Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, January 13, 2022
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January 13 — Ann Richards
I Was Born in the Best Years of My Life
Starting her career in the early 1960s, Ann had a front row seat to the social movements and current events which  shaped her attitude and made new life and work choices possible for her. Ann's career has included business management, sales, and entrepreneurship. Hosted by John Stull.
January 6 — Kimberly Smith and Anna Hori
Affordable and Sustainable Housing:
A 20-Year Vision for Northfield
Beth Kallestad introduced our speaker, Kimberly Smith, Professor of Environmental Studies at Carleton College. Beth met Kim while working at Cannon River Watershed Partnership back in the 2000s. Kim is a member of the Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative, and a
former chair of the Environmental Collaborative Commission. Kim has been working with her students to bring academic solutions to help the city of Northfield, specifically with affordable and sustainable housing. This presentation was the work of student Anna Hori who just tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and thus could not join us today.
With Kim's guidance a group of four students researched how to integrate a sustainable and affordable housing plan for Northfield over a 20-year span.
Northfield does have various committees that are working on issues of sustainability, energy or affordability, but these committees are not yet integrated. For instance, there was a housing study completed in March 2021 which focused on affordability but not on sustainability.
Smith asked the students to research the more challenging energy and sustainability issues that Northfield faces today, using a 20-year plan to work it through. Statistics show that 30% of residents and renters are paying greater than 30% of their income on housing. Northfield’s median income is around $63,000 so an affordable house would be about $238K. The students noted that Northfield is an expensive city to live in. Because there is not enough affordable housing, many Northfield employees commute to Northfield for work, increasing their transportation costs and generating more greenhouse gases. Workers also might pay more for extended daycare hours. Also concerning is that Northfield workers end up spending their earned income dollars elsewhere for more affordable housing and convenient shopping, taking their money out of town.
A key type of affordable housing is manufactured housing, most commonly in the form of trailer homes. However,  trailer home quality varies widely — not all are considered efficient, affordable or sustainable. Also, some mobile home parks are not be considered safe and secure. 
In Northfield, The Community Action Center is currently building Hill Crest Village (HCV). Seventeen families of various income and family sizes will live in this affordable and sustainable complex. HCV is expected to be a national model for future building practices. Spring Creek Townhomes and the Kraewood development will also bring new housing options to Northfield.
Because housing sustainability and affordability are equally important, the city of Northfield already offers loans, rebates and building standards to encourage these attributes in new construction. Along that line, the city just developed this week a sustainability policy for any builder seeking money from the city going forward. However, some people are concerned that with Northfield's small city staff, it will be difficult to integrate these values into city culture. Issues like community awareness, social amenities, resident-centered needs, land availability and energy efficiency are still paramount.
The Carleton Project identified three steps going forward:
Step 1: Facilitate Community Conversation
Step 2: Conduct a Housing Survey
Step 3: Promote/Require More Energy Incentive Programs
Since Northfield is de facto segregated, community conversations and education are critical toward understanding the city's housing needs. Diverse working groups can educate residents about energy benchmarking, discuss how to grow housing, and how to develop more renter-owned communities. Kim also suggested a broad survey that measures energy, water and civic engagement in Northfield. Residents should ask the city to expand on existing programs, study and follow innovations of other similar-sized communities, and offer equity housing options. All of this starts with connecting citizens through education.
Link to the meeting's recording
Link to the presenter's power-point
Juan Guerrero and Anne Gilbertson (Reese)
Brent Nystrom
  • Beth Kallestad invited others to join the DEI committee to join their monthly zoom meeting, they are discussing barriers to membership.
  • Vicki Dilley alerted folks to watch for the Sign-up Genius email to volunteer at the CAC Food shelf on Rotary Tuesdays from 3-7 pm.  
  • Todd Thompson gave a big thank you to the Hideaway Coffee shop for providing our sack lunches on short notice.
  • Todd also announced that 5th-9th graders are wanting to work with Rotarians on service projects.  Speak to Todd with ideas or opportunities.
  • Mary Ellen North explained why she missed so many December meetings.  She was grateful for the visits from family members she had not see for two years. 
  • Eric Johnsrud was celebrating closure of his law practice as of December 31, 2021.
  • Jack Hoschouer was pleased that having taken four COVID-19 tests that he tested negative each time. 
January 20 — Sarah Kennedy
Archaeological Insights: Trapiche Project
In this talk, Sarah Kennedy presents the results of her recent research at the site of Trapiche Itapalluni, a colonial period silver refinery located in the western Lake Titicaca Basin of southern Peru. Sarah is an archaeologist whose research focuses on marginalized labor, power dynamics, social identity, and foodways practices in colonial Peru. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021 and is currently the Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities and Archaeology at Carleton College. Hosted by Tony Huettl .
January 27 — Andrew Althoff
Classification Talk
Andrew will be giving his classification talk; introducing himself to the club and discussing where he grew up, his hobbies and his career. Hosted by Rick Estenson.
February 3 — Carrie Duba
School Update
Carrie will talk about Northfield students' social/emotional health and the supports in place for our students this year. Carrie has worked for the Northfield School District for eighteen years, currently as an Instructional Coach and generally as a school psychologist. Hosted by Matt Hillmann.
February 10  Emily Fulton-Foley
State of the Union of Key Youth
Emily will provide an update on the needs of the youth during these challenging times and how The Key is evolving and engaging to help meet those needs. Emily has been the Executive Director of The Northfield Union of Youth for three years and in addition to her extensive life experience, has a BA in Psychology and a MS in School Counseling. Hosted by Jean Wakely.


