Science historian and psychologist Michael Shermer examines why people believe weird things in Carleton Convocation

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Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and the executive director of the Skeptics Society, will present Carleton’s first convocation address of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 9 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, when many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory and alien abduction, Shermer’s presentation will wage a no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, debunking nonsensical claims and exploring the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

Entitled “Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time,” Shermer’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


Carleton’s Perlman Teaching Museum opens 2015 with “A Collection Embodied,” featuring recent acquisitions to the College’s Art Collection

Carleton College opens 2015 with a new exhibit in the Weitz Center for Creativity’s Perlman Teaching Museum. “A Collection Embodied” is a student-curated exhibit featuring recent acquisitions to the College’s Art Collection, offering over forty prints, photographs, ceramics and other works. The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 9 with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and the reception, as well as other related events, is free and open to the public.


Carleton brings internationally acclaimed Danish design collective N55 to campus for a five-week residency

Carleton College will host the internationally acclaimed Danish art, architecture and design collective N55 for an arts residency focused public space from January 9 to February 5, 2015. N55 members Ion Sørvin, Till Wolfer, and Anne Roome will collaborate with Carleton students to set up a design laboratory focused on public space by imaging a hypothetical new building complex for the College’s Cowling Arboretum. The residency will include public lectures and events, culminating in an exhibition in the Braucher Gallery of the Perlman Teaching Museum.


Hospital restricts visitors due to flu

Northfield Hospital and its Long Term Care Center are asking visitors to stay home as a precautionary measure if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Influenza can be serious and even life-threatening for the elderly and for those who are already hospitalized with an illness, and it spreads quickly, said Ann Reuter, Director of Quality at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. 


HealthFinders Collaborative expanding dental program with the help of two new grants

HealthFinders is excited to announce that we are recent recipients of not one but TWO grants from the Mardag Foundation and the Delta Dental Foundation to continue to expand our dental program.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (December 8, 2014))

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, December 8, 2014. The packet for the meeting can be found here. The table file is here. Highlights of the meeting included:


Susan Hvistendahl Entertainment Guide Columns Captured in New Book,"Historic Happenings"

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“Historic Happenings,” a book by Susan Hvistendahl, has recently been published through a partnership of The Entertainment Guide and Northfield Historical Society Press. It is a compilation of selected “Historic Happenings” columns which were originally published in The Entertainment Guide between 2007-2013. Other volumes will follow, including historic happenings at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges.

The newly published book includes stories about the people, businesses and events that have made Northfield the unique place that it is today, dating back to John North, who founded the town in 1855. The book contains stories of North’s establishing a Lyceum where settlers sought “intellectual improvement” in debates on issues of the day and North’s ties to Abraham Lincoln. Also noted is an episode when “Ax-Wielding Settlers” promoted temperance in Northfield in 1858 and the inspiring life of Hiram Scriver, early merchant.


New provider joins FamilyHealth Medical Clinic

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Physician Assistant Carrie Gray will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic January 5.

She will be part of the clinic’s Family Medicine practice and see a full range of patients of all ages. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and pediatrics.

Carrie comes to FamilyHealth with 15 years experience in Family Medicine. Most recently she practiced in a primary care clinic in St. Paul. Prior to that, she practiced for nine years at a clinic in Washington, Iowa. For the last five years, she has also served in an academic capacity, providing instruction to aspiring physician assistants at Augsburg College for four years and now at St. Catherine’s University.

Family medicine gives Carrie an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of her patients. She enjoys building relationships with individuals and families and helping them make informed decisions about their healthcare.


Holiday gift to our public library!

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Looking for that gift that keeps giving to children, teens, young adults, older adults and seniors? Consider a donation to the Northfield Public Library improvement project, which can be in the form of cash, pledges for 2015 and 2016, all tax deductible, and appreciated stocks.
 
Go to the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library website, www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org and click on "Capital Campaign."
 
If you borrow a book from the library this week, insert a note about your donation in honor of the recipient, wrap it and give it to them on December 25, the recipient can read your note and the book and still return it within the three-week loan period.  You’ll feel good about the donation, they’ll enjoy the book, and the library will benefit all around!
 
 

NJP Accepting Applications for 2015 Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship

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Anyone who has dreamed of visiting Palestine/Israel may be excited by an upcoming travel opportunity. Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is accepting applications from area residents for its 2015 Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 1, 2015.

In the belief that the best way to understand the realities of the conflict in Palestine/Israel is to visit the place itself, NJP established the Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship in 2012. It did so in honor of one of its founding and most committed members, long-time Northfield resident Ruth Hansen, in recognition of her decades of advocacy for peace and justice in the Middle East.

This is the second time NJP will award the scholarship. The first recipients, in 2013, were Soraya Dangor and Graison Chapman.


Thrivent invites you to The More the Merrier with Sister!

Thrivent wants to celebrate the holidays with you!

Nobody loves Christmas more than Sister! Nobody brings a Midwestern holiday celebration to life like Sister. Experience the voices of the angels, the fun of the elves, the joy of the Aunts, the feeling of home, the warmth of friendship and share in the miracle of live theater. Your gift awaits in original Sister arrangements of holiday classics, fun characters, extended family that joins in the show, lefse samples for the Norwegian in all of us, and lots of spontaneous laughter! Put on your elf hat and bring your friends, your neighbors, your family and your coworkers to experience the energy of Sister.


Skating and Hockey Classes Make a Great Holiday Gift! Register Now for Northfield Skating School Winter Session

Do you want to skate fast, jump and spin, or learn to be a great hockey player? Parents, would you like your children to meet new friends and receive professional instruction in a supportive environment, with the official curriculum designed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey? Join the Northfield Skating School!


Lucia Fest is Here!

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Northfield High School sophomore Synneva Bratland will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 12, at the 39th annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

Dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, Lucia will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Afterward, Lucia and her attendants will serve cookies and coffee to everyone. The event concludes with songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.

The 2014 Lucia attendants are Katie Brust, Libby Brust, Claire Casson, Grace Casson, Annelise Coffey, Annika Fredrickson, Merri Kmoch, Willa Kmoch, Ruth Meyers, Sylvia Koenig, Rose Mibus, Annika Nguyen, Leah Olson, Ava O'Neill, Lenyn Phau, Rikka Zillmer and Sigrid Zillmer. The Star Boys are Max Casson and Bjorn Olson.


Take It To The Box!

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The Rice County community is serious about preventing medication misuse or abuse and environmentally unsafe medication disposal practices. “Take It To The Box” promotes the safe use, storage, and disposal of medication. 

Check out a new short video from members of your Northfield Police Department:

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/mediacenter.aspx?VID=57


Northfield Retirement Community Receives Grants to Fund Nursing Assistant Program

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Two Northfield organizations have granted Northfield Retirement Community monies to help defray expenses associated with a career exploration program in health care nursing assistant training available to students at Northfield High School. Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is giving $300 and the Rotary Club of Northfield, Local Donations Committee, has awarded NRC $500 in support of Launching a Nursing Assistant Career: Training with Innovation and Care. Through the program, youth can explore a career option and receive training free of charge to prepare themselves for work as a nursing assistant or residential aide – areas where jobs are available and health care professionals are needed as America’s population is aging.


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