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St. Olaf senior to play in Aztec Bowl

St. Olaf wide receiver Horace Gant '08 has been selected to play for the American Football Coaches Association Division III all-star team that will represent the United States against the Mexican National Team in today's 2007 Aztec Bowl in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Gant, who ended his career as the school leader in receiving yards, touchdown receptions and receptions, is one of 50 NCAA students from across the country who will make up this year's team.

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Memoirs, essays sought for Hong "Festschrift"

HongsFor many members of the St. Olaf community and countless others, the names Howard Hong '34 and Edna Hong '38 bring forth memories of a couple devoted to exemplary public service who advised and supported generations of students and influenced thousands of colleagues, scholars and friends.

Those memories are now being sought for inclusion into a Festschrift honoring the Hongs. Jamie Lorentzen '81, chairman of the Howard V. And Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library, aims to compile a volume of critical essays and personal memoirs provisionally titled The Final Crossroads: A Festschrift for Howard and Edna Hong to honor and commemorate their life work.

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Northfield, Northfielders in the News

Special Elections on January 3 to fill Neuville seat; Police Chief moving to Kansas?; YMCA has a new 'CEO'

Tiny's tiny panorama

With Neuville resigning to take a judicial position, there will be a special election in a month to fill the open Senate seat:

Gov. Tim Pawlenty called a special election Wednesday, the day after he picked Sen. Tom Neuville, R-Northfield, to be a judge in Rice County. Neuville has represented the district -- which includes the cities of Belle Plaine, Le Center, New Prague and Northfield -- since 1991.

Pawlenty picked Dec. 18 for a primary election, if needed. Candidates have until Dec. 6 to file paperwork with the Secretary of State's office.

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Two St. Olaf students named Rhodes Scholars

St. Olaf students Ishanaa Rambachan '08, Apple Valley, Minn., and Nicole Novak '08, Iowa City, Iowa, are among the 32 students from across the United States recently selected as Rhodes Scholars by the Rhodes Trust. The two seniors are the college's eighth and ninth Rhodes Scholars since 1910, and the fourth and fifth since 1997.

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson '74 says the most important thing about Rambachan and Novak receiving Rhodes Scholarships is the opportunities it will provide for them.

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Neuville Appointed to Third District Judgeship

Tom NeuvilleA press release from the Governor's office announced the following:

Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced the appointment of Thomas M. Neuville to a Third Judicial District trial court bench vacancy in the city of Faribault in Rice County. The vacancy occurred with the retirement of the Honorable Gerald J. Wolf on September 14, 2007.

Neuville, of Northfield, is an attorney and partner with Grundhoefer, Neuville and Ludescher in Northfield, where he has practiced since 1976. He has served as the Dundas City Attorney since 1990, was the Lonsdale City Attorney from 1978 to 1980, a part-time contract assistant state public defender from 1985 to 1996, and a part-time contract assistant Rice County public defender from 1977 to 1985.

For more information, see the complete press release from the Governor's office.

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Nerstrand Home

h4h-nerstrandBruce Anderson at Sustainable Community Solutions has posted a good entry about Habitat for Humanity's second of two 2007 houses being dedicated:

The home features an energy-efficient shell of insulated concrete form construction thanks to the generosity of VanHaren Construction of Faribault. Numerous other area businesses provided labor and materials for the project. Many individuals volunteered their time working on the home as well.

Photos from the Laura Baker Thanksgiving Dinner

Laura Baker Thanksgiving Dinner

Jane McWilliams sent in this set of images from Thursday's Community Thanksgiving Dinner, courtesy of the Laura Baker School:

My son Bruce and I attended the Community Dinner offered at the Laura Baker School Thursday. It was a great meal and a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones!

Click here to see the gallery - many thanks to Jane!

So what are your Thanksgiving plans? What are you thankful for?

pumpkin_pies Turkey Day (Tofu-rkey for the vegetarians among us) is almost upon us, so what are your plans?  Traveling?  Cooking?  Football?  Parades? Braving the crowds during Black Friday?   Cooking footballs?  Share your plans and ideas in the comment section.

And if you're especially thankful for anything this year, speak up too - this holiday's for you.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

DIII XC Championships; Mary Nelson wins service award; Oles get the heck out of Dodge

diii-xc-ss St Olaf is hosting the Division III Cross Country championships today (Saturday).  Women's race at 11 a.m., Men's race at noon.  Allegheny College (PA) is attending and has had its players blog their reactions to qualifying and the anticipation of the Big Race:

After running the course today, it has finally hit me that nationals are just two days away. I like the course except for the gravel paths and the cruel, steep uphill we have to run up just before the finish, but the course is actually in some trees and around a lake instead of the wide open fields like the courses from regionals and conferences. I know this race will be different from everything that I’m used to, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to, especially with the team that we have running next to me.

