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Northfield's Klingon Connection

If you were suddenly beamed aboard a Klingon Bird of Prey, would you know how to ask for directions to the bathroom?  Thanks to Ultralingua, a software company co-founded by Northfielder Jeff Ondich, all you would need to handle such a 24th century emergency is a little 21st century technology—an iPhone equipped with Ultralingua’s Klingon Language Suite.  Available from the iPhone App Store, the Klingon Language Suite includes a Klingon-English Dictionary, a phrasebook, and the audiobook Conversational Klingon.  The Klingon Language Suite is the latest offering from the Minneapolis-based company, which specializes in dictionary, translation, and grammar software.  


OASIS facilitates social innovation at St. Olaf

Oles Advancing Social Innovation and SustainabilityAs they wrap up a busy yet successful inaugural school year of operation, members of a new St. Olaf organization committed to meeting universal social needs are already looking ahead. Oles Advancing Social Innovation and Sustainability (OASIS) is a learning community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are actively engaged in social innovation and entrepreneurship.


Compact Fluorescent Recycling in Northfield

According to the EPA's EnergyStar website, compact fluorescent lightbulbs use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, representing a $30 saving in energy costs over the life of the bulb.  "If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL," the EPA states, "we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 800,000 cars." 

The problem with compact fluorescents is that each bulb contains a small amount of mercury—approximately 4 milligrams per bulb.  Mercury is a toxic element and hazardous environmental contaminant. 


National, area business leaders to be featured in 'Best Practices in Business Leadership' presentation

May 5 2009 7:00 pm
May 5 2009 8:30 pm

As part of his senior project for his major in business leadership, St. Olaf senior David Sayre will present "Best Practices in Business Leadership" Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in Regents Hall 210. "Over the last two semesters I've read more than 14 books and 65 articles, and interviewed 12 business executives/emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds -- all on the topic of leadership," he says. "I encourage you to come even if you're not necessarily interested in business."

Business leaders who have been interviewed by Sayre and who will be featured in his multimedia presentation are:


Kitchen Concepts & Olson Brothers Grand Opening!!!

May 4 2009 9:00 am
May 30 2009 2:00 pm

Kitchen Concepts & Olson Brothers recently moved to a new location.  We have doubled our size.  Please come visit us at our new place: 1001 Hwy 3 South, Northfield, MN 55057.  Just a couple blocks from our old location- right next to McDonalds- can't miss us!

Grand Opening Promotion:

  • Free sink with countertop purchase
  • 30% Off Top Knob Hardware
  • 10 % off American Olean tile orders and Install
  • 10% OFF Moen, Kohler, Grohe adn Delta faucets
  • $8 sf installed- Seasons 3/4" prefinished wood floor (oak, hickory, birch)
  • Free wood species upgrade on Dura Supreme and Bertch Legacy cabinets
  • Choise of KitchenAid Mixer, All Clad Cookware Set or J.A. Henchel Cutlery Set with your qualifying Dura Supreme Cabinet order
  • Also Register to win some great PRIZES!!!!!

Visit OUR NEW SHOWROOM


Northfield Downtown Development Corporation forum to feature 'College Civic Engagement' May 5

May 5 2009 8:00 am
May 5 2009 9:15 am

On Tuesday, May 5, at 8 a.m. join Northfield's business and civic leaders in the Riverview Conference Room (lower level, Archer House) to hear staff members from St. Olaf and Carleton colleges discuss their respective civic engagement programs that get students into the community through work and study programs.

The event, sponsored by the NDDC, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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EPIC Enterprises earns top accreditation rating

EPIC Enterprises, the Dundas-based nonprofit that provides services to and work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, recently was evaluated by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an independent agency that certifies a variety of human care facilities around the world. According to CARF, services that meet their rigorous standards "are among the best available."

After a two-day process conducted by two CARF reviewers, EPIC received a three-year accreditation -- CARF's highest possible rating. Published comments from the reviewers call the EPIC staff "caring and well-trained" and note that they are "dedicated to improving the quality of life" for clients. "Persons served ... are obviously benefiting from the services they are receiving," the report says.


