Northfield is truly a town of four distinct seasons. Springtime is my favorite time of year, but many people favor the winter.
Snow and ice are the rule between the first of December and the end of March. It is a fact of life and most townsfolk resolve to enjoy themselves with ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
I, on the otherhand, like to get away to places like Arizona, southern California and even Europe.
A college campus ablaze
The fall colors almost didn't come this year. We had a very dry last half of the summer and for a while it appeared as though the trees were simply going to shed their leaves without the glorious change of color that we have grown most accustomed to. But at the last moment the leaves changed overnight and we had about a week of fiery orange color. From year to year the autumn colors are never the same--it really depends on the growing season and how much energy the trees were able to store during the long summer months.
Where Jesse James Met His Match!
On September 7, 1876 the famed American outlaw, Jesse James, and the James-Younger gang met their match in the good people of Northfield Minnesota as they were attempting to rob the First National Bank. For more information see the local customs tips!
"Cows, Colleges & Contentment"
Northfield is more than the town where the James-Younger gang was defeated by heroic citizens.
It is also the home of two excellent colleges, St. Olaf & Carleton. You will need to look elsewhere for information about the first as I am a "Carl" to the core:)))
Among the many additions to the Carleton College campus since my days many moons ago are a number of experimental sculptures and installations. This one is called "Twigonometry" -- see the "off the beaten path" tips for more about this and the other art on the campus.