Events in and around Northfield

Carleton President Emeritus Lewis to speak Wednesday

Carleton College President Emeritus and professor of economics Stephen R. Lewis Jr. will appear Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. in Carleton’s Gould Library Athenaeum.

Lewis will discuss the memoirs of former president of Botswana Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, titled Very Brave or Very Foolish? Memoirs of an African Democrat, and edited by Lewis. The talk, which will be followed by a booksigning and reception, is free and open to the public.

Lewis and Masire have been friends and colleagues for over 30 years. At a banquet in honor of Masire’s retirement in 1998, Lewis asked him if he was planning to write his memoirs. “He said ‘I will if you help me,’” Lewis recalled. “I readily agreed.” Very Brave or Very Foolish? Memoirs of an African Democrat (MacMillan, 2006) chronicles the evolution of Botswana’s uniquely successful political and economic development.

St. Olaf to hold Global Citizenship lecture Thursday

Fine arts and cultural consultant Stuart Gibson will be on campus Thursday, April 19, to speak about the important role of culture and the fine arts in promoting stability during difficult economic and political transitions. He will deliver his talk, "A Cultural Ambassador in the Context of Global Citizenship," at 4 p.m. in Viking Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

Gibson specializes in helping government and nonprofit organizations, such as museums, preserve and strengthen national cultural heritage during volatile times. He has contributed his unique services and skills in central Asia, eastern Europe, China and the Middle East. He also has worked with western European and North American cultural organizations to enhance management skills.

Written by Elizabeth Child 

To read more about Gibson visit the St. Olaf website

YMCA Healthy Kids Day was a success!

I think I speak for many when I say that today's YMCA Healthy Kids Day was a complete success.  Even as I, a 21 year old college student, walked around snapping pictures I felt a rush of excitement.  This shared excitement buzzed through the gym as parents and children visited booth after booth.

With families slowly starting to meander in right at 8am and stragglers hanging around until the last minutes, the day was filled with friendly people.  What kept people’s attention for so long?  Well, there were nearly 40 sponsors that filled the Northfield Middle School inside and out.  Each booth had a different aspect of healthy living to teach and of course free goodies to give.  With a helicopter landing in the opening minutes, the excitement didn’t fade until prizes were drawn at the end.

Melanoma Walk in Northfield April 28 received an email yeserday from Barb Foster about an upcoming event to raise money and awareness in the fight against melanoma. The event is a three-mile walk at Carleton College Arboretum on April 28, 2007 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Here's her note:

I'd love to tell you about an event we are hosting in Northfield. I have attached a letter with details as well as a flyer for our event. It is to bring Melanoma Awareness to the Northfield community and to remember my twin sister who passed away last year from Melanoma, Brenda Gilbertson.

The letter asks that you please register for the event on the Melanoma International website at by April 20th. Click the attached PDFs for full details.

More events at St. Olaf this Tuesday

Please join us on the hill on Tuesday, April 17 for these events:

Debussy Prelude Night to feature 24 pianists
Christiansen Hall of Music, Urness Recital Hall 7 p.m.

The Debussy concert combines French music and visual art as 24 St. Olaf pianists perform the 24 preludes by Claude Debussy. During the performance a relevant piece of artwork will be projected to enrich the listening experience. Brief introductions of each piece will incorporate French poetry when appropriate.

Refreshments will be served at intermission, with the second half signalled by a brass quintet playing an arrangement of one of the preludes.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Michelle Malkin to speak about U.S. immigration
Buntrock Commons, Pause Mane Stage 7 p.m.

“Come Together @ Your Library”

The Northfield Public Library invites the community to “come together at your library” for events happening April 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20!

“It’s National Library Week, a time to come together at your library.  During National Library Week, the Northfield Public Library will be a very busy place,” says Lynne Young, Library Director.  “In addition, library volunteers will be out and about in the community ‘carding’ people.  Those who are fortunate to have a library card with them will win a prize.”

