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

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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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 Come to the third free seminar, part of a Nutrition Program at the Northfield Public Library.  Learn about carbs on Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m.  Learn how to identify what foods contain a healthful sugar balance with other nutrients.  We will review whole food nutrient values vs. processed food nutrientvalues.  The speaker will present tasty, healthful recipes that the family can enjoy.

This series is presented byNoel Aldrich.

Spring Forward! Sponsor your business or organization for HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala! Great Advertising for a Great Cause!

Spring Forward! Sponsor HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala

Spring Forward’ HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala with an after gala party of music by The Counterfactuals on Friday, April 25th  at the Grand Event Center in Northfield.

This year’s gala theme represents our mission of continuing to provide innovative, proactive health and wellness to those in our community with limited healthcare alternatives.

Our gala committee is working hard to create a unique event that celebrates our donors, collaborators, volunteers and supporters of HealthFinders. The evening includes silent and live auctions, an elegant sit down dinner for 200, and this year there will be an ‘After Gala’ party with music by the local band The Counterfactuals!

JOIN  US in becoming a sponsor of our gala, celebrating our successes and ‘Springing Forward’ to the future.  There are many benefits!! At either the Collaborator or Partner level, your business or logo:

March 8: Benefit Concert for Way Park

way park benefit concertThe Friends of Way Park invite the public to a benefit concert for Way Park on Saturday, March 8 at Northfield's First UCC Church. St. Olaf emeritae faculty Andre Een and Theo Wee with guest, Minnesota Orchestra violinist Taichi Chen, will perform music by Mozart, Rebecca Clarke, Johan Halvorsen and others.

Stay for free deserts after the concert, along with a special jazz surprise from members of the Over & Back Band.

Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 youth 15 and under. Proceeds will go to a great cause—the realization of the Way Park vision.

Carleton Students present Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” with proceeds supporting The HOPE Center


POSTPONED: Due to the tragedy which struck the Carleton community yesterday, the production of "The Vagina Monologues" has been postponed until the spring term. 

Carleton College will host a student produced and performed production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sometime funny, sometimes poignant—“The Vagina Monologues” focuses on the female experience as it relates to sexuality, love, abuse, and resilience. Proceeds from this event will benefit The HOPE Center in Faribault, along with the national V-Day Spotlight Campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Tickets are being offered on a $5 to $15 sliding scale, and can be purchased at the door and online at

Carleton Celebrates the Musical Heritage of Mali with a Performance by Trio Da Kali

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Carleton College invites the public to celebrate the musical heritage of Mali with a performance by Trio Da Kali on Monday, March 3 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center Theater. These three acclaimed musicians hail from the Mande culture of Mali, descended from a long time of distinguished ‘griots,’ or specialist hereditary musical artisans. This performance is free and open to the public.

Presenting contemporary music from the heart of the Malian griot tradition, Trio Da Kali take audiences back to the roots of this grand tradition, undoubtedly one of the African continent's finest, most subtle, and sublime musical styles. The trio brings a fresh, contemporary, and creative twist to the music, breathing new life back into this ancient art form.

Carleton presents special screening of the acclaimed documentary film, “The Girls In The Band”

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Carleton College will host a special screening of the acclaimed documentary film, “The Girls In The Band,” on Tuesday, March 4 fro 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity. The film tells the fascinating and inspiring stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their groundbreaking journeys from the 1930s to present day. This event is free and open to the public.

A New York Times Critics' Pick, reporter Jeannette Catsoulis described the film as “Everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.”

The Northfield Historical Society presents “Hops, Grapes & History,” a benefit event featuring a performance by Minnesota music legends, The Belfast Cowboys


The Northfield Historical Society presents “Hops, Grapes & History,” a benefit event on Saturday, March 8 at the Grand Event Center in Northfield.

The evening begins with a beer and wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring a hand-selected variety of Minnesota craft beers and wines; hors d’oeuvres; and a silent auction with a chance to bid on numerous goods and services from local businesses. Then from 9 to 11:30 p.m., the event culminates with a not-to-be-missed performance by The Belfast Cowboys, one of Minnesota’s most acclaimed and popular bands.

A nine-piece band fronted by the legendary Terry Walsh and featuring a full horn section (including veteran sax man Vic Volare), The Belfast Cowboys pay tribute to the iconic music of Van Morrison. The Belfast Cowboys have rocked and rolled their way around the globe, including sold-out shows in Ireland, BB King’s Blues Bar in New York City, and the world-renowned First Avenue Mainroom.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (February 24, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. You can find a full packet for the meeting here. You can also hear Dr. Richardson talk about the meeting with Jeff Johnson on KYMN's "Morning Show" by following this link. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • a presentation on Response to Intervention (RtI)
  • an update on workforce development
  • approval of a Director of Technology position

Bees, Garden Art, Herbs at Rice County Horticulture Day

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Spring will be arriving Saturday, March 15, in Rice County when the Rice County Master Gardeners host their annual Horticulture Day, featuring speakers on garden art, herbs and bees. The event, to be held at Buntrock Commons on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.

The opening speaker is Eric Johnson, a designer, garden writer and columnist for Northern Gardener magazine, who will teach participants how to create garden art that is handmade, beautiful and not too expensive in his talk on DIY Garden Art. He’ll be followed by Dakota County Master Gardeners Shari Mayer, a longtime herb enthusiast, who will talk about growing and preserving herbs. After lunch in the St. Olaf cafeteria, participants will hear from Karl Foord, a University of Minnesota Extension Educator on the role of bees in the pollination of fruit as well as threats to bee populations and what gardeners can do to help bees.

Sidewalk Poetry Competition Deadline is Friday, February 28

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If you haven't yet submitted your poems for this year's competition, you only have a few more days to do so.  The contest, run by the Arts and Culture Commission and funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, closes this Friday, February 28, at 5:30 pm.  Either mail your poems to the Northfield Public Library, 212 Division St, postmarked by February 28, or turn them in at the library circulation desk by 5: 30 pm, Friday, before the library closes, and make sure that your envelope is marked "sidewalk poetry".

For full competition rules visit

Two special programs at the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, March 1.


From 10:30-4:30 the Carleton Mortar Board Society members are hosting a Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon!  In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday they will be reading his books in the children's area of the library.  Come on by to listen or take a turn reading!

Library Kids Club is a new afternoon program that begins this Saturday.  It's just for kids K-5.  They will explore the library with awesome volunteers from Minnesota Reading Corps, St. Olaf & Carleton Colleges.  They will be exploring a different topic every week– transportation, crafts, cooking/baking (food), travel, sports or animals! Learn about using the library, how to find books and then expanding the topic with reading, crafts, and activities.

No charge! Saturdays 1 to 3 March 1, 8 and April 5, 12 & 26.

For more information email or call 507.645.1804

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