CAC Summer Food Service Program is a Success!

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The first two weeks of the Summer Food Service Program (SPSF) have been a success! For the second year, the Community Action Center of Northfield has sponsored a Northfield site of this USDA program, which provides free lunches to kids 18 and younger on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of each week. Lunches run from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM at the Jefferson Square Townhomes Leasing Office, and kids can come anytime during that interval to receive a sandwich, milk, fruits, and vegetables. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer, and kids of any income and situation can eat lunch with no qualifications other than their ages. After a slow start, the program has nearly doubled in size, and we are hopeful for continued growth as the summer continues. If you are interested in attending and would like to find out more, you can contact the Northfield CAC at (507) 664-3550.

New Short Video! Minute with the Mayor

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Northfield Mayor Dana Graham talks about NAFRS in this new short video. 

Goodsell Observatory Open House Friday, October 2


Carleton College's Department of Physics and Astronomy welcomes the public to a Goodsell Observatory open house on Friday, October 2, from 8 - 10 pm, if it is clear.

The open house will be cancelled if it is cloudy.

Open houses are held the first Friday of each month, with the schedule posted on the web at  If you are unsure about weather-related cancellation, check the website for late-breaking information.

The next open house after that one will be  November 6 at 7 PM.

Cindy Blaha and Joel Weisberg are Professors of Physics and Astronomy at Carleton College.

Library Needs Volunteers!


The Northfield Public Library needs volunteers to help pack up the library collection in anticipation of the renovation project.

Volunteers need to sign up no later than Friday, June 26 at 5 PM for packing in mid July.

YOU can help! Go to or call Laurie or Debby at 645-6606 and volunteer for two or more hours on Thursday, July 16, Friday, July 17, Monday, July 20 or Tuesday, July 21. Daily shifts from 8-10 AM, 10 AM - 12 noon and 1-3 PM.  Anyone 16 years or older is encouraged to help.

Thanks for your help! 

Dermatologist seeing patients at FamilyHealth in Lakeville

Amer Kalaaji, MD, a Mayo Clinic specialist in Dermatology, will begin seeing patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville July 13.

Dr. Kalaaji, an associate professor at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, will be in Lakeville three days a week. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Specialty Services.  

WINGS Awards More Than $73,000 to Area Agencies


WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a celebration last Tuesday at the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity.

Over 125 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $73,868 in grants from WINGS. 2015 grant recipients can be viewed at

World's Largest Swim Lesson

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Come and join Community Services for the third annual World's Largest Swim Lesson, Thursday, June 18th as we try and help to break a World Record for the largest world wide lesson held over a 24 hour period of time! 
If you'd like to take part in the swimming lesson, please plan on showing up at Old Memorial Pool between 9:30 - 9:45 am (801 Seventh St.

Raise the Roof Fundraiser

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Rice County Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Raise the Roof fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the American Legion in Faribault. The fundraiser will include dinner, silent/live auction, dessert auction, program and music. This year there will also be a special remembrance of Bill Sartor.

Tickets are $25 and available by calling 507.744.2933. The community can also participate in the fundraiser by donating to the silent auction. Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 19, 22 or 26, at First English Lutheran Church, 204 2nd St. NW, Faribault.

Raise the Roof will support Habitat's 2015 build season and partner families, the Weaver Family (Faribault) and the Morris Family (Dundas). Read more about the families or event at

Y Kids Tri on July 11, 2015

Families with youth, ages 6-14, join us for the 6th Annual Y Kids Tri at Memorial Park, July 11. More information located at

Youth choir to sing in Carnegie Hall

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Northfield Youth Choirs (NYC) has made it to Carnegie Hall.

Members of the Concert Choir will perform in the world’s most prestigious concert hall, Saturday, June 20, in New York City.

Forty-six Northfield choristers will join with choirs from around the country to sing in the National Children’s Festival Chorus with orchestra, under the direction of renowned conductor Emily Ellsworth. They will perform in the main hall, the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the stage reserved for such musical luminaries as Isaac Stern, Billie Holiday and the famed New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elizabeth Shepley, Artistic Director for NYC, said this is an exciting opportunity for the singers both musically and culturally.

Northfield Arts Guild to host “Family Fun Days” throughout the summer


Thanks to support from the Rotary Club of Northfield, the Northfield Arts Guild will host three “Family Fun Days” throughout the summer: Saturday, June 27 from 10 am-12 pm; Thursday, July 23 from 9 am-11 am; and Saturday, August 22 from 10 am 12 pm. The Family Fun Days are free and open to the public to come to the Arts Guild, explore the spaces, meet the NAG staff, and participate in different art-making projects and mini-classes! names Northfield Minnesota one of the Best Cities to Retire In

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Follow this link to the City of Northfield site where you can find this list.  Congratulations to the entire Northfield Community!

PHOTOSET: Northfield Skateboard Park Groundbreaking

Here's's Flickr photoset from the groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park. The set includes 31 photos by Jane McWilliams and Rob Hardy. 



Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals open their ninth season this summer beginning July 1 and concluding on August 12.  All seven recitals will be held on Wednesday noon hour from 12:15 to 12:45 p. m. with the following schedule:

Wed. July 1- Rosalie Alcoser, Music Director & Organist at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester, MN, playing at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., 

            A program of patriotic music

Wed. July 8- John Ferguson, Emeritus Professor of Organ and Church Music, at St. Olaf College, Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College  

Wed., July 15- Noah Klein, high school junior, at the Music & Drama Center, Carleton College, 110 Winona St. N.

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey – Memories from the Farm of My Youth


Nationally syndicated agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter, Mary Grace Foxwell, will appear on Monday June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Northfield Senior Center to read from their recently released book, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

Published by the University of Illinois Press, the book is a collection of personal memories written over the past two decades by Guebert as part of his weekly Farm and Food File column. Each column recalls and reflects on the people, food, and values he learned on the 720-acre, 100-cow “southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth” in the late 1960s.

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