Journalist and documentary filmmaker Peter Frumkin to speak at Carleton about his craft and the state of documentary filmmaking

Peter Frumkin

Director, writer and producer Peter Frumkin will appear at Carleton College on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Carleton for the week of Oct. 20, Frumkin will speak on the state of documentary filmmaking. This event is free and open to the public.

Peter Frumkin has been a director, writer, and producer of documentaries and non-fiction media for over 30 years. His works have been broadcast on PBS, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and Courtroom Television. His documentary subjects have included history, culture, science and engineering, health care policy, environmental policy, and medical ethics.

MnDOT Public Open House on Rail Transportation Planning

On Thursday, October 16, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Passenger Rail and Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations, will hold a Public Open House onThursday, October 16, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, in the Great Hall at Carleton College.  The purpose of this MnDot Public Open House is to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the State's Rail Plan, which prescribes an anticipated plan for near- and long-term rail projects in the State, and to provide feedback and suggestions to inform the Plan's revision. 

Northfield Arts Guild presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Deon Haider and Steve Lawler as Morticia and Gomez Addams

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is thrilled to open the 55th Season with the new musical comedy THE ADDAMS FAMILY in time for the Halloween season.  This adaptation, with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, proves that even Morticia and Gomez must deal with the same issues as every parent when their daughter Wednesday brings home her respectable boyfriend from a “normal” family.  The original Broadway run of the show premiered in 2010 and showcased Broadway stars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia.  This musical is spooky, silly fun for the whole family. 

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 13, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting, incluind agenda and table file, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • a presentation by Bill North, from the the Friends & Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, on the library expansion and remodeling project;
  • a presentation on data from the school district's World's Best Workforce annual report.

The next meeting will be on Monday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school media center. 

Acclaimed poet, essayist and professor Brian Turner to appear at Carleton

Brian Turner

In conjunction with the national touring humanities exhibit, "Always Lost: A Meditation on War," on display through October 24 in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, renowned war poet Brian Turner will appear on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center Room 236. The recipient of numerous literary honors, Turner's poetry appears in the award-winning volumes "Here, Bullet" (2005) and "Phantom Noise" (2010), and his memoir "My Life as a Foreign Country" (2014) has just been published by W.W. Norton. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, The New York Times and in The New Yorker.

A public meditation piece reflecting on the lives lost since September 11, 2001, “Always Lost” was created by Western Nevada College sociology professor, Don Carlson, and named after an observation by American writer Gertrude Stein, who said, “War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.”

Be Inspired and Vote for Your Favorite Video


The 2014 Youth Video PSA Contest needs your vote! The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative received an enthusiastic and impressive response to its call for videos produced by local youth on the topic of “Who or What Inspires You?” Now it's up to you to help determine the winner.

A panel of youth and adults narrowed down the entries to three finalists. Click HERE to watch the three short videos and place your vote. The voting closes Wednesday, Oct. 15, so don't delay. The finalist with the most votes will receive one of the cash prizes!

Carleton Convocation Addresses Farming Technologies and Poverty in the Developing World

Robert Paarlberg

Carleton College’s weekly convocation will be presented by Robert Paarlberg ’67, a food and agricultural researcher, on Friday, Oct. 17 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Political Fight Over Food and Farming: Who Is Winning?”, Paarlberg’s presentation will address farming technologies and poverty in the developing world. Convocations are free and open to the public. They are also recorded and archived online at

Robert Paarlberg ’67 is a researcher on food and agricultural policy, with a focus on farming technologies and poverty in the developing world. This topic connects Paarlberg both to his own family history (his father grew up on a farm in Indiana) and to an important current issue in international development: how to help farmers in Africa – most of whom are women – increase their productivity to better feed their families and escape poverty. 

