Hvistendahl to Speak at 50 North


Local author and historian Susan Hvistendahl is presenting highlights from Volume 1 of her "Historic Happenings" series of books at FiftyNorth senior center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, at 1 pm on June 17. She will take note of Northfield personalities, places and events such as John North, Laura Baker, Maggie Lee, Wayne Eddy, Marilyn Sellars, Sid and Dan Freeman, Laura MacKenzie, the Archer House, the Grand, the Lyceum, Eisenhower at Laird Stadium, the 1876 bank raid and the beloved popcorn wagon, run by FiftyNorth. The talk is free and open to the public and there will be a signing of all her local history books, cash or check only, following the presentation.

Virus adds to ongoing catastrophe for Palestinians

Palestinian refugees

No corner of the world has been untouched by the global coronavirus pandemic. And nothing more clearly demonstrates the ongoing Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”) for the Palestinian people than Covid 19.

Every May 15, Palestinians and their supporters commemorate the Nakba, events during which Zionist forces violently drove nearly a million Palestinians from their homes throughout 1947 to 1949.

“Personal Stories of the Nakba (The Catastrophe)” will be 1 p.m., Saturday, May 15, 2021. This NJP-produced video features three Palestinians sharing family stories from that time. Normally held in person in Bridge Square in downtown Northfield, the commemoration presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel will be held online this year because of coronavirus concerns. Click here to register.

2021 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest winners announced as part of the State of the City Address

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Northfield, MN (March 19, 2021)-

Mayor Rhonda Pownell revealed six Mayor for a Day Essay Contest winners during the State of the City Address, which premiered March 15 on the City of Northfield YouTube channel and Northfield Public Broadcasting. City Administrator Ben Martig introduced the students during the program. Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Mayor Pro Tem Jessica Peterson White selected the winning essays based on creativity and originality.

This year’s essay question focuses on leadership traits. The students were asked, if you were Mayor for a Day, what three leadership character traits would be the most important to have to be a great leader for the City of Northfield. Please give an example of how a leader that you have learned about in history has led with the three character traits you selected. 

The winners are:

Understanding the History of Indigenous People of the Area - Then and Now

Northfield Reads is focusing on Indigenous People this year.  The last event of the year will be on Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, via zoom.

Sue Garwood, director of the Rice County Historical Society, and the Reverend Canon Robert Two Bulls, Missioner for the Department of Indian Work and Multicultural Ministries for the Episcopal Church will talk about Indigenous people in our area in the past and present.  Adults and students are encouraged to attend.    Participants need to register on the Northfield Public Library website, mynpl.org, to receive a zoom link.  Click on "events", "virtual events," and then click on the April 13 event to register.  Questions?  Contact Corinne Smith at  f.corinne.smith@gmail.com

Deep Valley Book Festival – March 6-7

Northfield authors Joy Riggs and Susan Hvistendahl will be participating in the Cabin Fever virtual edition of the Deep Valley Book Festival on March 6-7. Riggs will be involved in two live and one pre-recorded panel discussion. Riggs is the author of "Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters." Hvistendahl's books are "Milestones and Memories of the St. Olaf Band" with co-author Jeffrey Sauve and three Historic Happenings books about Northfield, St. Olaf and Carleton. This free family-oriented festival is for book lovers of all ages. For further information and to get links to events, go to www.deepvalleybookfestival.com 


Feb 20 2021 7:30 pm
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Susan Hvistendahl to Present Local History

Local author and historian Susan Hvistendahl will present “Historic Happenings of Rice County”, an online program for the Rice County Historical Society on Thursday, January 21, at 7 pm.

Hvistendahl, who wrote a “Historic Happenings” column for the Entertainment Guide of Southern Minnesota from 2007-2016, will speak on four topics: Heisman trophy winner Bruce Smith of Faribault, the early bicycling craze in Rice County, the history of the St. Olaf Band since 1891 and Northfield’s iconic Archer House, ravaged by fire last November.

Northfield's 45th Lucia Fest Celebrated at Home

The 45th Annual Lucia Fest was not held in person this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Northfield Swedish Club invited local families to celebrate the Swedish Christmas season safely in their own homes.

The event is typically held the Friday before Lucia Day (December 13), and includes a potluck supper, a pageant with Lucias and their attendants, the singing of Christmas carols, and folk dancing around the Christmas tree.

Five young women were selected to serve as this year's Lucias. They are:

• Libby Brust, a senior at Northfield High School. "I haven't finalized my college plans yet, but I plant to study either microbiology or biochemistry next year. I've enjoyed participating in the Sankta Lucia celebration for many years, and my favorite Scandanavian holiday tradition is decorating gingerbread houses."


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Butler, Coleman, Gonzalez-George receive "strongly endorses" from NEA for school board election

(Press release from the Northfield Education Association)

NEA 2020 Northfield School Board Candidate Endorsement


We, the teaching staff of the Northfield Education Association, have a keen interest in the upcoming school board election. An endorsing committee, at the direction of the membership, has been given the task of screening candidates to make recommendations for the four open seats. The following value statements serve to offer perspective in guiding our decision.

We believe…

1. A school board member must see the Board as an oversight and policy-making body as opposed to one that manages the daily workings of the district. Through its efforts it affirms and sets goals for the district that align with the goals of the community, the school personnel, the realities and constraints of what can be done, and a sense of how to sustain quality.

Niemisto, Hvistendahl and Riggs Featured at Deep Valley Book Festival

Three Northfield writers will be participating in the Deep Valley Book Festival of authors taking place virtually Saturday and Sunday Oct. 3-4. Susan Hvistendahl, Joy Riggs and Paul Niemisto will be promoting their books at this largest literary festival in Southern Minnesota.
Niemisto is offering his "Cornets and Pickaxes" about Finnish bands in Northern Minnesota, Riggs has "Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters" about her music man great-grandfather G. Oliver Riggs and Hvistendahl has three Historic Happenings books about Northfield, St. Olaf and Carleton and "Milestones and Memories of the St.

Letter: Retired Superintendent Chris Richardson Supports Corey Butler for School Board

This letter is shared on behalf of Dr. Chris Richardson, former superintendent of Northfield Public Schools.

While there are a number of very important national election races this fall, I believe that your choices for our Northfield School Board also deserve your strong consideration.  I have had the privilege of knowing and working with current School Board candidate Corey Butler during my years as Superintendent of Schools in Northfield.  During that time Corey was serving as a reporter and editor covering both the Northfield and Faribault School Districts.  In my opinion, he went above and beyond my expectations to make sure that our community clearly understood the important educational issues the school district was facing.

Corey Butler for Northfield School Board

Public schools have mattered to me my entire life.
As a child, I found comfort and shelter in my schools. It was a place I looked forward to daily for learning, for friendship and for a sense of belonging.

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