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September 2016 Flooding

Here's a collection of photos and information on local flooding compiled on Storify: Northfield Flood 2016 (keep refreshing the page for new posts). 

Here's the United States Geological Survey (USGS) page that shows current precipitation, discharge, and flood levels for the Cannon River in Northfield: USGS 05355024 Cannon River at Northfield MN

Facebook: Like Rice County Skywarn on Facebook for additional information. 

Closings/Cancellations:

Flood Closings (9/22/16)

UPDATE: Local Flood Warning (City of Northfield/Northfield Police Department). Thursday, September 22, 2pm. 

30pm 9/22/16)


“9/11: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Commemoration” - Art at City Hall Reception

This year, our nation recognizes the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Northfield acknowledges the events of that period with an art exhibit presented by Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission on display in City Hall “9/11: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Commemoration."  In this exhibit, Northfield artists Wendell Arneson, Marybeth Coyle, Toni Easterson, Jill Ewald, Shawnee Langworthy, Sharol Nau, Riki Kölbl Nelson, Don Roos, John Saurer and Mar Valdencantos present their look at the tragedy and the rebuilding of the country. The works in this powerful exhibit include paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, collages, textiles, and combinations of these materials.


Many events at the Northfield Public Library this fall-

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September 29, Thursday, 7-8:30 PM

Finding Northfield's History in Nooks and Crannies

How to research and write local history.  A panel discussion with Earl Weinmann (and his students), Susan Hvistendahl and Bruce Colwell, all of whom have written about people and places in Northfield that have made our community what it is now.  Refreshments will be served. Q&A following the panelists' stories. In the library's Bunday Meeting Room

Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm  


Northfield Youth Lead Gathering for Peace

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There was a youth-led gathering on Bridge Square on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the International Day of Peace. A multi-age group gathered to hear Northfield’s Poet Laureate Rob Hardy read his poem “Building Blocks”, written for the event. On his website, Rough Draft, Hardy says, the poem is “ . . . dedicated to the young people of our community, who have so much to teach us about making a more peaceful world.”

Musicians and organizers who participated in this gathering were Elijah Leer and Synneva Bratland as well as Jack Cuddy and Gabi Estrada.

The International Day of Peace was brought into being by United Nationals Resolutions in 1981 and 2001. Each year, hundreds of students take part in a student observance.

To see the text of Rob Hardy’s poem: http://rbhardy3rd.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 


Finding Local History: A Panel Discussion

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On Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a panel discussion among local historians Bruce Colwell, Susan Hvistendahl and Earl Weinmann and his Middle School students, moderated by Northfield Historical Society Director Hayes Scriven

The panelists/authors will talk about how they research and write about Northfield history - their resources, the surprises, the struggles and, of course, their triumphs. Colwell has recently completed a history of our Northfield Public Library; Hvistendahl has written and published several local histories, as have Weinmann's students.  Books will be on sale.  Refreshments will be free.  All are welcome!

This event will be held at the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington Street


Premiere of New Documentary

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From film maker, Paul Krause, comes this invitation:

"Hope you can make the world premiere of my new documentary. It will take place tomorrow (Thursday, Aug 25) at 7pm at the Northfield High School auditorium (just off Division street).

It features the creative energy of 13 high school art students as they work together to create the marvelous sculpture now exhibited in front of the Northfield Library on Division Street. 

It is one hour in length and is free and open to all."


An arts convergence, on Division Street

Five stunning women – created by acclaimed “Flower Bomber” artist David W. Cook and based on the characters of the Twin Cities hit musical “Lemonade for the Lawnboy”—have arrived in Northfield to celebrate the grand opening of ArtMakers,  a new arts group that develops, supports and features artists with disabilities.

ArtMakers debuts “Read Me a Story,” its first show in its new studio, on Saturday, August 13 at 10:30 am at the Hotspot, 801 Division Street. The one-hour performance combines stories, songs and puppets for a fun, interactive show for the kid in all of us.


Oldies Sing-Along with Marc Reigel at Froggy Bottoms!

