Carleton, St. Olaf make annual donation to Northfield

Carleton College and St. Olaf College made its annual donation to the city of Northfield. This year's donation is $156,000, split by the two colleges. The gift dates back to the 1920s. Carleton and St. Olaf are among the first colleges in the United States to make such a gift.

Dec. 20, 2017
Carleton vice president and treasurer Fred Rogers (far right) and St. Olaf counterpart Janet Hanson (far left) presented the colleges' annual donation. Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell (middle left) and Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig (middle right) accepted the donation.

Carleton vice president and treasurer Fred Rogers (far right) and St. Olaf counterpart Janet Hanson (far left) presented the colleges' annual donation. Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell (middle left) and Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig (middle right) accepted the donation.

NORTHFIELD, Minn.--Carleton College and St. Olaf College made its annual donation to the city of Northfield.

This year's donation is $156,000, split by the two colleges.

Carleton's Fred Rogers and St. Olaf's Janet Hanson presented the donation. Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig accepted the donation.

The gift dates back to the 1920s. Carleton and St. Olaf are among the first colleges in the United States to make such a gift.

Five thousand college students from the two colleges call Northfield home. Northfield provides students with restaurants, shopping, emergency and professional services. Students enjoy local employment, internship and volunteer opportunities that expand their academic experience. The students are significant consumers and clients for local businesses. Local schools and organizations use student volunteers.

Locals experience a wide range of athletic, art, and musical offerings at both colleges. Most of these are free and open to the public.

The colleges are two of the largest employers in Northfield. Carleton and St. Olaf employs more 1,500 people combined.

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