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Submitted by Vicki Dilley on Wed, 02/13/2008 - 5:38pm
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.
Submitted by adam.gurno on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 3:10pm
Let'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...
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Fri, 02/08/2008 - 5:05pm
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 ...
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Tue, 02/05/2008 - 4:29pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Mon, 02/04/2008 - 5:40pm
The 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.
Submitted by Christine Bernier on Thu, 01/31/2008 - 9:48pm
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.
Submitted by Doug Bratland on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 10:44am
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.
Submitted by adam.gurno on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 9:20am
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.
Submitted by adam.gurno on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 8:43am
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.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Tue, 01/22/2008 - 4:28pm
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 ...
Submitted by Scott Schumacher on Mon, 01/21/2008 - 11:18am
On 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.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Thu, 01/17/2008 - 5:34pm
"Visions of Hope" is the theme of this year's community celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to be hosted by St. Olaf College in Boe Memorial Chapel Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. St. Olaf Professor of English Joan Hepburn will be master of ceremonies and St. Olaf Associate Pastor Jennifer Anderson Koenig '87 will provide the opening invocation. The Rev. Gayle Marsh of All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield will give the benediction. The Northfield Youth Choirs will perform, and refreshments will be served in Buntrock Commons following the event, which is free and open to the public.
Submitted by Erin Mayberry on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 9:42am
Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has many great programs starting yet in January. Some of these great youth and adult programs include, SCUBA Open Water Certification, Learn to Contra Dance, Tae Kwon Do, Hip Hop Dance, Fun With French, CPR and AED classes, Intro to Yoga, and more.
To learn more about these activities, check out our 2008 Winter/Spring brochure, visit us online at www.nfld.k12.mn.us (follow the Community Services link), or call us at 507-664-3649.
Submitted by Citizen Journalist on Thu, 12/27/2007 - 9:51am
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek
Set yourself up for a successful New Year’s Resolution! Taking positive steps in your health and the health and wellness of your family is important. Let the Northfield Area Family YMCA support you in these steps that don’t simply last the first few months of the year, but help you make positive life-long healthy changes. And we're adding staff to help us serve you better.
Right now there are staff positions available teaching several new fitness classes, including Personal Training and Group Exercise. We’re even planning to add a Teen Fitness class! At the YMCA, our focus is families, so child care will be provided during many of our group exercise classes. While you spend time taking care of yourself, let us take care of your kids in a positive fun program called Child Watch!
Submitted by Doug Bratland on Mon, 12/17/2007 - 6:50pm
Hey kids! Ever wonder where clouds come from? Why, we make them right here in Northfield! The Carleton College steam plant made a fresh batch today, as you can see from this video.
Don't buy that? Well, here's the official explanation for the infernal racket that was emanating from the northeast corner of town this afternoon:
The mechanical staff will be testing the boilers at the Facilities Building on December 6th, 17th and 26th. They will be testing the combustion efficiency of the boilers. When the combustion reaches the maximum level, the excess steam will be vented through the Facilities roof.
Video is after the jump...