Free Ecological Yard Care Workshop

Apr 25 2009 11:00 am
Apr 25 2009 12:30 pm

Ever considered the ecological impact of your yard?  The choices you make in your yard are far more than aesthetic: they affect the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the health of your family and our ecosystem. To help you make your yard as environmentally-friendly as possible, this Arbor Day the Northfield Environmental Quality Commission will present a free workshop on eco-savvy landscaping. This information-packed workshop will cover “green” lawn care, native plants, trees, and fruit and vegetable gardening.  We’ll end with an informal seed swap (bring any extras you’d like to give away) and time for you to talk to college student farmers interested in helping you get started on your yard projects!

Presented by the Northfield Environmental Quality Commission in partnership with Just Food Co-op

When: April 25, 11am-12:30 p.m., No Charge
Location: In the Just Food Event Space, 516 Water St. S.


Lecture on supply chain networks in a global economy

Apr 16 2009 8:00 pm
Apr 16 2009 9:30 pm

Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will present "Synergies and Vulnerabilities of Supply Chain Networks in a Global Economy: What We Can Learn from Half a Century of Advances in Transportation" Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. at St. Olaf College in Regents Hall 390. Nagurney also is director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks and director of the Supernetworks Laboratory for Computation and Visualization, and she teaches in the Department of Finance and Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management.


Just Food Class: Ukrainian Egg Decorating!

You can learn a new skill and make something pretty this weekend at Just Food Co-op’s Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class. It’s taught by Laura Heiman, who has been using this unique art form (also called Pysanky) for more than 25 years. But what is Ukrainian Egg Decorating?

How cool is this? You use beeswax to draw on an egg, then dye the egg. When the wax is then removed, you’ve got a beautifully decorated, unique egg. Laura will show you how to do it, step by step. And those who attend the class can take at least three finished eggs home with them! Because the egg is blown, this can make a wonderful gift for Mothers Day or any other spring holiday. How intricate can these designs get? The photo you see in this post is of an egg that Laura did when the Co-op first opened.


An Economic Stimulus Plan That Starts With “Thank You”

We’ve all been through it. The empty feeling in the pit of our stomach when a treasured friend moves away, later to be replaced by long distance phone calls, a stream of emails, and birthday cards in the mail, always looking forward to the day we’ll reunite.

Sadly, those comforting feelings don’t apply when the treasured friend is a retail store that’s become part of our daily life. When River City Books closes at the end of the month, countless residents of Northfield will be left with that “pit of the stomach” emptiness that has no long distance relief on the horizon.


Northfield Health Reform Update

Mar 31 2009 7:00 pm
Mar 31 2009 10:00 pm

 The Northfield Area Citizens for Universal Health Care are meeting Tuesday March 31st 7pm at the Northfield Library meeting room. The community is invited to come and learn more about what is happening at the state and federal levels with health reform. After the meeting we will adjourn to St.Olaf College, Buntrock Commons – Viking Theater to view the new PBS Frontline program “Sick Around America” which begins at 9pm.


NDA Dancers Perform for Northfield Retirement Center Residents

Northfield Dance Academy (NDA) dancers ages 2-15 performed for the Northfield Retirement Center (NRC) Residents on Friday, March 20th.  The dancers shared 12 of their dances and also handed out cards they made for the residents.  NDA Dancers look forward to performing at NRC every year as one way they can give back to the Northfield Community!  For more information about NDA's community performances, please visit www.northfielddance.com


Northfield Dance Academy's Competition Camp & Auditions (August 3-6 & 10-13)

Aug 10 2009 11:00 am
Aug 13 2009 6:00 pm
Competition Camp & Auditions (Ages 7 & up: August 3-6 & 10-13)
Come and audition for NDA's Competition Teams! 
Classes instructed by Carisa Drews, Faith Mitchell, and Ellen Keane. 
Classes take place Mon-Thurs for two weeks. 
Northfield Dance Academy
640 Water St. So. (River Park Mall)

Northfield Dance Academy's Competition Camp & Auditions (August 3-6 & 10-13)

Aug 3 2009 11:00 am
Aug 6 2009 6:00 pm

Competition Camp & Auditions (Ages 7 & up: August 3-14)
Come and audition for NDA's Competition Teams!  Classes instructed by Carisa Drews, Faith Mitchell, and Ellen Keane. 
Classes take place Mon-Thurs for two weeks. 


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