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Football: Raiders lose to Holy Angels in OT

The Raiders traveled to Richfield to take on Holy Angels in their final Missota conference game.  They lost 14-7 in OT dropping their season record to 4-4 and their Missota conference record to 3-4.

Playoffs start next week.

Who says city politics is boring? Mayor Lansing sues three city councilors and the city administrator

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Update 1: The StarTribune has posted a story that goes into much more detail about the matter, mentioning the liquor story, leaked city documents, and what the Mayor is trying to get from the suits (city councilor dismissals, compensation):

When City Attorney Maren Swanson learned that the packet had been distributed, the complaint says, she told council members not to give it to anyone.

Swanson could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

In spite of her warning, the complaint says, Council Member Jon Denison gave a copy to the local newspaper, which ran a lengthy story on its contents.

Original: The Northfield News posted this story on its website today, but it's still pretty scant on reasons why...


Mayor Lee Lansing has filed suit against City Administrator Al Roder and councilors Noah Cashman, Jon Denison and James Pokorney for violations of the state open meetings and public records laws, according to sources with knowledge of the lawsuit.

Is this related to the ongoing Liquor Store/conflict of interest battle? If anyone has any more information, feel free to leave a comment. We'll keep this story updated as the news unfolds...

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Wayne Eddy to be inducted into Hall of Fame; Tribute to man killed in Northfield Saturday; Northfield mentioned as "Great Neighborhood"; Northfielders appear on Judge Judy

downtown-nfld-flickr Wayne Eddy is mentioned in this Strib article as one of the upcoming inductees to the MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame...

Shelby will get more accolades from his peers Oct. 27, when he'll be inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame along with 10 other Minnesota groundbreakers: Omni Broadcasting founder Lou Buron, Northfield radio favorite Wayne Eddy, MPR interviewer Gary Eichten, wrestling giant Verne Gagne, late-night legend Franklin Hobbs, KSTP photojournalist Brad Jacobs, perfect pitchman Mel Jass, WCCO radio exec Clayton Kaufman, sportscaster Ray Scott and small-market operator Dean Sorenson.

More inside...

Football: Knights, Oles win; Raiders lose to Prior Lake

nn-raider-fb The Northfield Raider football team fell to 4-3 on the season with a 19-29 loss at Prior Lake.  They've got a game on Wednesday at Holy Angels.

The Northfield High School football team had 10 penalties, committed two turnovers and didn't score in the second half in a 29-19 loss at Prior Lake Friday night at Dan Patch Stadium.

The Carleton Knights raised their record to 3-3 with a 31-17 victory over Hamline.  They host Augsburg next weekend.

Carleton got its running game on track, piling up a season-best 196 yards on the ground, with another 320 yards coming through the air. On defense, Carleton limited Hamline to only 101 yards via the passing game and 81 with the running game.

...and the Oles hung on to win a wild one by a single point over Concordia, 52-51.  Olaf hosts Bethel next Saturday.

There was no shortage offense. Concordia ran 91 plays for 540 yards while St. Olaf had 62 for 454. Each team had seven touchdowns, two punts, an interception and a field goal on 11 drives.

Man killed in train ride accident in Northfield

KARE 11 ScreenshotA man was killed in Northfield yesterday during a local traditional small gauge railroad exhibit. William Paget was killed as he tried to prevent a train car from tipping over. None of the people inside the car were injured. More from Kare-11:

Authorities say William Paget was the brakeman on the caboose which was attached to an engine rail car. The caboose, which was carrying three adults and five children, started to tip as it went around a curve at a slow rate of speed.

Click here for a link to the video report from KARE-11.

Update 1: Stephanie Aitken submitted this picture of the efforts to lift the fallen caboose. (from yesterdays local small gauge railroad train exhibit in Northfield)

NCC update on the M-O-M/Jacobson sculpture

jacob-momThe Northfield Construction Company has an update on their weblog detailing how the (eventual) new downtown sculpture is going to be placed at M-O-M until the new location is ready...

The concrete base is now in place and curing. Before too long the sculpture will arrive in Northfield and be placed on the base. We can enjoy it in this temporary location as we pass by on highway 19 by Malt-O-Meal.

Volleyball: Oles win, Raiders win and lose; Knights lose for only the second time.

