Events in and around Northfield

Will Steger draws crowd for talk on global warming

IMG_3827w800.jpg Explorer Will Steger drew hundreds of people when he spoke on global warming Tuesday night at Bethel Lutheran Church, along with two colleagues, J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, and Alycia Ashburn with the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota. Steger's foundation has launched a project called Global Warming 101 which "... raises broad public awareness about global warming as witnessed through Will Steger's polar expeditions."

See the extended entry for more photos and click here to go to my site and listen to audio from the event.

String Fever Band helps Soaring Club celebrate history

The Stanton Airfield based Minnesota Soaring Club celebrated its heritage with a Pig Roast and party at the Airfield on Saturday night.  Northfield's String Fever Band provided wonderful background music during the event, including several songs commemorating the fun of flying.  It was wonderful, and you can click on the image to see a gallery of photos of the event.

The event was held to celebrate and thank the early members of the Soaring Club and to present Lifetime Achievement awards to several members.  These members were selected for their substantial contributions in the area of promoting, instructing, glider towing, and organizing of Soaring related activities at Stanton over the years. 

Several original Soaring Club members and their families came from as far away as Ohio to celebrate this event.  Stories about those early days were shared to the great delight of the audience.  The Minnesota Soaring Club was formed at Stanton in 1959 with 24 members and has grown to 120 members.  It is one of the most active and prominent soaring clubs in the U.S.A. 

The Spelling Bee is almost here!

Are there any good spellers out there?  Have you formed your team yet?

Don't miss out on a really fun evening of 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.  Teams of 3 adults can be sponsored by companies, businesses, organizations, book groups, neighborhood friends or ANYONE!  Sponsorship levels begin at $200.  Registration forms are available at the library or at

Daughters of the Game; Then and Now

The Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Senior Center present "Daughters of the Game; Then and Now."

Listen to Dorothy Mcintyre talk about the history of women's basketball in Minnesota. Then listen to Pat Lamb and Tammy-Metcalf-Filzen talk about the history of women's basketball in Northfield.

This program will start at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Senior Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Admission is $2 for non-members and adults. If you have any questions, please call the Northfield Historical Society at 645-9268.

Hayes Scriven is the executive director of the Northfield Historical Society 

First UCC Sesquicentennial Block Party and Auction

We’re celebrating 150 years!

And the whole Northfield community is invited.

In celebration of our years of mission and ministry, First United Church of Christ will be hosting a block party and auction on Saturday, October 7. Festivities will begin at 2 p.m. at the First UCC, located at 300 Union St. There will be food, music and activities for children.

What would keep Northfield a livable community?

Editor's note: We don't usually promote events outside Northfield. But there have been so many discussions recently on this topic, we thought it was relevant. 

On Thursday, September 21, AIA (American Institute of Architects) Minnesota will present "Livable Communities - A Town Hall Forum" for mayors, civic leaders, architects and design professionals, exploring livable communities and encouraging dialogues for creating them in Minnesota.

The AIA Minnesota kickoff event to AIA national’s sesquicentennial (AIA150) in 2007, aims to begin the larger picture discussion and education on livable communities.  By defining the term “livable communities” not only for civic leaders and architects, but also for the media and public in Minnesota, we hope to have far-reaching effects on communities.  A host of perspectives from AIA National, AIA Honolulu, the city awarded most livable in 2004 by the United Nations endorsed International Awards for Livable Communities; Minnesota mayors and AIA Minnesota’s Minnesota Design Team, will provide the depth and broad exploration of the subject necessary to bring creative, sustainable ideas to Minnesota communities.

Valley Grove Country Social is Sunday, Sept. 17

Nordic Jam at Valley GroveNorthfield's Nordic Jam will be performing at tomorrow's Valley Grove Country Social, sponsored by the Valley Grove Preservation Society. In addition to music, this annual event also features wagon rides, prairie walks, farm animals, food and more family-friendly fun. It's a great way to celebrate the last full weekend of the summer!

For more information, visit

Doug Bratland is a member of Nordic Jam. 

Sunday's 'Bark in the Park' to raise funds for new dog park

Submitted by Amy Gage

Canines at Play (CAP) is sponsoring a fund-raising event called “Bark in the Park” on Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park in Northfield. The event is intended to raise money for the city’s first off-leash dog park, which will be located in Babcock Park at Highway 3 and Woodley Street.

Bark in the Park is a family- and dog-friendly event that will feature a canine dance troupe, a sample obedience class and Tellington Touch, a type of massage intended to calm animals during stressful situations. Food and other family-style entertainment, including a “Picture Your Pet in the Park” photo booth, also will be available.

