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City Council Meeting

Event date: August 4, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Student connects audiences to art through Boston museum internship

St. Olaf College - 1 hour 19 min ago

St. Olaf student Taylor Davis ’16 outside Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where she is interning this summer.

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, home to one of the most comprehensive collections in the world, welcomes more than a million visitors each year.

And this summer St. Olaf College student Taylor Davis ’16 is working to ensure that those visitors get the most out of their experience.

As part of her internship at the MFA, which is supported with a grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career, Davis is helping facilitate the museum’s various educational programs. This includes special museum tours for toddlers, art-making activities for children and their families, and drawing in the museum galleries for adults.

“Helping run these programs has given me valuable insight into the behind-the-scenes work of museum programming, and has allowed me to observe how diverse audiences interact with and respond to the collections of the MFA,” Davis says.

The MFA’s encyclopedic collection includes nearly 450,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts and French impressionist paintings to the largest and finest collection of Japanese art outside Japan.

Beyond educating children and guiding visitors, Davis is also working with the museum’s Head of Gallery Learning, Brooke DiGiovanni Evans, to create an Art Connections Card for MFA’s younger visitors. Art Connection Cards are self-guided activity sheets that children and their families can pick up at the museum to help guide their visit.

“The theme of my Art Connections Card will be bugs. I’ll be guiding children on a hunt for bugs depicted in artworks from several different cultures, including an ancient Egyptian heart scarab and a tiny gold beetle on a 17th-century German automaton,” Davis says.

The world of fine art is an essential part of this Tallapoosa, Georgia, native’s life. An art history major at St. Olaf, Davis will be conducting independent research about “Art and Feminisms” this fall.

Her passion for working at an institution like the MFA has grown as she has learned more about museum education, a branch of museum operations that she believes is one of the core functions of all museums.

Davis says she is constantly inspired by both the people with whom she works and by the artworks and exhibits she is able to experience at the MFA. This inspiration has, in turn, enhanced her interactions with the museum’s diverse visitors.

“Undoubtedly, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that I absolutely love museums,” Davis says. “I knew I loved them as a visitor. But the opportunity to work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has shown me that I love being part of what makes it all work even more.”

Categories: Colleges

Annual Meeting 2015

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium - 1 hour 39 min ago
The 18th Annual Membership Meeting Click on any image to begin the slideshow.  To read the text of Jim’s talk, click here.
Categories: Organizations

Knights Earn NABC Academic Excellence Award, Eckert, England Named to Honors Court

Carleton Sports - 2 hours 7 min ago

The Carleton College men's basketball team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for the 2014-15 academic year. In addition to the team accolade, juniors John Eckert and Patrick England were named to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf College announces hiring of new athletic director

Northfield News - 2 hours 30 min ago
St. Olaf College officials announced on Thursday the hiring of Ryan Bowles as the schools’ athletic director.
Categories: Local News

St. Olaf names Ryan Bowles as athletic director

St. Olaf College - 3 hours 42 min ago

St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ’74 has announced the appointment of Ryan Bowles as the college’s athletic director.

Bowles, who is currently the associate athletic director for administration at the University of Maryland, will join St. Olaf on September 1.

Bowles has an extensive background in college athletics, both as a student athlete and administrator.

In his current position at the University of Maryland, where he has been a member of the athletic department staff since 2003, he oversees 11 varsity sports and serves on the department’s leadership team. He is also the liaison to the Athletics Council, a group of faculty, staff, and students that advise the President’s Office on matters regarding intercollegiate athletics at Maryland.

Bowles also oversaw Maryland’s transition last year from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten, and he currently serves on the Big Ten’s Sports Management Council.

In his prior roles at Maryland, Bowles directed the NCAA and conference championship events hosted by the university. He also played a leadership role in the development and rollout of a five-year strategic plan for athletics at Maryland.

Bowles began his intercollegiate athletics career as the Asa S. Bushnell Intern for Championships at the Eastern College Athletic Conference in Massachusetts. There he was also involved in event management and was the liaison for a number of championship committees.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from McDaniel College, where he was a four-time letterwinner for the men’s soccer team.

“St. Olaf is committed to achieving excellence in everything we do, including athletics,” Anderson says. “Ryan’s passion for Division III athletics, born of his experience as a student-athlete at a respected liberal arts college, combined with his demonstrated leadership in an excellent Division I program, equip him well to lead the athletics program at St. Olaf. We look forward to his arrival on campus.”

St. Olaf sponsors 27 varsity sports, more than any other school in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), and competes at the NCAA Division III level.

As athletic director, Bowles will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the integrity and competitiveness of the intercollegiate athletics program at St. Olaf, including recruiting and retaining an exceptional coaching staff and promoting the success and physical well-being of the college’s student-athletes.

“St. Olaf has an outstanding tradition of academics and athletics, and the college’s values match my own,” Bowles says. “I look forward to serving the St. Olaf family as we continue the tradition of graduating student-athletes, developing leaders in life, and competing for MIAC and national championships.”

