Faculty in Focus

Manitou Messenger - 4 hours 14 min ago
St. Olaf ’s political science department houses a number of fantastic professors with a variety of focus areas. One of the newest faces in the poli-sci squad is Professor Chris Chapp. Chapp received a
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Alumnus explores Hemingway's past

Manitou Messenger - 4 hours 14 min ago
What did Ernest Hemingway contribute to the world? While most people may not spend much time reflecting on this question, recent graduate Jimmy Gildea ’14 is certainly fascinated by it. Gildea’s inter
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Celebrity deception par for the course

Manitou Messenger - 4 hours 14 min ago
As far as celebrities go, come- dians are least likely to be taken seriously by their viewers. They have a certain light-heartedness and easy-going nature that seems to be present both in the comedy g
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New hazing policies coddle student body

Manitou Messenger - 4 hours 14 min ago
By Anders Mattson Hazing is complicated. No longer is it a term to describe some bizarre and often humili- ating initiation into a group; it is something bigger. While I see hazing as a headache all
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Dinner dialogues promote international discussion

Manitou Messenger - 4 hours 14 min ago
By Christine Barkley World Issues Dialogues, a 30-year-old dinner tradition at St. Olaf, has begun weekly Thursday meetings for the 2015-16 school year. Almost 70% of students in the 2015 graduati
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Milltown's Bikepacking Event - a recap

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:25pm
Owen and I have done some bike packing of the "credit card travel" variety where we slept in hotels instead of camping. We like credit card travel but want to branch out and actually go bike packing for "real" where we carry tents and sleeping bags and all. But, since our camping experience are mostly limited to camping with our families when we were children, and our most recent tent camping experience was, let's just say, rather stressful, we know we have plenty to learn.

We have many questions about bike packing from "What's a bivvy sack?" to "How do we carry all of our equipment on our bikes?" So we were super excited to learn that Milltown Cycles was offering a bike packing "how-to" event for beginners.

The event sounded perfect for us so I signed Owen and I up right away. I also decided to bring our kids, Rose and Ryan, because they've been wanting to go camping for some time and actually have more recent camping experience than Owen and I do.

We were not disappointed! The bike packing event was great fun and we learned a ton.

Here's what happened....

Last Friday, we packed up all of our camping gear (some on loan to us from one of my Northfield Women's Gravel Crushers friends, Katy) and drove to River Bend Nature Center where the event was to be held. We arrived a few minutes late but found our way to the outdoor amphitheater where a nice bonfire and the event's speakers waiting to teach us all about bike packing.
Awesome bonfireThe evening started with a great talk by bike packing guru, Dave. Dave works for Quality Bike Products and has an extensive knowledge of what kinds of gear to use and how to pack it on your bike.  Dave's talk was informative and fun. He had his fully packed Salsa Fargo on hand so we could see what a bike all set up for bike packing looks like. Dave answered all of our questions and was super helpful. Dave keeps a blog where he shares information about bike packing. Find it at:

Bikepacking Dave and his fully loaded Salsa FargoA shot of Dave's Salsa FargoAfter Dave's talk, we gathered around the campfire while local coffee roaster, Cody of Stoke Coffee, brewed up a cup of coffee for us and taught us all sorts of things about making great coffee while we're out bike packing. We all got to try the coffee Cody made and asked some questions - Cody knows his coffee! Cody's coffee roasting business, Stoke Coffee, is local and he sells his beans online, at farmer's markets and at our local co-op, Just Foods.
Ryan is taking in all that Cody from Stoke Coffee has to tell us
about making coffee (Ryan likes coffee)Then we started roasting hot dogs over the bonfire and Curtis from Milltown made up three different kinds of camp food from Mountain House for us to try. He made it all on a little MSR camp stove. I've never had dehydrated camp food - actually, I haven't had much of any kind of camp food - and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted!

Well fed and full of information, we were all getting tired so we trekked back to the camping area and set up our tents with aid of headlamps and flashlights. Bikepacking Dave stuck around until we were set to call it a night. I think he might have been amused at how uncoordinated my family was at setting up a tent but we managed much better than the last time our family went camping! Rose, who backpacked for a week in Montana, is our most experienced tent-setter-upper so she directed Owen on how to set up the tent. I mostly observed because I think that "too many cooks spoil the broth" saying must apply to setting up tents, too, so I figured I'd do the most good out of the way. Once the tent was up, Ryan and I got our sleeping bags set up and things arranged inside the tent.
Our campDave headed for home, we said our "good-nights" to the other campers (four others stayed the night) and soon it was time to go to sleep. It got down to the mid-30s that night but we stayed pretty warm and slept well.
Rose and Ryan - all tuckered outIn the morning, we all gathered for a breakfast of donuts, juice and meat sticks and I broke out my little Esbit pocket stove and made some coffee. Milltown had great giveaways of bike packing equipment for those who attended the event and we were lucky to win two travel pillows, a first aid kit, and a super cool Nemo sleeping pad that I think Owen will take with him on the Tour Divide next summer.
Rose is delighted with the handy packable first aid kitRyan shows us that the Nemo sleeping pad is so small and lightweight
he can easily carry it over his shoulder.After breakfast, we packed up our tents, chatted a bit, loaded up our vehicles and talked some more. All too soon, it was time to head on home.

