Raymond Jake Jacobson

Raymond “Jake” Jacobson, age 91 of Northfield, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Northfield following a short illness. He was Professor Emeritus in Art at Carleton College where he taught for many years and local Northfield sculptor.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, May 12th at Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel in Northfield with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday 1 hour prior to Services at the Chapel.

Raymond “Jake” Jacobson is survived by his wife Jeanne; son Bob of Mendocino, CA; daughters Rebecca Heines of Durham, NC, Linda Jacobson and husband Marc Chanliau of Sonoma, CA; grandchildren Jay, Josh, and Brandon Heines, Jessica Singh and husband Virinder, Zachary and Tyler Morrison; and great grandchild Jagger Singh.

A complete obituary will follow.

Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

Pick of the Week: "Our Treasures" at Carleton's Perlman Teaching Museum


This is Northfield’s last week to enjoy a spectacular visiting exhibit of American art at the Perlman Teaching Museum in Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity. The exhibit is “Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art,” and it ends on Tuesday, May 8. The exhibit includes thirty works by well-known American artists like Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Romare Bearden, Christo, and Paul Manship. Among the highlights are three spectacular bronze sculptures by Manship (1885-1966), the St. Paul sculptor best known for this sculpture Prometheus, which forms the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Daryl Robinson


Daryl Robinson, age 62, of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 4th. at 10:00 am at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield.  The Northfield Veterans Organization will provide full military honors following the service at the funeral home.  Visitation will be held on Friday from 8:30 am until the hour of the service.

Daryl James Robinson, the son of James Harry and Esther Emily (Stieg) Robinson was born on October 30, 1949 in Faribault.  He grew up in Cannon Falls and graduated from the Cannon Falls High School in 1967.  Daryl served in the Air Force from 1968 until 1972 as an aircraft technician in the United States and Germany.

The Oresteia in Northfield: Carleton to Stage Local Poet's Adaptation of Greek Tragedy

Orestes (Josh Davids) and Clytemnestra (Chelsea Lau)Standing in front of Bob Gregory-Bjorklund’s theater class at ARTech, I asked the students what they enjoyed most about being involved in theater. Half a dozen hands shot up. I called on a boy in the back row.

“I like how everyone works together,” he said.

The other students agreed: the best thing about being involved in theater is the sense of community it creates.

Skatepark Update: Park Board Recommends Riverside Park for Temporary Skatepark


At their meeting on Thursday evening, April 19, the Northfield Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted to recommend Riverside Park as the location of a temporary skate park for the 2012 season.  Riverside Park is the home of a preexisting asphalt pad on which (after sealcoating) the skateboard equipment can be temporarily installed.

The vote came after a discussion in which some residents of the Village on the Cannon (VOC), which adjoins Riverside Park, voiced concerns about locating a skatepark near senior citizens housing. Some of the residents of VOC fall into the category of vulnerable adults. Skateboarding advocates said they understood these concerns, and promised to work together with residents of VOC, with The Key, and with city officials, to educate skateboarders about their responsibilities.

Local Issue: Skatepark

Discussions about a permanent skateboard park in Northfield began six years ago, in June 2006, when a group of local youth organized the Northfield Skateboard Coalition. The Coalition, spearheaded by Joe McGowan, pitched their idea to the Northfield Parks and Recreation Board, and began fundraising for a skatepark. Between October 2006 and April 2007, $10,000 was raised through a matching grant from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.  In 2011, the Northfield Union of Youth acquired equipment for a skateboard park, which is currently being stored by the city.

John Maakestad

John Maakestad, age 83 of rural Nerstrand, Professor Emeritus in Art at St. Olaf College where he taught for 37 years, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in Little Rock, AR following a brief illness. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, April 21st at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with a visitation Saturday 1 hour prior to Services at the Church. A reception will follow the Services.

Another Great Respite Event at Laura Baker Services Association


Though we had hoped to get outside to kick off Spring, Laura Baker Services Association's spring-themed respite event last Saturday was still full of fun and one of the most successful yet!

Nine kids showed up to participate with what seemed like a record number of volunteers, making it a particularly high energy occasion—an afternoon full of laughs and shouts. We even celebrated a birthday.

Exciting group and team games included the giant parachute used to launch balls; a large scale game of rock-paper-scissors; and a volleyball-like game with the goal of getting all the balls on the other team’s side before time runs out. Crafts went over well too, and many kids went home with lovely handmade crowns, butterfly mobiles, and flower wheels.

Article on Laura Baker Services Association in this month's Northfield Entertainment Guide

Laura Baker Millis and Laura Baker

Did you know that Northfield’s own Laura Baker Services Association is 114 years old? What about the history of the woman who started it, Laura Baker herself? This month’s issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide features a great article by local writer-Susan Hvistendal-on LBSA, chronicling the organization’s journey throughout the century from it’s amazingly progressive roots to its extraordinary impact today.

KYMN reports sale of the Northfield Hospital

KYMN posted a story this morning, reporting on the imminent sale of the Northfield Hospital:

The Northfield Hospital Board of Directors have announced they have reached an agreement to sell the facility and its clinics to retail giant Walmart, signaling the Arkansas-based behemoth’s long-awaited entrance into the healthcare industry.

The company’s website today is trumpeting the arrival of the “Walspital” in Northfield.

Click here to visit the KYMN website and read the entire article.

Three-Season Athlete Excels at a New Sport: Poetry Recitation


On February 11, Andrew Wilson faced a choice. As a member of the Northfield High School boys varsity swimming and diving team, he could compete in the Missota Conference finals in Northfield, or he could head about 50 miles south to Mantorville to compete in the regional round of the Poetry Out Loud competition. Wilson chose to recite poetry.

Actually, the choice had been made three weeks earlier, when Wilson became aware of the conflict and approached Coach Davis to request permission to attend the Poetry Out Loud semifinals. It’s an indication of his character that Wilson not only obtained his coach’s permission, but was later chosen as one of the captains of next year’s swim team.

It’s an exceptional student who has to make the kind of choice that Andrew Wilson made, but Wilson—an ARTech junior who is also a star of the Northfield cross country and track teams—takes it all in stride.

“I like sports that make you push yourself to be your individual best,” Wilson says. “Sports like swimming and running—and reciting poetry.”

Wallace Garlough


Wallace (Wally) Garlough, age 87, formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Lodge of Natchez in Elko. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, March 21st at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield with visitation 1 hour prior to the services. Burial 3:30 pm Wednesday at the Itasca Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

Wallace Carton Garlough was born April 28, 1924 in Calumet, MN, the oldest of four sons born to Wallace and Leona (Hauck) Garlough. He was raised in Calumet and graduated from Greenway High School. He then attended Itasca State Junior College where he played on their football team. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and served during WWII.

In 1946 he was united in marriage to Faye Pearl Peterson while attending the University of Minnesota where he graduated with a degree in Zoology. He was then recalled into the Navy at the start of the Korean Conflict and was discharged in 1950.

Martha Whitehead

Lawrence Korda D.D.S.

Missing Kitten

Kitten lost on night of Thursday, February 23.  Black with tan splotches, named Myrtle.  

Please call 507/412-0516 or return to 812 College Street, Northfield.  There is a reward.

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