Events in and around Northfield

Things just keep getting better for tonight's Laura Baker gala

With just hours to go before the Laura Baker Services Association's Annual Gala, items for the live and silent auctions continue to roll in.

Just Friday afternoon we secured a gold and diamond necklace which ties into our Gala theme of "Celebrating Brilliance." Additionally, we received a Fender Squier Strat guitar autographed by all four members of the band "Audio Slave". We also received several bottles of fine wine which will be featured at the auctions.

There are a few tickets for this year's gala remaining, and persons interested in purchasing them can call Jane Fenton 507-301-9986 for more information. Tickets are $125 per person.

The evening will start with a reception on the Laura Baker Campus located at 211 Oak Street before moving to The Grand for dinner, program and auctions.

St. Olaf to host Halloween fun on Tuesday

Halloween fun continues through the big day on Tuesday. There will be trick-or-treating, of course. But that's not all. You can head over to  St. Olaf College for three fun events.

The football team members will again sponsor their Halloween Haunted Hall at Tom Porter Hall (formerly Manitou Fieldhouse) with be haunted on Halloween night from 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. The St. Olaf Football team will again sponsor a Halloween Haunted Hall. Food shelf items will be collected.

Activities director Kris Vatter reassures us that the scare-level will be a bit lower than last year, so kids of all ages can have fun. 

The Kids Halloween Party, sponsored by Volunteer Network, will be in the Sun and Gold Rooms of Buntrock Commons from 4-6 p.m. Trick-or-Treating, sponsored by InterHall Council (IHC) and Residence Hall Councils will be from 4:30-6 p.m. Each front desk will have a list of all the rooms in the hall participating as well as a sign for the student's door to be on the look out for.

River Bend Nature Center hosts an 'Enchanted Forest' Saturday

We're still tracking down Halloween events, so keep them coming. Here's something we pulled from the River Bend Nature Center site:

The Enchanted Forest will open on October 28, from 4-8 p.m. Cost is $3 per person.This popular family event – co-sponsored with Early Childhood and Family Education – features the Enchanted Trail, where participants visit animals along a woodland trail, horse-drawn wagon rides, campfire and storytelling down in our new Big Woods

Amphitheater, entertainment, live animals, activities for children, and more. Food will be available for purchase.

You won’t want to miss this fun-filled evening for the whole family.

Halloween parties spark the spirit(s) of the season

Halloween is just days away, so we're itching to catch the spirit(s) of the season. Send along your party news, photos of houses with great decorations, or just that cute shot of your precious little one in his first duck costume. So far we've received news of a party at Carleton College on Sunday and a fun run on Saturday.

Our first report comes from Erica Bolan, along with this nice note: 

"I'm on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Carleton, and we're putting on our annual Halloween carnival this coming weekend. We're hoping to have a lot of kids come to the carnival and have a good time, and I know a lot of Northfield folk check this website frequently, so we'd love it if you could post the message below somewhere on the website. Thank you!" 

Anything for a fan, Erica! Here's the rest of her message...

Laura Baker Services Association 'Celebrates Brilliance' at 10th Annual Gala

Only a few tickets remain for the 10th Annual Laura Baker Services Association Gala, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Grand Event Center. Persons interested in purchasing tickets or donating an item for the live and silent auctions can contact director of community relations, Jane Fenton at 645-8866.

The LBSA Gala has become one of Northfield's premiere events. Additional ticket sales were added this year to keep up with demand.

NHS Football Playoffs Begin Tonight

Kickoff!The NHS Raiders football team starts the road to the Metrodome tonight as the Missota Playoffs begin tonight. 

The Raiders are matched up against 0-8 WayzataWinona in the first round tonight at the Memorial Football Field.  The game starts at 7 p.m.

The weather today has been wonderful and it should be a great fall night for some football.

Random acts of reporting

Good morning!

I was just updating pages for when I saw this breathtaking sunrise out my window. I risked the wrath of the cat by moving her from my lap, then shot this photo and e-mailed it to

Total elapsed time: 3 minutes, including apology to the cat and time to find the photo card gizmo for my laptop. That's how easy it is to share something on

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.

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