Football - Northfield Defeats Red Wing 39 to 8 - with Video!

Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky night for the Northfield Raiders football team. A combination of great defense and a solid running game carried the Raiders to a 39 to 8 victory over Red Wing. The video highlights of the game are at the bottom of the story.

Community composting returns

The Center for Sustainable Living has resumed its Community Composting project. Through the end of October, they will be collecting compost at the Northfield farmers' market.


If you become a member for $25, they will deliver a composting kit, with your own bucket and composting guide, to your doorstep. Visit The Center for Sustainable Living for details.

Sign up at the farmers' market (Fridays 11:45-1:15 at Riverside Park), or send a check for $25 to:
The Center for Sustainable Living
PO Box 414
Northfield, MN 55057

Composting will be available through the winter as well; more information to come.

NDDC Third Thursday presents Reve du Faun

Season one guitar player for 20 years in pubs playing Irish and folk rock. In a blender, add a bass player with jazz, folk, rock and funk and puree.

Simmer a flute player from childhood and strain through Celtic influences.  Add vocals to taste and then let the band cook.  Serve with Guiness!

An Irish Band with a French name, Reve du Faun will play from 7 - 9 p.m. as part of the Third Thursday performance series sponsored by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the Grand Event Center. Reve du Faun is Anita Kelling, John Gladman and Jay William Koelsch. They've played for several years at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, winning the award for “Best Musical Act” at the festival in 2005.

There is a $5 cover, free food and a cash bar. Call 663-0319 with questions, or click here to download a poster for the event.

Twenty-three years later, "Little Brother" finds the "Big Brother" that Made all the Difference

This summer, Adam Effertz of Miami, Florida, picked up the phone and called the man who'd served as his "Big Brother" (through Big Brothers Big Sisters in Minneapolis) 23 years ago.

His Big Brother was overjoyed to hear from Adam, who not only had become a Big Brother volunteer himself, but was now working as the Community Partnerships Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. The Big Brother Adam called was Northfield's own Rick Estenson. Following is Adam's story, as shared with members of the 5th Bridge board...

"The year that I met my Big Brother Rick was 1983 and I was 9 yrs. old, living with my mother and sister in whatlevel apartment buildings built in a suburban section just outside Minneapolis. These apartment buildings were built in 1980 and my family, which consisted of my sister, my mom and me were one of the first families to move in. I remember the pig roast they had that first weekend in 1980 like it was yesterday. That pig that they had spinning over that fire was bigger than me and one of the ugliest things I had seen up to that point and the second I saw it, eating it was the last thought on my mind..."

Send us your photos!

In a week we've gone from Penny Hillemann's take on the annual boxelder bug invasion to the holiday card beauty of this snowfall photo from Scott Anfinson.

So what happened to the fall colors? 

This weekend is supposed to be gorgeous, so get out there and pick some apples, rake some leaves or just sit back and sip a little cider. And send us the photos. No prizes this time, just a chance to share the beauty of the season.

And it's as easy as sending an e-mail. In fact, that's all you do: open an e-mail, attach your photos, put your name in the message field and send it to

You can click on the snowfall to track the photo gallery as new pictures are added.  

A Big Thank-you to Sean Hayford O'Leary

Sean at Griff's is sad to announce that Sean Hayford O'Leary has hung up his volunteer hat. While you may not know him, you see his work every time you logon to, for he was the one who designed our current logo (among other things). He was a huge help during the Big Relaunch in February and has continued to help with design and the blog migration since then. We will miss his work and his crazy Norwegian Flapjacks (with jam).

Sean is a student at ArTech High School and still runs

We're always looking for volunteers here at and that's true now more than ever. If you've got a strong technological background (linux, PHP, etc) and a desire to build a stronger community, please contact us

Norwegian Pancake skills a plus, but not required.

Did Shakespeare say it all?

Pomp and circumstance. One fell swoop. Method in the madness. All these familiar phrases were coined by William Shakespeare. Or were they?

Today, October 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Boliou 104 at Carleton College, Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber will present a talk entitled “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” an analysis of what the Bard did and didn’t say.

International Quintet to Present Concert at Carleton

The Minnetoba Piano Quintet, a classical group composed of musicians from Canada and the United States, will present a concert at Carleton on Wednesday, October 18 at 8:15 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature two epic works: Schumann’s Quintet in E flat, opus 44 and Brahms’s Quintet in F minor, opus 34. The Schumann quintet is regarded as the first piano quintet of any significance, and the piece that established Schumann’s reputation as a composer. It features lyrical, conversation-like interchanges among the instruments and explores bold and varied themes. Brahms’s quintet underwent significant changes before he finally scored it as a quintet piece, and encompasses an ambitious set of motifs. The piece is characterized by its unconventionality and passion.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

It's cold and miserable right now, but the weekend is coming and I'm sure it will be A LOT warmer and you will feel like going out, so here are some ideas.

