Local Issues

Northfield Reads has many events planned around the book "Enrique's Journey"

Join us this year in reading Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario and to discuss the unique challenges of the immigrant experience.

  • Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm: Weitz Center Film: “The Beast/La Bestia’ “
  • Monday, March 30 at 7 pm: Content Bookstore Small group discussion
  • Thursday, April 9 at 7:50 am or 8:45 am: Northfield High School Conversation: Talk with NHS students about their immigration stories.
  • Monday, April 13th at 7-8:30 pm: Community Discussion & Presentations at St. Dominic’s Church.

New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

2015 WINGS Board of Directors

2015 WINGS Board of Directors: (Front row) Vicki Stevens, Patsy Ophaug, Leah Eby; (Middle row) Corinne Smith, Meleah Follen, Barb Altstaetter, Laura Riehle-Merrill; (Top row) Alice Carson, June Hiza, Nancy Carlson, Diane Lyman  (Not pictured: Jacqui Dorsey, Mary Douglass)


Earth Day Planned for April 18

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Mark your calendar for the Northfield community celebration of Earth Day, Saturday April 18th.  There will be a full day of free Skill-Sharing Workshops at the First UCC Church from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a Community Potluck and Soup Supper, with Earthly Exhibitors at Carleton’s Weitz Center, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

To kick off the day, on Friday evening, April 17th, from 5-7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Northfield Community Solar.

Among the Saturday activities there will be goat cheese making, clothes mending, info about creating a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself and many more!

Registration starts March 17 at: www.transitionnorthfield.org. 


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network - Join us Monday, March 2nd 6:00 pm

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community - Supporting our local veterans

Call to Action:  Join us for our Kick-Off Event, When:  Mon March 2nd 6:00-8:30 pm at the National Guard Armory

What is a Yellow RibbonCommunity?

A Yellow Ribbon Community unites key areas within a community to create a comprehensivenetwork that connects and coordinates agencies, organizations, resources and employers for the purpose of creating access toresources that meet the needs at the local level of Service Members, Veterans and Military Families across the state ofMinnesota.

Why Become a Yellow Ribbon Community?


Safe Roads, Strong Communities Draws a Crowd

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A large crowd gathered at St. Dominic Church Sunday to talk about the need for legislation allowing everyone to apply for a driver’s license, regardless of immigrant status.  Local members of ISAIAH, a statewide organization whose mission is to act collectively toward racial and economic equity, sponsored the gathering.

Following a lunch served by the Latino community, the crowd gathered in the St. Dominic sanctuary to listen to stories of local residents who reluctantly, but of necessity, drive without a license.  Father Denny Dempsy greeted the crowd.


Applications are being taken for Northfield Area United Way grants

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The Northfield Area United Way’s grant application process is now underway. Registered 501 (c)3 non-profits providing health and human services to residents in the Northfield area are invited to apply.  The Northfield Area United Way’s area of service includes Northfield, Dundas, Lonsdale, Montgomery, Dennison, Webster  and Kilkenny.

Completed applications are due March 20, 2015. Applicants  can retrieve the three-part application and instructions online at www.NorthfieldUnitedWay.org. Each applicant will be required to make an in-person presentation to a panel of community volunteers as part of the process. Panel presentations are expected the week of April 27, 2015. 


'Marketplace of Ideas' is topic of presentation

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"The Marketplace of Ideas" will be the subject of a presentation by Chuck Samuelson next week. The presentation is scheduled for 6:30-7:50 p.m., Feb. 12, 2015, in the meeting room at the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington St. The event is free and open to the public.

Samuelson is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. Founded in 1952 as the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Minnesota protects the civil liberties of all Minnesotans through litigation, public education and lobbying.


WINGS is now accepting Grant Applications for 2015

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area non-profit organizations to apply for a 2015 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and children in the Northfield area.  WINGS gives grants to qualified non-profit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support.  Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.

 


Habitat for Humanity needs YOU!

Rice County Habitat for Humanity needs your help to finish our twin home in Lonsdale!  We're working Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.


Carleton hosts public dialogue on racial justice

In solidarity with the growing national movement #BlackLivesMatter, Carleton College invites the public to a campus dialogue on racial justice in America. On Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton will host “BlackLivesMatter: Conversations for Change,” a panel discussion with faculty and guest speakers followed by a Q&A session.

Across the nation, the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner  has mobilized communities to respond to individual and collective loss as well as to pave the way for racial justice, a world where #BlackLivesMatter.  


2nd Annual Soup and Cycles

Come to Soup & Cycles 2!

Join BikeNorthfield and representatives of local bike groups and bike-interested community leaders Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Carleton College's Weitz Center (Room 236) for soup, socializing and strategizing.

We'll celebrate the successes of 2014 and explore how we might work together in 2015 on projects relating to bike education, infrastructure and bike/recreational tourism. Tandem Bagels will provide soup (and bagels), local bike shops will be on hand with bike demos (6:00-7:00 pm), local bike groups (CROCT, Northfield Pedalers, Friends of the Milltowns Trail, Bike Northfield and more) will present updates (7:00-8:00), and then your input is needed for planning for a more bike-friendly Northfield (8:00-9:00)


Northfield Area Community Solar Invites Conversations During Winter Walk

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Northfield Area Ccmmunity Solar will have a table with information about the proposed solar garden at Winter Walk on Thursday evening outside Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House.  Winter Walkers are invited to stop by and talk about the proposed Northfield solar garden and to grab a brochure. Anyone in the Xcel service area is eligible to subscribe, whether in Rice County or any adjacent county. The NACS goal is to subscribe one megawatt of solar generation locally.


NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

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With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a good time for the Northfield area to consider those in the community who have served generously in the area of Human Rights.  Each year, the Northfield Human Rights Commission gives an award to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration held in January.

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is actively soliciting nominees for this award. Community members are encouraged to think about those in the area who have contributed locally to the cause of human rights.  A diverse slate of nominees is sought. The Northfield Human Rights Commission will evaluate all nominees, and is ultimately responsible for choosing the award recipient.


Candidate Forums Available Online

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Archived videos of the League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls candidate forums are now available.

•    Northfield City Council Candidates - At-Large
Dale Gehring & Rhonda Pownell


•    Northfield City Council Candidates - Ward 1
Joe Gasior & Suzie Nakasian


•    Rice County Attorney Candidates
Paul Beaumaster & John Fossum


•    Northfield School Board CandidatesFritz Bogott, Margaret Colangelo, Julie Pritchard & Jeff Quinnell


Carleton Hosts Northfield City Council Candidate Forum

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Are you familiar with the many local races that will be on the ballot come November? Want to meet the candidates who may end up deciding Northfield's future? Join us on Thursday, October 30th from 7:00-8:00pm in the Carleton College Boliou Hall Auditorium for a public forum with all your local city council candidates. Audience members will have the ability to submit questions during the forum and hear how potential City Councilors would respond to issues that are important to them.

There will four candidates present from the two contested city council races in town. Running for the Ward 1 City Council position will be Joe Gasior and Incumbant Suzie Nakasian. Running for an At-Large City Council position will be Dale Gehring and Incumbant Rhonda Pownell.


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