New Exhibit to be Unveiled at City Hall


Philip Spensley, chair of he city’s Arts and Culture Commission, announces that this coming Friday there will be an artist reception in conjunction with the opening of the second professional artist's art exhibit in the main corridor of City Hall. Jill Ewald, Arts and Culture Commission member, is the curator.  A new schools art installation will also be on display on the second floor.  

Northfield City Council has embraced the promotion of artists who reside in the Northfield Area, and the beautification of the City through art in public places. As part of this, the renovation of City Hall included creating a gallery atmosphere in both levels of City Hall: professional artists show their work on the first floor and student work is on display on the 2nd floor. Both shows rotate. The second professional Show will open this Friday, Feburary 27, from 4-6 in City Hall. Snacks will be provided.

Safe Roads, Strong Communities Draws a Crowd


A large crowd gathered at St. Dominic Church Sunday to talk about the need for legislation allowing everyone to apply for a driver’s license, regardless of immigrant status.  Local members of ISAIAH, a statewide organization whose mission is to act collectively toward racial and economic equity, sponsored the gathering.

Following a lunch served by the Latino community, the crowd gathered in the St. Dominic sanctuary to listen to stories of local residents who reluctantly, but of necessity, drive without a license.  Father Denny Dempsy greeted the crowd.

Carleton Convocation presented by Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Center, seeing to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)

Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 27 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Behind the Kitchen Door,” her presentation draws attention to servers, bussers, runners, cooks, and dishwashers across the country struggling to support themselves and their families under the shockingly exploitative conditions that exist in most restaurants.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Renowned Catholic poet and peace activist Rose Berger to speak on social activism and faith

Rose Berger

Renowned Catholic poet and peace activist Rose Berger will present "When Your Faith Gets You in Trouble: Sojourners and Other Strange Stories" on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. An award-winning religion journalist, author, public speaker, poet, and Catholic who specializes in writing about spirituality and art, social justice, war and peace, Berger is senior associate editor and regular columnist at Sojourners Magazine, the national ecumenical magazine based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on "faith in action for social justice."

In her lecture, Berger will speak about three times her faith got her in trouble -- and invite questions from the audience to engage in discussion about social and spiritual issues that matter to us. This event is free is open to the public. 

Applications are being taken for Northfield Area United Way grants


The Northfield Area United Way’s grant application process is now underway. Registered 501 (c)3 non-profits providing health and human services to residents in the Northfield area are invited to apply.  The Northfield Area United Way’s area of service includes Northfield, Dundas, Lonsdale, Montgomery, Dennison, Webster  and Kilkenny.

Completed applications are due March 20, 2015. Applicants  can retrieve the three-part application and instructions online at Each applicant will be required to make an in-person presentation to a panel of community volunteers as part of the process. Panel presentations are expected the week of April 27, 2015. 

New Video! Minute with the Mayor

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Mayor Graham asks for community input on 2015 projects in this short video.

You can find this video along with other short videos in the Media Center on the City of Northfield website:

Carleton presents annual production of “The Vagina Monologues;” All proceeds to benefit the Hope Center

Carleton presents "The Vagina Monologues"

Carleton College will present its annual production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sometime funny and sometime poignant, this student-produced and student-performed theatrical production is inspired by women’s experiences with sexuality, love and resilience. All of the proceeds, including ticket, t-shirt and candy sales, will be donated to the Hope Center in Faribault.

Tickets will be sold on a $5-$25 sliding scale and can be purchased at the door or inadvance online at

Globetrotting investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman presents Carleton convocation

Kelsey Timmerman

Globetrotting investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman will present the weekly Carleton College convocation on Friday, Feb. 20 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Fueled by passion and curiosity, Timmerman tells the story of the items in our lives that we often take for granted. His presentation, entitled “Where Am I Wearing? Where Am I Eating?,” shares the stories of the people he meets as he travels the world, educating audiences and promoting dialogue about how to improve our world economy.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are recorded and archived online at

Northfield Reads Selection is "Enrique's Journey"

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Do you have your winter reading planned out?  Put Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario at the top of your list and participate in a community read!  Northfield Reads is initiated by the Northfield Human Rights Commission, and also sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Public Schools, Carleton College, and Content bookstore.  

How do you participate?  Read the book and suggest the book for your book group, form a group at your church, or discuss the books with some friends.  Some students at Northfield Schools will be reading the book.  On Monday, April 13, at 7:00 – 8:30 pm the community will gather at the Church of St. Dominic for a program and small group discussions.


Celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie presents “Documenting/Creating Community” at Carleton College

Wing Young Huie

On Monday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m., celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie will present “Documenting/Creating Community,” discussing how photography works as a tool to help build community. Huie’s presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, on the Carleton College campus.

Wing Young Huie’s photographic projects document the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. Whether in epic public installations or internatonal museum exhibitions, he creates up-to-the-minute societal mirrors of who we are, and uses photography to both record and honor communities. 

'Marketplace of Ideas' is topic of presentation


"The Marketplace of Ideas" will be the subject of a presentation by Chuck Samuelson next week. The presentation is scheduled for 6:30-7:50 p.m., Feb. 12, 2015, in the meeting room at the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington St. The event is free and open to the public.

Samuelson is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. Founded in 1952 as the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Minnesota protects the civil liberties of all Minnesotans through litigation, public education and lobbying.

Carleton convocation features Groceryships founder Sam Polk, aiming to empower families to live healthfully

Sam Polk

Groceryships founder and executive director Sam Polk will present the weekly Carleton convocation address on Friday, Feb. 13 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Redefining Ambitions,” Polk’s presentation will reflect Groceryships’ mission to empower families across the nation to live healthfully.

This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at

A Groceryship is a scholarship for groceries, providing families the money to buy fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and seeds for six months, along with a comprehensive program of education and support to empower them to increase health by incorporating more of these healthful foods into their diets. 

Renowned soprano and scholar Janet Youngdahl presents a “Celebration of Hildegard” at Carleton College

Janet Youngdahl

Visiting scholar and renowned soprano Janet Youngdahl will present a “Celebration of Hildegard” on Friday, Feb. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. An early vocal music specialist, Youngdahl will present the music, writings and artwork of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), the visionary abbess and healer whose spiritual compositions are among the most astonishing and unique creations from the dynamic milieu of 12th century Benedictine monasticism.

Open House


Bring your little sweetheart to our open house on Saturday, February 14th from 10:00-12:00. The public is invited to visit our Montessori environment for young children. Tour the classrooms and meet the staff who will be on hand to answer queestions about our popular summer sessions and the upcoming school year. Enrollment for 2015-2016 will be open.

MCH Mini Film Festival

Consider staying for our first children's film festival from 12:00-2:00. More information available on the community page of our website.

Give an Instrument, Get a Symphony


The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters are kicking off their annual instrument drive, starting today. Donate a gently used band or orchestra instrument between Feb. 6 and March 20 and you'll receive a delicious Symphony chocolate bar, plus NFAB's gratitude for your tax-deductible donation.

If you don't have an instrument but want to donate $25 or more to the Instruments For All (IFA) fund, NFAB will also reward you with chocolate and gratitude.

Instruments For All aims to put an instrument into the hands of every Northfield Public Schools student who wants to participate in the band or orchestra proram. It also provides scholarships for summer lessons.

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