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City of Northfield’s Youth Leadership Academy — apply today!

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The City of Northfield and the Mayor’s Youth Council are accepting applications for the inaugural Youth Leadership Academy, which will run from June 23-27.

Five high school students will be selected for this week-long program.  Students will meet with city leaders, shadow different city departments, and learn about potential careers in municipal government.  This is a great career exploration and resume building experience!  For more information and the application, CLICK HEREApplications should be submitted before June 10!

Questions?  Email info@northfieldhci.org


New Video! Northfield Downtown Beautification

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The City of Northfield has a new video to share:

Judy Code, Volunteer Master Gardner, and TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor, highlight our Northfield downtown beautification project.

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?VID=Northfield-Downtown-Beautification-36

A wonderful project for the entire Northfield community!  This video will be added to the City of Northfield website's Media Center. 


Carleton’s Alex Freeman Awarded Prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship

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The American Composers Forum has announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Among the four fellows named, chosen from a pool of 63 applicants, is Alex Freeman, Carleton College assistant professor of music.  The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is meant to acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition.

Freeman’s music has garnered acclaim from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Sibelius Academy, American Composers Forum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His chamber works and choral music are performed regularly in the United States and abroad, particularly in Finland, where he studies as a Fulbright Fellow in 2001 and where he continues to create new works and research on Finnish music. Recordings of his music have been released by Albany Records, innova Recordings, and Navona Records, including, most recently, a CD of his complete piano works by Albany Records entitled “Inner Voice;” a recording of his chamber work from Parma Recordings entitled, “Blueshift;” and internationally acclaimed recordings of his choral works by The HOL Choir and Tapiola Children’s Choir.


Annual Public Sculpture Unveiled

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On Friday, May 16, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission held the unveiling of Octopus Garden,the annual work of outdoor sculpture created through collaboration between the Commission and the Northfield Public Schools. Hand made glass forms, steel and concrete are the materials used by the team comprised of local glass artist Rick Swearer, Carleton apprentice Eliza Dennis and twelve Northfield High School students:  Maddie Guyot; Noah Heil; Caitlin Kelley; Calvin Kragseth; Bailey Mastin; Carmela Ortiz; Alex Pepel; Annika Peterson; Olivia Riggins; Irene Stoutland; Avery Swearer, and Amber Zetelmo.

Located on the corner of 3rd and Division Streets, Octopus Garden is the third work of local artists and high school students. The projects are funded by the South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.


Who or What Inspires You?

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Inspiration comes to me from people. Hearing people’s stories and understanding what makes them tick is what I cherish. Fostering a spirit of connection among people is what I aim to do. I want to create spaces where people feel comfortable sharing stories and learning from each other. By listening to one another, people can expand their perspectives and build meaning in their lives. 

In my own life, it is currently a time of much transition and excitement. I am 18 and about to graduate from Northfield High School. I find myself looking back and marveling at how much I have learned in the past few years. Inspiration has taken me to a lot of different places as I’ve tried to figure out what work is most effective in building community. I have learned the necessity of approaching all things with faith in others and faith in myself.


NORTHFIELD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY TO HOST 2014 GOLF CLASSIC ON JUNE 2

NRC Golf Classic at Northfield Golf Club on June 2

Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) welcomes the community to participate in its 8th Annual NRC Golf Classic at Northfield Golf Club on Monday, June 2. The NRC Golf Classic is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Northfield Retirement Community Foundation and provides support for the NRC mission of providing premier housing and care services to older adults.

Event organizer and NRC Vice President of Long Term Care Operations Tom Nielsen shared, “The NRC Golf Classic is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a chance to show support for the mission of NRC while enjoying a friendly day of golf in the company of good friends and community members.


Genesis: The Art of Creation to air Saturday on TPT-MN

Genesis: The Art of Creation, a documentary by local filmmaker Paul Krause and produced by Documentary Northfield will be aired this coming Saturday, May 17 at 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm on TPT's Minnesota Channel.

The documentary features the artistry of local artist Fred Somers and the creation of his largest painting Genesis. The painting was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondolet in St. Paul.


St. Olaf history professor receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant

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St. Olaf College Professor of History Gary De Krey ’71 has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend to support his research on English Civil War radicals and their successors.

