Events in and around Northfield

Talk to close this year's Days of the Dead

“Reading Calaveras, Pushing Limits” is a slide lecture and discussion with Junaita Garciagodoy to be held this Wednesday at ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery at 7:30 pm.

Juanita Garciagodoy will interpret several calaveras created by popular artists in Mexico City for Days of the Dead. These ephemeral works, of which there are fewer each year, often reveal some details of their worldview in a painting or sculpture that will only be exhibited for a few weeks. While most passersby may not do more than glance at the work or admire its aesthetic appeal, a close reading may disclose their creators’ national, economic, or sexual politics, and show they are sometimes pushing the limits of bourgeois “good” taste.

Juanita is Professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, and is the author of the book Digging the Days of the Dead.

Gender and race theorist to speak at Carleton College

Roderick A. Ferguson, associate professor of race and critical theory in the department of American studies at the University of Minnesota, will speak Wednesday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Carleton College’s Leighton Hall, room 304. Entitled “To Be Fluent in Each Other’s Narratives: Surplus Populations and Queer of Color Activism,” Ferguson’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Follow election e-results at The Cow tonight

Once again, The Contented Cow will be hosting an election nite big screen internet event Tuesday from 8:00 'til closing.  Go VOTE! ...then stop by The Cow for some refreshments and watch the results come in. 

Norman has promised some free goodies (from Chapati?).  Alex Beeby reports that will be here, again, with instant updates on local races and all their e-savvy talents on the internet.  Good food, Good company, and big screen results! See you at The Cow...

Feelin’ groovy at the NHS auction

It was the sixties last night at the Grand for the Magical History Tour — the annual Northfield Historical Society auction.

See five dozen plus photos in the NHS auction 2006 album.

Griff Wigley is a notorious local blogger and world-class crowd photographer.

Northfield Historical Society takes a ‘Magical History Tour’ Tonight!

Reminder: the Historical Society's annual auction is Tonight at the Grand! You can check out this Griff Wigley blog post for more info and links to photos from past years' events.

Click to open PDFThe Northfield Historical Society invites the public to join them on a “Magical History Tour,” Saturday, November 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at The Grand Event Center. The psychedelic, flower power–themed benefit will include a ’60s costume contest, retro music and dancing, with funds raised to support the Northfield Historical Society through ticket sales and by way of a silent and a live auction, led by local auctioneer, Ed Kuhlman.

Admission to the event is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Attendees will receive a complimentary drink ticket and a bidding number for use during the silent and live auctions. A selection of specially-prepared hors d’ oeuvres will also be served. The silent auction officially begins at 7 p.m. and the live auction follows at 8:30 p.m.

Native American activist and poet to speak at Carleton Friday

John Trudell, Native American poet, recording artist and activist, will present a convocation titled “Warrior Words” at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, November 3, at the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Trudell’s international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. Born of mixed tribal blood, Trudell grew up in and around the Santee Sioux reservation near his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967 in Vietnam, Trudell served as the spokesman for Indians of All Tribes during the group’s 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969. The occupation succeeded in pressuring the U.S. government to end its policy of Indian termination and replace it with one of self-determination as well as enlightening the American public about Native American civil rights issues.

Laura Baker Service's Diamond Gala sparkled!

The Grand Event Center was aglitter with more than 200 community members gathered to "Celebrate Brilliance" at with the Laura Baker Services Services Association Saturday night.

The event raised more than $63,000 for the Advancement Fund of the organization, which has been serving people with developmental disabilities since 1897.

Carleton Goodsell Observatory open house Friday, Nov. 3

Carleton College's Goodsell Observatory will have an open house on Friday, November 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m., if skies are clear. View stars, nebulas,and planets. Dress warmly! This event will be cancelled if cloudy.

Open Houses are held on the first Friday of each month. More information is available on the web at

Acclaimed African musicians to perform at Carleton

World-famous acoustic guitarist Habib Koité and his band Bamada will present a free concert titled “Acoustic Africa” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Carleton College Concert Hall. 

The extraordinary breadth, emotional depth, and joy of African music come to life in this rare all-star evening of music from across the continent.  

Yes, there's a reason your phone doesn't work

Editor's note: As you probably know, service has been restored. We received an e-mail from Police Chief Gary Smith confirming that service came back at about 6:30 p.m. Still no word on the cause of the problem.

