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Historic Northfield Buildings Depicted on Limited Edition Cards

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Hayes Scriven, Northfield Historical Society Executive Director, announces the availability of archival quality cards which are printed by Keeny Swearer using etched zinc blocks, the oldest of which dates from 1876. Three landmark buildings are depicted:  the Scriver Building, First National Bank and the Armory. Cards come with information about the buildings and the Letterpress process.

The blocks were diiscovered in a local family's estate. The Scriver Building block appeared in the Rice County Journal the day after the 1876 bank raid. The First National Bank image is found in early 1900 bank released articles, while the Armory image first appears in the Northfield News in 1916.

Before the blocks could be used, they needed to be cleaned by hand, using a razor blade,  of dirt and oxidation. The cards were printed in the Artorg print shop.


NORTHFIELD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TAPS JOHN STULL AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 11, 2013) – The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that John Stull will serve as the organization’s interim executive director. Stull, a longtime Northfield resident and noted community leader, will begin his new role on Monday, December 16.

With a résumé that includes 30 years at MOM Brands®, stints as Northfield’s mayor and a Northfield city councilor, president of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC), Stull will use his experience to further build the Chamber’s collaborations with like-minded organizations and establish a strategic direction for the future.


Soup for Scholarships at Winter Walk

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Season's Greetings!  Stop by The Northfield Armory tomorrow night, ThursdayDecember 12, 5:00 - 7:00pm, for the 2nd Annual Soup for Scholarships All Community Soup Dinner and the Riverwalk Market Fair Holiday Sale .

This year’s Winter Walk event at the Armory will feature a delicious hot soup dinner and the fine crafts, art pieces, gourmet gift items and scrumptuous baked goods of over 35 local Riverwalk Market Fair artisans and farmers. Christmas music will be provided throughout the evening by local musicians and choral groups! Dont miss the festivity and fun! 

Stop by anytime between 5 and 7pm! Enjoy your soup while seated at a festively set table, or take a bowl of soup with you while you shop. 

A minimum donation of $5 adults/$3 youth (ages 3 - 9yrs) is requested; children under 3 yrs. eat for free.  All dinner proceeds support college scholarships for the students of Northfield’s TORCH Program which is Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes for income challenged youth in the Northfield School District.  

Come see the "Magic of Model Trains" at the Public Library!

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Once again, just for Winter Walk Thursday, Dec. 12th the library will be filled with model trains of all sorts and sizes!  Starting at 3 pm until 8 pm volunteer model train enthusiasts have their creations on display.  This special event is sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Library.  While it may be difficult to maneuver to the book and DVD shelves the library is open as usual!  Check out the giant model train the TAB (Teen Advisory Board) created!


Come warm up and experience the "Magic of Model Trains!"  No Charge!


Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.


Northfield Area Groups Collaborate to Restore Cannon River Health

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On the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation website, Ross Currier, Executive Director reports:

“Sometimes you work long and hard to pull things together.  Other times, things just seem to come together.

Carleton College Geology Professor Mary Savina has been providing guidance to the NDDC for several years on restoring the Cannon River to health.  She’s part of an organic “team” of professors and students from both colleges who have been working on projects and commenting on policy in pursuit of a long term community goal.


John Barbour Reading Tuesday, December 3rd 7:30 pm

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John D. Barbour will read his new book, "Renunciation: A Novel" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore in Northfield. 


The book describes two brothers involved with new religious movements in the 1970s and how the family relationships and religious commitments conflict, intertwine and shape each other. The plot begins in 1971, when Will George converts to Bhakti Dharma, a new religious movement influenced by Hinduism and Sikh tradition. Returning to his home in Minnesota, Will renounces his previous life, provoking a crisis for everyone in his family. George's religious search continues in India where he dies under suspicious circumstances. Peter retraces his brother’s steps to investigate his death and wrestles with what it means to be his brother’s keeper.


League of Women Voters Sponsors MNsure Informational Session

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MNsure Community Outreach Liaison Jacob Grippen will join CAC Executive Director Jim Blaha and local insurance agent, Dale Ness in a discussion of the current status of the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act, MNsure, on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. at The Hideaway. The public is welcome to attend.

This event is a follow up to the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters earlier this fall.  While there has been reporting on the state level about MNsure, this is an opportunity to learn about what programs are in place in the Northfield area to help people enroll in the health care program.  Insurance agents and brokers are trained play a role in assisting individuals, families and small businesses to enroll. Organizations, including non-profits, religious organizations and libraries may also be trained serve their populations to help individuals and families successfully enroll in the MNsure market place.


Minnesota History Player comes to Northfield!

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The Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Public Library are pleased to announce that the 2nd in the series of Minnesota History Players will be at the Northfield


Public Library on November 16 at 11:00 a.m. Harriet Bishop, was the first school teacher in St. Paul and she will talk about the role of women in the American frontier and she will discuss the differences between a school from the 19th and 21st Century.


