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Two candidates pull out of council race

Two candidates have pulled out the race for Northfield City Council, eliminating the need for a local primary and leaving one incumbent without much need to campaign at all.

Norman Butler pulled out the three-way race for an at-large council seat, leaving Noah Cashman and Terry Gersemehl to vie for the seat that will open up when incumbent Dixon Bond leaves office in December. Bond, now 70, chose to retire. Gersemehl filed at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, just five minutes before the filing deadline, forcing a primary in that race. Candidates had until Thursday to withdraw and have their names taken off the ballot.

Also on Thursday, James Herreid pulled out of the First Ward race, leaving incumbent James Pokorney unopposed. The Fourth Ward race remains unchanged, with Jon Denison and Victor Summa running for the seat Galen Malecha gave up to make a run for Rice County Commissioner, District 2.

The Northfield city website lays out the details of the filings. If more than two people had filed for a position, the race would be part of the state and county primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. 


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFThe temperature has dropped, and it will be a great night outside Thursday, July 20.

Yes, that's tonight. Stop by Bridge Square for the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation's Taste of Northfield! Local restaurants including, Chapati, Tiny's, Rueb 'N' Stein, Bittersweet and Quarterback Club will be providing food for sampling from 5-8. There will be performers to keep you entertained while you chow down.

There's lots more inside...


This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere

The 'Sphere is back after a bit of a summer break. I'm going to stretch the rules a bit this week, so let's call this edition _This Week Plus a Few Days in the Northfield Blogosphere_. There's lots to cover, so let's get to it...


Books & Stars features Northfield's own String Fever

String FeverWe hope you'll join the toe-tapping good time TONIGHT with Northfield's String Fever Bluegrass Band at Books & Stars! We'll be in a new location, on the lawn of Emmaus Church (along Lincoln Parkway). Booker the book bus opens at 6 with library materials for all ages. The show starts at 7 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and be ready for a great evening of music and fun... and it's all FREE!

Cocoa Bean will be on hand to cool you off with their Hawaiian Shaved Ice!

The show always goes on! In case of inclement weather we'll move to the Northfield High School Auditorium (use the Raider Drive entrance off Greenvale Parkway).



"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Three Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our third "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Chapati.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 23th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 24th.

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.


Faribault players stage "West Side Story"

A couple of weeks ago we brought you a request from the Faribault Area Community Theatre to help them find musicians for an upcoming performance. We’re happy to report that they are up to full strength and ready to lift the curtain.

The Faribault players are presenting “West Side Story,” directed by Paul H. Johnson, at the Michael J. Hanson Performing Arts Center. Performances will be July 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 23. The July 27 performance will offer American Sign Language interpretation.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children under 15. Tickets are available Tuesday through Thursday at the Faribault Art Center, 210 Central Ave. Tickets also will be available at the door one hour before each performance. For ticket information, call 507-334-8917.



Books & Stars lights up the summer

The Books & Stars program has been a huge hit this summer, as you can see in the photo at left and a new batch of photos sent by Northfield Public Library children's librarian Kathy Ness. The eight newest photos in the Books &' Stars photo gallery are of Wednesday evening's event, which featured Nancy, Eddie & Friends at Central Park.

The fun continues next Wednesday, July 19, with Northfield's own bluegrass band String Fever performing on the lawn of Emmaus Church.

Booker the Book Bus opens at 6 pm, the entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Booker has library materials for all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for fun! The Cocoa Bean returns to sell their refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice and half the proceeds are donated to Booker!

Read the rest of this entry to view the schedule for the rest of the summer.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Two Drawing:  The Rueb 'N' Stein

We are proud to announce that our 2nd "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to The Rueb 'N' Stein.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 16th with the winner being announced on Monday July 17th.

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 Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.  The following is a summary of past winners.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFIt’s going to be a hot weekend, so in between outdoor activities, plan to stop by the two (air conditioned) exhibits opening this weekend.

At ArtOrg's Moving Walls Gallery, the video installation of “Why are you here? And where is your accent?: The Moderate Immigration Story” by Mel Racho will open. This exhibit, curated by Lisa Otte, utilizes video and custom electronics to create a “conversation” about this middle-class family's experience of immigration. The opening reception is Friday, July 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Also opening this weekend is Surfaces at the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery. This exhibit features the prints of Christine Herman of Stillwater and Karl Nelson of Northfield. Both artists are strongly influenced by the natural world. This aspect of their work will be complimented this weekend by floral arrangements from the Northfield Garden Club.


