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

The Girls In The Band

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

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Winter Concert March 1-2

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra plays Beethoven’s "Coriolan Overture" and "Choral Fantasy" along with the "Violin Concerto" of Samuel Barber on Saturday, March 1, 7:00 p. m. at the Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St. and on Sunday, March 2, 3:00 p. m. at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague. 

Tickets are available from the Northfield Arts Guild, 507-645-8877 or online at  They will also be available at the door in Northfield, $10 adults and $5 for students (under 18). There will be a free-will offering in New Prague.

Both concerts feature local artists:  A. DeWayne Wee, the New Prague Hymnus Choir, and Anthony Eddleston. A. DeWayne Wee is emeritus professor of piano at St. Olaf College.  He will be featured in the Beethoven "Choral Fantasy."  Anthony Eddleston, violin, is a high school orchestra conductor in Moorhead, MN, with a degree from Concordia College in Moorhead.  He toured with the Concordia Orchestra abroad and recently taught in the Faribault Public Schools.  Today he plays in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and maintains a private studio.  Eddleston will be the soloist in the Barber "Violin Concerto."

Carleton College Convocation Underscores How Consumers Can Make Differences and Change Lives

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Stewart Ramsey, a successful social entrepreneur and the founder of Krochet Kids intl., will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 28 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship: Creating a Cycle of Success,” his presentation will highlight the power of engaged consumerism, and how consumers can really make a difference and change lives thanks to their purchasing decisions. Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

Open House for pre-schools in Northfield is coming up

Several Northfield pre-schools will be holding an open house on Thursday, February 27th from 5:00-7:00pm and Saturday, March 1st from 10am- noon.  This year parents will have an opportunity to visit various pre-schools on the same dates.  Each school offers exciting, unique experiences.  We hope that parents will take time to visit many of these schools which will allow them to choose the school that best meets their child's needs. The following schools will be holding their open house on the same dates:  Northfield Nursery School  ( 1401 Maple Street) Open Door Nursery School (500 West Third Street)  Little Lambs Preschool (803 Winona Street) and St Dominics School  ( 216 Spring Street North).   We hope to see you there!

Northfield is Added to Fare for All Express Food Network


Fare For All is a cooperative food purchasing program that has been in Minnesota for almost 25 years. The program is open to anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. Because Fare For All is a bulk buying program, the more people who participate, the better. Northfield will be part of the Express food program and customers do not need to pre-order or pre-pay. The site is cash and carry (cash, EBT, credit card, debit card accepted, no checks).

Fare For All provides packages of fresh fruits and vegetables ($10), as well as quality frozen meat items ($11 or $25). This program will be available once per month from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden Street N.  Dates in 2014 are:  March 6, April 10, May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 4, October 2, October 30, December 4.

For more information: or 763.450.3880

Veterans Share Their Stories at Carleton College

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0in">In Minnesota alone, 1 in 13 adults are veterans—and all have compelling stories to tell. On Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m., six Minnesota veterans will bring their stories to Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity in Telling: Minnesota, an original three-act play based on their experiences. A reception and 30-minute moderated discussion with the cast immediately follows the play. The event is free and open to the public, but ticket reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online at

The Carleton Players present Sophie Treadwell’s riveting play, “Machinal”


The Carleton Players will present American playwright Sophie Treadwell’s riveting play, “Machinal,” inspired by the real life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder.  Performances are nightly Feb. 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m., along with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23, the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Performances are free and open to the public but reservations are recommended and can be made online at

“Machinal” tells the story of Helen, a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, lives a life nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. Taking place just before the great Depression, Sophie Treadwall's play tracks the life of a desperate young woman destroyed by the world of money, men and machines.

St. Olaf set to begin 2014 Social Science Conference


Brave people around the world champion human rights every day, tackling social, economic and health inequalities, human trafficking, state repression, and other grave injustices.  In February St. Olaf’s 2014 Social Science Conference, “Promoting Human Rights,” will bring together scholars, activists, and those of us interested in concrete solutions to these  critical problems. During lectures, films, and workshops we will address these issues from the local to global level with a focus on pathways for action.

Genesis: The Art of Creation to be Broadcast this Saturday on TPT-MN

Paul Krause's documentary, Genesis: The Art of Creation, will be broadcast four times this coming Saturday, February 22. on TPT-MN (Charter cable channel 396) Broadcast times are 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm. The film documents the creation of the painting Genesis by our nationally honored local artist Fred Somers.

The painting was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondolet in St. Paul. At the time of its creation, the painting was Fred's largest work.

Skateboard Coalition Advisers are Making a Difference

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Three adult advisers to the Northfield Skateboard Coalition received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for January/February. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Cecilia Cornejo, Rob Hardy and Jane McWilliams have regularly volunteered their time during the past two years helping youth from the Skateboard Coalition work toward the goal of building a permanent skate park in Northfield. The Parks and Recreation Board has selected Old Memorial Park as the location, and the project is in the design phase.

McWilliams said even though her children are grown, and she had no personal interest in the skate park, she felt an obligation as a citizen to help bring closure to a project that’s been discussed and debated since 2005.

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