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Environmental Quality Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 5:04pm
Event date: October 10, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Environmental Quality Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 5:00pm
Event date: October 10, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Two local men charged with meth sale, other drug violations

Northfield News - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 4:50pm
Two local men who reportedly possessed meth, marijuana and other drugs in a vehicle have both been charged with felonies in Rice County District Court.
Categories: Local News

White supremacist postings found on campus

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:43pm

Members of the St. Olaf community recently found at least four white supremacist postings on campus.

All of the postings promoted Patriot Front, a white supremacist, fascist group that uses graphics associated with the United States government, according to the Anti-Defamation League website.

Tyler Krohn ’21 found a Patriot Front sticker on the posterbox outside of the back entrance of the Theater Building Sept. 28. Krohn then scraped off the sticker and reported it to the college.

The sticker read “ONE NATION AGAINST INVASION. PATIROTFRONT.us.”

“A similar” posting had been found elsewhere on campus and Public Safety has launched an investigation into the postings, Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity Bruce King wrote in a Sept. 30 email in response to Krohn’s report.

Charlie Moe ’23 found and scratched out a Patriot Front sticker on a lamp post next to Holland Hall Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

The sticker read “PATRIOT FRONT. LIFE—LIBERTY—VICTORY” and featured the fasces—an axe surrounded by a bundle of rods historically used as a fascist symbol. 

Moe photographed the sticker, scratched it out, then posted the photograph on a student-run Facebook group, Moe said.

Moe has not reported the sticker to Public Safety because it is possible someone in town who is not a student put the sticker up – he did not want to create “mass hysteria” and did not want the sticker to scare people, Moe said.

The Manitou Messenger found a Patriot Front Sticker on a lamp post behind Buntrock Commons Friday at 8:42 a.m. 

The sticker reads “PATRIOT FRONT. TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY” and features a bald eagle and a fasces.

Patriot Front graphics were put up in at least four more locations in Northfield, according to a Sept. 14 Patriot Front Twitter post.

Disaffected members of Vanguard America, another white supremacist group, formed Patriot Front in Sept. 2017 after the Unite the Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the Anti-Defamation League website.

Public Safety could not be reached for comment come press time.

Categories: Colleges

Seasoned officers and rookies see benefit in crisis intervention training; Arcadia’s Innovation Day goes outside the box; Area men winners of DNR Pheasant and Turkey stamp contests

KYMN Radio - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director With a mix of mental health problems, drugs and family dynamics, first responders are getting more and more calls for people who are trying to harm themselves or others. Rice County law enforcement agencies just recently received training on crisis intervention through Minnesota CIT (Crisis Intervention Training). The group at

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Steve and Geeg Aaker

KYMN Radio - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 11:22am

Steve and Geeg Aaker from Elko New Market are Wayne’s guests.

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Rep. Angie Craig to hold Tenth Town Hall in Eagan

KYMN Radio - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:23am

EAGAN, MINN [10/04/19] – On Monday, October 14th, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig will hold her tenth Town Hall meeting at the Eagan Community Center. After hearing from constituents at Town Halls across the district, Rep. Craig looks forward to continuing the conversation in Dakota County on issues facing Minnesota families. Since being sworn in, Rep.

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On transferring twice to Carleton

Carletonian - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:10am

I transferred colleges.

Twice.

What began as a stereotypical quest for the perfect college–complete with college trips and overnights, pretentious Facebook posts of me touching the lucky part of statues at Harvard and innocent frolicking through the fiery pit of collegeconfidential.com–morphed into daily tears, confusion as to what I wanted to get out of college, a hellish six-month-long medical leave, and at long last, finding my voice and what I truly valued in a college.

Graduating high school, cap in the air, I had no idea what I was in for. In high school, like many students, I followed high school culture and focused on prestige, aiming to nail down an acceptance at a big-name school with international renown.

Talk among high school friends revolved around gossip of which university accepted whom and to which university one “deserved” acceptance. When my acceptance letter from Columbia University came in the mail, given the culture of prestige within which I grew up, only one choice truly existed for me: to go to Columbia. As I clicked the “will attend” button on the online acceptance page, college for me existed solely as a disembodied name, an intangible iCloud of prestige to which I might store future experiences, rather than four years of my life spent at a completely different location, with completely different people and classes.

