WINGS Offers Grants Workshop

Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS), is holding a free grant writing workshop on Saturday, March 11, 9-10:30 a.m. at the NCRC dining room. All applicants for WINGS grants are strongly encouraged to attend.

WINGS invites any non-profit organization serving the Northfield area to apply for a grant in support of projects benefiting women and children. In 2005, 17 grants were awarded totaling more than $33,000. 

WINGS is a women’s philanthropic organization committed to educating and expanding the numbers of women in philanthropy, building and strengthening community through pooled investments, and to improving the lives of women and children through focused giving in the Northfield area. WINGS will fund projects that meet immediate needs, as well as those that address the underlying causes of those needs. For more information or a grant application, visit

Northfield Arts Guild Featured in Art Center Report

The Northfield Arts Guild was featured in the recent publication, "Artists' Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies", a study done by the researcher Ann Markusen, of the U of M's Humphrey Institute. She is noted for her analysis of, among other things, the arts as a regional economic stimulant.

Copies of her latest work can be obtained either as electronic copies (free) or paper copies ($12) from the Humphrey Institute website at

More information will be included in an upcoming Northfield News piece by Arts Guild Interim Executive Director, Rebecca Bazan.

Father Denny Dempsey joins the blogosphere

Father Denny Dempsey is pastor of the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield.

His new weblog is now up. He's the first member of the Northfield Ministerial Blogging Association to have one.

His first post was on Lent, titled: Lent, Lance and Spiritual Life

His second post, What is God really like? is a response to those who believe God's been handing out punishment in the form current events such as the tsunami, Katrina, Ariel Sharon's stroke, and soldier deaths in Iraq.   

Dempsey's blog has been added to the Civic Blogosphere page under Organization Leader weblogs. His blog's RSS feed's been added to our aggregator as well.

Reminder: Precinct Caucuses at 7pm Tonight

You don't have to be an official member of either political party to attend, but the DFL and Republican Parties each hold their own caucus TONIGHT at 7:00.

  • The DFL caucus is at Northfield Middle School
  • The Republican caucus is at Northfield High School

For more information, there is a Precinct Caucus Brochure (PDF) available on the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Beach Carnival Makes a Splash

Hundreds of excited elementary-school kids and their families attended the PTO Beach Carnival at the high school on Friday night, March 3. The cake walk and the inflatable climber/slide were among the most popular features, and plenty of cotton candy and other festive munchables were in evidence. View more images in my Beach Carnival Flickr photoset.

Chamber/Convention and Visitors Bureau Promotes Tourism with Official 2006 Northfield Visitors Guide

CVB Visitors GuidePeople who choose to live in Northfield don't often need to be told why Northfield is a great place for a getaway, family vacation or business retreat. Most folks who live in Northfield intuitively know why.

It's the multitude that lives elsewhere who should hear about Northfield's appealing characteristics from the Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), an arm of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and why the CVB yearly publishes the Official Northfield Visitors Guide. The guide is a colorful and tantalizing look at all the positive reasons to visit Northfield and spend some time in this 19th century river town. The 2006 guide was released earlier this year.

Governors' Choir Meets the Governor

Gov. Pawlenty and the Governors' ChoirLast Wednesday, March 1, the Governors' Choir of the Northfield Youth Choirs, under the direction of their artistic director Liz Shepley, sang in the house chamber of the state capitol for the opening of the 2006 legislative session. During their visit to the capitol, the group had the opportunity to meet with Governor Tim Pawlenty, as well as House Speaker Steve Sviggum and State Representative Ray Cox.

Locally Grown podcast #10: making Northfield an energy self-sufficient community


Issues covered in show #10 of Locally Grown, recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon: making Northfield an energy self-sufficient community

Guest: Bruce Anderson, Executive Director of RENewNorthfield. Click the photo thumbnail to see his memorable shirt (photo taken last summer).

And click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (32 minutes) or subscribe to the podcast

Olivia Frey of the Village School joins the Blogosphere

Olivia Frey, Director of the Village School of Northfield, has created a new weblog entitled Free Democratic Education.

Within her blog, she and other teachers at the Village School hope to post "radical discussions about education, learning, and reform in education."

The description of her blog further explains that posts will "..challenge readers to go to the root of our problems in our educational system, and offer a vision for transforming our schools and our thinking, in the process transforming society."

You can view her blog at . Welcome to the Blogosphere Olivia!

Protect our Water Citizens' Day at the Capitol

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership invites citizens to join others in a lobbying effort for clean water at the state capitol on Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss concerns with their legislators and attend a rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

With the Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP), the CRWP is campaigning for effective solutions and investments that will protect our water for the benefit of generations to come.  MEP, a coalition of over 70 environmental groups, is asking the 2006 Minnesota Legislature to support “Protect Our Water,” a plan that will help protect and restore Minnesota’s rivers and lakes. Highlights of the 2006 Protect Our Water plan include:

Cannon River searched for body

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Divers from the Northfield, Faribault, and Dakota County public safety departments searched the Cannon River under the Hwy 3 bridge late this afternoon. A taxi driver reported seeing someone jump off the bridge earlier in the afternoon. As of 6 pm, no body was found. Click photos thumbnails for a larger view via Flickr. (Thanks to Tony Pierre for emailing an alert and to Police Chief Gary Smith for the phone update.)

Northfield All-Sports Broadcast - #1

St. Olaf students Ryan Maus and Matt Tiano have started an audio show called the "Northfield All-Sports Broadcast."

It'll soon be a podcast on their own blog, but here's the audio of their first show. It covers Northfield high school sports as well as the local colleges and beyond.

Click "Read the rest of this entry..." to play the 30 min. audioclip.

Northfield Entertainment Guide: Mar, 06 issue

negcoverthumbgeneric.gifThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

Click image to view within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then download it and view/print from your PC.

Is Minnesota "dropping the ball" in Education?

The StarTribune recently published an editorial that showcases the findings from our statewide poll of voters’ support for early education. Those polled stretched across geographic areas, party lines and socioeconomic strata. Overwhelmingly, they agreed that making sure all children in Minnesota enter kindergarten fully prepared is a top priority for the state to address now.

Northfield has an Early Childhood Initiative: a group of people who are committed to strengthening early childhood experiences in Northfield.  One third (1/3) of incoming Kindergarteners in Northfield are not prepared for kindergarten!  They have not learned basic concepts such as: under, over and through, colors, letter recongition or book skills (holding a book, opening it etc.) 

Volunteers Deliver

A short story of plentiful and powerful volunteerism in Northfield, and how the new site came to be as a result

Chip Cuccio

Back in 2000, I vividly remember regularly perusing the "old" site - sometimes several times per day. And I did so from 1500 miles away. It was months before I was slated to relocate from the east coast to Northfield, and I used as a vehicle to become more familiar with the City. Simply by visiting regularly, and by reading the posts in the old Web Café, I sometimes felt almost like I was already here. I was thankful for the volunteers of back then - big time.

I had finally relocated to Northfield, and I felt quite familiar with our terrific city. I can't even begin to explain how happy I was to arrive here (and to live here!). I really enjoyed how active was (is!), and continued to be a regular reader / visitor of the site. But myself being computer / web geek for many years, I knew in the back of my mind, there was value I could offer to and to the community.

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