Carleton Players present Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters”

The Three Sisters

The Carleton Players will present Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters,” premiering Thursday, April 30at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater, with additional performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. on May 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 and matinee performances at 2 p.m. on May 2, 3 and 9. Performances are free and open to the public; reservations can be made at

Teaching Number Sense

Do you want to help kids love math? Would you like to make working with numbers fun? In Teaching Number Sense you’ll get practical common sense advice about how to help children love learning their math facts…and it’s not drill and kill methods. It’s about skills and thrills to fuel enthusiasm. Mathematics is the language we use to talk about quantity, structure, space and change, as well as other qualities of the physical world. Our experiences within our physical world determine how we learn to think and communicate this knowledge. In this LIVE webinar, Maren Schmidt will show you how to give children foundational experiences with quantity, structure, space and change, experiences that will develop their number sense and love of using the language of mathematics. This workshop is based on current research along with my twenty plus years of experience teaching children ages 3 to 15. You’ll find information in the webinar that might turn the children around you into math lovers!

Arcadia Charter School presents public performance featuring Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley

As the culminating event of a special ongoing arts residency with students at Arcadia Charter School, the critically acclaimed indie rock band Rogue Valley will appear Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a public performance that will include music, dance, puppetry, poetry and video. This not-to-be-missed production is free and open to the public.

For several weeks, singer/songwriter Chris Koza and members of Rogue Valley have been working with students and staff at Arcadia Charter School collaborating on this original production. The musicians have also hosted public songwriting workshops, at the Northfield Senior Center and at The Grand Event Center, focused on discussing their approach to music-making and encouraging community members of all ages to share their own musical talents and create music along with the band.

Carleton and St. Olaf music faculty come together to present “Music of War”

Music Of War

Music faculty from Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges will come together for a special performance on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Entitled “Music of War,” the reflective and provocative program will feature musical selections from and about war. This event is free and open to the public.

Included in the program are songs by Schumann, Ives, Poulenc, Bernstein, and Stephen Foster—along with Olivier Messiaen’s poignant and haunting “Quartet for the End of Time,” written during his time imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.

Performers include St. Olaf assistant professor of music Francesca Anderegg (violin); St. Olaf assistant professor of music Scott Anderson (clarinet), Carleton senior lecturer in cello Thomas Rosenberg (cello); Carleton senior lecturer in voice Rick Penning (tenor) and his wife, Sandra Penning (soprano); and Carleton associate professor of music Nicola Melville (piano).

Carleton College to Sponsor 4th Annual 5K for HOPE to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

HOPE Center

The public is invited to participate in the fourth annual 5K for HOPE, a run/walk to benefit the HOPE Center, on Saturday, May 9th beginning at 9:30am at the Carleton College Recreation Center. The 5K for HOPE is open to all. Registration is $15 for Carleton students and $30 for non-students. 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. Participants can register online at:

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Hot tip: Shop the Great Northfield, Minn. Book Fair

The book Debbie Tungland bought last year

When Debbie Tungland recommends you shop the Great Northfield, Minn. Book Fair, it’s like Warren Buffet offering you a “hot” stock tip. She has that kind of track record. Debbie is the woman from Kenyon, Minn, who last year at the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair invested one dollar for a copy of “Profiles in Courage” by John F. Kennedy and sold it for $3,000. That’s a nice return. 

Arts and Culture Commission Event: "For the Love of Cities" ~ TED talk by author Peter Kageyama; followed by panel discussion

Peter Kageyama, the author of "For the Love of Cities," writes:  "Instead of merely livable, I think we need to start thinking about how we can make our cities more lovable.  When we love something, we cherish it; we protect it; we do extraordinary things for it."  Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to Carleton's Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema on Thursday, April 23rd, at 7:15 pm for a screening of a TED talk by author Peter Kageyama and a panel discussion of his ideas.  The panel moderator will be Suzie Nakasian, City Council Member, First Ward; respondents will include Scott Bradley, MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship, Director of Context Sensitive Solutions; and Nick Haggenmiller, City Administrator of Northfield.

Library volunteers needed June 8-11


Right now we need volunteers to help pack up the library before the renovation begins! June 8-11, in particular! Beginning June 8 the Library will pack up its entire collection for storage while the building is under renovation. We are looking for volunteers to help us with this amazing task! There are LOTS of ways you can help. We'll need packers, box builders, snack/lunch helpers, runners, sign-in desk helpers, box movers and cart loaders.

We will have three 2-hour shifts per day. We will pack on Monday June 8 through Thursday, June 11. The shifts will be 8-10 AM, 10-12 noon and 1-3 PM. Sign up for whatever works for you that week. You may volunteer for multiple shifts! The City of Northfield requires that all volunteers sign a waiver form and also undergo a background check, which you will find on line or at the library (see below).

VIDEO: Northfield YMCA's Healthy Kids Day

Join us Saturday, April 25th 9:00-noon at Bridgewater Elementary School.  Free for all community members. 

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (April 13, 2015)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Skateboard Park Bid Opening

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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


Bring the family to OLIVER!

Fagin and his gang of boys welcome Oliver!

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

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. 

Meals-On-Wheels celebrates 45 years

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.

"The Dead Lands" by Ben Percy Release Party - Tonight at 7pm!

The Dead Lands Release Party - 7pm, April 14

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 County


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.

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