New Short Video! Minute with the Mayor

NewLogo small.png

Mayor Dana Graham talks about upcoming projects in his latest Minute with the Mayor video.

Youth to be honored with 'Life Saver' award

Northfield Heart Safe Project will honor 10-year old Amber Fredrickson Monday, June 1, with a “Life Saver” Award for taking heroic action earlier this spring when her mother suffered a diabetic reaction while driving on Highway 3.

City of Northfield Youth Leadership Academy - Apply Now!

City of Northfield

Youth Leadership Academy

June 22 – 25, 2015

The City of Northfield and Mayor’s Youth Council invite local high school students to apply.

Up to five students will be selected.


What: A week-long career exploration program for local high school students interested in gaining exposure to municipal careers, including local government and public service.

Carleton’s renowned Chinese Music Ensemble performs in concert

Chinese Music Ensemble

The Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble will perform in concert on Sunday, May 24 at 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The program will include Chinese music ranging from traditional to modern compositions, with performances in a variety of configurations, including a trio, a quintet, the Pipa Ensemble, the Guzheng Ensemble, and solos by award-winning artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Established ten years ago, the ensemble plays traditional Chinese instruments. Comprised primarily of Carleton students, the performance will also feature Northfield High School student, Alida Dice. Under the direction of world-class Pipa artist, Gao Hong, the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble has performed to much acclaim at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota, and at numerous conferences and Chinese celebrations through the region.

Carleton screens National Theatre Live’s production of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo’s stunning best-selling book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” comes to life on the big screen on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema.

Presented in high-definition video by National Theatre Live in London, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is playwright Sir David Hare’s new stage adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Boo’s first-hand account of life in a modern day Mumbai slum. Boo spent three years recording the lives of its impoverished residents and her uncompromising re-telling received numerous accolades, including the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2012.

5th Annual Latino (and Friends!) Play Festival


In case you are unaware or have forgotten, Northfield Human Rights Commisioner Corinne Smith alerts all to an amazing production that will be on in Northfield this weekend--The Latino Play Festival.

This is the 5th annual production by this group.  The production is created by a high school drama class that originated to provide a voice for Latino youth.  For the last two years the group has been open to other students from the high school so represents diversity.

Retired professional football player shares his story of life as a gay man in the NFL

Esera Tuaolo

Esera Tuaolo, a former professional football player who publicly came out as a gay man after retiring from a successful career in the NFL, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 22 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Entitled “Alone in the Trenches,” Tuaolo’s talk is based on his autobiography “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL” (Sourcebooks, 2007). This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Goods for Good city-wide garage sale


Goods for Good, Northfield’s annual city-wide garage sale event for charity, has begun! The event runs now through Saturday, May 16. The organizers of each site have selected a charity or cause that will benefit from their sale, and they agree to give at least 50 percent of the money raised to that charity. Shop the sales and know that your purchases will support lots of great causes.

There are 22 sale sites this year and most are indoors, so this is a rain or shine event. Sale hours vary by site, so download the site map, which includes hours and descriptions for each site, or pick one up from a specially marked news box in front of the Northfield News office at 115 5th St. W. in Northfield, or at any of the sale sites. Look for the Goods for Good signs.

Mayor's Youth Council hosts community garage sale this weekend!

MYC Garage Sale Poster.png

The Mayor’s Youth Council is hosting a community garage sale this Friday and Saturday.  There are hundreds of items for sale!  The sale is part of the Northfield Shares “Goods for Good” community garage sale initiative.


  • FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 — 3:30-6:00 p.m.
  • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015 — 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Northfield Maintenance Facility (1710 Riverview Drive, behind Perkins Restaurant and across from the new police station)

WHY? All proceeds will go to the Northfield YouthBank, which provides grants to youth-run projects. All funds raised at the sale will be matched — dollar-for-dollar — by the Youthprise Foundation.

Book launch and signing at The Key: Table 13 Journals


"Table 13 Journals: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation" is  the personal story of a teenager's struggles with drugs, violence, and persistent thoughts of suicide. The story is set in 2000-2001, a product of the mentoring program at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).

The story is told in young Miles Harrison's own words, written when he was 15 and 16, and in the words of Ted O'Toole, who was his mentor at the center during this period.  It also tells the story of the healing effects of the remarkable youth center  and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism.

Ted O'Toole -- a lawyer and Zen practitioner, now a Buddhist priest -- and Miles Harrison’s mentoring sessions evolved into writing journals, then writing a book using their journals entries written over their year-long mentorship. “Table 13” is the table at Bill’s Pizza Palace, where Miles and Ted met to compare journal entries.

The authors' official book launch and signing is on June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Key – the building that the Center’s kids themselves own and operate -- at 109 Sixth Street West, Northfield, Minnesota. 

Carleton convocation provides first-hand account of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project

Chude Allen, Then & Now

Chude Allen, Carleton Class of 1965, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 15 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Just Being There Was Against The Law,” Allen will share her first-hand account as a participant in the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system by increasing African-American voter registration.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Northfield Public Library Update

West side of library along Division Street
Northfield City staff met on Friday, May 8th with the architectural team of RoehrSchmitt and Rothholz Architecture and Design to review cost estimates from the project consultants for the Library Improvement Project. At this time the construction costs is within $168,000 of the construction estimate given in January 2015; cost increases can be attributed in large part to the increases in building materials, including concrete, steel and windows in an active Minnesota state construction season.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (April 27, 2015)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, April 27, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included approval of changes to the Transformational Technology program, including a new school iPad lease. 

2016 Woodley St Reconstruction Project blog launches; online survey open now through May 13

Woodley St. Project Questionnaire Online

I'm managing the online citizen engagement blog for the 2016 Woodley St. Reconstruction Project. There have been two community/neighborhood meetings thus far, with more scheduled in the next few weeks. I've posted meeting photos with the Powerpoint presentations on the blog. The City has created an online questionnaire that's open now through May 13. They're seeking comments from all Northfield residents, in particular regarding:

  1. Sidewalks: 1 side or both sides?
  2. Bike lanes: 1 side or both sides?
  3. Parking: 1 side or both sides?
  4. Trees: Tree Removal

Hospital recognized for limiting early elective deliveries


Northfield Hospital’s First Touch Birth Center was recently recognized by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its commitment to reducing early elective deliveries. Research shows that important development takes place for a baby’s brain and lungs during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Yet according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), early elective deliveries --- which include inductions and planned Cesarean sections that are not medically necessary --- still account for 10 to 15 percent of all deliveries nationally.

Syndicate content