GALLERY: Limited DJJD activities include parade, cruise-in, vendor booths

Northfield News - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 8:53am
Despite drastically reduced in-person Defeat of Jesse James Days events intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Northfielders still enjoyed a limited parade, food in Bridge Square and a cruise-in Saturday.
Categories: Local News

Covid Riding

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 10:41am

I had a fun little gravel ride today with two friends.

We kept pretty good distance between us, not that it matters that much in the open air when we’re mostly moving at 15 mph. A couple times, I thought about other rides on these particular roads – at least once, with one of today’s riders – and struggled to remember, at first, why we could have every ridden in a pack, or clustered around the guy who had a flat, or camped in a tiny little cabin in a county park.

This resetting of older memories is getting more and more frequent for me, a phenomenon that I’ve talked about with many people. Masking and distancing have permeated public life so deeply that it’s hard to remember that they’ve only been around for us since February, and only really common in Minnesota since late July (when the governor mandated masks in public places).

I guess it’s a nice demarcation in our shared personal histories: things we did before the pandemic, things we are doing in it. I suppose there will be a whole set of things that we’ll do after the pandemic, too (ubiquitous masking in health-care settings?) – or not (salad bars are over, right?). For now it’s enough of a challenge to remember that we weren’t being foolhardy eight years ago when ten of us rode in a tight paceline down a rutted, muddy road – we just didn’t have to worry about COVID.

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Categories: Citizens


Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 09/12/2020 - 10:19pm

Association of Freeborn County Landowners had filed a Complaint against Public Utilities Commissioner John Tuma and Chair Katie Sieben:

AFCL files Complaint against Tuma & Sieben

They filed their response and shipped it off to Office of Administrative Hearings for an investigation (note statute says “hearing” … oh well…):

AFCL Complaint forwarded to OAH for hearing

Here’s the result, hot off the press:


There’s no requirement of public participation? Minn. Stat. 216E.08, Subd. 2. And parties? No mention. What’s the point of being a party? And following that Office of Legislative Auditor report, guess it doesn’t matter, no one is paying attention.:

Public Utilities Commission’s Public Participation Processes – OLA-Report

Notice of a new topic on the agenda isn’t required? Yeah, I guess the notice statutes don’t matter.

Talking to a participant is not ex party contact? The County is indeed a participant…

Next step is that it goes to the Commission to rubber stamp it.

Who cares? Listen to this:

Categories: Citizens

Visita de Angelica de la biblioteca y mes de la herencia hispana

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/12/2020 - 5:13pm
Repasamos los nuevos escándalos del gobierno. Recibimos la visita de Angelica Linder de la biblioteca que nos compartió los planes de eventos de la herencia hispana en el mes de septiembre, aunque tengan que se eventos virtuales. Música Lucy y Mar Lucy, Mar y Angelica

OAI, administration collaborated in planning “7 Feet for 7 Shots” march

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 09/12/2020 - 11:56am

Leaders of Oles Against Inequality (OAI) invited collaboration with administrators, led by Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Bruce King, in planning the “7 Feet for 7 Shots” march on Friday, Sept. 4. 

Aidan Lloyd ’24, a leader of OAI and organizer of the march, first reached out to María Pabón, director of the Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, to seek the Center’s support for the event. Pabón placed Lloyd in contact with Bruce King to advise the student leaders in planning the march.

OAI welcomed King’s advice, as they believed he could help facilitate administration’s presence at the event, according to Lloyd and Isaac Coutier ’21, a fellow leader of OAI and march organizer. 

King reached out to OAI following the release of their first flier for the march on Saturday, Aug. 29. Leaders of OAI—Lloyd, Coutier, Jordan King ’22 and Vernon Green ’22—then met with Bruce King on Monday, Aug. 31, to discuss their plans for the event. 

At this Monday meeting, King expressed reservations about the four demands included in the first flier for the march. According to sources in the meeting, King was surprised by the demands, which included curriculum assessments, hiring more BIPOC faculty and more proactive administrative response, and questioned the demands’ purpose.  

