New Carleton student magazine draws praise

The Lens Magazine, a new student publication from Carleton College, received national honors in recent critiques from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The Lens, an entirely student-produced magazine of politics and culture, is still in its first year of publication.

After reviewing the magazine’s three issues, CSPA and NSPA reviewers rated it “Gold Medalist” and “First Class,” respectively. In addition, The Lens received All-Columbian Honors in content and design from CSPA, and Marks of Distinction in content, writing and editing from NSPA. The magazine will go on to compete with other publications across the country for the Crown and Pacemaker Awards, given out by the CSPA and NSPA, respectively, the highest honors available to collegiate publications.

Both associations were particularly impressed to find such a high-quality new magazine. “Your articles have been smart, creative, and engaging,” wrote one NSPA reviewer. “I would have never known that your publication was completely run by students, and that it was so young.” A CSPA reviewer wrote, “It looks like a publication with a long tradition of quality work. Very impressive.”

Football - Farmington Defeats Northfield 28 to 13 - with Video!

The Northfield Raiders football team played their homecoming game against the Farmington Tigers Friday night. Farmington remained unbeaten thanks to big plays on offense and a defense that twice stopped Northfield for no points inside the 10-yard line. Farmington remains atop the Missota Conference while Northfield lost for the first time and fell one game back. The StarTribune even had a story about the game.

We've got a lot of great pictures of the game as well as video highlights at the bottom of this story.

They Came, They Saw,They Barked...Now it's Time to Build!

On Sunday, September 17th, over 300 people and their dogs attended the Bark in the Park fundraiser hosted by Canines at Play (CAP), a local grass-roots organization dedicated to bringing an off-leash dog park to Northfield.

There was a lot to see and do at Bark in the Park, which was held at Lions Riverside Park just across Highway 3 from where the future dog park will be located. Pictures of the event, taken by Scott Davis of Stone Cottage Photography are available online at for viewing or purchasing. All profits from the sale of the pictures will go to Canines At Play to help maintain the dog park once it is built…which won’t be too much longer!  Construction of the park began last week and is nearing completion—so watch for news of the park's grand opening!


Maltby names Catherine McBride as Finance Director

The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve has hired Catherine McBride as finance director. McBride, who has been in the investment services industry for 25 years, will oversee fundraising and membership at the nonprofit science center.

Most recently McBride was a registered investment advisor for Investment Centers of America, in Northfield, Minn. She has also been an investment advisor at RBC Dain Rauscher and Wells Fargo in Minnesota and Iowa.

New city pool begins to take shape

Our thanks go to Ben Erickson of Close Landscape Architecture, Minneapolis, who sent along this batch of photos of the construction work being done on the new city pool at Memorial Park. Click on the photo to seem them all, plus a rendering of how the park will look when it's done.

If you need to get up to speed on the $2.85 million project, you can click here to read the story and see the photos from the July groundbreaking. Plans are to have the pool ready to open next summer.

Oles win library spelling bee

The first Northfield Public Library Spelling Bee is over and a team from St. Olaf College claimed the championship. 

Griff Wigley who was at the event, reports that Maggie Odell, Roz Eaton-Neeb and Paul Zorn showed their Ole spirit -- and a mastery of Webster's -- as they beat some tough competition from all over town. Those are all the details I have, so if you were there, please feel free to add more info in the comments field below.

We've got a photo gallery of the event and as usual, Griff had camera in hand, so you can see his take on the evening just by clicking here.

More inside, including a listing of teams...

Weekend Entertainment and Events

What a great weekend for theater, music, football, or just enjoying the fall colors.

Aparna Ramaswamy, the leading dancer and choreographer with Ragamala Music and Dance Theater, will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday night at the Chapel on the Carleton College campus. The performance is free and open to the public. Friday night's performance by Ramaswamy and Ragamala is titled "Sethu (Bridge)." It's a fascinating spectacle combining Bharatanatyam (classical dance from southern India) and Balinese kecak (the famous rhythmic Indonesian "monkey chant") to create a stunning presentation of the Indian epic "Ramayana."

Locally Grown: show for week of 9.24

IMG_3891w800.jpgLocally Grown is back with our first audio show of the season, recorded Monday afternoon at KRLX 88.1 FM at Carleton College.
Our guest this week was Mary Schier, Friends of the Northfield Public Library board member (on the right in the right photo with show co-hosts Tracy Davis and Ross Currier). Mary gave us an update on the big event of the week, the Spelling Bee for Booker this Thursday night at the Grand.

We also took some time on the show to explain our new blogsite, which features a way for anyone with microphone-equipped computer to submit audio comments.

Bluegrass at the Grand on Monday

The James King Band and Northfield's String Fever Bluegrass Band shared the stage Monday at the Grand Event Center. Continue reading for another photo and a two-minute videoclip of the James King Bang.

League to host forum on library expansion

Submitted by Janet Petri

The League of Women Voters and the Northfield Public Library are co-sponsoring a community discussion on the possible  expansion of the library. The event will begin at 9:30  a.m., right after the league's 9 a.m. fall kick-off meeting. Both events will take place in the lower level meeting room at the Community Resource Bank on South Hwy. 3.

Juice, coffee, and breakfast-type snacks will be provided. The panel discussion is for the whole community; encourage your neighbors to attend! The Northfield Public Library is bursting at the seams.

Hiroshima Survivor on KYMN Thursday morning

Submitted by Judith Stoutland 

Tune in to local radio station KYMN AM 1080 at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday to hear an interview with one of the survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb who is visiting Northfield this week.

Learn more about the four survivors who are visiting Northfield, at: the St. Olaf news and announcement website

This week the group has spent most of this week visiting classes, but you still have a chance to hear them publicly at the Gould Library Atheneum at Carleton on Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 4:30 p.m.

Judith Stoutland is a member of Northfield People for Peace and
Goodwill, and a member of the planning group for the visit of the
Hibakusha, as the survivors are known.

Students writers challenge you to 'choose your news'

Meet Lexi Hennan, Charlie Wolff and Cassie Clark. These three students and their classmates in Jan Allister's journalism class at St. Olaf College are pretty bright, but they need some help with the homework.

That's where you come in...

Here's another way to give Booker a hand!

Give Booker a hand!  A Hamburger Helper Hand! 

We at the Northfield Public Library want to let you know about a new way to help support Booker, our reading bus. General Mills and Betty Crocker are sponsoring a giving program of up to $15,000 to fund projects in hometowns all across America - so why not Northfield!?!

Just Food Co-op Holds Harvest Festival

Just Food Co-op held a harvest festival on Saturday, September 23. Under threat of rain, they moved the celebration into the old Northfield Community Merchantile space, but many people still attended the event.

Music, food samples, and art, composting and yarn-spinning demonstrations and information all entertained attendees.

A video and some photos from the event after the jump...

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