The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces auditions for THE FANTASTICKS, the longest running musical  of all time. With music by Tom Jones and lyrics by Harvey Schmidt, this show is a must for any actor interested in musicals!  Featuring a beautiful, and at times haunting, score, songs like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” prove why this show is considered a classic piece of the musical theatre canon.

Auditions are scheduled for  Saturday, March 29th from 1-4pm and Sunday, March 30 from 6-8:30pm.  Auditions will take place at the Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street, Northfield.  Director Mishia Edwards is asking that those auditioning prepare at least 16 bars of music that showcases your vocal range.   Please bring sheet music for the accompanist.  There will also be cold readings from the script.   Roles available in The Fantasticks include El Gallo (age 30s-40s), Matt and Luisa (both 16-early 20s), Hucklebee and Bellomy (40s) Henry (40s and up), Mortimer (late 20s) and the Mute (flexible age). 

Northfield Arts Guild Theater Presents THE CHERRY ORCHARD

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov and adapted by Jean-Claude Van Itallie. This beautiful translation by Van Itallie brings to life Chekhov’s modern classic tale centered at the estate of Madame Ranevskaya, where the fate of the beautiful orchard hangs in the balance as it is auctioned off to pay family debts. According to the New York Post this play is "…a new, faithful, very playable and gorgeous translation by Jean-Claude van Itallie." 
The Cherry Orchard is being directed by Jon Terrill and stage managed by Melody Pringle.  Members of the cast include Felicia Crosby, Taylor Heitman, Lee Wilson, Susan Carlson, Peter Webb, Tristan Rouh, Sylvia Ismet, Susan Dunhaupt, Rob Schanilec, Jeanne LaBerge-Dunlop, Fred Stanley, Bryan Reed and Ellie Wilson. 

Electronics Recycling Scheduled for Saturday, March 22.

There will be another ELECTRONICS RECYCYLING opportunity on Saturday, March 22, from 10 A.M. until noon, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street.

The following items will be accepted at no charge:

Meet our last Minnesota History Player- author & artist Wanda Gag!

Meet Minnesota’s Wanda Gág

(1893-1946) Children's author and artist

Wanda Gág, author, artist, and illustrator, was born in New Ulm, Minnesota. After her father's death she took writing and illustrating jobs to help support her family. She sold many illustrations to the Minneapolis Journal and received art awards and an art scholarship to the Art Students League in New York City.  Gág is best known for her children's book Millions of Cats.

Saturday, March 15 from 11 to noon.  This series of programs was made possible by The Friends & Foundation of the Library, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, the Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Public Library. 

Carleton College to Host Community Open House on Facilities Planning

Carleton College announces a Community Open House on Wednesday, March 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Larson Meeting Room 236, to share emerging plans for the long-term layout of the campus, including desired locations for future academic, administrative, and residential functions.  The public is invited to attend; light refreshments will be served.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (March 10, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, March 10, 2014. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Join the Y team! Looking for a full-time youth development program director!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a strong community? The Northfield Y has a fantastic full-time opportunity for a Youth Development Program Director to join our team at our soon-to-be open facility. For details on the position, the Y and the Northfield community, visit our website. Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn to be kept posted on more positions as they become available. The Y has plans to hire more than 80 employees from now until September. 

MNsure Enrollment Assistance Available at Community Action Center


The Community Action Center (CAC) is  offering free appointments to anyone in Northfield who needs help securing MNsure health insurance. Beginning April 1, all Minnesotans are required to have health care coverage in order to avoid financial penalties. The CAC has three staff members and two volunteers who are trained MNsure navigators and are available to answer questions and guide people through the enrollment process. 

In anticipation of the April 1 deadline, the CAC has scheduled two evenings when navigators will be available. There is a session today, March 11 from 5:00 until 7:00.   Navigators are also available onThursday afternoons and at other times by appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Community Action Center at 507-664-3550. Additional assistance from MNsure Navigators is available by calling HealthFinders at 507-646-8964.

Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

Lisa Franxman

First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”

2nd Annual Three Links Kids Carnival

Three Links Kids Carnival

Join us for the 2nd annual Three Links Kids Carnival! Games, Cakewalk, Food and Facepainting. Fireman from the Northfield Fire Department will be on sight with the firetruck for tours. Saturday, March 15 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Lodge on Three Links campus which is on Odd Fellow Lane and Hyw 19. Hope to see you there! All proceeds benefit the Three Links Foundation and the people we serve. Celebrating our 115th year!



Hey Northfield Family,


Tonight at the Grand Event Center




Register now for YMCA spring programs

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Spring is near and that means registration is underway for Northfield YMCA spring programs. Class offerings and details are available in the spring session brochure, which is available on the Y’s website

You do not need to be a member to enjoy all that we have to offer. Browse our spring preschool and youth offerings and join us!

Also included in the brochure and on the website is information about the 8th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Bridgewater School. Save the date and participate in a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways.

Cannon Valley Velo Club Kickoff Meeting Saturday


Calling all Northfield area bike enthusiasts: if you want to meet a bunch of folks who love to ride, plan to get yourself down to FIT to be TRI'd for the Cannon Valley Velo Club's annual season kickoff meeting at 9:00 AM Saturday March 8. There will be much bike talk, including discussion of the full array of ride options available this season, BAGELs and beverages, and a gravel ride to follow (studded and/or fat tires highly recommended given the glazed/rutted/snowy condition of area gravel roads). Newbies are encouraged to come on down and join us!

Neuger Communications Group Joins Forces With Henry Schafer Partners; Firm to Open Satellite Office in Downtown Minneapolis


Neuger Communications Group announced that it has acquired Henry Schafer Partners in a deal that significantly enhances the media relations and social media expertise of the Northfield-based integrated marketing and communications firm. The agreement also means a stronger presence in the Twin Cities market for the expanded firm. The company’s Twin Cities office will be located in the North Loop of downtown Minneapolis. Its headquarters will remain in Northfield, Minn.

Sr Center Brings Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker to Speak on Sustainability

Larkin McPhee

Larkin McPhee, Emmy-awardin winning producer, will be the keynote speaker for the kick off event of a 4-part series on Local Sustainability, presented for the public by the Northfield Senior Center.  The first event will be Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, starting with a viewing of the film "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story," followed by comments from McPhee, who produced and directed the film.   McPhee won three Emmys for this documentary: Best Topical Documentary, Best Writer of Program (non-news) and Best Editor of Program (non-news).   The film shows the relationship between farming practices and the health of the river.   It tells the story of changes on the land, and the initiatives people are taking to ensure a more sustainable food production system.       

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