Health Insurance Forum with Kip Sullivan

Kip Sullivan of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition, will be at St. Olaf on Thursday, April 6th to present the background history of our current health insurance system and explain why the coalition believes a universal single-payer insurance system is a better plan. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Northfield League of Women Voters and the St. Olaf Nursing Dept.

April 6, 2006 at 7pm, St. Olaf Science Center, Room 274.

For more information, see the MUHCC website: http://www.muhcc.org/


Norwegian girls choir to perform at St. Olaf

Jentekor, the Nidaros Cathedral's Girls' Choir from Norway, conducted by Anita Brevik, will perform a concert at St. Olaf College on Tuesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the choir's United States tour titled "Songs Across the Sea."

In addition to visiting St. Olaf, the choir will travel to Minneapolis, Madison, Wis., and New York. The tour runs from April 1-11 and aims to promote Norwegian culture and heritage.

The tour follows the St. Olaf Choir's visit to Trondheim, Norway in June 2005. While at Nidaros Cathedral the two choirs, together with Norwegian mezzo-soprano Randi Stene, recorded the holiday special A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway, which aired nationally in December on PBS.

The concert program for this tour includes selections spanning the musical spectrum, from Norwegian, Swedish, English, Latin and German songs, to Mozart compositions to traditional Norwegian folk songs.


The Spring Melt fills the Cannon River (with Video!)

The spring melt has begun to fill the Cannon River again. While it's not nearly as high as it was in 2004 ("Gallery One":http://www.flickr.com/photos/gurno/sets/72057594059801058/, "Gallery Two":http://northfield.org/gallery/highwater0604), it was making quite a racket as it churned past downtown.

If you'd like to see more, look inside...


Tonight's Entertainment Options

Wow! Check out what's happening TONIGHT in our not-so-sleepy little town...

On the live music front, the Blue Moon String Band gets a jump on all the other bands by strutting their acoustic/country/folk/americana stuff at 7pm at Hogan Brothers.

90 minutes later your musical options increase dramatically. A new band called Scattered Skies makes their debut at Froggy Bottoms at 8:30. Harmonic Voodoo gets their groove on at the Tavern Lounge right around the same time.

Also at 8:30, Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders [full disclosure: I am a Bratlander] rock the Contented Cow with their original folk, gospel and protest songs and an eclectic mix of roots music and outlaw country.

And finally, If music's not your thing, Faribault's Merlin Players theater company bring their Monty Python-esque Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) to The Grand for the second night of a two-night stand.

Hope to see you downtown!


This Week In The Northfield Blogosphere...

Among the items of interest in the "Nfld B-sphere":http://northfield.org/aggregator/sources this week: People on horses, people on electric horseless carriages, and people who used to have horses, but now there are electric horseless carriages everywhere and they're getting charged for it.

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Norwegian princess to visit St. Olaf College

Princess Martha Louise of Norway, the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja and fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, will visit St. Olaf College on Thursday, April 13, as part of a national speaking and promotional tour for her book Why Kings and Queens Don't Wear Crowns.

Princess Martha Louise will be in the Black and Gold Ballroom in Buntrock Commmons at noon for a 30-minute presentation about growing up as royalty in today's world and why she wrote her bestselling children's book. Her remarks will be followed by 80 minutes of book signing. The talk is free and open to the public. Svein Nyhus, award-winning illustrator of the book, also will be present. Why Kings and Queens Don't Wear Crowns is on sale at the St. Olaf Bookstore. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Why Kings and Queens Don't Wear Crowns centers on events in 1905, when Norway's union with Sweden was peacefully dissolved and Norway needed to find a new royal family. The book's tale begins there and is based on the childhood of the princess' grandfather, King Olav V. Little Prince Olav wants to play in the snow and ski just like the other children, but every time he leaves the palace something bad happens to the crown on his head, and the king and queen are not amused.


Northfield Entertainment Guide: April, 2006 issue

Click to view PDFThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

Click the image to view it within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then view or print it from your computer.



