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Submitted by Jonathan Jaranson on Sun, 01/21/2007 - 1:15pm
Have you ever seen footprints in the snow and wondered where they came from or where they end? The Northfield Area Family YMCA offers "Animal Tracking" for children ages 7-9, on Saturdays from 1–2:30 p.m., beginning February 3 at the Sibley Marsh and Prairie. Children will be led by a naturalist from River Bend Nature Center as they explore animal behavior and lifestyles by observing the trails they use and the tracks they leave behind.
Submitted by Anne Bretts on Fri, 01/19/2007 - 1:19pm
I'm thinking about it myself, especially after meeting Susan Hvistendahl, who has taught continuing education Spanish for more than 25 years. She's offering three separate six-week series of Spanish classes, starting the last week of January in the Community Room of the Village on the Cannon.
"Profesora Susana," as she calls herself, is a soft-spoken, cheerful woman. She has been offering these classes for residents in the Northfield area since the fall of 2005, when she moved back here from New York. Susan is a graduate of St. Olaf, but also studied at the University of Vera Cruz in Jalapa, Mexico, while living with a Mexican family.
There probably won't be any snow days, since Susan lives in a condo right in the building, which is at 301 West 7th Street. She gave me a tour of the place and of the sunny meeting room where classes will be held. "People like learning in a casual atmosphere," she says, noting that there are no tests and no grades, just a chance to explore the language and culture.
Submitted by Anne Bretts on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 9:12pm
January has been a time of good news and bad for Steven and Jodi Read of Shepherd's Way Farms. Jodie e-mailed me pictures and story today about their most recent project, moving a barn onto their land to replace one destroyed by arson late in 2005. She also had more immediate news about their sheep guard dog, Kushka.
First, here's the news about Kushka...
On Tuesday morning, Kushka, a 130+ pound white Tatra/Mastiff dog slipped out of her collar outside Countryside Vet Clinic in Dundas. A sheep guard dog who lives on the farm, Kushka is not accustomed to traffic or city activity. She ran toward the woods behind the Kwik Copy and disappeared.
Kushka is gentle and friendly but barks loudly at unfamiliar people and cars. She may be skittish and run when approached. Please call 612-306-4211 with any sightings or information. Reward offered for her safe return.
Now, here's the news about the move...
Submitted by Citizen Journalist on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 2:42pm
Submitted by Janet Petri
On Thursday, January 18, Dr. Jason Hill of the Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, will speak on “Biofuels Basics: Energetics, Expectations, Environment, and Economics”. The talk will take place at St. Olaf College in the Science Center, Room 282, from 7 to 8:30 PM.
Dr. Hill formerly taught at St. Olaf, and studies corn and grass-based ethanol, and soy biodiesel production. He has coauthored recent papers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and in Science magazine. His research on biofuels was widely covered in the media, including many newspapers and National Geographic News. (Editor's note: Just Google his name and "ethanol" and you'll be amazed at who's interested in what he says.)
This event is sponsored by League of Women Voters of Northfield, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, St. Olaf College Environmental Coalition, and St. Olaf College Department of Environmental Studies.
Submitted by Anne Bretts on Tue, 01/16/2007 - 9:40am
The students are going to spend the next two weeks looking for stories they can post on Northfield.org. The idea, of course, is to get them some practice in working in an online setting, from shaping a story in a few paragraphs to working with links and impossibly small photo sizes (see the one I took above). The other piece of the project is a challenge, a way to get them to get off campus to see what they've been missing, take a new look at something they've taken for granted, or answer a question that has been playing in their heads like a bad TV jingle.
Here's where you can help. Each student has to write two stories, short or long, funny or serious. They need ideas, they need questions -- and they need people who can answer questions. For example, one student is wondering, if Northfield is the town of Cows, Colleges and Contentment, where are all the cows?
Submitted by mark etzell on Tue, 01/16/2007 - 7:30am
Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has an exciting SCUBA opportunity. By taking the SCUBA Open Water Certification Class, participants will become certified to dive the underwater world. The SCUBA Open Water Certification Class is held on Wednesdays, January 17 – February 21.
For more information or to register for this class, stop at the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, call 664-3649, or go online to www.nfld.k12.mn.us and follow the Community Services link. Space is limited, so register today.
Submitted by mark etzell on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 9:36am
What are we going to do now that winter has arrived?!!
You can choose from lots of great classes offered through Community Services.
- Pick up cooking skills in How to Boil Water; Jan 16.
- Get underwater in the SCUBA Certification class; Jan 17.
- Learn American Sign Language Jan 18.
- Pound on those keys with Intro To Blues Piano Jan. 20.
- Sock some money away in a mattress with Making Sense of Retirement.
- And don't forget about the first Friday Family Fun Night, Jan. 26, at Greenvale Park Elementary School.
Submitted by adam.gurno on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 9:31pm
We're back for another teeth-chattering, ear-freezing, car-not-starting edition of the 'Sphere. It's finally, finally cold enough for extended winter activities, which makes some of us rejoice and others grumble. Fortunately, reading is still an all-weather sport, so pour some hot chocolate on the keyboard and shut the world out for a while...
Bill Ostrem addresses the previous warm weather with a post about Paul Douglas and Global Warming...
Paul Douglas, the senior meteorologist at the WCCO television in the Twin Cities, continues to impress me with his scientific take on global warming. See his comments on last year’s weather and warming trends in his StarTribune weather column today
Fishing and Thinking in Minnesota stays tangentially on the topic by discussing ethanol, farming, and conversational snippets...
