Here is the rest of the Storyland exhibit from the Children's Museum!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:38pm
This is the entry to the NCRC Welcome Center, Community Action and Food Shelf. it is on the NE corner of the NCRC.  Note the highschool's stadium is to the east of the building.

 This is the Early Childhood Family Education, Head Start and Community Services Division of the School District's entry on the NW corner of the NCRC

The Storyland exhibit can be accessed from either door.
It is open MTWF 8 am-4:30 pm and Th 8 am-7 pm.  All displays will be at these sites through January 2015.

Click on map to enlarge. One side of the Spot interactive learning display.
The Spot display. With Spot!From the book "Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats.  Peter wakes up to snow!
Kids can play with the snowballs and won't even get cold hands.
Kids can walk in Peter's foot steps.

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Public Benefit Concert at The Cave

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:45am

The Cave at Carleton College is hosting a benefit concert for the Skateboard Coalition on Saturday, November 8. $5 at the door. The line-up of local bands includes The Liberty Orchestra, Pillow Fighting, El Triunfo, Love Surprise, Charley Markson and the Cutters, and Bob Crash. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All donations to the Coalition made at the concert will be matched by a donor. 

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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.30.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:46am

Today: Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Birthdays: Sue Boxrud (11/5) and David Brown (11/6)

Next Week: Jonathan Adams, RESTORE Project Director (V. Dilley)

Last Week:

The Northfield Public Library is poised for its first major expansion in 30 years, one that will position it to meet the evolving needs of the digital age.

Char Carlson, chair of the Northfield Library Board, said recent city council action will allow for the $2.1 million project to move forward on an aggressive schedule. The hope is the project will be completed next fall.

The project’s guiding principles are to make the library more functional, more flexible and more welcoming. A major feature of the expansion is a handsome, commons area on the library’s east side. Plans call for additional meeting space, improved flow of the building, better staff space and more community space. Other items high on the list for improvements include better children spaces, improved bathrooms, and ADA accessibility issues.

The project received a major boost last week when the city council agreed to fund “life and safety” code improvements estimated to cost $262,000 and to offer another $252,000 in bridge financing to allow the library to continue its private fundraising. All of that is in addition to a $1 million allocation from the city’s capital budget and $90,000 for a scheduled upgrade of the HVAC system.

That means the project will require $702,000 in private funds of which $450,000 is already in hand, Carlson said.

If you want to help with the project, she had several suggestions:

  • Be informed about the project and share your knowledge and excitement with others;
  • Thank members of the City Council for their support;
  • Support the private fundraising campaign with a check, stock gift or multi-year pledge.

“Every gift is important,” Char said.

The library was founded in 1910 with a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. An expansion in 1985 tripled the space and moved the entrance from Third Street to Washington. There are currently 18,000 library card holders and 65,000 volumes in the collection.

Teresa Jensen, library director, said she doesn’t see the number of books in the collection increasing over time, but their digital and web presence will. For more on the campaign, go to:


Teresa Jensen has Iowa roots, a Southern California childhood, and Minnesota sensibilities. The executive director of Northfield Public Library spent most of her professional life working for Minneapolis branch libraries. She was lured to San Antonio, Texas for four years and then family, specifically a grandchild, persuaded her to move back to Minnesota, where she is happily overseeing a major expansion of our library.

Guests: Lydia, Giulia, Marcelo and Philipy (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: Linda Wilgohs

First Job: “Metal Manufacturing Trade Magazine. Is this the party to whom I am speaking?” This was Jan Stevens’ first job. At age 18, she spent the summer as the receptionist for an eight-person editorial office in Illinois. She said she enjoyed it, especially the editors’ antics, but college was awaitin’.


— New member orientation will be Monday, Nov. 10, noon at Community Resource Bank. Lunch will be provided and entertaining speakers are promised. This is open to all members. Consider it a Rotary refresher.

