Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, October 21, 2021
Please wear your mask when you enter the Methodist Church
and whenever you are not eating. 


Joan Janusz
October 21  Joan Janusz
Health Care for All
Over the last 30 years, health care costs have skyrocketed. Many Americans can't afford health insurance, a third of GoFundMe campaigns raise money for health care costs, and two-thirds of personal bankruptcies are a result of high health care debt. Learn more about these issues and a possible solution that bases health care costs on a patient's ability to pay. For the presentation handout CLICK HERE. Joan is a retired public health nurse and a former Director of Public Health Nursing for Rice County. Hosted by Barbara Wornson.
October 14  Susan Hvistendal
Northfield's Oldest Building, the Lyceum

The Lyceum Building at 109 East Fourth St. is one of Northfield’s oldest and most historic buildings. It was built in 1857 on land donated by community founder John North, and for the next 20 years remained the heartbeat of Northfield’s intellectual, political and cultural life.

Our speaker, Susan Hvistendahl, Northfield’s unofficial historian, said it was here that early citizens debated the weighty issues of the day, performed for one another, and read books from the city’s first library. It also was the incubator for Northfield’s first newspaper, The Portfolio, launched by Ann North.

In the 1870s, the Lyceum became less relevant to the life and times of Northfielders. Its paid membership shrunk by 75 percent and in 1878, the library was moved to the YMCA at 11 Bridge Square (now Carlson Capital Management). The building fell into private hands and served as a residence, a chicken hatchery, and housed dental practices for some 64 years. Now it is owned by attorney James H. Johnson and his wife, Mary Kathleen Fransen.

Susan has written a number of books about different aspects of Northfield’s early days, including a 2010 publication on the Lyceum.



Thanks to last week's Cogwheel reporter, Scott Richardson.


Aaron Street (Reese), Irene Montenegro (Lutsky), and Kyle Becken (Thompson)


Brett Reese


Vicki Dilley updated membership on the latest board meeting. Here are the highlights:

  1. About one third of members have completed the sustainability survey emailed last week;
  2. The club is renting a storage unit in Dundas to hold club materials formerly stored at Estensons;
  3. Going forward one meal a month will be plant-based;
  4. The 4-Way Taste and Bike Tour were successful, but funds will still be tight this year;
  5. We are considering a request from the Stillwater Sunrise Club for funds to support a water project in Nicaragua;
  6.  Don Stager is will soon be taking on the task of booking speakers for our meetings;
  7. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, November 9, at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. All are invited.
  • Anika Rychner, co-team leader of the 4-Way Taste, said next year’s event will be Thursday, July 21, at the Red Barn Farm.
  • Richard DeBeau is looking for electric garden tools, electric scooters and bikes to showcase at the EV event Saturday, Oct. 23, at Greenvale Park School.
  • Jim Loe said 66 runners and walkers have already signed up for the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. Please share the event with friends and family. See registration information in right hand column.
  • Amy Goerwitz would appreciate all items for The Cogwheel to be submitted to her by noon each Monday for publication that week.
  • Todd Thompson noted that we have four new members: Elizabeth Child, Kirk Muhlenbruck, Kari Johnsrud, and Eric Johnsrud. We now have 143 members, 140 active and three honorary. 
  • Richard DeBeau celebrated his grandchild’s first birthday.
  • Jack Hoschouer noted it is the United States Navy’s 246th birthday.
  • Janine Atchison’s oldest grandchild, who graduated from St. Thomas in 2020, formally received his diploma recently.
  • Jesse Steed’s sister and brother-in-law recently adopted a child.


