Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.21.2017

September 19, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today: Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”

Next Week: Geoff Seper, Data Mining and Shopping (Hoschouer)
Birthdays: Ryan Blumhoefer (9/21) and Jack Hoschouer (9/22)
Bike Tour Results:
Brett Reese and Mathew Rich, Bike Tour co-chairs, announced net revenue of approximately $22,000, pending final accounting. We had 814 riders, an increase over last year. Five hundred seventy-four pre-registered. Brett said the event met their three goals of providing a great biking experience, maximizing revenue and controlling expenses and providing a great volunteer experience. Great job everyone and special thanks to our fearless leaders, Matt and Brett.

A debriefing session will be Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Come with your observations and suggestions.

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:
Residents of Northfield School District will be asked to vote on two proposals in November. One would allow for an increase of $470.15 per pupil for the Operating Levy to support quality educational programming; the other would provide $109 million in bonding to build a new high school, a new Greenvale Park Elementary School, repurpose the existing Greenvale building for early childhood education and make improvements at Bridgewater and Sibley elementary schools.

Dr. Matt Hillmann, superintendent of schools, said it is the “right plan” at the “right time,” a cost-effective solution to space and facility needs that will help students start strong and leave prepared.

The school district already has an operational levy in place. It will expire in 2022. School officials say the increase is needed to makeup for a persistent shortfall in state funding over many years. Increasing the operational levy will help the district maintain quality programming and retain and recruit quality teachers.

The building program would provide for a new $78.5 million high school on the existing campus along Highway 246. The current facility, built in 1966, would be demolished. Supt. Hillmann said a new building is needed to promote collaborative learning, accommodate technology labs and address security concerns. The current building has 50 points of entry. If the referendum does not pass, the district is looking at $14 million in age-related infrastructure improvements that would not address 21st century learning needs.

A new building for Greenvale Park would cost approximately $23.5 million. It is needed to support the growing number of programs for the school. The existing building would be repurposed for a more integrated space for an early childhood learning center. The building program would also provide for a new media center, music space and cafeteria remodel at Sibley Elementary and a new secure front entry at Bridgewater Elementary.

The school district website lays out the plans and has a tax impact calculator feature. The two measures would result in a tax increase of $532 annually for a $250,000 home, $1,636 annually for commercial property assessed at $500,000. There is a tax rebate program available to farmers.

The district won’t go forward with the building program unless both measures pass, Superintendent Hillmann said. If they fail, the district will be looking at budget reductions by 2021-2022 and added cost to future building projects.

For more information, visit the school district website at:

Guests: Janice Lehmkuhl (Williams), Karen Allawala (Bierman), Fritz Bogatt (Prowe), Stephan and Christel Richels (Yogi), John Fossum (Prichard), Gunnar Newquist (Koenig), Jim Kulseth (Briske), Ann Leming (Leming), Meredith Galdeen (Herzog-Melby) and Gretchen Ehresmann (Kazcmarek).

Scholarship Enhancement: Kim Briske

— The 2017 Turkey Trot is off and running. Robert Bierman announced that planning for the 17th annual event has begun. The committee met this morning to get organized. Subsequent meetings will be announced.

— Mike Lemming announced that Rock Stars & Ruckus, featuring international storyteller Kevin Kling and and Voice TV show finalist Kat Perkins, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Grand with limited seating. A special allotment of 20 tickets has been obtained by the club, so if you are interesting in purchasing one or more, please see Mike. Tickets ($25 adults/$17 students/$5 each for any individual with a disability and their companion) also can be purchased on line 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
September 29 — Keepsake Cidery, 501 Social Club (Wakely)
October 5 — Ben Martig, Classification (Heineman)
October 10 — Youth Ethics Workshop (Koenig)
October 12 — Matt Hillmann, Camp RYLA
October 19 — Hindolo Pokawa, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, (Cogan)