Award Winning Author Allen Eskens @ Content on Thursday

The Guise of Another

Allen Eskens has won (and keeps winning) awards for his popular debut novel, The Life We Bury, most recently winning the Rosebud award for best debut and the Barry award for best paperback original. At 7pm this Thursday, Nov 5, Allen will read from and discuss his just-released novel, The Guise of Another.

Eskens' new thriller follows Minnesota detective and fallen hero Alexander Rupert as he seeks redemption, and an answer to the question: who was James Putnam? Eskens, a practicing criminal defense attorney, writes page-turners in Mankato, MN.

"Allen Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It s a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you ll tell yourself things can t get any worse. And then they do."

- WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of "Ordinary Grace"

Content Bookstore is delighted to be hosting Eskens - and we hope you can make it!

Author and Psychologist Doug Lewandowski presents "Psychology and Storytelling; Characters in Stories We Write."

Doug Lewandowski
CALLING ALL WRITERS AND READERS! Come to a Northfield Public Library Program at the Northfield Senior Center - Monday, Nov 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rooms 104-106.

Everyone has a story.  Websites and bookstores are full of memoirs.  We are told truth is stranger than fiction and frequently it is.  But reality is messy and doesn't always lend itself to coherence.  By taking elements of developmental psychology and pathology, Doug links psychology and storytelling, where dysfunction and conflict seed a cogent narrative in fiction.

Doug has walked a varied path, born and raised a Roman Catholic before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  He lived in a religious community for four and half years in formation with the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist DeLasalle.  He was a teacher/counselor and is a practicing Licensed Psychologist.  He has a monthly column in the Bemidji Pioneer's Prime Time section and in the early '90's was a commentator for KCRB, Minnesota Public Radio in Bemidji.

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

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, October 26, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A complete board meeting packet, including agenda, can be found here. The table file can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Our library is growing!


You can see it! The footprint of the library is growing, and you can see the outline of the new entrance and atrium that will grace the southeast corner of the building.  There are also lots of construction lights on inside the building as Brennan Construction Company begins extensive renovations both downstairs and upstairs. For more photos of what's going on inside, check on the Northfield Public Library's website. 

Red Cross Swim Lessons

Anyone can learn to swim!

Register now! In exactly one week, Community Services will kick off the Red Cross swimming lesson season and we'd like for you to be part of it! Click HERE to be directed to the registration page.  Lessons are for those ages 6 and older and cover levels 1 - 6.  Classes are available on Monday & Thursday evenings and run for 40 minutes. Lessons incorporate Red Cross level specific curriculum and training in skill development and safety. Please join us! Cost is $39. Contact Community Services at 507-664-3649 for more information or to register. 

Monday & Thursday, November 2 - 19 at the Northfield Middle School Pool

Save the Northfield Depot Fundraiser Thursday Evening

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Save the Northfield Depot continues on the move.  Following the group’s recent successful groundbreaking ceremony attended by about 110 supporters, the Eagles Club is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit the depot project this Thursday October 29th, 5-8 p.m. at the Eagles Club

Tickets ($8 each) can be purchased at the door.  Many auction items have been donated including a wine basket, hair cut and color, poker table and chips, vintage mixing bowls, child’s antique items, a three-hour musical performance by the “Bonnie & the Clydes” , dinners for six, David Allen prints and more.

At the recent groundbreaking Co-Chair Lynn Vincent noted that the funds had been raised to move the depot, but work would continue to finish the project.  The Eagles Club event will help raise the additional funds needed to repair the depot exterior and renovate the interior.

Charlie Parr to participate in First UCC Sunday Nights Service


Margit Johnson reminds Northfielders that the First UCC Sunday Nights is back and now it's every week!!  This Sunday at 5:00 p.m., Charlie Parr, guitar virtuoso, will be the featured participant. The public is welcome to attend this informal service. First UCC is located at 300 Union Street in Northfield.

"When Grown Men Cry" Readers Theater About Palestinian Farmer at NAG

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Allison Schmitt asks us to imagine having the work of half a century destroyed under the tracks of a bulldozer. For many Palestinian families this experience is all too real. The machines of the Israeli army tear carefully-tended olive trees from the ground on a daily basis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Local actors will present the aftermath of this ripped-from-the-headlines incident in the play, “When Grown Men Cry.” The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third St., Northfield. Tickets are $10 and will be available online at or Swag, 423 Division St. S., downtown Northfield.

Vintage Band Festival Presents "Bugler Bill" Monday, October 26

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William "Bugler Bill" Crowder, a Civil War Re-enactor and bugle historian from the Twin Cities will present a lively program on Civil War  Bugler history and do all the calls “in character.”    He is a popular presenter at Civil War Round Tables and in schools. He will bring several bugles  to show and to play. There’s a well-done Youtube video here that previews Bugler Bill’s presentation. Bugler Bill will give  two presentations on Monday, October 26. The first will be at 3:15pm in the Northfield Retirement Center Chapel and the second at  7:00 PM in the Northfield Senior Center Performance Room.This program is the second in the Vintage Band Festival Presents fall educational series.

Emergency Response: A Follow-Up from the School Superintendent

Note:The following message was sent to school district families and staff on October 20 as a follow-up to the emergency situation. Read the letter in PDF form here. Lea el mensaje en español

As you are aware, the Northfield Public Schools responded to an emergency situation in southeast Northfield on Tuesday afternoon. The situation was prompted by an individual in his home making threats to inflict harm on others and claiming he had access to firearms. The individual, to our knowledge, never threatened children or our school district in any way.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Northfield area community members are gathering on Fourth Thursdays at the Quaker Meetinghouse and singing together out of the Rise Up Singing Songbook. Join us on Thursday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington Street in Northfield.
Rise Up Singing songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share. People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome; please distribute this invitation to others, come and bring a friend!

Northfield High School Students, Emily Morsching and Cole Glassing Join the YMCA Board

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is very pleased to announce the addition of two new Youth Board Members.  Emily Morsching, Senior at Northfield High School and Cole Glassing, Sophomore at Northfield High School were heartily welcomed to their first YMCA Board Meeting this month.  "The addition of youth in all our conversations will bring a wonderful perspective and value to the future of the YMCA."  said Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director.  For a complete list of all board members, visit

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 12, 2015)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, October 12, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included:

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra performs “Vienna to Leipzig: A Musical Journey”, October 24-25, 2015

Oct 24 2015 7:30 pm
Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Faribault, MN

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), conducted by Paul Niemisto, begins its 36th season with a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The concert will be presented first on October 24th at 7:30 PM at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault. The second performance will be October 25th at 3:00 PM at St. John’s Hall, St John’s Lutheran Church, 3rd Street West, Northfield. Philip Stoltzfus will be the featured soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. A long-time CVRO member and resident of Northfield, Stoltzfus teaches at the University of St. Thomas and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He is a graduate of one of the first Suzuki programs in the country, the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA.

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