Writers Speak Out for Hope

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Thirteen local writers will participate in a “Writers Resist” event on Sunday, Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The “Northfield Writers Resist: Hope is Greater Than Fear” event is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington St.

Participating writers are Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy, Beth Breiland, Bella Callery, Florence Dacey, Adriana Estill, Doug Green, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Rich Larson, Harmony Neal, Orick Peterson, Joy Riggs, Kaethe Schwehn, and Vicki Scott. The readings will address issues of social justice, freedom of expression, and the preservation of democratic ideals. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee and cookie reception will follow.

The local event is coordinated by Riggs and Hardy and is one of more than 80 Writers Resist events taking place across the country and in Europe. Riggs said after she read an article about the Writers Resist events and learned that cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis were participating, she thought, “We should have one in Northfield.”

Riggs said she contacted Hardy, and the two of them worked together to organize the event within a few days.

“Planning the event has reminded me of why I love living in Northfield,” Riggs said. “We have a wealth of talent right here, and people are more than willing to collaborate and make things happen. You just have to ask.”


Northfield's Arts & Culture Commission Announces 2017 Living Treasure Award Presentation ~ Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7 pm - The Grand Event Center

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The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield cordially invites community members to the 2017 Living Treasure Award presentation on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Grand Event Center (doors open at 7 pm; program at 7:30 pm). The award, co-sponsored by the ACC and the Northfield News, will be presented to this year’s recipient, local artist Judy Swanson, by Mayor Rhonda Pownell.  

The Living Treasure Award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and on behalf of the arts and culture.  The event at the Grand is generously supported by a variety of local area businesses                                                       


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

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Northfield Human Rights Commission invites the community to join in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the work he did, and the work he continues to inspire us to do in this country.  This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, January 16, 7:00-8:15 pm, at Emmaus Church, 712 Linden Street North.  This event is free and open to everyone in the community.

The theme this year is building bridges of understanding.  As Nelson Mandela said “The time for the healing of the wounds has come.  The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.  The time to build is upon us.” The program will address this issue in a variety of ways including poetry by Delina Haileab and Rob Hardy, Northfield Poet Laureate, music by St. Olaf Gospel Choir, thoughts from Lisa Moore, St. Olaf Professor of Social Work, and an open microphone time for the community.


2017 HOT READS FOR COLDS NIGHT AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Hot Reads for Cold Nights returns to the Northfield Public Library this winter.  During the cold, snowy months of winter, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library!  Join the library Hot Reads program, our winter adult reading program, starting Monday, January 9, and read for prizes until Saturday, March 4.  After reading a book, each patron will fill out a slip with their name and phone number and a few lines describing the book.  The names and phone number section of the paper will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip will be included in a notebook.  Patrons will be able to browse other comments for ideas of new books.  From the names in the fishbowl, three winners will be drawn each week.  Each winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to a downtown business.  Patrons who use the Northfield Senior Center will be able to sign up and drop their book slips at the Senior Center.  The c


THE SEVEN KEYS TO WELLNESS - a Free semiinar

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How can you tell if your body is doing well? Do you just go by how you "feel?" Bring your list of important markers and compare them to what some of the leading physicians in the U.S. consider to be the important markers to watch. 

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the meeting room at the Northfield Public Library Dr. Noel Aldrich, Licensed Nutritionist, will provide insight to the 7 keys of wellness and how to make 2017 a great year for improving your health.

This program is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Just Food Coop, and the Northfield Women's Center.


Two Local Students Receive Eagle Scout Award

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Two members of local Boy Scout Troop 337 have received the Eagle Scout Award, the highest achievement available in the Boy Scouting program. Sebastian Lawler, son of Steve Lawler and Joy Riggs, and Troy Peterson, son of Mike and Jenny Peterson, received their awards Dec. 21 in a Court of Honor ceremony at Severance Great Hall on the Carleton College campus.

Lawler and Peterson both graduated from Northfield High School in 2016. Lawler is a first-year student at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Peterson is a first-year student at St. Olaf College. They are the 46th and 47th members of Troop 337 to attain the Eagle Scout Award since the troop formed in 1968.

Only about six percent of boys nationally who are enrolled in Boy Scouts earn the honor of Eagle Scout. Requirements for attaining Eagle Scout include earning at least 21 merit badges and completing a service project before the age of 18.


Free Yoga at the Northfield Public Library!

The Northfield Public Library will offer a free gentle yoga class Saturdays in January 2017, 8-9 am. (January 7,14, 21 and 28).  The class will be led by Friends of the Library member and local yoga teacher Bob Bruce.  Bob has been joyfully teaching yoga for 15 years after being trained at Kripalu.  This class is for teens and adults.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat.  If you have any questions call the library at 507-645-6606.


2016 TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Intersection Study

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Follow this link to the City of Northfield's dedicated TH246 webpage:

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=1070

We’ve added photos, maps, video of our open house presentation, power point presentation, and a survey using Survey Monkey.    We hope to get the community’s feedback as staff prepares for city council review in February. 

 

 


Community Preschool Survey - What do Parents Want? Take the Survey!

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Preschool Parents - The Y wants to hear from you. 
 
We put together a short 5-question survey to get feedback from parents of preschoolers.  
 
What types of programming would you like?  
What days of the week and times work best in their schedules?

Northfield Public Library has special kids events this week.

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  There will be special "Reindeer Games & Stories" Tuesday through Friday with morning storytimes for all ages with books, songs and fingerplays.  In the children's area at 10 and 11 am.    In the afternoon we will have Legos, Wii, board games, iPads, Reindeer Bingo and more! 1 to 3 pm in the Bunday meeting room on the first floor. All programs are free.

Check on the library's calendar for details. http://guides.mynpl.org/Events


City of Northfield Schedules Public Meeting For TH246/Jefferson Parkway Project Findings

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The City will hold a public meeting to share findings on the Jefferson Parkway and Trunk Highway 246 Intersection Study. The meeting will be held December 21, 2016 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at Northfield City Hall Council Chambers 801 Washington Street. A presentation will begin at 6 p.m. with an open house format to follow. If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to receive input on the study please call the Northfield Engineering office at (507) 645-3020.


Lucia Fest Set for Dec. 9

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Northfield High School senior Ruthie Nelson will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 9, at the 41st 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.

The 2016 Lucia attendants are Synneva Bratland, Grace Casson, Claire Casson, Tegan Chadwick, Annika Fredrickson, Lucy Graham, Brooke Green, Teagan Green, Erin Gunn, Annika Korynta, Rose Mibus, Addie Nelson, Elsa Nystrom, Leah Olson, Charlotte Otterblad, Ruby Otterblad, Erin Runningen and Astrid Peterson White. The star boys are Max Casson, Jim Graham and Bjorn Olson.


Save the Northfield Depot Paver Fundraiser

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Save the Northfield Depot is pleased with the 2016 progress — successful move of the depot and completion of initial repairs — but more work needs to be done for which funding is needed.

The group is announcing an opportunity to permanently show support of the depot project through its “Paving Our Way from the Past to the Future” engraved paver sale, which begins in December and will extend through 2017.

Next summer, the pavers will be placed in the sculpture garden and pathways. The sculpture garden plan, a pro bono effort of a landscape planner, will include plantings, two sculptures donated by private individuals and a water feature centered in the garden patio (see illustration).


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