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The kids have been driving me nuts for days, “How soon ’til Winter Walk? How soon? How soon?”. (Apparently they remember that it’s an opportunity to scarf down hot cocoa, sugar cookies, etc.). Winter Walk is a great night to bundle up and wander around downtown Northfield and check out the sights and scenes that play out all around you.
It’s the perfect opportunity for you to pick up that special, and unique item for the holidays.
ART FOR YOUR HOLIDAY GIFTS:
- Northfield Arts Guild has over 100 local artists’ work for sale
- Check out The Fine Craft Collective, Studio Elements, SWAG, Eclectic Goat and loads more….!!!
- Stop by the Armory that will be hosting a variety of vendors, including the A+ Art Club.
See you there!
Thursday, December 12th, 5PM – 9PM
For a complete listing of the times and events, visit the Northfield Chamber of Commerce schedule.
Lynn James, the Northfield Police Department’s evidence technician, has received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for November. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.
James has been a key player in Rice County’s “Take it to the Box” program since its inception in 2009. She collects and securely stores the unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are dropped off in the Northfield police department lobby. The box is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Once the amount nears 200 pounds, she contacts her counterpart at the Faribault police station, where there’s also a drop box, and together they take the accumulated drugs to an incinerator in Mankato.
“Lynn has been an excellent ambassador of that whole program,” said Interim Police Chief Chuck Walerius. “She fields a lot of questions from the public, she’s very accommodating when they have questions, she maintains and empties the box on a daily basis, and she does a great job with the disposal. We’re very lucky to have her here.”
The Take it to the Box program recently reached a collection milestone of 10,000 pounds. It has become a statewide model for safe and environmentally responsible disposal of medication.
James said it amazes her that the amount collected remains consistent from year to year; it has not dropped off at all in the years since the program’s launch. Every two months, about 500 pounds is collected countywide. The service is anonymous and free.
“It’s a program I really get behind, and I’m happy to be part of it,” James said.
–written by Joy Riggs, freelance journalist
The Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, CLICK HERE for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.
Organized by the Chamber Retail Committee and sponsored by Northfield businesses, it’s an opportunity to enjoy downtown, family and friends, by the light of luminarias.
It’s this Thursday, December 12th, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., in downtown Northfield, MN. There’ll be music, treats, rides, and specials all around downtown…
…and maybe the weather will climb high into the teens.
Ho, ho, ho…
Please click on this link for a readable/printable version of the sermon: “A Promise.”
Please click below for an audio format:
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Talking Volumes, a series of author talks presented by Minnesota Public Radio, the Loft Literary Center, and the Star Tribune, just completed the 2013 series on December 3, with author Michael Connelly. This year I bought season tickets and thoroughly enjoyed the series. The author readings and conversations with MPR’s Kerry Miller are held in the famous Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, named after St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald. The theater is also home to Prairie Companion. The Fitzgerald seats one-thousand, and was sold out for each of the evenings.
The first author, Edwidge Danticat, a native of Haiti, talked about her newest book Claire of the Sea Light, a novel that intertwines the lives of residents of an impoverished fishing village near Port-Au-Prince. The novel centers on Claire, a seven year old, whose mother died when she was born. Her father, a struggling fisherman, plans to give his daughter to a well off fabric shop owner to raise.The ocean plays an important role in the novel.
Award winning Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood spoke on October 1, and led interviewer Kerry Miller on a humorous road with her stories. Atwood took charge of the interview, and talked about her life and her dystopian novels. MaddAddam finishes the story begun in Oryx and Crake and the Year of the Flood. In the midst of doom and gloom, Atwood inserts bits of wit. Atwood ‘s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, launched her career as a science fiction writer in a field that at that time was dominated by male authors.
Minneapolis young adult novelist Rick Riordan spoke on October 15 about his newest novel, The House of Hades. The author is a favorite among preteen and teen readers. Riordan, a former English uses Greek mythology in his stories. The main character, Percy Jackson, was created when Riordan was making up bedtime stories for his son. The author is a National Book Award winner.