Todd Thompson, Club President
I attended the mid-term Rotary District 5060 gathering in Roseville last Saturday. It was really nice to see people. It had been a while. I’ll give you a couple highlights of the workshop.
We had a session on club goal setting. Some takeaways:
  • Set some goals
  • Make sure your membership knows what they are
  • Develop strategies to achieve your goals
An honorary Paul Harris Award was given to Jon Pratt, the Director of the Minnesota Council of Non-profits. He gave a short speech. A couple resources he suggested are:
  • The Strength of Weak Ties by Mark Granovetter
  • Science of Democracy by Mark Brown
We had a session that highlighted the Faribault Club’s “Virtues Project” a worldwide movement based on five strategies:
  • Speak the language
  • Recognize teachable moments
  • Set clear boundaries
  • Honor the spirit
  • Offer companioning
You can learn more about the virtues project here:
See you at the meeting,
  • Lynne Pederson, Jan 11
  • Erica Zweifel, Jan 14
  • Timothy McKone, 2 years
  • Scott Wopata, 5 years
  • Amber Chavie, 5 years
  • George Davis, 5 years
  • Blake Abdella, 11 years
  • Betsy Spethmann, 11 years
  • Lee Dilley, 15 years
  • Erica Zweifel, 15 years 
  • Arthur Monaghan, 16 years
  • CAC Food Shelf—Tuesdays from 3-7 PM (or 3-5 or 5-7), located in the old Greenvale school building, current Northfield Community Education Center at 700 Lincoln Parkway. Simple and safe. Let Vicki Dilley know if you have questions or sign up here. 
  • Rotary Meal at the Key—Our club provides a home-cooked meal for the teens at the Key on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. We need members volunteer to provide a prepared dish based on an agreed menu. Two slots are still available. Sign up here. 
  • Hospitality Table at our Meetings—Two volunteers needed each week. Sign up here.
  • January 18 PR and Communication committee meeting, 7 pm, see Vicki Dilley for location.
  • February 8, monthly Rotary Board meeting, 4:360 pm, see Todd for details.
  • February 15, DEI monthly meeting, 7 pm, see Beth Kallestad for information/ location. 
  • Rotary trip to Cambodia with Sam Ouk, Faribault Rotarian, March 2-10. The flight cost is $2200, hotel is $502 and food about $200. Link to more details. 
make it happen again!
Thank  you the Rotarians who have already signed up to help at the CAC food shelf. 
18 of the time slots are filled by 6 people and there are 32 time slots waiting for others to help, will it be you?  
  • Barbara Wornson
  • Beth Kallestad
  • Jean Wakely
  • Kirk Muhlenbruck
  • Richard Schulte
  • Richard DeBeau
Do you have something club related to say to fellow members? Try posting it in The Cogwheel. Send your short blurb to


Find Zoom link here.
Meeting ID: 843 1983 0113
Passcode: 264180
For times, see information below.
11:45-12:10 — Opportunity to visit with fellow zoomers or check in with the people at the tech table. You don’t have to join this early if it is not convenient.
12:10 — Settle in for the meeting to begin.
12:20 — Meeting begins.
1:15 — Meeting dismissed for all.
11:45-Noon Arrive at the United Methodist Church at 1401 Maple Street. Visit with club members and guests.
Before 12:20 — Pick up your lunch.
12:20 — Meeting begins.
1:15 — Meeting dismissed for all.
  • Limit of 4 people per table.
  • Wear masks when not eating.
  • No group singing.
  • We require attendees to be vaccinated. Rotary International is a big supporter of vaccines. 
  • If you bring a guest, make sure they are vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated, we still value you and your membership, and we have hybrid meetings so you can join our Thursday meetings on ZOOM during the pandemic.
Our Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) is dedicated to making climate change a strategic priority and to raising awareness, providing education and encouraging individuals and businesses to act in the interest of our planet. Read our climate action statement HERE.
For more information about our club’s Rotary Climate Action Team contact our chair, Alan Anderson, at


The 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.