Perspectives on Our Expanding Community

Discussion of the needs of recent immigrants in the Northfield community that began in a Sept. 11 meeting will continue when an even broader representation of the community gathers on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Perspectives from Gretchen van der Linden in her report to the Senior Center, from Jim Blaha, Bob Kell and others at the Community Action Center, from Marj Evans-de-Carpio at the Northfield Welcome Center and other citizens will serve as a basis for discussion by the assembled group.

All interested members of the Northfield community are invited to attend.

If you have questions, please call Barbara Wilson (645-6747) or Judith Stoutland (645-7842).

Judith Stoutland is the Convener of the St. John’s Peace and Justice Group.
(Photo by Joey Robison, from an earlier story.)

Weekend Entertainment and Events

From Homecoming to Halloween stories, there are so many events going on this weekend that you're going to need a schedule and a stopwatch to see it all.

The big events are at St. Olaf College, where the traditional Homecoming celebration is doubling this year as the inaugural celebration for president David R. Anderson. There are concerts and exhibits and dinner and lectures and, of course, football.

Carleton College hosts an eclectic mix of events, including a combined Ramadan/Shabbut service and dinner Friday night, an open house at the Goodsell Observatory, and a collection of one-act plays running all weekend in "Hit N Run Theater."  The weekend wraps up with the Blue Drifters performing a bluegrass concert Sunday.

The Northfield Historical Society will put you in a Halloween mood with spooky stories told in a cemetery.

As always, there's live music at the clubs, and there are church suppers and parties and orchards full of apples beckoning.

And we can't close without noting that the Entertainment Guide's own publisher, Rob Schanilec, will be in the cast for the second and final weekend run of Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. 

Get in the spirit with 'Under the Full Moon Cemetery Stories'

The Northfield Historical Society is proud to present Under the Full Moon, Cemetery Stories. This family fun event will start at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, October 7th at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Tours will be at 6:30, 6:50, 7:10 and 7:30. Come and listen to stories from Anna Mohn, George Huntington, Henry Wheeler and many more.

If you would like to reserve your spot, call the Northfield Historical Society today at 645-9268. See you this Saturday!

Hayes Scriven is the interim executive director of the Northfield Historical Society.

Northfield to host state mentoring conference

Nationally recognized youth mentoring author and researcher to visit Northfield 

Dr. David DuBois, one of the country’s leading authors and researchers in the mentoring field, will address more than 100 youth mentoring professionals during the seventh annual Statewide Mentoring Conference in Northfield. 

Dr. DuBois will share valuable research and recommendations for sustaining the mentoring movement through practice and evaluation at the Carleton College Sayles-Hill Campus Center on Monday, October 16.

Blue Drifters to bring bluegrass to Carleton Sunday

The Blue Drifters quartet will give a guest artist concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 8 in the Carleton College Concert Hall. The concert will feature a selection of bluegrass, country and original music by the quartet. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Blue Drifters bring much variety to their music, including swing jazz arrangements, Irish, rock, pop and vintage country songs performed in a bluegrass style. They recreate the work of such bluegrass luminaries as Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe.

The quartet was founded in 1990 by guitarist and frequent lead singer Steve Howard. It also includes Jeff Brueske, a bass instructor at Bethel College; fiddler Gary Schulte, a veteran of “The Prairie Home Companion” radio show; and Phil Nusbaum, who plays banjo in the band Urban Renewal.

For more information and disability accommodations, call the Carleton music department at (507) 646-4347.

St. Olaf inauguration to head Homecoming celebration

In addition to the inauguration of David R. Anderson '74 as the 11th president of St. Olaf College, this year's St. Olaf Homecoming offers several activities that are open to the public, including plays, concerts, a football match between two undefeated teams, an International Bazaar and several lectures.

St. Olaf will inaugurate Anderson Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Skoglund Center Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The ceremony, "Honor the Past, Celebrate Today, Embrace the Future," will include music and pageantry as the college celebrates the beginning of a new chapter in its history.

Japanese Anime Festival runs every Friday in October

The Castle Of Cagliostro

ArtOrg with support from the Carleton Cinema and Media Studies department, announce the third year of the four-week Japanese Animation Festival titled "Whose Side Are You On?".

