Mission Possible 5K Run/Walk

St. Dominic - Church News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:24am

Your mission — should you choose to accept it —

Run a 5K * Have a great time * Donate to a wonderful cause!

Mission Details:

Date: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 am
Location: Old Memorial Park, 7th St, Northfield
Registration:  Download this form or 8 – 8:45 am on race day
Fee: $20 by April 20th, $25 after April 20

T-shirts available for the first 100 registrants

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Northfield Community Invited: State of Using Documentary, March 10th, 2015, 7 p.m., Weitz Center, Carleton College

Community members, particularly youth and their families, are invited to attend an event being co-sponsored by Arcadia Charter School, West Hills Lodge, and the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.  Those who attend will view a 30-minute documentary created by youth and featuring youth throughout MN who have been affected by addiction.  Following the documentary, local community members whose lives have been touched by addiction will be on hand to share their stories and answer questions from audience members.  Click on the flyer for details.

Northfield State of Using Flyer

State of Using documentary screening and panel discussion, Tuesday, March 10th, 7-9 p.m., Weitz Center, Carleton College

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It's Jazz and Desserts!

Friends of Way Park - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:57am
Please join us for the annual Friends of Way Park benefit concert. This year... It's Jazz and Desserts! with Dave Hagedorn on xylophone, Eric Hanson on drums, and Kevin Clemens on bass.  The concert will begin at 7pm on March 7 at the First UCC, and everyone is welcome to stay afterwards for coffee and desserts. Come enjoy the music and the treats, and support the dream of an outdoor Edward Smith
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Dinner Theater – Journey to Japan

Laura Baker Services Association - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:31am

Domo Arigato to all that attended Dinner Theater last Friday Night.  It was a lovely evening featuring Japanese-style cuisine and Taiko drumming.  Kudos to the kitchen, the volunteers, St. Olaf Taiko drummers, Kimmy Clean and all that made the evening possible.  It was a journey to remember!

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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.26.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:09pm

Today: Philipy inbound exchange student (Quinnell)

Birthdays: Brad Frago (2/22) and James Schlichting (2/25)

Next Week: Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

Last Week:

Susie Nakasian is hoping her train will soon pull out of the station.

She’s talking about the Central MN Inter-City Passenger Rail Initiative she is promoting. It would use existing rail lines to connect cities in southern Minnesota and some suburban communities with the Twin Cities.

The project is gathering steam. Thirty-five regional cities and counties from Albert Lea to St. Paul, as well as local stakeholder groups, including the City of Northfield and many Rotary Partners (including Northfield Hospital & Clinics, EDA, Northfield Chamber, NDDC, and School Board, among others) have written official letters of support to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

Now serving her second term on the Northfield City Council, Susie says this project will be good for Northfield, delivering part of what the next generations of workers are looking for — good coffee, good Internet and good rail transportation. She said it will aid in economic development, reduce our population’s carbon footprint and reduce the windshield time for the roughly 50 percent of workers (60 percent of our high-income earners) who commute out from Northfield each day.

MnDOT has moved this project to the top of its priority list for rail development. Susie said state officials need to be convinced that there is enough interest to move forward. The public comment on this project ends March 10. She encouraged people for or against to go to the and share their opinions. If the project gets the green light, she has been told the trains could be running in two to four years.


Tim Madigan, recently retired city administrator, received a promotion. He is now chair of the Rotary Program Committee, thanks to some Machiavellian maneuvers by his predecessors. If you have an idea for a program, please share it with him.

Guests: Kevin Ely (Fenton), William (Yogi), Adam Hough (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago

— Adam Hough of the North Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America thanked Rotary for supporting the partnership the scouts have with the school district to provide enrichment for children during the summer and after school.

— Charlie Cogan reported that a major donation to the Prior Lake Rotary Club is pushing our district foundation closer to its fundraising goal of $1 million for Polio Plus. For seven years, we’ve held the distinction of being the club with the most contributions. Charlie said we can all celebrate being dethroned by Prior Lake. It’s for a good cause.

— Elizabeth Child announced a new United Way 100 Percent Local project. She is looking for folks who enjoy some hands-on, field work to help cultivate 10 CSA shares at the SEEDS farm. If you are interested, talk to her.

