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First Friday Art Night July 6th from 5-9pm

First Friday Art Night returns this week to Downtown Northfield with a full slate of interactive art experiences and exhibits. The monthly event, hosted by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, happens on the first Friday of every month from 5-9pm. Artists and musicians will be sharing their work at various locations and the public is invited to stroll through the historic downtown area and enjoy the art crawl at their own pace.

This month’s lineup includes free experiences like harp music, silk painting, piano painting, community poster coloring, the Minnesota Art Truck, Korean Martial Arts, a wide variety of visual art exhibits and plenty of live music. A few of the events require a small fee including a yarn art class, slime making class, canvas art painting class, swing/salsa dance class, photo booth and a bluegrass/folk music concert. We’ll see you downtown on July 6th!

The First Friday Art Night July 6th event schedule is also available at

The perfect place to stop and ‘smell the roses’: Downtown Northfield



It is easy in life to take things for granted.

We get up each day, help our kids get ready for school and then head off to work ourselves. Eight hours later, we return to our homes and get set to do it all over again.

That’s how the first 20 years of my adult “work life” started. It was a routine. There was nothing wrong with it, but it’s pretty easy to fall into a robotic daily routine.

As the popular saying goes, people need to remember to “stop and smell the roses,” once in a while.

For me, I’ve found a version of my “roses” during what used to be an average workday. It started a few years ago when I was named publisher of the Northfield News.

With my new title came one of the best perks I’ve had during my career – an office in a beautiful building in what I consider the best downtown in Minnesota.

For one, my office has two large windows that provide a ton of natural light and a view of the bustling activity in downtown.

But the best part of my day occurs when I can venture out on a 10-minute walk through the entire area. On a warm, sunny day, a walk to the river, across the bridge and down on the Riverwalk is the perfect way for me to “stop and smell the roses.” I prefer cutting back through the buildings up to Division Street, and the further I walk the more I feel like I’ve been transported back in time. It’s exactly the break that I need to get back into a frame of mind to get through the rest of the day.

If you work in downtown Northfield, or live here and find time to visit the area on a routine basis, it is hard to take for granted what we have in our community. It’s one of the reasons we chose to include a “Long Division” piece in our Northfield Now magazine. I get to see firsthand what drove Maggie Lee to start her “Long Division” column so many years ago. And for that, I am lucky.

Chad Hjellming is publisher of Northfield News and Northfield Now magazine.

©Copyright 2018 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

Taste Tour Food Crawl Thursday June 21, 5-8pm

Join us for the Downtown Northfield Taste Tour on Thursday evening, June 21 from 5-8 pm. Last year, at our first annual food crawl event, hundreds of people savored and sipped their way through downtown, enjoying food and drinks at 12 different locations. This year we’ve made it longer, added beer and we’re selling advance tickets!

Here’s the lineup for 2018: Chapati, The Contented Cow, Froggy Bottoms, The Hideaway, Hogan Brothers, Imminent Brewing, Just Food Co-op, Mandarin Garden, Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars, Quality Bakery, Smoqehouse and Tanzenwald Brewing. Tickets will be available at 19 Bridge Square in the Northfield Business and Tourism Center (19 Bridge Square) beginning Monday, June 18 during business hours. Or get your tickets at the event on Bridge Square. Tickets are $1 each and food/drinks are priced by number of tickets.

Eat at four or more stops on the Taste Tour and enter to win a 2-night stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Decorah, IA or the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Northfield, opening in early September. Thanks to Rebound Hospitality for donating this amazing prize!

Fairfield Inn & Suites Northfield Job Fair on June 20

On Wednesday, June 20th the Fairfield Inn by Marriott and the Archer House River Inn will be holding a joint job fair in the Archer House lower level conference room from 8am-11am and 3pm-6pm. Job applications for both properties may be picked up in advance at the Archer House River Inn or by emailing or Both hotels will be hiring for guest service, housekeeping and night audit positions. The Fairfield will also be taking applications for guest service and housekeeping managers and supervisors as well as a bar manager and bartenders.

Rebound Hospitality has hired Ken Pankow as General Manager of the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Northfield. Ken spent the last six years as general manager of the Super 8 Hotel in Bemidji, MN. The hotel is scheduled to open in early September of this year. The Fairfield by Marriott will feature 80 guest rooms and suites, a full-service bar including a 1200sqft deck overlooking the Cannon River, a pool, fitness room, market and a board room. For more information visit