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It's a Wonderful Life- so audition!

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Purple Door Youth Theater is back in full swing!

Student auditions for the holiday classic: It’s a Wonderful Life are October 4 and 5 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater from 4:00 to 5:30pm.

Most roles are for Middle & High School students, with a few roles for younger kids (min grade 3), as well.

Widely considered one of the most inspirational and beloved stories in American film, It’s a Wonderful Life, translates beautifully to the Guild stage in this imaginative 1940’s style radio-on-stage production by Tony “Sparx” Palermo. This adaptation is designed as a live theater production with all the pizzazz and delight of golden era live radio shows, including students as live sound effects artists.

The Lion in Winter in Summer


The Northfield Arts Guild and director Rachel Haider are proud to present James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter.  This Guild Theater production will perform outdoors in Northfield’s Central Park, 421 4th Street, Northfield on July 23, 24, 25, 29, 30.  All performances begin at 7pm.

Set at Christmas, 1183 in Chinon France, The Lion in Winter is described by The New York Times as “a work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill”. Tangled intrigue, sword-fighting, and vibrant characters lead to a delightful night back to live theatre. Using a mixture of both comedic and dramatic moments, the show explores the family dynamics that come into play while the royal family battles amongst themselves over the reign of an empire.

Hvistendahl to Speak at 50 North


Local author and historian Susan Hvistendahl is presenting highlights from Volume 1 of her "Historic Happenings" series of books at FiftyNorth senior center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, at 1 pm on June 17. She will take note of Northfield personalities, places and events such as John North, Laura Baker, Maggie Lee, Wayne Eddy, Marilyn Sellars, Sid and Dan Freeman, Laura MacKenzie, the Archer House, the Grand, the Lyceum, Eisenhower at Laird Stadium, the 1876 bank raid and the beloved popcorn wagon, run by FiftyNorth. The talk is free and open to the public and there will be a signing of all her local history books, cash or check only, following the presentation.

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 


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Niemisto, Hvistendahl and Riggs Featured at Deep Valley Book Festival

Three Northfield writers will be participating in the Deep Valley Book Festival of authors taking place virtually Saturday and Sunday Oct. 3-4. Susan Hvistendahl, Joy Riggs and Paul Niemisto will be promoting their books at this largest literary festival in Southern Minnesota.
Niemisto is offering his "Cornets and Pickaxes" about Finnish bands in Northern Minnesota, Riggs has "Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters" about her music man great-grandfather G. Oliver Riggs and Hvistendahl has three Historic Happenings books about Northfield, St. Olaf and Carleton and "Milestones and Memories of the St.


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The Northfield Public Library is participating in One Book One Minnesota, a new statewide book club inviting Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together to enjoy, reflect and discuss.

The featured book selection is award winning Because of Winn-Dixie by Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo, celebrating the book's 20th anniversary.

The Northfield Public Library will hold virtual discussions on:

Monday, May 18, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, May 19, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 21, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

There are three discussion slots, to accommodate schedules.  Families are encourage to join a discussion as a group.

You can register for any of the discussion times at

Because of Winn Dixie is available on multiple platforms.  Readers can access the digital book for free on EbooksMinnesota for eight weeks.

Leap Year Swing Dance

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Put on your dancing shoes for Leap Year Swing Dance, February 29, 2020. The event will be held at the Northfield Ballroom (1055 HWY 3 North) and will run from 7:30-10:00 pm. Music will be provided by Bend in the River Big Band with vocalist Linnea Nelson Marrin. Victor Albrecht, a local dance instructor, will provide free swing dance lessons beginning at 6:45. There will be a cash bar. General admission tickets are $15. Student admission is $10.

Invite your friends and neighbors. All are welcome!

Local Authors to Autograph Their Book Telling the History of the St. Olaf College Band


Susan Hvistendahl and Jeffrey Sauve will be signing copies of their newly released book "Milestones and Memories of the St. Olaf Band 1891-2018" at the Northfield Historical Society from 5:30-7:30 during Winter Walk Dec. 12 at the Northfield Historical Society.  The book is published by By All Means Graphics and is available there and online at, as well as at the Northfield Historical Society. Shown here are the co-authors with St. Olaf Band conductor Timothy Mahr (left).

Alyssa Herzog Melby to Discuss Creative Placemaking

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Alyssa Herzog Melby, Chair of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, will speak about “Creative Placemaking: Developing Northfield through Arts and Culture” at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in the Bunday Room of the Northfield Public Library. Her talk, sponsored by Pi Chapter (Rice County) of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for key women educators, is free and open to the public. Desserts will be served. All welcome!  


Cannon Valley regional Orchestra 40th Anniversary Season Concert #1

  CVRO presents  the Mendelssohn Reformation Symphony and Dan Kallman's trubute to Joseph Lee Heywood "Fidelitas"

October 26-27 . see Facebook "Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra" for details


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      Chris Norbury, the award winning author of the suspense-thriller, Castle Danger, will speak at the Northfield Public Library on Monday, October 21, at 7:00 pm.  He will share his experiences of being a self-published author during the Internet Age.  He will answer questions and will sell copies of his two novels.   

      His new novel, Straight River, is the prequel to Castle Danger, and the first book of a planned trilogy.  The stories feature Matt Lanier, a southern Minnesota farm-kid-turned-professional-musician whose comfortable middle-class world is turned upside down by a conspiracy of powerful, ambitious, violent men.

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra presents Romantic Spring

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The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) will present two performances of Romantic Spring, a concert featuring music invoking the springtime season, on Saturday, May 11 at 3pm at St. John’s Hall, 500 Third Street West, Northfield, and Sunday, May 12 at 3pm at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School Auditorium, 400 6th Street, Kenyon.

National Library Week April 7-13, 2019


Come Visit the Northfield Public Library


Monday, April 8 - National Library Week Kickoff – Community input about the library

Tuesday, April 9 – Treats for public in the atrium and thanking volunteers – 

9 am-5 pm

Wednesday, April 10 - Tour Bookmobile parked out front #BookmobileDay2019  - 

9 am-5 pm  

Thursday, April 11 - All day Special Media Blast

Author Beverly Lewis – 2-3:30pm

Author Jim Holden – 6:30 -8pm

Friday, April 12 – Live music - 12-1:15pm

Melvin Henrichs – Mountain Dulcimer

Helen Forsythe - Banjo



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