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Dr. Colleen Moore to speak at St. Olaf

Sep 25 2007 7:00 pm
Sep 25 2007 9:00 pm

Come and hear Dr. Colleen Moore give a talk about how pollution affects children's development. Here is what her talk will be about:

Pollution matters because exposure to certain pollutants can affect children's intellectual functioning, their social interactions and behavior, and their stress responses. This presentation provides the basics of what the research shows about how exposure to pollution affects children's behavior and psychological development. Examples will be drawn from the "best science" on exposure to lead, mercury, PCBs, noise, and community pollution disasters.

Here is a bit of information about Dr. Colleen Moore:

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

James Gang learns to "stay" and "play dead".

The Pioneer Press ran a story on the various James Gang celebrations in the area.  While the story was mostly focused on Madelia, Northfield gets a big mention naturally:

But the raid quickly went wrong. A former Union sharpshooter and an expert hunter were standing near the bank, and they grabbed rifles. In a few minutes, outlaws Clell Miller and William Stiles were dead. Bob Younger, Cole Younger and Charlie Pitts were wounded, and they fled with Jim Younger and the James brothers. A massive manhunt was launched, and Frank and Jesse James left the others and eventually reached safety in Missouri.

Tom Dokken, dog trainer extraordinaire, gets a detailed story and history:

Dokken's Oak Ridge Kennels in Northfield is the largest hunting-dog training facility in the northern United States. Fifteen employees help train 350 to 400 dogs annually.

Dokken has trained hunting dogs for celebrities (Hank Williams Jr. recently stopped by to pick up his dog), but he also is famous for an invention, the DeadFowl Trainer, a rubber training dummy that comes in the shapes of ducks, pheasants, geese and grouse.

Northfield, Northfielders in the News

Carleton ranked high, drunken driving case makes waves

Carleton will be ranked 5th nationally among liberal arts colleges, according to US News & World Reports annual college rankings.

Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., tied for fifth-best of the nation's liberal arts schools in U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings, expected to be on newsstands Monday. Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore and Wellesley were the top four. Carleton tied with Middlebury College.

A Northfield man's drunken driving court case has made waves throughout the tech (and legal) world as his challenge revolves around getting access to the source code of the breathalyzer that was used as evidence...

When Dale Lee Underdahl was arrested on February 18, 2006, on suspicion of drunk driving, he submitted to a breath test that was conducted using a product called the Intoxilyzer 5000EN.

During a subsequent court hearing on charges of third-degree DUI, Underdahl asked for a copy of the "complete computer source code for the (Intoxilyzer) currently in use in the state of Minnesota."

More followup on this story can be found here, where it looks like the state will not hand over the source code.

Atzinger scores on summer piano circuit

Christopher AtzingerSt. Olaf faculty member Christopher Atzinger recently took home the bronze medal from the New Orleans International Piano Competition that was held at the end of July. This year marks the 19th year for the annual contest, which is held in conjunction with the 26th Annual Summer Keyboard Festival -- both hosted by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Along with the medal, Atzinger received a cash prize of $3,000 and will perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

To read the rest of this story please visit the St. Olaf website.

Written by John Andert '10

St. Olaf Alumni create sensation with Billiam the Snowman

Billiam the SnowmanJuly's CNN/YouTube Democratic presidential debate featured a new format for American political debate: questions posed by users of the popular video site. The questions, broadcast on a large screen during the debate, were pretty standard fare that ranged from healthcare to energy to taxes.

But one individual stood apart from the others. His name was Billiam, and he was a snowman. He asked the candidates about global warming and what they would do to ensure that his son (who also is made of snow) has a "full and happy life."

To read more about Billiam and his creators visit the St. Olaf website.

Written by David Gonnerman '90

Just Curious: Josh Hinnenkamp

Editor's note: "Just Curious" is a regular feature of the Northfield Entertainment Guide, created in partnership with Each month, one of our volunteer writers interviews a different Northfielder to find out what makes them tick.

 By Leila Keita, intern

joshI met Joshua Hinnenkamp, executive director of the Northfield Union of Youth at the Key. I found Josh there, sitting casually on a shabby, but comfortable and well-used sofa.With him were several youth, chatting and eating sandwiches. As I prepared for the interview, Josh asked if I wouldn't mind if the youth be included, suggesting that they knew just as much about the goings on of Union of Youth as he did and that he couldn't imagine an interview about the Union of Youth without them. Addy Payne , a 16-year-old junior at Northfield High School, helped Josh explain the Union of Youth.

LK: To start things off is it “the Key” or “the Northfield Union of Youth?”

JH: The Northfield Union of Youth is the organization, but the building we are in is called the Key.

2007 Carleton grad earns Fulbright award

jenny holmJenny Holm of Minnetonka, Minn., a recent magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College with a degree in Russian, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship in Creative Writing.

This prestigious award allows Holm to spend a year in the city of Krasnodar, Russia, researching and writing a collection of creative non-fiction essays on the collision of and interaction between traditional and contemporary food culture in the country's agricultural heartland.

