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Covering Cannon Falls, Faribault, Farmington, Lakeville, Northfield, Owatonna & Surrounding Areas

art & the graphic novel Feb 1-28 - Zumbrota winter dance party III Feb 2 - Northfield Charley’s Aunt Feb 15-23 - Owatonna Pints & Vines Feb 23 - Faribault Billy Johnson Feb 28 - Northfield


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An exhibit that will be enjoyed by the whole family. Feb 26-April 16 • Artist Reception March 1, 5-7pm Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault, MN This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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Billy Johnson brings his feel-good, blue-collar, barroom-rousing tunes to Northfield’s Tavern Lounge Jan. 31 and Feb. 28.

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Northfield Historical Society Crossings at Carnegie

320 East Ave., Zumbrota • 507/732-7616 • M/T/W/F 10am-5pm, Th 10am-8pm, Sa 10am-4pm Bill Willingham: Art and the Graphic Novel – through Feb. 28 – featuring Willingham, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross and Chrissie Zullo. Artists’ Reception: Feb. 23, 1-3pm.

Eclectic Goat – 413 Division St. S. • 507/645-0301 • M-Sa 10am5:30pm, Th until 7pm, Su Noon-4pm – Hip Handmade Goods!

Flaten Art Museum

1520 St. Olaf Avenue • 507/786-3556 • flaten • M/T/W/F 10am-5pm, Th 10am-8pm, Sa/Su 2-5pm ­Gallery closed Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Sunday Night Supper Club – through Feb. 15 – featuring the 2013 St. Olaf Art Apprentices Mat Brutger, Anders Nienstaedt, Sheila Novak, Justina Ny, Anda Tanaka and James Wilson. Axis Mundi: Levvittown by Sculptor Holly Laws and Playwright Charlotte Meehan - Feb. 22-April 7 – a reinvented miniature neighborhood deconstructing the ideals and pitfalls of the famous post-World War II housing enclave for returning veterans. Levittown remains the quintessential American suburb. Public Lecture by Laws and Meehan Feb. 21, 7pm in Dittmann 305. Exhibit Opening Reception: Feb. 22, 6-8pm.

Northfield Arts Guild

304 Division St. • 507/645-8877 • M-F 10am-5pm, visit web site for weekend hours Nirthfolde Visitors’ Bureau – through Feb. 9 – Nirthfolde, a bucolic, yet bustling burg situated in a parallel universe that neatly overlaps Northfield, Minnesota, has existed relatively unnoticed for over a century and a half. This installation will include misinformation panels, historical artifacts and other mildly perplexing displays. Featured prominently among the attractions will be a map and information orienting the general public to the pleasures of the Cowling Arboretum Contemplative Transit System, a display about Nirthfolde’s place in the pop pantheon, Hitsburg USA – Record Factory of the Upper Midwest (1958-1973), a dubiously informative exhibit on Nirthfolde’s mysterious Monoliths of Mystery and a scale model of a prehistoric beaver lodge metropolis that many believe graced the Cannon River right where downtown Nirthfolde now stands. Creative directors: David Lefkowitz and Doug Bratland. Quasi-Fictional Places: The Nirthfolde Visitors’ Bureau and Other Original Facsimiles – a talk by Lefkowitz: Jan. 30, 7:30pm, Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema, Carleton. Lines Without Borders: Prints, Paintings, Drawings and Ceramics by Four Artists - Feb. 13-March 15 – featuring four regional artists: Maryrose Gondeck, Marion Angelica, Jonathan McFadden and Marcia Haffmans. The show includes lyrical and refreshing imagery dealing with landscape, the environment and our inner world. Fabulously layered prints, gorgeous and functional ceramics, intricate imaginative drawings and powerful paintings. Opening Reception: Feb. 15, 7-9pm.


408 Division St. • 507/645-9268 • M-Sa 10am-5:30pm, Su 1-5:30pm Dear Northfield Exhibit – through April 12 – based off the website, vintage Northfield photos are superimposed over contemporary views of the same area, with the old photo held up in reference.

Northfield Senior Center Gallery

1651 Jefferson Pkwy. • 507/664-3700 Andrea Costoupolos – Feb. 11-March 17 – Rochester resident Costoupolos is an eclectic artist, skilled in many media. This exhibit features her paintings and jewelry. Opening Reception: Feb. 19, 4-6pm.

Paradise Center for the Arts

321 Central Ave., Faribault • 507/332-7372 Tu/W/F/Sa 12-5pm, Th 12-8pm, Su/M closed Carlander Family Gallery: Tom Willis – through Feb. 26 – Tom Willis was thinking about retirement when he took a pottery class at the Faribault Art Center in 2000. He has been a potter ever since and continues to increase his skills by working in his studio and taking classes from well-known potters. Tom recently received an Established Artist Grant through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council to develop glazes that compliment his work and turn clay body into ceramic art. Mary Lingen: Landscape in Time – through Feb. 26. Vranesh Boardroom Gallery: Jennifer Smoody: Modification of Commercialism – through Feb. 26. Tom Frank – Feb. 26-April 16. Illustrator Tom Frank will showcase his latest ebook titled It Happened One Night On the Milky Way. His exhibit will include the workings of how he developed his ebook from hand illustrations to an on-screen flip book in addition to other creations he has done for small children. For this project Frank collaborated with Craig Wasner (music/voice over), Maren Wasner (vocals) and Todd F. Edwards (video/animation). Artist Reception March 1, 5-7pm. Corey Lyn Creger Memorial Gallery: Alyssa Hanson – through Feb. 26 Caleb Northrop – Feb. 26-April 16

Paradise Center Health Arts ­Gallery at District One Hospital

200 State Ave., Faribault Featured Artists: Jorge Ponticas, Rhody Yule, Jody Hanscom, Jane Strauss, Pearl Tait, Cynthia Ali, Marcus Moller, Tom Fakler

Studio Elements

16 Bridge Square • 507/786-9393 • Th 10am-5pm, F/Sa 10am-5pm, Su 12-4pm. Fine art, unique gifts and fun junk.

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Writing to be Drawn

By Felicia Crosby

Bringing the Music Back

Feb. 3, 1959 is known in rock and roll history as “the day the music died,” when bad weather brought down the small plane that carried Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. On Feb. 2, 2013, you can help bring the music back by joining Winter Dance Party III at the Contented Cow in Northfield. Beginning at 8:30 and going till 11, a half-dozen or so great bands will rock out to the best of the ’50s. Don your poodle skirt or your hornedrimmed glasses and prepare to dance and sing along; audience participation is all part of the celebration.

Signed by Local Authors

Cannon River Winery does it all: excellent, award-winning wines, extraordinary events and, always, support for and recognition of local artists and performers. This time they’re putting the spotlight on writers; join them on Feb. 9, from 12 to 5 at the winery in Cannon Falls for the 2nd Annual Local Author’s Day book signing event and sales. This is a great way to find a new favorite book, connect with the author who wrote it and get immersed in the world of words with a glass of red in hand. For information, call 507/263-7400 or go to This event is free and open to the public. And if visual arts is more (or also) your thing, the Winery is doing it again, but with visual artists, on Feb. 23.

How does a comic book come to be? The answer is that before it’s drawn it needs to be written, which requires the writer to think like an artist. And how does that happen? Find out by joining award-winning comic book author Bill Winningham for a one-day class called Writing to be Drawn on Feb. 9 from 10am to 1pm at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota. The winner of many industry awards and a four-time Hugo nominee, Winningham will take you through the creative and structural process of creating a comic book story, maybe even getting you started in your own comic book journey. For information, call 507/732-7616 or go to; class is recommended for writers age 12 through adult. Winningham and other noted cartoonists are exhibiting at the Crossings all month with an Artists’ Reception Feb. 23, 1-3pm.

