Events in and around Northfield

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.

Steve Clark to speak Thursday

Here's just a quick reminder that RENew Northfield is organizing a day-long visit on Oct. 5 by Steve Clark, 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.

Participants in the 7 p.m. community meeting also will get to view plans for the development of the Mill Towns Trail and a draft of the Greater Northfield Area Greenway Corridor System plan, which will be on display in the lobby. is one of the sponsors of this event. Click here to read all the details in an earlier story on the event. 

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!

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