— Friends and family will gather Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Northfield Golf Course, 707 Prairie St., to pay tribute to Ken Bank, former President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics and a former member of this club.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

March 12 — Chris Kennelly, Classification, (Reese)

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, inbound exchange student (Brown-Wescott)

March 26 — Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

April 2 — Kevin Born (R. Lorang)

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Paul Harris Fellowship Incentive Program (updated)

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:27am

<<This program has been extended until June 30, 2015>>

Rotarians are encouraged to make a minimum annual contribution of $100 to support the Rotary Foundation and its important international causes. The encouragement is in the form of a program called Every Rotary Every Year (EREY). Members who contribute to qualifying programs earn points towards earning a prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF).

Our Rotary club has elected to offer an additional form of encouragement. As was announced at the 7/3 meeting, club members who start or continue a Paul Harris Fellowship campaign and meet the individual EREY goal ($100) will receive an article of Rotary-branded apparel from Larson’s Printing in Northfield.

This offer is open to the first 25 participants to complete their EREY goal between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Members with current PHF campaigns in progress can still qualify for the clothing by making an additional $100 contribution toward his or her PHF within the six-month period.

The choices of clothing are shown here: Rotary Clothing Options.

To make your EREY contribution, please visit the Rotary site’s giving page.

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Saints Night Out

St. Dominic - Church News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:46pm

All parishioners age 21 and over are invited to Saints Night Out, St. Dominic School’s live & silent auction extravaganza, this Saturday, February 21.  Join us for dinner from 5-7 pm, and an evening of fun adn excitement during the live & silent auctions, games and raffles.  Auction items include electronics, gift certificates, entertainment, vacation sand many one-of-a-kind items.  Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased at the door or online at the SNO website.  Help us celebrate our parish school and 16 years of Saints Night Out!

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Valentines fun with the Library Kids Club!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:06pm
They hid valentines for the staff and library patrons.
Only 2 remaining Saturdays in February!! Come join the fun 1-3!

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February PRAB Meeting Preview: Final Skatepark Design

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:15am
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) will meet on Thursday, February 19, at 7:00 pm in the 2nd floor training room of City Hall. On the agenda is a skatepark update, including presentation of Pillar Design Studio's final design for the skatepark. You can find a packet of materials for the meeting, including the design, here
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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.19.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:18pm

Today: Suzie Nakasian, InterCity Rail Initiative (Madigan)

Birthdays: Jane Fenton and John Stull (2/18), Peg Prowe (2/19) and Brad Frago (2/22).

Next Week: Philipy inbound exchange student (Quinnell)

Last Week:

Here’s your chance to be part of the solution. Northfield Area Community Solar, a local nonprofit that is developing a solar garden east of town, is giving you the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and put the brakes on global warming.

Mary Jo Christofaro, who shares the role of community solar coordinator with Erica Zweifel, said it’s not too late to make a difference. Recent renewable energy legislation has unleashed a wave of solar energy development in Minnesota. Northfield Area Community Solar is inviting any Xcel customer who lives in Rice County or any adjacent county to subscribe to their garden.

The energy generated by the garden will go to the grid, and you will receive a credit on your electric bill. You can buy a certain amount of energy up to 120 percent of your annual consumption with a front-end investment or a pay-as-you-go plan. Subscriptions are for 25 years with a payback for front-end investors at 18 years. The pay-as-you-go plan has a longer payback.

Bigger developers are seeing an opportunity with Minnesota’s renewable energy legislation, they said. Their projects are aimed at larger business customers and institutions. Erica said Northfield Solar is trying to keep the “community in community solar.” Their solar garden is an avenue for the residential customer.

They are trying to keep the project as local and home-grown as possible. Minnesota Community Solar is the developer. It will lease the land, manage the subscriptions, and pay for the insurance and maintenance. The solar garden will be built with Minnesota made panels and Minnesota labor.

The local buy-in period end in May. So Mary and Erica encourage you to act now. To get started with your community solar subscription, go to:

Mini-Classification: Erica Zweifel noted that she has been a member of Rotary for two years. In that time, her son, now 15, has grown six inches, and she has a handle on her work staffing the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for Carleton College’s Science Education Resource Center (SERC).

Guests: Matt Rohn (S. Richardson), Linne Jensen and George Kinney (Haslett-Marroquin), Jesse Streitz (Williams) and Emily, Riley, Joey, Jack and William (Yogi).

