Northfield, Northfielders in the News

Vy Nguyen, hockey player; Smith hiring brings the debate to Emporia; Zach Filzen wins Big Sky POW; James Gang duster at the MN Historical Society.

james_gang_duster-video Vy Nguyen plays for the NHS Girl's hockey team.  Her story, the journey from the Philippines to Northfield get a good writeup by the StarTrib...

Vy Nguyen has been skating on Minnesota's outdoor rinks since she was 5 years old, which gives her something in common with thousands of her peers across the state. But how she arrived on the ice -- and what it's taken to master the state sport of hockey -- separate the Northfield senior's rink-rat tale from the rest.

Gary Smith is leaving us for Emporia, Kansas, but the online dust-ups seems to follow in his wake.  In this post at the Emporia Gazette, a Smith story gets visited by both a pro- and con- Chief Smith contingent...

Well, Mr Lightning Rod, I'd be interested to know how that attitude directly affected the morale of everyone connected with the police department, sworn or civilian. They have to live and function under the scope of, and reactions to, your opinions. City of Emporia employee morale in general is already pretty poor and the EPD is going to suffer even more if a previous post is anything close to being remotely accurate.

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Zach Filzen was named the Big Sky Player of the Week...

Filzen is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound true freshman from Northfield, Minnesota. He scored a career-high 25 points Sunday in his first career start, leading the Lumberjacks to an 85-51 win over Cal Poly.

There's a WCCO story and video segment of some of the items in the Minnesota Historical Society collection, including an actual duster worn by the James-Younger gang during the robbery...

"This duster has a particularly significant story attached to it. It was worn by one of the James Younger gang during the Northfield raids of September 1876," said Anderson, referring to the Younger brothers who robbed banks around the Midwest with the likes of Jesse James.