November 25 is Andrew Carnegie's birthday!


Wednesday, November 25th was American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie’s 180th birthday.  Northfield and about 3,000 other communities have Mr. Carnegie to thank for our public libraries. 

As Garrison Keillor tells it in the Writer’s Almanac on November 25th, Carnegie “came to this country as a teenager and took a job in a factory in Pittsburgh.  He wanted to educate himself, but although there were public libraries at the time, you had to pay an annual fee to become a member.  Carnegie wrote a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Dispatch, arguing that poor people should be given free access to libraries so that they could improve themselves.  The director of Carnegie’s local library read the letter, and it persuaded him to change the rule.”

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 23, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, November 23, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. The table file is here. Highlights of the meeting included:

More Progress in Saving the Depot

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Save the Northfield Depot’s Alice Thomas shares this photo of the separation of the depot and the 1944 addition. She reports that movers are expected next week to start the process of getting the depot on the truck, which will take a couple of weeks.

“Progress thanks to many supporters.” Thomas adds.

City of Northfield Announces Vacancies on City Advisory Boards & Commissions

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Northfield-The City of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on several City advisory boards and commissions. At the end of December, the terms of several members of the City’s boards, commissions and committees will expire. Please visit the City of Northfield’s website at for information on all City boards and commissions.

Over 100 citizen members annually provide valuable leadership to the City through their participation on these groups and special study committees. Members participate in advisory, regulatory, governance and oversight activities in a wide variety of fields.

Human Rights Commission seeks nominees for annual Human Rights Award


With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a good time for the Northfield area to consider those in the community who have served generously in the area of human rights.  Each year, the Northfield Human Rights Commission gives an award to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award will be presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration, which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2016.  

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is actively soliciting nominees for this award. Community members are encouraged to think about those in the area who have contributed locally to the cause of human rights.  A diverse slate of nominees is sought. The Northfield Human Rights Commission will evaluate all nominees, and is ultimately responsible for choosing the award recipient.

Friends of the Northfield Public Library Have Fun Raising Funds!

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The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library have had a lot of fun raising funds for the library renovation project.  On October 30 they hosted a record 20 teams for the annual Trivia Bee contest.  They raised $3,400, thanks to the many participants including the invincible team “Remembrance of Things Past” and to the community sponsors and downtown businesses.  On November 12 the Friends raised another $15,680 during the Give to the Max Day.  
The renovation project at the library needs another $160,000 to top off the Friends’ support of the building.  There is a $6,000 gift waiting to match additional donations given by December 31, 2015.  See 

Thoughtexchange: Join the conversation about the future of the Northfield Public Schools

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Northfield Public Schools would like to hear what you think about our schools and to better understand what is important to you, both in our schools and in the District.

Thoughtexchange is an online learning process that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in our District. This process enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities.

Join the Club...The Northfield Ski & Snowboard Club is taking registrations for the 2015-2016 season!

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Time is running out! Sign up for the Northfield Ski & Snowboard Club today and reserve your spot. The club will travel to Welch Village on Monday evenings throughout the winter months. Transportation is provided for all participants. Lessons and rentals are available for new skiers or snowboarders. Don't miss out! The club has a longstanding tradition of leading youth, grades 6 - 12, into a lifetime sport that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come! Informational packets are located in the high school, middle school and Community Services offices. A packet is also attached below. For further information or to register click HERE or go to and follow the Community Services link. You may also reach our office at 507-664-3649.

"TEDMED Live" is this week!


You may be among the millions of people who have watched "TED Talks" online. Now you can experience "TEDMED 2015: Breaking Through" in real time via this TEDMED Live streaming event at the Northfield High School auditorium. Hosted by Northfield Hospital & Clinics and the Northfield School District.

The sessions are free, but you must have a ticket to attend. Go to to get your tickets: Choose a session, register, and print your free ticket.

Save the Depot S'mores Party CANCELLED but Work Goes On!

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Although the S’mores event has to be cancelled because of the weather, this week workers are separating the 1888 depot from the 1944 addition in preparation for moving the 19th century portion. According to Alice Thomas, chair of communications of Save the Northfield Depot, “We will notify the public when the move date is final.”

While funds have been raised to move the historic depot to the new location, SND is now raising funds for the renovation. Thomas reminds everyone that 2015 Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 12, a quick way to contribute. Just go to the website and click on the giveMN button. Or, send a check to Save the Northfield Depot at 712 4th St. E, Northfield, MN 55057.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 9, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, November 9, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here. The table file can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Give to Build to the Max!

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Our public library is looking more like the real thing every day.  The foundation for the new atrium has been filled with sand that is smooth enough to be a floor, almost.  Upstairs Schulz Electric is working on the wiring for the new LED lighting that will provide better light using less energy.  

You can support the real terrazzo floor and the energy efficient LED lighting by giving to the max on (or before or after) Thursday, November 12, GiveMN Day, at the Friends' site There is a $15,000 challenge grant, so for every dollar you donate, another dollar will be added to the renovation fund - double your donation!  All donors will be listed on the donors' wall in the renovated library.  

Snowmobile Safety Class

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Attention snowmobilers ages 12 to 18!  Minnesota law requires a valid snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile on public property. Safety classes for snowmobile safety certificates are given by the Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club. Be ready for winter! Class is held on Monday, November 9 & 16 from 6 - 9 pm in the Bridgewater Elementary cafeteria. You must be age 12 by the end of the course and must be present at both classes.

Community Services Adult Volleyball League

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Community Services is taking team registrations for the upcoming Adult Volleyball League. Individuals are also welcome to have their name put on a contact list for potential play on an existing team. The league is played on Monday evenings starting at 7:30 pm, December 7 through the early part of April. Games are played at Bridgewater Elementary and are officiated. The team registration fee is $275. For an informational packet and team registration form or to be placed on a list for joining a team, please contact Melissa at 507-664-3502.

Bump, Set, and Hit the Court!

Minute with the Mayor

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Mayor Dana Graham talks about attending the National League of Cities Conference, inviting the community to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon celebration, and the community’s effort to educate on Alzheimer’s disease in his latest short video.

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