GALLERY: Northfield Public School students head back to school

Northfield News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:12am
Northfield Public School students arrived back in school Tuesday morning for the 2019-20 school year.
Categories: Local News

Becca Brinkman is 2019 DJJD Horseshoe Hunt winner

Northfield News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:00am
A Northfield woman captured the 2019 Defeat of Jesse James Days horseshoe Monday after nearly 20 years of participating in the annual search that includes several near-misses.
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Arts and Culture Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:45am
Event date: September 9, 2019
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Library Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:45am
Event date: September 11, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Glen Castore

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:24am

Bridgewater Township Supervisor Glen Castore discusses conversations the township supervisors have had with City of Northfield representatives relating to a possible agreement that extends the annexation agreement with Northfield for three years. During those three years, the township would agree to not incorporate and the parties would meet quarterly to try to reach objectives the

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Jenaveve Bell Pittmann

KYMN Radio - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:16am

Jenaveve Bell Pittmann, co-owner of Tanzenwald Brewery, talks about their second annual chili cook-off, taking place Saturday, September 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

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HPC Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 9:55am
Event date: September 19, 2019
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057


City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 9:54am
Event date: September 5, 2019
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Valori Mertesdorf is Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 9:52am

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recognized Valori Mertesdorf with the August 2019 “Making a Difference Award.”

The Making a Difference recognition is given monthly to a community member or organization who helps make Northfield an even better place for young people.

As the Director of Finance for Northfield Public Schools, Val has gone “above and beyond” in working with students funded under the YouthBank program. YouthBank is an innovative youth philanthropy program in which a team of trained youth grant-makers award funds to youth-led projects that will improve the quality of life in Northfield. Val has been instrumental in helping student grantees by her willingness to have the District serve as the fiscal agent for their projects and then working with the students throughout the grant process. According to the nomination received by Northfield HCI, “She is patient and kind and willing to find a way to make things work for the students.”

Northfield YouthBank Adult Advisor, Meleah Follen noted, “Val works with the students to understand budgeting, appropriate use of grant funds, the responsibility that comes with having access to money, and how to be accountable. There are several projects that would not have been able to move forward without her working with and supporting the students.”

“She was fantastic to work with.” That’s what Grace Muth, a student at Northfield High School, said about Mertesdorf. Muth applied for and received a grant to provide free menstrual supplies in all the bathrooms. The grant also included work toward creating gender-neutral bathrooms at the school. Grace shared that her group met with Mertesdorf in order to be able have Northfield Public Schools serve as the fiscal agent for their project.  Muth shared, “She gave us advice about the best way of applying for the grant, as well as about getting and using the grant funds. Sometimes people don’t take youth efforts seriously, but she was so willing to help us.”

Taking youth interests seriously, helping to develop skills, and being a support are what the Making a Difference Award is all about. In every way, Valori Mertesdorf embodies the spirit of the award.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, visit this webpage for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application – or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

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Golden Opportunity paved over at Greenvale Park

Betsey Buckheit - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 7:21am
The new Greenvale Park Elementary School will improve the inside-the-building issues from no doors to more security to better tech and has been planned with detailed input from teachers and parents. Far less attention was paid to outside the school, however, and the golden opportunity created by building a new school to explicitly consider the …
Categories: Citizens

History Matters: How we got to the roundabout at Jefferson Parkway and Division Street

Betsey Buckheit - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 7:00am
The Northfield City Council is poised to approve a design for a roundabout plus bike and walk facilities at Jefferson Parkway and Division Street/TH246. This is a once-in-a-generation large project to begin to reconnect Northfield could have been avoided or been approached incrementally if the City and School District had made more future-thinking, system-level decisions. …
Categories: Citizens

Tourism statewide, locally shows strong growth

Northfield News - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 2:15pm
A recent report from Explore Minnesota revealed that the state’s tourism industry had an excellent summer and that Minnesota’s lodging industry is optimistic about the near-term future.
Categories: Local News


Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 11:02am
Buds compliments of NYTimes, fair use

There’s been lots of talk about legalization of marijuana in Minnesota, though it’s not clear to me exactly what’s being proposed

Walz wants state to be ready to roll on legal marijuana Minnesota Democrats make push on recreational marijuana, Senate GOP pumps the brakes

Makes me wonder where these folks were in the 80s when chronic use started catching up with people? This has been a topic on a yak-yak list here in RW, and Alan Muller and I have been talking about this off and on lately. It seems there are at least five distinct issues here: 1) decriminalization v. legalization; 2) gov’t regulation; 3) taxation; and 4) physical and mental health issues; 5) expungement of prior convictions. What exactly does “legalization” mean? Are there more than these 5 issues to consider? Probably…

I can see medicinal benefits, but “recreational” use, I’m not a fan of legalization. Decriminalization, yes.

