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St. Olaf named in 'Colleges That Change Lives'

St. Olaf College is one of 40 U.S. colleges listed in Colleges That Change Lives (Penguin, 2006), the influential guide by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope.

St. Olaf is the only Minnesota college to make the cut and the only Lutheran-affiliated school in the book. Other colleges on the list include Beloit College in Wisconsin, Reed College in Oregon and Denison University in Ohio — the previous employer of St. Olaf’s new president, David R. Anderson ’74.

“This book... will help youths of many levels of academic aptitude find catalytic colleges that will change their lives,” writes Pope. “In doing so it will free them from our system’s obscene obsession with academic aptitude, which does not determine achievement, satisfaction with life, or the merit of a human being.”

Director of St. Olaf Admissions Jerry Pope (no relation) says that many people he meets during the admissions process are passionate about Colleges That Change Lives. “It has a huge following,” says Pope, pictured above.

Northfield Swimming Pool Construction Update

Progress is being made on the new $2.85 million Northfield Swimming Pool at Memorial Field.  The construction started on July 7th and target opening date is June 2007.  The pictures show several sections of the new pool under construction along with the sign showing the completed pool.

More details, plans and documents can be found on the Pool Project section of the city website.

Recycling pays off for Green Teams

Have you ever noticed the recycling centers outside EconoFoods and Cub Foods? Have you ever used them?

Lots of people do, and their trash is turning into treasure for local nonprofit organizations. The youth groups, operating as "Green Teams," encourage people to bring in their recycling items and at the end of their designated months, pick up a check for the value of the material recovered. This week two Green Teams picked up their checks at the City Council meeting.

The teams are The Northfield Youth Choirs (at left) and The Northfield Goal Club (above). These two teams served as the Youth Recycling Green Teams for May-July. Together the two teams educated residents, monitored the recycling boxes and recycled 151.6 tons of cardboard and mixed paper at the two recycling drop-off locations in Northfield. Waste Management donates $15 for each ton recycled to the Green Teams. Each organization will receive a check for $1,337.45.

Carleton ranked in LGBT top 100 campus guide

Carleton College has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Campuses for LGBT students and is included in “The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students,” the first comprehensive campus guide to highlight the 100 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States.

Carleton’s positive environment, programs, and services and LGBT student coalitions were cause for the distinction. “Carleton is a wonderful place, and this honor highlights all the work campus leaders and alumni have done to make sure that LGBT students do not only survive but thrive here,” says Gender and Sexuality Center director and LGBT advisor Kaaren M. Williamsen-Garvey.

Meet our winners!

We've found them!

Last week we announced that Kevin and Peggy Fink were the winners of one of our "Dinner on Us" drawings, which means they recrived a $50 gift certificate for Froggy Bottoms, just for joining Northfield Citizens Online, the group that brings you Northfield.org.

Usually, we like to include a photo and some comments with the announcements, but the Finks weren't answering the phone. Turns out, they were on vacation -- and were happy to receive the good news when they returned.

They told us:

"We think Northfield.org is a real plus to the citizens of our wonderful town. The diversity, uniqueness and richness of its content makes nearly every visit to Northfield.org informative and memorable. Thanks to all of the dedicated people of NCO that give us the gift of Northfield.org.  We strongly encourage everyone to become members like we did."

17-year old receives private pilot license at Stanton

Congratulations to Peter Schumann of St. Paul who passed his Flight Test with the FAA on Saturday August 5th at Stanton Airfield. Peter turned 17 in April and began taking flight lessons in December 2005 in Stanton's Cessna 150 aircraft.

Peter flew roughly 8 hours with an instructor prior to being granted his solo pilot certificate in April while still 16 years old. He then flew another 32 hours practicing to pass the test with an FAA examiner. The test involved several hours of oral questions by the examiner in areas of aircraft systems, airspace, navigation, weather, and aerodynamics. Following this Peter took the examiner up for several flights to demonstrate his skills in the aircraft, with particular emphasis on safety awareness and emergency procedures.

With his new license Peter can now take passengers up flying, and he already has several fly-in destinations in the area he intends to visit. Peter attends Central High School in St. Paul.

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Six Drawing:  The Tavern of Northfield

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Tavern of Northfield.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 13, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 14.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

Northfield teen dies in NYC accident

WCCO News in the Twin Cities is reporting that 18-year-old Natalie Smead of Northfield died three hours after she was struck by a train in a tragic accident Saturday afternoon about 4 p.m.in New York City. The television news report indicated she was in New York visiting family and that it was unclear if she was pushed or fell onto the tracks. When she tried to crawl from under the train, she was hit by another train on the adjacent tracks.