De Krey will use his research to draft a book tentatively titledFollowing the Levellers: Radical Ideas in Seventeenth Century England, 1647-1689.

The NEH stipend provides funding for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing over the course of one summer. De Krey will use the grant to fund research both on campus and on-site in England, examining political pamphlets, petitions, and other primary sources regarding a radical English Civil War political movement called the Levellers.


Food Truck Tuesday an Overwhelming Success

Food Truck TuesdayDuring the month of May, First United Church of Christ is hosting a variety of food trucks every Tuesday from 11:00a–1:00p at 300 Union St. in Northfield. The first "Food Truck Tuesday" on May 4, featuring Gastrotruck, was a huge success.

Thanks to beautiful weather and the power of social media and word-of-mouth, the turnout exceeded expectations. Gastrotruck, a gourmet food truck from Northeast Minneapolis, sold out its entire menu. The owners estimate they fed between 150 and 200 people. Bestsellers included the chicken wild rice burger and the pork belly hash. 

In response to the great reaction on May 4, First UCC is hoping to have two food trucks each week for the rest of May. The lineup is as follows:


Retired art professor, campus architect Edward Sövik dies

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Retired St. Olaf College Professor of Art Edward Sövik, a well-known architect who designed or had a hand in the design of 20 campus buildings and remodeling projects, died May 4 at the age of 95.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, with visitation at the church one hour prior to services.

Sövik was born in 1918 to American missionaries in Henan, China. He spent most of his young life in that country before his family moved to Minnesota when he was 17. After graduating from St. Olaf with honors in 1939, Sövik studied at the Art Students League in New York City and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul.

During World War II, he served as a combat pilot in the United States Marine Corps, where he rose to the rank of major and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and several Air Medals.


Student project earns Clinton Global Initiative University award

St. Olaf students presented their projects at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University conference.

Six St. Olaf College students who have developed innovative solutions to global challenges recently presented their ideas at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference, where one earned an award that will support her project in Africa.

Seniors Sudip Bhandari, Love Odetola, Joseph Adedigba, junior Angela Amoako, and sophomores Pumla Maswanganyi and Theresia Dewi traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to share their plans for improving education, environmental sustainability, and women’s rights around the globe.


Art Club Mentors Are Making a Difference

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Thirteen peer mentors who volunteered with an art program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for April. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The A+ Art Club: Autism and the Arts provides the opportunity for participants ages 15 to 21 to get together with college students and guest artists each week at the Northfield Arts Guild to work on art projects and develop social skills. The program began in 2009 and is coordinated by Laura Goodwin and Meg Ojala.


Local Volunteer Reports on Rice County MNsure Participation

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As the program was gearing up last fall, several people in Rice County volunteered to become trained certified Navigators to help people through the process of enrolling in MNsure, the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act. Northfielder Joan Janusz is one of those volunteers and is providing this report on the work done in Rice County. She also explains how continuing enrollment is available to certain people between the March 31 end of the previous enrollment period and the next period in November


Sturdevant Presentation to Air on NTV

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Lori Sturdevant, Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist and writer, spoke about her new book, “Her Honor:  Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement” at the League of Women Voters’ Annual Meeting Saturday. The presentation will be aired on Northfield’s Public Access Television, Channels 12 and 16:

Wednesday, April 30th at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7th at 7 p.m.

Rosalie Wahl was the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, a champion of civil rights, including the rights of women.  Born in Kansas in 1924, Wahl earned an undergraduate degree in 1946 and went back to school to earn her law degree at William Mitchell College of law in 1964. Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich, she served on the court from 1977 until she retired in 1994.  She died in July 2013 age 88.


St. Olaf student receives Davis Projects for Peace grant

Kelly Meza Prado will use a Davis Projects for Peace grant to address agricultural issues in rural Peru.

St. Olaf College student Kelly Meza Prado received a grant from the Davis Projects for Peace initiative that she will use to build rustic greenhouses aimed at addressing agricultural issues in rural Peru.

The $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grants are awarded to students who use creativity and innovation in the development of a project that both promotes peace and addresses the root cause of conflict among parties. Over the past five years, eight St. Olaf students have received the prestigious award.

Meza Prado, who hails from Concepcion, Peru, will use her grant to construct rustic greenhouses for the Chicche population in a rural area of the Peruvian Andes. She plans to use the greenhouses as a way to counteract agricultural challenges.


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