St. Olaf's McWilliams to perform piano recital Tuesday

St. Olaf music faculty member Kent McWilliams will perform a solo piano recital Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf. The program will feature works by Chopin and Prokofiev, as well as Chinese composer Tan Dun and Canadian composer François Morel. The first piece of the evening, Morel’s Two Studies of Sonority, will set the tone for the remainder of the program.

“The repertoire displays a wide variety of fascinating tone colors and explores some exotic piano sounds,” says McWilliams.

McWilliams has played piano across the globe, including frequent live radio performances for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. His studies include one year in Poland, where he studied Polish folk elements in Chopin’s music.

David Gonnerman is the media relations specialist at St. Olaf College.

St. John's group to discuss "new immigrant" issues

"New Immigrants Among Us"  is the topic for discussion at the meeting  Monday, Sept. 11,  in the Fireside Room  at St. John's  Lutheran Church  at 500 West Third Street in Northfield. at 7 p.m.

All interested persons are most cordially invited to attend.

Sponsored by the St. John 's Peace and Justice Group, the meeting will include insights from people in the justice system, schools, healthcare facilities and businesses.   We will learn who the immigrants are, what they face and how they are managing.

All present will be encouraged to share ideas for what "old immigrants"  can to do welcome the recent members of the community.

Any questions may be directed to Barbara Wilson, 645-6747, or Judith Stoutland, 645-7842.

Adult open gym nights slated

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division offers a variety of open gym opportunities for adults. These activities include:

  • Adult open gym basketball is held on Wednesday evenings from 7-9:30p.m. in the High School Gymnasium.
  • Adult open gym volleyball is held on Monday evenings from 7-9:30p.m. in the Bridgewater Gymnasium.
  • Beginning November 3, open gym dodgeball will be held on Thursday evenings from 7-9:30p.m. in the Longfellow Gymnasium.

Open gyms are designed for adults who enjoy the sport for fun and exercise. Each open gym is a drop-in program and no pre-registration is required. The cost for each open gym is $2.00, paid at the door. For more information stop at the Northfield Community Services Office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, or call 664-3649.

History comes to life each fall in DJJD

If you live in Northfield, I don't have to explain who these men are and what's going on this weekend. If you're not volunteering, you've already picked out your favorite events and made plans to be a part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days -- DJJD as its known here. As usual with big events, we have a photo gallery set up and will update it through the weekend. And you can go directly to the DJJD homepage and schedule by clicking here or on the logo at right.

For those of you new to town or visiting, this is a typical festival, with food, entertainment, a parade, craft show and bank robbery...

OK, a bank robbery is a little different. And it's what has set this event apart for 58 years now.

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Meet the candidates here -- and in a forum tonight

There are three candidates from Northfield running for District 2 of the Rice County Board, meaning that voters will have to narrow the field in the primary next Tuesday, Sept. 12. And now you have a chance get up to speed – in just one evening. and KYMN radio are hosting a candidate forum at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 7, in the City Council chambers at City Hall. Charles Skinner will be the moderator.

The candidates are: Betsey Buckheit, Galen Malecha and David DeLong (left to right, above). We have asked them all some basic questions and we’re presenting their answers here. If you have a question or comment, feel free to add it to the comments at the end of this story.

One other candidate, Bill Rossman, a former mayor of Northfield, has withdrawn from the race.

We will have complete election results Tuesday evening.

Dance professor opens Carleton's convocation series

Carleton College’s opening convocation for the 2006-07 school year will be given by Mary Easter (at left), Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Dance and the Performing Arts, on Monday, September 11, at 3 p.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Easter's presentation, which will include some dance, centers on challenging the status quo and is titled “Knocking Over the Chair.” A poet and writer as well as a dancer and choreographer, Easter received a bachelor of arts degree in music and French in 1962 from Sarah Lawrence College and studied at the Eastman School of Music.

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Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFWe're all aware of the big events going on in town this weekend, and if not, see them listed here or around town. I'm going to focus my attention on the great music in local pubs over this special weekend.

Get started on Thursday night by seeing two local favorites: The Prairie Creek Band will be playing at the Contented Cow and Mark Mraz will be at the Tavern. The Prairie Creek band got their start playing for the Prairie Creek School Auction and were such a success (and we suspect had so much fun playing together) they have become a regular happening.  Great lead vocals and talented musicians on a mix of rock, blues, jazz and alternative countrymusic.  Mark Mraz is the town piano man.  Mraz tickles the ivories and entertains requests from the audience playing standards from Billy Joel to Kermit the Frog!

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"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Nine Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our ninth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Chapati.  By becoming a member of you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 10th with the winner being announced on Monday, September 11th.

And hurry. We only have a few weeks left before we wrap up our membership campaign with a grand prize drawing. More on that soon...

