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The Riverwalk Arts Quarter launched

The Riverwalk Arts Quarter began as a concept of a handful of artists and arts services businesses and non-profits in July 2008. We received an initial grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) in Sept 2008 to form a year-long partnership to help us make our dream of an arts destination become a reality.

St. Olaf College's Regents Hall awarded prestigious LEED platinum rating

St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences has earned platinum certification -- the highest rating attainable -- from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The nearly 200,000-square-foot, $63 million building is the largest and most complex academic facility in the nation to earn the prestigious platinum rating. Read more at ...

Read Locally on National Bookstore Day

Saturday, November 7, 2009 marks the first National Bookstore Day, a great idea cooked up by the folks at Publishers Weekly to promote local independent bookstores. This would be a great opportunity to stop in at Northfield's downtown independent bookstore, Monkey See, Monkey Read and do your holiday book shopping.  Jerry Bilek, the proprietor, has a great selection in the shop, and he's always happy to place special orders for books he doesn't have on hand.  The shop is open from 10 to 5 on Saturday.

"Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009" Booksigning

Monster, a short story by Rebekah Frumkin (Carleton '12), is featured in the 2009 edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), edited by award-winning author Dave Eggers. Described by its editors as an "offbeat but vital anthology," Best American Nonrequired Reading is renowned for bringing together the country's best fiction, journalism, humor, essays and comics while simultaneously introducing a vast readership to dozens of new writers and publications each year. The Carleton Bookstore carries the just-released edition and will host a booksigning event for Frumkin on Tuesday, November 3, from 12-1 p.m.

Custom Framing Studio is having a 20% off Sale!

Until the end of October, CUSTOM FRAMING STUDIO is having a 20% off sale. This is definitely the time to get your holiday and other projects done. 20% can add up to a big chunk of change! Projects must include the purchase of a new frame. The studio, run by framer  (also known around town as a guitar wiz) Jon Manners and his wife Connie Halpern is located at 108 East 5th Street, just around da corner from da Rueb. Open Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat from 10-4pm, and Thursday, a little different, 10-2 and 4-6pm. Love that siesta!

Northfield Reiki Master opens New Business - "Reiki Spice"

Igal VainshteinIgal Vainshtein is a level 3 Reiki Master/Teacher who lives in Northfield and has opened a new business called, “Reiki Spice”. Vainshtein gives Reiki treatments in his home, as well as weekly sessions at Monarch in Northfield.

Area residents are welcome to book a Reiki session and experience the healing and relaxation that it provides. He will also be providing free Reiki seminars at Monarch starting Friday, Oct. 9th at 7:00 pm. Vainshtein will teach a Reiki Level I class to those interested in learning the healing art starting Saturday, Oct. 17th, at 10:00 am at Monarch.

Northfielder, St.Olaf featured in 'Relish' magazine

The September issue of Relish magazine (circ. 16 million through inserts in local papers across the country, including the Sept. 9 Northfield News) features a story about the St. Olaf Garden Research and Organic Works farm, including recipes from Bon Appétit Management Company, the college's food service provider. The story includes a photo of and quotes from Northfielder and St. Olaf College student Abby Benson.

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Shopping Ugly

The September 2009 issue of Womeninc magazine is available now, featuring an article by Northfield freelance writer Christine Bernier Lienke.  The article, "I Shop Ugly," profiles the contemporary clothing store Sisters Ugly in downtown Northfield. 

Fall Classes at Northfield Dance Academy

Register NOW for Fall Dance Classes at Northfield Dance Academy! FUN dance classes for Ages 3 through Adult in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Creative Movement!  Come to our Fall Open House on Sept 9 & 10 from 5-8pm to register for classes!

Northfield Hospital Seeks Input on Important Qualities for New President and CEO

northfield hospitalThe Northfield Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors is commencing a search for a new President and CEO.  A Search Committee has been appointed by the Board to lead this effort and includes the following members:

  • John M. Lundblad, Board & Committee Chair
  • Dixon Bond, Board & Committee Vice Chair
  • James Schlichting, Board Member
  • Randy Reister, M.D. & Board Member
  • Rodney Christensen, M.D.
  • Robert Shepley, M.D.
  • Mary Quinn Crow, Administration
  • Mary Rossing, Northfield Mayor
  • Jim Blaha, Community Action Center
  • Karen Gervais, League of Women Voters Member

The Search Committee is in the process of developing a position profile and is interested in what the community believes are the most important qualities for candidates for the President/CEO position.  If you are interested in providing input about these qualities, please contact the Search Committee by e-mail at:

St. Paul paper features Northfield lawyer's blog

A recent St. Paul Pioneer Press story, "When marriage goes bad, family law attorney steps in to ease the pain," features Northfield divorce attorney and family mediator Carl Arnold's blog, Always Family Center.

"There's a popular news blog in Northfield, it's a way for people to talk about civic issues and things like that," Arnold told the paper. "I thought I could apply the same approach to family law, use this technology to share information and links, to point people in the right direction.

Conserving through composting at St. Olaf College

Lots of people have heard that St. Olaf composts its food waste ... but do you know how the process actually works? Check out this new video news story at and learn how the process turns leftover cafeteria food into nutrients for new food that's raised by students in the St. Olaf vegetable garden. (And watching this video is a little less stinky than visiting the composter shed.)

Watch the video.

Berry Good and Fresh

woman, girl, and boy picking raspberriesThe raspberry season is underway and there is no better way to support locally grown products than to make a stop at Lorence’s Berry Farm this summer.  The farm, which planted its first berries in 1979, began with strawberries and raspberries.  The raspberry crop, however, had a rough start according to Shawn Lorence, co-owner of Lorence’s Berry Farm.  After the crop suffered the effects of a hailstorm, Shawn’s father, Dave Lorence said, “That’s it, I don’t want to mess around with raspberries anymore.”  The struggle to grow a successful raspberry crop continued after Shawn planted a few more raspberry bushes in 1989 but had a hard time getting them to fruit.  However the Lorence’s stuck with it and have been doing pick your own raspberries and farmer

Hospital long term care center gets high marks

Northfield Hospital’s Long Term Care Center is among the most highly ranked nursing homes in the state, according to the latest Nursing Home Report Card released earlier this year by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The hospital’s Long Term Care Center received 31 stars out of a possible 35 based on seven quality measures, tying it with the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Paul, Fair Meadow in Fertile, Minn., and Caledonia Care in Caledonia, Minn. for top honors. The Long Term Care Center received five out of a possible five stars for staff retention, the sparing use of temporary staffing, the high proportion of single rooms” (100 percent), and scores on state inspections. It received four of five stars for outcomes on a number of state-mandated quality indicators and hours of direct care, and three out of five for quality of life ratings by residents. 

Smart Shoppers Shop Used

While the state of the nation’s economy remains troubled, it seems as if everyone is on the lookout for a good bargain.  Aside from the usual garage sales, thrift shops are a great place to save a few bucks.

Northfield’s Used A Bit Shoppe offers everything from household furnishings, tools, toys & puzzles, collectables, home décor, and jewelry. 

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