It Happened One Night On the Milky Way Trail

A little boy named Mikey gets the chance of a lifetime when he’s invited to join in a roundup as a cowboy wrangler. The resulting action-packed dream adventure is the basis of a delightful new e-book by author/illustrator Tom Frank and exhibited at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault from Feb. 26 to April 16. On March 1, join Tom at the artist reception from 1 to 5 and learn how he goes through the process of creating an e-book, with the collaboration of the dream team who made it all come together, Craig Wasner, Todd Edwards and Maren Wasner. For information, call 507/332-7372 or go to

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Dance away the winter’s chill at the

7th Annual Northfield Winter Stomp! A community contra dance with music by Contratopia

Friday, February 22 7-10:30 pm Northfield Armory

519 Division Street, downtown Northfield $9 adults, $6 students (family cap $25) All are welcome, no partner required. Contra dance instruction at 7pm. For more information, contact


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Vintage Band F e s t i va l update

From the VBF President, Dan Bergeson

During the four days of Vintage Band Festival 2013, music will be played continually from noon until late into the evening throughout Northfield and surrounding communities. Thirty bands will showcase an amazing variety of styles and sounds in ensembles ranging in size from three people to more than 50 players each. There will be Civil War bands, community bands, bands from Sweden and Austria, New Orleans-style bands, British brass band-style bands; 30 bands from all over the United States and Europe. Music will be made in Northfield on street corners, in parks and pubs, churches and concert halls, on the banks of the Cannon River, and in venues in Faribault, Cannon Falls, Red Wing, New Ulm, Chatfield, Dundas and Minneapolis. We’ve done this twice before (2006 and 2010) and I can tell you from past experience that memories will be made and relationships formed this August that will last a lifetime. Please save the dates of Aug. 1-4 now and plan on joining us for this incredible weekend celebrating the music and musicianship of vintage bands and their musicians. Visit us online at for all of the details, including a roster of the bands and photos and descriptions of the previous two festivals. Make a donation of $25 or more to help defray the costs of the weekend and we’ll send you a commemorative collectible pin. And if you want to become involved in the planning and staging of the festival, become a VBF volunteer today. Bring on the bands!

The Festival Needs Your Support Now Four days, 30 bands, 100 concerts. Sign up now to lend a hand or contribute towards a wonderful community celebration of music. Give $5 or more and you’ll receive an official VBF sticker, suitable for your bumper, and be entered into a drawing to win festival creator and organizer Paul Niemisto’s voice on your answer machine! Give $25 or more and we’ll also give you an official VBF 2013 pin that will get you discounts from now until the end of the festival at participating sponsors. And finally, consider being a sponsor – all levels welcome – give us a call and we’ll find a way for you to make a difference. Stop by Vintage Band Festival headquarters at 17 Bridge Square in Northfield (the offices of By All Means Graphics and The Entertainment Guide) and we’ll guide you through the process.

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Curtain Call Theater’s Annual Dinner Theater: On Golden Pond

Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 7pm; Feb. 2-3, 9-10, 2pm Children’s Castle Theater, Lakeville Area Arts Center Combining the magic of Willy Wonka with the good will of the Grinch, this never-before-told tale will brighten your winter with song, dance and an unforgettable story. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 children ages 10 and under and seniors.

Feb. 15-16, 22-23, 6:15pm dinner, 7:30pm curtain call Feb. 24, 12:15pm dinner, 1:30pm curtain call Hilltop Hall, Montgomery This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for their 48th year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. Reservations are required for dinner at least 24 hours in advance. Tickets may be purchased online at or at Tickets: $25 dinner and show, $10 show only.

Poe Pieces

The World of Carl Sandburg

Jack Frost

Feb. 8-9, 14-16, 7:30pm; Feb. 9, 16, 2pm; Feb. 10, 6pm Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf, Northfield Edgar Allan Poe, master of the macabre, fascinates and frustrates in equal measure. Students will create an original piece based on and incorporating material from the writings and life of Edgar Allen Poe. Working with text, image, object and movement, students invite you to join them in this experiment of imagining and performing the uncanny and unnerving world of Poe. Tickets: $8. 507/786-8987 for reservations. Yiddish Cowboys and Cabin 12: An Evening of One-Act Plays

Feb. 23, 7pm and Feb. 24, 2pm Northfield Senior Center Under the direction of Myrna Johnson, the Encore Players will present a Readers’ Theater version of The World of Carl Sandburg by Norman Corwin. This script brings together the best of the Pulitzer Prize winner’s verse and prose (including some of his famous biography of Lincoln). The readings are interspersed with folk songs from Sandburg’s songbag. Dessert will be served following the performances. Tickets: $10, at or 507/664-3700.

Feb. 8-10, 15-17; F/Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm Northfield Arts Guild Theater Yiddish Comedy will be performed first in the evening and is family-friendly and the gritty drama Cabin 12 will be the second act of the evening. An exciting world premiere, Larry Greenstein’s Yiddish Cowboys takes place in Poland in 1939, where townspeople of Villeker are excited to have a real Hollywood western filmed in their village. Cabin 12, written by John Bishop, is a powerful story of a father and son who must find a way to communicate in their time of grief and transform their pain into love. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students to see both plays, $8 to see one of the plays.

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Charley’s Aunt

Feb. 15-17, 21-23; Th-Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm Little Theater, Owatonna Set in Oxford, England in 1892, this worldfamous farce has moved millions to tears of laughter. Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil. But alas, the millionaire aunt sends word that she will have to defer her visit for a few days. The dear young things must not be compromised and neither will the youths give up the opportunity of declaring their love. The problem is solved by forcing another Oxford undergraduate into a black dress and old-fashioned cap and wig.

Auditions: I Was a Rat

Feb. 17-18, 7-9pm, Northfield Arts Guild Theater A play by Barbara Field based on a book by Philip Pullman and directed by Mickey Morstad. Performances will be weekends April 19-28. New people are encouraged to audition. Roles for adults and youth ages 10-60s. 507/645-8877 to schedule an audition. Walk-ins welcome.


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The last days of January…

mondays: Bar Bingo • 4:30pm

fridays: Karaoke • 9pm

Dance: Alice Project Performance • 7:30pm

Chess Night • 7pm

saturdays: DJ Music • 9pm

Spike’s Bar and Grill, ­Faribault Contented Cow, Northfield

Rueb ‘N’ Stein, Northfield Castle Rock N Roll, Castle Rock

Tuesday, January 29

Dittmann Center, St. Olaf, Northfield An interdisciplinary, participatory, percussive dance and musical theatrical spectacle loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. Directed by Joe Chvala, artistic director of The Flying Foot Forum, and St. Olaf studio art member Irve Dell. This performance is the culmination of a month of creative collaboration with students from dance, theater, art, music and technical theater.

tuesdays: Open Mic Night 7pm-midnight

Rueb ‘N’ Stein, Northfield Castle Rock N Roll, Castle Rock

Wednesdays: Babe’s Bar Bingo • 7pm

Babe’s Music Bar, Lakeville

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Free Jukebox Saturday Night

thursdays: Water Pong Tourneys 9-11pm

Froggy Bottoms, Northfield

Wednesday, January 30

EVERY OTHER SATURDAY: Euchre Tournament • 11am

Traditional Irish Music Session • 7-9pm

Babe’s Music Bar, Lakeville

Babe’s Music Bar, Lakeville DJ Dance Party • 9:30pm

Spike’s Bar and Grill, ­Faribault

Live DJ and Karaoke 9:30pm

Froggy Bottoms, Northfield By Speedo ­Entertainment.

All Request Dance Party 9:30pm-midnight

Spike’s Bar and Grill, ­Faribault

sundays: Babe’s Poker Tourney 4 and 6:30pm

Babe’s Music Bar, Lakeville Quiz Night • 8pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Four-person teams compete for prizes.

Acoustic Jam Session • 7:30-10pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just show up and listen!

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps. Quasi-Fictional Places: The Nirthfolde Visitors’ Bureau and Other Original Facsimiles – a talk by David Lefkowitz 7:30pm

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Thursday, January 31

Dave Lambert • 6:30pm

Wings Tavern and Grille, Owatonna

Billy Johnson • 8:30-11pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield “Commitment-free rock ‘n’ roll. While he’s been moonlighting with George Scot McKelvey in the B-Team, former Hillcats singer Billy Johnson confirms he belongs on the A-list alongside G.B. Leighton as one of the Twin Cities’ best feel-good, blue-collar, barroom-rousing tune smiths with his first solo album, tellingly titled It’s a Good Life.” – Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune. Billy has opened for the BoDeans, Five For Fighting, Train, Poco, Paul Thorn, Van Hunt, Lowen and Navarro, Old 97s and more. See

Theater: Jack Frost • 7pm

Friday, February 1

Ben Aaron CD Release Party • 8-11:30pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Piano man Michael Loonan performs a variety of music including popular standards, contemporary classics, jazz and classical.

