Renowned “word crafter” and Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker to speak at Carleton College

Daniel Levin Becker

Renowned “word crafter“ and Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker will present “re: Composition—Of Books and Bots” on Thursday, May 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema at Carleton College. Based in San Francisco, Levin Becker is a member of the French literary-mathematical collective, Oulipo, a group of Parisian writers and scientists who use strict mathematical rules to generate literature.

Enterprise Park Reclamation

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Segments of Riverview Drive and Cannon Road will be closed to thru traffic for the 2015 Enterprise Park Reclamation Project.  Parameters for the Enterprise Park Reclamation Project include Riverview Drive from Cannon Road to its south terminus, and Cannon Road from Riverview Drive to the south city limits.  Crews will begin work on Monday April 27, 2015.

During this construction project, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the construction area.

The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of May.      

Crane Creek Asphalt of Faribault, MN is the prime contractor for the $336,000 project.

The City of Northfield urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

Second Street Reconstruction

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Segments of Second Street, Poplar Street and Plum Street will be closed to thru traffic as Phase I of the Second Street Reconstruction Project gets underway.  Parameters of the entire Second Street Reconstruction Project include Second Street from Spring Street to Madison Street, and Poplar Street, Plum Street and Orchard Street from Second Street to Third Street.  Crews will begin work on Phase I of the project which includes Second Street from Spring Street to Linden Street, and both Poplar and Plum Streets from Second Street to Third Street on Monday April 27, 2015.

During this construction project, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the construction area.

Phase I of the project is expected to be completed by mid-May.      

Ryan Contracting of Elko, MN is the prime contractor for the $2 million project.

Northfield Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday May 2

Independent Bookstore Day

Join Content Bookstore and independent bookstores across the country on May 2 for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd.

Things kick off in Northfield with local celebrity story time at 10:30 am. Helen Forsythe will be playing live in the store at 11:30 am. After cake at 1:00 pm, Content will hold an “About a book” open mic session. Participants are invited to talk about a favorite book, and will be rewarded with a free hand-picked used book by store staff. Matt Arthur plays a set at 3:30 pm. Throughout the day, visitors are welcome to contribute to a community book-making project.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: Thursday, April 30

We are very serious about our love of poetry in this town - so much so that, for five years running, Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission has chosen local poets’ works to be installed in concrete. In further demonstration of our community’s love of poetry, this week marks the third year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.

Carleton Players present Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters”

The Three Sisters

The Carleton Players will present Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters,” premiering Thursday, April 30at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater, with additional performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. on May 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 and matinee performances at 2 p.m. on May 2, 3 and 9. Performances are free and open to the public; reservations can be made at

Teaching Number Sense

Do you want to help kids love math? Would you like to make working with numbers fun? In Teaching Number Sense you’ll get practical common sense advice about how to help children love learning their math facts…and it’s not drill and kill methods. It’s about skills and thrills to fuel enthusiasm. Mathematics is the language we use to talk about quantity, structure, space and change, as well as other qualities of the physical world. Our experiences within our physical world determine how we learn to think and communicate this knowledge. In this LIVE webinar, Maren Schmidt will show you how to give children foundational experiences with quantity, structure, space and change, experiences that will develop their number sense and love of using the language of mathematics. This workshop is based on current research along with my twenty plus years of experience teaching children ages 3 to 15. You’ll find information in the webinar that might turn the children around you into math lovers!

Arcadia Charter School presents public performance featuring Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley

As the culminating event of a special ongoing arts residency with students at Arcadia Charter School, the critically acclaimed indie rock band Rogue Valley will appear Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a public performance that will include music, dance, puppetry, poetry and video. This not-to-be-missed production is free and open to the public.

For several weeks, singer/songwriter Chris Koza and members of Rogue Valley have been working with students and staff at Arcadia Charter School collaborating on this original production. The musicians have also hosted public songwriting workshops, at the Northfield Senior Center and at The Grand Event Center, focused on discussing their approach to music-making and encouraging community members of all ages to share their own musical talents and create music along with the band.

Carleton and St. Olaf music faculty come together to present “Music of War”

Music Of War

Music faculty from Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges will come together for a special performance on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Entitled “Music of War,” the reflective and provocative program will feature musical selections from and about war. This event is free and open to the public.

Included in the program are songs by Schumann, Ives, Poulenc, Bernstein, and Stephen Foster—along with Olivier Messiaen’s poignant and haunting “Quartet for the End of Time,” written during his time imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.

Performers include St. Olaf assistant professor of music Francesca Anderegg (violin); St. Olaf assistant professor of music Scott Anderson (clarinet), Carleton senior lecturer in cello Thomas Rosenberg (cello); Carleton senior lecturer in voice Rick Penning (tenor) and his wife, Sandra Penning (soprano); and Carleton associate professor of music Nicola Melville (piano).

Carleton College to Sponsor 4th Annual 5K for HOPE to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

HOPE Center

The public is invited to participate in the fourth annual 5K for HOPE, a run/walk to benefit the HOPE Center, on Saturday, May 9th beginning at 9:30am at the Carleton College Recreation Center. The 5K for HOPE is open to all. Registration is $15 for Carleton students and $30 for non-students. Proceeds from this event will support the HOPE Center, whose mission is to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education. The HOPE Center is located in Faribault and serves all of Rice County. Participants can register online at:

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Hot tip: Shop the Great Northfield, Minn. Book Fair

The book Debbie Tungland bought last year

When Debbie Tungland recommends you shop the Great Northfield, Minn. Book Fair, it’s like Warren Buffet offering you a “hot” stock tip. She has that kind of track record. Debbie is the woman from Kenyon, Minn, who last year at the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair invested one dollar for a copy of “Profiles in Courage” by John F. Kennedy and sold it for $3,000. That’s a nice return. 

Arts and Culture Commission Event: "For the Love of Cities" ~ TED talk by author Peter Kageyama; followed by panel discussion

Peter Kageyama, the author of "For the Love of Cities," writes:  "Instead of merely livable, I think we need to start thinking about how we can make our cities more lovable.  When we love something, we cherish it; we protect it; we do extraordinary things for it."  Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to Carleton's Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema on Thursday, April 23rd, at 7:15 pm for a screening of a TED talk by author Peter Kageyama and a panel discussion of his ideas.  The panel moderator will be Suzie Nakasian, City Council Member, First Ward; respondents will include Scott Bradley, MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship, Director of Context Sensitive Solutions; and Nick Haggenmiller, City Administrator of Northfield.

Library volunteers needed June 8-11


Right now we need volunteers to help pack up the library before the renovation begins! June 8-11, in particular! Beginning June 8 the Library will pack up its entire collection for storage while the building is under renovation. We are looking for volunteers to help us with this amazing task! There are LOTS of ways you can help. We'll need packers, box builders, snack/lunch helpers, runners, sign-in desk helpers, box movers and cart loaders.

We will have three 2-hour shifts per day. We will pack on Monday June 8 through Thursday, June 11. The shifts will be 8-10 AM, 10-12 noon and 1-3 PM. Sign up for whatever works for you that week. You may volunteer for multiple shifts! The City of Northfield requires that all volunteers sign a waiver form and also undergo a background check, which you will find on line or at the library (see below).

VIDEO: Northfield YMCA's Healthy Kids Day

Join us Saturday, April 25th 9:00-noon at Bridgewater Elementary School.  Free for all community members. 

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (April 13, 2015)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

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