Mayor Dana Graham talks about Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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In last week's Minute with the Mayor, Mayor Dana Graham talks about making Northfield a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community.

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Carleton convocation goes behind the scenes of a Minnesota medical examiner in “CSI Minnesota”

Dr. Lindsey Thomas

As part of its ongoing public convocation series, Carleton College is pleased to present Dr. Lindsey Thomas, assistant Hennepin County Medical Examiner, on Friday, Jan. 23. Entitled “CSI Minnesota: The True Story of Death Investigation,” Thomas’ presentation will take listeners behind the scenes in her work as a forensic pathologist for Minnesota’s largest and most populated county.

Convocations held from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. They are also recorded and archived online at

At the intersection of science, technology, and the judicial system,
Thomas also serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota
Innocence Project, which represents people who were wrongfully
convicted for crimes they did not commit. Additionally, the organization
educates attorneys and criminal justice professionals on best
practices, and works to reform the procedures that produce such unjust

Carleton professor shadows Marco Polo’s famous 13th-century journey from Venice to Bejiing (and beyond) in the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey”

Carleton Professor Qiguang Zhao

Carleton College is pleased to present a special screening of the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey,” in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema January 25 and 29. Shot in epic cinematic style, the three-part series explores the philosophical and historical questions about East and West, then and now, as it contemplates the meaning and implications of Marco Polo’s infamous 13th-century journey from Venice to Bejiing. The series follows Carleton professor Qiguang Zhao, Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, as he travels to Venice to chase the shadow of Marco Polo.

A childhood fascination with the Italian explorer has become a lifelong passion for Professor Zhao. In the three-part film, Zhao seeks out the Marco Polo story, chronicling the people, places, power and perceptions of a Westerner discovering the East centuries ago, and asks what resonance this has for the world today.

Rock 'n' Roll Revival Ticket Fundraiser to Benefit Fine Arts Boosters

Rock 'n' Roll Revival

Tickets to the Northfield High School's production of Rock 'n' Roll Revival can be a hot commodity. This year, The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters are offering concert-goers a chance to win the best seats in the house. NFAB has launched a blind bid ticket auction that runs until Feb. 13.

NFAB is auctioning packages of four prime seats for each upcoming performance of Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival 2015. These seats are visually and acoustically the best seats in the house.

The auction is a fundraiser and is online only. Bidding opened on Jan. 15 and closes on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. Bids are blind so bidders will not receive information on the status of their bid until the auction has ended.

To place a bid, visit

Toddler & Child Swimming Lessons

Starfish lessons begin on Tuesday, Jan. 20!
Safety around water is important!  Register for a Community Services swimming lesson today and prepare your child for safe experiences around water for all their tomorrows! 
All Community Services classes (parent/child, and swimming level classes) follow the American Red Cross curriculum.  Class options are listed below.  Descriptions have been updated to provide for clearer expectations and skills taught at each level.  Go online or look in our brochure to review them.  For more information or to register click HERE or go to http://w

Habitat for Humanity needs YOU!

Rice County Habitat for Humanity needs your help to finish our twin home in Lonsdale!  We're working Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.

Celebrating Dacie Moses’ Birthday and Remembering Dixon Bond

Dixon Bond

On Sunday, Jan. 25 from 10 am to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Dacie Moses—and pay tribute to the memory and legacy of Carleton alumnus and Northfield City Council member Dixon Bond.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a morning of great food and music by the Carleton Singing Knights, the Knightingales, and other musical guests. Lots of treats will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring goodies to share. Birthday gifts—such as baking equipment, kitchen supplies, or baking supplies—are also appreciated.

Carleton presents screening of award-winning documentary film “Above All Else”

Above All Else

Carleton College will present a special screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary film “Above All Else” on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Directed by John Fiege, Carleton Class of 1997, and produced by Daryl Hannah,  “Above All Else” reveals the hidden story of how the Keystone XL pipeline battle in East Texas has built a community of resistance to the climate crisis in Amerca. Winner of the Best North American Documentary at the Global Visions Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an inspiring, dramatic, and very timely eco-doc.” This screening is free and open to the public.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 12, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its annual organizational meeting on Monday,January 12, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. Three board members—Margaret Colangelo, Julie Pritchard, and Jeff Quinnell—were sworn in to four-year terms. Julie Pritchard was elected chair, Ellen Iverson was elected vice chair, Noel Stratmoen was elected clerk, and Anne Maple was elected treasurer. 

The organizational meeting was followed by the regular monthly meeting of the Board. Highlights of the meeting included:

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“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


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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