Hospital recognized for limiting early elective deliveries


Northfield Hospital’s First Touch Birth Center was recently recognized by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its commitment to reducing early elective deliveries. Research shows that important development takes place for a baby’s brain and lungs during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Yet according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), early elective deliveries --- which include inductions and planned Cesarean sections that are not medically necessary --- still account for 10 to 15 percent of all deliveries nationally.

Update: River Walk Gazebo Removal May 5, 2015

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The River Walk Gazebo located to the west of the Archer House is scheduled for removal the morning of May 5, 2015.  The City’s Building Official has deemed the structure unsafe for occupancy. 

Reconstruction of the gazebo is tentatively scheduled for 2015, so please excuse any inconvenience during this time.

Further inquiries may be directed to Jasper Kruggel at 507-645-3027 or

Carleton’s library gets “Solid Gould” treatment from artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant

Prolific artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant will speak at Carleton College on Wednesday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Entitled “Solid Gould Hits:  The College Library as Archive, Small Publisher, Maker Space, Laboratory, Incubator, and Late-Night Social Club,” Sturdevant’s presentation celebrates the many ways the library is used, along with the variety of resources it offers.

Carleton convocation provides first-hand account of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project

Chude Allen, Then & Now

American civil rights and women’s liberation movement activist Chude Allen, a member of the Carleton Class of 1965, will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 15 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Just Being There Was Against The Law,” Allen will share her first-hand account as a participant in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system by increasing African-American voter registration.

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

CRWP Seeks Executive Director


The Cannon River Watershed Partnership seeks  candidates for Executive Director who will provide overall management, panning and leadership of this non-profit organization working to protect the water quality and natural systems  of the six-county area along the Cannon River.

To learn more about the organization, visit the website:  To apply, send over letter and resume to Nancy Braker, CRWP Board Chair, at . Posting will remain open until May 10th.

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Spring Concerts May 9-10

CVRO May 2015 Concerts

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, directed by founder and conductor Paul Niemisto, will present two May concerts in celebration of the end of their 35th Anniversary season.The first concert will be in Northfield on Saturday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 W. 3rd St. The second concert will be in Faribault on Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 PM at the Cathedral of our Merciful Savior, 515 2nd Ave NW.

“Vibrantly screwy” musical duo Polygraph Lounge to perform at Carleton College

Polyphonic Lounge

The zany musical duo Polygraph Lounge will appear nightly at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Called “vibrantly screwy” by Time Out New York, the duo will perform “Live From Brooklyn,” a rib-tickling musical rollercoaster in the spirit of Spike Jones, Victor Borge, PDQ Bach, and Weird Al Yankovic—and featuring Carleton students and an audience noseflute choir (the community is invited to “BYON.”) Performances are free and open to the public.

Carleton invites the community to an Evening of Arab Music

Bassam Saba

Bassam Saba, a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist, will perform on oud, violin, buzuq, saz, and the Western classical flute in a rare appearance on Thursday, May 14from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall.

Saba is part of Simon Shaheen’s Near Eastern Music Ensemble and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road project, and he performs extensively in the United States, Middle East, and Europe. He has worked with some of the most prominent Arab musicians of our time: Fairuz, Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbani, Wadi El-Safi, and Kazim al-Saher. Saba has also worked with Western musicians, such as Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Sting, and Herbie Hancock.

Spring is here—and there’s a lot happening in the Carleton Arboretum

Carleton Arboretum

The spring season is officially upon us and the public is invited to check out what’s happening in the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum.

Wildflower Tour

Come learn about the wildflowers of the Cowling Arboretum on a field trip led by Arboretum director, Nancy Braker. Learn flower identification tips and see what is blooming. The field trip will visit Stork Forest, the oldest forest restoration project in the Arboretum. Wild ginger, trillium, bellwort, hepatica and bloodroot all grow here, but what will be seen on the trip depends on how far advanced the spring is. This will be a joint field trip with the Prairie Partners Chapter of the Wild Ones.

The field trip will take place on Thursday, May 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the entrance to the Upper Arboretum at the intersection of Second and Oak Streets. Casual clothing and walking shoes are recommended.

Annual Spring Bird Count

Renowned Ragamala Dance Company presents “Sacred Earth”

Ragamala Dance Company

As part of Carleton College’s weekly convocation series, the renowned Ragamala Dance Company will present a special performance on Friday, May 8 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

“Sacred Earth” explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. Performed with live music, the dancers attempt to create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance derived from it.

The performance of “Sacred Earth” is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

10 Weeks to a 5K

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10 Weeks to a 5k.  Do you want start running?  Train to run your first 5K with support from the Northfield Y. 

Enjoy a fun way to get healthy, meet new people and experience the power of the group in helping you to reach your goal. 

Wedensdays May 27 - July 29, 10 sessions 

6:30-7:30 pm 

Meet in the Northfield Y gathering room (just inside the front doors). 

Registration fee:  $30 for Y Members, $40 for Community Members.  Ages 16+  Before the first session, get your legs ready with 8 days of walking.  Visit the Y's website to register or call 507-645-0088.   Download our flyer for more details. 

City Clean-up Days Scheduled


The City of Northfield is holding Spring Clean-up Days May 2nd and May 9th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Northfield Maintenance Shop, 1710 Riverview Drive behind Perkins. Acceptable items include:  household garbage, bulk items and construction waste (windows, doors, lumber, shingles, sheetrock and scrap metal). There will be no charge for these.

The city also accepts for a fee:  appliances, electronics computers, monitors ($25/item) and tires ($5/tire) and tractor tires ($40/tire).

Paints, sludge, tar, liquids, thinners, fertilizer, pesticides, batteries, yard waste and brush are not acceptable.

There is no charge for acceptable items with proof of residence.   

Instrument Fund Renamed for Longtime Northfield Band Director


The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters (NFAB) have renamed their organization’s Instruments For All program in memory of longtime Northfield elementary band director Roger Jenni.

The program, which aims to put an instrument into the hands of every Northfield Public Schools student who wants to participate in the band or orchestra program, is now known as the Roger Jenni Instruments For All Memorial Fund.

NFAB made the announcement at Monday evening’s Northfield High School band concert, before the performance of “Hymn and Celebration,” which was composed by St. Olaf Music Professor and NFAB board member Tim Mahr. The Concert Band’s performance of the song was dedicated to Jenni, who launched the band career of most of the students in the auditorium.

Jenni passed away unexpectedly in February, several months after he had retired. He had taught the fifth grade band in Northfield for nearly 40 years and was known for his enthusiasm—for band and for students.

Carleton Convocation delivered by Let Girls Lead’s Kathryn Harper

Let Girls Lead's Kathryn Harper

Kathryn Harper, a passionate advocate for the global empowerment of girls and women, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 1 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Entitled “Invest in Girls, Transform the World,” Harper’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Shakespeare’s “King Lear” gets big screen treatment at Carleton’s Weitz Center Cinema

Colm Freore in the Stratford Festival's production of King Lear

William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” will hit the big screen on Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The screening is of the 2014 production at the renowned Stratford Festival in Canada, starring celebrated classical actor Colm Feore as the mad king and directed by the company’s artistic director, Antoni Cimolino. This event is free and open to the public.

Recorded in high-definition, the film is the first in a massive initiative by the Stratford Festival to film and broadcast all of Shakespeare’s plays over the next ten years. “King Lear” originally premiered on 350 movie screens across the United States in February 2015. The Stratford Festival plans to release three or four new films each year as part of an almost $40 million effort.

The attempt to bring the complete works of William Shakespeare to audiences around the world is the first by a North American arts organization and the dream of artistic director Cimolino.

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