First National Bank of Northfield Awards Two College Scholarships

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, has awarded two college scholarships to Northfield High School (NHS) seniors. The recipients of this year’s $1,500 awards are Sandy Carson of Northfield, Minn., daughter of Mark and Alice Carson, and Nathan Berthelsen of Northfield, Minn., son of Mike and Melissa Berthelsen. The award is unique in that applicants must enroll in either St. Olaf College or Carleton College. In the case of this year’s award winners, Carson will attend Carleton and Berthelsen will attend St. Olaf.

For more than 10 years, First National has awarded two high school seniors scholarships – one is marked for an NHS graduate attending St. Olaf College, and the other Carleton College. The scholarship program is just one of the ways in which First National has given back to the community across its 140-year history.


Multicultural effort for peace featured in 3 free films in June

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A trio of thought-provoking films about Israelis and Palestinians working together for justice and peace in Israel-Palestine are planned for the 2014 Palestine Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, the series features films in which Israelis and Palestinians tell stories of how the Middle East conflict has impacted their lives.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1050 Cedar Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with a brief question-and-answer period.


Carleton College's Kelly Connole Named Winner of Prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship

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The Northern Clay Center has announced the recipients of this year’s 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Of the two fellows named to this prestigious honor is Kelly Connole, Carleton College Associate Professor of Art. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.

Kelly Connole teaches ceramics and metalsmithing. A story teller by nature, Connole uses clay to examines relationships between humans, their environment, and other creatures. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received numerous awards including a McKnight Residency and a Jerome Foundation Project Grant.


City of Northfield’s Youth Leadership Academy — apply today!

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The City of Northfield and the Mayor’s Youth Council are accepting applications for the inaugural Youth Leadership Academy, which will run from June 23-27.

Five high school students will be selected for this week-long program.  Students will meet with city leaders, shadow different city departments, and learn about potential careers in municipal government.  This is a great career exploration and resume building experience!  For more information and the application, CLICK HEREApplications should be submitted before June 10!

Questions?  Email info@northfieldhci.org


New Video! Northfield Downtown Beautification

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The City of Northfield has a new video to share:

Judy Code, Volunteer Master Gardner, and TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor, highlight our Northfield downtown beautification project.

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?VID=Northfield-Downtown-Beautification-36

A wonderful project for the entire Northfield community!  This video will be added to the City of Northfield website's Media Center. 


Books & Stars line-up announced- something for everyone!

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We have a great line-up of family friendly entertainment on Wednesday nights in Northfield.  All in thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Library, The Northfield Historical Society and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council there will be 8 shows for eveyone to enjoy.  Thanks to our sponsors there is NO CHARGE! Booker, the book bus opens for library material check out at 6:30.  The shows begin at 7 pm.


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

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 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:


Carleton’s Alex Freeman Awarded Prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship

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The American Composers Forum has announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Among the four fellows named, chosen from a pool of 63 applicants, is Alex Freeman, Carleton College assistant professor of music.  The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is meant to acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition.

Freeman’s music has garnered acclaim from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Sibelius Academy, American Composers Forum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His chamber works and choral music are performed regularly in the United States and abroad, particularly in Finland, where he studies as a Fulbright Fellow in 2001 and where he continues to create new works and research on Finnish music. Recordings of his music have been released by Albany Records, innova Recordings, and Navona Records, including, most recently, a CD of his complete piano works by Albany Records entitled “Inner Voice;” a recording of his chamber work from Parma Recordings entitled, “Blueshift;” and internationally acclaimed recordings of his choral works by The HOL Choir and Tapiola Children’s Choir.


Taste of Northfield May 29 in Bridge Square

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The 9th Annual Taste of Northfield will take place Thursday, May 29th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in historic, scenic, authentic Downtown Northfield, MN.

The Taste of Northfield features delicious food and beverages from local businesses as well as live entertainment from local artists and is located in and around Bridge Square, including the Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza along the Cannon River.

Performances on the City of Northfield Showmobile will take place throughout the evening featuring long-time favorite Anna Balfany at 5:00 pm and The Bridge Square Band at 6:00 pm. The James Gang will present a bank raid re-enactment on Division Street at 7:15 pm followed by a local talent show from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.


WINGS to Honor 2014 Grant Recipients

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Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 22 area organizations and programs that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 19, in the Sun Ballroom at Buntrock Commons. Also honored will be the recipient of the WINGS Dream Grant of $10,000 for 2014.

The groups are recipients of $74,964 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship.

The event is open to the public and costs $20 per person. It includes a light supper and a chance to hear about the work of the grant recipients.  Registration is required; registration forms can be found at the WINGS website. Please register by June 9.


Annual Public Sculpture Unveiled

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On Friday, May 16, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission held the unveiling of Octopus Garden,the annual work of outdoor sculpture created through collaboration between the Commission and the Northfield Public Schools. Hand made glass forms, steel and concrete are the materials used by the team comprised of local glass artist Rick Swearer, Carleton apprentice Eliza Dennis and twelve Northfield High School students:  Maddie Guyot; Noah Heil; Caitlin Kelley; Calvin Kragseth; Bailey Mastin; Carmela Ortiz; Alex Pepel; Annika Peterson; Olivia Riggins; Irene Stoutland; Avery Swearer, and Amber Zetelmo.

Located on the corner of 3rd and Division Streets, Octopus Garden is the third work of local artists and high school students. The projects are funded by the South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.


All Saints Episcopal Church Awarded Grant

The All Saints Episcopal Church has been awarded a Rice County Community Partners Conservation grant to install a rain garden at 419 Washington Street, Northfield. This grant serves a two-fold purpose.  The primary purpose is to reduce snowmelt and storm water runoff before the water carries pollutants to the storm sewer  and then into the Cannon River.


Who or What Inspires You?

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Inspiration comes to me from people. Hearing people’s stories and understanding what makes them tick is what I cherish. Fostering a spirit of connection among people is what I aim to do. I want to create spaces where people feel comfortable sharing stories and learning from each other. By listening to one another, people can expand their perspectives and build meaning in their lives. 

In my own life, it is currently a time of much transition and excitement. I am 18 and about to graduate from Northfield High School. I find myself looking back and marveling at how much I have learned in the past few years. Inspiration has taken me to a lot of different places as I’ve tried to figure out what work is most effective in building community. I have learned the necessity of approaching all things with faith in others and faith in myself.


2014 Candidate Filing Periods for City, County, and School Board Offices

The filing period for candidates for City and County elected offices opened on Tuesday, May 20, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3. City offices up for election in November 2014 are:

  • Council member, Ward 1 (position currently held by Suzie Nakasian)
  • Council member, Ward 4 (position currently held by Jessica Peterson White)
  • Council member, at-large (position currently held by Rhonda Pownell)

Potential candidates can find out more about filing for these positions here


Northfield Arts Guild presents THE FANTASTICKS

Luisa (Chelsea Lloyd) and Matt (Michael Domingues) in the Arts Guild production of THE FANTASTICKS.

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of  THE FANTASTICKS, the longest running musical  of all time. Considered a classical piece of musical theatre, the history of the show speaks for itself  boasting a run of 42 consecutive years in New York! With music by Tom Jones and lyrics by Harvey Schmidt, audiences will recognize favorite songs from the show “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”  This tale, full of magic and moonlight, is a story of young love and the quest to discover who we are meant to be.  THE FANTASTICKS  will be presented in Northfield’s Central Park.


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