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Cleanup Days

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 4:00pm
Event date: May 16, 2020
Event Time: 07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
1710 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Cleanup Days

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 3:59pm
Event date: May 16, 2020
Event Time: 07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
1710 Riverview Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Coronavirus/COVID-19 important links to Resources and announcements

KYMN Radio - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 2:30pm
Please note that information changes daily. Most of these links take you directly to the source where they are updating moment by moment. Check back often. KYMN has arranged this page as Local, County, State and National, in that order. A quick look: 5-11-20 Rice County reports 2nd death: Second COVID-19 Death in Rice County 5-7-20 

Rice County reports 2nd COVID-19 death

Northfield News - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:56pm
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Monday that a second Rice County resident has died due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Categories: Local News

An update from President Anderson on fall planning

St. Olaf College - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:03pm
President Anderson shares a video message with Oles on how the College is planning for the fall and working through a variety of possible scenarios for our return to campus.
Categories: Colleges

Remains found in Nfld Twsp are those of Kenyon man; Smoke alarm and quick action save a life; Why is the CSO marking tires?; Lippert endorsed in virtual DFL convention

KYMN Radio - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director The remains of the body found last week by a farmer planting beans in the field off Kane Trail and Lamb Ave. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 36 year old Manuel Ramirez of Kenyon. Sheriff Troy Dunn explained that on October 28, 2019, The Rice County Sheriff’s Office

APG offers free crisis marketing, reboot strategies seminar for area business owners

Northfield News - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:27am
With so many daily uncertainties, business owners are asking themselves tough business questions — especially with regard to survival, cash flow and marketing.
Categories: Local News

Reflection on a Reflection

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:14am
An hour after I drafted my previous post I had a dream during which I realized I had learned my own lesson about assessments all over again. It was like a paradox inside of a paradox. Like dreams often are, the moment didn’t make sense, not literally, not in waking life, and yet in dream […]
Categories: Citizens

Who Ate the First Oyster by Cody Cassidy

KYMN Radio - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:13am
Have ever wondered? On today’s 15 with the Author Teri Knight’s guest is Cody Cassidy, author of “Who Ate The First Oyster”? With a sharp sense of humor and boundless enthusiasm for the wonders of our ancient ancestors, WHO ATE THE FIRST OYSTER? profiles the perpetrators of the greatest firsts and catastrophes of prehistory. Cassidy

Northfield police advise caution after numerous break-ins reported

Northfield News - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 10:50am
Northfield police recommend residents lock their vehicles and homes after numerous reported incidents of vehicle and home break-ins over the last several weeks.
Categories: Local News

Penny Hillemann

KYMN Radio - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 10:08am
Rice County Area United Way Executive Director Penny Hillemann talks about the review of grant applications, the criteria they consider, and funding priorities determined by reviewers to be forwarded for consideration by the United Way Board.  There have already been microgrants awarded to seven area nonprofits that are assisting people impacted by the Covid19 health

After concerns they'd be eliminated, compromise struck on civil forfeitures

Northfield News - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 10:00am
After years of debate, reforms to Minnesota’s civil forfeiture laws passed the Minnesota House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee unanimously, getting broad support from advocacy groups.
Categories: Local News

Inputs, Outputs

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 9:55am
Time takes on new dimensions in quarantine. Some people have time to kill. Others feel urgency — a reminder that time is short. For no one, it seems, is the relation to time the same as it was pre-pandemic. This weekend, I did well with my time. I read a lot. I engaged in multiple […]
Categories: Citizens

Senator Rich Draheim

KYMN Radio - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 9:51am
State Senator Rich Draheim discusses the push to get things done prior to the end of the legislative session on May 18.  There will be discussion on bill from the MN Dept of Health to bring more workers in to track and test people for Covid19 and the issue of individual rights related to it. 

Body found in farmer's field identified

Northfield News - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 8:02am
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the body found last week in a rural Rice County field as Manuel Ramirez, 36, of Kenyon.
Categories: Local News

Swing, Batter Batter

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 3:04am
While watching the 2007 Sean Astin vehicle The Final Season this weekend I was surprised to hear Chief Bender quoted — and by none other than Rachael Leigh Cook. From his Ten Commandments: “You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.” Have truer words been spoken?
Categories: Citizens

Celebrando el día de las madres

KYMN Radio - Sun, 05/10/2020 - 9:11pm
Celebrando el día de las madres y compartimos información recopilada en varias entrevistas con los departamentos de Minnesota de salud, educación, recursos humanos y economía organizado por MCLA, agenda del gobierno de Minnesota para asuntos latinos.

Pandemic-induced revenue losses stack up for Gustavus, South Central

Northfield News - Sun, 05/10/2020 - 4:27pm
As coronavirus continues to spread, Minnesota’s public colleges and universities have been forced to adjust to serve students while maintaining financial viability.
Categories: Local News

MN PUC’s COVID docket(s)

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 05/10/2020 - 12:10pm

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission has opened dockets about impacts of COVID and utility recovery of costs. To look at dockets, go to PUC eDocket Search HERE and search for dockets 20-427, and for early filings in 20-425.

