Events in and around Northfield

Carleton College Commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Candlelight Service

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Carleton College community will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a candlelight service of remembrance and celebration, to be held in the Skinner Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 19. Guest speaker Reverend Oliver White will lead the service, entitled “Rediscovering the Image,” and the Carleton Singers, directed by Lawrence Burnett, will perform. The service begins at 5 p.m.; all events are free and open to the public.

Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration Monday, January 20


Northfield Human Rights Commission Chair Corinne Smith announces that the 20th annual Northfield Community Celebration of the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on Monday, January 20th, at the Church of St. Dominic (104 Linden Street N), 7:00-8:00 pm.  The theme of the event this year is Creating a Beloved Community, one of the aspirations of Dr. King.

Carleton’s Schuster Lectureship Discusses “Censorship and Cultural Sensibility”

Debora Shuger

The Carleton College Department of English will present its 2014 Schuster Lectureship on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The lecture, entitled “Censorship and Cultural Sensibility,” will be presented by Debora Shuger, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. This event is free and open to the public.

Meet a Minnesota History Player Charley Goddard- a teenage civil war soldier.

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Charley Goddard(1846–1868)Teenaged Civil War Soldier

What was it like to be a teenage soldier during the Civil War?

You will learn about:

· Goddard’s childhood in the frontier town of Winona, Minnesota

· Tensions leading to the start of the Civil War in 1861

· Goddard’s experiences on and off the battlefield, told through his many letters home

· The impact of the Civil War, both nationally and in Minnesota

· See items from the Northfield Historical society’s Civil War collection.

Arcadia Charter School Presents the 10th AnniversaryArts for Martin: Gathering Community, Creating Art Celebrating Martin Luther King


Join Northfield’s performing artists- from all disciplines, all ages and all levels, novice to professional- for our tenth annual evening of reflection on the life and work of Martin Luther King.

The arts are the evening’s unifying factor in this event. Music, dance, spoken word, poetry and visual art meld together into a performance that thoughtfully and intentionally speaks to the legacy Dr. King left us.

Guest presenter is Cherif Keita, Professor of French and Francophone studies at Carleton College, speaking on “Nelson Mandela's Challenge to Me”, and linking Mandela’s work to that of Dr. King.

We invite you to join us for this meaningful celebration Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Arcadia Charter School (formerly ARTech), 1719 Cannon Road (behind Perkins restaurant.) Admission is free. For further information call 663-8806, extension 212.

Northfield Youth Choirs Rehearsals Cancelled for Monday, Jan. 6th

Rehearsals for the Northfield Youth Choirs, including the evening Regional Choir, are cancelled on Monday, January 6th in conjunction with the school closings.  Rehearsals will resume normally for Monday, January 13th.  Email: if you have any questions.

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, to Present First Carleton Convocation of 2014

Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell will present Carleton College’s first convocation of 2014 on Friday, January 10 from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sister Campbell is a passionate advocate for working together to close the gap between rich and poor and to dismantle policies rooted in racism, greed and violence. Her presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

Sister Campbell is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. She currently serves as an executive director of NETWORK, a national social justice lobbying organization, which has for 40 years sought to educate, organize and lobby for economic and social transformation as part of a global movement for peace and justice.

Writer, professor and environmentalist Paul Bogard presents "The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light"

The End of Night by Paul Bogard

Writer, professor and environmentalist Paul Bogard, Class of 1989, will speak about his book "The End of Night: Searching For Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light" on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in Boliou Hall Room 104. Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness—what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain—and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight. A promotional video for the book can be viewed here. This event is free and open to public.

"The End of Night" (Little, Brown & Company, 2013) takes a deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In the book, Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

Northfield Area Climate Summit, Jan. 18


On January 18, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students, institutions, and business representatives. Find practical solutions to benefit our community through a Community Activity & Idea Fair on energy saving steps and resources for large and small local businesses. Breakout session topics include the science of climate change, business perspectives on climate and energy, and the impact of climate on local agriculture and more. The Summit will take place at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College and is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For the schedule of free events and registration, go to Join in the conversation at and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate

HCI funds six “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their December 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support six projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including five Service Learning projects designed by Northfield High School students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:

The Arts for Martin 10th Anniversary Community Choir

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You are invited to join singers from around the Northfield community for our tenth evening of reflection on and celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, at Arcadia Charter School’s Arts for Martin, Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 7:00 PM. This is an inspiring evening, featuring singers, dancers, instrumentalists and actors from throughout the community, middle school to professional level.

Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting-January 22, 2014


All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at the Cow on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will hear about the strategic plan for's future. Laptops and board members will be on hand to help folks through the process of submitting content to the website. AND, QuizMistress Jessical Peterson White will be on hand to challenge our minds! Should be fun!

The Civil War: The Aftermath of Gettysburg and Vicksburg in 1863


Civil War student Jim Stark will present the fifth talk in a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on Thursday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street.

The focus will be the aftermath of Gettysburg and Vicksburg when the south was reeling from the twin defeats.  Mr. Stark will cover the fall of Port Hudson, which turned control of the Mississippi down to the Gulf of Mexico to the north. Also included will be the heroics of the 54th Massachusetts at Fort Wagner, the New York draft riots, guerilla activity in Kansas and Missouri and other conflicts. He will examine the Gettysburg Address.

The program is free and open to the public. 

Soup for Scholarships at Winter Walk

Season's Greetings!  Stop by The Northfield Armory tomorrow night, ThursdayDecember 12, 5:00 - 7:00pm, for the 2nd Annual Soup for Scholarships All Community Soup Dinner and the Riverwalk Market Fair Holiday Sale .

This year’s Winter Walk event at the Armory will feature a delicious hot soup dinner and the fine crafts, art pieces, gourmet gift items and scrumptuous baked goods of over 35 local Riverwalk Market Fair artisans and farmers. Christmas music will be provided throughout the evening by local musicians and choral groups! Dont miss the festivity and fun! 

Stop by anytime between 5 and 7pm! Enjoy your soup while seated at a festively set table, or take a bowl of soup with you while you shop. 

A minimum donation of $5 adults/$3 youth (ages 3 - 9yrs) is requested; children under 3 yrs. eat for free.  All dinner proceeds support college scholarships for the students of Northfield’s TORCH Program which is Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes for income challenged youth in the Northfield School District.  

Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk

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There is still plenty of time to register for the annual Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk (this is the 12th year)! We hope you'll join us for this festive winter event on Saturday, December 14 at the Northfield Armory, 519 Division Street.

The morning features a 5K Run, a 2K Family Run/Walk, holiday brass and vocal music, photos with Santa and post-run/walk refreshments.

Registration includes long-sleeve T-shirts for adults, short-sleeve T-shirts for registered children and jingle bells for everyone. All kids registered for the 2K Family Run/Walk will receive a stuffed holiday stocking at the finish line.  

Finishing times will display but no official times will be recorded.

Registration/check-in:  8:00 AM
Race start:  9:00 AM

$8 kids 10 & under
$15 ages 11 & up
$50 Family maximum

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