Events in and around Northfield

League sponsors The ABCs of the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, September 17

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On October 1, an ambitious program of the Affordable Care Act will be launched. From that date until the end of 2013, Americans will have access to an electronic “marketplace” where we can shop for a health care plan. Implementing the program requires a huge organizational effort, including alerting us to where to find information so that we may understand how the program works and how to apply. In Minnesota, MNsure is the official health insurance exchange. Funded by the federal government, MNSure has created a website to which we can go to learn more about this important public resource.

The League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls has scheduled a public forum on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 503 W. Third Street designed to provide information on the national, state and local implications of the law. Anna Odegaard of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Christina Wessel of the Minnesota Budget Project; and Charlie Mandile of Health Finders of Northfield and Faribault, will present information about October enrollment, January coverage, and much more.



Marie Vogl Gery and Judith Stoutland, organizers of the event, invite all to  the 11th Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace in Bridge Square on Saturday,  Sept. 21. 

“Education for Peace” is the theme for this year. It grows out of concern for the UN Second Millennium Development Goal which promises basic education for every girl and boy on the planet. Progress in achieving this goal  revealed a widening circle of advantages in the cultures where this had happened. War and recession have stopped and reversed many benefits.  

The theme also offers opportunities to learn about making, retaining, and renewing peace. We will hear about the work of local peacemakers and groups. There will be information and encouragement for the work.

HCI funds five “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their July and August 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.

Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers for Kids at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Vegetable stamp art for kids will be hosted by Budding Farmers at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair.

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Amy and Adams, and vegetable stamp art for kids by Budding Farmers are just part of the fun on Saturday, September 14 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair. 

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

Produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, winter squash, and eggs grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

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

Constitution Day 2013 Immigration Forum

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On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Constitution Day will be marked in Northfield with a public forum on immigration issues sponosred by St. Olaf, Carleton, and the Northfield TORCH Program. The forum is being organized by Professor Doug Casson at St. Olaf, and will take place at Regents Hall, room 290, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17. The program will include:

Book by Eighth Graders Chronicles Northfield History

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Northfield Historical Society volunteer and middle school teacher, Earl Weinmann, reports that history is alive and well in southern Minnesota, so much so in fact that students in Northfield, Minn., are writing it. In a soon-to-be-released book, Our Story: A Guide to the History of Northfield, Minnesota , eighth graders at Northfield Middle School have engaged in an innovative research and writing project that had them searching back through Northfield’s history from the early geology of the area to the present day.   The 42 chapter and richly illustrated history is written in the style of a textbook and will be used in the local schools.   The book is a stunning example of how teens can learn and participate in scholarly endeavors while contributing to the historical landscape of the area.

Children's programs resume at the Public Library


The on-going children’s programs resume the week of Sept. 9th.  All programs are free and open to all!

10 am Tuesdays Patty Cake Infant Lapsit-   Infant Lapsit is designed to encourage development of language and motor skills by incorporating books with simple songs, rhymes and fingerplays.For ages 6-18 months with parent or caregiver.

1 pm Tuesdays & 10 am Wednesdays Toddler Rhyme Times-  Two back-to-back programs that encourages the development of language and motor skills by integratingmovement, songs, books and rhymes for kids ages 18 months to 3 years with parent or caregiver.

10 am Thursdays Story Time for 4’s and 5’s    Stories and a craft for the “just about ready for school” crowd. For children who are ready to sit and listen to a picture book, sing songs and create a small art project.

There is something for everyone this weekend during the Defeat of Jesse James Days!


Where else but Northfield could all this happen?

There truly is something for everyone this weekend.  From vintage baseball to trick horse mounted shooting to art fairs. Plus all the excitement of the eight Bank Raid re-enactments!

Hundreds of volunteers make it all possible and the whole town benefits from the thousands of people who come to Northfield for this unique event.

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Honoring Emily Schmitz!

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The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee is pleased to announce that the 2013 Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award Recipient is Emily Schmitz.

Emily has been involved in many volunteer efforts in our Northfield ranging from St Dominic Church, the Northfield Hospital Board, the League of Women voters, and many programs at the Community Action Center. At the CAC Emily has one special program that is dear to her heart and has dedicated many years to, the Christmas Sharing Program. Serving as ambassador for the CAC, she has raised thousands of dollars for the remarkable holiday gift program.