Our Library

Northfield Public Library

No longer is Northfield Public Library a stuffy brick building with pull out catalog drawers as it was in 1985 when the library was last renovated.  Our library now has personal computers, the Internet, wireless access, a book section entirely in Spanish, books on tape and CD, pictures of you and me when we were in high school (provided you graduated from NHS), and old Northfield phone books.  The old Northfield phone books aren't interesting until you realize some of them listed the man's name, "wife", the man's job, and finally the kids' names and birth dates.


Northfield Historical Society is looking for new posse members

!{float:right; margin: 0 0 5px 5px;}http://northfield.org/files/NHSlogo3.jpg! Since 1992, adult volunteers have been the Northfield Historical Society interpreters and presenters of the events that transpired on September 7, 1876 or as it is known in Northfield and elsewhere: The Defeat of the James-Younger Gang.

For more information, look inside...


Geek Night; March 30

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Geek Night is on March 30, at the The Contented Cow. Geeks normally arrive starting around 7:00 PM. The Cow will be providing the obligatory whiteboard, supporting geeks' needs.

Geek Night is an informal social gathering, where topics of discussion range from math, to computer science, to philosophy, to chemistry - and everything else geeky.

Bruce Morlan has a math puzzler on his blog as a Geek Night teaser.


Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid, the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s annual book sale, will be Tuesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 29, at the Northfield Ice Arena, South Highway 3, Northfield.

Book donations will be welcome at the arena beginning Monday, April 3. Hours of collection will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. During the week of April 18 through April 23, the arena will be open to receive book donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 26-April 28; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

The hospital auxiliary uses funds from the book sale to support the Northfield Hospital and other community health projects.


Oberstar Forum on Walking and Biking

Several of us Northfielders will be attending the fifth James L. Oberstar Forum on Transportation Technology and Policy at the Universtiy of Minnesota on April 10. The forum's topic this year is "Transportation Choices: The Important Role of Walking and Biking."

Among the Northfielders in attendance will be Peggy Prowe, former city council member and board member of the Mill Towns Trail; Bruce Anderson, Executive Director of RENew Northfield; and myself, a volunteer with RENew Northfield.

The forum will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. As part of the agenda, Rep. Oberstar will discuss federal funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Among the other speakers will be Berthold Tillman, the mayor of Munster, Germany.

Please consider joining us at the forum and helping to plan and promote a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly Northfield. Registration is required and can be done online, by mail or by fax.

As of March 24, nearly 150 people had registered for the forum. Maximum capacity is 200. Feel free also to contact me for more information at 645-5979.


Celestine Prophecy Sneak Preview

The Village School of Northfield will be showing a sneak preview of the upcoming movie, The Celestine Prophecy. The event will also be a fundraiser for students and staff at the Village School to attend the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC), to be held in Sydney, Austrailia in July.

Showings: April 2nd and 9th at 2pm - April 8th at 7pm
Location: The Village School of Northfield, 1100 Bollenbacher Court, Northfield, MN

For more information, call 507-412-1877 or 507-650-8990.


All School Art Show Opens at the NAG

Click for larger imageArtSmart, the 2006 All School Art Show, opened Thursday at the Northfield Arts Guild gallery. I love this show each year, which exhibits work by K-12 students from all schools in the district, including the Village School, ARTech, Prairie Creek and St. Dominic's. As the NAG website says, "Get ready for a blast of color and energy if you visit the gallery in the next few weeks." It is the proverbial feast for the eyes — vibrant and engaging.

The opening reception for this show, called Imagination Celebration, adds children's performance to the visual art exhibition. This year's Imagination Celebration will take place on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, April 19.


Using the web to access voters

Two of our local politicians at the State level are asking web-savvy citizens to give them some feedback. It seems like a pretty good plan, although it does emphasize the importance of one of the core missions of Northfield Citizens Online, which is to reach out to the entire community. Just as polls based on telephone numbers miss a large segment of the population, so too do web-based surveys.

But, even with those caveats, these might be fun, informative and worthwhile. It only takes about 15 minutes to do both. Actually, they have the same set of multiple choice questions, but Rep. Cox's includes room for additional comments.

Remember, if you want to be heard, speak up; if you want to be listened to, don't scream.

 


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