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Northfield Author Jim Reiley to Talk About His New Book at the Northfield Pubic Library, May 3rd.

Jim Reiley will be at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and will talk about his new book. 

It’s not often you run across a person like Jim Reiley.  For this 92-year-old Northfield man, age is more than a way to count passing years. Ninety-two is the number of minutes he swims at the local senior center each day. It is the approximate amount of time he spends writing most days. And if you subtract the two from the nine, it is the number of books he has written over the past seven years including his most recent novel, City Hall: A Casino or a Chapel.

City Hall is not the recollections of a man who has lived through nine decades of history, nor lessons from a former history and political science teacher at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos. A stray in genre from the majority of his books, this fast-paced, modern-day novel is the story of two former All-American college football stars making their way in the cutting edge corporate industry of liquefied natural gas.

Local Author Steven Henry to Discuss Publishing An ebook

Local author Steven Henry began writing his medieval fantasy Ember of Dreams in 2005, a year after his graduation from Carleton College.  He spent three years writing the novel and another year editing.  After about three dozen rejections from agents and publishers, he put the novel away  for a year.  He then considered publishing the novel as an ebook.  His novel went live in July, 2011.  Steven will talk about his novel and the process he used to publish an ebook on Thursday, April 26, at 7:00 in the Northfield Public Library.

Steven was born in Northfield, attended Northfield schools, graduated from Northfield High School in 2000, and Carleton College in 2004.  He was an English major at Carleton, where he also took some creative writing classes.   He now lives with his wife in Burnsville and works in Eagan.

Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission 2012 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners Announced


The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the city’s second annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.  Chosen from among 82 poems submitted for judging, ten poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  

The Arts and Culture Commission applauds and thanks the many local poets who submitted their poetry to the competition.  We are pleased to announce the following winners, in alphabetical order, of Northfield’s second annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest:

Atina Diffley Speaks at Just Food

Local author and co-founder of Gardens of Eagan Atina Diffley will be at Just Food Co-op on Thursday, April 26, 7-8:30 p.m. to do a free talk on her new book and her life in the organic farming business. Register through and hear her words of wisdom.  
About the book:
“Turn Here Sweet Corn is an unexpected page-turner. Atina Diffley’s compelling account of her life as a Minnesota organic farmer is deeply moving not only from a personal standpoint but also from the political. Diffley reveals the evident difficulties of small-scale organic farming but is inspirational about its value to people and the planet.”—Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat

Visitor Bureau Seeking Travel Packages & Promotions


The Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is currently collecting travel packages & promotions starting with the months of May and June.

Accommodations, restaurants, area attractions & retail shops are encouraged to collectively, or independently, develop their own enticing travel packages and/or share deals for spring and early summer promotion. 

General theme suggestions for the upcoming tourism season are around music, recreation, history and the arts tied with lodging, dining and shopping. See a list of upcoming events here. Please send submissions to by Friday, April 20th.

This listing will be promoted through the Northfield CVB’s website at no cost to participants.

Cities, Services, and Funding: Broader Thinking, Better Solutions - Community Conversation


The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) met with people from Northfield and across the state to look at the future of Minnesota cities.   People shared their preferences, ideas and concerns about what city services and funding should look like. This is an opportunity for you to hear what our friends and neighbors had to say about this important topic, weigh-in on what was learned, and give input on the issues affecting our city.

The meeting will be held at the NCRC at 7pm on April 19th.  Space is limited – please RSVP directly or 651-215-4031. 

Wish you could try an e-reader?

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You can check them out (literally) at the Northfield Public Library!

The Friends of the Library are celebrating National Library Week by rolling out their newest donation to library users. Nook Color e-reader’s loaded with popular titles are now available to check out, just like a regular book, for 3 weeks. Four readers are currently available with 4 more in process. Nook 1 & 2 are loaded with Bestsellers, Nook 3 contains Mysteries, and Nook 4 has new, Non-Fiction titles.

Want to see what titles are available? Type “Northfield Nook” in the search box of our online catalog: Interested in taking home a Nook?  You’ll need a library card, a photo ID, and be 18 years of age or older.

Weekend Happenings: April 13-15, 2012

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In theater this weekend, the Paradise Center for the Arts has performances of The Last 5 Years and the Northfield Arts Guild Theater is hosting Paper Daddy. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm.

Also on Friday is a full lineup of great music. The Cannon River Winery is hosting Michael Loonan 5-8pm. Ellen Fullman is concluding her feature at the Flaten Art Museum with a performance at 7pm. Bonnie and the Clydes are playing the Tavern Lounge 8-11:30pm and the Rueb is hosting a special Twin Cities Showcase featuring Brianna Lane, Martin Devaney, and The Mad Ripple. Alluvion is playing the Cow 11pm-1am.

