Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, October 1, 2020


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Scott Wopata

Scott Wopata, The State of Our Community and the Impact of COVID19 from the Eye's of the CAC. Hosted by Jayne Hager Dee.

Laurie Williams (9.28); Robert Bierman and Michelle lass well (9.29); Rachel McIver Morey (9.30); Sherri Meyers (10.1).
David Brown (9.30.93); Nathan Heilman (10.1.2013).


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.

Our Climate Action Statement - Read our climate action statement here.

For additional information about our club’s Rotary Climate Action Team chair, Alan Anderson, at 507-371-4673 or


Thanks to last week's Cogwheel Reporter, Kristi Pursell.


Yogi’s friend from Germany, Dr. Nicole Christina Stuhrmann


Andrei announced Laura Baker Services is looking for a volunteer chauffeur to drive a resident to Burnsville M-F in the morning (about 7:45-9:15am)

Buy t-shirts for the 2020 DJJD Bike Ride: “We were Robbed!” 

Rotary is considering drive-thru Trick-or-Treating at Estenson’s place… more details to come

Get ready for the Turkey Trot (Now 100% Free Range) additional sponsorships welcome

Charlie Cogan wrote a great article in the Star Tribune about the eradication of Polio from Africa


Kristi Pursell from CRWP thanked Rotary for your support of our 12th annual Watershed Wide CleanUP and reported it was a great success with as many volunteers (or more?) than in 2019!


Richard Schulte came to Northfield from Cleveland in 2007. He opened with a prayer about welcoming change and then introduced Tim. Because of his solar panels, heat pump, and love of bicycling, Tim’s home is probably the comparison you see in your Xcel Energy bill showing your usage compared to your neighbor’s (and making you feel badly!)


Tim McKone

Tim McKone embraces the idea of change in his life. He’s currently a medical doctor and radiation oncologist since 1995 and opening the Northfield branch of Mayo Clinic’s Radiation Center is what brought him to Northfield. 

Tim’s father Bob was the great-grandson to an Irish immigrant who settled in New Hampton, Iowa. Tim’s mother was from Charles City, Iowa and worked as a cytotechnologist looking at cells on a slide (e.g. pap smears) and Tim remembers many nights when his mother would be looking through a microscope after dinners at home. Tim is the second oldest of four children in the family and grew up in Carroll Iowa, a town of about 8,000. 

Tim attended St. Lawrence grade school with about 70 kids in his Catholic grade and graduated from Kuemper High School, also a Catholic school with about 300 kids in his graduating class in 1975. He attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City where he graduated in 1979 and then attended medical school. During his young adulthood he worked jobs as a paperboy, messenger at St. Anthony Hospital and then an EMT with Carroll County Ambulance Service (with his  brother and mother) which became influential in his decision to enter the medical field.

Tim met Marian, his wife who is from Iowa City, and they married in 1981. He graduated from Med School in 1982. Their family moved around several times: after Med School they moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan so Tim could attend Michigan State University residency to specialize in general surgery. He worked at Butterwordth Hospital. His first “real” job after that residency was in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He only stayed 1.5 years at SGL Clinic before moving to Mason City, Iowa where they stayed for 3.5 years. 

In 1990 two leaps in medical technology took place: when treating breast cancer, now lumpectomies plus radiation therapy were acceptable (instead of mastectomies) and rectal cancer could now be treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. Working with his local radiation oncologist made clear to Tim he should think about a change. Practicing general surgery didn’t leave enough time with his family and three children so he made the switch to radiation oncology.

His family moved to Utah in 1992 where he completed a residency at the University of Utah in Radiation Oncology before moving to Rochester to work under Dr. Leonard Gunderson, Chair of the Radiology and Oncology department during his third year for a 2 month fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in 1995.

Tim first visited Northfield when visiting his middle son who attended St. Olaf College. He and Marian were quite taken with the town and so when Mayo wanted to open a radiation clinic on North Avenue (across the street from the Northfield Hospital with St. Olaf’s Natural Lands in its backyard) he said yes!  