Sarah Nathan
Sarah Nathan
October 28 — Sarah Nathan
Classification Talk: Everyone can be a philanthropist
A self-described "pracademic," Sarah will share components of her philanthropic autobiography as it influenced her career in the nonprofit sector, through the world's first school of philanthropy, and ultimately to the public face of philanthropy at Northfield Shares. Hosted by Jim Loe.
Michael Leming
November 4 Michael Leming
Building an Orphanage in Northeast Thailand for 69 Tribal Orphans
The Thailand Children's Home has served the poorest Thai orphans for 30 years. Recently Westerners acquired their land and the Children's Home has had to start over again. Michael and his wife Ann Leming have worked in rural Thailand for 32 years and have sponsored three International Global Rotary Grants for Thai Tribal Children. Hosted by Vicki Dilley.
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
November 11 — Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Re-Engineering Agriculture
Learn about the importance of regenerative agriculture and how Reginaldo ("Regi"), the owner of Salvatierra Farms, uses his land to educate and train people how to run their own agricultural businesses. The unique training platform Regi developed serves as a pathway for large-scale impact across Minnesota, the Midwest, nationally and even internationally. Regi's land-management innovations improve water quality, restore soil health, and restore native flora and fauna, all while generating a significantly higher value than traditional cropping systems. Regi will update us on the impact that this way of farming is already having and the tremendous momentum building around his system. Hosted by RCAT.
Scott Haugen
November 18 — Scott Haugen
Future Development of the Mills Town Trail System in Northfield

The network of multi-use trail systems in southern Minnesota has undoubtedly exploded over the last several decades. Scott Haugen from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss a key cog in this vast interconnected network: the Mill Towns State Trail. Scott will touch on what the Mill Towns is and aspires to become, the process of how a state trail is planned and developed, existing segments open for use, preliminary engineering for the trail to pass through Northfield and highlight critical investments in projects and infrastructure over the years achieved largely via funding from Northfield Rotary.

Scott is an Acquisition and Development Specialist in the Parks and Trails Division of the Minnesota DNR. Hosted by John Sinning and David Detert.


Do you know someone who would be a good speaker for our club meetings? In-person speakers are preferred. Please send their name, possible topic, and contact information to


Find Zoom link here.
Meeting ID: 843 1983 0113
Passcode: 264180
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 at this time 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 — Club members and guests are invited to visit with each other.
Before 12:20 — Pick up your lunch.
12:20 — Meeting begins.
1:15 — Meeting dismissed for all.


Todd Thompson, Club President

The Cogwheel! It's how we meet through email!!

If you have an event, meeting, project update, or idea for one of these things send it to us at The Cogwheel (to Vicki Dilley, Amy Goerwitz or Todd Thompson). We are making this club newsletter a treasure trove for our Rotary Club, basically a one-stop shop for what we are doing and what we are going to do.

On a personal note this week, I met with Beth Kallestad and Brad Frago this week to go over our strategic plan documents that we started this year. We are turning these ideas into action through our members' enthusiasm and hard work. We had some lovely blueberry bread and coffee at Beth’s house, enjoying some great fellowship while getting some work done. Committee chairs look for some action steps in your email. Thanks Beth and Brad!




Kelly Dennis — Oct 18
Melissa Hanson  Oct 18
Larry Vorwerk  Oct 18
Andrew Althoff  — Oct 19
Bruce Morlan  Oct 19
Barry Carlson — Oct 22
Rob Martin  Oct 23
Mark Abbott 19 years
Neil Lutsky 19 years
Please be sure to welcome these new members who have joined our club in 2021. They are listed in approximate order of their joining, with the newest members at the bottom.
Eric Runestad
Lisa Maren Thompson
Benjamin Hauser
Antonio Amador
Andrew Althoff
Sarah Nathan
Tracy Giza
Kyle Becken
Bryce Beckstrand
Mary Ellen North
Sebastian Burset
Erika Campbell
Eric Johnsrud
Kari Johnsrud
Kirk Muhlenbruck
Elizabeth Child
If you haven't yet done so, please review and update your personal data on Clubrunner, our club app. It's easy. Just CLICK HERE to login to our website.
Cool thing to know You can also download the free Clubrunner app to your phone to keep our club directory close at hand.
Do you have something club related to say to fellow members? Try posting it in The Cogwheel. Send your short blurb to
The Northfield Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is back! So gather your flock and get ready to trot on Thanksgiving morning, whether in-person or from afar. Rotary invites all runners and walkers to mark their calendars for this traditional Thanksgiving morning event.
Registration is just $25 for in-person and $29 for free-range participants. To register yourself or your team CLICK HERE.
Please note, if you wish to receive an official 2021 Turkey Trot shirt be sure to register by Friday, November 5th
For additional details on this year's event, you can visit the Northfield Rotary website
  • 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.
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If you haven't yet completed the RCAT Sustainability Survey, CLICK HERE. Please help us learn how our members take care of the environment. 
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.