Events in and around Northfield

2018 Northfield State of the City Address Was A Night To Remember

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On March 19, 2018, Mayor Rhonda Pownell presented her annual State of the City Address to over 150 attendees in Kracum Performance Hall, Weitz Center, Carleton College.Poet Laureate Rob Hardy shared words of reflection and inspiration of “vision”. Contributions to his reading by Northfield poets Becky Boling, Florance Dacey, D.E. Green, Marie Gery, Karen Herseth-Wee, Diane LeBlanc, Steve McCown, Hannah Pahs, Leslie Schultz, Nancy Soth and Anne Sovik. Stitched together by Rob Hardy.

Mayor For A Day Essay Contest, a first time award, was presented to six Northfield students; three from 4th grade and three from 5th grade:  Lola McCarty 5th gr. Sibley, Crystal Palma 4th gr. St. Dominic, Grace Mostad 4th gr. St. Dominic, Madyson Sevcik 5th gr. Bridgewater, Riley Schwamb 5th gr. Prairie Creek, and Ben Flory 4th gr. Sibley Elementary School.

2018 Northfield Reads Events Scheduled


The public is invited to this year’s Northfield Reads events, focused on the book The Revolution Where You Live.   This year’s book considers how people can reimagine their immediate world and, in so doing, create a new and deeper sense of community.Reading the book provides a background for the discussion, but is not necessary. Join your neighbors in a conversations about how to make this community even better.

How and Why to Caucus

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Former Minnesota Senator Kevin Dahle and Executive Director of American Majority Jennifer DeJournett will talk about the role caucusing plays in our democracy on Thursday, January 18 at 7 St. John's Church, 500 3rd st. W., Northfield. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls, this valuable forum will help us learn how to participate effectively in the caucus of our choice.


42nd Annual Lucia Fest Set for Friday

Katie Brust, 2017 Lucia

Northfield High School senior Katie Brust will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 8, at the 42nd 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 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. The live music starts at 5:30 p.m., and the potluck supper begins promptly at 6 p.m. The event includes a Lucia processional and pageant, the singing of Swedish carols, and folk dancing.

The 2017 Lucia attendants are Libby Brust, Grace Casson, Claire Casson, Tegan Chadwick, Ingrid Elzey, Lucy Graham, Brooke Green, Teagan Green, Erin Gunn, Penelope Johnson, Sylvia Koenig, Annika Korynta, Adela Melby, Annika Ngyugen, Lily Ngyugen, Elsa Nystrom, Ava O’Neill, Charlotte Otterblad, Ruby Otterblad, Lenyn Pfau. The star boys are Max Casson, Avery Chadwick, and Jim Graham.

Northfield Rotary Free Range Turkey Trot (even if you are out of town)


Participate long distance in Rotary’s 17th annual Turkey Trot

You’re not going to be in town for the 17th Annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot? No worries. Join us long distance through our Free Range Turkey Trot option.  

Gather friends and family wherever you are on Thanksgiving Day and run or walk your own 5K to support the important causes supported by this event and show your solidarity with the 1,000-plus runners and walkers making their way through the friendly neighborhoods of Northfield.

Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.

Public Invited to Democracy Extravaganza

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Come for conservations with candidates, stay for coffee and cookies! Members of the public are invited to attend Democracy Extravaganza, an evening of civic engagement, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 6, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. in Northfield. The event is sponsored by Cannon Valley Indivisible.

Information tables will be set up throughout the evening so people can talk to representatives from a dozen local grassroots and civic organizations and learn more about topics including health care, social justice, immigrant advocacy, voter registration, youth activism, gun control, climate and the environment, and local government.

Share Your Colors

Northfield Arts Guild Folklorico Dancers

On Saturday, July 1, come meet your neighbors at Share Your Colors, a free community event hosted by the Northfield Arts Guild. Two Northfield neighborhoods will transform into hubs of connection and creative expression -- exploring what it means to be “home.” There will be art projects, sidewalk chalk, engaging conversations, dance performances, treats and more! Everyone in Northfield is invited to create and to join the conversation!

This lively event takes place in several different spaces throughout the day. In Downtown Northfield, community members are invited to color the sidewalks with chalk near Bridge Square from 8:45 – 9:30 am.

Poem in Your Pocket Day and Writers Night: Thursday, April 27


Northfield’s annual celebration of National Poetry Month culminates on Thursday, April 27 with two special events: Poem in Your Pocket Day and Writers Night.

This marks the fifth year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others—friends, family, co-workers and even strangers.  The boxes include winning Northfield Sidewalk Poems, as well as favorite poems in the public domain. This year, poems in Spanish have been added to the boxes.  

