Celebrating Light (and Meatballs) for 40 Years

Lucia 2015

Northfield High School junior Rose Mibus will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 11, at the 40th annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

You don't have to be Swedish to join in the festivities, but a willingness to have fun is recommended. The event begins at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration marks the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season and includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

Dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, Lucia will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Afterward, Lucia and her attendants will serve cookies and coffee to everyone. The event concludes with songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.


HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants this fall to benefit area youth

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This fall, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 10 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including the first-ever “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant”. All projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


Community invited to visit with Community Solar Thursday

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Mary Jo Cristofero invites everyone to stop by the Northfield Area Community Solar table at Goodbye Blue Monday during Winter Walk, Thursday evening. Learn about community solar gardens – about solar electricity YOU produce in our community.

·           All Xcel customers can subscribe to this solar energy

·           The solar array is at the garden, not on your property

·           Learn now to greatly reduce carbon emissions

The Northfield Area Community Solar is dedicated to keeping the community in community solar!


Introducing the Northfield District Youth Council

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Submitted by Lars Ripley. Hello, citizens of Northfield. I am writing this to tell you about a student-run organization called the District Youth Council (DYC), of which I am currently a member. You probably haven’t heard much about us, if anything, since this year is only our second year of existence. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will know more about us than you currently do.

The District Youth Council was created as a way of giving students a say in how things are run in the Northfield School District. Similar to the Mayor’s Youth Council, another student-run organization you may have heard of, we try to collect students’ opinions about the issues concerning Northfield Youth and use that information to creeate a positive impact. However, while Mayor’s Youth Council focuses on issues that impact the community as a whole, we focus specifically on issues relating to the Northfield School District.


League of Women Voters - Northfield & Cannon Falls "Meet and Greet"

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The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls is hosting a "Meet and Greet" on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 5-7 pm at The Tavern Lounge in the Archer House.  The public is invited to come and learn about the work of the League in promoting an active and informed citizenry.  No speeches or presentations ~ just informal conversation.  All are welcome. 


Winter Break Basketball Camp

Learning how to do our best!

Swoosh! This camp is designed to introduce boys and girls ages 6 - 12 to the sport of basketball through skill development and small group games. Sports Unlimited staff will focus on helping your child learn the rules of basketball while working on team play and sportsmanship. Individual skills taught include shooting, passing, dribbling and learning the strategies of offense and defense. Children will be divided by age and skill level. Staff to camper ratio 1:10. For more information or to register, click HERE. Community Services may be reached at 507-664-3649 or at www.northfieldschools.org (follow the Communty Services link). Class number 1153-F15A

Monday & Tuesday, December 28 & 29

10 am - 1 pm

Bridgeater Elementary Gymnasium

$44


A donation to our library is a great holiday gift!

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A lasting gift for an infant or a grandparent? For a tough-to-shop-for teen? For an on-the-move young adult? A donation to the library's renovation project, made before December 31, 2015, will be recognized in perpetuity on the donors' wall. Give today - the holiday gift that keeps giving for decades to come!


Depot is Prepared to Move!!

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Save the Northfield Depot announces that construction workers have separated the 1888 depot building from the 1944 addition that cannot be moved (see photo).  In addition, the south wall of the building which was removed in 1944 has been rebuilt.  Volunteers recently stacked some of the 1944 bricks removed from the building; construction workers will move the pallets of bricks to the new site.  


Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season - YMCA hosted Blood Drive: Thurs, Dec 17th (free child care available noon-3, if needed)

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Northfield Area Family YMCA hosts community blood drive

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season.  Northfield Area Family YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, December 17th  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at YMCA,  1501 Honeylocust Drive, Northfield. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (507) 645-0088 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code Nfld Area Y.


Northfield baby carrier drive benefits refugees

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Help make a difference in the lives of refugee families without leaving Northfield. A local drop-off point is now available for Carry The Future, which hand-delivers baby carriers to refugees in Europe and the Middle East.
 
Refugees can end up walking hundreds of miles to their asylum destinations. They desperately need a safer, more comfortable way tovcarry their babies and toddlers.

Call for Lucia Attendants and Star Boys

Lucia Fest

The Northfield Swedish Club is preparing for its 40th annual Lucia celebration and is looking for girls and boys interested in participating as attendants. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. W., in Northfield. 

Area residents of Swedish descent—or those simply interested in a night of fun, food and music—are invited to attend this annual celebration marking the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season. It includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, singing, and folk dancing around the Christmas tree.

After the meal, Lucia, dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional Lucia song.


E-Cycling at First UCC Next Saturday!

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The first Saturday of the month is coming up fast and once again, this is your best chance to dispose of old things containing circuitry or metal.  Come to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, December 5 from 10 until noon. If you miss this chance and don't want to wait until the first Saturday in January, call the e-cycler himself to arrange a time when you can bring your material directly to him to process.  His name is Jim Caswell, phone number 651-214-3857.
 
Here are examples of what you can bring -- at NO cost.
 

November 25 is Andrew Carnegie's birthday!

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Wednesday, November 25th was American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie’s 180th birthday.  Northfield and about 3,000 other communities have Mr. Carnegie to thank for our public libraries. 

As Garrison Keillor tells it in the Writer’s Almanac on November 25th, Carnegie “came to this country as a teenager and took a job in a factory in Pittsburgh.  He wanted to educate himself, but although there were public libraries at the time, you had to pay an annual fee to become a member.  Carnegie wrote a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Dispatch, arguing that poor people should be given free access to libraries so that they could improve themselves.  The director of Carnegie’s local library read the letter, and it persuaded him to change the rule.”


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 23, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, November 23, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. The table file is here. Highlights of the meeting included:


More Progress in Saving the Depot

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Save the Northfield Depot’s Alice Thomas shares this photo of the separation of the depot and the 1944 addition. She reports that movers are expected next week to start the process of getting the depot on the truck, which will take a couple of weeks.

“Progress thanks to many supporters.” Thomas adds.


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