Rueb ‘n’ Stein, Northfield One of Northfield’s most popular and danceable bands. Upbeat originals and classic covers. No cover. Gated Community • 8-10:30pm

Contented Cow, Northfield A combination country band and think tank dedicated to the politics of equality and the pursuit of recondite but usually licit substances.

Ken Wanovich • 9pm

Ruby’s Redeye Grill, Lakeville Acoustic classic rock styles, accomplished finger styles, smooth and engaging vocals, a little magic harmony and some driving percussion – a virtual one-man-band experience.

Tim Fast • 6-8pm


Zillionaires • 8-11pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield Aaron will release his new CD, Blue Winter. Original folk, blues and Americana for a night of great live entertainment. More at

Michael Loonan • 5:30-8:30pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield A nationally-touring finger-style guitar-picking, harmonica-bending, singer/songwriter. His music is infused with folk, blues and country, and he plays both covers and original songs.

Lakeville Area Arts Center See theater page.

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Theater: Jack Frost • 2 and 7pm

Cait Leary • 9:30pm

Froggy Bottoms, Northfield A musical hybrid: poppy without the lyrical cliches, jazzy without the training and sweet with a preference for profanity.

Lakeville Area Arts Center See theater page.

Iron Horse • 9:30pm-close

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls String musicians who perform music that blends genres such as gypsy, swing, old time, Celtic, bluegrass, blues, chamber and Nordic roots.

Babe’s Music Bar, Lakeville Minnesota’s most sought out six-piece, high-energy contemporary country act. Face First • 10-close

Grandpa Al’s, Faribault A seven-piece variety rock band rooted in Minnesota, featuring award-winning and national recording artists performing modern and classic rock. Saturday, February 2 Tim Patrick • 1-4pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Several years ago, Patrick found himself and his shaky voice in the spotlight at Nye’s Piano Bar in Minneapolis. The rest is history: opera, musicals, a CD in 2006 that got him discovered by Joanne Grauer (pianist to Andy Williams, The Osmonds, The Lennon Sisters and more), a second CD under her direction, a gig with the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra and in 2007, playing the Blue Moon in Croatia. In 2009 he made LA jazz critic Scott Yanow’s book, The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide, and was named’s choice for the 2008 Rising Star Award for Best Jazz Singer!

TreVeld • 5-8pm

Ned Netzel • 6-8pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield Winter Dance Party III • 8-11:30pm

Contented Cow, Northfield The Contented Cow is saluting the 54th anniversary of the last performance of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The original tour crisscrossed Southern Minnesota several times before the ill-fated last show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Put on your best poodle skirt and your horn-rimmed glasses as you dance to a half-dozen or so great bands playing the best rock and roll songs from the 1950s. Tex Pistols Band • 7:30pm

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota A quartet of smoking hot guitars, emotive vocals and tight harmonies. An Americana sound that’s classic yet unexpected featuring Brian C. Peters, Dik Shopteau and Scott “Scooter” Nelson, who started sharing their country-influenced Americana sound in 1986 when they began touring extensively. Boyd Lee fills out the quartet.

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Old Friend Productions Saturday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. A musical tribute to the unforgettable hits, with narration exploring the stories behind the music. Tickets: $18

Vecchione/Erdahl Oboe Bass Duo

with Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts Sunday, February 24, 2 p.m. A delightful fusion of Minnesota roots and classical music. Tickets: $14.50 adults/$12 seniors & students (call for the series discount)

Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. Dynamic piano duo guaranteed to entertain people of all ages with a mix of classic rock, country, rap and show tunes. Tickets: $22

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Elliot Hilton • 8-11:30pm

Happenings Saturday, February 2, continued

Tavern Lounge, Northfield This veteran indie pop rock star brings a delightful brand of melodic musicianship – currently lead singer, guitarist and keyboardist for the Twin Cities power pop quartet, Hart Lake Mystery, Hilton’s sound is influenced by the likes of the Replacements, Brian Wilson, the Beatles, Big Star, Elliot Smith and Matthew Sweet.

Johnny Cash Tribute • 7:30pm

Lakeville South High School Philip Bauer’s dynamic stage presence and impressive vocals have been thrilling audiences for years. Bauer’s music career began locally when he won first place in the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest. Since then he has travelled and performed all over the world. Tickets: $28.50 preferred seating, $23.50 balcony seating. Willie B’s Blues Band • 8pm

Tipsy Turtle Bar and Grill, Welch Willie B formed the Willie B’s Blues Band in the summer of 2010 in Red Wing, Minn. His style is influenced by the “Crunchy Texas Blues Sound” as well as the “Chicago Clean Tone.” He has been gigging regularly with a rotating lineup of musicians spread through the Twin Cities Metro. Willie B is a member of the Minnesota Blues Society.

UFC 156 Party Night • 9pm

Carbone’s Pizza and Sports Bar, Northfield Televised live. Dan Switch • 9:30pm

Froggy Bottoms, Northfield An engaging acoustic artist who plays a large variety of well-known covers. Smokescreen • 10-close

Grandpa Al’s, Faribault A rock variety band that has been entertaining audiences around the Upper Midwest for more than 20 years. They headline many fairs, festivals and city celebrations. Dwight Holmbo (lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer, harmonica and fiddle), Chris Kerber (vocals and guitar), CJ Stahlberg (vocals and bass) and Tim Boeck (drums).

Comedian Tim Bedore • 8pm

Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault Public Radio’s Vague but True writer and performer, also seen on NBC, FOX, Showtime, Comedy Central, HBO and A&E, Bedore is a stand-up comedian whose unique background has produced a professional entertainer who knows how to cut across the boundaries of individual attitudes and get an audience to enjoy his way of looking at the world. $17 members, $22 nonmembers.



Jena Marie Band • 10pm

Spike’s Bar and Grill, Faribault Country music.

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Sunday, February 3

Tuesday, February 5

Forum: Laughter Yoga!!! • 9:30am

Gypsy Jazz Jam Session • 7-9pm

St. Peter’s Church, Northfield Northfield High teacher Lisa Weis, our local laughter ambassador, will lead this discussion. Weis has laughed all her life growing up in the Midwest and while serving in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Yemen. She’s laughed through 20 years of marriage, raising two children and along the way discovering anyone can laugh, no experience necessary, no tools required. And when practiced in a group – it’s contagious. It’s called laughter yoga because it includes deep breathing exercises from yoga. Come to the forum and find out what’s so funny.

Upstairs Rueb, Northfield Cellist Martha Larson featuring Robert Bell and the Twin Cities Hot Club. Gypsy Jazz combines hot jazz and cool swing with an unmistakable Romany vibe. These local jazz greats will guide participants through a fun, informal evening of play-along tunes. Bring your instrument or just come to listen. All instruments welcome. Wednesday, February 6 Bluegrass Jam • 6-8pm

Everett Smithson Band • 2pm

El Tequila, Northfield Bring an instrument or just take it in. For more information, call 507/301-9091.

Covered Bridge Restaurant & Lounge, Zumbrota

Traditional Irish Music Session • 7-9pm

Buddy Holly Bowl • 2pm

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota Jimmy Stanley as Buddy Holly and featuring the Red Wing Crickets. Presented by ZAAC. All proceeds benefit the State Theatre Encore Renovation Campaign. Theater: Jack Frost • 2pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps. Thursday, February 7 Spa Evening • 5-8pm

Lakeville Area Arts Center See theater page.

Anna’s Closet, Northfield doTERRA Essential Oils rep will teach about oils – also enjoy foot baths, massages, hair treatments.

Brenda Owens • 2-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Folk.

Rice County Women: 1850s-1920s • 7pm

Superbowl Party • 5pm

Carbone’s Pizza and Sports Bar, Northfield Free half-time buffet. Monday, February 4 Northern Roots Session • 7:30-9pm

Contented Cow, Northfield An informal weekly gathering of musicians to play acoustic music with roots in the north, particularly the Nordic countries. Participants and listeners of all ages and levels of experience are welcome.

Rice County Historical Society, Faribault Susan Garwood, RCHS executive director, will talk about early Rice County women and their role in settling the county. Free for RCHS members, $2 nonmembers. Fesler-Lampert Series: The Hornheads 7:30pm

Newhall Auditorium, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Faribault An internationally-acclaimed quintet of horn The Hornheads players – Prince’s former horn section. More at Tickets: $15 adults, $9 students.

