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A word from the accidental chair

David Gonnerman, the "accidental chair" of Northfield Citizens Online My becoming chair of Northfield Citizens Online was a bit of a ... mistake. Well, maybe not a mistake as much as an unexpected turn of events.

Last year longtime board member Doug Bratland signed me up to join the board and I was prepared to do what people typically do during their first year on a board: not much. So I raised my hand to be vice chair -- a safe slot where I couldn't do much damage, right? But then our chair stepped down, leaving me next in line.


From ashes to walking on stars

phoenix smoke Out of the ashes of the Village School, a phoenix is rising. That phoenix is called Starwalkers. Starwalkers offers programs in Shamanic Earth Healing, Reiki Hands-on healing and the Power of Being Single as well as K-12 'unschooling' for families fed up with standardized testing and one-size-fits-all curriculum.

Two founding teachers and a graduate practicum student who worked together at the former school came up with the idea of Starwalkers. Rose Ann Steenhoek, Olivia Frey, and Scott Schumacher have been hard at work this past year developing the program. Starwalkers is an educational program for people of all ages, focusing on individual transformation, and ultimately societal transformation. Participants can choose to become involved in a community living program or attend workshops and retreats held in both rural and town settings in Northfield.


Northfielder Gordon Marino sheds tears in Newsweek

marino "As though I were going though a kind of 'maleopause,' I sometimes find myself choking up at peculiar moments," writes St. Olaf faculty member and Kierkegaard Library Curator Gordon Marino on the My Turn page of the Aug. 27 edition of Newsweek. "Though men don't talk about it much, I don't think I'm alone in my middle-age crying jags." Marino and his wife, Susan, are returning to Northfield this fall after a year in Florida.

This week's Newsweek calls Marino's piece the fifth most popular item at Newsweek.com.


St. Olaf Opening Convocation to feature Santurri on war

Sep 6 2007 11:10 am
Sep 6 2007 12:00 pm

St. Olaf faculty member Ed SanturriOpening Convocation for St. Olaf College will take place Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning at 11:10 a.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. Edmund Santurri, professor of religion and philosophy, and director of the Great Conversation program, will give the address. The event, which initiates the new academic year, will include a formal procession by faculty. The St. Olaf Band, conducted by Timothy Mahr '78, and organist John Ferguson will provide music. The event is open to the public.


Congressman Kline checks on St. Olaf TRiO students

Rep. Kline visits St. Olaf TRiO students. Minnesota Rep. John Kline, a member of the Education Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, visited St. Olaf College Aug. 23 to see first-hand the work of the federally funded TRiO programs that help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. The programs, which help students make a seamless transition from high school to college, include GEAR UP, Upward Bound and Education Talent Search. And at the college level, the Student Support Services program helps students adjust to their new academic experience. "There's no doubt that this program is fundamentally changing the lives of kids," said Kline during his visit.

Read the full story at stolaf.edu.


Bill Nelson selected for MN Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame

Bill Nelson (current manager of the Dundas Dukes) has been selected for the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony will be on Saturday September 15 at the St. Cloud Civic Center.  Social hour is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 and the induction of Nelson, Mike Gagnon, Al Mueller, and Bob Van Hee to immediately follow. 

A history of the first area inductee inside...


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Football, Nobel-winning scientist politicians, shape-shifting books(?)

The Missota conference, which is the football conference that Northfield plays in, is experiencing a bit of trouble due to the growth of outlying 'burbs, like Farmington, Shakopee, and Hutch. (via the Strib)

The powerful football conference has been in almost a perpetual state of flux since it included schools such as Apple Valley and Burnsville in the 1970s. But what's coming in the next few years might be a major shakeup, even for those used to watching the conference's ranks change.

"Nobody's talking about leaving or anything," Northfield coach Bubba Sullivan said. "Could it happen in a few years? Possibly."

More inside...


Northfielders in the news

Paul Day steps down as FFA Show Superintendent

The Pioneer Press has a nice article detailing the resignation of 78 year old Paul Day from the FFA Show Superintendent.  They touch on his travels to Kenya, Russia, and Japan, and the work he has done to improve the FFA exhibit at the State Fair.

To his detractors, he was "the S.O.B. from the state department." To his fans, Paul Day is a heck of an agriculturalist, even though his career as an educator, administrator and mentor to young farmers left him precious little time to do any farming of his own.

Sitting in his Northfield home last week, the fourth-generation farmer mused on a career that has taken him as far as Kenya, Russia and Japan to work with young people. His teaching philosophy - "Action, not promises. Results, not excuses" - has garnered him his share of critics.


