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100% Local - Yes, United Way

When you donate to charity, you like to know where your money goes.

You’ll like this: When you give to Northfield Area United Way, your money stays here. It helps fund 28+ programs in the Northfield area – all of them local services, helping people here at home.

Together, we feed our neighbors, help with housing, guide at-risk kids. We fund healthcare for the uninsured. We come through for victims of fire, flood, and domestic violence when they need help the most.    

Storytelling workshops at the Library with Kevin Strauss.


Learn how to find, craft, remember, and retell folktales, legends, and family stories with professional storyteller Kevin Strauss. The Northfield Public Library is hosting two, free 3 hour workshops geared for adults and teens. Workshop presenter KEVIN STRAUSS, M.S. Ed. is a professional storyteller, and the award-winning author of six books and two storytelling CDs.  You can learn about him at

How to tell a story: an introduction to storytelling (Storytelling 101) Saturday, Dec. 1st from 9 am to noon.

How to find, craft and tell amazing stories (Storytelling 201) Saturday, Dec. 1st from 1 pm to 4 pm.

ECU Credits available or educators.  Registration is required. Call 507-645-6606 or email 

Northfield History Series Book Signings Scheduled

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The Northfield Historical Society announces the fourth book in the award-winning Northfield History Series. Dear Santa, Mama Wants Hat Pins, Papa, One Mule, is a compilation by St Olaf College Associate Archivist and long time NHS member, Jeff Sauve, of letters from the Northfield News,  dating from 1902 to 1945.


“In her column, Maggie Lee would often reprint letters to Santa. I always enjoyed reading them, so I thought we should compile some of them in a book.” Sauve says they provide a seldom-considered historical perspective and a “joyous reflection of Christmases past, as well as a richer understanding of a child’s spirit that resides in each one of us.”


Roundtable Workshop on South Highway 3 Scheduled for Friday and Saturday


The Northfield Roundtable invites the community to another workshop with urban designer, Bill Johnson, on Friday, November 16 in the Lower Level of the Archer House from 8 AM – 12 noon and again on Saturday, November 17 from 8:30 – 10 AM. 

This is the fifth workshop facilitated by Johnson to assist the community to envision what “could be” regarding current and future uses and configurations in key areas of the city. This session will focus on the Highway 3 South corridor from the Cannon River bridge south of 5th Street to Menards in Dundas. 

Save the Northfield Depot: Laying the Groundwork

Restored Northfield Depot (Artist's Rendering)After the signing of the agreement with the City of Northfield in June for the transfer of two city lots on the Q-block, the effort to Save the Northfield Depot has advanced on many fronts.  The title clearance is in process; the soil tests for contaminants have been completed; and the fundraising has started.

On July 10, 2012, the Northfield City Council voted to approve the EDA’s request for a total of $14,000 EDA funds to finance the Phase II environmental assessment and necessary title clearance for the city-owned land on the Q-block, the future home of the 1888 Northfield depot.  Noted in the discussions of both bodies was the recognition that environmental assessment and title clearance would need to be completed for any future redevelopment project on the site.

The Eclectic Goat Adds More ART & Now BEADS!


The store that is known for its eclectic mix of “hip handmade goods” recently relocated to 413 Division Street in Northfield. Nestled in the shopping district in the historic downtown, the Eclectic Goat is an artists’ emporium of sorts, drawing inspiring works from local talent ranging in mediums of wood to pottery and fabric to metal and more.

Eclectic Goat also recently acquired the business of Glass Garden Beads.

An open house will take place on Thursday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m. as a meet-and-greet in the new space with local artists’ debuts plus refreshments, sweets and a list of class offerings.

Co-owners Suzanne Klumb and Shona Brooks are excited about the new location and saw the time honored Northfield-based bead business as a natural fit, not only as a product line for Eclectic Goat’s expansion but also as an opportunity to incorporate jewelry making into their well-established schedule of monthly, hands-on classes.

Horse Drawn Hayrides, live music and more!


A Fall Festival planned by the Public Library's Teen Advisory Board Sunday, Oct. 28th. from 1-3 in the afternoon.  The members of TAB have put together a great line-up for a fun, family event inside and outside the Northfield Public Library.  Guitarist extrordinare Randy Ferguson will perform starting at 1 pm followed by talented TAB member Seth Hanson at 2 pm.  Bring your decorated pumpkins (or other fall vegetable) and wear your coolest costumes to enter for prizes! We have the same 3 catgories, most scary, most original and best book character! 

