Super Tuesday Minnesota Style

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Minnesota’s role in Super Tuesday is hours away. Party activists are busy making final arrangements for participating in this biennial grass roots exercise in democracy. Precinct caucuses meet at 7:00 p.m.

In Northfield this year, the Rice County Republican Party will caucus at the Northfield High School, 1400 Division Street South.

The Northfield Rice County Democratic Party with meet in Northfield in several locations.  Most Northfield precincts, will meet at the Northfield Middle School, 2200 Division Street South. Residents of Ward 1 Precinct 1 will meet at Carleton College and Ward 4 Precinct 1 will meet at St. Olaf College.  For precise college locations:

Auditions for Middle and High School Students!

Learn all about and perform a Live Radio Play at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.

Teens in grades 6-12!  Curious about what it would be like to be on the radio? Interested in learning about voice-over work for commercials or animated films? Do you love history? Do you love great comedy? This is the show for you!  

The Northfield Arts Guild announces auditions for the Project Purple Door production of You Can’t Take It with You, the radio play. Auditions are open to students in grades 6 to 12.Auditions will be held THIS WEEKEND: Sunday, February 28 from 2:00-3:30pm and Monday, February 29 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield. Call the Northfield Arts Guild at 507-645-8877 or email to schedule a 30 minute audition in one of these time frames. Students do not need to prepare anything in advance.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (February 22, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. A complete packet (including agenda) can be found here (table file here). Highlights of the meeting included:

Make Your Mark! Sidewalk Poetry Contest Deadline February 29th at 6 pm

Have you been thinking about submitting an entry to this year's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC)-sponsored Sidewalk Poetry contest?  Well, there's still time! Let this be the year you Make Your Mark in Northfield's sidewalks!  Important contest guidelines are available on the ACC page of the City of Northfield website. Submissions are due by 6 pm on Monday, February 29th, at the interim Library location at City Hall (801 Washington St.).  Judging will take place in March, with winners being announced at the start of National Poetry Month in April.

Northfield Reads 2016


Northfield Reads is excited to announce its program for 2016.  Everyone is invited to read $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, and join in various events to help us understand its message.

Northfield Reads aspires to engaging the community in lively discussions to assist us in understanding the diversity among.  This year, the focus is on the working poor and those living in poverty. $2 a Day chronicles the stories of several families who are living in this extreme poverty in a way that is engaging, informative, and inspiring.  At the same time, it weaves through these stories information about the complex social, political, and economic factors that underlie this situation.

The number of Americans who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day (about the cost of a gallon of gas and less than a latte) has more than doubled in the last twenty years, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this extreme economic situation.  This is about one of every 25 families with children, a startling statistic. 

Here in Northfield we do not have statistics based on the concept of $2/day.  The statistics that we do have indicate that low income households are increasing, with 15% of Northfield living in poverty. 

New! Minute with the Mayor

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Northfield Mayor Dana Graham talks about a variety of City topics in his latest short video.

Everything you need to know about the Minnesota Caucus


According to their handy brochure: "The Northfield Initiative is a Carleton student-run organization designed to increase voter turnout in the city of Northfield."  The students' aim is to present objective, nonnpartisan information and to encourage all eligible voters to engage in democracy. 

Check out the Northfield Initiative website to learn about the March First precinct cauces.

Progress at the library!


The steel framing has been covered with glass in the atrium and entrance.  Now that's progress! The construction crew continues to work both inside and outside.  Lots of drywall is being installed, which means that taping and painting can't be far behind.  

To see more photos of the project:

Save Saturday, May 7 - the day the library reopens in all its renovated splendor!

Omelet Breakfast Sunday, Feb 21st, 8:30-12:30 (Support Local Deployed Military, Veterans and their Families). Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Fundraiser


Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon “Omelet Breakfast” set for Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Northfield Eagles Club

Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) is hosting its inaugural omelet breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Northfield Eagles Club.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Public Hearing and Meeting (February 8, 2016)

Public Hearing (20 minutes)

The Northfield School Board held a public meeting to gather feedback on applicants for the seat on the school board left vacant by the resignation of Anne Maple. There were four applicants for the position: Mike Birthelsen, Fritz Bogott, Ray Cox, and Dale Gehring. The video includes remarks by supporters of each candidate, and statements by the candidates themselves.  

Regular School Board Meeting (2 hours)

What is a House for Children?


It is a place for voices to be heard, laughter to be shared, and wonder to be experienced. Come see a children's house for yourself. Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 until 12:00 we will be hosting our Spring Open House. We would love to meet your family to discuss our vision for early childhood education and show you what we mean by "an environment for discovery and learning." Enrollment for summer programs and the 2016-2017 school year will be available. Our tables and chairs may be small, but our hearts are big!

Friends of the Library new board members

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The Friends of the Library board welcome two new board members - Tamara Detert and Maelynn Rosas. They and the other board members work together to support our public library in its temporary location at City Hall and in the spring 2016 at its newly renovated building at 210 Washington Street.

Members are, front to back, left to right: Bruce Duffy, Margit Johnson, Bill North, Lois Stratmoen, Lynne Young, Mary Steen, Leesa Wisdorf, Debbie Navarro, Tamara Detert, Jennifer Cox Johnson, Michele Reese, Maelynn Rosas, Zach Pruitt (Becky Zrimsek, not pictured).

Robin Hood comes to Northfield Arts Guild

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Purple Door Youth Theater, an educational branch of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, presents Robin Hood, a play for young audiences, by Greg Banks.  This classic tale of good versus evil plays for one weekend only:  Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00pm.  The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is located at 411 West Third Street in Northfield.

Robin Hood and his merry band rob from the dishonest to give to those in need.  They have a little fun confusing the nasty Prince John and the even more evil Sherriff of Nottingham. Indeed this classic story of resiliency, compassion and heroism is told with an easygoing and humorous twist that both children and adults will love.

2016 Riverwalk Market Fair Vendor Applications now Available!


Have you ever thought about applying to be a vendor at Northfield's award-winning, juried artists' and farmers' market, Riverwalk Market Fair?

Our 2016 season will be starting again on Saturday, June 4, running every Saturday (except DJJD September 10) through October 22, at beautiful Bridge Square on the Cannon River in Historic Downtown Northfield.

2016 Guidelines, Rules, and Applications are now available at under the Be A Vendor tab.

More questions?  Email

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 25, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included:

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