Events in and around Northfield

Activist woman priest to speak at Carleton Thursday

Dr. Patricia Fresen, outspoken activist and bishop of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, will speak at Carleton College on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Prophetic Obedience: From Anti-Apartheid Struggles to the Womenpriests Movement,” the lecture is free and open to the public.

Peterson and Neuville to debate Wednesday at Carleton

Candidates for Minnesota State Senate Tom Neuville and Jessica Peterson will be debating at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, in Leighton Hall room 304 at Carleton College.

Peterson and Neuville will debate on higher education and student debt, energy and gas prices, health care, and other issues of particular interest to students. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Neuville is an attorney in Northfield and has represented the district in the state Senate for 16 years as a Republican. Peterson, his Democratic challenger, is a 1998 graduate of Carleton and currently serves as a Rice County Commissioner. Neuville and Peterson are running in a close race that could be decided by the votes of students at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.

The debate is hosted by The Lens, the award-winning student magazine of politics and culture at Carleton.

Snow, wind and cold gotcha down?

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has lots to offer in the coming weeks.  Swim lessons begin Oct 23, the return of Sven Sundgaard from KARE 11 on Oct. 24, Belly Dancing Oct. 25, Intro to Digital Photography classes Oct. 26, Soups du Jour Oct 28, along with Basic Home Tiling.

Geez, with all this going on you can forecast the weather, get some exercise, cook a great meal, and take pictures of the whole works to share with family over the fast-approaching holidays! 

So join us for Learning and Recreation For Life!Contact the Community Ed and Rec office at 664-3649 or download a catalog .online at

Hog Roast on Sunday to benefit Senior Center

Our thanks go to our friend, Evelyn Estenson, for reminding us of a great way to get out of cooking Sunday dinner - and do a good deed while were at it.

The folks at the Northfield Senior Center are putting on a Hog Roast Sunday. They'll be serving from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children under 10.

The proceeds will help support the Senior Center, which serves more than 1,500 adults in social, recreation and educational programs. The center is in the Northfield Community Recreation Center.

Northfield Tennis Association to meet Monday, Oct 23


Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, October 23.  The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

This is the third meeting of the Northfield Tennis Association.  The purpose is to discuss current tennis opportunities in Northfield, as well as what community members would like to see in the future and what opportunities exist for collaboration.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

For more information, contact Zach Pruitt at 612-578-5984,, or Eric Lundin at 663-7705,


Zach Pruitt is a volunteer with the new Northfield Tennis Association

Washington Journalist to speak Friday at Carleton

Prize-winning journalist and Washingtonian magazine columnist Bob Levey will present a convocation at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, October 20 at the Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College.

His presentation, entitled “Where Modern Media Are Going: Bumps and Thunderstorms Ahead,” is free and open to the public. Levey has covered the Washington scene since the Johnson administration. For 23 years, he wrote a daily column called “Bob Levey’s Washington” for The Washington Post, which examined all aspects of life in the nation’s capital. It won major awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Journalism Review. Levey was seven times named among the most popular columnists in Washington by the Washingtonian; in 1988, he was named second most popular columnist, after George Will. Levey now writes a column for the Washingtonian.

Candidate Forum on Children's Issues - Monday at 7 p.m. at NCRC

State House and Senate candidates from District 25 will discuss children's issues at a candidate forum on Monday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield. 

The event is free and open to constituents who want to learn where the candidates stand on issues including Early Childhood Care and Education, Early Childhood Health Care, and Housing for families.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates during the event.

From 7:00-7:45 p.m. State Senate District 25 candidates Thomas Neuville and Jessica Peterson will discuss the issues.  Then from 7:45-8:30 p.m. House candidates Ray Cox and David Bly will appear.  The event is sponsored by the Northfield Early Childhood Initiative, Ready 4K, Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota, Congregations Concerned for Children, the Northfield League of Women Voters, Minnesota Children's Platform Coalition, and Every Child Matters.   

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to give concert at Carleton

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), directed by conductor and pianist Stephen Prutsman, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. The event is free with a Carleton or St. Olaf College I.D.

Public admission will be $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and non-Carleton/St. Olaf students. Tickets are available only at the door on the night of the performance.

The concert will feature Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, Milhaud’s “The Creation of the World,” Prutsman’s “Jazz Fantasy on the theme B-A-C-H,” and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. The program explores jazz, both in its modern form and in its less-acknowledged historical roots. Mozart left many of his piano manuscripts intentionally sketched with few “reminders” to encourage improvisation. The other composers featured in the concert each sought with their pieces to play with jazz in new ways.

