Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.09.12

August 8, 2012

Today: Chuck Samuelson, Minnesota ACLU:  Minnesota’s Constitutional Amendments (Linde)

Birthdays: Michael Lane (8/5)

Next Week: TBA

Last Week:

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) is an advocate for clean water in a watershed area of 1,470 square miles, nearly the size of the state of Rhode Island, defined by the reach of the Straight and Cannon rivers.

Beth Kallestad, executive director for CRWP, talked specifically about her organization’s efforts to assess the quality of Rice Creek, part of which is referred to as Spring Brook Creek. It drains about 4,000 acres west of the city, 80 percent of which is agricultural land. The project was conceived two years ago when there was active conversation about annexing the land to the City of Northfield. The aim is to understand its condition and to use good land use planning to protect the stream.

Monitors have been installed to track the water quality. More than 525 of a rare species of brook trout have been tagged to track their movement. The monitoring will be completed in October and recommendations made. Preliminary results indicate that Rice Creek is compromised by high amounts of bacteria and nutrients, which fuel the growth of algae and plankton.

Beth invited us to take part in a couple of upcoming special events. On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Fourth Annual Cannon River Cleanup will take place 9 a.m. to noon. There are opportunities to sponsor this event. There will be a Rain Barrel Workshop on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Just Foods. For more information, contact Beth at

Guests: Charlie Skinner (Brown-Wescott), Zach Lorang and Rebecca Walters (R. Lorang), Cliff Martin (Fenton), Peter Davidson (V. Dilley), Matthew Kaste (Kaste).

Scholarship Enhancement: Charlie Skinner


— Peter Davidson presented us with a flag from his host Rotary club in Sweden.

— The exciting conclusion to that cliff hanger Rotary Planning Retreat, will be Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. It is open to all members.

— Russ Halverson’s wife, Karna, gave birth to a 4 lbs. 6 oz. baby boy last week. His name is Lucas Oliver, and he was seven weeks early.

— The Key is looking for donated art to sell at an upcoming Community Art Sale. If you have something to donate, contact Nancy Amerman at 649-2087.

— Charlie Cogan reported that over the last four years the 64 clubs in our district have raised $650,000 towards the $200 million Polio Plus Challenge. That amount includes $220,000 of district funds.