Thanks, Milltown, for hosting such a wonderful event. We learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and now feel better prepared to go on bike packing adventures and on car camping trips with the family. Good thing because Rose and Ryan are already asking when we can go camping again!
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Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:50pm

As great a race as the Heck of the North was, even more great and memorable was getting to the race. Being a wholly unworthy but lucky son of a gun, I had the chance to fly – like, in an airplane! – up to the race, thanks to my friend Michael, whom I met a few years ago through the Northfield cycling scene.

In addition, see, to being a great gravel rider, a fatbiker, and an IT entrepreneur (and the parent of a kid the same age as my oldest), Michael is a private pilot. I’ve enjoyed learning from him about this avocation: his desire and efforts to learn to fly, his membership in a flying club based at an airfield near Northfield, his adventures flying to places near (the big Oshkosh air show) and far (the Black Hills in South Dakota).

We’d chatted casually a few times about going up together sometime, but never actually made time for it – until Michael discovered, last week, that the forecast for Heck weekend included perfect flying weather. I was more than game for flying to the race – what a great story, right? – so we made the requisite arrangements, planning to head up on Friday afternoon from tiny little Airlake Airport in Lakeville (a.k.a. KLVN, a half hour or less from Northfield) to big ol’ Duluth International (a.k.a. KDLH).

Interested though I was to go up in a little propeller plane, I was surprised to find myself pretty nervous about the flight. Not because I doubted that Michael was a perfectly capable pilot, but because, you know, scary news stories like this one or major tragedies like this one. My unconscious even served up a vivid nightmare about being in an airplane crash, just to make sure I was cognizant of my unfounded terror reasonable concern.

Friday morning, I literally and figuratively gritted my teeth and said to myself, “Self, nothing bad is going happen. Face your fear. The flights will be fine.” And not only was that very much the case, but both of the flights – Friday afternoon up to Duluth, Sunday morning back home – were marvelous, astounding, indelible experiences.

Michael selected his club’s Piper Archer as the best plane for our trip: roomy enough for our bikes, bags, and selves, and more than capable of the 90-minute flights between KLVN and KDLH.


Michael did a great job with the pre-flight prep, from doing the mandatory checklists and offering basic facts about the airplane to briefing me on in-air etiquette and answering my questions about being aloft in “Archer 8414 November,” which looked amazingly (and a little disturbingly) like a station wagon. Getting set to go dampened my lingering worries, and participating in some of the pre-flight activities was engaging: turns out, one person can roll the plane out of the hangar – just give it a yank and it follows you like a dog!

Once packed into Archer 8414 November’s front seats, I put on headphones/microphone that muffled the rather incredible engine noise, let me communicate with Michael in the air, and looked, frankly, a little bit cool. I wished I had a long red scarf like Snoopy.

The Incompetent and Nervous First Officer

We taxied over to the runway, did a few final checks of the airplane’s systems, and then started down the tarmac. I expected the abrupt upward sensation of a jetliner on liftoff, but nope: Archer 814 was just suddenly six, then sixty, then 600 feet off the ground, soaring over Lakeville and points east. I was literally slack jawed – and we weren’t even really flying yet.

Lifting Off at Airlake Tiny Lakeville Houses

We headed mostly east first, then turned north and followed the beautiful blue St. Croix River for a ways.

The St. Croix River

An easterly wind meant that we could not just head straight north to Duluth, but had to fly over a beautiful swath of western Wisconsin, which was first a patchwork of fields and small cities.

New Richmond, Wisconsin

About halfway into the flight, though, the farms and towns disappeared and the forests and bogs asserted themselves. Gorgeous.

Wisconsin Forests

Michael saw Duluth in the distance far before I did, but when I finally did pick out the white-gray smudge of civilization against the green-brown of hills and, behind, the deep blue of the lake, I enjoyed watching the Zenith City approach. Going far slower and far lower than a jet heightened my impression that I was immobile and the ground was moving under me – an exhilarating and fascinating sensation.

Approaching the Twin Ports

A swing to the west brought us around to the runway at Duluth, where Michael touched down without any problem.

Landing at Duluth

On the ground at KDLH, I was amazed to learn of the existence of a whole industry that serves private pilots: guiding their planes to their parking spots, tying the planes down, fueling the planes up, handling baggage (even our bikes – cargo I don’t think our guy had ever seen come out of a tiny little plane), even driving us over to the car-rental counter… This is somewhat how the 1% lives, I suspect.

