Events in and around Northfield

St. Olaf to host experts on child and teen psychology

Two experts in the moral development and character education of children and adolescents, both psychology professors at the University of Notre Dame, will give public presentations next week at St. Olaf College. Darcia Narvaez, sister of St. Olaf Professor of Spanish Leon Narvaez and director of the Center for Ethical Education at Notre Dame, will speak on "Moral Engagement and Citizenship in a 'Multi-Polar' World" on Wednesday, March 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Holland Hall 501.

On Thursday, March 15, Professor of Psychology Daniel Lapsley will give a public address on "Citizenship in the Ethical Community." The talk will be at 7 p.m. in Viking Theater, lower level of Buntrock Commons.

Written by Amy Gage 

Prominent journalist from India to speak at St. Olaf

One of India's leading journalists will visit St. Olaf on March 12 and 13 to help students and Northfielders learn more about her country -- the world's largest democracy whose booming economy is bringing its 1.1 billion citizens both prosperity and problems, Western-style.

Seline Damayanthi Augustine is chief sub editor of The Hindu, the largest English-language daily newspaper in India.

On Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., she will deliver a public lecture on "Contemporary Journalistic Issues in Pluralistic India." Her talk will be held in the Viking Theater of Buntrock Commons, and the Northfield community is invited to attend.

Written by Amy Gage 

To read more about Augustine visit the St. Olaf Website.

Note: Seline Damayanthi Augustine lectured in one of my classes today and all that she had to say was very intersting.  I would highly suggest hearing her speak.

St. Urho’s Day Celebration & Dance is Friday

I don't know about any of the other couple hundred folks who were at last month's Winter Stomp, but I'm ready to get out on the dance floor again!

I'll have the chance this Friday when the 3rd annual St. Urho's Day celebration comes to the Eagles Club. Don't worry, you don't have to be Finnish to celebrate St. Urho's Day. Similar to the Irish holiday that follows it, everyone is a Finn on St. Urho's Day! And another thing: how long have you lived in Northfield without checking out the Eagles Club? Now's your chance! I recommend coming early for the fish fry, staying for the dance instruction at 7 p.m. and then just making a night of it.

You can check out the photo gallery of last year's festivities to get a taste of what to expect, although I'm betting that we won't have a snowstorm keeping many of the out-of-towners away this year.

Here are the full details for the event:

Just Food Co-op to host CSA Day Saturday

Community members are invited to stop by Just Food Co-op at 516 S Water Street on Saturday, March 10 from 11-2 for CSA Day. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms are a unique way for people to receive fresh, locally grown food at a reasonable price every week during the warm months. You can meet many local CSA farmers at CSA Day, learn about their farming practices and products available, and have the chance to purchase a farm share for the season.

CSA farmers sell “shares” in their upcoming harvest during the spring, giving them the capital to prepare for the growing season. Then, usually from about June to October, the folks who have purchased shares (usually referred to as CSA members) head to the farm each week to pick up an often bountiful basket of whatever is in season. By purchasing a share, CSA members share in the risks, and the rewards, of the season.

This is the second year that the Co-op has hosted CSA Day. This year, attendees will find CSA farmers who are growing vegetables and fruits, flowers, or even meats like chicken, lamb and pork. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet local farmers.

This Week in The Carletonian

Eyes on Africa hopes to raise awareness
By Evan Sander '10
Former Prime minister of Somalia Ali Khalif Galaydh headlined a day long forum titled, “Eyes on Africa: Voices of Today, Visions of Tomorrow.” Saturday’s event featured prominent speakers as well as student panels who gave their insights on the continent’s current situation and future.

Proposed housing ordinance would affect off-campus housing
By Shane Auerbach '10
After an extended study that began in March of last year, the Northfield City Council is now discussing and drafting a new rental housing ordinance which could be enacted as soon as March 19.

Northfield Whole Living Expo this Saturday

Northfield's first Whole Living Expo will take place this Saturday, March 10, from 10am - 4pm, at the Northfield High School Cafeteria and Auditorium.

Admission is free to the public. Come sample healthy and natural foods, attend free demonstrations and workshops, and visit the booths of local organizations and practitioners.

Exhibitors will come from a variety of health focuses, such as massage and bodywork, chiropractic, yoga, naturopathy, life coaching, transformative learning, etc.

Come celebrate healthy living in the community!

For more information, visit

This event is sponsored by Quiana Grace Frost and the Community Services Division of the Northfield Public Schools.


Scott Schumacher is a board member of The Center for Sustainable Living.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

There's no need to stay in and you won't have to venture far when there are so many diverse events going on in Northfield ...

Thursday, March 8: Artist Sandy Winters will deliver an illustrated speech about her progression as an artist at 7 p.m. at St. Olaf. Winters is a New York-based artist who creates large, dynamic installations. St. Olaf also offers a Spring Mellby Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Viking Theater. This lecture features David Schodt, professor of economics and director of the Center of Innovation, who will speak on "Commodity Connections: Latin America and the United States." Inspiration for the lecture comes from Schodt's work in the Peace Corps in Ecuador during the 1970s and his later research for a book about Ecuadorian enonomic and political history. And Mark Mraz does it again ... this versatile singer-pianist will play all the favorites at The Tavern Lounge.

