Applications are being taken for Northfield Area United Way grants


The Northfield Area United Way’s grant application process is now underway. Registered 501 (c)3 non-profits providing health and human services to residents in the Northfield area are invited to apply.  The Northfield Area United Way’s area of service includes Northfield, Dundas, Lonsdale, Montgomery, Dennison, Webster  and Kilkenny.

Completed applications are due March 20, 2015. Applicants  can retrieve the three-part application and instructions online at Each applicant will be required to make an in-person presentation to a panel of community volunteers as part of the process. Panel presentations are expected the week of April 27, 2015. 

New Video! Minute with the Mayor

NewLogo small.png

Mayor Graham asks for community input on 2015 projects in this short video.

You can find this video along with other short videos in the Media Center on the City of Northfield website:

Carleton presents annual production of “The Vagina Monologues;” All proceeds to benefit the Hope Center

Carleton presents "The Vagina Monologues"

Carleton College will present its annual production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sometime funny and sometime poignant, this student-produced and student-performed theatrical production is inspired by women’s experiences with sexuality, love and resilience. All of the proceeds, including ticket, t-shirt and candy sales, will be donated to the Hope Center in Faribault.

Tickets will be sold on a $5-$25 sliding scale and can be purchased at the door or inadvance online at

Globetrotting investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman presents Carleton convocation

Kelsey Timmerman

Globetrotting investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman will present the weekly Carleton College convocation on Friday, Feb. 20 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Fueled by passion and curiosity, Timmerman tells the story of the items in our lives that we often take for granted. His presentation, entitled “Where Am I Wearing? Where Am I Eating?,” shares the stories of the people he meets as he travels the world, educating audiences and promoting dialogue about how to improve our world economy.

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

Northfield Reads Selection is "Enrique's Journey"

Library city logo.thumbnail.png

Do you have your winter reading planned out?  Put Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario at the top of your list and participate in a community read!  Northfield Reads is initiated by the Northfield Human Rights Commission, and also sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Public Schools, Carleton College, and Content bookstore.  

How do you participate?  Read the book and suggest the book for your book group, form a group at your church, or discuss the books with some friends.  Some students at Northfield Schools will be reading the book.  On Monday, April 13, at 7:00 – 8:30 pm the community will gather at the Church of St. Dominic for a program and small group discussions.


Celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie presents “Documenting/Creating Community” at Carleton College

Wing Young Huie

On Monday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m., celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie will present “Documenting/Creating Community,” discussing how photography works as a tool to help build community. Huie’s presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, on the Carleton College campus.

Wing Young Huie’s photographic projects document the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. Whether in epic public installations or internatonal museum exhibitions, he creates up-to-the-minute societal mirrors of who we are, and uses photography to both record and honor communities. 

'Marketplace of Ideas' is topic of presentation


"The Marketplace of Ideas" will be the subject of a presentation by Chuck Samuelson next week. The presentation is scheduled for 6:30-7:50 p.m., Feb. 12, 2015, in the meeting room at the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington St. The event is free and open to the public.

Samuelson is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. Founded in 1952 as the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Minnesota protects the civil liberties of all Minnesotans through litigation, public education and lobbying.

Carleton convocation features Groceryships founder Sam Polk, aiming to empower families to live healthfully

Sam Polk

Groceryships founder and executive director Sam Polk will present the weekly Carleton convocation address on Friday, Feb. 13 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Redefining Ambitions,” Polk’s presentation will reflect Groceryships’ mission to empower families across the nation to live healthfully.

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

A Groceryship is a scholarship for groceries, providing families the money to buy fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and seeds for six months, along with a comprehensive program of education and support to empower them to increase health by incorporating more of these healthful foods into their diets. 

