“Thank you for the music,” cast of “Mamma Mia!”

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 8:16pm

The fall theater season kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13, with a COVID-19-adjusted outdoor performance of “Mamma Mia!” directed by Department Chair of Theater Karen Wilson. The theater department originally planned to premiere the musical on campus last April but had to postpone it due to the pandemic. 

Students filled the lawn in front of Boe Chapel — each in a physically distanced spray-painted circle on the grass — over an hour before the performance began. Attendees brought blankets and masks in order to maintain social distancing guidelines while watching the performance. Promptly at 2 p.m., ABBA music started blasting through the speakers, and the performance began. 

“Mamma Mia!” follows a young woman, Sophie, as she prepares for her wedding at her mother’s hotel in Greece. After reading her mother’s diary, Sophie invites three men to the wedding, each one of whom may be her father, and lighthearted yet heartfelt shenanigans ensue once the three potential fathers arrive. 

Tamsin Olson ’21 shined as Sophie, one of the leads. Olson’s voice complimented Sophie’s bubbly character, and she proved her prowess as a talented actor. Mary Maker ’23 played Sophie’s mother, Donna. Her energy, comedic timing and vocal range were extraordinary. Despite a few unfortunate microphone malfunctions, Olson and Maker had excellent chemistry as a mother-daughter duo. 

Tyler Krohn ’21, Andrew Decker ’23 and Aidan Sivers-Boyce ’22 played each of the three possible fathers. Krohn’s delightful British accent and perfectly awkward mannerisms made him quite lovable on stage. Decker had several wonderful vocal solos and his perfectly trimmed mustache made him look perfect for the role of Sam Carmichael. Sivers-Boyce drew several laughs from the audience with his physicality and wonderfully inappropriate interactions with Abigail St. John ’21, who played Rosie, a friend of Donna. 

St. John also had some fabulous moments with Mira Davis ’23, who took over the role of Tanya after the original actor graduated last spring. Davis’ flirtatious character and superb voice control made her the perfect match for Tanya, and her ability to jump into the role on short notice is commendable. 

“Mamma Mia!” would not be the same without the talents of the ensemble. The cast added comedy, background singing and some hilarious choreography that transformed the Boe Chapel plaza into a stage. Additionally, the show incorporated some friendly nods to the pandemic guidelines. Actors wore face shields and adjusted all of the choreography so that they never touched one another. 

Overall, “Mamma Mia!” was an excellent way for students to temporarily escape the stress of classes and take advantage of a cool Saturday to watch a performance. The sound team worked with the windy atmosphere as best as they could, and “Mamma Mia!” truly showcased the tenacity of the students and staff involved. 

The cast performs Mamma Mia! on the front steps of Boe Chapel. Madelyn Wood/The Olaf Messenger
Categories: Colleges

Pandemic! in the Men’s Room

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 5:05pm

The old building where I’ve worked my whole time at Carleton is being renovated this year, so we’ve relocated to slightly less old building that boasts all of two restrooms. I dunno about the women’s, but the men’s has two stalls – done up in heavy, dark wood like a lavatory at Hogwarts – which under the new pandemic rules, has the capacity for just one, uh, user at a time. Barging in and knocking didn’t work very well to determine occupancy, so a colleague installed a four-phase system for using the restroom.

Phase I: Arrive and flip the occupancy sign to red:

Phase 2: Do your business and as you leave, let Uncle Sam remind you to flip the sign over:

Phase 3: Immediately forget to flip the sign over, but be reminded by the other sign, pinned to the bulletin board straight across the corridor:

Phase 4: Flip the sign back to green and walk away, wondering if touching the sign negated the 20 seconds of hand washing:

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Categories: Citizens

Lawsuit: Physicians violated standards of care, hospital fired whistleblower

Northfield News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 4:30pm
A former Northfield Hospital & Clinics nurse is alleging that the hospital violated the state’s Whistleblower Act by firing her as she tried to sound the alarm about improper surgical techniques and delayed followup visits, leaving patients at greater risk…
Categories: Local News

Board goes all in on Hwy. 19 interchange, but finding funds won't be easy

Northfield News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 4:15pm
Rice County's Board of Commissioners has gone all in in a push for state funding to improve safety at one of the area’s most difficult intersections.
Categories: Local News

Road work on Hwy 52 between Cannon Falls and Hampton

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 2:36pm
A new project has begun on Hwy 52 between Hampton Township and Cannon Falls in Dakota County. The ride quality of the road on Hwy 52 in this area is reaching its life expectancy. A concrete overlay will improve the smoothness and ride quality in the area. The project work will include construction crossovers, concrete

NH+C staff receive special thank you . . . with COVID precautions

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 1:26pm
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 – Northfield Hospital + Clinic staff got a special thank you for their hard work during the pandemic when Lion’s Fire Pizza Truck visited NH+C’s main campus to deliver a pizza lunch. This event took place under very special circumstances – a one-time-only gathering under COVID precautions. Lion’s Fire Pizza Truck has

“Click it or Ticket” campaign: September 18th – 30th

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 1:05pm
From Rice County: Driving in Greater Minnesota can be a welcome contrast to metro driving. What isn’t different is the need to buckle up and ensure children are in the correct car seat! The statewide Click It or Ticket campaign is being held September 18th –September 30th to enforce the life-saving seat belt law and

Nfld Strategic plan updates on EDA/HRA/grant opps; NH&C to open new Birth Center Sept. 28th; Dundas makes offer on new Police Chief

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director Northfield Administrator Martig gave the Council a 2nd quarter update on their Strategic Plan. In terms of Economic Development he briefly touched on the progress of the 5th St. Lofts apartment complex downtown. The EDA is continuing with their implementation of their minority and immigrant business expansion program, Martig said,

