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A project by St Olaf College, Northfield Historical Society, and Carleton College

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Nearly a century ago, Georgina Rostad ex-'19 posed for a picture standing next to the St. Olaf Rock. From Rostad’s time to the present, countless others have similarly been photographed in front of,…

Northfield's most well-known historic date is September 7, 1876. On that date, eight members of the notorious James-Younger Gang rode into Northfield intent on robbing the First National Bank of…

In the wake of the death of St. Olaf College Professor of Religion and Philosophy William “Bill” Narum in May 2000, his family established a fund to honor his belief in community cooperation and…

On June 2, 2010, student pranksters transformed Goodsell Observatory into a giant replica of R2D2 (a character from the acclaimed Star Wars universe). Using a virtual scale model of Goodsell for…