Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.16.2015

July 14, 2015

Today: Nick Stoneman, President of Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Cogan)

Birthdays: Nancy Amerman (7/12) and Jan Stevens (7/22)

Next Week: Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center, and Chris Kennelly Classification (Reese)

Last Week:

Kevin Dahle, Northfield High School civics teacher, driver’s ed instructor and State Senator for District 20, said in this past legislative session we won some and we lost some.

In the win column, the DFLer said schools benefited from a $500 million Omnibus Education bill worth a 2 percent increase in the student formula for each of the next two years and more money for school readiness programs. Northfield Promise, a Healthy Community Initiative’s program, was the recipient of a $167,000 state educational partnership grant to develop its “cradle to career” program for local children and youth.

In the health and human services arena, nursing homes received a bump in the rate of state reimbursement to help with staff recruitment and retention, Minnesota Care was retained, and MN Sure, the state health insurance exchange, survived a Republican challenge.

In the loss column, Sen. Dahle said no significant progress was made on a transportation bill, even though both parties agree on the need, between $8 and 11 billion. And the legislature could not agree on a tax relief bill.

The most contentious issue this session was the Environmental and Agriculture bill. Kevin said there are a lot “hidden negatives” in that one. When the dust settled, the Pollution Control Agency’s citizen board was eliminated and neither party was happy with the final outcome.

This session was not a paragon of thoughtful, transparent law-making, Kevin lamented. Too much happened behind closed doors in last-minute deal-making. “We were very disappointed in the last-minute surprises,” he said.

Next year is a short session. He expects a transportation bill, a bonding bill and tax relief to emerge. The good news is we still have a budget surplus to work with.


Alan Anderson worked as an executive with Boy Scouts of America for 35 years.  Now retired, he spends time experiencing the joy of three granddaughters and working on climate change.

Following up on our Memorial Day tribute to those who have inspired us, he cited his father as the one he tries to emulate. His father was a member of the greatest generation. He served in World War II, came home and went to medical school. He started a practice with a boyhood friend in Owatonna and served his community well. His lifetime relationship with his medical partner, Alan said, was an “incredible story of friendship.” The two were born two months a part and died three months apart at the age of 89.

New Members:

Adrian Thomas (Conway) and Kim Briske (Hillmann) were inducted into the club by Michelle Lasswell, our Vice President of Membership.

Memorial Service tomorrow:

A celebration of Bob Lampe’s life will be tomorrow (Friday) 4 p.m. at the Northfield VFW, 516 Division. Bob was a member of this club for 54 years and a past president. Rotarians are encouraged to attend and sit as a group in Bob’s honor.

Guests:  Olivia Claire Spencer (Zweifel), Jen and Russ Dunn-Foster and RiGail Bartolo (Halverson), Steve Edwards (Koenig), Ken Smith (Reese),

Scholarship Enhancement:  Olivia Claire Spencer


The Habitat for Humanity build as been postponed. Those who signed up to work on July 30 have a Thursday evening returned to them. Jake Conway said he expects another opportunity in September.

Jan Stevens said volunteers are needed for the Vintage Band Festival in early August. If you can help, see her or go to for more information.

President Halvorson announced that the club’s gambling license for the car raffle is imminent. He expects tickets will be ready for distribution in a week or two.

With the changing of the guard, we also change the password to the Members Only area on our web site. It is now lowercase halverson.

Dale Ness reported we have raised $11,000 in sponsorships for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. Any last minute conversions are welcome. He will keep the door open for another week.

Rotary International’s new president, K.V. Rivendran of Colombo, Sri Lanka, encourages us “to be a gift to the world,” and use our time, talent and resources to improve lives around the world.

Committee Updates

The Donations Committee closed out the year having made contributions of $6,000 to local initiatives. They were as follows: $500 each to Northfield Works (CAC), Operation Backpack, Northfield Retirement Center’s Nursing Assistant Class, HealthFinders, Hope Center, Ruth’s House, Vintage Band Festival and James Gang Youth Wrestling; $400 each to Northfield Youth Choirs and Northfield Arts Guild’s Family Fun Day; $275 to Northfield Goal Club for scholarships; $250 each to Boy Scouts Eagle Garden Beds at Three Links, Northfield Community Band and Friends of the Northfield Library; $228 to Rice County Habitat for Humanity; $147 to TORCH; $100 each  to Center for Sustainable Living for Earth Day, Human Rights Commission for  Martin Luther King Day, and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

The International Service Committee made donations of $5,000 during the year. They were as follows: Peace Corps in Togo for latrines and hand-washing stations, $2,000; water pumps in Nepal, $1,000; $500 to Todd Thompson for music education in Guatemala; $250 for an education center in Ethopia; $625 for a library in Chad  and $625 for peace radio in Sierra Leone.

New Task Force

We are moving ahead with the invitation from the Eagan Rotary Club to host an ethics workshop at the high school this fall for a select group of juniors and seniors. These club members will be making this happen: David Koenig, Greg Carlson, Jean Wakely, Laurie Williams, Judy Brown-Wescott and Scott Richardson. Thank you for volunteering for this new initiative.

Outbound Students 2015-16

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 30Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

August 6 — Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital, Classification (S. Richardson)

August 13 — Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

August 20 — Chris Heineman, Northfield Director of Community Development, Classification (Rich)