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St. Olaf's Penz a semifinalist for Draddy Trophy

PenzSt. Olaf Senior quarterback Matt Penz was one of 24 Division III football student-athletes honored as semifinalists for the all-divisions Draddy Trophy and National Football Foundation 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

One of college football's most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

Read the rest of the story at www.stolaf.edu.

St. Olaf's "Hi, Mom!" webcam makes appearance on NBC

In a recent feature story about "helicopter" parents, NBC's Today show highlighted St. Olaf's new "Hi, Mom!" webcam as an innovative way for parents to keep in touch with their kids in college.

A story about the webcam also appeared recently in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Read the rest of the story at www.stolaf.edu.

Funds available for activities that benefit Northfield youth

HCI logoThe Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants of up to $400 to support new Intergenerational Events and Youth Civic Engagement Events in the Northfield community.

HCI will award money to projects and activities that:

  • provide the opportunity for young people to develop positive intergenerational relationships with caring adults and/or
  • connect Northfield youth with their community

The application for funds is designed to be short and easy-to-complete. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis while funds are available and are reviewed monthly by the HCI Board. Applications should be received by the second Monday of the month to be considered at that month's board meeting.

Renaissance ensemble Piffaro to perform at St. Olaf

PiffaroLargePhiladelphia-based instrumental ensemble Piffaro will present a recital of Renaissance-era music at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at St. Olaf College's Boe Memorial Chapel. The performance, which is free and open to the public (and streamed live at stolaf.edu), is a chronological tour of Flemish musical innovations from the 15th and 16th centuries, focusing on composers Josquin des Prez, Nicholas Gombert and others.

In addition, members of the ensemble will present lecture/demonstrations, also free and open to the public, on Thursday, Oct. 6, including: Bob Wiemken, "Renaissance Double Reeds" (8 p.m. in Christiansen Hall of Music, room 233), Joan Kimball, "The Recorder and its Music" (8 p.m. in CHM 138), and "The Sackbut and Renaissance Brass Music" (9 p.m. in CHM 233).

Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

Buckthorn Menace project featured on KSTP news

buckthorn in the news The Buckthorn Menace project, a joint effort between Carleton, St. Olaf and the Northfield community, was featured yesterday on KSTP's 6 p.m. newscast. The project is a participatory environmental art installation designed to raise public awareness about the environmental damage caused by invasive plant species in Minnesota’s natural landscapes and wilderness areas. Volunteers are still needed to help clear buckthorn and work with artist Jim Proctor to create the installation pieces in the Carleton Arboretum and St. Olaf's Norway Valley.

The interview featured Proctor, along with Carleton's Mark McKone, professor of biology, and Nancy Braker, director of the Cowling Arboretum.

Floridians give Ole football sunny outlook

"St. Olaf's football resurgence has been aided by a bunch of guys who don't know Sven from Ole; who believe Paul Bunyan was fictional and suspect lefse might be real; who think sunshine is a birthright, not a reprieve." writes Jim Souhan in a Star Tribune story about a group of Floridians who've ventured north to play for the Oles.


Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

Mill Towns Trail video

Glenn Switzer dropped us a note the other day and it said:

This is a link to a newly produced video for the Mill Towns Trail. The video was produced by a recent St Olaf grad named Russell Anway, who does business as Anway Productions. He started his business as a Finstad Entrepreneurship Grant recipient on campus. He produced the informational video at the request of the Friends of the MTT, for use in informational presentations - to legislators and other officials, especially.

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Blood drive at Just Food RESCHEDULED

Oct 4 2007 12:00 pm
Oct 4 2007 5:00 pm

justfood logoJust Food Co-op is hosting a blood drive WHICH HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR Thursday, Oct. 4, from 12-5 p.m. at the store at 516 Water Street South. This is a great opportunity to help a lot of people!

If you'd like to give blood, please call us at 507-581-6049 or stop in today to make an appointment so we can make sure you don't have to wait in line.

ARTech School Board Elections

(Submitted by Tim Goodwin)

Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech Charter School) is seeking Northfield community members with an interest in serving on the board of directors for the school. ARTech is a publicly funded charter school in its fifth year of operation. The board of directors meets monthly to provide the organization with financial oversight, strategic planning and guidance adhering to its mission and vision.

If you are interested please contact Tim Goodwin, 507-663-8806 x 217.

Northfield Skateboard Coalition hosts omelet breakfast on Sunday

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition is hosting a second "All-You-Can-Eat Omelet Breakfast" at the American Legion this Sunday (September 16) from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The price is $8 for adults, $4 for children under the age of 12, and free for children under the age of 3. Tickets are available at the door. The Legion is located at 1055 N. Highway 3.

The young people in the Northfield Skateboard Coalition have worked extremely hard over the past 15 months to turn the idea of a youth-designed skateboard plaza into a reality. They remain committed to breaking ground on a plaza in 2008.

Please visit the Northfield Skateboard Coalition's website to learn more about the Coalition and their fund-raising and community-building efforts:

Spanish classes at Village on the Cannon begin Monday

Profesora Susana Two six-week series of beginning Spanish classes will be offered on Mondays, starting Sept. 17, in the Community Room of the Village on the Cannon, 301 West 7th Street, in Northfield. One class meets from 9-10:30 a.m. and the other from 7-8:30 p.m. The cost is $40 for the term, with a $5 materials fee.

The instructor is Susan Hvistendahl, who has taught continuing education for 30 years at the State University of New York at Purchase, Hudson Valley Community College and the Croton on Hudson school district. A St. Olaf graduate, she also studied at the University of Veracruz in Jalapa, Mexico. To register, please call the instructor at 507-650-0070.

HOPE Center Volunteer Advocate Training

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!! Fall Training 2007

HOPE Center is a county-wide, advocacy organization, providing direct services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. We are currently recruiting volunteers for our fall advocacy training.

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!

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