Red boxes of poetry will be placed in Northfield businesses from Thursday, April 27th through Sunday, April 30th.   The Arts and Culture Commission encourages citizens to select poems and enthusiastically share them with others, perhaps even taking time to read them aloud.


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Northfield Reads continues its 2017 season focused on understanding those with a mental illness and creating caring and supportive communities for them. The book we are inviting people to read this year is Unholy Ghost, a collection of essays by writers who have depression. Most people have either experienced mental illness themselves or have had a family member or friend with mental illness.  We invite people to come together to share experiences and discuss how to make Northfield a better place for all who live here.

Our next event will take place on Thursday, March 23, 6:30-8:00 pm, at Content Bookstore, 314 Division Street S.  This will be a time to discuss the book as well as ways to create an understanding and supportive community.  It is not necessary to have read the book to join in the discussion.  The book is available at Content as well as at the Library.

Call for Submissions: Writers Night 2


The Northfield Poet Laureate invites writers to submit poetry or prose to Writers Night: Cultivate Your Garden, which will be held on Thursday, April 27, at 7pm, in the Northfield Public Library.

How do you “cultivate your garden”? Do you work to make the world or your community a better place? Do you practice self-care? Do you cultivate your own talents, interests, or hobbies? Do you care for your family and friends? Are you an actual gardener? Interpret the theme as broadly or narrowly as you wish.

Writers are invited to submit up to three poems (no more than three pages) or up to 750 words of prose. Please email your submission in a single Word (.doc or .docx) file, or in the text of an email. Include your name on the submission; it will be removed for blind judging. If you are a student, please include your age and grade.

Submission period: March 1-31, 2017


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Northfield Reads is a community initiative to encourage people from across the Northfield area to come together to talk, share ideas, connect, and to open themselves to diverse perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections and understandings within the community.  This year, Northfield Reads is focusing on mental illness, with a goal of destigmatizing mental illness.  We will discuss the book Unholy Ghost: writers on depression edited by Nell Casey.  The book will be a springboard for discussions.  Participants need not read the entire book, but by reading several selections, they will be prepared to discuss the book and topic.  Mental illness is very prevalent in our society.  Most people have either experienced a mental illness themselves or have a family member or friend who suffers from mental illness.  The goals of

Parkinson’s Support Group meets February 22


 Parkinson’s Support Group meets February 22

The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Wednesday, February 22 at Northfield Hospital. Individuals who have Parkinson’s, or those with a loved one who has Parkinson’s, are invited to attend. 

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group

Wednesday, February 22

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Northfield Hospital, Conference Center

2000 North Avenue

Guest speakerNancy Haight of the Northfield Hospital Pharmacy department will give an overview of FDA-approved Parkinson’s medications: how to take them, possible side effects, and drug interactions.

Digital Preservation Day at the Northfield Public Library

From the collection of the Northfield Historical Society

The Northfield Public Library is hosting a community scanning event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. In partnership with the Minnesota Digital Library and the Northfield Historical Society, the Northfield Library encourages people to bring materials of historical interest to be scanned.  Acceptable items include photos, letter sized documents, photographic slides or negatives and even 3D objects no bigger than a basketball.  Event staff will gather information about the materials and use high quality digital scanners to scan the materials.  Participants will receive digital copies.  Digital copies can be offered, if desired, to the Northfield Historical Society for inclusion in the Northfield History Collaborative, an online digital repository of Northfield History.  Scanning is free but may be limited to 3-5 items per person.  Please note that if you have items related especially to Northfield and/or Northfield and WWI please bring those as the Northfield Historical Society prepares for the centennial of WWI in 2017-2018. 

Sara Ring from Minitex will give a special presentation at 11:00-11:45 a.m. on preserving your digital memories.  Digital family photographs, home movies and other digital content have deep personal value and if lost, are irreplaceable.  Learn more about practical steps you can take now to organize, protect, and preserve your digital memories for future generations. 

Events are free and open to the public.  If you have any questions call the library at 507-645-6606.

Poetry Night: Kathleen Roberts

Content Bookstore and the Northfield Poet Laureate invite you to a poetry reading by Kathleen Roberts (Carleton '12) on Thursday, February 2, starting at 7pm. The reading is part of the Poetry Night series at Content.

Kathleen graduated from Carleton and went on to become the literary director of the Prøve Collective (a contemporary gallery and artists' collective in Duluth), the founding editor of Prøof Magazine, and a board member of the Duluth-based Spirit Lake Poetry Series.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration RESCHEDULED

The Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration has been rescheduled. It will be on Thursday, January 26, 7:00 pm, at Emmaus Church. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the remembrance of Dr. King and his message. 

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