Rice County Board approves refugee waiver

Northfield News - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 3:45pm
In a rare contested and controversial vote, Rice County’s Board of Commissioners approved a waiver to allow continued refugee resettlement.
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LBSA Nominates Two Staff for National Award

Laura Baker Services Association - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 2:28pm

Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) would like to congratulate two of our outstanding direct support staff, Molly Halls (Community Services) and Michelle Anderson (Oak Street Services).  They have been nominated by LBSA for the Direct Support Professional of the Year Award, given annually by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR).  ANCOR is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 1,600 community providers of services to people with disabilities.  Staff who are nominated have demonstrated a commitment to person-centered support, leadership, building relationships, and innovation.

Michelle is currently a senior residential counselor and has worked at LBSA for approximately a year and a half.  In a short period of time, Michelle has developed into a leader within the organization as evidenced by the fact that she is now a peer mentor for new staff in the household she works.  Her supervisor says that Michelle has a remarkable sense of purpose and determination in helping residents achieve their goals.  Recently, Michelle approached the house’s behavior analyst with a plan to implement a cooking goal that is in four of the resident’s person-centered plans.  Instead of focusing solely on cooking, Michelle has expanded it to include a variety of tasks that helps develop other skills including reading recipes, shopping, money management, planning and organization.  This is a good example of how Michelle can take a fresh look at client program plans and seek opportunities to further build skills that will be relevant to each individual’s goals.

Not only is she a committed, dependable employee, Michelle clearly enjoys her work.  She regularly involves her children in the lives of the residents she supports.  Recently she brought her kids to the house to trick or treat in costume.  This was especially meaningful to one client in particular who loves Halloween.  Michelle says one of her favorite things about working at LBSA is the expression on a client’s face when they accomplish a goal.  “I love my job!  I love the interaction with clients and being able to help them have better lives.”

Molly has worked at LBSA for about 12 years.  Molly has a gift of tuning into the needs and interests of the clients she supports to determine how she can best help them achieve their goals.  Then she uses kindness and persistence to make that happen.

In recent years, Molly has had an opportunity to practice her skills of client centered support helping new residents make the transition to a new living environment.  She says that one of the most amazing things she’s seen since working at LBSA was the transformation of one new client.  “In the first couple of months, we were afraid we couldn’t figure her out, and how to work with her.”  Molly said that once she and other staff got to spend time with her and got to know her personality and understand her support needs, her progress was remarkable.  “She is really a funny, creative, bright person.”  Molly adds that she has an incredible sense of humor and now is doing new things.  “She just recently joined the LBSA choir.  Nobody thought that was possible.”

Molly says that her favorite thing about working at LBSA is the connections she develops with her clients she supports. “When they’re struggling, and I can help them figure something out is very satisfying.”  She adds, “If feel alive when I’m caring for someone.”  Molly’s enjoyment of her work has resulted in making a few referrals encouraging people to work at LBSA.  “My sister, my mom and my nephew all work here now.”, she chuckles.

LBSA is fortunate to have committed, talented staff like Molly and Michelle on our team!

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Water talk newsletter from the MN DNR

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 2:27pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued their year-end newsletter regarding water issues within the State. Click on the links for the stories. It’s been a wet year. MN Water Talk

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Adventures in the New Humanities: Houston, we have disruption

St. Olaf College - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 2:10pm
In this "Adventures in the New Humanities" blog post, Professor of History Judy Kutulas explains why Interim is a time for some of the best and most exhilarating teaching opportunities at St. Olaf.
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Home Free for a Year winner announced

Northfield News - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 2:03pm
Brenna Madrid from Minot, North Dakota, is the winner of APG’s Home Free for a Year national sweepstakes.
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Planning Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 12:21pm
Event date: January 16, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
1615 Riverview Dr.
Northfield, MN 55057

