Events in and around Northfield

NHS Honors Art Students Present Their Final Show at the NAG

Click to enlargeThe Northfield High School Honors Art students are pleased to present their semester's body of work at their end-of-the-year show at the Northfield Arts Guild.  This year's show has been named "A Feast for the Eyes" and it will showcase the work of 13 senior artists.  The show will open on Thursday, May 25th and run through Saturday June 3rd.  There will be an opening artists reception on Saturday May 27th from 7-9 p.m.  The NHS women's choral group, Cattywampus, will be singing at the reception and there will be desserts and refreshments for everyone.  The reception is free and open to everyone.

The artwork that will be on display at the show was created during second semester. Each student in Honors Art had the opportunity to create a thematic series of work that embodied their individual interests in both mediums and concepts.  The artwork in the show represents the wide array of interests and mediums that the students chose to work with.  The art forms include:  acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, mixed media, fashion design, ceramics, digital fim, graphite drawings, pastel drawings and Photoshop. 

The featured Honors Art artists include:  Nat Allister, Lotte Brackee, Emma Closser, Athena Currier, Josh Engen, John Fischer, Sarah Goldfeather, Derek Huber, Ali Kopseng, Josh Nelson, Riahl O'Malley, Anna Sweitzer and Caitlin Truax. 

All of the artists hope that you enjoy the show and greet them on Saturday night.

Katherine Norrie is an art teacher at Northfield High School. 

Minnesota's Future: More Walkers than Wagons

Tom Gillaspy at LWV forumUpdate: Tom Gillaspy's presentation is attached.

Take a look at the future of Minnesota and you'll see more people with walkers than with wagons. There will be more immigrants—though not nearly as many as in the beginning of the last century—from more countries than ever. And as they have for the last 60 years, Baby Boomers will again change the state and the country to suit their needs. It's a future that clashes with our view of the United States.

"That's how we define ourselves, as a youthful nation," said Minnesota State Demographer Tom Gilllaspy at yesterday's League of Women Voters 4th Monday event at the Northfield Public Library.

It's hard to make statistics come alive, but Gillaspy held the audience with a staggering, if not entirely surprising, series of key demographic illustrations. For example, the state labor force is expected to grow to 421,000 by 2010, but it will grow by only 175,000 workers between 2010 and 2020. By 2020 there will be more people in Minnesota aged 65 and older than there will be children under 18.

The two factors above will push the state and the country to deal with a shift from education services to healthcare services. They also point out the reality that we will not have enough workers to support the number of people heading into retirement.

It's time for you to 'Choose Your News!'

Listening sessions planned to get your feedback about

Well, we've been telling you this is your website. And now it's time for you to tell us what you want to see on it! Let's just call it the Choose Your News campaign, because we're out to win you over in a big way.

The board members of Northfield Citizens Online (the group that runs and I will be hosting listening sessions over the next few weeks to determine what kind of content you want to see—and what kind of stories, photos, essays and commentaries you'd like to write. The first session will be Tuesday, May 23, at the Contented Cow. I'll be there at 7 p.m. and I'll stay as long as you have something to talk about.

Here's your chance to have your say. Want more sports news? A political page full of debate and conversation? Should we add letters to the editor, or guest commentaries, or maybe both? How about wedding announcements?

Just for fun, what if we ask you to use your digital and cell phone cameras to send photos from your vacation, from town events, from your favorite fishing spot after you land the big one? Will you do it? Do you want to see those pictures from your friends and neighbors?

Peterson campaign Northfield kick-off Thursday

Click to visit campaign websiteThe Contented Cow will be the site for the official Northfield kick-off for Jessica Peterson and her campaign for State Senate. This public event will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, this Thursday, May 25.

Everyone is invited to this open-house event. It will be a good chance for people to meet the candidate, ask questions, express concerns, volunteer to help out, and generally mingle with others who want to see Northfield once again have progressive representation in the state legislature.

Scott Covey is Jessica Peterson's campaign manager


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFIf you’re thinking of enjoying some outdoor dining, tonight’s the better bet for the weekend – high of 70 and no call for rain. The May Entertainment Guide lists all the outdoor options within a contest on page 23 – a chance to pick up a gift certificate to boot!

Otherwise – Friday finds Pigs in a Pen (bluegrass) at the Cow and Kevin Steinman (acoustic guitar) at Hogan Brothers. Jeff and Sabrina are at the Tavern and Whiskerfish returns to Dawn’s Corner Bar. Carleton presents the Choir and Chamber Singers and the theatrical “Waiting for Godot” at 8.

Saturday you’ll find Celtic Cat and Prairie Dog at Hogans, Dana Drives at the Cow, Joe Paulik at the Tavern and Whiskerfish is still holding court at Dawn’s. There are also dance and senior recitals on the latter part of the weekend. Download or pick up a copy of the Northfield Entertainment Guide at key spots around town for details on these and other happenings throughout the month of May.

Enjoy the weekend!

Photos: spring wine-tasting event at the Grand

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Left: Northfield Liquor Store's Steve DeLong and Just Food Co-op's Stuart Reid were two of the managerial beauties on duty at tonight's "Drink Global, Shop Local" spring wine-tasting event at the Grand. Click the photos to enlarge and see the Flickr photo set or the old style album for a dozen more.

Spring Safety Fair is Saturday

Click to open PDFWe just pulled this PDF (click the image to open it) from the city website, announcing the Spring Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Northfield High School. It's sponsored by the Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Northfield Police and Cram Chiropractic.

