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Attention all sixth graders!  Jumpstart your History Day project by coming to the second annual Northfield Public Library History Day Hullabaloo, on Saturday, January 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

History Day mentors, (volunteers from Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and the Northfield community) will meet individually with students and provide guidance with topics, research sources, and bibliographic information.  Mentors and librarians will demonstrate library and other databases available for research.  Librarians will also display primary and secondary resources.

Come for help with your project and enjoy the fun!  Refreshments will be served.  $5.00 gift certificates to downtown businesses will be raffled off during the morning.  Students attending the Hullabaloo will receive extra credit toward their project.  All sixth grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend.


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Start 2014 off healthy and attend a series of monthly nutrition seminars at the Northfield Public Library.  Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will discuss the following topics:

 Thursday, January 9, 7:00 PM

Proactive Health Strategies

– To start right, you have to know your baseline

To improve your health, you need to know your starting point.  This seminar will provide examples of basic blood test results used for evaluating current health and how to use nutrition strategies for health improvements in the New Year.


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The date has been finalized for Tuesday, January 21.  Alison will talk at the Middle School in the morning, and speak at the library at 7:00 that evening.Come to the Northfield Public Library and meet New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer prize nominee , Alison McGhee on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  Alison McGhee is a Minnesota author, and won the Minnesota Book Award for her first novel, Rainlight, in 1999.  Since her very successful beginning, she has written other adult novels:  Shadow Baby and Was it Beautiful and Falling Boy.  After writing several of her adult novels, she began writing picture books, young adult novels, and children’s chapter books.  She has garnered awards in several categories of her writing.  In addition to her first Minnesota Book Award, she won the Great Lakes College Association National Fiction Award for Rainlight.  



Hot Reads for Cold Nights returns to the Northfield Public Library this winter.  During the cold, snowy months of January and February, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library!  Join the library Hot Reads program starting Monday, January 6, and read for prizes until Friday, February 28.

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 name and phone number section of the paper will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip will be posted on the bulletin board downstairs, near the new books.  Patrons will be able to browse each 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. Once again, patrons who use the Northfield Senior Center will be able to sign up and drop their book slips at the Senior Center.   The completed slips will be posted at the library, and the participants will be included in the weekly drawings.

Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting-January 22, 2014


All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at the Cow on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will hear about the strategic plan for's future. Laptops and board members will be on hand to help folks through the process of submitting content to the website. AND, QuizMistress Jessical Peterson White will be on hand to challenge our minds! Should be fun!

The Civil War: The Aftermath of Gettysburg and Vicksburg in 1863


Civil War student Jim Stark will present the fifth talk in a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on Thursday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street.

The focus will be the aftermath of Gettysburg and Vicksburg when the south was reeling from the twin defeats.  Mr. Stark will cover the fall of Port Hudson, which turned control of the Mississippi down to the Gulf of Mexico to the north. Also included will be the heroics of the 54th Massachusetts at Fort Wagner, the New York draft riots, guerilla activity in Kansas and Missouri and other conflicts. He will examine the Gettysburg Address.

The program is free and open to the public. 

Historic Northfield Buildings Depicted on Limited Edition Cards


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.


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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

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


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


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


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!


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


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

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