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Poetry Reading: Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy

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Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy will give a poetry reading Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm at Monkey See, Monkey Read (425 Division Street).  Northfield poet Rob Hardy will open with a brief selection of poems before turning the evening over to Dallas Crow. Copies of Crow's chapbook, Small, Imperfect Paradise, and Hardy's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, will be available for purchase and signing. 

In Small, Imperfect Paradise, Dallas Crow unflinchingly explores themes of love, sex, growing up, and growing older. The spine of the narrative is the speaker’s progression through a relationship, from the early possibility and romance, through marriage and parenthood, and on to the painful dissolution. The titular poem identifies a moment of stillness in this progression, where two realities exist, one aching, and one idyllic: that of the husband and wife, whose relationship is over, and that of the sleeping children, who do not yet know.


Northfield Historical Society Honors Two Volunteers

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Former board member Judy Sosted and Northfield High School Junior Erin Hahn will be recognized as Volunteers of the Year at the Northfield Historical Society’s Volunteer night.

Executive director Hayes Scriven notes that since 1981, Judy has served in many capacities including a docent on the Posse and working in the store. She has also volunteered for alumni-related tasks at her alma mater, Carleton College, and at the Norwegian-American Historical Society at St. Olaf College.

Erin became involved in eighth grade as a participant in the SCOPE program. She helped write the textbook Our Storythat has since become part of the Northfield School District’s third grade curriculum. This is her fourth year on the Posse and also works in the store. She plans to continue her volunteer work as long as she lives in Northfield.


Historical Society Fundraiser: Night of 10,000 Laughs - April 11

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This year’s Night of 10,000 Laughs (formerly Ole and Lena Joke Night) will roar to life Saturday, April 11, at the Grand Event Center. The event will feature the return of Ole, Lena, and Tina for a set of fun-filled Norwegian-style humor. And joining them this year will be Minnesota joke master T McKinley, who will add his own brand of Minnesooota-style comedy.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Northfield Historical Society or online (see below).  Due to high demand, we are encouraging attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. - See more at: http://www.northfieldhistory.org/category/events/#sthash.QMf4tPXD.dpuf


Save the Northfield Depot 2013 Annual Report Available

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Save the Northfield Depot is pleased to release its 2013 annual report, which summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments. The report reflects a busy year with progress in all dimensions of the project: legal and governmental requirements, site planning and preparation, public awareness campaign, fundraising activities, and financial status. The report also includes new rendered images of the planned depot-transit hub complex.


Looking for a "few good kids" who would like to volunteer at the library this spring and summer.

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It's time for "Spring Training" for Library Pages! We are looking for kids who will be finishing 5th grade and up who want to volunteer to help create, prepare and present the summer reading program for children from preschoolers to 5th grade! Library Pages will learn team work, library skills, early literacy techniques and have fun doing it. A time commitment of 1 or 2 days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays afterschool until 5) from April 8th through the end of May is required. Then during the summer reading program T W TH June 10- July 30. Our summer evening entertainment series; Books & Stars is part of the summer reading program and the Library Pages are often needed to assist the performers.


It's Lizards and Legos at the Library for Spring Break!

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The Northfield Public Library is celebrating spring break with some fun activities!  


Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”


Cannon Valley Velo Club Kickoff Meeting Saturday

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Calling all Northfield area bike enthusiasts: if you want to meet a bunch of folks who love to ride, plan to get yourself down to FIT to be TRI'd for the Cannon Valley Velo Club's annual season kickoff meeting at 9:00 AM Saturday March 8. There will be much bike talk, including discussion of the full array of ride options available this season, BAGELs and beverages, and a gravel ride to follow (studded and/or fat tires highly recommended given the glazed/rutted/snowy condition of area gravel roads). Newbies are encouraged to come on down and join us!


