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The Ole Roll is Making a Giant Comeback!


The Ole Store Restaurant is “rolling” in the New Year with their famous Ole Roll — a gooey, caramelized sweet — to compliment a new breakfast menu beginning the weekend of January 21-22, 2012. The buttery pastry has long been a favorite of locals and out-of-town visitors to the Northfield landmark, nestled in a quaint neighborhood on the west side of town just down the hill from St. Olaf College.

The restaurant’s soft opening, under new ownership this past summer, is what really began to stir the pot. Patrons were asking almost daily,“When are you bringing back the Ole Roll?” It was apparent to the new owners and management that the tradition of this well-known, sticky roll had really stuck. Armed with a couple of tried-and-true recipes passed down through the years, Executive Chef Chris Basina was up for the challenge to reintroduce the long-awaited roll. 

A from-scratch recipe of this largest importance (and proportions) certainly couldn’t be half-baked — “Research was an important step in the process,” shared Basina. The chef also mentioned he’d be sprinkling in of few ideas of his own.

Expanded Sleep Center opens at Northfield Hospital


Northfield Hospital’s Sleep Center is now open in new, expanded space, designed specifically for sleep studies. The new center features two sleep suites that promise a hotel-like experience. Each is tastefully decorated and equipped with comfortable Sleep Number double beds. The suites have private baths and business workstations. They are climate controlled and soundproof with special lighting that can replicate patients’ sleeping conditions at home. All of the testing equipment is discreetly stored behind cabinets and walls.

Winter Scream II - Saturday, January 14, 2012


Winter Scream II is coming soon to a square near you, and there are several ways you can participate.

Winter Scream is the Northfield Historical Society’s annual declaration of independence from winter’s grip. This year’s event, the second annual, will be Saturday, Jan. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. on Bridge Square.

Besides the traditional communal sing and ice cream social, NHS has expanded its Winter Scream menu with a chili option from the Reub-N-Stein, and a coloring contest for the kids. It also is inviting people to submit lyrics for the Winter Scream anthem, sung to the tune of Twisted Sister's “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Riverwalk Market Fair Farmers Market this Saturday at the Armory

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Riverwalk Market Fair’s artists and farmers will be back at the Armory on Division Street this Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Farmers Market will include ready-to-eat pastries by Martha Schuetzle, as well as salsas, sauces, preserves and baked goods from Red Barn Farm, Larchill Farm, Sison and Yoders. Schoolhouse Apiary is bringing beeswax candles and ornaments and Simple Harvest Farm will have goat milk soap, soap-on-a-rope, Icelandic wool and handspun yarn, sheepskin rugs. Finca Mirasol will bring their black beans and free range chickens; and the Jiriks from Kilkenny will bring their maple syrup.
The Artists Market includes pottery by Haas; fused glass by Brown and Thelen; photography by McClintock and Perez; linoblock prints by Stephens; and jewelry and accessories by YazBerry Fashions, Elwells, Frawley, Kilanowski.

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