Events in and around Northfield

Canines At Play Hosts Northfield Community Dog Walks

Canines at Play (CAP), an all-volunteer organization dedicated to bringing a free off-leash dog park to Northfield, hosted the first of several community dog walks last Sunday. 

More than 20 canines and their companions showed up at Bridge Square to help raise money and awareness for the dog park. They took a leisurely stroll from Bridge Square to Babcock Park and back again, with several stops along the way to play in the grass or rest in the shade.

It was a great opportunity for the humans to meet other dog lovers in the community. But it was an even greater opportunity for the dogs to meet members of their future K-9 play group once the park is approved by the Northfield City Council and constructed by CAP volunteers and financial donors.

CAP will be hosting another community dog walk on Sunday, August 27, at noon in Bridge Square.  Grab your dog and leash, some water—and of course a couple of baggies for those necessary cleanups—and join us!

Sharing photos, stories and videos

Editor's note: Want to learn more about Want to meet other photographers, talk about writing, suggest topics for future contests and projects? (Ok, we were going to announce it later, but we'll be doing this kind of group effort for football games and other events this fall.) Send a note—and any ideas you have—and we'll set up a very social get-together ASAP.

First of all, thanks to everyone who is sharing stories, photos and videos about the storms—and about everything that is going on in your lives. We had more than 1,500 visitors to the site (and over 4,300 views of the storm photo gallery!) on Thursday, a record for single-day number of visits.

That's what is all about: bringing people together. 

As you've demonstrated, it's easy to send things to us. We'll just give you a few tips here.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFHmmm. . . What to do this weekend, what to do?

Well. obviously you have to go to Lowbrow High Octane art show presented by ArtOrg. The Northfield Entertainment Guide's own Nick Sinclair is showing his Hot Rod Art beginning Friday, August 25 through September 10. The opening night reception from 6-10 p.m. tonight, includes a cruise hosted by For more information on the cruise and the show visit

As always there is good music as well, on Friday night see Jellystone Yogi at the Contented Cow or Bridgewater Ramblers at the Tavern.

Saturday night Relativity plays the Tavern. It is the calm before the storm and I can tell that local entertainment is taking a break before September, DJJD and the return to school by many students will bring a heightened level of activity back to Northfield.

Watch for the next Northfield Entertainment Guide due out on Thursday, August 31, which will have all of September's activities included. You can pick up the Northfield Entertainment Guide at fine establishments throughout town, outside the Guide headquarters at 18 Bridge Square (during business hours), or download by clicking on the guide above.

League to host county candidate forum

Submitted by Kiffi Summa

The Northfield League of Women Voters (LWV) will continue its “4th Monday” public meeting series on August 28th... but, Fourth Monday changes its style for the August meeting.

Every fourth Monday of each 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.

The August meeting, will provide public disclosure of candidates positions and style as they meet the public in a more informal than usual public candidate forum. This is not a debate, but more a meet and respond to the public... roundtable. The dialogue will be moderated by the LWV to keep candidates and the public alike responsible to equal time and civility and most importantly timely exchanges that deal with County concerns and their Northfield/Dundas impact. It is the intention of the organizers to provide a venue for the public to ask and get answers from the candidates.

Rotary hosts 25th DJJD bike tour

The 25th annual Jesse James Rotary Bike Tour will be held Saturday, September 9, with all events and start/finish taking place at the Northfield Middle School, located just off Hwy 246.

The tour offers well-marked and scenic 10-, 30-, 60- and 100-mile routes. This is one of the largest rides in Minnesota, hosting nearly 1,200 riders. Cost for the ride depends on the age of the rider and the route selected. For details click here

There are three ways to register:

  1. Online at
  2. Advance mail-in
  3. Same day registration

Advance registration is encouraged to enable better planning on behalf of race organizers. This is the Northfield Rotary’s largest fundraiser, which generates thousands of dollars for the club. The greater part of the proceeds goes toward the Mill Towns Bike Trail, which will go from Faribault to Cannon Falls, linking to existing trails that will ultimately connect Mankato to Red Wing.

Congrats to our Beat the Heat photo winners

Well, they finally did it. It was a tough job, but our judges have chosen the winners in our Beat the Heat Photo Contest.

Yes, I said winners. Just look at the mosaic at left and you can see why it took so long to get the job done. With 67 entries on a huge range of summer topics, narrowing down the choices was almost impossible. So the judges decided to have the best of both worlds.

The judges (three of our volunteer board members) did pick a grand prize entry, the amazing center shot of the boy cooling off in a spray of water. The photographer wins an ice cream party, with $25 worth of ice cream and toppings to share with family and friends. The only problem is that the photographer didn't include a name, so we are trying to make contact by e-mail. We'll keep you posted.

The judges gave honorable mention to all the other photos in the mosaic.  You can click on it to see larger versions of all of them. And we all want to give special recognition to David Perez, a professional photographer who submitted a remarkable collection of photos—and who has graciously volunteered to help with future photos for We're hoping this contest inspires many of you to submit photos from events—everyday life—around Northfield.

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Eight Drawing:  Hogan Brothers

We are proud to announce that our eighth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Hogan Brothers.  By becoming a member of you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 27, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 28.

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.

Goodsell Observatory to host open house Friday

Carleton College's Goodsell Observatory will hold an open house Friday, September 1, from 9-11 p.m. if it is clear. View stars, galaxies, and planets through the telescopes.

