Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, November 18, 2021
Please wear your mask when you enter the Methodist Church
and whenever you are not eating. 


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 infrarstructure 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.
November 11 — Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Re-Engineering Agriculture
Science and technology alone will not save the planet, says Regi Hasslett-Marroquin, Rotary member and celebrated advocate for regenerative agriculture. It will require a change of mindset, a return to an ancestral understanding of our interdependence with the world around us.
Our long-time investment in an extractive agriculture that ignores its long-range external costs has us hurtling towards a self-inflicted destruction, he said. We need to change the channel and think in terms of “energy transformation,” and how all living things are mediums for this miraculous life-sustaining phenomenon.
And this is not just a hypothetical idea wrapped in romantic tribal spiritualism. Regi says it makes economic sense. He’s been able to prove it with more than a decade of experience. His poultry-centered agroforestry has been piloted on his Salvatierra Farm, west of Northfield. His blueprint has been used as a guide for operations across the Midwest and beyond with a variety of partners and a support system that includes transportation, warehousing, and both technical and financial assistance.
It’s energizing and it makes economic sense,” he said. Farmers can increase income, restore soil health, and improve water quality without disrupting the energy transformation that drives the circle of life. Regi says it is scalable. “It is a rewarding and beautiful thing.
For more on this topic, go here.   
Link to last week's video.
Thanks to last week's Cogwheel reporter, Scott Richardson.
Beatriz Rebello, former exchange student from Brazil, now a St. Olaf College student, (V. Dilley); Carrie Carrel, new interim director of Northfield Shares, (Nathan); Jen Zepeda, Regi’s colleague, (L. Dilley).
President Todd expressed gratitude for Jayne Hager-Dee for her spirit of hospitality and for accepting the role of courier between Todd and our treasurer Dave Stanford.
Patrick "Twenty-Twenty" O'Neill
Kari and Eric Johnsrud (V. Dilley) were officially inducted into the club. They moved here recently from Winona. Eric is a long-time Rotarian and is active in North Star Youth Exchange. Kari is new to Rotary. She had a long career as a second-grade teacher.
Beth Kallestad reported on recent board of directors’ action. She noted:
  • Vicki Dilley and Todd Thompson will both attend the Rotary International convention in Houston. They missed the opportunity to attend an international gathering as president-elects due to COVID.
  • The board is considering a number of membership questions. If you have any input you would like to share, talk to a board member.
  • At our meeting Thursday, Dec. 23, there will be a holiday crazy socks and hat contest. Talk about wild, Minnesota Rotary fun.
  • The board elected to support an international service project, a water project in Nicaragua, organized by the Stillwater Rotary Club.
  • The Communication Committee has been active. We are all encouraged to look to the electronic Cogwheel for your latest club news.
  • Rick Estenson said registration for our Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot is back to 2019 levels. We will need people power to make this party happen. Look for a Signup Genius soon and grab a volunteer spot if you will be in town that day.
  • John Ehresmann encouraged members to support local artists by doing part of their holiday shopping at the Northfield Arts Guild Fine Craft Collective.
  • Ann Stull invited members to join her in bell-ringing for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign during the holidays. You can sign up by going to the Salvation Army's Register to Ring website
Michelle Lasswell is celebrating her victory over Brad Frago in Parcheesi and their marital union of 25 years. We’re assuming Brad is also celebrating, the latter if not the former.
November 25 — Thanksgiving
No Meeting
See you at the Turkey Trot!
December 2 —
Andrea Berube, Adam Olson & Jackie Johnson
Northfield Splash Pad
A committee of Northfield and Dundas community members have received approval from the City of Northfield to begin planning and creating a zero entry water feature, also known as a "splash pad". We will update the Rotary on our progress since meeting in 2019 as well as talk about what a splash pad is, the process to build, and type of splash pad that is planned to be built. Andrea, Adam, and Jackie have served on the Northfield Splash Pad Board since 2017, 2019, and 2021 respectively. They have been working closely with community partners and other outside organizations to make this inclusive space possible. Hosted by Mark Lancaster.
December 9 — Becky Ford
A Year of Service: How Americorps Members Contribute to Rice County's Flourishing
In 2020-21, 45 Americorps members served at 24 host sites across Rice County. Unfamiliar to many people, Americorps is quietly making a positive impact in the lives of children and families in our local community. Through strategic collaboration and leveraging of federal resources, Americorps provides an opportunity for individuals to get started, give back and make connections! A youth development professional for 20 years, Becky Ford works for Healthy Community Initiative coordinating outreach and support of Americorps members serving in Rice County schools and human service organizations. Becky also serves as Faribault Youth Investment's Director and is passionate about facilitating community collaboration. Hosted by Anika Rychner.
December 16 — David Anderson
News From St. Olaf
St. Olaf College President David Anderson will present an update on activities and plans at St. Olaf. Hosted by Barry Carlson.
December 23 —
Holiday Meeting and Festivities
Be thinking about your sock and hat choice for the occasion!


