Faculty in Focus

Manitou Messenger - 17 min 30 sec 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 - 17 min 30 sec 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 - 17 min 30 sec 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 - 17 min 30 sec 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 - 17 min 30 sec 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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Today’s news update – Local man with cocaine tries to evade police; Graham names Interim Administrator; Richardson says our Charters are safe

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 8 min ago

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 - 3 hours 53 min ago
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 - 4 hours 1 min ago

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 - 4 hours 1 min ago
It was a morning of updates from outside agencies on Tuesday, as 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 - 4 hours 4 min ago
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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Just Food Co-op announces 'Co-op Basics' program

Northfield News - 4 hours 27 min ago
For Just Food Co-op general manager Pat Neily, access to good food is a basic human right.
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Northfield to hold meet and greet for housing coordinator candidates Thursday

Northfield News - 5 hours 17 min ago
It has been two months since the community development coordinator left the city for a new position. 
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Alumnus named chair of ELCA Conference of Bishops

St. Olaf College - 5 hours 31 min ago

Bishop William O. “Bill” Gafkjen, a 1979 graduate of St. Olaf College, was recently elected to serve as the chair of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Conference of Bishops.

Gafkjen has served as bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the ELCA since 2010. He is also a member of the St. Olaf Board of Regents.

While primarily advisory, the role of the Conference of Bishops is significant within the life of the ELCA. The conference elects its own officers, has standing committees, and has a representative to each ELCA churchwide unit and separately incorporated ministry. The conference has a particular role in matters related to rostered leaders and also reviewing proposals before they are passed along to the ELCA Church Council for adoption.

The Conference of Bishops also advises the Presiding Bishop in matters related to churchwide planning and ecumenical relations.

In addition to his work as a bishop, Gafkjen has served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Mora, Minnesota; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Niles, Michigan; Lutheran Campus Ministries at Pennsylvania State University; Evangelical Lutheran Church in Duncanville, Pennsylvania; and Christ the King Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana.

Read more about Gafkjen in this St. Olaf Magazine profile.

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Oct. 5 Rice County Court log

Northfield News - 6 hours 54 min ago
Here are the Rice County Court dispositions for Oct. 5. 
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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Fire Chief Gerry Franek 10/6/15

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 21 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Fire Chief Gerry Franek about Fire Prevention Week and their Open House coming up on Thursday.  franek100615

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Oct. 5 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 7 hours 23 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit or You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at or
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Gilmore Wins Another MIAC Title; Knights Second

Carleton Sports - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 5:22pm

Carleton senior notches second straight MIAC individual title, Knights second as a team.

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Knights Finish Eighth at MIAC Championships

Carleton Sports - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 5:06pm

The Carleton College men’s golf team finished eighth at the MIAC Championships, concluding the 54-hole tournament with a team score of 951 shots. The Knights improved their score in each round, in contrast to conference team champion Augsburg College that saw its shot total increase each day.

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Wanted Northfield man arrested after police find 6.7 grams of cocaine following traffic stop

Northfield News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 4:00pm
Despite a Northfield man "slumping" and "ducking" in an attempt to hide from police, a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a local man with a felony warrant who was in possession of more than six g
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Faculty in Focus

Manitou Messenger - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:51pm
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
Categories: Colleges

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