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Composting via bicycle

Hauling Leaves to the compost...via bicycleNorthfield has a strong reputation as a green community.  We got an interesting set of pictures from Tom Goozen the other day that serves to strengthen that standing:

Being a bicycle enthusiast, I loaded up my B.O.B. trailer with 60 pounds of leaves and hauled them to the local compost site.  The trip was only three and a half miles one way so it did not fall into the epic adventure category but proved to be somewhat interesting in respect to the way the bike handled.  It was very top heavy but the roads along the way were well suited for such bicycle oddities.

St. Olaf Professor of History Robert Entenmann to present Ly's lessons in Mellby Lecture

Nov 13 2007 7:30 pm
Nov 13 2007 8:30 pm

Entenmann Robert Entenmann, professor of history, Asian studies and East Asian history, will give this fall's Mellby Lecture on Andreas Ly, an 18th century Chinese Catholic priest whom Entenmann has researched for more than 20 years. The event, which is free and open to the public, is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Buntrock Commons Viking Theater.

As a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, Entenmann stumbled upon Ly while studying migration to Southwest China during the 18th Century. Entenmann decided that he wanted his research on Chinese Catholics to be more "China centered" than "mission centered," and began focusing on Ly, a man who juggled the tensions of being Chinese and a Catholic priest. "He did a good job of recognizing both," Entenmann says.

St. Olaf Band Day to feature alumnus conductor

Nov 10 2007 4:00 pm
Nov 10 2007 6:00 pm

QianJun07 The St. Olaf Department of Music will host its annual Festival of Bands gathering Saturday, Nov. 10, featuring Ken Hakoda '96, music director/conductor of the Salina Symphony in Salina, Kan. Also known as Band Day, this year's event will pair some 160 top high school instrumentalists with the St. Olaf Band and Norseman Band for a day-long workshop. The festival will culminate with a free public concert in Skoglund Center Auditorium at 4 p.m.

The performance will be streamed live and archived online.

Pictures from the 2007 NHS Auction

IMG_5193The annual Northfield Historical Society Silent Auction was held Saturday night and a people have posted images from that evening online...

Noted Islamic scholar to discuss interpretations of jihad at St. Olaf

Nov 1 2007 4:30 pm
Nov 1 2007 6:00 pm

Sohail Hashmi, associate professor of international relations and Alumnae Foundation chair in the social sciences at Mount Holyoke College, will address "The War over Jihad" on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Viking Theater. The lecture, part of the college's semester-long academic theme of "Liberal Arts in Times of War," is free and open to the public.

Pictures from the 2007 Harvest Stomp

Harvest Stomp Action ShotThe 2007 Harvest Stomp contra dance was last Friday evening and if the pictures are any indication, everyone had a great time.

Many thanks to Mark Heiman for posting the 2007 Harvest Stomp gallery so quickly!

The Quiet Angel; Alene Fink retires

S6300168 At the October 21 Fall Meeting, retiring director of the Northfield Senior Center, Alene Fink, is pictured here with Cannon Valley Elder Collegium director, Bill Carlson and chair Vern Faillettaz. Alene spoke to the 75 Cannon Valley Elder Collegium students and faculty about changes in the concept of aging she has observed during her career. From being considered low income, frail and lonely, seniors are now perceived to be active, wealthy, engaged and assets to the community.

Bill read from a framed citation presented to Alene:

Alene’s leadership of the Senior Center during the past 25 years moved the organization from a dining group with a small membership and a small budget to the premier center in Minnesota with over 1600 members and a budget approaching one half million and assets over one million. Her clear goals and her leadership have made all this possible by quietly moving people beyond their expectations. Alene always had time for and genuine personal interest in all members.

Beginning January 1, 2008, Alene will have time to do many of the things her demanding work has prevented, including enrolling in Elder Collegium courses. The full text of the citation, as well as the list of the winter Elder Collegium courses can be found at:

Northfield woman heads to California to help with fire

billi-northfield WCCO has a story and video on Billi Faillettaz, a Northfield woman who is headed to San Diego to provide psychological counseling to victims of the fire...

Some volunteers and staff members will do physical work, like setting up shelters and feeding people. The latest volunteer to go will do the emotional work.

Her name is Billi Faillettaz from Northfield, Minn. and she knows she won't be able to enjoy the sun or the sand in California. She's going because she wants to be there, helping.

"It's kind of another adventure," she remarks.

Northfield in PopMatters: Teenage Wasteland?

Screenshot.  Click here to view the story.Update: The story was written by Paul Caine, a Carleton student.

Northfield was the subject of a feature story yesterday on PopMatters focused on teenage drinking, trends, and 'societal expectations'.  It's a recount of a ride-along in a Northfield police car to an underage drinking complaint and the names have been changed to protect the innocent...

In the cruiser, two sounds stand out: the wind blowing across the side of the car and the periodic squawk of the dispatcher, his voice chirping laconically out of the radio. We’ve left the tiny downtown area of Northfield, Minnesota, and now we’re driving through a far-flung housing development out by the cornfields. Officer Kevin Tussing’s been dispatched to something that’s been identified as an “underage drinking party”.

