Give to the Max Day!

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative is among the more than two dozen local nonprofits participating in the Northfield GIVES event on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, Nov. 14. The event is from 5-9 p.m. at the Grand, 316 Washington St.

Your generous support will help HCI continue its mission of fostering a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families and builds community.

Minnesota History Player comes to Northfield!


The Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Public Library are pleased to announce that the 2nd in the series of Minnesota History Players will be at the Northfield

Public Library on November 16 at 11:00 a.m. Harriet Bishop, was the first school teacher in St. Paul and she will talk about the role of women in the American frontier and she will discuss the differences between a school from the 19th and 21st Century.

The event features Miss Bishop will be in full period clothing and comes with a full trunk of authentic artifacts that are used in a lively and engaging program. People of all ages will enjoy and learn about Minnesota’s past. There are also items on display from the Northfield Historical Society collection relating to early schools in Northfield.

Come to the Northfield Public Library's Trivia Bee and Benefit Event!

Northfield Public Library Trivia Bee

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library invite everyone to their second annual Trivia Bee: A Benefit to Support Our Library, on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Event Center. Celebrate the Northfield Public Library with an evening of trivia, live music and dancing—led by quiz mistress Jessica Peterson White, along with musical entertainment from Northfield ‘buzz’ band, The Counterfactuals.

Proceeds from this not-to-be-missed event will support a wide range of initiatives and programs at the Northfield Public Library. Community members are encouraged to register teams of up to four people (along with a tax-deductible entry fee of $100 or more) for trivia competition; individual participants and party-goers of all ages are also welcome to attend. There will be a suggested donation at the door.

Soup & Cycles: Brainstorming for a Bike-Friendly Community


You are cordially invited to Soup and Cycles, an information gathering and brainstorm for representatives of Northfield area bike clubs and bike-interested groups, community leaders and educators. The event will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Larson Room, 2nd Floor, Carleton College. A light dinner of soup and salad will be provided courtesy of Rice County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and Tandem Bagels.


·       5:00pm  Soup and socializing

·       5:30pm  Welcome and introductions

·       6:00pm  Small group discussions:

Registration Now Open for Northfield Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot”

Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Northfield Rotary Club will hold its annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Northfield Golf Club, located at 707 Prairie Street in Northfield. Registration for pre-registered and same day registrants opens at 8 a.m.  The cost to participate is $12 prior to November 15 and $15 after that date.

All entries postmarked by November 15 are guaranteed a commemorative long sleeve t-shirt. A time clock displays at the finish, but no official times will be kept.  Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher. 

All proceeds benefit the Northfield Rotary Youth Exchange Program and other Rotary International service projects.

Acclaimed Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company presents an evening of Spanish dance and music

Susana di Palma

The acclaimed Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company will present SOL Y LUNA, an evening of traditional Spanish dance and music, on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Led by dancer and choreographer Susana di Palma, the Minneapolis-based company is comprised of an ensemble of international artists, dancers and musicians renowned for bringing the power, passion and virtuosity of the art of flamenco to American audiences. This event is free and open to the public; seats can be reserved at

Harvest Documentary to Air on TPT-MN Saturday

"Harvest: a Community's History Founded in Bronze" will air on TPT-MN four times on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The documentary, by Northfield resident Paul Krause, will air at 1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm.

Special Election Results

Results from the November 5, 2013 Special Election in Northfield's 4th Ward can be found here

Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for Living Treasures Award


The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of the City of Northfield is once again seeking nominees for its annual Northfield Living Treasures Award, sponsored by the Northfield News.  ACC Chair, Philip Spensley says the commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by November 9, 2013.  Attached is the nomination form. Hard copy forms are available at the Northfield News, the Public Library, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Historical Society, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and at City Hall. They are also available at the above organizations' websites.  Completed nomination forms should be turned in at the circulation desk of the Public Library or at the City Administrator’s office at City Hall.

Carleton’s Annual Chesley Lectureship Highlights the Work of Acclaimed Mathematician James Propp

Mathematician James Propp

Carleton College announces its 2013-14 Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lectureship, to be delivered by acclaimed mathematician James Propp, a researcher and professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The lectureship features two public presentations: “Wild Beauty: Postcards from Mathematical Worlds” on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 149 and “Quasi-Random Processes” on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in Olin Hall 141. Both talks are free and open to the public.

In high school, Propp was one of the national winners of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO); he often times credits that experience as his inspiration for becoming a math professor. Propp majored in math at Harvard, later earning his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. Propp has taught at Berkeley, Brandeis, Harvard, M.I.T., and the University of Wisconsin Madison, in addition to the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Hospital's Long Term Care Center earns high marks

Northfield Hospital’s Long Term Care Center is among the most highly ranked nursing homes in the state, according to the latest Nursing Home Report Card released earlier this year by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Northfield High School Theater Presents Urinetown, the Musical

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One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! 

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

Performances Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2:00 in the NHS Auditorium. Admission: $8 for adults, $6 for students. Tickets are available in the NHS office.

Carleton Convocation Unlocks the Language of the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Zonnie Gorman/Photo by Nicola Majocchi

Native American historian Zonnie Gorman will present the Carleton College convocation address on Friday, November 8 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In her presentation, Gorman will discuss the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II; Gorman is the daughter of Carl Gorman, one of the first twenty-nine Code Talkers. This event is free and open to the public. Carleton’s convocations are also streamed online and can be viewed at

The Code Talkers were a small band of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World World II. Considered the most ingenious and successful code in military history, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war’s end. More about the Navajo Code Talkers can be found at

Carleton Grad to Discuss Critical Watershed Management



Bernstein Geologist-in-Residence James Pizzuto, a 1975 Carleton Graduate, and now Professor of Geology at the University of Deleware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment will give an alll campus talk on Friday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 149 on the Carleton Campus. Everyone is welcome.

Pizzuto says most watersheds in the U. S. are no longer entirely natural systems, but rather reflect centuries of human impacts, many of which have impaired the valuable ecosytem services that watersheds provide.  He will argue that restoring watershed ecosystms will require a new discpline of goengineering, guded by a new ethos of our relationship with nature. Professor Pizzuto says that what is needed is a "new marriage of science, engineering, ethics and values."

New book groups for children at the Northfield Public Library.

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The Northfield Public Library is hosting two new book groups for children.  They will only take place over the four Tuesdays in November.  Minnesota Reading Corps members and former Library Pages Rachel & Naomi Meissler will join St. Olaf College APO volunteers in presenting the programs.  There are two sessions every Tuesday in November.

Kids in grades 2 & 3 3:30-4:15 will be reading the Cate DiCamillo series "Mercy Watson"

Kids in grades 4 & 5 4:30-5:15 will be reading the Newbery Award winning book "The Tale of Despereux" also by Cate Dicamillo.

The books will be read together followed by a fun and interactive project.  Kids can come to all or just a few, whatever schedules allow.  The book groups are free and meet in the library's meeting room. 

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.

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