Human Rights Commission seeks nominees for annual Human Rights Award

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With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a good time for the Northfield area to consider those in the community who have served generously in the area of human rights.  Each year, the Northfield Human Rights Commission gives an award to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award will be presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration, which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2016.  

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is actively soliciting nominees for this award. Community members are encouraged to think about those in the area who have contributed locally to the cause of human rights.  A diverse slate of nominees is sought. The Northfield Human Rights Commission will evaluate all nominees, and is ultimately responsible for choosing the award recipient.


Friends of the Northfield Public Library Have Fun Raising Funds!

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The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library have had a lot of fun raising funds for the library renovation project.  On October 30 they hosted a record 20 teams for the annual Trivia Bee contest.  They raised $3,400, thanks to the many participants including the invincible team “Remembrance of Things Past” and to the community sponsors and downtown businesses.  On November 12 the Friends raised another $15,680 during the Give to the Max Day.  
 
The renovation project at the library needs another $160,000 to top off the Friends’ support of the building.  There is a $6,000 gift waiting to match additional donations given by December 31, 2015.  See www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. 

Thoughtexchange: Join the conversation about the future of the Northfield Public Schools

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Northfield Public Schools would like to hear what you think about our schools and to better understand what is important to you, both in our schools and in the District.

Thoughtexchange is an online learning process that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in our District. This process enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities.


Join the Club...The Northfield Ski & Snowboard Club is taking registrations for the 2015-2016 season!

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Time is running out! Sign up for the Northfield Ski & Snowboard Club today and reserve your spot. The club will travel to Welch Village on Monday evenings throughout the winter months. Transportation is provided for all participants. Lessons and rentals are available for new skiers or snowboarders. Don't miss out! The club has a longstanding tradition of leading youth, grades 6 - 12, into a lifetime sport that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come! Informational packets are located in the high school, middle school and Community Services offices. A packet is also attached below. For further information or to register click HERE or go to www.northfieldschools.org and follow the Community Services link. You may also reach our office at 507-664-3649.


"TEDMED Live" is this week!

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You may be among the millions of people who have watched "TED Talks" online. Now you can experience "TEDMED 2015: Breaking Through" in real time via this TEDMED Live streaming event at the Northfield High School auditorium. Hosted by Northfield Hospital & Clinics and the Northfield School District.

The sessions are free, but you must have a ticket to attend. Go to www.eventbrite.com to get your tickets: Choose a session, register, and print your free ticket.


Save the Depot S'mores Party CANCELLED but Work Goes On!

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Although the S’mores event has to be cancelled because of the weather, this week workers are separating the 1888 depot from the 1944 addition in preparation for moving the 19th century portion. According to Alice Thomas, chair of communications of Save the Northfield Depot, “We will notify the public when the move date is final.”

While funds have been raised to move the historic depot to the new location, SND is now raising funds for the renovation. Thomas reminds everyone that 2015 Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 12, a quick way to contribute. Just go to the website http://www.northfielddepot.org/ and click on the giveMN button. Or, send a check to Save the Northfield Depot at 712 4th St. E, Northfield, MN 55057.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 9, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, November 9, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here. The table file can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:


Give to Build to the Max!

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Our public library is looking more like the real thing every day.  The foundation for the new atrium has been filled with sand that is smooth enough to be a floor, almost.  Upstairs Schulz Electric is working on the wiring for the new LED lighting that will provide better light using less energy.  

You can support the real terrazzo floor and the energy efficient LED lighting by giving to the max on (or before or after) Thursday, November 12, GiveMN Day, at the Friends' site https://givemn.org/organization/Friendsandfoundationofnorthfieldpubliclibrary. There is a $15,000 challenge grant, so for every dollar you donate, another dollar will be added to the renovation fund - double your donation!  All donors will be listed on the donors' wall in the renovated library.  


Snowmobile Safety Class

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Attention snowmobilers ages 12 to 18!  Minnesota law requires a valid snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile on public property. Safety classes for snowmobile safety certificates are given by the Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club. Be ready for winter! Class is held on Monday, November 9 & 16 from 6 - 9 pm in the Bridgewater Elementary cafeteria. You must be age 12 by the end of the course and must be present at both classes.


Community Services Adult Volleyball League

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Community Services is taking team registrations for the upcoming Adult Volleyball League. Individuals are also welcome to have their name put on a contact list for potential play on an existing team. The league is played on Monday evenings starting at 7:30 pm, December 7 through the early part of April. Games are played at Bridgewater Elementary and are officiated. The team registration fee is $275. For an informational packet and team registration form or to be placed on a list for joining a team, please contact Melissa at 507-664-3502.

Bump, Set, and Hit the Court!


Minute with the Mayor

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Mayor Dana Graham talks about attending the National League of Cities Conference, inviting the community to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon celebration, and the community’s effort to educate on Alzheimer’s disease in his latest short video.

 

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?CID=Minute-with-the-Mayor-13


Content Poetry Series: Diane LeBlanc

Diane LeBlanc, Sudden GeographyPoetry is alive and well in Northfield.

Each month, Content Bookstore in downtown Northfield is host to a poetry reading featuring a local or regional poet and including an open mic where members of the audience can share their own original poetry. The series kicked off in October with a joint reading by Rob Hardy and Brenda Hellen, and continues on Thursday, November 12, at 7 pm, with a reading by Diane LeBlanc.

Diane LeBlanc is a writer, teacher, and book artist. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Sudden Geography (2014), Dancer with Good Sow (2008), and Hope in Zone Four (1998). In addition to poetry and essays in Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Natural Bridge, and other journals, her essay “Work in Progress” appears in Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts (2014). Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College.

At the reading, Diane will read from her own work and invite others to share a poem of their own. She’ll also offer a door prize of one of her beautiful handmade journals to a lucky attendee.


Award Winning Author Allen Eskens @ Content on Thursday

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Allen Eskens has won (and keeps winning) awards for his popular debut novel, The Life We Bury, most recently winning the Rosebud award for best debut and the Barry award for best paperback original. At 7pm this Thursday, Nov 5, Allen will read from and discuss his just-released novel, The Guise of Another.

Eskens' new thriller follows Minnesota detective and fallen hero Alexander Rupert as he seeks redemption, and an answer to the question: who was James Putnam? Eskens, a practicing criminal defense attorney, writes page-turners in Mankato, MN.

"Allen Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It s a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you ll tell yourself things can t get any worse. And then they do."

- WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of "Ordinary Grace"

Content Bookstore is delighted to be hosting Eskens - and we hope you can make it!


Author and Psychologist Doug Lewandowski presents "Psychology and Storytelling; Characters in Stories We Write."

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CALLING ALL WRITERS AND READERS! Come to a Northfield Public Library Program at the Northfield Senior Center - Monday, Nov 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rooms 104-106.

Everyone has a story.  Websites and bookstores are full of memoirs.  We are told truth is stranger than fiction and frequently it is.  But reality is messy and doesn't always lend itself to coherence.  By taking elements of developmental psychology and pathology, Doug links psychology and storytelling, where dysfunction and conflict seed a cogent narrative in fiction.

Doug has walked a varied path, born and raised a Roman Catholic before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  He lived in a religious community for four and half years in formation with the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist DeLasalle.  He was a teacher/counselor and is a practicing Licensed Psychologist.  He has a monthly column in the Bemidji Pioneer's Prime Time section and in the early '90's was a commentator for KCRB, Minnesota Public Radio in Bemidji.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 26, 2015)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, October 26, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A complete board meeting packet, including agenda, can be found here. The table file can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:


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