Items that deal with people in and around Northfield

Cox, Dahle, Norgaard win primaries yesterday

It's Cox v. Dahle v. Norgaard for the MN Senate District 25 seat on January 3:

Republican Ray Cox, Democrat Kevin Dahle and Independence Party member Vance Norgaard have 15 days left to campaign before a special election on Jan. 3. Gov. Tim Pawlenty called the special election after naming current Sen. Tom Neuville to a Third District judgeship at the end of November.

Does Norgaard have website or a blog?  I can't find anything...

Pictures from Alene Fink's Retirement Party

Alene Fink Retirement Party 45 Jane B. McWilliams has submitted pictures from this weekend's retirement party for Alene Fink.

Click here to view the online gallery or click here to view the slide show.

Many thanks to Jane for these pictures.  Remember: is Citizen Journalism!  If you've got pictures or video from a local event, please send them to us and we'll post 'em!

Lucia Festival Photos

lucia collage Friday evening was the Northfield Swedish Club's 33rd annual Lucia Celebration. St. John's church was full of white-clad kids, Nordic sweaters, and lots of parents with cameras.

I posted 50 photos of the event on the Flickr site, but I'd love to see some of the shots I didn't get. Please email your own favorite shots to, along with your name and any other details you'd like to include.

And remember, the same goes for any public event in town...if you take your camera along, why not share the fun with the rest of us?

Lohmann named hospital Social Services director

northfield hospital logoSusan Lohmann of Northfield has been named director of Social Services and Hospice at Northfield Hospital. She replaces Kathie Harrington who retired in October after 18 years in that position.

As director, Lohmann will be responsible for all aspects of social work services for Northfield Hospital patients, long term care center residents, and their families. This work includes emotional support, patient advocacy, information and referral services, as well as chaplain and interpreter services. In her role as hospice director, she will oversee end-of-life care for patients and their families provided by the interdisciplinary hospice team of nurses, social workers, home health aides and volunteers. She will also build awareness of these services in the community.

Northfield, Northfielders in the News

Vy Nguyen, hockey player; Smith hiring brings the debate to Emporia; Zach Filzen wins Big Sky POW; James Gang duster at the MN Historical Society.

james_gang_duster-video Vy Nguyen plays for the NHS Girl's hockey team.  Her story, the journey from the Philippines to Northfield get a good writeup by the StarTrib...

Vy Nguyen has been skating on Minnesota's outdoor rinks since she was 5 years old, which gives her something in common with thousands of her peers across the state. But how she arrived on the ice -- and what it's taken to master the state sport of hockey -- separate the Northfield senior's rink-rat tale from the rest.

Gary Smith is leaving us for Emporia, Kansas, but the online dust-ups seems to follow in his wake.  In this post at the Emporia Gazette, a Smith story gets visited by both a pro- and con- Chief Smith contingent...

Well, Mr Lightning Rod, I'd be interested to know how that attitude directly affected the morale of everyone connected with the police department, sworn or civilian. They have to live and function under the scope of, and reactions to, your opinions. City of Emporia employee morale in general is already pretty poor and the EPD is going to suffer even more if a previous post is anything close to being remotely accurate.

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Literacy Grants Awarded

Literacy Grantees The Northfield Early Childhood Initiative Coalition and the Northfield Rotary announce the recipients of their early literacy mini-grant program. The mini-grants are to encourage projects that relate to the mission of the coalition and will benefit the community.

The funded projects include:

  • Diana Tallent with Booker, the Northfield Book Bus for the project "Everyone Reads Together" where special story times will include a small musical instrument and a book for every child Booker visits.
  • Stephanie Rezac with Northfield Head Start will purchase books to supplement their "Hey! Read to Me" curriculum.
  • Rochelle Thorman from St. Dominic's Pre-school will purchase a set of ABC books with flannel board sets, CD's and writing sheets.
  • Carrie Duba with Northfield Early Childhood Screening/School Readiness will use the grant to create literacy packs for every pre-kindergarten (ages 3-5) child in Northfield.
  • Mary Madison from Open Door Nursery School will create a "Turn off the TV-Open a Book" packet, including the book Squiggle for every child attending ODNS.

Fortune features St. Olaf alumnus

Adam Gettings St. Olaf economics major Adam Gettings '04, co-founder of Robotex, created what Fortune magazine describes as a robot designed to replace human soldiers. And he did it with a fraction of the budget that current defense contractors use.

"This is the new defense, Silicon-Valley style," Gettings says.

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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.

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