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Photos from the January St. Olaf Peruvian Medical Experience trip

jerry_appledoorn.jpgWhile visiting my favorite house of pain a couple of weeks ago (AKA Professional Drive Dental Group), my dentist, Jerry Appledoorn, told me about his recent trip to Peru. I asked him to send me some photos with a brief explanation:

Our trip this last Jan. involved a medical team of four physicians, three nurses, thirteen St. Olaf students and a professor, myself and two dental assistants. We visited two orphanages and a remote Andean village. We saw about 260 children ages 3 to 17 on this trip, treating many medical and dental problems on a very poor but happy people.

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Click photos to enlarge. And see this article titled Everyday Miracles (PDF) in the fall ’06 St. Olaf Magazine for more.
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Podcast: NAG Executive Director Michael Fallon

IMG_0084w800.jpgIn this week’s show, Ross and I interview the new Executive Director of the Northfield Arts Guild, Michael Fallon.

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Click play to listen. 29 minutes.

Our show, Locally Grown, airs on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM, KRLX, 88.1 FM. You can also subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes.

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Hayes Scriven, Emperor, Northfield Historical Society

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I took this photo of Hayes Scriven at the Community Volunteer Festival last Saturday. Click to enlarge.

Hayes has been the interim executive director at the Northfield Historical Society for the past seven months.

I see in a NHS blog post this morning he’s posted a press release announcing that he’s now the Executive Director.

The NHS board evidently tried to sweeten the deal with a loaded Cadillac Escalade SUV but his agent instead negotiated the rights for him to participate in the James Gang re-enactment each year during DJJD, with a future movie deal in the works.

Chief NAG: Michael Fallon, new Executive Director of the Northfield Arts Guild

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At this morning’s NDDC Forum at the Grand, NAG board member Steve Wilmot introduced me to Michael Fallon, the new Executive Director of the Northfield Arts Guild. Click photo to enlarge.

Michael’s been on board for 4 days and he already he has an email address, pc and phone, complete with a desk and a wastebasket. This guy must be a doer and a decider! Let’s hope he becomes a blogger. Welcome to Northfield, Michael.

Podcast: Liquor store relocation; Community Volunteer Fest

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Our Locally Grown podcast guests this week included (center) Ward 2 City Councilor Scott Davis and (right) Erin Mayberry, Recreation Coordinator for the Community Services Division at the Northfield Public Schools. Click photo to enlarge.

We first talked with Erin and Scott about Saturday’s Northfield Community Volunteer Festival in the Northfield High School lower cafeteria . See Scott’s post on Northfield.org last week for more details. Among the other important things we learned:

  • The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be there from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • The Northfield Municipal Liquor Store will not have a booth there. Jeez, seems like a missed revenue opportunity to me.

The Muni was our second topic, specifically, the proposed relocation of the store to one of two spots near 6th and Division St. See last week’s blog post on the topic.

And right at the end of the show, Scott made an announcement about theMill Towns Trail and a bridge over Hwy 3.

Click play to listen. 31 minutes.

Our show, Locally Grown, airs on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM, KRLX, 88.1 FM. You can also subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes.

We seek your comments and suggestions. Attach a comment to this blog post, use the Contact Us page to send us email, or submit an audio comment. See the show archives for audio of other episodes.

The WINGS Oasis at Spring Creek Park

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I spotted (L to R) Jim Pokorney, Catherine McBride, and Charlie Cogan scheming at the GBM last week. What were they up to? (Click the images to enlarge.) Jim emailed me the details. I added some links:

As part of the community’s effort to enhance Spring Creek Park, Northfield Rotary is teaming up with WINGS (Women In Northfield Giving Support) to build the WINGS Oasis. The oasis is a small plaza located between the playground and the newly constructed Amerman Pavilion.

fountain.jpgOn the paver stone surface, the oasis will have three misting showers, a drinking fountain (provided by the Northfield Area Foundation), and two stone benches. Like any oasis worthy of its name, on a hot day the Wings Oasis will be a shady place to rest and a source of refreshing cool water for all to enjoy.

The WINGS Oasis is partially finished with final completion expected in May. Northfield Rotary is providing project management and labor and WINGS is providing a major grant to purchase materials. The WINGS Oasis was designed by Spencer Jones (Spencer Jones Landscape Architect) and expert construction support is being provided by Doug Grove (Grove’s Landscaping). The photo shown explains the oasis design. It was displayed at Rotary’s recent “Turkey Run” fundraiser for the project.

Video: Day of the Dead steamroller print creation

ArtOrg Exec. Director Dave Machacek saw my post about art on the walls of local businesses and gave me a heads-up on this 6 minute Google video, created by ArtOrg board member Greg Mattern who works at HDMG, a video post-production house in Eden Prairie.

Click play to watch. 6 minutes.

This video shows the creation of a 104-foot print on October 14, 2006 for Northfield Minnesota’s first Day of the Dead Celebration. Over a dozen Latino artists were assisted by a 20,000-pound, 50-year-old “Buffalo Springfield” steamroller.

In steamroller printing, a relatively recent and infrequent occurrence in the world of visual arts, Continue reading Video: Day of the Dead steamroller print creation