Carleton Convocation Unlocks the Language of the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Zonnie Gorman/Photo by Nicola Majocchi

Native American historian Zonnie Gorman will present the Carleton College convocation address on Friday, November 8 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In her presentation, Gorman will discuss the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II; Gorman is the daughter of Carl Gorman, one of the first twenty-nine Code Talkers. This event is free and open to the public. Carleton’s convocations are also streamed online and can be viewed at

The Code Talkers were a small band of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World World II. Considered the most ingenious and successful code in military history, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war’s end. More about the Navajo Code Talkers can be found at

Carleton Grad to Discuss Critical Watershed Management



Bernstein Geologist-in-Residence James Pizzuto, a 1975 Carleton Graduate, and now Professor of Geology at the University of Deleware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment will give an alll campus talk on Friday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 149 on the Carleton Campus. Everyone is welcome.

Pizzuto says most watersheds in the U. S. are no longer entirely natural systems, but rather reflect centuries of human impacts, many of which have impaired the valuable ecosytem services that watersheds provide.  He will argue that restoring watershed ecosystms will require a new discpline of goengineering, guded by a new ethos of our relationship with nature. Professor Pizzuto says that what is needed is a "new marriage of science, engineering, ethics and values."

New book groups for children at the Northfield Public Library.

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The Northfield Public Library is hosting two new book groups for children.  They will only take place over the four Tuesdays in November.  Minnesota Reading Corps members and former Library Pages Rachel & Naomi Meissler will join St. Olaf College APO volunteers in presenting the programs.  There are two sessions every Tuesday in November.

Kids in grades 2 & 3 3:30-4:15 will be reading the Cate DiCamillo series "Mercy Watson"

Kids in grades 4 & 5 4:30-5:15 will be reading the Newbery Award winning book "The Tale of Despereux" also by Cate Dicamillo.

The books will be read together followed by a fun and interactive project.  Kids can come to all or just a few, whatever schedules allow.  The book groups are free and meet in the library's meeting room. 

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.

Learn How to Download Library eBooks!

Come to the Northfield Library on Sat. November 9 from 3-4 PM to learn how to download library eBooks to your iPad or Kindle.  Be sure to bring your library card and device.  If you have a Kindle make sure you have an Amazon account.  If you have any questions call the library at 507-645-6606.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 28, 2013)

A full Board packet for the meeting, including agenda and table file, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

DJJD Committee Contributes to Breast Cancer Center

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Defeat of Jesse James General Chair Hayes Scriven reports that members of the DJJD Committee presented Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center with a $2,200 check on Thursday, October 24. The money was the result of fundraising efforts throughout the year with the Tough Enough To Wear Pink program. Tough Enough To Wear Pink is a national rodeo program created to involve the rodeo community in the fight against breast cancer. Fundraising concluded at the three rodeos held over Defeat weekend with the passing of pink donation barrels throughout the rodeo stands.

According to the staff at the Breast Care Center, the money will be used to put together pink care bags for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Each bag contains a book, a journal, comfy socks, and a variety of other items that patients might need in their journey. The Committee is proud to support the efforts of the Breast Care Center through the generosity of the citizens of Northfield.

Presentation Wednesday at Senior Center: Information about MNsure



Chad Wojchik, Senior Linkage Line Specialist, will present the key elements of the Affordable Health Care Act and the Health Exchange program known as MNsure. He will explain who is affected and how, who needs to purchase health insurance and who does not, patient protections and options to reduce the costs of coverage. Learning the facts will protect you from the fiction.

For more information:  Chris Ellison <>

Carleton Convocation to Focus on the Impact of Technology in Daily Life

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Innovative computer programmer and technology company founder Matt Ginsberg will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Nov. 1 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In his presentation, Ginsberg will examine the role technology plays in our daily lives, the future potential for technology, and how we all can and should adapt to this ever-changing world. This event is free and open to the public; convocations are also streamed online at

As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of On Time Systems Inc., Ginsberg helped develop computer programs to build United States Navy ships more efficiently. He also helped develop a computer program to find the most fuel-saving routes for United States Air Force noncombat flights, saving between thirty and sixty million dollars for them every year.

Time of Its Life

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Epic Enterprise had the time of its life . . . and they owe it all to Kairos Alive!

Despite the chill in the October air, a big white tent pitched in the Epic Enterprise parking lot became a hot venue for storytelling, movement, music and dancing. As a result of receiving an Arts Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, throughout this year Epic has been able to invite dance and storytelling specialists, Kairos Alive, to share their talent.

