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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

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 (

Zach Pruitt is a member of the Northfield Tennis Association

This week in the Manitou Messenger


Iraq war protestors speak out
By Peter Farrell, Variety Editor
On the evening of March 20, 2003, the United States began to bomb Baghdad. Four years later, St. Olaf’s student-run Peace and Justice Organization commemorated the opening attack by launching Peace Week, hoping to raise awareness of the ongoing violence in Iraq and simultaneously promote non-violence, promote peaceful foreign policy solutions and encourage student agitation for peace.

From 'Shane' to 'Blood Diamond': Carleton professor lectures on real, disguised Western films
By Alyssa Kleven, Contributing Writer
On March 14, Carleton Chair of the Cinema and Media Studies program Professor Carol Donelan presented a lecture in Viking Theatre titled “Beyond the Shootout at the OK Corral: Real and Disguised Westerns from ‘Shane’ to ‘Blood Diamond’.” The lecture was sponsored by the Boldt Chair in the Humanities.

Summer Softball League meeting Wednesday

It is time to start thinking about summer!

this is a baseball, not a softballThe 2007 Northfield Community Services adult summer softball league meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) in room SS225. Fees, league nights, team rosters, and important dates will be discussed and team registration materials will be distributed.

League nights are as follows: Monday nights – Women’s Upper and Lower league, Tuesday nights – Men’s Lower league, and Wednesday nights – Men’s Upper league.

If you have any question or would like more information please contact Erin Mayberry at 507-664-3502 or

Mark Etzell is the Adult Enrichment Coordinator for the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division. 

This week in the Manitou Messenger


Journalist lectures: Augustine addresses news media
By Jean Mullins, Executive Editor
Journalist Seline Augustine spoke Tuesday in Viking as the second guest speaker in a series connected to the 2006-2007 theme, global citizenship. Director of International and Off-Campus Studies Eric Lund introduced Augustine, describing the purpose of the series of talks as being to foster a global perspective. Augustine, he said, has been a journalist for 30 years and is now an editor at The Hindu, one of the major English daily newspapers in India.

International Night entertains: Students celebrate multicultural forms of dance, music, art
By Anne Torkelson, Arts Editor
“Velkomen.” “Welcome.” “Bienvenidos.”  
To kick off the 41st annual International Night on March 10, 22 students wearing traditional dress and bearing flags processed one by one onto the Pause stage to name the country they represented and welcome the audience. Students, staff, friends and family crowded the Pause floor and balcony to watch 14 different performances of dance, music and martial arts. After the show the audience relocated to Stav Hall for a sampling of international foods.

YMCA, city, schools team up to host Healthy Kids Day

In the interest of full disclosure here, I'll start by noting that I am volunteering to help with publicity for this event. But it sounds like a lot of fun and something we'd be happy to write about even if I weren't involved.

And I know it's a little early but this will let you mark the date for one of the first big events for the new Northfield Area Family YMCA. The Y doesn't have a building yet, but its leaders are busy with new ideas.

The event – the first in Northfield – will combine the city’s annual bike safety rodeo with a host of other activities in and around the school. There will be a display of police, fire and ambulance vehicles as well as an emergency helicopter and visits by police dogs, coordinated by Northfield Police, Rice County’s Sheriff’s Department and Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services. Key local co-sponsors include the City of Northfield, Northfield Public Schools Community Services and the Healthy Community Initiative, along with dozens of organizations who will offer activities and displays.

Northfield in the news

According to this story in the Strib, the Northfield colleges performed very well in the NCAA Div III Swimming and Diving Championships in Houston, TX:

St. Olaf swimmer Nelson Westby won the national title in the 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA Division III men's swimming and diving championships Thursday in Houston.

There's more in the story, one student from Carleton and a team from the Oles. 

This week in the Manitou Messenger

Ambassadors support exchange
By Emelie Heltsley
, News Editor

U.S. Ambassador to Norway Benson Whitney and Norwegian Ambassador to the United States Knut Vollebaek spoke with students, members of the administration and the media Wednesday afternoon as part of their joint tour to promote study abroad opportunities.

Peace protests unite dissenters
By Anya Galli, Contributing Writer
Peace and political protests are bizarre microcosms of the American population. They are instant communities of people from drastically different backgrounds joining together out of a conviction for a common cause, a beautifully cohesive representation of freedom of speech and peaceable assembly. When else can you find entire convents of nuns marching beside anarchist, angst-ridden teenagers?

