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First responders to conduct hostile event training on May 9

Local public safety agencies are teaming up to prepare for emergency scenarios like a shooting or a bomb threat.

First responders will hold a hostile event training exercise the evening of Monday, May 9 at St. Dominic School. Participating agencies are Northfield Police Department, Northfield Area Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.  

This is a planned exercise. The site will have police, fire and ambulance traffic outside the school. Inside, trainees will be conducting different scenarios and drills to prepare themselves in the event that a hostile situation ever presents itself.

Hostile event training has become common for first responders across the U.S.

“It’s now the standard to include police, fire and EMS in the training because those are the three groups that will respond to an event,” said Monte Nelson, Northfield Chief of Police.

Leslie Schultz to Read Selections from STILL LIFE WITH POPPIES: ELEGIES


 Northfield poet, Leslie Schultz, will read from her recently published collection of poems, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies at Content Bookstore on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Her reading is part of Content’s series of poetry readings. The public is invited to this opportunity to enjoy hearing in the author’s voice selections from her book.

Published byKelsay Books, Still Live with Poppies is the latest of Schultz’s works which, in addition to poetry, include fiction and essays. Beginning in 2013, three of Schultz’s poems were selected by the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission to be published in the Sidewalk Poetry series.

To see examples of her work, including photography, visit Schulz’s website at:  www.winonamedia.net.

BikeNorthfield’s 3rd Annual ‘Soup & Cycles’ event

Soup & Cycles poster (Poster by Doug Bratland)

The 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles event will take place Saturday, 6:00 p.m., pJanuary 30, 2016 at the Northfield UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN 55057 - please join us!  BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles gathers bike group representatives, trail advocates, local officials and any interested community members – whether or not they ride a bike -- for soup, socializing, and strategizing related to bicycles. BikeNorthfield works with bike groups, local government, non-profits and schools to encourage bicycling, promote safety, and educate the community about the benefits of bikes for everyone as part of building an active, friendly, people-centered community.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Northfield area community members are gathering on Fourth Thursdays at the Quaker Meetinghouse and singing together out of the Rise Up Singing Songbook. Join us on Thursday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington Street in Northfield.
Rise Up Singing songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share. People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome; please distribute this invitation to others, come and bring a friend!

Growing Up Healthy awarded Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation grant


News Release


Leah Eby, Growing Up Healthy

(507) 664-3527, Leah@growinguphealthy.org

Julie Ann Eastling, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation

(651) 662-6574, Julie_A_Eastling@bluecrossmn.com

Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through the Blue Cross Foundation
Grant helps create greater health equity in the community

WINGS Awards More Than $73,000 to Area Agencies


WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a celebration last Tuesday at the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity.

Over 125 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $73,868 in grants from WINGS. 2015 grant recipients can be viewed at http://www.wings-mn.org/current-grant-recipients.

LOCATION CHANGE for Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting - January 22, 2015

Due to an event conflict at the previous location, Thursday's annual meeting of Northfield Citizens Online (Northfield.org) has been moved to Froggy Bottoms.

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All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at Froggy Bottoms on Thursday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will unveil a sneak preview of the new Northfield.org website design. Board members will be on hand to discuss goals for Northfield.org and available volunteer roles. Learn how you can get involved and help share stories about Northfield and the people who live here!

Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: a new historical musical comedy

Playing over DJJD: Thurs, Fri & Sat at 7pm

Political races are full of intriguing characters who envelope our world through advertising.  Political ads seem to be never-ending.  But when did this all begin and who was involved? 

The new family-friendly, high-energy musical comedy, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, answers that question in an intriguing and entertaining way.  The story, (which plays Sept 4-6) revolves around important historical characters like Daniel Webster, John Tyler, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Henry Clay.   The play takes a fictional look at the very real incidents surrounding the 1840 presidential campaign and the seating of our 9th and 10th US Presidents.  This presidential campaign was the first time that presidential candidates were treated as products. 

The playwright and composer, W. Watts Biggers was an American novelist and advertising man.  He is possibly best known as the co-creator and songwriter for such television cartoons as “Underdog” and “Tennessee Tuxedo”.  

New Video! Northfield Downtown Beautification


The City of Northfield has a new video to share:

Judy Code, Volunteer Master Gardner, and TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor, highlight our Northfield downtown beautification project.


A wonderful project for the entire Northfield community!  This video will be added to the City of Northfield website's Media Center. 

Exciting opportunity: Seeking art for City Hall


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"

Curbside chat logo

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.


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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


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


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.

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