Carleton lecture by noted professor asks, “Is Earth Our True Home?”

Professor Peter Lawler

On Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum, noted professor Peter Lawler will present a lecture entitled, “Is Earth Our True Home? On Walker Percy, Carl Sagan, & ‘Interstellar.’” This event is free and open to the public.

Lawler is the Dana Professor of Government at Berry College in Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, including “Postmodernism Rightly Understood” and, most recently, for which he was named a Georgia Author of the Year, “Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future.”

Lawler is also the author of the blog, “Rightly Understood,” on and contributes regularly to other blogs, including “Postmodern Conservative.”

Carleton convocation profiles the Dialogue Arts Project, using creative writing and art to generate dialogue about social identity and difference

DAP founder Adam Falkner

Adam Falkner, founder and executive director of the Dialogue Arts Project (DAP), will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 30 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “How Can Writing Change the World,” Falkner’s presentation profiles the mission of DAP, an organization dedicated to using creative writing and the arts as tools for generating difficult dialogue across lines of social identity, conflict and difference. 

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

WINGS is now accepting Grant Applications for 2015

WINGS logo

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area non-profit organizations to apply for a 2015 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and children in the Northfield area.  WINGS gives grants to qualified non-profit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support.  Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.


Chris Richardson Receives Minnesota Association of School Administrators Polaris Leadership Award


The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Chris Richardson, Superintendent for Northfield Public Schools, the recipient of the MASA Polaris Leadership Award. Dr. Richardson will be honored for his exemplary school leadership and a lifetime of balanced achievement inside and outside of education at a statewide recognition ceremony to be held at the 2015 MASA Fall Conference, September 27-29, in Duluth, Minnesota. This award is presented with the support of Ehlers and Associates.

Polaris, the “North Star”, themes this award because, just as exemplary administrators serve as definitive leaders, Polaris is constant and unmoving in the sky. A navigator’s benchmark, the star marks “true north”, the fundamental direction that defines east, west and south. With this award, Dr. Richardson is recognized for qualities such as professional courage, creation of a legacy of excellent leadership, fostering innovation, contribution through example and mentoring, exemplary conduct reflecting integrity and bearing emulation, and significant tenure in each position to support district vision and affect positive change.

Northfield Funeral Homes Announce Partnership

Northfield’s two venerable funeral homes – Benson & Langehough Funeral Home & Cremation and Bierman Funeral Home – have announced they are joining forces effective immediately. Between the two mortuaries, they will continue to provide comprehensive funeral and cremation services in Northfield and the surrounding region.

The two businesses will remain in their current spaces, Benson & Langehough at 201 East 4th Street and Bierman Funeral Home at 1316 Division Street South. The directors, Andy Langehough and Jim Bierman, will each continue to manage their respective facilities. Their collaboration will be most evident during on-call hours when they will respond for one another on weekends and weekday evenings, allowing each to have time “off duty” without sacrificing their service to those in need.

Northfield's 2015 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off - Saturday, January 31st, 10 am in the Northfield Public Library Meeting Room

Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will mark the start of this year's Sidewalk Poetry competition with a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 31st at 10 am in the Northfield Library Meeting Room.  In celebration of the start of this year's contest, the public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite short poem to share.  

August: Osage County at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of  the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts. This drama tells the story of the tumultuous Weston family as they near the most epic of family meltdowns.  Described by the New York Times as “Fiercely funny and bitingly sad” this play is a gritty, honest, look at a family in crisis.  This show is intended for an adult audience.

Auditions announced for OLIVER! at the Northfield Arts Guild

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces auditions for the beloved musical theater classic OLIVER! Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this production brings to life the miraculous tale of a young orphan's quest to find home and family in Victorian London. One of the most popular musicals in the world, Oliver was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 1968 film version won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.

Mayor Dana Graham talks about Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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In last week's Minute with the Mayor, Mayor Dana Graham talks about making Northfield a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community.

View the videa at the city's website:

Carleton convocation goes behind the scenes of a Minnesota medical examiner in “CSI Minnesota”

Dr. Lindsey Thomas

As part of its ongoing public convocation series, Carleton College is pleased to present Dr. Lindsey Thomas, assistant Hennepin County Medical Examiner, on Friday, Jan. 23. Entitled “CSI Minnesota: The True Story of Death Investigation,” Thomas’ presentation will take listeners behind the scenes in her work as a forensic pathologist for Minnesota’s largest and most populated county.

Convocations held from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. They are also recorded and archived online at

At the intersection of science, technology, and the judicial system,
Thomas also serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota
Innocence Project, which represents people who were wrongfully
convicted for crimes they did not commit. Additionally, the organization
educates attorneys and criminal justice professionals on best
practices, and works to reform the procedures that produce such unjust

Carleton professor shadows Marco Polo’s famous 13th-century journey from Venice to Bejiing (and beyond) in the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey”

Carleton Professor Qiguang Zhao

Carleton College is pleased to present a special screening of the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey,” in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema January 25 and 29. Shot in epic cinematic style, the three-part series explores the philosophical and historical questions about East and West, then and now, as it contemplates the meaning and implications of Marco Polo’s infamous 13th-century journey from Venice to Bejiing. The series follows Carleton professor Qiguang Zhao, Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, as he travels to Venice to chase the shadow of Marco Polo.

A childhood fascination with the Italian explorer has become a lifelong passion for Professor Zhao. In the three-part film, Zhao seeks out the Marco Polo story, chronicling the people, places, power and perceptions of a Westerner discovering the East centuries ago, and asks what resonance this has for the world today.

Rock 'n' Roll Revival Ticket Fundraiser to Benefit Fine Arts Boosters

Rock 'n' Roll Revival

Tickets to the Northfield High School's production of Rock 'n' Roll Revival can be a hot commodity. This year, The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters are offering concert-goers a chance to win the best seats in the house. NFAB has launched a blind bid ticket auction that runs until Feb. 13.

NFAB is auctioning packages of four prime seats for each upcoming performance of Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival 2015. These seats are visually and acoustically the best seats in the house.

The auction is a fundraiser and is online only. Bidding opened on Jan. 15 and closes on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. Bids are blind so bidders will not receive information on the status of their bid until the auction has ended.

To place a bid, visit

Toddler & Child Swimming Lessons

Starfish lessons begin on Tuesday, Jan. 20!
Safety around water is important!  Register for a Community Services swimming lesson today and prepare your child for safe experiences around water for all their tomorrows! 
All Community Services classes (parent/child, and swimming level classes) follow the American Red Cross curriculum.  Class options are listed below.  Descriptions have been updated to provide for clearer expectations and skills taught at each level.  Go online or look in our brochure to review them.  For more information or to register click HERE or go to http://w

Habitat for Humanity needs YOU!

Rice County Habitat for Humanity needs your help to finish our twin home in Lonsdale!  We're working Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.

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