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St. Olaf Christmas Festival a hit with Fandango fans

The simulcast of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival hit a high note at Fandango.com, where it landed in the top 10 fan-rated shows.

Those who attended the live broadcast posted more than 200 reviews at Fandango, a website that provides moviegoers with reviews, commentary, trailers and tickets.

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Rebuilding the steeple on the 1862 Valley Grove Church

Saga of the Stone Church Steeple

valley grove stone church The 1862 stone church is the crown jewel of the Valley Grove site. It was built by the pioneers under extremely arduous conditions. The workmanship was uneven but considering it was built by volunteer labor using hand tools and local materials, it is a monument to ingenuity and hard work. Saving the stone church is nothing less than a tribute to the Norwegian immigrants who overcame incredible hardships.

It was also in terrible shape.

Because only fire can cause more damage than water, replacing the roof was priority one. But when we fixed the roof, we discovered that repairing the steeple was just as important, if not more so. The steeple had been leaking off and on since it was built 145 years ago. The rot was so extensive, it was obvious it had to be replaced (NOT repaired) immediately. This could NOT wait.

Read on for the rest of the story and lots of photos...

Two St. Olaf students named Rhodes Scholars

St. Olaf students Ishanaa Rambachan '08, Apple Valley, Minn., and Nicole Novak '08, Iowa City, Iowa, are among the 32 students from across the United States recently selected as Rhodes Scholars by the Rhodes Trust. The two seniors are the college's eighth and ninth Rhodes Scholars since 1910, and the fourth and fifth since 1997.

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson '74 says the most important thing about Rambachan and Novak receiving Rhodes Scholarships is the opportunities it will provide for them.

See the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

Turkey Trot draws runners, walkers, families, kids, dogs -- and money to fight polio

Cullen O'Neill takes third straight title in Rotary Turkey Day run

The weather was freezing, the volunteers were nervous...but soon the runners started drifting toward the registration table for the 7th Rotary Turkey Day 5K Run, better known as the Turkey Trot. Within an hour, hundreds of people packed the Northfield Golf Club, then took to the snow-dusted streets. Just 19 minutes and 42 seconds later, Cullen O'Neill breezed across the finish line to take his third straight title. Megan Kelly won the women's division in 20:47. The race is a holiday tradition, but this year it also is raising thousands of collars to help Rotary International 's initiative to eradicate polio in the world.

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So what are your Thanksgiving plans? What are you thankful for?

pumpkin_pies Turkey Day (Tofu-rkey for the vegetarians among us) is almost upon us, so what are your plans?  Traveling?  Cooking?  Football?  Parades? Braving the crowds during Black Friday?   Cooking footballs?  Share your plans and ideas in the comment section.

And if you're especially thankful for anything this year, speak up too - this holiday's for you.

Lowering the Carleton windmill blades

Weldon Hogie sent in ten great pictures of the work being on the Carleton windmill:

Here are a series of pictures taken last Friday afternoon of the removal and lowering of the blades from the Carleton Wind Turbine.

The really great thing about these images is that you can see the scale of the motor and blades as those are people working there, just dwarfed by the whole thing.

There's an experimental slideshow inside or you can click here to view a full-screen slideshow...

Thanksgiving Vacation for N.org

tom-turkey We'll be taking some Thanksgiving vacation this week - Wednesday through Friday or Saturday.  The site will still be working, but no updates will be posted.  If you've got something that you'd like posted for the weekend, please submit it before Wednesday afternoon.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Northfield Public Library's artwork online

lib-artBack when I was a board member for the NPL, I found myself with several opportunities to walk the building when I wasn't looking for books.  This changes the library's appearance from rows upon rows of book spines to an actual building with stairs, windows, worn carpeting near popular sections, and (surprisingly to me) lots and lots of pictures and art displays.

Apparently, I wasn't the only one who enjoyed them as the NPL has posted a gallery of their artwork online.   Kudos to them.

At left, Solomon P. Stewart - former mayor and state representative in the 1800s.

My favorite piece is Vikings by Dorothy Divers, which features a poor soul taking an axe to the head and limbs everywhere.  It's upstairs near the copy machine and new release section.

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere for November 12th, 2007

Homemade bagels; 150 hours outdoors; New bank branch nearly complete; flower beds; Just Foods Co-op


The 'Sphere is back, baby.  Just in time too, as today marks the 38th37th anniversary of what Dave Barry calls the "most wonderful event in the history of the universe", namely the Oregon Highway Division attempting to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives.  Says Dave:

The responsibility for getting rid of the carcass was placed upon the Oregon State Highway Division, apparently on the theory that highways and whales are very similar in the sense of being large objects.

