Activist woman priest to speak at Carleton Thursday

Dr. Patricia Fresen, outspoken activist and bishop of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, will speak at Carleton College on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Prophetic Obedience: From Anti-Apartheid Struggles to the Womenpriests Movement,” the lecture is free and open to the public.

Peterson and Neuville to debate Wednesday at Carleton

Candidates for Minnesota State Senate Tom Neuville and Jessica Peterson will be debating at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, in Leighton Hall room 304 at Carleton College.

Peterson and Neuville will debate on higher education and student debt, energy and gas prices, health care, and other issues of particular interest to students. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Neuville is an attorney in Northfield and has represented the district in the state Senate for 16 years as a Republican. Peterson, his Democratic challenger, is a 1998 graduate of Carleton and currently serves as a Rice County Commissioner. Neuville and Peterson are running in a close race that could be decided by the votes of students at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.

The debate is hosted by The Lens, the award-winning student magazine of politics and culture at Carleton.

NAG exhibit opening draws crowd

Great art, great company, great snacks . . . it was a great way to spend an evening. These are pictures from the opening reception for "Naturally," the new exhibit in the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery. Click on the image at left to see more photos.

Artwork by Jan Shoger, Tim Lloyd, Steve Lloyd, and Becky Lloyd was enjoyed and celebrated by all who came. Tim and Jan were on hand to speak about their work and generally enjoy the crowd.

Steve and Becky have moved to North Carolina, and so were unable to be present for the reception. LOTS of people did come, however, but even if you missed the opening you can still come to visit the gorgeous artwork . . . it's in the gallery until November 25.

Sheryl Joy is the office manager at Northfield Arts Guild.
Photos courtesy of Ross Shoger.

City Hall Insider

Al Roder

City Administrator Al Roder has prepared a detailed report of everything that went on at  City Hall last week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

This week...

An exciting CVRO season starts Sunday

click to view PDFThe Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, conducted by Paul Niemisto, will present four concert programs for the 2006-2007 season. For more specific details on the season, please visit our website at
The first presentation is entitled “Tell Me A Story” and will be performed at the new Northfield Middle School Auditorium on Sunday, October 29, at 2 p.m.  This concert is especially designed for family audiences and will be educational and entertaining for all ages. Listening through a cavalcade of orchestral music, we will learn how music is often inspired by good stories. Admission is $5 for adults, children free. No advance sales.

South African Economist to Give Lecture

South African economist Dr. Francis Wilson will give a public lecture titled “Halfway There: The Long Walk to Freedom and Economic Justice in South Africa” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, in Leighton Hall, room 304 at Carleton College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Richard Maus receives special honor from Northfield Rotary

The Northfield Rotary Club recently recognized local resident Richard Maus as a Paul Harris Fellow in honor of his ongoing efforts in the fight against polio.

Maus, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, The Lucky One: Making It Past Polio and Despair, used the story of his own battle with this crippling disease to inspire the Northfield Rotarians to join in the fight for a polio-free world.

Created in memory of Rotary founder Paul Harris, this special recognition is given to select members in appreciation for financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s charitable and educational programs. The Lucky One is the timeless story of a child’s struggle to survive and ultimately triumph against all odds. Maus provided each Northfield Rotarian with a complementary copy of the book and later invited the group to meet with him to talk about his experience and donate money towards polio eradication.

Snow, wind and cold gotcha down?

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has lots to offer in the coming weeks.  Swim lessons begin Oct 23, the return of Sven Sundgaard from KARE 11 on Oct. 24, Belly Dancing Oct. 25, Intro to Digital Photography classes Oct. 26, Soups du Jour Oct 28, along with Basic Home Tiling.

Geez, with all this going on you can forecast the weather, get some exercise, cook a great meal, and take pictures of the whole works to share with family over the fast-approaching holidays! 

So join us for Learning and Recreation For Life!Contact the Community Ed and Rec office at 664-3649 or download a catalog .online at

St. Olaf Orchestra to perform 'Home Concert' Monday

The 92-member St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Steven Amundson, will perform its annual "Home Concert" Monday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Skolgund Center Auditorium. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will conclude the ensemble's nine-city fall tour to Houston.

