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Exciting opportunity: Seeking art for City Hall

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The Arts and Culture Commission is working to place art in City Hall in an exhibit to open in conjunction with the grand opening of the newly rennovated bulding on Washington Street. This gala event will take place mid- to late- May, 2014, coming up quickly.

The Arts and Culture Commission seeks art by local artists for the opening exhibit to run into January 2015. One or more pieces of art may be purchased by the City to initiate a permanent collection. Showing will be historical photographs of the City of Northfield, Washington Street builiding, and the Colleges.


Strong Towns "Curbside Chat"

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NDDC presents Strong Towns’ Curbside Chat

PLAN TO ATTEND!  The NDDC has invited the Strong Towns organization to Northfield for one of their “Curbside Chats”.  The event will be held on Monday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Archer House Riverview Conference Room on the lower level.  The Curbside Chats are designed with special attention to city officials and community leaders, but strong towns are built from the grassroots and your voices needed at this free event.


NORTHFIELD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TAPS JOHN STULL AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 11, 2013) – The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that John Stull will serve as the organization’s interim executive director. Stull, a longtime Northfield resident and noted community leader, will begin his new role on Monday, December 16.

With a résumé that includes 30 years at MOM Brands®, stints as Northfield’s mayor and a Northfield city councilor, president of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC), Stull will use his experience to further build the Chamber’s collaborations with like-minded organizations and establish a strategic direction for the future.


Northfield Historical Society to display famous firearm

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This summer the Northfield Historical Society will display one of the most important artifacts from the 1876 robbery attempt by the James-Younger Gang: the rifle that Henry Wheeler used to defend the First National Bank of Northfield. The weapon — a .50 caliber Smith carbine — is on loan from owners Gerry Groenewold and Connie Triplett and will be on display in the museum starting June 25.

"This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen" stated Hayes Scriven, NHS executive director.  "We have so many artifacts from the James-Younger Gang members, but little that represents the town’s defense of the failed 1876 raid." 

"We care greatly about historic preservation," explains Groenewold. "Over the years our collecting interests have focused on artifacts having verifiable historic significance. Accordingly, we feel an obligation to allow the public to see these artifacts and learn from the stories they tell."


2013 Road Construction Projects

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Road construction season is in full swing. Here are some of the projects in the area, with links to project websites where you can find maps, schedules, updates about construction, lane closures, and other information:


Axis Mundi: Levittown An Art Exhibit with light and sound

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Runs now through April 7, 2013 (closed spring break, March 23 - April 1)

Flaten Art Museum, Dittmann Center, St. Olaf College

Axis Mundi: Levittownis a re-invented miniature neighborhood deconstructing the ideals and pitfalls of the famous post-World War II housing enclave for returning veterans. Levittown remains the quintessential American suburb. This exhibit is an installation that includes a house constructed in the gallery, sculpture (mini houses), light, and sound.


Local Issue: Transit Hub

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On December 4, 2012, the Northfield City Council approved a recommendation to locate a proposed local transit hub on the Q-Block, on the southwest corner of Second Street and Highway 3. This is an important step forward in a project that began in 2001, with the completion of a Rice County local and regional transit study that identified a need for a transit hub in Northfield. The proposed transit hub is envisioned as the central element of a redevelopment of the Q-Block which would also include the relocated and renovated Northfield depot.  For those interested in learning more about this issue, here is a timeline and a compilation of documents and links related to the transit hub project.


100% Local - Yes, United Way

When you donate to charity, you like to know where your money goes.

You’ll like this: When you give to Northfield Area United Way, your money stays here. It helps fund 28+ programs in the Northfield area – all of them local services, helping people here at home.

Together, we feed our neighbors, help with housing, guide at-risk kids. We fund healthcare for the uninsured. We come through for victims of fire, flood, and domestic violence when they need help the most.    


Local Issue: iPads in the Schools

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Update: On February 10, 2013, the Northfield school board voted 6-1 to approve the Transformational Technology Proposal. News coverage of the school board meeting is archived below.

