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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.

TJ Heinricy is Making a Difference

TJ Heinricy receives his Making a Difference Award from Lynn Vincent (HCI Board member).  Photo by Suzy Rook, Northfield News

A Northfield city employee who spearheaded the acquisition and installation of skateboard park equipment at Riverside Lions Park has received the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for June 2012. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

TJ Heinricy, Northfield’s street and park supervisor, has been involved for several years with efforts to maintain an interim skateboard park until the city selects a permanent location. When Heinricy learned last winter that the city of Plymouth was building a new concrete skatepark and getting rid of its older, steel equipment, he contacted Plymouth officials and helped negotiate a sale between that city and the Key, which bought the equipment for $500.  The Northfield Parks and Recreation Board agreed to allow the equipment to be installed at a temporary skateboard park in Riverside Lions Park through 2012.

4th of July Celebration Duals with Annual Bike Criterium in Northfield

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Celebrate Independence Day and take in the rush of adrenalin as cyclists speedily maneuver through the streets to compete in the popular 4th of July Bike Criterium held in Northfield each year. Racing begins at 9:00 a.m. with the final race of the day starting at 4:30 p.m. A kids’ parade follows with a carnival offering fun games, face paintings, and prizes for children. A firework show will be held at the Middle School grounds starting at nights’ fall.

In its 13th year, the 4th of July Bike Criterium has built momentum. Ben Witt, organizer of the event, says the criterium “draws some of the best amateur bicyclists from around the state and beyond.” It is a great spectator sport and attracts even some top contenders and semi-professional racers to downtown Northfield.

Northfield’s Bike Criterium consists of timed events ranging in length from 15 to 70 minutes using a series of laps. Races are divided by age, gender, ability levels and different combinations thereof.

“The layout of the town and the course makes it exciting,” said Witt. The hills can be quite steep in places and it’s a challenging course to ride around well. It is regarded as one of the better criteriums in the state for that reason.”

Northfield is becoming known as a destination for bicycling. Cycling groups enjoy weekly rides on favorite routes around Northfield’s scenic countryside, and Northfield is actively pursuing the goal of a city-wide network of connected trails and on-street routes for commuters, leisure and family recreation. Bike racks have been installed at key locations throughout the historic downtown’s commercial district, as well as bike repair stations. There is also a project underway to create an extended trail system between Northfield and Dundas, and the Mill Towns Trail that will connect Northfield to Cannon Falls and Red Wing to the east, and to Faribault and Mankato to the south and west.

Youth Booth Launch for Riverwalk Market Fair and Other HIghlights

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Riverwalk Market Fair officially launches its Youth Booth Saturday, June 30, in addition to featuring a young food artisan, a local artist who uses steel and recycled metals in her work and musical entertainment.

Youth Booth Kick Off

As part of the effort to support young entrepreneurs, Riverwalk Market Fair is hosting a Youth Booth for the first time this year. The mission of the Fair is to provide a sales venue for locally-based small businesses who love what they do and want to take their enterprise to the next level. “We created the Youth Booth to grow the next generation of Northfield entrepreneurs,” said Riverwalk Market Fair board member, Kathy Zeman. Young people get to experience what it’s like to produce a product, package and price it, display it and sell it.

Fifth Annual Celebrate Dundas Set for June 29-30

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To all who are looking for a good way to spend the last weekend in June, look no further. The Dundas Historical Society is pleased to present the fifth annual Celebrate Dundas community festival, set for Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30. The family-friendly event will celebrate Dundas’ storied history and offer a range of activities for people of all ages.

Michelle Millenacker, president of the Dundas Historical Society and chair of the Celebrate Dundas event, says, “We’ve got a lot on lined up for our celebration this year and we’re really looking forward to seeing people flock to our downtown for the events. In the past, our weather has been all over the map – two years ago, temperatures topped 90 degrees and last year we saw short rainstorm delay some of the late-morning activities. Rain or shine the celebration will go on as planned!”

