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Photos: Midsommar in Way Park

Midsommar 2011The sixth annual Midsommar in Way Park was another smashing success! The Friends of Way Park would like to extend our thanks to the Sons of Norway, the Northfield Swedish Club, and all the volunteers who made it happen, to the young fiddlers and dancers from the Evergreen School of Performing Arts and the young-at-heart local musicians who made this year's event so special, and to the photographers for sharing their photos from the celebration.

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Fifth Season of Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals Begins July 6


Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals enter their fifth season this summer beginning July 6 and concluding on August 10.  All six recitals will be on Wednesday noon hour from 12:15 to 12:45 p. m. Here is the schedule of performers and places:

  • Wed. July 6 -Tom Ferry, First Congregational UCC Church, 300 Union St.
  • Wed. July 13- Wyatt Smith, Skinner Chapel, Carleton College, 405 1st St. E.
  • Wed. July 20 - Richard Collman and David Miller, Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave.
  • Wed. July 27 -Mike Powell, Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf College
  • Wed. Aug. 3- Bob Henstein, United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St.
  • Wed. Aug. 10 - Lawrence Archbold, Carleton College Music & Drama Center, 110 Winona St. N.

Six Months Until Give to the Max Day 2011


November 16, 2011 will be the next Give to the Max Day on GiveMN.org.  That's six months away.  But the need for  donations to local non-profit organizations continues year round.  Click here for a complete list of Northfield non-profit organizations represented on GiveMN.org, and consider making a donation online. 

Go! Northfield-Dundas: a new virtual “kiosk” for local and regional transit information


Northfield.org is pleased to announce the launch of Northfield’s newest web resource – called Go! Northfield-Dundas! and found online at go.northfield.org.  You can also reach the website by clicking the "Go! Northfield-Dundas" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the Northfield.org home page.

Go!Northfield-Dundas provides, in one handy, easy-to-use location, information on all local bus, taxi and shuttle services within Northfield and Dundas, as well as transit options from and to our community from the Twin Cities and region. To facilitate non-motorized transportation, the site also hosts a handy “Bike Routes” tab where one can find information and maps relating to in-town bike routes as well as favorite recreational rides in our area. An innovative RideShare feature can be used to find and offer rideshares as well as to organize group ride-sharing and commuter carpools.

Calling All Cooks

Adam Osterkamp

The Measuring Cup, the new kitchen store opening at 320 Division St. S. (across from Goodbye Bue Monday) on April 16, promises to be a cook’s paradise. The store, owned and run by Jan and Steve Osterkamp and siblings Gina Lovestrand and Adam Osterkamp, will offer a variety of gadgets chosen for utility and design to cooks of all ambition-levels.

“We want feedback; we will talk to people to find out what they want us to carry. The Measuring Cup is for Northfield,” says Adam Osterkamp.

The store’s website, http://www.measuringcupofnorthfield.com/ will feature a blog where employees—who, Osterkamp says, “love to cook, and already have a lot of the stuff we carry”—will post recipes and other informational tidbits.

A Flood of Spring Activities: Northfield.org Spring Preview 2011


As temperatures rise slowly but surely and the last snow melts, Northfield prepares itself for Spring. Here is a preview of community events in the coming months.

April and May will be busy months for the arts. On April 8th Northfield Arts Guild opens “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” a moving drama by William Inge set in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. Applications are now available for the 50th anniversary annual Arts Guild Riverfront Festival (September 10-11) and will be accepted beginning May 9th. The Northfield Sidewalk Public Poetry Competition accepts submissions through April 11. The winning poems will be announced in April and stamped into Northfield sidewalk pavement to mark national poetry month.

Northfield's Official Citizen Flood HQ


Click here to visit the Flood Volunteer HQ for Northfield Citizens


Northfield's Official Flood/Disaster Volunteer Headquarters is live and waiting for your help!  Your city needs you this spring! 

Make Your Mark! - 2011 Northfield Sidewalk Public Poetry Contest

Make Your Mark

The Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends of the Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Public Library, has announced a Sidewalk Public Poetry competition to mark National Poetry Month in April.

All residents of Northfield and students in Northfield Schools - young & old, professional writers & amateurs - are eligible and encouraged to submit short poems (10 lines, 240 characters maximum) that are appropriate for the public sphere.

