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St. Olaf Annual Belgum Lectures to focus on virtue, happiness

Mar 17 2008 7:00 pm
Mar 18 2008 3:30 pm

Does virtue lead to happiness? The idea that a balanced life that is morally pleasing leads to happiness or contentment is one that University of Arizona Professor of Philosophy Julia Annas will explore during the upcoming Belgum Lectures.

Annas, a professor at the University of Arizona, will speak about Virtue and Happiness for the 29th annual Belgum Lectures. The first lecture is titled "Do the Virtues Form a Unity?" and will be held Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in Holland Hall 501. The second is titled "Does Virtue Make You Happy?" and will be held Tuesday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the same location. A book signing will take place after each lecture. The two lectures are related but may be understood independently. They are free and open to the public.

Michael Goldman to speek on Impressions of the World Bank at St. Olaf

Mar 17 2008 7:00 pm
Mar 17 2008 8:00 pm

Michael Goldman, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and McKnight Presidential Fellow, has concentrated his research on the World Bank, examining it as a knowledge producer and as a major player in water issues, environmental issues, and social justice. His most recent research is on Bangalore, India, where he lived during a recent sabbatical.

Anne Walter to present spring Mellby Lecture at St. Olaf Thursday

St. Olaf Professor of Biology Anne WalterWithin a small but important group of research scientists outside of St. Olaf College, Professor of Biology and Department Chair Anne Walter is known as the "permeability person" for her more than 35 years of studying the fluidity of cell membrane compositions.

In honor of her research, Walter will present this year's spring Mellby Lecture titled "Old Questions, New Methods: A Paradigm Shift in How We Think About Cell Membranes and Other Biological Entities." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Buntrock Commons' Viking Theater.

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Northfield, Northfielders in the News

1ultrafit0305 The Strib has a story on Ole Bria Schurke, ultra-marathoner and globe-trotter...

In the morning she got up and clicked back into her skis, just 20 miles to go. By noon she skated across the finish line, 135 miles and 53 hours from the start. "Physically, it was the most challenging thing I've done in my life," she said. "It opened my eyes to what the human body is capable of doing."

She finished the race on Wednesday, exhausted, feet frozen and wrecked, mind swimming. School began at St. Olaf on Thursday.

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere: Lion or Lamb? edition

273191146_3dc2dd21c1_m1991 Yearbook; Gardening in February; Eating local grocery list; Dahle on the transportation bill

It's March 1, 2008 and March has entered like a lamb this year, unless you count the fact that everyone in town is sick.  Most people have "Adult" sicknesses, while I have been saddled with an ear infection like some two year old.  I was going to go to the doctor, but I feared being scheduled for a tonsillectomy and tubes being put in my ears.  Enough complaining - onwards!

Mills Town at the Legislature

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Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Parks and Trails Council Day on the Hill

Thanks to Councilman Jon Denison, Steve Janusz, LaNelle Olsen, and Randy Perkins for their help.  We met with Representatives Patti Fritz, David Bly, and Patrick Garafalo.  Made contact with Representative Sandy Wollschlager and Senator Kevin Dahle.
We heard from DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten about how the State Parks and Trails are the key to getting young people involved in the outdoors, active in healthy pursuits that may lead to adult hunting and fishing.
Forrest Boe, DNR director of Trails and Waterways, discussed the need for maintenance and renovation of trails.  He emphasized the importance of citizen involvement with Legislators to encourage funding of development and maintenance.

St. Olaf announces faculty promotions, tenure

St. Olaf Provost and Dean of the College Jim May has announced that 10 St. Olaf faculty members have been promoted to professor or associate professor, and five have been granted tenure.

The faculty members who were promoted to full professor are Mary Carlsen, Julie Legler, James McKeel, Meg Ojala, Steve Reece and Janice Roberts. Faculty members Jason Engbrecht, Rika Ito, Karil Kucera and Jeffrey Schwinefus were promoted to associate professor. Ariel Strichartz, as well as Engbrecht, Ito, Kucera and Schwinefus were granted tenure.

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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”.

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