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Civil War Presentation at Northfield Historical Society

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Civil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark will discuss the American Civil War’s 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in his presentation, “Grant Goes East and Meets Lee on the Battlefield,” Thursday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Stark, a former president of the Northfield and Rice County historical societies, will discuss Ulysses S. Grant’s appointment as general of all Union armies and his subsequent decision to direct the Army of the Potomac in the eastern theater of battle. “This brought the two most prominent generals of the Civil War — Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee — in direct conflict for the first time,” explains Stark. The Battle of the Wilderness commenced on May 4, 1864.

“Both North and South fought many battles with heavy losses on both sides and neither side would back down,” says Stark. “Many believed that the war’s outcome was in the balance that summer of 1864.”


New Video! Northfield Downtown Beautification

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The City of Northfield has a new video to share:

Judy Code, Volunteer Master Gardner, and TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor, highlight our Northfield downtown beautification project.

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?VID=Northfield-Downtown-Beautification-36

A wonderful project for the entire Northfield community!  This video will be added to the City of Northfield website's Media Center. 


Annual Public Sculpture Unveiled

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On Friday, May 16, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission held the unveiling of Octopus Garden,the annual work of outdoor sculpture created through collaboration between the Commission and the Northfield Public Schools. Hand made glass forms, steel and concrete are the materials used by the team comprised of local glass artist Rick Swearer, Carleton apprentice Eliza Dennis and twelve Northfield High School students:  Maddie Guyot; Noah Heil; Caitlin Kelley; Calvin Kragseth; Bailey Mastin; Carmela Ortiz; Alex Pepel; Annika Peterson; Olivia Riggins; Irene Stoutland; Avery Swearer, and Amber Zetelmo.

Located on the corner of 3rd and Division Streets, Octopus Garden is the third work of local artists and high school students. The projects are funded by the South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.


All Saints Episcopal Church Awarded Grant

The All Saints Episcopal Church has been awarded a Rice County Community Partners Conservation grant to install a rain garden at 419 Washington Street, Northfield. This grant serves a two-fold purpose.  The primary purpose is to reduce snowmelt and storm water runoff before the water carries pollutants to the storm sewer  and then into the Cannon River.


Food Truck Tuesday an Overwhelming Success

Food Truck TuesdayDuring the month of May, First United Church of Christ is hosting a variety of food trucks every Tuesday from 11:00a–1:00p at 300 Union St. in Northfield. The first "Food Truck Tuesday" on May 4, featuring Gastrotruck, was a huge success.

Thanks to beautiful weather and the power of social media and word-of-mouth, the turnout exceeded expectations. Gastrotruck, a gourmet food truck from Northeast Minneapolis, sold out its entire menu. The owners estimate they fed between 150 and 200 people. Bestsellers included the chicken wild rice burger and the pork belly hash. 

In response to the great reaction on May 4, First UCC is hoping to have two food trucks each week for the rest of May. The lineup is as follows:


Mothers as Friends

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What to get your mother (or grandmother) for Mother’s Day?

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library have a great idea! – a membership ($10 for seniors, like your grandmother or elderly mom; $15 for younger moms) that comes with a free Friends t-shirt for the new member, a laminated Friends card, and a special bookmark.             

For less than the cost of one meal out you can show your love for your mom and your library by giving her a Friends membership that lasts the whole year.  For more information, stop by the library, click on this QRC, or go online to www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org


Northfield’s Eighth Annual Girls Nite Out Scheduled for Friday, May 9!

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Mark your calendars now for Northfield’s 8th Annual Girls Nite Out, coming up Friday, May 9. This very popular event brings hundreds of women to downtown Northfield for an evening of shopping and pampering, dining and socializing, dancing and fun.

The format will be a bit different this year – there’s no need to buy an advance ticket or wristband, meaning that exclusive specials at stores and restaurants will be offered to everyone in attendance. And rather than the evening culminating with a big party and giveaways at The Grand Event Center, each downtown bar and pub will be presenting special entertainment and drink specials, and each retailer will offer their own individual discounts and prizes.


