Celebrating Our Public Library

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Our Northfield Public Library is being renovated for a new look, feel and function in 2016.  A bigger children's area for more programs and servcies.  New conference rooms for students, entrepreneurs and others wanting some private space. A refreshed meeting room with new furnishings and enough space for 50 people. Better access into the new glass entrance and atrium.  All worth celebrating this holiday season! For more information, see www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org


Northfield YouthBank Awards Fall 2015 Grants

At a ceremony on Monday night, December 14, Northfield YouthBank awarded five grants for youth-initiated projects in Northfield. The grants went to:

  • Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC), for their Food Recovery and Cookie Program
  • Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (CROCT), for a portable pump track
  • Film Club, a collaboration between Arcadia Charter School students and the Northfield Public Library
  • TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes), for an Extracurricular Activites Scholarship Fund
  • a student group at Northfield High School who will use funds to renovate parks in the Viking Terrace neighborhood

Grants of up to $20,000 were available. You can find out more by downloading the attachment. 


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (December 14, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, December 14, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A packet, including the agenda, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:


Bethlehem Prayer Service to be broadcast live at St. John's Lutheran on Dec. 19

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Everyone is invited to attend a unique worship service in Northfield this month. Televised live from Bethlehem, Palestine, and Washington, D.C., the Bethlehem Prayer Service will be shown at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St W, Northfield.

The Northfield service will begin with a brief introduction. At 9 a.m. local time, it will join via satellite the simultaneous services at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, where the time will be 5 p.m., and the National Cathedral in Washington, where it will be 10 a.m.

All are invited to will join us, those in Bethlehem, those in Washington and others around the world for this time of worship. The event is sponsored by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel.


Warm Up This Winter!

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Raise your body temperature and participate in Community Services recreation programs. Opportunities include tennis, ping pong, swimming, bowling, martial arts, volleyball, basketball, lightsaber dueling, skating, soccer, floor hockey, pickleball, horseback riding, fitness classes, self defense, CPR/AED/First Aid, adventures and open gyms. Whether you are an adult, teen, youth or infant, there is something for you! If you'd like to register or learn more about a specific program, click HERE to be directed to the Community Services classes and registration web page.

Jan Shoger is Named 2016 Living Treasure

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Chair  Philip Spensley reports 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 of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to the Shoger at a public ceremony to be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at 7 p.m at the Grand Event Center.  Goodies will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.  Everyone is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Jan's many contributions to the community.


Public Invited to Skatepark Documentary Screening

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Cecilia Cornejo invites all to come to the premier of Make No Noise--The Story of a Skatepark, a documentary about the creation of the Northfield skatepark. Made in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition since 2012, the film chronicles the process of securing a permanent place for the skateboarders in town. Cornejo says,”Though we all know the skatepark was finally built this past summer, this is not a spoiler, since the marrow of the story lies elsewhere.”

Cornejo is Visiting Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton. The screening is Sunday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center, 3rd St. East.


Waffle Dinner to Support Northfield High School Bands

Waffle Dinner to support Northfield High School Bands!

Featuring Dad's Belgian Waffles

All you care to eat, children under 5 eat free and carry out is available

December 18, 2015, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Northfield High School Cafeteria


Parkinson's Support Group Holiday Luncheon is Dec. 16

The Northfield Parkinson's Support Group will hold its holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Northfield Hospital. Individuals who have Parkinson's, or those with a loved one who has Parkinson's, are invited to attend. This luncheon is open to the public.


Heads up! The library is rising!

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The new atrium on the southeast corner of our public library is going up. A big crane lifted the steel beams that outline the atrium. If you want to be part of the fun, be sure to make a donation to the Friends of the Northfield Public Library, www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org, by December 31, and your name will appear on the donors wall.  A $6,000 challenge gift will double your donation.  Rise up and give! 


Celebrating Light (and Meatballs) for 40 Years

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Northfield High School junior Rose Mibus will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 11, at the 40th annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

You don't have to be Swedish to join in the festivities, but a willingness to have fun is recommended. The event begins at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration marks the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season and includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

Dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, Lucia will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Afterward, Lucia and her attendants will serve cookies and coffee to everyone. The event concludes with songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.


HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants this fall to benefit area youth

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This fall, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 10 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including the first-ever “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant”. All projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


Community invited to visit with Community Solar Thursday

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Mary Jo Cristofero invites everyone to stop by the Northfield Area Community Solar table at Goodbye Blue Monday during Winter Walk, Thursday evening. Learn about community solar gardens – about solar electricity YOU produce in our community.

·           All Xcel customers can subscribe to this solar energy

·           The solar array is at the garden, not on your property

·           Learn now to greatly reduce carbon emissions

The Northfield Area Community Solar is dedicated to keeping the community in community solar!


Introducing the Northfield District Youth Council

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Submitted by Lars Ripley. Hello, citizens of Northfield. I am writing this to tell you about a student-run organization called the District Youth Council (DYC), of which I am currently a member. You probably haven’t heard much about us, if anything, since this year is only our second year of existence. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will know more about us than you currently do.

The District Youth Council was created as a way of giving students a say in how things are run in the Northfield School District. Similar to the Mayor’s Youth Council, another student-run organization you may have heard of, we try to collect students’ opinions about the issues concerning Northfield Youth and use that information to creeate a positive impact. However, while Mayor’s Youth Council focuses on issues that impact the community as a whole, we focus specifically on issues relating to the Northfield School District.


League of Women Voters - Northfield & Cannon Falls "Meet and Greet"

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The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls is hosting a "Meet and Greet" on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 5-7 pm at The Tavern Lounge in the Archer House.  The public is invited to come and learn about the work of the League in promoting an active and informed citizenry.  No speeches or presentations ~ just informal conversation.  All are welcome. 


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