Events in and around Northfield

Globetrotting investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman presents Carleton convocation

Kelsey Timmerman

Globetrotting investigative journalist Kelsey Timmerman will present the weekly Carleton College convocation on Friday, Feb. 20 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Fueled by passion and curiosity, Timmerman tells the story of the items in our lives that we often take for granted. His presentation, entitled “Where Am I Wearing? Where Am I Eating?,” shares the stories of the people he meets as he travels the world, educating audiences and promoting dialogue about how to improve our world economy.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are recorded and archived online at

Give an Instrument, Get a Symphony


The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters are kicking off their annual instrument drive, starting today. Donate a gently used band or orchestra instrument between Feb. 6 and March 20 and you'll receive a delicious Symphony chocolate bar, plus NFAB's gratitude for your tax-deductible donation.

If you don't have an instrument but want to donate $25 or more to the Instruments For All (IFA) fund, NFAB will also reward you with chocolate and gratitude.

Instruments For All aims to put an instrument into the hands of every Northfield Public Schools student who wants to participate in the band or orchestra proram. It also provides scholarships for summer lessons.

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Northfield Arts Guild is Bringing Two Renown Artists to Teach Workshops

Roots festival poster

The Northfield Arts Guild is offering an opportunity to take workshops this spring with two reknown artists.

Richard James Nelson  (http: // specializes in fine woodblock prints of northern flora and fauna.

He has shown his work in galleries across Minnesota and currently has work on display at the Arts Guild.  You may recognize his wood cut that was used for our Cannon River Roots Festival last year.

Richard will be leading a woodblock printmaking workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 14 – 15 from 9:00 am – 5:00 each day.

Students will learn the ancient technique of creating a multi-colored print from multiple woodblocks or through the reduction method.  Learn and practice preparing mixing and applying ink to your block(s) for printing.  All materials provided by the instructor.

State Rail Plan Open House: Monday, February 2

Passenger Rail Service for Northfield?  A grassroots effort is underway to persuade MnDot to study the feasibility of passenger rail service between south central Minnesota and the Twin Cities on existing rail lines through Northfield!  Two routes are proposed for MnDot's consideration (see attached map).

A long list of regional cities, counties and stakeholders (see list below) have signed official letters urging MnDot to designate the Northfield rail corridor as a "Tier One" project in the State's Rail Plan which is now being revised. 

Now MnDot wants to hear directly from the public! 

Please plan to attend MnDot's STATE RAIL PLAN PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

Monday, February 2, 5:00-7:00 pmWeitz Center, Larson Room (Room #234)

Come hear about proposed plans for Minnesota's passenger and freight rail system and weigh-in with MnDot regarding passenger rail service for Northfield and other potential projects around our State. 

This meeting is open to all members of the public! 

You may also submit comments and suggestions about the State Rail Plan online, via the 

MnDOT Rail Plan Public Comments website (Click Here).

Saint Dominic School to Host Saints Night Out

St. Dominic School invites the public to attend their 16th Annual Saints Night Out on February 21, 2015 starting at 5 p.m. at St. Dominic School, located at 216 Spring Street N. in Northfield, MN. 

Carleton lecture by noted professor asks, “Is Earth Our True Home?”

Professor Peter Lawler

On Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum, noted professor Peter Lawler will present a lecture entitled, “Is Earth Our True Home? On Walker Percy, Carl Sagan, & ‘Interstellar.’” This event is free and open to the public.

Lawler is the Dana Professor of Government at Berry College in Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, including “Postmodernism Rightly Understood” and, most recently, for which he was named a Georgia Author of the Year, “Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future.”

Lawler is also the author of the blog, “Rightly Understood,” on and contributes regularly to other blogs, including “Postmodern Conservative.”

Carleton convocation profiles the Dialogue Arts Project, using creative writing and art to generate dialogue about social identity and difference

DAP founder Adam Falkner

Adam Falkner, founder and executive director of the Dialogue Arts Project (DAP), will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 30 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “How Can Writing Change the World,” Falkner’s presentation profiles the mission of DAP, an organization dedicated to using creative writing and the arts as tools for generating difficult dialogue across lines of social identity, conflict and difference. 