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

Steam show, Detour Days brightened holiday weekend

Sure, this isn't the kind of style that will get you to the World Series, but this muddy mess of a baseball game sure provided a lot fun during Detour Days in Dundas over the weekend. Thanks to Glenn Switzer for sending a whole gallery of photos of the events, from sports to some serious partying to the music of Jonah & the Whales.

While Glenn was covering Detour Days, another of our favorite contributors, David Perez, took a trip back in time at the Steam and Gas Engine Show, also in Dundas. We've set up a gallery of his photos of the rows of classic farm equipment, wagon rides and of course, the demonstrations of blacksmith skills, as seen here.

If you have any photos of your holiday weekend fun, send them in a quick e-mail to Please include your name and a short description of the event or activity in the photo.

More on the wind turbine -- caught on video

Back in the early 1990s, I wrote a book called “Elegant Technology: economic prosperity from an environmental blueprint.”

In it, I sought to answer the question of whether it was even possible to create a “green” version of an industrialized society. At the time, there weren’t a lot of successful examples of green technology but one that seemed a likely winner was wind power. So over the years, I have kept my eye on its development.

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More winners get to have 'Dinner on Us'

Well, we promised more winners and we're delivering. JoAnn Kleber is the newest winner in the weekly "Dinner on Us" drawing, winning a $50 certificate to Hogan Brothers.

Joanne was surprised and pleased to hear of her good luck. And if you've wondered just who has become a member of—and why—Joann has this answer:

"I am JoAnn Kleber, married to Dick Kleber. We have three grown children living in the Twin Cities area and six grandchildren. We moved to Northfield in the fall of 1960, when Dick joined the math department at St. Olaf.

I was home until the children went to school and then started to work for the University of Oslo International Summer School office, which is responsible for the recruiting and admission of those in North America who want to attend that program in Norway. It was a wonderful job which took me to Oslo Norway for the six-week session for 23 summers. I retired in 1996."

Why does she like

"I have always tried to follow the efforts that have been made to distribute Northfield information via the internet so when I saw your announcement I joined. I'm just trying to keep up with what is going on in town."

City Hall Insider

Al RoderIt's a holiday and City Hall is closed, but City Administrator Al Roder and his staff will be back to work Tuesday.
As usual Al has prepared a detailed report of everything that goes on at  City Hall each 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...

Planning Commission, 7 p.m., City Hall
Mayor's Youth Task Force, 7 p.m., NCRC Room SS 106

Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 5 p.m., City Hall
County Board Candidate Forum, 7 p.m., City Hall 

Lake Drive neighborhood experiences “Utter Joy

Submitted by Justin Stets

Walk down Lake Drive near the Jefferson Parkway soccer fields and you’re bound to find neighbors out in their yards, visiting and laughing with each other. This tightly knit community of friends watches out for each other, socializes together and enjoys conversation over meals and beverages.

Like any neighborhood Northfield community, however, this group of individuals gives as much as they receive. Many of the Lake Drive home owners are new to Northfield within the last several years, but a good portion of them are volunteering their time at various locations around town including the retirement center, the senior center, the popcorn wagon, meals on wheels, their local churches, and the hospital to name just a few.

Candy Taylor, the executive director of 5th Bridge, spent time at the home of Carol Carlson outlining the mission and 2006 goal of 5th Bridge: to have every community member in Northfield sign the “Utter Joy” Pledge. 25 Lake Drive members heard the vision of 5th Bridge and 10 new community members signed the pledge that evening. More pledges from the Lake Drive neighborhood are sure to follow., KYMN radio to host candidate forum Thursday

The election is almost here.

What election, you say? Sure, you’ve been busy and it’s hard to keep up with the news and all, but there is a primary next Tuesday, Sept. 12.

There are three candidates from Northfield running for District 2 of the Rice County Board, meaning that voters will have to narrow the field next Tuesday. And now you have a chance get up to speed – in just one evening. and KYMN radio are hosting a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 in the City Council chambers at City Hall. You can meet them all, ask questions and compare their ideas – and still have time later to debate their merits over a beer at the DJJD festival. You just can’t beat that.

Wild West show puts theatrical spin on DJJD

Submitted by Rachel Haider

“Hey, kids! Let’s put on a show!”

In the true tradition of the young Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, about 30 local volunteers have gathered to put together a fundraiser show for the Northfield Arts Guild.

We’ve been singin’, dancin’ and having some ol’ fashioned boot-slappin’ fun for the past few weeks! The rehearsals have been a blast, and we’re almost ready to perform. 

Our Wild West show is an original, locally written, musical melodrama by Brendon Etter, called “Jessie Jane’s Jamboree.” It takes place in 1870s Northfield, but that’s kinda’ where the DJJD connection ends. Our show is filled with varmints (the bad guys), heroes (the good guys), sweet lassies, and of course, some brazen gals.

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