Sidewalk Poetry Competition Deadline is Friday, February 28

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If you haven't yet submitted your poems for this year's competition, you only have a few more days to do so.  The contest, run by the Arts and Culture Commission and funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, closes this Friday, February 28, at 5:30 pm.  Either mail your poems to the Northfield Public Library, 212 Division St, postmarked by February 28, or turn them in at the library circulation desk by 5: 30 pm, Friday, before the library closes, and make sure that your envelope is marked "sidewalk poetry".

For full competition rules visit www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org


Two special programs at the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, March 1.

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From 10:30-4:30 the Carleton Mortar Board Society members are hosting a Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon!  In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday they will be reading his books in the children's area of the library.  Come on by to listen or take a turn reading!

Library Kids Club is a new afternoon program that begins this Saturday.  It's just for kids K-5.  They will explore the library with awesome volunteers from Minnesota Reading Corps, St. Olaf & Carleton Colleges.  They will be exploring a different topic every week– transportation, crafts, cooking/baking (food), travel, sports or animals! Learn about using the library, how to find books and then expanding the topic with reading, crafts, and activities.

No charge! Saturdays 1 to 3 March 1, 8 and April 5, 12 & 26.

For more information email or call Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us 507.645.1804


Sidewalk Poetry Sought

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Want to MAKE YOUR MARK in a downtown sidewalk?  Here's your chance! Thanks to funding provided by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, the Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield is currently conducting its fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.  Residents of Northfield and students attending Northfield schools at all levels (including the colleges) are eligible to participate.  Each person may submit up to two poems.  A blind judging process is carried out, during which judges are unaware of any identifying information regarding the poets.  Please look to the website of the Friends and Foundation of the Library for important contest guidelines.  Poems may be submitted to the Library throughout the month until 5:30 pm on Friday, February 28th.  Winning poets will be announced in March.


Coming Soon to The Northfield Public Library – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries exhibit

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On Thursday, February 13, the Northfield Public Library will open the Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries (easel) exhibit to the Northfieldcommunity.  Showcasing original artworks by regional artists, this exhibit revolves around each artist’s interpretation of the theme of books, a letter or letters, reading authors, or the library.  One of thirteen locations in Southeastern Minnesota selected to host the exhibit, it will be open in our community from February 13 to March 26, 2014.

An Artists’ Reception will be held opening day - Thursday, February 13, from 7-8pm on the library’s 2ndfloor. Refreshments will be served. Come and meet some of the easel artists and enjoy a homemade treat!


Jane McDonnell's Poetry Reading - POSTPONED!

Northfielder Jane McDonnell's reading of her new poetry collection, A Bone in the Throat, has been postponed. 

Watch Northfield.org for the rescheduling of the reading next spring.


Make Your Mark - Special Kick-Off for 4th Annual Sidewalk Poetry Competition

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From Northfield Arts and Culture Commission Chair Philip Spensley, comes this announcement:

Time to get those images that inspire you into words.  For the fourth year running, Northfielders will have the opportunity to see their poems or those written by their friends and neighbors stamped into sidewalks around town. 

The 2014 competition kicks off Saturday, February 1, at 10 a.m. in the Just Food's Community Meeting Room with the first public screening of Paul Krause's new documentary "Northfield's Sidewalk Poetry" (see the bottom of this post for a short preview).  The public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite poem to share.  The 2014 competition runs throughout February, with the final date to submit poems either mailed or delivered by 5:30 pm on February 28.


Patsy Dew to Receive Living Treasure Award Thursday

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Chair Philip Spensley announces that the Arts and Culture Commission's 2014 Living Treasure Award which annually honors a Northfield area resident who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture, will be presented by Mayor Dana Graham to Patsy Dew at a ceremony starting at 7 pm at the Grand Event Center, Thursday, January 16.  The public is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Patsy's many and significant contributions to the community.  Live music will be provided by Peterj Webb.  Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available.  Two tickets to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and two to the Old Log Theatre will be given as door prizes, thanks to Jeff Johnson and KYMN.


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