Primary Election 2014: Two Ways to Vote

A primary election will be held in Northfield on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. On the ballot will be candidates for various state offices, as well as candidates for Northfield City Council in Ward 1 and At-Large. There are two ways to vote in this year's primary: early voting at City Hall or voting at a designated poling place on Election Day.

  • Before Election Day, eligible votes may cast their votes at Northfield City Hall (801 Washington Street) Monday - Friday8:30am - 5pm, from now until the end of the day on Monday August 11.  On-site voter registration is allowed (with a valid ID)  Click here for more information from the Secretary of State's office.
  • On Election Day, August 12, 2014. Voters who choose to vote on Election Day, Aug 12 (7am-8pm) must vote at the polling place  designated for their particular Ward and Precinct. Northfield's Election Wards were redistricted in 2012, so take a minute to verify your Ward and polling location by clicking HERE Precinct Finder.

The Roe Family Singers to Perform at Central Park TONIGHT!

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Join The Roe Family Singers for a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly evening of original and traditional music! TONIGHT!

Hailing from the Mississippi-headwaters, the band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll, featuring banjo, auto harp, guitar, and Appalachian clogging!

Don't miss the last Books & Stars of the season!
Booker opens at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7 pm.


School Board Candidate Filing Period: July 29-August 12, 2014

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The district’s period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school board will begin on Tuesday, July 29, and will end at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Three seats on the Northfield Board of Education will be up for general election on Nov. 4. Voters will choose three members to serve four-year terms each, beginning in January 2015.


National Teen Council Names Jenna Scheffert as Minnesota Representative

Jenna Scheffert was selected to help to achieve the Vision of the National Teen Council: To connect the nation’s brightest young leaders, providing them with resources and ideas to make an impact on both a local and nationwide level.

The National Teen Council was founded in 2013 as an opportunity to engage the nation’s greatest young leaders. The program is student-based and student-ran (and is not affiliated with any national government organization–rather, we are a student-led network of passionate student leaders).Selected leaders engage in discussion about local and national youth issues, exchange leadership ideas, and take part in both local and national projects.

Jenna Scheffert is a rising senior from Northfield, Minnesota. She is a member of her city’s youth council, and is currently working with the Mayor to implement new positions for youth on standing voting committees. She also takes part on the YMCA State Board Committee of Youth in Government (YIG) and has been appointed as floor leader for a youth model assembly session. 


Skatepark Update: Benefit Concert and Design Meetings

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A lot has happened on the skatepark front in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.

You can find photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalition raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through GiveMN.org in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring. You can donate to the Skateboard Coalition through GiveMN.org, or by sending a check made out to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS  128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line).


Jesse James Film Festival Begins July 31

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The Northfield Historical Society and Carleton College are teaming up this year to host the inaugural Jesse James Film Festival starting July 31. All showings will be in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and will free and open to the public (donations appreciated).

“The NHS wanted to find a way to show these movies on the big screen,” says board chair Christian Hakala. “With the exception of the Brad Pitt movie, I’m not sure that many people in town have seen these films in a movie theater.” And of course there was special interest in creating some nostalgia with the presentation of a Roy Rogers double-feature. “With Carleton College graciously agreeing to host,” adds Hakala, “we jumped at the chance to offer this summer event to the community.”

Five films were chosen for the festival because of their depictions of the famous attempt by the James-Younger Gang to rob Northfield’s First National Bank in 1876:


Musical Duo Bobby and Christine at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 26

On Saturday, July 26 Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland, a duet of two voices and one guitar. Their musical sets feature well-known Americana songs, some instrumental picking originals, lots of harmonies and pleasing arrangements.  They play a wide array of ballads and livelier songs from Louis Armstrong to Pete Townshend, from Woody Guthrie to the Beatles. Bobby adores the Grateful Dead, and if Christine had her way the Indigo Girls would be a trio.  Riverwalk Market Fair runs from 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays through October in Northfield's Bridge Square and features local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.    


Vintage Band Festival Aug. 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival Aug. 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival is presenting a one-day event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. With musical styles ranging from Civil War to Old Time to Jazz and more, 12 diverse bands from around Minnesota will perform outdoor concerts on Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 9 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

The event will be held in conjunction with Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square, where arts, crafts, and fresh foods are available. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to VBF are greatly appreciated. 