Southern writer, Pat Conroy gave his talk on November 12. His latest book, The Death of Santini, is actually a memoir. In his hugely successful novel, The Great Santini, published in 1976, Conroy wrote about his brutal, physically and emotionally abusive father, and how he terrorized Conroy, his mother and siblings. The novel was later made into a movie. In The Death of Santini, Conroy describes how the publication of the novel somewhat changed his father, and the amends his father tried to make before his death. Conroy’s conversation with Kerry Miller took on the tone of a therapy session, as he described growing up in an abusive home and the effects this had on his life as a young adult. Conroy deals with father-son relationships in several of his novels.
Crime writer Michael Connelly spoke on Tuesday night and read from his newest novel, The Gods of Guilt. He began his career as a journalist, working on crime stories at the Los Angeles Times for many years. He learned a great deal about crime, details and facts that he would later incorporate into his novels. Los Angeles becomes a character in his novel. Many of his story ideas come from cases he hears about from detective and police friends. Connelly lives primarily in Florida, where he grew up, but spends part of each year in Los Angeles.
“We are honored and humbled that Northfield Promise was selected for one of the Bush Foundation’s inaugural Community Innovation Grants,” said Zach Pruitt, HCI Director. “We are excited about the community stakeholders who have committed to working collectively to help improve cradle-to-career outcomes for young people in Northfield.”
The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community problem-solving – inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets – and be more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches. The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to enable, inspire and reward community innovation.
“Community innovation occurs when people come together to think bigger and think differently about what is possible for their communities,” said Molly Matheson Gruen, the Bush Foundation’s community innovation manager. “Our inaugural Community Innovation Grant recipients are tackling a range of issues impacting quality of life in their communities. And they are doing it in a way that ensures all voices are heard and that the solutions will endure.”
The Bush Foundation will award more than $4 million to 34 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, through its Community Innovation Grant program. The Foundation received 618 Community Innovation Grant applications requesting more than $76 million.
The full list of Community Innovation Grant recipients can be found on the Bush Foundation website.
Watch the art fly off the walls…literally. Featuring a wide variety of work including ceramics, paintings, prints, and sculpture, the pieces will be for sale and can be taken home by the buyer at time of purchase. After all, ’tis the season. Friday night at the Arts Guild.
Friday, December 6th: Norseman Band Mini Christmas Concert, 5:00 p.m., Boe Memorial Chapel on the St. Olaf College campus; Opening Reception: Annual Members’ Exhibition, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild; St. Olaf Christmas Festival, 7:30 p.m., Skoglund Center on the St. Olaf College campus; The Man Who Came to Dinner, 7:30 p.m., Arts Guild Theater; Ben Aaron, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; Mark Allen, 9:00 p.m., Froggy Bottoms Pub; and Frontman & The Other Guys, 9:00 p.m., Contented Cow.
Saturday, December 7th: Wake Robin, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Bittersweet; Merry Tuba Christmas, 3:00 p.m., Buntrock Commons on the St. Olaf College campus; Handbell Christmas, 4:30 p.m., Buntrock Commons on the St. Olaf College campus; The Man Who Came To Dinner, 7:30 p.m., Arts Guild Theater; St. Olaf Christmas Festival, 7:30 p.m., Skoglund Center on the St. Olaf College campus; Bonnie & The Clydes, 8:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Sasha Mercedes, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and Jack Knife and the Sharps, 8:30 p.m., Grand Event Center.
Sunday, December 8th: The Man Who Came To Dinner, 2:00 p.m., Arts Guild Theater; St. Olaf Christmas Festival, 3:00 p.m., Skoglund Center on the St. Olaf College campus; and Quiz Night, 8:00 p.m., Contented Cow.
It’s just one of a number of design concepts that will be remembered and/or reviewed (including one for a skyscraper apartment building in Bridge Square with a skyway to a riverfront commercial building…no kidding, they actually built a model of the concept) at next week’s Public Open House.
It’s the second in a series of three open houses, considering possible design changes to Northfield historic Bridge Square, Monday, December 9th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Riverview Conference Room of the Archer House River Inn, 212 Divison Street.