Thus, when I arrived at Columbia, not having reflected on what I wanted in college and not having taken into account the fact that I hated cities, I fell into a depression. I felt alienated in my lecture classes filled with hundreds of students, missed the green spaces of home, and cried every night in the dormitory stairwells. When I came home on the breaks, adults greeted me at the door with the half-rhetorical, expectant questions: “How’s college? Do you love it?” making me feel disappointed with myself.

The only solution I saw was to try to transfer to another elite school, this time one near home; maybe then I would have a sufficient support system to gut out the next three years. I went through the application process and transferred to Northwestern, near my hometown.

The problem was, I still hadn’t reflected on what I actually valued in undergraduate education. I still focused on going to a prestigious, big-name university and let the name dictate my life choices. The summer after my freshman year of college changed that.

That summer, I went to Middlebury College for an immersive Mandarin program. There, I realized what undergraduate education could look like: close relationships with professors and ease of connection with other students, rural green spaces closing one off to outside distractions, and a much less pre-professional attitude. I realized that I belonged at a liberal arts college, but I had already transferred and would begin at Northwestern in the fall. There was no way I could transfer again.

When I began at Northwestern, I felt even more depressed and disappointed with myself because I felt like I had failed the college process and lost my chance at attending the type of school I actually wanted to attend. I made the decision to take a medical leave to esolve this depression and focus on applying to small liberal arts colleges.

In the dead of Midwest winter, I drove up to Northfield to interview with former Admissions Dean Paul Thiboutot, expecting negative judgment to rain down upon me for not only wanting to transfer again, but also for taking a medical leave for my depression and applying to transfer while not enrolled in courses. Instead, the Dean, although a little surprised, treated my situation with kindness and understanding. “Sometimes we don’t always know what’s best for us,” he said to me.

After the interview, I went traying with some Carleton students, feeling like I would genuinely enjoy spending time here. When an envelope bearing the words “This will make your day” arrived in the mail, I knew what I had to do.

I’m now a sophomore in my third week here at Carleton, and I don’t regret my decision at all. I love the beautiful, small environment, the closeness of the relationships engendered by the LDC language tables, and the fact that there is a house here dedicated to making cookies.

I’m not where I thought I would be senior year of high school, and I made decisions that many have frowned upon; indeed, Carleton students and even faculty, upon hearing where I transferred from, sometimes express dismay or shock that I decided to transfer here.

I took a rather convoluted path in college, and I don’t usually tell others the whole story for fear of judgment, but my journey stands as a lesson: life should not be about doing what others say or what society dictates. Rather, it should be about following the heart and embracing a unique path of human existence. Happiness, as I’ve learned, trumps all.

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Categories: Colleges

City Council Work Session Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 9:45am
Event date: October 8, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Craig Swenson

KYMN Radio - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 9:42am

Craig Swenson of FiftyNorth talks about October activities and events at FiftyNorth including The ABC’s of Medicare scheduled for October 14.  For more information about programs, classes and events coming up, along with how to register, visit FiftyNorth.org.  

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Winners of the MN pheasant and turkey stamp contests are from Albert Lea and Lakeville

KYMN Radio - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 9:12am

Mark Kness of Albert Lea won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest and Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville won the Turkey Habitat Stamp contest. Both of the annual contests took place Sept. 19 and were sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This was the first time Mark Kness has won the pheasant stamp contest.

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ArtZany: Studio ArTour and at the Paradise – New and Emerging MN Music Showcase

KYMN Radio - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 9:58pm

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist previews the Studio ArTour of South Central Minnesota with wood sculpture artist Curtis Ingvoldstad. Next, the show will play the music and tell the story of the Paradise Center for the Arts upcoming concert New and Emerging MN Music Showcase with Executive Director Kristen Twitchell and musicians from Triple Stitch. 2019

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Chapel celebrates organ renovation with rededication concert

Carletonian - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 9:35pm

“There’s nothing like the majestic sound of an organ,” said Kerry Raadt, Director of Events, on Sunday, September 29 as Carleton College welcomed renowned organist Matthew O’Sullivan for a concert celebrating the 2018 renovation of the Skinner Memorial Chapel organ.