This Week in The Carletonian

Eyes on Africa hopes to raise awareness
By Evan Sander '10
Former Prime minister of Somalia Ali Khalif Galaydh headlined a day long forum titled, “Eyes on Africa: Voices of Today, Visions of Tomorrow.” Saturday’s event featured prominent speakers as well as student panels who gave their insights on the continent’s current situation and future.

Proposed housing ordinance would affect off-campus housing
By Shane Auerbach '10
After an extended study that began in March of last year, the Northfield City Council is now discussing and drafting a new rental housing ordinance which could be enacted as soon as March 19.

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, March 5, 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, plans for adult and junior spring/summer play, and junior player development programs.

For more information, contact Eric Lundin (663-7705, or Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984,

Zach Pruitt is a member of the Northfield Tennis Association.

This week in the Manitou Messenger


Candidates Argue
By Stephanie Soucheray, News Editor
The St. Olaf Student Government Association's (SGA) elections were held this Thursday. Candidates for positions with the Diversity Celebrations Committee (DCC), the Student Activities Committee (SAC), Student Alumni Association (SAA), as well as other organizations presented their platforms to the student body on Monday night in a candidate forum held in Viking Theater.

Boe unveiled
By Emelie Heltsley, News Editor
After months of preparing, waiting, tuning, voicing and remodeling, Boe Chapel and the new Holtcamp organ will finally be featured this weekend in celebratory events aimed at showing members of the St. Olaf community and other visiting guests what the renovated space is capable of doing. While the chapel is not fully finished, the space is completed to the point where, as Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ Music John Ferguson said, “It is appropriate to pause and celebrate.”

NYBA Spring Registration is under way.

The Northfield Youth Baseball Association (NYBA) has started its 2007 Spring Baseball League Registration.  New this year is the NYBA Website.  It has all of the information that you will need...from online registration to online payment to the NYBA Store to schedules, rosters and more.

To view the website go to and click on the Northfield Youth Baseball Association link.  There will be a walk-in registration on Saturday, March 10th from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the Northfield Middle School commons area.

Games begin April 21 (grades 7-8 may vary) and are played at Sechler Park.  Coaches will schedule all practices and will contact players the weekend of April 7.  Each player receives a team shirt and hat.    Spring season ends June 2, with the exception of Grades 7 - 8.  Summer baseball registration for grades 4 – 6 will be held in May.

NHS gymastics team finishes 6th at state

The NHS gymnastics team finished sixth at state yesterday. This is the first time that the gymnastics team has made it to state.

Congratulations, girls. Good job this year.

This Week in The Carletonian

Singer, Fritz elected to lead CSA
By Kyle Kramer ‘10
With a voter turnout of over 60 percent, Carleton students elected Tim Singer ’08 and Peter Fritz ’08 as Carleton Student Association President and Vice-President, respectively. Becca Bartram ’09 was elected secretary, unopposed. Singer, who ran on a platform of campus sustainability, beat challenger Cherise Jones by 20 votes.

Civil rights leader Minnijean Brown Trickey delivers convocation
By Evan Sander ‘10
One of the nine African-American students to desegregated Little Rock Central High, Trickey spoke of the harassment and personal safety risks in going to school in 1959. “It made no sense for me to blame my fellow white students for the terror that they were demonstrating towards us, but to look deeply at the whole institution which incited that and made it possible,” Trickey said. Trickey is currently a civil rights activist and worked during the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

This week in The Carletonian

Editor's note: This week we're adding a new feature, headlines from The Carletonian, the student newspaper of Carleton College. The paper isn't online yet, but you can email to subscribe and get the full stories. Thanks to Carletonian editor Jake Zivin for making this possible. 

CSA Senate elections underway
By Eric Yiu '08
Student candidates push their platforms this week, as polls remain open for Carleton Student Association Senate spots. Outgoing student senators are leaving president, vice-president, and secretary positions open for the taking. 

Bookstore loses money for fourth year in a row
By Ben Blink '10

Because of increased competition with online textbook sellers Carleton’s college-owned bookstore is facing its fourth straight year without turning a profit. The American Booksellers Association says that between 2003 and 2008 the number of online textbook sales will double, while overall sales will remain flat. The increased tendency for students to hunt for less expensive textbooks is not the only purchasing trend hurting the bookstore.

Students protest Darfur genocide
By Lisa Otto '10

Roughly 30 students laid down in the snack bar area to protest the genocide in Darfur. The event was called a “die-in” for Darfur and similar events have been happening across the country at different college campuses. The goal was to spread awareness about the crisis in Darfur. “This way is a little more effective that tabling,” says Seflana Matambo ’08, “it’s the shock factor.”

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