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T McKinley Reading at Monkey See, Monkey Read

ibg.common.titledetail.imageloaderLocal author T McKinley will read from his book, Boy in the Ivy: The Inner Child of a Buried Man Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm.

In 2009, T McKinley’s brother committed suicide, and his first question to himself was why he hadn’t done the same. In this moving and poignant memoir, McKinley takes the reader back through the events that led to a lifelong struggle with depression, shame, and inadequacy. Beginning with his own conception and birth and continuing through his parents’ divorce and the fragmentation of his family, McKinley traces the origins and evolution of his deep-seated belief that everyone would have been better off if he had never existed at all. In this way, McKinley blamed, rejected, and buried his inner child, setting himself up for a lifetime of disconnection and…


Fresh Summer Vegetables, Greek Pastry, Leather Goods, Break Dancing, and Chainsaw Art at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Rebecca Stoufis sells Greek pastry at Riverwalk Market Fair

Greek pastry, breakdancing students, leather goods, Chainsaw art, and of course plenty of summer produce, are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 13.

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Summer produce season is in full swing.  Expect to find kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, scallions, broccoli, beets, cucumbers, eggs, and if the weather continues favorable, carrots and green beans, grown by local farmers.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.

Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)


Fresh Summer Vegetables, Alpaca Yarn, Civics for Kids with Senator Kevin Dahl, and Band Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms Alpacas

The Manitou Regimental Band, Alpaca yarn, a fun civics activity for kids, and art photographs are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 6.

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, scallions, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, cucumber and beets will be available from local farmers.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.

Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)


Local boxing instructors are Making a Difference

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Two former professional boxing instructors and their student assistant have received the Healthy Community Initiative’s  (HCI) “Making a Difference” Award for June 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Gordon Marino, Charlie Meyers and Victoria Celano taught boxing to youth in grades 8-12 during the school year through the Northfield Area Family YMCA. During weekly after school sessions at the Northfield Armory, the young people learned to practice skills of self-discipline, concentration, and quick-thinking, while also improving their physical fitness.


Celebrating music over the centuries and across the nations

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Time will stand still as the Vintage Band Festival takes the stage Aug. 1-4 with a multitude of period-inspired performances celebrating the music and instruments of past eras. More than 100 brass and wind band concerts will present their colorful notes this summer in the historic arts town of Northfield and surrounding satellite concert sites for an unforgettable experience recalling music in history.

The Vintage Band Festival – a historic account of its own – brings with it a vast repertoire, dating as far back as the Baroque era and offers cultural performances in a full range of genres. Hear marches, ballads, jazz, polkas and alphorn songs…or as the Brass Messengers from Minneapolis/St. Paul who play Caribbean and Balkan music say, “anything that fits in the twisted brass tubing from originals to covers from around the globe, as long as it’s making joyful noise.”

Festival-goers will be able to step back in time and experience a musical documentary, of sorts, all in one weekend. “The whole town becomes a theater set,” said Festival’s Artistic Director Dr. Paul Niemisto, describing the bands’ different genres and ethnicities to be represented at open-air venues of parks, pubs, restaurants and other public spaces. “It’s not only the music, period instruments and authentic costumes viewers will be experiencing – we’re playing the space.” 


Gettysburg Campaign to be Recounted

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Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society announces, "We are  presenting the third talk in a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street in downtown Northfield.


Northfield's Second Student-Created Sculpture is Dedicated

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On Friday afternoon, June 21, the newest sculpture in town was “unveiled” to a group of art lovers, students and local dignitaries.  This sculpture, named “Nature’s Spheres” is made of ceramic orbs covered in colorful mosaics with metal spheres with bent metal rods.  The Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, who commissioned this grant, feel strongly  that having a changing public sculpture downtown will prevent viewers from getting used to and ultimately not noticing the sculpture.  Seeing new work can encourage viewers to ask questions, appreciate our emerging artists at the High School and perhaps take pride in the arts in Northfield.  This sculpture was a collaboration between Rafael Estrella, local artist and art teacher and a band of twelve enthusiastic art students at Northfield High School.


Fresh Summer Vegetables, Fashion Accessories, and Nordic Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Multe at Riverwalk Market Fair

Nordic traditional Music, fresh-picked summer vegetables from local farmers, and a variety of Artisan breads, pastries and savories are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, June 29.

