Events in and around Northfield

"TEDMED Live" is this week!


You may be among the millions of people who have watched "TED Talks" online. Now you can experience "TEDMED 2015: Breaking Through" in real time via this TEDMED Live streaming event at the Northfield High School auditorium. Hosted by Northfield Hospital & Clinics and the Northfield School District.

The sessions are free, but you must have a ticket to attend. Go to to get your tickets: Choose a session, register, and print your free ticket.

Content Poetry Series: Diane LeBlanc

Diane LeBlanc, Sudden GeographyPoetry is alive and well in Northfield.

Each month, Content Bookstore in downtown Northfield is host to a poetry reading featuring a local or regional poet and including an open mic where members of the audience can share their own original poetry. The series kicked off in October with a joint reading by Rob Hardy and Brenda Hellen, and continues on Thursday, November 12, at 7 pm, with a reading by Diane LeBlanc.

Diane LeBlanc is a writer, teacher, and book artist. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Sudden Geography (2014), Dancer with Good Sow (2008), and Hope in Zone Four (1998). In addition to poetry and essays in Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Natural Bridge, and other journals, her essay “Work in Progress” appears in Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts (2014). Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College.

At the reading, Diane will read from her own work and invite others to share a poem of their own. She’ll also offer a door prize of one of her beautiful handmade journals to a lucky attendee.

Award Winning Author Allen Eskens @ Content on Thursday

The Guise of Another

Allen Eskens has won (and keeps winning) awards for his popular debut novel, The Life We Bury, most recently winning the Rosebud award for best debut and the Barry award for best paperback original. At 7pm this Thursday, Nov 5, Allen will read from and discuss his just-released novel, The Guise of Another.

Eskens' new thriller follows Minnesota detective and fallen hero Alexander Rupert as he seeks redemption, and an answer to the question: who was James Putnam? Eskens, a practicing criminal defense attorney, writes page-turners in Mankato, MN.

"Allen Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It s a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you ll tell yourself things can t get any worse. And then they do."

- WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of "Ordinary Grace"

Content Bookstore is delighted to be hosting Eskens - and we hope you can make it!

Author and Psychologist Doug Lewandowski presents "Psychology and Storytelling; Characters in Stories We Write."

Doug Lewandowski
CALLING ALL WRITERS AND READERS! Come to a Northfield Public Library Program at the Northfield Senior Center - Monday, Nov 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rooms 104-106.

Everyone has a story.  Websites and bookstores are full of memoirs.  We are told truth is stranger than fiction and frequently it is.  But reality is messy and doesn't always lend itself to coherence.  By taking elements of developmental psychology and pathology, Doug links psychology and storytelling, where dysfunction and conflict seed a cogent narrative in fiction.

Doug has walked a varied path, born and raised a Roman Catholic before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  He lived in a religious community for four and half years in formation with the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist DeLasalle.  He was a teacher/counselor and is a practicing Licensed Psychologist.  He has a monthly column in the Bemidji Pioneer's Prime Time section and in the early '90's was a commentator for KCRB, Minnesota Public Radio in Bemidji.

YMCA Youth in Government Preparing for Model Assembly

Calling all 8th-12 grade students!  The YMCA Youth in Government Model Assembly Program is gearing up for another year of Model Assembly fun.  Deadlines are approaching.  For more information, contact Liz Cooney at or 507-645-0088 and visit our website at

Quaker Open House

Cannon Valley Friends Meeting(Quaker) is holding an open house for the entire Northfield area community to celebrate our new building.  Please join us Sunday, September 20th, 1:00-5:00 pm, at 512 Washington Street.  There will be music, refreshments, activities, and tours of the building. 

After 50 years of meeting in homes and rental spaces, we broke ground for a Meetinghouse in the fall of 2013.  For a year we have been settling into the space, gradually making it a place of our own.  We would like to welcome the community into our Meetinghouse to celebrate with us.

First UCC Sunday Nights Begins September 13!


Rev. Todd Smith Lippert announces that the First UCC Sunday Nights is back and now it's every week!!  This Sunday at 5:00 p.m., Michael Morris leads the First UCC Sunday Nights band. Peter Michael Miller from We are the Willows is our guest artist. The sermon will be the first of the four-week series entitled Technology and the Spiritual Life: The Good, The Bad, & The Holy.

