Join Chorale - A regional, multi-generational Choir

Northfield Youth Choirs
Chorale (our multi-generational community choir) is starting the spring session, and we'd love to have you join. This choir includes adults, college and high school students. No experience is necessary. Rehearsals begin Monday, January 25
Conductor: Dr. Therees Hibbard
Time: Mondays, 8:45 - 9:45 p.m.
Location: Christiansen Hall of Music, Fosnes Rehearsal Room (CHM 233), St. Olaf College
Therees is Visiting Associate Professor of Music — Voice, Conductor of the Manitou Singers and the Early Music Singers at St. Olaf College.

First steel, then glass!


The renovation of our public library continues in spite of cold and snow.  The steel framing for the new entrance and atrium has been anchored into the existing building.  Once the framing is complete, watch for the glazing that will let in the sunshine, keep out the cold and enable you to see through to the original building. Steel-and-glass is the architects' way of leaning lightly on our historic Carnegie library while gaining much-needed space.

For more photos of the extensive interior renovations, see To make a donation to the renovation, including patio furniture, special features in the children's area and conference room amenities (not included in the renovation budget), go to 

Martin Luther King Celebration Monday Evening


Members of the Northfield Human Rights Commission invite all to the Color of Unity, the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:00 pm. At Emmaus Church, 712 Lincoln Street N. This year's program will feature four performing groups, a talk on Black Lives Matter by a St. Olaf student, and the annual awarding of the Human Rights Award.  This year's recipient is Susan Sanderson, honoring her years of commitment to the youth of our community in numerous ways, including her work as head of the Middle School TORCH program.

There will be performances by Glory Singers, Northfield Dance Academy, Ann Gregory-Bjorklund, Northfield High School Performing Arts Students (Latino anf Friends Players.)

WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.

WINGS funds grants in the following areas of focus: housing stability, food stability, economic stability, safe environments for victims of domestic violence, early learning, out-of-school programs, adult education, health care, healthy behaviors and entrepreneurship. WINGS grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Every grant candidate is considered anew in each grant cycle.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 11, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held its organizational meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016, at 7 pm, in the High School media center. A packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights included the election of school board officers: Julie Pritchard (chair), Ellen Iverson (vice-chair), Noel Stratmoen (clerk), and Rob Hardy (treasurer).

Movie Parking/Street Schedule

Filming has begun for the movie being shot in downtown Northfield. During the filming, there will be numerous parking restrictions downtown. Here's the latest schedule:

January 10 – 24, 2016 All parking restrictions will be signed 48 hours in advance. Watch for new signs throughout the two weeks. Check the Northfield Website for updated schedules. Call 507-645-4475 to speak to an officer and/or with questions.

Monday 1/11/2016 Film Location: 300 Block Division St. S. No Parking, Sunday (10th) 5:00 p.m. – Monday (11th) 6:00p.m., East side 300 block Division St. & South side 100 block 3rd St. E.

Tuesday 1/12/2016 Film Location: Archer House area No Parking Tuesday, (12th) 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., West and East sides of the 200 block Division St. Wednesday 1/13/2016 to Friday 1/15/2016 Film Location: 500 Block 3 rd Street E. No Parking,

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

"The Color of Unity": A Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children".  This was a part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial in August, 1963.  The message continues to have great relevance for today when we are seeing that justice still is not being delivered fairly among all of those who live in this country.
The Northfield Human Rights Commission invites everyone to join us for the 22nd annual community celebration honoring the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two for Two!


Between the renovation of our public library and the relocation of the historic train depot this week, Northfield is two for two in the pulling-ourselves-up-by-our-bootstraps category!

Remember to round up purchases at Just Food Coop during the month of January 2016 to support the Friends of the Northfield Public Library or go directly to to make a 2016 donation to the renovation.

Likewise, donations are being accepted by the Save the Depot group at to support the depot's full restoration.

Health & Wellness Challenge begins Jan 11 - A Challenge you can Achieve with Prizes!

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Health & Wellness Challenge!  Are you ready to get healtheir in 2016?  

Sign-up for one (or all of the following): 

  • 12 Weeks with no Soda Pop
  • 12 Weeks averaging 5,000 steps per day
  • 12 weeks to lose 30 pounds (teams of two - combined loss should be 30 pounds)

Sign-up at the YMCA or at the Northfield News with 3 ways to win prizes (as an added health incentive)!~

Click here for the registration form. Submit your form at the Northfield News office or at the YMCA.  

More information on the Northfield News Facebook page

Health & Wellness Challenge Sponsors: 

Audition for "Crimes of the Heart"


The Northfield Arts Guild hosts auditions for Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart, on January 10 and 11 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third Street, Northfield, MN.

Crimes of the Heart features a six person cast; all roles are for actors able to play ages 24 – 39.  The Northfield Arts Guild encourages beginners, established artists, artists of color, multilingual artists and artists with disabilities to audition for roles and to volunteer for technical positions.  Those interested should call 507-645-8877 to schedule an audition slot at the Arts Guild Theater on Sunday, January 10 or Monday, January 11, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.  Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Scripts of the play are available in the Arts Guild office, 304 Division Street South, for short term check-out.

Performances for Crimes of the Heart will be on weekends April 8 -17.  This noteworthy comedic drama is directed by Mishia Burns Edwards.  Edwards’ strength as a director lies in exploring characters, relationships and focusing on the truth of the situation the characters find themselves in.  A native of the Deep South, Edwards will bring her understanding of the attitudes and humor to this show which is set in Hazlehurt, Mississippi.

Depot to Move Wednesday 9:00 a.m.


From Alice Thomas, Chair of the Save the Northfield Depot Communications Committe, comes this hews, "This is an exciting day - the depot was pulled out of the hole this morning, i.e., out of the crawl space, and is sitting near its original site ready for the move across the street. Thank goodness, it was uneventful!

The movers are planning to move the depot across the street on Wednesday morning.  Many thanks go to all the supporters like you who have made this possible!  Please help spread the word.'    


The Pines in Concert Jan 9

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The Pines, a folk-rock group based in Minneapolis, perform January 9 at 7:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield. The Pines play as part of the 411 Concert Series, a program of the Northfield Arts Guild that features nationally-renowned acoustic artists in the intimate setting of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt bring inspiration from their native Iowa to the music CBS Minnesota has called “a dusty and often ghostly take on Americana.”

Though both are originally from Iowa, frontmen Ramsey and Huckfelt began their musical collaboration while living in a barrio in Arizona.

Volunteer Fair Hosted by the YMCA - Saturday, Jan 9th. Visit local organizations to find out what is available.

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When you volunteer, benefits abound.  That is why the YMCA is hosting a Community Volunteer Fair - Saturday January 9th.  If you have thought about volunteering but want to learn more about what is available.  Stop by the YMCA Saturday morning. 

YMCA Winter Programs & Services - PreK, School Age, Teen, Adult & Family Opportunities. Quick Links.

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It is January in Minnesota and the Northfield YMCA has an abundance of new programs, new equipment and new classes.  Want more information?  Here are some quick links. 

Check our program brochures

View our list of programs online.  

View our calendars for group exercise classes, lap swimming, open gym and more. 

Is there babysitting or drop-in child care available at the Y (we call it Child Watch)? 

What volunteer opportunities are available? 

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