Flood Relief Fund Helps Farmers

Many Northfielders are currently taking The Eat Local Challenge, but the past week’s weather has brought farmers a challenge of their own. Recent flooding in Minnesota and Wisconsin has left many local farmers with their livelihood under water during the most crucial production time of the year. At least five farms that sell produce at Just Food Co-op (Harmony Valley of Viroqua WI, Featherstone Organic Farm of Rushford MN, Avalanche Organics of Viola WI, and Driftless Organics of Soldiers Grove WI) have been affected by the floods. Avalanche Organics is reporting 75% loss of the crops in their fields, and others are still assessing the damage.


Northfield Flickr Picture Group

NorthfieldThere are currently 50 members and nearly 400 pictures in the Northfield Flickr group, which is free and open to any photographer.  (Free Flickr account required.)

The Northfield Flickr group contains pictures of both scenic views of Our Beloved Town and daily life images of regular people like you and I.

Check it out.


The Next Step: Local Year-Round

Late summer is a great time of year to try to eat more locally in Minnesota, but what about preserving some of that local harvest to eat during the winter? On Monday, August 27, come to Just Food at 7 p.m. to learn the basics on canning, freezing and drying foods now to enjoy all winter long. The class, titled The Next Step: Local Year-Round will be taught by local farmer Laura Frerichs.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We have limited seating, so please preregister for this free class by speaking with a cashier or by calling 507-650-0106.


Hail Storm: One Year Ago Today

IMGP4961.jpgToday marks the one year anniversary of the August 24th Hail Storm, which brought baseball-plus sized hail down on Northfield, destroying roofs, cars, playgrounds, greenhouses, crops, and more.  Northfield rebuilt quickly and the scars from the hail have been almost completely replaced.

Feel free to post your memories of that day - what were you doing when it hit? How much did you get? What sort of damage did it do?


Dr. Colleen Moore to speak at St. Olaf

Sep 25 2007 7:00 pm
Sep 25 2007 9:00 pm

Come and hear Dr. Colleen Moore give a talk about how pollution affects children's development. Here is what her talk will be about:

Pollution matters because exposure to certain pollutants can affect children's intellectual functioning, their social interactions and behavior, and their stress responses. This presentation provides the basics of what the research shows about how exposure to pollution affects children's behavior and psychological development. Examples will be drawn from the "best science" on exposure to lead, mercury, PCBs, noise, and community pollution disasters.

Here is a bit of information about Dr. Colleen Moore:


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

James Gang learns to "stay" and "play dead".

The Pioneer Press ran a story on the various James Gang celebrations in the area.  While the story was mostly focused on Madelia, Northfield gets a big mention naturally:

But the raid quickly went wrong. A former Union sharpshooter and an expert hunter were standing near the bank, and they grabbed rifles. In a few minutes, outlaws Clell Miller and William Stiles were dead. Bob Younger, Cole Younger and Charlie Pitts were wounded, and they fled with Jim Younger and the James brothers. A massive manhunt was launched, and Frank and Jesse James left the others and eventually reached safety in Missouri.

Tom Dokken, dog trainer extraordinaire, gets a detailed story and history:

Dokken's Oak Ridge Kennels in Northfield is the largest hunting-dog training facility in the northern United States. Fifteen employees help train 350 to 400 dogs annually.

Dokken has trained hunting dogs for celebrities (Hank Williams Jr. recently stopped by to pick up his dog), but he also is famous for an invention, the DeadFowl Trainer, a rubber training dummy that comes in the shapes of ducks, pheasants, geese and grouse.


Northfield, Northfielders in the News

Carleton ranked high, drunken driving case makes waves

Carleton will be ranked 5th nationally among liberal arts colleges, according to US News & World Reports annual college rankings.

Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., tied for fifth-best of the nation's liberal arts schools in U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings, expected to be on newsstands Monday. Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore and Wellesley were the top four. Carleton tied with Middlebury College.

A Northfield man's drunken driving court case has made waves throughout the tech (and legal) world as his challenge revolves around getting access to the source code of the breathalyzer that was used as evidence...

When Dale Lee Underdahl was arrested on February 18, 2006, on suspicion of drunk driving, he submitted to a breath test that was conducted using a product called the Intoxilyzer 5000EN.

During a subsequent court hearing on charges of third-degree DUI, Underdahl asked for a copy of the "complete computer source code for the (Intoxilyzer) currently in use in the state of Minnesota."

More followup on this story can be found here, where it looks like the state will not hand over the source code.


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