Harvest Mass

St. Dominic - Church News - 4 hours 40 min ago

Please join the Rural Life Committee in giving thanks for our many blessings at the annual Harvest Mass on Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to stay after Mass and join us for hospitality and refreshments in the O’Gara Social Hall.  Donations of money or food may be brought that evening for the  Northfield CAC food shelf.



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Holiday Office Hours

St. Dominic - Church News - 8 hours 12 min ago

The parish office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.

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Janet Lewis Muth discusses a new Rice County Program with KYMN Radio’s Jeff Johnson;   The program is called “Mental Health First Aid”.
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West Hills Lodge celebrates Recovery Month

West Hills Lodge is Northfield’s medium level residential treatment center for women.   In celebrating “Recovery Month”,  director Jody Anderson discusses the lodge’s mission with KYMN Radio’s Jeff Johnson.
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Thanksgiving Meal Drop-off Information

St. Dominic - Church News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:12am

Thanksgiving meals can be dropped off at the church on Monday, November 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm or Tuesday, November 25 from 7:00 – 10:00 am.

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UCC church to dedicate solar panels

First United Church of Christ - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:16pm

Nov. 16, 2014

Left to right: Mary Carlson, church moderator, Randy Reister, church vice-moderator, Rev. Abigail Henderson, and Rev. Todd Smith Lippert.


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 brick church on the corner of Third and Union streets. The panels will prevent the releaseof 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.

The Rev. Todd Smith Lippert said being good stewards of the earth is a central part of First UCC’s ministry.

“This is our congregation’s response to God’s call to care for creation,” Rev. Smith Lippert said. “The science is clear. The dramatic effects of climate change are all around us. We need to pay attention and act.”

UCC purchased the solar panels through the state’s Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program. The panels were manufactured by Bloomington-based TenK and installed by All Energy Solar of Minneapolis. Fifty-eight percent of the project cost is covered by rebates.

The congregation sees these solar panels as a first step toward responsible energy use. It is hopeful it will soon be able to purchase more solar energy through a local community solar project, now in its formative stages.

Rev. Smith Lippert says First UCC is exploring the prospect of becoming a “carbon-neutral facility.” Plans are being formulated to be more energy efficient, to pursue more renewable energy and to employ creative carbon offsets.

First United Church of Christ is a progressive, Christian community of faith and action, committed to theological openness and justice for all creation. It is an “open and affirming” congregation, committed to the inclusion of all of God’s people — all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, backgrounds, and abilities.

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St. Dominic - Church News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:34pm

A number of students for St. Olaf and Carleton recently answered my invitation to be “adopted” by a family from our parish.  Some prefer a family with kids.  Most are looking for a family with whom they can attend Mass on Sunday, join for brunch now and then, perhaps go shopping, and share common interests.  If you would like to support a student in this way, please contact Fr. Denny at 507-645-8816.


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Rotary Cogwheel | 11.20.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:37pm

Today: Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)

Birthdays: Carl Caskey (11/14), Matthew Rich and Jim Prichard (11/17), Teresa Jensen (11/19), and Adam Elling (11/20)


Last Week:
 Speaking of trivia, did you know there are four species of Invasive Carp, but only one of them jumps?

That’s right. Nick Frohnaur of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Water Resources, said Grass Carp, Bighead Carp, Black Carp and Silver Carp are all considered invasive species. It is the Silver Carp that has gained notoriety through YouTube videos, popping spasmodically out of the water and sometimes assaulting recreational boaters. These carp can weigh up to 60 pounds, and they pack a wallop. Nick said some have been known to break jaws and knock boaters silly.

These carp are large, plankton-feeding fish, first introduced to the southern United States in the 1970s to clean up the region’s aquaculture. They have done their job, but some have escaped and made their way north. The Illinois River is now home to the world’s largest Silver Carp population, and they are making their way up the Mississippi River. While no breeding populations have been detected in Minnesota waters, individual fish have been caught near the Twin Cities and in the St. Croix River.

Nick is the coordinator of the campaign to keep these fish out of Minnesota waterways. They’ve had an action plan in place since 2011 that focuses on early detection, prevention, mitigation and control and outreach and communication.

