411 Concert Series: Ruth Moody Band

Northfield Arts Town - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:17pm

The Northfield Arts Guild’s 411 Concert Series presents The Ruth Moody Band in concert at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater on Saturday, October 11. Doors open at 7 pm, and Twin Cities singer Katy Vernon will play an opening set starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets and other information can be found on the Arts Guild’s website.

Ruth Moody is a two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys and former lead singer of the Canadian roots band Scruj MacDuhk (which would later become The Duhks), she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, received five Juno Award nominations and has appeared more than a dozen times on the national radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism and her talent as a songwriter. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and carefully crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably her own.

Ruth has been recognized by the USA Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition for several of her compositions, including “One Voice,” which has gone on to be a signature song for The Wailin’ Jennys. It has been covered by countless artists and sung in concert halls, churches and schools throughout the world. Her song “Storm Comin,’” from The Jennys’ latest album Bright Morning Stars, recently won first place in the gospel category at the International Songwriting Competition.

In 2010, Red House Records released Ruth’s first solo album, The Garden, to rave reviews. Produced by David Travers-Smith, it was nominated for a Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its title track was the fourth most played song of 2010 on North American folk radio. Ruth follows this up with her highly anticipated album These Wilder Things. Once again produced by Travers-Smith, it features her remarkable touring band and special guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan and The Wailin’ Jennys.

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October's meeting is the 6th at 7 pm!

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:27pm

We will be having our regular meeting this coming MONDAY 10/6 at 7 pm.  The Gambling kits have come so we can look them over as we plan for the Speak Easy on Saturday, Oct. 25th.  We have LOTS of planning to do!  Please bring a friend- the more the merrier!!
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Better late then never!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:07pm
Booker and friends with cool shirts at the Defeat of Jesse James parade!

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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.02.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:22pm

Today: Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop Owner

Birthdays: Laurie Williams (9/28), Robert Bierman, Michelle Lasswell and Kurt Larson – Yes, THE Kurt Larson — (9/29) and Tom Durkin (9/30).

Next Week: Meet the Exchange Students (V. Dilley)

Last Week:
iPads are changing the face of education.

Kim Briske, Director of Technology at Northfield School District, calls the new technology “transformative.” In her estimation, it will advance the four tenets of 21st century learning: communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

The iPads bring several game changers to the field, she said. First, they make the Internet available to every student and increase students’ comfort level with digital technology. They are vehicles for creating and sharing new content. They invite teachers to learn new skills, and their presence in an educational setting help students learn to use iPads for productive purposes, not just entertainment.

Every child in grades 6-12 now has a dedicated iPad . Each elementary classroom has six common iPads. “Schoology” is the base software application, and to smooth the transition to the new technology, the schools have adopted the SAMR model — Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

Kim offered a few examples of how the iPad technology has been used in Northfield Schools:

  • The band teacher can teach and quiz music theory on the iPad which frees up more time for playing instruments during class;
  • Interactive exercises such as a pizza parlor game apply math skills to real life and incorporate critical thinking;
  • Syrian refugees were brought into the classroom via Google Hangout for a live interactive discussion about their plight.

Kim grew up in Northfield and now lives here with her husband and two children. She taught in Farmington for nine years before taking her position in Northfield.


Mini Classification:

Matt Hillmann is the Director of Administrative Services for the Northfield School District. Matt and his wife, Mary, have three children: Jackson, a 10th grader; Grace, an eighth grader; and Peter, fifth grader.

Matt grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He moved to Minnesota 20 years ago and has held many educational positions over the years, both classroom and administrative. He came to Northfield from Belle Plaine to be the Director of  Human Resources & Technology. He took on the finance position as well and is now the Director of Administrative Services.

Matt handed off the technology responsibility to Kim Briske, who was chosen from a pool of 42 applicants. She is responsible for overseeing the management of the school district’s 2,200 iPads.


Lisa Havelka (Estenson), our new director of the Northfield Convention & Visitors Bureau; Susan Quinnell (Quinnell); Charlie Duarte (Halverson) from Apple’s Education Unit; David Rod (Lawlor), Leo’s son-in-law and an American Airlines pilot; Sten Johanson (Willgohs), from Denmark with Delfi, which was owned by our former exchange student’s (Nico) father

Scholarship Enhancement: Matt Hillmann

First Job: Scott Richardson worked for a canning factory during the summer. It encouraged him to attend college.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

— District Foundation Event in Oakdale on Saturday, Nov. 1.