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Step in Clouds • 6-8pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield Everybody’s favorite “piano man” tickles the ivories and performs favorite sing-along songs, golden oldies and classic covers from the pop music archives.

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield Formed through the magic of Craigslist, Step in Clouds is comprised of members hailing from China, Britain and America. While they bring their own influences spanning genres from acoustic singer/songwriter through heavy metal, the sound they create is all their own. Breathtaking melodicism and deft musicianship combine to create a unique listening experience characteristic of the band’s meditative rock sound.

Friday, February 8

Theater: Jack Frost • 7pm

Mark Mraz • 8:30-11pm

New Moon Trio • 5-7pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Here’s a taste of 100 years of popular tunes, random requests and spontaneous harmonies featuring Ross Currier on bass, Lance Heisler on drums and Justin London on guitar. The D’Sievers • 5:30-8:30pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls A group of musicians from Rochester and surrounding Southeast Minnesota communities. The core sextet consists of Steve Sawyer on bass, Eric Straubmuller on piano, Lee Krueger on drums, John Sievers on trombone, Curt Shellum on trumpet and Dick Rohrbaugh on saxophone. Together they play a variety of music with a focus on improvisation.


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Theater: Yiddish Cowboys and Cabin 12: An Evening of One-Act Plays • 7:30pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page.

Dala • 7:30pm

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world. They draw upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

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Theater: Poe Pieces • 7:30pm

Whiskey Trick • 9:30pm

Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf, Northfield See theater page.

Froggy Bottoms, Northfield Good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll – cranked up Marshall amps without the perms or lycra catsuits. Rock the way it should be.

Beguine Brothers • 8-10:30pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Billed as an old-time country and western revue with smatterings of the Urban Hillbilly Quintet, among others. Jack Klatt • 8-11:30pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield In authentic troubadour tradition, Klatt has traveled far and wide through the highways and byways of America, Europe and Canada with his guitar. Klatt entertains with his boisterous finger-picking style and whiskey worn voice in the tradition of the likes of Utah Phillips, Blind Willie MacTell and Townes Van Zandt. In 2011, with his band The Cat Swingers, Klatt released a critically acclaimed collaborative album with a number of veteran Minnesota legends including Spider John Koerner, Dakota Dave Hull, Cornbread Harris and Charlie Parr. Mississippi Roll has since garnered praise all the way from California to the UK and has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Heartland Radio” and 89.3 The Current. Guest Recital: Dylan Chmura-Moore, Trombone • 8:15pm

Flashmob • 9:30pm-close

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Babe’s Music Bar, Lakeville Fast-paced, high-energy pop/rock blitz featuring a diverse and unexpected set list.

Blackout • 10-close

Grandpa Al’s, Faribault From just north of Minneapolis, Blackout members are instantly recognizable by the dueling guitar riffs of Tony Zoff and Jeremy Newton, jumping bass lines of Russ Peterson, the incredible and strong drumming of Donny March and the strong, authentic vocal style of Brent Hockert. Blackout’s sound resembles a collection of Stone Temple Pilots and Ozzy Osbourne with a little Black Crowes added for flavor and just a pinch of Prince. Chris Brooks • 10pm

Spike’s Bar and Grill, Faribault Country rock.

Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf, Northfield Professor of Trombone at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Saturday, February 9

Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders • 9pm

Chocolate Stroll • 10am-close

Field House Pub, Rochester “One of the best and most interesting roots, rock and blues gets acts playing around town these days,” – Cities 97. All Washington • 9pm

Downtown Northfield Stroll the shops of Division street while tasting chocolate delights! Have your card punched at all participants for a chance to win a gift. See ad on back cover.

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Saturday, February 9, continued Second Annual Local Author’s Day Book Signing Event • 12-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Local authors have been invited to spend the day at the winery autographing and selling their books. Free and open to the public. Theater: Poe Pieces • 2 and 7:30pm

Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf, Northfield See theater page. Theater: Jack Frost • 2 and 7pm

Lakeville Area Arts Center See theater page.

Andrew Walesch 2-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Blues and jazz by “the boy with the voice.” A variety of classics and originals. Hambone Music Fest Winter ­Fundraiser 5pm on

Field House, Rochester Beat those winter Jimmi & the Band of Souls blues with this annual fundraiser for the June festival itself featuring Lew Klimesh, Jambon Cru, the Avey Brothers, Jimmi & the Band of Souls, and Howard “Guitar” Luedtke & Blue Max. An evening of Minnesota’s best roots, rock and blues. $10 admission. Christopher Anders • 6-8pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, ­Northfield Faribault Chamber of Commerce ­Annual Membership Appreciation Gala • 6-11:30pm

Scottie Miller • 8pm

Oak Center General Store, Lake City An American pianist and singer/songwriter born in Minneapolis, Miller’s style is a combination of blues, soul, funk and jazz that blend together seamlessly. He performs worldwide as a solo artist or with the incredibly funky Scottie Miller Band. Art Vandalay • 8-11:30pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield A healthy mix of Neil Young-inspired roots rock, laid-back country folk and well-crafted lyrics. Their songs hit on everything, from hitchhiking brides to pearl snap shirts, swaying between easy bossa nova grooves, indie-rock drive and gritty folk-rock. Mister Peabody •10-close

American Legion Club, Faribault Entertainment by the Outtakes Band. Social hour begins at 6pm, dinner and program follow at 7pm. Advance reservations are $50 and includes dinner. Theater: Yiddish Cowboys and Cabin 12: An Evening of One-Act Plays 7:30pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page.

First United Church of Christ, ­Northfield Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard will provide a tour of the Great American Songbook, sharing music of Gershwin, Carmichael and other great American composers. Johnson’s career has taken her from nightclubs to Carnegie Hall and from the theater stage to the silver screen, with roles in A River Runs Through It and A Prairie Home Companion. Chouinard, a pianist, accordionist and storyteller, plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster of musicians and writers. He regularly creates special programs which blend storytelling, interview and music, most recently Café Europa III for Minnesota Public Radio. Tickets $15.

Grandpa Al’s, Faribault Classic rock cover band.

Sunday, February 10 Theater: Yiddish Cowboys and Cabin 12: An Evening of One-Act Plays • 2pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page. Theater: Jack Frost • 2pm

Lakeville Area Arts Center See theater page.

Andrew Walesch • 2-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Blues and jazz by “the boy with the voice.” A great variety of classics and originals.

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Happenings Sunday, February 10, continued Concert: St. Olaf Band • 3:30pm

Guest Recital: New Orleans Marine Quintet • 8:15pm

Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf, Northfield

Skoglund Center, St. Olaf, Northfield Winter tour home concert. Conducted by Timothy Mahr.

Wednesday, February 13

Theater: Poe Pieces • 6pm

Faribault Senior Center Susan Garwood, RCHS executive director, will talk about early Rice County women and their role in settling the county.

Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf, Northfield See theater page. Casa Sin Dueño • 7pm

Rice County Women Presentation • 1:30pm

Bluegrass Jam • 6-8pm

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota Direct from Mexico City, Israel Vega presents a robust and vibrant style of music traditional to Veracruz, Mexico. Born from African, Arabic, Spanish and indigenous roots, Son Jarocho is recognizable by its driving 6/8 rhythm, call-and-response format of verses and unique instrumentation. Vega will be joined on stage by Cadence Nelson and other performers.

El Tequila, Northfield Bring an instrument or just take it in. For info, call 507/301-9091.

Monday, February 11

Flaten Lecture: Printmaker Ruthann Godollei • 7pm

Northern Roots Session • 7:30-9pm

Contented Cow, Northfield An informal weekly gathering of musicians to play acoustic music with roots in the north, particularly the Nordic countries. Participants and listeners of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Tuesday, February 12 Acoustic Jam Session • 7:30-10pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just show up and listen!


Traditional Irish Music Session • 7-9pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps. Thursday, February 14

Dittmann Center 305, St. Olaf, Northfield Theater: Poe Pieces • 7:30pm

Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf, Northfield See theater page. Minnesota Sinfonia • 7:30pm

Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior, Faribault Part of the Fesler-Lampert Series. This classical music event features a professional chamber orchestra and features cellist Dmitri Kouzov – Variation on a Theme. Free admission, reservations required. Children welcome.

