Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | August 29, 2019

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 5:06pm

TODAY’S PROGRAM | Thursday, August 29, 2019

Today: Thacker, Classification (Koenig)

Next Week: Bike Tour Prep

Birthdays: Rotarians Around the World

Last Week: 

Mark Lancaster, Northfield Insurance Agency

Mark moved here last October after purchasing Northfield Insurance Agency. Kevin Rodgers and his wife are both still working there and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Mark’s wife of nearly 10 years, Tricia, is a corporate attorney for Taylor Corp in North Mankato. Both are former college basketball players, and at 6’9” and 6’3” they are one of the tallest married couples in the world. They met when his sister signed him up for a membership in; all it took for both Mark and Tricia was a one-month membership.

Their daughter Mackenzie, a sophomore at UW River Falls, wants to be a veterinarian. Their six-year-old twins, Eleanor and Coraline, are the tallest twins in their age group in the country right now. And their youngest, Josephine, is four. 

Mark is from Amboy, Minn., and played basketball in Maple River, where they won a state championship in ‘93. He played on an all-star team with Northfield’s Sam Richardson and was a McDonald’s All American player. Tricia played basketball at Gustavus.

They are very happy in Northfield — a nice bonus, since they came here only because of the business opportunity. They feel confident they have found their forever home.

The name Mark means “strong defender” and he has chosen to live his life that way. His father told him you can be intimidating and bully people, or you can choose to be caring and use your size to defend others. Mark sees his business role that way as well, helping people protect their most important assets.


Rick Estenson moved to Northfield 29 years ago. His wife, Kris, works at the Piper Center at St. Olaf. Their son Sam, a former Outbound to Japan, works at Google. Their daughter Maria works for Ashoka, which is DC-based, but is now working remotely from Salt Lake City, where she has recently moved for her husband’s job. Rick works at First National Bank of Northfield, whose ownership will change a week from tomorrow though nothing else will change for quite a while. Perhaps next May or June they will lose the FNB name and become part of the Merchants network. Merchants is a Winona-based bank. They’ve been told they’ll still pretty much run independently.

Exchange Students Arriving:

Vice President Vicki Dilley introduced four of the five 2019-2020 Inbound students who have recently arrived: Mark from Hungary, Diogo from Brazil, Oliver (Ollie) from Slovakia and Araceli (Ara) from Paraguay.

2017-2018 Inbound Bea from Brazil is back in Northfield to start college at St. Olaf. She introduced her sister and her mother, who is a Youth Exchange Officer at her Rotary club in Brazil.

Statement of Purpose: The Rotary Club of Northfield is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Pascal Cogan (Charlie Cogan); Tanya Charlick-Paley, Rotary member and YEO from Owatonna, now working at St. Olaf’s Institute for Freedom and Community (Jean Wakely).

Scholarship Enhancement: Ollie


• The Bike Tour still needs a few volunteers, especially sag drivers on Saturday but also helping putting up the route signs on Friday and base cleanup from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

• The Rotary Foundation was named the #1 charity on Charity Navigator’s recent “10 best” list!

• Nigeria has now gone three full years with no new cases of polio, so polio has been declared eradicated in Nigeria. If there are no new cases in the next year, all of Africa will be declared polio-free.

• Rick Olson from Prior Lake Rotary will be talking about renewable options for your home August 22 here at the Methodist church.

• The new Rotary-sponsored EV charging station downtown is already in frequent use and serves as an education tool as well as being useful. 

• The CRWP’s fishing event at Ames Park is August 24, 1-3 p.m. 44 kids have signed up. If you love fishing and want to come and help kids learn, they would love the help. 

Happy News:  

• Bruce Morlan surprised and converted a northern Minnesota audience member when they learned he is a conservative who supports doing something about climate change. • Ann and Mike Leming went to the recent EV test drive in Faribault and bought a Tesla.

• Kristi Pursell and her husband are celebrating  their 10 year anniversary. • Penny Hillemann is delighted to have purchased a powerful electric lawn mower that can manage the overgrown grass in her yard. • Larry Vorweck and his wife are celebrating their 23rd anniversary. • Virginia Lorang is proud new grandmother of a baby girl. • Fred Rogers and his wife celebrated their 43rd anniversary yesterday.


Categories: Organizations

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 5:05pm
Event date: September 3, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Becoming a librarian for Computer Science

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 3:48pm

For 14 years, I’ve been a librarian for a pretty cohesive set of language and literature departments. My BA and MA are both in literary criticism, and I studied a few languages (not fluent in any of them any more, sadly), so my core departments have felt very much like home to me.

