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This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere - May 15th, 2007

The 'Sphere, she is back. We're converted to 100% recycled electrons and washed our 'Destroy Entropy' t-shirt - it gets so dirty so quickly...

The Northfield Construction Company has a picture-filled post detailing their work on laying the foundation for the third First National Bank branch...

The workers need to carefully compact soils around the water and storm water piping to ensure there is no floor or pavement settlement in the building or parking lots. We also took delivery of the reinforcing steel for the foundation. This gets to be quite a pile of steel----all specially bent to match the requirements of the foundation.

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...

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Track Tournament May 19

The Area 10 Track & Field Competition for Special Olympics will be held in Northfield on Saturday, May 19 at Carleton College. Approximately 350 athletes from 11 southeastern Minnesota counties will participate in this event. Events include the running long jump, standing long jump, shot put, high jump, softball/ tennis ball throw, runs, walk, wheelchair events and pentathlon.

It takes approximately 125 volunteers to put this one-day event on and YOUR help is needed. Volunteers help as escorts, measurers, caller/recorder, retrievers, etc. The competition starts at 9:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies and concludes by 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. You will receive a t-shirt and lunch is provided for those who work all day. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Lori by email at If you have any questions, please call Robin 507-646-4155.

Baseball storytelling at the Grand - Video from April 12, 2007

A few weeks ago, there was a big event - "Baseball Storytelling" at the Grand Event center, with a veritable 'Who's Who' of Northfield baseball:

  • Ron Gardner
  • Peter Maus
  • Sandy Johnson
  • Bardwell Smith
  • Jim Dimick
  • Mike Allen
  • Chuck Engel
  • Jack Thurnblad
  • Bill Nelson

It's been converted to DVD and full-color, hi-res copies are available from the Northfield Historical Society. They've also been gracious enough to allow us to post it online here.

Patricia Ophaug sets four state swimming records

Northfield’s masters swim team, the Knightcrawlers, had three of  members compete in the Minnesota State Short Course Championships.  Patricia Ophaug, Mark Hansell, and Jeff Woods swam in the two day event at the University of Minnesota.  Masters swimming is open to people eighteen years or older, and the results are given by gender and age groups.

Patricia (Patsy) Ophaug aged up to 55-60 year-old age group this year and promptly rewrote the record book.  Patsy set new records in the 50 yard freestyle, the 50 yard backstroke, the 100 yard backstroke, and the 100 yard individual medley.  “I just felt good,” Patsy said.  “These are my best times in seven years!”  She will compete at the National Meet near Seattle later this month.

Mark Hansell and Jeff Woods also had a good meet setting personal records and placing well in their age groups.

The Knightcrawlers work out at Carleton’s West Gym pool and are coached by Brooke Larsen.  Interested swimmers, all abilities are welcomed, should contact Brian Cohn at 645-4151.

Enjoy the ride

Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of fitness columns by Jeff Woods, a local personal trainer. If you'd like to write about your fitness routine, a favorite class or experience, just let us know.

 People come to me and tell me that they want to get in shape, but what does it mean to be “in shape,” and how do you  know when you are there?   Being “in shape” basically refers to how efficient your cardiopulmonary system works.  How efficiently you can transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells where they are needed and how efficiently you can expel or metabolize the by products of this process.

Now, let's open up your hood and poke around your engine a bit and see what makes it work.  Where do your muscles actually get their energy or the fuel to do work?   The fuel in the gas tank is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).  How ATP is produced at the cellular level has everything to do with how “in shape” you are. 

This week in the Manitou Messenger



Kneser presents safety plan
By Stephanie SoucherayNews Editor
After last Monday’s mass murder on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., college campuses across the nation were faced with questions concerning campus security and emergency plans.

Speaker confronts ancient sacrifice
By Andrea Horbinski, Opinion Editor

On Monday afternoon, classicists and interested members of the St. Olaf community gathered in Dittmann 305 to hear Dr. Sarah P. Morris of UCLA, this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at Carleton College, to give a talk entitled “Isaac and Iphigenia: Human Sacrifice in Antiquity.”