— Our fall fundraiser, the Turkey Trot, needs sponsors – $1000, $500, $200. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 27, starting at Weitz Center this year.

—John Ophaug reported that Bob Lampe, a member of Rotary since 1961, has moved to assisted living in Roseville.

— Matt Rich presented Chris Weber with a pin from Rotary International for sponsoring two new members for 2013-14.

Coming Up:
Oct. 16 — Wokie Daboh, Project Blackboard (Maus)
Oct. 23 — Char Carlson, chair of the Northfield Library Board (B. Carlson)
Oct. 30 — Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

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Northfield Hospital Board Meeting - September 25, 2014

League of Women Voters Northfield - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 12:33pm

This Week at the Northfield Hospital Board Meeting

  • Hospital approves Memorandum of Understanding with Mayo
  • Allina seeking to recruit psychiatric providers
  • August Net Income negative
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The Way Park warming house is getting painted!

Friends of Way Park - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:43pm
Through a FWP Board initiative to improve the appearance of the warming hut, a partnership was formed with the City and a St. Olaf College advanced studio art class on public art. The twelve students in the class each submitted a proposal, and a jury selected the one it found to be artistically strongest and most appropriate. The jury was composed of one member of the FWP Board, one Edward Smith
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TORCH awarded College Ready Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:55am

The start of the new school year brought news of an exciting wave of additional resources for Northfield students.  The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative was among the 10 recipients of the $1.3 million in College Ready grants awarded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. A $55,660 grant will fund rigorous extracurricular instruction in math and English to help 56 Northfield high school juniors and seniors ultimately pass college-level courses.  The 56 students will be members of the TORCH cohort, which serves youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees.

There is an undeniable link between academic preparation and college completion. When students are underprepared for the rigors of college education, they need remedial courses to help bridge the gap. But these are essentially high school-level classes at college prices, and too many students become discouraged and leave college without graduating. In fact, of the 60 percent of community college students nationwide who are required take remedial classes, only one in four ever completes their degree or certificate.
To change that, TORCH’s College Ready Initiative will provide individual academic mentoring, individual tutoring, ACT preparation, college credit-earning opportunities, a structured college readiness center, and summer academic opportunities to 56 youth in the TORCH cohort who are on the cusp of college preparedness.  The project will help improve academic performance by tracking – and increasing – grade point averages (GPAs), ACT scores, and college enrollment rates among the student cohort.
“With the College Ready grant, TORCH can not only support our students in graduating from high school but also position them for continued success beyond high school by providing the supports and resources that our TORCH students need to take the next steps toward the completion of a postsecondary program.  We want to sincerely thank the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for their commitment to Northfield’s youth,” said Chris Richardson, superintendent of Northfield Public Schools.
“Moving students toward greater opportunity in life benefits us all,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and chief executive officer. “We fund programs that understand the root cause of what holds students back, and take bold steps to overcome these obstacles. We look forward to seeing the impact TORCH can have on helping more students graduate and achieve their full potential.”


TORCH was established in 2005.  By providing individualized services to youth and fostering connections between the public schools, local colleges, nonprofit organizations, and other community partners, TORCH has been credited with helping to dramatically improve the graduation rate for Latino students in Northfield.  At the time of TORCH’s inception, the graduation rate for Latino youth in Northfield hovered at approximately 36%, a rate that has skyrocketed to 90% today.  In the process, TORCH has been heralded as a state and national model.


With support from Great Lakes, TORCH will provide targeted, intensive services to help ensure that juniors and seniors in the cohort who are interested in postsecondary attendance are in the best position to be successful once enrolled.  The Community Action Center of Northfield is serving as the fiscal agent for the TORCH College Ready Initiative.


Great Lakes College Ready grants, totaling $1.3 million, were awarded to colleges and community-based organizations across Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. More than 985 students from low-income households, students of color, and students who are first in their families to attend college will get extra academic support during the 2014-2015 academic year. This grant is just one way Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates works to achieve its goal of helping more students benefit from their investment in higher education, and graduate ready to reach their full potential.

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ELC Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

St. Dominic - Church News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:03am

Mark your calendar to attend the ELC Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, October 5, from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Proceeds from this breakfast will help send the St. Dominic 5th grade class to the Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, MN from October 20-24.  This is a unique educational experience for our 5th graders, so we hope you will come and support their efforts in raising money to attend.  Advance tickets will be sold before and after masses September 26-27.

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Jed Dommeyer Obituary

St. Dominic - Church News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:59am

Jed Dommeyer, age 81 of Northfield, long time Northfield High School teacher and basketball coach, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, September 27th at the Chapel of the Northfield Care Center with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7:00 pm Friday at the Care Center Chapel and on Saturday 1 hour prior to Services.

