Bob Dole tells St. Olaf audidence about leadership

NOTE: THIS STORY WAS WRITTEN BY ST. OLAF STUDENT KARL OLSON.

Former Senator and presidential nominee Bob Dole delivered a speech to more than 700 students and community members at Skoglund Auditorium Tuesday, April 11. His speech, titled "Leadership in the 21st Century," described some of Dole's personal heroes and their leadership styles and touched on topics such as education, immigration, the current administration and foreign affairs.

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They're Bitin'

Ice cream by the river 

Northfielder's enjoy the harvests of the deep and the local ice-cream shop. How big were the fish? This one was so big, it broke the net! Check out the flicker collection of several pics I took this afternoon.


Wednesday Afternoon-- Who Was Downtown Northfield

 Sandy Krueger and Linda Gill

Sandy and Linda were on the go but did manage to stop for conversation. Although Sandy now lives in Rogers, Arkansas, she was once a long time Northfield resident. She values our downtown stores. In her home town Wal-Mart even operates a gas station and her "downtown" is comprised of not much more than antique shops.

 Dusty Powers

Dusty is an Ole and was spotted in Champion Sports.

 Pat, Lynn, and grandchild

Pat Littlejohn, Lynn Liston, and grandchild were out for a stroll. Oops, these names are spelled phonetically -- and I hope I got them right.

 Jo and Mary Ashmore


Neighbor to Neighbor: Champion Sports' Bill Brodin

Are you heading downtown Northfield to buy cleats? If you go to Champion Sports, you'll probably be helped by Bill Brodin. Bill has worked at Champion Sports for years. Here’s the scoop on Bill:

Bill Brodin, NHS ’87, was born and raised in Northfield. His mother graduated from NHS in the 1950's when the old middle school was the high school. Bill has one older brother, Dan, and one older sister, Beth. He plays golf but his favorite sport to watch is hockey. Bill's father used to be a hockey referee here in town.

Bill says the coolest thing he's ever seen in his life was game seven of the 1991 World Series. It was the loudest experience he's ever heard and outside the dome everyone was "slapping hands and acting crazy".


Sign of the Season: Road Construction

!{float:left;margin: 0 5px 0 0 }http://northfield.org/files/road_closed.jpg! The old joke goes like this: _There are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction._

Jefferson Rd, near the clinic, was temporarily closed yesterday as infrastructure was laid for the new development to the south. I spoke with Joel Walinski from the City of Northfield who informed me that it will be temporarily closed again around Monday to replace the asphalt.

When I asked about summer plans for construction, he noted that there will be a few small projects, but the upcoming work on Hwy 3 will be the one that affects everyone.


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A Festival of Student Art

Edible Dinosaur Art - click for larger imageLast week my family, along with many others in Northfield, happily participated in an array of student art events. On Thursday evening, Sibley Elementary School, where my son is in kindergarten, presented an celebration of arts and literacy. Student art filled the hallways, and participants could make bookmarks or books, listen to stories in a tent at "Camp Caldecott" (staged in the darkened gym, where shadows of tree branches were silhouetted against the wall), or attend a poetry reading. Pizza in the cafeteria was also popular; a second order from Domino's was required to meet the demand of hungry kids and parents.

On Friday night, the popular annual Arts a la Carte event took place at the high school. Honors Art students displayed and discussed their work, a viewer-judged student art show was on display in the media center, and entries in the Edible Art contest were on view in the upper cafeteria (see photo for one fine example). Magicians, musicians and dancers performed in the lower cafeteria. Visitors could also get their faces painted by a number of student artists, including my 11th grade daughter, and many flocked to the fish printing studio. "Fish printing," you ask? Yes, indeed, fish printing. For a $5 donation, one could paint a genuine dead fish to one's heart's content; a student assistant then carefully pressed the decorated fish against a new white t-shirt, leaving, well, a fish print! My son wore his proudly on Sunday, after we set the colors by briefly baking the shirt in the oven in accordance with the directions supplied with the shirt. The odor lingers a bit, since we have not yet washed the shirt, but that of course is part of the charm.

