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Play Every Day, Eat Healthy and Make Time for Family - YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Apr 12 2008 9:00 am
Apr 12 2008 12:00 pm

(Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek)

Join over a half-million people and celebrate the nation’s largest health day for kids—YMCA Healthy Kids Day—Saturday, April Twelfth! It’s a free, fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activity, health give-aways and more…The Y is helping families play more and embrace healthy new life choices.


Spring Snow Pictures

AmesMillSnow If there was a silver lining to the 3 to 58 inches of snow we got Thursday/Friday, it's that it brought out the photographer in people. Here are some links to spring snow shots from local photogs. If you know of any other picture collections, please let us know and we'll update the list. If you've got photos you want to share, send them to and we'll add them to our Flickr gallery.

Keep shooting, Northfield!

Spring Splash images from AJMBenson

Spring Splash 03 Following up on the first batch of spring images from Miriam Mueller, we've got another set of pictures from Amy Mueller Benson showing Northfield residents Calvin and Delia Benson enjoying the melt at Way Park...

(Click here to view as slideshow.)

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

U of MN pitcher has good outing; Thursday's Table gets Strib profile; Dan Patch Line downgraded to 'iffy'; Rice County home sale price down 30% YoY

ScreenShot039Luke Rasmussen had a good outing with the Gophers yesterday, helping them beat NDSU...

The Minnesota baseball team (6-7) had a season-high 17 runs as it defeated North Dakota State (3-7) 17-8 in a midweek game on Tuesday, Mar. 18 at the Metrodome. With the 17-run output, the Golden Gophers have now scored 28 runs in their last two games.

Center for Sustainable Living Hosts Annual Meeting Saturday, March 22

The Center for Sustainable Living will host its annual meeting for fiscal year 2007 on Saturday, March 22, from 2pm - 3:30pm at the Northfield Public Library's Community Room. The public is invited to attend the meeting, where past projects will be discussed, projects will be visioned for the new fiscal year, new board members will be selected, and lively discussion will ensue about sustainability projects forming in the Northfield community.

For a summary of the CSL's 2007 events, you can read Scott Schumacher's report narrative on the Center for Sustainable Living's Website.

Scott Schumacher is the webmaster and a Board Member of the Center for Sustainable Living.

Ask Northfield: Child-friendliness and State of the Schools

138560428_2f31eb3541 We had two questions submitted via the forums recently and they're worthy of promotion to the front page.  (Note that we don't enforce our 'Real Name' policy when it comes to the forums, unlike the front page.)

In this post titled "? Move down the road", menk0620 asks:

I am contemplating moving to Northfield.  Currently I am a stay at home Mom with a toddler and baby.  I am wondering what kind of activities or groups are around Northfield that would cater to that age group?  Is there a place for toddlers to run around, particularly in the winter?  Is Northfield child friendly?  Any help would be much appreciated!

In this post titled "Moving to Northfield... Toddler Activities/ Groups?", colleenzombie asks:

Our family is thinking about a possible move. We would like information about the Northfield community? Tell me what's good about Northfield. What are opinions on the community businesses, schools, healthcare (hospital/clinics) in the area?

Specifically we 'd like answer on the school district questions. What is the financial outlook of the school district? Are there worries about the districts fund balance? Is the community generally supportive when referendum questions come up for a vote? Has it been making budget cuts or will it in the future? How about cuts in programs or activities? Is the community generally supportive of the school district?

Feel free to answer by leaving a comment.

(Many thanks to orsorama for his CC-licensed question mark cloud picture.)

Weekend Recap: where are the other photos?

st. pat's day pix Whew! It was another insanely jam-packed weekend in Northfield, and there are photos aplenty to prove it. Besides the Art Auction and Skatepark Fundraiser photos we already told you about, there's a gallery from the Historical Society Ball and 100 shots of the St. Patrick's Day parade and celebration in just the two photo galleries we know about!

But where are the pictures (and video?) from the Forcefield Cabaret, the Hendrix tribute, the Library Mini Golf, or the other events...?

Skatepark fundraiser brings in...

skatepark_march_2008 The Northfield Union of Youth as a great blog entry recapping their recent omelet breakfast fundraiser and the amounts raised...