Submitted by adam.gurno on Wed, 01/10/2007 - 5:12pm
Now that Christmas is over and things have gotten back to normal, it's a good time to announce the winner of our Christmas Photo Contest: Mary Mueller. Her still life of a snowboarder catching some air in her living room beat out many other very good pictures to win. You can see the full gallery if you click here.
Congratulations to Mary and many thanks to all the others who entered. Keep an eye on Northfield.org for more exciting contests and give-aways!
Submitted by Anne Bretts on Wed, 01/10/2007 - 2:52pm
The board of Northfield Citizens Online, the group that runs this little website, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Carlson Capital Management.
We have a lot of good ideas for the year ahead, from environmental and health columns to online book clubs, in-person issues salons and and arts and authors sections. We will be prioritizing all the projects, setting timelines and lining up volunteers to help make them happen.
If you have ideas or comments, please send them our way and we'll add them to the mix!
Submitted by Anne Bretts on Mon, 01/08/2007 - 4:36pm
Federal raids in December targeting undocumented workers in Minnesota and across the country have sparked serious concerns in the area’s Latino community. Hundreds gathered in Worthington over the weekend to show support for families affected there. WCCO-TV has a complete list of stories related to the raids and their impact.
But the issue of emergency planning reaches beyond immigrant famlies. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina showed how easy it is to lose important documents, bank accounts, cash, and most importantly, family members, in a crisis.
Now a group of Northfield leaders are working on plans that will help them — and everyone — deal with emergencies they hope they never encounter. Last Friday more than a dozen people, from the superintendent of schools and police chief to representatives of social agencies and churches met to take the first steps in creating a community emergency plan.
Submitted by Anne Bretts on Mon, 01/08/2007 - 12:54pm
It can be maddening, especially when there are so many places ready and waiting for you to use. At least 27 places, according to some interesting information just collected by the League of Women Voters. Margit Johnson of the League sent along the complete list, which you can download here as either a Word doc or a PDF file.
"The impetus for this list came from a meeting at the Public Library last summer. That meeting room is constantly in demand while other meeting places are underutilized.
Also the LWV thought that community members would appreciate a "one-stop shop" resource for information about locations, capacity, contact numbers, and details. We hope that you and others find this list useful. Updates will be forthcoming as needed."
Submitted by Anne Bretts on Fri, 01/05/2007 - 4:13pm
With much appreciation,
Editor's note: Yesterday I shared this letter from Northfield residents Scott Parker & Caroline Ticarro-Parker about their experience racing to meet a 24-hour fundraising matching grant challenge. I am happy to share an update from them about their success.
On behalf of the children we serve in Vietnam....thank you so very very very much for your generosity. It is really amazing...a little more than 24 hours ago a generous person challenged us to do something we did not think was possible. Yet we remained hopeful that it could be done...and it has!
We have raised $7200 from individuals all around the world - we had calls from Norway, France, China and Vietnam. We had young and old participate. A classroom of 3rd graders collected some change and sent us $20! Martin Luther King said, "Everything that is done in the world is done by HOPE.
Thank you for believing in our cause and truly listening to the hopes of these children. Every dollar that is donated makes a major difference in the lives of the children and families we are committed to help. Including the matching grant of $5000, we will send $12,200 to Vietnam today to be used towards the construction of the school in Kien Giang and to purchase rice and school supplies for 200 deserving young girls.
But the work does not end...there is always so much more to do. We have ambitious plans for 2007 including the new school, an additional 100 girls to benefit from the Scholarship Program and even a new Photography Vocational Project in Kien Giang Province for children living in a garbage dump. Without your support, none of our goals would be successful.
We are so thankful you have chosen Catalyst Foundation. We look forward to your continued support.
You are the catalyst for positive change for the children of Vietnam.
With much appreciation,
Scott Parker & Caroline Ticarro-Parker
Co-Founders, Catalyst Foundation
Submitted by Anne Bretts on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 10:29am
Happy New Year!
Ok, you're really going to have to hurry to help with this, but I just found out about a really cool project by the Catalyst Foundation, a non-profit organization led by Northfield resident Caroline Ticarro-Parker, that works to improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children in Vietnam.
Here's the info from Caroline:
We currently have projects serving 200 children and 100 families in the southern provinces of Vietnam in Dong Thap, Kien Giang and Saigon. Catalyst Foundation also works to build cultural awareness and enrich the lives of children adopted from Vietnam through the Vietnam Culture Camps, held annually at St. Olaf College.
2007 is off to an exciting start for Catalyst Foundation. An anonymous donor has challenged us to raise $5,000 in 24 hours. If we are successful, the donor will generously match that amount, making the contributions go twice as far!
Contributions will help keep vulnerable children from being sexually trafficked, feed children who are hungry, build a school for a needy community, build a safe shelter for families, and so much more.
Can you think of a better way to start the new year?
You can help us to reach this goal. The challenge begins January 3 and will close Thursday, January 4. To contribute to this great effort, you can call us at 507.664.9558 or visit us online www.catalystfoundation.org.
Every dollar donated will be doubled – no amount is too small! You can help spread the word - let your friends, family and colleagues know about the plight of these children. You will be the catalyst for positive change for the children of Vietnam!
Happy New Year!
Scott Parker & Caroline Ticarro-Parker
Co-Founders, Catalyst Foundation
Submitted by Doug Bratland on Mon, 01/01/2007 - 1:02pm
Since it's such a glorious day to get outside with your sleds and cameras, we've decided to extend our Christmas photo contest by another 24 hours.
You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to send your favorite holiday shots to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year from your friends and neighbors at Northfield.org!