Logistics and Transportation

The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19th with a reception and dinner. Please make your plans so that you will be able to attend this opening session. We will conclude after dinner on Friday, November 21st. It is essential that you attend the full workshop including the full day on Friday.

Travel by Air

Air travelers should fly into the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, and we recommend arriving no later than 3:30 PM on Wednesday, November 19, and planning to depart sometime on Saturday, November 22, as travel to and from the airport takes 45 minutes. Ground transportation to and from the airport will be arranged for you based on your travel information that you submit to us via the registration form (registration deadline is November 1st).

Travel by Car

Directions from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Northfield
  • I-35W South to Highway 19 East (exit 69, Northfield exit).
  • Drive east on Highway 19, 11 miles to Northfield.
  • At the first stop light (where Highway 19 merges with Highway 3), turn left.
  • Country Inn is immediately on your left.

If you are driving north to Northfield, the directions from I-35 are the same. Just watch for exit 69 from the other direction. If you choose to drive but not come on I-35, please contact John (507-222-5749) for directions coming into Northfield on another highway.


Room reservations have been made for everyone attending the workshop at the Northfield Country Inn, arriving Wednesday, Nov. 19th and departing Saturday, Nov. 22nd. If you need other arrangements, please contact Linda 507-222-5634 or include information in your registration page. Each participant will have a private room with a phone. (See above for location of The Country Inn if you are driving yourself.) The airport shuttle will deliver you there. Directions to the meeting room will be available at the hotel desk.


You will have a telephone in your room at the Country Inn and messages can be left at the hotel desk - 507.645.2286. The Country Inn also offers free wireless internet access throughout their building. Internet access will also be available in the meeting room.


We will have a combination of dining hall and catered meals with time for excursions to local restaurants. All meals will include vegetarian offerings. Please provide information on the registration form if you require special meals. The price of all meals and gratuities during the workshop is covered. However, the NSF grant does not cover alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase during some meal-times.

What to expect

Northfield is a small town about 35 miles south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. November is the beginning of the winter for us, but is known to have great variability in temperatures, so you can expect cold with temperatures between 30-50 degrees and even the possibility of snow. Shuttle service between the hotel and campus at the start and end of the day will be available. It's about a five-block walk to the meeting space from the hotel and downtown is about 2-3 blocks from the hotel. Please let us know if you have any concerns about accommodations or mobility.

The Country Inn will serve continental breakfast each morning. There is a heated indoor pool.

E-mail access is available in the workshop space on the Carleton campus.