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'Meidt-y' news from St. Olaf

St. Olaf Football Coach Chris MeidtChris Meidt has resigned as head football coach at St. Olaf to accept an offensive assistant position with the National Football League's Washington Redskins. Meidt led St. Olaf to a 40-20 record in his six seasons at the helm. The Oles were 8-2 in each of the last three years -- the first such stretch of eight-win seasons since 1969-71.

A reception will be held for Meidt Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. in Skoglund Center at St. Olaf.

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Skateboard Coalition fundraising breakfast set for Sunday, February 10

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 10, 2008, from 8-9:30 a.m. The event will be held at Applebee’s (2433 Highway 3 South, Northfield). Breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, juice, coffee, scrambled eggs, and an order of sausage.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

As part of a challenge grant awarded to the Skateboard Coalition, the Healthy Community Initiative will match all donations to the Coalition, so each ticket purchased will result in an extra $5 for the Coalition’s efforts!

To learn more about the Northfield Skateboard Coalition and their efforts to build a new skate plaza, visit:

Skating School Coaches Selected for St. Paul Winterskate, National Skating Month Event

Skating Last Sunday, four Northfield Skating School staff members volunteered as coaches for the 2008 Winterskate event at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. The event, organized by US Figure Skating Headquarters and presented in conjunction with the 2008 US Figure Skating Championships and National Skating Month, drew over 50 skaters from the twin cities area. Skaters received free 30-minute lessons and a chance to learn from professional, enthusiastic instructors.

According to Susi Wehrli, Senior Membership Director of US Figure Skating, coaches for the event were, “Personally selected to help with this promotion based upon [their] excellent teaching methods and enthusiasm for the sport of figure skating. The Winter Skate is designed to help generate excitement about skating in the Saint Paul and Minneapolis area and encourage people of all ages to take to the ice for fun, have a chance to meet skating celebrities and learn about ways to get more involved with local programs.”

Skating School Director and Webmaster Invited to Present at National Conference

Jill, Carey, Susi What an eventful week it has been for the Northfield Skating School! In addition to attending the US Figure Skating Nationals, volunteering at the St. Paul Winterskate, and of course holding lessons at the Northfield Arena, yet another honor came our way straight from our friends at US Figure Skating Headquarters.

Northfield Tennis Association to meet Monday

Feb 4 2008 7:30 pm
Feb 4 2008 9:00 pm

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, February 4, 2008. The meeting will be held from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels. The primary focus of the meeting will be to discuss the Northfield Tennis Association’s main activities in 2008 and to gear up for spring/summer tennis efforts.

For more information about the Northfield Tennis Association, visit

Volleyball Club Pancake Breakfast - Sunday morning!

Jan 27 2008 8:00 am
Jan 27 2008 12:30 pm

NVC Logo The Northfield Volleyball Club is a non-profit organization to promote volleyball to all Northfield and area youth. We are sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, Jan 27 from 8-12:30 at the Eagle's Club, 304 South Water Street, and would like to invite everyone to come.

Adult tickets which can be bought at the door are $5.00 and youth (10 and under) are $3.00. This club has over 60 kids participating in our program presently ranging from 5th through 12th grades.
We welcome the community to join us for breakfast Sunday. Visit our website at to find out more about our Club. Please come and bring a friend or come and make one.

Northfield High School Nordic Ski Fundraiser is Saturday

skierThe annual fundraiser for the Northfield High School Cross-Country Team will be held this Saturday, January 26. The event is a mass-start Fun Ski this year, and there will be plenty of door prizes following the event. You can classical or skate ski the team's 5K race loop, and kids can ski a 1K loop.

Registration for the event costs just $10, and all proceeds go directly to the team. More information and a registration form are in the attached PDF file.

Conditions for Saturday look great -- with the fresh snow and milder temps, it's a great day to be out skiing.

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 (follow the Community Services link), or call us at 507-664-3649.

Northfield, Northfielders in the News

Vy Nguyen, hockey player; Smith hiring brings the debate to Emporia; Zach Filzen wins Big Sky POW; James Gang duster at the MN Historical Society.

james_gang_duster-video Vy Nguyen plays for the NHS Girl's hockey team.  Her story, the journey from the Philippines to Northfield get a good writeup by the StarTrib...

Vy Nguyen has been skating on Minnesota's outdoor rinks since she was 5 years old, which gives her something in common with thousands of her peers across the state. But how she arrived on the ice -- and what it's taken to master the state sport of hockey -- separate the Northfield senior's rink-rat tale from the rest.

Gary Smith is leaving us for Emporia, Kansas, but the online dust-ups seems to follow in his wake.  In this post at the Emporia Gazette, a Smith story gets visited by both a pro- and con- Chief Smith contingent...

