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Northfield Historical Society is looking for new posse members

!{float:right; margin: 0 0 5px 5px;}! Since 1992, adult volunteers have been the Northfield Historical Society interpreters and presenters of the events that transpired on September 7, 1876 or as it is known in Northfield and elsewhere: The Defeat of the James-Younger Gang.

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HealthFinders Collaborative Presents "A Night on the Town"

HealthFinders Collaborative Seeks Auction Items and Attendees for Fundraiser!

HealthFinders Collaborative, a local grassroots organization dedicated to providing healthcare services for the under- and uninsured residents of Rice County, will be having its third annual fundraiser - "A Night on the Town" - on Friday, April 28th from 7pm-Midnight at The Grand in Northfield. A catered dinner will be provided, and there will be live music and dancing, as well as a silent and live auction. The Bridgewater Ramblers will play bluegrass and country music, and Pide Kaimás will play music from all over Latin America.

Since opening clinic doors in June of 2005, HealthFinders has seen over 300 patients and assured that hundreds receive the prescription drugs they need through a drug fund. This exciting community collaborative has greatly affected the communal health of Rice County. Volunteers hail from Northfield, Faribault, local congregations, local hospitals and clinics, and Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.

Earth Jam 2006!

Click to view a PDF of the posterEarth Day has taken a new and more festive twist on Northfield. One month away: Earth Jam 2006! You're invited to join us on Bridge Square on Saturday April 22nd to celebrate Earth! There will be a town clean-up/beautification from 9am to 12 noon. You are encouraged to meet at the Square at 9 and be ready to get get down and dirty! From 11 am to 4pm there will be tables on the Square of local environmental groups, organizations, local farmers from the Farmer's market, composting demos, goodies from the Just Food Co-op and Mercantile and more! Then THE FESTIVAL BEGINS!  From 2pm to 7pm, a festival of artists from around the world will entertain the people of Northfield and celebrate our support for the earth and our community.

To all Dance groups and Musicians: anyone interested in performing can contact Taylor Franklin at

To all interested volunteers to lead the City Wide clean-up, or have an Earth Day info table: again, you can contact Taylor Franklin via email or call the AmeriCorps office at (507) 664-3752.

Northfield Community Action Center "Bizarre Bazaar" this Saturday

Click to view larger sizeThe Bizarre Bazaar is a “friend and fund raiser” for the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC) this Saturday, March 11, from 6-11 p.m. The Grand Event Center will host the evening of fun, food and fashion that begins with a silent auction, followed by a style show with Northfield-area “personalities” modeling their favorite fashion finds from The Clothes Closet, the CAC’s thrift store. The night will be topped off by a rousing live auction by Ed Kuhlman, a showman himself!

All are welcome to attend the event. The $15 admission price includes two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres and a bidding number. Advance tickets (recommended) are available at the Northfield Community Action Center offices, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, #200, or by calling 664-3550. Contact the CAC for more information.

WINGS Offers Grants Workshop

Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS), is holding a free grant writing workshop on Saturday, March 11, 9-10:30 a.m. at the NCRC dining room. All applicants for WINGS grants are strongly encouraged to attend.

WINGS invites any non-profit organization serving the Northfield area to apply for a grant in support of projects benefiting women and children. In 2005, 17 grants were awarded totaling more than $33,000. 

WINGS is a women’s philanthropic organization committed to educating and expanding the numbers of women in philanthropy, building and strengthening community through pooled investments, and to improving the lives of women and children through focused giving in the Northfield area. WINGS will fund projects that meet immediate needs, as well as those that address the underlying causes of those needs. For more information or a grant application, visit

"Locally Grown" #8 features Elizabeth Schott and the Northfield Area United Way

Issues covered in show #8 of Locally Grown, recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Saturday afternoon: The Northfield Area United Way fund drive with guest Elizabeth Schott, Executive Director.

Click the play button to listen (30 mintues). Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes. Join the ISSUES discussion list to continue the conversation on these and other issues. Attach a comment to give us feedback. See the Locally Grown page for more on the show.

Singing Valentines

I had an uncharacteristically grueling workday today, which involved a 200-mile commute and a run-in with the state patrol. So I wasn't really in the mood to even pick up the phone when it rang this evening. But when I realized it was a group of singers from the Northfield Youth Choirs calling with a "singing valentine," my day got a whole lot better.

The valentine was a gift from my wife (NYC's manager), who snapped these photos of members of Chorale, the high school group, singing a "Love Me Tender/You are my Sunshine" medley over several cell phones simultaneously. Chorale and the middle school Treble Choir successfully "delivered" more than 100 singing valentines this evening, with proceeds going to the singers as a fundraiser for their upcoming tours to Des Moines and Chicago.

Be a Part of Northfield History in the Making - Take Our Survey!

With the incredible broadening and improvement of our services, facilities and community outreach at the Northfield Historical Society your comments; thoughts, ideas and opinions are essential. To be sure we’re headed down the right path in enhancing our relevance, importance and value to the widest possible audience we have posted a simple Web-based survey.

This is just a starting point to gain some initial general public perceptions. We will be conducting much more research in the near future which will guide how your Historical Society can play an even more significant role in the future of the Northfield Community. We need your insights and perspectives as we continue building the bridge from our past to our future.

Please take a moment to click through this questionnaire and add any thoughts, comments or concerns you might have. Click here to take survey Also, please feel free to stop in for a visit. If it’s been more than six months you’ll be amazed. And best yet, there’s more to come!

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