Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFThe weekend really starts on Thursday this week.  

The Northfield Liquor Store is hosting its first of the season wine tasting at The Grand on Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m.  Sample the special wines highlighted here and order now to be prepared for the holidays.  When you are done wine tasting, choose between Hip Hop Night at the Rueb or take in Anthony Newes at the Tavern.


String Fever Band helps Soaring Club celebrate history

The Stanton Airfield based Minnesota Soaring Club celebrated its heritage with a Pig Roast and party at the Airfield on Saturday night.  Northfield's String Fever Band provided wonderful background music during the event, including several songs commemorating the fun of flying.  It was wonderful, and you can click on the image to see a gallery of photos of the event.

The event was held to celebrate and thank the early members of the Soaring Club and to present Lifetime Achievement awards to several members.  These members were selected for their substantial contributions in the area of promoting, instructing, glider towing, and organizing of Soaring related activities at Stanton over the years. 

Several original Soaring Club members and their families came from as far away as Ohio to celebrate this event.  Stories about those early days were shared to the great delight of the audience.  The Minnesota Soaring Club was formed at Stanton in 1959 with 24 members and has grown to 120 members.  It is one of the most active and prominent soaring clubs in the U.S.A. 


The Spelling Bee is almost here!

Are there any good spellers out there?  Have you formed your team yet?

Don't miss out on a really fun evening of friendly competiton on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at The Grand Event Center.  The Bee is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of the Northfield Public Library, the Grand Event Center and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new "used" Booker Bus.  Teams of 3 adults can be sponsored by companies, businesses, organizations, book groups, neighborhood friends or ANYONE!  Sponsorship levels begin at $200.  Registration forms are available at the library or at www.northfieldlibraryfriends.org.


Daughters of the Game; Then and Now

The Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Senior Center present "Daughters of the Game; Then and Now."

Listen to Dorothy Mcintyre talk about the history of women's basketball in Minnesota. Then listen to Pat Lamb and Tammy-Metcalf-Filzen talk about the history of women's basketball in Northfield.

This program will start at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Senior Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Admission is $2 for non-members and adults. If you have any questions, please call the Northfield Historical Society at 645-9268.

Hayes Scriven is the executive director of the Northfield Historical Society 


First UCC Sesquicentennial Block Party and Auction

We’re celebrating 150 years!

And the whole Northfield community is invited.

In celebration of our years of mission and ministry, First United Church of Christ will be hosting a block party and auction on Saturday, October 7. Festivities will begin at 2 p.m. at the First UCC, located at 300 Union St. There will be food, music and activities for children.


Hurry, it's your last chance for 'Dinner on Us'

And this time, you choose the prize!

We've warned you. And here it is. This is your last chance to win "Dinner On Us." 

First, we have to announce the winner of our Week 10 drawing, Debbie Root, who wins a $50 gift certificate to the Contented Cow.

That's right, we've had 10 weeks of winners, enjoying 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And now you can win the big prize: $100 you can use to create your dream dinner. Yes, you can choose any restaurant in town and we'll pick up the tab, up to $100. You can use the money to buy wine and flowers and groceries to cook up a romantic dinner at home. You can buy beer and burgers for for a football party for the whole gang. The only catch is that you have to send a photo and tell us what you've "cooked up" for that perfect dinner.

You can enter the contest by becoming a member of Northfield.org. you will be entered into the next Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on Friday, September 22, with the winner announced next Monday, September 28.

You don't have to contribute to enter; and if you have entered already and haven't won, your name has been forwarded to the final drawing.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Hospital construction means change in access

Due to new construction at Northfield Hospital, patients and visitors are asked to use the Emergency Department entrance as the hospital’s front door for the next several weeks. Parking is available on the north side of the building.

The driveway and parking near the hospital’s main entrance are being reconfigured in conjunction with the construction of the new clinic space on the northwest corner of the hospital. The project will allow for more parking and convenient access to the clinic and the hospital. The work is expected to take four to six weeks.


What would keep Northfield a livable community?

Editor's note: We don't usually promote events outside Northfield. But there have been so many discussions recently on this topic, we thought it was relevant. 

On Thursday, September 21, AIA (American Institute of Architects) Minnesota will present "Livable Communities - A Town Hall Forum" for mayors, civic leaders, architects and design professionals, exploring livable communities and encouraging dialogues for creating them in Minnesota.