Categories: Colleges

Northfield council to see library bid $150,000 over estimate; auction planned Saturday

Northfield News - 3 hours 44 min ago
Due to an incomplete bid, the second-lowest bidder for the Northfield library project is expected to be recommended to the Northfield City Council. 
Categories: Local News

Summer Fun Day and Dedication on Sunday

Laura Baker Services Association - 4 hours 58 min ago

Remember that Summer Fun Day and the dedication of the Recognition Garden is this Sunday, August 2nd.  The full schedule follows.  If you  have not yet RSVP’d please contact Deb at deb@laurabaker.org or 507-645-8866 X119.

11:00 Registration Begins

11:30-12:30 Lunch

11:30-12:30 Open House – North Oak & Spring Creek

12:30 Dedication Ceremony

1:00-3:00 Music by Mischief and Mayhem, games, horse wagon rides and bingo.

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7-31 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 4 hours 58 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

Northfield Historical Society on True West magazine's top 10 'Best Western Museum' list

Northfield News - 5 hours 3 min ago
For a dozen years, True West magazine has recognized the best Western museums in America for their dedication to their mission of keeping the Old West alive in our communities and nation.
Categories: Local News

MCA scores fluctuate state-wide, Northfield remains above average

Northfield News - 5 hours 18 min ago
CORRECTION: This story has been modified to correct the proficiency rate in science and math at the middle school.
Categories: Local News

Will Delaware, like Illinois, sue FERC and PJM?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - 6 hours 17 min ago

PJM’s Plan for Delaware

Turns out Delaware’s Gov. Markell is objecting to costs assessed to Delaware ratepayers, but I’m not seeing any objection to the project itself coming out of Delaware.

Here’s the PJM Planning doc that tells all:

PJM White Paper Artificial Island Project

Note on the first page the statement of need, of why this project is wanted — this is really important:

PJM specified that solution proposals must improve stability margins, reduce Artificial Island MVAR output requirements and address high voltage reliability issues.

So let me get this straight — they’re having stability and reliability issues and PSEG wants to reduce Artificial Island MVAR output requirements?  PUH-LEEZE… This is a benefit to PSEG, not Delmarva…

And look what our big-coal friends at ODEC have to say:

ODEC letter regarding Artificial Island 7-29-2015

This project taps into the new line that was built not long ago:

Delaware has no regulation of transmission need or siting — so utilities can pretty much do whatever they want.  Further, it’s a FERC tariff, so the state doesn’t have anything to say about it going into the rates, and cost apportionment.  Great, just great.  So now Markell is objecting?  It’s a little late…

Here’s the schedule going forward from the PJM Board meeting yesterday:

Seems there’s an opportunity before the FERC ALJ.  But before then?  What is Delaware going to do?  Well, take a look at what Illinois did when it didn’t appreciate the FERC Cost Apportionment scheme — they sued FERC and won, based on the notion that if they weren’t benefitting, they shouldn’t be the ones paying:

Illinois Commerce Commission v. FERC August 6, 2009

The FERC Cost Apportionment scheme was remanded, and it’s in settlement negotiations right now.  What is Delaware doing in that docket?  To review the public postings, go HERE and search for FERC Docket EL05-121.  The next settlement conference is Thursday, August 6, 2015, starting at 10:15 a.m. in a hearing room at FERC HQ.  Delaware is represented in this, at least there are Delaware PSC staff listed on the service list, Janis Dillard, John Farber, and Robert Howatt.  So what are they doing about this cost apportionment scheme?  Are they showing up and speaking up for Delaware?

Categories: Citizens

Pennine Way Day 1: Edale to Torside Reservoir

Rob Hardy - Rough Draft - 6 hours 45 min ago
The Official Start of the Pennine Way
Edale, Derbyshire"The forecast was for showers,” said James, the proprietor of The Old House, the bed and breakfast we reached at the end of the first day. “I suppose that was true. There was one shower that lasted all morning, and another shower that lasted all afternoon.”
Climbing Jacob's Ladder onto the Kinder Scout Plateau
We climbed all morning into cloud. On Jacob’s Ladder, the steep initial ascent from the narrow valley of the River Noe, we passed a group of teenagers participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, their bright orange pack covers the only objects visible in the mist. As we reached the top of Jacob’s Ladder and emerged from the lee of the mountain, a steady gale pelted us with cold rain. Past Edale Rocks—a faint shadow in the mist that gradually solidified into a mass of gritstone boulders—I lost the trail and wasn’t sure I had found it again until we reached the trig point on Kinder Low. There was nothing that looked like a path, nothing but boulders and black earth and cloud, nothing to follow but the compass needle.
Edale RocksWe didn’t see another soul until we reached the vicinity of Ashop Head, where the Pennine Way crosses the Snake Path, and a party of half a dozen middle-aged walkers appeared suddenly out of the cloud. The one woman in the group clutched a broken black umbrella over her head.
“Lovely English weather,” one of the men said cheerfully.
For the six days we spent walking on the Pennine Way, the weather was an unfailing topic of conversation. It was one of the central facts of life on the trail. Like the landscape and the blisters and the crowded contour lines on the map, it was part of our shared experience, a basis of our fellowship. We walked in whatever weather the day dished up. We got drenched in the rain, scorched in the sun, and the weather was always either ironically or genuinely lovely.
Hern Clough. We followed Hern Clough upstream for about half a mile,
crossing and recrossing countless times, to reach BleaklowWhen we stopped near Ashop Head, there were still miles of supersaturated peat bogs to cross before we reached the Old House at six in the evening, nine hours after we set out from Edale, just as the clouds were beginning to thin out above Torside Reservoir. 
Torside ReservoirWe were soaked to the skin, and it took a pot of tea and a hot bath to get the chill out of my left shoulder. We had spent the entire day walking in cloud, and although it was disappointing not to have seen any of the views from Kinder Scout, I felt exhilarated. I had made it through the toughest day of the toughest long distance walk in Britain in some of the most challenging conditions. The disappointments were just points on a larger arc of accomplishment.
Warming up in our room at The Old House

