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Film expert, archivist to speak at St. Olaf

Mar 6 2008 7:30 pm
Mar 6 2008 9:00 pm

Those who heard film expert and archivist Jeanine Basinger speak at St. Olaf College several years ago know that audience members at her upcoming appearance on the Hill are in for a wealth of up-close-and-personal anecdotes about Hollywood.

Basinger, currently the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University, will speak at St. Olaf on Thursday, March 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Viking Theater in Buntrock Commons. The lecture, sponsored by the Boldt Teaching Chair in the Humanities, is free and open to the public.

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Chris Tassava: Five businesses Northfield needed yesterday

ScreenShot028 Christopher Tassava has a great blog post about... well, exactly what the title says...

[F]ive businesses which could separate this fool from significant fractions of his annual adjusted gross income:

  • Pizzeria selling New York-style pizza by the slice: Walk in, choose a giant slice of pizza (in all the usual varieties), throw five bucks down, grab your pizza and a soda, walk out. Two minutes, tops.

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Scholar, presidential adviser to speak at St. Olaf Thursday

Feb 28 2008 11:30 pm

Political philosopher, activist and author William Galston will speak at St. Olaf during a public presentation Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Buntrock Commons Ballroom. Galston will discuss his book, Liberal Pluralism: The Implications of Value Pluralism for Political Theory and Practice, with specific attention paid to questions of civic engagement. Galston will discuss ways to develop engaged citizens in a diverse world and what that means for St. Olaf as a liberal arts college.

Sogs were popular grave stone decoration in the 1800's

ScreenShot019 Tim Freeland delivers a very nice photo gallery of local grave stones on his personal site...

I have spent hours photographing our beautiful and historic cemeteries in town. This includes the Northfield Cemetery, Calvary (Catholic), Oaklawn & Grover in Dundas. Not have I just found a source of peace & beauty, but I have learned of Northfield history by noting family names, birth & death dates & epitaphs.

Local Man Sets The Fax Straight

seebach Maybe you've seen those unsolicited fliers received by almost all fax machines which advertise unbeatable vacation or mortgage or penny stock deals? Northfield's Peter Seebach knows them better than most of us, and, in his case, familiarity has bred contempt. Today's Pioner Press details Seebach's battle against those companies that send, send by proxy, or generally support such unwanted electronic epistles:

He's been saving every "junk fax" his machine has coughed up for years. And he's made it his hobby to fight back.

'Meidt-y' news from St. Olaf

St. Olaf Football Coach Chris MeidtChris Meidt has resigned as head football coach at St. Olaf to accept an offensive assistant position with the National Football League's Washington Redskins. Meidt led St. Olaf to a 40-20 record in his six seasons at the helm. The Oles were 8-2 in each of the last three years -- the first such stretch of eight-win seasons since 1969-71.

A reception will be held for Meidt Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. in Skoglund Center at St. Olaf.

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Pictures and stories from Saturday's Health Care Forum

(Submitted by Jane B. McWilliams)

hcf Four Minnesota Legislators and over 50 citizens gathered Saturday at the Public Library Saturday to talk about health care. (Click here for the photo gallery, click here for a slideshow.)  Representative Bly introduced his colleagues Senator John Marty, Representatives Carolyn Laine and Shelley Madore. Staff member Laura Northfield and advocate Joel Clemmer also participated. Northfield was the seventh community the group has visited this week to talk about the Minnesota Health Care Act, legislation the authors say will provide quality, affordable, comprehensive health care to all Minnesotans through all stages of life.

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Local man designs 2008 DJJD replica button

Side by side_thumb Tim Freeland blogs about his experiences designing the 2008 DJJD button on his personal site.  It's a great post, talking about the original 1948 button that the design was based around, the nitty-gritty details about trying to match the original style, and has a slideshow at the bottom features a number of DJJD buttons from throughout the years...