An hour later, we had finished the first part of our trip with a quick drive up Highway 61 to Two Harbors. I would be lying if I said that I was then anticipating the race on Saturday more than the return flight on Sunday.

Sunday morning, we got our heavy legs to KDLH relatively early. In getting us to the terminal where Archer 8414 November had been waiting, I got to drive our rental car on the tarmac – yet another strange feeling, and impossible to separate from about a hundred action-movie scenes. Reality was far quieter: Michael took care of the pre-flight checks while I loaded the plane and returned the car.

The Captain Does the Pre-Flight Checks How to Fly with Bikes

As on Friday, takeoff was seemingly effortless, but Michael had the brilliant idea of flying further east, over Duluth and above the lake, before turning south toward home. The views were incredible. I’ve spent hundreds of hours on the shores of Lake Superior, and some dozens of hours on the water, but I don’t think I’d ever been above the Big Lake. It was worth the wait – especially with the bonus of seeing Duluth from the air.

The Big Lake, Just East of the Twin Ports Duluth Harbor from 3,000 Feet

Heading back south, we retraced some of Friday’s flight path, flying over the St. Louis River south of Duluth, the massive forests and bogs on both sides of the state line, and finally the St. Croix again.

The St. Louis River, Meandering Toward Us More Wisconsin Forests Northern Wisconsin Boglands The St. Croix: Minnesota to the Right, Wisconsin to the Left

At one point somewhere over Wisconsin, Michael let me operate Archer 8414 November’s controls, which I did very, very, very gingerly. Again: astounding. Turn the yoke to the right, and the plane turns right! To the left, it goes left. Pull back on the yoke and the goddamn plane goes up. Push the yoke in, and ohmygod there’s the ground in front of us! I didn’t have the stomach to do much more of this “flying” and happily let Michael take the plane back.

Puffy Clouds

As we approached home, Michael asked for permission to fly through the restricted “Class Bravo” airspace over Minneapolis. Since it was a quiet Sunday morning in the sky, ground control granted this request, and we flew right over Minneapolis, just to the east of downtown – you know, for the views. Which were amazing.


Just a few minutes later, we were back over Airlake, and then back on the ground, and then back in the car, headed home. I think I’m still a little high from the incredible experiences of those flights – and very grateful to have a generous and skilled friend like Michael. Should I even mention that I can’t wait for next time?

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Beyond the Open Mic 10/6/15

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 6:26pm

Beyond the open mic is intended to open dialogue about the process and the processors in City Hall; Elected Officials, City Staff, citizen and others.  Your hosts are Donovan McGee and Victor Summa. Opinions expressed are solely those of the hosts and not necessarily those of KYMN.  To contact Victor or Don you can email […]

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Hart Hornor Takes Home His Third MIAC Weekly Award of the Fall

Carleton Sports - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:42pm

Carleton College senior Hart Hornor continued his brilliant season with a performance to remember in front of the home fans. Hornor nearly led wire-to-wire and ran to victory at the Knights' "Running of the Cows" to give him a top-five (or better) finish at each of his three races in 2015. For his performance, Hornor received his third MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015 season.

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Ruth Steinke Secures Third MIAC Weekly Award This Season

Carleton Sports - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:30pm

The Carleton College women's cross country team and senior star Ruth Steinke have been having an exceptional 2015, and that continued over the weekend at the Knights' home "Running of the Cows" meet. Steinke was victorious on her home course for her third-straight first-place finish, and she led No. 12-ranked Carleton to the team title as well. For her performance, Steinke picked up her third MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015 season.

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Annika Martennson’s Big Week Earns Her MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week Recognition

Carleton Sports - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:16pm

The Carleton College women's soccer team went 2-1 last week including a pair of huge conference wins, with rookie standout Annika Martensson picking a good time for her breakout performance. Her first two collegiate goals helped the Knights score a remarkable comeback win over Gustavus Adolphus and nearly topple No. 25-ranked Luther. For her performance, Martensson was honored Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete-of-the-Week award.

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Click It or Ticket: Extra seat belt enforcement starting Oct. 9 in Rice County

Northfield News - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:00pm
Half of the people who have died in motor vehicle crashes during the first six months of 2015 were not wearing a seat belt.
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Meet The Team – Jim

Northfield Construction Company - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:05pm

When did you start working for Northfield Construction Company? I started at NCC in June of 1996. As site superintendent, my job includes scheduling, material ordering, employee management, public relations, and budgeting. What’s your history in the industry? I’ve done construction work since 1979. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I like […]

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Greenvale Park students get moving to help raise funds for their school

Northfield News - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:03pm
Greenvale Park Elementary students and staff are ready to get their groove on.
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Youth Sports Collaborative and Northfield Booster Club help keep athletes participating