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.


Todd Thompson, Club President
Over the past couple weeks, I have been helping a friend of mine who has mental health issues. A couple times I called the South Central Mobile Crisis Team (Rice County Crisis Line) at 877-399-3040. They answered the phone each time – sometimes late at night. They came out to my friend’s house and talked to them, arriving about 90 minutes after our call. The people on the phone and the mobile workers were caring, professional and knowledgeable about our questions. I’m so grateful we have this resource in our community. Here is a brochure about the team. 
Mental health is a serious and pervasive issue in our community and around the world. I encourage you to support our local mental health professionals and/or get involved in groups working to help those in need such as:
Thank you, South Central Mobile Crisis Team!


From the South Central Mobile Crisis Team’s brochure:
What is a crisis?
  • Feelings of stress or being overwhelmed
  • Plans or thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • Suddenly finding it difficult to complete normal daily activities due to stress or other symptoms
  • Increase or change in symptoms such as mood, anxiety or panic attacks, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that other people do not see or hear), or delusions (false beliefs).
  • Carl Caskey — Nov 14
  • Virginia Lorang — Nov 14
  • Anika Rychner — Nov 14
  • Jim Prichard — Nov 17
  • Matthew Rich — Nov 17
  • David McKee — 4 years
  • Bruce Morlan — 6 years
  • Jean Wakely — 15 years
  • John Ophaug — 38 years
Please be sure to watch for and welcome these new members.
Kyle Becken
Tayler Swanson
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Bryce Beckstrand
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Sebastian Burset
Erika Campbell
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Elizabeth Child
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Tracy Giza
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Eric Johnsrud
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Kari Johnsrud
Mary Ellen North
Kirk Muhlenbruck
  • November 25th, Turkey Trot, see details below
  • December 7, 7 PM, DEI book-club discussion of We are not here to be bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance by Linda Sarsour and Harry BelafonteFor zoom link contact Dorothee Ischler at Read more information about the book here.
  • December 13th, 7 PM, PR and Communication Committee meeting at Vicki Dilley's home. All are welcome.


Do you know a high school student that would enjoy living in a foreign country for a year? Rotary Youth Exchange applications are due December 3, 2021.

For more information, go to or talk with Jesse Steed, our Youth Exchange Officer, or Janice Lehmkuhl, our Outbound Coordinator.

  • Laura Baker School is looking for volunteers to serve at their Gala on December 4th.  They need coat checkers and folks to help with the silent auction.  Slots are from 4:30-9:30 pm.  Sign up here.
  • Northfield Racial and Ethnic Equity Collaborative is asking us all to participate in their short survey.   Learn more about the NREEC member organization here. 
Do you have something club related to say to fellow members? Try posting it in The Cogwheel. Send your short blurb to
Happening on Thanksgiving morning, everyone is invited. For all the details on this year's event, visit the Northfield Rotary website
Registration is just $25 for in-person and $29 for free-range participants. To register yourself or your team CLICK HERE.
to select your pre-turkey dinner volunteering slot
ALSO, do you have a street-legal side-by-side UTV that could be used as the trailing vehicle for the Turkey Trot?  Let Jim Loe know if you do. Thanks!  
If you haven't yet responded to our RCAT survey, please do so now by CLICKING HERE.
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.