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NYBA Spring Registration is under way.

The Northfield Youth Baseball Association (NYBA) has started its 2007 Spring Baseball League Registration.  New this year is the NYBA Website.  It has all of the information that you will need...from online registration to online payment to the NYBA Store to schedules, rosters and more.

To view the website go to and click on the Northfield Youth Baseball Association link.  There will be a walk-in registration on Saturday, March 10th from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the Northfield Middle School commons area.

Games begin April 21 (grades 7-8 may vary) and are played at Sechler Park.  Coaches will schedule all practices and will contact players the weekend of April 7.  Each player receives a team shirt and hat.    Spring season ends June 2, with the exception of Grades 7 - 8.  Summer baseball registration for grades 4 – 6 will be held in May.

NHS gymastics team finishes 6th at state

The NHS gymnastics team finished sixth at state yesterday. This is the first time that the gymnastics team has made it to state.

Congratulations, girls. Good job this year.

This Week in The Carletonian

Singer, Fritz elected to lead CSA
By Kyle Kramer ‘10
With a voter turnout of over 60 percent, Carleton students elected Tim Singer ’08 and Peter Fritz ’08 as Carleton Student Association President and Vice-President, respectively. Becca Bartram ’09 was elected secretary, unopposed. Singer, who ran on a platform of campus sustainability, beat challenger Cherise Jones by 20 votes.

Civil rights leader Minnijean Brown Trickey delivers convocation
By Evan Sander ‘10
One of the nine African-American students to desegregated Little Rock Central High, Trickey spoke of the harassment and personal safety risks in going to school in 1959. “It made no sense for me to blame my fellow white students for the terror that they were demonstrating towards us, but to look deeply at the whole institution which incited that and made it possible,” Trickey said. Trickey is currently a civil rights activist and worked during the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

This week in The Carletonian

Editor's note: This week we're adding a new feature, headlines from The Carletonian, the student newspaper of Carleton College. The paper isn't online yet, but you can email to subscribe and get the full stories. Thanks to Carletonian editor Jake Zivin for making this possible. 

CSA Senate elections underway
By Eric Yiu '08
Student candidates push their platforms this week, as polls remain open for Carleton Student Association Senate spots. Outgoing student senators are leaving president, vice-president, and secretary positions open for the taking. 

Bookstore loses money for fourth year in a row
By Ben Blink '10

Because of increased competition with online textbook sellers Carleton’s college-owned bookstore is facing its fourth straight year without turning a profit. The American Booksellers Association says that between 2003 and 2008 the number of online textbook sales will double, while overall sales will remain flat. The increased tendency for students to hunt for less expensive textbooks is not the only purchasing trend hurting the bookstore.

Students protest Darfur genocide
By Lisa Otto '10

Roughly 30 students laid down in the snack bar area to protest the genocide in Darfur. The event was called a “die-in” for Darfur and similar events have been happening across the country at different college campuses. The goal was to spread awareness about the crisis in Darfur. “This way is a little more effective that tabling,” says Seflana Matambo ’08, “it’s the shock factor.”

Good time had by all at the Mora Vasaloppet

Three Northfield friends and I made a cross country skier's pilgrimage to Mora, Minnesota this weekend to ski in the 35th annual Mora Vasaloppet. (L to R: me, Mark Mellstrom, Sue Welch and Ken Drivdahl.) Due to a lack of snow, the races were held on nearby Knife Lake and the distances shortened somewhat. We nonetheless had a great time, along with the roughly 1,500 other participants. (Click on the image to see all our photos.)

The town of Mora, population 3,560, pulls out all the stops for the race. It was first run in 1973, and was inspired by the Swedish Vasaloppet (first run in 1922) commemorating Gustav Eriksson Vasa's flight on skis from Mora, Sweden towards Norway in 1521.


Mark, Ken and I skied in the 42 kilometer classic race (which was shortened to two 15-kilometer loops around Knife Lake for a total of 30 kilometers). Ken, a veteran of many Vasaloppets and other ski races, placed 5th in his division and 51st overall in the 42K classic race. Mark and I finished respectably nestled in the middle of the pack.

Rice Coounty Bird Club launches new listserv

The Birding Club of Rice County has started a listserv. This list is devoted to birds of Rice County, Minnesota. Reports of rare AND common birds are welcome. Questions from both dedicated birders AND beginners are encouraged. The goal of this list is to keep tabs on the birds that occur in the county.

To subscribe, address an e-mail to:

Do not write anything in the subject line or message box.

To learn more, go to our website

Northfield Tennis Association to meet Monday

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, February 5, 2007.  The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 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.  Topics discussed will include upcoming junior programs, plans for adult and junior spring/summer play, and indoor court needs.

