411 Concert Series: Jerry Kosak and Pat Donohue

Jan 18 2020 7:30 pm
Jan 18 2020 10:00 pm
Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 3rd St W

The first concert in 2020 brings Jerry Kosak and Pat Donohue to the Guild stage. Both guitar masters will share music with Northfield audiences shortly after the new year. Audiences will recognize Pat’s signature style after hearing music he played or wrote for almost 20 years on A Prairie Home Companion as part of the house band. Jerry’s music has hints of roots and blues, rock, classical, and jazz, allowing him to “develop his own unique voice as a player and composer.” Don't miss this night of incredible guitar music, buy your tickets at the Guild today!

Jerry Kosak and Pat Donohue


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    Are you looking for ideas for the winter months ahead?  Have you wanted to start a new craft or needlework hobby but don't know where to begin?  Come to the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, January 11, from 11:30- 2:00 pm and watch demonstrations of knitting, spinning, wet felting, English piecing (quilting), rug hooking, and art projects.  You will have the opportunity to try some of these projects.  Demonstrators from Northfield Yarn, Reproduction Fabrics, Sketchy Artist and the local Rug Hooking group will show you how to get started.  The program is free and open to all ages.  For questions, email Joan Ennis at joan.ennis@ci.northfield.mn.us

Christmas Dinner for All

Dec 25 2019 11:30 pm
Dec 25 2019 11:30 pm
St. John's Church, 500 Third St. W., Northfield, MN 55057

Who comes to the Christmas Dinner for All? The community comes! You don't need a special reason to qualify - ALL are invited! People come who would otherwise be alone. People from St. John’s and the community come because they want to be part of the celebration. A favorite story concerns a mother residing at the Northfield Retirement Community who invited her children and grandchildren for dinner and came to St. John’s for the celebration. The daughter told us, "This was likely mom’s last Christmas and she celebrated in hosting the family dinner once more!" We invite YOU to join us in this celebration!

Carleton and St. Olaf colleges present gifts to the City of Northfield on Giving Tuesday

College check donation

Carleton College Chief Finance Officer Fred Rogers and St. Olaf College Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jan Hanson gave $80,000 respectively to Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig fittingly on Giving Tuesday.

Both colleges traditionally make an annual gift to the City in appreciation for the city’s support of the colleges. The colleges and the City are strong community partners, each working to enhance economic development, education, and cultural opportunities for the entire Northfield community.

The City of Northfield mission is to work for the common good of our residents and businesses and the improvement of our community by providing excellent, innovative municipal services that carry out the city's vision for a high quality of life for all.

Riverwalk Market Fair at Winter Walk

Dec 11 2019 2:38 pm
Dec 13 2019 2:38 pm
Armory Square Downtown Northfield

Winter Walk December 12th 5pm - 9pm.  Join us to complete you holiday shopping and warm up with the Riverwalk Market Fair vendors, Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, and J.Scott Furniture.  Hot "spiked" cider will be available too!  See more at 519 Division Street Northfield MN 55057

Local Authors to Autograph Their Book Telling the History of the St. Olaf College Band


Susan Hvistendahl and Jeffrey Sauve will be signing copies of their newly released book "Milestones and Memories of the St. Olaf Band 1891-2018" at the Northfield Historical Society from 5:30-7:30 during Winter Walk Dec. 12 at the Northfield Historical Society.  The book is published by By All Means Graphics and is available there and online at byallmeansgraphics.com/books, as well as at the Northfield Historical Society. Shown here are the co-authors with St. Olaf Band conductor Timothy Mahr (left).

What you have to say matters!

What you have to say matters!

Northfield Youth Choirs Winter Concert

Dec 14 2019 3:00 pm
Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton College

The Northfield Youth Choirs invites you to our Winter Concert


"Of the Stars"

Saturday, December 14, 2019  3:00 PM

Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton College


This concert is free and open to the public.

Of the Stars

Lucia Fest 2019

2019 Lucias

44th Annual Lucia Fest Set for Friday, Dec. 13

Northfield High School students Ava O'Neill, Grace Casson, and Lenyn Pfau will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 13, at the 44th annual Lucia Fest sponsored by the Northfield Swedish Club.

Area residents of Swedish descent, or those interested in Swedish customs, are invited to join the festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The celebration includes a potluck supper, a Lucia processional and pageant, live fiddle music, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

Growing local applies to people too, not just food

Northfield launches local leadership program

Growing local is a popular concept in Northfield and while it routinely applies to food, the City of Northfield and partners are applying it to a pilot leadership training program. The Growing Local: Northfield Emerging Leaders Program is launching in Northfield early next year. This program is a collaboration between the City of Northfield, University of Minnesota Extension, Healthy Community Initiative, Growing Up Healthy, the Northfield School District and Northfield Shares.

The program goals for participants are to:

Untangling what’s recyclable with holiday lights and wrapping paper

Be nice by recycling your holiday lights. Don’t be naughty by putting wrapping paper in your recycling.

Don’t know what to do with those old or non-working holiday lights? Are you making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Recycle your old lights!

Residents can drop-off any unwanted holiday lights at ACE Hardware at 670 Water Street South during the holiday season or at any point during the year at Rice County Solid Waste and Recycling Center at 3800 East 145th Street in Dundas. ACE is collecting old lights through January.

DSI is asking residents to not put wrapping paper in your curbside recycling or in the large collection bins at grocery stores. Most wrapping paper contains foil, tape, bows and other items that contaminate the paper recycling. Instead of traditional wrapping paper, consider other options such as reusable cloth bags, gift baskets, paper bags, or newsprint.

Snow Emergency Declared

The City of Northfield has declared a Snow Emergency effective 9 p.m. November 26 until 9 a.m. November 28.

During a Snow Emergency there is no parking on any city street until it is plowed curb-to-curb and the weather system has passed. Vehicles parked on the street will be ticketed with the potential of being towed during a snow emergency.

Trash and recycling bins are not allowed on city streets.

City of Northfield seeks your input on wellness and community and neighborhood questions

Residents can give input via app, website or paper

The City of Northfield is asking for public input on general community and neighborhood questions during its annual community survey (closing on December 15) and other wellness related questions by using Polco, a public engagement platform. Community members can review survey results on Polco.   

Residents can participate on Polco by downloading the Polco app for Android or iOS, or visiting the city’s web page on Polco at polco.us/northfield. QR codes on City information boards allow easy access to the Polco website. Residents’ individual information is never shared and cannot be accessed by the City.

Nominees sought for 2020 Northfield Human Rights Award

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Human Rights Award by December 6, 2019.

To be considered for this award, a nominee should be a local individual, group or organization that has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the advancement of human rights in the Northfield area, either through volunteer or professional efforts. The Human Rights Commission seeks a balanced and diverse slate of nominees that contribute to the cause of human rights in a variety of ways. All nominations should include a brief biography of the candidate as well as the reasons the nominee should receive consideration for the award.

Alyssa Herzog Melby to Discuss Creative Placemaking

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Alyssa Herzog Melby, Chair of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, will speak about “Creative Placemaking: Developing Northfield through Arts and Culture” at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in the Bunday Room of the Northfield Public Library. Her talk, sponsored by Pi Chapter (Rice County) of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for key women educators, is free and open to the public. Desserts will be served. All welcome!  


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