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Minor changes - open to suggestions

You may or may not have noticed, but we've made a few cosmetic changes to the website recently.

  • All the college news items (click to read) have been collected into their own sidebar block on the right hand side. They had been scattered between the different categories.
  • We've added MN news to the left hand side, courtesy of MPR and the Pioneer Press. We'll add the Strib when they get a real RSS feed that isn't registration-only. That's right, $500M company, we're calling you out!
  • We still accept and encourage Northfield organizations, citizens, businesses, and ? to create and submit RSS feeds for us to aggregate. Got one? Please let us know!.

We're still citizen journalism and we always accept news, images, video, audio from people like you. We had 149 different authors last year - join us!

Do you have a suggestion for the website?  Please add a comment and let us know!

Writing Roundtable offers 10-on-Tuesday Event

Can’t seem to get that “writing monkey” off your back? Stop struggling and get peace of mind with 10 minutes of private, individual help at the September Writing Roundtable.


Who: Communicators

When: Tuesday, September 11

Time: 10 minute sessions from 11:30a-1p

Where: The Nasby Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 402 Washington Northfield

Cost: FREE!

Nfld Historical Society announces winning t-shirts

The NHS has announced... well, we'll just let them say it:

We asked for great t-shirt slogans ideas, and you responded! After culling through dozens of submissions-some serious, some hilarious, some just plain weird- we selected three of our favorites that captured the spirit of our town.

And the winners are

Fall ECFE Class Registration

ECFERegistration for Fall Early Childhood Family Education classes has begun. Classes begin September 12th for children ages birth through kindergarten entrance and their parents. Offerings include parent/child classes, parent topic nights, special early childhood events, and more. New this year is an evening book study of David Walsh’s book, NO: Why Kids-of All Ages Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It, additional age specific classes, and more options for sibling care. Back by popular demand is Fatherhood Fun, a class just for dads, and On My Own, a class children can attend alone if they and their parent attends another ECFE class.

More inside...

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.

Carleton's football Knights aid Rushford flood victims

Knights in Rushford The following story ran in a recent edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (8/27/07). A photo gallery of images can also be found by clicking the image at right.

Carleton College head football coach Kurt Ramler did not have his team practice on Sunday afternoon. Not because he didn’t want to be on the field and not that his team couldn’t use the work in preparation for the season opener on September 8. Instead, the Knights did not hit the field on this particular sunny afternoon because it was the right thing to do.

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...

Dundas Detour Days? Denied.

This post in our forums yielded an interesting bit of information:

Due to there being no Dundas Detour Days this year, Dawns Corner Bar will be holding a concert in the back parking lot.  Playing will be Brat Pack Radio. 

No Dundas Detour Days this year?  Everyone seemed to be having a good time in this 2006 DDD photo gallery.  Dude, what's the deal, Dundas?  Post a comment if you've got any information.

Heavy thunderstorms predicted, quarter sized hail already here

 August - in like a lamb, out like a lion.  Or was that March?

Northfield got a sprinkling of quarter-sized hail this morning and the radar maps shows a big, big line of storms headed our way for this afternoon/evening.  Good online weather resources for Northfield:

Anyone else have a favorite?

A community site - why I joined

NCO Board I joined Northfield.org because it is a community site.As the side bar says, in the past year we've run 1,460 stories from 149 different authors. That does not include the bloggers that are listed on the right hand side, that is the stories in the main column! That's quite an accomplishment and testimony to the fact that we are committed to being the voice of the community at large. Not just the voice of our board, not of just a few editors, and not three very intelligent people sitting in a room.

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?

ARTech accepting applications for 2007-08 school year

Submitted by Tim Goodwin

artech ARTech Charter School, now entering its fifth year of operation, is still accepting applications for the 2007-2008 school year. There are a few immediate openings in grades six through eight and a short waiting list for grades nine through twelve.

The curriculum of the middle school functions to give students the opportunity to learn the fundamental content common to most Minnesota public schools. It also provides children, through the use of a project-based pedagogy, the beginning of fundamental skills to become life-long learners.

Northfield gets four inches; even more rain falls elsewhere

Rplot.PhpAccording to the Carleton Weather website, Northfield got threefour inches of rain total between Saturday and Sunda - 2.92 inches on Saturday and less than a half an inch so far todayalmost an inch on Sunday. There's also a chance of rain for every day this week right now.

While four inches is quite a bit, it's nothing compared to the seventeen inches reported by one station :

Some of the preliminary and unofficial rainfall totals reported to the National Weather Service could exceed the Minnesota single-day rainfall record of 10.84 inches set at Fort Ripley on July 22, 1972. One observer near the Winona County town of Witoka reported 17 inches Saturday into Sunday.

"It's been to the point of overwhelming," said Dave Belz, deputy director of emergency management for Winona County.

This gives us 8.25 inches this month and 17.51 inches all year, which mean that August has accounted for nearly 50% of the rain that we've gotten all year.

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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