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Submitted by Nathan White on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:30pm
Our hosting provider, Dreamhost, performed emergency maintenance several days ago on our web server. This maintenance involved migration to a new server. Since that time, various things have not been working properly, most notably:
- E-mails from the site do not work (user registration / contact us form).
- Images uploaded with stories are not displaying.
We would like to get these problems fixed as soon as possible, but that depends on Dreamhost responding to our ticket requests in an adequate manner. Keep your fingers crossed.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 9:17am
On the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation website, Ross Currier, Executive Director reports:
“Sometimes you work long and hard to pull things together. Other times, things just seem to come together.
Carleton College Geology Professor Mary Savina has been providing guidance to the NDDC for several years on restoring the Cannon River to health. She’s part of an organic “team” of professors and students from both colleges who have been working on projects and commenting on policy in pursuit of a long term community goal.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 9:29pm
The Northfield Human Rights Award is an annual honor presented to a Northfield area individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights. The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in January of each year. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will take place on Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 pm, St. Dominic’s Church. Everyone in the community is invited to attend this event.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Sun, 12/01/2013 - 1:44pm
Five HCI Investing with Youth Grants awarded
At their November 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.
Funded projects included:
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Sat, 11/30/2013 - 11:35pm
Carleton College’s annual holiday Craft and Custodial Bake Sale will take place on Friday, December 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Class of 1980 Commons of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A wide variety of hand-crafted items and baked goods will be available for purchase, ranging from jewelry, afghans, baskets, outerwear, candles, and much more. Each vendor’s entrance fee will be donated to the Carleton College Custodial Scholarship Fund. This popular annual event is free and open to the public.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Sat, 11/30/2013 - 10:41am
John D. Barbour will read his new book, "Renunciation: A Novel" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore in Northfield.
The book describes two brothers involved with new religious movements in the 1970s and how the family relationships and religious commitments conflict, intertwine and shape each other. The plot begins in 1971, when Will George converts to Bhakti Dharma, a new religious movement influenced by Hinduism and Sikh tradition. Returning to his home in Minnesota, Will renounces his previous life, provoking a crisis for everyone in his family. George's religious search continues in India where he dies under suspicious circumstances. Peter retraces his brother’s steps to investigate his death and wrestles with what it means to be his brother’s keeper.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 11/29/2013 - 12:05pm
The Northfield Community Action Center announces there are three trained and certified specialists, called navigators (including a Spanish speaker), ready to assist anyone in the community who wants to apply for health care insurance through the Minnesota version of the affordable care act, MNsure.
Kathy Bjerke, CAC administrative director, is a trained navigator who can work with interested people to explore MNsure’s marketplace for health insurance. Bjerke says the doors are open at the CAC and that she and the other navigators are ready to assist anyone needing help. People who have been seeking direction and information about enrolling in MNsure are welcome to contact the CAC, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.
If you have questions, contact Sharon Vangsness at 507.664.3550 or email@example.com.
Submitted by Paul Krause on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:36pm
Genesis: The Art of Creation, featuring the artistry of Fred Somers, will air three times this coming Saturday on TPT-MN. Air times are 2:30am, 8:30am and 2:30pm. The documentary was created by local film-maker Paul Krause. For more information about the film click on this link: Genesis.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 7:47am
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013. A board packet for the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:
- Site improvement plan reports from Bridgewater Elementary and Northfield High School.
- A presentation of the clean 2012-2013 audit report by a representative of CliftonLarsonAllen.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. That meeting will include the annual "truth in taxation" presentation.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Sat, 11/23/2013 - 4:52pm
Honky-tonk legends Trailer Trash will bring their very popular “Trashy Little Xmas Show” back to Northfield’s Grand Event Center on Friday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at the KYMN Radio studios (200 Division Street) and online at www.thegrandnorthfield.com and www.trailertrashmusic.com.
One of Minnesota’s most popular bands, Trailer Trash has been performing their annual holiday revue for over 18 years to sold-out audiences in Minneapolis and Rochester. The band is particularly pleased to bring their holiday extravaganza back to Northfield again in 2013.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 5:07pm
MNsure Community Outreach Liaison Jacob Grippen will join CAC Executive Director Jim Blaha and local insurance agent, Dale Ness in a discussion of the current status of the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act, MNsure, on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. at The Hideaway. The public is welcome to attend.
This event is a follow up to the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters earlier this fall. While there has been reporting on the state level about MNsure, this is an opportunity to learn about what programs are in place in the Northfield area to help people enroll in the health care program. Insurance agents and brokers are trained play a role in assisting individuals, families and small businesses to enroll. Organizations, including non-profits, religious organizations and libraries may also be trained serve their populations to help individuals and families successfully enroll in the MNsure market place.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 12:28pm
Northfielders for Justice in Palestine-Israel (NIP) invite the public to a presentation about the recent visit of Soraya Dangor and Graison Hensley Chapman to the Holy Land. The couple spent 40 days there this summer in order to learn about the lives of Palestinians. Funded by a scholarship from NIP, they traveled through Israel and the West bank. They will tell about their experiences living with a Palestinian Christian family, working as volunteers with children and seniors and visiting with Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists.
The event is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at the Northfield First United Church of Christ. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Julie Ryan on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:27am
Epic Enterprise, a non-profit in Dundas that serves people with disabilities in Rice County and the surrounding area, hosted its annual awards banquet on November 12th at the Northfield Ballroom. More than 250 attended the event, including Epic individuals, their families, staff, board members and area business leaders who partner with Epic to help people actively participate in the community.
Linda Hibbard, Executive Director of Epic, recognized many individuals and staff for their involvement with Epic Enterprise. The annual Business Partnership of the Year Award was given to Peter Abrahamson and Randy Clay of Bon Appetit at St. Olaf because they consistently demonstrate that they value and embrace every individual with their efforts to include Epic’s supported employees in company activities.
Submitted by Julie Ryan on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 3:50pm
written by Sandy McClintock
Without a doubt, Collin Raye is one of the great voices of our time. Several hundred lucky fans turned out to hear Collin Raye in concert last Friday night at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault. Raye put ona wonderful acoustic show, performing many of his #1 Hits and winning the hearts of the audience with his great vocals and sentimental lyrics.
Perhaps the only thing greater than Collin Raye’s voice is the size of his heart. At least that’s what Blake Peterson, Michael and Traci Morris, and the staff of Epic Enterprise will tell you. This sold out benefit concert happened because of a dream of Blake Peterson, to see his hero Collin Raye live in concert. When Blake heard that Raye would be on tour in Minnesota, he sent an email to Collin’s manager and introduced himself.
Submitted by Jerry Bilek on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 8:42pm
Charlie Quimby will read from Monument Road Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 pm.
Review from Shelf-Awareness
Charlie Quimby is a writer, songwriter, playwright, blogger, essayist and journalist. Monument Road is his debut novel, and it’s a beauty. From first page to last, the reader is drawn through the story of Leonard Self and all that surrounds him on his momentous journey up Monument Road.
His beloved wife, Inetta, has died of cancer; she made him promise that, a year and a day after her cremation, he would take her ashes up to Artists Point, her favorite overlook, and scatter them to the wind. He is doing that today, and has decided to throw himself off with her.
For a year, he has been making arrangements for all he has left: the truck, the dog, the 260 acres of Colorado that he has known forever. Never a demonstrable man, to Inetta or anyone else, Leonard has become reclusive since her passing. Those who know him, however, have not forgotten him. They are vigilant and caring. When he drops off the dog with one of Inetta’s friends, she becomes suspicious of his explanation of what he’s up to.