Grand Ol' Summer kicks off July 9th

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Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center are teaming together this summer to offer a chance for kids and their grandparents to spend some fun time together.  We’ve got several activities for you to choose from during the months of July and August.

The highlight of this program will be a bus trip to Circus Juventas on Saturday, August 9th. The following Wednesday, kids and grans can sit down together and make their own circus using found objects and construction paper.

You can paint a pot and plant a flower together or team up to build a birdhouse. 

Take it easy and make a date to see a movie at the Northfield Senior Center while enjoying popcorn and lemonade.

Get out and get some fresh air during our photo scavenger hunt (I think that a photo of an ice cream cone is on the list!).  The next day, you’ll use your photos to create a collaged book or wall hanging.


Food Truck Tuesday Continues to be a Success!

The success of Food Truck Tuesday continues to be overwhelming.  Each Tuesday, over 150 people have been coming to the First United Church of Christ parking lot to try something different for lunch.  So far, we have hosted Maria's Taco Hut, Gastrotruck, The Moral Omnivore, and the kids' favorite, Natedogs.  We have confirmed some new trucks to come throughout the rest of the summer, including The Sizzling Wagon, A La Plancha and R.A. MacSammy's, which will be another hit with the kids.  If you're not in a rush to get back to work, seating is available on the lawn or you can bring your own blanket, the kids get to run around, and there is even fresh produce available in the youth garden to pick and take home for free.  


Northfield Mayor's Press Conference on Flooding, 6/19, 4:30 p.m.

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The City of Northfield has staffed an Emergency Operations Center. City staff and existing agencies are working together to mitigate threats to the City and manage assets. EOC staff is working closely with Rice County, City of Faribault, and other entities to make sure that we have the resources we need to continue to effectively manage this event. The EOC will be staffed as needed for the duration of the event. Additional resources will be brought in if the situation warrants it.

Chief Monte Nelson, NPD, is the acting incident commander. He is supported by staff from Northfield Emergency Management, Northfield Public Works, Northfield Public Safety Agencies, Northfield Hospital and Clinics EMS and city staff.


Mayor, City of Northfield share flood update

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Mayor Graham’s Press Conference

June 19, 2014 8:30 a.m.

Introduction

Talking Points:

 

1.     Current conditions:  Northfield has received 1.25” of rain since last night.  Faribault received more, around the 2” range, not exactly sure.

2.     Gauges:

Straight River showing a slight decrease in Owatonna and Faribault.

Cannon River at County 29 in Northfield shows a slight increase.

The visual gauge at the Safety Center was at 4 feet 6 inches last night at 8p increasing to 4 feet 8 inches as of 7a today.

3.     City of Northfield will stay in the incident command structure for the next 12 hours.

4.     We will continue to monitor Owatonna, Faribault, Dakota County and other local sources.

5.     The media will be notified of any changes throughout the day.


City of Northfield merging Facebook pages

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The City of Northfield is making a change to its Facebook social media presence. Currently, Recreation, Public Works, Library, and DMV have separate Facebook pages. Soon, all departments will have access to the City of Northfield “main” page.

The main page will allow for more content to be provided by Administration, Communications, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Police, and Public Works/Engineering. Library and Recreation will continue to have their own Facebook pages.

The City website www.ci.northfield.mn.us drives city social media content. If a member of the community has an immediate issue, contact the appropriate department by telephone, email, or raise an issue by contacting the appropriate department from the city website.


June 2014 Flood

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UPDATE: There are currently no severe weather watches or warnings in effect.

Forecast

The forecast from the National Weather Service can be found here

For more flood-related information, photos, and videos, click Read more.


Spring greens and fresh local vegetables at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Spring Wind Farm brings lettuce, spinach, radishes, and other spring vegetables to Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday.

Local seasonal produce at available at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday, June 21 includes fresh-picked salad greens, head lettuce, spinach, snap peas, rhubarb, radishes, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, and green onions, along with a variety of bedding plants, eggs, and flowers.  