District's decision to bar outside groups from using facilities draws backlash

Northfield News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:30am
The Northfield schools’ decision not to allow a local swim club and other non-district organizations to use district facilities is drawing criticism from local swimmers and their families.
Categories: Local News

“Threshold” sculpture virtual dedication

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 9:49am

As we announced earlier this summer, the NDDC was awarded a grant through the Southeastern MN Arts Council (SEMAC) to purchase and install a sculpture at the west entrance to the Riverwalk, in collaboration with the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission.  We had planned an in-person dedication ceremony, but decided to shift gears due to Covid concerns.  Instead, with the help of Northfield Public Broadcasting, we produced a short video to commemorate this spectacular piece of art and the people involved in making it happen.  It turned out great, and we hope you enjoy watching!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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Categories: Organizations


Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 3:09pm

Every day before going to work, I’m supposed to complete a short form to document that I don’t have any COVID symptoms. Sometimes I swing a little late, but so far I’m batting 1.000. It’s bizarre how satisfying I find that streak of “Green – Negative” descriptions. Proof of my virtue, or luck, or privilege, or something.

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Categories: Citizens

“Regional park designation” could open up $ for Nfld riverfront; Dundas Councilors interview Police Chief candidate; Election Guide; Nfld HRC invites community to Land Acknowledgement presentation

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director Out of Northfield’s Economic Development strategic plan came the Riverfront Enhancement Advisory Committee. Over the last 18 months they had significant support from the National Park Service through a Technical Assistance Grant and a consultant team that joined the project. The Northfield Council heard an initial presentation from Community Development

COVID-19 cancellations reduce lodging revenue, available tourism dollars

Northfield News - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:44am
Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau revenue dropped 46% in the first eight months of this year due to a spate of cancelled events and continued consumer caution amid COVID-19.
Categories: Local News

Free Covid-19 testing at Waseca County Fairgrounds

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:43am
Open to everyone ▪ Symptoms or no symptoms ▪ Free, no insurance needed Sign up for an appointment time now. Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Waseca County Fairgrounds 4-H building #6 409 Eighth Ave NE Waseca, MN 56093 Get TestedWaseca_English -2 partner logos Get Tested_Waseca_Spanish – 2

Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:33am
Event dates: September 23, 2020 - September 24, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Northfield, MN 55057
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 841-138-501

Rachel Miessler on Volunteer Needs in Northfield Community

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:20am
Rachel Miessler of Northfield Shares discusses volunteer efforts surrounding Covid19.  There is still a need in the community for masks as well as isolation gowns for some of the long-term facilities.  Visit for information on how you can help.

Join Me at a Free Virtual Book Festival

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:50pm

What are you doing Oct. 3-4? I'm guessing you're not straying too far from home, in these COVID times, so why not join me at an online book festival? The Deep Valley Book Festival is going virtual this year, and it will offer a variety of panels and events over two days.

The keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Matt Goldman, is a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer (Seinfeld, Ellen, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) who now writes the Nils Shapiro private eye series. Other participating authors represent a variety of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, children's, YA, and fantasy & sci-fi. 

You can even hear dead authors come to life, as living history actors portray five Minnesota authors from the past: Maud Hart Lovelace (one of my childhood favorites!), Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wanda Gag, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

I'm excited to be on both a history writers panel and a creative nonfiction & memoir writers panel (we recorded the discussions earlier this month). I'm also participating in a live panel discussion about writing and publishing. 

Here's where you can find me on the schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 3:

• 11 a.m.: Writing the Truth: Nonfiction and memoir writers discuss writing about real events and people, and some of the unique challenges posed by writing real stories. 

Panelists: Christine Bauer, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Mary Losure, Joy Riggs, Jonathan Sweet

Moderator Rachael Hanel

• 4 p.m.: Writing History: History provides rich fodder for stories, both real and fictionalized. These authors will discuss how they use history as the basis for their writing.

Panelists: Susan Hvistendahl, Terri Karsten, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson; Moderator: Danelle Erickson

Sunday, Oct, 4:

• 4 p.m.: LIVE Q & A with Festival Authors: DVBF authors will be available to answer audience questions about the writing process, the path to publication, and the writing life.

Panelists: Raven Eckman, Julie Holmes, Terri Karsten, Thea Kvamme, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson, Susan Stradiotto, A.J. Sullivan; Moderator: Rachael Hanel

Be sure to check out the website for the full schedule. You can also shop for books online, and purchase them directly from authors or from partner bookstores.

Although the event is free, a donation of $25 or more makes you a Festival Friend, which gives you access to additional benefits: you'll be entered into a drawing for a DVBF Friendship bag filled with autographed books, and you'll be invited to an exclusive conversation with the keynote author.

The all-volunteer organizing committee has worked tirelessly to make this a quality event, and I'm looking forward to spending two days celebrating books and connecting with other readers and writers. Hope to see you there!

Categories: Citizens

Biden in northeast Minnesota: 'All Trump sees from Park Avenue is Wall Street'

Northfield News - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 12:20pm
HERMANTOWN, St. Louis County — Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to rally the support of a crucial voter bloc here Friday that could be decisive in the all-important Upper Midwest: Trades unions.
Categories: Local News

Unbeknownst to Trump during his lengthy speech in Bemidji, history pivots

Northfield News - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:50am
BEMIDJI — During President Trump’s rambling two hour speech in an airport hangar here in which he praised confederate general Robert E. Lee, bemoaned his own fate of having to make speeches in places like Bemidji, Minn., and played the…
Categories: Local News

Who's running in 2020? Find out here

Northfield News - Sat, 09/19/2020 - 8:30pm
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