The carp’s impact on the economy is unknown as yet, but the risks, beyond the nuisance factor, are being assessed. Nick said there is concern thant the Minnesota River is a favorable habitat for Silver Carp.

In June of next year, some of the lock and dams will be closed to create a barrier for the fish. The State Legislature is also considering an allocation for construction of a fish barrier for the Coon Rapids dam. These measures are designed to buy time until more permanent solutions are found.

Nick said vigilance by boaters and anglers is always an issue. They can aid the carp invasion if they are not careful about cleaning boats and equipment and don’t use best practices with disposal of live bait.


Alan Anderson was born and raised in Owatonna. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and went on to get a Wildlife Science degree from Oregon State University. After a stint running a small family business, he embarked on a 35-year career as an administrator with the Boy Scouts of America. He retired 18 months ago.

He and his wife have been Northfield residents for 11 years. They have a daughter who lives in Lutsen, a son who lives in Apple Valley, and three granddaughters.

Guests: Lydia, Giulia, Marcelo and Philipy (Rich), Paul Krause, our newest member, (Sinning), Mark Moelke (Yogi) Charlie Duarte (Halverson) and Wade Thommen (Holden).

Scholarship Enhancement: Philipy, who will no doubt invest in a fleece-lined sweatshirt.

First Job: Jacob Conway did everything but play the leading man in his first job at a Cottage Grove movie theater. He was a jack of all trades, running the concession stand, selling tickets and cleaning up the theaters for $7.25 an hour. He says he might still be there if the theater hadn’t tanked.


— Rob Bierman said our online “early bird” registration for the Turkey Trot is up to 500 runners. All systems are go. If you are going to be in town that morning and not running the race, you are invited to sign up to be a registrar or a course monitor.

— Community Resource Bank is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register go to or call 507-645-4441.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up:

Dec. 4 — District Governor DG Karel (Cogan)
Dec. 11 — President Matthew Rich
Dec. 18 — Kevin Born and Naomi Mortenson, Environmental Tillage Systems (Lorang)
Dec. 25 — High Holiday Hiatus

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Turkey Bingo

St. Dominic - Church News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:47am

The Northfield Knights of Columbus are hosting turkey bingo on Friday, November 21 in the O’Gara Social Hall.  Warm-up games begin at 6:30 pm followed by turkey bingo at 7 pm.  Food will be available for purchase.


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Benefit Concert and Letter of Support

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:33pm
At the benefit concert for the skatepark held at The Cave at Carleton College on November 8, the Skateboard Coalition brought in $400, which was matched by a generous donor, bringing the proceeds from the night up to $800. 

Today, the Northfield News ran this guest column by Jane McWilliams, who has been a valuable adult advisor to the Coalition since early last year. Jane says:
There are 100 skate parks in Minnesota, from Baudette to Albert Lea. We often hear local citizens say it is high time Northfield had a skate park. If we all contribute to this drive, next summer, in addition to swimmers at Old Memorial Field, there will be skateboarders of all ages, practicing and performing on a state of the art facility.To join the effort, you can give online here, or send a check made out to "Northfield HCI" (with "skatepark" in the memo line) to: Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS 128, Northfield, MN 55057.
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Christmas Sharing

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:35pm

Please consider making this holiday season a joyful time for those in need.  Over 370 ornaments will fill St. Dominic’s Sharing Tree this year.  These gifts will be provided to children in the Northfield school district and the elderly at the Mission Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis.  The Sharing Tree will be in the Narthex after mass on the weekends of November 22-23, November 29-30, and December 6-7.  Unwrapped gifts should be placed in the large box that is in the Narthex before Noon on Sunday, December 7.  Gift cards should be left at the parish office.  The Sharing Tree is organized through the Social Ministries Committee with assistance from the Community Action Center of Northfield and the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri.  Thank you for making the celebration of Christ’s birth a joyous event for those in need.


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Christmas Wreath Distribution

St. Dominic - Church News - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 2:32pm

The Mission Trip youth will be distributing wreathes following all masses this weekend.  If you ordered a wreath, you can pick it up at the Youth Building.


