What is a House for Children?


It is a place for voices to be heard, laughter to be shared, and wonder to be experienced. Come see a children's house for yourself. Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 until 12:00 we will be hosting our Spring Open House. We would love to meet your family to discuss our vision for early childhood education and show you what we mean by "an environment for discovery and learning." Enrollment for summer programs and the 2016-2017 school year will be available. Our tables and chairs may be small, but our hearts are big!


Friends of the Library new board members

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The Friends of the Library board welcome two new board members - Tamara Detert and Maelynn Rosas. They and the other board members work together to support our public library in its temporary location at City Hall and in the spring 2016 at its newly renovated building at 210 Washington Street.

Members are, front to back, left to right: Bruce Duffy, Margit Johnson, Bill North, Lois Stratmoen, Lynne Young, Mary Steen, Leesa Wisdorf, Debbie Navarro, Tamara Detert, Jennifer Cox Johnson, Michele Reese, Maelynn Rosas, Zach Pruitt (Becky Zrimsek, not pictured).

Robin Hood comes to Northfield Arts Guild

Poster design by Kosmo Esplan


Purple Door Youth Theater, an educational branch of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, presents Robin Hood, a play for young audiences, by Greg Banks.  This classic tale of good versus evil plays for one weekend only:  Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00pm.  The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is located at 411 West Third Street in Northfield.

Robin Hood and his merry band rob from the dishonest to give to those in need.  They have a little fun confusing the nasty Prince John and the even more evil Sherriff of Nottingham. Indeed this classic story of resiliency, compassion and heroism is told with an easygoing and humorous twist that both children and adults will love.

2016 Riverwalk Market Fair Vendor Applications now Available!


Have you ever thought about applying to be a vendor at Northfield's award-winning, juried artists' and farmers' market, Riverwalk Market Fair?

Our 2016 season will be starting again on Saturday, June 4, running every Saturday (except DJJD September 10) through October 22, at beautiful Bridge Square on the Cannon River in Historic Downtown Northfield.

2016 Guidelines, Rules, and Applications are now available at http://riverwalkmarketfair.org under the Be A Vendor tab.

More questions?  Email manager@riverwalkmarketfair.org.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 25, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included:

Spoon Carving Class at St. Olaf


The St. Olaf Folk School presents a spoon carving class taught by artist Jim Sannerud. Learn to carve spoons in the Nordic tradition. The two-day workshop takes place Valentine's weekend, February 13–14, from 9am till 4pm in the Flaten Art Barn at St. Olaf College.

Registration is now open for anyone age 11 and over; no experience necessary. Tuition is $180, and enrollment is limited to ten students. Register online.

YMCA Dance All Night - Dance-A-Thon Feb 26-27 (overnight)

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YMCA Dance-A-Thon (12 hours of dancing - get a team together!)

Do you love to dance?  We have the perfect event for you!  Dance the night away for a great cause at the Y!  We will have refreshments and drawings for prizes throughout the night.  Grab a few friends to make a team and take turns dancing!  All proceeds will go towards race and culture education in the Northfield Y’s Child Watch.  Don’t miss out, sign up today and join us!

Dance the night away for a good cause! Grab your friends to make a team and take on the challenge of 12 hours of dancing, music, food, prizes and fun! All proceeds go to implementing race & culture education in Northfield Y’s Child Watch.

New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

2016 WINGS Board

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and youth in the Northfield area through focused giving.

2016 WINGS Board (from left to right): Laura Riehle-Merrill, Leah Eby, Nancy Moe, Meleah Follen, Kathy Olson, Alice Carson, Diane Lyman, Nancy Carlson, Maelynn Rosas, Vicki Stevens, Jacqui Dorsey (Not pictured: Patsy Ophaug, Bonnie Jean Flom)

BikeNorthfield’s 3rd Annual ‘Soup & Cycles’ event

Soup & Cycles poster (Poster by Doug Bratland)

The 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles event will take place Saturday, 6:00 p.m., pJanuary 30, 2016 at the Northfield UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN 55057 - please join us!  BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles gathers bike group representatives, trail advocates, local officials and any interested community members – whether or not they ride a bike -- for soup, socializing, and strategizing related to bicycles. BikeNorthfield works with bike groups, local government, non-profits and schools to encourage bicycling, promote safety, and educate the community about the benefits of bikes for everyone as part of building an active, friendly, people-centered community.

Arts & Culture Commission 2016 Living Treasures Award Presentation to local artist, Jan Shoger, January 28th - 7 pm - Grand Event Center

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The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield is pleased to announce Jan Shoger as the recipient of its 2016 Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city's identity and quality life through and behalf of the arts and culture. Shoger will officially receive the award, presented by Mayor Dana Graham, on Thursday, January 28th at 7 pm at Northfield's Grand Event Center.  The public is cordially invited to attend.

Skatepark Documentary Screening January 27th at Weitz Center

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Make No Noise ~ The Story of a Skatepark chronicles the 17-year long struggle of skateboarders in Northfield  to secure a permanent place for their sport. Shot in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition, the film is a testament to young people's resilience and perseverance as well as an examination of the victories and failures of the democratic process in small town America. There will be a Q&A session following the screening with the filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo and members of the Coalition.

The public is invitvited to this exciting event at no charge. The screening will be at 7:00 p.m.in the Cinema at Carleton's Weitz Center, 3rd Street East. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund

2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off January 30th at 2 pm at Content - Purveyors of New and Used Books


Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to a special event marking the start of the 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Competition.  Attendees are invited to bring a favorite short poem to share with the audience.  Winners of the 2015 competition will be featured reading their winning entries (or favorite poems from their collections) at a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 30th at 2 pm at Con

Northfield Fastpitch Softball Registration for 2016 is Now Open! New 8U Team Added!


Registration is now open for spring/summer 2016 Northfield Raider Fastpitch Softball Association Teams!  Registration is open through February 28th and Early Birds who register through February 7th, will receive a $25 discount!

Fastpitch Softball is a fun, exciting, and fast paced game.  Players will learn skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork all while building great bonds together and having fun in the sun!  NFSA teams play games at home, here in Northfield, and also travel to other communities in the Tri-County Fastpitch League.

Team options are available for ages as young as 8 & under (8U), all the way through 16 & under (16U).

Please see the attached flyer!

More information is available at: www.NorthfieldFastpitch.org

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Special Meeting (January 14, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held a special meeting on Thursday, January 14, 2016, to consider a matter of student discipline. The school board met in closed session for over four hours before returning to open session to vote on the resulting resolution. Due to student data privacy restrictions, no names or specifics of the case were mentioned in the public portion of the meeting.

Accepting Applications for Summer Recreation Positions

The Place To Be This Summer!

 Spice Up Your Summer!

Community Services is now accepting applications from qualified instructors for all summer recreation positions. Join our great team of passionate leaders and participate in the enriching experience of adding skill, discipline, fun, care and connectedness to the lives of all those enrolled in our programs. Part time opportunities exist in a variety of athletic, aquatic, adventure and playground programs. A full time summer opportunity is available as a recreation intern.

Part time recreation applicants must have a strong ability to:
- Demonstrate consistent reliability
- Take initiative and self direct
- Be enthusiastic
- Invest in individual achievement
- Provide an organized learning environment
- Build healthy relationships with youth
- Provide specific sport or program knowledge and experience

Full time intern applicants must have:

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