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McLaughlin Promoted to Executive Vice President of Neuger Communications Group

Jeff McLaughlin

Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing and public relations, is pleased to announce that Jeff McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president. McLaughlin has been a member of the firm since 2004.

Having joined Neuger Communications Group as a senior communications counselor, McLaughlin has provided key leadership throughout his tenure, heading up the organization’s data management services, technology projects, and most recently, client development initiatives. He serves clients in a breadth of industries including retail, education and professional services.

President and CEO David Neuger said, “Jeff has been a terrific team member, playing a pivotal role in the growth of our firm. Our clients speak very highly of him and his ability to understand and meet their needs. His work ethic is tremendous and dedication to the company’s values of integrity, excellence and success is clear.”

A graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history. Having served in the admissions office at St. Olaf College for more than 10 years, including a stint as the director of admissions and acting vice president for enrollment management, McLaughlin brings a wealth of experience in developing results-oriented communications campaigns that are directed, in part, on strong data analysis.

Vision and Visuals Build an ‘Arts Town’


A room full of artists, art connoisseurs, and art advocates brought energizing conversation to the Archer House on Wednesday night as plans were revealed for the vision of marketing Northfield as an Arts Town destination.

Riverwalk Arts Quarter’s spokesperson and board member Christie Clarke addressed the group’s primary focus: 1) to create an arts alliance for the area’s broad spectrum of artists’ groups 2) create an art-centric “think tank” for like-minded people to come together and share ideas 3) offer mentoring and social gatherings to the artists’ community and 4) be an advocate for the arts by offering classes to further assist art entrepreneurs.

A sneak peek and demo of the new ArtsTown Web site mock-up was unveiled. The crowd was noticeably impressed with the depth of content and well thought out approach that streamlined the highly visual and cinematic artists’ website that would include blogging and social media integration.

Neuger Communications Group to Host Open House Today


Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing and public relations, is hosting an open house for the Northfield community today, Thursday, October 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at its new world headquarters at 25 Bridge Square in Northfield. The public is invited to enjoy coffee, cider and cookies, and tour the renovated space which was formerly home to Community Resource Bank.

Schultz Eggs Recalled

From the Just Food Co-op website: Larry Schultz Organic Farm has issued a voluntary precautionary recall of some of its eggs following a Salmonella outbreak connected with these eggs. At this time, it does not appear any eggs Just Food carries are included in the recall, and we are confident in the safety of these eggs. However, Just Food recall policy calls for an abundance of caution. Accordingly, Just Food is voluntarily pulling all Schultz eggs and products made with Schultz eggs from our shelves and is refunding customers who return these eggs and/or products.

Harvest Festival at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday, Oct. 15


Riverwalk Market Fair's Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the Cannon River in downtown Northfield. The weekly artists’ and farmers’ market is planning a spectacular harvest celebration full of family-friendly events including: hands-on activities and games for kids, wool spinning demos, apple cider pressing and a community painting project, to name a few.

Visitors to Riverwalk Market Fair can stroll and shop amid a plentiful array of goods including farmers' fresh seasonal produce and artisan foods including pastries, jams, mustards and honey as well as the best of regional fine art and craft with juried pieces in mixed media, paintings, pottery, hand crafted jewelry and photography. Musicians will add to the open air autumn celebration. For more information visit

Along the Cannon: This Week at Market Fair


Start your Saturday morning with a visit to Riverwalk Market Fair. Anne Archibald will be serving up organic fair trade coffee with her pastries and confectionary creations. Swing over to the artists’ side to see Alexandra Betzler’s work as she creates peaceful impressions of the world with her oil and acrylic paintings. Famous for their Brick Oven Pizza Nights, Red Barn Farm of Northfield offers organic fresh produce, pesto, pickles, jellies and more!

Riverwalk Market Fair Awarded $15,000 Sustainability Grant


Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awarded a $15,000 Sustainability Grant for the Riverwalk Market Fair in Northfield. The funds will be used for maintaining the collaborative open-air market open Saturday mornings June through October.

SMIF has supported the Riverwalk Market Fair with $51,000 in grants since 2008 as part of SMIF’s investment in local entrepreneurs to improve community vitality. Because of the partnership with Riverwalk Market Fair, SMIF President/CEO Tim Penny will personally present the check to Riverwalk at the Saturday, July 16 market, at 11:00 a.m.

“We commend this innovative effort by the Riverwalk Arts Quarter,” says Tim Penny, President/CEO. “By aligning their visual arts assets and supporting entrepreneurs through Market Fair, their effort is helping to create a healthy economic climate in Northfield.”

Laura Baker Services Association Announces Capital Campaign Theme and Kick-off Event

Laura Baker Services AssociationLaura Baker Services Association, the nationally regarded Northfield-based campus that houses and serves people with developmental disabilities, announced today the theme for its upcoming capital campaign: Inspiring Possibilities / Realizing Dreams. The campaign will officially launch with a community event on Bridge Square in downtown Northfield on Thursday, July 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The capital campaign is seeking to raise $1.3 million to renovate two existing residence halls and create two new cottages on Laura Baker’s Oak Street campus. Laura Baker Executive Director Sandi Gerdes said, “The people of Northfield and the surrounding area as well as our supporters around the nation have been wonderfully kind and generous to our organization and the people we serve. They truly inspire possibilities and help our clients to realize their dreams.”