Rana Raeuchle will be leading the series with talks on each film in the series. Rana is teaching our Comickers Unite class at ArtOrg. The festival happens on four consecutive Friday nights: October 7, 14, 21, and 28. This week's screening starts at 7 pm room 104 of Boliou Hall at Carleton College. Boliou Hall is located on the main campus of Carleton College on the north end overlooking Lyman Lakes.

First UCC Church to celebrate 150th year with block party

The First United Church of Christ (UCC) of Northfield will continued its 150th anniversary celebration when it hosts a block party and auction beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the church, 300 Union St. Both events are open to the public.

The block party will feature food, children’s activities and live music. A Moonwalk Jumper will be set up in the church parking lot, and a variety of refreshments — including keg root beer, roll-your-own ice cream and arm pit fudge — will be available to purchase. Music played on the city of Northfield’s Showmobile will begin at 2 p.m. with a performance by Captain Purple, followed by Andrew Tiano and the Joe Strachan Jazz Duo.

St. Olaf dance department awarded $10,000 grant

The Department of Dance at St. Olaf College has received a $10,000 grant for the reconstruction of Anna Sokolow's piece, "Dreams." The reconstruction will be conducted by Lorry May, the founding director of the Sokolow Dance Foundation who will be in residence at St. Olaf Nov. 4-12. The reconstruction of Dreams was made possible by American Masterpieces: Dance, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts that is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts along with Dance/USA.
The St. Olaf Dance Department emphasizes the American modern dance tradition while encouraging study and performance of global styles and dances.

Steve Clark to speak Thursday

Here's just a quick reminder that RENew Northfield is organizing a day-long visit on Oct. 5 by Steve Clark, the Walking and Bicycling Program manager at Transit for Livable Communities ( in Minneapolis. Clark will make a presentation entitled “How Biking and Walking Will Renew the Northfield Area” at 7 p.m. at the Northfield High School auditorium. Earlier in the day he will lead a tour to conduct his own analysis of local bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. He’ll also speak with a wide variety of government and community leaders at Northfield City Hall.

Participants in the 7 p.m. community meeting also will get to view plans for the development of the Mill Towns Trail and a draft of the Greater Northfield Area Greenway Corridor System plan, which will be on display in the lobby. is one of the sponsors of this event. Click here to read all the details in an earlier story on the event. 

News report indicates possible child abductor seen in Northfield

WCCO-TV and KARE-11 in Minneapolis are reporting that a possible child abductor has been seen in the city.

The stations cite a Northfield police news release describing an incident Monday in which a man allegedly approached two young girls and tried to get them to go with him in his car. The girls refused and escaped safely.

You can click to view the WCCO story or the KARE-11 report.

Thanks to Susie Beaumaster for the news tip.

Locally Grown: Tackling the school tax proposal

On this week's episode of Locally Grown, our guest was Kari Nelson, Chair of the Northfield School Board, discussing the upcoming levy referenda.

You can listen to the audio (30 minutes), 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.

Smithsonian expert to speak at St. Olaf Thursday

Rayna Green, director of the American Indian Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, will present a lecture at St. Olaf College Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Holland Hall 501.

Green’s lecture, part of the David L. and Marjory Ostrum Scheie lecture series, is “Pocahontas, Miss America and Eskimo Barbie in Love: A TragiComedy in at Least Four Acts, with Indians, Patriots and Notorious Impersonators Live and On Stage.”

Sexuality and gender expert to present convocation at Carleton College

Molecular biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling will present a convocation address entitled “Born and Raised: Human Sexuality and the Nature/Nurture Debate” at Carleton College on Friday, Oct. 6. The event will begin at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel and is free and open to the public.

Fausto-Sterling is a leading theorist on science, sexuality, and gender. She has served as a professor of biology and gender studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University for more than 30 years. She is also chair of the Faculty Committee on Science and Technology Studies at Brown and has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Until recently her laboratory work has focused on the evolution of regeneration and sexual reproduction in a group of flatworms known as Planaria. Her new work applies dynamic systems theory to explain how cultural difference becomes bodily difference. Fausto-Sterling’s current case studies in this area examine sex differences in bone development and the emergence of gender differences in behavior in early childhood.

Co-Rec Volleyball League set to begin

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has openings for teams and individuals in their co-recreational volleyball league.

If you are interested in participating in this league please contact Erin at 507-664-3502 by Friday, October 13. You may also stop at the Northfield Community Services office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield. 

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