42nd Annual Lucia Fest Set for Friday

Katie Brust, 2017 Lucia

Northfield High School senior Katie Brust will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 8, at the 42nd annual Lucia Fest, sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The live music starts at 5:30 p.m., and the potluck supper begins promptly at 6 p.m. The event includes a Lucia processional and pageant, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

The 2017 Lucia attendants are Libby Brust, Grace Casson, Claire Casson, Tegan Chadwick, Ingrid Elzey, Lucy Graham, Brooke Green, Teagan Green, Erin Gunn, Penelope Johnson, Sylvia Koenig, Annika Korynta, Adela Melby, Annika Ngyugen, Lily Ngyugen, Elsa Nystrom, Ava O’Neill, Charlotte Otterblad, Ruby Otterblad, Lenyn Pfau. The star boys are Max Casson, Avery Chadwick, and Jim Graham.


Open for Public Use! East Cannon River Trail

East Cannon River Trail

East Cannon River Trail, a cooperative trail project between cities of Northfield and Dundas, is officially open for public use.  This enhancement extends the existing trail on the east side of the Cannon River from Bollenbacher Court in Northfield to Everett Street in Dundas.

The trail corridor route winds along the Cannon River between Northfield and Dundas with observation areas along the corridor emphasizing various wooded and wetland areas.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony for the East Cannon River Trail project will be scheduled for the Spring of 2018.


Thank You, Ray Cox, for helping build our dream!

Like so many in Northfield we are saddened by the loss of Ray Cox, who was so supportive and encouraging when we started MCH. I searched the blog archives at Northfield Construction Company looking for the proof of that support and, of course, found it in the words of this exceptional man. I am posting them here in remembrance of Ray. We could not have done it without him.

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Backyard Bird Feeding and Information Session about the 2017 National Audubon Christmas Bird Feeder Count

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Join us on Saturday December 9th from 10:00 am -12:00 pm in the Northfield Public Library Bunday Room for what promises to be a wonderful, informative program. 

Deb White of Paddington's Seed and Feed in Faribault will talk about birds that reside in Minnesota the year around, an explanation of the different types of bird feeders, types of bird seed, backyard habit for attracting birds and more.

Gene Bauer will share information about how you, your friends and family, can participate in the 118th National Audubon Christmas Bird Feeder Count.  The count area is a fifteen mile radius and includes Northfield, Faribault and locales in-between.  Participating in the annual bird feeder count program is easy, fun and scientifically important. 

Coffee and donuts will be served at this family friendly event.

For further information please contact Jamie Stanley at the Northfield Public Library, 507-645-1802 or jamie.stanley@ci.northfield.mn.us.


Nominees Sought for 2018 Northfield Human Rights Award

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The Northfield Human Rights Commission is seeking nominees for its


City of Northfield Announces Vacancies On City Advisory Boards And Commissions

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The City of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on several City advisory boards and commissions including Northfield’s representatives for the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service Joint Powers Board. At the end of December, the terms of several members of the City’s boards and commissions will expire.

Cannon Valley Indivisible Holds Organization Fair

On Monday, November 6 in Northfield, Democracy Extravaganza, a program sponsored by Cannon Valley Indivisible, is coming together. We hope you will join us at the First UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Monday, November 6, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Representatives from a dozen local grassroots and civic groups will participate in the organizations fair. You will have the opportunity to engage with them and learn how to get involved in issues that are important to you. Whether it’s health care, social justice, immigrant advocacy, voter registration, youth activism, gun control, climate and the environment, or local government, there will be something to engage you.
 


What's the Buzz About Native Bees? Researcher to Speak At River Bend Nature Center

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Crystal Boyd, a bee researcher with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will discuss the diversity and status of Minnesota’s native pollinators at River Bend Nature Center. She will also describe her work updating the Minnesota state species list of bees and answer your questions about creating a bee-friendly backyard.

River Bend Nature Center invites all to this O.W.L.S (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) natural history program, Wednesday, November 15 12:00-2:00 p.m., at the RBNC Interpretive Center, 1000 Rustad Road, in Faribault. Luncheon will be followed by the presentation. Admission is $10/member, $12/non-member.

Please buzz on by to learn more about native bees! For more information: Contact Breanna Wheeler:  wheeler@rbnc.org.