You can start the weekend on Thursday night by attending the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Concert at Carleton's Chapel at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available only at the door, and are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students who are not from Carleton or St. Olaf. It's free if you are from Carleton or St. Olaf.

Mark Mraz will be tickling the ivories as well on Thursday night and the Rueb has its regular Thursday Hip Hop night.

Register today to reserve spot in mentoring conference

The seventh annual statewide mentoring conference, titled “Roads to Success” will be held at Carleton College on Monday, Oct. 16, in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Advance payment must be received by today, October 12, for registration to be confirmed. Same day registration will be accepted only with cash, check, or credit card.

Carleton’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center will be co-hosting the annual conference. Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing, Joellen Gonder-Spacek from the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, and Kathy Sandberg from the Northfield Mentoring Coalition will begin by welcoming over 100 expected attendees.

A keynote address from Dr. David L. Dubois, Ph. D., will follow, succeeded by morning and afternoon workshops related to mentor programs and how they positively affect both the youth and the adults that participate in them.

Latino artists gear up for Dia de los Muertos

ArtOrg to demonstrate printmaking Saturday...with a steamroller!

For more details on this Saturday's 100-foot-long steamroller printmaking demonstration and the upcoming Day of the Dead Celebration events, please visit

The Latino community from Northfield, Minnesota in cooperation with ArtOrg (a community-based arts group) and Grupo Soap del Corazón (a Twin Cities-based Latino arts group) will be unveiling a 100-foot-long collaborative print made this Saturday with a steamroller as a part of a month-long series of events. We will begin working on the print about 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the professional complex behind McDonald's.

Forcefield's Community Cabaret at the NAG!

Click to enlargeMark your calendars for this weekend's Forcefield’s Community Cabaret, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 14.  An eclectic program is in store, including dance ranging from belly-dance to hip-hop!

“The key is expression,” said Hortense Macleod, event coordinator. In the spirit of a traditional cabaret, Forcefield’s” will be a non-juried, self-edited celebration of all art forms. “Performers don’t need to be professional. Amateurs are welcomed and encouraged,” Hortense added.

This is a community talent show, run under the auspices of the Northfield Arts Guild.  Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance at the NAG downtown office on Division Street, at the theater before the performance or by phone at 507-645-8877.

Acts are still welcome!  You can call Hortense, or Sheryl Joy at the NAG office (645-8877). There will singing, dancing, a short play or two, some piano playing, etc.  You just need to sign up in advance, and then come out for tech night this Friday, October 13, at 7 p.m.

Mary Hahn is a performer in the show, a NAG member, and a NAG board member. (Photo from last Spring's Forcefield's Cabaret rehearsal courtesy of Sheryl Joy.)

Locally Grown: A progress report on local issues

For this week's show, we reviewed issues from last year's episodes that are still current, including: the
downtown streetscape, library expansion, sidewalk dining, liquor store relocation, Q-Block, traffic light at Hwy 3, etc.

You won't hear Ross Currier's voice today, as he was evidently interviewing for a hosting job on another radio talk show. So we punished him by inserting a little theme music at the start and end of the show without his permission.

You can listen to the audio (30 minutes). You can also download the MP3 File, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes. The show airs and streams on the web on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM on KRLX 88.1 FM.

NPR science desk correspondent to speak at Carleton

Award-winning journalist and National Public Radio correspondent Joseph Shapiro ’75 will present a convocation at 10:50 a.m. Friday, October 13 at the Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College. His presentation, entitled “Make What’s Important Interesting, Instead of What’s Interesting Important: An NPR Correspondent’s Thoughts about Soldiers Back from Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and Other Recent Stories,” is free and open to the public.

Shapiro covers health, aging, disability, and children and family issues as a science desk correspondent for NPR. He has reported on stories related to disabilities among soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. He also filed reports from the New Orleans airport after Hurricane Katrina as people with disabilities were evacuated, some of whom were forced to leave wheelchairs and other assistive devices behind.

New water tower rises over Dundas

Submitted by Glenn Switzer

After being delayed twice by high winds, the first of two new water towers was jacked into position Monday morning.  

Mac Gimse is the artist who created the new logo for Dundas displayed on the tower.  Work began at 4 a.m. most of the work was done by the time I drove down to the site.  You can click on the image to see a gallery of photos I took of the process.

On the way to the tower site I saw one of the Dundas bald eagles was keeping an eye on the old mill and the river. It was a sight to behold.

Glenn Switzer is mayor of Dundas. 

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