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Northfield Historical Society Event to Kick Off Save the Northfield Depot Fundraising


Northfield Rails will be held this Thursday, May 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division St., as the kick-off to several spring and summer fundraising events for Save the Northfield Depot. Chip DeMann will be the keynote speaker, sharing some of the lesser known background about Northfielders and others who were key in the development and growth of the railroads in Northfield.

Historical images and photos about Northfield railroads will be on display.  Save the Northfield Depot will also provide a progress report on the overall project to save, rehabilitate and reuse the 1888 depot. The public is invited and encouraged to join others who share an interest in the history of Northfield, railroads, the Northfield depot, and the progress and future fundraising events of Save the Northfield Depot.

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition is Making a Difference


The Northfield Skateboard Coalition has received the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for March/April 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Rob Hardy, an adult adviser to the group, and filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo nominated the coalition members for the award, citing the dedication and resolve the youth demonstrated throughout the lengthy civic process of working to bring a permanent skate park to Northfield.

“There have been times when the adults have gotten frustrated, angry, or rude, and the kids have never done that. They’ve been models of good behavior and civility,” Hardy said.

Community Conversations, Conflict, and Collaboration: the story of the expansion of the Northfield Carnegie Public Library.

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Northfield citizens will look back thirty years to the early 1980’s expansion of Northfield’s Carnegie Public Library building.  The program will begin with a 15 minute power point presentation by local library historian Bruce Colwell (author of the booklet Everlasting Influences: The Centennial History of the Northfield Carnegie Public Library 1910-2010 and the pamphlet A Century of Service: the Northfield Public Library, 1898-1998, Northfield Public Library) providing an historical overview of the library expansion discussions in the early 1980’s. The discussion will conclude with Northfield citizens Eve Webster; former library board member and Robert Bonner; Friends of the Library officer,  who participated in those early 1980’s community conversations.

Ole and Lena Are Back: 7:00 p.m. April 13, at the Grand Event Center


Have you heard this one? Ole and Sven are out deer hunting. Ole bags a buck. After they dress the deer and tag it, they grab it by its hind legs and start dragging it through the woods back to the car. A game warden happens on the pair and, after checking their tags and admiring the buck, tells them that they are dragging the deer out all wrong. By dragging it by the rear legs, the snow, leaves and dirt are getting caught by the animals fur, and the horns are getting all tangled in the brush. The warden suggests that they drag it by the front legs. They agree to try it and much to their surprise, it is much easier dragging the deer this way. After a half hour of this Sven turns to Ole and says, “Boy dat game warden was right, it sure is easier dragging de deer dis way, but ya know, we are getting further away from de car.”

SPRING BREAK activities at the Public Library.


Tuesday, March 26 12-2 pm

STORIGAMI Learn origami skills by listening to stories. For school age beginners! This is an easy, painless way to learn the basics of origami. For school age kids 6 and up.

Wednesday, March 27 12-2 pm

OPEN LEGO TIME! Come create something with the library’s Legos! Or use this time  and Legos to create an entry in the LEGO CONTEST on Thursday!  For school age kids 6 and up.

Thursday, March 28, 12-2 pm

OPEN LEGO TIME! Come create something with the library’s Legos! Or use this time and Legos to create an entry in the LEGO CONTEST at 2!

Library Creative Lego Contest! 2 pm. 2:30 VOTING BEGINS. RESULTS@ 3 pm. Cash prizes! (Donated by the Friends & Foundation of the Library!)

Reading by Award Winning Northfield Author Gregory Blake Smith

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The Northfield Public Library is pleased to host a reading by local author and Carleton professor Gregory Blake Smith, as part of the Minnesota Book Awards Author tour, presented by Selco (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating).  The talk will be on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Northfield Public Library meeting room.   Greg Smith won a Minnesota Book Award for the novel  and short story category in 2012 for his book The Law of Miracles.  He has written three novels, The Devil in the Dooryard, The Divine Comedy of John Venner, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and The Madonna of Los Vegas. His short fiction has appeared in various literary journals, including The Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, and StoryQuarterly.

DJJD Committee Elects 2013 Board


The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee announces the  2013 board members. Wayne Eddy serves as chairman, and the newly elected members are:  Hayes Scriven, General Chairman; Deb Anthony, Treasurer;, Margaret Haugen, Secretary; Danny Ayotte, Director; Mel Miller, Director and T. J. Heinricy, Director.

