Events in and around Northfield

5th Bridge launches "Utter Joy" Campaign

Eighty Northfield residents gathered recently at St. Olaf College for the launching of the 5th Bridge “Utter Joy” campaign.

The “Utter Joy” campaign co-founder, Greg Carlson, describes it as an effort to “make volunteerism a way of life” for all Northfielders and asks pledgers to commit five (5) hours of time per month in service to others. The pledge puts no criteria on the nature or focus of the volunteer service, and counts hours contributed in any community. 5th Bridge has a goal of getting 150,000 hours pledged by the end of 2006, and as added incentive, Carlson Capital Management will match each of the first 10,000 hours pledged with a $1 dollar contribution that will go back into the Northfield community ($10,000). Progress will be tracked with a milk bottle featured on the 5th Bridge website.

Carlson said at the launch event, “The power of volunteering that we are seeking comes from a transformation, not to the recipient of a generous act (though that is important), but from the changed life of the giver; because, as the giver experiences the ‘Utter Joy’ of their action, they will want to do it again and again…”

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week One Drawing:  The Ole Store

The Ole Store

When we announced the new membership campaign a few days ago, we promised you we wouldn't be offering coffee mugs or tote bags as premiums.  We have something, much, much more fun. We're calling it "Dinner On Us." 

Become a member of and you will be entered into the Dinner On Us drawing.  Each Monday for the next two months will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  This week's restaurant is The Ole Store.  The deadline for this first week is midnight on July 9th with the winner being announced on Monday July 10th.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

To enter without becoming a member, just send a message through the Contact Us button.

This is our way of saying thank you for becoming a member and for visiting the site to find out what's happening in your community.

Northfield throws a party!

Editor's Addition: We just added a short video clip from the vintage baseball game, viewable if you read the whole story. Also: the online photo gallery is up to 165 pictures! If you were there, I bet we've got a shot of you...

Wow, what a party it was! The 4th of July brought thousands of people to downtown Northfield. We want to thank those of you who sent photos – and remind the rest of you that it’s not too late to add yours to the gallery.


Thanks to the proud grandpa of Max Albertson, 1, at left, who did a turn as Superman during the Kiddie Parade. Thanks to Bridget Spencer, who sent along photos from Monday evening’s entertainment, Mim Mueller for sending great photos of the Kiddie Parade, and our own Adam Gurno for sharing fun shots of the Vintage Baseball Game and the fireworks.

You can check out the gallery here. You can add your photos by hitting the Submit Photos option here or in the left-hand column of this page. Check back to see what’s being added. Now for the real fun. If you find your picture, feel free to write your own caption in the comment box below the photo. If you sent a photo, take the credit and put your name below the photo.

There certainly was plenty to see. Cyclists, from the best in the state to those still wobbling on training wheels, took turns tooling down Division Street. Contemporary tap dancers and old-fashioned bluegrass singers forced people to ponder how to clap while holding hot dogs, ice cream sandwiches and cold drinks.

The annual Northfield Criterium doubled as the Minnesota State Championship Criterium this year. Racers looped the downtown with style and grace as they proved who was the best in each class.

The only downer of the day was that the Northfield Historical Society still needs some help to cover the tab for all that fun. Marybeth Luing of NHS said Tuesday that the organization still was $3,000 short of meeting the $27,000 in costs for everything from fireworks to music acts. Just click here to get to the NHS website.

First Street parade marks 13th year

Holiday celebrations filled Northfield Tuesday, and not all of them were downtown.

Residents of First Street West barricaded the street between Plum and Linden Tuesday morning and held the 13th annual First Street 4th of July parade. Residents cheered the colorfully decorated bikes, trikes, strollers, wagons, and a few lawn tractors, all either ridden or pulled by neighborhood kids, dogs and a few parents.

The parade was the brainchild of Franklin and Bette Lee, 505 First St. W., who came up with it as a way to give their grandkids something to do the morning of July 4th. Grandchild Robert Lee, 13, was an infant the first year; Tuesday he led the parade as grand marshal.

Fireworks move to Sechler Park

Searchers, seekers, we have good news for you.

Our search engine has been buzzing with people looking for information about this year's fireworks display. Sure, you can sit just about anywhere and see the overhead bursts of color, like this one Griff Wigley captured last year. But if you want to be in the middle of the action, head to Sechler Park. That's a change from last year, so don't head to the Middle School or you'll miss out.

Drawing a blank on where Sechler Park is? Just head along Armstrong Road, wind along the Cannon River and look for the park entrance. If you still need help, click to pull up this handy Google map.

Carleton cast-offs net $12,500

Don't you just love a happy ending? Erin Sterling, an educational associate in the ACT (Acting in the Community) Center at Carleton College, just let us know about one.

Erin was one of the organizers of the 6th annual Lighten Up Garage Sale, held in Carleton College's West Gym June 15-17. With the support of the ACT Center, the sale raised more than $12,500 for Special Olympics, Northfield Union of Youth, The Village School, and Project Friendship. More than 125 volunteers helped make the sale a huge success.

Nice work. And for the rest of us, maybe this is just the excuse we needed to put off cleaning out the basement or the attic until next spring.

