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St. Olaf medical ethics center report featured in the Star Tribune

Thanks to David Gonnerman of St. Olaf College for making quick note of this on the campus website.

Have you ever thought about the ethics involved in deciding who would be allowed to receive limited vaccines in the case of a pandemic? The St. Olaf College-based Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics made the front page of today's Star Tribune with a story about just that subject. Recommendations by a panel of experts that was convened by the center—including doctors, nurses, ministers, lawyers and health department representatives—has arrived at recommendations that differ from current federal guidelines.

Random acts of reporting

Good morning!

I was just updating pages for Northfield.org when I saw this breathtaking sunrise out my window. I risked the wrath of the cat by moving her from my lap, then shot this photo and e-mailed it to Northfield.org.

Total elapsed time: 3 minutes, including apology to the cat and time to find the photo card gizmo for my laptop. That's how easy it is to share something on Northfield.org.

Northfield Tennis Association to meet Monday, Oct 23


Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, October 23.  The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

This is the third meeting of the Northfield Tennis Association.  The purpose is to discuss current tennis opportunities in Northfield, as well as what community members would like to see in the future and what opportunities exist for collaboration.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

For more information, contact Zach Pruitt at 612-578-5984, zpruitt@carleton.edu, or Eric Lundin at 663-7705, lundin@rconnect.com.


Zach Pruitt is a volunteer with the new Northfield Tennis Association

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere - Zombie Edition

The 'Sphere is back, risen from the grave, need po-o-o-o-sts to survive.  U-u-u-urgh, po-o-o-o-o-o-o-osts!

St. Olaf named to President's Honor Roll for Katrina relief efforts

St. Olaf College has been named to the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll or distinguished community service in recognition of extraordinary volunteer efforts by St. Olaf students to serve area neighborhoods and Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Of more than 500 colleges and universities that applied nationwide, only 141 were selected for this honor. Schools receiving distinguished service recognition provided exceptional community service over the past year, contributing their time, resources, energy, skills--and intellect--to serve America.

Breaking news: bus accident along Highway 19

There was a bus crash along Highway 19 Monday afternoon. Twin Cities media outlets are reporting that the driver collapsed while at the wheel of a chartered bus carrying ten Carleton College students and two staff members.

Media reports indicate the passengers were safe, but the driver died at the hospital, possibly of a heart attack. Here is a link to KSTP-TV you can check for details, but all Twin Cities news outlets should have stories posted soon.

If you have any details to share, please do so below. 

Community composting returns

The Center for Sustainable Living has resumed its Community Composting project. Through the end of October, they will be collecting compost at the Northfield farmers' market.


If you become a member for $25, they will deliver a composting kit, with your own bucket and composting guide, to your doorstep. Visit The Center for Sustainable Living for details.

Sign up at the farmers' market (Fridays 11:45-1:15 at Riverside Park), or send a check for $25 to:
The Center for Sustainable Living
PO Box 414
Northfield, MN 55057

Composting will be available through the winter as well; more information to come.

Touring Northfield with a bike and pedestrian expert

This week, I was fortunate to join Steve Clark, the Walking and Bicycling Program Manager at Transit for Livable Communities, during his day-long visit to Northfield to share his professional expertise.

Bruce Anderson, the executive director of RENew Northfield, and I met Steve downtown. He had traveled from St. Paul on his motorcycle, and when we met him he had already seen some of our city. We sat down for a brief talk, looking at some maps and discussing some of the issues facing nonmotorized transportation in the Northfield area. We then got on our bikes and toured part of town. Charley Skinner had loaned us his dual recumbent bicycle for the tour, so Bruce and Steve were able to sit side by side and talk.

Parent Communication Network launches membership drive

The Parent Communication Network (PCN) is leading a major membership recruitment campaign.  Joining is easy – there are no meetings and no dues! 

