State Rail Plan Open House: Monday, February 2

Passenger Rail Service for Northfield?  A grassroots effort is underway to persuade MnDot to study the feasibility of passenger rail service between south central Minnesota and the Twin Cities on existing rail lines through Northfield!  Two routes are proposed for MnDot's consideration (see attached map).

A long list of regional cities, counties and stakeholders (see list below) have signed official letters urging MnDot to designate the Northfield rail corridor as a "Tier One" project in the State's Rail Plan which is now being revised. 

Now MnDot wants to hear directly from the public! 

Please plan to attend MnDot's STATE RAIL PLAN PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

 
Monday, February 2, 5:00-7:00 pmWeitz Center, Larson Room (Room #234)
 

Come hear about proposed plans for Minnesota's passenger and freight rail system and weigh-in with MnDot regarding passenger rail service for Northfield and other potential projects around our State. 

This meeting is open to all members of the public! 

You may also submit comments and suggestions about the State Rail Plan online, via the 

MnDOT Rail Plan Public Comments website (Click Here).


Carleton Faculty Recital Features Renowned Pipa Master, Gao Hong

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Renowned composer and pipa master Gao Hong invites the public to an evening of music and storytelling on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Using the pipa, a pear-shaped traditional Chinese lute, Gao Hong will share her own personal adventures, using the versatile instrument to take the audience along a three-part journey beginning in old China and continuing to the musician’s life today. Entitled “Gao Hong on the Highway,” this fun and experimental concert is free and open to the public.

The program will open with “Mother-in-Law Arguing with Daughter-in-Law,” a 100-year-old piece that tells the story of a mother-in-law arguing with her daughter-in-law through the various descriptive sounds of the pipa. Once lost for decades, this piece was reconstructed by Lin Shicheng, the late pipa master and Gao Hong’s mentor. Gao Hong is currently the only pipa musician known who can play this piece.


Minute with the Mayor

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Northfield Mayor Dana Graham talks about youth involvement with the city in this short video:

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?CID=Minute-with-the-Mayor-13


Calling All Artists: Art for City Hall

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Calling all artists: The City of Northfield and its Arts and Culture Commission are soliciting artists interested in having their artwork displayed at City Hall. The artwork may be for sale or on loan, and the application deadline is Friday, January 30.

Exhibition Dates: February 19, 2015 – August 20, 2015.

Medium: Any 2-D or free-standing 3-D medium, no electronic (limited space for 3-D)

  • All art must be framed and/or completely ready for installation. The works will be secured.
  • All art must measure no more than 5 feet on its largest dimension.

Insurance: Artists will carry their own insurance or sign a waiver.

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VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 26, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, January 26, 2015, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights included:


Saint Dominic School to Host Saints Night Out

St. Dominic School invites the public to attend their 16th Annual Saints Night Out on February 21, 2015 starting at 5 p.m. at St. Dominic School, located at 216 Spring Street N. in Northfield, MN. 


Bombshell: The Art of the Pin-Up

Stop on down to High Noon Ink in downtown Northfield for a pin-up art show! The "Bomber Pin-Up" is a classic piece of Americana that dates back to World War I and World War II and continues to this day. High Noon is hosting an exhibition of modern re-creations of these works of art in honor of this American tradition. So stop in and check out the show, the shop, and meet the artists while you're at it.

High Noon Ink, Downtown Northfield

Saturday, January 31st @ 5pm

Free Show!


Deadline for 2015 Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship is February First!

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Jenny Hartley reminds readers that Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is accepting applications from area residents for its 2015 Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 1, 2015.

In the belief that the best way to understand the realities of the conflict in Palestine/Israel is to visit the place itself, NJP established the Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship in 2012. It did so in honor of one of its founding and most committed members, long-time Northfield resident Ruth Hansen, in recognition of her decades of advocacy for peace and justice in the Middle East.

This is the second time NJP will award the scholarship. The first recipients, in 2013, were Soraya Dangor and Graison Chapman.


Arts and Culture Commission's Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off Saturday, January 31st at 10 am

Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will mark the start of the 5th year of its Sidewalk Poetry competition with a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 31st, at 10 am in the Northfield Library Meeting Room.  The short documentary featuring Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry project, produced by local filmmaker, Paul Krause, will be shown at the event.  The public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite short poem to share.  The winners of the 2014 competition have been invited to share their entries from last year’s contest. 


Carleton lecture by noted professor asks, “Is Earth Our True Home?”

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On Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum, noted professor Peter Lawler will present a lecture entitled, “Is Earth Our True Home? On Walker Percy, Carl Sagan, & ‘Interstellar.’” This event is free and open to the public.

Lawler is the Dana Professor of Government at Berry College in Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, including “Postmodernism Rightly Understood” and, most recently, for which he was named a Georgia Author of the Year, “Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future.”

Lawler is also the author of the blog, “Rightly Understood,” on BigThink.com and contributes regularly to other blogs, including “Postmodern Conservative.”


Carleton convocation profiles the Dialogue Arts Project, using creative writing and art to generate dialogue about social identity and difference

DAP founder Adam Falkner

Adam Falkner, founder and executive director of the Dialogue Arts Project (DAP), will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 30 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “How Can Writing Change the World,” Falkner’s presentation profiles the mission of DAP, an organization dedicated to using creative writing and the arts as tools for generating difficult dialogue across lines of social identity, conflict and difference. 

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


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.

 


Chris Richardson Receives Minnesota Association of School Administrators Polaris Leadership Award

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The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Chris Richardson, Superintendent for Northfield Public Schools, the recipient of the MASA Polaris Leadership Award. Dr. Richardson will be honored for his exemplary school leadership and a lifetime of balanced achievement inside and outside of education at a statewide recognition ceremony to be held at the 2015 MASA Fall Conference, September 27-29, in Duluth, Minnesota. This award is presented with the support of Ehlers and Associates.

Polaris, the “North Star”, themes this award because, just as exemplary administrators serve as definitive leaders, Polaris is constant and unmoving in the sky. A navigator’s benchmark, the star marks “true north”, the fundamental direction that defines east, west and south. With this award, Dr. Richardson is recognized for qualities such as professional courage, creation of a legacy of excellent leadership, fostering innovation, contribution through example and mentoring, exemplary conduct reflecting integrity and bearing emulation, and significant tenure in each position to support district vision and affect positive change.


Northfield Funeral Homes Announce Partnership

Northfield’s two venerable funeral homes – Benson & Langehough Funeral Home & Cremation and Bierman Funeral Home – have announced they are joining forces effective immediately. Between the two mortuaries, they will continue to provide comprehensive funeral and cremation services in Northfield and the surrounding region.

The two businesses will remain in their current spaces, Benson & Langehough at 201 East 4th Street and Bierman Funeral Home at 1316 Division Street South. The directors, Andy Langehough and Jim Bierman, will each continue to manage their respective facilities. Their collaboration will be most evident during on-call hours when they will respond for one another on weekends and weekday evenings, allowing each to have time “off duty” without sacrificing their service to those in need.


Northfield's 2015 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off - Saturday, January 31st, 10 am in the Northfield Public Library Meeting Room

Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will mark the start of this year's Sidewalk Poetry competition with a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 31st at 10 am in the Northfield Library Meeting Room.  In celebration of the start of this year's contest, the public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite short poem to share.  


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