The event features Miss Bishop will be in full period clothing and comes with a full trunk of authentic artifacts that are used in a lively and engaging program. People of all ages will enjoy and learn about Minnesota’s past. There are also items on display from the Northfield Historical Society collection relating to early schools in Northfield.


Interested in learning more about the building of the Northfield Y Community Center? Join us for Breakfast with Virginia

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Join us for Breakfast with Virginia, Friday October 25th 7:30-9:00 am at the National Guard Armory (519 Division Street). 

7:30-7:45 Welcome Guests

7:45-8:00 Short presentation 

8:00- ? Q&A and more opportunities to learn more


Wondering about MNsure? Come to this informational program.

UNINSURED and wondering what the Affordable Care Act means to you and your family? Are you worried about how to sign up before the January 1st deadline? Mario Vargas, Senior Outreach Analyst, MNsure and Jacob Grippen, MNsure Outreach Liaison will host an information hour to help you understand MNSURE, Minnesota’s new insurance program. Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7pm. Northfield Public Library's meeting room, 210 Washington St. 645-6606. No charge.


Fall Fruits and Vegetables, Music by Bonnie and the Clydes, a New Book Author, and Tasty Greek Treats at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Rebecca's Greek Kouzina features sweet, savory, and gluten-free pastries and treats at Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall fruits and vegetables, Bonnie and the Clydes, the author of the new book Chasing the Moon, and Greek sweet and savory treats are just some of what you’ll find at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 19. 

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Fall produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand.  Expect to find kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, pie pumpkins, and lots of winter squash.  Zestar, State Fair, Honey Crisp, and Haralson apples are available.  All produce at Riverwalk is grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)


Northfield Area Family YMCA Groundbreaking News!

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October 16, 2013 – Today, the Northfield Area Family YMCA has announced it will host its official groundbreaking celebration for its new facility, located at 1500 Honey Locust Drive, on Tuesday, November 5. Groundbreaking activities for all ages are set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m., with a formal program slated to begin at 4 p.m. More information about the groundbreaking event can be found on the Y’s website – www.northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign.

Northfield Area Family YMCA Executive Director Virginia Kaczmarek said, “This is a big day for our Y. It will be a great resource for the entire community, open to everyone. Breaking ground on a new facility is a tremendous milestone for the organization, which has been steadily building up to this moment for the past eight years. We owe a great amount of thanks to everyone – donors, members, volunteers, staff members and more – for making this day a reality.”


Strikingly Unconventional 'Museum' Opens in Downtown Westside

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 I spent more than a year imagining a unique tourist destination place in our downtown appropriate for Northfield – appealing to us curious residents, our transient students, and particularly the visitors we court and value. Since my early musings, I have leaned that my 'cabinets of curiosity', a European phenomenon of the 16th century, may be back in fashion; and 'that rational amusement' is a quest of choice for the intellectually curious.

My opus is called 'Depot Diner...a museum'. It is actually a permanent exhibition in ArtOnWater Gallery and has taken over the spaces once solely devoted to the visual arts.

The museum's theme, appropriately, 'rational amusement', aspires to reward and amuse the visitor's curiosity with something unique and unexpected. Its uniqueness, in contrast to the 16th C. experience, is enhanced by the exhibit documentation, specifically creating a modern liberal arts perspective, and adding a deliberate public educational value to the otherwise silent objects in the collections - bringing to life the exhibits.


Fall Fruits and Vegetables, Musician Matt Arthur, Handcrafted Leather Goods, and Alpaca Yarn at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farm Alpacas brings hand-dyed alpaca yarn to Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 12.

Fall fruits and vegetables, alpaca yarn and rovings, local favorite country-rocking folk & blues musician Matt Arthur, and handcrafted leather goods are just some of what you’ll find at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 12. 

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Fall produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand.  Expect to find kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, pie pumpkins, and winter squash.  Zestar, State Fair, and Honey Crisp apples are currently available, with Haralsons available depending on the weather.  All produce at Riverwalk is grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)


First National Bank of Northfield Hires Assistant Vice President of Technology, Operations Officer

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Taylor Ebneter as assistant vice president of technology and operations officer. Ebneter brings more than 10 years of banking experience to First National.

First National President Tim Viere said, “Taylor is an outstanding addition to the First National team. She represents the bank’s ongoing commitment to providing a community banking experience that is rich with the everyday technology conveniences customers have come to expect from their financial institutions. We’re delighted to have a person of her caliber join us.”

Prior to joining First National, Ebneter served in the technology department at Voyager Bank in Eden Prairie, Minn., spearheading key technology initiatives, managing the network, and configuring and installing the network infrastructure and software.


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