Saturday's monthly AAUW program at 11:30am features Dr. Jane Nofer Poskanzer and is at the Northfield Golf Club. Cannon River Winery is hosting David Severson 1-4pm and later a relaxing (and sold out) Wine and Yoga event 6-8pm. The Healthfinders Collaborative 10th Anniversary Gala is happening at 6pm at the Vintage Ballroom in Faribault. Ole and Lena Joke Night is happening at the Grand this year 7-10pm. There will be a talk titled "Nightmarish Havoc - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" at 7pm in Tomson 280 at St. Olaf. Midnight Collision is playing the Tavern Lounge 8-11:30pm, and the Cow is hosting Brothers Burn Mountain 9-11pm.

What a great line-up! Books & Stars will be super this summer.

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Thanks to a Minnesota Legacy Grant via the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and with the support of the Friends & Foundation of the Library our 2012 performers will be especially varied and enjoyable.  Books & Stars is free, family friendly outdoor summer performances featuring music and comedy for all ages.  Booker, the Book Bus will be on hand again for you to check out and return Northfield Public Library materials. 

See the attached poster for information.  There is a new Books & Stars information blog with links to the performers websites and more information.

Weekend Happenings: March 30-31


Friday's lineup of music begins 5-7pm at the Cow with Barb Piper. Paula Lammers is playing Cannon River Winery 5-8pm, and the Tavern Lounge is hosting Sasha Mercedes 8-11:30pm.

A Home and Garden Business Showcase is happening Saturday 9am-3pm at the Northfield Arena. The Cannon River Winery is hosting Michael Loonan 1-4pm, followed by Wine and Cheese Fondue Pairing 5-8pm. The Cow is hosting Jim Anthony 7-9pm, and Norwegian Cowboy is playing the Tavern Lounge 8-11:30pm. The Paradise Center for the Arts is hosting Swing into Spring, which begins at 7pm.

Tired of mowing? Come meet the author of "Beautiful No-Mow Yards"

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Tired of mowing? Let award-winning author Evelyn Hadden help you rethink your yard. Evelyn's talk showcases many beautiful no-mow yards as she discusses how to create and maintain landscapes with less or no lawn. Hadden presents an inspiring array of case studies---no-mow designs by everyday gardeners plus ideas from landscape professionals that you can adapt to your own yard. You'll see lively grass gardens, shady havens, elegant edibles, lawnless stroll gardens, low-care living carpets, and more.

She'll suggest easy places to begin shrinking your lawn, ways to combine plants based on their growth habits, large-scale landscape features using trees and shrubs, designs for lawnless play areas, and strategies for designing away work and letting nature do more of the work. You'll learn about alternative lawns that need less or no mowing, watering, and fertilizing.  

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce Wants Your Two Cents!

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Could you spare the time to answer four brief questions? Your input will help shape the future of Northfield’s business landscape as the Board of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and newly formed selection committee begin a search for a new executive director. Give us your thoughts by filling out the survey here: If you’re curious, you can view the current job description on our website:

Thank you for your time. We greatly appreciate your input and look forward to hearing what you have to say.

John Daniels is Making a Difference

Antonia Cristofaro-Hark, Arlo Cristofaro-Hark and John Daniels display the completed cedar strip canoe.

A Northfield man who helped a group of teenagers from the Key build a canoe is the February 2012 recipient of the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award.  The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

John Daniels spent nine months guiding the teenagers through the 200-hour process of building a cedar strip canoe, which will be used for a fundraiser.  It was his fifth canoe project, but the first one involving youth.

Weekend Happenings: March 23-25, 2012


Friday night's music includes Occasional Jazz at the Contented Cow 5-7pm and Maud Hixson at Cannon River Winery 5-8pm. The Tavern Lounge is hosting Mike Pattison 8-11:30pm, and Mark Mraz is playing Froggy Bottoms.

The Average Janes are playing Cannon River Winery 2-5pm on Saturday, and the Annual Dinner and Auction for the Animals is happening at 4pm at the Northfield Eagles Club. Guitarist Rich Priener plays the Tavern Lounge 8-11:30pm, and The 8th St. Band is playing the Rueb at 9pm.

Cannon River Winery is hosting Daniel Switch on Sunday 1-4pm.

For more happenings pick up a copy of the Northfield Entertainment Guide, or check it out online. Have a great weekend!

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