Events in and around Northfield

It's beginning to look a lot like...winter!

After a brown Christmas and day after day of clouds, fog and rain(!), it was wonderful to wake up to sunshine and snow on the first morning of 2007.

Since it's such a glorious day to get outside with your sleds and cameras, we've decided to extend our Christmas photo contest by another 24 hours.

You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to send your favorite holiday shots to

Happy New Year from your friends and neighbors at!

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view/downloadThe holiday is behind us and a new year is upon us! It's time to make your new year's resolutions. If your resolution is to enjoy Northfield and have more fun, as always there is much to do in the area:

Tonight, Kim Bloom will be entertaining folks at The Hideaway with his classical guitar from 7 to 9 p.m. The Hawthorne Palace Band plays at the Tavern starting at 8 p.m. Or you could head to Dawn's Corner Bar in Dundas on for their New Year's Bash with Harmonic Voodoo.

On New Year's Eve, Bjorn to be Wild will be entertaining those ringing in the new year at the Contented Cow.

Is the Dog Park Right for My Dog?

C.A.P. (Canines At Play) is partnering with Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division to host an informational evening this Tuesday for dog owners to discuss the newly established Dog Park.

The event will be held in the Northfield High School Auditorium on Tuesday, January 2, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. All potential park users are encouraged to attend and learn how to join in the fun the park can offer. Refreshments will be served!

Mark Etzell is on the staff of the Community Services Division. 

Kildahl Park Pointe groundbreaking held Wednesday

In spite of the rainy weather, construction was started Wednesday, at Kildahl Park Pointe. They are taking advantage of the mild winter weather, so that they can complete their project by this time in 2007. Click on the image to see more photos.

Kildahl Park Pointe is a senior (55+) co-op housing project located on the edge of the Northfield Retirement Community campus.  Although there are many senior co-ops in Minnesota, this will be the first built in Northfield.

Members will have access to all of the life-long learning amenities of Northfield.  These oportunities include Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (, St Olaf's Lifelong Learning Program ( and the many other benefits offered by our two local colleges for the citizens of Northfield. thanks past board members, welcomes new ones

Last week, the board of Northfield Citizens Online hosted our Annual Meeting at the Carlson Capital Management offices on Bridge Square downtown. In addition to our current, incoming and outgoing board members and several of their spouses and kids, we also had a few guests on hand to enjoy a swell spread of food and drink. Unlike previous annual meetings, this year we did not draft all attendees to become board members!

We kept our business meeting to a minimum, with just a brief recounting of the year in review before voting in our new board and installing our officers for the year. Then we moved on to the more important tasks of snacking and socializing.

Read on for more details...

Living Nativity at Northfield United Methodist Church

Paper-cut tapestryI'm excited about what people at my church are planning for Wednesday night (December 20th, 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.). We're hosting a Living Nativity! case you're wondering what a living nativity's an evening when members and friends of the church will portray Mary, Joseph and others from the Christmas Story. They will sit in silence depicting what we imagine to be the scene of the first Christmas. It's an event where not much happens, but a whole lot happens.

This is something that I was able to take part in each year when we lived in Shenandoah Iowa many years ago. The reverence of the night took me away from all the tasks and hurriedness of the holiday season and allowed me to pause and reflect on Christmas.

If you are looking for an event that can bring meaning to these hurried days of Christmas, please stop by. Cars should enter at the south driveway. You can either drive past the scene in your car or park the car and walk around the grounds. Stay for a cup of cider by the fire.

Wal-Mart forum examines regional effect of Big-Box retailers

Wal-Mart ForumThey exist in most cities in the U.S.; they are charged with both fostering and destroying fledgling small-town economies; they are loved and hated by millions of Americans alike. What are they?  What have become known as Big Box retailers, i.e. Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart, have been dotting our countryside and spreading like a case of the chicken pox since the 1970’s.  Chances are every person that reads this article has made a purchase, if not many purchases, from these types of stores at one point or another.  While they undeniably offer low prices to American consumers, many are beginning to examine these stores and the impact of their low prices.

Last Thursday, December 11, St. Olaf students, Northfield residents and members from various other Minnesota communities filled St. Olaf’s Black and Gold Ballroom for the public forum entitled “Land of 10,000 Wal-Marts.”  The forum was a culminating event for students taking “Wal-Mart America,” a class that examines many aspects of American consumerist culture from an historical perspective.  Students studied the development of the American consumer psyche, seeing how our nation developed from purchasing from general stores, then Sears and Roebuck catalogues, and now large discount chain stores.  They also examined how factors such as World War II and the Cold War contributed to the development of a “consumers’ republic.”