St. Olaf VB Team The Carleton Knight volleyball team lost for only the second time all year, dropping three straight to Bethel...

The two areas that caused the Knights the biggest problems were passing and the service game. Carleton had nine service errors and no aces, while Bethel accumulated 11 aces and only two errors. That 18-point swing encompassed nearly the entire scoring difference on the night.

The Oles, on the other hand, broke a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Augsburg...

Jane Meyer and Kim Smisek had 17 kills apiece to lead the St. Olaf volleyball team to a five-game (30-15, 30-27, 20-30, 30-26, 15-7) win over Augsburg College on Wednesday night.

The Raiders beat Red Wing 3-0 last Thursday and lost to Prior Lake 3-1 last night.

In game three, Loesch got a kill and followed it with an ace to give Northfield a 12-5 lead. Katie McDonald's kill gave the Raiders a 20-13 lead. Red Wing got as close as 21-19, but consecutive kills from Taylor Filzen and Josie Dockstader gave Northfield the necessary breathing room. A pair of Red Wing errors let the Raiders take game three and the match.

CRWP's Dave Legvold featured on MPR

sewageThere's a story on the MPR website including audio that talks about the work that Dave Legvold of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership does with water quality testing and... well, sewage.

Legvold lifts the pipe and a little water trickles into his container.

"We can grab a sample here. Remind me not to pick my teeth or rub my eyes," he says.

There's so much E. coli in this water when the sample is tested it goes off the top of the scale. Farther back, he finds another straight pipe which produces the same results.

Football: Raiders win; Knights, Oles lose.

ole-footabll The St. Olaf Oles lost a heart-breaker last Saturday, dropping a close one 30-29 to the number three ranked Johnnies of St. Johns.  Both teams were 5-0 coming into the game...

Mike Patnode scored twice, including the game-winning 3-yard touchdown with 11:15 left as No. 3/4 Saint John's University outlasted No. 14/18 St. Olaf 30-29 on Saturday at Clemens Stadium.

The Northfield Raiders beat Red Wing 21-7 in their final regular season home game:

About the only thing the Raiders didn't do right in the first half was score more than three times. Northfield built a 21-0 lead at the half and squandered three other scoring chances as the Raiders out-gained Red Wing 242-43, including a 132 yards on the ground. Cody Schmidt racked up 124 of those yards over the first 24 minutes.

Carleton's Knights didn't rebound from a tough loss last week as they lost their homecoming game to St. Thomas 19-7:

Unfortunately a total of six turnovers by the Knights (2-3, 0-3 MIAC) meant the Carleton defense spent the majority of the game on the field. Fortunately, the Tommies could only manage to turn those extra possessions into six points. It did mean, however, that St. Thomas (1-4, 1-2 MIAC) owned a 13-minute advantage in time of possession.

Photos showing Buckthorn Prep and Installation

Jane B. McWilliams sent us a great set of pictures showing how the buckthorn goes from weed to art:

Jim Proctor, the artistic facilitator of the Buckthorn Menace, was working this afternoon with community members and St. Olaf students to create the installations on the south side of the Old Main hill.

The teamwork and the process for creating the installations are great community builders. (Most of the photo documentation I've seen so far focus on the rooting out of the pesky plants - this one aspires to show how they are transformed into art.)

Volleyball: Knights win thriller, Oles, Raiders lose

ole-vb The nationally ranked Knights (#24) won a close match over Gustavus last night at home, three games to two. (Box Score)

Additionally, the Knights avenged a five-game loss in St. Peter last fall. Scores of the individual games in tonight’s seesaw battle were 30-25, 24-30, 30-22, 23-30 and 15-6.

The Knights had four players notch at least a dozen kills during this match, with La Chapelle’s 18 leading the way. As a team, Carleton hit .155 compared to a .106 average for the Gusties.

Northfield lost a non-conference match to Rochester Mayo, 3-1, in Rochester.

The Spartans picked up a 3-1 victory over a Section One, Class AAA opponent, yet there are things coach Deb Frederick said her team needs to keep working on.

Frederick said Northfield served very well, but Mayo was able to handle enough of the serves to earn a 25-20, 25-18, 19-25, 25-17 victory.