On January 28, 2013, the Northfield school board received a proposal to provide students in the school district with tablet computers (iPads) beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers were issued iPads over the summer, and have been receiving training in the use of the devices since August. Task forces have also been meeting to discuss the use of the new technology, policy development, criteria for the selection of apps, and other issues related to the implementation of the iPad proposal. The iPads will be leased for three years (2013-2015) at a cost of roughly $336,000 per year. The district plans to budget another $173,000 a year for apps, digital textbooks, and other support. Students will be charged a $25 insurance fee ($20 for reduced price lunch students, $15 for free lunch students; $100 family maximum). Students in grades 6-12 will each receive an iPad2 to take home; students in elementary grades will have iPad Minis in their classrooms.


Michael Perry Reading Wednesday, August 29th

Monkey See Monkey Read is pleased to bring Michael Perry back to Northfield for a reading from his latest book, Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace. Perry will read from Visiting Tom on August 29th at 7:30 pm. The reading will be at the Northfield Senior Center, 1651Jefferson Parkway.

Tom Hartwig is at it again.

What can we learn about life, love and artillery from an 82-year-old man whose favorite hobby is firing his homemade cannons? Visit by visit – often with his young daughters in tow – author Michael Perry is about to find out.


2012 Sidewalk Poetry Celebration and Quiz

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The Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield announces the 2012 Sidewalk Poetry Celebration to begin at 7:00 p.m. on August 29, 2012. The event will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to tour the sites in Northfield’s downtown where poems are now installed and to hear the poems read aloud.

In 2011, Northfield launched the annual Sidewalk Public Poetry Project. Since then, in two competitions, 19 poems have been selected to become a permanent part of the Northfield landscape. Each one of the winning poems is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community. During the course of this summer, residents and visitors have begun seeing the poems installed, and it is now time to celebrate this concrete achievement in local public art.


Local Issue: Safety Center

On June 5, 2012, the City Council approved $7.28 million in lease revenue funding to finance the building of a new safety center.  The project includes purchase of land at 1601 Riverview Dr. (behind Perkins Restaurant), construction of a police facility and fire department administrative offices, and upgrades to the current fire facility. The fire equipment would remain in the current facility.  This marked an important (and contentious) milestone in a long process.

NEW (6/26/12): Statement from the City of Northfield regarding funding of the new safety center.

What's next: According to Northfield Finance Director Kathleen McBride, a plan will be developed in the next 4-6 weeks (by the end of July 2012), with purchase of the land in August or September.


Kickstarting a Career in Filmmaking: Sam Dunnewold and Kaitlin Randolph

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Kaitlin Randolph was writing stories before she started kindergarten in northern Wisconsin. Sam Dunnewold started making films as a seventh grader at Northfield Middle School. Sam was also a member of the last class of Northfield eighth graders to go through their entire middle school career in the building which is now the Weitz Center for Creativity.

Both Kaitlin and Sam ended up at Carleton College, where they majored in Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS). Now the two young filmmakers are preparing to graduate from college and embark on the next stage of their careers: making their first feature-length film.

With several other partners, they’ve created a production company, Lucid Films LLC, and have created a Kickstarter account with the goal of raising at least $5,000 before June 24, 2012.


Hauck leads Bull Sharks

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The Northfield Swim Club Bull Sharks swam hard last weekend while hosting a total of 17 teams at the middle school’s Skip Boyum Pool. While every swimmer had excellent races with improved stroke technique and speed, the race of the meet belonged to Marcus Hauck as he qualified to swim at the state meet in the 50 backstroke with a time of 38.10. He’s been on the verge of achieving state qualifying times in a few events for a few months and finally jumped into that level.

Other great swims belonged to Carrin Baker, who bravely volunteered to take on the 1000 yard freestyle minutes after swimming the 200 Butterfly for the first time. Both were excellent swims and she got out of the water smiling which speaks loudly for her character as a swimmer.


Local Issue: Skatepark

Discussions about a permanent skateboard park in Northfield began six years ago, in June 2006, when a group of local youth organized the Northfield Skateboard Coalition. The Coalition, spearheaded by Joe McGowan, pitched their idea to the Northfield Parks and Recreation Board, and began fundraising for a skatepark. Between October 2006 and April 2007, $10,000 was raised through a matching grant from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.  In 2011, the Northfield Union of Youth acquired equipment for a skateboard park, which is currently being stored by the city.


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