Lucia Fest is Here!

Lucia 2014

Northfield High School sophomore Synneva Bratland will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 12, at the 39th annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

Dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, Lucia will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Afterward, Lucia and her attendants will serve cookies and coffee to everyone. The event concludes with songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.

The 2014 Lucia attendants are Katie Brust, Libby Brust, Claire Casson, Grace Casson, Annelise Coffey, Annika Fredrickson, Merri Kmoch, Willa Kmoch, Ruth Meyers, Sylvia Koenig, Rose Mibus, Annika Nguyen, Leah Olson, Ava O'Neill, Lenyn Phau, Rikka Zillmer and Sigrid Zillmer. The Star Boys are Max Casson and Bjorn Olson.


Take It To The Box!

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The Rice County community is serious about preventing medication misuse or abuse and environmentally unsafe medication disposal practices. “Take It To The Box” promotes the safe use, storage, and disposal of medication. 

Check out a new short video from members of your Northfield Police Department:

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/mediacenter.aspx?VID=57


Northfield Retirement Community Receives Grants to Fund Nursing Assistant Program

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Two Northfield organizations have granted Northfield Retirement Community monies to help defray expenses associated with a career exploration program in health care nursing assistant training available to students at Northfield High School. Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is giving $300 and the Rotary Club of Northfield, Local Donations Committee, has awarded NRC $500 in support of Launching a Nursing Assistant Career: Training with Innovation and Care. Through the program, youth can explore a career option and receive training free of charge to prepare themselves for work as a nursing assistant or residential aide – areas where jobs are available and health care professionals are needed as America’s population is aging.


Northfield Youth Choirs Director is Making a Difference

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Elizabeth Shepley, the artistic director of the Northfield Youth Choirs, has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for November. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The Northfield Youth Choirs (NYC) consists of seven choirs and summer programs that serve 200 singers in grades preK-12 and 50 college students and adults. Shepley has been an NYC conductor since 2001 and has served as its artistic director since 2005.

Under Shepley’s leadership, NYC singers have performed locally, regionally and internationally; this summer she will lead a tour to New York City, where Northfield singers will participate in a children’s choir series at Carnegie Hall.


Colleges Bring Joy to the City of Northfield

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On December 9, 2014, Mayor Graham and City Administrator Haggenmiller proudly receive gifts from Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges totaling $155,000, $77,500 from each college.  Both colleges traditionally give an annual gift to the City in appreciation for the City services and support of the colleges. It’s a strong community partnership we plan to continue for years to come.

 

Pictured:  Janet Hanson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of St. Olaf College, City of Northfield Mayor Dana Graham, City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller, and Fred Rogers, Vice President and Treasurer of Carleton College.


Northfield Area Community Solar Invites Conversations During Winter Walk

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Northfield Area Ccmmunity Solar will have a table with information about the proposed solar garden at Winter Walk on Thursday evening outside Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House.  Winter Walkers are invited to stop by and talk about the proposed Northfield solar garden and to grab a brochure. Anyone in the Xcel service area is eligible to subscribe, whether in Rice County or any adjacent county. The NACS goal is to subscribe one megawatt of solar generation locally.


Sing Along with Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra's "Messiah"

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The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra  (CVRO) will perform the Christmas edition of Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday, December 12 beginning at 7pm. The concert will be held at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour, 515 NW 2nd Ave. in Faribault, Minnesota. Joining the orchestra will be a Festival Chorus drawn from a number of local choirs and four vocal soloists. In addition, members of the audience will be invited to sing along during the chorus numbers including the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”.The soloists for this holiday concert are Gary Ruschman (tenor), Timothy Takach (bass), Deesa Stats (contralto) and Linh Kauffman (soprano).

There is a suggested donation of $15 for the concert.  To reserve tickets, visit www.cvrochestra.org or call 507-645-8877.


Honky-Tonk Legends Trailer Trash Bring Their “Trashy Little Xmas Show” Back to Northfield!

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Honky-tonk legends Trailer Trash will bring their very popular “Trashy Little Xmas Show” back to Northfield’s Grand Event Center on Friday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased at the KYMN Radio studios (200 Division Street) and online at www.thegrandnorthfield.comand www.trailertrashmusic.com.