The program will include Rossini's popular William Tell Overture and Bright Blue Music by contemporary composer Michael Torke. Two student musicians, Luke Varland '08 on bassoon and Aria Peters '07 on violin (pictured at left), will perform solos accompanied by the orchestra. The second half of the concert will feature Tchaikovsky's grief-laden Symphony No. 6 ("Pathetique"), the composer's final work that premiered only days before his death.

Hog Roast on Sunday to benefit Senior Center

Our thanks go to our friend, Evelyn Estenson, for reminding us of a great way to get out of cooking Sunday dinner - and do a good deed while were at it.

The folks at the Northfield Senior Center are putting on a Hog Roast Sunday. They'll be serving from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children under 10.

The proceeds will help support the Senior Center, which serves more than 1,500 adults in social, recreation and educational programs. The center is in the Northfield Community Recreation Center.

Almanac hosts Crowley-Kline debate

Well, you've had your fix of football crime shows and Dr. McDreamy, so it's time to spend a little effort on something that matters, like the elections.

Brendan Henehan, producer of Minnesota Public Television's "Almanac" show, e-mailed to let us know that Friday's 7 p.m. show will feature a debate between John Kline and Coleen Rowley, who are running for Congress from our own Second District. They will sit down during the second half of the show for their only broadcast television debate. 

"We're doing a boatload of debates and campaign reports (with a special focus on the blogosphere)... and streaming and podcasting them all" Henehan said in his message and in a quick phone interview. You can check out all the campaign information at


League's 4th Monday will explore plans for the arts

Members of the Arts Plan06 committee will present their recommendations to the public at the League of Women Voters 4th Monday Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, October 23, at the Northfield Public Library.

The committee is preparing a report for the City Council in November and seeks public reaction to the drafted findings and recommendations. Called "A Strategic Vision for the Arts and Culture in Northfield," the report is the result of a nine-month study comprised of interviews, surveys, research and analysis. Funded by a grant from the city to complete a portion of the City's Comprehensive Plan, the committee met with over 70 individuals to assess their views of the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for enriching the arts and cultural programs and activities in the community.

There are nine strategic initiatives designed to strengthen the already vibrant arts and cultural scene in Northfield. Committee chair, Jane McWilliams says "The committee believes that our recommendations will help the community take advantage of Northfield's current strengths, address the limitations and develop a long-term investment strategy for arts and cultural development."

In addition to the League Forum, the committee plans presentations to other community groups, including Northfield Rotary, Economic Development Authority and the Northfield Arts Guild Board.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

A four-day weekend for school kids makes this a holiday, although one without parades, overeating or overbearing relatives. Just time for fun with the kids.


Now, remembering those days with young kids and understanding that by Friday night you might need some grown-up entertainment, let me humbly suggest a few options.

Friday night, the Carleton Jazz Ensemble join a new Carleton Vocal Jazz Ensemble and other jazz combos to bring some cool tunes to campus at 8 p.m.


If you get out of the house a little early, you can swing by Just Food Co-op at 7 p.m. for a cheese tasting party. At $10 per person, you can take the edge off your hunger and dine out after a show.

Saturday the Carleton Choir heads to Faribault for a concert at United Church of Christ at 7 p.m. If you need something with a more informal feel (and a beer to wash it down), you have a lot of choices. You can head to Froggy Bottoms to see The Kentsler, the Contented Cow has the Spruce Top Review and the Tavern hosts Anthony Newes.


Northfield Tennis Association to meet Monday, Oct 23


Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, October 23.  The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

This is the third meeting of the Northfield Tennis Association.  The purpose is to discuss current tennis opportunities in Northfield, as well as what community members would like to see in the future and what opportunities exist for collaboration.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

For more information, contact Zach Pruitt at 612-578-5984,, or Eric Lundin at 663-7705,


Zach Pruitt is a volunteer with the new Northfield Tennis Association

Lt. Govenor Carol Molnau Visits Northfield

Current Lt. Govenor Carol Molnau visited Northfield today, stopping by the Bittersweet Eatery and KYMN to stump for Gov. Pawlenty and the Vote Yes transportation amendment.  Griff Wigley has pictures, links and lots more information.

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