For more information, contact Eric Lundin (663-7705, or Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984,

Zach Pruitt is a volunteer with the Northfield Tennis Association.

Swim Lessons are ready for you to jump in!

As you wait for the new Northfield pool to open, why not register for some Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division swimming lessons? 


Lessons start on Monday, February 5th, and are held on Monday and Thursday evenings. American Red Cross Levels 1-6, along with Starfish (swim lessons for children ages 4-5) currently have openings for participants. 

For a complete schedule of lesson times, please log onto and follow the Community Services link. For more information on each level or to register for these programs, please visit our website, call 664-3649 or stop by our office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield.

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

Healthy Living team is shaping up

Wow, there are a lot of great people in this town!

Last week personal trainer Jeff Woods offered to write a column for on fitness and health issues. He and I invited personal trainers, owners of health clubs and others involved in healthy living activities to brainstorm about what we could cover and how.

Well, a great group turned out at the Hideaway Tuesday to start work. Pictured above are Kitty Runzheimer of the Northfield Senior Center and Carleton College, Heather Peterson and Tristan Cox of SNAP Fitness, Amy Etzell of HeartWork Yoga Studio and Jeff, who owns and runs The Bodysmith, a personal training business. Others couldn't make it, but are going to be involved in future meetings.  And if you'd like to join the group, you're welcome to jump in any time.

Knightcrawlers compete in Icebreaker meet

Masters swim team shows diversity, determination

Submitted by Jeff Woods

Ray HakomakiRay Hakomaki climbed carefully onto the starting block at the 2007 Icebreaker Meet and looked down the length of the pool. The other swimmers eyed him warily and knew that he was there to give it his all. They knew he holds many records and is in the Minnesota Swimming Hall of Fame. He was there to kick their butts. 

Ray is 86 years old. 

I guess somebody forgot to tell him he is old, but maybe he just didn’t listen.  Ray (pictured above) is what masters swimming meets are all about.  Competitors swim against people of their own abilities and results are given by age group.  Looking down the starting blocks of the 100 freestyle, I saw a 30-something mother, a young man with a barbed wire tattoo, a lean-looking grandfather, a portly gentleman, a triathlete, and a young co-ed.  All have very close seed times, and it was a good race.

Good news for health and fitness fans launches health and fitness team
Meet Jeff Woods Tuesday to share your ideas

I don't have to tell you that Northfield is full of interesting people.

Take Jeff Woods, shown here as we had coffee at Blue Monday to talk about an idea of his. Jeff has volunteered to write a regular column about fitness. A personal trainer and the owner of The Bodysmith in downtown Northfield, he can fill a lot of columns on his own. But we also want to share news about what other businesses, organizations and individuals are doing to stay healthy and help others do so.

We'll be meeting at 2 p.m. this Tuesday at the Hideaway to talk more about how this new project can take shape. Kitty Runzheimer, a fitness expert at the Northifeld Senior Center and Carleton College, will be there as well. There's no charge to business owners who want to share information about their services on, and we're happy to have anyone stop in to share ideas, ask questions or pass along news. If you can't come, send me an email or leave a comment below.

YMCA will offer first programs in February

Have you ever seen footprints in the snow and wondered where they came from or where they end? The Northfield Area Family YMCA offers "Animal Tracking" for children ages 7-9, on Saturdays from 1–2:30 p.m., beginning February 3 at the Sibley Marsh and Prairie. Children will be led by a naturalist from River Bend Nature Center as they explore animal behavior and lifestyles by observing the trails they use and the tracks they leave behind.

Twins Winter Caravan Comes to Northfield on Monday!

Metrodome-TwinsThe annual Twins Winter Caravan is coming to Northfield this Monday, January 22nd. We're not entirely sure where, but according to the Twins' web site, they'll be passing through Northfield, Faribault, and Rochester.

If you know where they'll stop please leave a comment on this story or drop us a line using the Contact Us form.

Many thanks to Susan Beaumaster for the tip!

SCUBA certification class begins Wednesday

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has an exciting SCUBA opportunity. By taking the SCUBA Open Water Certification Class, participants will become certified to dive the underwater world.  The SCUBA Open Water Certification Class is held on Wednesdays, January 17 – February 21.

For more information or to register for this class, stop at the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, call 664-3649, or go online to and follow the Community Services link.  Space is limited, so register today.

NCO Board to set plans for 2007

The board of Northfield Citizens Online, the group that runs this little website, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Carlson Capital Management.

We have a lot of good ideas for the year ahead, from environmental and health columns to online book clubs, in-person issues salons and and arts and authors sections. We will be prioritizing all the projects, setting timelines and lining up volunteers to help make them happen.

If you have ideas or comments, please send them our way and we'll add them to the mix!

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