Events in and around Northfield


Oles win library spelling bee

The first Northfield Public Library Spelling Bee is over and a team from St. Olaf College claimed the championship. 

Griff Wigley who was at the event, reports that Maggie Odell, Roz Eaton-Neeb and Paul Zorn showed their Ole spirit -- and a mastery of Webster's -- as they beat some tough competition from all over town. Those are all the details I have, so if you were there, please feel free to add more info in the comments field below.

We've got a photo gallery of the event and as usual, Griff had camera in hand, so you can see his take on the evening just by clicking here.

More inside, including a listing of teams...

Locally Grown: show for week of 9.24

IMG_3891w800.jpgLocally Grown is back with our first audio show of the season, recorded Monday afternoon at KRLX 88.1 FM at Carleton College.
Our guest this week was Mary Schier, Friends of the Northfield Public Library board member (on the right in the right photo with show co-hosts Tracy Davis and Ross Currier). Mary gave us an update on the big event of the week, the Spelling Bee for Booker this Thursday night at the Grand.

We also took some time on the show to explain our new blogsite, which features a way for anyone with microphone-equipped computer to submit audio comments.

Bluegrass at the Grand on Monday

The James King Band and Northfield's String Fever Bluegrass Band shared the stage Monday at the Grand Event Center. Continue reading for another photo and a two-minute videoclip of the James King Bang.

League to host forum on library expansion

Submitted by Janet Petri

The League of Women Voters and the Northfield Public Library are co-sponsoring a community discussion on the possible  expansion of the library. The event will begin at 9:30  a.m., right after the league's 9 a.m. fall kick-off meeting. Both events will take place in the lower level meeting room at the Community Resource Bank on South Hwy. 3.

Juice, coffee, and breakfast-type snacks will be provided. The panel discussion is for the whole community; encourage your neighbors to attend! The Northfield Public Library is bursting at the seams.

Hiroshima Survivor on KYMN Thursday morning

Submitted by Judith Stoutland 

Tune in to local radio station KYMN AM 1080 at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday to hear an interview with one of the survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb who is visiting Northfield this week.

Learn more about the four survivors who are visiting Northfield, at: the St. Olaf news and announcement website

This week the group has spent most of this week visiting classes, but you still have a chance to hear them publicly at the Gould Library Atheneum at Carleton on Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 4:30 p.m.

Judith Stoutland is a member of Northfield People for Peace and
Goodwill, and a member of the planning group for the visit of the
Hibakusha, as the survivors are known.

Just Food Co-op Holds Harvest Festival

Just Food Co-op held a harvest festival on Saturday, September 23. Under threat of rain, they moved the celebration into the old Northfield Community Merchantile space, but many people still attended the event.

Music, food samples, and art, composting and yarn-spinning demonstrations and information all entertained attendees.

A video and some photos from the event after the jump...

Expert in bike-friendly cities to speak here Oct. 5

In the next few months Northfield residents have a chance to be involved in many important decisions about how to make travel easier for bike riders and pedestrians.

Plans for trails, paths, sidewalks, intersections and parking will be developed. The results will affect workers, shoppers, tourists, school children and those just taking a quick ride or walk for fun.

To help people get up to speed on the issues–and how other communities are addressing them--RENew Northfield is organizing a day-long visit on Oct. 5 by Steve Clark (above), the Walking and Bicycling Program manager at Transit for Livable Communities ( in Minneapolis. Clark will make a presentation entitled “How Biking and Walking Will Renew the Northfield Area” at 7 p.m. at the Northfield High School auditorium. Earlier in the day he will lead a tour to conduct his own analysis of local bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. He’ll also speak with a wide variety of government and community leaders at Northfield City Hall.

Big winner plans to have friends share 'Dinner on Us'

Congratulations to Jane Fenton, the grand prize winner in our 'Dinner on Us' membership contest.