Tragedy at Viking Terrace Unites Community

fire-lec Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin of the Latino Enterprise Center posted a great blog entry today, talking about the recent fire in Viking Terrace that destroyed one home and left a family homeless...

The fire last Monday that destroyed the home  of Selene and Miguel Rojas was caused by electrical wiring issues according to the fire department’s declarations to the Northfield News yesterday.  Whatever the cause, the fact is that the home was destroyed and the family needs support.

He also touches on some of the other issues this fire may bring to the surface...

In a conversation last night with the Rojas family, they told me that they are overwhelmed with the compassion and support that they have received from families all around.  Northfield is absolutely a great place to live, though we are all exposed to disasters like this, the assurance that the community cares and the actual response of a community makes a huge difference in making our city family and children friendly.  On the flip side, many uninsured homeowners know the risks they are taking, but for too many, it is a choice of buying home insurance or food, and we all know the natural choice.

To close today’s entry, let’s look at this tragedy also from the perspective of how it can benefit our community in general by bringing us together, by creating an opportunity to discuss issues of poverty among us, issues of family support systems and family cohesiveness the two key aspects that are currently sustaining the Rojas family morally and physically.

Councilman Scott Davis (Ward 2) starts a blog

Scott-Davis Scott Davis dropped us a line to let us know that he's established a new blog and he's started it off with a doozy - a run-down of the 14 items the council was considering sending to the state auditor and how each member voted...

4. Has there been any improper influence exerted or any improper action taken by any City official or employee with regard to personnel decisions, including threats or retaliation, failure to properly document personnel matters in personnel files, and failure to properly address complaints or questions regarding personnel matters?

Yes votes by Cashman, Davis, Denison and Lansing.

No votes by Vohs, Pokorney and Nelson.

Vote is 4-3.

Item will stay.

Scott joins Rep. Bly, Chief Smith, and Senator Neuville as current Northfield government officials bringing their office to the people via blogging.  We here at applaud the move and encourage more government officials to join the trend!

(One more thing - Scott also notes that this blog, domain, and email are paid for by him alone.)

Video from the Northfield Winter Stomp! contra dance

With the Northfield Harvest Stomp! contra dance coming this weekend (more information soon), we thought that it would be a good time to show this video from last winter's Winter Stomp. It's a video by "Contragoer", who never returned our email inquiries, but perhaps one of our readers knows him or her. Either way, it's a great series of shots.

Photos from the 2007 Laura Baker Gala

Thanks to Everyone for a Wonderful Gala!

Click here to view the entire image gallery from that night!Last Saturday Northfielders rallied together to support the 11th annual Laura Baker Services Gala, this year held at Carleton College's Great Hall. 200 guests enjoyed over 100 auction items, both silent and live, auctioneered by our own Wayne Eddy. The French-inspired menu was designed by Ed and Anne Lundstrom, with Arlen and Rachel Malecha as co-chairs. This year's theme was "The Power of WE". Speakers included Executive director Sandra Gerdes, local businessman Bill Cowles, LBSA household director Jacque Marin and one client who lives semi-independently in the community.

Many, many thanks to the local businesses who donated.

See photo page for snapshots of the evening .

David Kjerland

David Kjerland, age 65 of Northfield, stained glass artist and owner of Kjerland Studio, passed away Monday, October 15, 2007 at his home.

David Harold Kjerland was born on October 15, 1942 in Mason City, Iowa, the second of six children of Bernice Regina (Twito) Kjerland and Harold Winfred Kjerland. He died on October 15, 2007 in his home of a sudden and massive heart attack. David was raised in Mason City until the family moved to Owatonna, Minnesota in 1957. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1961. David received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from St. Olaf College in 1965. He studied at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul for four years ending in 1969 before deciding to become a stained glass artist. David received training in stained glass during a two-year apprenticeship, study, and work program at a Minneapolis studio founded in 1919 to complete the windows of St. Mary’s Basilica. After completing his training, David Kjerland founded his own studio in Northfield, Minnesota in 1972, which continues to be active today.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Wayne Eddy to be inducted into Hall of Fame; Tribute to man killed in Northfield Saturday; Northfield mentioned as "Great Neighborhood"; Northfielders appear on Judge Judy

downtown-nfld-flickr Wayne Eddy is mentioned in this Strib article as one of the upcoming inductees to the MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame...

Shelby will get more accolades from his peers Oct. 27, when he'll be inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame along with 10 other Minnesota groundbreakers: Omni Broadcasting founder Lou Buron, Northfield radio favorite Wayne Eddy, MPR interviewer Gary Eichten, wrestling giant Verne Gagne, late-night legend Franklin Hobbs, KSTP photojournalist Brad Jacobs, perfect pitchman Mel Jass, WCCO radio exec Clayton Kaufman, sportscaster Ray Scott and small-market operator Dean Sorenson.

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