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Carleton convocation goes behind the scenes of a Minnesota medical examiner in “CSI Minnesota”

Dr. Lindsey Thomas

As part of its ongoing public convocation series, Carleton College is pleased to present Dr. Lindsey Thomas, assistant Hennepin County Medical Examiner, on Friday, Jan. 23. Entitled “CSI Minnesota: The True Story of Death Investigation,” Thomas’ presentation will take listeners behind the scenes in her work as a forensic pathologist for Minnesota’s largest and most populated county.

Convocations held from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. They are also recorded and archived online at

At the intersection of science, technology, and the judicial system,
Thomas also serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota
Innocence Project, which represents people who were wrongfully
convicted for crimes they did not commit. Additionally, the organization
educates attorneys and criminal justice professionals on best
practices, and works to reform the procedures that produce such unjust

Celebrating Dacie Moses’ Birthday and Remembering Dixon Bond

Dixon Bond

On Sunday, Jan. 25 from 10 am to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Dacie Moses—and pay tribute to the memory and legacy of Carleton alumnus and Northfield City Council member Dixon Bond.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a morning of great food and music by the Carleton Singing Knights, the Knightingales, and other musical guests. Lots of treats will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring goodies to share. Birthday gifts—such as baking equipment, kitchen supplies, or baking supplies—are also appreciated.

Local Cyclist Lin Bruce Featured at WINGS Annual Meeting

WINGS logoSharing her inspiring story, “Saying yes to the bigger things,” Northfield cycling enthusiast Lin Bruce will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) annual meeting. The event themed, “Giving Wings to Your Dreams,” will be held on Saturday, January 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College.

Bruce will recount her own transformation when she began cycling across the United States in honor of her 60th birthday.  Patrice Abby, Manager of Community Affiliates for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, will also speak. There will be refreshments, social time and a short business meeting. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote this in his letter from the Birmingham jail in 1963.  This quote provides the frame for this year’s Northfield Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work—‘Seeking Justice for Everyone’.

This year’s Celebration will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 7:00--8:15 pm.  The event will take place at Greenvale Park School to honor its new status as a community school and the work it does to support its families and those in the area around Greenvale

Lawyer turned documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter to present Carleton Convocation

Acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter, an attorney, civil justice crusader and award-winning documentary filmmaker, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 16 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films and the director of the acclaimed documentary, “Gideon’s Army,” which portrays the lives of three young public defenders working in the Deep South. Following the personal stories of their clients, the film shows first-hand the realities of—and inequalities in—the American criminal justice system. The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an eye-opening insight into a judicial hellhole world that ordinary citizens can never imagine” and Village Voice called it “HBO’s most illuminating crime drama since ‘The Wire.’”

Entitled “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Porter’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me Film Postponed


Tonight’s Northfield showing of the “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” documentary, scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed due to severe weather. The film has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 29. Northfield Retirment Community and Three Links will be in touch with all ticket holders via email next week to confirm their attendance at the January 29 showing. Visit for more information.

The Arts for Martin Community Choir: An Invitation

Arts for Martin

You are invited to join singers from around the Northfield community for our annual evening of reflection on and celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, at Arcadia Charter School’s Arts for Martin, Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

This is an inspiring evening, featuring singers, dancers, instrumentalists and actors from throughout the community, middle school to professional level.

Come and join the community choir. All ages and levels are welcome. We will gather for rehearsal at Arcadia on Tuesday, January 13th, 7:00 PM and Thursday, January 15th, 7:00 PM. The performance is at 7:00 PM Friday, January 16th at Arcadia, 1719 Cannon Road.

LOCATION CHANGE for Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting - January 22, 2015

Due to an event conflict at the previous location, Thursday's annual meeting of Northfield Citizens Online ( has been moved to Froggy Bottoms.

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All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at Froggy Bottoms on Thursday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will unveil a sneak preview of the new website design. Board members will be on hand to discuss goals for and available volunteer roles. Learn how you can get involved and help share stories about Northfield and the people who live here!

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