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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:

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.

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