Columnist Lori Sturdevant to Speak In Northfield

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant will speak about her recent book Her Honor:  Rosalie Wash and the Minnesota Women’s Movement on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center.  Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey.

A 1967 graduate of William Mitchell Law School, Wahl was the first woman named to the Minnesota State Supreme court, appointed in 1977 by then Governor Rudy Perpich. She is credited with influencing how her fellow justices saw the cases they decided. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl, documenting societal challenges faced by women in the late 20th century and the strategies employed to address them.  


Northfield Historical Society Honors Two Volunteers

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Former board member Judy Sosted and Northfield High School Junior Erin Hahn will be recognized as Volunteers of the Year at the Northfield Historical Society’s Volunteer night.

Executive director Hayes Scriven notes that since 1981, Judy has served in many capacities including a docent on the Posse and working in the store. She has also volunteered for alumni-related tasks at her alma mater, Carleton College, and at the Norwegian-American Historical Society at St. Olaf College.

Erin became involved in eighth grade as a participant in the SCOPE program. She helped write the textbook Our Storythat has since become part of the Northfield School District’s third grade curriculum. This is her fourth year on the Posse and also works in the store. She plans to continue her volunteer work as long as she lives in Northfield.


National Poetry Month 2014

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April is National Poetry Month! Although the month is already half over, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate poetry this April. Here are some ideas:

  • Listen to the winners of the 2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest read their winning poems and talk to KYMN’s ArtZany! host Paula Grandquist about poetry. The show, originally broadcast on Friday, April 11, is archived here
  • Attend a poetry reading. On Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Monkey See, Monkey Read, you can listen to poets Dallas Crow (St. Paul) and Rob Hardy (Northfield) read their poetry. You can find out more about the reading here.
  • Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24. You can find out more about this event here.
  • Buy a book of poetry at Monkey See, Monkey Read, or at either of the college bookstores. How about Vijay Seshadri’s 3 Sections, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, which is published by Minnesota’s own Graywolf Press? Or a book of poems published by Northfield’s Scott King at Red Dragonfly Press?

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014: Thursday, April 24

As part of National Poetry Month, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will be placing boxes of poems in twelve city locations beginning Thursday, April 24th in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Community members are invited to take a poem or two from one of the red boxes on display across Northfield and share them with others throughout the day.  In response to business owners’ requests to maintain the boxes of poetry for more than one day this year, the ACC has extended the event for several days beyond April 24th – as long as there are poems still available in the boxes!

Begun in 2002 by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City in partnership with their Department of Cultural Affairs and Education, in 2008 the Academy of American Poets embraced the Poem in Your Pocket project as a national endeavor.  Schools, communities, libraries, and a wide

range of organizations across the country now celebrate poetry in this exciting way.


HCI Invests in Youth – Read about this month’s Investing in Youth Grant recipients

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At their March 2014 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:


Popular Charles Walker Band returns to Northfield in support of their latest CD release, “Ghetto Prophet”

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Back by very popular demand, the Charles Walker Band returns to Northfield for a not-to-be-missed evening of fantastic live music and dancing on Saturday, April 12 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Currently in the midst of a busy national tour in support of their new CD release, “Ghetto Prophet,” the Charles Walker Band are renowned for their energetic live performances and top-notch musicianship. Based in Milwaukee, the band was awarded 2013's Best R&B/Soul Band by the Wisconsin Music Association (WMA).

“This is a rare opportunity to catch one of the nation’s hottest R&B bands, right here in downtown Northfield,” says Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “I’m a big fan of this band’s classic sound and their live performances are HOT!”


Batter Up!

Batter Up!

Coming SOON - One week from today!

Community Services is offering recreation and enrichment programming throughout the summer and wants to help YOU soak in the many opportunities available.  Programs offered include, but are not limited to, little league softball & baseball, swimming lessons, football, tennis, volleyball, tae kwon do, lacrosse, soccer, fly fishing, outdoor adventure, family programming, art classes, and more.

For a sneak preview of our summer programs, please view the link below.  Registration will open on Friday April 18th!  For more information please call our office at 507-664-3649, or visit our office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield. 