The performance was preceded by speakers such as Professor of Music Nikki Melville, Chaplain Carolyn Fure-Slocum ’82, and organ lecturer Janean Hall, all who commended the work that has been done on the organ and how much of a difference the renovations have made to the instrument’s sound.

The concert featured the works of French and American composers such as Camille Saint-Saëns and Daniel E. Gawthrope, respectively. Some of the selections performed by O’Sullivan were also played at the organ’s original dedication in October 1916 such as the First and Fourth Movements of Symphony No. 5 in F minor by Charles-Marie Widor, a piece from the late nineteenth century.

But the concert didn’t just feature classical music; O’Sullivan selected pieces that would show off the improved organ’s range, by adding more contemporary, jazz-infused pieces like Gawthorpe’s Passacaglia from his Sketchbook One mixed with the French Romantic masterpieces of organ repertoire.

Daniel Quintero ’20, a student who has been involved with the organ since his freshman fall term, said this of the performance Sunday: “When most people think of pipe organ music, they usually think of old, standard church music. Matthew’s performance, though, exemplified the versatility of the instrument and its many uses, incorporating not only classical compositions but also contemporary ones, many of which contained whimsical and humorous passages, challenging standard conceptions and providing a more accurate representation of the instrument.”

O’Sullivan, an organist currently based in Bozeman, Montana but originally from the United Kingdom, received his music degree from Cambridge University and was the featured artist on Montana PBS’s show 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, an Emmy award winning progra spotlighting the state’s most accomplished musicians.

He also received the Air France Prize in the first international composition competition for cathedral choirs in Amiens, France.

The rededication was also a chance to look back at the previous century: the Chapel organ has a rich history stretching back to 1916, when it was built for the construction of the Skinner Memorial Chapel. The original cost to build it then was $22,000.

The Chapel organ was significant for its time because it was one of the few in the Midwest that ran on electricity, thanks to Carleton at the time having a new state-of-the-art electricity generation plant, and was therefore seen as a piece of technological innovation.

Over the course of the twentieth century, the Chapel underwent many changes, including a major renovation in the 1950s. But this past year’s renovation has completely changed the instrument.

The renovation that this concert celebrated was a tremendous project that involved a physical rebuild of the organ, two additional tone opening constructions allowing for a fuller sound and a wider range that reached the audience more.

Talks regarding renovation began about in 2013, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2016 when the Skinner Memorial Chapel itself underwent its own renovations that the thought of renovating the organ could truly materialize.

As Fure-Slocum explains, “All of this was possible because two or three years ago, the College put in air conditioning and temperature and humidity control into the building; that’s probably the worst thing on an organ, when it goes back and forth on temperature and humidity, but now it’s controlled which means that it was worthwhile to begin a renovation process.”

Another reason why the decision to renovate was come to was because the question of what would happen to the Concert Hall organ once the building would be demolished, especially since there was no organ built in Kracum Hall.

The Music Department found itself in need of a good organ for students to practice one, so it became even more urgent to renovate the soon to be only remaining organ on campus.

Currently, the organ in the Concert Hall doesn’t belong to the college anymore; it was given to the company that did the renovations for the Skinner Chapel organ, Rutz Organ Company Inc based out of Morristown, Minnesota, and they are currently looking for buyers for the Concert Hall organ.

According to Janean Hall, the organ was truly in need of a renovation: “There were parts of the organ that were unusable in the past.”

Some of its upgrades include the installment of a new electronic bell carillon system, the chimes that play a different tune everyday at 11:57 a.m., and certain pipes were moved around so they could be speaking more directly to the audience.

For example, the Choir Division, a particular set of pipes, used to be buried in a room at the bottom of the Chapel, but now they have been moved to above balcony seating, creating a more audible sound.

Two additional tone openings were implemented as well, one of them being next to the Swell Chamber on the right and the other next to the Solo Chamber on the left, both behind the façade pipes. These ones now speak directly to the audience.

