Project Prevention Champions Sought

The Rice County Chemical Health Coalition needs your help to find and recognize PROJECT PREVENTION CHAMPIONS in our community.  

A Project Prevention Champion is someone who has helped provide support for a healthier life in our community – someone who helps reduce risk factors for alcohol and drug abuse, someone who supports recovery, or builds assets for our youth and other community members.


All Comers Track Meet

All Comers Track Meet!

An All-Comers Track & Field Meet will take place Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School track, located at 2200 Division St. South. The event is free and open to the public. The fun, family-friendly meet welcomes ages 2-102!

Races for participants include various sprints and distance runs, build-your-own relay and medley teams, in addition to a field event competition. First, second, and third place recipients will be awarded ribbons.


Carleton's Summer Humanities Institute to Screen the National Theatre Live Broadcast of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus"

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Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m., the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema will feature a not-to-be-missed screening of the National Theatre Live broadcast of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." This event is free and open to the public.

The Donmar Warehouse's production of "Coriolanus," Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, stars Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers," "War Horse," The BBC's "The Hollow Crown") in the title role and Mark Gatiss ("Season's Greetings at the National Theatre," The BBC's "Sherlock") as Menenius. The production is directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.


Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be held at the Carleton College Arboretum

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Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!

The Carleton College Aboretum is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning September 15, 2014 and running through October 23, 2014. Registration is now open and the class is expected to fill up quickly.

Master Naturalist Volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. 


The Northfield Public Library needs teen input!!

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The Teen Advisory Board needs you!! 


1.  It looks GREAT on college and job applications.

2. It's service to your community.

3. It's fun and you will learn some new things.

4. Meet other people who want to serve the community and the library!

5. Only meet once a month.


City Administrator's Memo: August 1, 2014

You can find the Northfield city administrator's weekly memo for August 1, 2014 here


Skateboard Coalition is Just Food Co-op's Community Partner for August

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For the month of August 2014, the Skateboard Coalition will be Just Food Co-op's community partner. What does this mean? It means that if you shop at the co-op, you have the opportunity to round up your total at check-out, and Just Food will donate the difference to the Skateboard Coalition. 

For example, my total today came to $23.19. I rounded up to $24.00, which means that 81¢ will be donated to the Coalition. The more people who round up, the more all of that spare change will add up to. So spread the word and tell everyone to shop at Just Food and round up for the Skateboard Coalition. 


One-Day Vintage Band Festival: Saturday, August 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival is presenting a one-day event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. With musical styles ranging from Civil War to Old Time to Jazz and more, 12 diverse bands from around Minnesota will perform outdoor concerts on Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 9 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

The event will be held in conjunction with Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square, where arts, crafts, and fresh foods are available. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to VBF are greatly appreciated.  The next full four-day Vintage Band Festival will be held July 28-31, 2016, following a successful festival in August 2013.


Northfield Historical Society is Making a Difference

The Northfield Historical Society has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative's "Making a Difference" Award for July. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.


Riverwalk Market Fair features Chris Casper's Intimate Minnesota Photos

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This Saturday, August 2, Riverwalk Market Fair features photographer Christopher Casper. Chris is staying close to home in Minnesota for his current photos.  The Western landscapes Chris photographed in 2013 lend themselves to grand vistas.  In Minnesota a photographer needs to look for intimate images, and finding intimate views takes familiarity.  Some of Chris’s best photos are right outside his house – views of his driveway and the across the road in various seasons of the year.  

Also at Riverwalk Market Fair this week are tomatoes and other fresh local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.  The Vintage Band Festival one-day event starts at 9 am, so visit Riverwalk and listen to great brass band music all at the same time.  Riverwalk Market Fair is 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, August 2 in Northfield's Bridge Square.  


Primary Election 2014: Two Ways to Vote

A primary election will be held in Northfield on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. On the ballot will be candidates for various state offices, as well as candidates for Northfield City Council in Ward 1 and At-Large. There are two ways to vote in this year's primary: early voting at City Hall or voting at a designated poling place on Election Day.

  • Before Election Day, eligible votes may cast their votes at Northfield City Hall (801 Washington Street) Monday - Friday8:30am - 5pm, from now until the end of the day on Monday, August 11.  On-site voter registration is allowed (with a valid ID)  Click here for more information from the Secretary of State's office.
  • On Election Day, August 12, 2014. Voters who choose to vote on Election Day, Aug 12 (7am-8pm) must vote at the polling place  designated for their particular Ward and Precinct. Northfield's Election Wards were redistricted in 2012, so take a minute to verify your Ward and polling location by clicking HERE Precinct Finder.

The Roe Family Singers to Perform at Central Park TONIGHT!

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Join The Roe Family Singers for a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly evening of original and traditional music! TONIGHT!

Hailing from the Mississippi-headwaters, the band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll, featuring banjo, auto harp, guitar, and Appalachian clogging!

Don't miss the last Books & Stars of the season!
Booker opens at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7 pm.


School Board Candidate Filing Period: July 29-August 12, 2014

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The district’s period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school board will begin on Tuesday, July 29, and will end at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Three seats on the Northfield Board of Education will be up for general election on Nov. 4. Voters will choose three members to serve four-year terms each, beginning in January 2015.


National Teen Council Names Jenna Scheffert as Minnesota Representative

Jenna Scheffert was selected to help to achieve the Vision of the National Teen Council: To connect the nation’s brightest young leaders, providing them with resources and ideas to make an impact on both a local and nationwide level.

The National Teen Council was founded in 2013 as an opportunity to engage the nation’s greatest young leaders. The program is student-based and student-ran (and is not affiliated with any national government organization–rather, we are a student-led network of passionate student leaders).Selected leaders engage in discussion about local and national youth issues, exchange leadership ideas, and take part in both local and national projects.

Jenna Scheffert is a rising senior from Northfield, Minnesota. She is a member of her city’s youth council, and is currently working with the Mayor to implement new positions for youth on standing voting committees. She also takes part on the YMCA State Board Committee of Youth in Government (YIG) and has been appointed as floor leader for a youth model assembly session. 


Skatepark Update: Benefit Concert and Design Meetings

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A lot has happened on the skatepark front in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.

You can find photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalition raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through GiveMN.org in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring. You can donate to the Skateboard Coalition through GiveMN.org, or by sending a check made out to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS  128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line).


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