A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michelle
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The St. Olaf Science Alliance is Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 9:36am

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recognized a group of St. Olaf students known as the Science Alliance, with the May 2019 “Making a Difference Award.”

The Making a Difference recognition is given out monthly to community members or organizations helping make Northfield an even better place for young people.

The Science Alliance is a STEM education outreach program bringing hands-on, exciting science experiences to 3rd-5th grade students in the Northfield area. Student volunteers visit throughout the school year at after-school programs and community outreach events. During the 2018-19 school year, Science Alliance members worked at Bridgewater, Sibley and Greenvale Park schools once a week from November and through May.

Savannah Stuckmeyer, Co-Coordinator at Greenvale Park Community School complimented the Science Alliance’s involvement. “Science Alliance has been helping lead clubs at the Greenvale Park PLUS program for several years. They are consistent, engaging, and the content they use to teach the students is unique. The purpose of the PLUS program is to extend the school-day without it feeling like school, and Science Alliance lives up to this standard. We often hear from our 4th and 5th graders that they enjoy Science Alliance and look forward to them coming each week.”

Elizabeth Valentine, teacher at Sibley, also had high praise for the group. “My third grade English language learners were studying the sun and we came across information about how the sun is made of hydrogen and helium. One of my 3rd grade students, who also participated in PLUS, said excitedly, ‘Oh yes, we studied atoms with Science Alliance and helium was one we drew’! What a great connection to other learning!”

Meeting with Science Alliance leaders and their faculty advisor, Professor Greg Muth, the students’ enthusiasm was evident. Julia noted it was a fun way to earn volunteer hours and get involved in the community. Jessica was always interested in science and felt her involvement contributed to a good cause. Helen said it gave her a chance to get off campus and helped her grow as a person. Another student, Jessica, said she had worked with kids since she was 12 and this was a way of learning and having fun. Paige’s favorite lesson was one in which they talked about different kinds of medical doctors. When she asked one of students what kind of doctor he wanted to be, he said, “A good one!” Muth has been involved since 2010 when the group started. He remains committed because he wants to get “the best young minds exposed to the field of education.”

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, visit for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application – or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

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Dukes, Hawks postponed

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 9:24am

The Dukes-Hastings game schedule for Sunday, May 19 has been postponed due to miserable conditions. The game will be made up on Wednesday, June 12 in Dundas at 7:30 p.m.

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Angels hold of Dukes

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:01pm

The Minneapolis Angels built an 8-3 lead and held off a Dukes rally, throwing out two Dundas runners at the plate over the final three innings in an 8-7 victory at Memorial Park on Friday. Haydn Lanoue, Nic Zabel and Patrick Wadzinski had three hits each for the Dukes (1-1) in the loss. // BOX SCORE

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EV Charging Station Application

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 2:16pm

The Rotary Club of Northfield’s RCAT team has put together an application for area businesses to apply for a grant to install an EV charging station. Apply with the pdf below and send to Andrei Sivanich at or mail to:

Rotary Club of Northfield
PO Box 271
Northfield, MN 55057

The deadline is July 1st, 2019.


Rotary EV Charging Project – Application

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Dukes top St. Louis Park to open 2019

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 10:40pm

Jon Bishop had three hits and five Dundas pitchers scattered nine hits on the way to a 4-0 Mother's Day shutout victory over a shorthanded defending Class A State Champion St. Louis Park squad. Haydn Lanoue was 2-for-5 and Patrick Wadzinski walked three times. // BOX SCORE

Dundas hosts the Minneapolis Angels on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Call for artists to design downtown banners

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 6:09pm

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) and the City of Northfield Arts and Culture Commission are sponsoring a competition for artists to design a street banner that will be hung on lamp-posts along Division Street and Water Street in downtown Northfield. These banners will be seen by thousands of visitors and residents annually.

The winning design will replace the red, white and blue “Historic Northfield Since 1855” banners, which have been in use since 2005. Artists should submit designs that highlight the cultural, historic, or artistic characteristics of Northfield.

This initiative is made possible by the NDDC’s affiliation with Main Street Minnesota, a program of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. The NDDC was recently awarded a mini-grant of $4,200 by Main Street Minnesota to assist with funding this project.

By focusing the new banner initiative on the local artist community, the call for submissions will showcase the high volume of artists living in the community who play a central role in making downtown Northfield a hub for excitement and culture.

“The artists in our community serve as a driving force behind the excitement and allure of downtown Northfield. We want our banners to reflect that,” said Greg Siems, Executive Director of the NDDC.

