Community Youth Fair

Enteraining experiences at every booth!

Northfield's thirteenth annual Community Youth Fairs are this coming Wednesday, August 19th. These events will take place at Greenvale Park Elementary from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and at Bridgewater Elementary School from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, the fairs will be held indoors at each school.


Come learn how your child can get involved in a variety of youth programs offered within your own community! Over 30 organizations representing sports, clubs, arts and more will be present!  School administrators will be handing out free popsicles, raffle drawings are available, passport maps can be stickered and turned in for a prize and numerous games, activities, face painting and GaGa participation in our new game pit are all options as well!  Hot dogs, chips, and pop will be for sale, with proceeds going to the Community Services scholarship fund.


Riverwalk Market Fair

Aug 15 2015 9:00 am
Aug 15 2015 1:00 pm
Location: 
Bridge Square

Rootsy Music by Matt Arthur, Photography, Artisan-made Wood Bowls and Utensils, Local Produce and Foods, Fine Art and Craft

Farmers have summer produce such as green beans, fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, carrots and herbs, along with tomatoes, flowers, and honey.

Artisan foods include fresh-baked locally-made sweet and savory pastries, cookies, breads, cupcakes, jams and jellies, locally roasted coffee, and made-to-order crèpes. 

Photography, woodworking, pottery, watercolors, fiber art accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine craft for sale.  For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org

Featured Farmer Seasons Fresh

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Northfielder raising money for Walk to End Alzheimer's

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I've decided this is the year I participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's after putting it off year after year.

This walk falls on the sixth anniversary of the passing of my grandfather, George Butler. He suffered from Alzheimer's for the last leg of his life, and the disease accelerated when my grandmother passed away in October 2008.

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He spent the last 11 months of his life in a nursing home, in and out of good and bad spells. Throughout it all, for whatever reason, he knew who I was each time I visited him. I was fortunate to be living in Minneapolis at the time, visiting him three times a week. He wasn't just my grandfather; he was my friend.


Northfield Public Schools - Venture Programs are Hiring!

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The Ventures program with Northfield Public School’s Community Services Division is now hiring for full-time, part-time, and substitute positions. Get the chance to be a kid again by joining our KidVenture team, which provides before and after school care at all three Northfield Elementary Schools. Or, experience the wonder and joys of early childhood by working with EarlyVentures, a licensed child care center serving children birth to age 5. To apply, visit the posted positions on Northfield Public School’s website at: http://northfieldschools.org/departments/hr/


This Northfield Life now on Facebook!

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This Northfield Life is now on Facebook! Check out and LIKE the page for the KYMN 1080AM radio show, which is hosted by Corey Butler and Brad Ness. 

The show is guest-driven and focuses on Northfielders about who they are, their history with the city, and what they do in the community. Ultimately, this is a show about people and how they help make Northfield the place we call home.


Vintage Band Festival One Day Event August 1

Vintage Band Festival August 1, 2015

Vintage Band Festival will present a one-day mini-festival on August 1, 2015 in downtown Northfield, Minnesota. There will be 12 different brass and wind bands playing throughout the day from 9am-9pm. Each band will have the stage for 45 minutes and the musical formats will range from Civil War to Old-Time to Jazz to Ethnic. There will be a German band, several community bands, a Mariachi Band and the "Red Bull Band" from the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. Perennial favorites include the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band and the  Copper Street Brass Quintet.


City of Northfield and PRIMEtime network highlighted by National League of Cities

The City of Northfield and Northfield’s PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network were featured in a recent national newsletter published by the National League of Cities.  The article highlights the efforts of the PRIMEtime collaborative to provide free summer programming to over 500 Northfield youth this summer.  Northfield is recognized as a national leader among small cities in creating citywide out-of-school-time systems.

4PM logo-orangeThe article notes the City of Northfield’s support for PRIMEtime, including partnerships with the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield City Pool.  The piece also recognizes valuable financial grants provided to PRIMEtime by the Northfield Area United WayWomen In Northfield Giving Support, and Youthprise.

Participating PRIMEtime summer programs include:

  • Summer PLUS – serving youth in grades K-5, four days per week for 7 weeks at Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • Summer BLAST – serving youth in grades 6-8, four days per week for 7 weeks, and splitting time between Northfield Middle School & Carleton College
  • The Key – a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield, open daily to all youth ages 12-20

Partners in the PRIMEtime collaborative include the Northfield Public Schools,Northfield Healthy Community InitiativeTackling Obstacles and Raising College HopesCarleton CollegeSt. Olaf College, and Minnesota Alliance With Youth Promise Fellows program.