Up to 10 winning poems will be stamped into Northfield sidewalk pavements and will be considered for other public purposes including publication and readings.

The contest is open from March 14 to April 11, 2011.

League of Women Voters presents: This Week In Local Government

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This month at the Hospital Board:

  • Northfield Hospital ahead of many small hospitals in implementation of Electronic Medical Records
  • Strategic planning to include more community and employee stakeholders, but does the group reflect the full diversity of the community?
  • Safety Committee dissolved; reporting structure to administration and board to become more direct

This week at the City Council:

  • 17 Safety Center sites visited and evaluated; Central Valley Coop and Cowles Property get the most points
  • Laurel Court Transit Hub planning moves ahead, with Northfield Depot discussed as a future alternative
  • Council discusses goals (and methods of establishing goals) for 2011-12 term
  • Local legislators to meet with Council on Tuesday

Visitors Tour New Key


Update - Photo Gallery posted!

Last Saturday morning, leaders at the Key invited a group of retired Northfield women to tour their new building and learn more about Key programs and needs. Two members of the Adult board, Zach Pruitt and Missy Donkers, and Dan Dobrow, Youth Board President, greeted visitors.  For most of the guests, this was their first chance to see the transformation of the building, which had been in commercial use for decades, into a welcoming, bright, comfortable space.  It was hard to believe the new owners, the Union of Youth, had only been in the building since September!

Established in 1993 by a small group of area youth, the Union of Youth raised funds to purchase a building on Water Street, which, along with space owned by the city, became The Key, a center for gathering and activities for the next 15 years.  When it was obvious the space no longer was adequate to the evolving programs and growing participation, in spring 2010, NUY purchased the present 6th Street location.  The new building has more than twice the space, and a floor plan uniquely accommodating to meetings, movies, concerts, and just sitting around.  Key members’ artistic talents are in evidence everywhere, as murals and paintings lend color and energy to the rooms, which had once been offices and places of commerce. 

Nominate a local individual or group for HCI's "Making a Difference Award"

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Do you know an individual or group who is working to make Northfield a better place for youth?

If so, take 3 minutes and nominate them for HCI's "Making a Difference Award."

You can find the application HERE -- it's designed to be really easy to complete!

A new winner is selected each month.   Recipients are recognized in the Northfield News and receive a framed certificate.

Click HERE to read descriptions of the fantastic recent recipients.

Another Busy Year at Northfield.org.


Gathered at the Contented Cow on Wednesday, members of Northfield Citizens Online elected Kathy Ness and Amy Acheson to the board, discussed the year’s activities and brainstormed new ideas for 2011.

NCO Board Chair Nate White said ”During the flood we demonstrated our ability to quickly utilize technology for community good and showed why Northfield.org is a valuable community asset.” White reported to the membership at the 2011 Annual Meeting that traffic to Northfield.org peaked in 2010 during the Cannon River flood when the site provided up to the minutes news, photos and video to the community during the flood.

Boiling water to frozen cloud - instantly!

Tim Freeland of KYMN radio took a minute out this morning to test the urban legend of boiling water freezing instantly in weather such as this. Check it out - it's only a minute long!

Check Out the Kill A Watt Meters at the Northfield Public Library

Kill A Watt Meter

RENew Northfield, a nonprofit organization concerned with energy issues in Northfield, has donated five Kill A Watt meters to the Northfield Public Library for public use.

How much energy does your refrigerator, freezer, computer, home entertainment system, or clothes dryer use when it is operations or “asleep?” Check out a meter and find out.

The meter is inserted into an electrical outlet and the appliance is plugged directly into the meter. The meter will display an average cost for each appliance tested: hourly to annually. Easy to use instructions are included with the meter. After using the meter, you may decide to unplug the device when not in use, or purchase a power strip with an on/off strip.

The meters are currently available and can be checked out for one week.  Please ask for the meters at the circulation desk downstairs.

Live stream of Bridge Square, downtown Northfield

1080 KYMN and the Northfield Historical Society have teamed up to bring a live stream of Bridge Square from Northfield. The camera is attached to the outside of the NHS building and views BS from the southeast side. (Video feed after the break.)

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