Events in and around Northfield

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.

Snowmobile Safety Class to begin November 13

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club are offering a Snowmobile Safety course for youth ages 12-18.

Minnesota law requires a valid snowmobile safety certificate to operate a snowmobile on public property.  A safety class for snowmobile safety certificates will be given on November 13 and 20 in the Bridgewater Elementary Cafeteria.  You must be present at BOTH classes. The class meets from 6–9:30 p.m. and the registration fee for the class is $7.

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

Farmers Market heads indoors

Submitted by Dianne Hohrman

Winter is coming and the Farmers Market has closed for the season. But the Winter Farmers Market will be held this Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Village School building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please stop by and check out the market. There will be fall vegetables, jams, several choices of meats and eggs. There will also be baked goods and maybe a few crafts.

The Winter Farmers Market will also be held in December on Saturday the 9th. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Village School.

Danish ambassador here to honor Kiergegaard Library's 30th anniversary

St. Olaf events to include dedication of Finholt House

Robert L. Perkins, senior research professor of philosophy at Stetson University, will deliver the first Julia Watkin Memorial Kierkegaard Lecture Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. in Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater. Perkins’ talk, “‘With the Help of the Ideals—Against Illusions: For Eternity!’ Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christendom,” is part of the day’s public events that honor the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kierkegaard Library. For more information visit or call 507-646-3846.

Perkins’ lecture will coincide with a visit from the Honorable Friis Arne Petersen, Danish Ambassador to the United States. Petersen, shown above, will speak during a mini-convocation in Boe Memorial Chapel Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. A public reception will follow in the Heritage Room. An additional event, at 1:30 p.m., will be the dedication of the Finholt House on West Second Street for use by visiting Kierkegaard scholars.

Perkins is author of many articles on Kierkegaard and philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. He served as the first secretary of the Hegel Society of America and founded the Kierkegaard Newsletter and the Soren Kierkegaard Society. He also founded the International Kierkegaard Commentary, of which 19 of the proposed 24 volumes have been published. Perkins is now professor emeritus and senior active research professor at Stetson. He is married to Sylvia Walsh, also a noted Kierkegaard scholar.

The Kierkegaard lecture is named in honor of Julia Watkin, an accomplished scholar, prolific author and founding editor of the International Kierkegaard Newsletter. Watkin died in 2005 and, in an effort to help support Kierkegaard scholars all over the world, she bequeathed her estate to St. Olaf's Hong Kierkegaard Library. The library also is endowing a research fellowship in her name.

Carleton Orchestra to present fall concert

The Carleton College Orchestra will present its fall concert at 8 p.m. Friday, November 10, in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Conducted by associate professor of music and S. Eugene Bailey Director of the Carleton Orchestra Hector Valdivia, the concert is free and open to the public.

The program, featuring various works unified by their strong emotional charge, will include Arriaga’s Overture, Ginastera’s Ollantay, and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Register today for Friday Night Fun

Northfield's Early Childhood Initiative Coalition invites families with young children birth to age 5 to an evening of food, stories, entertainment and activities at the Northfield Community Resource Center’s youth wing, 1651 Jefferson Parkway from 5-7 pm on Friday, November 10. 
The Reading Magician, Norm Barnhart, will be there to entertain. The Balloon Man also will be making and demonstrating balloon animals and critters. 

Sensational Northfield storyteller, Jim Rossow, will be sharing stories throughout the evening. Food and beverages will be catered by the El Tequila’s restaurant. Families must pay a $5 family fee and pre-register for the event by November 8. Scholarships are available. Call 664-3750 to register or for more information.

Talk to close this year's Days of the Dead

“Reading Calaveras, Pushing Limits” is a slide lecture and discussion with Junaita Garciagodoy to be held this Wednesday at ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery at 7:30 pm.

Juanita Garciagodoy will interpret several calaveras created by popular artists in Mexico City for Days of the Dead. These ephemeral works, of which there are fewer each year, often reveal some details of their worldview in a painting or sculpture that will only be exhibited for a few weeks. While most passersby may not do more than glance at the work or admire its aesthetic appeal, a close reading may disclose their creators’ national, economic, or sexual politics, and show they are sometimes pushing the limits of bourgeois “good” taste.

Juanita is Professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, and is the author of the book Digging the Days of the Dead.

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