Townie Night Special! Get Your Thursday Night Wrist Band

129756622.336.255Thursday night Sept. 5th is unlimited ride night with a wrist-band! Grab your townie friends and head to one of these locations.

Advance sales for Thursday night wrist band night are available at select local businesses.


• First National Bank
• Community Resource Bank
• Premier Bank
• Econo Foods
• Cub Foods
• Rocky Top

Author Mark Lee Gardner to Discuss new book: Shot All To Hell: The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape


Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that just in time for the 2013 Defeat of Jesse James Days, author Mark Lee Gardner will highlight some of the new findings about the Northfield raid in his recently released book Shot All to Hell:  The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape.

Soon after the book’s release in July, in her review in the New York Journal of Books, Doris Meredith says:

“Mr. Gardner's meticulously researched history of the Northfield raid and its bloody aftermath is told in the kind of compelling narrative that all historians should emulate. Not a word more than necessary is used to draw a clear and detailed picture of not only the eight members of the James-Younger gang, but of those whose lives were touched, or in some cases, ended by the outlaws.”

The ABCs of the Affordable Care Act

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Interested in learning about the options available to you under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?  Want more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace?  The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a public forum addressing the ACA on Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival – Concert lll

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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival concludes its musical series with a concert at Carleton Concert Hall this evening, Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Featured guests are Susanna Perry Gilmore, Concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony, Sabina Thatcher, Principal Viola Emeritus of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Anthony Ross, Principal Cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Accompanying tonight’s special guests at the highly-anticipated performance are Violinist Francesca Anderegg, Violist Charles Gray and Cellist David Carter, music faculty at St. Olaf College, along with Pianist Nicola Melville, music faculty at Carleton College. 

“It's a privilege and a joy to work with such fine musicians,” said Artistic Director David Carter, speaking of his colleagues and special musical guests, all of whom are currently or have been first chair players in major orchestras and are well-known nationally.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival - Jazz Concert II, featuring Snowblind with David Hagedorn


The Bridge Chamber Music Festival's jazz series continues on Monday August 26, with a performance by the Twin Cities - based band “Snowblind.” This concert will be held at 7:30 pm in the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. Snowblind will also feature Northfield’s own David Hagedorn on vibes.

“For this particular concert, we will be performing the music of acclaimed bassist Dave Holland who leads his own quintet, sextet, octet, and big band,” said Reid Kennedy, Snowblind’s drummer.  "Holland performed with Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Chick Corea, and countless other jazz greats,” he added. “His groups often include vibraphone, which is why we wasted no time in contacting Dave Hagedorn to join us in this project.  He has a strong understanding of Holland's music, and it gives us a rare opportunity to perform with a chordal instrument,” said Kennedy.

The group Snowblind, part of the Twin Cities jazz community, has been together for over seven years. Reid Kennedy said they know David Hagedorn through his work at St. Olaf and as a mainstay in the jazz scene in the Cities.  “He was a guest soloist with the U of M Jazz Ensemble when some of us were in school, and we've been in touch ever since.  We have also performed with him in other bands including Pete Whitman's X-tet,” Kennedy commented.

“We’re able to witness some history in jazz as it progressed from its classical roots into the second half of the 20th century,” Artistic Director David Carter added, speaking of the Festival’s two jazz concerts: the first featuring Laura Caviani, who played classical jazz renditions from the 20s and 30s, and next on tap Snowblind, performing fluid, free form group improvisations, by Dave Holland, the English-born progressive jazz composer.

Young Artist Recital: Bridge Chamber Music Festival's Sunday Concert


Sunday, August 25th brings the Young Artist Recital, featuring performers from the area in chamber and solo settings. This concert will be held at 2 p.m. in Studio A of Skifter Hall on the St. Olaf campus. Admission is free.

"Serving the musicians and music-lovers of the future has been an important goal of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival since its inception. We feel that gaining experience in music helps young people in developing fine motor coordination, patience and perseverance, and self-confidence,” said the Bridge Chamber Music Festival's Artistic Director David Carter. “The Festival provides young musicians with performance opportunities, with the assistance of funding through Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.”

“The beauty of this concert is seeing so many different ages and so many people involved in music at an actually quite advanced level and to have them all enjoy being there together. They appreciate music, and we’re thankful for those involved,” said Charles Gray, Professor of Music (Viola) at St. Olaf College. “Most of the families represented are deeply committed to advancing the fine arts in Northfield,” added Gray.

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