Carleton hosts public dialogue on racial justice

In solidarity with the growing national movement #BlackLivesMatter, Carleton College invites the public to a campus dialogue on racial justice in America. On Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton will host “BlackLivesMatter: Conversations for Change,” a panel discussion with faculty and guest speakers followed by a Q&A session.

Across the nation, the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner  has mobilized communities to respond to individual and collective loss as well as to pave the way for racial justice, a world where #BlackLivesMatter.  


Local Cyclist Lin Bruce Featured at WINGS Annual Meeting

WINGS logoSharing her inspiring story, “Saying yes to the bigger things,” Northfield cycling enthusiast Lin Bruce will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) annual meeting. The event themed, “Giving Wings to Your Dreams,” will be held on Saturday, January 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College.

Bruce will recount her own transformation when she began cycling across the United States in honor of her 60th birthday.  Patrice Abby, Manager of Community Affiliates for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, will also speak. There will be refreshments, social time and a short business meeting. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.


Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote this in his letter from the Birmingham jail in 1963.  This quote provides the frame for this year’s Northfield Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work—‘Seeking Justice for Everyone’.

This year’s Celebration will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 7:00--8:15 pm.  The event will take place at Greenvale Park School to honor its new status as a community school and the work it does to support its families and those in the area around Greenvale


Arts and Culture Commission Celebrates Theo and DeWayne Wee

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The public is invited to celebrate the 2015 Living Treasure Award to Theo and DeWayne Wee on Thursday, January 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Event Center. The award is given annually by the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission to a person or organization that has contributed substantially over a period of time to the identity of Northfield and to its quality of life through arts and culture.

Commission chair, Philip Spensley, notes that over the years since their arrival in Northfield in 1966, the Wees “consistently, generously and unstintingly contributed their skills and talents to a wide range of community organizations and events;” They both serve as organists for local churches and have worked with the public schools’ music programs.


2015 Utility Rate Changes For Northfield Residents

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Follow this link to the City of Northfield website for further details: 

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/1639


2nd Annual Soup and Cycles

Come to Soup & Cycles 2!

Join BikeNorthfield and representatives of local bike groups and bike-interested community leaders Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Carleton College's Weitz Center (Room 236) for soup, socializing and strategizing.

We'll celebrate the successes of 2014 and explore how we might work together in 2015 on projects relating to bike education, infrastructure and bike/recreational tourism. Tandem Bagels will provide soup (and bagels), local bike shops will be on hand with bike demos (6:00-7:00 pm), local bike groups (CROCT, Northfield Pedalers, Friends of the Milltowns Trail, Bike Northfield and more) will present updates (7:00-8:00), and then your input is needed for planning for a more bike-friendly Northfield (8:00-9:00)


New Video! Minute with the Mayor

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View Mayor Dana Graham’s first 2015 “Minute with the Mayor” video:

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?CID=Minute-with-the-Mayor-13

A collection of Mayor Graham’s short videos will be housed on the City of Northfield website in the Media Center under the channel “Minute with the Mayor”. 


Lawyer turned documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter to present Carleton Convocation

Acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter, an attorney, civil justice crusader and award-winning documentary filmmaker, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 16 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films and the director of the acclaimed documentary, “Gideon’s Army,” which portrays the lives of three young public defenders working in the Deep South. Following the personal stories of their clients, the film shows first-hand the realities of—and inequalities in—the American criminal justice system. The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an eye-opening insight into a judicial hellhole world that ordinary citizens can never imagine” and Village Voice called it “HBO’s most illuminating crime drama since ‘The Wire.’”

Entitled “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Porter’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.


Book Signing at Northfield Historical Society

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Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that Susan Hvistendahl will do a book signing and presentation of her new book, Historic Happenings, at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street, on Thursday, January 15, starting at 6:30 pm. The book includes stories about the people, businesses and events that have made Northfield the special place it is today. These selected columns were originally published in The Entertainment Guide, which partnered with the Northfield Historical Society to publish the book in December.

There are inspiring stories of early merchant Hiram Scriver and John North, who founded the town in 1855 and soon established the Lyceum as a library, reading room and place for settlers to debate issues of the day. North’s ties to Abraham Lincoln are given, along with how North’s temperance policies led to an ax-wielding episode in 1858.


Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me Film Postponed

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Tonight’s Northfield showing of the “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” documentary, scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed due to severe weather. The film has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 29. Northfield Retirment Community and Three Links will be in touch with all ticket holders via email next week to confirm their attendance at the January 29 showing. Visit www.glencampbellnorthfield.com for more information.


Former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses brings his passion for cooking and nutrition, along with his culinary expertise, to Northfield

Former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses

Bill Yosses, the official executive pastry chef at the White House from 2007 to 2014 and coauthor of the book “Desserts for Dummies,” will visit Carleton College January 15-18 to participate in a residency with the College’s Firebellies Cooking Club and to present a variety of workshops for students and community members.

During his tenure at the White House, President Barack Obama nicknamed Yosses “the Crust Master,” saying “Whatever pie you like, he will make it and it will be the best pie you have ever eaten.” At the White House, in between creating extravagant pastries, tending the White House garden, and cooking for the leaders of the world, Yosses worked closely with First Lady Michelle Obama on several initiatives promoting healthy eating for young people. These experiences piqued his interests in using cooking as a catalyst for societal change.


Still time to donate to the Library Improvement Project!

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Yes, the Friends are still looking for those generous angels in the community to support the 2015 Library Improvement Project.

Don't Run, Call 911

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Northfield EMS carries the antidote for opioid overdose – call 911 for help

Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson and EMS Director Brian Edwards want local community members to know that they can and should call for help in the case of a drug overdose. 

According to the 911/Good Samaritan provision in Steve’s Law, Minnesota’s drug overdose prevention law that passed earlier this year, a person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug-related overdose may not be charged or prosecuted for the possession, sharing, or use of a controlled substance, or possession of drug paraphernalia if that person is the first person to seek assistance, provides a name and contact information, remains on the scene until assistance arrives, and cooperates with authorities.  The person experiencing the overdose is also immune. 


The Arts for Martin Community Choir: An Invitation

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You are invited to join singers from around the Northfield community for our annual evening of reflection on and celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, at Arcadia Charter School’s Arts for Martin, Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

This is an inspiring evening, featuring singers, dancers, instrumentalists and actors from throughout the community, middle school to professional level.

Come and join the community choir. All ages and levels are welcome. We will gather for rehearsal at Arcadia on Tuesday, January 13th, 7:00 PM and Thursday, January 15th, 7:00 PM. The performance is at 7:00 PM Friday, January 16th at Arcadia, 1719 Cannon Road.


Volunteer Coach is Making a Difference

Larry Santfner

Longtime Raiders coach and community volunteer Larry Santfner has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for December. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Northfield High School football head coach Bubba Sullivan said that during the years Santfner has volunteered with the football program, he has served in many roles, including kicking coach, equipment manager, and weight room attendance monitor.


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