Artists may submit their designs until June 7, 2019, by emailing them directly to Guidelines for submitting entries should be downloaded from the Public Arts page of the City of Northfield.

The design entries will be reviewed by a Public Art Review Committee in mid-June and banner production will begin following the selection of the winning design. The artist that submits the selected design will be awarded $400. The new banners will be displayed beginning in September 2019.

For more information about the NDDC or to contact board members, email or visit

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Northfield HCI – a network of people caring about other people

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 9:36am

Article by Elsa Hoff, published in the Northfield News, May 1, 2019
Elsa is a member of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Board of Directors.

When I hear someone talk about Northfield HCI, I think of several different things. Sometimes I think about the Board of Directors and my experience serving with this wonderful group. Sometimes I think about TORCH (Tackling Obstacles Raising College Hopes) and my peers who receive guidance and support for high school and beyond. Sometimes I think about Greenvale Park Community School, my alma mater, and the many upgrades that have been implemented to benefit the youth of our community. HCI spearheads and coordinates so many programs and projects in Northfield and beyond that it’s impossible to think of the same thing every time HCI is brought up in conversation.

For me personally, one of the best things about my experience on the HCI board has been getting to know all the wonderful, knowledgeable adults I serve alongside. Betsy Spethmann collaborated with me when I was a “Lace for the Cure” co-captain for the Northfield High School girls’ soccer team, as did Tanner Schieck; both also serve on the HCI Board. Bridget Conway checks in with me by email before every HCI meeting to see how I’m doing because she cares about me both as a board member and as a person. Connie Nelson, aunt of two of my good friends, is so kind to me, always greeting me with a smile before meetings. I could provide an example of warmth and kindness for every adult on the board, but I’m afraid that would take up my 500 words. These adults are thoughtful about their deliberation and decisions on the board AND about the people (especially youth) of the community, and they make fantastic role models for me and my fellow youth board members.

Speaking of my fellow youth Board members, it has been amazing to meet and spend time with Anna, Athena, Olive, and Willy. We all have such different backgrounds and contribute something unique to the board because of those individual experiences. It’s hard to put into words how much they have added to my experience on the board, but I want to thank them as I leave Northfield this year. I’ve purposely focused on the people on the HCI Board because HCI is more than an organization and its programs. It is truly a network of people caring about other people.

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First Friday Art Night May 3

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 10:14pm

5:00pm                     #Clay Northfield@ Northfield Arts Guild and Carleton College. Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Divison St  S until 6:00pm. Weitz Center for Creativity @Carleton College, 320 3rd St East until 9pm.

Inspired by the choice of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) to hold their 2019 conference in Minneapolis, the Northfield Arts Guild, Carleton College and St. Olaf College partnered to create thirteen unique exhibitions of contemporary ceramic work. Falling under the general title of #claynorthfield, each of these experiences celebrates creativity, diversity, and the important role art plays in our lives. This Northfield celebration of clay is truly unprecedented and designed for both visitors and our local community.  Exhibit details at;;

6:00pm                 Live music with Spare Niche Jazz at Tanzenwald Brewing,  103 Water St. N.

7:00pm                 Live music with Cannon River Currents at Imminent Brewing,  519 Division St. S.

7:00pm                 Live music with Jim Pellinger at the Contented Cow Pub, 302 Division St. S.

7:30pm                 St. Olaf Jazz 1 presents their annual spring concert at the Pause Manestage, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College, 1520 St Olaf Ave. Led by music faculty member David Hagedorn, St. Olaf Jazz 1 was awarded “Outstanding Performance by Large Undergraduate Jazz Ensemble” in DownBeat Magazine’s 42nd Annual Student Music Awards. Results were announced in the magazine’s June 2019 edition.

7:30pm                 The Dance and the Railroad, Carleton Players production at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, 320 3rd St E.

8:00pm                 Live music with Dan Israel at the Tavern Restaurant & Lounge, 212 Division St. S.

8:00pm                 Live music with the Tony Rook Band at Reunion – Eat, Drink, Gather, 501 Division St. S.

8:30pm                 Live music with Angel Val at Froggy Bottoms River Pub and Lily Padio, 307 Water St. S.

8:30pm                  Live music with James Lewis & the Jack Pines at Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St. S.

Save the Date for these upcoming 2019 First Friday Art Nights

June 7                    August 2                           October 4                              December 6
July 5                    September 6                   November 1                        

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