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Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:21pm
The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, June 13, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included:
- approval of the FY 2016-2017 budget
- approval of changes to the Student Citizenship Handbook
- eliminaiton of the position of Director of Administrative Services
- congradulations to Dr. Chris Richardson on his last board meeting as superintendent
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:20pm
On Thursday, June 16, Marc Reigel (Carleton Class of '67) returns to lead his 11th oldies sing-along of classic hits from the 50s and 60s at Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio from 8-10:30 pm. Reigel (keyboard) will be joined by Barry Gillespie of Owatonna, the lead singer of Reigel's popular Night Crawlers band from Carleton of the 1960s, and Wendy Smith (guitar), Rae Rusnak (harmonica) and Lori Williams (saxophone). Carleton grads Ann Etter and Michelle Drenth add their voices and Go Go Girl outfits to golden age rock and roll songs by Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and many more, including the Night Crawlers' own "You Say." Songbooks will be provided.
Submitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Sun, 06/12/2016 - 10:24pm
If the Library of Congress can have a Poet Laureate, why not the Northfield Public Library?
As the Library celebrates its renovation and new spaces, Teresa Jensen, Director of the Northfield Public Library, is looking ahead to using the occasion to inspire interest in reading and literary arts. One of the ways to focus attention on reading and language, she says, will be to appoint a Poet Laureate to serve as a spokesperson for reading and writing: “The Library is already the sponsor of a wide range of reading groups, celebrations, and author readings, including authors of books for children, teens and adults. We are looking forward to getting even more people involved in reading and literature.”
The Poet Laureate competition was announced at the Sidewalk Poetry event on April 28th, at which this year’s winning poets were honored. Applications for selection as Northfield’s Poet Laureate must arrive via email (email@example.com) dated no later than midnight on Saturday, July 30th.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 06/11/2016 - 11:55am
Riverside Lions Park is the site of the City Parks Department’s newest recreation facility – a Pickleball Park. After seeing the popularity of indoor play, the decision was made to create the courts on a trial basis to determine the popularity of the sport that is growing nationally. Located on the asphalt pad formerly the home of the temporary skate park, the new amenity has four courts, ready for pickleball players, old and new to enjoy.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 7:32pm
We hope you have visited our renovated library since it reopened on May 7. The two words most commonly heard about the library are “open” and “bright.” Children delight in the much larger space and many books, DVDs, new toys and play areas. Adults hang out in the glass atrium, reading the daily newspaper and drinking coffee. Groups find the renovated meeting room to be comfortable and accommodating.
A number of people have asked about the library’s website's new look – the brightly colored abstract. With the permission of John Maakestad’s family, a detail of his 1983 painting “Jubilate” is now on new library cards (and key fobs), book bags and the library’s website.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:27am
The name of Anna Dickie Olesen was once known coast to coast in political circles. She was praised nationwide by the press for her oratorical skills and was the first woman ever endorsed by a major party for the U.S. Senate. She gave fiery speeches throughout Minnesota on her goal of representing the common people, accompanied by renowned orator and three-times candidate for president Williams Jennings Bryan.
On Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm, local historian Susan Hvistendahl will speak at the Northfield Historical Society about Olesen's life as a politician before and during her time living in Northfield and about her strange second marriage to a Georgia man, Chester Burge, who was the subject of Richard Jay Hutto's book "A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia." Burge's life and murder trial were featured in the recent Investigation Discovery "Crime to Remember" series.
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 11:07am
Dr. Sarah Kratz takes a personal approach to treating cancer – right down to the cellular level.
“So much progress is being made in treatment that’s much more directed to cancer cells with much less collateral damage,” says Dr. Kratz. “Our ability to personalize care by analyzing the actual cancer cells and treatments that might affect them has made it possible to highly personalize the treatment for each individual patient.”
