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Pardon the Dust!

12/9/13 Update: The problems appear to now be fully resolved. Thank you for your patience.

Our hosting provider, Dreamhost, performed emergency maintenance several days ago on our web server. This maintenance involved migration to a new server. Since that time, various things have not been working properly, most notably:

  • E-mails from the site do not work (user registration / contact us form).
  • Images uploaded with stories are not displaying.

We would like to get these problems fixed as soon as possible, but that depends on Dreamhost responding to our ticket requests in an adequate manner. Keep your fingers crossed.


What's the Buzz About Native Bees? Researcher to Speak At River Bend Nature Center

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Crystal Boyd, a bee researcher with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will discuss the diversity and status of Minnesota’s native pollinators at River Bend Nature Center. She will also describe her work updating the Minnesota state species list of bees and answer your questions about creating a bee-friendly backyard.

River Bend Nature Center invites all to this O.W.L.S (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) natural history program, Wednesday, November 15 12:00-2:00 p.m., at the RBNC Interpretive Center, 1000 Rustad Road, in Faribault. Luncheon will be followed by the presentation. Admission is $10/member, $12/non-member.

Please buzz on by to learn more about native bees! For more information: Contact Breanna Wheeler:  wheeler@rbnc.org.

 

 

 


Northfield Rotary Free Range Turkey Trot (even if you are out of town)

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Participate long distance in Rotary’s 17th annual Turkey Trot

You’re not going to be in town for the 17th Annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot? No worries. Join us long distance through our Free Range Turkey Trot option.  

Gather friends and family wherever you are on Thanksgiving Day and run or walk your own 5K to support the important causes supported by this event and show your solidarity with the 1,000-plus runners and walkers making their way through the friendly neighborhoods of Northfield.

Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.


Bats, Bones and Bonfires - A Halloween Family Festival At River Bend Nature Center

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River Bend Nature Center is the place to go for Halloween fun on Saturday, September 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. This is a “spooktacular:, non-scary Halloween event with wagon rides, an animal show, complimentary cider, s’mores and popcorn, games, crafts and more! Admission is $7 each ($5 for members) or $20 per family ($15 for member families).

River Bend Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in nature and environmental education. The Center includes 743 acres of original and restored natural lands with over ten miles of trails that are open to the public 365 days per year. It is located on the east side of Faribault, Minnesota:  follow the brown nature center signs from the intersection of Shumway Ave. and MN Hwy 60.

 For more information about River Bend Nature Center or their upcoming programs, visit them on the web at www.rbnc.org, on Facebook at fb.me/riverbendMN, or on Twitter @riverbendMN.


Join us (all family members (and the dog too)): Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning.

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The 17th annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is an opportunity to have fun while doing good.

The 5K Run-Walk Thanksgiving morning in Northfield raises funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and for Northfield’s successful youth exchange program. And don’t forget the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring a food item to replenish the store.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per participant if you register by Thursday, Nov. 9, or $20 if you register after that. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event. Canines will be recognized with a bandana complements of Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, one of the Turkey Trot’s major sponsors.


Perspectives on Palestine 2017 Conference November 4

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It is said that you should never discuss politics or religion in polite company. But three veteran peace advocates will do just that at “Perspectives on Palestine 2017,” a day-long conference presenting thoughtful, progressive voices on the crisis in Israel-Palestine.

The conference will be held 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St W., Northfield.

Dr. Mark Braverman, program director of Kairos USA, will present“Tipping Point? Politics, Zionism and the Call to the Church.” Nathan Stock is the former director of the Israel-Palestine Office of The Carter Center and will speak on “Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Jennifer Bing, director of the Chicago American Friends Service CommitteeMiddle East Program, will present “No Way to Treat a Child.”


First UCC to resume evening service with new music director

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FirstUnited Church of Christ in Northfield will resume evening services Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m., with Hans Peterson, an accomplished church musician, leading the music for this service. First UCC is excited to have Peterson joining their staff.

Hans comes to First UCC with a rich background in Progressive Christian church music in a folk style.  Hans has toured with a musical group to West Africa, worked as a youth director/worship leader, and served homeless men in a Catholic Worker House. Hans' passion for the church as a welcoming place led him to United Seminary in the Twin Cities where he completed a masters in theology and arts. As a singer/songwriter he ventures out solo and with the Dakota Road band, playing piano and acoustic guitar.


Jesse James Bike Tour - Saturday, Sept 9th - 5 routes!