Photo by Jorge Jesus from Pexels

As you probably know, I also love computer stuff. I’ve never been formally trained in any of it, but I’m a huge fan and an intrepid experimenter. Plus the CS faculty here are awesome and many of them were friends of mine already, so when the chance came for me to be their liaison I said YES. Besides, I could draw parallels from some of the strategies of language research to the strategies of CS research.

But there’s also a lot that’s very very new to me, starting with exactly how information literacy works in CS… You know, just a small thing. Where does information literacy fit into a curriculum that’s full of coding and not a whole lot of traditional literature searching?

Thankfully the faculty here and the absolutely outstanding CS and STEM librarians at the Library Society of the World have been great partners and resources for me in my first year of being the CS librarian. I’ve also made a point of attending as many presentations and functions in that department as I can, listening for how information literacy works in CS. Here’s what I’ve found so far.

Information literacy in CS – Early observations
  • You’re going to need a good, well-evaluated corpus to train your AI.
    You kind of have to know what gets included in a corpus, and how, and where that stuff originated from in order to understand what your AI can or should do with the stuff, or to interpret what it spits out. Misunderstanding your corpus can result in wonky AI results. Luckily, librarians happen to have a long history of working with the kinds of things that get included in large text or metadata corpus-type-thingies — finding, evaluating, and using them!
  • You’re going to need good data to develop your visualizations.
    I’m learning a lot from our data librarian here. The one thing I found most interesting this past year is that CS students here have high confidence that they can knit datasets together to get what they want, but they have low levels of experience in determining if the datasets in question are built on compatible methodologies and variables. Next year I’ll spend a lot more time emphasizing that I’m not cautioning against combining datasets because the combining is hard — I’m cautioning against it because the thing you create might be the worst kind of chimera.
  • You’re going to need to think about license agreements and copyright if you’re using stuff that other people built, including APIs.
    Luckily, librarians have a long history of working with intellectual property topics!
  • You’re probably going to need to find libraries (the code kind, not the institution kind) or algorithms or code bases to work with.
    I haven’t really dipped my toes into this water yet, but what I have noticed is that students talk about this process differently than faculty do. Students talk about “looking online” and evaluating for speed, memory needs, and functions. Faculty talk about finding something that will be stable over time, with good documentation and a track record. There are undertones of publisher/author credibility, reliability, and stability threaded throughout. Definitely something for me to think about.
  • If you want to build something new, you’ll have to know the state of the art, past and present.
    This is where I’m learning more… and it needs more than a sentence or two, so I’ll give it a couple whole sections.
Finding The Current State of the Art

How do you know that what you’re building is new? And how do you make sure you’re building constructively on what’s already known? Translated into library-speak: What’s the conversation on this topic, and how does this project move that conversation forward? The information need is familiar to me, but the places to find that information are … not. CS has traditional scholarly publication venues, sure, but unlike my other fields, CS draws heavily on conference papers, research and technical reports, and patents. Not only that, but a bunch of stuff is proprietary — decidedly not the case for the latest interpretations of Hamlet.

So I’ve been trying to build up my skills in the grey literature area. Current strategies include using more familiar library databases to find out the names of people, associations, or institutions that are active in an area, and taking that knowledge over to Google for some advanced googling. I’m curious to see if Inspec Analytics turns out to be helpful with this, too, to help me figure out which institutions are active in an area and might have repositories of research and technical reports.

Patents are playing a larger and larger role in my work because that’s one of the only ways I’ve found of peeking into the proprietary research. That’s where company secrets comes right up against the desire to protect IP for future profit. So I’ve been exploring ways of navigating patents and analyzing publication and citation patterns to help me figure out the past and present of a process or topic. Are there key people or companies at play in a particular area? Do those people or companies have other reports available to the public?

Delving into the past to improve the future

There was a fascinating talk here last spring by an engineer working on Non-Volatile Memory. One of her many useful insights during the talk was that back in the 1960s people were working on Mmap, and in the 1980s “Bubble Memory” was set to be the memory of the future. It didn’t become the memory of the future, so most people now don’t know the term or remember the concept, but there are a lot of things about Bubble Memory that are the same as NVM. There’s also a nearly 40-year conversation about developing persistent languages (apparently called “persistent foo,” which is awesome) vs persistent databases. One of the speaker’s points was that finding out these kinds of histories can save people from reinventing wheels, falling into the old pitfalls, and basically repeating history in the worst way.

