Events in and around Northfield

Sexuality and gender expert to present convocation at Carleton College

Molecular biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling will present a convocation address entitled “Born and Raised: Human Sexuality and the Nature/Nurture Debate” at Carleton College on Friday, Oct. 6. The event will begin at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel and is free and open to the public.

Fausto-Sterling is a leading theorist on science, sexuality, and gender. She has served as a professor of biology and gender studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University for more than 30 years. She is also chair of the Faculty Committee on Science and Technology Studies at Brown and has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Until recently her laboratory work has focused on the evolution of regeneration and sexual reproduction in a group of flatworms known as Planaria. Her new work applies dynamic systems theory to explain how cultural difference becomes bodily difference. Fausto-Sterling’s current case studies in this area examine sex differences in bone development and the emergence of gender differences in behavior in early childhood.

Weather, cooking classes highlight Community Ed schedule

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has several great classes coming up in the next 10 days. 

Learn some around-the-kitchen basics in Cooking Essentials, with Emily Kuehnast beginning October 3rd.

Sven Sundgaard from KARE 11 joins us to present a two-part weather class titled, Weather or Not, Here it Comes, on October 10 and 24It's a good chance to ask him about the recent hailstorm!  Please contact Mark at 507-664-3648 for information or to register.  You may also stop at the Northfield Community Services office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, or register online at Just follow the Community Services link.

Mark Etzell is the adult enrichment coordinator in the Community Services Division of Northfield Public Schools.

College presidents to speak at NDDC Downtown Forum

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson and Carleton College President Rob Oden will address the monthly NDDC Downtown Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3. (Click the image to see the cool full-size poster for the event.)

The event, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House at Third and Division streets in Northfield. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

They Came, They Saw,They Barked...Now it's Time to Build!

On Sunday, September 17th, over 300 people and their dogs attended the Bark in the Park fundraiser hosted by Canines at Play (CAP), a local grass-roots organization dedicated to bringing an off-leash dog park to Northfield.

There was a lot to see and do at Bark in the Park, which was held at Lions Riverside Park just across Highway 3 from where the future dog park will be located. Pictures of the event, taken by Scott Davis of Stone Cottage Photography are available online at for viewing or purchasing. All profits from the sale of the pictures will go to Canines At Play to help maintain the dog park once it is built…which won’t be too much longer!  Construction of the park began last week and is nearing completion—so watch for news of the park's grand opening!


Oles win library spelling bee

The first Northfield Public Library Spelling Bee is over and a team from St. Olaf College claimed the championship. 

Griff Wigley who was at the event, reports that Maggie Odell, Roz Eaton-Neeb and Paul Zorn showed their Ole spirit -- and a mastery of Webster's -- as they beat some tough competition from all over town. Those are all the details I have, so if you were there, please feel free to add more info in the comments field below.

We've got a photo gallery of the event and as usual, Griff had camera in hand, so you can see his take on the evening just by clicking here.

More inside, including a listing of teams...

Locally Grown: show for week of 9.24

IMG_3891w800.jpgLocally Grown is back with our first audio show of the season, recorded Monday afternoon at KRLX 88.1 FM at Carleton College.
Our guest this week was Mary Schier, Friends of the Northfield Public Library board member (on the right in the right photo with show co-hosts Tracy Davis and Ross Currier). Mary gave us an update on the big event of the week, the Spelling Bee for Booker this Thursday night at the Grand.

We also took some time on the show to explain our new blogsite, which features a way for anyone with microphone-equipped computer to submit audio comments.

Bluegrass at the Grand on Monday

The James King Band and Northfield's String Fever Bluegrass Band shared the stage Monday at the Grand Event Center. Continue reading for another photo and a two-minute videoclip of the James King Bang.

League to host forum on library expansion

Submitted by Janet Petri

The League of Women Voters and the Northfield Public Library are co-sponsoring a community discussion on the possible  expansion of the library. The event will begin at 9:30  a.m., right after the league's 9 a.m. fall kick-off meeting. Both events will take place in the lower level meeting room at the Community Resource Bank on South Hwy. 3.

Juice, coffee, and breakfast-type snacks will be provided. The panel discussion is for the whole community; encourage your neighbors to attend! The Northfield Public Library is bursting at the seams.

