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Lots Happening in Downtown Northfield

Upcoming Events

Defeat of Jesse James Days Sept. 6-10

It’s time again for the annual celebration of our loyal townsfolk who defeated the James Gang back on September 7, 1876. New this year is a Craft Beverage Festival at Armory Square, featuring beer, cider and cocktails from Imminent Brewing, Tanzenwald Brewing, Keepsake Cidery, Chapel Brewing and Loon Liquors. Other highlights include the Northfield Rotary Club Jesse James Bike Tour on the 9th (free beer or root beer at the After Pedal Party) and the Northfield Shares 5K Run/Walk on the 10th. Check out all of the fun including re-enactments, carnival, parade, rodeo and more at



Photo credit: Nick Gerhardt, Northfield News

J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein Farewell Party Sept 16

The Rueb will celebrate the end of an era with an all day party, capped off by a performance from members of The Big Wu starting at 9 pm. Joe Grundhoefer is looking forward to enjoying some time off after 36 years of restaurant ownership. He wants to invite all of his former employees and loyal customers to attend the celebration. A local business partnership,  Freetime Restaurants LLC, will begin a major remodel this fall and plan to open a new rustic, upscale casual restaurant in the summer of 2018. The new restaurant will have something for everyone: unique menu with locally sourced ingredients, outdoor seating, a bar/lounge and live music. The last day of business for the Rueb will be September 17th.

Business is Thriving in Downtown Northfield

Anniversaries and Goodbyes

Last month we celebrated with local businesses as Mainstream Boutique had a 2-year anniversary,  Paper Petalum had their 30th and The Rare Pair marked 40 years downtown. Also in August, after a 7-year run, Studio Elements closed its door at 16 Bridge Square. Thanks to Jill Enestvedt for her terrific efforts and fine shop. At the end of July, Mike Moyers closed Mike’s Bicycle Shop after a 25-year run on Grastvedt Lane. We want to thank Mike for being the go-to bike shop, not just in Northfield, but Rice County, for so many years and wish him well in his well-deserved retirement. Mike’s son Stu will be relocating the shop to Dundas and opening soon on County Road 1.



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Opening this month at 16 Bridge Square, new Naturopathic Practice Fine Fettle will bring health and wellness goods to the former Studio Elements space. Northfield Hospital & Clinics just announced plans to open an Express Care Clinic with convenient evening and weekend hours inside Sterling Pharmacy in early 2018.


Sidewalk Poetry Capstone Event Aug 17 at 7pm

There’s always something interesting happening in Downtown Northfield! Join us August 17th at 7pm on Bridge Square for the 2017 Sidewalk  Poetry Capstone Celebration. The event is open to the public and will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to hear the poems read aloud, to meet the winning poets, and to hear music by Bonnie and the Clydes.  Thanks to the Northfield Senior Center volunteers, the popcorn wagon will be open for business, serving delicious popcorn and cold drinks.

Bring your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the music and poetry of the night.  A large map of the locations of the 2017 winning poems will be shared and the winning poems from all seven years of the contest will be on display.

In 2011, Northfield launched its annual Sidewalk Poetry Project. In the seven years of the project, 66 poems – the creations of 46 local poets — have been selected for imprinting in over 200 locations across the community.  Each one of the winning poems, imprinted into the concrete of our city sidewalks, is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community.  Chosen from among 156 poems submitted for judging, ten winning poems will be celebrated in 2017.

Sidewalk Poetry is a partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, the Northfield Public Library and the City of Northfield, and has been supported by the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. This activity receives major funding from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) through the arts and culture heritage fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additional funding is provided by the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library.

For more information, contact Bonnie Jean Flom, chair of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission at

A Big Thank-You for the Taste of Northfield

TestingMicAtTasteWe just wanted to thank everyone for the 2013 Taste of Northfield.  Great downtowns don’t just happen and neither does the Taste of Northfield.

The Cornerstone Sponsors: Archer House River Inn, Carleton College, City of Northfield, College City Beverage, Convention and Visitors Bureau, First National Bank of Northfield, KYMN, MOM Brands, Neuger Communications Group, Northfield News, and Rebound Enterprises.

The Corporate Sponsors: By All Means Graphics, the Cowles Family, The Grand Event Center, and Northfield Liquor Store.

The Business Boosters: Chapati Cuisine of India, Community Resource Bank, The Contented Cow Pub, Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee, Franek Electric, Heartman Insurance, Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe, Northfield Lines, J. Grundy’s Rueb’N’Stein, Northfield Historical Society, Northfield Patch, Northfield Police Department, Rick Pavek Construction, Taylor Truck Line, Upper Lakes Foods, and Waste Management.

The artists: Anna Balfany, the Bridge Square Band, the James-Younger Gang and the heroic people of Northfield, The Lost Boyz Crew and, Why Not.

The vendors: J. Grundy’s Rueb’N’Stein, The Contented Cow, Chapati, Quarterback Club, The Tavern, The Ole Store Restaurant, The HideAway, Domino’s, MOM Brands, CakeWalk, Carbone’s Pizza, Spring Creek Grill, and The Grand Event Center.

…and the dozens and dozens of volunteers who helped to make the Taste happen and downtown great!

Lots of Great Regional Music…in Downtown Northfield

The Minnesota Folk duo Lee Mensinger and Brenda Owens are playing Hogan Brothers’ Acoustic Cafe this weekend…but there’s a whole lot more great regional music going on in downtown Northfield, including Fred the Bear, Dan Israel, 2 of Hearts, and Mike Behrends.  So come on down(town) and enjoy some live music on a Summer evening.

Friday, August 24th: Carey Langer, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Lee Mensinger and Brenda Owens, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Hogan Brothers; Fred the Bear, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Dan Israel, 8:30 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and Karaoke, 9:00 p.m., Rueb’N’Stein.

Saturday, August 25th: Riverwalk Market Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Bridge Square; Summer Sonnets, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Contented Cow; 2 of Hearts, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., Contented Cow; and Mike Behrends, 8:00 to 11:30 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and D J Music, 9:00 p.m., Rueb’N’Stein.

Sunday, August 26th: Politics and a Pint, 6:00 p.m., and Quiz Night, 8:00 p.m., both at The Cow.