Mothers as Friends

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What to get your mother (or grandmother) for Mother’s Day?

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library have a great idea! – a membership ($10 for seniors, like your grandmother or elderly mom; $15 for younger moms) that comes with a free Friends t-shirt for the new member, a laminated Friends card, and a special bookmark.             

For less than the cost of one meal out you can show your love for your mom and your library by giving her a Friends membership that lasts the whole year.  For more information, stop by the library, click on this QRC, or go online to

Save the Northfield Depot Receives $10,000 Matching Grant

Save the Northfield Depot co-chair, Lynn Vincent, announced this week that they have received $10,000 in matching funds. A successful matching of these funds will put the total amount raised to $143,000 toward the $293,000 goal to move and renovate the 1888 depot for public use. They are asking the public to take advantage of this opportunity to double the value of their contribution in helping reach the goal.

The city-owned land where the depot will be moved lies between the roofless freight building and the Quarterback Club property and is currently blighted with brush, weeds, trash, and parked semis. The pictured future site plan will create a hub of activity and promote economic development in the area.

Local Volunteer Reports on Rice County MNsure Participation


As the program was gearing up last fall, several people in Rice County volunteered to become trained certified Navigators to help people through the process of enrolling in MNsure, the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act. Northfielder Joan Janusz is one of those volunteers and is providing this report on the work done in Rice County. She also explains how continuing enrollment is available to certain people between the March 31 end of the previous enrollment period and the next period in November

Food Truck Tuesday is Coming to Northfield!

An exciting option for good food and hanging out is coming to a church near you!  Starting May 6, come to the First United Church of Christ parking lot at 300 Union Street on Tuesdays between 11am–1pm to pick up a tasty, affordable lunch from a different food truck each week. See friends, have a picnic on our lawn, and sample some fun new eats! 

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Spring Concerts May 10-11

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With the theme “Vive la France!!” Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will present its final concerts of the 2013-14 season on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 2014. The concerts will feature Northfield mezzo soprano soloist Deesa Staats in arias by Berlioz, Massenet, and Offenbach. Also featured will be the Northfield Harp Ensemble playing in Debussy’s “Petite Suite” and the Cesár Franck D Minor Symphony.

The Saturday concert will be performed at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. , Northfield, at 7:00 PM and the Sunday concert at 7:00 PM in Cannon Falls at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 7459 Hwy 19 Boulevard. Advance tickets are available from the Northfield Arts Guild (; 507-645-8877) and at the door before each concert. 

Northfield Reads Gears Up


Northfield Reads is a new community initiative to encourage people from across the community to come together to talk, to share ideas, to connect, and to open themselves to new perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections within the community. 

Northfield Reads events will be offered twice a year, often in conjunction with another community event.  Readings will be made available in various ways and locations. The program is being sponsored by several area groups:  Northfield Human Rights Commission, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, Arcadia Charter School, and Northfield Public Library. The first Northfield Reads will be offered on May 18th.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more information.

Northfield’s Eighth Annual Girls Nite Out Scheduled for Friday, May 9!


Mark your calendars now for Northfield’s 8th Annual Girls Nite Out, coming up Friday, May 9. This very popular event brings hundreds of women to downtown Northfield for an evening of shopping and pampering, dining and socializing, dancing and fun.

The format will be a bit different this year – there’s no need to buy an advance ticket or wristband, meaning that exclusive specials at stores and restaurants will be offered to everyone in attendance. And rather than the evening culminating with a big party and giveaways at The Grand Event Center, each downtown bar and pub will be presenting special entertainment and drink specials, and each retailer will offer their own individual discounts and prizes.

Sr Center Offers Special Bird Watching Opportunity, May 9

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On May 9, Gene Bauer will lead a group through the Riverbend Nature Center area looking especially for migratory birds.  This is an optimal time for birding, as this is the peak time for birds on their way north for the summer to pass through the area.  

Carleton College to Sponsor 3rd Annual 5K for HOPE to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence


The public is invited to participate in the third annual 5K for HOPE, a run/walk to benefit the HOPE Center, on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Carleton College Recreation Center. 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. The 5K for HOPE is open to all!

Participants can register online at: https://apps.carleton/edu/campus/gsc/5kforhope/.

Northfield Youth Choirs present "Sing Along!"

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The Northfield Youth Choirs’ spring concert, “Sing Along,” will be presented Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Olaf College’s Boe Chapel. The concert will feature singing at all stages of life, from the sweet and joyful voices of the first- and second-graders in Junior Singers to the warm and soulful sounds of the high school, college and community members of the multi-generational group, Chorale.

“With the heartwarming and uplifting music of Holst to the American authors, and works by local composers Dan Kallman and Mary Carpenter Davis, it will be an afternoon worth your while,” said NYC Artistic Director Liz Shepley.

Stay Cool This Summer with Northfield Skating School's Figure Skating & Hockey Skating Classes!

Inspired by the Olympics? You are not alone! Improve your figure skating and hockey skating skills this summer with the Northfield Skating School's FIRST EVER summer session. Our 7-week class session runs on Monday evenings from June 9 - July 28th. 

Beginners, adults, advanced skaters, and hockey players welcome. Specialty classes, private lessons, and skating camps available. The Northfield Skating School is a community-based, nationally recognized U.S. Figure Skating model program with professional coaches and curriculum. Our hockey skating curriculum is developed and approved by USA Hockey. Our staff team takes pride in building skills and confidence for skating and for life in a positive, inclusive, and challenging environment. Skating scholarships available.

The Northfield Arts Guild Thanks Northfield Community for Bright Lights Campaign Support

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is very pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our Bright Ideas Campaign. This campaign began in the spring of 2012 to help purchase new theater lights for our outdated system. Through the course of this incredibly successful campaign $1500 was raised! Our theater lighting is now in the 21st Century!

This could not have been accomplished without the work of the many volunteers who worked on the campaign or without the financial support of the Northfield community. The Northfield Arts Guild would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to all who donated time and money to make this campaign successful.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (April 28, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 28, at 7:00 pm in the high school media center. A complete packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Seniors' Rock This Saturday

Three great musicians, Lori Williams, Craig Wasner and Nick Weaver, will entertain with rock 'n' roll music.  Think of it as a concert, a chance to dance,or an opportunity to sing along to your rock 'n' roll favorites.  Whatever the reason, come to enjoy yourself and support The Sr Center (This is our Annual Fund Drive Kickoff - Tickets are $20).

Sturdevant Presentation to Air on NTV

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Lori Sturdevant, Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist and writer, spoke about her new book, “Her Honor:  Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement” at the League of Women Voters’ Annual Meeting Saturday. The presentation will be aired on Northfield’s Public Access Television, Channels 12 and 16:

Wednesday, April 30th at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7th at 7 p.m.

Rosalie Wahl was the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, a champion of civil rights, including the rights of women.  Born in Kansas in 1924, Wahl earned an undergraduate degree in 1946 and went back to school to earn her law degree at William Mitchell College of law in 1964. Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich, she served on the court from 1977 until she retired in 1994.  She died in July 2013 age 88.

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