St. Olaf students spend spring break helping with tornado cleanup

St. Olaf College students who are spending this week helping Illinois communities clean up after a devastating tornado tell the local CBS affiliate that it’s a rewarding way to spend spring break.

“We’ve found that a lot of our students are really transformed by the experience,” says St. Olaf senior Eric Lander, one of the leaders of this year’s Ole Spring Relief trip. “We’re able to hear a lot of really interesting stories, hear from the community, and help them out in whatever way.”


Historical Society Fundraiser: Night of 10,000 Laughs - April 11

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This year’s Night of 10,000 Laughs (formerly Ole and Lena Joke Night) will roar to life Saturday, April 11, at the Grand Event Center. The event will feature the return of Ole, Lena, and Tina for a set of fun-filled Norwegian-style humor. And joining them this year will be Minnesota joke master T McKinley, who will add his own brand of Minnesooota-style comedy.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Northfield Historical Society or online (see below).  Due to high demand, we are encouraging attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. - See more at: http://www.northfieldhistory.org/category/events/#sthash.QMf4tPXD.dpuf


Carleton Students present Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” with proceeds supporting The HOPE Center

Carleton College will host a student produced and performed production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Sometime funny, sometimes poignant—“The Vagina Monologues” focuses on the female experience as it relates to sexuality, love, abuse, and resilience. Proceeds from this event will benefit The HOPE Center in Faribault, along with the national V-Day Spotlight Campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Tickets are being offered on a $5 to $15 sliding scale, and can be purchased at the door and online at apps.carleton.edu/campus/gsc/vagmons/creditcard/.


Save the Northfield Depot 2013 Annual Report Available

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Save the Northfield Depot is pleased to release its 2013 annual report, which summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments. The report reflects a busy year with progress in all dimensions of the project: legal and governmental requirements, site planning and preparation, public awareness campaign, fundraising activities, and financial status. The report also includes new rendered images of the planned depot-transit hub complex.


The Daddy Squeeze Trio brings their signature blend of upbeat swing to Northfield’s Tavern Lounge

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The Daddy Squeeze Trio, featuring accordionist extraordinaire Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, along with acclaimed musicians Mark Kreitzer and Tom Lewis, will make their Northfield debut on Saturday, March 29 at The Tavern Lounge. The Daddy Squeeze Trio will perform from 8 to 11:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

The Daddy Squeeze Trio is known for “making great music even better.” They swing the standards, mixing in Latin and rock grooves, all the while surprising their audiences with slightly twisted covers of forgotten pop tunes.


New Carleton Art Exhibit Highlights the Complex Forces Shaping the Mississippi River Landscape

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A new exhibit in the Carleton College Perlman Teaching Museum highlights the complex forces shaping the Mississippi River landscape. “Petrochemical America: Project Room” is a unique collaboration between celebrated photographer Richard Misrach and landscape designer Kate Orff. Based on the book Petrochemical America (Aperture, 2012), the project brings into focus the complex economic and ecological forces that have shaped the industrial landscapes of the lower Mississippi River’s “Cancer Alley.”

The public is invited to an opening reception for “Petrochemical America: Project Room” on Thursday, April 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Commons. Along with light refreshments, the reception will include a tour of the exhibit led by Minneapolis artist and photographer Paul Shambroom, who will explore issues of power through grand landscape imagery.


Carleton Convocation Focuses on Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap

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Carleton College will kick-off its spring term convocation series with a presentation by Annie Houle, national director of campus and communities initiatives for The WAGE Project, Inc., on Friday, April 4 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap,” Houle’s presentation focuses on wage discrimination against American women in the workplace, offering constructive solutions to eliminate this gap. Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also streamed online and can be viewed at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

The WAGE Project (“Women Are Getting Even”) was established with one purpose: to end discrimination against women in the American workplace in the near future. Over her working life, a woman will earn $1 million less than a man simply because she is a woman. WAGE seeks to eliminate the gender wage gap for every man in America, inspiring and helping working women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she is worth.


Nutrition Program at the Northfield Public Library – 3 Peak Protein Power Keys

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Come to the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 pm and learn all about protein.  Your body requires protein every day, but there are three keys to making sure the protein you eat is doing the work you need it to do.  Dr. Noel Aldrich will review these three keys to reaching peak power from protein.  High quality proteins will be identified, and healthy, tasty recipes will be available as a resource. 