Mary Nelson has won the 2007 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service from the McKnight Foundation for her work in serving others:

Given since 1985, the awards honor volunteers or employees in Minnesota who, in the foundation's words, "have demonstrated an exceptional personal commitment to helping others in their communities but who have received little or no public recognition."

The recipients are to receive $7,500 each at a private ceremony in Minneapolis [Thursday].

St. Olaf came in #2 in the country in the number of students studying abroad during their college education.  Carleton finished 25th:

A record 223,534 students from U.S. colleges spent anywhere from a January or summer term to more than a year earning academic credit in a foreign country. That was up 8.5 percentage points from the 2004-05 school year when 205,993 students went abroad and up 150 percent from the 1995-96 year when fewer than 90,000 students took classes over seas, the study said.

LWV Holds Feedlot Press Conference

lwv-feedlot-conference(Click here to view the photo gallery.)

On Tuesday, November 13, the Rice County Courthouse was the scene of a news conference held by the Northfield League of Women Voters to call attention to the impending action of the Rice County Commissioners to amend the feedlot ordinance.

Large feedlots and the resulting manure have the potential to pollute surface and ground waters. Since 1988, in response to a state mandate, Rice County has regulated feedlots associated with animal agriculture.

The ordinance includes regulations of the number of animals allowed in feedlots, the required acreage, the minimum separation between manure storage structures and abutting homes and the methodology for spreading manure on the soil. 

At issue are changes the Rice County Commissioners are considering which would relax many of the regulations. Opponents to the change, including the League of Women Voters, fear that the changes will endanger the many lakes and streams in Rice County as well as the ground water.

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere for November 12th, 2007

Homemade bagels; 150 hours outdoors; New bank branch nearly complete; flower beds; Just Foods Co-op


The 'Sphere is back, baby.  Just in time too, as today marks the 38th37th anniversary of what Dave Barry calls the "most wonderful event in the history of the universe", namely the Oregon Highway Division attempting to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives.  Says Dave:

The responsibility for getting rid of the carcass was placed upon the Oregon State Highway Division, apparently on the theory that highways and whales are very similar in the sense of being large objects.

If you haven't watched the video, you are missing out on something utterly sublime.  What's that?   The Blogo-what now?  Oh, right, right, sorry...

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Composting via bicycle

Hauling Leaves to the compost...via bicycleNorthfield has a strong reputation as a green community.  We got an interesting set of pictures from Tom Goozen the other day that serves to strengthen that standing:

Being a bicycle enthusiast, I loaded up my B.O.B. trailer with 60 pounds of leaves and hauled them to the local compost site.  The trip was only three and a half miles one way so it did not fall into the epic adventure category but proved to be somewhat interesting in respect to the way the bike handled.  It was very top heavy but the roads along the way were well suited for such bicycle oddities.

St. Olaf Professor of History Robert Entenmann to present Ly's lessons in Mellby Lecture

Nov 13 2007 7:30 pm
Nov 13 2007 8:30 pm

Entenmann Robert Entenmann, professor of history, Asian studies and East Asian history, will give this fall's Mellby Lecture on Andreas Ly, an 18th century Chinese Catholic priest whom Entenmann has researched for more than 20 years. The event, which is free and open to the public, is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Buntrock Commons Viking Theater.

As a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, Entenmann stumbled upon Ly while studying migration to Southwest China during the 18th Century. Entenmann decided that he wanted his research on Chinese Catholics to be more "China centered" than "mission centered," and began focusing on Ly, a man who juggled the tensions of being Chinese and a Catholic priest. "He did a good job of recognizing both," Entenmann says.

St. Olaf Band Day to feature alumnus conductor

Nov 10 2007 4:00 pm
Nov 10 2007 6:00 pm

QianJun07 The St. Olaf Department of Music will host its annual Festival of Bands gathering Saturday, Nov. 10, featuring Ken Hakoda '96, music director/conductor of the Salina Symphony in Salina, Kan. Also known as Band Day, this year's event will pair some 160 top high school instrumentalists with the St. Olaf Band and Norseman Band for a day-long workshop. The festival will culminate with a free public concert in Skoglund Center Auditorium at 4 p.m.

The performance will be streamed live and archived online.

Pictures from the 2007 NHS Auction

IMG_5193The annual Northfield Historical Society Silent Auction was held Saturday night and a people have posted images from that evening online...

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