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Weather Advisory for Rice county

winter-weatherThere's a wind chill advisory until noon Wednesday for Rice County.  From the advisory:


(Emphasis added)  The link for the wind chill advisory may change - the Weather Underground is a good source of Northfield weather.  See also: WCCO weather.

Applications for 2008 WINGS grants being accepted

WINGS logoWINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield-area non-profit organizations to apply for a 2008 WINGS Grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefiting women and children in the Northfield area. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2008. To obtain a grant application form, go to the WINGS web site at www.wings-mn.org or call the WINGS office at 507-664-3541.

Applicants for WINGS grants must be non-profit organizations or have a sponsoring fiscal agent. WINGS supports educational, physical, emotional, social and artistic endeavors that encourage women and children in the Northfield area to reach their full potential.

St. Olaf to host conference on globalization and social responsibility

Feb 22 2008 10:14 am
Feb 23 2008 3:00 pm

What is work? How is it changing as a result of globalization? What kinds of relationships between workers, employers, labor unions and the government promote social justice? These are the questions at the heart of a conference that will be held at St. Olaf College Feb. 22-23 titled "Globalization and Social Responsibility: Working for the Common Good."

A best kept Secret for Recycle Opportunities in Northfield/Faribault

Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff You List FREE

One of the local best kept Northfield secrets on-line is Freecycle through Yahoo groups:


In the last few weeks this online Northfield/Faribault group has advertised on their page and placed, such free items as a guitar with a broken key, many plants, new bras, beds, PJ, purses, backpack, a day bed, DVDs, treadmill, a cappuccino maker and more.

It is the perfect vehicle for those who need to re-home an item through the frenzy of pre-spring cleaning, or find an item. The only rule is the item must be for FREE.

Peace Corps Week

Many Northfielders have served in the Peace Corps since its beginning in 1961...you may not recognize them as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteers as now they appear to be teachers, professors, college administrators, a Malt O Meal employee, a mom working at home. But, you most likely won't need to know them for long before a story of their experience comes up. For most, the years serving in the Peace Corps have been the most challenging and life changing.

Carleton and St Olaf have also sent record numbers percentage wise into the Peace Corps, thank you to these two fine colleges for their contribution. With the wide number of students doing study abroad, this gives fertile ground for wanting to do more and Peace Corps is a logical next step.

Your first Valentine?

heartsLet's take a break from the hustle and bustle of this week to reminisce about your very first Valentine - the first time you realized that this wasn't just a holiday for eating colored bits of blackboard chalk with words on them.  That knee-buckling, stomach-flipping moment when you put a Valentine out for that little red-headed girl, eh Charlie Brown?

Feel free to add your own stories in the comments attached to this story.  You don't have to use real names either, if you don't mind sullying the reputations of John and Jane Doe.

Since I suggested it, I'll go first...

Students to share experiences from global warming summit

St. Olaf College student Kate Tecku '10 had no idea how big the movement to fight global climate change had become until she found herself alongside thousands of young people from across the country who gathered at Capitol Hill last fall to raise awareness about the issue.

Nine St. Olaf students joined more than 6,000 high school and college students at Powershift 2007, the largest national youth summit on global climate change to date. They will share their experiences and the lessons they learned during a seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 7-9 p.m. in Buntrock Commons' Viking Theater at St. Olaf. The event is free and open to the public.

Read more at stolaf.edu ... 

Local kids invited to paper airplane 'fly-in' Saturday

It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's a swarm of paper airplanes created by local kids!

All Northfield-area youth in grades K-5 are invited to a paper airplane "fly-in" at St. Olaf College Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Tostrud Center. Participants will be instructed on how to fold a paper airplane and will then let it fly from the upper walking track in the Tostrud Center to marked targets on the track floor below. Prizes will be awarded for the longest glide and most accurate landing. The day also will feature information about the physics of flying and a presentation by a pilot, who will speak about planes and flight.

