Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.29.2017

June 27, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday June 29, 2017

Today: Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan) and Changing of the Guard. Thank you Michelle Lasswell for steering the ship these past 12 months.

Next Week: Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

Birthdays: Richard Collman (6/26), Rhonda Pownell (6/28) and Scott Richardson (7/1)

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:
It was a pleasure to see the faces behind the voices we know so well when Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight gave Rotarians an informative presentation about KYMN Radio. Both Jeff and Teri have many years of broadcasting experience, and their professionalism can be heard daily.

KYMN Radio, although recently rebranded as “The One – Real Radio – True Variety”, remains as well “A Friend You Can Count On” to long time residents of the Northfield area.  KYMN is an authentic home town community radio station that has maintained its independent local ownership in a very competitive commercial broadcast environment, a significant and rare achievement.  The station which has always been locally owned was founded in 1968 by Stan Stydnicki and subsequently owned by Wayne Eddy before Jeff Johnson assumed ownership.

Local programming has always been the focus of KYMN.  Jeff and Teri begin the day with the Morning Program and News Updates, followed by the Wayne Eddy Affair and late afternoon by All-Wheel Drive with Jessica Paxton.  All music programming is done locally by Jeff Johnson.  Frequent interviews and excellent local news and sports coverage keep listeners informed about local issues and events.  Many locally produced shows provide excellent community based radio.  KYMN does rely on Westwood One for network news and they broadcast Twins games but all other programming is created by station staff.

KYMN broadcasts on their original frequency at 1080 AM with 1,000 watts of power and simulcasts at 95.1 FM with 250 watts of power.  Programming is also streamed online at In August of 2015, transmitting equipment was replaced and upgraded in new space at the broadcast site three miles east of town after a lightning strike. The FM license was successfully purchased and the FM simulcasts began in November of last year.

KYMN Radio was recently named Business of the Year by the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, a well deserved award.  Thanks Jeff and Teri for a comprehensive presentation and for giving us excellent local radio programming!

Guests: Penny Hillemann, Northfield Area United Way’s new executive director (Kaczmarek); and Mary Erickson and Darcy Rose, Rotarians from Prior Lake, who encouraged us to participate in Prior Lake Rotary’s upcoming Lakefront Music Fest July 14 -15,

Scholarship Enhancement: Rick Estenson


— Richard Collman has organized the 11th Annual Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals with a recital scheduled every Wednesday at 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm from July 5 through August 9.  Organ Recitals are held at various Northfield churches.  For details contact Richard Collman at 507-645-1357 or email him at

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

July 13 — Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

July 27 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)