Events in and around Northfield

Virus adds to ongoing catastrophe for Palestinians

Palestinian refugees

No corner of the world has been untouched by the global coronavirus pandemic. And nothing more clearly demonstrates the ongoing Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”) for the Palestinian people than Covid 19.

Every May 15, Palestinians and their supporters commemorate the Nakba, events during which Zionist forces violently drove nearly a million Palestinians from their homes throughout 1947 to 1949.

“Personal Stories of the Nakba (The Catastrophe)” will be 1 p.m., Saturday, May 15, 2021. This NJP-produced video features three Palestinians sharing family stories from that time. Normally held in person in Bridge Square in downtown Northfield, the commemoration presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel will be held online this year because of coronavirus concerns. Click here to register.

Understanding the History of Indigenous People of the Area - Then and Now

Northfield Reads is focusing on Indigenous People this year.  The last event of the year will be on Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, via zoom.

Sue Garwood, director of the Rice County Historical Society, and the Reverend Canon Robert Two Bulls, Missioner for the Department of Indian Work and Multicultural Ministries for the Episcopal Church will talk about Indigenous people in our area in the past and present.  Adults and students are encouraged to attend.    Participants need to register on the Northfield Public Library website,, to receive a zoom link.  Click on "events", "virtual events," and then click on the April 13 event to register.  Questions?  Contact Corinne Smith at

Deep Valley Book Festival – March 6-7

Northfield authors Joy Riggs and Susan Hvistendahl will be participating in the Cabin Fever virtual edition of the Deep Valley Book Festival on March 6-7. Riggs will be involved in two live and one pre-recorded panel discussion. Riggs is the author of "Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters." Hvistendahl's books are "Milestones and Memories of the St. Olaf Band" with co-author Jeffrey Sauve and three Historic Happenings books about Northfield, St. Olaf and Carleton. This free family-oriented festival is for book lovers of all ages. For further information and to get links to events, go to 

Susan Hvistendahl to Present Local History

Local author and historian Susan Hvistendahl will present “Historic Happenings of Rice County”, an online program for the Rice County Historical Society on Thursday, January 21, at 7 pm.

Hvistendahl, who wrote a “Historic Happenings” column for the Entertainment Guide of Southern Minnesota from 2007-2016, will speak on four topics: Heisman trophy winner Bruce Smith of Faribault, the early bicycling craze in Rice County, the history of the St. Olaf Band since 1891 and Northfield’s iconic Archer House, ravaged by fire last November.

Northfield's 45th Lucia Fest Celebrated at Home

The 45th Annual Lucia Fest was not held in person this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Northfield Swedish Club invited local families to celebrate the Swedish Christmas season safely in their own homes.

The event is typically held the Friday before Lucia Day (December 13), and includes a potluck supper, a pageant with Lucias and their attendants, the singing of Christmas carols, and folk dancing around the Christmas tree.

Five young women were selected to serve as this year's Lucias. They are:

• Libby Brust, a senior at Northfield High School. "I haven't finalized my college plans yet, but I plant to study either microbiology or biochemistry next year. I've enjoyed participating in the Sankta Lucia celebration for many years, and my favorite Scandanavian holiday tradition is decorating gingerbread houses."

Come to Northfield Citizens On Line Annual Meeting Thursday Evening!

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Don’t forget that on Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. at Hideaway in downtown Northfield, the Annual Meeting of Northfield Citizens Online is happening. All are welcome to attend!

President Griff Wigley and Vice President/Secretary Tracy Davis will facilitate a discussion of the history and future of and hope Northfielders will sit in and contribute to the conversation. Watch this space for agenda.

Almost 30 years ago, a group of Northfielders had been discussing questions like:  What's the likely impact of the Internet on the local community? How can it be used to strengthen a geographic community rather than undermining it? 

Lucia Fest 2019

2019 Lucias

44th Annual Lucia Fest Set for Friday, Dec. 13

Northfield High School students Ava O'Neill, Grace Casson, and Lenyn Pfau will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 13, at the 44th 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.

Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters Launch Party

Book Launch Party

Northfield author Joy Riggs is hosting a launch party for her new nonfiction book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man (Nodin Press). The event is open to the public and will include live music, snacks and cake, and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase on site through Content Bookstore.

43rd Annual Lucia Fest Set for Friday, Dec. 7

Siri Lindell and Erin Gunn, 2018 Lucias

Northfield High School seniors Siri Lindell and Erin Gunn will lead the procession Friday, Dec. 7, at the 43rd 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 2018 Lucia attendants are Libby Brust, Claire Casson, Grace Casson, Tegan Chadwick, Lucy Graham,Brooke Green, Teagan Green,Penelope Johnson,Sylvia Koenig, Annika Korynta, Elsa Nystrom,Ava O’Neill,Charlotte Otterblad, Ruby Otterblad,Astrid Peterson White, Lenyn Pfau, Vilma Turunen, and Eva Wolfson.The star boys are Avery Chadwick, Jim Graham, and Karsten Korynta.

Art Exhibit at River Bend Nature Center


Local native animals are subjects of an exhibit of fabric art by Northfield artist Toni Easterson at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault. Easterson’s fourteen portraits reveal her close connections to the animals she sees from her window - a mink, an egret, a turtle, a rabbit, a bluebird, among others. She uses fabric pieces given to her by friends and transformes them into remarkable creatures. An egret’s plume, for example, was part of a lace wedding gown. 


Susan Hvistendahl to tell Anna Dickie Olesen's story

Susan Hvistendahl, local author and historian, will give a talk on “The Sensational and Strange Story of Anna Dickie Olesen” at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Rice County chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the International Society for Key Women Educators. .

Blue Zones author Dan Buettner to share his secrets for a long and happy life

Who are these Northfielders? I heard over the weekend that Dan Buettner is coming to Northfield for a free presentation next Monday, courtesy of Northfield Shares, our local community foundation. (Event\tickets page here.)

No, Dan is not going to talk about his world record-setting bike expeditions in the 80s & 90s. He's now all about Blue Zones and what communities can do to help their citizens live happier and longer.

June film festival explores the past and future of the Palestinian story


Documentary films exploring the past and future of Palestine are the selections for the 2018 NJP Palestine film series.

 All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 5, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.

2018 Maple Syrup Fun Run May 5 at River Bend Nature Center

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The River Bend Nature Center Maple Syrup Fun Run and Pancake Brunch is coming on Saturday, May 5 at the Center.  There will be a one-mile walk, and 5k, 10k, 25k or 50k fun runs. Registered participants will receive the 2018 Syrup Fun Run T-shirt, and admission to the pancake brunch which will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration has been extended through Sunday, April 22 for those who want guaranteed availability of shirts. After that, registrations are welcomed through the race day. If you’re not a runner, you can sign up as a “Couch Potato” and receive he T-shirt and admission to the pancake brunch. Sponsors of the 2018 Maple Syrup Fun Run are Humfeld Chiropractic and Edina Realty. 

Political Parody Sing-Along set for April 25

As election season heats up, it’s time for Cannon Valley Indivisible to come out of hibernation. Join your neighbors and friends at Imminent Brewing on Wednesday, April 25, from 8-9:30 p.m. for an evening of song, strategy, and community.

We will sing patriotic/parody lyrics that have been used at CVI events over the past year, plus a few new ones. We will hear from newly-endorsed candidates and start planning election-related summer and fall activities. We also will talk about joining forces with other community groups similarly dedicated to improving relationships between constituents and representatives at the local, state, and national levels.

Imminent Brewing is located at 519 Division St. and is hosting the event as a fundraiser, so bring a few dollars to donate to Moms Demand Action and/or Northfield's Municipal ID initiative, plus a few more dollars to spend on delicious, local beer. Soft drinks are also available, and kids and teens are welcome.

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