For over 6 hours Coalition members set up, greeted people, sold t-shirts, bussed tables, served drinks, spilled silverware, cleaned messes, ate omelets, and straightened up the joint. For their hard-working efforts the Coalition raised about...

I won't give it away.  To find out the amount click here and don't forget to check out the photo gallery.

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere: Squidders on the Paddywagon

Warning sign in Ireland Faith and begorrah, it'd be near a fortnight since I was last kicked to be a cocked hat about this Internet thing.  I'm right gobsmacked with the number of specky four-eyes writing who-knows-what since they're a bunch of billy no mates, the lot of 'em.   Cor blimey, I'd best be writing this up, lest I'm too knackered to sneak out for a pint after the missus turns in.  Also: starkers, Guinness, shrimp on the barbie.

Chris Tassava has an entry on the non-motorized task force getting a grant for safe walkways to school...

Though it has been a draining week in every respect except the one related to my sinuses, I was elated to learn today that the Northfield Public Schools have been awarded a $30,000 grant to plan for safer walking and biking routes to our various schools.

Introducing … the Reuben Dog

Tiny's new Reuben DogTim Sellers, who has owned Northfield’s landmark Tiny’s for six years, was researching “dogs” one day when he came across a concoction that hadn’t ever shown up on his menu before. But the man who’s taken Tiny’s from one basic dog to a total of eight specialty dogs on his menu -- including the classic Coney Island and the Chicago -- knew he’d have a winner in the Reuben Dog.

The treat consists of a butterflied filet of hot dog on a pumpernickel bun (supplied exclusively by nearby Quality Bakery), topped with sauerkraut and American-Swiss cheese (which this author assumes melts a little easier than real Swiss). And it’s all topped off with as much “special sauce,” or horseradish mustard, as you can handle.

Anne Walter to give Spring Mellby Lecture at St. Olaf

Mar 13 2008 7:30 pm
Mar 13 2008 9:30 pm

Within a small but important group of research scientists outside of St. Olaf College, Professor of Biology and Department Chair Anne Walter is known as the "permeability person" for her more than 35 years of studying the fluidity of cell membrane compositions.

In honor of her research, Walter will present this year's spring Mellby Lecture titled "Old Questions, New Methods: A Paradigm Shift in How We Think About Cell Membranes and Other Biological Entities." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Buntrock Commons' Viking Theater.

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New Norwegian Fiddle Tune Inspired by Northfield

There's a new fiddle tune inspired by Northfield night life...sort of...

Sturla Eide, a musician and composer from Orkdal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway, has composed and recorded a tune called "A Train In The Night" on his new solo CD, Murru.

A few years ago, Eide came to Northfield with the Norwegian folk group, Flukt, at the invitation of Ruth Sylte, local Nordic music enthusiast / musician / dancer. The group stayed in town for a couple of days during which they gave a concert at The Grand Event Center, visited and played with Northfield's own Nordic Jam and found time to have an informal garage jam at a local home.

Lian Ding to speak at St. Olaf

Mar 31 2008 3:30 pm
Mar 31 2008 4:30 pm

Liang Ding, Professor of Economics at Macalester College, will present a paper on his research of the market efficiency of the foreign exchange market. The lecture, entitled “The Thursday Effect of the Forward Premium Puzzle”, will be Monday, March 31 at 3 p.m. in Holland Hall 413.

St. Olaf Annual Belgum Lectures to focus on virtue, happiness

Mar 17 2008 7:00 pm
Mar 18 2008 3:30 pm

Does virtue lead to happiness? The idea that a balanced life that is morally pleasing leads to happiness or contentment is one that University of Arizona Professor of Philosophy Julia Annas will explore during the upcoming Belgum Lectures.

Annas, a professor at the University of Arizona, will speak about Virtue and Happiness for the 29th annual Belgum Lectures. The first lecture is titled "Do the Virtues Form a Unity?" and will be held Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in Holland Hall 501. The second is titled "Does Virtue Make You Happy?" and will be held Tuesday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the same location. A book signing will take place after each lecture. The two lectures are related but may be understood independently. They are free and open to the public.

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