Northfield Arts and Culture Commission's Sidewalk Poetry Contest 2015 Winners Announced

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     The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the city's fifth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.  Chosen from among 101 poems submitted for judging, nine poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  The ACC applauds and thanks the many local poets who participated in the competition and announces the following winners, in aphabetical order:  Anna Chotlos, Toni Easterson (2 poems), Brendon Etter, Rob Hardy, Anne Kopas (2 poems), Nicole Lewis, and Leslie Schultz.


City to Consolidate Library Expansion and Skateboard Park Projects

Northfield Public LIbrary Rooftop Skatepark

At its meeting on Tuesday evening, the Northfield City Council voted unanimously to consolidate the library expansion and skateboard park projects. The skatepark will now be incorporated into the design of the new library space.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to improve the connectivity of City services,” said acting Mayor David Peterson Graham.

Peterson Graham added that this action heralds a new era of harmony on the City Council.

Council member Erica DeLudescher agreed.

“The City Council has merged into a single consciousness,” she said. “Resistance is futile.”


Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House to open second location

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Longtime downtown Northfield coffee shop Goodbye Blue Monday is set to open its second location in Dundas in what is expected to be the first of 73 new shops.

The new java shop’s soft opening is slated for April 11 and will kick off with a "Breakfast of Champions."


"For the Love of Cities”: An Invitation to Participate in Two Events About Cities and their Future

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The Northfield Arts and Culture Commission will sponsor two events in April surrounding the book “For the Love of Cities: the Love Affair between People and their Places” by Peter Kageyama.  On April 16 there will be a book discussion from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. at Carleton College Great Hall, located in Severance Hall.  Philip Spensley of the ACC will facilitate the discussion.   Books can be ordered at Content Bookstore, 314 Division St. in downtown Northfield or requested at the Northfield Public Library.


Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell presents Carleton Convocation and Community Sing

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Friday, April 3, the Carleton College convocation series returns with a special presentation by Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell. From 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Barnwell will present “Building Vocal Communities,” a lecture that traces the evolution of African American communal vocal music from Africa through Spirituals and work songs to the music of the Civil Rights Movement.  And later that evening at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Dr. Barnwell will conduct a Community Sing, bringing together voices of all ages from across the campus and greater communities.

Both events are free and open the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


"Swing Low," a unique collection of hanging landscapes, opens in Carleton's Weitz Center for Creativity

Installation by artist Rebecca Hutchinson

Arts staff at Carleton College are busy installing a new exhibit in the Perlman Teaching Museum that literally ‘hangs’ in the Braucher Gallery. “Swing Low,” opening Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3, features sculptural works from four talented artists that hang from the space’s ceiling grid, creating a unique and varied visual landscape.

“Swing Low” features the work of three Minnesota artists—Elizabeth Simonson, Alison Hiltner, and HOTTEA (aka Eric Rieger)—along with Massachusetts artist Rebecca Hutchinson. All four artists will speak about their work at the exhibit’s opening event, Friday, April 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Room 236, followed by a reception in the Weitz Commons from 8 to 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.


What is going on with the Northfield Public Library?

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Yes, we are moving temporarily to City Hall.  We will open on the second floor Monday, June 1st.

The MOVE (It’s temporary)


Shawn Otto Reading / Discussion - Sins of Our Fathers

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Marine on St. Croix based screenwriter and novelist Shawn Otto will visit Content Bookstore on April 2 at 7pm to read from his debut novel and discuss the social issues about Indian law and economics raised in the book. Shawn's book, Sins of Our Fathers, is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category.

Sins of Our Fathers follows small-town banker J.W., who has been caught embezzling funds to support his gambling addiction. J.W. is on the verge of losing everything when his boss offers him a scoundrel’s path to redemption: sabotage a competing, Native banker named Johnny Eagle. A single father, Eagle recently returned to the reservation, leaving a high-powered job in the hope of simultaneously empowering his community and saving his troubled son. When J.W. moves onto the reservation and begins to work his way close to Eagle, hundreds of years of racial animosities rise to the surface, inexorably driving the characters toward a Shakespearian and shattering conclusion.


Northfield Reads has many events planned around the book "Enrique's Journey"

Join us this year in reading Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario and to discuss the unique challenges of the immigrant experience.

  • Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm: Weitz Center Film: “The Beast/La Bestia’ “
  • Monday, March 30 at 7 pm: Content Bookstore Small group discussion
  • Thursday, April 9 at 7:50 am or 8:45 am: Northfield High School Conversation: Talk with NHS students about their immigration stories.
  • Monday, April 13th at 7-8:30 pm: Community Discussion & Presentations at St. Dominic’s Church.

New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

2015 WINGS Board of Directors

2015 WINGS Board of Directors: (Front row) Vicki Stevens, Patsy Ophaug, Leah Eby; (Middle row) Corinne Smith, Meleah Follen, Barb Altstaetter, Laura Riehle-Merrill; (Top row) Alice Carson, June Hiza, Nancy Carlson, Diane Lyman  (Not pictured: Jacqui Dorsey, Mary Douglass)


Northfield Youth Baseball Registration

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Register to play spring in-house baseball with the Northfield Youth Baseball Association. 

In-house leagues provide the opportunity for children pre-k through the eighth grade to learn and play baseball. In-house consists of teams from Northfield playing one another. All games are played at Sechler Park.

Games are typically played in the evening during the week and on Saturday. A team shirt and hat are included with the registration fee. The spring season runs from April 25 to June 6.

To register visit http://www.northfieldyouthbaseball.com/. The registration deadline is April 8.

Also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nybamn.


Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group at Northfield Hospital

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Northfield Parkinson’s Group will meet Wednesday, March 25, at the Northfield Hospital Conference Center from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

With gratitude for Northfield Hospital support, the Parkinson’s group has been meeting on the third Wednesday of the month for many years. This will be a special meeting to welcome interested new members as well as to discuss the future of the organization. All are welcome. The group will be discussing future leadership as well as topics for future meetings. For more information, please phone Nancy Soth at 507-645-8991, or email at nancy.soth@gmail.com.


Enrollment to open for summer classes at the Northfield Arts Guild

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On March 20th, the Northfield Arts Guild's enrollment begins for our Summer Classes.  The Young Peoples Theater (celebrating it's 25th year!) will have two three week sessions this year:  June 8 - 26 and July 13 - 31.  Our summer art and clay camps are scheduled for the weeks of June 15th and June 22nd.  Your kids will learn to work in many different media and have fun expressing themselves.  For the musically inclined, we are offering dance classes for ages 8+ and Music Together for infants to 5 and their parents. For more information and to enroll visit our website at www.northfieldartsguild.org.


'Prof rockers' The Counterfactuals selected to perform at 2015 MN Music Summit

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The Counterfactuals, an indie pop band comprised of Carleton professors Daniel Groll (philosophy), Jason Decker (philosophy), and Andy Flory (music)—along with St. Olaf College philosophy professor Mike Fuerstein—have been selected to appear as part of the 2015 Minnesota Music Summit, sponsored annually by the Minnesota Music Coalition. The Counterfactuals will perform along with nationally-acclaimed musical artists Fathom Lane and Chastity Brown on Friday, April 10 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, Minn.

Advance tickets to the performance, and more information about the Minnesota Music Summit and the Minnesota Music Coalition, can be found here


Northfield Compost Site 2015

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It’s time to think Spring! 

T. J. Heinricy, Streets & Parks Supervisor, talks about the opening of our compost site on April 7 in this new short video.

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?CID=Public-Works-7


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