There are some specific objectives for the meeting, other than looking at a variety of plans for public spaces. The objectives include:•Comprehensive understanding of “forces” that affect Bridge Square •Review public plazas/square case studies to see how other spaces relate to Bridge Square •Define positive and negative attributes about Bridge Square •Develop or refine a “Vision” for the future of Bridge Square •Generate and discuss ideas for the redesign of Bridge Square
As you can see, it’ll be a stimulating couple of hours. For more information, go to the project website, Concepts for a Future Bridge Square.
The second mini-series, The Math of Jesus: Two natures in one person as God becomes one of us, will be held Tuesdays, Dec. 10 and 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the church lower level classroom. Fr. Denny is the presenter. (There will be no sessions on Dec. 24 and 31.)
The parish office will be closing the Sacrificial Giving accounting records for 2013 on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. All intentions/contributions to the parish intended for credit on your 2013 Statement of Contributions should be at the parish office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 31, this includes donations towards the 25 Years of Blessing Capital Campaign. Please contact Shari at the parish office with any questions.
Today: – Mark and Sara Hewitt, Farming Today (Prichard)
Birthdays: Rodolfo Ramirez (12/4), Jim Pokorney (12/7)
Next Week: Rodolfo, Exchange Student Presentation (O’Neill)
David Bly, House Representative for District 20B, said the challenge of our times is to figure out how we pay for the government we need and want. We’ve been avoiding that question for the past 10 years, he said.
In his legislative update, he pointed with pride to last session’s balanced budget, one that was balanced “honestly,” he said, no budgetary shifts, no borrowing and no accounting gimmicks. Of course, the “honest” part of that exercise required enacting some taxes to make it all work. There’s been pushback on some of them, the warehouse tax for one. David said the legislature would revisit a select few next session.
Last year’s legislature also made significant investments in public education. Funds were committed to support early education, all-day kindergarten and class size reduction, and to address the rising costs of post-secondary education. The legislature also is accelerating the pay back of funds the state previously borrowed from school districts to balance the budget. Schools should be made whole by 2014, he said.
David said there is growing support in St. Paul for renewable energy, for addressing concerns about Minnesota’s waterways and aquifers and for dealing with the growing economic inequality in our society. He said the minimum wage needs to be raised.
The passage of the same-sex marriage bill was a historic civil rights issue, David said, one that needed to be addressed.
Back to education, David said recent research suggests that our emphasis on standardized testing has been counter-productive. It has been costly and inhibited both classroom creativity and hands-on learning. He is working on legislation that will bring schools and business together to create the world’s best workforce.
Public support of the new Vikings stadium is a many-layered issue, he said. Some see it as corporate welfare, others as a catalyst for economic development. He said had he been in the legislature when it was debated, he would have supported its passage, given the project’s prospect of creating jobs in a tough economic environment.
Last Week’s Guests: Our exchange students, Yoshino, Gunho, Rodolfo and Lucas, Leah Rich (Rich), Kathy Ness (J. Larson).
Scholarship Enhancement: James Schlichting
A big thank you to the Turkey Trot Committee and all who volunteered their Thanksgiving morning to the event. Preliminary reports suggest we had a record 1,050 participate in this year’s trot, a huge success. We’ll get the details at today’s meeting.
Club members have already contributed $1,500 to Philippine relief efforts. The club has thrown in another $500. If you still can contribute, contact Mark Abbott or treasurer David Wolf. The funds will go directly to Rotary clubs in the Philippines.
Dec. 19 – Christopher Sawyer, President of College City Beverage (Taylor)
Dec. 26 – No meeting
Jan. 2 — No Meeting
Jan. 9 — Meeting
On December 17, 1912, a Christmas program was offered to a large gathering of family and friends in Hoyme Memorial Chapel shortly before St. Olaf College closed for the holidays. The brief Tuesday evening program included a speech by the Reverend R. M. Fjeldstad and special music by tenor Sigurd Erdtman, violinist Adolph Olsen, pianist Eulalie Chenevert, and the Delta Chi Quartet. Their first three songs were sung in Norwegian.