2019 - A Crackerjack Year

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 12:19pm

When my daughter, Louisa, asked a few weeks ago what I wanted for my birthday, I had a quick response: "Take me to see the movie Little Women while you're home for Christmas."
I received my gift Monday evening, the night before she returned to California. She bought my ticket, and my husband, Steve, and son Elias accompanied us to the local theater, where I proceeded to cry intermittently throughout the film. The tears came in some unexpected places – like where Jo breaks down over her shorn hair, her "one beauty" – but I was not surprised that my eyes grew moist at the part where Jo holds a copy of her newly bound book in her hands. 
I can now relate to that surreal, momentous feeling of holding my own book in my hands for the first time. It's why 2019 was a crackerjack year for me. It's the year I became an author. It's the year Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man became an honest-to-goodness book, one that you can buy in a bookstore, or check out from a library.
The companion book to Crackerjack Bands - a limited edition!"To write a book someday" was a vague goal I'd had since early elementary school, when I began reading voraciously. Two of my favorite book characters were writers: Betsy Ray in the Betsy-Tacy series by Mankato author Maud Hart Lovelace; and Jo March, in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. I'd get gray pencil smears on my (left) writing hand – emulating Jo's ink-stained fingers – while scribbling in Mead notebooks, and for a time, I kept my writing in a trunk, like Betsy. I checked out stacks of books from the library, and spent gift money on books at B. Dalton, and I was smitten with the thought that one day my name could also be on a book, and that book, and my words, would remain for others to read, long after I was no longer around.
As I grew older and focused on telling true stories through journalism, the goal of writing a book became even hazier; whenever people would ask, I'd say I hadn't yet come across an idea worthy of a book. Unlike Maud and Louisa, I was not inspired to use my childhood experiences as the basis for fiction. Instead, I shelved the idea of writing a book while I pursued a career, and began raising a family, and then, low and behold, the idea for a book came when I was least expecting it. It took me an entire decade — essentially all of my 40s — to become the writer character in my own nonfiction book about my musical great-grandfather, G. Oliver Riggs.
I don't expect to become a movie character anytime soon, although I did retain the rights to any movie adaptations of my book (Greta Gerwig, feel free to contact me at But I am happy to report that I'm already featured in a second book, written by my new favorite author named Louisa – my daughter, Louisa.
For years at Christmas, our family of five has drawn names and exchanged what we call Kris Kringle gifts, which have to be something you do or make for the person. Louisa had my name for the first time in several years, and she surprised me with an astonishing gift: Crackerjack Joy the Hometown Author: The Story of a Minnesota Music Mom, by Louisa Lawler. She accomplished in a few days what took me years; she interviewed her two brothers, her dad, my mom, my writing mentor Kate Hopper, and my friend Myrna Mibus, and wrote a 30-page book about what she learned about me and my book.
Much like the experience of watching what, in my opinion, is the best-yet movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, I laughed and cried as I read the book by my own "little woman."
It concludes with these words: 
"Mom was continuing the family story every day; finding new articles, speaking to people who knew G. Oliver, and sharing stories of bands, bears and cowboys. One day she might even find that legendary picture of G. Oliver and Sousa, stashed away in somebody's storage locker or safety deposit box.
Wherever she ended up finding it, I was proud of my little Kris Kringle project. Mom was helping so many families record and preserve their stories, it was a privilege to be able to record a little of hers."
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2020 brings you an abundance of creativity, a wealth of pleasant surprises, and enough tissues to catch your tears of happiness.
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Over 51 years on KYMN, Eddy signs off; Ditch the diet, get a plan with nutrition coaches

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director … audio starts with the Ballad of Wayne Eddy (listen below)   It’s the end of an era, not just the decade. After over 51 years on the air at KYMN, Wayne Eddy announced his retirement on Tuesday. He has over 10,000 interviews under his belt with over 2,000 in the

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Arts and Culture Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:52am
Event date: January 13, 2020
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Library Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:51am
Event date: January 8, 2020
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:40am
Event date: January 28, 2020
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Environmental Quality Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:37am
Event date: January 15, 2020
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Heritage Preservation Commission

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:21am
Event date: January 8, 2020
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Heritage Preservation Commission

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:21am
Event date: January 8, 2020
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Petition for EAW – Freeborn Wind

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:20am

Association of Freeborn County Landowners has filed a Petition for Environmental Assessment Worksheet on Freeborn County Wind. Minn. R. 4410.1100. It’s HUGE, my server was over quota, so it’s been going out just one piece (of 10) an hour, should be done in about half an hour. Times like these it sure would be good to have minions. AFCL did a tremendous job, getting over 380 signatures for the Petition over just 3 days. WOW!

Here it is:


And the Exhibits – here’s the Table of Contents to make it easier to find them:

Exhibits Table of Contents, Exhibits A-DDownload Exhibit E-1Download Exhibit E-2Download Exhibit E-3Download Exhibit E-4Download Exhibit E-5Download Exhibit E-6aDownload Exhibit E-6bDownload Exhibits F-HDownload Exhibit I-WDownload

Whew – emailing one per hour takes WAY too long, but even zipped, Exhibit E was still over 100 mb, no way to send that. Posting this took all of 20 minutes with interruptions. Technology…

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Sheriff Troy Dunn

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 9:22am

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn talks about using caution in poor driving conditions and discusses poor lake ice conditions.  Dunn was recently elected President of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association and will be working with legislators on issues such as funding for mental health, pushing to not legalize marijuana in Minnesota, and more.  

