'Creative budgeting' brings park to local kids

Lots of people complain about government not working, but we have a story of government working very well, indeed.

The story started a year ago, when a routine safety evaluation of all the city’s parks showed that three sets of playground equipment needed to be taken out. At Riverside Park, there was a second, newer set that could remain. But late last fall city officials had to remove the only play equipment at Sechler, Grant and John North parks.

Lawrence Archbold featured in recital Sunday

Submitted by Sarah King

Carleton College music professor and Enid and Henry Woodward College Organist Lawrence Archbold will present an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 24, in the school’s Concert Hall.

The recital is the 16th in his continuing series, “Exploring Organ Music.” The event is free and open to the public. The recital "Organ Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries: From Stylus Fanasticus to Style Galant," will feature a selection of music by Dieterich Buxtehude, including the Passacaglia in D and the Praeludium in E. The performance will also include works by J.L. Krebs, C. P. E. Bach, and Galuppi and will conclude with J. S. Bach’s the “Great” A Minor.

International Day of Peace to be celebrated here Sunday

Submitted by Judith Stoutland 

The annual Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace to which everyone is invited will be at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Middle School Auditorium. Voices of the Past/Voices for the Future: The Human Cost of Nuclear War" will feature four Hibakashu, survivors of the  bombing of Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945.

Arts Guild bids a fond farewell to Patsy Dew

Submitted by Sheryl Joy

The Fond Farewell Party for Patsy Dew at the Northfield Arts Guild Friday night, Sept. 22, was great fun.  Patsy has left her position as program director at the Guild, and after 15 years of her work you can bet there were lots of people with stories to share and tributes to make.

Some theater folks did a surprise reprise of one of Patsy's theater roles, and another group put together a slide show of some of her moments on stage as actor or director.

There were dance performances, limericks and poetry, lots of good food and fun. Just click on the photo to see all the pictures.  

Sheryl Joy is office manager for the Guild.
Photos courtesy of the Guild.

New tennis group meets Monday

Submitted by Zach Pruitt

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the “Tennis in Northfield” meeting on Monday, Sept.  25.  The gathering will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

This is the second meeting of the “Tennis in Northfield” group.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss what community members would like to see for tennis in the community and what opportunities exist for collaboration.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984, zpruitt@carleton.edu) or Eric Lundin (663-7705, lundin@rconnect.com).

Zach Pruitt is a volunteer helping organize Monday's meeting.

Editor's note: This story originally indicated this meeting was affiliated with an organization. It is an independent volunteer effort. 

Football - Northfield Defeats Shakopee 37 to 0 - with Video!

The Northfield Raiders football team dominated the entire game Friday night as they defeated Shakopee 37 to 0. The win keeps the Raiders undefeated for the season and sets the stage for next Friday's homecoming game against undefeated Farmington.

We've got videos after the jump...

Soccer Associations sets summer tryout schedule

Northfield Soccer Association Girls & Boys Summer 2007 tryouts will be held at the Spring Creek Soccer Complex. A $100 registration deposit is due on the day of tryouts.



Saturday, Sept. 30:
  7:30 a.m. -   8:30 a.m. ....... U-13
  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ....... U-15
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ....... U-14
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ....... U-12

Sunday, Oct. 1:
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. .......... U-12
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. .......... U-13
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. .......... U-14
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. .......... U-15

Questions? Call Simon at 507-581-6449 or Craig at 612-501-9675.

Information is also available at: www.northfieldsoccer.org.

Holly Cairns is a volunteer with the Northfield Soccer Association. 

Photos from the wine tasting

I took three photos at Northfield Liquor Store's Wine Club event at the Grand Event Center on Thursday night.

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Left: cheeses were presented by Stuart Reid and Melody of Just Food Co-op, with baguettes provided by Brick Oven Bakery.

Check out the new Northfield Event Calendar

Calendar IconIf there's one thing that we hear from people again and again, it's better event information.  We try, we really do - we run event promos submitted by people, we ask them to follow up with pictures and a story, we've even got a whole category devoted to events.

With that in mind, we've been toiling away in the secret underground labs here at N.org to make it even better - and voila!  Presenting... The (New) Northfield Event Calendar!

More inside...

Novelist Jane Hamilton to speak at Carleton Wednesday

Well-known novelist Jane Hamilton will speak at Carleton College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 27 in room 149 Olin Hall as part of the Northfield Reads! Book Club. The event is free and open to the public.

Hamilton, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning “The Book of Ruth” (1988) and the New York Times Notable Book “A Map of the World” (1994), will be discussing her latest book, “When Madeline Was Young” (Doubleday). Her newest novel is the story of a couple who raise a family while lovingly caring for the husband’s brain-damaged first wife.

St. Olaf to host unique sound of Pastiche

The acclaimed quartet Pastiche (at left) will perform at St. Olaf College Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 8:15 p.m. in Urness Recital Hall. The group, which includes Lonny Benoit, percussion; Fred Sahlmann, piano; Jan Fillmore Scott, clarinet; and David Scott, trumpet, is the resident faculty chamber ensemble at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. In a review of the ensemble, Norman E. Smith, author of Band Music Notes, writes, "The spectacular musical performance by Pastiche ranks with the best solo and ensemble concerts I have ever heard in this country."

Hiroshima survivors to visit Northfield

Four Japanese survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing of Aug. 6, 1945, will visit Northfield next week to talk about their experiences during and after the war.

The survivors, called Hibakusha in Japanese, will take part in two public forums Sunday, Sept. 24: at 9:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield, and at 3:30 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School called "Voices of the Past/Voices for the Future: The Human Cost of War." The four also will make presentations at St. Olaf College Monday, Sept. 25, at 10:10 a.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel (followed by a reception) and in the Gould Library at Carleton College Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4:30 p.m.

LWV 4th Monday tackles school tax increase proposal

Submitted by Patricia Kriesel 

The Northfield League of Women Voters (LWV) will continue it’s “4th Monday” public meeting series on Sept. 25 with a discussion of the proposed excess levy for the Northfield Public Schools.

Each fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Northfield Public Library’s first floor meeting room, the LWV hosts a lightly moderated discussion of an issue of current interest or concern to the community.

Fall brings election season to ARTech!

As a charter school, Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech) is its own school district, goverened by its own school board, which consists of seven teachers, parents, and community members.  As election season approaches, the ARTech board is seeking interested parties to apply for two open seats for parent/community members.  If you are interested, please send a letter including a brief summary of experiences and statement of interest by September 30 to:

Board Chair
Northfield School of Arts and Technology
PO Box 349
Northfield, MN 55057

The ARTech school board meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm at the school.  The school's Annual Meeting will be held at the October meeting on October 5.  You can find more information about the school at www.artech.k12.mn.us and the school board at www.artech.k12.mn.us/board.

Will Steger draws crowd for talk on global warming

IMG_3827w800.jpg Explorer Will Steger drew hundreds of people when he spoke on global warming Tuesday night at Bethel Lutheran Church, along with two colleagues, J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, and Alycia Ashburn with the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota. Steger's foundation has launched a project called Global Warming 101 which "... raises broad public awareness about global warming as witnessed through Will Steger's polar expeditions."

See the extended entry for more photos and click here to go to my site and listen to audio from the event.

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