Catalyst Foundation presentation at Rotary

Thursday's Northfield Rotary lunch speaker was Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker, co-founder and Executive Director of the Catalyst Foundation based here in Northfield. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Their mission is to "improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned and homeless children in Vietnam through educational scholarship programs and direct relief efforts. We also work to build cultural awareness and enrich the lives of children adopted from Vietnam."

Coincidence #1: While working in my corner office at the Blue Monday earlier this morning, a guy walks up to me to introduce himself, saying how much he appreciates Northfield.org.  His name: John Rinn. He's on the Advisory Board of the Catalyst Foundation.

Coincidence #2: John works at AC Nielson, the same place as N.org board member, tech committee member, and library board member Adam Gurno


Photo album and video clip: Spider John Koerner at The Grand

   

Left: Spider John Koerner played at the Grand last night; center: with the NDDC's Ross Currier and Dan Bergeson; right Tim Sellars, Tiny's Dogs All Day, kicking in the bucks in the bag for the Northfield Area United Way campaign. Click to enlarge.

 

See three dozen more photos of the night in either the N.org photo album or the Flickr photo album. And click "Read the rest of this entry..." to watch the videoclip.

 


Winter photos: east end of the Cannon River Wilderness Area

I took a few photos last weekend in the east end of the Cannon River Wilderness Area park, near the intersection of County 20 and 22 just south of Northfield.

See the photo album in our N.org gallery or the photo set in my Flickr area or sr see them in the Northfield Group Photo Pool on Flickr  that we're experimenting with.
 


The Freezer to host First Anniversary Show

The Freezer, a student-run music venue in Northfield, is holding their First Anniversary Concert this weekend.

The Freezer is located in the back of the building that is also used for the Northfield School of Arts and Technology.

The show itself will be held on Friday, with doors opening at 6pm. The cover charge is $5.00 at the door.

Featured bands are Killer Prom Queens, Autophobia, Dose, and Captain Purple.

For more information, see  this page on the show.


Upcoming PTO Beach Carnival

Brighten up your end of winter and come to Northfield’s Annual PTO Beach Party Carnival.  The Carnival will be held at the Northfield High School from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, March 3rd.  Cafeteria and ticket sales open at 4:30pm.  A silent auction will feature many items such as 2 tickets to the 2006 St. Olaf Christmas Festival as well as the signed work of artist Wendell Arneson and author Mary Janice Davidson.  New this year for children is the inflatable climbing wall and slide.  There is also face-painting, games, cotton candy, pizza, souvenirs, a cakewalk and more!


Grandma Estenson wins


Evelyn Estenson's relatives delivered the comments to my entry last week titled A challenge to the relatives of these Northfielders.

She wins an all-expenses paid trip to a local coffeehouse of her choice with me. w00t!

Evelyn, pick a time and place and let me know by attaching a comment here.


Tony Glover plugs Spider John Koerner's and United Way's Elizabeth Schott's appearance at The Grand

The NDDC is bringing legendary guitarist and singer Spider John Koerner to The Grand this Thursday at 8 pm. Tickets are $6, $4 for students. (Click the poster image for a large PDF.)

See NDDC Exec. Director Ross Currier's three blog posts for background on Koerner and his collaborators, "Snaker" Dave Ray and Tony "Little Sun" Glover: 1) John Koerner and the Folk Revival ; 2) Carleton Class to take Field Trip to the Grand: 3) My Koerner, Ray and Glover Story .

Here's me doing a 5 minute recreation of Tony Glover's opening for his nightly stint as an 'underground' DJ on Twin Cities' radio station KDWB 63 back in 1968-69. Theme song: Procol Harum's Repent Walpurgis. 'Tony' plugs Spider John's appearance and asks his audience to donate to the Northfield Area United Way's campaign when they see Elizabeth Schott at the event. (My apologies for the lousy audio quality. No fancy tools available last night when I got the inspiration to do this.) Keep reading for the transcript:


A painful loss

A flyer at Northfield's Olympus Athletic Club caught my attention:  It showed a picture of Cheyenne Mariah Mendoza and gave the dates 01/01/94 to 01/01/06.