LISTEN TO PUC MEETING HERE – IT’S INTERESTING!

The big utilities have requested Deferred Accounting, here’s their petition, and Staff Briefing Papers with the decision options:

Petition-Deferred Accounting Req_20-427_20204-162213-01Download Staff Briefing Papers_20-425-427_20204-162647-01-1Download Commissioner Sullivan_20-425_20205-162943-01Download

From Commissioner Sullivan’s memo:

5. The Commission will open a docket to request information from the regulated electric and gas utilities on the possibilities for investments that would assist in Minnesota’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

My thought: Broadband across rural Minnesota anyone?!?!?! THIS is needed and would do so much to provide jobs, jobs, jobs, AND bring rural Minnesota into the 21st Century. Rural Minnesota’s lack of broadband is huge factor in difficulty of remote education during this COVID mess, and the perfect project for COVID recovery!

In addition to impacts on utility revenue, COVID has an impact on utility projects, in queue, under construction, etc.. Is anyone tracking those impacts? In this PUC discussion, someone mention that in addition to lost revenue, there would be COVID related savings, i.e., fuel savings, construction cost savings, etc.

What do those project impacts look like? For example, back in February, I’d received Notice of Force Majure regarding two solar projects, and then in March, I’d sent Data Practices Act Requests to Commerce and PUC about that, those posts here:

Solar Force Majure in WI – Coronavirus – February 26th, 2020 Coronavirus impact on markets is HUGE – February 27th, 2020 (includes Data Practices Act Request to PUC) Cancellation of Force Majure – March 11th, 2020 Impact of COVID on energy projects – March 30th, 2020
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Confirming my humanity: Carleton’s campus benefits

Carletonian - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 9:17am

For the past month or so, every time I’ve tried to log into the back end of our Carletonian website, WordPress has asked me to complete an “I’m not a robot” task. But it’s not just any “I’m not a robot” task. It’s the arduous kind. Grueling. The question reads: “Select all pictures which contain an airplane.” Or a boat, or a car, or an umbrella, or whatever. Then I have to scroll through two pages, each of nine images, to identify the correct ones. 

Such a task reveals just how difficult visual perception is. These pictures are blurry, pixelated. And they make weird use of perspective. Sometimes it’ll be just the very outer edge of the wing of an airplane. How am I supposed to know that that’s a plane? They really are trying to confuse these robots. 

The task also leads one, if one is a dutiful liberal-arts student, to question the conceptual boundaries of these things. For instance, is an airplane wing really an airplane itself?  Does a semi truck count as a car? Is a motorcycle just a glorified bicycle? These are the sorts of questions that come to mind as I’m subjected to this torture, which occurs not once a month, not once a day, but approximately every 10 minutes as I try to upload articles onto our website. And sometimes I fail at the task! I get too many wrong (because I’m going too fast, not because I don’t know what umbrellas are, I promise), and then the site makes me examine a whole new set of eighteen images. I’m getting worked up just thinking about it!

So I spoke to our web editor. He explained that it was a “cloudflare procedure” that prevents hackers from getting into the site. Because you’re curious, I’ll tell you that the Carletonian website is subject to some 200 hack attempts a day. Yikes. Definitely makes the whole defense-against-robots thing seem more reasonable. (And I admit, we’re flattered!)

He also explained that this protective measure is set to populate when a user is outside of Carleton’s radius. That explained why this had been, maddeningly, happening to only me, while our managing editor, still living in her room on campus, had been accessing the site humanity-check-free. 

What’s funny about that is that I live in Northfield. Or, just outside of Northfield, past the highway (don’t tell). In the scheme of things, I’m really quite close to campus. And I don’t think any of our hack attempts had been from Northfield-based robots. But alas, it’s a fine rule, because until this point, I’d only ever logged into the admin site while nestled squarely within Carleton’s lush green (or muddy, snow-ish white) campus. 

All in all, there are a lot of silent, subtle benefits of being on campus. There’s the absence of this cloudflare procedure. There’s Duo. There’s the trusty Wi-Fi, which those of us on campus this Fall were sorely reminded to be grateful for when, for several hours on the last day of finals, the whole campus’ Internet went down. It was hilariously terrible timing, and the whole thing felt apocalyptic (perhaps foreshadowing?). I remember being in the Libe—one of the only sources of Internet, via ethernet cords—and pacing around like a vulture, finally spotting an open computer, only to be intercepted by some guy who’d been beelining at a slightly quicker pace.

When I spent a term abroad, I remember frequently encountering the “Off-campus Access to Library Resources” login page, a gentle reminder that though I was still a Carleton student, I wasn’t quite part of the whole thing. Or I was, but it was going to require a tiny bit more effort—an iota, a symbolic few clicks—to participate in it. I think I’ve even seen that page in Blue Monday. Blue Monday is practically a Carleton site itself—especially at certain times in the afternoon, or on the weekends—but Carleton is so Carleton that even being in downtown Northfield is often talked about as an “escape.” 