Tim was the only radiation oncologist at the Northfield Mayo facility for 4 years.  He was joined by Dr, Jim Leenstra in 2015 and Dr. Nina Garces in 2019. He now works about two days a month, but he feels the practice is in great hands with Dr. Leenstra, Dr. Garces and all the incredible nurses and support staff. They're finishing up an expansion with the latest high-tech medical equipment here in Northfield, too. 

Tim’s sons are Mike, James, and Mark. Mike attended University of Southern California for film school and got his MBA from UCLA. His wife Linda is a corporate lawyer in California and they have two children Emma and Owen. James (the St. Olaf grad) played in the orchestra and graduated with a BA in Music and Chemistry. He got his PhD from the California Institute of Technology and works at the University of Pittsburgh. He is married to Kirsten and they have two children, Matilda and Eleanor. Mark is the youngest of the brothers and attended Findlay University in Ohio majoring in Equestrian Studies.

Tim has a cousin, Mark McKone who is a biology professor at Carleton and his mother lives at the Northfield Retirement Center where Tim is now classified as an essential caregiver so that he may be able to visit her again. 

Tim likes to ride his bike, mostly on gravel, has joined the Cannon Valley Velo Club, takes nature photographs, and started up a Northfield chapter of “Cycling without age” - there is now a tri-shaw (tricycle rickshaw) in circulation so that the elderly might be able to be given rides outside on a bike. We might see Marian  at the UCC church as she's made deep relationships there and during COVID. Tim and Marian had their son James and his family here for several weeks this summer in Northfield with them, too.


October 8 — Beth Kallestad, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. Hosted by Bruce Morlan. 






October 15 — Matt Hillman, School Update.

October 22Rachel Reid, Bat Research in Costa Rica. Hosted by David Brown.


Our Club is in need of another Volunteer Leader to come alongside Robert Bierman to do some reimaging of the 2020 Turkey Trot. Please consider this opportunity to be creative and still fulfill the need to fundraise, bring the community together and be safe.


A Zoom meeting to kick off planning for the 2020 Turkey Trot will be held Thursday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. Join Rick Estenson and committee members to find out how you can help with the event.
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cogwheel writers needed 

Looking for an easy way to serve the Club? We're looking for volunteers to take notes for the College City Cogwheel this fall. If you've never taken notes for the Cogwheel before, we can provide an outline of what to record and send to Rick Esse after the meeting. Sign-up here! Have questions? Email Meredith Galdeen or Rick Esse.

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I asked Bruce Morlan to use this platform to talk about the important work he has been doing and he prepared the article below for us. I do hope we can have further discussions about our own calling to be Braver Angels. Thank you, Bruce, and have a great week everyone! I hope to see you on the zoom call when we will learn about what is happening at the CAC from our own Scott Wopata. 
Bruce Morlan on Braver Angels
The coming election promises to be the most contentious in recent memory. No matter who wins there will be groups of friends who will be in shock and despair while others are jubilant and wanting to celebrate. This year promises to be much more intense than even 2016, as the stakes seem so high.

Braver Angels formed in 2016, precisely because two friends saw a need to bring the two sides together to reconcile their differences - the outcome of that election led to gloom and despair on the coasts, but hope and change in the Midwest. They brought in a family couselor, and a movement was born. Taking its name from President Lincoln's first inaugural, they became the Braver Angels.

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
President Abraham Lincoln,
First Inaugural Address

In this article he points out that the pandemic has shed a new light on the election process, and it is quite likely we will not know who won for days or even weeks. This is certainly going to increase the anxiety and anger on both sides.

To help fight back against the division, Braver Angels has an initiative, called With Malice Toward None. Through this initiative  they will offer individuals and organizations the tools they need to address the angst and jubilation before and after the election. 

Our close friends too often behave like echo chambers. In these echo chambers we amplify our fears and increase our sense of "us vs them." Initiatives like With Malice Toward None can help by softening the edges and helping us to better understand all perspectives.

For more information, and perhaps to sign the pledge (a personal action) and bring With Malice Toward None to your Church, your college, or perhaps your service club (Rotary!), please visit With Malice Toward None.

Bruce W Morlan

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.