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 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

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;} View From Larson)!": 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":, but if you'd like the highlights, may I suggest...

* "Boe Chapel":, currently under construction.
* The "Rolvaag Library":
* And what everyone imagines when they look at it from a distance, "the view from on top of Larson Dormitory":

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?


"Inherit the Wind" this weekend!

Click for larger viewNorthfield School of Arts & Technology (ARTech) proudly presents "Inherit the Wind" this weekend.  Students from both ARTech and NHS are performing the play based on the 1920s Scopes Monkey Trial, the court debate between evolution and creationism.  This weekend's play, directed by Bob Gregory-Bjorklund (pictured at left), is set "not too long ago" and is particularly pertinent to debates happening across our country today.

The show runs at 7:00 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at ARTech, 1719 Cannon Road in Northfield.  Tickets are on sale at the door.  Call ARTech at 663-8806 or visit for more information. 

Northfield Group on Flickr

We'd like to take a second to remind you (or introduce, I suppose) that there is a "Northfield group": on "Flickr": The group currently has 15 members, 72 pictures, and is growing larger by the day.

The group is open to anyone, of any skill level. Flickr is free and is a subsidiary of Yahoo!, so if you currently have a Yahoo! account, you can sign into Flickr through it.

If you use an RSS(Real Simple Syndication) reader, there's an "RSS feed for the photo pool":, which will bring in the most recent pictures to your reader automatically! is currently in the process of migrating our photo galleries to Flickr, so expect to see more integration in the future.

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere

A quick round up of this weeks posts in the "Northfield blogosphere":

Northfield kids matter and so do their early childhood professionals!

Click for larger viewThe Northfield Early Childhood Initiative Coalition recently sponsored a luncheon for area Northfield Early Childhood Professionals.  The coalition wanted to say "Thank you!" for what they do in our community for children every day.  There was a great turn out at the Northfield Golf Club to hear speakers Judy Janish and Vicki Thrasher-Cronin.  Attendees also enjoyed networking time and a nice pasta buffet lunch.

Judy Janish (aka "Shirley from Dez Moines") humorously spoke about her experience working as a home daycare mom and in other kid crazy places.  She encouraged childcare workers to play more, play with the kids. They learn by playing but also need to be shown how to play. We don't need to spend so much time in "fast forward," we should all spend more time in rewind (reflect & be thankful), pause (rest, listen & look) and play (make good memories & laugh more)!

Snowy Day Walk

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How does the saying go? "Neither rain nor snow will stop the mail from coming through." Well, the USPS has nothing on Helen & Gizmo! They were out for their morning walk on Monday, just like any other day. Gizmo was really enjoying himself, jumping over and through the snow. I enjoyed watching the pair while picture-taking on my way to work.

Early Blooms Buried in Snow

closeup of snowdrops  snowy trees  closeup of snow-covered boughs

March in Minnesota is doing its typical two steps forward, one step back thing — or is that one step forward, two steps back? I photographed these snowdrops on the far east side of Northfield on Friday; today they are buried under several inches of the heavy wet stuff. The snow-laden branches in the other photos, which I took this morning, are about 10 feet away from the snowdrops. The third shot is a close-up of part of the second. Click on the photos for larger views.

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