In 1948, the Northfield Jaycees decided to dedicate one day of their Fall Festival to defeating Jesse James and his gang. This day would include a western theme and re-enactments of the infamous bank raid. Although this was the Jaycees 3rd year having the Fall Festival, it was the first ever mention of a Jesse James Day. The 1948 button featured a “deputy” star along with period art work, hand drawn font and the words “Jesse James Day”.

Skateboard Coalition fundraising breakfast set for Sunday, February 10

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 10, 2008, from 8-9:30 a.m. The event will be held at Applebee’s (2433 Highway 3 South, Northfield). Breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, juice, coffee, scrambled eggs, and an order of sausage.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

As part of a challenge grant awarded to the Skateboard Coalition, the Healthy Community Initiative will match all donations to the Coalition, so each ticket purchased will result in an extra $5 for the Coalition’s efforts!

To learn more about the Northfield Skateboard Coalition and their efforts to build a new skate plaza, visit:

Is it Tuesday? Super. Caucus time!

ScreenShot008 It's Super Tuesday, the day that most of these presidential candidate races will be mostly settled.  As an American, it's your privilege to be able to join in by attending a local caucus and selecting a candidate of your choice.  Stay tuned to for your most up-to-date results tonight!

Update 2:51p: Scarlett Johansson was on the Carleton campus today stumping for [Political Candidate]. Click here to view the pictures (or click here to view the slide show), but be warned that she's wearing a button supporting [Candidate]. :) Many thanks to Doug Bratland for the pictures.

Mini-update: Doug also got some video of SJ speaking, click to watch (YouTube).

Feel free to suggest more links or other information in the comment section!

Northfield Graduate Featured in December 2007 Minnesota Monthly Magazine

ScreenShot007 Tim Freeland's blog carries this very cool entry:

Much to everyone's surprise, including my brother Andy, his landscape design company was featured in "Best of the Twin Cities 2007" in December's Minnesota Monthly. Andy is a 1995 graduate of the Northfield High School.

Click here to read the entire entry...

Northfield, Northfielders in the News

Singing in school; Lawsuits in school; No school for singing lawsuits

ScreenShot005 Education World has an article on David Craft, principal of Greenvale Elementary, about his educational methods that use singing to help teach ideas and bring the school together...

James-Younger Gang visits Rapid City

james gangThe James-Younger Gang and some DJJD Committee members made their annual trek across South Dakota, invited by Jim & Julie Sutton of Sutton Rodeos. The Suttons are the rodeo contractor for the DJJD Rodeo. The group was treated to seats at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, which featured the Xtreme Bull Riding event.

While in Rapid City, the gang also visited the Black Hills Children's Home, a place that has been near and dear to the hearts of the gang for over 20 years. The Children’s Home Society provides a home, school, and therapy for children, ages 4-13, with emotional and behavioral problems. Most are victims of extreme abuse and neglect. This year the gang brought over 90 books for the school library.

Having a blast with

NCO meeting Northfield Citizens Online held its annual meeting Thursday in downtown Northfield. We had a blast revisiting last year as Adam Gurno walked us through all kinds of 2007 stats, including total unique visitors (80,000) and page views (half a million), and the most popular news items and stories from the past year (note that a LOT of people read the obituaries).

Besides consuming lots of calories (cookies, cheesecake, chips, etc.) and discussing a few issues, perhaps our most important accomplishments were approving new board members and electing new officers. New members are: Jane McWilliams, Rob Hardy, Nate White and Sean Hayford O’Leary. They join returning board members Adam Gurno (our new chair), Ellen Iverson (our new vice chair), Brendon Etter (who will remain treasurer), Cynthia Child (our new scribe), Jeff McLaughlin, Doug Bratland and David Gonnerman.

Look for more information about our new board members in a future post.

Northfield in the News: Franken and Fritz

franken The StarTribune has a small story in their gossip section about Al Franken coming to Northfield and butting heads with students there...

Franken's spokesman Andy Barr said via e-mail Tuesday that Al "remembers having a spirited convo w/ College GOPer at the urging of some of the kid's College Dem pals. Seemed like everyone was having a good time, or as good a time as you can have debating Reaganomics."

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