Carleton College Convocation Underscores How Consumers Can Make Differences and Change Lives

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Stewart Ramsey, a successful social entrepreneur and the founder of Krochet Kids intl., will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 28 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship: Creating a Cycle of Success,” his presentation will highlight the power of engaged consumerism, and how consumers can really make a difference and change lives thanks to their purchasing decisions. Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

Open House for pre-schools in Northfield is coming up

Several Northfield pre-schools will be holding an open house on Thursday, February 27th from 5:00-7:00pm and Saturday, March 1st from 10am- noon.  This year parents will have an opportunity to visit various pre-schools on the same dates.  Each school offers exciting, unique experiences.  We hope that parents will take time to visit many of these schools which will allow them to choose the school that best meets their child's needs. The following schools will be holding their open house on the same dates:  Northfield Nursery School  ( 1401 Maple Street) Open Door Nursery School (500 West Third Street)  Little Lambs Preschool (803 Winona Street) and St Dominics School  ( 216 Spring Street North).   We hope to see you there!

Northfield is Added to Fare for All Express Food Network


Fare For All is a cooperative food purchasing program that has been in Minnesota for almost 25 years. The program is open to anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. Because Fare For All is a bulk buying program, the more people who participate, the better. Northfield will be part of the Express food program and customers do not need to pre-order or pre-pay. The site is cash and carry (cash, EBT, credit card, debit card accepted, no checks).

Fare For All provides packages of fresh fruits and vegetables ($10), as well as quality frozen meat items ($11 or $25). This program will be available once per month from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden Street N.  Dates in 2014 are:  March 6, April 10, May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 4, October 2, October 30, December 4.

For more information: or 763.450.3880

Veterans Share Their Stories at Carleton College

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0in">In Minnesota alone, 1 in 13 adults are veterans—and all have compelling stories to tell. On Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m., six Minnesota veterans will bring their stories to Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity in Telling: Minnesota, an original three-act play based on their experiences. A reception and 30-minute moderated discussion with the cast immediately follows the play. The event is free and open to the public, but ticket reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online at

The Carleton Players present Sophie Treadwell’s riveting play, “Machinal”


The Carleton Players will present American playwright Sophie Treadwell’s riveting play, “Machinal,” inspired by the real life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder.  Performances are nightly Feb. 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m., along with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23, the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Performances are free and open to the public but reservations are recommended and can be made online at

“Machinal” tells the story of Helen, a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, lives a life nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. Taking place just before the great Depression, Sophie Treadwall's play tracks the life of a desperate young woman destroyed by the world of money, men and machines.

St. Olaf set to begin 2014 Social Science Conference


Brave people around the world champion human rights every day, tackling social, economic and health inequalities, human trafficking, state repression, and other grave injustices.  In February St. Olaf’s 2014 Social Science Conference, “Promoting Human Rights,” will bring together scholars, activists, and those of us interested in concrete solutions to these  critical problems. During lectures, films, and workshops we will address these issues from the local to global level with a focus on pathways for action.

Genesis: The Art of Creation to be Broadcast this Saturday on TPT-MN

Paul Krause's documentary, Genesis: The Art of Creation, will be broadcast four times this coming Saturday, February 22. on TPT-MN (Charter cable channel 396) Broadcast times are 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm. The film documents the creation of the painting Genesis by our nationally honored local artist Fred Somers.

The painting was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondolet in St. Paul. At the time of its creation, the painting was Fred's largest work.

Skateboard Coalition Advisers are Making a Difference

Skateboard Coalition Youth and Advisers

Three adult advisers to the Northfield Skateboard Coalition received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for January/February. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Cecilia Cornejo, Rob Hardy and Jane McWilliams have regularly volunteered their time during the past two years helping youth from the Skateboard Coalition work toward the goal of building a permanent skate park in Northfield. The Parks and Recreation Board has selected Old Memorial Park as the location, and the project is in the design phase.

McWilliams said even though her children are grown, and she had no personal interest in the skate park, she felt an obligation as a citizen to help bring closure to a project that’s been discussed and debated since 2005.

Sidewalk Poetry Sought

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Want to MAKE YOUR MARK in a downtown sidewalk?  Here's your chance! Thanks to funding provided by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, the Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield is currently conducting its fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.  Residents of Northfield and students attending Northfield schools at all levels (including the colleges) are eligible to participate.  Each person may submit up to two poems.  A blind judging process is carried out, during which judges are unaware of any identifying information regarding the poets.  Please look to the website of the Friends and Foundation of the Library for important contest guidelines.  Poems may be submitted to the Library throughout the month until 5:30 pm on Friday, February 28th.  Winning poets will be announced in March.

Hip-Hop Feminist Journalist Joan Morgan’s Carleton Convocation to Discuss the Changing Dynamics of Race and Ethnicity in America

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Pioneering hip-hop journalist and provocative cultural critic Joan Morgan will present the weekly convocation address at Carleton College on Friday, Feb. 21 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Is America ‘Post-Racial’?,” Morgan’s presentation will take a look at the changing racial and ethnic composition of America. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

In light of the candidacy and election of President Barack Obama, Morgan takes a look at the changing racial and ethnic composition of America since Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963 and examines several insightful questions: What would Dr. King make of the changing makeup of America and its impact on America's black and white racial binary? Who are we talking about in the 21st century, when we use the term African American? How useful is it to still use the terms Black and African American interchangeably? And finally, what impact does this heterogeneous and multi-ethnic American Blackness have on the country from a political, social and economic perspective? 

Meet acclaimed author and organic farmer David ‘Mas’ Masumoto

David 'Mas' Masumoto

Carleton College will present an evening with acclaimed author and organic farmer David ‘Mas’ Masumoto, the C. Angus Wurtele Distinguished Visitor in Environmental Studies, on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Meeting Room 236. Masumoto is an organic farmer in California, whose farming techniques have been employed by farmers across the nation. He is also an award-winning author and columnist for the Fresno Bee and the Sacramento Bee. In 2013 was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Following Masumoto’s presentation, entitled “How A Peach Changed Everything,” he will sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Public Invited to attend Immigration 101: Panel Forum on Minnesota’s New Immigration Laws

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The public is invited to attend a panel discussion entitled “Immigration 101,” a look at Minnesota’s new immigration laws and what they mean for Northfield students, families and employers. This event will take place Monday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The free forum will feature short presentations by an expert panel, followed by audience questions and discussion. There will also be a reception with light refreshments, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Carleton Humanities Center. Everyone is welcome. Headsets will also be available for simultaneous Spanish translation.

Ricky Peterson, president of the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls, encourages community members to attend this forum. “We know we've always been a nation of immigrants,” says Peterson, “yet each new immigrant group presents new challenges to our communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how our system is adapting to those challenges today."

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (February 10, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, February 10, 2014, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A packet fot the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Rebroadcast of Paul Douglas’ Climate Talk

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A rebroadcast of the talk entitled, Climate change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend, given by Keynote Speaker Meteorologist Paul Douglas at the Northfield Area Climate Summit in January will be aired on Northfield cable (NTV, channel 12) on the following dates:

Strong Towns "Curbside Chat"

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NDDC presents Strong Towns’ Curbside Chat

PLAN TO ATTEND!  The NDDC has invited the Strong Towns organization to Northfield for one of their “Curbside Chats”.  The event will be held on Monday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Archer House Riverview Conference Room on the lower level.  The Curbside Chats are designed with special attention to city officials and community leaders, but strong towns are built from the grassroots and your voices needed at this free event.

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