When they visit, Kairos usually performs in Epic’s large homerooms at their building in Dundas. But, with the increased space afforded by the large tent, they were able to invite friends and family of Life Enrichment participants, as well as those who take part in the employment program, to share in the Kairos Alive experience.

Library LEGO Club returns this week!

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Northfield Public Library will be hosting the popular LEGO CLUB beginning Thursday, Oct. 24th from 3 to 5 pm.  Lego builders of all ages are invited to come to the library's meeting room to create the week's challenge or just make something interesting.  Drop in anytime between 3 and 5.  We place the creations around the library for all to admire.  Thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Library and gifts of LEGOS the library has a large collection to use.  We will continue on Thursdays through March.

No charge!

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. Northfield, MN 55057

Back by popular demand, The Upstairs Rueb presents Milwaukee's acclaimed Charles Walker Band

Charles Walker Band

Saturday, Oct. 26, The Upstairs Rueb is pleased to present, back by very popular demand, Milwaukee's award-winning Charles Walker Band. The group will perform from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. and there is no cover charge. This band is truly not-to-be-missed

Charles Walker and vocalist Porsche Carmen (and their equally groovy band mates) return to The Upstairs Rueb for a night of funkalicious good times. Based in Milwaukee, the band was awarded 2013's Best R&B/Soul Band by the Wisconsin Music Association (WMA). "This band is the 'real deal,'" says Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. "Be ready to DANCE!"

Public invited to hear presentation by acclaimed award-winning author Salman Rushdie, this Friday Oct. 25 at Carleton College

Sir Salman Rushdie

As part an ongoing series of events and lectures on censorship, blasphemy and free speech, Carleton College is very pleased to announce the public appearance of award-winning author Salman Rushdie this Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Rushdie will present the 2013 Lucas Lecture, entitled “Censorship and The Satanic Verses: 25 Years Later.” This event is free and open to the public but reservations are encouraged; please register online at

Twenty-five years after the publication of his controversial novel, The Satanic Verses, renowned author Salman Rushdie will speak of his experiences with censorship and the importance of free speech. First published in the United Kingdom in 1988, The Satanic Verses was immediately controversial on account of two sections of the book that present a fictionalized account of the early history of Islam. Banned first in India and protested by many Muslims worldwide, the book’s controversial status was sealed in early 1989 when the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the execution of the author and anyone associated with the publication of the book. Rushdie and his family consequently went into hiding under the protection of the British government.

Community children (and their parents!) invited to the 15th annual "Halloween Knight"

Happy Halloween

The Carleton College athletic department, coaches, and varsity student-athletes are pleased to announce the 15th Annual "Halloween 'KNIGHT'" Carnival to be held Sunday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. This year’s event will once again be held at Carleton’s Recreation Center.

This free activity for pre-school through elementary-age children (and their parents) will include face painting face painting, beanie bag toss, crafts, musical chairs, bowling, a football toss, and several other sport-centered activity booths.

Carleton Professor Scott Carpenter to Read at the Northfield Public Library

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Scott Carpenter, a professor at Carleton will speak and read from his novel,  The Theory of Remainders, at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m.    Scott  teaches French literature, literary theory, and cross-cultural studies at Carleton. He is a  specialist of nineteenth-century literature  in addition to writing  fiction.

Theory of Remainers  is set in both Boston and France.  The main character, Philip Adler, a psychiatrist, receives an emergency phone call during a frustrating session with a teenage girl, and hears that his former mother-in-law has died.  He makes the difficult decision to go to France for the funeral, where he must face his former wife and the memories of their murdered daughter.  An intriguing series of events follows his landing in Paris, and readers will be unable to put the novel down.  The author reading is free and open to the public.  Questions?  Contact Joan at 645-1802.


The Healing

Jonathan Odell, finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in 2013 for his novel The Healing, will speak at the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday, October 29, at 7:00 pm in the library meeting room.  The talk is part of a Minnesota Book Awards Author Tour, sponsored by SELSO.   The Healing is set on a cotton plantation, owned by the Satterfield family, in the Mississippi Delta.  Mistress Satterfield takes a special interest in Granada, a slave girl, after her own daughter dies of cholera.  When slave Polly Shine, a healer, is purchased, she makes Granada her apprentice against the wishes of the mistress.  Upheaval on the plantation follows when the slaves become healed.

 Odell grew up in Mississippi and now lives in Minnesota.   His first novel. The View from Delphi,

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