Video Installation opens July 14 at ArtOrg

Click to enlarge“Why Are You Here? (And Where Is Your Accent?): The Moderate Immigration Story”
A video installation by Mel Racho, curated by Lisa Otte.
ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery
Opening reception: Friday, July 14, 6-9 p.m. Show runs through July 23.

Between the sensational accounts of sneaking groups of illegal immigrants across the border and the relative ease with which people of wealth can enter the U.S. lies another story – the “moderate” immigration story. This more temperate immigration account is told in “Why are you here? (And where is your accent?),” a new video installation by artist Mel Racho.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFIt seems folks are winding down from a full docket of 4th of July entertainment – Northfield style - but the weather is still outstanding, so get out and enjoy it!

Tonight, the Knights are playing in Sechler Field and Just Us (which, incidentally, includes Jeff Meidinger of Cannon Valley Printing, who is instrumental in printing the Northfield Entertainment Guide) is at the Tavern.

You can catch Tim Jackson and Nathan Schneider Saturday night at the Cow and John Manners at the Tavern. Monday it’s back to the Cow for Nordic Jam.

All the details on these and the final dates of the Northfield Arts Guild’s hilarious “Cinderella,” which plays all weekend and closes Sunday, can be found in the Northfield Entertainment Guide.


Ibsen auditions slated Saturday

It's not "American Idol," but if you've ever thought of competing for something a smidgen more complex, check out the Northfield Arts Guild website announcement of auditions for the fall production of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.”

Here's the lowdown:

The play, which has been performed all over the world in many different languages, has several fun and challenging roles for adults ages 18 and older. Performances will be Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8. The director of this production will be Susan Carlson. Auditions will be held Saturday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.- noon at the theater; and Monday, July 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.

Actors should phone 645-8877 to reserve an audition time. For the audition, prepare a short (memorized) dramatic or comic speech, and expect to read from the script as well.

Copies of the play translation are available at the Northfield Arts Guild office, 304 Division Street.



Jon Manners at the Tavern Saturday

Jon MannersYou haven’t seen me play a gig in these parts since last September mainly because it's been winter and I didn't want to haul my gear through the ice and snow. Who knows when the next chance will be, there’s always bound to be some excuse ( mosquitoes?) so don’t miss my Saturday, July 8th date at The Tavern Lounge!

Playing guitar since 1957, (my god! he must be old!), I’ve been in bands too numerous to list. It’s been a  l-o-n-g musical journey; most notable is my association with Andrew Loog Oldham, one-time producer for The Rolling Stones. While an exciting ride, it was an association that in the end did not pan out. I do still hear from O, though, every once in a while. (Isn’t e-mail great?) If you’d like some more details about where I’ve been and the trouble I’ve seen, check my website: http://www.jonmanners.com and click on “history”.

My songs are populated by wild, colorful and amusing characters cast into situations, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and quite often both. Influenced lyrically by crime-fiction novelist, Carl Hiaasen, I’ve written a couple novels of my own. Still, my true love has always been music. On my cd “Frankie Said” I play all instruments; guitar, tenor and alto sax, mandolin and bass. Even percussion. BTW, there’s a tune on said cd written by local treasure Glenn Bourdot that you’ll want to check out...


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week One Drawing:  The Ole Store

The Ole Store

When we announced the new Northfield.org 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 Northfield.org and you will be entered into the Dinner On Us drawing.  Each Monday for the next two months Northfield.org 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 Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.



4th Events start Monday in Bridge Square

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Rob Schanilec of the Entertainment Guide has just let us know that there has been a great addition to the 4th of July celebration. And the fun starts at 5 p.m. today, Monday, in Bridge Square.

The String Fever Bluegrass Band, the new addition to the line-up will perform at
3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The band joins the scheduled performances by Willie Gregory-Bjorkland--Sonicate, Siobhan Meehl, Northfield High School classic jazz artists and Down Lo. Down Lo's performance is sponsored by Grundy's Reub'n'Stein.

The String Fever Bluegrass Band, the new addition to the schedule, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bridge Square. The band's performance is part of the schedule of events sponsored by the Northfield Historical Society (NHS). There will be music, food, a kiddy carnival, children's bike parade, Vintage Baseball Game, bike races, and...oh yeah, FIREWORKS!

Just click on the poster at left to see the entire updated schedule. Another addition to the original list of events is a Vintage Baseball game, which will be played at 1 p.m. at the foot of Old Main. I hope everyone can come on down and enjoy some good old family fun! For any updates vist www.northfieldhistory.org.

NHS is committed to this year's event, even though donations have fallen short of the costs. If you would like to make a donation of any size, please call 645-9268.


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