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New Year reflections

Duck Fat and Politics - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 7:37pm
Happy New Year! When I wrote my first blog post in 2007 I was interested in gardening, the way we thought about food, how and where it was produced, the culture of dinnertime, and the role it played in fostering community.  I loved writing while observing my own family and circle of friends as we raised our children, but over the years ended up feeling marginalized and too amateurish to continue. It seemed that overnight everyone became a foodie and blogs and television food shows became increasingly competitive, and the aspects I love most about food were diminished. I lost heart and confidence and over time the blog withered.

As this new decade begins, I can see how my own life has changed since the last one, especially since 2012, when we moved from Minnesota to Vermont.  A job change means I now travel to Asia four or more times every year, and the perspective I’ve developed wandering through markets and neighborhoods from Japan to India has deepened my appreciation for the central role that food plays in our lives and its importance in shaping cultures and economies. Sitting at the dinner table and talking long into the night is as relevant today as it was when our kids were kids, and a bowl of chicken soup or a thick slice of crusty sourdough bread continues to nourish my spirit as well as my body. And, more than ever, the need for community compels me to pick up my pen and write again, even though I’m not always sure who or where my community is. It feels a little disorienting - or maybe disheartening - that I can feel at home in the wet markets of Seoul and Bangkok but out of place in the co-op around the corner from our home. I continue to believe that sitting down with people and sharing a meal is one of the simplest and most important ways to build community but rarely manage to do it with the friends I’ve made here in Vermont.

You who are my friends know that I can get excited when I talk, and what I hope to continue with here is a mixture of that excitement and passion for a grilled cheese sandwich or a profound bottle of wine as well as more thoughtful, reflective pieces about things that matter to me – food, family, culture, politics and, of course, God.
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Slower Than Molasses - But Still Moving

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 4:02pm
Happy New Year you all! Yes, it's 2020 and I haven't posted anything on this blog for, oh, a couple of years. Oh well. Here I am now writing a quick update because I got out and rode my fat bike in the snow today. I didn't make it a mile and I went slower than molasses in January (how appropriate for the first day of January!) but I am still happy about the fact that I got out on my bike. Why? Well, let me tell you.

I haven't been on any of my bikes since summer so getting out today for even a super short and slow ride feels like a huge accomplishment. Correction - it is a huge accomplishment. There have been things, physical things like tennis elbow and weird tailbone muscular pain and a less-than-fun surgery  that I'm still recovering from this past year and then some other stuff that have made bicycling next to impossible. But today, on the first day of a new year, I decided to get out on my fat bike and give it a go in the fresh snow.
Rocket the dog loves to join us when we rideThe plan was simple - For Owen and I to ride down our runway and back and to take our dog, Rocket, out with us for some exercise, too. I got suited up and ready to go and found myself almost puking before I even got out the door (nerves, I guess). Oh well. Got outside and walked the bike through the snow to the plowed, more easily rideable but still ungroomed for bicycling part of the runway and my chain jammed on pretty much my first pedal stroke. Got that fixed. And then I rode. Not far. Not fast. But I rode my bike and it felt good to do it.

And then I put my bike away, took off all my winter riding stuff, and stretched for twice as long as I rode. Yes, parts of my body don't feel great right now and it's hard to know if that's from lack of riding or because of my previously mentioned issues. Probably both things but I'm not sure. I am sure, however, that I want to get back out and try again.

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10% OFF Knecht’s Gift Certificates

Wrap up your holiday shopping with 10% OFF Knecht’s Gift Certificates!  This week only – December 16-20, 2019.  Call to order over the phone or stop in during our office hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 2:00.

Knecht’s Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount and they never expire or decrease in value.  If you’re unable to stop in at the office this week to pick yours up, just give us a call!  We are happy to mail them to you or directly to your recipient.

Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping Office:  507-645-5015

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Unusual Gifts for Gardeners in the North

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 11:01am

It’s the time of year when lists of gifts for gardeners are everywhere, and while any gardener would love an amaryllis bulb, a pruning snip or a new set of garden gloves, sometimes you want something a bit more unusual. Here are a few gifts for gardeners that aren’t expected. An Olla. I bought this ... Read More about Unusual Gifts for Gardeners in the North

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