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Submitted by Marika Christofides on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 10:05pm
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.
Submitted by Marika Christofides on Sun, 04/03/2011 - 10:45pm
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 Flood/Disaster Volunteer Headquarters is live and waiting for your help! Your city needs you this spring!
Submitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 10:50am
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.
Submitted by Jessica Peterso... on Mon, 02/28/2011 - 12:53pm
- 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
- 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
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 11:58am
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.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 9:55pm
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 01/22/2011 - 7:38pm
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.
Submitted by adam.gurno on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:15am
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!
Submitted by Joan Ennis on Tue, 01/18/2011 - 1:56pm
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.
Submitted by adam.gurno on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 3:41pm
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.)
Submitted by Maia Rodriguez on Sun, 05/02/2010 - 11:31pm
Leading climate change expert Richard Moss spoke at Carleton College's weekly convocation last Friday, advocating a new way of thinking about climate change science and its implications for public policy. Moss, a class of 1977 Carleton graduate who has served in various leadership positions at the WWF, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and the UN Foundation Energy and Climate Program, among others, also argued that there is already enough scientific information for policy makers to begin putting climate change prevention measures in place.
Submitted by Maia Rodriguez on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 5:27pm
In the 2010-11 school year, 16 recently graduated high school students from the Northfield area will be traveling abroad through the Rotary Club's Youth Exchange Program. This is the largest number of participating students from Northfield ever, an increase of six students from last year's record ten students, which Rotary Youth Officer Vicki Dilley attributes in part to parents and students becoming more open-minded about taking a "gap year" before going on to college. In addition, there will be five exchange students living with host families in Northfield next year, hailing from France, Germany, Denmark, Spain and Brazil. The sixteen Northfield students will be traveling to a wide variety of countries, including Thailand, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, and Columbia.
Submitted by Erin Carson on Tue, 04/27/2010 - 11:40am
Nepal’s civil war (1996-2006) left an overwhelming number of children physically and psychologically scarred, and deprived them of one of their most basic rights to learn. I am working on building the first Peace School in Arupokhari, my village in Western Nepal, to help more than 250 children aged 4-15 years, affected by the violence of civil war, reclaim their passion and joy, experience the power of learning, and lead whole and healed lives.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 2:25pm
Northfield writer R.W. “Obie” Holmen’s newly-published novel, A Wretched Man, begins with a vivid evocation of the landscape of the ancient Middle East. Readers are often surprised to learn that Holmen has never visited the Holy Land, and that the landscape he so brilliantly evokes is the creation of the writer’s imagination, assisted by some meticulous research.
Holmen began working on his novel almost four years ago. He was interested in writing a historical novel about the Apostle Paul, a complex and controversial figure who, in Holmen’s view, was responsible for much of the development of early Christianity. Holmen spent three years researching the novel, working to get the history, the characters, and the setting “as realistic as possible.” At the same time, he worked at “honing the craft of being a storyteller.” Holmen, a former trial lawyer with a B.A. in history, had to learn how to write fiction.