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Northfield improves its "Energy Challenge" standings

Watch out Roseville, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka...Northfield has moved into the top 20 in the Minnesota Energy Challenge!

Northfield has responded to the call for energy conservation in a big way! In less than two months as an official participant in the Minnesota Energy Challenge, Northfield now ranks 18th among the 441 Minnesota cities that are taking part in this statewide energy conservation program, and you can help us move even higher in the standings!

The Minnesota Energy Challenge is a state-wide campaign through which Minnesotans can take simple and cost effective steps to reduce our use of energy, and our resulting share of CO2 emissions. The Northfield Environmental Quality Commission and City Council are encouraging participation in this conservation program as an important parallel to the City’s commitment to the Cities for Climate Protection Initiative (CCCP), a commitment to reduce the City’s share of CO2 emissions.  


YMCA says thanks

The Northfield Area Family YMCA held its first annual Healthy Kids Day event at the Northfield Middle School on Saturday, April 14. As a first-time event, we were not sure what level of attendance to expect.  Imagine our delight and surprise to find that somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 people came out to help celebrate children’s health!  With so much in the news of late around preventable health epidemics such as obesity, diabetes, teen suicide and others, it is gratifying to know that people in our local communities are willing to take a proactive approach, even if it means simply “putting play in their day” as the theme suggests.

 

There are many people and organizations who made the event possible and so successful, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank three important groups. Our first thanks go to everyone who came with children and families - the support of this community and its response to the day was overwhelming. We couldn't stop smiling all day! One lesson learned is that we should have had someone at the door counting folks as they entered.


This week in the Maintou Messenger

 

 

‘Ole Spring Relief II’ succeeds
By Miriam Samuelson, Contributing Writer

On Saturday, March 24, about 150 St. Olaf students awoke early to board vans for a long ride to New Orleans. While many college students spend their break on the beach or catching up on homework, these students dedicated their week to cleaning up the still-present Hurricane Katrina damage on St. Olaf’s second annual service trip to New Orleans.

Anderson addresses loan fraud inquiries
By Kirstin Fawcett, Staff Writer


In a letter mailed recently to the parents of St. Olaf’s student body, President David R. Anderson ‘74 addressed Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s concerns over a recent student loan scandal that has swept through colleges and universities across the country.


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.


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