This year’s events are planned for September 5th-8th. After the Minneapolis Aquatennial and St. Paul Winter Carnival, the Defeat of Jesse James celebration is largest volunteer celebration in the state.  It is also the largest all volunteer in Minnesota and is always looking for new volunteers. If interested and for more information about DJJD, go to: 

Civil War Presentation at Northfield Historical Society Thursday, March 14th


Northfield Historical Society Director Hayes Scriven announces that on March 14th at 6:00 p.m. the society will continue the series on the Civil War as part of the sesquicentennial  observance of the that important period our history.  There will be a presentation by Civil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark entitled, Murfreesboro to Chancellorsville. Following the horrific defeat at Fredricksburg, Lincoln was facing new pressure from both his own Republican Party and the Peace Democrats.  Within his own party and cabinet political intrigue was at work while the Democrats began to push for a peaceful solution to the war.  Lincoln also faced a near mutiny within the Army of the Potomac and General Burnside’s leadership came into question from many fronts. Both England and France questioned if the union could be held together as one nation.  Early 1863 would challenge Lincoln’s leadership on all fronts.

Community Bands Strike Up Again

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This year the Vintage Band Festival will observe the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States, a tumultuous time in American history, but also a time when musical activity grew quickly and hugely among the citizens. Many new bands formed during those years to meet the ceremonial and entertainment needs of the troops, both Union and Confederate. As the war ended and the military musicians returned home, they brought with them an appetite for band music that spawned an explosion in town bands all over the country.

Many among us grew up attending band concerts in the village square, often at a bandstand. This was the main entertainment of the week in many communities, and these concerts helped to develop generations of music listeners and prompted the inclusion of band music in the public schools. Still today, in communities like Northfield, New Prague, Cannon Falls, and Faribault, weekly band concerts can be heard on a summer evening.

The Vintage Band Festival celebrates this important music-making by inviting several community bands from Minnesota to share their music on Aug. 1-4.

Hops, Grapes & History - Northfield Historical Society Benefit Coming Soon


The Northfield Historical Society presents “Hops, Grapes & History,” a benefit event on Saturday, March 2 at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. The evening includes a beer and wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring a hand-selected variety of Minnesota craft beers and wines; hors d’oeuvres; and a silent auction with a chance to bid on numerous goods and services from local businesses. Then from 9 to 11:30 p.m., the event concludes with a not-to-be-missed performance of “Guaranteed Cash,” a tribute to the songs and sounds of Johnny Cash, performed by legendary guitarist Bob Wootten (lead guitarist for Johnny Cash’s band for over thirty years) and country rockers, Six Mile Grove.

Northfield History Collaborative Schedules "Preserving Your Family's Stories" Classes



The Northfield History Collaborative announces their four-part series, Preserving Your Family’s Stories, an opportunity for people to learn how to collect and celebrate their family’s life stories.  Staff and volunteers from the Northfield, Rice County and Minnesota Historical Societies and the Northfield Senior Center will lead classes and provide individual assistance on each of the topics covered.  Additional work sessions will be available with the presenters on the Saturday following each class, all of which will be held at the Northfield Senior Center or the Northfield Historical Society.

Cost for the series is $50 for members and $60 for non-members of either organization.  Individual sessions are $15 for member and $20 for non-members. Registration is at the Senior Center.

For detailed information about each session:

An Evening of Music with the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet


Please join us Saturday, February 23 at 7pm for an evening of music by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, the second of our events honoring retiring Library Director Lynne Young. With passion, style, and musical sophistication borrowing from the best chamber music and string quartet traditions, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the world's leading guitar ensembles.

Bishop Whipple's Role in War of 1862 Topic of Northfield Historical Society Program


On Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, writer and church historian The Venerable Canon Benjamin Scott will speak on the role Bishop Henry Whipple played in the 1882 U. S. Dakota War. This event is part of the Northfield Historical Society’s seven-month observation of the 1862 war which includes an exhibit depicting the roles local Rice County residents played in this episode of our state’s history.

Whipple was Minnesota’s first Episcopal Bishop.  He came to this state in 1859 with his wife Cornelia and six children.  When the fighting broke out in August of 1862 Whipple returned home from Northern Minnesota as fast as possible.  He had seen the conflict coming since the signing of the Treaty Traverse des Sioux when many promises were broken.  He went to St. Peter were many injured were taken and he served as nurse and chaplain.

Sidewalk Poetry Competition Deadline is February 16!


Arts and Culture Commissioner Philip Spensley says, “f you haven’t finished that poem you’ve been thinking about, better get to it.  This year’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition deadline is coming up fast. “

The deadline for submission of poems is Saturday, February, 16 at 5 pm.  Winning poems will be announced later in February and will begin to be installed in City sidewalks in April, national poetry month. All Northfield residents and students of any age enrolled in Northfield schools may submit up to two short poems.  There is no charge for submission.  The following are criteria for submission.

• Each person may submit up to two poems. Text and subject matter must be appropriate for the general public. Poems that are explicitly religious, political, graphically violent or overtly sexual will not be considered.

Poetry Patch resumes this Saturday at the Northfield Public Library

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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 Poetry Patch, a bi-monthly program for aspiring young poets.Noon to 1 with cookies, poetry reading, arts 'n crafts and more!

Check all the up coming programs Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 507-645-6606

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