Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | June 7.2018

June 6, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 7, 2018

Today: Stacey Longwich—Classification (Carlson)

Next Week: Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

Birthdays: John Larson (6/2), David Wolf (6/6)

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. 


  • Tony Compton (Rychner), Casey Bailey (Bailey), Tasha Bryer (Hoschouer), Rob Ostrander (Linde)


  • We had a record-breaking six Paul Harris Award presentations at our last meeting. Thanks to Janine Atchison, Erin Bailey, Jayne Hager Dee, Rob Martin, Nathan Heilman and Bill Carlson (plus two pin) for their support of the Rotary Foundation!
  • We said goodbye to our 2017-18 inbound students. We wish Bia, Amy, Kengo and Sera the best and hope to see them again sometime in the near future.


  • Email Vicki Dilley if you can volunteer on the June 16th overnight retreat at the Y for Northstar students.
  • Alan Anderson and Bruce Morland invited us to catch their climate change broadcast on KYMN Wednesdays at 11 am or download a podcast from the KYMN website
  • Congrats to John Stull on the happy news that he will marry Ann Richards in one week!
  • Jack Hoschouer is still cancer free and in honor of Memorial Day he shared the names of five friends who were killed in action

Scholarship enhancement: Jake Conway

Last Week: Ben Martig was back with a mini-classification, showing us a bit of his work on the Camden Regional Trail project in Southwest Minnesota. He introduced City Engineer/Public Works Director Dave Bennett and Engineering Manager Sean Simonsen to share more about similar projects in Northfield.

Sean gave an update on the Division Street project. Stage 1 is underway on Division between 6th and 8th and should be finished by the end of July. Stage 2 will begin upon completion of Stage 1. It is an overlay of 7th Street between Water and Washington, and should be finished by mid-October. Sean shared about the Complete Streets concept, which designs streets for all users including bicycles, pedestrians and automobiles. Curb extensions create pedestrian safety at crosswalks. Driveways with level sidewalks slow traffic on turns. Raised intersections and high visibility crosswalks make pedestrians more visible and help to slow traffic. Valley gutters visually narrow streets, which helps to slow automobile speed.

Dave Bennett discussed our parks and trails. The City continues to do route analysis on the options for bringing the Mill Towns Trail through Northfield. There will be an opportunity for feedback at upcoming community engagement sessions. The East Cannon River Trail is open and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday at 9 am at Babcock Park. (The new trail will be part of the family-friendly 10-mile route on the Jesse James Bike Tour next September.) 

Dave also discussed potential projects for riverfront expansion. There are several development opportunities including river access north of the dam, developing the Byzantine property, and possible improvements to Bridge Square and Ames Park. They are exploring a possible underpass concept that would create a walkway under the 2nd Street Bridge, and will discuss with Post Consumer Brands a possible future removal of the dam.

City Staff is continually working to make Northfield an even better place to live and work.

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 21 – Scott Richardson—State of the Club

June 28 – No lunch meeting—Meet at 4:30-6PM @ Chapel Brewery