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Here is the S.M.A.R.T Tab Team!

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 3:29pm
(Student Masters Answering Random Trivia)

Gus, Jasper, Cynthia and Will did very well finishing in the middle of the 13 teams!

Put it on your radar for next year!!

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Rotary Cogwheel | 11.13.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:46am

Today: Nick Frohnaur, Minnesota DNR Invasive Fish and Mississippi River Habitat Coordinator (Anderson)

Birthdays: Erin Bailey (11/9), Lee Dilley (11/10) and Kathy Findley (11/13)

Next Week: Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)

Last Week:

Jonathan Adams, a St. Olaf College graduate who now works for Project: Restore in rural Thailand, says he is about raising friends, not money. But I think he would be willing to talk.

He first visited Thailand when he accompanied Mike and Ann Leming on their annual sojourn to the Thai hill country. He planned to volunteer for three months. That was five years ago. Now he is the project director and has learned more than he would have ever dreamed about sustainable agriculture, building relationships, working for community development and restorative justice.

The project’s focus is on living with the local population to learn what their needs are and to support their efforts toward stability and a sustainable life. They are working on crop diversification, developing a village nursery and seed bank, a Highland Sustainable Development Center, produce cooperatives, small business development and more.

“We don’t seek to provide answers,” he said. “We want to provide them options.”

Future goals include developing equipment cooperatives, alternative energy sources and revolving loan groups.

Paul Harris Fellows: Mark Abbott, Dave Brown and Charlie Cogan were recognized for their contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation this year.

Guests: Lydia, Giulia, Marcelo and Philipy (Rich), Paul Krause (Sinning), Ann and Mike Leming (V. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson

First Job: We can’t hear it, but he can. “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is always playing in his head, like a background soundtrack. That’s because Denny Hanson was a “gandy dancer,” a railroad maintenance man, back in the day before banking. He was slamming spikes and aligning rails in southern Minnesota during the hot summer months, while dreaming of an air-conditioned desk job.


— Rob Bierman said the volunteer slots for our Thanksgiving Turkey Trot are filling up nicely. If you are going to be in town that morning and not running the race, you are invited to sign up to be a registrar or a course monitor. Kurt Larson reported that online, early bird registration is going well. And we have 40 corporate sponsors this year. A food drive is a new element of this event. You can kick-start the drive by bringing a nonperishable food item to Rotary next week or to the race on Thanksgiving Day.

— Chris Weber announced that Community Resource Bank will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register go to or call 507-645-4441.

— Charlie Cogan said Shattuck St. Mary’s is in need of host families for students who are not going home for the Thanksgiving break Nov. 22 through December 1.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up:

Dec. 4 — District Governor DG Karel (Cogan)
Dec. 11 — President Matthew Rich
Dec. 18 — Kevin Born and Naomi Mortenson, Environmental Tillage Systems (Lorang)

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Give to the Max Day

Laura Baker Services Association - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:48pm

Support Laura Baker Services during a celebration of giving in Northfield.

Northfield Gives will be held 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13 at the Grand Event Center. Admission is free if you make a donation to a Northfield Area Non-Profit.

GiveMN links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website enables charitable giving any time and any place, allowing people to donate with ease and enthusiasm. GiveMN brings innovation, energy and fresh ideas to Minnesota generosity.
GiveMN is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

Donations can also be made through the GiveMN Portal or the LBSA website.

It's official! TAB will have a team in the Trivia Bee!

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:34pm
Come "root" them on and participate yourself!! On Friday, November 14, join Quizmistress Jessica Peterson White and the Friends of the Northfield Public Library for a night (7-9pm) of challenging and fun trivia competition between teams of four.  Before the Final Round, there will also be a Heads-Tails round open to all with wonderful prizes for the winner!  

All proceeds go to the Capital Campaign for the Public Library.  A night with friends, neighbors, and knowledge--what better way to help make our library better!  

The 2014 TAB Team Members are: Jasper Egge, Cynthia Terry, Will Kruse and Gus Ohnesorge  

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