Scholarship Enhancement: Laurie Williams, a well-earned gratuity for her piano work.


— President Rich said the club will be invoicing all of us electronically in the second quarter of 2015. Make sure your e-mail address is correct in the membership directory. That will be their guide.

— The Paul Harris Foundation clothing incentive program has been extended for six months. There is still time to make a donation, look sharp and promote Rotary using subliminal sartorial advertising.

— Yogi will be presenting on Angela Merkel, German Lady Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m. at Carleton College. For more information, contact him at

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

March 5 — Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

March 12 — Chris Kennelly, Classification, (Reese)

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, inbound exchange student (Brown-Wescott)

March 26 — Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

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St. Dominic Preschool Openings

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 9:49am

St. Dominic School has openings in all of our preschool programs.  We offer 5 day, 3 day, 2 day and half days, all in a nurturing, learning, Christ-filled environment.  On Sunday, February 22, parishioners will be given the opportunity to register before the general public. School representatives will be available after Sunday masses next weekend to answer questions about all grades and take registrations.  If you’ve ever wondered about St. Dominic School, please stop by next Sunday.

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Ideas for an outdoor musical plaza at Way Park

Friends of Way Park - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:43am
The Friends of Way Park, in collaboration with the Northfield Rotary Club, some local music educators, and the city, is exploring the possibility of an outdoor musical plaza for the park. The instruments, pictured to the right, are the Contrabass Chimes (tall, on the left), the Swirl (orange, toward the back), the Imbarimba (yellow), the Pegasus (blue) and the Tuned Drums. Jackson Edward Smith
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St. Dominic - Church News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:47am

St. Dominic’s is pleased to offer another 5-week session of yoga at Heartwork Yoga Studio on Thursdays, Feb. 26 – Mar. 26, from 7-8 PM.  This class will continue the focus on core strengthening in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Beginners are welcome to sign up. Comfortable clothing and a yoga mat are recommended. Class cost is $30.00 and must be prepaid to Heartwork via the St. Dominic Parish Office.   Registration is REQUIRED, due to space limitations.  Call Nancy Ludescher, Parish Nurse at 645-8816, ext. 203 – leave your phone number or email address. You will be notified if the class is filled.


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Some photos of the fun at LIBRARY KIDS CLUB!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:22am
Join Rachel, Naomi and Jillian every Saturday afternoon in February!

Last week the kids got a behind the scenes tour of the library!

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Love Your Planet Weekend

St. Dominic - Church News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 9:26am
Saturday, February 14, 2015, you are invited to a forum on climate change featuring leaders from faith (including Fr. Dempsey), agriculture, government, business, and health community at the Weitz Center for Creativity on the Carleton College campus. Doors open 8:30am. Event: 9-12pm Come join other parishioners to discuss the forum over lunch afterwards.
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Slide show F14

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 8:22pm
Here is a slideshow on our recent Fall Term, 2014

  • Steve Kelly gave another wonderful class -- this one on The Great American Songbook.
  • Andrea Een and Dick Crouter led us in a final group singalong.
  • Craig Forsgren gave us his parting display of Karaoke.
  • Ed Lufkin gave a class on the History of Medicine, Recent Major Advances
  • Rich Noer described Quantum Reality---
  • ---to an attentive audience.
  • Daniel Van Tassel, a teacher new to us, taught a class on Humor.
  • Here are some of his students.
  • Jane Becker Nelson and Laurel Bradley offered a course from their two art museums, the Weitz and the Flaten.
  • This photo was from the Flaten Museum, St. Olaf.
  • David Quarberg, second from L, offered a course on The Psalms.
  • Eric Nelson gave another popular cinema course on Documentaries.
  • Bob Bonner shared his knowledge of the Battle of Little Big Horn
  • Men are always interested in battles.
  • John Rondestvedt gave a short course on Louis H. Sullivan, the architect.
  • It was at the Senior Center.
  • Barbara Evans discussed two Erin Hart Irish Murder Mysteries.
  • Erin Hart discusses one of her books at a class.
  • This was a breakout session of that class.
  • Bill Carlson taught The United States Economic Story.
  • Here are some of his students.
  • Richard Bodman taught on Fantasy Literature.
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You can pause the slideshow by mousing over an image,  and can download images by right clicking on them.    Ed

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