Events in and around Northfield

This Week in The Carletonian

Singer, Fritz elected to lead CSA
By Kyle Kramer ‘10
With a voter turnout of over 60 percent, Carleton students elected Tim Singer ’08 and Peter Fritz ’08 as Carleton Student Association President and Vice-President, respectively. Becca Bartram ’09 was elected secretary, unopposed. Singer, who ran on a platform of campus sustainability, beat challenger Cherise Jones by 20 votes.

Civil rights leader Minnijean Brown Trickey delivers convocation
By Evan Sander ‘10
One of the nine African-American students to desegregated Little Rock Central High, Trickey spoke of the harassment and personal safety risks in going to school in 1959. “It made no sense for me to blame my fellow white students for the terror that they were demonstrating towards us, but to look deeply at the whole institution which incited that and made it possible,” Trickey said. Trickey is currently a civil rights activist and worked during the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

YMCA Adventure Guides informational meetings

Families with children 5 to 9 years old won't want to miss this!  Join the YMCA for an information session on the YMCA Adventure Guides program at the Northfield Public Library. 

Choose this Saturday February 24, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., or Monday, February 26, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Moms, Dads, Step-parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Guardians or anyone wanting to spend more quality time with their child and deepen family connections are welcome.  Bring your kids - cookies and juice will be served!

Additional information can be found at or by calling the YMCA at 645-0088.

Skip Zimmerman is the executive director of the Northfield YMCA.

Black History Month celebrated at Carleton

A collection of student acts called “We Speak,” celebrating Black History Month, will be performed on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Sponsored by the Black Students Alliance (BSA), the event is free and open to the public.

“We Speak” is held annually on the Carleton campus to commemorate Black History Month. Each year, Carleton students perform acts that relate to African American history and issues.

To read more about "We Speak" visit the Carleton Website

Written by Maureen Barradas ’09

Farmer's Market and Sustainable Art Festival set Saturday

Yes I know it's a mouthful but basically on Saturday February 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a Winter Festival at the Village Market (the building formerly known as Village School) 1100 Bollenbacher Court.  This event is a combination of Winter Farmer's Market and Art Festival. The former part should sound familiar.  This time the opportunities have expanded, like frost on a window!

If you are in the mood for food there will be items to purchase including: Honey, beef, lamb, pork, bison, soap, soy candles, jewelry, wood roses, skin care products, eggs, jams, baked goods, wool, yarn, cheese, and laser wood art.

Have the burn to learn?  Mini-classes and activities include: Plant Medicine, Finding Your Soul Image, Drum and Flute Making, Creating Eco-Art.  Also information will be available about sustainability audits and more.

Carleton, St. Olaf team up to sponsor Contra Dance Friday

Students and professors at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges are banding together to sponsor the Northfield Winter Stomp!, a community contra dance featuring the music of Contratopia on Friday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Northfield Armory.

Contra dance is a form of folk dance hailing from 19th-century New England that continues to flourish throughout the country. “If you can walk to music, you can contra dance,” says Carleton senior Sarina Yospin (Newton, Mass.), who has played an integral role in coordinating the event. The Northfield Winter Stomp! will begin with a half-hour lesson, and the evening will continue with called-out instructions.

Admission is free with a Carleton student ID, $9 for adults, and $6 for non-Carleton students, with a family cap of $20. 

To read more about the event click here to visit the Carleton website.

"Vast Left Wing Consipiracy" author to speak at Carleton

Byron York, White House correspondent for The National Review and author of “The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy,” will present the weekly convocation at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. As always, admission is free.

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium offers spring courses

Registration is now open for spring term classes at Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, which run from March 26 to May 18 this year.

There are nine courses to choose from, each meeting for eight weekly two-hour sessions.  Except for the lecture course on Islam, back by popular demand, they are all small group format, combining presentation by the instructor and participation by students in discussion.  There are no pre-requisites for any course.

This spring's array of topics is particularly rich in the areas of literature and performance.  George Soule’s course on Shakespeare will include visiting scholar Doug Scholz-Carlson of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, who will discuss acting in and directing the plays. There will be an opportunity to travel to Winona to attend plays at the Festival. In addition, one can explore Sherlock Holmes, War and Peace, Mark Twain, and Romantic Comedy from Shakespeare and Austin to American cinema.

St. Olaf hymn festival to celebrate renewed chapel, new organ

St. Olaf College will celebrate the architecturally renewed Boe Memorial Chapel and its new organ when it hosts a Chapel Rededication Celebration Hymn Festival the weekend of Feb. 24-25.

The events will begin on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. with a hymn festival led by the St. Olaf Cantorei, conducted by John Ferguson, Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ and Church Music. The following day, regular Sunday worship will be held in the chapel at 10:30 a.m., with College Pastor Bruce Benson preaching. Later that day, at 3:30 p.m., Artist in Residence Catherine Rodland '87 will give the dedicatory organ recital.

You can read the full story at

David Gonnerman is media relations specialist for St. Olaf College and an NCO board member.

