Census 2020: Crucial--and Controversial


The League of Women Voters of Northfield-Cannon Falls, in cooperation with the City of Northfield and Northfield Public Schools, invites the public to join neighbors in learning more about the direct importance of the 2020 U.S. Census to Northfield.At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the Northfield High School auditorium, State Demographer Susan Brower will share the podium with Marcia Avner, director of policy at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and longtime advocate for the census, to describe the process for the 2020 census and the current state of preparation. Based on their experiences and perspectives, the speakers will unpack some of the controversies surrounding the census and encourage questions and discussion.

This is a public, free and interactive event. Everyone is welcome to come learn about the vital vein of democracy that is our census.

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.

Local Nutritionist Noel Aldrich to Present The Rainbow Diet at the Northfield Public Library April 19

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     Are you stuck in a rut with your daily food plan?  Come and hear local nutritionist Noel Aldrich talk at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 pm about the the Rainbow Diet.  A rainbow of options are available to help you increase energy, reduce blood pressure, decrease weight, control cholesterol, and identify the natural food sources and colors that will benefit you most.  Dr. Aldrich will give a one hour presentation with resources and ideas for improving your health in 2018.  The program is free and open to the public.  Questions?  Please contact Joan Ennis at 645-1802

Tom Brosseau in Concert

Tom Brosseau performs at The Guild Theater on April 21.

Folksinger and songwriter Tom Brosseau performs as part of the 411 Concert Series on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West. Brosseau comes from a working family with a musical background; his grandmother taught him the acoustic guitar while he was in grade school.  He has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton. Ray Coudret is opening for Tom Brosseau.

Imagination Celebration at the Northfield Arts Guild


The public is invited to the annual Imagination Celebration event, a free day of art and performances on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10 am- 2 p.m. at the Northfield Arts guild. This family-friendly event features the All-School Show in the Main Gallery, mini performances, demonstrations, and hands-on art activities in the Art Studio, Clay Studio, and Dance Studio. This celebration of all things great about art is a popular, long-running event drawing hundreds of people to the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts.

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.

Mayor's State of the City Address Scheduled

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On March 19, 2018, the entire Northfield community is invited to hear Mayor Rhonda Pownell’s 2018 State of the City Address.  The event will be held at the Kracum Performance Hall, Weitz Center, Carleton College.  Doors open at 6pm. The program will start at 6:30pm.

Mayor Pownell will highlight accomplishments, challenges and opportunities throughout the community.  Award winners for the first 2018 Mayor for A Day Essay Contest, High School Ethics Award, and Board & Commission Excellence Award will be announced.

Northfield Business & Tourism Center and the Rotary Club of Northfield are sponsors of the event.  Desserts, refreshments and music sponsored by Xcel Energy.

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.


The City of Northfield Mayor & City Council invites Northfield 4th and 5th grade students to submit an essay for the 2018 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest.
ABOUT THE CONTEST The City of Northfield Mayor for a Day Essay Contest is a program to engage local 4th and 5th grade students in civic engagement through a written essay contest.  Mayor for a Day Essay Contest recipients will be announced and awarded by the Mayor at our annual State of the City event on March 19, 2018.
AWARD BENEFITS Top three winning entries for eligible 4th and 5th  grade students will receive the following award benefits:  $20.00 Chamber Gift Check.  Certificate of recognition signed by the Mayor and the Mayor-Pro Tem.  News release and photo (optional with parental consent) of the recipient.  Display of winning essay at City Hall and the Northfield Public Library.  Recognition at the annual State of the City event.

Murder on the Red River: a Book Talk with Marcie Rendon at the Northfield Public Library


Join us at 7 pm on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Northfield Public Library, when Marcie R. Rendon reads from her debut novel, "Murder on the Red River", published in 2017.

This story introduces us to Renee Blackbear also known as "Cash" who teams up with her cop friend Sheriff Wheaton to resolve a violent crime against a man from Red Lake. 

Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation.  She lives in St. Paul and is the author of a number of works of nonfiction and poetry.  "Murder on the Red River" is Marcie's first work of fiction for adults. 

For further information please contact Jamie Stanley at the Northfield Public Library, 507-645-1802 or jamie.stanley@ci.northfield.mn.us.  This program is free and open to the public.

Hiking the Holy Land


Pastor Jerad Morey of Northfield United Methodist Church will give a presentation on his experience hiking the Nativity Trail from Nazareth to Bethlehem in Israel and Palestine before Christmas, staying in Palestinian homes and Bedouin encampments. He will share what he learned as a traveler, as a God-follower, and as a justice-seeking citizen of the world God created. The community is invited to participate in a potluck meal at 5:00pm at Northfield United Methodist Church, or to arrive at 5:30pm for the presentation itself.

Democracy starts with YOU!


Here's your chance to make a difference at the grass roots.Attend the caucus of the party you support and get invoved with the gvernance and issuesl The two major parties in Northfield begin at 7:00 p.m.Tuesday evening. To find your ward and precinct and the location of the caucus of your party go to: http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ Join your neighbors in electing party officers and voing on issues you want the party to support.


Local author and illustrator Sharon Henry will talk about her new book, Good Day, Sad Day, Same Day; a day with my Mommy who has bipolar disorder at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, February 8, at 7:00 pm.  The author, who has lived in Northfield for many years, has written a children's book about mental illness.  She will read her book and talk about her writing and illustration process.  Book will be available for sale.  The program is free and open to the public.  If you have questions, please contact Joan ennis at 645-1802 or joan.ennis@ci.northfield.mn.us

Minnesota Author Peter Geye to Speak at the Northfield Public Library on Monday, February 5


     Award winning Minnesota author Peter Geye will be speaking at the Northfield Public Library on Monday, February 5th at 7:00 pm.  His talk is part of the SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperative) Author tour for 2018.  Peter is the author of Safe From the Sea, which won the India Award for fiction; Lighthouse Road, which won the Northeast Minnesota Book Award for fiction and was also a World Book Night selection in 2014; and Wintering, which won the Minnesota Book Award, the Northeast Minnesota Book Award, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award.  He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was the editor of Third Coast magazine.  He was born and raised i Minneapolis, where he still lives, and is the proud parent of three great kids.

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