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Submitted by Joy Riggs on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:07am
The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s annual report has been published and is now available online. “Setting the Stage for Healthy Youth Development,” the 2014 Report to the Community, highlights the non-profit organization’s past year of successes and summarizes the work of nearly a dozen HCI-supported collaborations.
The report includes a feature story on Rey Andrade, a 2012 Northfield High School and TORCH program graduate who is attending St. Thomas University on a full-tuition scholarship.
HCI formed in 1992 and is a coalition run by community leaders, youth parents and school personnel. Its mission is to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens family and builds community. In the past 11 years, HCI has helped bring in $4.5 million in grant funds from sources outside the community to support Northfield youth efforts.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 6:45pm
The Carleton College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of five faculty members, from Professor to Professor Emeritus, effective September 1, 2014.
Submitted by Michelle Mahowald on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 1:22pm
June 4, 2014
Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process
On July 9th and 10th the Northfield City Council will interview candidates for the position of City Administrator. The City Council values public input and is therefore making opportunities available for public involvement in the process.
The City Council will be holding a meet and greet event on July 9th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. This will be an opportunity for members of the public to visit with the final candidates and get to know them a bit. Interested persons are invited to stop by anytime during the event.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 2:14pm
Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 484 graduating members of the Class of 2014 on Saturday, June 14, 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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:21pm
Civil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark will discuss the American Civil War’s 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in his presentation, “Grant Goes East and Meets Lee on the Battlefield,” Thursday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public.
Stark, a former president of the Northfield and Rice County historical societies, will discuss Ulysses S. Grant’s appointment as general of all Union armies and his subsequent decision to direct the Army of the Potomac in the eastern theater of battle. “This brought the two most prominent generals of the Civil War — Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee — in direct conflict for the first time,” explains Stark. The Battle of the Wilderness commenced on May 4, 1864.
“Both North and South fought many battles with heavy losses on both sides and neither side would back down,” says Stark. “Many believed that the war’s outcome was in the balance that summer of 1864.”
Submitted by Leah Rich on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:02am
First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, has awarded two college scholarships to Northfield High School (NHS) seniors. The recipients of this year’s $1,500 awards are Sandy Carson of Northfield, Minn., daughter of Mark and Alice Carson, and Nathan Berthelsen of Northfield, Minn., son of Mike and Melissa Berthelsen. The award is unique in that applicants must enroll in either St. Olaf College or Carleton College. In the case of this year’s award winners, Carson will attend Carleton and Berthelsen will attend St. Olaf.
For more than 10 years, First National has awarded two high school seniors scholarships – one is marked for an NHS graduate attending St. Olaf College, and the other Carleton College. The scholarship program is just one of the ways in which First National has given back to the community across its 140-year history.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:58am
A trio of thought-provoking films about Israelis and Palestinians working together for justice and peace in Israel-Palestine are planned for the 2014 Palestine Film Festival.
Co-sponsored by the Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, the series features films in which Israelis and Palestinians tell stories of how the Middle East conflict has impacted their lives.
All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1050 Cedar Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with a brief question-and-answer period.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Sat, 05/31/2014 - 3:47pm
The Northern Clay Center has announced the recipients of this year’s 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Of the two fellows named to this prestigious honor is Kelly Connole, Carleton College Associate Professor of Art. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.
Kelly Connole teaches ceramics and metalsmithing. A story teller by nature, Connole uses clay to examines relationships between humans, their environment, and other creatures. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received numerous awards including a McKnight Residency and a Jerome Foundation Project Grant.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 6:56am
Five high school students will be selected for this week-long program. Students will meet with city leaders, shadow different city departments, and learn about potential careers in municipal government. This is a great career exploration and resume building experience! For more information and the application, CLICK HERE. Applications should be submitted before June 10!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Michelle Mahowald on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:59pm
The City of Northfield has a new video to share:
Judy Code, Volunteer Master Gardner, and TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor, highlight our Northfield downtown beautification project.
A wonderful project for the entire Northfield community! This video will be added to the City of Northfield website's Media Center.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:33pm
We have a great line-up of family friendly entertainment on Wednesday nights in Northfield. All in thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Library, The Northfield Historical Society and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council there will be 8 shows for eveyone to enjoy. Thanks to our sponsors there is NO CHARGE! Booker, the book bus opens for library material check out at 6:30. The shows begin at 7 pm.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:34am
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 2:42pm
The American Composers Forum has announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Among the four fellows named, chosen from a pool of 63 applicants, is Alex Freeman, Carleton College assistant professor of music. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is meant to acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition.
Freeman’s music has garnered acclaim from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Sibelius Academy, American Composers Forum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His chamber works and choral music are performed regularly in the United States and abroad, particularly in Finland, where he studies as a Fulbright Fellow in 2001 and where he continues to create new works and research on Finnish music. Recordings of his music have been released by Albany Records, innova Recordings, and Navona Records, including, most recently, a CD of his complete piano works by Albany Records entitled “Inner Voice;” a recording of his chamber work from Parma Recordings entitled, “Blueshift;” and internationally acclaimed recordings of his choral works by The HOL Choir and Tapiola Children’s Choir.
Submitted by Dan Bergeson on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:05pm
The 9th Annual Taste of Northfield will take place Thursday, May 29th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in historic, scenic, authentic Downtown Northfield, MN.
The Taste of Northfield features delicious food and beverages from local businesses as well as live entertainment from local artists and is located in and around Bridge Square, including the Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza along the Cannon River.
Performances on the City of Northfield Showmobile will take place throughout the evening featuring long-time favorite Anna Balfany at 5:00 pm and The Bridge Square Band at 6:00 pm. The James Gang will present a bank raid re-enactment on Division Street at 7:15 pm followed by a local talent show from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
Submitted by Mary Schier on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 8:30am
Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 22 area organizations and programs that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 19, in the Sun Ballroom at Buntrock Commons. Also honored will be the recipient of the WINGS Dream Grant of $10,000 for 2014.
The groups are recipients of $74,964 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship.
The event is open to the public and costs $20 per person. It includes a light supper and a chance to hear about the work of the grant recipients. Registration is required; registration forms can be found at the WINGS website. Please register by June 9.