This week in The Carletonian

Editor's note: This week we're adding a new feature, headlines from The Carletonian, the student newspaper of Carleton College. The paper isn't online yet, but you can email to subscribe and get the full stories. Thanks to Carletonian editor Jake Zivin for making this possible. 

CSA Senate elections underway
By Eric Yiu '08
Student candidates push their platforms this week, as polls remain open for Carleton Student Association Senate spots. Outgoing student senators are leaving president, vice-president, and secretary positions open for the taking. 

Bookstore loses money for fourth year in a row
By Ben Blink '10

Because of increased competition with online textbook sellers Carleton’s college-owned bookstore is facing its fourth straight year without turning a profit. The American Booksellers Association says that between 2003 and 2008 the number of online textbook sales will double, while overall sales will remain flat. The increased tendency for students to hunt for less expensive textbooks is not the only purchasing trend hurting the bookstore.

Students protest Darfur genocide
By Lisa Otto '10

Roughly 30 students laid down in the snack bar area to protest the genocide in Darfur. The event was called a “die-in” for Darfur and similar events have been happening across the country at different college campuses. The goal was to spread awareness about the crisis in Darfur. “This way is a little more effective that tabling,” says Seflana Matambo ’08, “it’s the shock factor.”

Learn about Darfur crisis Monday

On Monday, February 19, there will a Darfur Awareness Night held in the Northfield High School Auditorium. The event will consist of a presentation by Ellen Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Sociology at Carleton College, followed by a showing of a genocide related documentary.

The goal of the night is to raise awareness of the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan as well as educate the local Northfield community on what they can do to help the victims of genocide in Darfur.

Door open at 7 p.m., Kennedy’s presentation starts at 7:15 p.m., and the documentary will be shown after her presentation concludes.

CSL to host first monthly Sustainability Discussion Feb. 15

Editor's note: This story first ran last week, but I'm reposting it for those who might have missed it -- and as a reminder for those planning to attend.

Beginning in February, of The Center for Sustainable Living will be hosting montly Sustainability Discussion evenings that will be free and open to the public. Meet your neighbors, bring ideas, questions, information, or just an open mind, as we discuss and share ways to be more sustainable in our daily lives.

Please join in on the first Sustainability Discussion evening! Thursday, February 15, 7:30 - 9p.m. at Northfield Public Library Community Room For more information, contact Scott Schumacher, Board Chair, The Center for Sustainable Living, at For accessibility information contact the Northfield Public Library at 507-645-6606.

Scott Schumacher is a Board Member of The Center for Sustainable Living.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

0207 Guide InteractiveThere is never a dull moment in Northfield ... check out these great events!

Thursday, 2/15: Wine anyone? Area wine lovers won't want to miss a chance to participate in the wine tasting at The Grand Event Center. The tasting lasts from 7-9 p.m.; call 645-5153 for more details. Proud parents and local music lovers will want to attend the Sibley Choir Concert taking place at 7 p.m. at the Sibley Elementary School gym. Sing your little hearts out, kids!

Sustainability discussion tonight at Public Library

If you need an excuse to get out on a frigid February evening, how about joining engaged community members in the Center for Sustainable Living's first monthly Sustainability Discussion tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Northfield Public Library?

CSL board chair Scott Schumacher posted a story about this last week. I have strong feelings about what constitutes a sustainable community, as do many others in this community, so let's talk about it, see if consensus can emerge, and DO something about it!

This is an opportune time to engage in a broad community discussion on this topic. The City is embarking on a revision and update of its Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulations. There will be opportunities for public input in this critically important process beginning in early April. Let's get together and do everything we can to ensure that the revised comp plan is a tool that helps guide sustainable community development!

Movie fans, here's your chance

Southgate's movie inventory up for sale

Forget the blockbusters. You can buy them anywhere. But if you're dying for that DVD of Angeline Jolie as a blonde in "Life or Something Like It," have I got good news for you.

The Northfield Senior Center has hundreds of videos on sale. There are a few DVDs left for $4 each. But if you still have a VHS player, you can choose from hundreds and hundreds of titles, including some really obscure stuff, for just two bucks each. We're talking quirky charmers, guilty pleasures, and so bad they're good classics. There also are some video games in the mix.

YMCA begins Adventure Guides family program

Submitted by Skip Zimmerman

Have you been looking for something to do with your 5 to 9 year olds? Would your family benefit from some fun and adventure together?  Come join the new YMCA Adventure Guides program, starting this month at the Northfield Area Family YMCA!

Formerly known as YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses, and a staple YMCA family activity across the US since 1926,  this program provides opportunities for families with 5-9 year olds to spend quality time together and nurture positive relationships, all while having lots of fun! 

Family pairs comprising an adult Guide and a youth Explorer join a Circle of up to nine other families, meeting monthly for games, crafts, songs, stories and other fun activities.  Meetings usually rotate from home to home each month, but can be held in other locations as well.  

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