As part of this annual event, the Northfield Public Library will be hosting a number of programs and events in the library’s meeting room and office.  On Monday, April 16, the regular Merlin Mondays reading group for boys will meet in the library office while a focus group of Spanish-speaking Northfielders will meet in the meeting room.  Both events will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Ethics of Intervention, Tuesday at St. Olaf

The St. Olaf Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha invites you to our spring forum, “The Ethics of Intervention: A Responsibility to Protect?” on Tuesday April 17th , at 5pm (reception at 4:30) in Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College.

How should governments respond to large-scale humanitarian crises such as the current atrocities in Darfur? If a government cannot or will not protect its own people from violence, do other countries have the right, or even the responsibility, to intervene?

The “Responsibility to Protect” framework of intervention provides new ways of thinking about these questions and we will explore both the ethics and efficacy of this model. The forum will feature CUNY Professor Thomas Weiss who served as Research Director for the commission that drafted the Responsibility to Protect guidelines and Florida State University Professor Fernando Teson, a distinguished international law scholar. St. Olaf Professor Tony Lott will moderate the discussion and Q&A.

Healthy Kids Day is Saturday

 First-time event draws lots of community support


Editor's note: This story ran originally last week, but we're re-publishing it as a reminder for the event, which runs Saturday morning.

You're probably familiar with the annual bike safety rodeo, where kids get fitted for new helmets and learn the rules of the road. (Photos are from last year's event.)
Well, this year, the rodeo is going to be part of a brand new event, the first local celebration of national Healthy Kids Day. Rain or shine, we'll be at Northfield Middle School from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

And while this is a first-time effort for the new Northfield Area Family YMCA, this is going to be a huge event. We're talking fire trucks, police dogs, ambulances, an emergency helicopter, arts activities, healthy food demonstrations and samples, soccer demonstrations and more. There will be a labyrinth for people who want to try out this maze-like phenomenon, chiropracters and health specialists to answer questions, bankers to explain to kids and parents how start saving for college and beyond. We'll have drawings for door prizes. And lots more.

7th Annual Arts a la Carte is this Friday

Arts a la CarteThe seventh annual “Arts a la Carte” Evening of the Arts will be held on Friday, April 13, from 6-9 p.m. at Northfield High School. Nearly 1,500 people attended last year's event making it a huge success.  

Arts a la Carte is a yearly event that celebrates visual, literary, dramatic, and performance art and is open to the public. This amazing event provides high school students with the opportunity to share their artistic talents and passions with the community. Children and adults will find plenty to do throughout the evening and everyone is encouraged to attend. Some of the activities planned for this year’s event include:

"Fingerprinting" process is just beginning

Editor's note: We thank Betsey Buckheit for her generous offer to follow the city's comprehensive planning process. This is the first of many reports she plans to file on this topic.

Were you at last week's big public forum about revising the Comprehensive Plan at the Armory? 

If so, you learned a bit about how Northfield has grown over the last decade and had a chance to give some input on the strongest and weakest aspects of the city. 

If not, it's not too late to get interested and involved in putting your fingerprints on Northfield's blueprints.  Get in or stay in the process by attending the follow up public meeting in May now being planned.

Meanwhile, be informed.  I'll be reporting on the Comprehensive Plan update and, more importantly, land development regulation rewrite for  My qualifications?  I chaired the Northfield Planning Commission from 2001-2005 (so I participated in the drafting and adoption of the 2001 Comp Plan), I blogged extensively about the Comp Plan on in 2004-2005, and I still care that Northfield does a good job validating the Plan and, especially, updating its land use regulations to put the Plan into action. 

Global warming letter/phone event and bike rally Saturday

We'd like the United States Congress to impose stricter carbon emissions to help with global warming and climate change.  This campaign asks for 80 percent reduction in emissions by the year 2050.

I personally don't think that would be enough due to the half-life of some greenhouse gases; hopefully some technology will be developed soon to extract or eliminate current carbon and other bad stuff in the air. I will definitely have to quit smoking otherwise I'll face a similar fate as Al Gore.