Hazeldon’s site has a page, but it’s extreme, not that far from a “Reefer Madness” mode.

From Hazeldon’s page:

A number of studies link chronic marijuana use and mental illness. High doses can produce a temporary psychotic reaction in some users. Use of the drug can also worsen the course of illness for patients who have schizophrenia. A series of large, longitudinal studies also shows a link between marijuana and the development of psychosis.

Marijuana abuse has also been associated with other mental health problems, such as:

Personality disturbances
Suicidal thoughts (among adolescents)
Lack of motivation to engage in typically rewarding activities

More research is needed to better understand these mental health links and ramifications.

It’s this chronic use and correlation that I’m referring to, and have observed. I would guess that there’s also an association between age of first appearance of schizophrenia/bi-polar and/or psychosis and age of initial chronic use (late teens-early 20s), and I think there’s a chicken/egg issue, and again guessing that the chronic use is self-medication (that doesn’t work) for the underlying mental condition. Again, strictly opinion based on observation and not studies or experiments. I’ve seen folks waste away their life, doing nothing; I’ve seen folks using constantly, masking, self-medicating serious mental illness; I’ve seen folks using regularly enough that their wasted behavior affects their primary relationship and it’s off to D-I-V-O-R-C-E court. I have no interest in being around wasted people, whatever the drug of choice, and I don’t want to see our society enabling chemical use. I don’t want to see folks using and then heading down the highway, though they’d probably be doing 25 in the right hand lane!

Bottom line at this time (and I’m just starting to seriously mull it over), I really don’t want to see governmental encouragement and enabling of a more passive population. I’m a supporter of broad decriminalization and expungement of those convictions. I’m not a supporter of government regulation and taxation, that is yet another regressive tax, and avoids the necessity of restoring more progressive corporate and individual income taxation. “Legalization” (whatever that means) is one of the least pressing issues I see that need to be dealt with NOW! Perhaps even a distraction.

Categories: Citizens

07 August 2019 – The Science Redux

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 10:19am

We reviewed the science, and I told my favorite story about politics, running for office, and the science of climate change.  

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DNR honors youth for conservation efforts

Northfield News - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 9:58am
Northfield’s Jake Tanghe was honored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for his outstanding conservation efforts during a ceremony Aug. 30, at the Minnesota State Fair.
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Northfield Council to vote on roundabout design; City wants your input on DMV; NAFRS to hold open house in October; NHS brings in authors for DJJD

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 8:18am

By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield Council will meet Tuesday night. On their agenda are items related to the Mill Towns Trail from Riverside Park to the Waterford Bridge, and authorizing the roundabout design for Highway 246 and Jefferson Parkway. According to the packet information, Alternative 2 with underpasses on all four legs is

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Dukes advance to Championship game

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 7:24am

The Dukes defeated the Blaine Fusion 5-4 on Sunday. They advance to face the defending state champions, the Chanhassen Redbirds, on Monday, Sept 2nd at 1:30 PM in Maple Lake in the championship game of the 2019 State Tournament. We will bring you that game streaming online thru Facebook Live. Check back to the Duke's page for that coverage

Here are several links for all of your State Tournament info:
Class B bracket:
MN Baseball site for scores:
State Tournament host site:

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DJJD Horseshoe Hunt

KYMN Radio - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 5:08am

While hundreds of hunters were out all morning, the 2019 DJJD Horseshoe was found by Becca Brinkman at about 9:45 a.m. at Oddfellows Park. She has her button registered and gets the $1500! We’ll have more on the win coming up. Congratulations, Becca!   This is the true story of Alexander Franklin James. Born January

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Vuelta a la escuela

KYMN Radio - Sun, 09/01/2019 - 9:20pm

El programa de hoy lo tienen en dos partes. Estuvimos hablando del festivo del dia del trabajo y la importancia de no manejar tras consumir alcohol ni usar el celular mientras se maneja. La vuelta a la escuela para todos los niveles es en casi todos los lugares en septiembre, mucha suerte a todos/as los/as

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Fine Tune #437 more dreams 1 Sept 2019

KYMN Radio - Sun, 09/01/2019 - 7:15pm

Another dream-y edition of Fine Tune: Fine Tune 09-01-19 #437 * Dream / Brad Mehldau Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams / Sarah Vaughan The Girl in My Dreams / The Cliques Only a Dream in Rio / Cassandra Wilson Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer) / Astrud Gilberto The Dream Police / David Byrne Even in My Dreams

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