Carleton College to host Spanish Cartoonist Miguel Brieva

Welcome to The World: An Exhibition of Works by Miguel Brieva

In conjunction with a display of his work now on exhibit in the Carleton Gould Library, the College will host renowned Spanish cartoonist Miguel Brieva on Friday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The artist’s presentation about his work will be in Spanish, with English translation provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Miguel Brieva (Seville, 1974)is a Spanish cartoonist who has cultivated multiple genres combining text and image: comics, graphic humor, illustration, animation, visual poetry, and sketches. Initially, he self-published his work but now works with Random House Mondadori. His work, often compared to the style of advertisements from the 1950s-1960s, has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers in Spain and Latin America, including El Pais, La Vanguardia, Rolling Stone, Piaui, Ajoblanco, and Diagonal.

Although Brieva’s work addresses a wide variety of themes, unifying concerns include the contradictions of industrial society, the ways the mass media shapes people’s imaginings, and the frightening social and environmental consequences of the capitalist system.

Celebrate “no school” with these special events Thursday & Friday!

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The library is thrilled to host special activities while the kids are out of school Oct. 16 and 17.  

Magician Tim will entertain us with his slight of hand on Thusday, 10/16 from 11 to noon.  The Friends and Foundation of the library make this event possible!

On Friday, 10/17 from 11 to noon Musician Jack Pearson will present “On the Trail of America: celebrate great American Songs!”  This program is made possible by a SELCO Grant.

Both program are free and open to all and will be held the library's meeting room. 

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.  507-645-6606


Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Fall Concerts

Crouching Tiger Concert

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) starts its 35th Year celebration with concerts of Mozart and Chinese music on October 18th and 19th.   The first performance will be at First UCC Church in Northfield, MN on Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 P.M., and the second will be at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 19. Both concerts feature soloists Gao Hong on Pipa (lute),  Gail Nelson on violin, and Martha Larson on ‘cello.

Northfield Reads Hosts First Amendment Conversation


Have you been mulling over issues of Free Speech as they relate to the public use of Bridge Square?  Have you been debating the concept of Freedom of Religion as it relates nationally to issues of health care?  If so, Corinne Smith invites you to  join with your neighbors for a Northfield Reads! on these subjects.  This will be a time to read, discuss, connect, and learn.

Learn About The Northfield Public Library Improvement Project

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Northfield community, have you heard the news?  The Northfield Public Library is moving forward with an improvement project!

In this short video, Teresa Jensen, Director of Library and IT Services, provides information about the project and plan for service delivery while project is underway.

1964: Reexamined Fifty Years Later

Ann Aby will give a talk on "1964: Reexamined Fifty Years Later" at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, October 16th at 7 pm.

"1964" is usually considered to begin on November 22, 1963, with Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President on Air Force One with Jacqueline Kennedy standing beside him and conclude with President Johnson's inauguration in his own right on January 20, 1965.  After a brief discussion of the challenges immediately faced by the "accidental" President, the presentation will focus on the passage of the Civil Rights Act (signed July 2, 1964) and the Mississippi Freedom Summer during the 1964 Presidential Election.


This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information call the library at 507-645-6606.

Visual artist and Carleton alumna Christina Seely presents “Changing Time: an Artistic Inquiry into Climate Change”

Christina Seely

In conjunction with the Carleton College art exhibit “Marking Time,” which addresses the impact of climate change through photography and other new media, featured artist Christina Seely ’98 will make a campus appearance to discuss her work and muse upon climate change from her perspective as an expeditionary artist. Seely will present “Changing Time: an Artistic Inquiry into Climate Change” on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.

Carleton Hosts Screening of Acclaimed Conservation Film Chronicling the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

From Billions To None

In commemoration of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon  over a century ago, Carleton College will present a special screening of the acclaimed film, “From Billions to None: Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction,” on Monday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

“From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction”reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon and explores the pigeon’s striking relevance to conservation issues today, such as the alarming depletion of shark species worldwide. For centuries, the sleek long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America and perhaps the world. It was hunted to extinction in a matter of decades. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity, died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species, and the upcoming centenary of the extinction event.

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