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Lucia Fest is Here!

Lucia 2014

Northfield High School sophomore Synneva Bratland will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 12, at the 39th annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

Dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, Lucia will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Afterward, Lucia and her attendants will serve cookies and coffee to everyone. The event concludes with songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.

The 2014 Lucia attendants are Katie Brust, Libby Brust, Claire Casson, Grace Casson, Annelise Coffey, Annika Fredrickson, Merri Kmoch, Willa Kmoch, Ruth Meyers, Sylvia Koenig, Rose Mibus, Annika Nguyen, Leah Olson, Ava O'Neill, Lenyn Phau, Rikka Zillmer and Sigrid Zillmer. The Star Boys are Max Casson and Bjorn Olson.


Jingle Bell Run set for Dec. 13th in Northfield

The 13th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run and 2K Family Run/Walk will be held in downtown Northfield on Saturday, December 13th at 9:00 am. Registration and check-in will begin at 8:00 am at the Northfield Armory at 519 Division Street. Participants will receive a t-shirt and take part in post-race festivities including live music, photos with Santa, coffee, cider and treats. The Jingle Bell Run is presented by the Northfield Area Family YMCA with support from Carlson Capital Management.


Carleton College’s Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale Returns to the Weitz Center

Craft & Bake Sale

Carleton College will hold its annual Craft and Custodial Bake Sale on Friday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Class of 1980 Commons of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A wide variety of hand-crafted items and baked goods will be available for purchase, including wool mittens, birdhouses, garden art, glass ornaments, rugs, quilts, jewelry, Kenyan products, wooden bowls and toys, baskets, outerwear, candles, and much more. This popular annual event is free and open to the public.


Registration Now Open for Northfield Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot”

Rotary Turkey Trot

The Northfield Rotary Club will hold its 14th annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2014. The popular run has grown from 200 participants the first year to over 1000 in 2013.

This year’s event will begin and end at a new venue: The Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, located at Third and College Streets in Northfield. The Turkey Trot begins at 9 a.m. Registration, for pre-registered and same-day registrants, will open at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online by November 15 in order to receive a free long sleeve t-shirt.

The cost to participate is $15 before November 15 and $20 after. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Student Youth Exchange Program and the Rotary EndPolio effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

Participants are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food shelf donation to help local families in need.


Swedish Fest Youth Participants Sought

The Northfield Swedish Club is preparing for its 39th annual Lucia celebration and is looking for girls and boys interested in participating as attendants. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. 


The Bee IS BACK!! Come to the Northfield Public Library's Trivia Bee and Benefit Event!

Public Library Trivia Bee

This coming Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Event Center, the public is invited to celebrate the Northfield Public Library with an evening of trivia, prizes and fun. The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library (FFNPL) will host a Team Trivia Bee led by quiz mistress Jessica Peterson White. Proceeds from this not-to-be-missed event will support the Friend’s current Capital Campaign for the expansion and enhancement of the facility. Community members are encouraged to register teams of up to four people (along with a tax-deductible entry fee of $100 or more) for trivia competition; individual participants and library supporters of all ages are also welcome to attend. There will be a suggested donation at the door. 


The Matchmaker at Northfield High School

MatchmakerNorthfield High School Theater Presents The Matchmaker by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Thornton Wilder.

Fridays and Saturdays, November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 PM. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for students.

The Broadway musical Hello Dolly is adapted from this farce: Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant in 19th Century Yonkers, NY, decides to take a wife and employs a matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi. Dolly subsequently becomes involved with two of Vandergelder's clerks, several lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically, Vandergelder finds himself affianced to the astute Dolly Levi herself.


Public Benefit Concert for the Skatepark at The Cave

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition and The Cave (Carleton College) are hosting a public benefit concert for the skatepark on Saturday, November 8, at The Cave. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be matched by a generous donor.

The concert features local bands The Liberty Orchestra, Pillow Fighting, El Triunfo, Love Surprise, Charley Markson and the Cutters, and Bob Crash. There will also be an opportunity to see the preliminary skatepark designs, view the Skateboard Coalition video, and talk to local skateboarders.


All Saints Episcopal Church Open House and Building Consecration

All Saints Addition

Come see what all the construction has been about! All Saints Episcopal Church invites the Northfield community to an open house on Saturday, November 1 (All Saints Day), and a festive Eucharist with the Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, on Sunday, November 2, in celebration of the completion of our facilities renewal and renovation project.

