Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.01.2017

May 30, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday June 1, 2017

Today: Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

Next Week: KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan); then Exchange Student Graduation Party, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Estenson Event Center, 10541 Ibson Ave.

Birthdays: Joe Hargis (5/29) and John Larson (6/2)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
Investing in sustainable energy is good for the environment and good for the bottom line, says Pete Sandberg, retiring Assistant Vice President for Physical Planning at St. Olaf College. Investments in wind energy, solar gardens and LEED building standards are paying dividends for the college.

A $2.5 million investment in a wind turbine and a $1 million investment in energy efficient building standards for the new science building, Regent’s Hall, have resulted in a dramatic cut in energy costs across the campus and neutralized the anticipated additional operating costs of a new 200,000 square foot building. The investments paid for themselves in just under four years.

Pete has spent 37 years in higher education facilities planning, six at Carleton College and 29 at St. Olaf. During his time at St. Olaf, the size of the physical plant has grown by 48 percent. Throughout all of that expansion, Pete has been committed to lowering the college’s carbon footprint.

“Our goal is to emit as little carbon as possible as we run the college,” he said.

The college is now subscribing to 21 different community solar gardens to offset all of its electrical expense. Five of them are owned by Berkshire Hathaway and are located on college land west of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. Pete said the college is supporting new clean energy generation to increase the capacity for sustainable energy. He calls it a win-win.

“Every dollar we don’t have to spend on energy helps the students,” he said.


Keith Covey grew up in Ames, Iowa. He earned a degree in architecture and after a working a couple of years in the Twin Cities moved to Northfield in 1964. He worked for many years as director of facilities at Carleton College. He joined Rotary in 1974, served as president and chaired the Youth Exchange Committee for eight years. He and wife, Judy, have two sons. One lives in the Twin Cities, the other in New York City.

Thank You
Ambele Mwamelo, this year’s Global Grant Scholar, thanked Rotary for the opportunity to further her studies in maternal and children’s health. She will use the $35,000 grant to attend the University of Edinburgh Scotland next year. This year, the St. Olaf College graduate, will attend school at the African Academy of Public Health in Tanzania.

Guests: Alex Rod (Lawlor) and Anna Chance (Heineman)

Scholarship Enhancement: Charlie Kyte


— Brett Reese reminded us that there are only four months before the Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour. He reports that he and Mathew Rich have an energized committee and are ready to get things in gear. Save some space on your calendar for this event. We need all hands on deck to continue to make it a premier biking event.

— Peggy Prowe invited club members to the formal opening of the Byllesby Bridge, an important addition to the Mill Towns Trail, Saturday, June 3, 2 to 5 p.m.

— Mateo and Daniel were named Most Improved Players by the Northfield High School Tennis Team. Daniel also received the “spirit” award.

— John Ophaug recently completed a marathon in Mystic, Connecticut. It marks the second to last leg of his quest to run a marathon in all 50 states. The one remaining is Hawaii. He said once that is completed, he will do something special for Rotary.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center, 10541 Ibson Ave., to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

June 15 — David Stanford, Classification Talk

June 22 — John Larson, Classification Talk (Estenson)

June 29 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)

July 6 — Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)