Events in and around Northfield

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.

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.

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