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If you haven't heard already, the weather report for today is ominous.

Update (8:00pm): Still a wind advisory + rain, but the threat of really, really severe weather has mostly disappeared.

Update (1:30pm) - Tornado watch for Rice County until 10:00pm.

From the NOAA site :


May Weather Wrap-Up


The flowers are blooming. The sun is shining. It must be May!

The rain we had seen at the end of April seemed to be a thing of the past, especially during the first week of May. With high temperatures in the mid to upper sixties and cool breezes blowing our way, May was shaping up to be a beautiful month. The first real rain shower was on the 8th, with a high of 76 and wind gusts around 30 mph. Total accumulation was about half an inch of precipitation. The following days – the 9th through the 14th – kept with the trend of relatively warm, sunny days with highs in the 70’s and even as high as 88 on the 13th.

Carleton College students launch ethanol information website

ethanol billboardethanol plantStudents at Carleton College have launched “Our Ethanol Debate,” a community resource website providing information about the proposed ethanol plant in Bridgewater Township, Minn., located a few miles south of Northfield.

The website is the brainchild of Carleton cinema and media studies professors John Schott and Michael Griffin, who saw great potential for their students to get involved with the local community by creating a real-life opportunity to put their knowledge into action. Hours of research and countless interviews later, Carleton has unveiled www.ourethanoldebate.com.

Northfield Construction Named EnergySmart Partner

Northfield EnergySmart BuildingWorks has named Northfield Construction Company (NCC) as its May EnergySmart Partner of the Month. EnergySmart BuildingWorks is an initiative of RENew Northfield, with funding from the Northfield Area Foundation and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. NCC was selected as the May EnergySmart Partner of the Month in recognition of the company’s long-standing commitment to building high-quality, energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings to customers’ specifications.

We need your help!

Northfield, here's your chance to have your say! No, we're not talking about American Idol. We're talking about your opinions about Northfield.org.

A graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is doing a major project on our civic journalism effort. She's done interviews and evaluated the site. Now she needs some feedback from those of you who submit stories and photos and comments.

All you need to do is take a survey. And while you won't win a free dinner or anything else, it's all completely anonymous and you won't be put on any spam lists.

So come on. Click through to the next page and take this online survey:

New math/science charter school proposed

May 22 2007 7:00 pm
May 22 2007 9:00 pm

The Cannon River STEM School, a proposed K-12 charter school with special emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), is presenting a community information meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday May 22, at the Northfield Public Library meeting room. The school will be located at the Maltby Nature Preserve , a 90-acre site on the Cannon River. The Maltby Nature Preserve is just south of Randolph in Stanton Township between Northfield and Cannon Falls. During this meeting, information about the proposed school will be provided and input from the community will be solicited. Refreshments will be served. For additional information call 507-664-0770 or email info@thesciencecentermnp.org.

A dawn salute to Norway

Syttende Mai salute Several hardy souls gathered at Dean Kjerland’s 3rd Annual Syttende Mai Linie Aquavit Bloody Mary Salute to Dawn in the garden of the Kjerland Building, downtown on the river this morning. The first toast was made at 5:17 am. The event continued with the arrival of the Kavli bread, pickled (in white wine, of course) herring, and more bottles of aquavit. It was cold enough to see one's breath, but we enjoyed a lovely sunrise amongst the fragrant Spirea blossoms. The group dispersed with most moving on to the annual Frokost in the King's Room at St. Olaf. See you next year?

Dean Kjerland is a downtown business owner (and proud of his Norwegian heritage).

Carleton dancers take the stage Saturday

The Carleton College department of theater and dance will present a Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 in the Arena Theater. The performances, which will feature the Semaphore Repertory Dance Company along with students who participated in fall and winter dance courses at the College, are free and open to the public.

The concert will feature works by guest choreographers Morgan Thorson and Kay Cummings, both professional choreographers working in the Twin Cities, and Carleton alumnus Laura Grant ’06. Other works will be presented by faculty choreographers Mary Easter, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Dance and the Performing Arts, and Jane Shockley, lecturer in dance.

Central Park Spring Planting Day is Saturday

Submitted by Barbara Burke

The 15th Annual Central Park Spring Planting Day happens Saturday, May 19th, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Since 1992 the beautiful gardens of Central Park have been planted and lovingly maintained by neighborhood residents. Please join your friends and neighbors and spend an hour or two getting the beds ready, planting flowers and mulching.

No gardening experience is necessary! Bring along a trowel, rake, shovel, wheel barrow, or whatever you have. We will have a few extra tools on hand. It's a great way to get to know your neighbors and to do your part in keeping our Park the Gem of the East Side.