After 10 weeks of giving away dinners at restaurants throughout Northfield, we decided to give our final winner the option to choose the perfect dinner -- and we threw in $100 to pay for it.  Jane says she plans to invite her friends over, order dinner from her favorite restaurant, Kurry Kabab, and let the fun begin.

Here's a little more about Jane:

"I am the Director of community relations at Laura Baker Services and have been since last November.  I’ve lived in Northfield since my first days as a freshman at Carleton College, slightly over 20 years ago. 

"I have two sons, Eddie Martin, a sophomore at the high school, and Cliff Martin, a sixth grader at the middle school.  The three of us have appeared in several plays at the Arts Guild over the last couple of years, most recently “The Jungle Book.” I just competed in the 15K road race during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, and I finished, much to my delight. I visit at the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital as a Pet Therapy volunteer with my dog Patch.  I’ll be spelling in Thursday night’s spelling bee at the Grand, and will appear as part of a dance troupe in the upcoming cabaret at the NAG on Oct. 14.  Fortunately in both cases, my sense of humor will keep me from dying of embarrassment in public."

Teams are set for Thursday's library spelling bee

If you see people wandering around reading dictionaries like they were the latest best-seller, they're probably getting ready for the big community spelling bee.

The teams have been set for the friendly competiton on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at The Grand Event Center.  The Bee is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of the Northfield Public Library, the Grand Event Center and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new "used" Booker Bus. 

The three-member teams are sponsored by companies, businesses, organizations, book groups, neighborhood friends or anyone.

You can come and watch the fun. There will be appetizers and a cash bar available.  Admission is $5 and there will be door prizes for the audience from Blue Monday, the Ole Store, Brick Oven and more.

New tennis group meets Monday

Submitted by Zach Pruitt

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the “Tennis in Northfield” meeting on Monday, Sept.  25.  The gathering will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

This is the second meeting of the “Tennis in Northfield” group.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss what community members would like to see for tennis in the community and what opportunities exist for collaboration.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984, or Eric Lundin (663-7705,

Zach Pruitt is a volunteer helping organize Monday's meeting.

Editor's note: This story originally indicated this meeting was affiliated with an organization. It is an independent volunteer effort. 

Photos from the wine tasting

I took three photos at Northfield Liquor Store's Wine Club event at the Grand Event Center on Thursday night.

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Left: cheeses were presented by Stuart Reid and Melody of Just Food Co-op, with baguettes provided by Brick Oven Bakery.

Check out the new Northfield Event Calendar

Calendar IconIf there's one thing that we hear from people again and again, it's better event information.  We try, we really do - we run event promos submitted by people, we ask them to follow up with pictures and a story, we've even got a whole category devoted to events.

With that in mind, we've been toiling away in the secret underground labs here at to make it even better - and voila!  Presenting... The (New) Northfield Event Calendar!

More inside...

Novelist Jane Hamilton to speak at Carleton Wednesday

Well-known novelist Jane Hamilton will speak at Carleton College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 27 in room 149 Olin Hall as part of the Northfield Reads! Book Club. The event is free and open to the public.

Hamilton, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning “The Book of Ruth” (1988) and the New York Times Notable Book “A Map of the World” (1994), will be discussing her latest book, “When Madeline Was Young” (Doubleday). Her newest novel is the story of a couple who raise a family while lovingly caring for the husband’s brain-damaged first wife.

Hiroshima survivors to visit Northfield

Four Japanese survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing of Aug. 6, 1945, will visit Northfield next week to talk about their experiences during and after the war.

The survivors, called Hibakusha in Japanese, will take part in two public forums Sunday, Sept. 24: at 9:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield, and at 3:30 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School called "Voices of the Past/Voices for the Future: The Human Cost of War." The four also will make presentations at St. Olaf College Monday, Sept. 25, at 10:10 a.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel (followed by a reception) and in the Gould Library at Carleton College Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4:30 p.m.

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