Lucia Fest photo gallery

The Northfield Swedish Club hosted their annual Lucia Festival last night at St. John's church. This year's Lucias, Rebecca Carlson, Maia Larson and Bethany Ness—bedecked in crowns of candles—led a procession of singing attendants that included 19 candle-bearing girls and two star boys.

Since my wife and both kids were involved this year, I took a whole mess of photos. I saw a lot of other photographers there, so I'm hoping some of them will add to the gallery by sending their photos to And, since there were two dozen young folks involved, I'd expect a few proud parents to enter their favorite shots in our Christmas photo contest.

Doug Bratland is a board member of Northfield Citizens Online. 

Jingle Bell Run photo album

The folks at Carlson Capital Management and Fifth Bridge hosted this morning's 5th Annual Jingle Bell Run. This year's beneficiary: the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

See details/dozens more photos in this blog post on Locally Grown

Weekend Entertainment and Events

There's so much going on in town this weekend that we couldn't even get this post online in time to cover it all! You may have missed Kim Bloom at the Hideaway last night, and Norwegian Cowboy at the Tavern, but you'll get another chance when they return next weekend.

Tonight at The Grand, CBO will fill the dance floor with little big band boogie – I’m counting 11 members in their publicity photo. Doors open at 8:30 with a $10 cover charge (less than $1 per band member!), and you can reserve holiday dining before the show by calling 663-1773.

Spend your Saturday downtown shopping the fine shops of Northfield, after you get your exercise with the Jingle Bell Run. Just Food Co-op is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary from 12-3, and at 2 p.m. Doug Ohman is signing books at Monkey See, Monkey Read. Then there’s a high school concert choir at Carleton at 7:30, Anthony Newes at the Tavern at 8, Clearblue at Dawn’s at 9, The Jack Project at the Cow and a DJ upstairs at the Rueb.

And on Sunday...

Christmas photo contest

Ok, proud parents, here's your chance...a reason to show off those adorable photos of your kid in the school pageant. You can send photos of your pet playing in branches of the Christmas tree, the photos of you as a kid playing with that new air rifle. Heck, we'll even take photos of all you snowbirds in your shorts, showing off your decorated Christmas cactus.

That's right. We're having a Christmas photo contest. No prize, just bragging rights to the best photo this year. Send photos to and we'll create a gallery so everyone can check out all the fun. Grab those new cameras and start snapping away. And remember, even when your friends are tired of the shots of your husband in a Santa hat, we're there for you.

Details inside...

2006 Jingle Bell Run/Walk This Saturday

Jingle Bell Run The fifth annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk will be held this Saturday. It's a charity event, with all registration fees going to the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

Saturday is going to be a great day to be outside, with the weather forecast of sunny skies and the temperature in the 30's. Enjoy live music, a horse drawn wagon, free jingle bells, holiday treats and a free 2006 Jingle Bell Run t-shirt. Also free holiday stockings will be given to all family run/walk participants with stocking stuffers handed out along the route. Registration starts at 8 a.m. in the Northfield Armory (519 Division Street) with the race starting at 9 a.m. More details can be found at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk website. The event is sponsored by Carlson Capital Management and Fifth Bridge.

Just Food Turns Two!

Submitted by Joey Robison, Marketing and Member Services Manager, Just Food Co-op:

Just Food Co-op

If you are looking for organic food, food produced locally, products without additives, natural health and body care products, and eco-friendly housewares, you can find them at Just Food Co-op. This weekend, the Co-op celebrates its second anniversary with an anniversary bash on Saturday, December 16.

Northfield Wine Club Holiday Show this Thursday

Submitted by Stephen DeLong

The Northfield Wine Club will hold our final event of the year, this Thursday, December 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Grand, featuring Wines for the Holidays.

As usual, we will be offering a variety wines from around the globe, with special emphasis on styles best suited for holiday entertaining and food pairing.

Come all ye faithful, and sample some bubbly, along with stylish and affordable whites and reds, with even a little sherry thrown in for good measure.

This collection of Holiday Wines will be accompanied by an assortment of cheeses courtesy of Just Food Co-op, and baguettes from Brick Oven Bakery.

Thanks to the sponsors who keep us online would like to take a moment to thank our generous sponsors, who have agreed to match the contributions of our new members.  Please take a good look at the list, and remember the names when you're doing business here in town.

Their generosity continues to help Northfield and become a better community.

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