St. Olaf inauguration to head Homecoming celebration

In addition to the inauguration of David R. Anderson '74 as the 11th president of St. Olaf College, this year's St. Olaf Homecoming offers several activities that are open to the public, including plays, concerts, a football match between two undefeated teams, an International Bazaar and several lectures.

St. Olaf will inaugurate Anderson Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Skoglund Center Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The ceremony, "Honor the Past, Celebrate Today, Embrace the Future," will include music and pageantry as the college celebrates the beginning of a new chapter in its history.

Japanese Anime Festival runs every Friday in October

The Castle Of Cagliostro

ArtOrg with support from the Carleton Cinema and Media Studies department, announce the third year of the four-week Japanese Animation Festival titled "Whose Side Are You On?".

Rana Raeuchle will be leading the series with talks on each film in the series. Rana is teaching our Comickers Unite class at ArtOrg. The festival happens on four consecutive Friday nights: October 7, 14, 21, and 28. This week's screening starts at 7 pm room 104 of Boliou Hall at Carleton College. Boliou Hall is located on the main campus of Carleton College on the north end overlooking Lyman Lakes.

First UCC Church to celebrate 150th year with block party

The First United Church of Christ (UCC) of Northfield will continued its 150th anniversary celebration when it hosts a block party and auction beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the church, 300 Union St. Both events are open to the public.

The block party will feature food, children’s activities and live music. A Moonwalk Jumper will be set up in the church parking lot, and a variety of refreshments — including keg root beer, roll-your-own ice cream and arm pit fudge — will be available to purchase. Music played on the city of Northfield’s Showmobile will begin at 2 p.m. with a performance by Captain Purple, followed by Andrew Tiano and the Joe Strachan Jazz Duo.

St. Olaf dance department awarded $10,000 grant

The Department of Dance at St. Olaf College has received a $10,000 grant for the reconstruction of Anna Sokolow's piece, "Dreams." The reconstruction will be conducted by Lorry May, the founding director of the Sokolow Dance Foundation who will be in residence at St. Olaf Nov. 4-12. The reconstruction of Dreams was made possible by American Masterpieces: Dance, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts that is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts along with Dance/USA.
The St. Olaf Dance Department emphasizes the American modern dance tradition while encouraging study and performance of global styles and dances.

Steve Clark to speak Thursday

Here's just a quick reminder that RENew Northfield is organizing a day-long visit on Oct. 5 by Steve Clark, the Walking and Bicycling Program manager at Transit for Livable Communities ( in Minneapolis. Clark will make a presentation entitled “How Biking and Walking Will Renew the Northfield Area” at 7 p.m. at the Northfield High School auditorium. Earlier in the day he will lead a tour to conduct his own analysis of local bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. He’ll also speak with a wide variety of government and community leaders at Northfield City Hall.

Participants in the 7 p.m. community meeting also will get to view plans for the development of the Mill Towns Trail and a draft of the Greater Northfield Area Greenway Corridor System plan, which will be on display in the lobby. is one of the sponsors of this event. Click here to read all the details in an earlier story on the event. 

News report indicates possible child abductor seen in Northfield

WCCO-TV and KARE-11 in Minneapolis are reporting that a possible child abductor has been seen in the city.

The stations cite a Northfield police news release describing an incident Monday in which a man allegedly approached two young girls and tried to get them to go with him in his car. The girls refused and escaped safely.

You can click to view the WCCO story or the KARE-11 report.

Thanks to Susie Beaumaster for the news tip.

Locally Grown: Tackling the school tax proposal

On this week's episode of Locally Grown, our guest was Kari Nelson, Chair of the Northfield School Board, discussing the upcoming levy referenda.

You can listen to the audio (30 minutes), download the MP3 File, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes. The show airs and streams on the web on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM on KRLX 88.1 FM.

Smithsonian expert to speak at St. Olaf Thursday

Rayna Green, director of the American Indian Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, will present a lecture at St. Olaf College Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Holland Hall 501.

Green’s lecture, part of the David L. and Marjory Ostrum Scheie lecture series, is “Pocahontas, Miss America and Eskimo Barbie in Love: A TragiComedy in at Least Four Acts, with Indians, Patriots and Notorious Impersonators Live and On Stage.”

Sexuality and gender expert to present convocation at Carleton College

Molecular biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling will present a convocation address entitled “Born and Raised: Human Sexuality and the Nature/Nurture Debate” at Carleton College on Friday, Oct. 6. The event will begin at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel and is free and open to the public.

Fausto-Sterling is a leading theorist on science, sexuality, and gender. She has served as a professor of biology and gender studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University for more than 30 years. She is also chair of the Faculty Committee on Science and Technology Studies at Brown and has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Until recently her laboratory work has focused on the evolution of regeneration and sexual reproduction in a group of flatworms known as Planaria. Her new work applies dynamic systems theory to explain how cultural difference becomes bodily difference. Fausto-Sterling’s current case studies in this area examine sex differences in bone development and the emergence of gender differences in behavior in early childhood.

Co-Rec Volleyball League set to begin

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has openings for teams and individuals in their co-recreational volleyball league.

If you are interested in participating in this league please contact Erin at 507-664-3502 by Friday, October 13. You may also stop at the Northfield Community Services office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield. 

City Hall Insider

Al Roder

City Administrator Al Roder has prepared a detailed report of everything that went on at  City Hall last week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

This week...

Weather, cooking classes highlight Community Ed schedule

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has several great classes coming up in the next 10 days. 

Learn some around-the-kitchen basics in Cooking Essentials, with Emily Kuehnast beginning October 3rd.

Sven Sundgaard from KARE 11 joins us to present a two-part weather class titled, Weather or Not, Here it Comes, on October 10 and 24It's a good chance to ask him about the recent hailstorm!  Please contact Mark at 507-664-3648 for information or to register.  You may also stop at the Northfield Community Services office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, or register online at Just follow the Community Services link.

Mark Etzell is the adult enrichment coordinator in the Community Services Division of Northfield Public Schools.

St. Olaf Band to present Homecoming Concert Saturday

The St. Olaf Band will present its annual Homecoming Collage Concert Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Skoglund Center Auditorium. Admission is free. The event is part of a whole host of activities that celebrate not only Homecoming, but also the formal inauguration of President David R. Anderson. You can check out all the details here.

Conductor Timothy Mahr ’78 says the Homecoming concert will offer “a program of great variety,” with an emphasis on anniversary observances. Mahr also promises a surprise encore.

College presidents to speak at NDDC Downtown Forum

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson and Carleton College President Rob Oden will address the monthly NDDC Downtown Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3. (Click the image to see the cool full-size poster for the event.)

The event, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House at Third and Division streets in Northfield. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Collaborative method gains momentum in divorce process

Northfield attorneys Michelle Lasswell, Britt Ackerman and Carl Arnold, Faribault Attorney Michelle Ibeling and Northfield psychologist Michelle Millenacker. recently attended an all-day training session in Edina in Collaborative Practice, hosted by the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota.

Michelle Ibeling said said the training reflected a shift in client interest and demand. “I have had several custody and divorce cases where the parties wanted an alternative to traditional litigation. They wanted to proceed more quickly and amicably than traditional litigation could provide. They also wanted to save money so that they could use it for the benefit of their children.”

The collaborative method is designed to minimize conflict while working towards a divorce resolution that addresses both spouses’ emotional, financial and legal needs as well as the needs of their children.

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