To join PCN, visit its website at http://www.northfieldhci.org/pcnnew.php


More than 350 local parents have already signed on, saying they agree to:

  • Set good limits for their children regarding curfew, dating patterns, overnights, etc.
  • Work to create an atmosphere where the use of alcohol and drugs is NOT considered an "acceptable" or "normal" part of growing up.
  • Assure that youth events they host will be chaperoned and free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Talk directly with other parents to ensure that events they are hosting will be chaperoned and free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Communicate a clear "no use" message about underage use of alcohol or any use of illegal substances.
  • Be a good role model for our children to help them learn about healthy, responsible behavior. 

The PCN campaign has been endorsed by the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use and the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, which are both assisting with publicity for the campaign.

Zach Pruitt is the coordinator of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.

New Chess Club for 4th and 5th graders!

Annoucing a new chess club for 4th and 5th graders! Co-sponsored by the Carleton College Volunteers and the Northfield Public Library.

The club will meet on Wednesdays starting October 25 after school from 4 to 5 in the library's meeting room. You can learn chess or improve your skills.  We will meet every Wednesday even through Carleton’s break, but if there is no school there is no Chess Club.

Joining is free. But space is limited! Sign up via email: TMCKINLEY1@charter.net or KathyN@selco.info, or call the library at 645-6606.

Kathy Ness is a children's librarian at Northfield Public Library.

Cannon River Community Land Trust joins the blogosphere

The Cannon River Community Land Trust has a new website and weblog, with Joel West, board chair, as the blogger. Not too long ago, Joel had positions as the assistant city administrator and the community development director for the City of Northfield.

The Land Trust's RSS feed has now been added to the Northfield.org aggregator. You can also subscribe to the CRCLT weblog via email.

Northfield to host state mentoring conference

Nationally recognized youth mentoring author and researcher to visit Northfield 

Dr. David DuBois, one of the country’s leading authors and researchers in the mentoring field, will address more than 100 youth mentoring professionals during the seventh annual Statewide Mentoring Conference in Northfield. 

Dr. DuBois will share valuable research and recommendations for sustaining the mentoring movement through practice and evaluation at the Carleton College Sayles-Hill Campus Center on Monday, October 16.

News report indicates possible child abductor seen in Northfield

WCCO-TV and KARE-11 in Minneapolis are reporting that a possible child abductor has been seen in the city.

The stations cite a Northfield police news release describing an incident Monday in which a man allegedly approached two young girls and tried to get them to go with him in his car. The girls refused and escaped safely.

You can click to view the WCCO story or the KARE-11 report.

Thanks to Susie Beaumaster for the news tip.

Weather, cooking classes highlight Community Ed schedule

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has several great classes coming up in the next 10 days. 

Learn some around-the-kitchen basics in Cooking Essentials, with Emily Kuehnast beginning October 3rd.

Sven Sundgaard from KARE 11 joins us to present a two-part weather class titled, Weather or Not, Here it Comes, on October 10 and 24It's a good chance to ask him about the recent hailstorm!  Please contact Mark at 507-664-3648 for information or to register.  You may also stop at the Northfield Community Services office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, or register online at http://www.nfld.k12.mn.us. Just follow the Community Services link.

Mark Etzell is the adult enrichment coordinator in the Community Services Division of Northfield Public Schools.

Collaborative method gains momentum in divorce process

Northfield attorneys Michelle Lasswell, Britt Ackerman and Carl Arnold, Faribault Attorney Michelle Ibeling and Northfield psychologist Michelle Millenacker. recently attended an all-day training session in Edina in Collaborative Practice, hosted by the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota.

Michelle Ibeling said said the training reflected a shift in client interest and demand. “I have had several custody and divorce cases where the parties wanted an alternative to traditional litigation. They wanted to proceed more quickly and amicably than traditional litigation could provide. They also wanted to save money so that they could use it for the benefit of their children.”

The collaborative method is designed to minimize conflict while working towards a divorce resolution that addresses both spouses’ emotional, financial and legal needs as well as the needs of their children.

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