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Submitted by Bill McGrath on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 12:48pm
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.
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.
--Bill McGrath, Northfield, MN
Submitted by Amy Goerwitz on Sun, 07/29/2007 - 5:40pm
Just Food Co-op
The Goerwitz House
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)
Submitted by adam.gurno on Sat, 07/28/2007 - 5:58pm
It'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:
- The Northfield Union of Youth/The Key set up a dunk tank, breakdance, and skateboard area, in front of the old bagel shop.
- Ray Cox was there with a nice write-up of it all.
- River City Boooks had a big sale and author's appearance.
We'll add more as we find them! Good work to all!
Submitted by adam.gurno on Tue, 07/24/2007 - 10:49am
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.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Sat, 07/21/2007 - 9:41am
Professor 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.”
Submitted by Doug Bratland on Sat, 07/21/2007 - 9:19am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Fri, 07/20/2007 - 2:46pm
St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson '74 has announced the appointment of Northfield resident Greg Kneser to the position of vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the college. Kneser, who has worked at St. Olaf since 1989, has served as dean of students for the past seven years.
"You all know Greg," wrote Anderson in a recent message to the college community. "So you can understand why the title of vice president is appropriate given his passion for the college and his abilities and accomplishments while serving as dean of students." In the same message, Anderson explained that at an "intensely residential" college like St. Olaf, where the student life component is so critical to the overall St. Olaf experience, it is important for that part of the college to be led by a vice president who reports directly to the president. "The president," he wrote, "should take responsibility for direct engagement with that piece of the college."
Read the rest of the story at StOlaf.edu.
Submitted by Christine Bernier on Thu, 07/19/2007 - 1:51pm
Get all your happenings and events information here! Check out these great events at the Northfield Entertainment Guide. Just click the image at the left to see all the events for the month of July ... here's what's coming up this weekend:
Thursday, It's the day of the big event for anyone who enjoys great food ... and, who doesn't? The Taste of Northfield is here! Taste all the local fare brought to you by all the great restaurants in Northfield! Bring the family and have dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. at Bridge Square, listen to the live music and participate in the auction. It's fun for everyone!
Submitted by adam.gurno on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 11:01pm
According to Locally Grown:
The Chief has requested an indefinite leave of absence and it has been granted by the City Administrator. Roger Schroeder has been promoted to Captain, effective immediately. Capt. Schroeder will handle day to day operations of the department. If you have any questions, please see a Supervisor. Any questions regarding the Chief will be handled by the City Administrator.
An interesting turn of events, considering the recent swirl of publicity around the Chief.
- The Northfield News has it too, with the addition fact that Chief was leading a criminal investigation into the City Administrator.
If you find more, leave a message in the comments and we'll add it to the story.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Sat, 07/14/2007 - 9:54am
Editor's note: We welcome your stories of homecomings, deployments and any other news you'd like to shary with the community. Check out our content submission guidelines or send us an email for more info.
Raquel Sommers is one of the many Northfield-area residents who are excited about the return of the “Red Bulls” -- members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. The unit was mobilized in 2005 and it's been in Iraq since March 2006, the longest deployment to date during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sommers’ husband, Robert, was one of the first members of the brigade to land at Volk Field before heading to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin (read more about the soldiers' return in stories by MPR and the StarTribune).
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 8:23am
St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson ’74 has announced the appointment of Michael Stitsworth as the college’s new vice president for advancement and college relations. Stitsworth, who will begin his new job at the end of the summer, is currently director of engineering advancement at Purdue University’s College of Engineering.
After 25 years at Purdue, Stitsworth did not take the decision to come to St. Olaf lightly. And he’s excited about the change. “One of the most important reasons for me to come to St. Olaf is that it’s a college of the church,” he says (St. Olaf is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). “The opportunity to work in a setting where students can explore their professions and their passions and then have that come together in a vocation is a really exciting thing.” Stitsworth is eager to help St. Olaf secure resources and tell the world about what’s happening at St. Olaf.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Sun, 07/08/2007 - 10:20am
Two publications with broad circulation focus on Jesse James and the Northfield raid. “Secrets of the Civil War” is the cover story of the current issue of U.S. News & World Report (July 2-9), and page 37 features a piece about Jesse James. "In Search of Jesse James" is an article In the July/August issue of Midwest Living featuring a trip guide through Missouri and Minnesota places related to the famous outlaw
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 11:32pm
A story by Sarah Lemagie in this week's StarTribune South that featured Griff Wigley (Northfield's "most prolific blogger") also drew attention to Northfield.org. "Locally Grown and Northfield.org, for which Wigley was chief contributor for years, have reputations as debate venues free of the bile and bad feelings inevitable in most communities as politically active as Northfield," writes Lemagie.
What does Northfield.org board member Doug Bratland have to say about Griff? "He's good at asking questions, drawing people out, getting people to talk."
Read the full story here.
Submitted by adam.gurno on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 4:53pm
Northfield always puts on a good show for the 4th of July and this year was no exception. While the festivities went on, the photographers were out in full force, capturing the activity of the town one shot at a time.
- Doug Bratland snapped shots of the 1st Street Parade.
- Adam Gurno caught the fireworks.
- Griff Wigley was a man about town catching...
- Susan Hvistendal chimes in with a few pictures that she took.
- Hayes Scriven sent a link to another gallery of photos!
If you've got pictures, you can click here to send them to us or post a comment letting us know where your gallery is and we'll link to it!
Submitted by Ellen Iverson on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 4:14pm
The Cannon River Watershed Partnership was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition last Friday (6/29/2007).
The story discusses the problem of algae blooms in Minnesota lakes and rivers and the role erosion plays in feeding phosphorus into these bodies of water. Highlighted is one farm practice advocated by the Partnership to reduce top soil erosion. Dave Legvold, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership's executive director, describes the no-till farm field as one approach that he practices. The Partnership's Hilary Ziols is also quoted for her work writing the watershed's pollution evaluation for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Click here to read the entire story.