The schedule for Aug. 2 is as follows:

·         9am     New Prague Area Community Band

·         10am   Bridge Square Band

·         11am   Sheldon Theatre Brass Band

·         12pm   “Swing and a Miss”


Concert for the Northfield Skateboard Park

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Come down to The Key on July 27th to enjoy performances by BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters; and great times hosted by the Northfield Skateboard Coalition! The proceeds will go towards building a skatepark in Northfield. Whether you're a skater or not, come down to The Key and support a skatepark for the youth of Northfield! The Concert for the Northfield Skatepark will get upderway at 3:00 p.m. 

The Skateboard Coalition will be selling t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers. All proceeds will go towards funding the construction of the skatepark.

To make a donation to the Skateboard Coalition, go to our GiveMN.org page, or send a check to Northfield HCI 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS128 Northfield, MN 55057. Write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line. 


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (July 14, 2014)

A week late, here's the video from the regular school board meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014. 


City Council Candidate Forum - July 30 at City Hall

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Make an informed choice in the August 12th Primary Election:   Come to the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters!  All At Large and Ward One Candidates have been invited to participate in a Forum on Wednesday, July 30th, in Council Chambers at City Hall.  It will begin at 6:00 pm with the candidates for the At Large position on the Council.  Invited candidates are: Jon Dennison, Dale Gehring, Rhonda Pownell, and Nika Sharp.  At 7:00 pm, the candidates for First Ward Councilor are invited to participate.  Invited candidates are:  Jeremy Bishop, Joe Gasior, and Suzie Nakasian.


Brazilian Jazz comes to WAY PARK for this week's Books & Stars Wed. July 23!

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Join Xibaba  (She-ba-ba) for a time to dance to sound of Brazilian Jazz!

This band blends the tropical sounds of bossa nova, samba, baião, forro, frevo, chorinho & partido alto. http://miratomkehoe.com/ 

The show begins at 7 pm. Booker the book bus opens at 6:30.

In case of inclement weather we will move to the Oddfellow’s Park Pavilion Forrest Ave & Lincoln St.

Check for updates at 507-645-6606, Facebook and at www.northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com

Books & Stars is made possible by : The Friends and Foundation of the Library, City of Northfield– Library, Northfield School District– Community Services Division and a Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative    appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Be part of the FIRST-EVER Northfield Safety Camp!

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Here is your chance to get hand-on safety knowlege and experiences from safety professionals!  It's a 4 day- long day camp at Bridgewater School.  The details can be found here.  It's $40 for the whole four days or $15 per/day and is for kids going into 3rd through 8th grades.   
*safety on wheels!
*animal safety
*water, boating and ATV safety
*AED training
*first aid!
*internet safety
*Anti-Bullying techniques
*Stranger Danger
*Drug resistance training!
AND MORE!!
You will play fun games, get a T-shirt, listen to stories read by Northfield & Rice County Safety Professionals and Booker the Book Bus will be there for you to check out/return library materials!  Try out the new GAGA Pit!
 
All ending with a COMMUNITY SAFETY NIGHT!

Pediatric pulmonologist services at FamilyHealth

Paolo Pianosi, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist from Mayo Clinic, now sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Northfield.

Dr. Pianosi offers expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with breathing disorders and lung diseases. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Outreach.

Kathleen Meier, Clinic Services Administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Dr. Pianosi’s practice expands the scope of services offered by FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.


Welcome to the City of Northfield, Nick Haggenmiller!

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City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller’s employment agreement was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Nick’s first day of employment is Monday, August 18, 2014.  Starting on August 18th allows two weeks of transition time with current City Administrator Tim Madigan.  City Administrator Madigan gave a 6-month retirement notice to the City in February 2014.  

Nick is coming to Northfield from the City of Howard Lake, Minnesota, where he has been employed for the past 2 years as City Administrator.  Prior to that, he was an Assistant City Manager for Community Development in Montevideo, Minnesota. 

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science – Public administration from Winona State University (Cum Laude) and Master of Art - Urban Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato (Magna Cum Laude).


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