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The countdown for the 2017 Jesse James Bike Tour has officially begun – the event will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017, rain or shine.
 
The Northfield Rotary Club organizes and hosts the annual tour, inviting riders of all ages and skill levels to participate in the family-friendly event. Participants under 18 can register for free with a paid adult, courtesy of Northfield McDonald’s.
 
New this year, a shuttle will take riders from the finish line to downtown Northfield for a post-ride celebration being co-hosted by Imminent Brewing and Armory Square.

Youth Horseshoe Hunt

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Horseshoe hunting is for kids too! Jesse James and his gang left behind more than one horseshoe as they were leaving town and we need your help to find all of them. Clues will help you locate the hidden horseshoes, each with their own prize. Unlimited horseshoes and prizes per person may be won. Participants of each age category (entering grades K - 4 and entering grades 5 - 8) will have a chance to win one of their own category's bronze, silver or golden grand horseshoe cash prizes! Parents are welcome to come along and help. This evening event will get you in the spirit of Northfield's annual horseshoe hunt beginning one day after the youth hunt!


New Depot Progress Visible

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“Is that a chimney going up on the depot?” is a frequent question to Save the Northfield Depot (STND) board members.  They enthusiastically confirm that, indeed, it is.

When faced with the need to identify the exterior location of the white vent pipe for the bathroom, the idea of reconstructing the chimney to hide the pipe was quickly adopted.

The 1888 depot blue prints show a stove in the center of the depot.  It served the two waiting rooms (one for the women and one for the men) separated by a wall down the middle of the depot.  The two flues account for the width of the chimney.

“We are fortunate to have the original 1888 drawings that Alex Rappe of Rappe Custom Creations can use for the reconstruction”, noted Alice Thomas, STND Board Member.  The unique pattern of bricks that form ridges can be seen in the original 1888 plans (see image) and is evident in archival photos.


Y Kids Tri - 8 years and counting!

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Summer is here and the kids might already be looking for something fun to do.  Direct some of that energy into running, swimming and biking at the Y’s Kids Tri on Saturday, June 24th at the Old Memorial Pool.  

The 8th Annual Y Kids Tri is a fun, non-competitive triathlon that’s all about getting kids excited to get fit! Kids ages 6-14 will experience a morning of encouragement, cheers and satisfaction of completing this swim, bike and run event. There’s nothing like the excitement of crossing a finish line! No experience is necessary! Kids are encouraged to train during the summer, so it’s a great way for family to get fit together.


Public Invited to Film Series Sponsored by Northfielders for Peace and Justice in Palestine/Israel

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Not all battles involve bombs. In the battle for justice for Palestine, opponents deploy persuasion and influence to mobilize supporters as foot soldiers of their respective messages. For its ninth annual film festival, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel will present three films exploring occupation and nonviolent resistance to it.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 6, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.


Summer Fun for Children

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A playful, meaningful connection with the world outdoors needs to be a fundamental ingredient of every childhood. An integral part of the Montessori philosophy is the belief that children learn through personal experience. The summer at Montessori Children’s House focuses on increasing the child’s awareness, particularly in the area of life sciences. The summer is an ideal time for exploration of our natural areas, bird life and other animal life surrounding our school. Many practical life activities like washing, scrubbing and polishing are moved outdoors. The program is designed to involve children in environmental education through interactive stories, songs and games.  They create arts and crafts projects and conduct experiments and scientific studies.  Regular cooking classes take place in our summer kitchen and feature healthy products picked on site.


Chess Players Invted to Public Library Club

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The Northfield Public Library will be starting a chess club which will be held in the meeting room from 6 to 8 pm on the first and third Mondays of the month beginning  May 1.  We have five chess sets available, but attendees are welcome to bring their own.  If you wish to use a chess clock you must bring your own.  Participants are welcome to play whatever style of chess they would like.


E-cycling on April 1!

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The next e-cycling event will take place next Saturday, April 1st at the UCC Church a 300 Union Street in Northfield from 10am until noon.  I'd make an April Fool's joke, but e-recycling is far too serious.As usual, please make sure to drop off all materials on site only on the collection day.  Jim, the recycler, will accept a small number of CRT televisions and monitors, but they must be moveable by one person and there is a small fee for each, depending on the size.Otherwise, all items will be accepted.  If you have questions about what can or can't be dropped off, please contact Jim directly at 651-214-3857.

Sam Steinberg


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