Renowned soprano and scholar Janet Youngdahl presents a “Celebration of Hildegard” at Carleton College

Janet Youngdahl

Visiting scholar and renowned soprano Janet Youngdahl will present a “Celebration of Hildegard” on Friday, Feb. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. An early vocal music specialist, Youngdahl will present the music, writings and artwork of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), the visionary abbess and healer whose spiritual compositions are among the most astonishing and unique creations from the dynamic milieu of 12th century Benedictine monasticism.

Open House


Bring your little sweetheart to our open house on Saturday, February 14th from 10:00-12:00. The public is invited to visit our Montessori environment for young children. Tour the classrooms and meet the staff who will be on hand to answer queestions about our popular summer sessions and the upcoming school year. Enrollment for 2015-2016 will be open.

MCH Mini Film Festival

Consider staying for our first children's film festival from 12:00-2:00. More information available on the community page of our website.

Give an Instrument, Get a Symphony


The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters are kicking off their annual instrument drive, starting today. Donate a gently used band or orchestra instrument between Feb. 6 and March 20 and you'll receive a delicious Symphony chocolate bar, plus NFAB's gratitude for your tax-deductible donation.

If you don't have an instrument but want to donate $25 or more to the Instruments For All (IFA) fund, NFAB will also reward you with chocolate and gratitude.

Instruments For All aims to put an instrument into the hands of every Northfield Public Schools student who wants to participate in the band or orchestra proram. It also provides scholarships for summer lessons.

How Does It Work?

Syrian oud player Issam Rafea presents an evening of classical and contemporary Arab music at Carleton

Issam Rafea

Syrian instrumentalist Issam Rafea will present a concert of classical and contemporary Arab music on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Rafea is an internationally acclaimed oud player, a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Middle Eastern music and considered to be an ancestor of the guitar. This event is free and open to the public.

Born in Kuwait on 1971, Issam Rafea studied in Kuwait and Syria at the High Institute of Music in Damascus. He received his BA degree in oud and double bass in 1995. Currently, in addition to his position as Chair of the Arabic Music Department at his alma mater in Damascus, he is on faculty of the Arab Conservatory where he teaches both oud and western harmony.

E-Recycling February 7 at First UCC


Once again, Carl Henry invites people to bring unwanted electronics and appliances THIS COMING SATURDAY, February 7, from 10:00 a.m. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street. Televisions or computer monitors with bulky CRT tubes will be accepted for a $5 fee per unit and no more than one unit per household. The following items will be accepted at no charge:

Computers (desktops towers, laptops); IPads, Kindles, other tablets and smartphones; Small printers; Network equipment (modems, routers); Stereos; Radios; Phones; Cables; other electronics; Dehumidifiers; Microwave ovens; Small air conditioners; Toasters; VEry small refrigerators; Other small appliances if thare largely metal. 

If weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled. 

Preeminent Native American poet, novelist, performer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie to speak at Carleton College

Sherman Alexie/Photo credit: Chase Jarvis

Acclaimed award-winning poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie will present the Christopher U. Light Lecture at Carleton College on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Security, Sovereignty, Selfishness: How to be a 21st Century American Nomad,” Alexie’s presentation is open to the public.

A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. Considered a preeminent Native American poet, novelist, performer and filmmaker, he has garnered high praise for his depictions of contemporary Native American reservation life.

Northfield Arts Guild is Bringing Two Renown Artists to Teach Workshops

Roots festival poster

The Northfield Arts Guild is offering an opportunity to take workshops this spring with two reknown artists.

Richard James Nelson  (http: // specializes in fine woodblock prints of northern flora and fauna.

He has shown his work in galleries across Minnesota and currently has work on display at the Arts Guild.  You may recognize his wood cut that was used for our Cannon River Roots Festival last year.

Richard will be leading a woodblock printmaking workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 14 – 15 from 9:00 am – 5:00 each day.

Students will learn the ancient technique of creating a multi-colored print from multiple woodblocks or through the reduction method.  Learn and practice preparing mixing and applying ink to your block(s) for printing.  All materials provided by the instructor.

Syndicate content