Northfield Calls for Flood Volunteers

Sandbagging Volunteers

An email distributed by Northfield Shares this afternoon asks for Northfield-area volunteers to help with sandbagging and other flood-preparation activities. It says:

Urgent Volunteer Alert!

We need YOUR help! The City of Northfield has declared a flood emergency and the river continues to rise, with more rain in the forecast. With two colleges in town and the high school down the street, we can normally mobilize hundreds of volunteers in minutes. However, most of those students are not easily available in the summer, so we're relying on citizens like you.


Northfield Area Family YMCA Business Challenge Update

The Northfield Area Family YMCA has raised $27,500 so far this month during their Business Builders Challenge. Thanks to matching gifts from Heartman Insurance, Just Food Co-op, and an anonymous donor, business donations are being matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. The deadline for making a tax-deductible gift is this Friday June 20th.


Northfield City Council selects finalists for city administrator position

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 Media Release

June 18, 2014

Northfield City Council selects finalists for city administrator position

On June 17, 2014, the Northfield City Council selected five finalists for the position of city administrator. Listed below are the finalists along with a brief summary of their employment history and education:


Reigel to Lead Oldies Sing-Along at Village on the Cannon June 19 Instead of Froggy Borroms

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Because of the flood, the location and time of the Sing-Along has changed. Marc Reigel, leader of Carleton’s Night Crawlers Band which toured the Midwest in the mid-60s, will return to lead an oldies rock and roll sing-along on Thursday, June 19, at Village on the Cannon, 301 W 7th Street. in Northfield, starting at 8:00 p.m.Joining Reigel on keyboard will be Night Crawlers lead singer Barry Gillespie, now a realtor in Owatonna, with Rob Lampe on guitar and Rae Rusnak on harmonica. 


History Month Continues with "A Beacon So Bright"

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The next event in the Northfield History Month Celebration is a presentation by Carleton College Archivist Eric Hillemann of his book “A Beacon So Bright:  The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould.” In addition to chronicling his life, Hillemann’s book tells the story of Gould’s work at Carleton College where he served from 1932-1962, including seventeen as president. Known as “Mr. Antarctica”, Gould was a polar explorer and geologist who, rather than becoming a politician, leading a major foundation or directing NASA, devoted himself to higher education, and to Carleton College, in particular.

Hillemann will speak at the Northfield Historical Society on Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events in the Northfield History Month Celebration:

June 22: Free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum


Carleton College's Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale POSTPONED Due to Flooding Conditions

NOTE: Due to the impact of the Cannon River flooding over its banks, the Carleton College Lighten Up! Garage Sale has been postponed. The sale will take place at a later date this summer.

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale on Friday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. The popular annual sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for local residents and cash for local charities. The sale is held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend and the CCCE advises shoppers to shop early and often!


World's Largest Swim Lesson

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 Have you ever wanted to help break a world record? Now is your chance...right here in Northfield!!! Northfield Community Services has entered Northfield as a host community for the World's Largest Swim Lesson.  Infomatin about the WLSL and more detailed information is below. 


Shakespeare Week at the Northfield Public Library

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Shakespeare in the Park

Books & Stars

Wednesday, 7 pm June 18 Way Park

Join us for a unique encounter with the bard! This evening will include a minstrel wagon, upbeat music, audience interaction, and more!  Presented by The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company.

 

Stage Combat Workshop

Thursday, June 19 at 5:30-6:30 pm-At the Library (Grades 6-12)

Ever wonder how the slaps, punches, and swordfights happen onstage? Actors from the Great River Shakespeare Festival will lead an interactive stage combat workshop! Don't miss your chance to learn how stage fighting really works, and to try your hand at it, too. This program is designed for grades 6-12. Anyone under age 12 would need to have a parent in attendance.  This program is paid for with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

 


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