The free event is sponsored by 5th Bridge and the Volunteer Network that is part of the St. Olaf Student Government Association. E-mail Barb Schmidt at schmidt@stolaf.edu to register.

Grass Roots Initiative Launches Thursday's Table in Northfield

Thursday's Table logoThe Community Action Center announced today that plans are underway to provide a hot and healthy dinner to people in the Northfield area who are in transition and could benefit from a free, nutritious meal. The program, which will begin serving meals in April, is called Thursday’s Table. Meals will be served each Thursday at the Northfield Community Resource Center Dining Room between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. by Northfield volunteers under the supervision of food-handling experts from the Northfield School District. It is estimated that 100 people or more will be served each week.

New Issue - Real Estate Guide

Reguide020108 The Feb. 1 issue of the Real Estate Guide is hot off the press ... be sure to grab one! Inside you'll find the answer to managing a busy, dual-income household with the help of an errand service. This article also offers a great checklist to use when searching for the right errand service provider.

St. Olaf students in Tromsø, Norway

St. Olaf students in Norway I got an email this morning from my friend Ole Kristian Brose, a Norwegian professor who I met a couple years ago when he was on sabbatical in Northfield. He attached an article about a group of St. Olaf students who are spending the month of January in northern Norway. They're taking a four week course on Norwegian music taught by Ole Kristian and another professor.

Tromsø University College and St. Olaf signed a cooperation agreement five years ago, but this is the first exchange of students between the two schools.

You can read the article (in either Norwegian or English) on the Tromsø University College web site.

2007 Site Recap

2007-screenshot-section At the yearly NCO meeting last week, we spent some time running over the stats from 2007.  People enjoyed them and wanted me to post them online for more people to chew on, so here you go...

In 2007 Northfield.org had:

  • 1477 stories from
  • 146 different authors
  • 1628 comments from (an unknown number of commenters - anonymous commenting and all.)
  • 231,264 visits from
  • 83,244 different people who surfed using
  • 55% were using Internet Explorer
  • 33% were using Firefox
  • 9% were using Safari
  • 1% were using Opera
  • Our photo gallery contains 9,025 images viewed...
  • 220,237 times, but Flickr is a bit parsimonious with the stats, so it's hard to tell how many were in the last year.
  • Other than the US, we had...
    • 2,182 visits from the U.K.
    • 1,058 visits from Canada
    • 447 visits from Australia
    • ...and so on and so forth down to...
    • 1 visit from the Vatican and
    • 1 visit from Nepal.

Hang in there, baby

hang.in.there.baby Okay, depending upon who you ask, it's somewhere between -15°F and -22°F with a windchill of around -33°F.  (Windchill advisory link will change and probably expire in a few hours.) Even Will Steger is hiding in bed this morning, mumbling something about "exploring the Florida Keys".   If there is a ray of hope in all this, it's that it's only about 45 days to mid-50°F weather and we hit 70 on March 27th last year.

So bundle up and mark your calendars.  Warmer weather isn't far off on the calendar, even if it's a near 100 degree change from right now.

NCO annual meeting Thursday

annual meeting The annual meeting of Northfield Citizens Online, the nonprofit organization behind Northfield.org, will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the downtown office of Carleton College's Science Education Resource Center (200 Division St., just north of the Archer House and KYMN radio). The public is welcome to join us in celebrating the organization's accomplishments over the past year, including visits by nearly 80,000 unique users. We'll also take care of a little business, such as welcoming new board members and coming up with a new slate of officers as we plan for the future.

And if you're there early enough, you might get a piece of my homemade chocolate chip cheesecake ...

Get your green thumbs ready! Join the Community Garden!

Aaron and DanOn February 1, the Northfield Community Gardeners will start accepting applications for participation in the 2008 Greenvale Park Community Garden! The garden is located just west of Greenvale Park Elementary School, on Lincoln Street.

Applications are available for downloading now on the Center for Sustainable Living's website.

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