Raingarden Workshop at Just Food Thursday

It is getting warmer, and it's time to start thinking about your lawn and gardens. Raingardens can beautify your lawn while protecting our river from pollutants.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership will be talking about the benefits of raingardens at a free class at Just Food Co-op on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Please call 507-650-0106 or stop by Just Food Co-op at 516 S Water Street to reserve your seat.

Joey Robison is the Marketing and Member Services Manager at Just Food Co-op. 

Applebee's to host Humane Society flapjack fundraiser Saturday

Northfield Applebee’s Restaurant is hosting a flapjack fundraiser to benefit the Rice County Humane Society on Saturday, March 10, 8:00 am to 9:30 am. Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased at the door.  For more information call 663-1510.  

*All proceeds to benefit the Rice County Humane Society.

St. Olaf Classics to present 'Menaechmi'

The St. Olaf Department of Classics will perform its biennial play, Titus Maccius Plautus' Menaechmi, Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at 7:30 p.m. in Christiansen Hall of Music, 233.

In addition to performing on campus, the cast of 18 St. Olaf students will deliver six performances of the ancient Roman comedy on the road.

The play will be performed in a musical mixture of English and Latin, so no knowledge of Latin is required to enjoy the show. All performances are free and open to the public and suitable for children as well as adults.

The production of Menaechmi marks the 25th anniversary of the Latin play at St. Olaf. Professor of Classics and department chair Anne Groton (pictured here) began the tradition when she first came to St. Olaf in 1982.

By Tom Vogel

To read more about Menaechmi visit the St. Olaf website.


Environmental policy expert to speak on green political economy Tuesday

Irish environmental policy expert John Barry will give a talk entitled “Vulnerability, Security, and Green Political Economy” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Gould Library Athenaeum at Carleton College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Barry (pictured here), the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science at Carleton, is the director of the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research at Queen’s University, Belfast. An expert on international environmental politics and policy, he has published extensively on such issues as sustainable development, environmental citizenship, green economics, deep ecology, ecological modernization and Green party politics.

To read the rest of this article visit the Carleton Website 

Written by Andrew Navratil ’07

ARTech spring open houses start Monday

Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech) is hosting open houses Monday, March 5, Monday, March 12 and Thursday, March 15. Our school is a public charter school offering a challenging, progressive, project-based education to students in grades 6-12 and is accepting applications for the 2007-2008 school year until April 1. The open house will offer tours of the school beginning at 7 p.m. and a presentation at 7:30 p.m.  Visit for more information or call 507-663-8806.  Come see what we're all about!

St. Olaf presents unique artistic experience beginning Monday

The Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College will host a unique experience with New York-based artist Sandy Winters this week as Winters creates a large work in the museum over the course of four days. Museum patrons will have the opportunity to view Winters while she creates, changes and expands upon her piece, and watch a video of her creating the core elements in her studio.

Special events for the show (all free and open to the public) include viewings of Winters “in action” March 5–6 and 8–9 (10 a.m.–noon, 1–4 p.m.), plus three talks by Winters about her work in Flaten on March 7: 9:05–10 a.m., 10:45–11:30 a.m. and 2–2:55 p.m. As part of the Arnold Flaten Memorial Lecture Series, Winters will talk about her life as an artist March 8 at 7 p.m. in Dittmann 305. A party to celebrate Winters’ creation will take place in the museum March 9, 5–7 p.m. The show will be on display through April 25.

CRWP to Host Summit on Ethanol

Click to view PDFCannon River Watershed Partnership will hold a summit conference entitled “The Ethanol Industry: Effects on Water Resources” on Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 112 NE 5th Street, Faribault.

With watershed citizens’ intensifying interest in corn production and ethanol markets, with one corn ethanol production plant in the permitting process just outside the watershed boundary in Janesville, MN, and another proposed in Bridgewater Township of Rice County, CRWP staff, board, and members have begun informing themselves about water and natural resource topics related to the production of biofuels. The topics are many, varied, and interconnected. The production of biofuels raises all the questions related to any type of energy production, from site development for a production plant, to source material procurement, to emission and sequestration of greenhouse gases.

Inspiring words from 'Hotel Rwanda' hero

As I entered the newly renovated Boe Chapel on Tuesday evening, I was amazed at the number of people already in their seats. Although I had arrived twenty minutes early, every seat and pew was filled. Luckily I found a place to squeeze in with some friends.

Anticipation filled the chapel while everyone wondered, ‘where is this extraordinary hero?’  A young PAC (Political Awareness Committee) member took to the microphone and finally introduced the man half of Northfield was waiting to see.

Paul Rusesabagina confidently walked across the pulpit, while sporting a tan suit and yellow tie he took his place behind the altar. There he waited for the applause to fade and started his speech, “Hotel Rwanda: A lesson yet to be learned.”

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