If you have any questions, contact: Barbara Burke 663-7759, Laurie Brackee 663-7714, Leona Openshaw 664-9204.

YMCA to host final summer camp open house Saturday

The Northfield Area Family YMCA will hold the final Open House opportunity for parents to meet with directors from YMCA Camp Streefland from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m on Saturday May 12, 2007 at the Northfield Public Library.

“Campers, potential campers and their families will have the chance to meet directors and staff from the camp, and ask questions that may help them make a decision to attend”, said Skip Zimmerman, CEO of the YMCA. “This is a really exciting camp program and shouldn’t be missed”, added Zimmerman.

The Rotblatt Mystery

We got a letter from someone in Ohio the other day via our contact form, and this is what it asked:

I was curious as to when the Rotblatt Softball game takes place each year in your town. Thank you for any info you can provide…

Say what? Rotblatt? I've lived here going on seven years now and I've never heard of it. A little Googling revealed...

Ecuadoran visitors forge Minnesota bond

If I ask you to loan me some paintbrushes next fall, remember this story.

A couple of weeks ago Northfield Rotary officials asked for hosts for five people from Ecuador who would be visiting on what’s called a GSE or Group Study Exchange. In the last few days my husband and I have had the pleasure of meeting all five group members and hosting one.

We had parties, pizza, lots of driving round getting everyone to one place or another on time – and lots of fun. The visitors already had spent three weeks touring Mankato, Rochester, Owatonna, Inver Grove Heights and Bloomington, visiting businesses, observing government and learning about the area. We were the last stop and the group members were struggling to balance their desire to see everything and their desire to get home.

This week in the Manitou Messenger

Boldt Chair guest Phillip Lopate shares essays
By Kristin Fawcett, Staff Writter
Author Phillip Lopate’s reading on April 26 in Rolvaag 525 was a direct contrast to the success formula that usually equates into a packed house full of eager Oles, eschewing homework and projects to be in the presence of greatness for a brief period of time. Lopate was in residency as a guest of the Boldt Chair and the English Department. Widely considered one of the foremost American essayists and a central figure in the recent revival of interest in memoir writing, Phillip Lopate is best known for his essays, which have been collected in Getting Personal: Selected Writings, The Best American Essays and The Pushcart Prize series. His most recent book of nonfiction prose is the urbanistic meditation Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan.

Seniors show 'Caught in the Act'
By Andrea Horbinski, Staff Writer
On Sunday, April 29, members of the St. Olaf community gathered in the Flaten Art Museum for the unveiling of the final senior art exhibition, “Caught in the Act.” The show featured the work of those senior art majors who did not participate in the first exhibition two weeks ago.

This week in the Carletonian

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Wireless access will soon increase
by Ben Blink
Students longing for dependable wireless internet access may soon discover that more places around campus are in range of strong wireless signals. “We’ve recieved enough funding this year for 128 additional devices,” Information Technology Services Network Manager Chris Dlugosz told the Carleton Student Association, Monday. The devices Dlugosz referred to are small radio transmitters that emit a signal that can be picked up by student computers and provide access to the Carleton network.

Carleton to offer Arabic in Fall 2007
by Evan Sander
After an exhaustive five-year search, Carleton has officially started an Arabic program with the hiring of Natalie Khazzaal. Khazzaal, a Bulgarian immigrant, is currently enrolled in a Ph. D. program at UCLA and will teach at Carleton for two years with an evaluation period at the end of the second year in order for the admisistration to assess the future of the Arabic program.

April Weather Wrap-Up


    I may have spoken too soon. The beginning of April did not exactly turn out to be the blessed, bright spring I had foolishly hoped it would be. We got those April showers, and even a little snow! Northfield saw at least a small amount of precipitation almost every day for the first 12 days of the month, and it rained a good amount about every third day. Temperatures dipped as low as 24 on the 6th, and as high as 43 on the 9th. On the 13th, we gained a little reprieve from the rain and what looked like another shot at those warm spring days we’d all been hoping for. But was it false hope?

    Not this time. The 13th and 14th were warm and sunny with highs in the 50’s. The 15th began a stint of warm but windy days. The warmer it got, the windier it got, progressing from 60 and breezy on the 15th, to 80 and flat out gusty on the 21st. Temps stayed fairly steady in the 70 degree range until the 24th and 25th, which saw a decrease in temperature, to a cooler 55. With that cooler temperature came much less wind. A high of 75 with little wind broke that correlation, and we were again free to enjoy the outdoors without a harsh wind. The highest temperature came on the 29th, a remarkable 85 degrees.

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