What the Trees Know: A Reading by Minnesota Book Award Winning Author Emilio DeGrazia

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On Thursday, November 13, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) welcomes Minnesota author Emilio DeGrazia to Northfield to give a reading of poetry and prose titled “What the Trees Know.” The reading will be held at The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar (421 Division St. S.) at 7:00 p.m.

DeGrazia began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and in 1977 founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine. His first collection of short fiction, Enemy Country (New Rivers, 1984), was selected by Anne Tyler for a Writer’s Choice Award, and a novel, Billy Brazil (New Rivers, 1991), was chosen for a Minnesota Voices Project award. A second collection, Seventeen Grams of Soul (Lone Oak Press), received a Minnesota Book Award in 1995.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 27, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, October 27, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. In the absence of Board chair Ellen Iverson, the meeting was chaired by vice chair Julie Pritchard. A full packet of material from the meeting can be found here. The highlight of the meeting was a presentation of the site improvement plan for Sibley Elementary School. The next regular meeting of the school board will be on Monday, November 10, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. 


Aboriginal advocate and Canadian Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller to present Carleton convocation

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Aboriginal advocate and Canadian Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller will present the Carleton College convocation address on Friday, Nov. 7 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An activist who works to mend the relationship between Native and non-Native communities in Canada, Horn-Miller will present “First Nations Rights.” Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Waneek Horn-Miller has overcome discrimination, self-doubt, and an infamous incident of violence to emerge as one of North America’s most inspiring Native speakers. With purpose and poise, she traverses the intersection of two generations of Native people, working to mend the dysfunctional relationship between Native and non-Native communities through social and political change. 


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.


E-Cycling November 1

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Bring your unwanted electronics and appliances THIS COMING Saturday, November 1, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. 

The following items will be accepted at no charge:

-- Computers (desktops, towers, laptops)

-- Small printers


DJJD Committee Contributes to Breast Cancer Center

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Several members of the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee presented a check to staff members of the Northfield Breast Care Center in the amount of $5,000.00. Funds raised were part of a new campaign spearheaded by a handful of DJJD Committee members. The new campaign titled ‘Give Cancer the Boot’ began efforts to raise funds this past summer and continued through the DJJD Celebration the weekend after Labor Day. Funds were collectively raised due to local sponsors, sales of t-shirts, a silent auction held at Froggy Bottoms River Pub, and good will donations collected at the DJJD Rodeo performances. All funds raised were donated to the Breast Care Center.


Author Rachael Hanel to Speak at the Northfield Public Library

Author, Rachael Hanel will give a talk on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7 pm at the Northfield Public Library on her book “We’ll be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter”.  Rachael is a former newspaper reporter and copy editor and teaches Mass Media at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  The book is described as “at times heartbreaking and at others gently humorous and uplifting”.   The book was a finalist for the 2014 Minnesota Book Awards.   The program is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606. 

 






League of Women Voters Candidate Forums NTV Broadcast Schedule - Cable Channel 187

As part of their Voter Service activities, the League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls is pleased to announce the following candidate forum broadcast times on NTV - Channel 187:


Bicycling Couple is Making a Difference

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A year after moving to Northfield and immersing themselves in efforts to make the community more bicycle-friendly, Derek and Laura Meyers have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for September/October. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The young married couple moved to Northfield from San Francisco last October to be closer to family. They had done some volunteer envelope-stuffing-type work for a large bicycling coalition in San Francisco, so a month after their arrival in Northfield, Derek signed up to attend a bicycling event.

“The next thing I knew, I was putting together a resource guide for the event. That would never happen in San Francisco,” he said.


Japanese Gardens in North America subject of Carleton Art History Lecture

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The Carleton College Department of Art and Art History will present “Rising Suns in the North: Japanese Gardens in Minnesota” on Friday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. Art historian Kendall Brown, author of “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America” will discuss his book, tracing the local manifestations of this trans-Pacific imagination by examining the rich history of Japanese Gardens in Minnesota.

Created along with photographer David M. Cobb, “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America” (Tuttle Publishing, 2013) extols the serenity of Japanese gardens, lauding their soothing environments in a world of "the cacophony of cities (and) the anonymity of suburbs (The Oregonian). The lavishly illustrated book acts as a tour guide to 26 such gardens—including the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Francisco Nitobe Memorial Garden in Vancouver, B.C., and Shomu'en (Pine Mist Garden) at Cheekwood in Nashville, Tenn.


Carleton College presents North Indian Musical Guest Artists, Red Baraat

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Carleton College is pleased to present a not-to-be-missed appearance by critically acclaimed and very popular music pioneers, Red Baraat. The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton Concert Hall.

Internationally renowned for their fusion of Indian Bhangra music with eclectic world sounds, Red Baraat is the first and only dhol ‘n’ brass band of its kind in the United States, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with elements of brass funk, jazz, go-go and hip-hop—expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful live sound.


Carleton to Commemorate ‘Day of the Dead’

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Carleton College will host a service and celebration on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Severance Great Hall in commemoration of ‘Dia de los Muertos’ (Day of the Dead). In addition to a religious ceremony, the event will feature food and dancing, and members of the community are invited to bring objects symbolizing remembrance of departed loved ones for a special alter display. This annual event is free and open to the public.


Carleton Players present Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”

The Carleton Players will present William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” October 30 through November 2 in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater, with performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. October 30, 31 and November 1, along with two 2 p.m. matinee performances November 1 and 2. Directed by David Wiles, Performances are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at go.carleton.tixato.com/buy/.


Award-winning Actress Elizabeth Liang Explores Her Multicultural Background in Carleton Convocation

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Award-winning actress Elizabeth Liang will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 31 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey,” Liang’s presentation will explore her own multicultural background, asking “who you are when you’re from everywhere and nowhere.” This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Raised in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and Connecticut as a Guatelalan-American business brat of Chinese-Spanish-Irish-French-German-English descent, Liang is the author and star of her one-woman show, “Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey,” which premiered to critical acclaim in Hollywood in 2013 and currently is on tour internationally.


Thank you, Northfield

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For these past 17 months we have been living in a sad limbo. In May of 2013 three families lives changed forever when Matthew Jensen broke into their houses and killed and injured their family pets. Yesterday, on October 22 he was finally sentenced to up to 57 months in prison.
 
57 months. It doesn’t bring back our pups. It doesn’t bring back our feeling of safety. It doesn’t bring back all the innocence and love that we lost.

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