Quintero says more about the improvements and its impact on the sound:

“Also, the ceiling was previously lined with fibers that insulated the roof but these fibers absorbed the sound. Removing the old fibers permit for the sound waves to bounce and reflect more, making the Chapel more live and vibrant when the organ is in use. In general, our current organ now has a greater depth and richness in sound than the old organ had.”

Fure-Slocum added, “Organs speak different languages. Ours has been described as Late Romantic American-kind of heavier, and has a bit of a muffled, grand sound. It’s not very flexible but very mysterious.” In contrast, she describes the Concert Hall organ as sounding mid-century Modern American.

The Skinner Memorial Chapel organ is a multifaceted instrument, serving many different purposes on campus.

Fure-Slocum, whose office is not the owner of the organ but does handle it’s administrative side (mainly scheduling so as to not conflict with services) said about the organ, “There’s three purposes to this organ: one is the music department, students that take lessons all the time, so that’s one major use of teaching organ. The second is for the chapel, we use it for some services throughout the year, especially for the big Alumni Reunion chapel service that takes place every year in June, as well as memorial services. And then the third would really be for the college itself, big opening events like Opening Convocation.”

The concert on Sunday was a grand event that showcased the full powers of the renovated organ and was a dramatic reminder of the essential place the instrument has on campus.

Hall, speaking about the importance of the renovated Chapel organ said, “I am grateful to the college for restoring this magnificent instrument for the enrichment of campus life. What a true pleasure it is to introduce Carleton students to this organ. What a thrill to see them grow in their musical talents as they gain the confidence to play this exciting organ. Carleton has always had organ students. Now we have a teachable tool for them to learn on.”

The Office of the Chaplain would like to thank Rutz Inc. for making O’Sullivan’s performance possible by providing the funds for his coming to Carleton and for his honorarium.

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Categories: Colleges

Bike lane being considered for College St. project

Northfield News - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 5:00pm
A possible bike lane on College Street and a planned bumpout analysis of the more than a dozen stretches of Northfield streets set for work next year are fueling nearly $81,500 in additional project costs.
Categories: Local News

CENTURY FARMS: 150 years later, Eckberg family farm remains integrated with Bernadotte history

Northfield News - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 4:49pm
The historic Eckberg family farm dates back to when the Bernadotte Township was first founded in 1869. 150 years after its establishment, the now 130-acre farm has stood as the home for five generations of Eckbergs and was at the…
Categories: Local News

Historian and journalist Alice Dreger to speak on campus

St. Olaf College - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 4:21pm
The St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community will host a moderated conversation with Alice Dreger on October 10 titled "Truth, Justice, and the Science of Gender."
Categories: Colleges

Hy-Vee reports findings in data breach investigation

Northfield News - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 3:41pm
Hy-Vee, in a Thursday press release, provided additional information about the payment card incident first reported Aug. 14. This following information further explains the incident, the measures the company have taken, and some steps customers can take in response.
Categories: Local News

Enabling, in a good way

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 3:25pm

One of the things I love about my job is that my overarching function is to make things possible. I love making things possible.

Sometimes this means pointing people toward a resource that fits their information need, but more often it means helping them think about what would make their work possible. Helping them translate their questions into the language and mechanisms of search systems and information pathways, helping them think about what part of their overwhelmingly large research question might make for a manageable project while still feeling meaningful, helping them think about what broader concepts might give context to a frustratingly specific question, validating their curiosities, validating their sense that the process isn’t necessarily easy or straightforward, and on and on. At the very least, we’re always looking for concrete next steps while keeping our eyes on some (hopefully) meaningful and interesting goal. Honestly, a lot of the work is making things that feel scary and uncertain and anxiety-provoking feel manageable and actionable.

I’m really lucky that this kind of enabling can be my role in life.

Categories: Citizens

Superintendent discusses successes, challenges in address to leaders

Northfield News - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 3:14pm
Northfield Public Schools Superintendent Matt Hillmann discussed achievements and challenges his district has faced within the last year on Monday during an address given to local officials.
Categories: Local News
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