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Travel and Logistics

Please make your travel arrangements in a timely manner and plan to arrive on Sunday, April 22. The meeting will begin at 8am on Monday, April 23 and end by 12pm on Wednesday, April 25. The closest airport is Minneapolis-St.Paul (MSP), which is approximately 45 minutes from Carleton College.

Travel by Air

Air travelers should fly into the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, and we recommend arriving on Sunday, April 22, and planning to depart sometime in the mid-afternoon on Wednesday, April 25, as travel to and from the airport takes approximately 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 travel information form.

Contact Flora if your ticket is pricing out at over $600 for approval.

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 Jon (507-222-5634) for directions coming into Northfield on another highway. Please fill out the travel information form to inform the conveners of your travel plans and when you plan to arrive.


Room reservations have been made for everyone attending the workshop at the Northfield Country Inn, arriving Sunday, April 22nd and departing Wednesday, April 25th. If you need other arrangements, please contact Linda 507-222-5634 or include information in your travel information form. Each participant will have a private room with a phone and free wireless internet access. (See above for location of The Country Inn if you are driving yourself.) There is a heated indoor pool at this hotel. The airport shuttle will deliver you there or to the Alumni Guest House Meeting Room (where the meeting will take place), depending on your time of arrival. Directions to the meeting room will be available at the hotel desk.


The Country Inn front desk main number - 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. The Country Inn will serve a continental breakfast each morning. Please provide information on the travel information 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. April is spring time for us, which means a wide fluctuation in temperatures and possible showers. Come prepared for 40-60 degree temperatures. 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.

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

Travel Reimbursement

To get reimbursed for your travel, remember to send the following to Flora:

  • Airfare: keep your receipt (e-receipts are fine).
  • Mileage: document travel distance using Google maps or MapQuest.
  • Keep original receipts for parking, ground transportation and meals. Just a reminder that alcohol is not covered in our grant reimbursement.
  • Travel Reimbursement Form (Excel 34kB Apr16 12)
You can send paper receipts to Flora at 5935 Orchard Ave, Richmond, CA 94804-5019.

If you have any questions about the location, hotel, etc. don't hesitate call Linda Goozen at: 507-222-5634 or email lgoozen@carleton.edu. All other questions, contact Flora at: 510-967-5327 or flora.mcmartin@gmail.com