Well, Mr Lightning Rod, I'd be interested to know how that attitude directly affected the morale of everyone connected with the police department, sworn or civilian. They have to live and function under the scope of, and reactions to, your opinions. City of Emporia employee morale in general is already pretty poor and the EPD is going to suffer even more if a previous post is anything close to being remotely accurate.

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St. Olaf senior to play in Aztec Bowl

St. Olaf wide receiver Horace Gant '08 has been selected to play for the American Football Coaches Association Division III all-star team that will represent the United States against the Mexican National Team in today's 2007 Aztec Bowl in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Gant, who ended his career as the school leader in receiving yards, touchdown receptions and receptions, is one of 50 NCAA students from across the country who will make up this year's team.

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Northfield Tennis Association tennis social set for Monday

Dec 10 2007 6:00 pm
Dec 10 2007 8:00 pm

The Northfield Tennis Association will host a holiday tennis social and very brief annual meeting on Monday, December 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Carleton College Recreation Center.

The event will feature festive food and drink, lots of tennis, and great company! Those of all ages and tennis ability levels are encouraged to attend.

The event is FREE -- just bring your rackets!

St. Olaf coach Scott Nesbit will lead tennis games. Door prizes will be given. A “just-for-fun” ping-pong tournament is also planned.

No RSVPs needed. For more information, contact Eric Lundin (663-7705) or Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984).

The Carleton College Recreation Center is located off of Highway 19.

Northfield Skating School offering discounted tickets to National Championships

NSS logoThis winter we have the opportunity to see the nation’s greatest skaters compete at the 2008 National Figure Skating Championships at the Excel Center in St. Paul. The event lasts from January 20, 2008 – January 27, 2008. Rarely will an event like the Nationals occur this close to home.

In anticipation of the event, the Northfield Skating School has reserved reduced-cost group tickets to the Pairs, Ladies, Mens, and Championship Exhibition events. These tickets are available to the Northfield community and the Northfield Skating School will absorb handling fees.

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.

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Northfield, Northfielders in the news

DIII XC Championships; Mary Nelson wins service award; Oles get the heck out of Dodge

diii-xc-ss St Olaf is hosting the Division III Cross Country championships today (Saturday).  Women's race at 11 a.m., Men's race at noon.  Allegheny College (PA) is attending and has had its players blog their reactions to qualifying and the anticipation of the Big Race:

After running the course today, it has finally hit me that nationals are just two days away. I like the course except for the gravel paths and the cruel, steep uphill we have to run up just before the finish, but the course is actually in some trees and around a lake instead of the wide open fields like the courses from regionals and conferences. I know this race will be different from everything that I’m used to, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to, especially with the team that we have running next to me.

Mary Nelson has won the 2007 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service from the McKnight Foundation for her work in serving others:

Given since 1985, the awards honor volunteers or employees in Minnesota who, in the foundation's words, "have demonstrated an exceptional personal commitment to helping others in their communities but who have received little or no public recognition."

The recipients are to receive $7,500 each at a private ceremony in Minneapolis [Thursday].

St. Olaf came in #2 in the country in the number of students studying abroad during their college education.  Carleton finished 25th:

A record 223,534 students from U.S. colleges spent anywhere from a January or summer term to more than a year earning academic credit in a foreign country. That was up 8.5 percentage points from the 2004-05 school year when 205,993 students went abroad and up 150 percent from the 1995-96 year when fewer than 90,000 students took classes over seas, the study said.

St. Olaf winter sports previews

 in action at the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears game, Sunday, December 4, 2005 at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Packers 19-7.Holy smokes, is it that time already?  Apparently so as the Winter Sports Previews are being published.   Oles are up first, Knights are on deck.

  • Mens BB
    • "We lost three starters, but have seven of our top ten back," said Kosmoski. "We'll have to quickly learn our roles - that will be our biggest adjustment."
  • Womens BB
    • The St. Olaf women's basketball team begins the Dave Stromme era this winter. Stromme, the longtime assistant from UMD and the University of Minnesota, was hired in August as the seventh coach in the history of the school after spending last season as the interim head coach at UMD.
  • Mens Hockey
    • The St. Olaf men's hockey team is eyeing its fifth straight postseason appearance in 2007-08 with a core group of returners, led by All-America defenseman John Paulson.
  • Womens Hockey
    • The Oles, who were 15-10-1 and 12-5-1 in conference play in 2006-07, return a strong defensive unit led by All-MIAC defender Jess Magnuson (Rochdale, Mass./Pomfret). Magnuson tallied three goals and 11 assists last season.

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