The AIA Minnesota kickoff event to AIA national’s sesquicentennial (AIA150) in 2007, aims to begin the larger picture discussion and education on livable communities.  By defining the term “livable communities” not only for civic leaders and architects, but also for the media and public in Minnesota, we hope to have far-reaching effects on communities.  A host of perspectives from AIA National, AIA Honolulu, the city awarded most livable in 2004 by the United Nations endorsed International Awards for Livable Communities; Minnesota mayors and AIA Minnesota’s Minnesota Design Team, will provide the depth and broad exploration of the subject necessary to bring creative, sustainable ideas to Minnesota communities.


Football - Northfield Defeats Hutchinson 7-6 - with Video!

The Northfield Raiders football team left it all on the field Friday night as they defeated Hutchinson 7-6 in overtime. It all came down to one play - four quarters plus one overtime of smashmouth football hung in the balance as Hutch went for two and the victory during their overtime posession. The Raiders broke the line and dumped the fullback for a loss of yards.

We've got videos after the jump...


More readers enjoy 'Dinner on Us'

We love good news, and we really love making good news happen.

Now we've made more neighbors happy with the news that they've won a $50 gift certificate in our latest "Dinner on Us" drawing. Rich Noer and Laurie Fleming both have shared their happiness, along with some kind words for Northfield.org.

By now, you probably know about our "Dinner on Us" membership drive. You know the routine. You make your $20 donation (or more) to become a member of Northfield.org, and we put your name in our weekly drawing for a $50 gift certificate to one of the city's fun restaurants. (You also can enter just by sending an e-mail.

Find out more about our latest winners inside...


Valley Grove Country Social is Sunday, Sept. 17

Nordic Jam at Valley GroveNorthfield's Nordic Jam will be performing at tomorrow's Valley Grove Country Social, sponsored by the Valley Grove Preservation Society. In addition to music, this annual event also features wagon rides, prairie walks, farm animals, food and more family-friendly fun. It's a great way to celebrate the last full weekend of the summer!

For more information, visit http://valleygrovemn.com.

Doug Bratland is a member of Nordic Jam. 


Sunday's 'Bark in the Park' to raise funds for new dog park

Submitted by Amy Gage

Canines at Play (CAP) is sponsoring a fund-raising event called “Bark in the Park” on Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park in Northfield. The event is intended to raise money for the city’s first off-leash dog park, which will be located in Babcock Park at Highway 3 and Woodley Street.

Bark in the Park is a family- and dog-friendly event that will feature a canine dance troupe, a sample obedience class and Tellington Touch, a type of massage intended to calm animals during stressful situations. Food and other family-style entertainment, including a “Picture Your Pet in the Park” photo booth, also will be available.

The event is free, but free-will donations are strongly encouraged to help CAP move closer to its $10,000 fund-raising goal.

The Northfield City Council gave final approval to the first off-leash dog park during its meeting on Sept. 11. CAP Chairman Rich Lorang, a local veterinarian, and First National Bank executive Rick Estenson, also a CAP volunteer, presented the plans.


Northfield Skating School's Learn-To-Skate Program is Back!

Submitted by Carey Tinkelenberg:

After a successful opening year, the Northfield Skating School has returned for its second season at the Northfield Ice Arena. Our program has expanded to offer two 8-week sessions of Sunday afternoon skating lessons for students of all abilities, ages 4-adult. We are a sanctioned program of US Figure Skating and follow their established curriculum.

Session 1 runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 10, 2006, and Session 2 runs from Jan. 7-Feb. 25. Registration deadlines are Oct. 1 for Session 1 and Dec. 15 for Session 2, but students are encouraged to register now to secure their spot for both sessions. Discounts apply to additional family members enrolled in the program.

Registration brochures are available at the Northfield Ice Arena, the Northfield Public Library, Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House, and various other downtown locations. See the registration brochure for more details, or contact Carey Tinkelenberg, Founder and Executive Director, for more information ( Northfieldskatingschool@gmail.com.)


Take a 'Run in the Wild' at Maltby Nature Center

The Maltby Nature Preserve is hosting the third annual “A Run In The Wild” 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 7.

Bring the whole family and join the fun to support the science education programs of The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve. Enjoy a beautiful fall day and run or walk the trails through the prairie and woods, around the ponds and along the river. Even your family dog is welcome, on a leash.

We'll have free food, beverages, t-shirts, and prizes! Entry fee is $12 before September 30. For more details, click the image at left to view a poster for the event (PDF). For registration forms and other information, visit www.thesciencecentermnp.org or call 507-664-0770.

The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve is 90 acre wildlife sanctuary located just outside of Randolph on the banks of the Cannon River . It is a non-profit, educational organization teaching the science of nature and the nature of science.


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