Marilyn Sellars and Steven C to Give Benefit Concert

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Marilyn Sellars and Steven C (aka Steven C. Anderson) team up for a special musical afternoon Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield as a benefit for Ruth's House, a nonprofit providing transitional shelter and support for homeless women, children and families in Faribault. Sellars is a Northfield High graduate whose 1974 song "One Day at a Time" topped Elvis Presley on the charts. She was enshrined in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame in 2004.  Joining her will be talented pianist and composer Steven C who has sold well over two million copies of his own recordings, with millions of online streams of his piano pieces. He has performed with Mannheim Steamroller and recorded with the London Symphony Strings, among many other credits.  Admission is free, with a free will offering encouraged for Ruth's House.


Nominations Welcome for 2017 Northfield Human Rights Award

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With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a good time for the Northfield area to consider those in the community who have served generously in the area of Human Rights.  Each year, the Northfield Human Rights Commission gives an award to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration held in January.

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is actively soliciting nominees for this award. Community members are encouraged to think about those in the area who have contributed locally to the cause of human rights.  A diverse slate of nominees is sought. The Northfield Human Rights Commission will evaluate all nominees, and is ultimately responsible for choosing the award recipient.


Turkey Trot becoming unofficial homecoming

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The Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot has become Northfield’s unofficial homecoming event for the 1000-plus runners and walkers who participate each year.  

Now in its 16th year, the 5K run/walk is a Thanksgiving tradition for many Northfield households, a “must-do” for those who want to connect with old friends and neighbors and be reminded that Northfield is always home.

Rob Bierman, chair of Rotary’s Turkey Trot Committee, said this event has become one of the community’s signature events.

“The Turkey Trot gives Northfielders an opportunity to touch base with one another and reflect on their shared experience here in Northfield,” said Bierman. “You’ll see lots of hugs and hear a lot of catching up before and during the run/walk. There is always a lot of positive energy here.”


YMCA and VA partner in support of veterans and their families

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Effective immediately, the YMCA in partnership with the Veterans Administration is providing a $0 Joiners fee for Veteran and their families.  At the Y, we understand the dedication and personal sacrifice that veterans and their families make to protect and serve our nation. As a small token of gratitude for your military service, we’re waiving the joiner fee for veterans and their families at every Y across Minnesota (monthly membership costs still apply).

“As a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, I could not be more proud of this partnership with the VA.  I look forward to finding more ways to support not only those who have served our country but also their families.” Virginia Kaczmarek, Northfield Area Family YMCA, CEO.

We are here to help support your health and wellness goals.


Author explains influence of Israel lobby on foreign policy

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With the presidential candidates dominating the headlines, the political action committees (PACs) that lobby them are often forgotten. Author Grant F. Smith will discuss one of the most influential of these, the Israel lobby, 7-9 p.m., Nov. 12, 2016, Tomson Hall 280, St. Olaf College. Smith's presentation will address the origin, growth and influence of the lobby on U.S. Middle East policy.

Smith, a native Minnesotan, founded the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) in Washington, D.C., in 2002 and has written eight books about the Israel lobby.

The program is the joint effort of St. Olaf's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the St. Olaf Middle East Studies program and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel.


Stroke Support Group begins Nov. 17

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A new support group for stroke patients, their caregivers and loved ones is launching at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. The goal is to provide social, emotional and practical support for those adapting to life after a stroke. The group will meet monthly. It is free, and open to the public.

Stroke Support Group

Third Thursday of each month, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 17

Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Ave. (Meeting Room A)

On Dec. 15, the group will meet at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level).


Check out the Library's new website- just launched today!

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Announcing the new Northfield Public Library website! Library Director Teresa Jensen states “We hope you will find these pages easy to navigate, clearly written, and with a clean, streamlined look. Our new look is inspired by our recent Library renovation, and by John Maakestad’s Jubilate, on display in the Library atrium” 


Rotary takes Turkey Trot online

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This year, Northfield Rotary is taking the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot online.

