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Outlaw Run Slated for August 27



The Northfield Historical Society invites you to explore Southern Minnesota like the notorious James-Younger Gang did, but this time, we are riding steel horses.

         On September 7, 1876, the Gang, led by Jesse and Frank James and the Younger brothers, attempted a bank raid on the First National Bank of Northfield.  While the raid was in progress, the townspeople rounded up their firearms and fought back.  When the fighting stopped, two Northfielders had been ruthlessly murdered by the Gang, and two of the outlaws lay dead in the streets.  The largest manhunt in U.S. History (at that point) ensued.  The Younger brothers were captured in a slew outside of Madelia, MN, while the Jesse and Frank escaped to meet their fate at a later day.

Swimming Clinic

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Mark your calendars! The Northfield Swim Club Bull Sharks will be hosting a clinic for beginner swimmers starting September 12. The clinic will run for three weeks and meet Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 6-7 pm. This clinic will introduce all four competitive strokes, touch and flip turns and diving off the side of the pool with a possibility of diving off the starting blocks. After the clinic, the swimmer and family can decide whether or not to join for the full season. Half of the clinic fee will be applied to the membership fee for all those who join immediately following the clinic. Come join our team of 120+ swimmers!

Our pricing for the clinic is $50 for 9 lessons. For more information regarding the clinic and our team, please see our website at

Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative featured in local news

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The Northfield News had an excellent story on the Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative in Saturday’s edition.

Run by volunteers, the Youth Sports Collaborative helps to assure that all Northfield youth — regardless of their family’s socioeconomic status — can take part in local youth sports associations. 

One of the collaborative’s key efforts has been the establishment of a shared scholarship pool for the local associations to use when their internal scholarship pools have been exhausted.  The Community Action Center of Northfield serves as the fiscal agent for the collaborative and assists with screening scholarship applicants to assure their financial eligibility

Since 2004, the Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative has awarded over 900 scholarships for low-income youth to take part in local sports associations.

Northfield YMCA to offer Wee, U4 soccer


Preschoolers can get their kicks this summer, thanks to the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

The YMCA will conduct Wee and U4 soccer programs for 3- and 4-year-olds beginning next month, in partnership with the Northfield Soccer Association (NSA).

Similar to the NSA’s in-house summer program for older youngsters, YMCA soccer is scheduled from Tuesday, June 14, to Thursday, July 28. Practices and games will be each Tuesday and Thursday, for a total of 14 sessions.

We've Got Your Goat: The Notorious Carleton-St. Olaf Rivalry Exhibit Opens Thursday

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On Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m., the Northfield Historical Society will will open the new exhibit, We’ve Got your Goat: The Notorious Carleton-St. Olaf Rivalry.

The exhibit tells the story of the rivalry between Northfield's two famous colleges. It has flourished since they were founded. Competition grew in the 1920s, with each school's newly added sports teams, and then continued throughout the 1950s and 60s with pranks pulled on one another. Cooperation began during the Vietnam era, has come full circle today with a shared library catalogue and different awareness campaigns, to name a few. In fact, the opening is sponsored by both St. Olaf and Carleton (as well as Just Food Co-Op).

The competition across the Cannon hasn't died down, however; the sports rivalries and humorous stereotypes thrive even today. Sometimes peaceful, often competitive and always full of pranks, the rivalry between Carleton and St. Olaf is truly nothing less than notorious.

Tennis Block Party this Saturday!

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The Northfield Tennis Association (NTA) is sponsoring a "Tennis Block Party" at the Northfield High School Courts on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.  

St. Olaf 'townies' tap trees, pavement

St. Olaf student -- and townie -- Rebecca Carlson outside her sugar shack

Two local Northfielders attending St. Olaf College, Rebecca Carlson and Gus DeMann, currently are featured in separate stories on A video story about Carlson shows her hard at work in her on-campus sugar shack as she collects sap from college maple trees and boils it down to syrup. The DeMann story outlines how he's spent the past year juggling work in the classroom, on theatre productions, and at Goodbye Blue Monday in preparation for Monday's Boston Marathon.

NDA Announces it's NEW Summer Camps & Classes!


Here it is!  Our NEW Summer Program Brochure!

This summer we are excited to offer many summer camps and classes, however we have taken it a step further and gave our curriculum a “face-lift” so as to provide the BEST summer experience for your dancer and receive the BEST value for your money. 

