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Submitted by Michelle Mahowald on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:34pm
On the morning of April 14, 2015, the City Engineer opened bids on the construction of a Skateboard Park in Old Memorial Field. There were three bids received and the lowest apparent bidder was Wally Hollyday Skateparks with a bid of $153,879.00. The estimate from Pillar Design Studios, the designer, was $162,816.43. City Council will be requested to accept the bids and award the contract at the April 21, 2015 Council Meeting. Anticipated construction start date is yet to be determined; however, it is planned for completion this summer.
For additional information contact Brian Erickson, Assistant City Engineer at 507-645-3037
Submitted by Rachel Haider on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:53pm
The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is excited to present the beloved musical Oliver! with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. Performances run April 17-19, April 23-26 and May 1-2 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield. Tickets online at northfieldartsguild.org
This beloved classic musical will captivate audiences with the incredible and well-crafted tale of a young orphan's quest to find a home and family in Victorian London. Charles Dickens' larger-than-life characters sing and dance their way into your heart with brilliant and unforgettable songs including "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me" and "Consider Yourself." Oliver! is one of the most popular musicals in the world It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical; the 1968 film version won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.
Submitted by Scott Richardson on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:40pm
It was May of 1970. Fourteen women from Church Women United gathered at the home of Dorothy Becker in rural Dundas for their spring meeting. Seven churches and the senior center were represented.
They discussed their balance sheet, Operation H.O.P.E, the Clothes Closet and a trip to Prairie Island (before casinos). Then, the meeting turned to New Business: Meals-On-Wheels.
Submitted by Nathan White on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:18pm
Celebrate Benjamin Percy‘s latest novel, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, at a free hometown release party, featuring a reading by the author and music from Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders and Wesley Church & The Fabulous Vanguards. It’s all happening at the Upstairs Rueb ‘n’ Stein at 503 Division Street South.
Northfield’s Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels and two short story collections. He is a contributing editor at Esquire and writes the Green Arrow series for DC Comics. His crime series, Black Gold — set in the North Dakota oil fields — is currently in development with STARZ TV network.
Books and CDs will be available for sale from Content Bookstore.
If you see something or hear something, then say something: Anonymous tip line available in Rice CountySubmitted by Michelle Mahowald on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:30am
The Mayor's Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use, in partnership with the Rice County Sheriff’s Office, the Rice County Chemical Health Coalition, Northfield Police and Faribault Police, would like to get the word out to Northfield community members about the TIP411 program in Rice County. Often community members don’t want to report illegal or risky activity for fear of getting involved. Through the TIP411 program, law enforcement agencies across Rice County can accept 100% anonymous crime tips via cell phone text messages. Our hope is that this resource will allow community members to reach out for help when they feel that their safety is threatened, or when they are concerned for their family, friends and neighbors.
Submitted by Michelle Mahowald on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 1:20pm
Streets & Parks Supervisor T.J. Heinricy talks about our upcoming community Earth Day celebration in this short video:
Submitted by Dan Bergeson on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 4:19pm
Take a journey back in time on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. You will be spending an evening at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. to witness the 150th anniversary of events that changed the course of history forever.
On April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln arrived late to the theater to see the play “Our American Cousin,” but was in good spirits. Midway through Act III, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the back of the head and stabbed Henry Rathbone who was seated next to the President. Booth immediately jumped from the President’s box to the stage, shouting “Sic semper tyrannis!” (“Thus ever to tyrants!”–the Virginia state motto)”. He broke his leg when he landed on the stage, but managed to escape the theater and Washington D.C.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:56pm
Best Summer Ever!
Best Summer Ever!
Friendship, Accomplishment, Belonging
Register for Y Navigator Camp in April and get rewarded! If you register between April 1-15, you’ll receive a $15 gift card, good towards merchandise in the Y Store! Register between April 16-30 and receive a $10 gift card. It’s easy– register today!
Y Navigator is a flexible 3-, 4- or 5-day-a-week camp, available from 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with programmed activities from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., that is based at the new Northfield Y facility. Come one week or come all summer! Kids will enjoy trips to local and not-so-local destinations, all designed to strengthen their imaginations and stretch their bodies. Includes swimming at our pool.
Your kids will have an amazing experience, all in a safe, inclusive, nurturing environment.
Submitted by Michelle Mahowald on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:08pm
Mayor Dana Graham talks about Meadows Park and community gardens in this short video.
Submitted by Nathan White on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:45am
Jonathan Odell, a Minnesota author born in Mississippi, and regular commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, uses story to bridge personal, racial, and cultural differences.
He'll be at Content Bookstore on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30pm reading from and discussing his novel Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. In the book, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who only have two things in common, the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
In her review of Miss Hazel for the Star Tribune, Christine Brunkhorst writes "this is an important story beautifully told. It is why we read novels. You will care about these characters — and emerge more aware and empathetic because of them." Of Mr. Odell, Pat Conroy writes "Jonathan Odell can take his place in the distinguished pantheon of Southern authors."
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:10pm
Mary Jo Christofaro reminds readers that the Northfield community will be springing into its sixth Perennial Earth Day Celebration on April 17th and 18th. "Mark your calendars for a great event. The kick-off will be Northfield AreaCommunity Solar’s 'Sun Power Hour' on Friday, April 17th from 5pm-7pm at First UCC. Join us for a community gathering with appetizers, tea and coffee. Learn more about Community Solar and take advantage of this opportunity to subscribe."
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:16pm
World renowned classical and jazz pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform in concert on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. A Van Cliburn gold medalist, Nakamatsu is considered to be one of the most sough-after pianists of his generation. Bernard Holland of theNew York Times wrote, "This young American pianist has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants."
Nakamatsu’s not-to-be-missed performance will feature selections by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin—and is free and open to the public.
Nakamatsu draws unanimous praise all around the globe as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. He is noted for his continuously expanding career based on a deeply probing and illuminating musicality, as well as his quietly charismatic performing style.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:22pm
Do you want to complete a triathlon? The Northfield Y is offering a 6-week Y "Tri" to Get Fit program that will teach you proper form and strategy to train for a triathlon. Each session will include an educational and a workout component. Work with Kyle, one of our Certified Personal Trainers; he will take you through a 6-week course meeting once a week (no class April 22) to learn about the training process for a Sprint Triathlon, and give you workouts to complete for the next week. Ages 15 and up.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:16am
On Thursday, April 9 at 4:30 pm, Keyne Cheshire will present excerpts from Murder at Jagged Rock, his brilliant re-imagining of Sophocles’ tragedy The Women of Trachis set in the Wild West. The event will take place in LDC 104, and will last appoximately 90 minutes.
The Women of Trachis tells the story of the fatal jealousy of Deineira, the wife of Herakles. Cheshire has moved the action from mythical Greece to the mythical Wild West, and set his translations of Sophocles’ choral odes to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and upright bass.
Submitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:30pm
The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the city's fifth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Chosen from among 101 poems submitted for judging, nine poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks. The ACC applauds and thanks the many local poets who participated in the competition and announces the following winners, in aphabetical order: Anna Chotlos, Toni Easterson (2 poems), Brendon Etter, Rob Hardy, Anne Kopas (2 poems), Nicole Lewis, and Leslie Schultz.