Events in and around Northfield

Northfield Arts Guild to host “Family Fun Days” throughout the summer


Thanks to support from the Rotary Club of Northfield, the Northfield Arts Guild will host three “Family Fun Days” throughout the summer: Saturday, June 27 from 10 am-12 pm; Thursday, July 23 from 9 am-11 am; and Saturday, August 22 from 10 am 12 pm. The Family Fun Days are free and open to the public to come to the Arts Guild, explore the spaces, meet the NAG staff, and participate in different art-making projects and mini-classes!

PHOTOSET: Northfield Skateboard Park Groundbreaking

Here's's Flickr photoset from the groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park. The set includes 31 photos by Jane McWilliams and Rob Hardy. 

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey – Memories from the Farm of My Youth


Nationally syndicated agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter, Mary Grace Foxwell, will appear on Monday June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Northfield Senior Center to read from their recently released book, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

Published by the University of Illinois Press, the book is a collection of personal memories written over the past two decades by Guebert as part of his weekly Farm and Food File column. Each column recalls and reflects on the people, food, and values he learned on the 720-acre, 100-cow “southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth” in the late 1960s.

Susan Hvistendahl Signs Her Book at Village on the Cannon

Volumes 2 and 3 of Susan Hvistendahl's trilogy of "Historic Happenings" books will be presented at the Village on the Cannon Community Room, along with a book signing, on Thursday, June 11, with a social time at 6:30 followed by the presentation of books on St. Olaf and Carleton happenings at 7 pm. The books are compilations of columns written for the Entertainment Guide since 2007. Refreshments will be provided by the Northfield Historical Society, which published the books in collaboration with the Guide. Special musical guest on the VOC piano will be Marc Reigel of Carleton's Night Crawlers, a rock group featured in the Carleton book.

Carleton College holds its 141st Commencement Ceremony Saturday, June 13; bestows honorary degree on The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl

Peter Schjeldahl, Carleton Class of 1964

Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 487 graduating members of the Class of 2015 on Saturday, June 13, in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required.

Following remarks by Carleton College President Steven Poskanzer, two seniors will address the graduating class, chosen by a panel of their peers. This year’s senior commencement speakers, both English majors, are Sam Braslow (Los Angeles) and Anna Donnella (St. Davids, Pa.)

E-Recycling on Saturday, June 6

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Carl Henry reminds people that you can bring your unwanted and appliances Saturday, June 6, from 10:a.m. to noon, to the First United Church of Christ parking lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield.  Old-fashioned CRT-based TVs (or monitors) will be accepted, but there is a $5.00 fee AND  a limit of two per household. Large sets – requiring two people to carry – will not be allowed.

The following items will be accepted for free:

Computers (desktops towers, laptops)

Small printers

Network equipment (models, routers)





Thin monitors or Tvs

Other electronics


Microwave ovens

Small air conditioners


Small refrigerators

Other small appliances if they are largely metal

If the weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled.

Community Services Summer Recreation

Batter Up!
Have a splendid summer this year by enrolling in Community Services recreation programs.  Opportunities include parks and playground programs, a large variety of sport activities, aquatics for all ages and adventure outings.  Whether you are an adult, teen, youth or infant, there is something for you!  See the flyer below for further information.  If you'd like to register or to learn more about a specific program, click HERE to be directed to the Community Services classes and registration web page.  Please also find us by going to and follow the Community Services Link.  To reach us by phone, call 507-664-3649

Palestine Film Series Begins June 9


Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.  The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.

WINGS to Honor 2015 Grant Recipients

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Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 27 area organizations that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration on Tuesday, June 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Weitz Center Commons, Weitz Center for Creativity,  Carleton College. The groups are recipients of $73,868 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship. 

The event is open to the public. There is a $10 per person suggested donation and it includes a light supper and a chance to hear about the work of the grant recipients.  Registration is required and can be done at the WINGS website:  Please register by June 5.  

Groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park Next Wednesday

The City of Northfield is excited to announce commencement of construction for the Northfield Skateboard Park. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 4:00 PM, at Old Memorial Park, 801 E 7th Sreet. The public is invited to attend the formal groundbreaking of the Northfield Skateboard Park. This project was made possible by the hard work of numerous community groups and members; we look forward to seeing you out there.

The Northfield Stateboard Coalition hopes there will be a big crowd on hand Wednesday to celebrate this long-awaited event!

For a look at the design for the completed park, click here

Carleton College hosts its annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host its annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Carleton’s West Gym. The popular sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for area residents and cash for local charities. The sale is held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend and the CCCE advises shoppers to shop early and often.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Rise Up Singing

Northfield area community members are invited to gather and sing together on Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington St in Northfield.

Singing together is a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy an evening of relaxing fun. We'll use the Rise Up Singing songbook -- a huge collection with the words for 1,200 folk and popular songs, so there's sure to be something for everyone. Songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share.

People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome - please come and bring a friend!

Retired professional football player shares his story of life as a gay man in the NFL

Esera Tuaolo

Esera Tuaolo, a former professional football player who publicly came out as a gay man after retiring from a successful career in the NFL, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 22 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Entitled “Alone in the Trenches,” Tuaolo’s talk is based on his autobiography “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL” (Sourcebooks, 2007). This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Goods for Good city-wide garage sale


Goods for Good, Northfield’s annual city-wide garage sale event for charity, has begun! The event runs now through Saturday, May 16. The organizers of each site have selected a charity or cause that will benefit from their sale, and they agree to give at least 50 percent of the money raised to that charity. Shop the sales and know that your purchases will support lots of great causes.

There are 22 sale sites this year and most are indoors, so this is a rain or shine event. Sale hours vary by site, so download the site map, which includes hours and descriptions for each site, or pick one up from a specially marked news box in front of the Northfield News office at 115 5th St. W. in Northfield, or at any of the sale sites. Look for the Goods for Good signs.

Book launch and signing at The Key: Table 13 Journals


"Table 13 Journals: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation" is  the personal story of a teenager's struggles with drugs, violence, and persistent thoughts of suicide. The story is set in 2000-2001, a product of the mentoring program at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).

The story is told in young Miles Harrison's own words, written when he was 15 and 16, and in the words of Ted O'Toole, who was his mentor at the center during this period.  It also tells the story of the healing effects of the remarkable youth center  and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism.

Ted O'Toole -- a lawyer and Zen practitioner, now a Buddhist priest -- and Miles Harrison’s mentoring sessions evolved into writing journals, then writing a book using their journals entries written over their year-long mentorship. “Table 13” is the table at Bill’s Pizza Palace, where Miles and Ted met to compare journal entries.

The authors' official book launch and signing is on June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Key – the building that the Center’s kids themselves own and operate -- at 109 Sixth Street West, Northfield, Minnesota. 

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