The event is free, but free-will donations are strongly encouraged to help CAP move closer to its $10,000 fund-raising goal.

The Northfield City Council gave final approval to the first off-leash dog park during its meeting on Sept. 11. CAP Chairman Rich Lorang, a local veterinarian, and First National Bank executive Rick Estenson, also a CAP volunteer, presented the plans.

Take a 'Run in the Wild' at Maltby Nature Center

The Maltby Nature Preserve is hosting the third annual “A Run In The Wild” 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 7.

Bring the whole family and join the fun to support the science education programs of The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve. Enjoy a beautiful fall day and run or walk the trails through the prairie and woods, around the ponds and along the river. Even your family dog is welcome, on a leash.

We'll have free food, beverages, t-shirts, and prizes! Entry fee is $12 before September 30. For more details, click the image at left to view a poster for the event (PDF). For registration forms and other information, visit or call 507-664-0770.

The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve is 90 acre wildlife sanctuary located just outside of Randolph on the banks of the Cannon River . It is a non-profit, educational organization teaching the science of nature and the nature of science.

CRWP hosts Paddle Event & Fundraiser Saturday

The Cannon River Splash is a fund-raising event for the Cannon River Watershed Partnership that happens this Saturday, Septrmber 16. Proceeds will be used to fund activities to protect and improve surface and groundwater resources of the Cannon River Watershed. Please download the attached Cannon River Splash flyer (PDF) to uncover details and to register, or to sponsor a paddler.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFWhew!  The concessionaires are gone, the streets are open and we are free to move around town again.

Not that we didn't have fun at DJJD, but . . .

Lots to do on this fall weekend. Friday night the new exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild opens.  "Melange" features the work of Rhonda Banks, Toni Easterson, Sharol Nau and Riki Kolbl Nelson.  The opening reception is Friday night, from 7-9 p.m.  NAG is also hosting 'Coffeehouse Writer's Night' on Friday at the Center for the Arts on Division Street.  Local writers are invited to read their works in an open mike setting starting at 7:30 p.m.

Mill Towns Trail group to focus on Northfield Wednesday

Submitted by Peggy Prowe. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, we'll meet at 6:30 p.m. at Dundas City Hall. Hope you can come help discuss the Downtown beautification project, Northfield Trail head dilemmas and Waterford bridge development.

We'll also celebrate the Jesse James Rotary Bike Tour, which so many of you helped with or rode in. In all, 1,091 people registered to ride. With this 2006 tour, Rotary will complete its 10-year commitment to give matching funds for the federal funds for Northfield trailhead construction next year.

Thank you for all the support.

Peggy Prowe is a member of the Mill Towns Trail board. 

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Ten Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our 10th "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  Yes, that's 10 weeks of winners, enjoing 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And you can join them, just by joining us. But hurry, because this party can't go on forever.

By becoming a member of you will be entered into the next Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 17, with the winner being announced on Monday, September 18.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

DJJD fun lives on in our photo galleries

The Defeat of Jesse James Days are over, but the fun lives on here.

David Perez, Adam Gurno and others have added over 200 photos of the various events to our Defeat of Jesse James Days 2006 Photo Gallery.

Griff Wigley sent us links to his own gallery of the Budweiser Clydesdales, another of the Prairie Creek Group playing up a storm at the Contented Cow, and a photo set from the Jesse James Rotary Bike Tour

We have photos of the parade, the bank robbery re-enactment, even some shots of the James Gang's private hideout along the Cannon River, near downtown, where the re-enactors camped in between events.  

Learn more about Medicare's 'doughnut hole' Thursday

Peter MeidalSeniors’ opinions concerning Medicare part D are slowly coming in and the results are mixed.  Some seniors are happy with their plans and boast savings on prescription drug costs, while others—particularly seniors who have expensive drugs—have found the plans confusing and costly.

If you want to find out more information about the "doughnut hole" or cutting your prescription drug costs, attend my presentation at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, September 14, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. I will be presenting information and answering questions as part of my role at the Minnesota Senior Federation as an AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer.

Part of the confusion associated with Part D is the doughnut hole.  Some Medicare supplemental plans cover expenses through the donut hole and some do not.  The doughnut hole is reached when Medicare Part D has paid $2,250 toward the beneficiary cost of prescription drugs; this includes deductibles, co-payments, and the cost of the drug.  The beneficiary is then responsible for the out-of-pocket costs covering their drugs until a total of $5,100 is reached (that total includes the $2,250 that has already been spent). 

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