E-Cycling First Saturday of Every Month

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A reminder to all that there will be E-cycling on Saturday, March 5, at the First UCC Church parking lot (300 Union Street) from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Drop off your old electronics, appliances, and any other items containing metal. Everything is free except for old-fashioned CRT-based televisions and monitors, for which there is a $5 to $20 fee, depending on sixe.

Questions?  Contact Jim Caswell, 65-/214-3857. 

Northfield Reads $2 Dinner Thursday, March 10, at 6:00 pm at UCC

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   What can you purchase with only $2.00?  Come to the Northfield Reads $2. dinner and gain some understanding.  The event will be hosted by the UCC in preparation for this year's Northfield Reads discussion on the book $2.00 a Day; Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H.

Y Offering Personal Nutrition Training

Northfield Area Family YMCA introduces Personal Nutrition Training

Eating well has its rewards.  Fueling your body properly helps you feel better, improve performance and productivity, resist chronic disease, boost energy, build immunity, age well and control your weight.  Northfield Area Family YMCA now offers Personal Nutrition Training with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  The RDN works with people individually to develop food-related strategies that help them achieve their wellness goals and live healthier lives.  The training sessions are held at the Y and are available to members and non-members.   

If you are curious or have questions, visit Curwin during her "Quickbites" where she is available at the Y free.  Contact the Y for her ongoing Free Quickbites schedule. 

Poetry Night @ Content Bookstore: Arcadia and TORCH students


You are invited to Poetry Night at Content Bookstore on Thursday, March 3, featuring the winners of the Arcadia Charter School Poetry Out Loud Competition and the TORCH Poetry Slam. The event starts at 7pm at Content Bookstore (314 Division St. S). This will be the sixth in a series of monthly poetry readings at Content. 

Arcadia students Bella Callery and Anna Kochever will recite the poems they're getting ready to recite at the Poetry Out Loud state semi-finals in Minneapolis on March 8 and 9. TORCH students Alondra Perez and Chris Lazaro will perform their winning poems from the TORCH Poetry Slam. 
After the performances by the featured students, members of the audience are invited to share a poem of their own at the open mic. Other student poets are especially encouraged to share a poem. 

Super Tuesday Minnesota Style

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Minnesota’s role in Super Tuesday is hours away. Party activists are busy making final arrangements for participating in this biennial grass roots exercise in democracy. Precinct caucuses meet at 7:00 p.m.

In Northfield this year, the Rice County Republican Party will caucus at the Northfield High School, 1400 Division Street South. http://www.ricecountyrepublicans.com/

The Northfield Rice County Democratic Party with meet in Northfield in several locations.  Most Northfield precincts, will meet at the Northfield Middle School, 2200 Division Street South. Residents of Ward 1 Precinct 1 will meet at Carleton College and Ward 4 Precinct 1 will meet at St. Olaf College.  For precise college locations:http://ricecountydfl.blogspot.com/

Auditions for Middle and High School Students!

Learn all about and perform a Live Radio Play at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.

Teens in grades 6-12!  Curious about what it would be like to be on the radio? Interested in learning about voice-over work for commercials or animated films? Do you love history? Do you love great comedy? This is the show for you!  

The Northfield Arts Guild announces auditions for the Project Purple Door production of You Can’t Take It with You, the radio play. Auditions are open to students in grades 6 to 12.Auditions will be held THIS WEEKEND: Sunday, February 28 from 2:00-3:30pm and Monday, February 29 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield. Call the Northfield Arts Guild at 507-645-8877 or email Rachel.purpledooryouththeater@gmail.com to schedule a 30 minute audition in one of these time frames. Students do not need to prepare anything in advance.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (February 22, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. A complete packet (including agenda) can be found here (table file here). Highlights of the meeting included:

Make Your Mark! Sidewalk Poetry Contest Deadline February 29th at 6 pm

Have you been thinking about submitting an entry to this year's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC)-sponsored Sidewalk Poetry contest?  Well, there's still time! Let this be the year you Make Your Mark in Northfield's sidewalks!  Important contest guidelines are available on the ACC page of the City of Northfield website. Submissions are due by 6 pm on Monday, February 29th, at the interim Library location at City Hall (801 Washington St.).  Judging will take place in March, with winners being announced at the start of National Poetry Month in April.

Northfield Reads 2016


Northfield Reads is excited to announce its program for 2016.  Everyone is invited to read $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, and join in various events to help us understand its message.

Northfield Reads aspires to engaging the community in lively discussions to assist us in understanding the diversity among.  This year, the focus is on the working poor and those living in poverty. $2 a Day chronicles the stories of several families who are living in this extreme poverty in a way that is engaging, informative, and inspiring.  At the same time, it weaves through these stories information about the complex social, political, and economic factors that underlie this situation.

The number of Americans who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day (about the cost of a gallon of gas and less than a latte) has more than doubled in the last twenty years, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this extreme economic situation.  This is about one of every 25 families with children, a startling statistic. 

Here in Northfield we do not have statistics based on the concept of $2/day.  The statistics that we do have indicate that low income households are increasing, with 15% of Northfield living in poverty. 

New! Minute with the Mayor

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Northfield Mayor Dana Graham talks about a variety of City topics in his latest short video.


Everything you need to know about the Minnesota Caucus


According to their handy brochure: "The Northfield Initiative is a Carleton student-run organization designed to increase voter turnout in the city of Northfield."  The students' aim is to present objective, nonnpartisan information and to encourage all eligible voters to engage in democracy. 

Check out the Northfield Initiative website to learn about the March First precinct cauces.


Progress at the library!


The steel framing has been covered with glass in the atrium and entrance.  Now that's progress! The construction crew continues to work both inside and outside.  Lots of drywall is being installed, which means that taping and painting can't be far behind.  

To see more photos of the project:  http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement

Save Saturday, May 7 - the day the library reopens in all its renovated splendor!

Omelet Breakfast Sunday, Feb 21st, 8:30-12:30 (Support Local Deployed Military, Veterans and their Families). Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Fundraiser


Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon “Omelet Breakfast” set for Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Northfield Eagles Club

Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) is hosting its inaugural omelet breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Northfield Eagles Club.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Public Hearing and Meeting (February 8, 2016)

Public Hearing (20 minutes)

The Northfield School Board held a public meeting to gather feedback on applicants for the seat on the school board left vacant by the resignation of Anne Maple. There were four applicants for the position: Mike Birthelsen, Fritz Bogott, Ray Cox, and Dale Gehring. The video includes remarks by supporters of each candidate, and statements by the candidates themselves.  

Regular School Board Meeting (2 hours)

What is a House for Children?


It is a place for voices to be heard, laughter to be shared, and wonder to be experienced. Come see a children's house for yourself. Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 until 12:00 we will be hosting our Spring Open House. We would love to meet your family to discuss our vision for early childhood education and show you what we mean by "an environment for discovery and learning." Enrollment for summer programs and the 2016-2017 school year will be available. Our tables and chairs may be small, but our hearts are big!


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