Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.14.2014

August 12, 2014

Today: Todd Thompson, “Teaching Music in Guatemala” (Sinning)

Birthdays: Leo Lawlor 8/15, Tim Madigan 8/16.

Next Week: Tom Bisel, FIT to be TRI’d Bike Shop Owner

Last Week:

Monte Nelson, Northfield Chief of Police, presented a very informative overview of the recently established Rice County Drug Court.

Monte earned a degree in law enforcement from Golden Valley Lutheran College and a degree in political science from St. Mary’s University. After five years as a police officer in Rapid City, SD, Monte came to Northfield in 1991 when he became the Assistant Director of Security at St. Olaf College.  Five years later Monte then joined the Northfield Police Department in 1996 and has worked there ever since. Starting as a patrol officer he has served as School Resource Officer and later as a Patrol Sergeant and Sergeant of Investigations before becoming Chief of Police in January 2014. We in the Northfield area are fortunate to have a Chief who knows our community so well.

The Rice County Drug Court’s mission is “to reduce the adverse impact of serious and repeat offenders on the citizens and criminal justice system of Rice County, and create a system that is more effective for participants.” Offenders who plead guilty to crimes motivated by substance abuse disorders can avoid expensive incarceration by participation in highly structured and supervised individualized substance abuse treatment programs while they under probation. The program allows offenders to stay out of prison and work with community based service agencies for mental health services, employment and education services, parent education and housing support.

The Drug Court participants usually complete their programs within 16 to 24 months.   The Drug Court is a collaborative effort involving many local partners from County and City public agencies, to not for profit organizations, to treatment providers.

Omada Behavioral Health Services, a Primary Outpatient Chemical Health program, is one of the Drug Court partners. Sarah Shippe from Omada spoke highly of the effectiveness of the Drug court programs that focuses especially on younger parents of minor children.

More information is available from the program coordinator Yvette Marthaler at Rice County Corrections. Donation to the program can be made through the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI). The Rice County Drug Court is clearly a positive approach toward true rehabilitation for offenders who are dealing with addiction.

Paul Harris Fellowship:

Our newest Paul Harris Fellow may be our youngest as well. Meredith Reese was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by her father Brett Reese.  Meredith, daughter of Brett and Michelle, is a 2014 graduate of Northfield High School and will attend the University of Rochester this fall to begin studies in the field of medical research.

Last Week’s Guests:  Sarah Shippe, Kathy Findley, Steve Kallestad (Beth Kallestad), Michelle and Meredith Reese (Brett Reese)

Scholarship Enhancement: Virginia Kaczmarek

First Job:

Erica Zweifel at age 15 “enjoyed” her first paid job, that of picking strawberries and being paid by the flat.  Bet those Oregon berries were tasty!  Now we know the secret of how Erica began her career in science education.


Please welcome our newest member Adam Elling. Adam recently joined the Lampe Law Group having previously been a law clerk for the Third Judicial District in Faribault. Adam’s Rotary sponsor is Matthew Rich.

If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know.  We have many openings for future programs.

This year’s inbound youth exchange students will be arriving in the next few weeks.  Every year we eagerly anticipate getting to know more fine young people through our excellent youth exchange program.  Thanks to all who make it possible.

Rotarian Bob Flaten and Sharon Sherman Akre were married on August 3rd, 2014. Congratulations to Bob and Sharon!

Coming Up:

Aug. 28 – Chuck Huntley, Angel Flight Central

Sept. 4 – Bike Tour Planning

Sept. 11 – Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College