Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.07.2017

September 6, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 7, 2017

Today: Bike Tour Chalk Talk (R&R, Rich and Reese)

Next Week: Supt. Matt Hillmann, The State of Our Schools (Heineman)

Birthdays: Jeff McLaughlin (9/5), Chris Richardson (9/6) and Shelly Holden (9/9)

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:

Minnesotans love their parks and trails. Andrew Oftedal, research and policy specialist with the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, is working hard to promote their benefits and opportunities for everyone to enjoy the state’s natural heritage.

The Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota was established in 1954 as one of the first of its kind in the nation—a statewide citizen advisory board for state parks. Its mission is to acquire, protect and enhance critical land for the public’s use and benefit.

The Council focuses on four priorities: land acquisition to turn into public parks and trails, legislative advocacy, policy research, and support of local volunteer efforts, like the Mill Towns Trail.

Parks and trails are good for the economy, our health, and for the state’s tourism industry. They increase retail sales, support jobs, attract new residents and businesses, and boost property values. According to the American Heart Association, every $1 spent on bike trails and walking paths saves an estimated $3 in health costs. Outdoor recreation is also a significant driver of tourism, which generates nearly 20 percent of Minnesota’s sales tax revenues and supports more than 10 percent of Minnesota’s private sector employment.

Parks and trails advocacy work is hard work. Nobody knows this better than our own Peggy Prowe. And Andrew Oftedal.


Peggy Prowe has spent countless hours working to develop the Mill Towns Trail. She is extremely grateful for the club’s generous support of the trail with earnings from the Jesse James Bike Tour. This support has been vital in providing community validation for the project as she and others continue to advocate for state funding.

Guests: Jesse Steed (Wakely), Janice Lehmkul (Hillmann), Emma Iverson (V. Dilley), Pascal Cogan (C. Cogan), Luke Hahn and Mike Kaiser (M. Hahn), Katie Sivanich (W. Sivanich), baby Finn (Estrella), Emily Schmitz and Emily Neswal (Prowe).

Scholarship Enhancement: Russ Halverson


— Brett Reese thanked each one of his volunteer team members for their work on this year’s bike tour. He reported that on-line registrations for the tour are running 33 percent ahead of last year. More than 400 riders have registered to date.

— Richard Maus shared copies of a new annual publication highlighting an impressive list of the club’s activities and programs. It’s everything every club member should know all in one place. Additional copies will be available at future meetings.

— 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, September 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 21 — Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”

September 28 — Geoff Seper, Data Mining and Shopping (Hoschouer)

September 29 — Keepsake Cidery, 501 Social Club (Wakely)

October 5 — Ben Martig, Classification (Heineman)