Items that deal with people in and around Northfield

"Civic Stories" Photo Essay of the Day - Jessica Peterson White

Jessica Peterson White

Jessica Peterson White attended Carleton College and has remained a part of the Northfield Community. Jessica founded a knitting supply business downtown, and then was elected, as one of the youngest women ever elected to a county board in Minnesota, to the Rice County Board. Jessica was the DFL-endorsed candidate for State Senate in the 25th district in 2006, and is also active in the League of Women Voters. She is now a Senior Project Manager at Grassroots Solutions, which is a consulting firm that specializes in grassroots engagement and organization.

See the photo essay covering Jessica on the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls Website

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

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At their September 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program. 

Funded projects included:

Remember to vote by Sunday for this year’s youth video PSA contest!


Don’t forget to VOTE and help pick this year’s winner of the youth video PSA contest, sponsored by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield Mayor’s  Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug UseVoting ends this Sunday (September 30, 2012).

The theme of this year’s contest is "Youth Under Pressure," with videos focusing on stress and young people.  The three finalists were selected from entries from across the community.

Check out the three finalists HERE and vote for your favorite!  The top vote getter will receive a $200 cash prize!

"Civic Stories" Photo Essay of the Day - Susan Sanderson

Susan Sanderson

Susan Sanderson is a prominent Northfield citizen who, along with other moms from Northfield, began the Community Builders program, started the middle school youth center, and is currently the head of the TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) program at the Northfield Middle School working with students who are minority, low-income, and/or first-generation college.

See the photo essay covering Susan on the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls Website

Four times in a row! Northfield again named as one of the nation’s best communities for youth

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On Wednesday, Northfield was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, presented by ING. The national award was given to Northfield to recognize its outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.

This is the fourth consecutive time Northfield has received this national 100 Best distinction.  Each time, Northfield’s application has been written primarily by young people themselves.  The Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council (an official City of Northfield Board of high school juniors and seniors) again authored this year’s successful application.

"Civic Stories" Photo Essay of the Day - Griff Wigley

Griff Wigley

Active in the Northfield online community, Griff Wigley helped to launch and He now uses Locally Grown to cover the people, issues, and events of Northfield. Griff discusses the influences of his blog, one example being on the town council’s decision on replanting trees. He emphasizes the importance of active citizenship.

See the photo essay covering Griff on the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls Website.

Recovery Rocks!

This article was written by Paul Hart Ruthenbeck, a member of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.

September is Recovery Month. Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. (

Recovery Month art show this Saturday in Northfield

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As part of Rice County’s Recovery Month activities, the Rice County Chemical Health Coalition is hosting a community art show this Saturday (September 8, 2012).

The show will feature artwork by local individuals in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.   The exhibit will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Main Street Moravian Church (713 Division Street South in Northfield).

"Civic Stories" Photo Essay of the Day - Erica Zweifel

Erica Zweifel

Erica Zweifel currently is a City Councilor for Northfield, Minnesota. She was a research associate in the Biology Department at St. Olaf and now is the project manager at Carleton's Science Education Resource Center.  She also serves on Northfield's Environmental Quality Commission. Projects she has helped develop include the addition of bike trails extending from Northfield to Mankato and a new bus route for the city. One major project underway is the implementation of solar panels throughout the public buildings of Northfield, receiving help and recognition from Minnesota’s Senator, Al Franken.

Watch the Photo Essay on the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls Website.

"Civic Stories" Photo Essays Now Available Online

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St. Olaf students in the American Conversations 102 and Intermediate Photography classes worked in partnership with the League of Women Voters to create photo essays about Northfield-area community leaders. The fourteen leaders profiled in the photo essays are involved in a range of political, civic, and humanitarian endeavors in the local community and beyond.

The Academic Civic Engagement Project began during the first semester of 2011-12, when students engaged with local community members, interviewing and pondering what an active citizen does on behalf of their locale. This enabled students to see how people participate in a local community and, through their actions, better define citizenship. During the second semester, the American Conversations and Photography students teamed up, combining sight and sound to craft these photo essays with the intent of providing profiles of community leaders and examples of engaged citizenship.

We're Growing - The Y has a Variety of Positions Available - Join Our Growing Team!

Join the Y

Northfield Area Family YMCA now has positions available - Join Our Growing Team!

At the YMCA, our programs incorporate our Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. We work hard to support healthy lifestyles by reaching out and engaging families and individuals who seek well-being and who are looking for ways to sustain a healthier lifestyle. Join our YMCA team and help us provide quality, safe and healthy programs and services in our community.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival - Festival Concert III

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Festival Concert III features Erin Keefe, Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Anthony Ross, Principal Cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Gustavus Adolphus piano faculty Esther Wang. This concert will showcase Zoltan Kodaly's Duo for Violin and Cello, Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 70 #2 as well as Mozart's Piano Trio in E major, K. 542.

The concert will take place on Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College. The cost is $5 at the door.

Of interest for this concert: Violinist Erin Keefe performs around the US and abroad as a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in addition to her duties as Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra which she assumed in September 2011. Cellist Anthony Ross is a frequent soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra. Pianist Esther Wang has extensive experience as a soloist and chamber musician. The music of Zoltan Kodaly, like his countryman Bela Bartok, draws heavily on folk influences from their native Hungary, central Europe, and extending to North Africa. Kodaly and Bartok were searching for a new influence for their musical style to set it apart from the late Romantic Germanic tradition.

Content supplied by David Carter.

Community art sale this Thursday — new & previously owned art available

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The Key will host a Community Art Sale this Thursday (August 23) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Carleton College Weitz Center, 320 – 3rd Street East in Northfield.

The sale includes hundreds of works of art, from fine to fun!  There are original works, numbered prints, framed posters, ceramics, and more.  Please join us for live music, light refreshments, and a silent auction for select pieces.  Kids are welcome.

All proceeds benefit The Northfield Union of Youth/The Key, a free local youth center owned and operated by young people.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival - Festival Concert II


Festival Concert II features the Bridge Chamber Players and Andrea Een, Hardanger fiddler with violinists Taichi Cen, Francesca Anderegg and Hector Valdivia, violist Charles Gray, cellist David Carter, and pianist Nicola Melville. The program consists of W. A. Mozart's Quintet for Strings in D major, K. 593 and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26, as well as traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes. The concert will be held at Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College, 7:30 p.m on August 21.

Of interest for this concert: Andrea Een recently retired from the violin faculty after over 30 years of teaching. During her teaching career she taught violin, viola, conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra, and founded a thriving studio for Hardanger fiddle students. This repertory is all taught through oral tradition. Dr. Een is also a respected composer of Hardanger fiddle tunes. Mozart's Quintets form a unique part of his chamber music output, calling for a string quartet plus an extra viola (which was his own instrument) adding a special and notable richness to the sound. It's often said that composers wrote chamber music for their own enjoyment, and this wonderful quintet, one of Mozart's last works, is a great example of this sublime essence. By contrast, the Piano Quartet of Johannes Brahms is a work of youthful vigor and considerable passion, featuring a bold Hungarian theme for its finale.

Content provided by David Carter.

Summer isn't over yet! There is one last BOOKS & STARS! Guess we were wrong...

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It's too cool at the pool so we're moving to Oddfellows!

We'll be warm and dry! The T.H.E. House Band's show starts at 7. Booker opens at 6:30.
Come for fun!!

RAIN SITE: Oddfellow’s Park Shelter 1011 Forest Ave. Call 645-6606 for updates. check out the B&S Blog!

This activity is funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.  Co-sponsored by the Northfielld Public Library and the Northfield Schools Community Services Division.

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