For those who support Rotary programs, but will be out of town on Thanksgiving morning, there is now the “Free-Range Turkey Trot.” Long distance runners are invited to sign up at northfieldrotary.org/event/turkeytrot and share a photo or video of their virtual run. The cost is $20 per participant. The fee includes a T-shirt mailed in advance so out of town participants can wear them for the photos or videos they post. The most creative will be awarded a prize. The deadline for those who will be running elsewhere is Friday, Nov. 11.

“We saw an opportunity to include more people in this event,” said Rob Bierman, chair of the Rotary Turkey Trot Committee. “This gives those who cannot physically be in town an opportunity to support Rotary’s important work.”


Ceremony of remembrance for those who have lost a child

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Individuals experiencing the loss of a child are invited to a ceremony of remembrance and support leading into the holiday season.

International Children’s Memorial Day Service

Sunday, December 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

First United Church of Christ

This is a service of remembrance for those touched by the death of a child of any age. The evening includes readings, the lighting of candles, and time for reflection. There will also be grief support resources available for families. 

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

This local ceremony is part of Worldwide Candle Lighting, an international commemoration on December 11 with remembrance services around the world for families that have lost a child.


Downtown Historic District Rental Rehabilitation Program

The City of Northfield Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) in conjunction with Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) is committed to achieving the goal of decent housing and suitable living environments for persons of low and moderate income.   Utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the HRA will provide matching grants for historic rehabilitation and/or energy efficiency improvements of privately owned rental properties in the Historic Downtown District. 

Northfield has 70 licensed rental units located on the second and third floor of 27 buildings in the downtown historic district that provide affordable housing opportunities and may be in need of renovation or rehabilitation.  The Northfield HRA is utilizing 2016 CDBG Funding to provide an incentive or matching grant program for the following activities:


UPcoming Northfield Reads, 2016

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     Northfield Reads brings the community together for conversations to promote an understanding and appreciation of the diversity among us.  For the past three years, the Northfield Reads Committee has focused on a specific group of our population.  In 2014, the group focused on veterans.  In 2015 we focused on immigrants.  In 2016 we focused on people living in poverty.  In 2017 we will focus on mental illness.

     For this discussion, we have selected the book Unholy Ghost; Writers on Depression, edited by Nell Casey.  Copies of the book will be available at the Northfield Public Library and on sale at Content Books.  The book is paperback.  Each essay in the book can be read alone.  The expectation would be that the community would read part or all of the book, and the essays would be a jumping off point for discussion.


Audition for Dial M for Murder

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The Northfield Arts Guild hosts auditions for the Frederick Knott thriller, Dial M for Murder, on Sunday and Monday, November 6 and 7, at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third Street, Northfield, MN.

Dial M for Murder features a small cast of characters for six adult actors.  No prior experience is needed to audition for Northfield Arts Guild Theater productions.  Those interested should attend the open audition at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater: no appointment necessary. Actors should arrive as close as possible to 5pm on Sunday or 7pm on Monday.  Those auditioning will read from the script both individually and with scene partners, no memorization required.  

Scripts are available for short-term check-out at the Northfield Arts Guild’s Center for the Arts offices, 304 Division Street, Northfield. 


Swedish Fest Participants Sought

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The Northfield Swedish Club is preparing for its 41st annual Lucia celebration and is looking for girls and boys interested in participating as attendants. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. W., in Northfield.

Area residents of Swedish descent—or those simply interested in a night of fun, food and music—are invited to attend this annual celebration marking the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season. It includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, singing, and folk dancing around the Christmas tree.

After the meal, Lucia, dressed in white with a red sash at her waist and wearing a crown of candles on her head, will lead a procession of attendants and star boys, singing the traditional Lucia song.


Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant Announced

Shari Setchell will be leading sessions in therapeutic movement and dance.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) announces the award of the second Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant. The grant, named in memory of long-time Northfield band instructor Dr. Roger Jenni, is awarded to Investing in Youth applicants wishing to share the love of music with local youth.The October grant will be given to Low-Incidence High School Special Education teachers Lisa Lagergren and Nicole Gill to bring a guest specialist, Shari Setchell, to the classroom on a bi-weekly basis to lead the group in therapeutic movement and dance. Lagergren and Gill work with a small group of students at Northfield High School with sensory integration challenges.


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