Save the Depot S'mores Party CANCELLED but Work Goes On!

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Although the S’mores event has to be cancelled because of the weather, this week workers are separating the 1888 depot from the 1944 addition in preparation for moving the 19th century portion. According to Alice Thomas, chair of communications of Save the Northfield Depot, “We will notify the public when the move date is final.”

While funds have been raised to move the historic depot to the new location, SND is now raising funds for the renovation. Thomas reminds everyone that 2015 Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 12, a quick way to contribute. Just go to the website and click on the giveMN button. Or, send a check to Save the Northfield Depot at 712 4th St. E, Northfield, MN 55057.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 9, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, November 9, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here. The table file can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Give to Build to the Max!

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Our public library is looking more like the real thing every day.  The foundation for the new atrium has been filled with sand that is smooth enough to be a floor, almost.  Upstairs Schulz Electric is working on the wiring for the new LED lighting that will provide better light using less energy.  

You can support the real terrazzo floor and the energy efficient LED lighting by giving to the max on (or before or after) Thursday, November 12, GiveMN Day, at the Friends' site There is a $15,000 challenge grant, so for every dollar you donate, another dollar will be added to the renovation fund - double your donation!  All donors will be listed on the donors' wall in the renovated library.  

Snowmobile Safety Class

Here Comes The Snow!

Attention snowmobilers ages 12 to 18!  Minnesota law requires a valid snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile on public property. Safety classes for snowmobile safety certificates are given by the Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club. Be ready for winter! Class is held on Monday, November 9 & 16 from 6 - 9 pm in the Bridgewater Elementary cafeteria. You must be age 12 by the end of the course and must be present at both classes.

Community Services Adult Volleyball League

Bump, Set, Spike!

Community Services is taking team registrations for the upcoming Adult Volleyball League. Individuals are also welcome to have their name put on a contact list for potential play on an existing team. The league is played on Monday evenings starting at 7:30 pm, December 7 through the early part of April. Games are played at Bridgewater Elementary and are officiated. The team registration fee is $275. For an informational packet and team registration form or to be placed on a list for joining a team, please contact Melissa at 507-664-3502.

Bump, Set, and Hit the Court!

Minute with the Mayor

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Mayor Dana Graham talks about attending the National League of Cities Conference, inviting the community to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon celebration, and the community’s effort to educate on Alzheimer’s disease in his latest short video.

Content Poetry Series: Diane LeBlanc

Diane LeBlanc, Sudden GeographyPoetry is alive and well in Northfield.

Each month, Content Bookstore in downtown Northfield is host to a poetry reading featuring a local or regional poet and including an open mic where members of the audience can share their own original poetry. The series kicked off in October with a joint reading by Rob Hardy and Brenda Hellen, and continues on Thursday, November 12, at 7 pm, with a reading by Diane LeBlanc.

Diane LeBlanc is a writer, teacher, and book artist. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Sudden Geography (2014), Dancer with Good Sow (2008), and Hope in Zone Four (1998). In addition to poetry and essays in Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Natural Bridge, and other journals, her essay “Work in Progress” appears in Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts (2014). Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College.

At the reading, Diane will read from her own work and invite others to share a poem of their own. She’ll also offer a door prize of one of her beautiful handmade journals to a lucky attendee.

Award Winning Author Allen Eskens @ Content on Thursday

The Guise of Another

Allen Eskens has won (and keeps winning) awards for his popular debut novel, The Life We Bury, most recently winning the Rosebud award for best debut and the Barry award for best paperback original. At 7pm this Thursday, Nov 5, Allen will read from and discuss his just-released novel, The Guise of Another.

Eskens' new thriller follows Minnesota detective and fallen hero Alexander Rupert as he seeks redemption, and an answer to the question: who was James Putnam? Eskens, a practicing criminal defense attorney, writes page-turners in Mankato, MN.

"Allen Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It s a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you ll tell yourself things can t get any worse. And then they do."

- WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of "Ordinary Grace"

Content Bookstore is delighted to be hosting Eskens - and we hope you can make it!

Author and Psychologist Doug Lewandowski presents "Psychology and Storytelling; Characters in Stories We Write."

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CALLING ALL WRITERS AND READERS! Come to a Northfield Public Library Program at the Northfield Senior Center - Monday, Nov 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rooms 104-106.

Everyone has a story.  Websites and bookstores are full of memoirs.  We are told truth is stranger than fiction and frequently it is.  But reality is messy and doesn't always lend itself to coherence.  By taking elements of developmental psychology and pathology, Doug links psychology and storytelling, where dysfunction and conflict seed a cogent narrative in fiction.

Doug has walked a varied path, born and raised a Roman Catholic before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  He lived in a religious community for four and half years in formation with the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist DeLasalle.  He was a teacher/counselor and is a practicing Licensed Psychologist.  He has a monthly column in the Bemidji Pioneer's Prime Time section and in the early '90's was a commentator for KCRB, Minnesota Public Radio in Bemidji.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 26, 2015)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, October 26, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A complete board meeting packet, including agenda, can be found here. The table file can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Our library is growing!


You can see it! The footprint of the library is growing, and you can see the outline of the new entrance and atrium that will grace the southeast corner of the building.  There are also lots of construction lights on inside the building as Brennan Construction Company begins extensive renovations both downstairs and upstairs. For more photos of what's going on inside, check on the Northfield Public Library's website. 

Red Cross Swim Lessons

Anyone can learn to swim!

Register now! In exactly one week, Community Services will kick off the Red Cross swimming lesson season and we'd like for you to be part of it! Click HERE to be directed to the registration page.  Lessons are for those ages 6 and older and cover levels 1 - 6.  Classes are available on Monday & Thursday evenings and run for 40 minutes. Lessons incorporate Red Cross level specific curriculum and training in skill development and safety. Please join us! Cost is $39. Contact Community Services at 507-664-3649 for more information or to register. 

Monday & Thursday, November 2 - 19 at the Northfield Middle School Pool

Save the Northfield Depot Fundraiser Thursday Evening

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Save the Northfield Depot continues on the move.  Following the group’s recent successful groundbreaking ceremony attended by about 110 supporters, the Eagles Club is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit the depot project this Thursday October 29th, 5-8 p.m. at the Eagles Club

Tickets ($8 each) can be purchased at the door.  Many auction items have been donated including a wine basket, hair cut and color, poker table and chips, vintage mixing bowls, child’s antique items, a three-hour musical performance by the “Bonnie & the Clydes” , dinners for six, David Allen prints and more.

At the recent groundbreaking Co-Chair Lynn Vincent noted that the funds had been raised to move the depot, but work would continue to finish the project.  The Eagles Club event will help raise the additional funds needed to repair the depot exterior and renovate the interior.

Charlie Parr to participate in First UCC Sunday Nights Service


Margit Johnson reminds Northfielders that the First UCC Sunday Nights is back and now it's every week!!  This Sunday at 5:00 p.m., Charlie Parr, guitar virtuoso, will be the featured participant. The public is welcome to attend this informal service. First UCC is located at 300 Union Street in Northfield.

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