And the Oles dropped a match to Saint Mary's, 3-1  (Box Score)...

Saint Mary's University prevailed in a four-game volleyball win over St. Olaf, offsetting Kim Smisek's 21-kill outing.

If you attended these or other sporting events this weekend, please leave a comment telling us about it! If you'd like to write up a recap, post pictures, or give us more links - that would be awesome too. is Citizen Journalism: you're not only a reader, you're an author too.

An Australian tour of Northfield, mate.

There's an interesting video out on the You of Tube. It was made by Patrick and Jess Stokes and is called 'A Walk Into Northfield'. It features Our Beloved Town, but is narrated by a distinctly foreign accent. I contacted the creator of the video to ask more about the video, the creators, and how they came to be strolling around Northfield...

I'm a postdoctoral researcher working in the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St Olaf, a major research center for the study of the 19th Century Danish philosopher Kierkegaard. It's a pretty remarkable facility and a real credit to the College.

Jess and I are from Melbourne, the second-largest city in Australia (about 3.7 million people), so Northfield is quite a change of pace for us. Apart from that most of the differences are pretty minor, though the novelty of squirrels running around everywhere hasn't quite worn off yet! The winter will obviously be a lot colder than we're used to though (snow will be a bit of a shock), but we're looking forward to it. We've been enormously gratified by the friendliness and helpfulness of Northfielders and the sense of community in the town.

A Soldier Returns Home After 14 Months In Iraq

Hello, my name is Pam Roth. My son-in-law, Specialist Alex Gehring, has returned home from Iraq Thursday, September 27th after serving 14 months in Iraq.

Alex and my daughter Julie Gehring graduated from Northfield Senior High in 2003. Alex joined the army in the summer of 2005. He and Julie were married Feb 2006 and stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Alex departed for Iraq July of 2006. He is scheduled to remain at Schofield Barracks for the next 9 to 12 months and then serve 15 more months in Afghanistan. Alex's mom is DeAnne Krueger and his sister's name is Aubrey.

Rob Hardy's Sermon from the Northfield First UCC

Rob HardyOkay, we're going to try something new here at We've always tread lightly around the subject of religion, waiting hopefully for the day when everyone came to an agreement on the whole mess.

Unfortunately for that plan, Rob Hardy posted online a superlative sermon that he gave yesterday to the Northfield First United Church of Christ. In it, he ruminates on his spiritual life, God, and England, not necessarily in that order:

It was hard to believe I was actually there, in Westminster Abbey, inhaling the actual dust of a thousand years of English history.

That history was often brutal, bloody, and inglorious. Often, it was a history of blood spilled in the name of religious convictions. There in the abbey, sharing the same magnificent golden and alabaster tomb, were Elizabeth I, who executed her subjects for attending the Latin Mass, and Mary I, who executed her subjects for not attending the Latin Mass.

Football: Raiders, Oles win; Knights nearly upset St. Johns.

The Raiders staged a big comeback to win their homecoming game, rallying from 6-18 to win 21-18 over New Prague.

A second half with emotion, shutout defense and big plays proved to be the catalyst for the Raiders in a homecoming victory. Northfield out-scored New Prague 15-0 in the second half, didn't let Weiers make a big play in the last 24 minutes and improved to 2-2 in the Missota Conference.

The Oles rolled to 5-0 on the season, crushing Gustavus Adolphus 59-19 . Their next game is shaping up to be a historic rumble with 5-0 St. Johns...

Matt Penz threw for 362 yards and six touchdowns, including four to Andrew Schmiesing, as No. 19/23 St. Olaf routed Gustavus Adolphus 59-19 on Saturday afternoon at Manitou Field.

And the Knights nearly made history, coming within 59 seconds and three points of their biggest upset in school history against St. Johns:

Henfling hooked up with Chris Gardner (Jr./Gaylord, Minn./Sibley East) who advanced the ball down to the two-yard line. Henfling then ran straight ahead to reach the end zone, giving Carleton a 7-0 lead with 3:16 left in the third quarter.

If you attended these or other sporting events this weekend, please leave a comment telling us about it! If you'd like to write up a recap, post pictures, or give us more links - that would be awesome too. is Citizen Journalism: you're not only a reader, you're an author too.

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