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Man killed in train ride accident in Northfield

KARE 11 ScreenshotA man was killed in Northfield yesterday during a local traditional small gauge railroad exhibit. William Paget was killed as he tried to prevent a train car from tipping over. None of the people inside the car were injured. More from Kare-11:

Authorities say William Paget was the brakeman on the caboose which was attached to an engine rail car. The caboose, which was carrying three adults and five children, started to tip as it went around a curve at a slow rate of speed.

Click here for a link to the video report from KARE-11.

Update 1: Stephanie Aitken submitted this picture of the efforts to lift the fallen caboose. (from yesterdays local small gauge railroad train exhibit in Northfield)

St. Olaf's Penz a semifinalist for Draddy Trophy

PenzSt. Olaf Senior quarterback Matt Penz was one of 24 Division III football student-athletes honored as semifinalists for the all-divisions Draddy Trophy and National Football Foundation 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

One of college football's most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

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CRWP's Dave Legvold featured on MPR

sewageThere's a story on the MPR website including audio that talks about the work that Dave Legvold of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership does with water quality testing and... well, sewage.

Legvold lifts the pipe and a little water trickles into his container.

"We can grab a sample here. Remind me not to pick my teeth or rub my eyes," he says.

There's so much E. coli in this water when the sample is tested it goes off the top of the scale. Farther back, he finds another straight pipe which produces the same results.

Northfielder in Newsweek

The Oct. 15 edition of NewsweekCongratulations to Northfielder Cynthia Michaelson for getting Newsweek to publish the quote she submitted (on p. 25 of the Oct. 15, 2007 issue out this week).

Here's the quote (note: Cynthia did not say this, she just submitted it):

"Smoking is more important than friends. I mean that."
That's how Gary Lien of Diamond Bluff, Wis., explained why Minnesota's statewide ban of smoking in bars will keep Cheeseheads from crossing the border.

I guess we won't be seeing Gary in Northfield anytime soon ...

Three local artists in 20th reunion exhibition

posterUpdate: St. Olaf has decided to extend this exhibition for another six weeks, so you've got plenty of time to view it.

As a Minnesotan of mostly Norwegian descent, I'm not altogether comfortable with self-promotion. Which is why it's taken me until now to write a story about the three-person art show that's on exhibit at St. Olaf until Saturday Thanksgiving.

My twin brother, Don, and I and our friend Riki Kölbl Nelson all graduated as art majors from St. Olaf in 1987. Riki, the one actual "working artist" among us, organized an exhibition to concur with the celebration of our 20th reunion, which was last weekend.

Read on for an illustrated description of the show....

St. Olaf College Democrats to host U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken Tuesday

Oct 9 2007 8:00 pm
Oct 9 2007 9:30 pm

U.S. Senate candidate Al FrankenU.S. Senate candidate Al Franken will speak at St. Olaf College Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. in Science Center 280. The event, which is sponsored by the St. Olaf College Democrats, is free and open to the public.

Franken is an award-winning author, satirist, radio host, political commentator, television writer and producer, and comedian. Most recently he hosted Air America Radio's "The Al Franken Show," the station's flagship program. He also is author of three No. 1 New York Times bestsellers: The Truth (with jokes) (2005), Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right (2003) and Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot (and other observations) (1996).

Law enforcement expert to address community policing at St. Olaf

Oct 9 2007 7:00 pm
Oct 9 2007 8:30 pm

KellingGeorge Kelling '56, professor at the Rutgers-Newark School of Criminal Justice and a pioneer in the academic field of law enforcement, will speak on "Terrorism, Common Crimes and Community Policing" Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater. The event, part of is free and open to the public.

Kelling, who recently received St. Olaf's Distinguished Alumni Award for extraordinary academic contributions to human services, is a nationally known expert in policing. He also is the co-author of "Broken Windows," an article that has been highly influential since its 1982 publication in The Atlantic Monthly.

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An Australian tour of Northfield, mate.

There's an interesting video out on the You of Tube. It was made by Patrick and Jess Stokes and is called 'A Walk Into Northfield'. It features Our Beloved Town, but is narrated by a distinctly foreign accent. I contacted the creator of the video to ask more about the video, the creators, and how they came to be strolling around Northfield...

I'm a postdoctoral researcher working in the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St Olaf, a major research center for the study of the 19th Century Danish philosopher Kierkegaard. It's a pretty remarkable facility and a real credit to the College.

