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.

 


Rev. Craig Ellingboe joins the blogsophere

Rev. Craig Ellingboe, senior pastor at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Northfield, has become the second member of the Northfield Ministerial Blogging Association.

His new weblog is now up, with his first blog entry A journey from Birth to Life.

I took this photo of him today in his office, showing me his favorite technological tool for fixing typos. Click to enlarge.

Ellingboe's blog has been added to the Civic Blogosphere page under Organization Leader weblogs. His blog's RSS feed's been added to the N.org aggregator as well.


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Presentations of Learning at ARTech

Click for Larger SizeStudents at Northfield School of Arts & Technology (ARTech) will be presenting their learning to the public on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm.  Students at ARTech complete their education through an individualized program of project-based learning and seminars. Presentation nights are the students' opportunity to share what they have learned with the community. This presentation night is the fourth of five public presentations of learning for the school year.

Projects to be presented by students in grades 6-12 will include "The Life of Nikola Tesla," "Buddhism: History, Philosophy & Rituals," and "Anthropomorphic Ethnology: Comparative Psychology & the Human-Animal Connection," among many others. For more information, visit the ARTech webpage at www.artech.k12.mn.us or call 663-8806.


HealthFinders Collaborative Presents "A Night on the Town"

HealthFinders Collaborative Seeks Auction Items and Attendees for Fundraiser!

HealthFinders Collaborative, a local grassroots organization dedicated to providing healthcare services for the under- and uninsured residents of Rice County, will be having its third annual fundraiser - "A Night on the Town" - on Friday, April 28th from 7pm-Midnight at The Grand in Northfield. A catered dinner will be provided, and there will be live music and dancing, as well as a silent and live auction. The Bridgewater Ramblers will play bluegrass and country music, and Pide Kaimás will play music from all over Latin America.

Since opening clinic doors in June of 2005, HealthFinders has seen over 300 patients and assured that hundreds receive the prescription drugs they need through a drug fund. This exciting community collaborative has greatly affected the communal health of Rice County. Volunteers hail from Northfield, Faribault, local congregations, local hospitals and clinics, and Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.


Earth Jam 2006!

Click to view a PDF of the posterEarth Day has taken a new and more festive twist on Northfield. One month away: Earth Jam 2006! You're invited to join us on Bridge Square on Saturday April 22nd to celebrate Earth! There will be a town clean-up/beautification from 9am to 12 noon. You are encouraged to meet at the Square at 9 and be ready to get get down and dirty! From 11 am to 4pm there will be tables on the Square of local environmental groups, organizations, local farmers from the Farmer's market, composting demos, goodies from the Just Food Co-op and Mercantile and more! Then THE FESTIVAL BEGINS!  From 2pm to 7pm, a festival of artists from around the world will entertain the people of Northfield and celebrate our support for the earth and our community.

To all Dance groups and Musicians: anyone interested in performing can contact Taylor Franklin at fran0558@umn.edu.

To all interested volunteers to lead the City Wide clean-up, or have an Earth Day info table: again, you can contact Taylor Franklin via email or call the AmeriCorps office at (507) 664-3752.


Guinea Pigs Enjoy Sunday Afternoon Concert

Kim Bloom greets concert-goersActually, no animals were allowed (or harmed) at the Kim Bloom classical guitar concert on Sunday, March 19, at the Northfield Arts Guild. I made it there just in time, as extra chairs were being set up, to hear an afternoon of beautiful music.
 
After his first selection, he thanked the audience for being “guinea pigs,” noting that he was presenting his first formal concert in over 10 years. Bloom, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has recently settled in Northfield to resume a teaching and playing career.

“I’m smitten by this town,” he commented after the performance. “Northfield really resonates with what I’m all about right now.”


Pink Flamingos Spotted in Northfield!

Flamingos!This flock of Pink Flamingos was spotted Friday morning on Poppy Court. (Click to view the full-size photo.)

It was quite shocking to pick up my neighbor and see them all sitting there!

Can anyone elaborate as to what the St. John's youth is up to?


Northfield 360: St. Olaf

"!{float:left; margin: 0 5px 5px 0;}http://static.flickr.com/46/110133325_68fe456d7d_m.jpg(A View From Larson)!":http://www.flickr.com/photos/torstenson/110133325/in/pool-northfield/ Sometimes these things take a lot of work, sometimes they're just handed to you.

St. Olaf has done a full set of very well done VR panoramas for the more interesting spots on campus. You "can take the entire tour here":http://www.stolaf.edu/virtualtour/, but if you'd like the highlights, may I suggest...

* "Boe Chapel":http://www.stolaf.edu/virtualtour/boe.shtml, currently under construction.
* The "Rolvaag Library":http://www.stolaf.edu/virtualtour/rolvaag.shtml
* And what everyone imagines when they look at it from a distance, "the view from on top of Larson Dormitory":http://www.stolaf.edu/virtualtour/larson.shtml.

The VR movies requires Apple Quicktime.


Northfield Montessori Grows Into Its New Building

Northfield MontessoriIt’s been an exciting and busy year for Northfield Montessori.  The “parent/teacher cooperative,” as it calls itself, moved into a new building last September and will soon begin enrollment for the 2006-2007 school year.

The response to the new building has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Joy Mathews, the school’s assistant director. She and other school staff have been surprised at just how strong the public reaction has been.

The new building has made a “huge difference,” according to Mathews. “I still am amazed.” Staff reaction has been just as positive, boosting morale to still higher levels.

The building is a striking, multi-colored structure designed by Portfolio Design and built by Met-Con Companies of Faribault. The 15,000 square-foot structure is located on Highway 3 north of town and holds 186 students. It nearly doubles the capacity of the school’s old location, a 6,000-square-foot building on Highway 19 near Malt-O-Meal.


St. Urho's Day Photo Gallery

Click to visit the photo galleryTwin cities and southeastern Minnesota Finns and finnophiles enjoyed a night of music, food and laughs at Thursday night's 2nd annual St. Urho's Day Celebration at the Eagles Club. The event was hosted by Northfield's Nordic Jam, who warmed up the hall as the crowd gathered. The twin cities dance band Finn Hall and the Ameriikan Poijat brass band played for dancing throughout the evening and Master of Ceremonies Paul Niemisto and "St. Urho" entertained and awarded door prizes.

You can view more than two dozen photos of the event in the St. Urho's Day Photo Gallery! Do you recognize the well-known Northfielder appearing as St. Urho?


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