Author Archives: Bruce Anderson

Back by popular demand: oak rain barrels from Sustainable Community Solutions!

After a two-year hiatus, I’ve decided to make and sell rain barrels again this summer. (My primary motivation: the prospect of four more years of college tuition payments, including the coming overlap year with both of my kids in college. As Ludwig van Beethoven famously said, “The amount of money one needs is terrifying”…) My [...]

Biking becoming mainstream transportation choice

I’ve been a participant in, and observer of, Northfield’s bicycling sub-culture for the past 42 years, and I can say without hesitation that it has been slowly, but surely, developing in recent years into mainstream culture. I’ve been biking in and around town since my lime green Schwinn Stingray first rolled out the driveway and [...]

A new chapter in life

When I last walked out of an office where I was employed in a full-time permanent job, Hilary Clinton had just been appointed to a high-level Administration position–heading husband Bill’s health care reform initiative in 1993. Since then, I’ve done a lot of interesting things: I was a full-time, stay-at-home dad with my two young [...]

Nordic Ski Town USA? Active Living USA?

Cows, colleges and contentment? Fuggedaboutit. Cows, colleges and cross country skiing should be Northfield’s new town motto, if the number of participants in yesterday’s Vasloppet ski races is any indication. I skied in the 42-kilometer classic race with friends Mark Mellstrom (left) and Dave Folland (right). An astounding 34 Northfielders participated in all of the [...]

Nordic ski opportunities galore

Winter lovers, rejoice: there’s a lot of great nordic (cross-country) ski activity over the next few weekends. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s (Saturday, January 31, Carleton College Upper Arb) Nordic Ski Fest, the annual fund-raiser for the Northfield High School Nordic Ski Team. Coach Dan Kust (at right) has done tremendous work with the ski [...]