City of Northfield Declares Snow Emergency

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Date:   November 26, 2014

SUBJECT: Snow Emergency

Date Snow Emergency is declared: 11/26/2014

Date residential streets will be plowed: 11/26/2014

Date all downtown parking lots except 5th & Washington Street are closed: 11/27/2014

Date of downtown snow removal: 11/28/2014

Date 5th & Washington Street lot is closured: 11/28/2014

Length of Snow Emergency: 72 hrs

The Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield.  The snow emergency will start on the date above and will continue until the streets are plowed curb-to-curb after the weather system has passed.  During the emergency there is NO PARKING OR TRASH/RECYCLING CANS ALLOWED ON CITY STREETS.


Safety Reminder

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The Northfield Police Department and City of Northfield would like to remind the community to be very careful when responding to emails, paper mailings, and/or phone calls requesting Any personal info.  Recently, residents have reported receiving phone calls asking for information about where/how household members 


Announcing Vacancies On City Advisory Boards And Commissions

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The City of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on City advisory boards, commissions and committees.

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 http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/Index.aspx?NID=98for 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.  


Acclaimed troubadour Jack Klatt comes to The Contented Cow in Northfield!

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Just in time to officially kick-off the holiday season, The Contented Cow in Northfield is pleased to present a special appearance by acclaimed troubadour, Jack Klatt on Friday, November 28 from 8 to 10 p.m.

“Northfield audiences always pack the house when Jack comes to town – so I’m especially pleased to present him this holiday weekend,” says Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “The Cow will be hopping Friday night!”

In authentic troubadour tradition, Jack Klatt has traveled far and wide through the highways and bi-ways of America, Europe and Canada with his guitar always near by. Klatt has sang in countless barrooms, cafes, living rooms, theaters and street corners all over the world, entertaining folks with his boisterous finger-picking style and whiskey worn voice, continuing in the tradition of folks like Utah Phillips, Blind Willie MacTell and Towns Van Zandt.


Jingle Bell Run set for Dec. 13th in Northfield

The 13th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run and 2K Family Run/Walk will be held in downtown Northfield on Saturday, December 13th at 9:00 am. Registration and check-in will begin at 8:00 am at the Northfield Armory at 519 Division Street. Participants will receive a t-shirt and take part in post-race festivities including live music, photos with Santa, coffee, cider and treats. The Jingle Bell Run is presented by the Northfield Area Family YMCA with support from Carlson Capital Management.


New provider joins FamilyHealth Medical Clinic

Ashley Gilland

Ashley Gilland, MSN, FNP-BC, a family medicine nurse practitioner, will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic December 1.

She will see a full range of patients of all ages. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and management of chronic diseases.


First UCC to dedicate solar panels

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Northfield’s First United Church of Christ (UCC) is reducing its carbon footprint.

Earlier this month, it activated 39 solar panels installed on the roof of its 19th century brick church on the corner of Third and Union streets. The panels will prevent the release of 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, while reducing the congregation’s electricity costs by almost 50 percent.

The congregation will dedicate the solar panels and affirm its commitment to ecological stewardship with a special worship service Sunday, Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Every one is welcome.


NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

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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 is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration held in January.

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.


Carleton College’s Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale Returns to the Weitz Center

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Carleton College will hold its annual Craft and Custodial Bake Sale on Friday, Dec. 5 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, including wool mittens, birdhouses, garden art, glass ornaments, rugs, quilts, jewelry, Kenyan products, wooden bowls and toys, baskets, outerwear, candles, and much more. This popular annual event is free and open to the public.


Former Nurse Donates Hospice Quilt

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Sue Josephson, a retired nurse with Northfield Home Care & Hospice, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, recently donated a handmade quilt to the department in honor of National Hospice Month.

The design contains hands representing the important work of caregivers and members of patients’ families, and different representations of the heart. Together they represent the love that is expressed through the physical care provided to those in need.

Kathy Blomquist, director of Northfield Home Care & Hospice, calls it “hearts and hands,” a perfect reflection of the service they provide to their hospice patients.

“Hearts and hands, that’s what we do,” she said.


Registration Now Open for Northfield Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot”

Rotary Turkey Trot

The Northfield Rotary Club will hold its 14th annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2014. The popular run has grown from 200 participants the first year to over 1000 in 2013.

This year’s event will begin and end at a new venue: The Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, located at Third and College Streets in Northfield. The Turkey Trot begins at 9 a.m. Registration, for pre-registered and same-day registrants, will open at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online by November 15 in order to receive a free long sleeve t-shirt.

The cost to participate is $15 before November 15 and $20 after. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Student Youth Exchange Program and the Rotary EndPolio effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

Participants are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food shelf donation to help local families in need.


2014 Official Northfield Election Results

According to the City's abstract of election returns, 7,631 Northfield voters showed up at the polls, out of 11,836 registered voters, giving Northfield a 57% voter turnout. This is slightly above the state average. 

The results:


Swedish Fest Youth Participants Sought

The Northfield Swedish Club is preparing for its 39th annual Lucia celebration and is looking for girls and boys interested in participating as attendants. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. 


The Bee IS BACK!! Come to the Northfield Public Library's Trivia Bee and Benefit Event!

Public Library Trivia Bee

This coming Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Event Center, the public is invited to celebrate the Northfield Public Library with an evening of trivia, prizes and fun. The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library (FFNPL) will host a Team Trivia Bee led by quiz mistress Jessica Peterson White. Proceeds from this not-to-be-missed event will support the Friend’s current Capital Campaign for the expansion and enhancement of the facility. Community members are encouraged to register teams of up to four people (along with a tax-deductible entry fee of $100 or more) for trivia competition; individual participants and library supporters of all ages are also welcome to attend. There will be a suggested donation at the door. 


Martin Devaney and Jake Hyer to perform at Northfield’s Contented Cow

Jake Hyer & Martin Devaney

The Contented Cow in Northfield is pleased to present critically-acclaimed and popular Twin Cities singer/songwriter Martin Devaney, appearing along with multi-instrumentalist and long-time collaborator Jake Hyer, on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 8 to 10 p.m. This performance is free and open to the public.

Dubbed “the Mayor of St. Paul” by friends and compatriots in the Twin Cities music scene, Devaney is a classically-trained musician and renowned singer-songwriter with six albums to his credit, each garnering more and more praise from critics and fans. His latest release, “House of Rust,” puts Devaney on the brink of national stardom. He has been described as “a charming, bushy haired, sweet-voiced tunesmith” by No Depression magazine (the go-to- source for lovers of alt-country music), and has quickly become known for his poetic, yet unpretentious songs and inspired live performances. Devaney has shared the stage with an impressive list of national acts including Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, The Jayhawks, Semisonic, Soul Asylum, Billy Bragg, Evan Dando, Damien Jurado, Rhett Miller, Mike Doughty, Mary Lou Lord, The Roots, Southern Culture on the Skids, and Richard Buckner.


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