Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | May 31.2018

May 30, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Today: Peggy Prowe—National Trails Week is June 2

Next Week: Stacey Longwich—Classification (Carlson)

Birthdays: Keith Covey (5/19), Bob Flaten (5/21), Joe Hargis (5/29), Chris Heineman (5/23), 

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. 


  • Bob (Koenig), Greg (Melby) Dylan (Roney)


  • Matthew Rich presented a check on behalf of our club for $11,000 to Dr. Gene Enders, Treasurer of the Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail and Peggy Prowe. We have given ¼ of a million dollars in support of the trail system since 1995.


  • There will be a concert with two pianos at Northfield Retirement Community on June 1 at 3:30 pm
  • First Friday Art Night is June 1 from 5-9pm in downtown
  • Richard Maus is working on the 2018 Annual Report brochure and asked club members to contact him with suggested updates
  • Richard DeBeau visited the Varberg-Getakarr Sweden Rotary Club and brought back a banner
  • The inbound students enjoyed Prom to the fullest. It was “super fun, super tiring” and full of surprises like Sera running out of cash, Bia wearing a wet dress and Kengo entertaining Prom-goers with a Japanese freestyle performance on stage

Scholarship enhancement: Kengo

Last Week: We enjoyed a lovely evening at the Estensons’ barn in celebration of our inbound students’ upcoming graduation. Bia, Kengo, Sera and Amy introduced all of their host families and shared warm memories of their time in Northfield. Maria provided a wonderful spread and a good time was had by all.

Two weeks ago: Jim Blaha appeared with his umbrella of doom to announce that our speaker had to be rescheduled due to a medical emergency. City Administrator Ben Martig graciously filled in on short notice and gave us a high-level overview of a few recent projects happening at the City of Northfield. He discussed the proposed fire station remodeling, ice arena plans, plus affordable housing and construction updates. The 1970’s fire station will get a $4.25 million remodel. The ice arena committee has recommended that two new sheets be built on donated land, which could serve as a civic center in the off-season. The price for two sheets is $21 million, which was determined to be a better option than a $1 million maintenance plan or a $7 million for a locker room remodel. The process will require a few years, a local sales tax increase, a property tax increase and private fundraising. Affordable housing development projects are moving ahead, as well as streets projects including the Division Street, 7th Street and Washington Streets projects which will be complete before DJJD, and a paving of Spring Creek Road which will happen later this year.

Charlie Kyte gave an update on the new Fairfield Inn & Suites, scheduled to open this fall. He says the area has been in development for many years, with the Crossings condos and commercial buildings being constructed in 2008 and the hotel project starting in 2016. If all goes well, the hotel hopes to be open by early September. They have hired a General Manager and will be hiring twelve staff members. The $13.5 million project will include an underground parking garage, pool, and bar with a deck overlooking the river. The Rebound Hospitality project was made possible with collaboration from the City, both colleges, and private shareholders. Bruce Morlan gave an update on the work being done to support a resilient city with a future of continued climate change.

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 14 – Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

June 21 – Scott Richardson—State of the Club