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On Thursday, June 16, Marc Reigel (Carleton Class of '67) returns to lead his 11th oldies sing-along of classic hits from the 50s and 60s at Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio from 8-10:30 pm. Reigel (keyboard) will be joined by Barry Gillespie of Owatonna, the lead singer of Reigel's popular Night Crawlers band from Carleton of the 1960s, and Wendy Smith (guitar), Rae Rusnak (harmonica) and Lori Williams (saxophone). Carleton grads Ann Etter and Michelle Drenth add their voices and Go Go Girl outfits to golden age rock and roll songs by Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and many more, including the Night Crawlers' own "You Say." Songbooks will be provided. 


Pickleball Courts Ready for Play in Riverside Lions Park

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Riverside Lions Park is the site of the City Parks Department’s newest recreation facility – a Pickleball Park. After seeing the popularity of indoor play, the decision was made to create the courts on a trial basis to determine the popularity of the sport that is growing nationally. Located on the asphalt pad formerly the home of the temporary skate park, the new amenity has four courts, ready for pickleball players, old and new to enjoy.


Northfield Public Library's website's new look by John Maakestad

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            We hope you have visited our renovated library since it reopened on May 7.  The two words most commonly heard about the library are “open” and “bright.”  Children delight in the much larger space and many books, DVDs, new toys and play areas.  Adults hang out in the glass atrium, reading the daily newspaper and drinking coffee.  Groups find the renovated meeting room to be comfortable and accommodating.

            A number of people have asked about the library’s website's new look – the brightly colored abstract.  With the permission of John Maakestad’s family, a detail of his 1983 painting “Jubilate” is now on new library cards (and key fobs), book bags and the library’s website. 


Susan Hvistendahl to Talk about Anna Dickie Olesen Thursday Evening

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The name of Anna Dickie Olesen was once known coast to coast in political circles. She was praised nationwide by the press for her oratorical skills and was the first woman ever endorsed by a major party for the U.S. Senate. She gave fiery speeches throughout Minnesota on her goal of representing the common people, accompanied by renowned orator and three-times candidate for president Williams Jennings Bryan.

On Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm, local historian Susan Hvistendahl will speak at the Northfield Historical Society about Olesen's life as a politician before and during her time living in Northfield and about her strange second marriage to a Georgia man, Chester Burge, who was the subject of Richard Jay Hutto's book "A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia." Burge's life and murder trial were featured in the recent Investigation Discovery "Crime to Remember" series.


Library's meeting room is open!

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The library's meeting room has been restored to its original size and function with added features of a digital projector, a large projection screen and comfortable chairs and tables for groups of various sizes.  Contact the library staff at 645-6606 to reserve the meeting room.  There are also two conference rooms available for 4-6 people each; dates and times of use can be reserved in advance.


Thanks for the Renovated Library!

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Thanks to the 500+ private donors and the City of Northfield AND the 2,200 visitors who came to the reopening of our public library on Saturday, May 7.  Your enthusiasm, donations, tax dollars and your patience all made the library renovation possible in record time.  

It was just two years ago that then City Administrator Tim Madigan suggested that the City spend $1M on necessary upgrades to the 1910 original building and the 1985 addition.  The Friends of the Library offered to match that amount.  Both partners kicked in more to make our library modern, flexible, code compliant and fun. Nine months of construction and a lot of hard work by Brennan Construction and city staff resulted in the grand opening on May 7. The library has resumed regular hours in a most amazing space!


Composer/Lyricist Gary Rue Offers Summer Songwriting Class

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Award winning composer/lyricist Gary Rue is offering an intensive professional level songwriting class in Northfield, June 13 through August 8 at Hot Spot Music, 801 Division Street, Northfield. The class focuses on songwriting as a craft, employing the major elements of the American popular song:  lyric, melody and harmony, in a lecture/workshop environment. The course is recommended for artists who are currently writing and/or performing their own work and who want to broaden their work to film, music theater, jingles, composing for other artists, paid commissions, etc.


Northfield Public Library News

May 7th

The Northfield Public Library will emerge from its construction cocoon this Saturday, May 7th at 10 am everyone is invited to the Grand Re-Opening ceremonies beginning at 10 am with a formal ribbon cutting.  In the meantime the library at City Hall and the 210 Washington site are closed as library & city staff move the remaining materials and shelves and to prepare the new space.  Neither bookdrop is available during this time, please keep your items until we open.

We will have new hours beginning May 9 with Sunday hours from 1 -5 pm running through June 5.  New weekly hours are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.  Our contact numbers and email remain the same.  For more information call 507-645-6606.


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