Events in and around Northfield

St. Olaf to present international Christmas services

In the spirit of St. Olaf College’s global perspective, the newly renovated Boe Memorial Chapel will host four different Christmas chapel services Dec. 5–8. The morning services will feature Norwegian, German, Russian and medieval Christmas traditions. The public is welcome at all services.

The Norwegian Christmas service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 11:10 a.m. The service will include Christmas hymns led by the college’s Norwegian Choir and a reading of the Christmas gospel in Norwegian. Norwegian students also will recount Christmas traditions in their native land. The Lars Skjervheim Spelemannslag, a Hardanger fiddle group, also will perform. The St. Olaf Norwegian Department and the Norwegian House sponsor the event.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 10:10 a.m., Boe Chapel will host the German Advent service. The service will include German Christmas hymns and a reading of the Christmas gospel in Martin Luther’s original German translation. German exchange students will speak about Christmas in Germany and the college’s German Choir will sing  “Es steht ein' Lind' im Himmelreich” and “Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe du.” The St. Olaf German Department and the German Haus are sponsors of the service.

Chamber will host Winter Walk December 7

After 8 years, the downtown Winter Walk is becoming a holiday tradition. The Northfield Chamber of Commerce will host the event again this year from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, December 7.

If you haven't been to the Winter Walk before, you can click on the charming scene at left to see a whole gallery of photos from last year's event. And remember, you'll have a whole week to adjust to the cold before you have to venture out.

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses sponsor this community event, which features caroling, sleigh rides, storytelling and other fun, all done amid lovely storefront decorations and luminaries designed to create a special holiday mood.

Of course, Santa's elves will be around all evening, and stores will have evening hours. There will be cocoa and marshmallows, live reindeer and an interactive live Nativity scene.

NPRE to collect food and gifts at the Winter Walk.

Northfield Professional Resource Exchange (NPRE) will be setting up a booth on Bridge Square, just across from Santa Claus, during the Winter Walk on December 7.

We will be collecting food as well as unwrapped gifts for children up to 18 years of age. All will be donated directly to the CAC and food-shelf.  Please stop by and visit us as we will be serving hot apple cider and will also be singing charols from 6-7 p.m. 

NPRE is a local professional organization dedicated to providing community members a trusted resource to turn to for business and professional services.  Please see our member list and website at

Don't miss the Festival of Trees Saturday

Whoa! Rudolph, Comet, and Blitzen, etc.etc.! Have you heard that Northfield's Festival of Trees is happening THIS WEEKEND, SATURDAY ONLY at the Northfield Arts Guild?

Be sure to come by and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays: readings from holiday classics like The Grinch, and music from high school ensembles, and other local child and adult soloists.  There will also be local artists selling lovely work suitable for holiday gifts.

And don't forget the trees!  This year there will be 15 trees beautifully decorated and sponsored by local artists, groups, and businesses.  (The attached picture shows Mary Rossing's fanciful tree topper from a previous festival.)  You'll also have a chance to see the first ever Northfield Artists' Tree, with ornaments made by more than 20 incredibly creative local artists.

Authors and photographers to visit St. Olaf Bookstore

As part of this year’s annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival celebrations the St. Olaf Bookstore will host four authors and two photographers to sign books for customers Thursday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 3. Besides the titles listed below, many current and previously published titles by the visitors will be available for sale and signing.    


St. Olaf faculty member Jim Heynen (above left), author of Schoolhouses of Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2006), and photographer Doug Ohman (above right) will be in the bookstore Thursday, Nov. 30, 6–7 p.m. Schoolhouses of Minnesota is a look into the nearly forgotten world of one-acre school grounds, kerosene lanterns and coal-burning stoves. The book includes 120 color photographs of Minnesota’s pioneer and early schoolhouses.

Northfield Tennis Association to meet Monday

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the Northfield Tennis Association meeting on Monday, November 27, 2006.  The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

This is the fourth meeting of the Northfield Tennis Association.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.  Meeting topics will include discussion of plans for the association in 2007 and ways to enhance tennis opportunities in the community.

For more information, contact Eric Lundin (663-7705, or Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984,

Zach Pruitt is a member of the Northfield Tennis Association.

4th Monday discussion to focus on teen curfew

The Northfield League of Women Voters (LWV) will continue it’s “4th Monday” public meeting series in November with a discussion of the Northfield Curfew ordinance. This meeting will be produced by Ron Nuebel’s high school senior Political Economics class. It is being done as a lab project, and relevant members of the community, police, judges, downtown property owners, will be invited to participate with the youth members for discussion.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, November 27, at the Public Meeting room of the Northfield public Library.

Each fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Northfield Public Library’s first floor meeting room, the LWV hosts a lightly moderated discussion of an issue of current interest or concern to the community.

Generally the League takes no position on these topics and is hosting these meetings to enable ideas and voices to be heard. Each month’s topic will be announced on the Northfield Library Bulletin Board and the week before the meeting in the Northfield News.

Send us your holiday news!

Once again the holidays are upon us, with Thanksgiving just ahead and a host of others following close behind.

Please share your holiday news. Is your church or organization holding a special holiday meal, a campaign to provide food or toys to families or a community music program?

Is your business offering special holiday hours, shopping services, delivery or shipping options or other great reasons to shop here? Is your restaurant offering seasonal menu items, entertainment or other holiday specials? We'd love to hear from the local business organizations, but we also are happy to hear from individual businesses.

You can post the information yourself, just by clicking on the Submit News link at left. If you have questions or need help, just e-mail me at and I'll get back to you.  

And, as always, we'd love to see your family photos, your thoughts about the holidays and any other ideas that pop into your heads. You can join one of the conversations in the new Forums at left or start one of your own.

