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Rotary Cogwheel | September 27.2018

September 26, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 27, 2018

Today:  Tuomas Kallioniemi (Steed) Inbound from Finland

Next Week: Steve Schier (Kyte) 2018 Elections

Birthdays: Jim Blaha (9/27), Ryan Blumhoefer (9/21), Chad Hjellming (9/27), Jack Hoschouer

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.


RayJean Schulte (Schulte), Mike Ericson (Atchison), John Fossum (Richardson), Eleanor Morse (Longwich), Leah Rich (Rich)


  • Chris Weber has volunteer opportunities in the Breakfast Buddies program.  If you would like to have an impact in the life and literacy of elementary school students by reading to them during school breakfast, see Chris.
  • Pat O’Neill gave a funny and friendly roast of Jim Blaha in celebration of his retirement from the CAC. Jim thanked us for the opportunity to serve our community and our Rotary club.
  • Penny Hilleman has tickets to the Riverbend Ramble dinner and auction to benefit Riverbend Nature Center. Tickets are $50 and she has raffle tickets, as well.
  • John Fossum is selling 20 roses for $12 to benefit Faribault Rotary club.
  • Interested in learning how to speak with someone when you hold different views? Come to Rotary’s Better Angels training session Thursday, Oct.18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at United Methodist Church. This is part of the district’s initiative to take the four-way test into the community and is one of the projects of our club’s Ethical Leadership Committee. It is open to Rotarians and their guests. If you have questions, contact Bruce Morlan.

Scholarship Enhancement:  Richard Maus

Last Week:

We heard more details on both questions appearing on the November 6 ballot in Northfield. Matt Hillmann presented information on the school bond referendum, along with school board member Noel Stratmoen. The Northfield Public Schools vision statement includes the desire to “prepare every student for lifelong success within a world class learning environment.” This referendum will help make that vision a reality by providing a strong start and secure schools. If approved, the bond would build a new two-story elementary school and an early childhood center at Greenvale. Sibley would get a new cafeteria and media center. Bridgewater would get a secure front office. Longfellow would house the district office, which would free up lots of space at the high school. The referendum is basically the same as the one on the last ballot, without the construction of a new high school. The bond is for $40.975 million and will be paid back over 20 years. If it is approved, a $250,000 home in Northfield would see a property tax increase of just $27/year.

Funding for a new Cannon River Civic Center is the other question on the ballot this November. Ben Martig and Chris Kennelly said the center would be used for much more than hockey. Proposed uses include: figure skating, baseball, softball, lacrosse, cycling, walking, concerts and conventions. The project cost is $21.1 million. The Civic Center would be built on 7 acres of donated land valued at $850,000. On the ballot in Northfield and Dundas will be a ½ cent local option sales tax. This sales tax would generate $7-$10 million over 20 years and 30% of that tax would go to support parks, recreation and trails. The Northfield ballot will also have a property tax increase question. If approved, this would cost the average taxpayer $10 per month and would bring in $8.8 million for the Civic Center. Other sources of non-taxpayer funding include a $2 million Mighty Ducks grant and $3.4 million in private donations. The Civic Center would bring events and overnight guests to Northfield and the economic impact is estimated at $1.8 million.

In summary, if both ballot questions pass, a homeowner with a $250,000 house would see a property tax increase of $147 per year. More information about the ballot questions can be found at and

Coming Up:

Oct. 11 – Mike Becker, Rotary District Governor

Oct. 18 – Jennifer Novak, Classification (Rich)

Oct 25 – Dan Hofrenning, Political Landscape (Melby)