OAI decided to remove the demands from the march and its publicity following the meeting. King and the leaders of OAI did not want to frame the march as a student versus administration issue, which they saw the demands as doing. The decision to remove the four demands was mutual between the two parties, sources in the meeting confirmed.  

King and OAI also discussed speakers at the Monday meeting. OAI originally envisioned speeches from King and Vice President for Student Life Hassel Morrison, but King invited President David Anderson ’74 to speak as well, offering the opportunity to OAI over an email on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Leaders of OAI agreed.

Neither Anderson or Morrison had any contact with OAI before the march. Morrison did not end up speaking. 

Anderson has received extensive community backlash following his speech at the march. Students and faculty have argued that Anderson, along with King, co-opted the march and used it as publicity for administration’s supposed support of BIPOC students.

“I went to the event in the belief that there was going to be four people making very short speeches to encourage marchers and then we were all going to march,” Anderson said in an interview with The Messenger. “The invitation to me wasn’t, ‘there is going to be a protest and students are going to want you to listen to them and respond,’ that wasn’t what I was expecting.”

Along with co-opting, King received reproach for his involvement in the planning of the march. 

“It was their event,” Bruce King said in an interview with The Messenger. “I never intended, and indeed never did, try and take it away from them. The administration had nothing to—it was still very much their event.”

King’s speech at the march also received criticism for its accusatory tone.  

“What you heard in my tone was a growing concern that my message had to be clear and loud and direct,” King said in the interview. “The environment had changed and so did the tone of my comments, and I regret that. Anyone that was offended by my tone, I deeply, sincerely regret that.”

A week before the march, Pabón reached out to St. Olaf Marketing and Communications and Broadcast Media on OAI’s behalf. The leaders wanted to ensure the event received as much coverage as possible, but did not intend the stream to be archived, according to Lloyd—only that those not able to attend in-person be able to watch.

Broadcast Media live streamed the event and following march, opening the stream before assistant professor of music Tesfa Wondemagegnehu led the crowd in song. Broadcast Media cut the stream midway through a speech by Brianne Smith ’23, a member of the Cultural Union for Black Expression (CUBE). 

Broadcast Media included a statement in the edited archive of the stream, “This portion of the event was not sponsored or planned by Oles Against Inequality,” directly before Joshua Wyatt ’21, a CUBE executive, took the microphone after Lloyd’s speech.

In the edited archive, Broadcast Media also offer a statement on why the remainder of Smith’s speech is not included—“The concluding portion of this speaker’s words are not available in this archive as they occurred during the period between when the live stream had been stopped and the march began.”

Reporting contributed by Lydia Bermel ’22 

Categories: Colleges

Super Saturday Sports Show 9-12-20

KYMN Radio - Sat, 09/12/2020 - 11:05am
This week, the Super Saturday Sports Show makes their predictions for top games of week one of the NFL season, including Vikings vs Packers, and has a roundtable discussion with their thoughts on the NFC North as the season kicks-off. There will also be a weekly rundown of the Minnesota Twins action on the diamond.

Suspect sought in two thefts from Nfld. businesses

Northfield News - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 5:42pm
Northfield police are seeking public assistance in finding a person suspected in committing two thefts in one day from separate Northfield businesses.
Categories: Local News


Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 4:43pm

I have, I think, eleven masks. I have one stashed in each car, two hanging from a hook in my office, one or two on the hat rack at home, and the rest… Uh… Most of them are in my backpack, I think, but maybe a couple are stuffed in handlebar bags on my bikes.

Today, I headed off to the coffeeshop before work without one around my neck. “No problem,” I thought as I rode along, “I’ll dig one out of my backpack before I go inside.” Nope. Nothing there. I zipped my jacket up as high as I could, just under my nose, and went in. “Do you have any spare masks?” I asked. Luckily, they did, and the barista slid one over the counter to me. Crisis averted. When I got to work, I found the two on the hook, one on the cabinet where I leave my bike helmet, and one on my desk. They both went into my backpack for Monday.