— Rob Bierman is looking for someone to refresh the Turkey Trot signs. The new route that will begin and end at the Carleton College Weitz Center requires new signage. There are many ways to help with this project: 1) sign up to run; 2) volunteer for a very time-limited role on Thanksgiving morning or 3) Back to refreshing signage. It will also, for the first time, be a vehicle for collecting non-perishable food items for the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners will be invited to bring an item to the race.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:
Nov. 13 — Nick Frohner, Asian Carp (Anderson)

Nov. 20 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)


Dec. 4 — District Governor DG Karel (Cogan)

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90 second Newbery video contest! Could be fun!!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:54pm
Calling All Kid Filmmakers!
The 90-Second Newberyis now accepting video submissions from Minnesota’s young filmmakers. Selected Minnesota-made movies will be screened with submissions from other states at the first-ever Minnesota 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in February.
How You Can Help
A 90-Second Newbery film tells the story of a Newbery Award winner or honor book in 90 seconds or less. We’d love to see your community’s creative kids submit their movies. The 90-Second Newbery websitefeatures dozens of films to spark ideas, how-to guides and complete instructions for uploading films. The submission deadline for consideration in February’s screening is December 20, 2014. Please help spread the word about this fun opportunity.
What’s Next
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival will be hosted by author (The Order of Odd-Fish) and 90-Second Newbery founder James Kennedy and renowned local author Kelly Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy). Join us on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 pm at Hennepin County Library — Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall. The festival is free and open to all.
For more information and additional resources, contact Jennifer Verbrugge, 651-582-8356.
     Jennifer M. VerbruggeLibrary Program and Partnership CoordinatorMinnesota Department of Education | State Library Services 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113
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Patricia Beckers

St. Dominic - Church News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:34pm

Patricia Margaret Quast Beckers was born March 17, 1943, in Watkins, Minnesota, to Anthony and Armella (Dank) Quast. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and graduated from St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring in 1961.  She married Ewald Lewis Beckers on September 8, 1962, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. After marriage they lived in St. Paul until moving to Northfield in 1976.  Pat worked as a CNA for Three Links Care Center for 37 years, just retiring in September of this year. She was a member of the Church of St. Dominic and enjoyed reading, crafts, knitting, crocheting and having coffee with friends.  Pat always gave of her time unselfishly and her greatest joy came from the involvement she shared in the lives of her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Ken and wife Kathy of Northfield, Kevin and wife Janis of Bloomington, Kathy and husband Paul Ahrndt of Benson; 5 grandchildren: Kody, Matthew, Aaron, Erik and Mariah; her sister, Ramona Hokanson of Watkins; her brothers John (Elaine) Quast of Richfield, David (Gloria) Quast of Garrison; her sister-in-law Diane Quast of Crosby; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ewald on October 20, 2010, her daughter Karen, her parents, her sister Marian Kupka and her brother Joseph Quast.

After a courageous fight with Leukemia, Pat passed away with her children by her side on Tuesday afternoon, October 28, 2014, at the Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community, at the age of 71.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00AM Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with Fr. Dennis Dempsey officiating.  Interment will be 3:00PM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Watkins.  Pallbearers are her grandchildren Kody Beckers, Matthew Ahrndt, Aaron Ahrndt, Erik Beckers and Mariah Ahrndt. Visitation will be 4-7PM Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to St. Dominic Church or St. Dominic School.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home,

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CVEC Newsletter, October, 2014

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:23pm
Go here to open .pdf file of complete newsletter.   web newsletter, Oct. 14
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November's TAB Meeting is Monday, Nov. 3rd at 7 pm.

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:15pm
It's that time already!
New members or anyone interested is invited to attend!
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Pumpkin Fest 2014 Pictures

Friends of Way Park - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:15pm
Edward Smith
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Bicycling Couple is Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:45am

A year after moving to Northfield and immersing themselves in efforts to make the community more bicycle-friendly, Derek and Laura Meyers have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for September/October. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The young married couple moved to Northfield from San Francisco last October to be closer to family. They had done some volunteer envelope-stuffing-type work for a large bicycling coalition in San Francisco, so a month after their arrival in Northfield, Derek signed up to attend a bicycling event.

