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2007 Site Recap

2007-screenshot-section At the yearly NCO meeting last week, we spent some time running over the stats from 2007.  People enjoyed them and wanted me to post them online for more people to chew on, so here you go...

In 2007 Northfield.org had:

  • 1477 stories from
  • 146 different authors
  • 1628 comments from (an unknown number of commenters - anonymous commenting and all.)
  • 231,264 visits from
  • 83,244 different people who surfed using
  • 55% were using Internet Explorer
  • 33% were using Firefox
  • 9% were using Safari
  • 1% were using Opera
  • Our photo gallery contains 9,025 images viewed...
  • 220,237 times, but Flickr is a bit parsimonious with the stats, so it's hard to tell how many were in the last year.
  • Other than the US, we had...
    • 2,182 visits from the U.K.
    • 1,058 visits from Canada
    • 447 visits from Australia
    • ...and so on and so forth down to...
    • 1 visit from the Vatican and
    • 1 visit from Nepal.

Hang in there, baby

hang.in.there.baby Okay, depending upon who you ask, it's somewhere between -15°F and -22°F with a windchill of around -33°F.  (Windchill advisory link will change and probably expire in a few hours.) Even Will Steger is hiding in bed this morning, mumbling something about "exploring the Florida Keys".   If there is a ray of hope in all this, it's that it's only about 45 days to mid-50°F weather and we hit 70 on March 27th last year.

So bundle up and mark your calendars.  Warmer weather isn't far off on the calendar, even if it's a near 100 degree change from right now.

NCO annual meeting Thursday

annual meeting The annual meeting of Northfield Citizens Online, the nonprofit organization behind Northfield.org, will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the downtown office of Carleton College's Science Education Resource Center (200 Division St., just north of the Archer House and KYMN radio). The public is welcome to join us in celebrating the organization's accomplishments over the past year, including visits by nearly 80,000 unique users. We'll also take care of a little business, such as welcoming new board members and coming up with a new slate of officers as we plan for the future.

And if you're there early enough, you might get a piece of my homemade chocolate chip cheesecake ...

Get your green thumbs ready! Join the Community Garden!

Aaron and DanOn February 1, the Northfield Community Gardeners will start accepting applications for participation in the 2008 Greenvale Park Community Garden! The garden is located just west of Greenvale Park Elementary School, on Lincoln Street.

Applications are available for downloading now on the Center for Sustainable Living's website.

St. Olaf to host community MLK Day event

MLK"Visions of Hope" is the theme of this year's community celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to be hosted by St. Olaf College in Boe Memorial Chapel Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. St. Olaf Professor of English Joan Hepburn will be master of ceremonies and St. Olaf Associate Pastor Jennifer Anderson Koenig '87 will provide the opening invocation. The Rev. Gayle Marsh of All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield will give the benediction. The Northfield Youth Choirs will perform, and refreshments will be served in Buntrock Commons following the event, which is free and open to the public.

Northfield Community Services Upcoming January Programs

winter-spring 2008 Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has many great programs starting yet in January. Some of these great youth and adult programs include, SCUBA Open Water Certification, Learn to Contra Dance, Tae Kwon Do, Hip Hop Dance, Fun With French, CPR and AED classes, Intro to Yoga, and more.

To learn more about these activities, check out our 2008 Winter/Spring brochure, visit us online at www.nfld.k12.mn.us (follow the Community Services link), or call us at 507-664-3649.

YMCA is new programs -- and new jobs

Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek

Set yourself up for a successful New Year’s Resolution! Taking positive steps in your health and the health and wellness of your family is important. Let the Northfield Area Family YMCA support you in these steps that don’t simply last the first few months of the year, but help you make positive life-long healthy changes. And we're adding staff to help us serve you better.

Right now there are staff positions available teaching several new fitness classes, including Personal Training and Group Exercise. We’re even planning to add a Teen Fitness class! At the YMCA, our focus is families, so child care will be provided during many of our group exercise classes. While you spend time taking care of yourself, let us take care of your kids in a positive fun program called Child Watch!

Cloudmaking at Carleton

steam plantHey kids! Ever wonder where clouds come from? Why, we make them right here in Northfield! The Carleton College steam plant made a fresh batch today, as you can see from this video.

Don't buy that? Well, here's the official explanation for the infernal racket that was emanating from the northeast corner of town this afternoon:

The mechanical staff will be testing the boilers at the Facilities Building on December 6th, 17th and 26th. They will be testing the combustion efficiency of the boilers. When the combustion reaches the maximum level, the excess steam will be vented through the Facilities roof.

Video is after the jump...

5th Bridge Food-Packing Challenge: Mission Accomplished and More

5th Bridge volunteers Residents from across Northfield responded to 5th Bridge’s food-packing challenge in a big way. The local nonprofit group, which hosted its first city-wide service project last week, coordinated the packing of more than 200,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children’s global outreach program – an accomplishment that was made possible by the help of more than 800 volunteers. In total, 5th Bridge more than doubled its initial goal to pack 100,000 meals.

Community Services Winter/Spring Brochure

coming soon... The Northfield Community Services Winter/Spring brochure is arriving in your mailbox soon. Online registration is available for all programs.

Northfield Community Services; 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, MN 55057; www.nfld.k12.mn.us (follow the Community Services links); tel. 507-664-3649.

Found Cat

cat We don't get much traffic on the Northfield.org forums, but I spotted this notice there and thought it was worth publishing here for a larger audience:

A small calico/tabby cat was found in the gutter a few days ago. She seems to be about 6 months old, give or take. She is VERY thin but has no front claws, so she must belong to someone. If you know anyone who has lost a cat recently please email me right away: nienabes@carleton.edu

I'll take care of her until her owners are found.

You can click the photo for a larger view. And here's another shot of the cat.

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.

Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival a hit with Fandango fans

The simulcast of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival hit a high note at Fandango.com, where it landed in the top 10 fan-rated shows.

Those who attended the live broadcast posted more than 200 reviews at Fandango, a website that provides moviegoers with reviews, commentary, trailers and tickets.

Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.



Rebuilding the steeple on the 1862 Valley Grove Church

Saga of the Stone Church Steeple

valley grove stone church The 1862 stone church is the crown jewel of the Valley Grove site. It was built by the pioneers under extremely arduous conditions. The workmanship was uneven but considering it was built by volunteer labor using hand tools and local materials, it is a monument to ingenuity and hard work. Saving the stone church is nothing less than a tribute to the Norwegian immigrants who overcame incredible hardships.

It was also in terrible shape.

Because only fire can cause more damage than water, replacing the roof was priority one. But when we fixed the roof, we discovered that repairing the steeple was just as important, if not more so. The steeple had been leaking off and on since it was built 145 years ago. The rot was so extensive, it was obvious it had to be replaced (NOT repaired) immediately. This could NOT wait.

Read on for the rest of the story and lots of photos...

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.

See the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

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