July 4th Events: Vintage Baseball and Fireworks

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Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that on Friday, July 4, there will with two exciting events: a vintage baseball game followed by an evening fireworks display. 

The 1860s-style baseball game gets under way when the Northfield Silver Stars take on the St. Croix Baseball Club at 1 p.m. in the field on Lincoln Street below St. Olaf College’s Old Main Hill.  Fans should be prepared for a few different rules: no gloves allowed; the batter is out if the ball is caught on the first bounce; no balls or strikes are called by an umpire (although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times); foul balls are not considered strikes; and base runners can be tagged out if they overrun first base.


Public Invited to Third Annual Northfield Film Fest

In collaboration with the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (CVEC), Carleton College is pleased to host the third annual Northfield Film Festival, running Tuesday evenings during the month of July. This year's theme is "The Hollywood Renaissance" and will feature popular films from the 1960s and 1970s, including "Bonnie and Clyde," "The Graduate," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and "Chinatown." The series will also feature screenings of three short films created by area students—one each from Carleton, St. Olaf College, and Northfield High School.

Screenings are free and open to the public and will be held Tuesdays evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema (Third and College Streets in Northfield).

July 8: "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967, 111 min.), directed by Arthur Penn and starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.


Great River Shakespeare Festival Ticket Vouchers available at the Northfield Public Library

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The Great River Shakespeare Festival has made available free ticket vouchers for their plays in Winona, MN.  The vouchers were made available through many generous donors. The season runs June 25 through August 3, 2014. The Northfield Public Library has 10 vouchers left.  These are available 2 per family. Please inquire at the reference desk upstairs at the library. Some restrictions apply.  For more information see the GRSF website at https://grsf.org or call the library at 507-645-6606.


Community School Coordinator for Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division

Northfield Public Schools (in partnership with the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and a number of local community organizations) is excited to announce the launch of the Greenvale Park Community School initiative this fall. 

Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. A community school’s integrated focus on academics, health & social services, youth & community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. 

The community school partners seek a Community School Coordinator to help lead this ambitious effort.


52 New Friends of the Northfield Public Library

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The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library are pleased to have 52 new members since they began their New Membership Drive during National Library Week in April.  Another 38 members before the end of July - 90 new members in 90 days! - and the Friends will be a bigger, better supporter of our public library.

Memberships begin at $10/year for students and seniors, $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $50 for businesses, and $120 ($10/month) for sustaining members.  Members' dues and donations support the Summer Reading Program, Books and Stars park performances, eBooks, Booker the bookmobile, computers and iPads, and much more.  

New members can sign up at the library, during the July Books and Stars performances (5 Wednesday evenings!) or online at http://www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. Friend us and join us today!


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and three board positions for high school students, beginning in September 2014.  HCI board members serve three-year terms.

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.” To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information on the HCI Board or to nominate yourself or someone else for the board, please contact HCI at 664-3524 or info@northfieldhci.org.

To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.


Carleton College's Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale Rescheduled for July 12 and 13

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) has rescheduled its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale for Saturday, July 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 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, which is typically held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend, was postponed this year due to Cannon River flooding on the campus.


YMCA Rotary Match Update

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA has raised more than $44,000 in the last month during their Rotary Community Match Challenge. Through June 30th, The Northfield Rotary Club will donate $1 for every $2 pledged. The Y is encouraging community members who have not yet supported the Y to make a tax-deductible gift of any size this week. The new Y Community Center is scheduled to open in September behind Target and features a full-size gym, indoor walking track and indoor pool. More information about the Rotary Match and the new Y facility is available at northfieldymca.org.


Northfield City Hall Open House

Media Release
June 25, 2014
Northfield City Hall Open House

Mayor Graham, members of the City Council and City staff welcome the public to Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington St, for an open house on Wednesday, June 25 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The purpose of the City Hall open house is to celebrate the 60th anniversary (1954-2014) of the newly remodeled building and its public service to the Northfield community as an elementary school and City Hall.

Were you a student or teacher in the former Washington Elementary School or are you a former city employee, maybe a regular user of the services at City Hall or just an interested resident or business owner, stop by for a tour of the newly remodeling building and enjoy some ice cream or hot dogs before or after your tour.


Book & Stars is at Spring Creek Park! Join us for "DOC ROBERT'S WILD WEST SHOW!" June 25th

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Want to see amazing skills and intriguing magic? Then Whip cracking, bottle tossing, the 11-box balance, china plates on tiny bamboo sticks – in the hands of five volunteers,  the endless pitcher of water, the vanishing elephant, 8 ball juggling, real western lariat spinnin’, and more!  Come to Spring Creek Park -by the Jefferson Parkway Soccer Fields Wednesday, June 25th for an evening of entertainment for all ages!

Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6:30.  The show begins at 7 pm.  Books and Stars is made possible by a grant from SEMAC, The Friends and Foundation of the Library, Northfield School District Community Services Division, The Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Historical Society. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


The Northfield Police Have Moved

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Mayor Graham, members of the City Council, City Administrator Tim Madigan, Police Chief Monte Nelson and the entire staff at the Northfield Police Department welcome the public to conduct business at our new Police Department located at 1615 Riverview Drive, Northfield.


"Northfield Wheels": An Automotive Exhibit Opens

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Northfield is famous as the city of “Cows, Colleges and Contentment,” but perhaps “Car-Buffs” should be added to tagline. Learn about Northfield’s surprisingly rich automotive history with the opening of “Northfield Wheels: An Automotive History,” an exhibit at the Northfield Historical Society Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. As part of the ongoing Northfield History Month celebration, admission to the museum will be free for the exhibit opening. Museum patrons also will be able to take in car show (weather permitting) sponsored by the Sundowners Car Club along Division Street.

Northfield was quick to embrace the automobile. While Henry Ford was building his first car in the late 1890s, Fred Bates and the Fey brothers were crafting automobiles locally.


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.

Mayor Graham’s Press Conference

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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.


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