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Midnight Collision • 8:30-11pm

Exhibit Opening Reception: Lines Without Borders • 7-9pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield

Anti-Valentine’s Day at Boston’s • 9pm-close

Boston’s Bar, Faribault Come in with your single friends and enjoy drink specials, Shoot the Wall of Shame for prizes and get away from everything heart shaped! Friday, February 15 Kaitlyn Berber • 5-7pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Soft rock by a Carleton student on electric acoustic guitar. BZ Girls • 5:30-8:30pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls The BZ Girls are a blend of sweet tight harmonies that combine infectious rhythmic and soulful music in a classic style. Carol Z adds her guitar stylings while Tara B tickles the ivories. Dinner Theater: On Golden Pond • 6:15pm

Hilltop Hall, Montgomery See theater page. David Ullman • 7-9pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe, Northfield Ullman, a 33-year-old transplant from Cleveland, Ohio, plays passionate, furrow-browed folk-rock, perfect for fans of desperate voices (Bruce Springsteen), dry wine (Eddie Vedder) and dark beer (Glen Hansard). Get a free taste at

Northfield Arts Guild Gallery See galleries page.

An Evening of Art and Dance • 7:30pm

Lakeville Area Arts Center Choreographers from Ballet Royale Minnesota interpret visual artwork by local artists through music and dance. This unique artistic collaboration includes interactive discussions with the audience of the intent, inspiration and interpretation of the artwork and dances. Tickets: $12, includes complimentary coffee hour with artists and dancers following the performance. Theater: Charley’s Aunt • 7:30pm

Little Theater, Owatonna See theater page.

Vladmir Gorbach • 7:30pm

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota Internationally acclaimed guitarist Gorbach has captivated audiences across Europe, Australia, the United States and his native country of Russia. Gorbach began studying guitar at a young age in Novosibirsk and later attended the Glinka Conservatory and, in Germany, the Music Academy in Cologne. Theater: Yiddish Cowboys and Cabin 12: An Evening of One-Act Plays • 7:30pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page.

Monroe Crossing • 7:30pm

Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor-sharp arrangePhoto Jamie Guy ments and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. $15 members, $19 nonmembers, $10 students. Theater: Poe Pieces • 7:30pm

Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf, Northfield See theater page. Optimum Trajectory • 8-10:30pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Together for six years, this band takes a tune, gives it a unique twist, playing originals plus well-known rock and blues tunes. They know how to play and entertain with original acoustic jazzy kinda stuff. Sasha Mercedes • 8-11:30pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield A feisty folk-rocker that draws you in with her compelling and powerful vocal stylings. Lyrical, genre-bending, thought-provoking, inspiring, catchy, easy to relate to, easy to listen to. Find her at Timothy Howe • 9pm

Ruby’s Redeye Grill, Lakeville Silky vocals, melodic lines, acoustic guitar. Howe’s been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.

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Happenings Friday, February 15, continued Shaw Brothers • 9:30pm-close

Babe’s Music Bar, Lakeville A premier Midwest band that has been performing for more than 16 years in Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities area. A high-energy rock band that engages audiences with good hits and a great time. Rebel Queens • 10pm

Spike’s Bar and Grill, Faribault Faribault’s own girl band.

Tuition Daddies • 6-8pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield YMCA Daddy Daughter Dance • 6-8:30pm

National Guard Armory, Northfield This is your opportunity to show the little girl in your life how important she is to you. An entire evening dedicated to the special relationship you share. This is a young girl’s prom night with strobe lights, dancing and cake. $20/couple, $5 each additional child for members; $26/couple, $8 each additional child nonmembers. Dinner Theater: On Golden Pond • 6:15pm

Hilltop Hall, Montgomery See theater page.

Sudden Lovelys • 7:30pm

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota Billing themselves as “aggressive folk from Nordeast Minneapolis,” the Sudden Lovelys formed in the summer of 2010 and consist of Paige Prescher and Daniel Ferraro. They play quiet, pretty songs, coupled with those that will bite your head off.

Saturday, February 16 Second Annual Local Artist Gallery • 12-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Local artists will be displaying and selling their artwork at the winery. Theater: Poe Pieces • 2 and 7:30pm

Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf, Northfield See theater page.

Theater: Charley’s Aunt • 7:30pm

PKZ • 2-5pm

Little Theater, Owatonna See theater page.

The Heart’s Gala • 5:30pm

Theater: Yiddish Cowboys and Cabin 12: An Evening of One-Act Plays • 7:30pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Elk’s Lodge, Faribault Proceeds benefit Ruth’s House Transitional Shelter for women and children. Tickets: $50. Call Gina at 507/210-6514 or email


Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page.

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Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing • 7:30-11:30pm

Jagged Ease • 2-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls The creative sound of a five-piece band with Gabe Holmes (acoustic guitar, vocals), Steve Hanson (bass), Kevin Dobbe (drums) and Charlie Lacey (lead guitar).

Signature Bar and Grill, Faribault Classic acoustic swing, hot picking and stellar singing. Bring your dancing shoes.

Concert: St. Olaf Choir • 3:30pm

Alison Rae • 8-11:30pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield Known for her mesmerizing vocals and insightful lyrics, this talented and critically acclaimed artist delivers songs that touch on the simple beauty of the world around us. Samples of her original music can be found at Froggy’s Theme Night: ’80s • 9:30pm

Froggy Bottoms, Northfield Nick Crawford of EPIC Sound and Light. Iron Horse • 10pm

Spike’s Bar and Grill, Faribault Minnesota’s most sought out six-piece high energy modern country act.

Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf, Northfield Winter tour home concert. Conducted by Anton Armstrong. Monday, February 18 Flaten Lecture: Framing Art in the Liberal Arts • 4pm

Dittmann Center 305, St. Olaf, Northfield Catherine Carter Goebel’s lecture is titled, “Framing Art in the Liberal Arts: Engaging a College Community in Interdisciplinary Art Historical Inquiry.” Northern Roots Session • 7:30-9pm

Contented Cow, Northfield An informal weekly gathering of musicians to play acoustic music with roots in the north, particularly the Nordic countries. Participants and listeners of all ages and levels of experience are welcome.

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Tuesday, February 19

Theater: Yiddish Cowboys and Cabin 12: An Evening of One-Act Plays • 2pm

Artist Opening Reception: Andrea Costoupolos • 4-6pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page.

Northfield Senior Center See exhibits page.

Theater: Charley’s Aunt • 2pm

Little Theater, Owatonna See theater page.

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Happenings Tuesday, February 19, continued Gypsy Jazz Jam Session • 7-9pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps. Thursday, February 21

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Upstairs Rueb, Northfield Cellist Martha Larson featuring Dean Harrington and the Mill City Hot Club. Gypsy Jazz combines hot jazz and cool swing with an unmistakable Romany vibe. These local jazz greats will guide participants through a fun, informal evening of play-along tunes. Bring your instrument or just come to listen. All instruments welcome.

Traditional Irish Music Session • 7-9pm

Wednesday, February 20 Early Rice County Pioneers • 10-11am

Northfield Senior Center Sue Garwood, executive director of the Rice County Historical Society, will speak on a few of Rice County’s earliest residents and some of their stories. Learn about the Nuttings – both of Northfield and of Faribault; hear Anna Larson’s description of what it was like to be an early teacher in the early 1860s; hear the stories about early Native American/settler relationships; listen to Ann North describe early life in Northfield and more. Bluegrass Jam • 6-8pm

El Tequila, Northfield Bring an instrument or just take it in. For more information, call 507/301-9091.

St. Dominic Preschool Open House and Registration • 5:30-7:30pm

St. Dominic School, Northfield St. Dominic School is a faith-based preschool welcoming everyone. Classes offered five days a week, three days, 2 days and half days, Tu/Th. Children participate in art, music, phy ed, buddy reading, Spanish and computer. More at Whipple and the Dakota/US War • 7pm

Northfield Historical Society The Northfield Historical Society will host The Venerable Canon Benjamin Scott. He will speak on the role Bishop Henry Whipple played in the 1862 US/Dakota War. Public Artist Lecture: Sculptor Holly Laws and Playwright Charlotte Meehan • 6-8pm

Dittmann 305, St. Olaf, Northfield See galleries page.