To access the full National League of Cities article, CLICK HERE.


Interim Public Library Up and Running

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The Northfield Public Library is open for business at the City Hall (801 Washington Street) where visitors will find many materials on location, staff to assist, space to read, and access to computers. Take a look at this video and you’ll see what I mean!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG3MlZm7abI&feature=youtu.be

If something you’re hoping to get is unavailable on site, there is always the SELCO where loan requests between Northfield and other SELCO libraries are usually filled promptly.  After hours, items may be returned to the book drop located in front of the City Hall. Library website: www.ci.northfield.mn.us/library; Phone: 5-7-645-6606.

Library hours:

Monday:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday:  9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Friday:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday:  Closed


Safety Camp 2015

2014 Safety Camp
The perfect community camp for youth entering grades 4 - 7 is coming your way, July 28, 29 & 30.  Partake in hands on safety lessons with CLIMB Theater, learn self defense, participate in a bike rodeo and bike ride, meet the Rice County K-9 dog, learn about weather and fire safety, engage with animals from Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, meet the Jesse James horses and learn how to be safe around them, see the Rice County Water Patrol, learn how to do a canoe over canoe rescue in the middle school pool, eat lunch with first responders and much more!!!
 
Camp wouldn't be complete without fun and exhilarating games.  Come try out the new GaGa Pit, play ultimate cantaloupe, noodle hockey, or milk jug lacrosse.  Rally together to win a team color challenge, visit the Rachel Carlson Nature Area for the camp favorite sneak and snipe bean bag game or simply enjoy&nbs

Northfield Public Library's Big Pack

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The Northfield Public Library at 3rd and Washington is closed, but the library opens its doors at City Hall at 8th and Washington on Monday, July 13.  Meanwhile, the Big Pack is about to begin.  Starting July 16 lots of volunteers will build boxes and pack them with 70,000 books!

Many thanks to those volunteers and to the Northfield food vendors who are donating food and beverages to fuel the volunteers.  Thanks to Caribou Coffee, Cub Foods, Dominos Pizza, Econofoods, The Hideaway Coffeehouse, Hogan Bros, James Gang Coffee and Subway.


Content Bookstore celebrates the release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

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On Tuesday, July 14th, Content is celebrating the much-anticipated release of Go Set a Watchman! Pick up your copy starting at 10 am and join us for coffee and pastries. We'll be donating 10% of our sales throughout the release day to the Cynthia Hurd Memorial Fund at the Charleston County Public Library, in honor of the librarian killed in last month's shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. 


Northfield Skateboard Park Nears Completion

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Jasper Kruggel, city of Northfield Project Manager, announces that construction of the Northfield Skateboard Park is well under way. To the entire Northfield community, Kruggel gives this friendly reminder: Please stay off the recently poured concrete and out of the fenced in construction zone. Concrete structures are not completely cured.”

The next step is the grading and seeding for grass, to be done in mid-July. Bids will be going out for trees to complete the landscaping.

It is probable that there will be a “soft opening” August 1, with an official Grand Opening around Defeat of Jesse James Days. 

For more information contact:

Jasper Kruggel at 507/645-3027 or jasper.kruggel@ci.northfield.mn.us


New Gazebo!

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The new River Walk gazebo was installed. This is a friendly reminder to the entire Northfield community: please be cautious about the unfinished concrete ramp leading to the Gazebo. The concrete ramp will be re-poured the week of July 13.

For more information, contact Project Manager Jasper Kruggel at 507-645-3027 or jasper.kruggel@ci.northfield.mn.us.


Books & Stars program to emphasize heart healthy habits

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“You’ve Gotta Have Heart” is the theme of the Books & Stars program hosted by Northfield Hospital Wednesday evening, July 22, at the Northfield Hospital campus.

Northfield Public Library and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are partnering to create an evening of fun and education related to healthy heart habits. The evening will feature family entertainer Rachael Kroog, who has delighted young audiences for more than 20 years with her KIDPOWER program. She will take the stage on the hospital lawn at 7 p.m.


Growing Up Healthy awarded Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation grant

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News Release

Contacts:

Leah Eby, Growing Up Healthy

(507) 664-3527, Leah@growinguphealthy.org

Julie Ann Eastling, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation

(651) 662-6574, Julie_A_Eastling@bluecrossmn.com

Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through the Blue Cross Foundation
Grant helps create greater health equity in the community


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