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 by Philip Spensley, Chair, Northfield Arts and Culture Commission

Photo by Kathleen Pender

The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield has named Patsy Dew as the 2014 recipient of its Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to Dew at a public ceremony on Thursday, January 16th at the Grand Event Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration, which starts at 7 pm, and to share in the expression of appreciation for Patsy's many and significant contributions to the community.

Take the Bridge Square straw poll; attend the Dec. 9th Open House or the Dec. 11 web conference

Northfield Bridge Square straw poll

The Northfield Bridge Square straw poll is ready. It only takes 5 minutes to complete, unless of course, you choose to include comments with it.

For rationale and background, see the Nov. 20 blog post: Help design the Bridge Square straw poll.

Human Rights Commission Seeks Award Nominees


The Northfield Human Rights Award is an annual honor presented to a Northfield area individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in January of each year.  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will take place on Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 pm, St. Dominic’s Church.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend this event.

Assistance for MNsure Enrollment Available At Community Action Center


The Northfield Community Action Center announces there are three trained and certified specialists, called navigators (including a Spanish speaker), ready to assist anyone in the community who wants to apply for health care insurance through the Minnesota version of the affordable care act, MNsure.

Kathy Bjerke, CAC administrative director, is a trained navigator who can work with interested people to explore MNsure’s marketplace for health insurance. Bjerke says the doors are open at the CAC and that she and the other navigators are ready to assist anyone needing help. People who have been seeking direction and information about enrolling in MNsure are welcome to contact the CAC, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

If you have questions, contact Sharon Vangsness at 507.664.3550 or

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 25, 2013)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013. A board packet for the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • Site improvement plan reports from Bridgewater Elementary and Northfield High School.
  • A presentation of the clean 2012-2013 audit report by a representative of CliftonLarsonAllen.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. That meeting will include the annual "truth in taxation" presentation.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 12, 2013)

The regular meeting of the Northfield school board was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Meetings are usually held on Mondays, but because Monday was a school holiday (Veterans' Day), the meeting was held on Tuesday. The meeting was preceded by a reception to honor Northfield High School's five National Merit Commended Students: Abe Cooper, Ian Iverson, Maggie, Kennedy, Will Marfleet, and Halie Ostberg. A full packet for the meeting can be found here (table file).

Special Election Results

Results from the November 5, 2013 Special Election in Northfield's 4th Ward can be found here

Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for Living Treasures Award


The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of the City of Northfield is once again seeking nominees for its annual Northfield Living Treasures Award, sponsored by the Northfield News.  ACC Chair, Philip Spensley says the commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by November 9, 2013.  Attached is the nomination form. Hard copy forms are available at the Northfield News, the Public Library, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Historical Society, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and at City Hall. They are also available at the above organizations' websites.  Completed nomination forms should be turned in at the circulation desk of the Public Library or at the City Administrator’s office at City Hall.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 28, 2013)

A full Board packet for the meeting, including agenda and table file, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Presentation Wednesday at Senior Center: Information about MNsure



Chad Wojchik, Senior Linkage Line Specialist, will present the key elements of the Affordable Health Care Act and the Health Exchange program known as MNsure. He will explain who is affected and how, who needs to purchase health insurance and who does not, patient protections and options to reduce the costs of coverage. Learning the facts will protect you from the fiction.

For more information:  Chris Ellison <>

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 14, 2013)

Here's the complete video from the Monday, October 14, 2013 meeting of the Northfield School Board. Highlights of the meeting included:

Carleton Convocation Provides a Conservative Perspective on Immigration

Angela "Bay" Buchanan

Political commentator Angela “Bay” Buchanan will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 25 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “U.S. Immigration: The History and the Consequences," Buchanan’s presentation will provide a conservative perspective on the debate surrounding immigration policy in the United States. This event is free and open to the public; convocations are also streamed online and can be viewed at

Buchanan is President of The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to advancing traditional conservative issues. She also chairs Team America, which is a political action committee devoted to border security and immigration reform.

Northfield Civil War Veterans Featured at Northfield Historical Society Cemetery Stories


Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that the Northfield Historical Society will present the 8th annual Cemetery Stories on October 19 at the Northfield Cemetery. As part of the 150th observance of the Civil  War, this year’s event will highlight Northfield-area veterans of that war.  In spring 1861, political solutions having failed, southern forces fired upon Fort Sumter and the American Civil War had commenced.

Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through Blue Cross Foundation

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Growing Up Healthy has received a $50,000 grant, with a chance for renewal for a second year, from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help improve health in Rice County. The funds will be used for social capital development work in low-income neighborhoods in Rice County. The work will empower groups of leaders from historically marginalized communities to better advocate for their peers and foster important connections both within and beyond their neighborhoods.

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