Dale Finger is Making a Difference


A Northfield businessman who’s provided job experience for hundreds of local teenagers has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s (HCI) “Making a Difference” Award for September. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Dale Finger has hired and trained an estimated 300 youth in the 23 years he’s owned the Quarterback Club family restaurant. Many employees have continued working for him part-time through high school and college, and some former employees have even been known to come in to work at times like Homecoming and Prom, when the high school employees are unavailable.

You're invited to take a ghostly journey at the Northfield Public Library

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Author Chad Lewis will take the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota from wandering ghosts in the North Woods to a haunted B&B in Wabasha. From phantom creatures prowling the woods to graveyard apparitions  located in your own backyard, no place in  Minnesota is without its own haunting. Complete with photos, case history, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore, and directions, this unique presentation encourages you to visit these places for your own ghost story.                              

7 pm Oct. 18th No charge!  Sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Library

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 507-645-6606

We all could use more poetry in our lives- but this is just for kids!

At the Northfield Library you'll find, With poems, some piece of mind,  In the Poetry Patch, For young poets, a match, And a place where your words can shine!

 If you're a K-8 kid that loves Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, or maybe even Shakespeare, you're invited to join members of the St. Olaf Poetry house for an informational meeting about the Poetry Patch, a bi-monthly program for aspiring young poets.

Join us this Saturday, October 20th, from 12-1pm for an hour of cookies, poetry reading, arts 'n crafts and more! In the meeting room at the Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.  507.645-6606  No charge!

7 pm TONIGHT! 10/11/12 Meet bestselling Minnesota Author Brian Freeman at the library!

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Bestselling author comes to Northfield Library! Often likened to Harlan Coben and David Baldacci, award-winning author Brian Freemanis an internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and translated into 20 languages. Brian’s debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar®,  Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. Since then, each subsequent novel has been published to similar acclaim. Freeman lives and writes in his native state of Minnesota.

Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 pm in the library meeting room.

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.

507.645.6606  no charge!

Author Mary Sharratt to discuss her book, Illuminations; A novel of Hildegard von Bingen.

Travel back to the 12th century to discover the dramatic story of Hildegard von Bingen – visionary abbess, composer, polymath, and powerfrau.  Author Mary Sharratt will read from her new novel Illuminations, based on the Hildegard’s life, on Tuesday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. atthe Northfield Public Library.   Mary will appear in 12th century costume, discuss Hildegard’s relevance for us today, and will play brief recordings of Hildegard’s ethereal music.    

Hildegard   was offered as a tithe to the Church at the age of eight and expected to live out her days in silent submission as a handmaiden of a renowned but disturbed young nun, Jutta von Sponheim.  When Jutta died three decades later, Hildegard broke out of her prison with the heavenly calling to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters and herself from the soul-destroying anchorage.  Hildegard composed an entire corpus of sacred music and wrote  nine books on subjects as diverse as theology, natural science, and human sexuality – a prodigious intellectual outpouring that was unprecedented for a 12th century woman.  An outspoken critic of political and ecclesiastical corruption, she courted controversy.

The Fog of War: Perceptions and Realities of the US Dakota Conflict of 1862


Local amateur historian Tim Madigan will talk about the United States Dakota Conflict at the Northfield Historical Society on October 18, at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the NHS current exhibit, 1862 Through Rice County’s Eyes. Before entering the field of city management, Mr. Madigan was formerly a high school history and social studies in Morton, MN, the site of the start of the conflict.  He taught a local history class, and became familiar with many of the sites and events of the Conflict. He has also lived in Mankato and Faribault, cities with close ties to the conflict.

Harvest Festival at the Northfield Public Library.

On Sunday, Oct. 28th TAB, the library's Teen Advisory Board, will create a "Harvest Festival" complete with horse drawn hayrides, apple games, face painting, treats, library laser tag, a hay bale maze, contests and live music inside and outside the library! Guitarist Randy Ferguson and musician Seth Hanson will be entertaining us from the south portico of the library!
The fun starts at 1 pm and goes until 3.

HCI Board funds five “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their September 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program. 

Funded projects included:

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