The event will include:
•  Bike registration and rodeo for adults and kids
•  Tours of a police car, fire truck and ambulance
•  Appearance by police K9 unit
•  Medical helicopter landings
•  Health tips from Rice County Public Health Department
•  Blood pressure checks
•  Car seat clinic and more
•  Bike helmets for sale 
•  Registration for drawing for a FREE bike
•  Demonstration of fatal vision goggles that simulate the dangers of drinking and driving
•  Free stickers, pencils, magnets, coloring books, and lots more!

Drink Globally, Shop Locally at NDDC wine tasting tonight

Northfield Downtown Development Corp. boss Ross Currier posted this information on the NDDC blog:

This Third Thursday—TONIGHT!—at 7 pm at the Grand, the Northfield Wine Club is throwing open the doors to the public for wine tasting, cheese tasting, and (this is Northfield after all) spirited conversation.

The guiding themes are Shop Local, Reinvest in Your Community and Support Northfield Businesses.

So come on down(town) and join your friends and neighbors for an evening of wine, cheese and conversation. The Northfield Liquor Store is bringing the wine, Just Food Co-op is bringing the cheese and the NDDC is bringing the...shameless promotion. Admission is free.

Ross also mentions our ISSUES List discussion of potential sites for a new proposed movie theater in town. Check out the NDDC blog or go straight to the ISSUES List for more.

Bike/Walk to Work Day is Friday

Local groups team up to offer coffee and sweets in Bridge Square

Peggy ProwePeggy Prowe rides her bike a lot. She rode it to this week's City Council meeting to advocate for better downtown trails.

Whether you ride or walk every day or you're just needing some motivation to get started, you are invited to join commuters around the state Friday, May 19, for Bike/Walk to Work Day., RENew Northfield, and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation are teaming up to support this effort—and reward participants for their efforts. Northfield is one of a number of communities statewide hosting events to encourage alternatives to solo driving to work. Biking, walking, mass transit, carpools, vanpools and telecommuting are all viable local options which can save money and energy and ease traffic congestion. Bikers, walkers, and others using transit alternatives are encouraged to stop at Bridge Square between 6:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. for free coffee, juice, water and pastries.

If you want to learn more, go to for more details.

Syttende Mai Celebration at the Ole Store

Nordic JamThe Ole Store will feature the music of Nordic Jam on Wednesday, May 17 to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day, or grunnlovsdag, commonly known as "Syttende Mai." Syttende Mai (literally, "17th of May") is a celebration of the day in 1814 when Norway's constitution was signed in the town of Eidsvoll, Norway. Nordic Jam will play in the Coffee House from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Northfield's Nordic Jam is a group of local musicians who gather weekly to play and learn music from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and their American immigrant communities. This is the group's first appearance at the Ole Store.

Reminder: Ray Suarez at Carleton this Friday

Just a reminder that on Friday, May 19, Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, will present a convocation titled “The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America” at 10:50 a.m. in the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. Suarez has worked for public television’s The News Hour since 1999. As one of their senior correspondents from Washington, he is responsible for discussion and debates in the studio, reporting from the field, serving as a backup anchor and conducting newsmaker interviews.

The event is part of the college's weekly convocation series. You can learn more at

Kaleidoscope: International Festival 2006

This story was submitted by Kilang Yanger (Carleton class of 2006), an international student from India.

æbleskiver!Smelling the potent Ghanaian spices of Accra, hearing the powerful strums of the Chinese pipa, watching Filipino dancers dexterously weave their feet around clashing bamboos, having the touch of cool Indian henna dye designs on your palms and last but not least, tasting mouth-watering Danish æbleskiver desserts are but a tiny preview of what happens at the International Festival.

The International Festival has been a very successful ongoing tradition at Carleton for many years. This year’s festival, entitled ‘Kaleidoscope,’ proved to be the same, if not better. It is a multifaceted event that incorporates not only food and entertainment from all over the world, but promotes exposure and learning of other cultures through various workshops set up to engage guests and students. This year’s event, the ninth annual festival, brought Chinese calligraphy booths and Japanese origami tables, along with entertainment such as a fire-knife dance from Samoa. The festival, more importantly, is an event to raise awareness and monetary support for charities. This year’s donations went to the Center for Children’s Happiness, a non-governmental organization that provides a home and education to Cambodian orphans.

All in all, it was truly a kaleidoscopic event one got to experience on a Saturday afternoon right here in Northfield.

Global Warming: Just Hot Air?

David S. Chapman, Carleton College Bernstein Geologist-in-Residence, will present a lecture titled “Global Warming: Just Hot Air?” on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Carleton College Olin Hall of Science, room 149. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Chapman is recognized as one of the top solid-Earth geophysicists in the world measuring and interpreting heat and mass transfer in the geologic environment. Most recently Chapman developed methods to assess the amount of global warming since the time of the Industrial Revolution by measuring temperatures in drill holes.

Chapman will address the questions of What do we know? What do we not know? What can we do? What should we do? He notes that global trends suggest that allowing “business as usual” is a risky path. Chapman outlines what we know from weather station records and the questions still to be addressed in understanding our complex climate system.

Related links:
Event Description on Carleton's Geology Department Website
David Chapman's Homepage at the University of Utah

Art Crawl TODAY - Saturday, May 13

There's all sorts of great art on display around town at all sorts of galleries. Today's Art Crawl is from 3-6 pm at the following locations:Click to open PDF

  • Art and Frame
  • ArtOnWater
  • ArtOrg
  • Carleton Art House
  • Carleton College
  • Circa Restoration Studio
  • Northfield Arts Guild
  • St. Olaf College
  • Swag
  • The Ole Store

Click the poster image here to view a PDF that shows the details, or visit for more information.

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