Events

Events in and around Northfield

Health & Wellness Challenge begins Jan 11 - A Challenge you can Achieve with Prizes!

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Health & Wellness Challenge!  Are you ready to get healtheir in 2016?  

Sign-up for one (or all of the following): 

  • 12 Weeks with no Soda Pop
  • 12 Weeks averaging 5,000 steps per day
  • 12 weeks to lose 30 pounds (teams of two - combined loss should be 30 pounds)

Sign-up at the YMCA or at the Northfield News with 3 ways to win prizes (as an added health incentive)!~

Click here for the registration form. Submit your form at the Northfield News office or at the YMCA.  

More information on the Northfield News Facebook page

Health & Wellness Challenge Sponsors: 


Volunteer Fair Hosted by the YMCA - Saturday, Jan 9th. Visit local organizations to find out what is available.

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When you volunteer, benefits abound.  That is why the YMCA is hosting a Community Volunteer Fair - Saturday January 9th.  If you have thought about volunteering but want to learn more about what is available.  Stop by the YMCA Saturday morning. 


The depot is preparing to move! Exact date to be announced soon!

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Exciting news! The 1888 depot will be saved, and it is almost ready to move! Save the Northfield Depot is delighted to announce that the depot is expected to make the short trip across 3rd Street sometime next week. The public will be notified in advance so that the community can watch and celebrate their success in saving the depot.

Despite the December rains and snow, work has continued for the preparation of the move. Early in November, construction workers separated the 1888 depot building from the 1944 addition (which cannot be moved). A certified specialist removed asbestos in the ceiling of a portion of the addition. Subsequently, the south wall of the depot (removed in 1944) was rebuilt, the baggage room walls reinforced, and the 1944 station master's bay removed since it could not survive the move. Save the Northfield Depot has posted regular photo updates of the construction progress, and a link to these photos can be found on www.northfielddepot.org.


Northfield Shares Distributes Grants to Nine Area Nonprofits

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Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy and volunteerism, has selected nine area nonprofits to receive grants for 2016. The organizations selected are the Beautify Northfield Coalition, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Greenvale Park Community School, HealthFinders Collaborative, Northfield in Bloom, Northfield TORCH, Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield Works – Community Action Center of Northfield and Northfield YouthBank. The grants, totaling $39,742, will be funded by five different funds inside of the Northfield Shares organization.


Bethlehem Prayer Service to be broadcast live at St. John's Lutheran on Dec. 19

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Everyone is invited to attend a unique worship service in Northfield this month. Televised live from Bethlehem, Palestine, and Washington, D.C., the Bethlehem Prayer Service will be shown at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St W, Northfield.

The Northfield service will begin with a brief introduction. At 9 a.m. local time, it will join via satellite the simultaneous services at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, where the time will be 5 p.m., and the National Cathedral in Washington, where it will be 10 a.m.

All are invited to will join us, those in Bethlehem, those in Washington and others around the world for this time of worship. The event is sponsored by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel.


Public Invited to Skatepark Documentary Screening

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Cecilia Cornejo invites all to come to the premier of Make No Noise--The Story of a Skatepark, a documentary about the creation of the Northfield skatepark. Made in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition since 2012, the film chronicles the process of securing a permanent place for the skateboarders in town. Cornejo says,”Though we all know the skatepark was finally built this past summer, this is not a spoiler, since the marrow of the story lies elsewhere.”

Cornejo is Visiting Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton. The screening is Sunday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center, 3rd St. East.


Waffle Dinner to Support Northfield High School Bands

Waffle Dinner to support Northfield High School Bands!

Featuring Dad's Belgian Waffles

All you care to eat, children under 5 eat free and carry out is available

December 18, 2015, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Northfield High School Cafeteria


Celebrating Light (and Meatballs) for 40 Years

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Northfield High School junior Rose Mibus will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 11, at the 40th annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

You don't have to be Swedish to join in the festivities, but a willingness to have fun is recommended. The event begins at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration marks the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season and includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

Dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, Lucia will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Afterward, Lucia and her attendants will serve cookies and coffee to everyone. The event concludes with songs and dancing around the Christmas tree.


HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants this fall to benefit area youth

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This fall, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 10 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including the first-ever “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant”. All projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season - YMCA hosted Blood Drive: Thurs, Dec 17th (free child care available noon-3, if needed)

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Northfield Area Family YMCA hosts community blood drive

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season.  Northfield Area Family YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, December 17th  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at YMCA,  1501 Honeylocust Drive, Northfield. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (507) 645-0088 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code Nfld Area Y.


Call for Lucia Attendants and Star Boys

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The Northfield Swedish Club is preparing for its 40th annual Lucia celebration and is looking for girls and boys interested in participating as attendants. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. W., in Northfield. 

Area residents of Swedish descent—or those simply interested in a night of fun, food and music—are invited to attend this annual celebration marking the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season. It includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, singing, and folk dancing around the Christmas tree.

After the meal, Lucia, dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional Lucia song.


"TEDMED Live" is this week!

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You may be among the millions of people who have watched "TED Talks" online. Now you can experience "TEDMED 2015: Breaking Through" in real time via this TEDMED Live streaming event at the Northfield High School auditorium. Hosted by Northfield Hospital & Clinics and the Northfield School District.

The sessions are free, but you must have a ticket to attend. Go to www.eventbrite.com to get your tickets: Choose a session, register, and print your free ticket.


Content Poetry Series: Diane LeBlanc

Diane LeBlanc, Sudden GeographyPoetry is alive and well in Northfield.

Each month, Content Bookstore in downtown Northfield is host to a poetry reading featuring a local or regional poet and including an open mic where members of the audience can share their own original poetry. The series kicked off in October with a joint reading by Rob Hardy and Brenda Hellen, and continues on Thursday, November 12, at 7 pm, with a reading by Diane LeBlanc.

Diane LeBlanc is a writer, teacher, and book artist. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Sudden Geography (2014), Dancer with Good Sow (2008), and Hope in Zone Four (1998). In addition to poetry and essays in Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Natural Bridge, and other journals, her essay “Work in Progress” appears in Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts (2014). Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College.

At the reading, Diane will read from her own work and invite others to share a poem of their own. She’ll also offer a door prize of one of her beautiful handmade journals to a lucky attendee.


Award Winning Author Allen Eskens @ Content on Thursday

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Allen Eskens has won (and keeps winning) awards for his popular debut novel, The Life We Bury, most recently winning the Rosebud award for best debut and the Barry award for best paperback original. At 7pm this Thursday, Nov 5, Allen will read from and discuss his just-released novel, The Guise of Another.

Eskens' new thriller follows Minnesota detective and fallen hero Alexander Rupert as he seeks redemption, and an answer to the question: who was James Putnam? Eskens, a practicing criminal defense attorney, writes page-turners in Mankato, MN.

"Allen Eskens has conjured up a marvelously black spirit of a novel. It s a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche. After each unexpected twist, you ll tell yourself things can t get any worse. And then they do."

- WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of "Ordinary Grace"

Content Bookstore is delighted to be hosting Eskens - and we hope you can make it!


Author and Psychologist Doug Lewandowski presents "Psychology and Storytelling; Characters in Stories We Write."

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CALLING ALL WRITERS AND READERS! Come to a Northfield Public Library Program at the Northfield Senior Center - Monday, Nov 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rooms 104-106.

Everyone has a story.  Websites and bookstores are full of memoirs.  We are told truth is stranger than fiction and frequently it is.  But reality is messy and doesn't always lend itself to coherence.  By taking elements of developmental psychology and pathology, Doug links psychology and storytelling, where dysfunction and conflict seed a cogent narrative in fiction.

Doug has walked a varied path, born and raised a Roman Catholic before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  He lived in a religious community for four and half years in formation with the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist DeLasalle.  He was a teacher/counselor and is a practicing Licensed Psychologist.  He has a monthly column in the Bemidji Pioneer's Prime Time section and in the early '90's was a commentator for KCRB, Minnesota Public Radio in Bemidji.


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