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Healthy Kids Day is Saturday

 First-time event draws lots of community support


Editor's note: This story ran originally last week, but we're re-publishing it as a reminder for the event, which runs Saturday morning.

You're probably familiar with the annual bike safety rodeo, where kids get fitted for new helmets and learn the rules of the road. (Photos are from last year's event.)
Well, this year, the rodeo is going to be part of a brand new event, the first local celebration of national Healthy Kids Day. Rain or shine, we'll be at Northfield Middle School from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

And while this is a first-time effort for the new Northfield Area Family YMCA, this is going to be a huge event. We're talking fire trucks, police dogs, ambulances, an emergency helicopter, arts activities, healthy food demonstrations and samples, soccer demonstrations and more. There will be a labyrinth for people who want to try out this maze-like phenomenon, chiropracters and health specialists to answer questions, bankers to explain to kids and parents how start saving for college and beyond. We'll have drawings for door prizes. And lots more.

This Week in The Carletonian


Northfield housing policy revisited
By Shane Auerbach
    The Northfield City Council is considering an overhaul of Northfield’s rental properties ordinance, which would limit the number of unrelated tenants in a single unit at three persons. The proposed ordinance also limits the density of rental properties to, “no more than 20 percent of the houses on a single block.

Birth control price to increase significantly

By Addie Honeycutt
    Students will soon face higher prices for contraceptives at the student Wellness Center. After the U.S. Senate passed the Deficit Reduction Act, which discouraged pharmaceutical companies from providing low cost contraceptives, the price of contraceptive pills will triple in price. Director of Medical Services at the student wellness center, Rhonda Meyer does not expect contraceptive use to significantly decline.

Timing is everything

First, let let me say we love receiving your stories, comments and event notices.

After all, that's why we're here!

Having said that, I have run into a couple of instances this week that need some clarification.

First, we are a largely volunteer organization. I do receive a small stipend, but that only covers about 10 hours a week. What that means is that while we are here for you to read 24/7, we are not able to publish stories on demand. All submitted stories go into a queue and are approved by an editor before appearing on the site.

This week we have had several announcements that arrived at night for an event the next day. A couple of them simply didn't get posted in time. A few others have been received for items that are weeks away.

Clean Out Your Garage for the Community Garden

The new Greenvale Park Community Garden is off to a great start!  27 families and individuals have so far claimed space in the garden, filling 17 of the 21 available plots. 

Northfield Tractor & Equipment has generously offered to donate plowing and tilling of the garden this year, and the Healthy Communities Initiative have donated some additional funds for scholarships and supplies.   We’re looking ahead toward the groundbreaking that will happen in the next month, bringing the garden into seeable, touchable, taste-able reality! 

To that end, the Northfield Community Gardeners are seeking community help in collecting some of the tools that will be needed for the garden.  We’ll need some tools that the gardeners can share.  When spring cleaning time hits your garage, look around for garden tools in good condition that you’re no longer using:  rakes, hoes, shovels, garden forks, spades, trowels, pruners, etc. 

Maps in the news

My right to an education is something I didn't exercise when I was a teenager. I was often busy trying new things -- such as  illegal drugs or rebelling against authority.

At age 34, filling in the gaps of my knowledge is a new hobby of mine. It can be a daunting task. I often get frustrated when I listen to the news but don't understand it.

Geography is one area where I'm lost. The January 2007 issue of Smart Computing gave me a useful tool: Maps in the News

Thanks to Booker of the Northfield Library for loaning me the magazine.

This Week in The Carletonian

Rules set for Mai Fete
By Evan Sander
The Wednesday night gatherings that have long been a tradition for Carleton seniors will have new restrictions this spring. Because of the event’s evolution into an all-campus drinking event, student coordinators and administrators have gathered to create rules that will make the tradition safer for students.

CSA debates surplus spending

By Sam Friedman
This spring, the College Student Association (CSA) has a rare opportunity to spend an additional 33,000 dollars outside of its typical budget. The funds were discovered last year by then CSA treasurer Peter Fritz ’08 unexpectedly when he uncovered the money in a CSA account managed by the business office.

Carleton senators disagree about how the money should be spent.

The Case for Natural Meat

Just Food Co-op will host Kathy Zeman of Simple Harvest Farm this Thursday, April 5 from 6-7 p.m. for "The Case for Natural Meat."

What does it mean to raise livestock "sustainably"? Hear one farmer's struggle to find the balance between organic and affordable. If you've ever had questions about the difference between conventional and sustainably-raised meat, don't miss this excellent presentation.

Attendance is free, but please stop by Just Food, 516 S. Water St., or call 507-650-0106 to reserve your seat.

Minnesota Public Radio wants your help

MPR logoMinnesota Public Radio News reporter Sea Stachura wants to hear from you. What's going on in your part of southeastern Minnesota? What are you and your friends and family talking about around the dinner table or over a cup of coffee?

Sea believes that some of the best news story ideas come from people like you—people who are living, working and going to school in the communities she covers. That's why she would like your input in covering news in your area. Here are some specific stories she is working on. Do you have knowledge or experience in any of these topics?

  • Health care for migrant workers - an obscure 1971 state law
  • Rural schools
  • Water quality and clean-up efforts
  • Growing up Muslim in southeastern MN
  • Immigrants working in agriculture

To share your insights, follow this link.

Voting Shenanigans at the Northfield News

NN Poll ClippingAs a full-time geek, I couldn't help but think that the most interesting story that the Northfield News carried on Saturday was the small print under their current poll:

Note: As of noon Friday, 115 people had voted, 55 percent favoring the library and 23 percent the Ice Arena/Rec Center.

What an odd little note.  Right above that is the total votes that the poll received: 365.  Since the paper goes to bed on Friday nights, that means that there were 250 votes on Friday afternoon.  The fact that the paper felt the need to add some small print meant that there was something up.  Let's investigate...

Boating Safely sails into Northfield

Register today for Boating Safely, offered by Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

This course satisfies the Minnesota State Requirements for a youth’s watercraft operator’s permit.  This basic boating course is intended for novice boaters.  Topics to be covered included: safe boating practices, legal requirements, boating regulations, boating skills, and terminology.  Parents of youth under age 14 should consult with the instructor before registering their child for the class.

Class will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, April 9 and 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Northfield Community Resource Center.  For more information or to register for this class, stop at the Northfield Community Services 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.

March Weather Wrap-up


Northfield Tennis Association to meet Monday

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, April 2, 2007.  The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.  Topics discussed will include indoor court needs and summer youth and adult programming.

For more information, contact Bob Ewing (smash_bob@msn.com).

Zach Pruitt is a member of the Northfield Tennis Association

March EnergySmart Partner of the Month Named

Northfield EnergySmart BuildingWorks (ESBW) has named Rice County Habitat for Humanity as its March EnergySmart Partner of the Month. ESBW is an initiative of RENew Northfield, with funding from the Northfield Area Foundation and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Habitat was selected as the March EnergySmart Partner of the Month in recognition of the group’s long-standing commitment to building energy-efficient affordable homes. The Rice County chapter is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

Want to know more about ethanol and water issues?

Three hydrogeology students from Carleton College have launched an important source of information for this popular local issue.

Click below to see the real thing, titled "Ethanol and Water: Hydrologic Information Relevant to Proposed Bridgewater Township Ethanol Plant."

The link is:

Cannon River Watershed Partnership also is posting notes and presentations from their recent conference titled "The Ethanol Industry: Effects on Water Resources." See Events at www.crwp.net 

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