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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.

Found Cat

cat We don't get much traffic on the Northfield.org forums, but I spotted this notice there and thought it was worth publishing here for a larger audience:

A small calico/tabby cat was found in the gutter a few days ago. She seems to be about 6 months old, give or take. She is VERY thin but has no front claws, so she must belong to someone. If you know anyone who has lost a cat recently please email me right away: nienabes@carleton.edu

I'll take care of her until her owners are found.

You can click the photo for a larger view. And here's another shot of the cat.

Memoirs, essays sought for Hong "Festschrift"

HongsFor many members of the St. Olaf community and countless others, the names Howard Hong '34 and Edna Hong '38 bring forth memories of a couple devoted to exemplary public service who advised and supported generations of students and influenced thousands of colleagues, scholars and friends.

Those memories are now being sought for inclusion into a Festschrift honoring the Hongs. Jamie Lorentzen '81, chairman of the Howard V. And Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library, aims to compile a volume of critical essays and personal memoirs provisionally titled The Final Crossroads: A Festschrift for Howard and Edna Hong to honor and commemorate their life work.

Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival a hit with Fandango fans

The simulcast of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival hit a high note at Fandango.com, where it landed in the top 10 fan-rated shows.

Those who attended the live broadcast posted more than 200 reviews at Fandango, a website that provides moviegoers with reviews, commentary, trailers and tickets.

Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.



Rebuilding the steeple on the 1862 Valley Grove Church

Saga of the Stone Church Steeple

valley grove stone church The 1862 stone church is the crown jewel of the Valley Grove site. It was built by the pioneers under extremely arduous conditions. The workmanship was uneven but considering it was built by volunteer labor using hand tools and local materials, it is a monument to ingenuity and hard work. Saving the stone church is nothing less than a tribute to the Norwegian immigrants who overcame incredible hardships.

It was also in terrible shape.

Because only fire can cause more damage than water, replacing the roof was priority one. But when we fixed the roof, we discovered that repairing the steeple was just as important, if not more so. The steeple had been leaking off and on since it was built 145 years ago. The rot was so extensive, it was obvious it had to be replaced (NOT repaired) immediately. This could NOT wait.

Read on for the rest of the story and lots of photos...

Two St. Olaf students named Rhodes Scholars

St. Olaf students Ishanaa Rambachan '08, Apple Valley, Minn., and Nicole Novak '08, Iowa City, Iowa, are among the 32 students from across the United States recently selected as Rhodes Scholars by the Rhodes Trust. The two seniors are the college's eighth and ninth Rhodes Scholars since 1910, and the fourth and fifth since 1997.

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson '74 says the most important thing about Rambachan and Novak receiving Rhodes Scholarships is the opportunities it will provide for them.

See the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

Turkey Trot draws runners, walkers, families, kids, dogs -- and money to fight polio

Cullen O'Neill takes third straight title in Rotary Turkey Day run

The weather was freezing, the volunteers were nervous...but soon the runners started drifting toward the registration table for the 7th Rotary Turkey Day 5K Run, better known as the Turkey Trot. Within an hour, hundreds of people packed the Northfield Golf Club, then took to the snow-dusted streets. Just 19 minutes and 42 seconds later, Cullen O'Neill breezed across the finish line to take his third straight title. Megan Kelly won the women's division in 20:47. The race is a holiday tradition, but this year it also is raising thousands of collars to help Rotary International 's initiative to eradicate polio in the world.

More inside...

So what are your Thanksgiving plans? What are you thankful for?

pumpkin_pies Turkey Day (Tofu-rkey for the vegetarians among us) is almost upon us, so what are your plans?  Traveling?  Cooking?  Football?  Parades? Braving the crowds during Black Friday?   Cooking footballs?  Share your plans and ideas in the comment section.

And if you're especially thankful for anything this year, speak up too - this holiday's for you.

Lowering the Carleton windmill blades

Weldon Hogie sent in ten great pictures of the work being on the Carleton windmill:

Here are a series of pictures taken last Friday afternoon of the removal and lowering of the blades from the Carleton Wind Turbine.

The really great thing about these images is that you can see the scale of the motor and blades as those are people working there, just dwarfed by the whole thing.

There's an experimental slideshow inside or you can click here to view a full-screen slideshow...

Thanksgiving Vacation for N.org

tom-turkey We'll be taking some Thanksgiving vacation this week - Wednesday through Friday or Saturday.  The site will still be working, but no updates will be posted.  If you've got something that you'd like posted for the weekend, please submit it before Wednesday afternoon.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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