Jed is survived by daughters Jackie (Tony) Grossman of Northfield, Pam (Paul) Fliegel of Annandale; son Jason (Emily) Dommeyer of Cannon Falls; brother Ben (Lee) Dommeyer of Hudson, WI; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A complete obituary will follow.

Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

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Robert Jones Obituary

St. Dominic - Church News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:57am
Robert Jones died peacefully at home, on Tuesday Morning, September 23, 2014, after courageously living with a rare form of cancer for nine years. He was 70. Robert Louis Jones was born May 16, 1944 in Fairmont, MN, the son of Earle & Inez (Spee) Jones. He grew up in Northrup, MN, until 1951 when the family moved to a farm near Forest City. Bob attended country school until 8th grade and graduated from Litchfield (MN) High School in 1962. In January of 1963, he joined the US Air Force, and after basic training, he spent two years in Bremerhaven, Germany, working in surveillance. Upon returning to the states, he was stationed at Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, NE, until his discharge in 1967. He married Janet Mullenberg on July 22, 1968 in New Rockford, ND. Bob worked for Thorp/ITT Financial, moving five times during his first five years with the company. The last move was to Northfield as branch manager in 1973. In 1977 Bob went to work for Bankers Systems, Inc. of St. Cloud and remained there until 1995 when he went to work for Furlong Motors. He retired in 2002. Bob loved almost everything that had a motor….from snowmobiles to antique power plants which he restored and showed at area antique engine shows, to regular and classic cars. His first classic car was Jan’s original 1967 Mercury Cougar and over the years there were many others. He also enjoyed trap shooting. Whatever his current interest was, he studied and researched until he knew as much as possible about it. In time he moved to new interests, each time getting all the facts he could. Since 2003 Bob and Jan have spent 3 winter months in Mesa, AZ, enjoying the sun and warmth. Bob is survived by Jan his wife of 46 years, son Scot of Northfield, daughter, Lisa Tepolt of Navarino, WI; three grandsons Alex, Ellis and Isaac Tepolt; sisters Peggy (Nolan) Schulz of Stewart, MN, and Sandi (Ron) Scepaniak of Marietta, GA. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Duane Mullenberg of Carrington, ND; Dean (Carolyn) Mullenberg of Renton, WA; and Gene (Pam) Mullenberg of Grand Prairie, TX; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, and sister-in-law Marlys Mullenberg. His funeral will be at 10:00AM, Saturday, September 27, 2014, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Northfield with visitation from 4-7 pm Friday, September 26, 2014, at Benson Langehough Funeral Home and 1 hour at the church prior to the funeral. Burial with Military Honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Northfield. Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice of charities.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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2014 Tour a Success

Jesse James Bike Tour - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:42am

The 2014 Jesse James Bike Tour was a great ride! Over 1,000 cyclists rode in the sunny Saturday event. Thanks to our generous event sponsors, the tour offered food, amenities, and free rides for many youth. If you have any great shots from your ride, share them on our Facebook page! And, of course, be sure to save the date for next year’s event: September 12, 2015.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 09.24.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:29pm

Today: Kim Briske, Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools, (Lawlor)

Birthdays: Ryan Blumhoefer (9/21),Jack Hoschouer (9/22), Don Robertson (9/25), Gerhard Meidt, Hugh Kaste and Jim Blaha (9/27).

Next Week: Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop owner (TBD)

Last Week:
Bike enthusiast Jesse Streitz said the hardest part of his 3,200-mile cross country bike ride wasn’t so much the physical demands of peddling from Florida to San Diego, it was the mental challenge of being away from his family for so long.

“You know things are going to happen,” he said.  “You have to be mentally prepared for anything that comes along.  You have to put yourself out there, and not be afraid.”

Beginning this past March, Jesse put himself out there for 50 days on the trail — 44 days of riding.  He stayed clear of the freeways and onto the back roads of America, passing through seven states.  He rode alongside the ocean, through mountain ranges and the desert, over the plains, and through the forest.  He stopped at interesting areas, such as Civil War battlegrounds and local cemeteries.   He rode in all kinds of weather, through rain storms and the searing desert heat.

Through it all, he got to experience the sights and sounds of the road.  “For two months it was just me and my bike,” he said.

Jesse took one day off about every 10 days to rest.  He camped in a tent, stayed in economy hotels, and even bunked at a hostel.  He packed light, stashing under 35 pounds of supplies that included an IPad, cell phone and solar charger, as well as a repair kit and camping accessories.  He carried two to three meals of cold food at any one time, and often stopped at convenience stores to resupply.

