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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.

What’s the Big Deal?


Crazy Daze is back and it is a BIG deal with bargains up and down Division Street all day (this Thursday, July 26 starting at 7 a.m.). To make things even kookier, downtown is throwing in the Taste of Northfield (4-10 p.m.).

Spread the ketchup on those juicy burgers, listen to tunes on Bridge Square and then catch up on more super sales as you sample saucy BBQ ribs or cheesy bites and dish up some Ole Roll bread pudding for the perfect “shop and dine” combo.

There are all kinds of wild and outlandish things happening. Kids can watch balloons take form into different animal shapes, make tasty goodies in the snack tent, and get their faces painted! Need to fit in a quick workout before hitting the food stands? There’s a hula hoop contest at The Rare Pair starting at 2:00 p.m. Some of the Crazy Daze food specials are: brats and hot dogs at the VFW, pizza by the slice at B&L Pizza, Hawaiian Ice at Cocoa Bean, burgers at the Rueb-n-Stein, smoothies from the HideAway and Quality Bakery will be featuring their Alaskan donuts.

The Sundowners Car Club will be displaying their vehicles downtown starting at 5 p.m. by First National Bank. Prairie’s Edge Humane Society is hosting “Meows for Maggie” cat adoptions from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northfield News.

Get as much summer fun in as you can – see you downtown this Thursday! Details ...

Marilyn Sellars to Sing for "Wear Purple for Maggie Lee Day" July 26

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Susan Hvistendahl reports that Marilyn Sellars, whose hit song “One Day at a Time” surpassed Elvis Presley on the country LP chart in 1974, will sing that song in honor of her friend Maggie Lee during a gathering at 5 p.m. in Bridge Square in Northfield on Thursday, July 26, during “Wear Purple for Maggie Lee Day.” Scott Richardson will also lead singing of “The Ballad of Maggie Lee” (to the tune of “Rawhide”) which he composed for Maggie Lee’s 90th birthday party at the Grand Event Center last year. This event is the same day as the Crazy Daze Sidewalk Sales and rescheduled Taste of Northfield. 

Bill Jamerson To Present Dollar-A-Day Boys, a musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps

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Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Northfield Senior Center on Friday, July 20 at 2pm. The program is sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, co-sponsored by the Northfield Senior Center and Northfield Historical Society, and is free and open to the public.

Jamerson's presentation includes stories and performing original songs. He has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of national and state parks. The presentation is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It's about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of wit, charm and strength.

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