Pediatrician Joins FamilyHealth Northfield

kristine matson Kristine Matson, MD, a Cannon Valley Clinic–Mayo Health System physician, is now practicing pediatric medicine at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic–Northfield. She is available to see patients at the newly-opened clinic located on the Northfield Hospital campus. Dr. Matson will provide primary pediatric care to children and families in Northfield and surrounding communities.

Village School - something to remember 'me' by

Village school"Everyone, whether you have children in school or not, should care about education, and should look to the Village School story as a cautionary tale."

Olivia Frey submitted her response to the court ruling to media outlets. It is worth reading because it gives testimony to the good that came from the Village School. The students it helped - 'the young boy who no longer required anti-depressant medications, the girl with a severe learning disability who became an avid reader and is now enrolled at the University of Minnesota, the child without friends who made friends, the girl who could not speak who is now publishing books.' This editor argues - there are no absolutes. Regardless of the decision, there is still something to be learned from the Village School.

In her statement, Frey asks questions such as 'Are standardized tests the way to help children learn? Is a standardized curriculum the best way for children to learn?

A Month in Palestine

Editor's note: Northfield resident Bill McGrath will be spending a month in Palestine. He gave us permission to reprint this email and possible future ones as he reports on his experience abroad.

holy site Shalom, salaam, howdy,

From July 22 until August 19, I will be living with a Palestinian family south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Each morning I will be learning Arabic at the University of Bethlehem. Each afternoon I will be working as a volunteer journalist with the International Middle East Media Center. Evenings, I'll attend lectures and films, plus other more informal activities. I am taking my guitar and will teach Grateful Dead songs to the Palestinians in exchange for learning some of their tunes. On weekends, there will be tours of refugee camps, checkpoints, settlements, the Wall and historical sites.

This unusual mouse-in-the-corner opportunity has been set up by the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University and the US-based Society for Biblical Studies.

--Bill McGrath, Northfield, MN

Give Your Old NSA Soccer Uniforms A Second Life

Do you have a used Northfield Soccer Association uniform that sits unused in a drawer? If so, by donating the uniform to a school in Thailand you can give it a second life and make a deserving child happy.

I am collecting NSA soccer uniforms (shirts, shorts, and/or socks), shin guards, coach's shirts, cleats, and balls to give to underfunded schools in northeastern Thailand. Last year Northfielders donated over 250 individual uniforms (and another 275 old traveling team uniforms from the NSA) to children in Thailand. These uniforms were sorted by color and then given to public schools to use for their volleyball and soccer teams. Any uniforms collected this year will supplement the uniforms already donated.

At any point from now through Labor Day you can drop off your donation at the following locations:

Just Food Co-op
516 S. Water Street (look for red box by the entrance)

The Goerwitz House
203 Woodley Street W (near Spring Street--okay to leave on porch)

Crazy Daze Round Up

Img 1411It's the one day a year where you can eat a doughnut as large as your face and even your doctor approves: Crazy Daze. It was hot, but people still turned out in droves for the big mid-summer event. Here's a collection of CD posts:

We'll add more as we find them! Good work to all!

Chanhassen enacts total watering ban - Northfield still OK.

The Strib today has a story on how Chanhassen has enacted a complete ban on irrigation systems and sprinklers, but still allows hand-held watering cans and hoses...

Residents in Chanhassen have been ordered to turn off the spigot. The city on Monday enacted a total outdoor watering ban because droughtlike conditions have led to low aquifer levels and two of the city's municipal wells have failed.

Other cities such as Woodbury and Eagan have added significant restrictions to residential watering.

Carleton names Pósfay Associate Dean of the College

posfayProfessor of French and Francophone studies Éva S. Pósfay has been named Associate Dean of the College at Carleton College. She took over her new duties on July 1.

Born in Venezuela to Hungarian parents, Pósfay came to Carleton in 1991. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her research has centered on 17th and 18th century French and Francophone literature. Pósfay also has directed off-campus studies programs to France and has been an important contributor to the College’s cross-cultural studies program.

Since coming to Carleton, Pósfay has regularly been elected by the faculty into important committee positions, having served on the faculty affairs, faculty personnel, and education and curriculum committees. Says Dean of the College Scott Bierman, “The faculty have an obvious respect for Professor Pósfay’s clear and creative thinking, good judgment and unwavering integrity.”

Potter Party photos

wizards Hundreds of Hermiones and plenty of Potters filled the streets of downtown Northfield last night as Division Street was transformed into Diagon Alley.

I shot a couple dozen photos of the scene, including the "six legged quidditch races" and the costume contest. You can view them all in our Potter Party 2007 photo gallery, and you can add your own shots to it by sending them to us at

Of course Griff Wigley already has his Pottermania 2007 gallery online; if you've got one too, just add a comment and point us to it.

Update: the RCBlog has more photos—and a great account of the evening—at And ArtOrg has their own Flickr gallery up of their event with Potter illustrator Mary GrandPre.

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