This program is the fourth in a series of five talks on nutrition, given by local nutritionist Noel Aldrich.  The final talk will be on Thursday, May 8 and will focus on fats.

All talks are free and open to the public.


"Northfield Tales" from Carleton's Winter Term Journalism Class

As a final project for their Winter Term 2014 journalism class at Carleton, Doug McGill's students put together a website of "Northfield Tales," which includes "stories of the city's inspiring elders, war veterans, everyday environmentalists, the practice of curiosity, and much more." Each of he stories in the collection is a brief and engaging read, and illuminates a facet of life in Northfield. Each section of the "Northfield Tales" website includes several thematically-linked stories. The "Education Town, USA" section, for example, includes stories on kindergarten and kindergarten-readiness, TORCH, career and technical education at the high school, and the Senior Center and Cannon Valley Elder Collegium. The site highlights the vibrancy and diversity of the Northfield community. 

"I've never heard anyone say they came here to gradually decompose," says one retiree quoted in the piece on educational opportunities for seniors. 

Click the link or the photo at right to go to the "Northfield Tales" website. 


Panel Will Discuss Voter Rights

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The public is invited to attend an informal “What’s Up?” gathering sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls on Monday evening, March 24th, at 7 pm at the Northfield Senior Center in Room 106. A panel of experts will address topic of voters’ rights:  Jeff Narabrook, Voter Outreach Director – MN Secretary of State’s Office, Sarah Walker, Lobbyist at Hill Capitol Strategies & Co-chair of MN Second Chance Coalition, and Mike Fitzgerald, Professor of History & Director of American Studies at St. Olaf College. They will share their perspectives on this critical topic, with plenty of time for discussion to follow.   


Service of Renewal Set for April 6

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A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, prayer and music meditation, will be Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” the service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare workers, therapists, clergy and volunteers.

The service will include a litany for healing, hymn singing, harp music, and readings. Lois Lindbloom, a spiritual director and licensed psychologist (L.P.M.A.), will offer the meditation. Local musicians John Ferguson, Elinor Niemisto and Jenny Pelletier will provide music and accompaniment.


Northfield Area Learning Center Students Are Making a Difference

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Sixteen students and a teacher from the Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC) who have helped get food to youth and families in need have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for March. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Each week, ALC students fill an average of 17 backpacks with donated food and deliver them to social workers at Bridgewater, Greenvale Park and Sibley elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school. The backpacks are also distributed to families in need at St. Dominic’s school, Arcadia and the Three Links senior apartments. During the 2012-2013 school year, students packed and delivered 535 bags of food.

Teacher Cheryl Mathison said the experience has taught her students many things, including the fact that there are people in the community who don’t have enough food.


Looking for a "few good kids" who would like to volunteer at the library this spring and summer.

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It's time for "Spring Training" for Library Pages! We are looking for kids who will be finishing 5th grade and up who want to volunteer to help create, prepare and present the summer reading program for children from preschoolers to 5th grade! Library Pages will learn team work, library skills, early literacy techniques and have fun doing it. A time commitment of 1 or 2 days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays afterschool until 5) from April 8th through the end of May is required. Then during the summer reading program T W TH June 10- July 30. Our summer evening entertainment series; Books & Stars is part of the summer reading program and the Library Pages are often needed to assist the performers.


Spring Break! Garage Band Camp Is Back

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The Northfield Arts Guild is offering its second Garage Band Camp - this year it's during Spring Break. Local performers Gregory Ennis and Neil Rowley will be leading this camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 and 26th from 3:00 - 5:30.  It's open to girls and guys ages 11 - 18 and all skill levels.  Instruments will be provided or bring your own.

The camp will held in the Northfield Arts Guild Theater at 411 W Third St. Northfield.  Fee is $45 for members and $50 non-members.  Register on-line at northfieldartsguild.org, call 645-8877 or register at the Guild office at 304 Division St.


"Build a Happier Healthier Kid" - 8th Annual Northfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 26

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Join over a million people and take part in the nation’s largest health event for kids! Designed to help kids stay active head to toe this summer, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. In addition to displays from local merchants and community organizations, local police, fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to show off their vehicles and provide safety tips. Kids: Ride or bring your bike for a free tune-up. There will be bounce houses and a bike raffle too! This event is free to everyone!


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