Flaten Lecture: Laws and Meehan • 7pm

Dittmann Center 305, St. Olaf, Northfield Lecture by Holly Laws, sculpture installation, and Charlotte Meehan, playwright.

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Northfield Wine Club • 7-9pm

Grand Event Center, Northfield The inaugural meeting of the year: “Think Spring/New Arrivals.” Free and open to the public. Theater: Charley’s Aunt 7:30pm

Little Theater, Owatonna See theater page. Dolce Woodwind Quintet 7:30-9pm

Contented Cow, Northfield A favorite classical music quintet returns to play the Cow.


Ashes for April • 5-8pm

Cannon River Winery, ­Cannon Falls Four guys plus six acoustic instruments plus retro pop songs equals Ashes for April. Lincoln Ashbury (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals), Chubby Ashton (upright bass, vocals), Rocco C’Ash (drums, percussion), Mickey Mash (acoustic guitar, ganjo, vocals). Exhibit Opening Reception: Levvittown • 6-8pm

Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf, Northfield See galleries page.

Dinner Theater: On Golden Pond • 6:15pm

Mark Mraz • 8:30-11pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield Everybody’s favorite “piano man” tickles the ivories and performs favorite sing-along songs, golden oldies and classic covers from the pop music archives. Friday, February 22

Hilltop Hall, Montgomery See theater page.

Midwest Wine Stroll • 6:30-10pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Taste local wines and foods. 7th Annual Northfield Winter Stomp • 7-10:30pm

Occasional Jazz • 5-7pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Mainstream classic jazz of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and others in the same style.

Northfield Armory A community contra dance with music by Contratopia. Dance instruction at 7pm. No prior contra dance experience or dance partner required. $9 adults, $6 students, $25 family cap.

Valentine, Chinese New Year No Problem. Leave the Cooking to Us. Eat in • Take outs available

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Happenings Friday, February 22, continued Book Reading/Signing: The Clodhopper Monologues Part II 7:30pm

Grand Event Center, Northfield Author Michael Perry returns with a box of books and a passel of stories. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 door. Purchase at Monkey See Monkey Read in Northfield or go to Theater: Charley’s Aunt • 7:30pm

Little Theater, Owatonna See theater page.

Paradise Unplugged: Barb Piper • 8pm

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Faribault Paradise Unplugged is an acoustic music series taking place the fourth Friday of every month through March with a showcase of all five artists at the Paradise Center for the Arts on April 5. New Orleans Suspects • 8pm

Whiskey Bones, Rochester Five musicians create music that is firmly rooted in the modern New Orleans sound with compelling originals and tasteful covers. Lonesome Dan Kase • 8-11:30pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield For the last 15 years, Kase has been playing his unique brand of country-blues on stages throughout the country. His live performances showcase his unique finger-picking style and warm vocals as well as his deep knowledge of the history of the blues.


Joe and Vicki Price • 9pm

Whistle Binkies North, ­Rochester Joe’s music is a crazy elastic form of old-school guitar blues. Vicki’s more disciplined and structural guitar style provides a comping background spine Photo: Peter Lee to Joe’s slide and lead work and the two styles dovetail into a coherent and convincing whole. Over their 27 years together they have opened for such notables as Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Pine Top Perkins, Homesick James, Honeyboy Edwards, Louisiana Red, Al Green and Greg Brown. Daniel Switch • 9pm

Ruby’s Redeye Grill, Lakeville A fantastic and engaging acoustic artist who plays a large variety of well-known covers. Timothy Howe • 9:30pm

Froggy Bottoms, Northfield Silky vocals, melodic lines, acoustic guitar. Howe’s been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day. Shirts and Skins • 9:30pm-close

Babe’s Music Bar, Lakeville Shirts and Skins combine high energy, an incredible stage presence and great vocals and musicianship with what they call “the x factor.” One of the hottest young rising bands in the region.

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Dirty Word • 10pm

Dinner Theater: On Golden Pond • 6:15pm

Spike’s Bar and Grill, Faribault Dirty Word’s playlist leaves no genre untouched including five decades of top 40 pop, soulful funk grooves, rocking’ country and classic rock and pop hits.

Hilltop Hall, Montgomery See theater page.

Theater: The World of Carl Sandburg • 7pm

Northfield Senior Center See theater page.

Pints & Vines • 7pm

Saturday, February 23 Artists’ Reception: Art and the Graphic Novel • 1-3pm

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota See galleries page. Annie Lawler • 1-4pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Lawler’s musical influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy, Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris. She has warmed up for the Mavericks, Tim McGraw and the Marshall Tucker Band. She performs a mix of blues, jazz and alt country. Average Janes • 5-8pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls A little country from the ’70s, ’80s and today – without the twang. 14th Annual Saints’ Night Out • 5pm

St. Dominic School, Northfield A fabulous buffet dinner, silent and live auction, games and raffles. Join other adults in the Northfield community for this year’s Fiesta-themed celebration of St. Dominic School. Email with questions or to donate an item. Dinner 5-7pm, silent auction 5-8pm, live auction 8:30pm.

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Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault The only event in town where you could potentially win a Wall of Wine and a Wall of Beer in the same night. Sample a variety of fine wines and handcrafted brews at this not-to-be missed event. Limited tickets available. $15 members, $19 nonmembers, and a $5 raffle for the walls. Winter Words • 7:30pm

Northfield Arts Guild A reading of original literary works by local authors, poets and writers. Don’t Say You Don’t Remember • 7:30pm

Lakeville Area Arts Center An unforgettable musical tribute including heartfelt renditions of the songs you loved then with a sophisticated style you’ll appreciate now. Hear some of the all-time favorites performed by a sevenpiece ensemble composed of leading Twin Cities performing and recording artists. Tickets: $18.

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Happenings Saturday, February 23, continued Ragamala • 7:30pm

Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf, Northfield Dance concert by the renowned South Indian Bharatanatyam company, a 2012 recipient of one of the coveted McKnight Artist fellowships for choreographers.

North of Nowhere • 8pm-12am

Contented Cow, Northfield Prior Lake rock/alt-country band has influences including Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Band, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Drive by Truckers, Neil Young,Byrds, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Sunday, February 24

Theater: Charley’s Aunt • 7:30pm

Dinner Theater: On Golden Pond • 12:15pm

Little Theater, Owatonna See theater page.

Hilltop Hall, Montgomery See theater page.

A Briefcase Full of Blues Brothers • 7:30pm

Theater: The World of Carl Sandburg • 2pm

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota Billing themselves as newly discovered siblings of Jake and Elwood Blues, Grant F. Haake and Jeff Lee are joined by Muggsy Lauer and Leon Laudenbach on guitars, Andy Deckard on drums, Ellis Haake on bass, George Mauer on keys and a horn section consisting of Ken Vork, Keith Haake and Mike Anderson, along with a couple of special guests. They perform a whole briefcase full of Blues Brothers’ R&B, soul and blues repertoire.

Coffee Concert Series: Vecchione/Erdahl Oboe Bass Duo with Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts • 2pm

Lakeville Area Arts Center A delightful fusion of Minnesota roots and classical music. Tickets: $14.50 adults, $12 seniors and students. Don Paulson • 2-5pm

Carbone’s Pizza and Sports Bar, Northfield Hawaiian theme with DJ Matty Matt.

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Bluegrass and folk with influences by the likes of The Beatles, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and Nickel Creek.

Joe Fessler • 8-11:30pm

Everett Smithson Band • 6pm

Hawaiian Party • 8-close


Northfield Senior Center See theater page.

Tavern Lounge, Northfield Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Joe Fessler is well-known on the coffee house circuit in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Inspired by artists like The Fray and John Mayer, Fessler is working on his debut album.


Reggie’s Brewhouse, Owatonna Hot movin’ music from up and down the Mississippi River, with zydeco (swamp rock), blues and funky roots of all kinds, this band has soulful Creole flavor that will bring a party atmosphere to any show they play.