Categories: Citizens

August at YOUR Library-

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:17pm

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Categories: Organizations

Night to Unite in Northfield

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:32pm
Event date: August 4, 2015
Event Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057

Art Teachers Exhibition at the Northfield Arts Guild

Northfield Arts Town - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:36pm

Students, past and present, will enjoy seeing the artwork of their teachers at the Northfield Arts Guild’s new exhibition!  In addition to inspiring young people as current K-12 Art Educators in Northfield Schools, the participants in this exhibition are active professional artists. These colleagues often interact in their professional capacity as art teachers, but this exhibition has given them the platform to showcase the work they create outside of the classroom.  Many of these artists have shown their work independently, but this exhibition represents the first time that this group of artists have displayed collectively. The hope is that this will be the start of a biannual showing of artwork by a group of art educators.

FEATURING THE WORK OF NORTHFIELD K-12 ART TEACHERS:
John Bade, Angie Ekern, Rafa Estrella, Karna Hauck, Chris Holmquist, Erica Ness, Katherine Norrie, Vicki Stanley, Sarah Wallis & Kate Woodstrup

Ceramics, Prints, Drawings, and Paintings

July 31–August 29 at the Arts Guild’s Downtown Center for the Arts, 304 Division St. S.
Artist Reception: Friday, August 21,  7–9 pm

Categories: Organizations

One Day Vintage Band Festival: August 1st

Northfield Arts Town - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:06pm

The Vintage Band Festival presents a one day outdoor music event with 12 brass bands on stage in 12 hours. This is an all ages event that is free and staged in collaboration with Riverwalk Market Fair, a collection of artists, food vendors, and craftspeople. Band descriptions and complete schedule can be found at vintagebandfestival.org. There are additional performances scheduled at the Northfield Cemetery, the Contented Cow British Pub, the Northfield VFW and the Northfield Retirement Center.

 

Categories: Organizations

Local church looks to broaden youth outreach in the Faribault community

Northfield News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:59am
With summer winding down and the school year on the horizon, members of a local church are volunteering their time to provide Faribault youth with summer activities while the sun is still out and the
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – New Facility in the works for Rice County Jail Annex; Northfield Arts Guild Presents New Gallery; Mobile Book Service Coming to Dundas

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:33am

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New Facility in the works for Rice County Jail Annex Rice County Commissioners ​recently ​toured the ​current ​Jail Annex in Faribault. Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha, “We were looking at things that need to be done to the building. We actually acquired the building from the Army Reserve.” They paid a dollar for the building.  A new jail could be anywhere from 15 to $30 million.  Work involved may include new rain gutters, windows, roof, and additional repair work. The repairs should be complete soon. ​​ Northfield Arts Guild Presents New Gallery ​ The Northfield Arts Guild presents a new show of ceramics, prints, drawings and paintings by Northfield K-12 Art Educators.  The exhibit titled “Current Art Teachers… Current Artists” will be in the Main Gallery at the Center for the Arts on Division Street from July 31st through August 29th.  An Artist Reception will be held Friday evening August 7th from 7 to 9.  In addition to inspiring young people as current K-12 Art Educators in the Northfield Schools, the participants in this exhibition are active professional artists.  NAG Executive Director, Alyssa Herzog-Melby hopes this will be the start of a biannual showing of artwork by a group of art educators.  The exhibit is sponsored by The Sketchy Artist.   Mobile Book Service Coming to Dundas

Northfield Public Library will be bringing the mobile library to Dundas for one afternoon a week in August. The library is expanding bookmobile service during the remodeling of the Northfield Library Building. Booker will be available at the Mill Towns State Trail Trailhead parking lot on the first three Monday’s in August from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Library staff has indicated an interest in continuing service on some level if there appears to be enough interest.

 

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