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Area hospitals ease visitor restrictions

Northfield News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 9:39am
Northfield Hospital + Clinics and Allina Health facilities in Faribault and Owatonna are adjusting their visitor policies as part of COVID restrictions. Included in the Monday announcement, is a note that the changes may be reversed if there’s an increase…
Categories: Local News

Hospital board member cites COVID-19 racial disparities in call for change

Northfield News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 9:24am
With racial inequalities and disparities exacerbated by COVID-19, Charlie Mandile called on his fellow Northfield Hospital and Clinics board members to address the issue as the pandemic continues to leave minority groups overrepresented in cases.
Categories: Local News

June 2020

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:44am
30 Tuesday Clean teeth. Your dentist’s demeanor. Nighttime. Relaxing in bed. Waking up in the middle of the night and then falling quickly back to sleep. The sound and feel of a fan blowing all night long. White butterflies. When they treat your ash tree. And may she stand tall, and provide shelter, for many […]
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Preparation Not Procrastination

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 8:18pm
Looking for something to listen to as I dosed off — something that didn’t involve Trump news — I stumbled last night upon close to the opposite: “Roy’s Writing Tools,” a “podcast” version of the Poynter Institute’s Roy Peter Clark’s book, Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. Exactly eleven years ago today tool […]
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ZBA/PC Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 4:47pm
Event date: July 16, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 387-162-077

Riverfront Enhancement Advisory Committee Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 4:40pm
Event date: July 8, 2020
Event Time: 11:45 AM - 01:15 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
You can dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 251-704-637

Thomas family gift for research honors son, an Ole and veteran

St. Olaf College - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 3:00pm
The Adam S. Thomas Endowment for Science supports mentored research in the natural sciences. Named in memory of Adam Thomas ’07, it advances work in environmental studies, which Adam felt was deeply important.
Categories: Colleges

Two charged with providing heroin to OD victim

Northfield News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 2:30pm
A heroin overdose Friday in Faribault has resulted in the arrests of two people who reportedly supplied the victim with the drug.
Categories: Local News

Downtown eyewear business to close

Northfield News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 2:25pm
After serving as a place for unique eyewear for six years in downtown Northfield, Vision will close July 11 and merge into River Valley Eye Professionals.
Categories: Local News

Summer CURI program adapts to virtual research

St. Olaf College - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:38pm
A total of 27 faculty have quickly adapted to provide 77 students with expert guidance on research projects throughout the summer as part of St. Olaf College's Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program.
Categories: Colleges

NPD trains extensively on race equity, use of force and more; City spends thousands on channelizers; Cedar Lake public access will close for improvements

KYMN Radio - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield Police Department has had many questions regarding their policies. On June 12th, Chief Monte Nelson put out a message answering those questions. It remains posted HERE. NPD training and policies include implicit bias, crisis intervention, de-escalation, response and recognition of persons in mental health crisis, race and equity

Fine, Thanks – Stories from the Cancerland Jungle

KYMN Radio - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 11:20am
FINE, THANKS: STORIES FROM THE CANCERLAND JUNGLE by Mary Dunnewold is a memoir chronicling one woman’s battle with cancer as well as her eventual victory. Today’s 15 with the Author is special in that I have suspended new interviews since Covid, but when Mary sent me a copy of her book, I opened it up

Normandale Japanese Garden Tour

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 11:04am

Most (maybe all) master gardener and garden club garden tours have been cancelled this summer due to COVID-19. Understandable, but still a bummer for those of us who can’t think of a better summer activity than exploring a garden. So, I decided to create my own garden tour in 2020, visiting public gardens within a ... Read More about Normandale Japanese Garden Tour

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Categories: Citizens

Reimagining Primary Source Searching to Help Dismantle Institutional Racism

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:49am
Bundle of Newspaper Lot from Pikrepo

Primary source searching is hard. It has always been hard. First there was the problem of extremely limited access (unless you had travel funding and archives access). Then, after the digitization boom, there’s the new problem of helping students understand that they can’t search for topics or ideas; they have to search for concrete things from the source description or from the text already in the source. “Postcard” will likely be in the metadata about a postcard, but “depicting domesticity in the 18th century” is just not part of the metadata as a general rule. I tell students that they have to search for people, places, or things, not topics. And even then it won’t be comprehensive. And there’s literally no way to search for “paintings by women” or “novels by Black people.” That’s just not how the systems are set up, I say, over and over and over. You have to literally type in the letters-in-a-row that the original authors typed, or you have to know the name of the creator, I explain, over and over and over. If you want to find out how x group is referenced in newspapers, you have to OR together all the names and words that might have been associated with that group, I instruct, over and over and over.

And therein lies the rub. I am no longer willing to inflict on my students the trauma – the violence – of ORing together all the epithets that have been used in newspapers and legislation and editorial cartoons and broadsides to refer to minority groups. It’s one thing to be presented with these terms once you’ve gained access to a historical document. It’s quite another to have to use your imagination, creativity, and research skills to come up with these terms. And then after all that you have to actively recreate these epithets by typing these terms into a search box?? All neatly strung together with your fancy boolean operators?? No. Doing that myself is painful. Requiring students to do that in order to gain access to the historical record is horrible.

Going through and improving the metadata in our digital collections is going to be hard, expensive, and time consuming. The historic record is quite large, after all. But we and our vendors must do this work. It’s our ethical, moral, and social responsibility, and the technology exists to make it possible. We’ve been applying subject metadata to secondary and tertiary sources for years — for decades. And especially now that curricula have shifted toward teaching from primary sources more and more, we can’t hide behind the convenient excuse that “this is just the price you pay for studying history.” No. This is not a price we should have to pay. This is certainly not the price that my Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ, Latinx, and other historically marginalized students should have to pay in order to study history and culture.

Categories: Citizens

NH+C CEO: Caution needed to prevent further COVID-19 outbreaks

Northfield News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:18am
Northfield Hospital and Clinics President/CEO Steve Underdahl called for caution on Thursday as approximately half of U.S. states see spikes in COVID-19 and Minnesota sees a continued decline in hospitalizations from the virus.
Categories: Local News

Chamber hopes to boost local eateries with 'Minne-roadtrip' checks

Northfield News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:00am
With local bars and restaurants struggling to recover from losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, area Chambers of Commerce & Tourism are partnering with their neighbors to try and help.
Categories: Local News

Be Careful What You Wish For

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:53am
While I am not in favor of destruction, and I take a strong stand against accidental death — most especially if innocent animals are involved — I do like me a good summer storm. Give me rolling thunder and flashes of light that cut through windows and bounce around the room. Rain. Is there any […]
Categories: Citizens

Attention!

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 5:33am
Mindfulness is all the rage right now. Maybe it’s the contrarian in me, but for some time I have noticed a mild but adverse reaction arise inside when I hear that word. This even though I know — even though I have seen in my own life — that locating oneself in the present brings […]
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Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections in the Midwestern U.S. Linked to Bagged Salad Mix

KYMN Radio - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 5:27am
6-29-20 Teri Knight The bagged salad recall expands. The FDA and CDC are investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclospora infections linked to bagged salad mixes sold in the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota at HyVee, Aldi and Walmart stores. I have a lot more information on our website including all the specific brands, of which there

Fine Tune archive #399 green summer 2020.06.28

KYMN Radio - Sun, 06/28/2020 - 7:20pm
An archived edition of Fine Tune for this 2nd Sunday of summer. It originally aired June 24, 2018. (playlist to come)  
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