What began so long ago as the “St. Olaf College Christmas Program” evolved into a “Commemoration of Christmas” and, by the 1940s, became the “Christmas Festival at St. Olaf.” Over 100 years after the first concert in Hoyme Chapel, the Christmas Festival has become a treasured holiday tradition.
Today, under the artistic direction of St. Olaf Choir Conductor Anton Armstrong ’78, five choral ensembles and the St. Olaf Orchestra — a total of nearly 600 student musicians —perform four concerts that offer a rich repertoire of classic Advent and Christmas compositions along with familiar carols and hymns from around the world.
Buntrock Commons, traditionally decorated for the Christmas holidays, is a hub of preconcert activity, from the Merry Tuba Christmas Players in the atrium and book signings in the St. Olaf Bookstore to the bountiful Scandinavian buffet in the Black and Gold Ballroom that offers lutefisk and lefse, meatballs, rommegrot, fruit soup, rosettes, and riskrem.
For the complete history of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival and concert details, please visit the St. Olaf website.Performance Dates
- Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. CST
- Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. CST
- Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. CST
- Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m. CST
Carleton College Geology Professor Mary Savina has been providing guidance to the NDDC for several years on restoring the Cannon River to health. She’s part of an organic “team” of professors and students from both colleges who have been working on projects and commenting on policy in pursuit of a long term community goal.
Another organic “team” of Northfield area folks (including representatives from all four Townships) has been meeting informally on an irregular basis for a couple of years to discuss regional economic development. At least two members of that team, Erica Zweifel and Glen Castore, also have an interest in river health.
And with three “100-Year” flood events in the past five years having significant impact on downtown Northfield, the NDDC is very interested in flood mitigation ideas.
Like the overlapping circles in a Venn Diagram, members of these two groups, college river experts and regional economy advocates, came together at a recent event hosted by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. The event featured speakers from the DNR’s Ecological and Water Resources Division. They talked about State grants for both planning and implementation of flood mitigation.
Both circles began to act. While one of the circles started applying for a grant to study possible projects for mitigation of flood impacts of the Spring Creek Watershed, another circle started studying the Spring Creek Watershed flooding and modeling possible mitigation projects.
The photo is of one of the end-of-term presentations of Savina’s Geomorphology class. Bri, Bryanna, and Erica looked at creating flood basins on sites with potential near the mouth of Spring Creek. Alex, Ian, and Ryan looked at using the Waterford Dike as a piece of a flood basin further down the Cannon. Ellen, Ilana, and Lauren developed a really good map of Spring Creek’s sub-watersheds.
The next day, the three members of the regional economy circle learned that they had been awarded a grant to evaluate potential flood mitigation projects. That circle promptly invited the other circle to participate in the evaluation project. Now and then, things just come together.
An instructional quilting book about turning scraps back into fabric, then cutting and piecing a quilt out of that “made” fabric.
What’s your idea of a perfect vacation?
Any place sitting in front of water, about 70 degrees.
What’s your comfort food?
Grilled cheese sandwich
What gets you out of your comfort zone, creatively speaking?
Usually a commission or contract job. I say “yes” and then figure out how to actually complete the job.
What keeps you inspired?
Visual cues all around me: images in my head, graphics, signs, colors, patterns, textures and on and on. It could be the print in a dress, the shadow of an object, the line of a crack in the sidewalk.
Do you think creating art in a small community affects your style?
It makes me comfortable to just be me, and not try to compete in a bigger world.
I started out in collage, moved to painting, and am now in between the two. Also moving into fabric.
I am a very organized and logical person, but have evolved and let my artist side come out a bit more as I’ve gotten older. I have accepted the quirks that come with that side of my personality.
What format or medium are you interested in exploring next?
I’m working with fabric a lot, and excited to combine it into collage
What is your idea of the perfect gallery opening or show?
I feel like I had a perfect Northfield gallery show at ArtOnWater in 2008. I felt proud of the work, and the show as a cohesive group.
Make sure to check out Jill’s portfolio at ArtsTown!
We're getting ready for WINTER WALK on December 12th! Come and see all the model trains at the library from 3-8! They you will see what TAB created this year!
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