"The Color of Unity": A Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children".  This was a part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial in August, 1963.  The message continues to have great relevance for today when we are seeing that justice still is not being delivered fairly among all of those who live in this country.
The Northfield Human Rights Commission invites everyone to join us for the 22nd annual community celebration honoring the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two for Two!


Between the renovation of our public library and the relocation of the historic train depot this week, Northfield is two for two in the pulling-ourselves-up-by-our-bootstraps category!

Remember to round up purchases at Just Food Coop during the month of January 2016 to support the Friends of the Northfield Public Library or go directly to www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org to make a 2016 donation to the renovation.

Likewise, donations are being accepted by the Save the Depot group at www.northfielddepot.org to support the depot's full restoration.

Health & Wellness Challenge begins Jan 11 - A Challenge you can Achieve with Prizes!

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Health & Wellness Challenge!  Are you ready to get healtheir in 2016?  

Sign-up for one (or all of the following): 

  • 12 Weeks with no Soda Pop
  • 12 Weeks averaging 5,000 steps per day
  • 12 weeks to lose 30 pounds (teams of two - combined loss should be 30 pounds)

Sign-up at the YMCA or at the Northfield News with 3 ways to win prizes (as an added health incentive)!~

Click here for the registration form. Submit your form at the Northfield News office or at the YMCA.  

More information on the Northfield News Facebook page

Health & Wellness Challenge Sponsors: 

Audition for "Crimes of the Heart"


The Northfield Arts Guild hosts auditions for Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart, on January 10 and 11 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third Street, Northfield, MN.

Crimes of the Heart features a six person cast; all roles are for actors able to play ages 24 – 39.  The Northfield Arts Guild encourages beginners, established artists, artists of color, multilingual artists and artists with disabilities to audition for roles and to volunteer for technical positions.  Those interested should call 507-645-8877 to schedule an audition slot at the Arts Guild Theater on Sunday, January 10 or Monday, January 11, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.  Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Scripts of the play are available in the Arts Guild office, 304 Division Street South, for short term check-out.

Performances for Crimes of the Heart will be on weekends April 8 -17.  This noteworthy comedic drama is directed by Mishia Burns Edwards.  Edwards’ strength as a director lies in exploring characters, relationships and focusing on the truth of the situation the characters find themselves in.  A native of the Deep South, Edwards will bring her understanding of the attitudes and humor to this show which is set in Hazlehurt, Mississippi.

Depot to Move Wednesday 9:00 a.m.


From Alice Thomas, Chair of the Save the Northfield Depot Communications Committe, comes this hews, "This is an exciting day - the depot was pulled out of the hole this morning, i.e., out of the crawl space, and is sitting near its original site ready for the move across the street. Thank goodness, it was uneventful!

The movers are planning to move the depot across the street on Wednesday morning.  Many thanks go to all the supporters like you who have made this possible!  Please help spread the word.'    


The Pines in Concert Jan 9

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The Pines, a folk-rock group based in Minneapolis, perform January 9 at 7:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield. The Pines play as part of the 411 Concert Series, a program of the Northfield Arts Guild that features nationally-renowned acoustic artists in the intimate setting of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt bring inspiration from their native Iowa to the music CBS Minnesota has called “a dusty and often ghostly take on Americana.”

Though both are originally from Iowa, frontmen Ramsey and Huckfelt began their musical collaboration while living in a barrio in Arizona.

Volunteer Fair Hosted by the YMCA - Saturday, Jan 9th. Visit local organizations to find out what is available.

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When you volunteer, benefits abound.  That is why the YMCA is hosting a Community Volunteer Fair - Saturday January 9th.  If you have thought about volunteering but want to learn more about what is available.  Stop by the YMCA Saturday morning. 

YMCA Winter Programs & Services - PreK, School Age, Teen, Adult & Family Opportunities. Quick Links.

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It is January in Minnesota and the Northfield YMCA has an abundance of new programs, new equipment and new classes.  Want more information?  Here are some quick links. 

Check our program brochures

View our list of programs online.  

View our calendars for group exercise classes, lap swimming, open gym and more. 

Is there babysitting or drop-in child care available at the Y (we call it Child Watch)? 

What volunteer opportunities are available? 

Round Up in January for the Friends of the Library at Just Food Co-op!


You can support the Friends of the Northfield Public Library and enjoy good food when you round up your Just Food purchases during the month of January.  Your pennies, nickels and dimes will add up to additional funding for comfortable chairs, special features in the children's area and more in our renovated library. Round up every time you shop at the Co-op this month. Thanks!

The depot is preparing to move! Exact date to be announced soon!


Exciting news! The 1888 depot will be saved, and it is almost ready to move! Save the Northfield Depot is delighted to announce that the depot is expected to make the short trip across 3rd Street sometime next week. The public will be notified in advance so that the community can watch and celebrate their success in saving the depot.

Despite the December rains and snow, work has continued for the preparation of the move. Early in November, construction workers separated the 1888 depot building from the 1944 addition (which cannot be moved). A certified specialist removed asbestos in the ceiling of a portion of the addition. Subsequently, the south wall of the depot (removed in 1944) was rebuilt, the baggage room walls reinforced, and the 1944 station master's bay removed since it could not survive the move. Save the Northfield Depot has posted regular photo updates of the construction progress, and a link to these photos can be found on www.northfielddepot.org.

Three Links offering NAR (Nursing Assistant Registered) training class

New NAR training class starts January 11, 2016.

Three Links Care Center is offering a Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) training class with scholarships available. Class starts January 11, 2016. Please call Linda for more information at (507) 664-8832. Three Links is one of Northfield’s larger employers - employing 350+. We offer flexible schedules, scholarships opportunities, competitive benefits and continuing education opportunities. Three Links has been serving seniors in our community since 1899. 

Hiring Aquatic Instructors and Lifeguards

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Northfield Community Services is hiring certified WSI aquatic instructors and lifeguards for the upcoming 2016 season. Opportunities exist for teaching or guarding infant/toddler level aquatics and Red Cross levels 1 - 6. For more information, please contact Melissa at MBernhard@northfieldschools.org or call 507-664-3502. Apply directly by clicking HERE (fall, winter, spring recreation positions #2014).

Northfield Shares Distributes Grants to Nine Area Nonprofits

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Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy and volunteerism, has selected nine area nonprofits to receive grants for 2016. The organizations selected are the Beautify Northfield Coalition, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Greenvale Park Community School, HealthFinders Collaborative, Northfield in Bloom, Northfield TORCH, Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield Works – Community Action Center of Northfield and Northfield YouthBank. The grants, totaling $39,742, will be funded by five different funds inside of the Northfield Shares organization.

Celebrating Our Public Library


Our Northfield Public Library is being renovated for a new look, feel and function in 2016.  A bigger children's area for more programs and servcies.  New conference rooms for students, entrepreneurs and others wanting some private space. A refreshed meeting room with new furnishings and enough space for 50 people. Better access into the new glass entrance and atrium.  All worth celebrating this holiday season! For more information, see www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org

Northfield YouthBank Awards Fall 2015 Grants

At a ceremony on Monday night, December 14, Northfield YouthBank awarded five grants for youth-initiated projects in Northfield. The grants went to:

  • Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC), for their Food Recovery and Cookie Program
  • Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (CROCT), for a portable pump track
  • Film Club, a collaboration between Arcadia Charter School students and the Northfield Public Library
  • TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes), for an Extracurricular Activites Scholarship Fund
  • a student group at Northfield High School who will use funds to renovate parks in the Viking Terrace neighborhood

Grants of up to $20,000 were available. You can find out more by downloading the attachment. 

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