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, bedding plants, meat, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, zucchini, snap peas, and fresh flowers will be available from local farmers.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.

Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  Youth entrepreneurs will offer fresh produce.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.


Blues and Gospel Music, Bread & Baked Goods, and Structures of Welded Steel featured next Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair

Artist Jennifer Wolcott at work on one of her garden structure of welded steel.

Gospel and blues music, garden structures of welded steel, and fresh-baked goods from Crack of Dawn Artisan Bread are featured at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday June 15.  Riverwalk is located in Northfield’s historic downtown on Bridge Square along the scenic Cannon River. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

This Saturday look for rhubarb, eggs, and meat, along with bedding plants, fresh-picked lettuce and salad greens from local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Archibald Mills, as well as honey from School House Apiary.

Watercolors, photographs, alpaca wool yarn, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, jewelry, and garden structures of welded steel are among the art and fine crafts for sale. In addition, an emerging artist and three young entrepreneurs from Northfield will have their creations for sale. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.


Community Action Center's New Clothes Closet Location In Downtown Northfield Now Open

Come shop at the Clothes Closet!

The Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC), a nonprofit committed to meeting the basic needs of families in transition throughout the Northfield area, has relocated its Clothes Closet storefront to downtown Northfield. The space, located at 600 Water Street South in the River Park Mall, is now open and features expanded donation and shopping hours: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Clothes Closet, which offers gently used clothing, shoes, household goods, linens, toys and books, provides clothing and other necessities free of charge to more than 400 families in need each year and offers value-priced goods to the entire Northfield community. One-hundred percent of sale proceeds benefit the programs of the CAC, which serve Northfield’s neighbors in need. 


Friends of the Library spruce up the library grounds

Teresa Jensen as gardener

Friends of the Northfield Public Library and library staff volunteered on Saturday, June 1, to spruce up the grounds around the library.  Armed with rakes and pruners they weeded, pruned, deadheaded, swept, raked and generally cleaned up the lawn and gardens surrounding the library.

The Friends support the library and its programs and services in many ways.  Cleaning up the grounds in June and again in August is another form of support, this one using elbow grease.  Our new Director of Library and Information Technology Services Teresa Jensen joined the Friends for the morning.  Being still relatively new to town, she was impressed with the steady traffic of library users including children, youth, adults, and even a film crew using the library's reading room as a backdrop for a documentary. 


8th Annual Taste of Northfield

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is proud to present the 8th Annual Taste of Northfield, Thursday, May 30th, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

This year the event will be in and around Bridge Square, including the Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza along the Cannon River.  Featuring delicious food and beverages, a beer and wine garden, and live entertainment, the Taste of Northfield promises fun for everyone.

The event takes place rain or shine. Along with tasty treats being served up by a baker’s dozen of local food vendors and a beer and wine tent, this year’s Taste of Northfield will feature a special bank raid re-enactment by the infamous James-Younger Gang and performances by a variety of local musicians. Please visit www.nddc.org for a list of the food vendors and the entertainment schedule.


Dan Patch Rail Line Moratorium on Hold

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At their meeting on Tuesday evening, Northfield City Council member Suzie Nakasian reported that the language to lift the ban on the Dan Patch Rail Line was not included in the legislature’s 2013 transportation bill. Although Senator Kevin Dahle succeeded in getting approval from the full senate for his proposal, Representative David Bly’s companion bill never got a hearing in the House Transportation Committee.


Northfield Historical Society to Host Two Events in One Night

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Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that the Northfield Historical Society will be hosting two events May 16. Beginning at 6 p.m. the society will honor its 2012 volunteers of the year: Ian Iverson and Barbara Rippley. During the two-hour event the public also will have the opportunity to tour the collection storage rooms of the newly named Joan Olson Research Center.


History of Northfield Restaurants Exhibit Opens at Historical Society

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Running a restaurant is hard work. Fortunately, Northfield has had a long history of places to eat meals carefully prepared and served by people of vision, energy, creativity and determination. Many of these places, in addition to providing food, serve as gathering spots, adding to the character of the community. Some have had short lives, while others have been in business for decades.

The current Northfield Historical Society exhibit provides a glimpse of the long history of eating-places in our town.  NHS Director Hayes Scriven says the exhibit features those places still open and which have been in business the longest.  Others, including some that have passed into history, are also documented. The exhibit will be on display through the summer.


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