Still time to catch 'Enemy of the People'

Sure, there’s a lot going on this weekend. But you might want to make time to catch the end of the run of “An Enemy of the People,” the Henrik Ibsen classic wrapping up its run at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.

I’m no theater critic, but this was a great cast relishing a great story – and one that seems “ripped from the headlines” despite its roots in 19th century Norway.

The play focuses on the efforts of a doctor to alert the community to a pollution crisis and the opposition he faces from politicians and the press, even his own brother.

As usual, one of the most enjoyable aspects of community theater is seeing friends and neighbors in a new light. Gabe Angieri, Ann Etter and Joseph Crippen (shown) handled the lead roles with ease. But there was another casting that added a little more bite to the political flavor of the play.

Rob Schanilec plays the printer who publishes the local newspaper, a man caught between the reporters who want to tell of the pollution and the political powers who point out the economic disaster the city faces should the news get out.

Parent Communication Network launches membership drive

The Parent Communication Network (PCN) is leading a major membership recruitment campaign.  Joining is easy – there are no meetings and no dues! 

To join PCN, visit its website at


More than 350 local parents have already signed on, saying they agree to:

  • Set good limits for their children regarding curfew, dating patterns, overnights, etc.
  • Work to create an atmosphere where the use of alcohol and drugs is NOT considered an "acceptable" or "normal" part of growing up.
  • Assure that youth events they host will be chaperoned and free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Talk directly with other parents to ensure that events they are hosting will be chaperoned and free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Communicate a clear "no use" message about underage use of alcohol or any use of illegal substances.
  • Be a good role model for our children to help them learn about healthy, responsible behavior. 

The PCN campaign has been endorsed by the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use and the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, which are both assisting with publicity for the campaign.

Zach Pruitt is the coordinator of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.

Perspectives on Our Expanding Community

Discussion of the needs of recent immigrants in the Northfield community that began in a Sept. 11 meeting will continue when an even broader representation of the community gathers on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Perspectives from Gretchen van der Linden in her report to the Senior Center, from Jim Blaha, Bob Kell and others at the Community Action Center, from Marj Evans-de-Carpio at the Northfield Welcome Center and other citizens will serve as a basis for discussion by the assembled group.

All interested members of the Northfield community are invited to attend.

If you have questions, please call Barbara Wilson (645-6747) or Judith Stoutland (645-7842).

Judith Stoutland is the Convener of the St. John’s Peace and Justice Group.
(Photo by Joey Robison, from an earlier story.)

Get in the spirit with 'Under the Full Moon Cemetery Stories'

The Northfield Historical Society is proud to present Under the Full Moon, Cemetery Stories. This family fun event will start at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, October 7th at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Tours will be at 6:30, 6:50, 7:10 and 7:30. Come and listen to stories from Anna Mohn, George Huntington, Henry Wheeler and many more.

If you would like to reserve your spot, call the Northfield Historical Society today at 645-9268. See you this Saturday!

Hayes Scriven is the interim executive director of the Northfield Historical Society.

Northfield to host state mentoring conference

Nationally recognized youth mentoring author and researcher to visit Northfield 

Dr. David DuBois, one of the country’s leading authors and researchers in the mentoring field, will address more than 100 youth mentoring professionals during the seventh annual Statewide Mentoring Conference in Northfield. 

Dr. DuBois will share valuable research and recommendations for sustaining the mentoring movement through practice and evaluation at the Carleton College Sayles-Hill Campus Center on Monday, October 16.

St. Olaf inauguration to head Homecoming celebration

In addition to the inauguration of David R. Anderson '74 as the 11th president of St. Olaf College, this year's St. Olaf Homecoming offers several activities that are open to the public, including plays, concerts, a football match between two undefeated teams, an International Bazaar and several lectures.

St. Olaf will inaugurate Anderson Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Skoglund Center Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The ceremony, "Honor the Past, Celebrate Today, Embrace the Future," will include music and pageantry as the college celebrates the beginning of a new chapter in its history.

First UCC Church to celebrate 150th year with block party

The First United Church of Christ (UCC) of Northfield will continued its 150th anniversary celebration when it hosts a block party and auction beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the church, 300 Union St. Both events are open to the public.

The block party will feature food, children’s activities and live music. A Moonwalk Jumper will be set up in the church parking lot, and a variety of refreshments — including keg root beer, roll-your-own ice cream and arm pit fudge — will be available to purchase. Music played on the city of Northfield’s Showmobile will begin at 2 p.m. with a performance by Captain Purple, followed by Andrew Tiano and the Joe Strachan Jazz Duo.

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