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Events in and around Northfield

Carleton Convocation Discusses the Significant Role of Public News Broadcasting

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Marco Werman, host and senior producer of Public Radio International’s “The World” will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 31 from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Stories, Not Punditry,” Werman’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Werman has been working in journalism since the age of 16, when he got his first job as a copy-boy for the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. After a three-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, Werman began his radio career with the BBC World Service in Burkina Faso, West Africa. From there he moved to London to produce the BBC’s flagship breakfast program for Africa, “Network Africa.” “Radio impressed me in Africa,” says Werman. “Everyone had one, broadcasts happened in many languages, and in the two coups I witnessed, the radio station was important booty: it and the electrical generator were always the first targets.”


Immigration 101: A Public Information Forum on Minnesota's Immigration Laws

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UPDATE: Immigration 101 Event Cancelled Due to Severe Winter WeatherDue to severe winter weather, tonight's "Immigration 101: A Panel Forum on Minnesota's New Immigration Laws" event has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The event will be rescheduled at a future date. Organizers ask for your assistance in spreading the word about this cancellation. For more information, contact Susannah Ottaway of the Carleton College Humanities Center at (507) 222-4217.


2014 NCO Annual Meeting

2014 NCO Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, January 22, Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) held its annual meeting at the Contented Cow. Sixteen people attended the hour-long meeting, which began with an overview of Northfield.org's strategic plan, "What's Next for Northfield.org?" A slate of candidates was nominated to fill the vacancies left by Nate White, Jane McWilliams, Rob Hardy, Kathy Ness, and Tami Enfield. The new board members are: Jaye Lawrence, Theo Durbin, Jeff Ondich, Aramis Wells, and Michael Garlitz. Finally, the board elected officers for 2014: Leah Rich (chair), Corey Butler (vice chair), Jaye Lawrence (secretary), and Christopher Tassava (treasurer). The 2013 NCO annual report can be found here


Beginners Guide to Home Brewing

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 Michael Cote, President of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association, will speak at the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, February 8, from 1-3 PM on home brewing.   Mr. Cote works at Midwest Brewing and teaches classes on home brewing. 

According to the American Homebrewers Association home brewing is gaining in popularity each year.  In 2012 more than 1 million home brewers brewed about 2 million barrels of beer.  If you are a complete beginner or just have questions on your first batch this program is for you.  The program will be held in the meeting room and is free and open to all.  For more information or to make disability arrangements, please call the library at 507-645-6606.


Carleton Convocation Explores The Universe

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Renowned astronomer Dr. Sidney Wolff, a member of the Carleton Class of 1962, will present the College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 24 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Exploring New Worlds,” Wolff’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Wolff’s numerous achievements make her one of the most respected astronomers today. She has served a series of directorships, including those at Kitt Peak National Observatory (1984-1987), the Gemini Project (1992-1994), and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO; 1987-2001). It was the directorship of NOAO that had Wolff recognized as the first woman to direct a major U.S. observatory.


Tim Penny to Speak on Entrepreneurship at WINGS Annual Meeting

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Tim Penny, president and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation will speak on "Local Entrepreneurship: You Made It Happen!" at the annual meeting of Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College. The event runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Penny will recap some of the experiences of the three-year-old WINGS Entrepreneurial Fund (WEF).  Since 2010, WEF has provided entrepreneurial support for women and youth in the Northfield area who are interested in starting or expanding their own business. WEF provides both technical assistance and entrepreneurial micro-loans. In addition to Penny’s talk, there will be refreshments, social time and a short business meeting.


What's Next for Northfield.org?

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The Contented Cow is the site for the Annual Meeting of Northfield Citizens Online, the organization behind Northfield.org, which celebrates its 23rd year in 2014. Born to “create an electric commons that strengthens the fabric of community in the greater Northfield area”, Northfield.org publishes stories and event listings from the community. But like all organizations, it must be dynamic and must change with changing times.

NCO has strived to ensure that Northfield.org has evolved to continue to be a valued resource for the Northfield community. To pursue that goal, in 2013, the board created a task force that, through discussions with focus groups with diverse participants, developed a set of recommendations, both short and long-term initiatives for future planning. These include changes in content, establishing funding and expanding use of social media and in-person events to engage Northfielders.


Patterns Shifting: on the subject of climate change, a Northfield focus

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On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.

According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century. 


Carleton College Commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Candlelight Service

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The Carleton College community will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a candlelight service of remembrance and celebration, to be held in the Skinner Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 19. Guest speaker Reverend Oliver White will lead the service, entitled “Rediscovering the Image,” and the Carleton Singers, directed by Lawrence Burnett, will perform. The service begins at 5 p.m.; all events are free and open to the public.
 


Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration Monday, January 20

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Northfield Human Rights Commission Chair Corinne Smith announces that the 20th annual Northfield Community Celebration of the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on Monday, January 20th, at the Church of St. Dominic (104 Linden Street N), 7:00-8:00 pm.  The theme of the event this year is Creating a Beloved Community, one of the aspirations of Dr. King.


Carleton’s Schuster Lectureship Discusses “Censorship and Cultural Sensibility”

Debora Shuger

The Carleton College Department of English will present its 2014 Schuster Lectureship on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The lecture, entitled “Censorship and Cultural Sensibility,” will be presented by Debora Shuger, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. This event is free and open to the public.


Meet a Minnesota History Player Charley Goddard- a teenage civil war soldier.

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Charley Goddard(1846–1868)Teenaged Civil War Soldier

What was it like to be a teenage soldier during the Civil War?

You will learn about:

· Goddard’s childhood in the frontier town of Winona, Minnesota

· Tensions leading to the start of the Civil War in 1861

· Goddard’s experiences on and off the battlefield, told through his many letters home

· The impact of the Civil War, both nationally and in Minnesota

· See items from the Northfield Historical society’s Civil War collection.


Arcadia Charter School Presents the 10th AnniversaryArts for Martin: Gathering Community, Creating Art Celebrating Martin Luther King

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Join Northfield’s performing artists- from all disciplines, all ages and all levels, novice to professional- for our tenth annual evening of reflection on the life and work of Martin Luther King.

The arts are the evening’s unifying factor in this event. Music, dance, spoken word, poetry and visual art meld together into a performance that thoughtfully and intentionally speaks to the legacy Dr. King left us.

Guest presenter is Cherif Keita, Professor of French and Francophone studies at Carleton College, speaking on “Nelson Mandela's Challenge to Me”, and linking Mandela’s work to that of Dr. King.

We invite you to join us for this meaningful celebration Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Arcadia Charter School (formerly ARTech), 1719 Cannon Road (behind Perkins restaurant.) Admission is free. For further information call 663-8806, extension 212.


Northfield Youth Choirs Rehearsals Cancelled for Monday, Jan. 6th

Rehearsals for the Northfield Youth Choirs, including the evening Regional Choir, are cancelled on Monday, January 6th in conjunction with the school closings.  Rehearsals will resume normally for Monday, January 13th.  Email: office@northfieldyouthchoirs.org if you have any questions.


Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, to Present First Carleton Convocation of 2014

Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell will present Carleton College’s first convocation of 2014 on Friday, January 10 from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sister Campbell is a passionate advocate for working together to close the gap between rich and poor and to dismantle policies rooted in racism, greed and violence. Her presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Sister Campbell is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. She currently serves as an executive director of NETWORK, a national social justice lobbying organization, which has for 40 years sought to educate, organize and lobby for economic and social transformation as part of a global movement for peace and justice.


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