What a Weekend!

Click to view PDFEditor's note: The current issue of the NEG runs through Friday. We will add the new issue July 1. We also want to join in congratulating Rob Schanilec and his crew on the first anniversary of the Northfield Entertainment Guide.

Big weekend! Loooooooong weekend???

It sure is in Northfield, because the events just keep happening. Read about them all inside...

Class targets fun and fitness

Wow, we've only been at this four weeks and we're seeing results already. Women from all over town are getting healthier -- and having fun doing it.

And it's not too late for you to get involved. The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and the Northfield Area Family YMCA will sponsor another lively gathering of women in the "Get Moving!" class Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 for an invigorating warm-up, walk/run and stretching routine, folllowed by a health lesson.

This week's lesson is "Nutrition for the Active Woman" by Kitty Runzheimer, of the Carleton College Active LIfestyles Program.

Classes run through Aug. 3; cost is $40. Newcomers are welcome to join the class, which travels the trails of Northfield Middle School. For information or to register, please call 612-863-3839.

Library Expansion Meeting Tonight

Monday, June 26, 7 p.m. at Northfield Public Library

The Northfield League of Women Voters (LWV) will continue its "4th Monday" public meeting series tonight, June 26, to discuss expansion of the Northfield Carnegie Library.

The library director, Lynne Young, along with board members and a consulting firm representative will be present. The library's needs, as identified by library consultants, and the additional square footage requirements for an enlarged facility have raised concerns about finding adequate space to keep the library downtown.

A short tour of the current library building will begin the meeting.

Call 663-6097 for further information.

Gaelic Tribe plays Wednesday at Oddfellows Park

Gaelic TribeThis Wednesday's Books and Stars features the music of Gaelic Tribe, playing tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales at Oddfellow's Park. This free, family-friendly show starts at 7 pm. Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6 pm with library materials for all ages. The rain location is the Middle School auditorium.

Why not bring your camera to the show? We'll add your pix to the Books & Stars gallery, now at 45 photos and growing!

Check out the Books & Stars schedule for the full list of upcoming concerts, locations and sponsors.

4th of July Events

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Editor's Note:  The Fireworks will be launched from Sechler Park this year. 

Guess what...the 4th of July is coming up really fast. The Northfield Historical Society (NHS) has planned a pretty interesting celebration. There will be music, food, a kiddy carnival, children's bike parade, Vintage Baseball Game, bike races, and...oh yeah, FIREWORKS!

One addition to the original list of events is a Vintage Baseball game, which will be played at 1 p.m.July 4th at the foot of Old Main. I hope everyone can come on down and enjoy some good old family fun! For any updates vist

NHS is still looking for donations to fund the event. If you would like to make a donation of any size, please call 645-9268. Thank you and see you on the 4th!!!

Hayes Scriven is the Northfield Historical Society's Education and Exhibit Coordinator. 

"Olympics" take over Way Park

Limbo!A dramatic victory in the limbo competition helped push the team from "Greece" over the top to win the gold medal in the 2006 Summer Games. "Turkey" captured silver, and "Burundi" took home the bronze.

Thursday afternoon's "Olympic Closing Ceremonies" included medal presentations to all 35 participants as well as songs from the 4-9 year-olds and their leaders.

These hilariously adorable activities were all part of the SUPER Kids Program from the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division.

I put up a gallery of photos from the festivities, but I counted at least six other parents with digital cameras, so send more pix if you got 'em!

Justin Roberts rocks Books & Stars

The longest day of the year made for another beautiful Books & Stars event as Justin Roberts entertained a huge crowd of kids of all ages in Bridge Square. Hundreds of happy people gathered downtown to dance, sing and do crazy hand motions along with the midwestern kid-rock superstar.

Nine images from this evening's concert have been added to the Books & Stars photo gallery. If you've got your own pictures from this or other Books & Stars events, please send them our way! (Update: the photo gallery has TRIPLED in size since this post went up. Thanks to all the shutterbugs around town!)

The next Books & Stars will be held on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in Odd Fellows Park with Gaelic Tribe. You can find the full summer schedule here.

Community Band heads back to Bridge Square

Northfield Community BandIf you like the idea of listening to music under the summer sky, you can head downtown Thursday night. The Northfield Community Band, under the direction of Claire Larson, is offering a series of concerts at 7:30 pm every Thursday in Bridge Square.

This photo, taken at last week's concert, features Claire and her band of volunteers, who range in age from 14 on up. What you can't see from this angle are all the people who filled the square to enjoy the fun. 

People who come are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concerts are free, and the folks from the Senior Center will be selling popcorn, so you can munch in time to the music.

Northfield Youth Choirs Registration begins Thursday

NYC at the Governor's BallNorthfield Youth Choirs (NYC) is holding registration days for its regular season as well as its new Musical Theater Workshop (MTW) this summer.

Registration for the regular NYC season will be held tomorrow, Thursday, June 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church (500 Third St. W.) in Northfield. No appointment is necessary. Returning members and those simply interested in learning more about NYC are invited to attend. Can't make this week's registration? You can also register on Thursday, July 20 or Thursday, Aug. 17. Questions? Call the NYC office at 507-664-9335 or visit

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