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Monday, February 25

Thursday, February 28

Guest Recital: Bernhard Scully, Horn • 7pm

Faculty/Guest Recital: Cellist David Carter • 11:30am

Northern Roots Session • 7:30-9pm

Flaten Lecture: Byers and Lowe • 7pm

Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf, Northfield

Contented Cow, Northfield An informal weekly gathering of musicians to play acoustic music with roots in the north, particularly the Nordic countries. Participants and listeners of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. tuesday, February 26 Acoustic Jam Session • 7:30-10pm

Contented Cow, Northfield Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just show up and listen! Wednesday, February 27 Bluegrass Jam • 6-8pm

El Tequila, Northfield Bring an instrument or just take it in. For information, call 507/301-9091. Guest Recital: Pianist Matthew McCright • 7pm

Skifter Hall, St. Olaf, Northfield

Traditional Irish Music Session • 7-9pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café, Northfield A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps.


Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf, Northfield

Dittmann Center 305, St. Olaf, Northfield Lecture by Betsy Byers, painting, and Kristen Lowe, drawing and filmmaking. Wine Tasting • 7:30pm

Boston’s Bar, Faribault Try six different wines hand picked to go with four gourmet foods selected from a special menu. There will also be a prize drawing and wine discounts. Space is limited so call 507/331-3255 to RSVP. Admission: $25. Billy Johnson • 8:30-11pm

Tavern Lounge, Northfield “Commitment-free rock ‘n’ roll. While he’s been moonlighting with George Scot McKelvey in the B-Team, former Hillcats singer Billy Johnson confirms he belongs on the A-list alongside G.B. Leighton as one of the Twin Cities’ best feel-good, blue-collar, barroom-rousing tune smiths with his first solo album, tellingly titled It’s a Good Life.” – Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune. Billy has opened for the BoDeans, Five For Fighting, Train, Poco, Paul Thorn, Van Hunt, Lowen and Navarro, Old 97s, and many more. See

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But Christiansen brings more than just a relaxed feel to the music. “Pete’s been great. He’s such an interesting character,” says Doug. “He brings a different mind set than the rest of us. Especially me and Doug,” says Don. “He’s really laid back,” says Doug. “Otherworldly laid back. He’s been some really good energy in the band. He’s just so mellow about it all.” Don chimes in, “When you mix my intensity with Matt, it pushes things too far to one side. Joel’s a pretty laid back guy, so Pete really brings the balance that’s needed. By Rich Larson For a while now, I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that 2013 is going to be a big year for music in Northfield. In the next few months, we’re going to have new releases by Alison Rae, the Counterfactuals, Furia, and Wesley Church and the Fabulous Vanguards. You can debate all you want whether or not Northfield is nurturing a music “scene,” but there is no doubt that this town is producing some outstanding music. The first of these new releases is Heavy on My Mind, from Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders, and it’s a remarkable, yet surprising, document. Anyone who has seen their live show knows that the best single word to describe them is “mighty.” Matt Arthur, though blind and diminutive, is a giant on stage. His earnest passion for music comes at you like a tsunami. It picks you up, knocks you back and puts you wherever it sees fit. The only way to accompany that is with still more power, which comes from drummer Joel Beithon, bassist Doug Bratland and guitarist Don Bratland. This is a roots-based rock band built on Midwestern sensibilities that have been filtered through Johnny Cash’s guitar and Neil Young’s amplifier turned all the way up. At least that’s what they used to be. Heavy On My Mind opens with Old Friend. Beithon offers a shuffle drum beat, guest Randy Broughten plays a wonderfully meandering steel guitar line, and Matt Arthur gives us a spoken word delivery, sentimentally reflecting on the passing of time and the departure of a trusted companion. There isn’t a hint of distortion or feedback, even when Don finally jumps in with a sweet, concise little solo to end the song. For those of us who are used to measuring this band in decibels, it’s a stunning display of subtlety. “We’re not the band that played for a year-and-a-half at the Contented Cow anymore,” Doug tells me.” Adds Don, ”We are happy [with the record], but there are a lot of things here that are considerably different from our preconceived notions.” So, where did this kinder-gentler version of Matt & The Brats come from? The first answer might be the newest member of the band, keyboardist Pete Christiansen. The presence of his Hammond organ settles the music down, and allows the other players to relax. “We’ve known for a while that we wanted keys – especially that organ sound – in the music,” says Don, “so that we all didn’t feel like we had to be making a noise all the time. Especially Matt. He doesn’t feel like he has to play every note. The organ fills in the gaps. It’s the glue that holds everything together.” 28

Another element that adds to this new sense of nuance is Michael Morris, who produced the album, and Tyler Cook who engineered the recording process. After looking around for a while, the band ­finally decided to record in Morris’ studio, The Barn. The equipment there is all vintage, analog gear. Because it has a limited recording capacity, and because it doesn’t have the ability to go back and fix mistakes the way digital recording equipment does, it forced the band to really think about what they wanted to play, and how they wanted to play it. “Our North Star on this was just talking to the band,” says Morris. “We’d ask them what their vision of a song was in their collective head. That can be a really fuzzy thing in general, but it’s something you just have to decipher. And sometimes they would tell me a song should sound a certain way, but when they played it, it didn’t sound like that. So, we had to figure out what would sound that way. It was a process.” “That was another magical part of the experience’” says Doug. “Michael just knew what these songs needed. Every decision these guys made was the right one.” “Not that we didn’t question those decisions along the way,” says Don. “But in the end, we trusted them. Like I said, this record didn’t end up being what we set out to record.” This is not to say that the entire album is a quiet, subdued string of songs. The emotional centerpiece is, ironically enough, the only non-original song. Will Oldham’s I See A Darkness has long been a staple in the band’s set. But with the added elements of Christiansen’s Hammond, and the haunting back-up vocals provided by Angie Talle, the band has created a go-to mission statement. You want to know who this band is, and what they’re all about? Go listen to that song. Or, there’s the joyful protest romp of Put Down Your Rifles. And then there’s the old spiritual Woke Up This Morning. Arthur delivers this with the utter conviction and total exaltation of a man who knows how and why he’s going to see a better place one day. Through the spare production, you can see him standing on stage at an old tent revival. This is powerfully delivered music, but with a depth that is totally unexpected from this band. Whether or not this was the album they had originally envisioned, there is no question that the band is quite proud of it. And rightfully so. It shows a band that is coming of age, and moving into its prime. If this is an example of what’s to come out of Northfield this year, 2013 could be even bigger than I’d imagined. Heavy On My Mind by Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders will be released in February on Rice County Records. It can be pre-ordered at

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HAPPENINGS By Susan Hvistendahl

Unforgettable Sid Freeman

“No matter where you go in the United States, it has been said, you will find someone who knows that Jesse James raided a Northfield bank and you will find someone who knows Sid Freeman.” So began the obituary in the May 22, 1986, Northfield News, about the death in San Diego of one of the most colorful figures in Northfield history. Sid was clothier to both “town and gown” as longtime proprietor of Freeman’s The Hub and ran a multi-milliondollar chain of men’s wear shops called Skeffington’s, enterprises which led to his hobnobbing with people of note from the sports and entertainment industries. I will be calling Sid by his first name in this column, not only because that is how everyone knew him but because I will be quoting and referencing another Freeman frequently, Sid’s son Dan Freeman. And everyone in town knows him as Dan or Danny – or as “Mr. Northfield.” Dan may have inherited the name “Mr. Northfield” from his father, but Sid was actually a native of Cannon Falls. Dan told me that Sid’s father Harry came to St. Paul in the late 1800s from Poland and married Sadie Finkelstein from Lithuania. Sid was born on Sept. 24, 1905, the same year Harry established a dry goods and clothing store in Cannon Falls. The Freemans raised their four children there, Beatrice, Sidney, Ralph (known as Rex) and Daniel (after whom Northfield’s Dan was named). Dan said his father Sid grew up working at the store and “really took to it.” The list of activities in the Cannon Falls High School yearbook for Sid’s senior year in the Class of 1923 included playing baseball, football and basketball and violin in the orchestra. (Sid was, in fact, given All-State quarterback honors for the 1922 football season.)