“I lost about 15 pounds on the trip,” he said.  “The great thing is that on a trip like this, you can eat just about anything you want.  It’s easy to burn it off when you’re on a bike all day. “

Affectionately known around his house as “the crazy man on a bike,” Jesse took two years to plan his ambitious trip.  Now, he has a lifetime of memories of the places and people he saw along the way.


Last Week’s Guests:

Mark Thatcher (Williams); Pastor Pam Fickenscher of St. John’s Lutheran Church (Weber); Eleanor Croone and Kim Bell, a Carleton graduate and former Rotary Scholar to Egypt (Covey); Diana Abbott (Abbott); and our new exchange students:  Marcelo (Brazil), Philipy (Peru), Giulia (Italy) and Lydia (Feroe Islands).

Scholarship Enhancement: Guest Extraordinaire Kim Bell


Charlie Cogan noted that the Gates Foundation campaign has now raised more than $850,000 from District 5960 over the past six years to support PolioPlus.  Our club is No. 1 in the District for funds raised for the campaign.

Jim Holden encouraged club members to tune in to the outstanding PBS television series on The Roosevelts:  An Intimate History.

Jean Wakely has a few XXL tee-shirts left over from the Bike Tour.  The tee-shirts are $12 each.  If you can’t wear one that large, there’s room enough for two.  Please see Jean if you’d like one of the tee-shirts, or to claim any of the remaining lost items from the tour.

Virginia Kaczmarek reported that craft sales from the Defeat of Jesse James Days netted the club a check for $4,200.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:
Oct. 9 — Inbound Exchange Student (V. Dilley)
Oct. 16 — Ramiz Allawala, Wellstone Leadership Training (Taylor)

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BeFrienders Ministry Training

St. Dominic - Church News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:49am

BeFrienders Ministry is one way to extend care to our Parish family. BeFrienders sincerely desire to listen/visit with a fellow parishioner, experiencing any type of transition in their lives. Their visits are made as a formal extension of St. Dominic’s pastoral care and the conversations that take place during these visits are confidential.  BeFrienders respond by listening without judging.

St. Dominic’s offers training, which is open to all. The training is offered at no charge and each participant decides how she/he will respond after the training sessions. Some will join as formal BeFrienders; attending monthly meetings and making BeFriender visits. Some will use the training in their daily lives (or other areas of St. Dominic Ministry). All will benefit from this wonderful opportunity to experience God’s love through this listening ministry.

 Please consider attending our training, Thursday evenings, 6:45-9:00pm. Oct. 23-Nov. 20, 2014 and Jan. 8-22, 2015  Contact Nancy Ludescher, Parish Nurse, if you are interested.  645-8816, ext. 203 or email:

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Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:44pm

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Youth Alive – Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE!

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:44am

Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE!

                                   Saturday, October 4th

The bus will leave church parking lot at 4pm and return at 11pm.
$15.00 covers bus ride and admission, food is on your own. 
Permission slip and code of conduct form attached. 
Forms and payment MUST be turned in to the parish office by
Wednesday, October 1st. 
Adult Chaperones are needed.

Please contact Allyson Bernstorf 612-483-3204 or Debby Ulve 402-290-3381 if you’d like to chaperone.

Conduct -Permission – Health Form for Youth Alive

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Norwegian Classical Duo in Concert

Northfield Arts Town - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 10:23am

iDuo, a classical duo featuring Norwegian pianist Inger-Kristine Riber and Norwegian/Greek soprano Ivi Karnezi, will perform a concert on Tues., Sept. 30, 7:30 pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. The concert, hosted by Northfield Sons of Norway, is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected, and refreshments will be served following the performance.

The duo met while studying at Oslo’s Norwegian Music Academy in 2004, and their collaboration began through a mutual interest in the music of Rachmaninov. More recently, they have focused on the German arts songs of Arnold Schönberg and Viktor Ullmann.

Karnezi began her vocal studies at the Norwegian Music Academy in 2004 and continued at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. In 2010 she entered the Opera Studio at Opéra de Lyon in France, and has worked as freelance vocalist in France and Germany since 2011. Her repertoire has a wide range, from Händel to Schönberg.

Riber has already established herself as an active soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician, recently winning artistic scholarships from the Norwegian Art Council, Norwegian Research Council, German oil company RWE, and the Norwegian-Finnish Art Council.

To learn more about iDuo, visit

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