I read that Cheyenne’s family was in a car accident and that Cheyenne and her brother were injured. Cheyenne's brother Dakota survived the accident and is in need of care but Cheyenne’s injuries were fatal.  I read on to learn that the father held his daughter during the last few minutes.  What a terrible tragedy.  I can only imagine how horrible it must have been.  It was even Cheyenne’s birthday. 

We can help this family by attending a Saturday, February 25th, dinner and dance at the Eagle's Club.  Dinner's from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and there’ll be spaghetti. A silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, and a DJ will play from 8:00 to midnight.  Tickets can be purchased at the Eagle’s Club, the liquor store, or at the door.  If you cannot go but wish to donate:  A Mendoza family benefit fund has been set up at Northfield’s First National Bank.


Playground removed from John North Park

 

Many of us on the north side of town, especially parents of small children, were dismayed to find our only nearby park play set suitable for little children removed. The sign in the right photo (click photos to enlarge) indicates the removal was due to safety reasons, which we certainly want to respect, but the clincher is we have to wait until 2007 for a new set.  As a resident of this part of town, I always felt that compared to other areas of town, our corner of northfield offers little in terms of open, public spaces suitable for children.


Last night's power outage

See Police Chief Gary Smith's weblog for info on last night's power outage.

And see the PDF of this Red Cross poster on power outage preparation.

 


Remembering the Road to Dignity walk, 20 years (and a bit) later

Last week, while home with the flu, I read a remarkable Northfield story I'd not known anything about until quite recently, when I became acquainted with the family involved.

Just over 20 years ago, the late Michel Monnot, a professor of French at Carleton, walked from the Twin Cities to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for Parkinson disease research. His book, which ends with the story of the walk but is largely about the aftermath of being diagnosed with Parkinson disease at the age of 38, is From Rage to Courage: The Road to Dignity Walk. The walk was sponsored by the American Parkinson Disease Association, Northfield Hospital and Sandoz, Inc. He concluded his journey of what he estimated to be 3,801,000 steps (110 walking days, 15 miles per day, reducing the average stride by 20% to account for the fact that Parkinsonian steps are shorter than normal, and reducing it by another 20% "because I am a short Parkinsonian") twenty years ago last month, on January 24, 1986.


Caucus information for Northfield's 'Northsiders'

Northsiders is a term I use to describe those of us benighted Northfielders who live north of North Avenue, and are thus also residents of Dakota County.  It is our fate to live in a community in which most of the political talk involves politicians who do not actually represent us.  Some newcomers to the area may not even be aware of this.  In fact, judging from some of the signs I saw in neighbors' yards during the last election cycle, I'd say there are a few of us up here who were supporting candidates whom we couldn't even vote for!

If you are a Northsider, you live in ward 3, precinct 3 of Northfield in Dakota County.  (Click the image for a larger view or see the City's Election web page for a link to the full-size PDF.) Your city councilperson is Arnie Nelson, and your mayor is, of course, Lee Lansing.  At the state level, however, you live in district 36B.  Your state representative is Pat Garofalo, not Ray Cox; your state senator is Pat Pariseau, not Tom Neuville.  I thought I'd take this opportunity to inform fellow Northsiders about the upcoming caucus season, since this information is not generally covered by the Northfield News, and most of us do not subscribe to the Farmington Independent.


"Locally Grown" #8 features Elizabeth Schott and the Northfield Area United Way

Issues covered in show #8 of Locally Grown, recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Saturday afternoon: The Northfield Area United Way fund drive with guest Elizabeth Schott, Executive Director.



Click the play button to listen (30 mintues). Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes. Join the ISSUES discussion list to continue the conversation on these and other issues. Attach a comment to give us feedback. See the Locally Grown page for more on the show.


Winter scenes

Some miscellaneous winter-related photos I've taken recently: A dozen deer grazing in the corn field next to the Arb; an unconventional snowman; ice sculptures at Carleton. See the Winter scenes photo album in our N.org gallery.

Or see them in the Northfield Group Photo Pool on Flickr  that we're experimenting with.

 


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