These are not your typical summer camps and classes…  they are the highest quality summer programs around!

Students taking our “classes” will learn dance technique and skills from our top-notch teaching staff.  Students may wish to take summer classes to help them improve or just to learn the basics for fun!  We are even offering a “Family” Zumba! Class in the park for adults and their children!   

Northfield: The Video


Watch local Northfielders, including pastor -- and noontime basketball star -- Will Healy (in photo), talk about why Northfield is so great in the new Get to Know Northfield! video series produced by Blue Moon Productions of St. Paul. The series includes nine “webisodes” featuring stories about Northfield's people, places, and qualities.

Funded by a number of local organizations and businesses, the videos are intended to introduce Northfield to people in their 30s and 40s. Northfielders are encouraged to promote the videos via social media.

"When I first moved here it was summer," Katie Helgen, a doctor at Northfield Medical Center, says in one segment. "So everybody was outside all the time in their yards, kids were in town on their bikes, and I really felt like I had moved to Mayberry."

Hula Hoop Fitness


Think you can’t hoop? Now you can with this unique, manufactured, adult-sized, three-pound hula hoop. In the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division Hula Hoop Fitness class, you will utilize the hoop for a great cardio dance workout, along with yoga mat exercises to tone and stretch.

The class is held Monday evenings, April 11 - May 2 from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. in the Greenvale Park Elementary gym. You will need a mat, supportive aerobic shoes and clothes to sweat in. For more information or to register please view the website (following the Community Services links), call 507-664-3649, or visit the office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield.

Youth Hockey Tournament coming up in March


Announcing the 2011 Spring Classic 3x3 Cross-Ice Youth Hockey Tournament!  March 12 & 13 at the Northfield Ice Area.  There are boys and girls divisions from u8/mites to Highschool varsity. There is a $70 per team entrance fee.  For more details and registration forms go to

For more details and information email

Northfield boxer wins pro championship


Northfield resident Vincente Alfaro won the Bantamweight Championship of Minnesota (complete with a championship belt) in Duluth Saturday. Alvaro is trained by Northfielder Gordon Marino.

"To the delight of a capacity crowd of about 1,200 for 'Clash at the Clyde,' the eight-round bantamweight bout went the distance, with Alfaro winning the slugfest with a majority decision, 78-74, 75-78, 78-74. 'We had seen (Eyer) fight before, so we knew it was going to be a battle,' said Alfaro, a former highly touted Mexican amateur who gave up his boxing dreams to pursue work in Minnesota nearly 10 years ago. 'But I could tell as the fight went on that he was getting tired, and as he got tired, I gained confidence.'" (In photo: Trainer Gordon Marino congratulates Vincente Alfaro after a 2010 match in St. Paul.)

YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Announced: Doug Antoine

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The Northfield YMCA is very pleased to announce the YMCA 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award to Doug Antoine.  Doug and his family moved to Northfield the summer of 2007.  He has always been active in youth programs, volunteering his time and talent to programs ranging from youth sports to youth band.  When we first arrived in Northfield, he began volunteering as a coach for the Northfield Baseball Association and soon found himself in all sorts of programs coaching from basketball to volleyball and much more.  It is a pleasure to award the YMCA Volunteer Award to someone who demonstrates the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Doug is a true role model. 

Pictured:  L-to-R:  Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director, Doug Antoine, Pat Murtha, Y Board Member & Emily Monaghan, Y Board Member.

Wall Street Journal checks out Zoom! Yah! Yah!

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This year's annual Zoom! Yah! Yah! indoor marathon at St. Olaf attracted the attention of Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer Kevin Helliker. "A new badge of hardship is gaining popularity among marathoners," he writes in "Another Round? Indoor Marathons Keep Athletes Running in Circles."

"It's no longer so exceptional to have completed extra-long marathons, extra-hard ones or extra-large numbers of the 26.2-mile race. So the latest thing is to run a marathon that's extra dull."

Helliker notes perspectives from participants and observers, including the unique value of a marathon that begins with the letter "Z."

(And be sure to read the WSJ story's reader comments.)

Bring a Friend to Skating Day

skatersOn Sunday, Jan 16, the Northfield Skating School welcomed dozens of new skaters to the Northfield Arena with our annual Bring a Friend Day. Parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends enjoyed a lesson with an NSS coach and some time to learn new skills with their friends.

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