Sneak Peek: Summer Programming


Video: 2014 City of Northfield Flood Preparedness Video and Emergency Resources Page

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Check out a new flood preparedness video with Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson and Emergency Management Director Tim Isom:

http://ci.northfield.mn.us/mediacenter.aspx?VID=35

Follow the link below to a collection of emergency prepardness resources on the City of Northfield's website:

http://ci.northfield.mn.us/Index.aspx?NID=985


Carleton’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship Hosts French Film Director, Marion Stalens

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In conjunction with its ongoing International Film Forum, Carleton College will host French filmmaker Marion Stalens, the director of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait (Juliette Binoche dans les yeux) (2009). Stalens will present a talk entitled “Between Fiction and Reality, Fine Lines” on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304. This event is free and open to the public.

In advance of Stahlens’ appearance, Carleton will present three short films on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.—Danse Afrique Danse, Le Voyage du Fauteuil, and Silence or Exile. The following evening on April 14 at 7 p.m., the public is also invited to a screening of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait.

In this film, Stalens provides a new view of Binoche, an Oscar-winning actress and the director’s sister, by providing a window onto her artistic life beyond the red carpet. This portrait explores Binoche’s complex personality as an artist, revealing her artistic depth by capturing her throughout 2008 at work on a variety of different projects in disciplines ranging from cinema to dance to painting. The close relationship between the director and her subject infuses the film with a sense of intimacy and authenticity that invites the public to share in this extraordinary artist’s world.


Carleton Hosts Queer Documentary Film Festival

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In celebration of Pride Month, this April the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center will screen a series of queer-related documentary films as part of its first ever Queer Documentary Film Festival. These films celebrate the diversity of experiences and identities within queer communities. Screenings will be held on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity and are free and open to the public.


St. Olaf sudent awarded Humanity in Action Fellowship

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A passion for using education to foster tolerance and respect throughout the world has earned St. Olaf senior Sudip Bhandari a Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Humanity in Action is an international organization that brings young international professionals and students together together to promote human rights, diversity, and active citizenship. The highly selective fellowship aims to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to create a forum where potential solutions can be considered and discussed.

Bhandari was one of 40 students around the country selected for the fellowship from a pool of 605 applicants.


St. Olaf project in Kenya combines engineering, health care

St. Olaf College student Dan Lilly (left) and his dad, Brian, pose with an irrigation pump in Kenya.

Earlier this year, Dan Lilly traveled to Kenya to work on a solar-powered irrigation project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

One month of the work wasn’t enough, however, and this summer he’ll return — with several other St. Olaf College students by his side.

Lilly spent this Interim helping his dad, Brian Lilly, an engineering professor at the University of Illinois, build solar-powered irrigation pumps out of car parts that are given to subsistence farmers in Africa.

At the same time, the St. Olaf junior was interning for Living Positive Kenya, an organization that works to provide aid to women with HIV.


Carleton College Convocation Focuses on Civilian Peacekeeping in the Modern World

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Mel Duncan, the co-founder and past executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, April 11 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. His talk, titled “Nonviolent Peacekeeping: Hard Nosed Hope in a Tough World,” is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived for online viewing at go.carleton.edu/events/convocations/audio_video/.

In an age when unarmed civilians are apt to get caught in the crosshairs of conflict, Mel Duncan has a radical idea about who should stave off war's "collateral damage": other unarmed civilians. He believes that “no one can make anyone else’s peace for them” and that "peacekeeping isn't always most effective when it’s done at the end of a gun."


Save The Date: April 26 - Earth Day Celebration

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Northfield’s 4th Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at Carleton College’s Weitz Center. Organizers invite everyone to join the free resilient skill- building activities:  make goat cheese and goat soap; sew snack bags; attend a solar tour; make a felted wool project; create a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself”; plant seedlings in the Carleton Arboretum; tour a gravity fed rain water system and bike powered table saw; help create a recycled sculpture and many more. 

There will be a free soup supper and community potluck. After supper, visit local sustainability stations to learn how you can get involved in projects happening here in the Northfield area.

Bring your instruments and voice. We will end the day with a community jam!


CAC Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors

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The Community Action Center is seeking nominations for election to its Board of Directors.   You may nominate yourself or someone else by completing an application and including a letter addressing the nominee’s skills, background, term availability and interest in serving on the Board.  Nominations will be reviewed for upcoming vacancies and will be maintained for future consideration.

The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 a.m. and a commitment to membership is normally for up to three consecutive two-year terms.


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