 

 

 


Northfield Rotary Free Range Turkey Trot (even if you are out of town)

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Participate long distance in Rotary’s 17th annual Turkey Trot

You’re not going to be in town for the 17th Annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot? No worries. Join us long distance through our Free Range Turkey Trot option.  

Gather friends and family wherever you are on Thanksgiving Day and run or walk your own 5K to support the important causes supported by this event and show your solidarity with the 1,000-plus runners and walkers making their way through the friendly neighborhoods of Northfield.

Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.


School Levy Presentation November 2 at Bridgewater Town Hall

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Superintendent of the Northfield Public Schools, Matt Hillmann, will explain the school district’s levies at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2nd in the Bridgewater Town Hall, 500 Railway Street, Dundas. On November 7, 2017, school district residents are asked to vote on two important funding changes:  increasing the operating levy and authorizing the sale of $109 million in bonds for building construction and improvements.

Following a three-year process to analyze building needs, the school board voted to place the levy and bond questions on the ballot this November. The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization dedicated to voter education, is the sponsor of this opportunity for the public to prepare for the November vote. 


Public Invited to Democracy Extravaganza

Democracy Extravaganza

Come for conservations with candidates, stay for coffee and cookies! Members of the public are invited to attend Democracy Extravaganza, an evening of civic engagement, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 6, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. in Northfield. The event is sponsored by Cannon Valley Indivisible.

Information tables will be set up throughout the evening so people can talk to representatives from a dozen local grassroots and civic organizations and learn more about topics including health care, social justice, immigrant advocacy, voter registration, youth activism, gun control, climate and the environment, and local government.


Bats, Bones and Bonfires - A Halloween Family Festival At River Bend Nature Center

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River Bend Nature Center is the place to go for Halloween fun on Saturday, September 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. This is a “spooktacular:, non-scary Halloween event with wagon rides, an animal show, complimentary cider, s’mores and popcorn, games, crafts and more! Admission is $7 each ($5 for members) or $20 per family ($15 for member families).

River Bend Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in nature and environmental education. The Center includes 743 acres of original and restored natural lands with over ten miles of trails that are open to the public 365 days per year. It is located on the east side of Faribault, Minnesota:  follow the brown nature center signs from the intersection of Shumway Ave. and MN Hwy 60.

 For more information about River Bend Nature Center or their upcoming programs, visit them on the web at www.rbnc.org, on Facebook at fb.me/riverbendMN, or on Twitter @riverbendMN.


Join us (all family members (and the dog too)): Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning.

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The 17th annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is an opportunity to have fun while doing good.

The 5K Run-Walk Thanksgiving morning in Northfield raises funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and for Northfield’s successful youth exchange program. And don’t forget the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring a food item to replenish the store.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per participant if you register by Thursday, Nov. 9, or $20 if you register after that. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event. Canines will be recognized with a bandana complements of Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, one of the Turkey Trot’s major sponsors.


Perspectives on Palestine 2017 Conference November 4

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It is said that you should never discuss politics or religion in polite company. But three veteran peace advocates will do just that at “Perspectives on Palestine 2017,” a day-long conference presenting thoughtful, progressive voices on the crisis in Israel-Palestine.

The conference will be held 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St W., Northfield.

Dr. Mark Braverman, program director of Kairos USA, will present“Tipping Point? Politics, Zionism and the Call to the Church.” Nathan Stock is the former director of the Israel-Palestine Office of The Carter Center and will speak on “Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Jennifer Bing, director of the Chicago American Friends Service CommitteeMiddle East Program, will present “No Way to Treat a Child.”


Candidate Forum for Council Seat October 23

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The League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls will hold a candidate forum on Monday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at the Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

On November 7, there will be an election for an at-large seat on the Northfield City Council, with three candidates vying for the position. The incumbent, Greg Colby, was appointed to fill the vacancy created in November 2016 when Rhonda Pownell was elected Mayor. Colby’s term ends on December 31, 2017.  The term of the elected candidate will be one year with the possibility of running in the 2018 election for a 4-year term.

The three candidates are:  Greg Colby, Jon Denison and Don McGee.  Allene Moesler of Cannon Falls will moderate the forum. There will be opportunities for the public to submit questions to the candidates following their formal presentations.


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