Carleton College holds its 141st Commencement Ceremony Saturday, June 13; bestows honorary degree on The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl

Peter Schjeldahl, Carleton Class of 1964

Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 487 graduating members of the Class of 2015 on Saturday, June 13, in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required.

Following remarks by Carleton College President Steven Poskanzer, two seniors will address the graduating class, chosen by a panel of their peers. This year’s senior commencement speakers, both English majors, are Sam Braslow (Los Angeles) and Anna Donnella (St. Davids, Pa.)

E-Recycling on Saturday, June 6

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Carl Henry reminds people that you can bring your unwanted and appliances Saturday, June 6, from 10:a.m. to noon, to the First United Church of Christ parking lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield.  Old-fashioned CRT-based TVs (or monitors) will be accepted, but there is a $5.00 fee AND  a limit of two per household. Large sets – requiring two people to carry – will not be allowed.

The following items will be accepted for free:

Computers (desktops towers, laptops)

Small printers

Network equipment (models, routers)





Thin monitors or Tvs

Other electronics


Microwave ovens

Small air conditioners


Small refrigerators

Other small appliances if they are largely metal

If the weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled.

Community Services Summer Recreation

Batter Up!
Have a splendid summer this year by enrolling in Community Services recreation programs.  Opportunities include parks and playground programs, a large variety of sport activities, aquatics for all ages and adventure outings.  Whether you are an adult, teen, youth or infant, there is something for you!  See the flyer below for further information.  If you'd like to register or to learn more about a specific program, click HERE to be directed to the Community Services classes and registration web page.  Please also find us by going to and follow the Community Services Link.  To reach us by phone, call 507-664-3649

All Comers Track Meet

Save The Date!

An All Comers Track & Field Meet will take place Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School track, located at 2200 Division St. South. The event is free and open to the public. The fun, family-friendly meet welcomes children and adults of all ages to participate.

Races include various sprints and distance runs, build-your-own relay and medley teams and field event competitions.

The track and field meet is made possible through Northfield Community Services in collaboration with local running advocates and Girls Scouts, Troop #25259, who are volunteering their time to help kick off the event for a silver award. The goal is to initiate a community-wide event that contributes toward good health.

Palestine Film Series Begins June 9


Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.  The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.

WINGS to Honor 2015 Grant Recipients

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Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 27 area organizations that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration on Tuesday, June 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Weitz Center Commons, Weitz Center for Creativity,  Carleton College. The groups are recipients of $73,868 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship. 

The event is open to the public. There is a $10 per person suggested donation and it includes a light supper and a chance to hear about the work of the grant recipients.  Registration is required and can be done at the WINGS website:  Please register by June 5.  

Groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park Next Wednesday

The City of Northfield is excited to announce commencement of construction for the Northfield Skateboard Park. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 4:00 PM, at Old Memorial Park, 801 E 7th Sreet. The public is invited to attend the formal groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park. This project was made possible by the hard work of numerous community groups and members; we look forward to seeing you out there.

The Northfield Stateboard Coalition hopes there will be a big crowd on hand Wednesday to celebrate this long-awaited event!

For a look at the design for the completed park, click here

Carleton College hosts its annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host its annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Carleton’s West Gym. The popular sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for area residents and cash for local charities. The sale is held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend and the CCCE advises shoppers to shop early and often.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meetings (May 2015)

After a long delay due to technical difficulties, here are the videos from the two regular Northfield School Board meetings in May 2015. Agendas and other materials from both meetings can be found here

Monday, May 11, 2015

Video: Northfield City Council discusses Woodley St. Reconstruction Project at May 26 Work Session

Northfield City Council Work Session, May 26, 2015

“Update on Public Engagement Process for Woodley Street Reconstruction Project” was the first item on the agenda for the Northfield City Council at last night’s Work Session. City Engineer/Public Works Director Dave Bennett took the first twenty minutes to give the Council an overview of the project process and public engagement. Discussion then followed for about an hour.

Powerpoint presentation: 0-20:00
Staff’s Project Scope Recommendation: 20:00-22:15
Council discussion: 22:15-01:16:00

Video link:

New Short Video! Minute with the Mayor

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Mayor Dana Graham talks about upcoming projects in his latest Minute with the Mayor video.

Youth to be honored with 'Life Saver' award

Northfield Heart Safe Project will honor 10-year old Amber Fredrickson Monday, June 1, with a “Life Saver” Award for taking heroic action earlier this spring when her mother suffered a diabetic reaction while driving on Highway 3.

City of Northfield Youth Leadership Academy - Apply Now!

City of Northfield

Youth Leadership Academy

June 22 – 25, 2015

The City of Northfield and Mayor’s Youth Council invite local high school students to apply.

Up to five students will be selected.


What: A week-long career exploration program for local high school students interested in gaining exposure to municipal careers, including local government and public service.

Carleton’s renowned Chinese Music Ensemble performs in concert

Chinese Music Ensemble

The Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble will perform in concert on Sunday, May 24 at 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The program will include Chinese music ranging from traditional to modern compositions, with performances in a variety of configurations, including a trio, a quintet, the Pipa Ensemble, the Guzheng Ensemble, and solos by award-winning artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Established ten years ago, the ensemble plays traditional Chinese instruments. Comprised primarily of Carleton students, the performance will also feature Northfield High School student, Alida Dice. Under the direction of world-class Pipa artist, Gao Hong, the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble has performed to much acclaim at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota, and at numerous conferences and Chinese celebrations through the region.

Carleton screens National Theatre Live’s production of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo’s stunning best-selling book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” comes to life on the big screen on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema.

Presented in high-definition video by National Theatre Live in London, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is playwright Sir David Hare’s new stage adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Boo’s first-hand account of life in a modern day Mumbai slum. Boo spent three years recording the lives of its impoverished residents and her uncompromising re-telling received numerous accolades, including the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2012.

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