Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra Auditions

Aug 29 2021 2:00 pm
Aug 29 2021 6:00 pm
Emmaus Baptist Church in Northfield

CVYO is a youth organization that provides music enrichment for string students with one year experience up to high school seniors.  We have 3 orchestras according to ability level.  We have 40-50 students involved from Northfield and surrounding communities.  Rehearsals start Tuesday, Sept. 14 for 10 weeks.  Audition is required for proper orchestra placement, either in person or by video.  Contact us at and see our website


The Lion in Winter in Summer


The Northfield Arts Guild and director Rachel Haider are proud to present James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter.  This Guild Theater production will perform outdoors in Northfield’s Central Park, 421 4th Street, Northfield on July 23, 24, 25, 29, 30.  All performances begin at 7pm.

Set at Christmas, 1183 in Chinon France, The Lion in Winter is described by The New York Times as “a work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill”. Tangled intrigue, sword-fighting, and vibrant characters lead to a delightful night back to live theatre. Using a mixture of both comedic and dramatic moments, the show explores the family dynamics that come into play while the royal family battles amongst themselves over the reign of an empire.

Despite quiet, suffering continues for Palestinians in Gaza

Jun 22 2021 6:00 pm

While the Israeli bombardment of Gaza last month has ended, the current status is merely a lull in active hostilities toward its beleaguered people.

To illustrate the desperate situation in Gaza, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel will show the movie, “Gaza: Still Alive,” in an online event at 6 p.m., June 22, 2021. Deya’ Leonard Dressner will host a discussion after the one-hour movie. Go to and scroll down to “Upcoming Event” for the registration link

“Gaza: Still Alive” reveals the mental health struggles among Palestinians in the impoverished Gaza Strip after a decade of isolation from the world and amid ongoing war and trauma. It is the story of Gazans’ immense invisible suffering as seen through the eyes of ordinary civilians and the psychologists tasked with supporting them.

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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,, 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

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 


Feb 20 2021 7:30 pm
Northfield Arts Guild Facebook Page

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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Icicle Meltdown Challenge

Parks aren't just for kids!

Watch the Icicle Meltdown Promotional Video and start your challenge today! Register for the Icicle Meltdown Challenge HERE!

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.

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