The plan is to have a bike rally Saturday, April 14, and ride from the high school to downtown, followed by a calling party at the Library, where we'll be calling the offices of Governor Pawlenty, Senators Klobuchar and Coleman, and Rep. Kline. We'll also be sending individual letters to their offices.

If you have a cell phone you wouldn't mind people using, plase bring it. We would also appreciate donations of envelopes and postage stamps.

Hockey Assn. plans annual golf tourney

Submitted by Cheryl Buck

You’re invited to join us at the 11th annual NHA Youth Hockey Dinner and Golf Open on May 17 at the Northfield Golf Club.  There will be an 18-hole golf tournament, silent auction, and dinner.  The tournament begins at 1:00 p.m. with a shotgun start and dinner will be at 6:30.  All proceeds from the event directly benefit NHA skaters by providing scholarships, ice time, equipment, and skating opportunities.   This event has helped us to keep hockey fees as low as possible.

The outing is weeks away, but we your help now. The following opportunities are available for supporting this important event: 

  • Register for the Golf Tournament or, if you prefer not to golf, join us for dinner and the silent auction.  Registration forms are available on the NHA website at
  • Be a Golf Hole Sponsor
    Maroon Level $175

Holocaust Remembrance Day to be observed Sunday at Carleton

Lucy SmithCarleton College will observe Yom haShoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, on Sunday, April 15 with a special vigil, remembrance service, and soup supper.  The events, which will take place in Severance Great Hall, are free and open to the public.

A vigil honoring the victims of the Holocaust will begin at noon and will feature a photo display, candle-lighting, and a reading of the victims’ names. Following the vigil, a remembrance service led by Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will begin at 5 p.m. The service will feature an appearance by Lucy Smith, an artist, educator, and child survivor of the Holocaust. A soup supper will then follow the service.

Born in Cracow, Poland, Lucy Smith was a hidden child during the Holocaust, an experience similar to that of Anne Frank. But unlike Anne Frank, Lucy Smith and her mother both survived the Holocaust. Smith will speak about her heroic life and discuss both the physical and emotional implications of having to “hide” in order to survive.

Harvard economist Benjamin Friedman to speak at Carleton

Acclaimed Harvard University economist and advisor to the Federal Reserve Board Benjamin Friedman will present a convocation entitled “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth” Friday, April 13 at 10:50 a.m. in Carleton College’s Skinner Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Friedman’s address is based on his best-selling book by the same name, “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth” (Knopf, 2005). Friedman argues that economic stagnation is bad for the moral health of a nation and that economic growth is vital to social and political progress.

Friedman’s provocative thesis contends that periods of robust economic growth, in which most people see their circumstances palpably improving, foster tolerance, democracy and generous public support for the disadvantaged. In contrast, economic stagnation and insecurity usher in distrust, retrenchment and reaction, as well as a tightfisted callousness toward the poor and a scapegoating of immigrants and minorities.

Special Olympics fundraiser slated Wednesday

Submitted by Susan Cuddy

The Northfield Area Special Olympics is having a fundraiser, Wednesday April 11, at the Jesse James Bowling Alley. The money raised is used for our local athletes, who compete in Track and Field, Basketball, Bowling and Swimming. Our annual budget is $12,500. The expenses include costs incurred for training, transportation, food, lodging and uniforms.

The Fund Raising Event is ‘Scotch Doubles.’ These teams have been established and will begin bowling at 6:30.

Those wishing to support the fundraiser can participate in the various silent auction items or come for the live auction at 8:00 for the following items:

  • 4 Twins tickets behind home plate for the May 6th Boston Red sox game – donated by Best Buy.
  • Autographed football by Alan Page – donated by Susy & Joe Cuddy
  • BBQ dinner for 16 at your home – donated by Rafael Perez
  • HP Digital Camera 7.0-megapixels – donated by Jill Ballard
  • Company or Neighborhood Party for up to 60 adults for ‘Scotch Doubles’ (includes shoe rental) – donated by Terry and Julie Heilman

Those wanting to donate on their own can contact Marcy Pritchard at 645-5597. We appreciate your support and commitment in helping these athletes in all of their successes.

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