Open houses are held the first Friday of each month. The specific hours of future ones are given at The open house will be cancelled if it is cloudy.

Movie night draws utterly awesome youth turnout

It was the perfect night for music, root beer floats, popcorn and watching a movie in a barn, for over 130 Northfield area youth. Sponsored by 5th Bridge, youth entering 9th-12th grade were invited to the farm of Rick and Kris Estenson to learn more about the Utter Joy campaign. The goal of the night was to have fun, to help strengthen the culture and habit of volunteerism in the Northfield area, and invite all to pledge 5 hours a month of volunteer time for the next year.

The evening included photo ops with the 5th Bridge mascot, a beautiful cow, a short inspirational talk by Dave Neuger on what volunteerism can be and the movie “It Could Happen to You.”

When asked why they came out, Amy Thorson and Jayna Tilstra said, “We think volunteering is a good thing for the community.” What kind of volunteer activities have they done in the past? “We’ve both volunteered at church, the food shelf, and in 9th grade civics class, we came up with the idea to volunteer at the Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center, as part of our class project.”

Community Youth Fair set for Wednesday

Don’t miss the Fourth Annual Community Youth Fairs on Wednesday, August 23, 2006!  Over 25 youth organizations and sports associations will be there!  Learn about all of the after school and weekend activities available for your child to participate in – sports teams, art classes, scouting groups, dance, gymnastics, etc.  Talk with representatives from these groups and sign up for the activities.  Spanish interpreters will be there and groups will have information about scholarship availability.

There will be games, balloons, and free prizes!  Hotdogs, chips & pop will be sold, with money raised going to a scholarship fund.

The Community Youth Fairs will be held on Wednesday, August 23 from:
•    5:30-6:30 p.m. at Greenvale Park Elementary, 700 Lincoln Parkway
•    7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bridgewater Elementary, 401 Jefferson Parkway

Saints Alive! Festival seeks quilts for show

quilt_showAll Saints Church is preparing for the second annual Saints Alive! Festival on September 9, the Saturday of The Defeat of Jesse James Days, at 5th and Washington St, one block from downtown Northfield.

The centerpiece of the festival will be a quilt show and antique toy display, featuring historic and modern quilts from the local community. And we're looking now for more quilts to display.

We had a great time last year, with a wide array of quilts decorating the already beautiful interior of Northfield's oldest church building, and hundreds of community members and visitors enjoying the display and the sandwiches and pie on the lawn.

Local Scandinavian folk group Nordic Jam will also be returning to share their collection of dance tunes with diners and passers-by.

Proceeds from the event will support the church's mission and community outreach. For further information, or if you have a quilt that you'd like to display in the show, contact the All Saints church office at 507-645-7417 or

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFWhat's going on this weekend?

Lots of good music and a book signing!

Thursday night Norwegian Cowboy visits the Tavern, or dance to Hip-Hop at the Rueb-N-Stein.

Friday, Northfield native and Carleton grad Lincoln Child will discuss his latest book, "The Book of the Dead," and sign copies. Child and his writing partner, Douglas Preston are co-authors of numerous best-selling mystery/thrillers. "The Book of the Dead" presents the ultimate showdown between good and evil ­ set against the backdrop of an ancient Egyptian curse. The event starts at 7 p.m. at RiverCity Books.

Also Friday night, listen to Twosome at Hogan Brothers, Hamlin/Pernecky Jazz Duo at the Contented Cow, Joe Meyer at the Tavern and Harmonic Voodoo at Dawn's Corner Bar. Saturday night stop by the Contented Cow and help Bonnie and the Clydes celebrate their 10th anniversary. Other music on Saturday includes Michael Gruber at the Tavern and another visit by Harmonic Voodoo at Dawn's Corner Bar.

NDDC Third Thursday showing "Downside UP"

Click to open PDFFor the NDDC's Third Thursday event on August 17, we're going back to the movies. We'll be featuring "Downside Up," a documentary film about Mass MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, Massachusetts. (Click the image at left for a full-size PDF poster for the event.) Experiencing a decline due to changes in the world economy, this community decided to build their economic development future on a base of art. It wasn't quick or easy but the early indications are that it was a solid plan and has been successfully implemented.

The short film will be followed by a discussion of the Mass MOCA story, the NDDC's August Downtown Forum on ArtsPlan'06, and the Arts and Northfield's Economic future.  Third Thursday will be held at the Grand Event Center in downtown Northfield and begins at 7 pm.  There is no cover charge and there will be a cash bar available. Call 663-0319 with questions or visit  Please join us.

Dan Bergeson is President of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC).

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Seven Drawing:  James Gang Hideaway

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the James Gang Hideaway.  By becoming a member of you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 20, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 21.

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.

"The Early Years of Northfield" exhibit opens Thursday

Where can you find out how the Cannon River got its name? Where can you see a chair that sat in John and Ann North's house? Where can you get your picture taken next to a life-sized cut-out of John North?

Well, the answer is the Northfield Historical Society's grand opening of the new permanent exhibit entitled "The Early Years of Northfield." The grand opening will be held on Thursday, August 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society.

The exhibit chronicles the founding of Northfield from the early 1850's to the late 1880's! The event is free to NHS members and $2.00 for non-members. Refreshments will be served during the event.

Come on down and learn a little bit about this amazing town!

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