Jess and I are from Melbourne, the second-largest city in Australia (about 3.7 million people), so Northfield is quite a change of pace for us. Apart from that most of the differences are pretty minor, though the novelty of squirrels running around everywhere hasn't quite worn off yet! The winter will obviously be a lot colder than we're used to though (snow will be a bit of a shock), but we're looking forward to it. We've been enormously gratified by the friendliness and helpfulness of Northfielders and the sense of community in the town.

A Soldier Returns Home After 14 Months In Iraq

Hello, my name is Pam Roth. My son-in-law, Specialist Alex Gehring, has returned home from Iraq Thursday, September 27th after serving 14 months in Iraq.

Alex and my daughter Julie Gehring graduated from Northfield Senior High in 2003. Alex joined the army in the summer of 2005. He and Julie were married Feb 2006 and stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Alex departed for Iraq July of 2006. He is scheduled to remain at Schofield Barracks for the next 9 to 12 months and then serve 15 more months in Afghanistan. Alex's mom is DeAnne Krueger and his sister's name is Aubrey.

Rob Hardy's Sermon from the Northfield First UCC

Rob HardyOkay, we're going to try something new here at We've always tread lightly around the subject of religion, waiting hopefully for the day when everyone came to an agreement on the whole mess.

Unfortunately for that plan, Rob Hardy posted online a superlative sermon that he gave yesterday to the Northfield First United Church of Christ. In it, he ruminates on his spiritual life, God, and England, not necessarily in that order:

It was hard to believe I was actually there, in Westminster Abbey, inhaling the actual dust of a thousand years of English history.

That history was often brutal, bloody, and inglorious. Often, it was a history of blood spilled in the name of religious convictions. There in the abbey, sharing the same magnificent golden and alabaster tomb, were Elizabeth I, who executed her subjects for attending the Latin Mass, and Mary I, who executed her subjects for not attending the Latin Mass.

St. Olaf alumnus to speak about criminal past

Oct 4 2007 3:30 pm
Oct 4 2007 5:30 pm

Stephen RondestvedtStephen Rondestvedt '85, a federal felon and disbarred attorney who stole money from his clients, will be the featured speaker at an event that will highlight the consequences of white-collar crime, including prosecution, disbarment and disgrace. Rondestvedt will answer questions posed by Hank Shea, a former assistant U.S. attorney and distinguished senior fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and will take questions from the audience about his crime, its impact and lessons learned.

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Two Nfld HS students produce a documentary about The Key

Two Northfield high school students have produced a documentary called History of the Key. Jena Frederick and Marie Fischer created the film for a class at the high school...

The Key has made at least one documentary in the past, and we (myself and Jena Fredrick, mostly Jena) thought it would be a good idea to make an updated one. We were both in the same film class at the high school, so we figured it was the perfect way to use our resources. It took maybe a couple of weeks for filming and editing and we were able to work magic with a regular digital Canon camera and iMovie. The feedback we got was mostly from our film teacher, Christi Clarke, who loved it A LOT (we got an A+ on it in fact) and the rest of the feedback came from the youth board at the Key. Otherwise we haven't been showing it that much, its just in the 'About' section of our website [for those] that might actually be more curious about the NUY and decide to poke around our site.

Jena and I set out to make a good movie for our class and we ended up documenting a lot of Key history.

Video: Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders at the Tavern

Click here to view the video!We're playing a little catch-up here, but we've got video and a photo gallery from the Bratlanders playing at the Tavern bar from last weekend. Many thanks to Susan Quakkelaar for blogging it all:

doug and i worked together at allen until recently, when he took a new job at carleton college.

besides working, though, doug plays in a band - matt arthur and the bratlanders (he's one of the bratlanders). last night, a few of us from allen went out to see him play in northfield minnesota and we had an outrageous night. the band was awesome - tons of energy and so much fun!!

Video is after the jump...

Mill Towns Trail video

Glenn Switzer dropped us a note the other day and it said:

This is a link to a newly produced video for the Mill Towns Trail. The video was produced by a recent St Olaf grad named Russell Anway, who does business as Anway Productions. He started his business as a Finstad Entrepreneurship Grant recipient on campus. He produced the informational video at the request of the Friends of the MTT, for use in informational presentations - to legislators and other officials, especially.

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International Day of Peace Celebration

International Day of Peace 03Frequent contributor Jane McWilliams was on the scene yesterday at the Northfield celebration of the International Day of Peace and took a bunch of great pictures from the event.

We've uploaded them into a photo gallery for you to see - click here to visit the gallery.

Remember, is Citizen Journalism. If you've got pictures, video, audio, or other, let us know and we'll publish it!

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