Input sought for land use
By Emelie Heltsley, News Editor

Students and faculty gathered in Viking Theater Monday with two representatives of Boldt Consulting and Vice President of Facilities Pete Sandberg to present their opinions about the possible development of land around the College owned by St. Olaf.

This week in the Manitou Messenger



Immigration policy under fire
By Emelie Heltsley, News Editor
Political columnist Michelle Malkin critiqued U.S. immigration policy, uncovered myths about supporters of an open borders policy and fielded questions from the audience gathered in the Pause Tuesday night.

Scholars discuss international intervention laws
By Lisa Gulya, Opinion Editor
Nearly 70 people filled Viking Theatre Tuesday afternoon to hear “The Ethics of Intervention: A Responsibility to Protect?,” sponsored by the St. Olaf Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society. The annual spring forum, moderated by Assistant Professor of Political Science Anthony Lott, featured two prominent political scientists discussing the emerging international norm of the responsibility of states to intervene when large-scale human rights violations take place.

‘Shrew’ adds tragic element to Shakespearean comedy
By Cody Venzke, Contributing Writer

On April 11-15, the St. Olaf Theater Department presented William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.” Performing such a famous work can be a monumental task for any cast and crew. Each ensemble must live up to the audience’s expectations by maintaining the play’s original flair and also entertain by adding its own unique spin on the work.

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.

Spring training tips from Jeff Woods

Editor's note: Local strength training expert Jeff Woods has offered to write some columns about getting healthy, which we're publishing on Sundays. (Click here to read last week's column.) We'd love to see this grow into a regular series of stories and columns on all aspects of healthy living. If you'd like to participate, add a comment below or send an e-mail to

If you think Northfield is just another sleepy little midwestern town, try going downtown early on a Saturday morning in June. Packs of runners are coming and going, as well as groups of cyclists headed out for the open road. The Saturday morning yoga session at Heartwork Studio is packed and small bands of walkers are chatting and laughing as they head out. Northfield has an extraordinary number of very good athletes spanning all age groups and a large support group of peers for most any activity you choose. For me, there really is nothing like an early morning summer bike ride, sometimes by myself, and sometimes with a group, to make me feel strong and fast and just glad to be alive. Whatever activity you enjoy, it’s time to get going.

Hockey Assn. plans annual golf tourney

Submitted by Cheryl Buck

You’re invited to join us at the 11th annual NHA Youth Hockey Dinner and Golf Open on May 17 at the Northfield Golf Club.  There will be an 18-hole golf tournament, silent auction, and dinner.  The tournament begins at 1:00 p.m. with a shotgun start and dinner will be at 6:30.  All proceeds from the event directly benefit NHA skaters by providing scholarships, ice time, equipment, and skating opportunities.   This event has helped us to keep hockey fees as low as possible.

The outing is weeks away, but we your help now. The following opportunities are available for supporting this important event: 

  • Register for the Golf Tournament or, if you prefer not to golf, join us for dinner and the silent auction.  Registration forms are available on the NHA website at
  • Be a Golf Hole Sponsor
    Maroon Level $175

Strength training tips from Jeff Woods

Editor's note: Local strength training expert Jeff Woods has offered to write some columns about getting healthy, which we'll be publishing over the next few Sundays. We'd love to see this grow into a regular series of stories and columns on all aspects of healthy living. If you'd like to participate, add a comment below or send an e-mail to

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.  I’ll give you the bad news first.  Unless you have been exercising properly, you have been losing five to seven pounds of muscle every decade of your adult life.  It gets worse; you have been gaining a pound of fat every year since you were thirty, or ten pounds every decade. 

Now, before you stick your head in the oven and turn on the gas, let me tell you the good news.  Younger people can avoid the loss of muscle mass by a regular strength-training program and older people can replace lost muscle mass at any age! 

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

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