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Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:42pm
Save the Northfield Depot is pleased with the 2016 progress — successful move of the depot and completion of initial repairs — but more work needs to be done for which funding is needed.
The group is announcing an opportunity to permanently show support of the depot project through its “Paving Our Way from the Past to the Future” engraved paver sale, which begins in December and will extend through 2017.
Next summer, the pavers will be placed in the sculpture garden and pathways. The sculpture garden plan, a pro bono effort of a landscape planner, will include plantings, two sculptures donated by private individuals and a water feature centered in the garden patio (see illustration).
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:15am
Since the kids are home from school on Thursday 10/20 and Friday 10/21 we have open creative times with our Lego & Duplos! They will be out in the main floor meeting room from 10 am to 2 pm. Come and play!
Free! Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. Northfield, MN 55057
Submitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:59pm
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.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:43pm
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
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:23pm
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/
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:47pm
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.
- As of Thursday morning, September 22, Sechler, Babcock, and Spring Creek Parks are closed until further notice due to flooding. Check the City of Northfield Alert Center for further updates. See also this post on the City Facebook page.
- United Way Truck Pull cancelled (Northfield News).
UPDATE: Local Flood Warning (City of Northfield/Northfield Police Department). Thursday, September 22, 2pm.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:51am
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
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:32am
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."
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 6:29am
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:20pm
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 06/11/2016 - 11:55am
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.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 7:32pm
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:27am
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.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:38pm
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.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 8:11pm
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!