If you haven't watched the video, you are missing out on something utterly sublime.  What's that?   The Blogo-what now?  Oh, right, right, sorry...

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Audio: Kevin Kling reads "The Dog Says How" via River City Books

Visit RCB! River City Books has audio from Kevin Kling reading from "The Dog Says How" for the Northfield Reads! community book club:

I have to admit I was quite surprised. Somehow, listening to Kling, every one of his stories got funnier and funnier. They were even better aloud than when I was reading them in my quiet little nest. Man, it really was a great night.

Click here or on the picture to visit the blog and listen to the stories.

St. Olaf to celebrate past, future Fulbright accomplishments

Nov 15 2007 11:20 am
Nov 15 2007 8:00 pm

FulbrightPosters06 On Thursday, Nov. 15, St. Olaf College will host its annual Fulbright Symposium Day. The day's events will include a public poster session in the Buntrock Commons Crossroads (11:20 a.m.-12:35 p.m.) featuring the proposals of this year's Fulbright applicants. The final event of the day will be a panel discussion at 7 p.m. in Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons with four St. Olaf alumni who are former Fulbright scholars.

Karen de Bartolome, executive director of the Institute of International Education's Rocky Mountain Regional Center, will deliver the day's keynote address at 4 p.m. in Viking Theater.

St. Olaf Professor of History Robert Entenmann to present Ly's lessons in Mellby Lecture

Nov 13 2007 7:30 pm
Nov 13 2007 8:30 pm

Entenmann Robert Entenmann, professor of history, Asian studies and East Asian history, will give this fall's Mellby Lecture on Andreas Ly, an 18th century Chinese Catholic priest whom Entenmann has researched for more than 20 years. The event, which is free and open to the public, is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Buntrock Commons Viking Theater.

As a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, Entenmann stumbled upon Ly while studying migration to Southwest China during the 18th Century. Entenmann decided that he wanted his research on Chinese Catholics to be more "China centered" than "mission centered," and began focusing on Ly, a man who juggled the tensions of being Chinese and a Catholic priest. "He did a good job of recognizing both," Entenmann says.

St. Olaf Band Day to feature alumnus conductor

Nov 10 2007 4:00 pm
Nov 10 2007 6:00 pm

QianJun07 The St. Olaf Department of Music will host its annual Festival of Bands gathering Saturday, Nov. 10, featuring Ken Hakoda '96, music director/conductor of the Salina Symphony in Salina, Kan. Also known as Band Day, this year's event will pair some 160 top high school instrumentalists with the St. Olaf Band and Norseman Band for a day-long workshop. The festival will culminate with a free public concert in Skoglund Center Auditorium at 4 p.m.

The performance will be streamed live and archived online.

Tech: Herding 77,000 cats with one mouse

Membership drive; Statistics - up, way up; We get mail; Widgets; Volunteers; New ideas?

stats-screenshot Okay, so first things first: We're holding a membership fundraising drive.  You've seen that little banner at the top of the site?  The site runs on a shoestring, it really does, but we still have a few costs.  And we've got two ways to offset that cost: banner advertising and our annual membership drive.  Membership costs $20 (feel free to give more, of course) and is tax-deductible.  NCO is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so you can rest assured that we're not using the donations for monocle polish while we sit on our yacht - every dime goes right back into the site.  If you like the idea of citizen journalism and the work that we do, please consider becoming a member - we've got a goal of 100Why, you can even click right here to go right to the donation page.

Stats: 2007 has been a banner year for us.  You want numbers?  We've got all kinds, shapes, and sizes.  In the past year we've had...

  • 513,135 page views
  • 217,413 visits
  • 77,350 unique visitors
  • Roughly 1,000 views each work day.
  • 1,460 stories from...
  • 149 different authors...
  • And we won 1 international award.

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St. Olaf's Holtkamp organ breaks out

Boe OrganWhen the American Guild of Organists (AGO) national convention comes to the Twin Cities next summer, participants will be meeting in churches all over the metro area. And while none of the events will actually take place on the St. Olaf campus, all participants will enjoy the sounds of St. Olaf's new Holtkamp organ in the recently renovated Boe Memorial Chapel. During the convention each participant will receive a recording of a collection of newly commissioned pieces by six Minnesota composers that was recorded in the chapel using the college's new state-of-the-art recording equipment.

The project is a collaboration between the AGO, which commissioned the works, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, which will produce the project, and St. Olaf, which donated the use of the chapel, organ and recording equipment. While the guild routinely produces a collection of printed music for their conventions, the concept of an accompanying CD is new.

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

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