Northfield youth to join St. Olaf ensembles for vespers

Christopher AspaasThe St. Olaf Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus, conducted by Christopher Aspaas '95 (pictured), will be joined by the Troubadors from the Northfield Youth Choirs to present a vespers service, "Passages: Moments of Transformation," in Boe Memorial Chapel Sunday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. St. Olaf faculty members Anton Armstrong '78, assisted by John Ferguson, will conduct the Troubadors. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is the first to take place in the newly renovated chapel.

Carleton Choir and Chamber Singers to perform Saturday

The Carleton College Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by music professor Lawrence Burnett (pictured), will present a concert on Saturday, October 21, at 7 p.m.

This special performance will take place at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Faribault. The event is free and open to the public. The centerpiece of the concert is Morton Lauridsen's LUX AETERNA (Eternal Light).

Carleton Jazz Ensemble in concert Friday night

David SingleyThe Carleton Jazz Ensemble, led by director David Singley, will perform in concert Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The Ensemble will perform several original compositions by Singley, as well as some better-known pieces from the Big Band era.

Also featured will be the debut of the new Carleton Vocal Jazz Ensemble, a five-voice-plus-jazz-rhythm-section group. The Carleton Jazz Combos will also perform.

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere - Zombie Edition

The 'Sphere is back, risen from the grave, need po-o-o-o-sts to survive.  U-u-u-urgh, po-o-o-o-o-o-o-osts!

Northfield's turning into a media hotspot

How great is this? Northfield is becoming a real hot spot for Twin Cities media.

Check out this Star Tribune story about ArtOrg's Saturday steamroller art project. Yeah, it does sound kinda crazy...if you didn't read about it on last week. And if you missed everything, don't worry, the Saturday event paves the way (couldn't resist) for more events celebrating Dia de los Muertes.  Want more info? Not a ghost of a chance here, so use the links.

Now, while we're on a roll (I'll quit, I promise), WCCO-TV's Jason DeRusha has a story about local stained glass expert and Ole David Kjerland's efforts to restore a 104-year-old stained glass skylight at St. Olaf College. The skylight was damaged when the big August hailstorm ripped through town, doing millions of dollars of damage to everything from cars and roofs to patio furniture and playground equipment.

More inside...

Locally Grown: So where should Highway 1 go?

The focus of this week's episode was transportation, specifically, County Highway 1 and the Corridor Preservation Study for Rice County. See Tracy's But Where Does the Bridge Go? post last week for background, links, and a map. "The idea behind the study is to identify potential routes for an east-west arterial road south of Hwy. 19, since the 2025 Rice County Transportation Plan indicates that such a road may be needed."

Other topics briefly touched: Center for Sustainable Living's Community Composting project, the Farmer's Market, Mill Towns Trail, Third Thursday, and the proposed Northfield Skateboard Park.

You won't hear my voice, as I was off to a meeting in the Cities with my financial advisor who's also on my compensation committee.

St. Olaf named to President's Honor Roll for Katrina relief efforts

St. Olaf College has been named to the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll or distinguished community service in recognition of extraordinary volunteer efforts by St. Olaf students to serve area neighborhoods and Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Of more than 500 colleges and universities that applied nationwide, only 141 were selected for this honor. Schools receiving distinguished service recognition provided exceptional community service over the past year, contributing their time, resources, energy, skills--and intellect--to serve America.

DuRocher to address Milton's merits in Mellby Lecture Thursday

Professor of English Richard DuRocher views it as a great honor to be giving this fall's Mellby Lecture, "Why Milton Matters." DuRocher will deliver his lecture Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Rolvaag Memorial Library 525, at St. Olaf College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The subject of DuRocher's talk, the 17th-century writer and poet John Milton, has been of interest to DuRocher for more than 20 years. During that time, DuRocher has studied Milton's personal life, his style and remarkable use of language, and his significance to the liberal arts. DuRocher hopes to encourage other people to read Milton and to consider the importance of his works.

Truth in Lending Services opens office in Northfield

Truth in Lending Services, LLC, otherwise known as TILS, had its official start with the launch of our website and opening of our new office at 516 South Water Street (behind Just Foods)!

My goal as owner and president is to provide third party negotiation, education, and consulting services to anyone seeking a mortgage loan for purchases, refinances, second homes, or investment properties.

TILS is not a mortgage company and offers no loans. What we are however, is a brand new service designed to bridge the gap between what the brokers know and what the average borrowers know about the mortgage industry. Ultimately we hope to level this playing field so that any borrower, either on their own or with our direct intervention, can better shop for and negotiate much better rate and fee pricing on their loan, thus saving literally thousands of dollars! 

The primary reason for starting this company was that after spending a decade in the real estate and mortgage industry I have become quite frustrated with the lack of transparency in the mortgage industry when it comes to their fees and other compensation received as a result of putting together a client’s loan.

Washington Journalist to speak Friday at Carleton

Prize-winning journalist and Washingtonian magazine columnist Bob Levey will present a convocation at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, October 20 at the Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College.

His presentation, entitled “Where Modern Media Are Going: Bumps and Thunderstorms Ahead,” is free and open to the public. Levey has covered the Washington scene since the Johnson administration. For 23 years, he wrote a daily column called “Bob Levey’s Washington” for The Washington Post, which examined all aspects of life in the nation’s capital. It won major awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Journalism Review. Levey was seven times named among the most popular columnists in Washington by the Washingtonian; in 1988, he was named second most popular columnist, after George Will. Levey now writes a column for the Washingtonian.

Breaking news: bus accident along Highway 19

There was a bus crash along Highway 19 Monday afternoon. Twin Cities media outlets are reporting that the driver collapsed while at the wheel of a chartered bus carrying ten Carleton College students and two staff members.

Media reports indicate the passengers were safe, but the driver died at the hospital, possibly of a heart attack. Here is a link to KSTP-TV you can check for details, but all Twin Cities news outlets should have stories posted soon.

If you have any details to share, please do so below. 

Chamber of Commerce to sponsor Customer Service Seminar

Submitted by Kathy Feldbrugge

The Retail Committee of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Customer Service Seminar on Wednesday, November 1.

There will be a key and important one-hour presentation for business owners and managers from 8-9 a.m. regarding the bottom line of great customer service. Two sessions will be offered for employees: one from 2-4 p.m. and another from 6-8 p.m.

The presenter will be Kristin Anderson, a recognized customer service seminar leader and keynote speaker. She has coauthored four of the seven volumes of the Knock Your Socks Off Service series.

The seminar fee for Chamber members is $25 for one person from a business plus $10 for each additional individual from the same business.  The seminar fee for Non-members is $30 for one person from a business plus $15 for each additional person from the same business.  All seminar sessions will be held in the community meeting room at Community Resource Bank.

Contact the Chamber office at or 645-5604 for registration information.  We encourage you to mark your calendar now, and plan to attend the seminar and send your employees.

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.

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