Northfield News - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:35pm
The Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative and Northfield Booster Club are giving athletes the opportunity to participate no matter their financial background through scholarship opportunities.
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Today’s news update – Local man with cocaine tries to evade police; Graham names Interim Administrator; Richardson says our Charters are safe

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:02pm

Local man with cocaine tries to evade police A Northfield man is charged with nearly 7 grams of cocaine.  According to the criminal complaint, Northfield police were called to a domestic at 1516 Jefferson Road.  One of the parties was 35 year old Torey Dedmond Gant.  He had an outstanding felony warrant for probation violation […]

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Public Skate

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:17am
Event date: October 16, 2015
Event Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1280 Bollenbacher Drive
Northfield, MN 55057
Open to all ages. Helmets and gloves are recommended. You must have skates on to be on the ice.

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.08.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:09am

Today: Marlene Gargulak, District Governor (Cogan)

Birthdays: Kyle Nordine (10/7) and Nate Heilman (10/10)

Next Week: Rotary” 90th Birthday Party Saturday, Oct. 17

Last Week:

Grief is the price we pay for membership in the human family. If we live, quite likely we will love, and because we have been touched by someone, we will experience loss.

Mike Leming taught Sociology at St. Olaf College for 40 years. He has written 29 books, most of them on death and dying. He says grieving is a lot of work.

People often talk about the stages of grief, as if it is a linear process, but Mike says, in reality, it is a scrambled affair, an exhausting scrambled affair. There are marking points, however: accepting the reality of your loss, allowing yourself to experience the pain of the loss, adjusting to an environment with the deceased missing and then allowing yourself to invest in other relationships.

Losses he characterizes as “difficult deaths” include deaths from natural disasters, accidents, suicide and homicide. The abruptness and the often random nature of these deaths present their own challenges.

Mike said people need social support when they are grieving.
And we need to do better by those with unrecognized losses, such as miscarriages and abortions.


I wouldn’t want to be standing next to Jim Holden in a lightning storm. He’s had too many close calls, seven to be precise. They include childhood illnesses, near drownings, a heart attack and a car accident. But he still walks among us and is an active Rotary member. 

Jim worked in education for 41 years, 29 years as a high school instructor, 21 of them in Northfield, and as a teacher educator at Gustavus and St. Olaf.

He and his wife, Caroline, have two children, Chris and Heather, who are both involved in education in the Twin Cities. Heather has five children; Chris has three.

Car Raffle: Our own Wendy Sivanich, more precisely her daughter, Maggie, won the Ford Escort September 26 from the Rotary Car Raffle. Wendy said they have decided to sell the car and put most of the money towards Maggie’s future college expenses. Gerry Gengenbach won the $1,000 Econofood gift card and Jim Gargulak, husband of today’s speaker, District Governor Marlene Gargulak, won the $500 Kwik Trip gas card.

President Halverson said the unofficial net from the fundraiser is $10,000.

Guests: Karen Allawala (Bierman), Margie Conway (Conway) and our exchange students, Nicole, Jose and Carson.

Scholarship Enhancement: Steve Underdahl


Rotary hosted a Rotary Friendship Exchange Group from Brazil earlier this week. They toured Northfield and the surrounding area and visited the Faribault Rotary Club Wednesday before departing for Waseca.

Prior Lake’s Rotary Club contributed $2,000 to Rotary’s Outdoor Musical Plaza. Barry Carlson attended their morning meeting last week to receive the check.

The guest tickets we received last week are designed to raise our profile in the community and recruit new members. Each Rotarian is invited to bring a guest at club expense to introduce them to our club and its work.

Please respond to your online Punchbowl evite to the 90th birthday party at Estenson’s Saturday, Oct. 17. Jean Wakely said there will a program, visitors from other clubs and a group photo. We need to know your intentions for planning purposes.

David Brown made a pitch for supporting the Paul Harris Foundation. He suggests tacking a contribution on to your quarterly dues. The hope is that every Rotarian will give a $100 every year.

The 14th annual Rotary Foundation Celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, in St. Paul. For those interested in purchasing tickets, see Chris Weber, President Russ, or Dave Brown.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Coming Up

October 22 — Linda Hibbard, Epic Enterprises, (Kaczmarek)

October 29 — Annie Young, Speaking of Winning (Lorang)

November 5 — Patrick Mader, Minnesota’s World-Class Athletes

November 12 — Nate Heilman, Classification

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Rice County hears from outside agencies for 2016 budget consideration

Northfield News - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:09am
It was a morning of updates from outside agencies on Tuesday, since the Rice County Board of Commissioners heard from 10 organizations that have requested funding from the county’s 2016 budget.
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Hostas the focus of next Garden Club meeting on Oct. 13

Northfield News - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:06am
The Northfield Garden Club will meet Oct. 13, at 12:45 p. m. at the United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St.
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