On Saturday, the Northfield Arts Guild presented Imagination Celebration, its official day-long reception for the all-school art exhibit now on view. Parents flocked to the gallery to see their children's artwork, and students added to the festive feel with performances, musical and otherwise, throughout the day. My 7th-grade daughter played a Bach concerto on violin!


How warm was it?

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Today was the first really warm day of 2006 and the question on everyone's mind was "_How warm was it?_" According to the degree crunchers over at Carleton, "it reached a high of *77* today":http://weather.carleton.edu/

Interesting to note that this comes "less than sixty days since Alex Beeby posted about the -16F day of February 18th":http://northfield.org/node/1422. That's a difference of 93 degrees!


The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium: It was a Grand event at the Grand

"!{float:right;margin:0 0 0 5px;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_wheeler.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/Becca%20Wheeler.jpg Last Thursday (4/6/06) the Northfield Historical Society presented the History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium. The program kicked off with Becca Wheeler, NHS intern and St. Olaf student, giving a very well prepared history of the Grand.

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Village on the Cannon Featured in April Minnesota Good Age

The story, entitled "A Life of Learning," focuses on housing developments for older adults which have ties to educational institutions. The article features quotes from Bill Carlson, director of Northfield's Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, Collegium instructor Bill Woehrlin, Village concierge Kari Sobeck and Village resident Susan Hvistendahl who offers Spanish classes in the Community Room of Village on the Cannon.

Hvistendahl is pictured in front of Old Main at her alma mater, St. Olaf College, and Jeanne Jacobson and Greta Smith are pictured on the front page in their Collegium class on the Russian writer Anton Chekhov held at the Village.


Locally Grown podcast #12: bike racks, bike lanes, economic development and traffic light updates

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I took the train to Cambridge in the UK yesterday to visit Northfielders Betsey Buckheit (former blogging planning commissioner), husband Justin London (Carleton music prof) and daughter Elizabeth who've been there since Sept. Justin received a Fullbright to do research there for the year.  I took the opportunity to do another show for our podcast, Locally Grown, with Betsey as a guest and the two of us participating via Skype Out to the KRLX studios where Ross Currier, Tracy Davis and Cameron Nordholm graciously got up very early on Saturday morning central time to accommodate my schedule.

Topics: 1) Bike racks and the pros and cons of bike lanes in downtown Northfield; 2) the forthcoming economic development report from the consultants hired by the EDA; 3) an update on the Highway 3 & 3rd St. traffic light request.

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Bob Dole to speak at St. Olaf College

"!{float:left;margin:0 5px 5px 0;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_dole2.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/StO-Dole.jpg Former presidential candidate and United States senator Bob Dole will speak at St. Olaf Tuesday, April 11, at Skoglund Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Dole will begin speaking at 7 p.m. Following the speech, Dole will answer questions from the audience. The event, sponsored and paid for by the "St. Olaf Student Government Association's Political Awareness Committee":http://www.stolaf.edu/orgs/sga/pac/index.htm, is free and open to the public.

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This week in the Northfield Blogosphere...

Springing anew through the defrosted grounds of the "Northfield Blogosphere":http://northfield.org/aggregator/sources this week are entries on soccer, science, singing, and sustainability. Sweet!

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Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)It's the start of another jam-packed weekend full of cultural events in Northfield! In addition to tonight's Arts a la Carte at the high school, a quick glance through the Northfield Entertainment Guide presents so many options you'll want to clone yourself so you can take them all in! You'll find details on pages 6-8 of the NEG, but here's a preview of what's going on...


Listen to the Music

Last Monday (April 3, 2006) I could hear the frogs and toads in our slough. I thought you might also enjoy listening.

 



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