It’s been a winter wonderland here in Northfield and much of Minnesota since Thanksgiving. I took some photos yesterday afternoon along the Ann Sipfle Memorial Ski Trail in Carleton’s Cowling Arboretum.
I blogged about the trail back in December of 2005 on Northfield.org and in response to my inquiry about Ann Sipfle, I heard from Northfielders David & Mary Alice Sipfle who wrote:
Ann Sipfle is our daughter. She grew up in Northfield, and was a sophomore at Bryn Mawr College when, in November 1977, on a family vacation, in Vermont, she was killed by a drunken driver.
I also mentioned in that blog post that I had purchased my skis from Sun Dance Outfitters, a chalet-like store on 2nd St. where the entrance to The Crossing is currently. When I saw Carelton’s librarian Sam Demas today near the Waterford Bridge end of the lower Arb, he remembered hearing about the store and that recently retired Carleton library assistant Nancy Casper had worked there.
(Bonus: two photos of my niece, Ellen, sledding at St. Olaf’s Old Main hill on Friday afternoon and skating at Way Park on Saturday morning. Did I mention we’re in a winter wonderland?)