Books & Stars line-up announced- something for everyone!

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We have a great line-up of family friendly entertainment on Wednesday nights in Northfield.  All in thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Library, The Northfield Historical Society and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council there will be 8 shows for eveyone to enjoy.  Thanks to our sponsors there is NO CHARGE! Booker, the book bus opens for library material check out at 6:30.  The shows begin at 7 pm.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (May 27, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:


Carleton’s Alex Freeman Awarded Prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship

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The American Composers Forum has announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Among the four fellows named, chosen from a pool of 63 applicants, is Alex Freeman, Carleton College assistant professor of music.  The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is meant to acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition.

Freeman’s music has garnered acclaim from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Sibelius Academy, American Composers Forum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His chamber works and choral music are performed regularly in the United States and abroad, particularly in Finland, where he studies as a Fulbright Fellow in 2001 and where he continues to create new works and research on Finnish music. Recordings of his music have been released by Albany Records, innova Recordings, and Navona Records, including, most recently, a CD of his complete piano works by Albany Records entitled “Inner Voice;” a recording of his chamber work from Parma Recordings entitled, “Blueshift;” and internationally acclaimed recordings of his choral works by The HOL Choir and Tapiola Children’s Choir.


Taste of Northfield May 29 in Bridge Square

Taste of Northfield 2014

The 9th Annual Taste of Northfield will take place Thursday, May 29th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in historic, scenic, authentic Downtown Northfield, MN.

The Taste of Northfield features delicious food and beverages from local businesses as well as live entertainment from local artists and is located in and around Bridge Square, including the Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza along the Cannon River.

Performances on the City of Northfield Showmobile will take place throughout the evening featuring long-time favorite Anna Balfany at 5:00 pm and The Bridge Square Band at 6:00 pm. The James Gang will present a bank raid re-enactment on Division Street at 7:15 pm followed by a local talent show from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.


WINGS to Honor 2014 Grant Recipients

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Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 22 area organizations and programs that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 19, in the Sun Ballroom at Buntrock Commons. Also honored will be the recipient of the WINGS Dream Grant of $10,000 for 2014.

The groups are recipients of $74,964 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship.

The event is open to the public and costs $20 per person. It includes a light supper and a chance to hear about the work of the grant recipients.  Registration is required; registration forms can be found at the WINGS website. Please register by June 9.


Annual Public Sculpture Unveiled

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On Friday, May 16, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission held the unveiling of Octopus Garden,the annual work of outdoor sculpture created through collaboration between the Commission and the Northfield Public Schools. Hand made glass forms, steel and concrete are the materials used by the team comprised of local glass artist Rick Swearer, Carleton apprentice Eliza Dennis and twelve Northfield High School students:  Maddie Guyot; Noah Heil; Caitlin Kelley; Calvin Kragseth; Bailey Mastin; Carmela Ortiz; Alex Pepel; Annika Peterson; Olivia Riggins; Irene Stoutland; Avery Swearer, and Amber Zetelmo.

Located on the corner of 3rd and Division Streets, Octopus Garden is the third work of local artists and high school students. The projects are funded by the South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.


All Saints Episcopal Church Awarded Grant

The All Saints Episcopal Church has been awarded a Rice County Community Partners Conservation grant to install a rain garden at 419 Washington Street, Northfield. This grant serves a two-fold purpose.  The primary purpose is to reduce snowmelt and storm water runoff before the water carries pollutants to the storm sewer  and then into the Cannon River.


Who or What Inspires You?

Youth Video PSA contest

Inspiration comes to me from people. Hearing people’s stories and understanding what makes them tick is what I cherish. Fostering a spirit of connection among people is what I aim to do. I want to create spaces where people feel comfortable sharing stories and learning from each other. By listening to one another, people can expand their perspectives and build meaning in their lives. 

In my own life, it is currently a time of much transition and excitement. I am 18 and about to graduate from Northfield High School. I find myself looking back and marveling at how much I have learned in the past few years. Inspiration has taken me to a lot of different places as I’ve tried to figure out what work is most effective in building community. I have learned the necessity of approaching all things with faith in others and faith in myself.