90 New Members in 90 Days!

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“90 new members in 90 days!” is the motto for the Friends of the Northfield Public Library spring membership campaign.  The new member drive launched during National Library Week and extends through the summer Books and Stars concert series in city parks.  All new members will receive a free Friends t-shirt along with their membership card and special bookmark.

Membership dues start at $10/year. All the dues support library programs, like the Summer Reading Program for over 700 children, and services such as door-to-door book delivery.  Dues and donations from Friends pay for new computers, eBooks, digital magazines, business databases and more. 

Seniors and students become members at $10, individuals at $15, families of any size at $25, and sustaining members sign up for $10/month for a total of $120/year.


Poetry Reading: Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy

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Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy will give a poetry reading Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm at Monkey See, Monkey Read (425 Division Street).  Northfield poet Rob Hardy will open with a brief selection of poems before turning the evening over to Dallas Crow. Copies of Crow's chapbook, Small, Imperfect Paradise, and Hardy's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, will be available for purchase and signing. 

In Small, Imperfect Paradise, Dallas Crow unflinchingly explores themes of love, sex, growing up, and growing older. The spine of the narrative is the speaker’s progression through a relationship, from the early possibility and romance, through marriage and parenthood, and on to the painful dissolution. The titular poem identifies a moment of stillness in this progression, where two realities exist, one aching, and one idyllic: that of the husband and wife, whose relationship is over, and that of the sleeping children, who do not yet know.


Northfield Historical Society Honors Two Volunteers

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Former board member Judy Sosted and Northfield High School Junior Erin Hahn will be recognized as Volunteers of the Year at the Northfield Historical Society’s Volunteer night.

Executive director Hayes Scriven notes that since 1981, Judy has served in many capacities including a docent on the Posse and working in the store. She has also volunteered for alumni-related tasks at her alma mater, Carleton College, and at the Norwegian-American Historical Society at St. Olaf College.

Erin became involved in eighth grade as a participant in the SCOPE program. She helped write the textbook Our Storythat has since become part of the Northfield School District’s third grade curriculum. This is her fourth year on the Posse and also works in the store. She plans to continue her volunteer work as long as she lives in Northfield.


Historical Society Fundraiser: Night of 10,000 Laughs - April 11

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This year’s Night of 10,000 Laughs (formerly Ole and Lena Joke Night) will roar to life Saturday, April 11, at the Grand Event Center. The event will feature the return of Ole, Lena, and Tina for a set of fun-filled Norwegian-style humor. And joining them this year will be Minnesota joke master T McKinley, who will add his own brand of Minnesooota-style comedy.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Northfield Historical Society or online (see below).  Due to high demand, we are encouraging attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. - See more at: http://www.northfieldhistory.org/category/events/#sthash.QMf4tPXD.dpuf


Save the Northfield Depot 2013 Annual Report Available

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Save the Northfield Depot is pleased to release its 2013 annual report, which summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments. The report reflects a busy year with progress in all dimensions of the project: legal and governmental requirements, site planning and preparation, public awareness campaign, fundraising activities, and financial status. The report also includes new rendered images of the planned depot-transit hub complex.


Looking for a "few good kids" who would like to volunteer at the library this spring and summer.

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It's time for "Spring Training" for Library Pages! We are looking for kids who will be finishing 5th grade and up who want to volunteer to help create, prepare and present the summer reading program for children from preschoolers to 5th grade! Library Pages will learn team work, library skills, early literacy techniques and have fun doing it. A time commitment of 1 or 2 days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays afterschool until 5) from April 8th through the end of May is required. Then during the summer reading program T W TH June 10- July 30. Our summer evening entertainment series; Books & Stars is part of the summer reading program and the Library Pages are often needed to assist the performers.


It's Lizards and Legos at the Library for Spring Break!

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The Northfield Public Library is celebrating spring break with some fun activities!  


Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”


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