There aren't a lot more details, but you can get the entire story at WCCO News or on its news broadcasts on Channel 4. 

Firearms training class slated in August

You can sign up today for the Minnesota Firearms Safety Training Course, offered by the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the Cannon River Sportsmen’s Club.

This class and field trip will cover safe gun handling, gun safety in the home, care and storage of firearms, marksmanship and hunter responsibility. Students who enroll must be 12 years old by Dec. 31, 2006, and there is no maximum age Class dates are Aug. 21-24, 28-30, with the field trip on Aug. 26.

For more information or to register for this class, stop at the Northfield Community Services Office, located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC), at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield. For more information, call Erin at 664-3649, or go online to www.nfld.k12.mn.us.

Mark Etzell is the Adult Enrichement Coordinator for the Northfield Public Schools Community Service Division. 

Add some ice cream to your summer fun

Mitch Patrikus sent us this cute picture of his little sister to enter our "Beat the Heat Photo Contest." Sure, it's cooled off a little, but it's still August, the sun is shining and we can finally head out and enjoy it.

When you head out, take your camera and capture the fun. Then send the photos to us. The grand prize will be $25 worth of ice cream and lemonade for you and your friends—as long as you agree to send photos of the party.

You can shoot people relaxing, beach scenes, kids eating drippy ice cream cones, anything that means summer. (Swimsuit shots are allowed, but keep the topless photos for your personal photo albums.)

Anyone can enter, and you can send as many photos as you want. It's easy to enter:

1. Take photos.

2. Create an e-mail, attach photo.

3. Describe the photo, add your name.

4. Send to pictures@northfield.org.

That's it.

Deadline is August 15. You can see all the entries by clicking on the photo above.

Help local Girl Scouts - and have fun

Submitted by Marcia Morris-Beck

Want a ticket to see this hot car in action? A free ticket? How about two free tickets?

The Girl Scout Council of Cannon Valley is holding its first Girl Scout Day at the Races on Saturday, Aug. 12. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. at Country Joe Racing in Lakeville, with lots of fun activities for the whole family.

Registration for this event has been overwhelming, with more than 500 kids coming -- and 57 of them from Northfield. There are so many scouts, we are looking for more volunteers to help supervise some of the day's activities. Each volunteer will receive two passes to attend the races that evening at Elko Speedway at 6:30 p.m., where you can cheer on the Girl Scout car.

Volunteers need to arrive at Country Joe Racing, 22222 Dodd Road in Lakeville, at 1 p.m. on August 12 for orientation and a tour of the facility. Here are some of the activities where we need volunteer help: field games like kickball, tug of war, obstacle course, croquet, archery. We also need assistance with arts and crafts, karaoke, orienteering, and at the petting zoo, inflatables, and registration.

Dukes and Knights Head Into Playoffs

The Dundas Dukes finished their regular season on Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Cold Spring Springers.

Mitch Patrikus was there and submitted a handful of pictures from the game, which are collected in this photo gallery. The Dukes play the Hastings Hawks on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. in Miesville. This is the first round of the CCVL tournament. The Northfield Knights were slated to pay Tuesday night in a best-of-three play-in against the Red Wing Aces, but the was cancelled due to rain. The Knights were down 0-1 in the series and needed to break a long losing streak to stay alive.

They get another chance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, that's tonight, at Sechler Field, as the teams make up last night's game. Even if the Knights win, they'll need one more win to make it to Miesville this weekend.

Way Park Designs to be unveiled Wednesday

Click to enlargeNew designs for Way Park, incorporating the current park and the recently reclaimed land from the former Northfield Hospital site, will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, at the NCRC Dining Hall, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

Spencer Jones, a landscape architect and member of the Northfield Park Board, was commissioned by the Park Board to create the designs and present them to the public for comment. All are welcome to attend the presentation and share their feedback.

For more information, contact Judy Swanson of the Friends of Way Park at 645-6017.

Heat Index Pushes 116F on Monday

If you're not sick of talking about weather yet, we've got one last little tidbit before this hot spell (hopefully) breaks.

The heat index today topped out at 116F. That's right, one hundred and sixteen degrees. Fortunately, the five day forecast for Northfield shows highs in the 80s and some precipitation for the rest of the week.

WCCO.com has lots more information regarding the weather today and the smoking-hot July.

We here at Northfield.org hope everyone came through the heat wave with as good of spirits as possible and look forward to complaining about the week we'll spend in January where the highs are all below zero.

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Five Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 6, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 7.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

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