VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meetings (February 2015)

The Northfield School Board's regular meetings in February were held on Monday, February 9 and Monday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. 

Monday, February 9


Eight Northfield Poets Included in SELCO's 2015 Poetic Strokes Anthology

Eight Northfield poets were chosen for inclusion in SELCO's 2015 Poetic Strokes anthology. SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is a consortium of public libraries in eleven southeastern Minnnesota counties, representing communities from Cannon Falls to Austin and Winona. 55 poems were chosen from 286 entries submitted by 219 individual poets. The Northfielders included in the anthology are: Toni Easterson, Scott Forsgren, D.E. Green, Rob Hardy, Brenda Hellen, Jim Holden, Laura Cloak Meyers, and Anna Priore.  


E-Recycling Saturday

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 Bring your unwanted electronics and appliances to the First UCC parking lot on Saturday, March 7, from 10 A.M. until noon. Old-fashioned CRT-based TVs (or monitors) will be accepted BUT there is a $5 fee AND limit of two per household. Extra-large devices -- requiring two people to carry -- will NOT be accepted. 


Hospital auxiliary announces book fair dates

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 54th annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Fair Tuesday, April 28, through Saturday, May 2, at the Northfield Ice Arena.
 

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 29 – May 1; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Friday all books are 50 percent off. Saturday morning is the bag sale ($5 per bag) from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. all remaining books are free.


Passenger Rail Service For Northfield?

MnDot is revising the State’s Passenger Rail Plan, and a regional grass roots initiative has succeeded in getting Northfield tentatively designated for passenger rail!  MnDOT is requesting public Comments on this proposal.

Two routes are proposed for study – both connect south central Minnesota to the Twin Cities using existing rail line through Northfield. In addition to restoring the historic passenger rail service to central Minnesota, the Northfield line continues south to Kansas City where it connects with three of Amtrak's long distance routes (Los Angeles, Denver and Dallas).


Obituary: Ken Bank

Ken Bank

Kendall Charles Bank, a former resident of Northfield, Minn. died suddenly February 1, 2015, at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He was 69 years old.

Ken was born November 5, l945, in Winona, Minn. He graduated from St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Minn. in 1963 and from St. Olaf College in 1967. He received a master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1969.


Earth Day Planned for April 18

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Mark your calendar for the Northfield community celebration of Earth Day, Saturday April 18th.  There will be a full day of free Skill-Sharing Workshops at the First UCC Church from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a Community Potluck and Soup Supper, with Earthly Exhibitors at Carleton’s Weitz Center, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

To kick off the day, on Friday evening, April 17th, from 5-7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Northfield Community Solar.

Among the Saturday activities there will be goat cheese making, clothes mending, info about creating a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself and many more!

Registration starts March 17 at: www.transitionnorthfield.org. 


City of Northfield Staff Receive Minnesota Concrete Council Award

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The City of Northfield received the 2014 Pavements Award for the Riverview Drive Reclamation Project at the Minnesota Concrete Council's annual awards event. This award is presented for cast-in-place concrete parking lots and local streets under 5,000 square yards in area. This project was a great example of a partnership to improve an extremely deteriorated pavement. The event was held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, MN.


Hike the Superior Hiking Trail!

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Richard Collman will take you on a hike of the Superior Hiking Trail on Tuesday, March 3 at 7-8 PM at the Northfield Public Library meeting room.  Wear your hiking boots!

Note: This will be the last public event at the library before the meeting room is converted to a storage space in anticipation of the library renovation and relocation of services and staff to City Hall later in the spring.  


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network - Join us Monday, March 2nd 6:00 pm

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community - Supporting our local veterans

Call to Action:  Join us for our Kick-Off Event, When:  Mon March 2nd 6:00-8:30 pm at the National Guard Armory

What is a Yellow RibbonCommunity?

A Yellow Ribbon Community unites key areas within a community to create a comprehensivenetwork that connects and coordinates agencies, organizations, resources and employers for the purpose of creating access toresources that meet the needs at the local level of Service Members, Veterans and Military Families across the state ofMinnesota.

Why Become a Yellow Ribbon Community?


Kids’ Obstacle Course Event on Saturday

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Do you love physical challenges? Does U.S. history fascinate you? Then this Saturday’s Kids’ Obstacle Course event being held at the High School gym at 4 – 5:30 p.m. is a perfect opportunity to participate in these activities surrounded by a positive atmosphere. Kids will roll, climb, scoot, hula-hoop, and more, as well as answer fun quiz questions about the United States.

This multi-age interactive event will help build confidence in kids, encouraging them to try new things even if they look hard at first. The challenges are there to help build stamina and resilience while being supportive of each other. Children 4-9 years old and their families are recommended to attend this fun-filled event. Small prizes will be earned as kids move their way through the course.


Jay Ungar and Molly Mason performing with the CVRO March 8

CVRO with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason March 8

The 2014-15 season of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) marks the 35th anniversary of the orchestra. The third concert of this celebratory year, Americana: Traditional Fiddling Spectacular will take place Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. This single performance will be in the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium beginning at 3:30. The concert will feature internationally renowned folk musicians Molly Mason and Jay Ungar. Advance reservations for tickets can be made online at www.cvrorchestra.org, or by calling 507-645-8877.  Suggested donation is $25 for adults and $10 for students and children.


New Exhibit to be Unveiled at City Hall

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Philip Spensley, chair of he city’s Arts and Culture Commission, announces that this coming Friday there will be an artist reception in conjunction with the opening of the second professional artist's art exhibit in the main corridor of City Hall. Jill Ewald, Arts and Culture Commission member, is the curator.  A new schools art installation will also be on display on the second floor.  

Northfield City Council has embraced the promotion of artists who reside in the Northfield Area, and the beautification of the City through art in public places. As part of this, the renovation of City Hall included creating a gallery atmosphere in both levels of City Hall: professional artists show their work on the first floor and student work is on display on the 2nd floor. Both shows rotate. The second professional Show will open this Friday, Feburary 27, from 4-6 in City Hall. Snacks will be provided.


Safe Roads, Strong Communities Draws a Crowd

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A large crowd gathered at St. Dominic Church Sunday to talk about the need for legislation allowing everyone to apply for a driver’s license, regardless of immigrant status.  Local members of ISAIAH, a statewide organization whose mission is to act collectively toward racial and economic equity, sponsored the gathering.

Following a lunch served by the Latino community, the crowd gathered in the St. Dominic sanctuary to listen to stories of local residents who reluctantly, but of necessity, drive without a license.  Father Denny Dempsy greeted the crowd.


Carleton Convocation presented by Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Center, seeing to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)

Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 27 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Behind the Kitchen Door,” her presentation draws attention to servers, bussers, runners, cooks, and dishwashers across the country struggling to support themselves and their families under the shockingly exploitative conditions that exist in most restaurants.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


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