The Entertainment Guide


Past Marches

For 20 years the Lockwood Opera House on Division Street had been the primary place where early Northfielders gathered for entertainment. But by 1892


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

Early Music in Northfield

Law books or piano? There was not room for both when John and Ann North planned their move from New York to St. Anthony


The Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

Review by Sylvie Weissman Gregory Maguire’s The Wild Winter Swan is a miraculous little book. It’s Manhattan in the 1960s, and teenaged Laura Ciardi – mostly


Faribault’s Tilt-A-Whirl

What memories do you have of the Tilt-A-Whirl? I think almost everyone has a memory of the first spinning, dipping, dizzying, dazzling ride on


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


The Inferno of Dante

A new verse translation by Robert Pinsky New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994 Reviewed by Edward Malnar Come for lurid visions of

With Fall Comes Football!

The upset victory of tiny Appalachian State over mighty Michigan in football this season has reminded me of two David and Goliath-type games played


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


Jesse James – Movie Star

Let’s get this out of the way from the start. You can’t pay me enough to watch the 40 or more mostly mediocre (and


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


7 Tips for Selling Your Home

By Tim Freeland, Realtor So you’re about to take the plunge into the real estate market, specifically the local sellers’ market. Home preparation is


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

Northfield, A Temperance Town?

Northfield, a temperance town? Well, sort of… “No intoxicating drinks shall be sold or in any manner furnished as a beverage on said premises.”


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


The Sensational Gary Rue

Gary Rue was in his 9th grade algebra class in Tracy, Minnesota, in September of 1964 and the fellow sitting behind him was beating


Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Review by David Wolff It’s fairly standard practice to describe a new fantasy series as epic in scope, but I’m at a loss for


The Border Hookups New Album

When The Border Hookups began thinking about recording a new project, their first task was to decide where to record. This was actually a


Los Alamos By Joseph Kanon

Review by Jamie Stanley It is the spring of 1945. You are a civilian from New York hired to investigate the murder of a


Tilion Brewing

What is your favorite drink at Tilion? We both are drinking a lot of Cycology, our Red IPA, these days. It is the perfect