Public Sculpture Unveiling Celebration

Join us in celebrating of the official unveiling of "The Tree of Knowledge and Delight" on Friday, June 29th at 4:30 on Division St. in front of the Library.  This project, known as the "Young Sculptors Project" has been a close collaboration between Emeritus St. Olaf Professor Mac Gimse and ten Northfield High School students with funding from the South East Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC). This grant was written through the auspices of the Arts and Culture Commission.  

This sculpture will be displayed downtown for one year and will then be moved to Northfield high School and sited in an  interior courtyard. This is, we hope, the beginning of a yearly tradition of public art created by professional artists and high school students for years to come. This project aims to link artistic, educational and cultural enrichment together by empowering high school students to create public sculpture and to give the town and its residents and visitors a visual treat. The Arts and Culture Commission feels that the Young Sculptors project has the momentum to raise public awareness about the arts and public sculpture and to signify that Northfield is an “Arts Town” in the truest sense.

First National's Janet Topp Celebrates 50 Years of Service

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This month, Northfield’s own Janet Topp celebrates 50 years of service to First National Bank of Northfield. She began her career after graduating from Northfield High School in 1962. An open house in Topp’s honor is planned for Thursday, June 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the bank’s Downtown location – 329 Division Street.

Topp, who joined First National as a bookkeeper, has seen her responsibilities steadily grow. Today, she serves as a teller supervisor and oversees the bank’s Mainstreeters Club – a nearly 1,000-member social club for customers 55 years of age or older.

She says, “I’ve seen an amazing amount of change in the banking industry – the progression from 10-key adding machines to calculators to computers – and I couldn’t be more proud to have contributed my time and skills to First National. It’s really a great place to work.”

Meet Claire! The first "Reader of the Week!"

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Each week during the Northfield Public Library's summer reading program kids enter a drawing slip for "reader of the week."  The rest of the slips are hung from the library's ceiling to show everyone how many books kids in Northfield are reading.  Claire Casson is the first to recieve the honor that comes with a special "I became a reading animal at the Northfield Public Library" t-shirt courtesy of the Friends and Foundation of the Library.  All reading children- including those who are read to- can add their books in the special summer reading purple tent in the children's area.  Congratulations Claire!

Northfield's Newest Public Art: "Tree of Knowledge and Delight"

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On Wednesday morning, a city crew supervised by T.J. Heinricy and sculptor Mac Gimse was installing Northfield's newest public sculpture, "Tree of Knowledge and Delight" on the Northfield Public Library plaza on the corner of Third and Division Street. The sculpture was a collaboration between Gimse, an ameritus professor of art at St. Olaf College, art students at Northfield High School. The project was funded by the Northfield Arts & Culture Commission and a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC). High school art teacher Christie Clarke wrote the successful grant.

Student artist Seth Hanson was on hand for the installation. He says that the sclupture will remain in the plaza for a year, after which it will be moved to the grounds of the high school. The hope is that further grants will result in new student sculptures on the library plaza in the following years.

According to Gimse: "The Tree of Knowledge and Delight... [is] a triumph of youthful exuberance! As an optional, non-credit, extra-curricular project, all the students gave it time they did not have, and work and thought beyond their reckoning. Together with welding by Kris and Scott Swanson, Jane Meyer's bronze casting, timbers and bamboo, and Rick Swearer's willingness to work with everyone, it sprang to life at NHS Gate #13....”

Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary at Northfield Historical Society



Come to the Northfield Historical Society Thursday, June 28 from 5-9 p.m. for a centennial celebration of the Girl Scouts of the USA.  The event kicks off the Society’s exhibit “Northfield Girl Scouts -Then and Now,” which will run through mid-August.

Host of the event is the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys in Northfield. Starting at 5 p.m., local Girl Scouts dressed in vintage uniforms will be on Bridge Square with songs, activities and demonstrations. Spectators can try their hand at tying a square knot or learning how to use signal flags.  Beginning at 7, the Community Band will feature favorite Girl Scout songs.

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