Events in and around Northfield

Who are the best spellers in Northfield?

Mark your calendars now!

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library, along with the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the Grand Event Center, will be hosting a Spelling Bee fundraiser for Booker, the Northfield Public Library Book Bus. 

The current Booker Bus needs to be replaced and the Friends have found a good, used bus to replace it.  The Spelling Bee will be held on Thurs., Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Grand.  Companies, businesses or individuals can enter teams of three adults.  There are various levels of sponsorship. 

Check the Friends' website at for entry forms or stop by the library.  For more information call the library at 645-6606.

Kathy Ness is a children's librarian at the Northfield Public Library. 

Trap Shooting 101 with the Cannon River Sportsmen's Club

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the Cannon River Sportsmen’s Club are sponsoring a trap-shooting outing this Saturday, September 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Phillippo Boy Scout Camp.

This event is for anyone age 12 and older, including adults. The event will feature trap-shooting skills with plenty of opportunity to experience the thrill of shooting clay targets. A parent or guardian must accompany youth. The Cannon River Sportsmen’s Club furnishes all equipment and lunch.

More information inside...

Minnesota Thunder vs. Latino Select Game to play tonight

According to the Star Tribune and the Minnesota Thunder web site, the Minnesota Thunder vs. Latino Select soccer game has been rescheduled for tonight (Monday, 28 August 2006), 6:45 p.m., Spring Creek Park Field #6 (510 East Jefferson Parkway). The game was originally scheduled for last Friday night.

All tickets that were purchased for the original date of August 25 are good for Monday's game.

The Thunder will be playing Latino Select, an all-star team composed of players from leagues in Faribault, Farmington and Northfield. All exhibition tickets are $10. For more information, see the Minnesota Thunder News Article or call 651.917.TEAM.

Northfield Tennis to host meeting Tuesday

Submitted by Zach Pruitt

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, August 29, 2006.  The gathering will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway).

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss current tennis opportunities in Northfield, as well as what community members would like to see in the future and what opportunities exist for collaboration.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

Refreshments will be served.  RSVPs are appreciated.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Eric Lundin (663-7705, or Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984,

Zach Pruitt is a coordinator of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.

The Three Big Questions

Vintage Band Music FestivalHere are the three recurring questions people are asking me, following the Vintage Band Music Festival:

1.“How do you think it went?” People are extremely positive in their responses to me, but they also want to know my opinion. In spite of hot weather, the festival was a success beyond my hopes. I measure it not only by the audience response, but also by the satisfaction of the visiting musicians. They were enchanted by Northfield and charmed by its citizens.  They all want to come back. Our audiences came from surprisingly long distances just to be here. My original wish was to see if Northfield could put on a major cultural festival--and the result has been thoroughly satisfying.

2.“How did the money part work out?” The budget for the entire festival will be about  $37,000. More than 2/3 of this went to transportation, housing, and food for the bands. The rest was advertising, publishing, and administration. At present we are within a couple thousand of meeting our budget, but just slightly short. These funds have all been donations and local grants! Those of you Festival enthusiasts who haven’t yet sent in a contribution can now make the difference. Checks should be made out to “Vintage Band Festival:” and sent to the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St., Northfield, MN, 55057.  All committee members, including me, have been unpaid volunteers. "Oh yes, I was going to do that.” So, do it!  I trust that it will come out just fine.

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

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