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Oles Versus the Pandemic: A Heroic, if Distanced, Tale

St. Olaf College - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 3:47pm
Professor of History Judy Kutulas delivered the keynote address at a virtual Honor's Day celebration titled "Oles Versus the Pandemic: A Heroic, if Distanced, Tale."
Categories: Colleges

Hundreds honor first responders in flyover

Northfield News - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 3:33pm
Hundreds of cars lined the streets surrounding Northfield Hospital and Clinics May12 afternoon as two fighter jets flew through the sky in recognition of the health care workers and other essential employees working in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Categories: Local News

Prior Lake man popped for 28 gr of meth; Draheim talks hogs and PPE’s; C-130’s to fly over Northfield at 2:10pm; New Alumni site for Northfield grads

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director A barely conscious man is now jailed on multiple drug charges. On Monday, a State Trooper was enroute to a driving complaint near the Flying J truck stop when he noticed  a red car on the southbound side of I-35 in the area. The driver was slumped over the steering

Looking back at a month of primary politics in New Hampshire

St. Olaf College - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 11:32am
Led by Professor of Political Science Dan Hofrenning, the New Hampshire Primary and U.S. Presidential Politics course allowed 24 St. Olaf students to study and work on presidential campaigns this January in the "first in the nation" primary.
Categories: Colleges

Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 9:39am
  Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig discusses the May 12 City Council work session.  The Council had a presentation of the wastewater treatment analysis done by an independent company as well as a report on elevated manganese in drinking water.  The City will be sending out information to residents relating to that.

The Eyes

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 8:44am
We had a rough patch because of a sore spot. Something got lodged in my little buddy’s back right paw. Must have walked over something. Or scraped something. Anyway, it didn’t look right. Or at all comfortable. I have been learning about stoicism from books and talks and lectures of late. But, of course, I […]
Categories: Citizens

Elevated levels of mineral in water has city recommending filtration for residents

Northfield News - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 7:56pm
A recent study reportedly found elevated levels of manganese in three of the city’s five operational wells.
Categories: Local News

"Please lock your doors", warns Chief Nelson; Nordine discusses 5-point plan for long-term care facilities; 3 Links reports 1 Covid case; Utility work at Jefferson Pkwy and 246

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director Northfield Police Chief Nelson says don’t be an easy target. Lock your home and your vehicles. Don’t leave things in your vehicle that you don’t want stolen. In the last several weeks, there have been incidents of persons rummaging through vehicles and taking items, entering garages, and entering homes.  In

Friends you can count on 5-12-20

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:14am
Dina Fessler and Jeff Johnson, sitting in for Wayne Eddy for the first forty-five minutes, talk with local officials regarding their response to Covid-19. Sheriff Troy Dunn, Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann and Northfield Administrator Ben Martig.

Who’s hollering “OPEN UP!”

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:07am

What struck me most in the videos of the “protests” at the Governor’s mansion two and three Saturdays ago (wasn’t one this Saturday that I noticed) was that people were in a carnival mood, that they seemed new at demonstrations. I was also shocked at their disregard for distancing and so few masks, like they were inviting COVID. And I’ve been thinking a lot about just who would behave this way, why people would act so against their self-interest and against the community interest. Then today, I saw this piece on facebook, yeah, I know, the internet, but like Anger Games, a study of common factors in tRump supporters, this little ditty today made so much intuitive sense explaining those who are pushing so hard for “Open Up!”

Oh, Karen

Here it is:

This morning, I awoke to find that I was out of coffee; so I took myself down to the coffee shop to buy myself a pound of beans.

Our local Peet’s has set up its cash registers in the doorway, so you stand on the sidewalk to place your order and wait, rather than going inside.

I found myself standing in a line with a bunch of other middle-aged white people in masks.

The guy in front of me got to the front of the line and said, “Hi, I’d like my usual, please.”

Dude’s standing there in a mask, asking for “his usual.”The cashier was like, “Uhhhh…”

And the dude eventually had to actually come out and actually say what he wanted.

And I had a sudden revelation: That guy was standing there, at a chain coffee shop ordering a generic fucking drink, in order to feel like he was participating in civic life. Like, his whole reason for being there was to feel like he belonged to a community where somebody would remember his name and treat him nice.

This is the reason people are so pissed off about not being able to go fucking shopping: It’s because for them, the retail experience is the whole and all of their civic participation. They’ve fully bought into the idea that their role in society is to go to work and earn money, and that with that money they get this transactional sort of membership in the body politic, or the body societas, or whatever.

This is why Karen wants to speak to your manager, and why she’s so entitled about it: She’s exercising all the power she’s got, in order to demonstrate to herself that she’s got an important role in society.

Karen doesn’t go to meetings. She doesn’t do art. She doesn’t participate in collective endeavors of any kind. Even though she espouses religious beliefs, she doesn’t go to church — and if she does, it’s a megachurch where she’s not actually required to do anything except sit in the pews and pony up to the collection palate.

All her participation in the culture is transactional: She gets paid, she buys things, and she votes.

No wonder they’re so upset. They actually bought the idea of a transactional society, and now it’s being denied them.

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I’m not so sure that Karen votes, but if she does, we know for who…

Categories: Citizens

Council Employment Policy Committee Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 10:47am
Event date: May 20, 2020
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Members of the public may monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location by dialing in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 449-806-797

Jenelle Teppen

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 9:58am
Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen talks about the May 11 City Council meeting.  Topics include a PUD amendment for Menards to install a 3rd gate to pick up online orders, a change in the zoning code to allow conditional use of a daycare center in the industrial zoning district, renewal of liquor licenses, and more.

Dr. Matt Hillmann

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 9:42am
Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann recaps the May 11 School Board meeting including a survey about how distance learning is going, plans for the remainder of the school year, and plans for summer programs.  He provides details about virtual graduation, and other virtual events such as the Maroon & Gold Banquet.

Quarantine Crankiness

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 8:48am
I go along thinking shelter-in-place hasn’t affected me much. For every adverse effect, I can find a positive. For every downside, I can see an upside. As one who is neither sick nor unemployed, it is, frankly, hard to muster a complaint. With so many in true duress, I am, by comparison, fortunate. No doubt. […]
Categories: Citizens

Northfield, New Prague earn flyover honoring those on COVID-19 frontlines

Northfield News - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 7:13am
The Minnesota National Guard along with the 934th Air Wing of the Air Force Reserve will conduct additional statewide flyovers Wednesday in recognition of those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response as part of Operation American Resolve.
Categories: Local News

Registration now open for St. Olaf summer classes

St. Olaf College - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 6:17am
St. Olaf will offer 46 online summer courses this year that are open to both Oles and guest students. Registration is now open.
Categories: Colleges

Northfield's live-in firefighter ends 47-year career

Northfield News - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 5:45am
Mike Kruse is retiring after 47 years of braving fire and smoke for Northfield Area Fire Rescue Services, ending a venerated firefighting career.
Categories: Local News

Council Employment Policy Committee Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 7:18pm
Event date: May 20, 2020
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Members of the public may monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location by dialing in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 449-806-797

NHS junior combines talent with dedication to inspire others

Northfield News - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 5:45pm
Talent without dedication is seen as a waste.
Categories: Local News

Musician Talk with Pauline Jennings: Craig Wasner

KYMN Radio - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 4:07pm
We have a new show on KYMN, “Musician Talk” with host Pauline Jennings, featuring musicians from the Northfield area.  It’s aired Wednesday at 6:00pm weekly.  In the debut show, Pauline chats with Craig Wasner about his long career as a musician, producer, and songwriter.  
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