Todd says, “Hope to see you at First UCC Sunday Night at 5:00p.m.” The church is located at 300 Union Street. 

Northfield Hockey Association Hosts Total Hockey's First Stride Initiative

The Northfield Hockey Association has teamed up with Total Hockey's First Stride initiative to host a free Learn-to-Play event on Sunday, September 27th,1:30pm - 3:15pm for families interested in trying out the sport for the first time.  It's free to attend and each recruit receives a free set of new equipment from Total Hockey to use at the event!  Players age 5-8 who register for our Learn to Play Hockey (through Community Education) or with Northfield Hockey Association for the 2015-2016 season are eligible to keep all of the equipment.  Registration will be accepted through September 17.  Players will be fitted at Total Hockey in Burnsville on September 20 or September 23. 

Super Hero Kickoff for the Northfield Area United Way Campaign

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The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly Super Hero Kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to meet powerful United Way partner agencies and learn how these local heroes benefit one in three Northfield area residents. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes for the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Super Hero.

The public is invited to try the YMCA all day. Other features of the morning kickoff include live folk music, interactive games and giveaways. Super heroes and common folk are invited to dress up and take their own photos in the photo booth sponsored by Brand Yourself Consulting.

Safety Camp 2015

2014 Safety Camp
The perfect community camp for youth entering grades 4 - 7 is coming your way, July 28, 29 & 30.  Partake in hands on safety lessons with CLIMB Theater, learn self defense, participate in a bike rodeo and bike ride, meet the Rice County K-9 dog, learn about weather and fire safety, engage with animals from Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, meet the Jesse James horses and learn how to be safe around them, see the Rice County Water Patrol, learn how to do a canoe over canoe rescue in the middle school pool, eat lunch with first responders and much more!!!
Camp wouldn't be complete without fun and exhilarating games.  Come try out the new GaGa Pit, play ultimate cantaloupe, noodle hockey, or milk jug lacrosse.  Rally together to win a team color challenge, visit the Rachel Carlson Nature Area for the camp favorite sneak and snipe bean bag game or simply enjoy&nbs

Books & Stars program to emphasize heart healthy habits

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“You’ve Gotta Have Heart” is the theme of the Books & Stars program hosted by Northfield Hospital Wednesday evening, July 22, at the Northfield Hospital campus.

Northfield Public Library and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are partnering to create an evening of fun and education related to healthy heart habits. The evening will feature family entertainer Rachael Kroog, who has delighted young audiences for more than 20 years with her KIDPOWER program. She will take the stage on the hospital lawn at 7 p.m.

When and where are the Northfield Fourth of July fireworks?


Get ready for another year of "oohs" and "awws" at the 2015 Northfield Fourth of July fireworks.

Fireworks will be shot off between Bridgewater Elementary School and Northfield Middle School shortly after dusk.

Nearby public viewing spaces include Rock Fields, Bridgewater Elementary (Jefferson Parkway side) and Northfield High School's grounds; but with a clear sightline, the fireworks will be seen for miles.

The event is made possible from fundrasing organized through the Northfield Historical Society.

CAC Summer Food Service Program is a Success!

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The first two weeks of the Summer Food Service Program (SPSF) have been a success! For the second year, the Community Action Center of Northfield has sponsored a Northfield site of this USDA program, which provides free lunches to kids 18 and younger on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of each week. Lunches run from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM at the Jefferson Square Townhomes Leasing Office, and kids can come anytime during that interval to receive a sandwich, milk, fruits, and vegetables. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer, and kids of any income and situation can eat lunch with no qualifications other than their ages. After a slow start, the program has nearly doubled in size, and we are hopeful for continued growth as the summer continues. If you are interested in attending and would like to find out more, you can contact the Northfield CAC at (507) 664-3550.

Goodsell Observatory Open House Friday, October 2


Carleton College's Department of Physics and Astronomy welcomes the public to a Goodsell Observatory open house on Friday, October 2, from 8 - 10 pm, if it is clear.

The open house will be cancelled if it is cloudy.

Open houses are held the first Friday of each month, with the schedule posted on the web at  If you are unsure about weather-related cancellation, check the website for late-breaking information.

The next open house after that one will be  November 6 at 7 PM.

Cindy Blaha and Joel Weisberg are Professors of Physics and Astronomy at Carleton College.

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