Events in and around Northfield

NCO Hosts a Grand Time at The Grand

Click to view larger sizeNorthfield Citizens Online celebrated its new look and new managing editor, extended a heartfelt thank you to its tech crew and kicked off our membership drive -- all in one grand time Thursday night.

An enthusiastic crowd listened to some great music (the Bratlanders, including our own Chair, Doug Bratland), heard some of our history and some of our vision vision, and met the new Managing Editor, Anne Bretts. Master of Ceremonies Rick Estenson, a board member since 2005, introduced a short history by yours truly, followed by a really great tale of the genesis of our on-line community from the early days of the revival of the salon (via the Utne Reader) by our favorite son, Griff Wigley, aka, the Hon. Mayor of NCO.

Just as the Internet has allowed us to redefine community, so has the changing technical climate allowed NCO to transform itself from its early techie beginnings to a more community and content-oriented organization. Our early goal of "access for all" has become "a voice for all" as we focus more on letting the community speak.  Unlike many media outlets, we are able to empower everyone to speak for themselves by removing the barriers to entry that dominate most media formats.

Cannon River Watershed Cleanup Saturday


We’re looking for volunteers to help pick up trash along the Cannon River —help ensure that our river remains a clean and healthy part of our community!

Teams will meet at 9am at the rodeo grounds or at the Sechler Park picnic pavilion and pick up trash until about 11:30. Participants are invited to a picnic at The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve afterwards.

Gloves, bags, and drinking water will be provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Parent permission form required for participants under age 18.

You should wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes, and come prepared to get a bit damp and dirty!

For more information, click the image to open a PDF brochure about the event, or visit our website at

Buzz continues long after Franken visit

If any significant percentage of St. Olaf's student body shows up for an event, you know it must be important.
After all, students are perpetually faced with a plethora of school-sponsored activities. As a result, many activities - from political speakers to hip hop artists - can boast of only a dozen or so attendees. Last Friday, however, this was not the case. A staggering proportion of the student body, not to mention outside visitors and political candidates, made it their priority to see the well-known liberal writer and comedian Al Franken.

Come Celebrate!

Community Celebration Tonight at The Grand!

Northfield Citizens Online, the organization responsible for this website and the ISSUES email list, is hosting a party from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. tonight at The Grand Event Center in downtown Northfield. Admission is free and the entire community is welcome.

In addition to live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, you'll get a chance to meet the folks behind the scenes of your favorite local website and provide us feedback about what you love, hate, or would like to change about

Please join us for a swell evening with old and new friends!

Feel Guildy this Saturday

Click for larger sizeMark your calendars and bring your checkbooks, its time for the Northfield Arts Guild's annual Auction for the Arts this Saturday, April 29th.

Ed Kuhlman and Mary Rossing [pictured at left] SPRING into the Arts and host the evening's activities once again at the Guild's largest fundraiser. We depend on the funds raised to keep the doors open, the classes running, the theater lights on, and the art on the gallery walls.

The Silent Auction Runs from 7-8pm with the always entertaining Live Auction from 8-10pm. Admission is $15 at the door. 

The Northfield Arts Guild auction is so much more than just an's entertainment!

Less than 24 hours left in the Spring Photo Competition!

You can still enter the Springtime Photo Competition!

The Spring Photo Competition ends Tuesday night at midnight. The contest is free and open to everyone. Grand prize is $50 in Chamber Bucks. More information about the contest can be found by going to the contest page located here.

There are currently twenty entries in the competition pool. You can view the gallery by clicking here.

Al Franken Visits Northfield...what's the scoop?

Al Franken was at St. Olaf last night. We were tied up, so we want to know what happened. Were you there?

Here's your chance to be a citizen journalist. It's easy! Just follow the instructions below and you'll be a citizen journalist. Any first-timer who posts the first story will get to take a bow at our Northfield Citizens Online party Thursday night at the Grand. (OK, any regular contributor who makes the first post will get to take a bow as well. Shy people may accept our thanks and pass on the bow.)

Remember, this is just an informal story. If you're not sure, write something and we'll help you polish it.

To submit a story, just create a user account, then use the create content link to submit it. And you can always contact us if you have any questions.

Today's Earth Jam Music Schedule

Happy Earth Day! Today's forecast for a partly cloudy 67 degrees couldn't be more perfect for a day of hanging out on Bridge Square and listening to eight(!) live bands as part of Earth Jam 2006.

Here's the lineup:

2pm  Lucas Paine
3pm  Taggart Bros
4pm  Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders
5pm  Harmonic VooDoo
6pm  Ben Cooper
7pm  The Chokey
8pm  Unicorn Basement
9pm  Hortense McLeode

Hope to see you downtown!

Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)Once again - Northfield dishes out more things to do than you can shake a stick at.

Perhaps as a precursor to the July Vintage Band Festival, The St. Olaf Collegium Musicum is going even further back to the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras tonight, Friday, 7:30 p.m. in the Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf. And on the extreme opposite side of the coin, the Northfield Arts Guild Theater will host the opening of Cabaret, sensuous, sexy and sizzling (these are local actors, mind you) at 7:30 p.m.

Note that technically Cabaret is SOLD OUT Friday and Saturday with only a handful of tickets left for Sunday's matinee. But hope is not lost as a ticket or two can oftentimes be had at the door. Worst case scenario, you can't get into Cabaret but you've opened up a block of time to take in some of this other great entertainment!

Northfield Dog Park?

There is a public meeting next Tuesday night -- April 25th -- at the Archer House Lower Level to describe and discuss the possibility of a Dog Park in Northfield.

Representatives of the recently formed CAP (Canines at Play) organization will be there with a number of City maps to present a short description of the vision and work they have done with the City of Northfield and its Park & Recreation Advisory Board.

More inside...

Want to go to Mexico or France?

...if so, great! And what would be better than going to Mexico or France for a week while helping a local non-profit!?!

On Friday, April 28th, from 7pm-Midnight at The Grand Event Center in Northfield, HealthFinders Collaborative will host its third annual fundraiser, "A Night on the Town." The event will feature live music and dancing, featuring two local bands - the Bridgewater Ramblers, who will play country and bluegrass, and PideKaimás , who will entertain us with music from all over Latin America. Both bands promise to get you groovin'. There will also be a catered dinner, as The Grand will serve up its specialty - meat and vegetarian lasagna. They claim it's the best...we hope you'll come judge for yourself!

In addition, there will be a silent and live auction, which will feature two amazing trips: you can bid on a cottage in France for a week, or a condo in Mexico for the same duration. You can't go wrong there. Also, there will be artwork, jewelry, outdoor adventures like kayaking and climbing and birding, a unicycle lesson, dance lessons, gift baskets, gift certificates, a weekend getaway, horseback riding lessons, and many more items you can bid on. There will be over 75 items available! And all of the proceeds go to sustaining the affordable health clinic and prescription drug fund that HealthFinders has established.

Earth Day Eve Open House

Click to view PDFDo you like water? Do you like to drink it, play in it, and swim in it? What about fishing, or sailing, or tubing down the river?

If you enjoy water, we invite you to come celebrate your love for water, and your love for Earth Day, at Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) on the eve of Earth Day, April 21st, from 4-7pm.

During the evening there will be a bonfire, food, kids activities and music provided by amazingly gifted St. Olaf students. Also, there will be demonstrations including: How to Build a Rain Garden, Sewer Man, and Who Dirtied the Water. Click the image at left to view a PDF poster with details of the event.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership is located at 8997 Eaves Avenue, Northfield. [NOTE: Do not look for this on online maps (google maps or mapquest) because it will not appear correctly!] The phone number is 507-646-8400 if you need further directions.

Come Celebrate! Northfield Citizens Online Recognition Night

Community Celebration Thursday, April 27, at The Grand

Spring is a time of new beginnings, of rebirth, and so it is here at In recent weeks you've seen some changes to the format, content and contributors, and together we will be making more changes in the weeks to come.

To celebrate, the NCO board is hosting a party from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. next Thursday, April 27, at The Grand Event Center in downtown Northfield. Admission is free and the entire community is welcome.

In addition to live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, you'll get a chance to:

  • Meet the new Managing Editor
  • Recognize the technical team who created the new site
  • Meet past and current volunteers
  • Hear about future enhancements to the site
  • Learn about our new membership drive
  • Provide us feedback about what you currently like, would like to see or would like to change about

Please join us for an enjoyable evening with old and new friends! We're sure that you'll come away excited to become one of our citizen journalists, and maybe even one of our charter members.

HOPE Center Luminary Celebration

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

On the evening of April 27th, 2006, HOPE Center will have luminaries and a clothesline project on display in Bridge Square--as visual testimony to victims served, contributors who make services possible, and to acknowledge unknown survivors of violence still living in silence, fear and isolation.

We welcome you to walk through the luminaries and hear a special performance by Singer-Songwriter Barb Ryman. Barb is a nationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter who expects music to be more than entertaining. Her music is lyric-driven, emotional and heart-opening. With a clear winsome voice and skillfully played guitar, she delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, country blues, Celtic flavored ballads, old-time gospel, and bits of folk-rock. She brings it all forward in the tradition of great folk music, through songs that tell stories and put us in touch with our human condition.

The walk begins at 6:30pm and music begins at 7:00pm.


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