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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.

St. Olaf to host community MLK Day event

MLK"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.

Northfield Community Services Upcoming January Programs

winter-spring 2008 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.

YMCA is new programs -- and new jobs

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!

Cloudmaking at Carleton

steam plantHey 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...

5th Bridge Food-Packing Challenge: Mission Accomplished and More

5th Bridge volunteers Residents from across Northfield responded to 5th Bridge’s food-packing challenge in a big way. The local nonprofit group, which hosted its first city-wide service project last week, coordinated the packing of more than 200,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children’s global outreach program – an accomplishment that was made possible by the help of more than 800 volunteers. In total, 5th Bridge more than doubled its initial goal to pack 100,000 meals.

Community Services Winter/Spring Brochure

coming soon... The Northfield Community Services Winter/Spring brochure is arriving in your mailbox soon. Online registration is available for all programs.

Northfield Community Services; 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, MN 55057; www.nfld.k12.mn.us (follow the Community Services links); tel. 507-664-3649.

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