VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 27, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. A packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:


Carleton Invites Public to Screening and Discussion of the Critically Acclaimed Film, “Never Let Me Go”

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Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema, the public is invited to a special screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film, “Never Let Me Go” (2010, rated ‘R’). Based on best-selling novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”), the film is a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. Following the screening of the movie, Alan Rubenstein, senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics and Hanson Scholar in Ethics, will lead a discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

This hauntingly poignant and emotional story stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightly—who live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. Released in 2010, “Never Let Me Go” was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex Garland.


Carleton Awarded Grant to Host Contemporary French Film Festival

Carleton College is once again partnering with FACE, the French American Cultural Exchange, to present the Tournées Film Festival, bringing five acclaimed contemporary French films to the campus and the Northfield community.

The Tournées Festival offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. The films span generational and geographic borders, offer a range of genres and subjects, and showcase innovations in both style and storytelling. There are films by first-time directors alongside those from respected and revered figures in French cinema.

The films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Carleton College faculty members will provide a brief introduction prior to each film. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and are free and open to the public.


Northfield YMCA Daddy Daughter Dance

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA will host its seventh annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Northfield Armory, 519 Division Street.

This event is for girls ages 3 to 12 years old and their dad or special male adult. Grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, big brothers and others are invited to be escorts. Men are encouraged to wear shirt/tie, sport coat or suit.


EMT course begins February 18

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Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering Part Two of the Emergency Medical Technician Initial Training course this winter and spring.  Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians practical and written exams.

The course begins Tuesday, Feb. 18. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some Saturday afternoons throughout the late winter and spring at EMS base headquarters, 1600 Riverview Drive, Northfield.


MNsure Assistance Available for All at the Community Action Center

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The Community Action Center (CAC) is now offering free appointments to anyone in Northfield who needs help securing MNsure health insurance. Beginning April 1, all Minnesotans are required to have health care coverage in order to avoid financial penalties. The CAC has three staff members and two additional volunteers who are trained MNsure Navigators available to answer questions and guide people through the enrollment process. Navigators will be available on Thursday afternoons by appointment from now until mid-March. Additional appointment times are available on a case-by-case basis.


A Love Affair with Birds

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Sue Leaf, author of "A Love Affair with Birds: the Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts", will give a talk and sign copies of her book in the meeting room of the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 PM. The book is the first full biography of Roberts, the father of Minnesota ornithology. Roberts was a physician, professor of Ornithology at the University of Minnesota and founder of the Bell Museum of Natural History. Roberts was a mentor and friend to local physician and birding enthusiast Dr. George Rysgaard. Leaf, an avid birding enthusiast herself, will elaborate on the Northfield connection in her talk. The book was listed as one of the top 10 books for 2013 in the Dec. 27, 2013 edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


eReader Help Sessions Continue in February

Did you get an eReader for Christmas? If so, you should know about our free downloadable ebooks! Come to the Northfield Public Library to get help downloading library ebooks to your eReader.   These are walk-in sessions so no appointment is necessary. Bring your device and your library card. If you have a Nook bring your lap top computer (not necessary if you have a Nook HD).

Saturdays - February 1, 8, 15, 22  - 1-3 PM

For individual appointments or questions call the reference desk at 507-645-1802.


TPT-MN to Air HARVEST documentary on February 1

Twin Cities Public Television will air Paul Krause's documentary Harvest this coming Saturday, February 1 on their Minnesota channel (Charter Cable 396). The program will air four times: 1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm.


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community?  The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week.  Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment


Carleton Convocation Discusses the Significant Role of Public News Broadcasting

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Marco Werman, host and senior producer of Public Radio International’s “The World” will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 31 from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Stories, Not Punditry,” Werman’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Werman has been working in journalism since the age of 16, when he got his first job as a copy-boy for the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. After a three-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, Werman began his radio career with the BBC World Service in Burkina Faso, West Africa. From there he moved to London to produce the BBC’s flagship breakfast program for Africa, “Network Africa.” “Radio impressed me in Africa,” says Werman. “Everyone had one, broadcasts happened in many languages, and in the two coups I witnessed, the radio station was important booty: it and the electrical generator were always the first targets.”


Immigration 101: A Public Information Forum on Minnesota's Immigration Laws

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UPDATE: Immigration 101 Event Cancelled Due to Severe Winter WeatherDue to severe winter weather, tonight's "Immigration 101: A Panel Forum on Minnesota's New Immigration Laws" event has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The event will be rescheduled at a future date. Organizers ask for your assistance in spreading the word about this cancellation. For more information, contact Susannah Ottaway of the Carleton College Humanities Center at (507) 222-4217.


Jane McDonnell's Poetry Reading - POSTPONED!

Northfielder Jane McDonnell's reading of her new poetry collection, A Bone in the Throat, has been postponed. 

Watch Northfield.org for the rescheduling of the reading next spring.


Sr Center Offers Program on Depression

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Have you worried that a close friend may be suffering from depression?  Would you like to be able to help, but aren’t sure how?  Or perhaps you experience ups and downs, and would like to know more about how to deal with those low, gray days, and become more resilient and less prone to depression.  This program will cover the signs of depression, and the ways you can help yourself or others you care about feel better.  

The Senior Center is offering a program on depression, for three consecutive Thursday mornings, starting on January 30 at 9:30.


2014 NCO Annual Meeting

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On Wednesday, January 22, Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) held its annual meeting at the Contented Cow. Sixteen people attended the hour-long meeting, which began with an overview of Northfield.org's strategic plan, "What's Next for Northfield.org?" A slate of candidates was nominated to fill the vacancies left by Nate White, Jane McWilliams, Rob Hardy, Kathy Ness, and Tami Enfield. The new board members are: Jaye Lawrence, Theo Durbin, Jeff Ondich, Aramis Wells, and Michael Garlitz. Finally, the board elected officers for 2014: Leah Rich (chair), Corey Butler (vice chair), Jaye Lawrence (secretary), and Christopher Tassava (treasurer). The 2013 NCO annual report can be found here


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