Blogosphere roundup for Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009


The Northfield Blogosphere Roundup is a good way to see the latest information on many of the area’s blogs. The updates included here show blog posts added approximately within the previous 24 hours. See’s blogosphere aggregator page for an automated, comprehensive listing.


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At a meeting at Plaza Morena Restaurant in Owatonna on February 17 2009, a diverse group of restaurant and food business owners from Red Wing, Waseca, Albert Lee, Owatonna and Faribault meet to discuss an organizing process to secure higher level of cooperation and organization in the food business owners sector of the Southern Minnesota region (more).

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Ever since the shocking news broke that River City Books is going out of business (March 29 is D-day, by the way) people have been asking me-and, more importantly, pressing RCB booksellers-about the possibility of going-out-of-business sale. I can now say for certain there will be such a sale and, what’s more, I can provide the fine print (more).


Today, Wednesday the 25th of February 2009, while out for an afternoon walk I heard and saw the first robin of the year. As a resident of this part of the world for the better part of 28 years, I had to scratch my head; I don’t recall ever seeing robins returning for spring so early. Granted, I’m no ornithologist but I know what a robin looks and sounds like so that leaves one question; what does any of this have to do with Chiropractic? (more)


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Friday, February 27th, Kevin Steinman is at Hogan Brothers (415 Division Street), 7 p.m., there an Exhibit Opening Reception for “My Arctic” at the Flaten Art Museum, 7 to 9 p.m., on the St. Olaf College campus, The Vagina Monologues, Buntrock Commons, 7:30 p.m., on the St. Olaf College campus, The House of Seven Gables, Arena Theater, 8 p.m., Carleton College Campus, Karaoke at the Rueb-N-Stein, 9 p.m., Jeff Thompson at The Tavern Lounge, and Last Known Whereabouts, at the Contented Cow (more).

Local Organizations

  • Northfield Rotary Cogwheel (Scott Richardson): Bulletin

Today’s Program: Matheus Mattos presents (Dilley)

Birthdays: James Schlichting (2/25) and Tom Stringer (3/1)

Next Time: Charlie Cogan and the Togo School Roof Project

Last Week: Maybe they’re right. Maybe economics is the dismal science. We weren’t exactly skipping out of Rotary two weeks ago when Bill Carlson explained how our economy jumped the tracks. By the time we were done, I was looking forward to my afternoon root canal (more).

Special Interest

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Well, there I was, feeling all zen about having a mole in my backyard, recognizing the great things about moles and feeling very accepting of critters in general. Then, I went outside yesterday to set out some winter sowing containers and what should I discover in the melting snow but the distinctive tracks of not moles, but voles (more).

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After one field test, the investigator can definitively report that the unconventional handlebar configuration depicted in Figure I is wholly unsatisfactory with respect to the operation of a bicycle (more).

On the Radio

We hope you will tune in to KYMN Radio (1080 AM) or streaming at during Paula Granquist’s cool program “Art Zany: Radio for the Imagination.” We will be on tomorrow (Friday, Feb 27) at 9 a.m. to talk about local food and the upcoming Winter Eat Local Challenge (more).


At the last meeting [of Politics and a Pint] we decided to talk on a social justice issue. One of the regulars has suggested we talk about the social and economic justice issues raised by an article found on line. The primary reference he offered is an online article found at the Property and Environment Research Center website. From the website we see the flyleaf and a comment (more).


Ostensibly, my reason for tagging along with the middle school dance and drama group that visited Prairie Creek on Tuesday was to pass on enrollment information to fifth graders who might be interested in the ARTech program next year. Really though, I just like any excuse to visit old friends at our neighboring charter school, where I spent six happy years as a teacher (more).


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Gospel, Mark 1:12-15 When I was a kid, professional boxing from Madison Square Garden dominated Friday night viewing on the “Gillette Cavalcade of Sports”. Managers and trainers would escort their man down the aisle and into the ring. The boxer typically wore a flashy robe with his name emblazoned across the back. He had trained for this fight and was there to face his opponent in battle (more).

College Sports

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Karen Campbel

Karen Campbell (Sr./Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) and Simone Childs-Walker (Fy./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) were both honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their outstanding work on the cross country course and in the classroom. They were named to the 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Team, along with 217 other female student-athletes (more).

mh-021909NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The 150 tickets that remain for Saturday’s MIAC men’s hockey semifinal playoff game between St. Olaf and Hamline or Augsburg will be available on the third level of the college’s Buntrock Commons on Thursday from 4-8 p.m (more).


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Here is the Hope Mural that the Northfield Union of Youth and Kevin Krein, our AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, worked on in September of 2008. This mural was sent to the Search Institute and displayed at a national conference hosted by the organization. The Union of Youth and Mayor’s Youth Council helped lead a presentation on ways to foster community involvement among youth and to increase youth voice in civic affairs. Here is the author’s statement that went with the mural (more).

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