2021 issue of The Critical Flame: "An Attention to What Continues: Two Books on Herbaria." A meditation on the the collection, mounting, and exchange of botanical specimens, in the form f a review of Helen Humphreys' Field Study: A Meditation on a Year at the Herbarium (2021) and Barbara M. Thiers' "Herbarium: The Quest to Preserve and Classify the World's Plants (202). 

Categories: Citizens

St. Olaf student’s foundation supports families impacted by sickle cell anemia

St. Olaf College - Thu, 12/23/2021 - 10:22am
St. Olaf student Tchofor Dick Nchang ’25 founded the Sickle Cell International Foundation, which has created partnerships with local hospitals in Cameroon to provide over $60,000 worth of feeding, tests, hospitalizations, and medications free of charge to 124 families and counting.  
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