Northfield youth wrestlers unite!

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the Northfield Wrestling Club are offering a Northfield Youth Wrestling program for youth in kindergarten through 5th grade.  The program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from November 28, 2006 through February 27, 2007. 

Northfield Youth Wrestling is designed to expose the sport of wrestling to anyone interested.  For more information or to register for this class, stop at the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, call 664-3649, or go online to, where you can click through to the Community Service Division and download a flyer.

Mark Etzell is on the Community Service Division staff.

Sign up now for Turkey Day Fun Run/Walk

Northfield Rotary Club's Turkey Day Run/Walk is coming up next week, Thanksgiving morning at the Northfield Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit the WINGS Oasis at the Spring Creek Fields. Last year's event drew 200 runners and raised  $3,000 for Rotary projects. See the pdf flyer for all the details and see dozens of photos from the 2005 event here.

ARTech asks you to Thanks - Give! this Friday

Tis the season: ThanksGive!  Tired of your kids having to sell things to raise money? Tired of buying pizza and wrapping paper that you really don't want? Tired of half of the money you spend on those fundraisers not actually going to the fund it is raising money for, but instead to the fundraising company... So are we!

This Friday at 7 p.m. ARTech will be holding its third annual shameless fundraiser, ThanksGive.  Now an ARTech tradition, it all started when one Friday afternoon Bob Gregory-Bjorklund and Tim Goodwin were trying to come up with an idea for a fall show.

Maybe it was lack of sleep, or exhaustion from a long week, but we came up with the idea of doing a fundraiser show. It was an opportunity to raise money (which schools always seem to need to do) and put on a show. We quickly landed on the idea of a fundraiser show intended to spoof fundraisers.

We had a blast — and raised pretty good money too. All it cost us was a shaved head (that's a photo from last year, above), and some bruised ribs, and a couple of Elvis costumes.  This year will include a live auction with items donated from local businesses and the raffle for the beautiful cedar strip canoe built by students and most recently displayed at Just Food Coop.

Former CIA agent to speak tonight on Middle East

Author and former CIA agent Robert Baer will speak at St. Olaf Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in The Lion’s Pause student club on the first floor of Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College. The event, which is sponsored by the student-run Political Awareness Committee, is free and open to the public.

Editor's note: St. Olaf had no photo available, but you can see photos and read more about Baer by following the links on his Wikipedia entry

Baer’s talk will offer an analysis of the Middle East based on his experiences as a CIA operative — with a political outlook that does not hew exclusively to either conservative or liberal viewpoints. Through his years as a clandestine officer he gained thorough knowledge of the Middle East and former Republics of the Soviet Union.

Baer’s books See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil were the basis for the 2005 Academy Award–winning film Syriana. One of the film’s main characters, Bob Barnes (played by George Clooney, who won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his performance), is based loosely on Baer (who has a cameo in the film).

Share the fun -- and your ideas -- at NCO annual meeting

It's that time of year...time to celebrate our accomplishments, thank our friends and plan our next adventures.

And you're all invited along for the fun. That's right. It's time for the Northfield Citizens Online annual meeting, Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at Carlson Capital Management. Paying members are special guests, but everyone who reads the site is welcome. No reservations are required, but we'd love to know if you're coming so we can plan refreshments. (We don't want to blow our tiny budget on cookies and then have to eat them all ourselves.)

You can come and meet and vote on our new board members, hear our plans for the new year -- and add your ideas and opinions. (Be warned that people with ideas get to help implement them.)

We'll have reports available in writing and will post them online after the meeting, so we can keep the business meeting short. We'll be around to show you how to post a story or join an online discussion.
But most of the evening will be devoted to fun, good conversation and a good start to 2007.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

There’s live music downtown and at Dawn’s in Dundas tonight – Dan Kase at Hogan Brothers, Jeff Ray at the Tavern and lights, country and good times with the Killer Hayseeds at Dawn’s. Take in some theater with the opening of “Urinetown” at St. Olaf or the High School production of “You Can’t Take it With You” – both continue Saturday night as well. Back to tonight... from 7-10 the Arts Guild is hosting a Wine and Cheese Scholarship Fundraiser and at 8 there’s an Orchestra Concert at Carleton and a Singers Collegium at 7:30 at St. Olaf.

On Saturday evening Kim Bloom plays the Hideaway, Bonnie and the Clydes take to the Cow and Norwegian Cowboy hits the Tavern. The Knightingales are performing at 8 at Carleton and St. Olaf presents Jiaxiang Li’s guest recital.

Sunday opens with dinner theater featuring the Northfield Youth Choirs' Musical Theater Workshop at the Grand – tables are sold out but there will be standing-room tickets at the door. For Jazz fans – St. Olaf is the place to be.

Details on these and so much more can be found in your monthly Northfield Entertainment Guide – free at several hot spots around town and as a downloadable PDF here.

The new Booker has arrived!

Editor's Note: Our old friend, Griff Wigley also managed to get some photos of the new Booker. You can check them out here.

City employees TJ and Ryan picked up the "new to us" bookmobile in Ohio yesterday and drove it back to Northfield.  Library staff and some Friends of the Library were on hand to get a first look at the new vehicle as it arrived at the City Street Shop last night.  It is nice, clean and very white! 

You can get a look at the NEW BOOKER at the Friends of the Library at the annual meeting on Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. This year we will have three great reasons for coming to the meeting. 

1. Henry Emmons (above, left) will be on hand to discuss his book "The Chemistry of Joy".
2. Our new book bus will be here for your inspection.
3. We will have our annual update on our last year's amazing accommplishments. Plus! we will elect our officers for next year.

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