Events in and around Northfield

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.”

Knights of Columbus to host Breakfast Buffet

The community is invited to attend a breakfast buffet being hosted by the Northfield Knights of Columbus on Sunday, March 4, 2007, 8:30 – Noon, O’Gara Social Hall – Church of St. Dominic.

Cost: $6.50 Adults, $4.00 Children under 12.

The menu will include: Coffee * milk * juice * carved ham * sausage * bacon * scrambled eggs * hash browns * pancakes * french toast * apple sauce * whipping cream and and several toppings. 

Carleton Students present karimba recital

Carleton College’s African Karimba ensemble will present a recital of traditional karimba music on Thursday, March 1 at noon in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The concert is free and open to the public.

The ensemble is made up of students in a one-credit class led by associate professor of music Melinda Russell. The karimba, sometimes called the thumb piano (pictured here), is found across sub-Saharan Africa. Playing the 15-key Shona karimba, the Carleton ensemble focuses on the technique of the Wanyika people of eastern Zimbabwe.

Hotel Rwanda hero to speak at St. Olaf Tuesday

Paul Rusesabagina, the Rwandan hotel manager who sheltered more than 1,260 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from being slaughtered by Interahamwe militia in 1994, will speak at St. Olaf College Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Rusesabagina, who is of Hutu and Tutsi heritage, was the acting manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines when the genocidal conflict erupted in his country. It was through a combination of diplomacy, flattery and deception that he was able to hold out with the refugees for 76 days. In his speech, “Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to Be Learned,” he will tell his personal story about what happened 13 years ago.

By Trent Chaffee '09

To read more on Rusesabagina vist the St. Olaf website

Terrorism expert to lecture twice at Carleton

“Are We Trapped in the War on Terror?” will be the subject of a lecture at Carleton College on Monday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in Severance Great Hall. The lecture will be delivered by Ian Lustick (pictured here), the Bess W. Heyman Professor in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lustick also will deliver the Carleton religion department’s 2007 Forkosh Family Lecture in Judaic Studies, entitled “Yerushalayim, al-Quds, Jerusalem: What’s in a name?” on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. in Leighton Hall, room 305. A reception will follow each lecture, which are both free and open to the public.


Snow fizzled but Winter Stomp rocked the house

winter stompMy wife and I were two of the hundreds of dancers who kicked up our heels at last night's fantastic Winter Stomp at the Northfield Armory. Susie Nakasian sent us a great report on the evening, along with a link to a great set of photos from the event (just click on the image to see them all), taken by Mark Heiman.

Here are Susie's notes from the evening: 

"It was a lot of fun! ... more than even I expected (and I have always had a confident sense of the potential "fit" of this particular tradition for Northfield).

The attempt at a count (before the dance started moving) was 240 people but those who tended the door said that another 35 or so came in after that! We really would have had a hard time squeezing another dancer onto the Armory dance floor..

The two things that people commented on (besides the exceptionally good musicians - they really are superb) were: 1. the mix of people from Northfield—people from St. Olaf, Carleton, and Northfield townsfolk, and the interesting cross-section among the latter; and, 2. the successful inter-generational mix (and the fun that the little kids were having watching and mimicking and simply gawking at the spectacle of the dance in that beautiful wide-eyed way that kids take in the world).

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