2014 Candidate Filing Periods for City, County, and School Board Offices

The filing period for candidates for City and County elected offices opened on Tuesday, May 20, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3. City offices up for election in November 2014 are:

  • Council member, Ward 1 (position currently held by Suzie Nakasian)
  • Council member, Ward 4 (position currently held by Jessica Peterson White)
  • Council member, at-large (position currently held by Rhonda Pownell)

Potential candidates can find out more about filing for these positions here


Northfield Arts Guild presents THE FANTASTICKS

Luisa (Chelsea Lloyd) and Matt (Michael Domingues) in the Arts Guild production of THE FANTASTICKS.

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of  THE FANTASTICKS, the longest running musical  of all time. Considered a classical piece of musical theatre, the history of the show speaks for itself  boasting a run of 42 consecutive years in New York! With music by Tom Jones and lyrics by Harvey Schmidt, audiences will recognize favorite songs from the show “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”  This tale, full of magic and moonlight, is a story of young love and the quest to discover who we are meant to be.  THE FANTASTICKS  will be presented in Northfield’s Central Park.


NORTHFIELD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY TO HOST 2014 GOLF CLASSIC ON JUNE 2

NRC Golf Classic at Northfield Golf Club on June 2

Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) welcomes the community to participate in its 8th Annual NRC Golf Classic at Northfield Golf Club on Monday, June 2. The NRC Golf Classic is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Northfield Retirement Community Foundation and provides support for the NRC mission of providing premier housing and care services to older adults.

Event organizer and NRC Vice President of Long Term Care Operations Tom Nielsen shared, “The NRC Golf Classic is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a chance to show support for the mission of NRC while enjoying a friendly day of golf in the company of good friends and community members.


Carleton College Honors Convocation Celebrates Faculty and Student Achievements

Hibah Hussain, Carleton Class of 2008

Carleton College will hold its annual Honors Convocation on Friday, May 30 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. A yearly celebration of faculty and student academic accomplishments and civic engagement, this year’s Honors Convocation address will be presented by Google Public Policy Analyst Hibah Hussain, Carleton Class of 2008.

A cherished annual tradition at Carleton, Honors Convocation begins and ends with a full academic procession, including emerti faculty. Following remarks by President Steven Poskanzer, Dean of the College Beverly Nagel and Dean of Students Hudlin Wagner, the ceremony will honor students and recipients of awards and grants. Honors Convocation is free and open to the public; the event will also be streamed live and archived for future viewing online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


Acclaimed Florestan Recital Project Presents PANIC, A Groundbreaking New Song Cycle by Composer Andy Vores and Poet Todd Boss, at Carleton College

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The internationally acclaimed Florestan Recital Project will come to Carleton College on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Led and performed by artistic directors Alison d’Amato (piano) and Aaron Engebreth (baritone), the eclectic ensemble will perform PANIC, a groundbreaking song cycle by composer Andy Vores and poet Todd Boss. This event is free and open to the public.

PANIC is a presents a multi-disciplinary song cycle based on the novel “Pan” by Nobel-winning Norwegian author Knut Hamsun. Set to a new libretto by Minneapolis poet Todd Boss, PANIC explores the themes which Hamsun vividly presents such as solitude, longing and madness. Vores’s music combines a vivid contemporary soundscape with a pillar of classical music tradition, the narrative solo song cycle. The program will also incorporate projected images by Lynn Lukkas and dancers from the Univeristy of Minnesota.


Genesis: The Art of Creation to air Saturday on TPT-MN

Genesis: The Art of Creation, a documentary by local filmmaker Paul Krause and produced by Documentary Northfield will be aired this coming Saturday, May 17 at 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm on TPT's Minnesota Channel.

The documentary features the artistry of local artist Fred Somers and the creation of his largest painting Genesis. The painting was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondolet in St. Paul.


NTA Spring Tennis Kickoff

May 17 2014 1:00 pm
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Northfield High School tennis courts

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 17 at 1:00pm. The Northfield Tennis Association will be hosting a spring tennis kickoff at the Northfield High School tennis courts. The afternoon will start out with the dedication of a new tennis backboard in honor of Tom Cieslukowski and will then be followed by a series of free tennis clinics and activities.

The event is open to the public and there will be activities for all ages and abilities including Cardio Tennis and a 10 and Under clinic. No registration is required for any of the clinics. Just come out to the courts, have some fun and get some exercise!

For more information call Rob Nutt at 507-645-2686 or Andrei Sivanich at 612-423-0390.


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