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'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.

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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."

Bohnhoff installs 34th sign downtown

Jim Bonhoff Local designer/artist/signmaker Jim Bohnhoff recently installed his 34th exterior business sign in historic downtown Northfield for a new business, ‘The Sketchy Artist,’ located at 300 Division Street. He has been designing, building and painting exterior signs, creating logos and marketing materials for over 30 years.

His first sign was in 1977 for the opening of ‘The Rare Pair - Fine Footwear,’ with three additional signs over the 30 years. He has also created signs for...

New Employees at By All Means Graphics


By All Means Graphics welcomes two new employees: Abby Erickson and Bob Gaul! We invite all to stop by to meet and greet these two wonderful additions to the BAM group!

Civil Rights Activist and ‘Eyes on the Prize’ Director to Speak Friday at Carleton

Judy RichardsonDocumentary filmmaker and Civil Rights activist Judy Richardson will present the weekly convocation address at Carleton College on Friday, January 15 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement,” Richardson’s address is free and open to the public.

Herself a life-long activist in the American Civil Rights Movement, Richardson was the educational director behind the acclaimed 14-part PBS documentary film series “Eyes on the Prize.”

Winner of the Peabody Award as well as several Emmys, the series presented a stunning picture of the fight to end segregation in America. Lauded by critics, historians and educators, the series combined archival footage and contemporary interviews with participants (including Richardson) in the struggle for and against Civil Rights, presenting a very multi-faceted face of the movement.

Explorer Will Steger one of many to address St. Olaf 'global warming' event

stegerSt. Olaf College will kick off a national teach-in on global warming called "Focus the Nation" with events that include speeches by Arctic explorer Will Steger and author David Orr. The goal of the event is to generate awareness about global climate change. "We're living in ways we can't sustain, even for 50 years," says St. Olaf Professor of History Jim Farrell.

More than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country will take part in the event, which most will be holding Jan. 31. Since St. Olaf isn't in session then, it will lead the way in focusing the nation's attention on global climate change by holding the event several weeks earlier. Focus the Nation is designed to turn the entire college's attention to climate change, building awareness and encouraging politicians to address the issue.

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Author and Minnesota Weather Expert Mark Seeley to Speak at Carleton

Mark SeelyMark Seeley, University of Minnesota climatologist and meteorologist, will present a convocation titled “Climate Change in Minnesota: Evidence and Implications” at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, January 11 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel on the Carleton College campus. Following the presentation, Seeley will sign copies of his Minnesota Weather Almanac (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2006), a 200-year history of Minnesota weather trivia. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

A professor in the department of soil, water and climate at the University of Minnesota since 1978, Seeley is a central figure among Twin Cities weatherwatchers, providing weekly climate and weather observations on Minnesota Public Radio’s “WeatherTalk.”

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