Dr. Kratz joins Northfield Hospital & Clinics through a partnership with the Mayo Clinic. She sees patients at the Cancer Care & Infusion Center at Northfield Hospital.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 8:50am
Community Resource Bank is helping to meet the needs of our community by ensuring the long-term success of our Y by donating $25,000 to the Y Capital Campaign. The Northfield Area Family YMCA sends a hearty THANK YOU to Denny Hanson, the Board of Directors, and the entire staff at Community Resource Bank for their continued support. The Y has quickly become a valued asset and already serves more than 25% of our community. It is a safe, healthy place for families and people of all ages to come together to recreate and connect.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Fri, 06/03/2016 - 8:42am
The Northfield Area Family YMCA has quickly become a valued asset and already serves more than 25% of our community. It is a safe, healthy place for families and people of all ages to come together to recreate and connect. Minnesota Orthodontics is helping to meet the needs of our community by ensuring the long-term success of our Y by donating an additional $25,000 to the Y Capital Campaign. The YMCA sends a hearty THANK YOU to Dr Blevins, Dr.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 9:43am
Jump Start Your Wellness with 5 High Impact Nutrition Strategies
Learn how to put good nutrition to work for you! This free workshop will provide you with simple, effective eating strategies you can use right now to achieve your wellness goals. You’ll receive an overview of the key nutrition principles of Movement, Balance, Variety, Moderation and Enjoyment, and learn how they can guide your efforts to make effective behavior changes. The session will also include a brief introduction about how Personal Nutrition Training with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist works, and how it can help move you in the right direction.
This 45 minute workshop is free for Y Members and only $7 for Community Members; it will be offered twice at the Northfield Area Family YMCA: June 6th at 11:00 a.m. and June 7 at 3:15 p.m.
Submitted by allison schmitt on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 10:14am
“How did we get here from there?” is a question frequently asked about the crisis that now engulfs Palestine/Israel. The 2016 NJP Palestine film series aims to explore that question, with movies that focus on developments over the last 100 years.
All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 7, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 8:10am
Celebrate the arrival of summer with a free yoga session on the beautiful grounds of Northfield Hospital.
Yoga on the Lawn
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Ave.
To register: Sue Pokorney at 507-646-1534 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Outdoor yoga is a breath of fresh air. Our instructor guides you through a series of poses with focus on breathing and relaxation. All experience levels are welcome.
This event is free, and open to the public. Registration is preferred; walk-ins are welcome if space allows. Please bring your own yoga mat if possible. Some mats will be available.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 05/28/2016 - 2:00pm
On Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Carleton’s Weitz Cinema, there will be a showing of the film directed by Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo, a member of Carleton’s Cinema & Media Studies program. Chronicling the years of efforts on the part of skateboarders to create a permanent skatepark in Northfield, the work is part of Cornejo’s series on the meaning of belonging, and our understanding of public space. This tale of youth fighting for the right to belong was shown in Austin, Texas in May at the Cine las Americas International Film Festival
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Sat, 05/28/2016 - 9:24am
The Northfield Handbell Ensemble will present a short program (45 minutes) of handbell music on Tuesday, May 31, at 7pm, in Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will include both classical music and arrangements of popular music for handbells, including arrangements of "Over the Rainbow" and "Eleanor Rigby." The Northfield Handbell Ensemble was founded in 2015, and plays bells belonging to the First United Church of Christ. Directed by Iris Jastram, the ensemble includes Mary Dunnewold, Mary Hakes, Clara Hardy, Rob Hardy, Anne Larson, Jeff Ondich, Janet Scannell, Cynthia Schearer, Kendra Strode, Kathy Szydlo, and Bill Upham.
Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission Invites the Public to the Unveiling of New Division Street Sculpture on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 pmSubmitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:03am
This week in the Northfield community, the newest sculpture in town will be unveiled. The event will take place near the Northfield Carnegie Library at 3rd and Division on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00 PM and the public is invited to join in the celebration. The new sculpture - entitled “Rain on Mars” - is made of powdered coated and corten steel and will be an exciting new addition to the Division Street landscape.