Einstein Exploratorium at the Library, Part II

Part II of Einstein's Big Idea, a celebration of 100 Years of Relativity, will be happening on Saturday from 10AM to 2PM. There will be hands-on physics experiments, an Einstein look-a-like contest, and door prizes. It's free, of course, and funded by a grant from Twin Cities Public Television.

For more information on Einstein's Big Idea, you can view the page at tpt.org.

The third and final Exploratorium will be this Thursday, the 13th.

To quote an old song:

"I had a frame of reference,

I set it on a fence,

along came Relativity,

ain't seen the darn thing since.

Cereal Bowl This Weekend!

The annual "Cereal Bowl" football game between Carleton (2-2) and St. Olaf (4-0) takes place this Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at Laird Stadium on the Carleton campus. St. Olaf is having a banner year, going 4-0 for the first time since 1978. However, no one can predict the outcome of the most emotional game of the year for these teams.

The event is sponsored by Malt-O-Meal.

Northfield.org will be there and will have the first pictures and a full report from the game.

NCO Board and Membership Meeting (Monthly)

Northfield.org LogoThe NCO Board will meet briefly at 7PM, Thursday night, 6 Oct 2005, at Badbrain Computers, then reconvene (I estimate 7:15PM) at the Contented Cow for the open portion of the meeting.

The agenda follows ...

Union of Youth Hurricane Relief Concert

On Saturday the Northfield Union of Youth held a Hurricane relief benefit event on Bridge Square. The event consisted of six musical acts, portrait drawings, face painting and henna tattoos, a dunking booth, cotton candy and a raffle for a skateboard.

The proceeds, about $700, will go to the Northfield High School Hurricane Relief fund. The event began at one in the afternoon and lasted until after seven in the evening. Chelsea Mukina was the lucky winner of the skateboard. Josh Hinnenkamp, the Key's Program Coordinator stated that the event was well attended by Northfield's population of middle and high school students. This benefit was one of a handful of ways in which Northfield's student populace has organized to help with hurricane relief since the disaster in New Orleans. Two weeks earler Carleton College hosted a relief concert, while the Northfield High School Hurricane Relief Fund "Students to Students" will go to a Louisana high school of around 400 displaced students.

New Interim City Administrator Appointed

During the reports from the mayor at tonight's city council meeting, Lansing said that he was ready to make a recommendation for an interim administrator to fill the role left by Susan Hoyt. Lansing recommended William A. Bassett for the role, and the council consented by not objecting.

Target Debate Reemerges in Council Meeting

The Northfield City Council held its regular meeting today from 7 to 10 p.m. In addition to its regular business, the council welcomed a local Boy Scout Troop observing the evening's meeting. Three major agenda items and a surprise utilized the majority of the time.

County and City Bite into Joint Work Session

"We want to work with the cities -- not against them." said County Commission Chair Jim Brown at a worksession this afternoon. The Rice County Board of Commissioners joined the Northfield City Council to discuss issues that affect both groups.

Defeat of Jesse James Days Saturday

The James Gang rode into town yet again this Saturday. They were once again defeated by the intrepid citizens of the City.

Here we see the the altercation at the door, to be followed by those famous lines, "Get your guns boys, they're robbing the bank!"

Here we see one of the riders on the sidewalk, attempting to intimidate the citizens as the gang is exiting the bank.

Bank Raid Exhibit Opening

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A full house packed the Scriver Building last night at a reception celebrating the opening of the Northfield Historical Society's new Bank Raid Exhibit.

A dozen photos of the event are in the NHS Reception photo album.

One of our wetlands

One of our local wetlands caught my eye today. This little piece of heaven lies in the south-east quadrant of the CSAH 1 - I-35 intersection. (See the blue pond there on the map?). Actually, it lies due east of the overpass, since CSAH 1 curves north.

Rice County Dispute Resolution Program News

Rice County Dispute Resolution Program continues to grow, providing volunteer-based mediation and arb-med services to the Rice County Conciliation Court(s).

Eduardo Wolle (right), Director of the program, continues to lead the volunteers, providing training, materials and scheduling volunteer mediators.

Questioning Session

"When are we going to have an answering session?" asked Robert Howe, a Northfield resident, at last night's hospital restructuring public comment session. The Northfield Hospital Board of Directors hosted the event at the First United Church of Christ. The session was dominated by comments with few responses and questions with few answers.

Northfield Union of Youth Hurricane Relief Concert

This Saturday October 1st, the Northfield Union of Youth will host a hurricane relief benefit concert and fair on Bridge Square from 1-8pm. Performing at the benefit will be The Dank, and local acts The Exiles, Dylan McKinstry, Mike Anderson, Jon Larsen, and others. Activities at the fair will include henna tattoos, face painting, cotton candy, a dunk tank, and more. At 7pm will be a raffle for a brand new skateboard. All activities will be a dollar or less. Food at the event will be provided by Tiny's, and pop
and water will be available. All proceeds from the event will go to the Northfield High School Hurricane Relief fund. If weather does not cooperate, the event will take place at the Key. Contact Josh at the Key 663-0715 with any questions.

Wellstone Memorial Dedicated in Eveleth

A memorial to the late senator and longtime Northfield resident Paul Wellstone was dedicated yesterday in Eveleth, Minnesota. The memorial, near the site where a plane crash took the lives of the senator, his wife Sheila and six others three years ago, features a series of paths with a commemorative stone for each of the crash victims.
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A sketch of the memorial site in Eveleth (click to enlarge).

The Wellstones moved to Northfield in 1969, when Paul was hired as a professor of Political Science at Carleton College, where he remained until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1990.

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The young professor teaching a 1970 seminar at Carleton.

NCO Annual Meeting

Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) will host its Annual Meeting at 7PM, 26th October 2005 at the Northfield Public Library meeting room. The last year has been one of change and your NCO Board will be looking for more community involvement as we move to take on new challenges and expand upon the foundation that northfield.org represents.

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