Completely replacing everything but our historic 1866 "Prairie Gothic" worship space, the 12,000 sq ft expansion was designed from the ground up to meet the growing needs of our parish as well as to serve our local community. The new facility makes use of sustainable building techniques and energy efficient systems to reflect our care for the environment. Design, labor, and materials were all sourced locally whenever possible.

The Saturday open house runs from 1-5pm, and will include tours and refreshments interspersed with brief presentations, including a demonstration of our newly expanded organ and a brief history of All Saints. The program will close with Evening Prayer at 5pm. The Sunday Eucharist is at 10:30pm, followed by lunch. Please see allsaintsnorthfield.org for details and a full schedule. 


What the Trees Know: A Reading by Minnesota Book Award Winning Author Emilio DeGrazia

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On Thursday, November 13, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) welcomes Minnesota author Emilio DeGrazia to Northfield to give a reading of poetry and prose titled “What the Trees Know.” The reading will be held at The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar (421 Division St. S.) at 7:00 p.m.

DeGrazia began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and in 1977 founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine. His first collection of short fiction, Enemy Country (New Rivers, 1984), was selected by Anne Tyler for a Writer’s Choice Award, and a novel, Billy Brazil (New Rivers, 1991), was chosen for a Minnesota Voices Project award. A second collection, Seventeen Grams of Soul (Lone Oak Press), received a Minnesota Book Award in 1995.


Aboriginal advocate and Canadian Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller to present Carleton convocation

Waneek Horn-Miller

Aboriginal advocate and Canadian Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller will present the Carleton College convocation address on Friday, Nov. 7 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An activist who works to mend the relationship between Native and non-Native communities in Canada, Horn-Miller will present “First Nations Rights.” Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Waneek Horn-Miller has overcome discrimination, self-doubt, and an infamous incident of violence to emerge as one of North America’s most inspiring Native speakers. With purpose and poise, she traverses the intersection of two generations of Native people, working to mend the dysfunctional relationship between Native and non-Native communities through social and political change. 


Music by Anna Marie Mitchell, Solar Energy Demonstrations for Kids, Fall Produce at Riverwalk Market Fair 2014 closing Saturday

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair

Look for music by Anna Marie Mitchell, solar energy demonstrations for kids, fall produce, tomatoes, apples, sweet and savory pastries, fresh local produce; and the area’s finest art and craft at the 2014 season closing day of Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 1 pm in Downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square.

Music by Up and Coming Singer Songwriter Anna Marie Mitchell

16-year-old Anna Marie Mitchell is already attracting notice for her performing and original song writing.  She made it to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in 2013.  Now she has released her first CD and has caught the eye of the Nashville music establishment.  She was listed as “one to watch” by the Nashville songwriters Association International for her song “Broken Glass.” 

Solar Power Demonstrations for Kids by All Energy Solar


Something special for teens! Capone's 210 Club a Speak Easy event at the Library.

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That's right!  Saturday evening, Oct. 25th the library's meeting room will be transformed into a 1920's era Speak Easy- with games of chance, nibbles and beverages!  All strickly on the "up and up!"  The library's Teen Advisory Board has been preparing for this event for over a month.  TAB President Emma Prichard has her boas, necklaces and flapper outfit ready to go along with the playlist of 1920's jazz.  The Washington Street side door will open at 7pm.  Costumes are encouraged! Admission is free.  

For more information please call 507-645-1804 or email Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us

For those 18 and under, middle schoolers are invited but not younger kids! Thank you!

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 


Charles Kernaghan, “The Man Who Made Kathie Lee Cry,” to present Carleton Convocation on Global Labor and Human Rights

Charles Kernaghan

Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 24 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Widely recognized as having launched the anti-sweatshop movement in the U.S., Kernaghan is best known as “the man who made Kathie Lee cry,” after publicly exposing that 13-year-old children were working in a brutal Honduran sweatshop earning just pennies and hour sewing Kathie Lee Gifford’s clothing line for Wal-Mart.  Entitled “The Race to the Bottom in the Global Economy,” Kernaghan’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


MnDOT Public Open House on Rail Transportation Planning

On Thursday, October 16, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Passenger Rail and Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations, will hold a Public Open House onThursday, October 16, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, in the Great Hall at Carleton College.  The purpose of this MnDot Public Open House is to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the State's Rail Plan, which prescribes an anticipated plan for near- and long-term rail projects in the State, and to provide feedback and suggestions to inform the Plan's revision. 


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