Fieldwork by St. Olaf student cultivates corn, cleaner water

Rebecca Spurr and David Legvold

After graduating from St. Olaf in May, Rebecca Spurr '11 hit the fields. Combining her passion for sustainability with real-world practicality, she is spending her summer planting soybeans, driving a tractor, and spreading mulch on Dave Legvold's local farm.

The partnership was first established last fall when Spurr conducted research on Legvold's land for her Field Ecology class, a relevant course for her biology and environmental science majors that is taught by Professor of Biology Kathy Shea. Part of Legvold's farming operation is on land owned by St. Olaf, and he is constantly trying to improve his farming techniques for better efficiency and environmental sustainability. Over the course of a semester, Spurr worked with him to develop a fertilization technique that would be less harmful to local water quality without sacrificing efficiency or crop yield.

Restored Archer House: Tour July 8, 5-7 p.m.

Discover a quaint, boutique inn that lives up to its days of grandeur. Nestled in Northfield’s historic downtown, the newly renovated Archer House River Inn has regained its prairie elegance while adding significantly to our town’s main street appeal. Tour the charming Archer House, July 8 from 5-7 p.m., as they open their doors to showcase their latest renovations.

Built in 1877, the iconic French Second Empire building stands as the oldest hotel in Northfield today and is one of the longest continuously operating hotels in the state of Minnesota.

“I felt it was important to bring back the grace and romance of this storied inn,” said Archer House General Manager Todd Byhre. Renovations began with the public spaces and basic infrastructure; then individual attention was given to the inn’s charming 36 guest rooms and suites. The sub-contracted work was sourced locally.

Original features like tin ceilings and resurfaced claw foot tubs were restored in addition to selecting period-inspired colors, textile, lighting and furniture. “I think we have recaptured the magic that guests would have experienced back then,” said Byhre. A few high-tech amenities were added to accommodate the modern traveler. “We mixed antique furniture with today’s pieces for just the right feel,” added Byhre.

Stanton Airport Exhibit at Northfield Historical Society


The current exhibit at the Northfield Historical Society tells the story of Stanton Airfield, “Where History Touches the Sky.” Photos and artifacts illustrate the history of this familiar facility at the intersection of Highways 19 and 56, where on a summer day, one often sees taking off from the well-maintained runways gliders, classic planes and high tech sport planes. But how many of us know how and why the airport got there?

When I stopped in at the exhibit opening last Thursday, I discovered that the airport had been built on 160 acres there in Stanton by Carleton College at the beginning of World War II. Trained by Clarence Hinek who operated the training school, students took flight training as part of the Civilian Pilot Training Program from November 1942-April 1943 when the program was renamed the War Training Service.  According to the exhibit brochure, 240 students were trained by the time the program ended in 1944.

Top Regional Artists Take on Technology in "WWW."

How has internet technology transformed contemporary life? Are we living “virtual” lives at a dangerous remove from reality -- or are we in the here-and-now thanks to instantaneous communication? On June 29th, the Northfield Arts Guild opens its doors on an exhibit that examines how the Upper Midwest’s leading fiber and textile artists have answered these provocative questions.

Carleton College Community Newsletter: June 2011 Issue is Online

IntersectionsThe latest issue of Intersections, Carleton’s email newsletter for the Northfield community, is out now. You can read the issue online or subscribe to the newsletter via the College's Community Connections website.

Stories in the June 2011 issue:

  • Video: Weitz Center Construction Update
  • Carleton Receives Presidential Service Award For Fourth Straight Time
  • Carleton Facilities Announces Summer Projects
  • Annual "Lighten Up!" Garage Sale Set for June 17-18
  • Carleton's "Empty Bowls" in the Washington Times
  • Students and Staff Aid Local Transit Efforts with New Website
  • Seen Around Carleton: A Presidential Dunking
  • PLUS: Featured Events such as Commencement and Reunion Weekend

Read the full newsletter online.

June is Family Fun Month at Riverwalk Market Fair!

Riverwalk Market Fair is hosting family-friendly activities each Saturday in June. Bring your kids to Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to plant organic vegetables. Take it home and add it to your garden! Riverwalk Market Fair is located in downtown Northfield along the Riverwalk each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. More activities are scheduled throughout June including Story Circle on June 18th and Kids Making Art on June 25th. For more information check out the calendar. All activities are free of charge.

Going straight to the source

St. Olaf students checking out local bovines as part of their Community Agriculture course.

If there exists a book that every student in a college environmental studies course reads, it would likely be The Omnivore's Dilemma. But how many students who have read Michael Pollan's bestseller have visited one of the food producers he describes?

Students in the new Community Agriculture and Local Food Movements course at St. Olaf College had the opportunity to see part of the book come to life this spring when they visited Lorentz Meats as part of a lesson on local meat production. The company's vice president invited the students to look out two large glass windows on opposite walls. One offered a view of the cutting floor, and the other looked out on something few Americans have seen: the slaughtering process that brings beef to their tables.

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