Earlier today: 

Yes, Qwest has confirmed what most of us know...service is out and there's no estimate on how long before it's back up and no word on the cause. Regular phones, cell phones, DSL service, all are affected.

So buck up. You can sit there and brood and write angry e-mails to Qwest...which you can mail when the service is back up.

Or you can have dinner with your family, take a long walk before the bad weather kicks in, go buy your Halloween candy.

The repairs will take the same amount of time either way, but you can choose how much fun to have while they happen. 

Have a nice evening.

Veteran journalist to speak at Carleton Wednesday

Veteran investigative reporter and Andersen Visiting Scholar of American Studies Willy Stern will give a talk on media ethics on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at Carleton College’s Leighton Hall, room 305.

Stern, an award-winning journalist known for his plainspoken style and ability to engage audiences, will present an insider’s perspective on investigative journalism. His talk is sponsored by Ethical Inquiry at Carleton (EthIC) and is entitled, “Top 10 Reasons Journalists Ain’t to be Trusted: A Veteran Investigative Reporter Shares the Inside Scoop.”

The speech is free and open to the public. Stern has covered the news around the world, from Tokyo to Tel Aviv. He reported on and was arrested during the anti-apartheid protests in South Africa. His career includes time as a staff writer for Forbes and Business Week, where he wrote a story exposing the manipulation of the New York Times bestseller list.

Stern is best known for his work as an investigative reporter for The Nashville Scene, where he repeatedly has brought corruption and abuse to the public’s attention; several of his stories led to resignations and criminal investigations. His 1997 feature story “A Good Thing Gone Bad,” uncovering details about the murder of Janet March, received a first-place award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN).

Amy Klobuchar Comes to Carleton

Amy talking with college studentsThis Monday, Oct. 30, at 11:15 a.m. at Carleton College, U.S. Senate Candidate Amy Klobuchar will be hosting a rally.

It will be held in Great Hall, which is part of Severance Hall. For those who need help finding the location, check out this campus map.

James Hannaway is the Chair of the Carleton Democrats.

Things just keep getting better for tonight's Laura Baker gala

With just hours to go before the Laura Baker Services Association's Annual Gala, items for the live and silent auctions continue to roll in.

Just Friday afternoon we secured a gold and diamond necklace which ties into our Gala theme of "Celebrating Brilliance." Additionally, we received a Fender Squier Strat guitar autographed by all four members of the band "Audio Slave". We also received several bottles of fine wine which will be featured at the auctions.

There are a few tickets for this year's gala remaining, and persons interested in purchasing them can call Jane Fenton 507-301-9986 for more information. Tickets are $125 per person.

The evening will start with a reception on the Laura Baker Campus located at 211 Oak Street before moving to The Grand for dinner, program and auctions.

St. Olaf to host Halloween fun on Tuesday

Halloween fun continues through the big day on Tuesday. There will be trick-or-treating, of course. But that's not all. You can head over to  St. Olaf College for three fun events.

The football team members will again sponsor their Halloween Haunted Hall at Tom Porter Hall (formerly Manitou Fieldhouse) with be haunted on Halloween night from 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. The St. Olaf Football team will again sponsor a Halloween Haunted Hall. Food shelf items will be collected.

Activities director Kris Vatter reassures us that the scare-level will be a bit lower than last year, so kids of all ages can have fun. 

The Kids Halloween Party, sponsored by Volunteer Network, will be in the Sun and Gold Rooms of Buntrock Commons from 4-6 p.m. Trick-or-Treating, sponsored by InterHall Council (IHC) and Residence Hall Councils will be from 4:30-6 p.m. Each front desk will have a list of all the rooms in the hall participating as well as a sign for the student's door to be on the look out for.

River Bend Nature Center hosts an 'Enchanted Forest' Saturday

We're still tracking down Halloween events, so keep them coming. Here's something we pulled from the River Bend Nature Center site:

The Enchanted Forest will open on October 28, from 4-8 p.m. Cost is $3 per person.This popular family event – co-sponsored with Early Childhood and Family Education – features the Enchanted Trail, where participants visit animals along a woodland trail, horse-drawn wagon rides, campfire and storytelling down in our new Big Woods

Amphitheater, entertainment, live animals, activities for children, and more. Food will be available for purchase.

You won’t want to miss this fun-filled evening for the whole family.

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