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

Brian Freeman

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:

Northfield Historical Society Receives Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant


The Northfield Historical Society has received a $79,000 grant to fund improvements to the society’s archive and collection facilities. Awarded by the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant program, grants are made possible by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Fund, raised through a portion of the state sales tax. The grants are awarded for projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation across the state. The NHS grant will fund movable shelving, which will better preserve the more than 15,000 artifacts in the society’s collection.

Quilt Raffle at Northfield Historial Society



Northfield Historical Society (NHS) is giving you the opportunity to become the proud of owner of a handsome, handmade quilt. Joan Christensen of Mankato, mother of NHS Treasurer Jim Christensen and a longtime quilter, has donated the quilt to NHS for a fundraising raffle.   The pattern was inspired by a family garden on the family homestead in North Dakota. She completed the quilt in 2006.

“We are delighted by this gracious donation to the historical society,” said Hayes Scriven, executive director of NHS. “Quilts are a wonderful medium for story-telling. Funds raised from this event will help support the many exhibits we have planned for next year.” The quilt is on view at Northfield Historical Society Museum Store, 408 Division. You are invited to stop and take a look. Tickets are $2 or six for $10. The raffle will extend through October 15

Recovery Month art show this Saturday in Northfield

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As part of Rice County’s Recovery Month activities, the Rice County Chemical Health Coalition is hosting a community art show this Saturday (September 8, 2012).

The show will feature artwork by local individuals in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.   The exhibit will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Main Street Moravian Church (713 Division Street South in Northfield).

Community art sale this Thursday — new & previously owned art available

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The Key will host a Community Art Sale this Thursday (August 23) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Carleton College Weitz Center, 320 – 3rd Street East in Northfield.

The sale includes hundreds of works of art, from fine to fun!  There are original works, numbered prints, framed posters, ceramics, and more.  Please join us for live music, light refreshments, and a silent auction for select pieces.  Kids are welcome.

All proceeds benefit The Northfield Union of Youth/The Key, a free local youth center owned and operated by young people.

2012 Sidewalk Poetry Celebration and Quiz


The Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield announces the 2012 Sidewalk Poetry Celebration to begin at 7:00 p.m. on August 29, 2012. The event will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to tour the sites in Northfield’s downtown where poems are now installed and to hear the poems read aloud.

In 2011, Northfield launched the annual Sidewalk Public Poetry Project. Since then, in two competitions, 19 poems have been selected to become a permanent part of the Northfield landscape. Each one of the winning poems is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community. During the course of this summer, residents and visitors have begun seeing the poems installed, and it is now time to celebrate this concrete achievement in local public art.

1862 Through Rice County's Eyes Exhibit Opens as the Northfield Historical Society


This month marks the 150th anniversary for the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.  On August 22nd the Northfield Historical Society (NHS) will open a new exhibit, 1862 Through Rice County’s Eyes.  Most Minnesotans know the overall story of the war, but the exhibit will highlight how certain residents of Rice County played important roles in this episode of our state’s history. NHS Executive Director Hayes Scriven explains that working with the Rice County Historical Society and other organizations allows us to share the unique perspectives that include extremes of locals involved.  Rolin C. Olin, who lived in Northfield for ten years, led the trials of over 400 Dakota as Judge Advocate and signed over 300 death sentences.

Outlaw Run - Motorcycle Event this Saturday, Aug 18


Jump on your steel horse and take to the Outlaw Trail Saturday, August 18, following the infamous James-Younger Gang escape route which dates back to the September 7, 1876, foiled bank robbery. Motorcycle enthusiasts follow the gang’s hoof prints tracking their desperate flee.

The event includes a re-enactment at the original bank site and a gathering afterwards at the Rueb’N’Stein. The event also includes live music, entertainment and stops along the way.  All proceeds benefit the Northfield Historical Society Youth Programs.

The first 100 people to check in at the registration table (8:00 -10:00 a.m.) will receive an Ole Roll from the Ole Store.  You will also get a banana from Just Food Co-Op and a free cookie from the James Gang Hideaway!

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TIGER Grant Project to be Discussed


From Peggy Prowe comes the announcement that on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the City of Northfield will be hosting an informational meeting to brief interested members of the public about the current status of the TIGER Grant -funded trail project.  This meeting will be held using an open house format in the 2nd Floor Training Room at the Northfield City Hall at 801 Washington Street, Northfield, MN.

Cool down during Crazy Daze at the library and enjoy our 2nd annual doll house show!

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  The library is nice and cool with comfy chairs but also on Thursday, July 25th there will also be a display of Doll Houses!  You are invited to stop in at the library between 10 am and 4 pm to rest from all the Crazy Day events.  Local people have volunteered to share their treasured doll houses with Northfield. 

The Friends and Foundation of the Library is co-sponsoring the event.  The houses will be upstairs with one the kids can play with downstairs.  One day only, just like Crazy Day!  No charge.

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.  645-6606

History of Girl Scouts in Northfield on View at Historical Society


Northfielder Amy Acheson who worked with the Scouts and Northfield Historical staff and volunteers brings us colorful background about the History of Girl Scouts Northfield Historical Society exhibit. She reminds us that the saying "Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout!" brings to mind our connection to the past ... whether we participated or knew someone that had -- the century old organization brings forth fond memories and many of the same practices and values as it always did.

The Girl Scout Promise says, "On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law. Furthermore , the Girl Scout Law says, "I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place and be a sister to every Girl Scout."

These core values are part of the reason a local Girl Scout troop took on the community project of putting together an exhibit to showcase the organization's 100 years at the Northfield Historical Society.

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