“The next thing I knew, I was putting together a resource guide for the event. That would never happen in San Francisco,” he said.

Inspired by friends in Spearfish, S.D., Laura and Derek started BikeNorthfield’s weekly Cruiser Ride, open to cyclists of all ages interested in a leisurely, 45-minute ride around town. Participants meet on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Bridge Square.

They also attended Books and Stars events over the summer with their “mobile bike unit,” along with other members of BikeNorthfield, and taught youth and families how to do simple repairs on their bicycles.

Laura said Northfield already has many positive things in place that encourage bicycling, such as bike racks and bike lanes, but she feels that more safety education is needed.

“We want people to know – kids, adults, everybody – that bikes are supposed to be on the road. They should treat bikes like vehicles,” she said.

Bruce Anderson, chair of BikeNorthfield, said it’s been a joy to work with the couple.

“I could tell from the first time I met Derek and Laura, at last November’s ‘Soup and Cycles’ gathering, that they would be a force for positive change in Northfield,” he said. “They were looking to engage with their new community and were obviously willing to play a leadership role. I’ve been consistently impressed since with their energy, creativity and positive attitudes.”

Photo: Laura and Derek Meyers with their bicycles, parked at one of the new bike racks along Division Street. Photo by Joy Riggs


The Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, CLICK HERE for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application or find HCI on Facebook.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

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October Art Workshop Photos

Laura Baker Services Association - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 9:23pm

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From the Archives: The 2006 Northfield Skate Plaza Proposal

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:01pm

In 2006, the newly-formed Skateboard Coalition compiled a proposal for a skate plaza in Northfield. The proposal includes early drafts of a skatepark design, as well as letters of support from community leaders, including the former Mayor and the former Police Chief. You can look find the proposal here (2.5MB pdf). 
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An Evening With Kevin Kling

Northfield Arts Town - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:24pm

Master storyteller Kevin Kling, award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel, and Interact’s incomparable Ensemble of Artists with Disabilities create an unforgettable evening of theater, humor, music, storytelling and film to benefit Interact’s work with artists with disabilities here in Minnesota, and around the world.

Ivey-award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel has created original songs and theater sound-scores for some of the Twin Cities’ most recognized music-theater performers, including companies such as Stages Theater and Theatre Latte Da.  Interact’s Music Director and Resident Composer for over five years, Gabriel rocks the house with songs that belt out the power of diva or the ethereal resonance of a choir of angels.  With several MN State Arts Board awards in his repertoire, Gabriel has composed work for two Interact international residencies, in Thailand and Africa, as well as a dozen original productions here at home in the Twin Cities.

Interact’s Artists with Disabilities just simply bring it.  Serious drama, politically incorrect cabaret, clowning chaos, nothing-sacred humor, dance, music and story  you’ll get a taste of their best during Kevin Kling & Friends.  Recognized by peers and critics with two Ivey Awards, this company of actors, singers, musicians, dancers and all-around amazing performers is what Interact is all about.  We’ve perfected it here at home, we’re taking it across the world to Thailand  and we’re sharing it all with you on November 8th!

St. Olaf Professor Emeritus Michael Leming (sociology, anthropology and Asian studies) is proud to co-sponsor Kevin Kling and Friends.  Professor Leming first experienced Interact’s work in 2009 and invited them to join his study-abroad program in Thailand.  Since then, Interact has helped develop a new theater for children with disabilities in Chiang Mai.

Kevin Kling and Friends especially celebrates Interact Thailand, part of Interact’s bold new direction to transcend borders and challenge perceptions of disability here in Minnesota, and around the world.