Hiroshima Survivor on KYMN Thursday morning

Submitted by Judith Stoutland 

Tune in to local radio station KYMN AM 1080 at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday to hear an interview with one of the survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb who is visiting Northfield this week.

Learn more about the four survivors who are visiting Northfield, at: the St. Olaf news and announcement website

This week the group has spent most of this week visiting classes, but you still have a chance to hear them publicly at the Gould Library Atheneum at Carleton on Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 4:30 p.m.

Judith Stoutland is a member of Northfield People for Peace and
Goodwill, and a member of the planning group for the visit of the
Hibakusha, as the survivors are known.

Just Food Co-op Holds Harvest Festival

Just Food Co-op held a harvest festival on Saturday, September 23. Under threat of rain, they moved the celebration into the old Northfield Community Merchantile space, but many people still attended the event.

Music, food samples, and art, composting and yarn-spinning demonstrations and information all entertained attendees.

A video and some photos from the event after the jump...

Expert in bike-friendly cities to speak here Oct. 5

In the next few months Northfield residents have a chance to be involved in many important decisions about how to make travel easier for bike riders and pedestrians.

Plans for trails, paths, sidewalks, intersections and parking will be developed. The results will affect workers, shoppers, tourists, school children and those just taking a quick ride or walk for fun.

To help people get up to speed on the issues–and how other communities are addressing them--RENew Northfield is organizing a day-long visit on Oct. 5 by Steve Clark (above), the Walking and Bicycling Program manager at Transit for Livable Communities ( in Minneapolis. Clark will make a presentation entitled “How Biking and Walking Will Renew the Northfield Area” at 7 p.m. at the Northfield High School auditorium. Earlier in the day he will lead a tour to conduct his own analysis of local bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. He’ll also speak with a wide variety of government and community leaders at Northfield City Hall.

Big winner plans to have friends share 'Dinner on Us'

Congratulations to Jane Fenton, the grand prize winner in our 'Dinner on Us' membership contest.

After 10 weeks of giving away dinners at restaurants throughout Northfield, we decided to give our final winner the option to choose the perfect dinner -- and we threw in $100 to pay for it.  Jane says she plans to invite her friends over, order dinner from her favorite restaurant, Kurry Kabab, and let the fun begin.

Here's a little more about Jane:

"I am the Director of community relations at Laura Baker Services and have been since last November.  I’ve lived in Northfield since my first days as a freshman at Carleton College, slightly over 20 years ago. 

"I have two sons, Eddie Martin, a sophomore at the high school, and Cliff Martin, a sixth grader at the middle school.  The three of us have appeared in several plays at the Arts Guild over the last couple of years, most recently “The Jungle Book.” I just competed in the 15K road race during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, and I finished, much to my delight. I visit at the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital as a Pet Therapy volunteer with my dog Patch.  I’ll be spelling in Thursday night’s spelling bee at the Grand, and will appear as part of a dance troupe in the upcoming cabaret at the NAG on Oct. 14.  Fortunately in both cases, my sense of humor will keep me from dying of embarrassment in public."

Teams are set for Thursday's library spelling bee

If you see people wandering around reading dictionaries like they were the latest best-seller, they're probably getting ready for the big community spelling bee.

The teams have been set for the friendly competiton on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at The Grand Event Center.  The Bee is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of the Northfield Public Library, the Grand Event Center and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new "used" Booker Bus. 

The three-member teams are sponsored by companies, businesses, organizations, book groups, neighborhood friends or anyone.

You can come and watch the fun. There will be appetizers and a cash bar available.  Admission is $5 and there will be door prizes for the audience from Blue Monday, the Ole Store, Brick Oven and more.

New tennis group meets Monday

Submitted by Zach Pruitt

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the “Tennis in Northfield” meeting on Monday, Sept.  25.  The gathering will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

This is the second meeting of the “Tennis in Northfield” group.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss what community members would like to see for tennis in the community and what opportunities exist for collaboration.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984, or Eric Lundin (663-7705,

Zach Pruitt is a volunteer helping organize Monday's meeting.

Editor's note: This story originally indicated this meeting was affiliated with an organization. It is an independent volunteer effort. 

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