Of course this set me to wondering how a librarian could coach students in a research strategy to find things that are the similar but not necessarily the same, and that don’t share a lot of keywords. And how would you map out and synthesize what you find in meaningful ways, but as efficiently as possible? So next I think I’ll explore the literature around persistent memory, starting with the specifics this speaker mentioned in her talk, and see which search tools give students a good way to discover this kind of overlap with historical avenues of research. Strategy suggestions welcome!

So much more to learn

Soon we’ll launch into my second school year as the CS liaison, and I have a long way to go before I’ll feel like I really know how information works in this field. What do YOU think I should know in order to be the best librarian I can be for this field?

Categories: Citizens

Traffic deaths up statewide, but continue downward slide

Northfield News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 2:35pm
ST. PAUL — Traffic deaths in Minnesota increased 6% last year, but continue a downward trend over a five-year period, according to a state report released Thursday.
Categories: Local News

Northfield man receives six years stayed sentence in heroin case; Lonsdale man convicted in July of domestic assault pleads guilty to another one; Northfield School District reaches tentative agreement with NEA; Northfield youth involvement in civics

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A Northfield man who admitted to feeding his own heroin habit by selling the drug pleaded guilty to 2nd degree drug sale and was sentenced yesterday in Rice County Court. On February 7, 2019, agents with the Cannon River Drug Task Force searched 1210 Greenvale Avenue where  37-year-old Jeremy Jacob

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A Message from Otto: An Update on Life with the Alpacas

Northfield Construction Company - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 11:33am
Hi, Otto here. I thought it was probably time I updated you again on life with the Alpacas. To survive the brutal and cold winter months, both the Alpacas and I grew out our coats. It was at that moment that they realized I was not much different than they are, and they accepted me....
Categories: Businesses

Non-emergency phone lines to police departments are down

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 11:29am

Non-emergency phone lines from the Rice County Sheriff’s Office, Faribault Police Department and Northfield Police Department to the 911 Center are down due to a fiber cut. Please use 911 if you need to call for assistance. For non-emergency calls, please use 507-645-4477. We will let you know as soon as these lines are restored.

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Northfield runner helps raise more than $10,000 for Alzheimer's awareness

Northfield News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 10:30am
A Northfield man committed to combating Alzheimer’s disease has helped raise more than $10,000 this year.
Categories: Local News

What’s Happening Today in my Garden

The calendar says it is still summer, but the low humidity, cooler temps and a north breeze makes us all think of Fall.  My favorite time of the year.

Sedum ‘Karl’

Walking around the yard today the fall perennials are coming into their own.  I was going to dig up my sedum because it has always flopped by this time.  With losing so many trees in the tornado last fall, I have more sun on this bed and my sedum is looking great!  Sedums are a great perennial because it is really low maintenance, and during the spring and summer, adds texture to the perennial bed.  Then, late summer it starts to blossom and will provide  beautiful fall color until frost.

The turtlehead are just starting to bloom.  The foliage of the

Turtlehead ‘Hot Lips’

turtlehead is a deep green – much deeper in color than most other greens from the surrounding plants.  It is a taller perennial, so be sure to place in the back of the bed, or in the center of an island bed.  It will spread somewhat so be ready for that!  

Ligularia ‘Othello’ Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’

Ligularia!  My ‘Rocket’ ligularia have already bloomed, but my Britt Marie Crawford and Othello just started blooming a weekor so ago.  Britt Marie Crawford with the deep purple leaves is stunning with the yellow flowers.  Again, these are taller perennials so watch your placement.  They stay put so no worries about spreading.



Rudbeckia Goldsturm in shade garden

Then again – my Goldsturm Rudbeckia.  We have many groups throughout the yard, but the picture here is of the boulder garden on the north side of our house.  It is beautiful.  We have had Rudbeckia blossoming forweeks now and it looks just as if it started.  It will be looking incredible until October!

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

The hydrangeas continue to shine!  Shrub form or tree form – they are beacons in the garden.  The picture here is of our Vanilla Strawberry shrub form hydrangea.  We have some type of hydrangea on each side of the yard so no matter where we are – we are treated to the beauty of these plants.

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Categories: Businesses

Protect Your Trees

Corrugated Tree Wraps

It’s time to start to protect your trees!  What you want to do is to protect the trunks of young trees against a variety of unfortunate things that could happen.