What:        Kevin Kling & Friends: an evening of theater, music, humor, film and storytelling
When:       Saturday, November 8, 2013,  7:30 pm
Where:      Kelsey Theater at St. Olaf College
Tickets:     $20 (Limited seating – purchase early)



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The Addams Family: A New Musical

Northfield Arts Town - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:22pm

The Northfield Arts Guild kicks off its 55th Season with The Addams Family, long beloved as a printed comic, animated cartoon, TV show, and series of movies, and now reincarnated as a family-friendly musical…just in time for the Halloween season!

With book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), this new adaptation proves that even the ‘first family of spooky’ has the same concerns as every parent!

Three weekends: Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31- Nov. 2 and Nov. 7-9. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West 3rd Street.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.23.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:35pm

Today: Char Carlson, chair of Northfield Library Board (Bill Carlson)

Birthdays: Mark Gleason (10/20), Barry Carlson (10/22), Rob Martin (10/23) and Doug Crane and Brett Reese (10/25).

Next Week: Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Last Week:

Wokie Daboh is attempting to improve the educational system in Liberia, one classroom at a time.

She sees education as a pathway to a better quality of life. Through her nonprofit “Project Blackboard,” Wokie, a human resources executive for Target Corporation, is investing time and money in rehabilitating schools, training teachers and providing resources for students.

A graduate of Cooper High School in Robbinsdale and the University of Minnesota, Wokie has a strong familial connection to Liberia. Her mother immigrated to the United States from there before Wokie was born. Her father is an emigrant from Sierre Leone.

Liberia is still reeling from 14 years of civil war. The majority of the population cannot read or write, government support for education has dramatically eroded and now the Ebola epidemic has forced schools to close.

But Wokie is undaunted. She selected Bushrod Island School in one of Monrovia’s poorest neighborhoods for her initial project. She traveled there in July, refurbished the classrooms and held a teacher training. She hopes it will have a positive impact on the school’s 325 students.

Measures of success, she said, will be improved student performance, more parental and community engagement, established academic standards and more resources.

Wokie also provided heartfelt testimony to the powerful influence teachers have on students. Her host, Richard Maus, was her eighth grade math teacher. When asked what made him such a positive influence in her life, she said he pushed her to do her best work and never gave up on her. And then came the tears.



Richard Maus said the book he wrote about his polio experience — Lucky One — proved to be a therapeutic exercise. After committing his story to paper, he said he rarely thinks about it anymore. And life now goes on.

Guests: Philipy (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: John Fossum

First Job: Chris Weber makes a mean 500-egg omelet. He acquired that skill managing a Boy Scout dining hall on summer assignment in northern Wisconsin. He provided food for 200 three times a day. He is now a big proponent of automatic dishwashers.


— President Rich announced the three local service projects recently adopted by the board.

We will be contributing $5,000 to the Save the Depot campaign, and we will work with both the Musical Playground Project for Way Park and the Northfield Skateboard Coalition to help raise $15,000 for each project. The board evaluated six proposals before arriving at this mix.

— Rob Bierman updated the order on the re-engineered Turkey Trot. This year it will begin and end at the Carleton College Weitz Center at Third and Union. It will also, for the first time, be a vehicle for collecting non-perishable food items for the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners will be invited to bring an item to the race. If are not able to attend the event, please bring a food item to our November meetings. Rob said we still have room on the shirts for a couple more sponsors.

— There is a Rotary Foundation event Saturday, Nov. 1, in Oakdale at the venerable Prom Ballroom. If we send eight or more, we get a discount on registration fees. Let President Matt Rich know if you are interested in attending.

— Todd Thompson said he picked up on a suggestion from Jean Wakely and has launched a “kickstart” campaign to fund music education in Guatemala. For more information, write to: todd@

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:

Nov. 6 — Jonathan Adams, RESTORE Project Director (V. Dilley)

Nov. 13 — Nick Frohner, Asian Carp (Anderson)

Nov. 20 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)


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Turkey Trot 2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:27pm

We will be hosting our Turkey Trot event this year at the Weitz Center. Click here for details.

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