September is full of special events at the Northfield Public Library.

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Sept. 9 Meet author Michael Perry who will be talking about his new young adult novel “The Scavengers”.  Co-sponsored by Monkey See, Monkey Read! 6:30-8 pm 

Sept. 11 One Cobbler’s Adventure on the Appalachian Trail—Randy Malecha will talk about his hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 7-8 pm

Sept. 20 Meet local author Lisa Galle Bolduc She will be reading from and talking about her picture book “Autumn” 10:30 am

Sept. 24 “The Amish in America” with David Sudermann   This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks. For more information about the CVEC go to www.cvec.org.7-8 pm 


Minnesota's Safest Cities - NORTHFIELD #20

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Northfield, MN has been selected as the #20 city on the list of Minnesota's Safest Cities by Safe Choice Security.

To ensure the accuracy of the rankings, Save Choice Security compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Minnesota to determine the list of the safest cities. Northfield, MN should be very proud to have made it on the list!

http://www.safechoicesecurity.com/blog/safest-cities-minnesota/


TH19 Maintenance MNDOT Contact

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If your car received any damage on Saturday due to the oil on TH19, please contact the Contractor - Astech Corporation of St. Joseph, MN at 320-363-8500 to file a claim.


Northfield Shares to Host Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk

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A community-spirited event to benefit Northfield-area nonprofits is right around the corner. Northfield Shares, the nonprofit that formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, will host the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk on Sunday, September 7. The 5K run/walk and 15K run are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Northfield at the Northfield Armory (519 South Division Street). Proceeds from the event will be used to support the organization’s vital operating expenses. Online registration is now open at www.djjdrun.org. On-site registration will also be available on the day of the event.


Bee Observation and Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday

Laura Heiman, beekeeper, at Riverwalk Market Fair

Schoolhouse Apirary will present bee watching (in an enclosed observation hive) at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 30.  Learn about bee habits and efforts to keep beehives healthy and robust against colony collapse disorder from Laura Heiman, beekeeper.  Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.   This small reprise of the hugely popular Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place Saturdays, June through October in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts. (Riverwalk will be closed Saturday, September 6, for Defeat of Jesse James Days). 


Hilary Scott at the Contented Cow

Hilary Scott is an award-winning singer-songwriter who brings her unique brand of melodic and lyrically memorable indie/pop songs to audiences nationally and internationally. Her Midwestern tour makes at stop at the Contented Cow on Wednesday, Setpember 3, at 8:00 pm. Scott has recorded with Nashville producer Matthew Wilder, and was signed for a five song writing and publishing deal with him in 2005.


NORTHFIELD Y TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 3RD

The Northfield Area Family YMCA is pleased to announce that we will open our doors to Charter Members on September 3, 2014 and to the general public on September 5th. After more than eight years of planning and fundraising, the dream of a Y Community Center has become a reality. Located at 1501 Honeylocust Drive, behind Target and Cub Foods in Northfield, our 31,000 square foot facility features an indoor pool, indoor walking/running track, full size gymnasium, wellness floor, locker rooms and group exercise studio. The Y will offer more than 30 group exercise classes each week, plus personal training, aqua fitness classes, open swim and open gym hours. 


The Bridge Chamber Music Festival continues …

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As the summer winds down, a celebration of music is still underway with the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. Concerts will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, at Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College, Monday, Aug. 25, at Carleton Concert Hall at Carleton College and Tuesday, Aug. 26, at The Grand Event Center. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are available at the door for $5.

Festival Concert II –

Sunday's performance began with WindWorks playing Sextet for Piano and Winds in B-flat major, Op. 6, followed by new works -- a Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014 debut called kids these days -- by Composer Doug Opel. The evening concludes with Piano Trio #2 in E-flat major, Op. 100 of Franz Schubert.

“I wrote two short pieces for a piano trio comprised of violinist Kyu-Young Kim, cellist Pitnarry Shin and pianist Esther Wang, who have come together for the occasion of this year's Bridge Chamber Music Festival, said Composer Doug Opel. “These are the first two of what I intend to be several short pieces under an album titled kids these days, a collection that will evoke the exuberance, playfulness and carefree spirit of youth. These works, individually titled in the library and spin dizzy are each a musical depiction of the image implied by their name.”


New Program Empowers Northfield Youth through Hands-On Work Experience

Bailey Mastin, TORCH CORE student, supervised by Ann Mosey and Terra Krebsbach at the Northfield Arts Guild.

Nearly 40 people attended an event to hear high school youth share stories about their summer internships.  The youth were students from Northfield’s Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) collaborative. The audience was made up of their internship supervisors, parents, TORCH mentors, and program funders.  The event was the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of planning: The Career and Occupational Readiness Experiences program, or CORE, was piloted this year in an effort to intentionally engage TORCH students in the process of career exploration and preparation.


Wake Robin plays at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday August 23

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake-Robin.

Music at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, will be by Wake-Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Wake-Robin's specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. Banjo Helen Forsythe, previously scheduled for this Saturday, will perform at Riverwalk on September 27.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place ever Saturdays, June through October, rain or shine, in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts.


Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.


Hospital expands surgical practice

General surgeon Katya Ericson, MD, is joining Surgical Care Consultants, P.A., a general surgery practice that serves both Northfield Hospital & Clinics and Allina Medical Clinic.

 A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Ericson comes to Northfield from Hennepin County Medical Center, where she recently completed a five-year residency in general surgery. She will work closely with Jose Fulco, MD, and Chris Nielsen, MD.

Dr. Ericson performs a full range of general surgery services, including colonoscopies, upper endoscopies and advanced laparoscopic procedures. She will see patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic and perform surgeries at Northfield Hospital.

“We are delighted to attract a surgeon of Dr. Ericson’s caliber to Northfield Hospital,” said Dr. Fulco.  “She will bring an element of diversity to our practice and provide greater access for patients, especially in the Lakeville and Farmington communities.”


Northfield community benefits from HCI’s latest “Investing in Youth” grants

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At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May.  There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments.  Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.


Final Jesse James Film at Weitz Center

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The Jesse James Film Festival will come to an end on Thursday, August 21 with "The Assissination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" at 6:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity. 


Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014

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The Artaria String Quartet is delighted to return to the 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival,” said Ray Shows, Artaria’s first violinist and the quartet’s founding member. “We will be performing Mozart’s inimitable Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and a world premiere quartet piece Dreaming in Waves by Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya.”

The performance will take place tonight, August 20, at St. Olaf College (Urness Recital Hall) in Northfield as part of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. This is the first of six concerts being offered in the week-long series. Tickets are available at the door tonight for just $5.

The Artaria String Quartet’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States. “The Moya piece is quite unique with a mood infused flow to it and a jazzy undercurrent,” said Shows in eager expectancy.

Composer Reinaldo Moya comments: “Dreaming in Waves begins with a warm and serene texture. The first violin provides some contrast by 'floating' in and out of sync with the rest of the quartet. The first violin is jittery, and somewhat anxious, while the rest of the group continues in its gentle texture, as though in a dream.


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