Here in the woods, we have put on tree protectors already because of the pressure from the deer.   Bucks will come and rub their antlers up against the bark of young trees.  Once you have seen a buck rub on your newly planted tree, you will be devastated.  A mark about 12″-18″ long up and down the side of the tree.  Depending on the tree and how deep the wound is – a tree may be able to recover and heal over from being “attacked” by the deer – but it will have a scar forever.

Spiral Tree Wraps

The other calamaties that can happen to these young trees include being dinner for the rabbits and mice in the winter when food is scarce and sun scald.   Mice will be under the snow and can nibble the bark down close to the ground.  Rabbits will do the same, only on their level.  Be aware though during the winter that when drifts start to form, rabbits can nibble on trees – 2′-3′ up by sitting on top of the snow!  

The damage caused by sun scald can severely damage a tree.  The warm late winter sun can warm the trunk causing the sap to start to run prematurely.  Then when the temperature dips to below freezing, the sap freezes, causing the bark to crack.  We refer to this as frost cracking.  Just like an antler rub from the deer, this causes a scar that will be with the tree for years.

To protect your trees, you need to wrap them.  We use a variety of white tree wraps.  Why white?  White will repel the rays of the sun.  You do not want to use anything black, or clear because it will warm the trunk up even more.  Make sure you get the wrap as close to the ground as you can and start wrapping up for 3′-4′. 

Flat corrugated plastic tree wrap

Wrap your trees now if you have deer pressure, or late Sept/Oct.  Remove the wraps in the spring.  We store ours in garbage bags – put them on the shelf in the garage and they are ready for installation again in the fall.  Most of our wraps last about 4-5 years, making it an affordable option for protecting your trees.

We have spiral wraps, 2′, 3′ & 4′ corrugated protectors and 4′ flat corrugated protectors.  Which one do you use?   The size of your tree will determine the most appropriate protector.  We are open 7 days a week!  Stop in and select the ones that will protect your trees.

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Categories: Businesses

Jenna Dardis

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 9:44am

Jenna Dardis of Benjamin Bus talks about school bus safety. School begins next Tuesday!

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GALLERY: Go, fetch! Dog swim takes place at Old Memorial Pool

Northfield News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 9:41am
Dogs were encouraged to swim and interact with each other during a dog swim Aug. 28 at Northfield Old Memorial Pool.
Categories: Local News

Angelica Linder

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 9:40am

Angelica Linder, Outreach Coordinator of the Northfield Public Library, talks about her role at the library and the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration kicking off on September 14.

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2019 DJJD Horseshoe Hunt clue No. 2

Northfield News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 8:43am
Clue No.2:
Categories: Local News

Man pleads not guilty to murder in OD death; Bid awarded for Dundas City Hall; No more “Garage of Goodness”; Hillmann announces NEA award winners

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director The man law enforcement says is responsible for the heroin overdose of 38-year-old Jason Madow last June pled not guilty yesterday in Rice County Court. 28-year-old Anthoney Fugalli has been in the Rice County jail since June of last year, charged with multiple counts of selling heroin between April and

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Brett Reese

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:08am

Brett Reese, long-time Northfielder and Managing Principal at Rebound Enterprises LLC, is Wayne’s guest. Reese recently made a generous donation to the Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee.  

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Rhonda Pownell and Meleah Follen

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 9:43am

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Meleah Follen, Youth Engagement Director for the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, talk about efforts to expand youth voices in the community and the various boards and commissions on which youth are serving.  

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Cathy Osterman

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 9:32am

Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Cathy Osterman talks about NHS events coming up during the Defeat of Jesse James Days including the Joseph Lee Heywood Memorial Service on Wednesday, September 4, that kicks off DJJD. For more information on Northfield Historical Society events, visit  

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“Supporting Farmers in Tough Times” meeting to be held September 3

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 9:26am

August 28, 2019 Source: Claire LaCanne, Extension Educator-Ag Production Systems University of Minnesota Extension  Rice & Steele Counties Release Date: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Supporting Farmers in Tough Times” Meeting to be held September 3 Owatonna, Minn. — University of Minnesota Extension will host “Supporting Farmers in Tough Times,” an educational meeting for area professionals who

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2019 DJJD Horseshoe Hunt clue No. 1

Northfield News - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 7:03am
This is the true story of Alexander Franklin James. Born Jan. 10, 1843, in Clay County, Missouri and died Feb. 18, 1915 (aged 72) in Clay County.
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