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Categories: Citizens

The Fast and Furious Elm

Are you in a hurry for a big shade tree but you have a tough site? Consider an elm. Elms are one of the fastest growing trees we carry, and after a few years you will have a nice sized tree standing proudly in your landscape. Super tough and not picky about soil, elms are an excellent choice for difficult areas where establishing other trees presents a challenge.

Elms do well with fall planting, so now is a great time to get them in and enjoy the soft yellow fall color. Adding a ring of mulch 2-4” deep around your new tree will even further increase its vigor and protect the root zone over winter. As always, make sure mulch isn’t piled up against the bark- keeping it about 2 inches away from the trunk is ideal to avoid bark rot.      

What about Dutch Elm Disease? The varieties we carry all display high resistance to the disease, so you can feel confident in planting these classic trees! 

The fast-growing nature of elms is great, but it does mean that they need regular pruning in their youth to maintain good branch structure.  Prune elms annually in their dormancy, winter to early spring.

Tips on pruning:

Remove branches that are at an extremely acute angle

Remove spindly or weakly attached branches

Branches that are crossing or rubbing will become an issue, prune so that branches do not touch

Dense groups of branches should be thinned- pick one large healthy branch and remove the rest

Avoid cutting into the collar, the swollen ring at the base of each branch

As always, use a sterile, sharp cutting tool

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Categories: Businesses

An important step for responding to bias

St. Olaf College - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:23pm
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Bruce King shares the college's new Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct, which provides a framework that hasn't existed previously for addressing incidents of discrimination and bias.
Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf will not hold in-person Christmas Festival this year

St. Olaf College - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:08pm
While the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible to offer an in-person St. Olaf Christmas Festival this year, we will present 'All Earth is Hopeful,' a digital concert and musical program celebrating the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season on Sunday, December 6.
Categories: Colleges

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 1:39pm
Event date: September 15, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Members of the public may monitor the meeting electronically:

Conference No: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 727-440-973

Nfld 2021 road projects; Pond dredging for endangered turtle; DJJD carries on, virtually and distantly; RCAUW has $ to regrant

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director UPDATE 2:24pm A St. Paul man is jailed after fleeing a State Trooper on i-35 in Rice County. Just after 8 o’clock Thursday evening, a Trooper was dispatched to a hit and run accident southbound on I-35 in Rice County. At Mile marker 54, the trooper noticed a Volkswagen (VW)

Fairground restrooms being replaced to meet ADA, hygiene standards

Northfield News - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:45am
Some things weren’t meant to last forever, and one of those things is the bathroom facility at the Rice County Fairgrounds.
Categories: Local News

Angelica Linder on Hispanic Heritage Celebration

KYMN Radio - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 9:30am
Angelica Linder from the Northfield Public Library provides information about the 3rd annual Hispanic Heritage celebration.  There will be a virtual Spanish Sidewalk Poetry Kickoff & Bilingual Poetry Reading on September 15 at 7 p.m.  on the Northfield Public Library Facebook page.  For details on all events, visit

Draft Riverfront Enhancement plan includes many changes to downtown

Northfield News - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 9:27am
A plan to better utilize the Cannon River includes components that, if implemented, would result in substantial changes for downtown Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Two seniors’ engineering skills lead to special welcome gift for residence hall students

Northfield News - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 6:08am
At University of Wisconsin-Stout this fall, dozens of COVID-19 safety measures — from new plexiglass barriers to surface disinfection protocols to socially-distanced classrooms and lounges — have been planned and implemented to help keep everyone healthy.
Categories: Local News

NH+C Birth Center expansion close to completion

Northfield News - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 9:20pm
Northfield Hospital and Clinics is drawing closer to completing the expansion of its Birth Center work that will drastically increase the space available for newborns and their families.
Categories: Local News

Local partisans raise concern over yard sign thefts

Northfield News - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 6:30pm
With political tensions on the rise in advance of November’s election, local partisans are reporting a concerning increase in theft and vandalism of yard signs.
Categories: Local News

The Weekly List – The Grunge Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 6:00pm
Commemorating the 29th anniversary of the release of Smells Like Teen Spirit, this week Rich takes a look at the music that came out of Seattle in the early 1990’s.
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