The Entertainment Guide

A publication of


Historic Happenings, The Book

I have occasionally been asked, “When will there be a book of your columns?” Now I have an answer: A book with the catchy


Carleton’s May Fete Tradition

Early in the 20th century, Carleton College students eagerly awaited an ice cream party which celebrated the advent of spring after yet another long


Moloka’i By Alan Brennert

Review by Julie J. If you are looking for a novel that catches you in the first chapter, and doesn’t let go, this is


A Very Interesting Real Estate Market

By Bob Cross, Realtor Today’s real estate market is very interesting. It’s being affected by high unemployment due to COVID-19, political unrest, historically low

Past Aprils

“Masquerade Ball! Easter Monday, April 7, 1890, at the Opera House. Tickets $1, gallery 50¢ with the privilege of dancing after 11 o’clock. Everybody


Dean Margaret Evans of Carleton

  Margaret Evans served Carleton College from 1874 to 1908. A friend described her as being a “tall, slender, dark-eyed woman whose keen eyes


A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Review by David Wolff Set in modern day India, Megha Majumdar’s debut novel A Burning kicks off with Jivan, a young Muslim woman, offhandedly critiquing the


Market on Oak Boutique

What is your favorite gift shop item? Milkhouse Candles from Iowa. What do you carry that is a surprise to shoppers? THYMES – a


State Theatre in Zumbrota

Designed by architect and Zumbrota native Charles L. Grover, the State Theatre in Zumbrota was built in 1921 for a cost of $38,000. Built


For and Against Foot Ball

This was the giant headline in the Northfield News on Nov. 9, 1895, with the subhead, “Northfield College Presidents, Professors, Doctors and Citizens Express Their Opinions

Kosmo’s Korner August 2023

Well, we’ve somehow already made it to August, the “Sunday of summer” as I call it. The obnoxiously large presence of mosquitoes means that


The First “Jesse James Day”

The first “Jesse James Day” was held in Northfield on September 11, 1948, as part of a two-day Jaycee Fall Festival. The event was


City of Thieves by David Benioff

Review by Emily Lloyd It’s winter in St. Petersburg during the siege of Leningrad, and 17-year-old Lev has never been so tired, hungry or


Here We Are by Graham Swift

Review by Jessica Peterson White There’s a special place in my heart for perfectly rendered novels under 200 pages, and Here We Are will be added


The Illustrious Life of L.K. Hanson

L.K. (Larry) Hanson, creator of a popular St. Olaf comic strip in the ’60s and long-time StarTribune illustrator and writer, came to Northfield recently to talk


Welcome to Lakeville

Lakeville is a great place to live, work and play! We are a thriving community with a population now estimated more than 65,000. There


Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Review by Jessica Peterson White With Rodham, Minneapolis author Curtis Sittenfeld brings us a very different take on speculative fiction by inviting us to wonder: what if


Some Good News Northfield

Some Good News Norhfield is a production of wunderkind Kosmo Esplan, who took the idea from John Krasinski’s new web series Some Good News.


“Party Like It’s 1899”

You may remember Prince’s song, “Party Like It’s 1999,” which was popular as the new millennium approached. Well, Northfielders were in the mood to