As to other under-the-radar perks of campus life, there’s the sheer convenience of everything. Even the longest trek—from the townhouses to Farm, maybe—takes maybe 15 minutes on foot. There’s the bookstore right in Sayles, for when you run out of toothpaste or want to buy an expensive impulse snack. In the “real world,” errands take some planning; at Carleton, it’s so convenient you hardly notice how convenient it all is. Not to mention all the free stuff—free condoms, free common-time lunches, free coffee from any number of department lounges. (Of course, these things aren’t exactly “free” given the $70k tuition, but they’re undeniably convenient.) 

There are the custodial services in our dorms and our gathering spaces. Talk to most any Northfield-option student and they’ll mention what an adjustment it is to keep up with household chores. It’s easy, living in the dorms, to notice the bothersome things, like the decorative thermostats, or the thin walls—but it’s equally easy to ignore the pleasant things, like having consistently clean carpets and sinks. 

And then, beyond these taken-for-granted details of campus life, there are also myriad ways in which normal, standard ways of Carleton life are actually wonderful, and wonderfully campus-specific. Over the course of this remote Spring, as I come to grips with the fact that I’m never going to have another term on campus, I’ve been doing plenty of reflecting about these sorts of things.

On campus, I often feel a baseline sense of possibility. There are always new people to meet, familiar people to get to know better, people to change your mind about, people to get excitd about. Here at home, my social landscape is not quite so compelling (no offense to my loving family).

And while there are interesting people in my online classes, I can’t sit next to them on Zoom, and I can’t make post-class conversation as we gather our things. Sending a Slack message to someone you barely know doesn’t exactly have the suave, casual feel of hitting them with a classic “1As, amirite?” as you enter the room. 

There are also resources—offices and facilities that help make ideas possible. One of my favorite recent Carleton moments happened this past term, when I complained about how my ResLife shelf was ever-so-slightly too big to fit on top of my dresser, and my friend who worked in Boliou said I should just come by sometime and he’d help me build a shelf. And then I did that! And walked across the Bald Spot at eleven p.m. carrying a new shelf, perfectly designed to fit my dresser!

Then there’s the fun, dynamic nature of campus life. There were the Saturdays when I woke up with big plans to get ahead on readings but then ran into friends on the Bald Spot and instead spent three hours with the same page open in front of me, my highlighter drying up as I kept tricking myself into thinking I was about to get back into reading. There were the Sundays when I stayed at Dacie’s well past brunch, and worked on the porch to the soundtrack of the Gales practicing inside.

In my quarantined life at home, I’ve not only been missing the great stuff—Spring Concert and fiery class discussion and late nights at Sayles—but also the weird stuff. I think the awkwardness of Carleton, bemoaned while we’re on campus together, is actually another one of these hidden joys. I don’t know, maybe I’m being too romantic about it all, but I’m a senior, so forgive me. 

I like the hilarious game of calculating exactly when I should glance up and say hi when I’m crossing paths with an acquaintance. And the weighty decision about whether to go for a wave, a head nod, or a stop-to-chat. Fortunately, Zoom provides plenty of opportunity for awkwardness, but there’s something less organic about it. We’re all just experiencing our own discrete awkwardnesses, in our separate locations. There’s less of a buzz. I want to share the awkwardness with you.

When I worked at the Carleton bookstore my first year, I always had the most fun on busy days, when I’d interact with a bunch of Carls, awkward and otherwise. They’d often apologize and act flustered when they messed something up with the then-novel chip reader. It was no problem at all for me! But I liked how concerned they all were. (There was also one time when a guy came up to the counter, wearing earbuds and saying no words to me at all, in order to purchase another pair of earbuds.)

And of course there are the endless opportunities to run into exes, or ex-loud-neighbors, or people you had an unsavory group-project experience with. There are the inevitable weird conversations, or more likely, those brief-eye-contact-followed-by-never-looking-their-direction-again dynamics. On Zoom, you never have to worry about eye contact, because there is none. Which might have its advantages, but I think it’s mostly boring. 

And of course, campus provides the many more-pleasant opportunities I already mentioned. The random run-ins, the joyful catchings-up, the late nights in dorm lounges, the extended office-hour chats. 

The online world offers some ways for us to mimic these elements of Carleton life. Profs can hold Zoom office hours. We can set up group FaceTimes with friends. We can even send virtual Friday Flowers via email. I can still spend weeknights up late with my co-editors, putting all the last pieces together for publication and asking each other for the hundredth time whether or not we capitalize the names of seasons. Only now it’s over the phone, not in the office we’ve lovingly decorated, and it’s for the creation of our newsletter, which is beautiful in its own right but doesn’t quite match the feeling of fresh Friday-morning newsprint. 

So yes—as Stevie P said in his heartwarming Twitter video—we may be online, but we’re still Carleton. I agree. But we’re Carleton Lite, or something like that. A little less passionate, a little less spontaneous, a little less weird. Carleton for Robots, maybe.

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