One of Minnesota’s most popular bands, Trailer Trash has been performing their annual holiday revue for over 20 years to sold-out audiences in Minneapolis and Rochester. The band is particularly pleased to bring their holiday extravaganza back to Northfield again in 2014.

“We love Northfield,” says Trailer Trash frontman, Nate Dungan. "It's a huge music town, and the Grand is a terrific venue to play. We always have a blast there! “


Rice County Mental Health Collective Offers Programs

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The Rice County Mental Health Collective announces two new opportunities for assistance with mental health. The Collective strives to promote good mental health through education and support. To that goal, two programs are scheduled.

The NAMI Family Support Group provides ongoing support, information and resources for families and friends with mental illness. It meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning on December 2, 2014 at the Northfield Community Resource Center, Room 222, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield.


E-Recycling December 6 at First UCC

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Bring your unwanted electronics and appliances THIS COMING Saturday, December 6, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St.

NO televisions or computer monitors with bulky CRT tubes will be accepted this time.

The following items will be accepted at no charge:

-- Computers (desktops, towers, laptops)

-- iPads, Kindles, other tablets, and smartphones.

-- Small printers

-- Network equipment (modems, routers)

-- Stereos

-- Radios

-- Phones

-- Cables

-- Other electronics

-- Dehumidifiers

-- Microwave ovens

-- Small air conditioners

-- Toasters

-- Very small refigerators

-- Other small appliances if they are largely metal

If weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled. 


Northfield Arts Guild presents INSPECTING CAROL

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The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of the hilarious holiday comedy INSPECTING CAROL by Daniel Sullivan. Come ring in the holidays with us as we get a behind-the-scenes look at this theater company’s slapdash yearly production of A Christmas Carol.  When the ridiculousness of the production hits an all time high, and rehearsal productivity hits an all-time low due to casting mishaps and funding issues, this theater company must try to pull off one more year of their big money-making show in order to impress the surprise inspector from the NEA.  Full of laughter, silliness and warm holiday cheer, this show is the perfect celebration of art and the things we endure as non-profit arts-organizations.  If we weren’t laughing, we’d be crying!  Join us for the show described as “A razzle dazzle of funny characters and ingenious jokes” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 


Second Street (MN TH 19) Bridge Lane Closure

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On November 24, 2014 Xcel Energy began preparations for boring a gas line underneath the Cannon River.  As part of those preparations, Xcel coordinated lane closures with MnDOT since that portion of Northfield’s Second Street is also MN TH 19.  Xcel estimates that their work will take approximately 3 weeks.  There will be additional work after that time; however, it is anticipated that the bridge will be reopened.  There may be other shorter closures in early 2015 as an existing gas main is removed from the bridge structure.

For additional information contact Brian Erickson, Interim Public Works Director/City Engineer at 507-645-3037, brian.erickson@ci.northfield.mn.us


City of Northfield Declares Snow Emergency

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Date:   November 26, 2014

SUBJECT: Snow Emergency

Date Snow Emergency is declared: 11/26/2014

Date residential streets will be plowed: 11/26/2014

Date all downtown parking lots except 5th & Washington Street are closed: 11/27/2014

Date of downtown snow removal: 11/28/2014

Date 5th & Washington Street lot is closured: 11/28/2014

Length of Snow Emergency: 72 hrs

The Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield.  The snow emergency will start on the date above and will continue until the streets are plowed curb-to-curb after the weather system has passed.  During the emergency there is NO PARKING OR TRASH/RECYCLING CANS ALLOWED ON CITY STREETS.


Safety Reminder

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The Northfield Police Department and City of Northfield would like to remind the community to be very careful when responding to emails, paper mailings, and/or phone calls requesting Any personal info.  Recently, residents have reported receiving phone calls asking for information about where/how household members 


Announcing Vacancies On City Advisory Boards And Commissions

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The City of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on City advisory boards, commissions and committees.

At the end of December, the terms of several members of the City’s boards, commissions and committees will expire.  Please visit the City of Northfield’s website at http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/Index.aspx?NID=98for information on all City boards and commissions. 

Over 100 citizen members annually provide valuable leadership to the City through their participation on these groups and special study committees.  


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