Library Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:18pm
Event date: April 12, 2017
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

St. Olaf graduates lead charge to bring micro distillery to downtown Faribault

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:00pm
Now a year into the renovation, the men behind 10,000 Drops micro distillery − who are looking to open the business in the Peterson Arts building in downtown Faribault − inched closer to opening their business this week.
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Plans developing for Northfield economic summit in June

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 2:59pm
Northfield is about two months away from serving as the host of a Micropolitan Summit.
Categories: Local News

Saving and Sharing Seeds for your Victory Garden

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 2:45pm
Event date: April 22, 2017
Event Time: 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057
Program Presented by Pat Benson Founder of Eden Valley Seed Library

'August: Osage County' presents challenge for St. Olaf theater students

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:46pm
Decades worth of familial tension erupts to the surface in “August: Osage County,” and through the course of three acts, St. Olaf College students are exploring the fissures that lead to an explosion of emotion with their production of the…
Categories: Local News

Minnesota House OKs teacher licensing overhaul

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:30pm
The Minnesota Legislature is moving ahead with what many agree is a long overdue overhaul of the way the state licenses educators.
Categories: Local News

Local drug task force growing larger and arresting more

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:22am
Drugs were the topic of conversation at Tuesday’s Rice County Board of Commissioners meeting.
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Sibley fifth-graders construct paper cranes for display at The Rare Pair

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:28am
Students from Paula Baragary’s fifth-grade class at Sibley Elementary spent the month of February constructing paper cranes as part of a collaboration project with The Rare Pair.
Categories: Local News

Fines could soon increase for drivers violating rules around school buses

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:26am
Motorists who violate safety rules around school buses could soon face more expensive fines.
Categories: Local News

Northfield’s negative meal balance small compared to area districts

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:00am
In 2014, Faribault Public Schools modified the implementation of its delinquent meal account policy that shifted punishment away from students. The next year, the district’s negative meal balance roughly tripled to nearly $21,000.
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April 4, 2017 Poem: “Rain on Mars”

Winona Media (Leslie Schultz) - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:46am

Rain on Mars

They all say it’s impossible.
Our weather wizards agree:
it’s as highly implausible
as a mesmerizing story,

or blue wisps of lyric
glued to scaffolded iron,
some scrambled chimeric
with the head of a lion.

Cold spring times on Mars
blows with blossoms of rust.
When you reach for the stars,
what you’ll find is: just dust.

Those are the facts
for what they are worth.
For magical acts
down here on Earth,

if you’d rather ponder
how things might look,
then climb up over yonder,
and dive into a book.

Leslie Schultz

This sculpture, just a few blocks from my house, is one I see most days. It inspires me, and I have been contemplating a poem about it for many months. Not this poem!  A deeper, more reflective, true-science under-girded epic was what I imagined. This actual silly set of verses was inspired by the sculpture’s name and its siting. Perhaps I can write the one I imagine in the future.

Mars has long fascinated me, too. It was thrilling to send through NASA’s visionary program of poetry and probes, one of my haiku about the red planet on the MAVEN mission. And it was fiction–specifically reading Ray Bradbury’s classic, The Martian Chronicles, when I was in middle school–that ignited my imagination about the cosmos. Still not much of an astrophysicist, but I can identify Mars in the sky these days and tell a planet from a star.

Here on Earth, I feel very glad and so lucky to live in a place that values art and science–a place of the joy in liberal arts. This sculpture project, fourth one in a series created by students at the Northfield High School, was funded by a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) with money made possible by Minnesota’s visionary Legacy Amendment, and supported enthusiastically by the City and the people of Northfield.

So, today, if I can’t be Martian, color me Minnesotan!


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Planning Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:43am
Event date: April 20, 2017
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

HPC Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:23am
Event date: April 20, 2017
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Hundreds sign up for Section 8 housing in three-day window

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:15am
Rice County Housing Department staff were flooded March 29-31 with 263 heads of households seeking rental relief through Section 8 housing.
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Rice County court logs for April 3

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:00am
Here are the court dispositions for April 3.
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Rice County public safety reports for April 3

Northfield News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 8:52am
Below are selected incidents from the media reports for April 3:
Categories: Local News

Daily Tanka: Fog

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:02pm

Fog, not rain, is snow’s
Warm-season sibling. Rain just
Obeys gravity.
Snow and fog wait for you to
Notice their hovering work.

Categories: Citizens

Three Minnesota tax plans have $1 billion differential

Northfield News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 7:06pm
Minnesotans have time to lobby state leaders about wildly varying tax cuts proposals.
Categories: Local News

Despite ‘serious concerns,’ Dayton to allow health insurance rescue plan become law

Northfield News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 3:57pm
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will allow a rescue plan for the state’s individual insurance market to become law despite having “serious concerns” about how Republican lawmakers wrote the bill.
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From St. Olaf to Silicon Valley

St. Olaf College - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:39pm

In addition to working on the “All About Olaf” app, Elijah Verdoorn ’18 serves as the chief technology officer for the Student Government Association and completed a software development internship at Proto Labs. He recently accepted a summer internship with Pandora.

Want to know all about Olaf? Just ask St. Olaf College student Elijah Verdoorn ’18.

Verdoorn led the creation of the latest version of a mobile app called “All About Olaf,” which provides menus, building hours, calendars, and much more on an easily accessible platform for students’ convenience.

Drew Volz ’16, Hawken Rives ’16, and Matt Kilens ’16 began work on All About Olaf in the summer of 2013. In 2016 Verdoorn joined the development team to help expand the capabilities of the app, now installed by more than half of the St. Olaf student body.

All About Olaf isn’t Verdoorn’s only contribution to campus life. He also serves as the chief technology officer for the Student Government Association (SGA), heading the team that keeps its site Oleville up and running.

Verdoorn first became interested in working with computers when his parents asked him to set up their home Wi-Fi router.

This interest in computers led Verdoorn to major in computer science and mathematics at St. Olaf and pursue a summer internship with Proto Labs, which the Star Tribune has called “one of Minnesota’s leading technology companies.” St. Olaf alumnus Brad Cleveland ’82, the former CEO of Proto Labs, helped the Piper Center for Vocation and Career develop an entrepreneurial competition called Ole Cup.

As a software development intern at Proto Labs, Verdoorn was tasked with writing code to manage manufacturing processes, quality assurance, and order management. Not only did he improve his software development skills through the internship, but he also learned more about the value of teamwork.

“In the professional world, there are no lone wolf programmers,” says Verdoorn. “You always work in a team.”

Verdoorn is considering software engineering and research as potential career paths after graduating from St. Olaf.

To further explore the software engineering field, Verdoorn recently accepted an internship with Pandora Media. As part of the Android team, he will be contributing to the development of the Pandora mobile app.

“I’m especially excited about this opportunity because it is out of Oakland, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley,” says Verdoorn. “Having traveled there with the Piper Center for the Connections Program trip over Interim break this year, I’m looking forward to returning to the Bay Area.”

The Piper Center’s Connections Program connects students with St. Olaf’s vast network of alumni nationwide, specifically in metropolitan areas. The trips are focused on industries in particular cities with a critical mass of alumni, who help students broaden their perspective on what they can do with a liberal arts education.

“My time at St. Olaf has taught me so much, not only in the classroom but also from student organizations and other out-of-the-classroom opportunities,” Verdoorn says. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back to the St. Olaf community through All About Olaf, and I look forward to continuing my education through the many opportunities that St. Olaf has afforded me.”

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