Local Issues

Archer House History Presentation on Channel 187 Friday

"The History of the 1877 Archer House: A Program with Susan Hvistendahl" held Sept. 9 at the Northfield Public Library will premiere at 6 pm on Friday, Sept. 24, on Northfield Public Broadcasting channel 187. The program will be rerun and available on demand at npb.ci.northfield.mn.us. The program will also premiere at the same time onhttps://youtu.be/GxXiQC9pNc4

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.

Come to Northfield Citizens On Line Annual Meeting Thursday Evening!

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Don’t forget that on Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. at Hideaway in downtown Northfield, the Annual Meeting of Northfield Citizens Online is happening. All are welcome to attend!

President Griff Wigley and Vice President/Secretary Tracy Davis will facilitate a discussion of the history and future of Northfield.org and hope Northfielders will sit in and contribute to the conversation. Watch this space for agenda.

Almost 30 years ago, a group of Northfielders had been discussing questions like:  What's the likely impact of the Internet on the local community? How can it be used to strengthen a geographic community rather than undermining it? 

Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting

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Save the date February 13, 7:00 p.m. at Hideaway in downtown Northfield, for the Annual Meeting of Northfield Citizens Online (NCO).

Almost 30 years ago, a group of Northfielders had been discussing questions like:  What's the likely impact of the Internet on the local community? How can it be used to strengthen a geographic community rather than undermining it. 

The group established the non-profit NCO and founded the website Northfield.org to create an electronic commons that strengthens the fabric of community in the greater Northfield area. Over the years, Northfield.org has played a number of roles involving many local citizens and organizations. 

The question of the impact of Internet-based technologies on the community is as relevant now as at the time of the founding of NCO, if not more so. What role Northfield.org can and should play will be part of the discussion at the February Annual Meeting.

NORTHFIELD READS—February: A Month of Conversations

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Northfield Reads invites people to join in a month of conversations with local people of the global majority and with one of the essayists from the book A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.  The public is welcome to attend any or all of these discussions.  Reading the book will provide background for the conversations, but is not necessary to enjoy and learn from them.


Conversations:  Thanks to several local organizations, Northfield Reads will be hosting conversations with some of the immigrant groups in the community. 

o   Northfield High School ESL Class:  Friday, February 8, 9:30-10:20 am

o   Northfield Works Client Advisory Group:  Monday, February 11, 1:30-3:00 pm, Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC)

Invitation to Join Northfield Masters Swim Club---join us in our 21st season!

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We are starting our fall season of the local Masters Swim Club on October 1. We will swim every mwf at 5:15 am; workouts end at 6:25. We swim at the West Gym of Carleton. Sessions feature customized workouts created by a great coach (Kevin O'Brien) and some individualized instruction. Swimmers are placed in lanes according to ability. All swimmers are welcome. Current members range from those who have swum in college to those whose background is purely recreational. A small number of members compete in US Masters meets, but most swim for fitness and the comradery of our early morning plunges into the pool. Join us!

Not Afraid to be Creative or get a little Dirty? The Y is Hiring Summer Counselors!

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The Y is Hiring ! 

To view all open positions and to apply, visit our website by clicking here

Are you...

Graduating this year or home for the summer?  Looking to make a difference? Good with Kids? Not afraid to be creative or get a little dirty?  Apply to join the Y's summer camp staff team.

Duties: Serve as a lead for a group of 8-10 campers each day; oversee the health, safety, and welfare of the campers; provide supervision, direction, enthusiasm, and positive reinforcement for the campers; demonstrate patience and positive role-modeling and teach daily skill session activities. Works 20-35hours/week.

Climate Activists Invite Public to Earth Day Celebration


Join us on the afternoon of April 21st in front of Armory Square for activities, local music and exhibitors, art and food trucks. We will have a ‘Climate Art March’ and circle back to Armory Square to take in our keynote speaker Mark Seeley! From there we will be listening to local climate stories and then convening as a community to gather your input and ideas to conceptualize a community wide response for Northfield’s Climate Action Plan.

YMCA Announces New Board of Directors

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is very pleased to announce two new community members who have joined the Y's Board of Directors:  Nancy Antoine, Bridgewater Elementary School Principal and Nate Engle, Controller for St. Olaf.  Nancy and Nate will provide wonderful guidance with their time and talent in support of our local YMCA.  Pictured (L to R):  Gretchen Ehresmann, Board Chair, Nancy Antoine, Nate Engle and Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director

2018 Northfield State of the City Address Was A Night To Remember

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On March 19, 2018, Mayor Rhonda Pownell presented her annual State of the City Address to over 150 attendees in Kracum Performance Hall, Weitz Center, Carleton College.Poet Laureate Rob Hardy shared words of reflection and inspiration of “vision”. Contributions to his reading by Northfield poets Becky Boling, Florance Dacey, D.E. Green, Marie Gery, Karen Herseth-Wee, Diane LeBlanc, Steve McCown, Hannah Pahs, Leslie Schultz, Nancy Soth and Anne Sovik. Stitched together by Rob Hardy.

Mayor For A Day Essay Contest, a first time award, was presented to six Northfield students; three from 4th grade and three from 5th grade:  Lola McCarty 5th gr. Sibley, Crystal Palma 4th gr. St. Dominic, Grace Mostad 4th gr. St. Dominic, Madyson Sevcik 5th gr. Bridgewater, Riley Schwamb 5th gr. Prairie Creek, and Ben Flory 4th gr. Sibley Elementary School.

2018 Northfield Reads Events Scheduled


The public is invited to this year’s Northfield Reads events, focused on the book The Revolution Where You Live.   This year’s book considers how people can reimagine their immediate world and, in so doing, create a new and deeper sense of community.Reading the book provides a background for the discussion, but is not necessary. Join your neighbors in a conversations about how to make this community even better.

How and Why to Caucus

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Former Minnesota Senator Kevin Dahle and Executive Director of American Majority Jennifer DeJournett will talk about the role caucusing plays in our democracy on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m.at St. John's Church, 500 3rd st. W., Northfield. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls, this valuable forum will help us learn how to participate effectively in the caucus of our choice.


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. 

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


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.

Candidate Forum for Council Seat October 23


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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