Next to Sid’s picture were the words, “He has a store of knowledge he never learned in books.” Sid spent two years at Carleton working on a degree in business but after his father bought a bankrupt men’s clothing store in Northfield, Sid dropped out of college in the fall of 1926 to manage and become owner of what was named Freeman’s The Hub. (Harry continued to work at his Cannon Falls store until he died suddenly of heart failure on Dec. 29, 1929.) The Hub was located at 327 Division St. S. on property leased from the First National Bank just to the south until 1976 when the bank needed the space for expansion. The Hub ended up at 413 Division St. S. During the slow days of the Depression, Sid found time to practice his violin in between customers. (Dan remembered Sid saying he really learned to play the violin when called upon to be a backup to the organist who usually played for silent films at the Grand Theater.) Sid also joined in the regular ongoing poker games held in an upstairs room at the hotel. Dan has heard a story about how Sid’s mother Sadie showed up at the store to see how things were going and someone sounded an alert to Sid at the hotel. Sid said to the players, “Give me all the money! I’ll count it up and we’ll split it and start all over next time!” Since they had been playing all night into the day, “Dad would run over to Carleton, take a shower, clean up,” and then Sid would come back down to the store with this poker money. Sid would tell his mother, “I’ve been out collecting” and put the money in the till. It was Sid’s little trick to cover his tracks. The Dec. 27, 1935, Northfield News announced the Freeman-Bennett nuptials of Dec. 15, held in St. Paul. Maggie Lee wrote in a Feb. 6, 1975, Northfield News story about how Sid met Lydia Bennett of Owatonna, a student at Carleton College: “When she dropped in at The Hub hoping to find an orange polo shirt, Sid didn’t have one, but promised to get one for her. He admits now that he really didn’t try because he found her so attractive, he wanted to keep her coming back.” Sid finally did find an orange polo shirt for her in Acapulco, Mexico, in 1974. The Hub (“The store for men – and for women who shop for men”) expanded to Rochester, Winona and Owatonna after World War II and, in 1948, Sid partnered with a former employee, Jack Skeffington, to start a rental firm called Skeffington’s Formal Wear in Minneapolis. In 1952, Sid bought out Skeffington and, according to a July 1979 story in Corporate Report, “In its heyday, in the ’50s and ’60s, the Skeffington’s rental firm had 23 stores, as far away as Cincinnati, New Orleans and Dallas, and boasted a $3.5 million volume.” First-year volume had been $60,000 and, after 1977-1978 when Sid had sold off all but five closeFar left: Harry Freeman’s dry goods store in Cannon Falls was established in 1905. Harry is shown behind the table. Left: Sid Freeman’s senior picture in Cannon Falls High yearbook for 1923. Photos courtesy of Cannon Falls Area Historical Society and Museum.

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to-home stores, he was “still doing a very respectable $1.2-million volume” at the age of 74. Dan told me that his father “couldn’t keep all those balls in the air, so he finally sold out the clothing stores and concentrated on just The Hub in Northfield and Skeffington’s up in Minneapolis.” Dan explained that the idea for the formal wear business had come from college students who would bring their tuxedos to The Hub and say, “Sid, what will you give me for this? I’m leaving college and not playing in an orchestra anymore and I don’t need it.” So Sid would buy the tuxedos back for resale or rental to other college musicians or for dances and proms. Sid and Lydia had four children, Dan, Jim, Jon and Deborah, and welcomed other family members to their household from time to time if the need arose. In fact, the children (Sylvia, Ruth and David Chase) of Lydia’s sister came to live with them and all graduated from Northfield High School. Sylvia Chase went on to be an award-winning broadcast journalist. Dan said that at one point both of his grandmothers were also living with them, “so it was quite a circus.” It made for tight quarters but, Dan said, “As you get older, you understand what is going on, and my dad just loved taking care of people, helping people out.” Sid loved music and, since there were few entertainment venues in Northfield back then, Dan has many memories of Sid’s friends coming to the house, playing piano, guitar and trombone, with Sid on violin. “I’ve always said my dad was one of the very few Dixieland violinists!” said Dan, who also noted that jazz great Doc Evans (Carleton Class of 1929) would stop by to play when he was in town. Sid would order the kids, “Get upstairs!” but, “We’d come back down,” said Dan, and by the end of the evening 30 or 40 people would have gathered at the house to enjoy the music and have fun.

spent at Carleton and Sid brought his good friend, the comedian George Gobel, to be celebrity grand marshal of the Defeat of Jesse James Days parade in 1983 (see sidebar stories). Sid had numerous well-known friends in the fields of entertainment, sports (including Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Billy Martin, Calvin Griffith and Vern Gagne) and politics (Hubert Humphrey, Karl Rolvaag and Ed Thye). Dan told me, “You just never knew who was going to walk through the door.” Or who might be taking a nap on Sid’s couch at home. Dan recalled a time he and his kids had been watching re-runs of the Dick Van Dyke Show and then went over to his parents’ house. Dan’s five-year-old daughter Suzanne exclaimed, “It’s Buddy!” when she saw Morey Amsterdam sleeping on the couch there. (Amsterdam played comedy writer Buddy Sorrell on the award-winning TV show of the 1960s). That woke up Amsterdam, who then engaged them in conversation about the episode of the show they had just watched. Sid was honored on Dec. 1, 1966, as Outstanding Boss by the Northfield Jaycees at a banquet at the Carleton Tearoom. (It was the first of two banquets for Sid that night. He was due at another banquet to celebrate the conclusion of his two years as Carleton Alumni Fund chairman, fund drives that had broken all records.) The Jaycee citation stated that countless men trained in his store had received the “benefit of his zestful approach to life and business” and praised his involvement in many civic projects and his sponsorship of local athletic teams. With his connections, Sid “has filled literally thousands of ticket requests for Minnesota Gopher football and basketball games and, recently, for the Minnesota

Dan was involved with The Hub starting with small chores in grade school such as sweeping floors. He then worked part-time as a salesman through high school (he was in the NHS Class of 1958) and became a partner in 1964. The Hub was a hangout for students and young Dan was impressed with “all the affection I saw between these fellows,” as high school and college graduates would come back to Northfield and greet his father with hugs. There was a “hero board” at The Hub with pictures thumb-tacked onto it of the many celebrity friends Sid had been making through his business dealings and other associations. Sid had known actor Jack Carson dating back to a rowdy couple years Carson had


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Top left: Sid Freeman shows his equestrian skills in 1948, when the first bank raid ­re-creation was held in Northfield. Said Sid: “My intimates refer to me as ‘Sundown Sidney, the kosher cowboy.’” Photo courtesy Chip DeMann.

Vikings and Twins. He was instrumental in bringing professional baseball and football to Minnesota.” Another honor for Sid came from Carleton College during Carleton’s centennial reunion weekend on June 1, 1967, with an Alumni Achievement Award for his service to Carleton and his business and community accomplishments. Just weeks earlier, Sid had arranged for his friend, Twins’ owner Cal Griffith, to provide the whole college with free tickets for a game on May 22 against the Chicago White Sox at Metropolitan Stadium to celebrate Carleton’s 100th anniversary. The announcement that “Zestful Freeman” would be retiring came in Maggie Lee’s story in the Feb. 6, 1975, Northfield News. He was handing over The Hub to son Dan and Dave Graff but would continue to commute to Minneapolis as president of Skeffington’s. Sid and Lydia continued their around-the-world travels, with a particular fondness for Mexico, where they had a home in Manzanillo. Unfortunately, by 1983, Sid’s health was in decline from Alzheimer’s disease. Under care in San Diego, he died there in his sleep on May 16, 1986, at the age of 80. Lydia Freeman died in Northfield at the age of 93 on Nov. 30, 2006. Her obituary in the Northfield News of Jan. 3, 2007, took note of her work with the Girl Scouts (she had held local and regional offices), raising money for the Northfield swimming pool and her tireless efforts in Owatonna to preserve the architectural integrity of the National Farmers Bank (now the Wells Fargo Bank). This bank was designed by the famed architect Louis Sullivan who had been commissioned by her father Carl Kent Bennett in 1906. Dan was inspired from an early age by his parents, came to admire others who were making Northfield a better place and couldn’t wait to do it himself. Dan began volunteering and “finding ways to give back to the community that gave me so much.” Dan was named “Outstanding Young Man” at a Jaycee dinner in December of 1968 for being active in civic and athletic events, Arts Guild and Fall Festival, while attending St. Olaf and working at The Hub. (He

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Top center: (Left to right) George Gobel and Al Quie (marshals of Defeat of Jesse James Days parade, 1983), Chip DeMann (chairman of DJJD) and Sid Freeman (Gobel’s host and friend). Photo courtesy Northfield Historical Society.

Top right: Sid looks over list of Alumni Fund donors in 1966. Courtesy Carleton College Archives. Left: “Lyd, Lonely Alumni Fund Widow, in Jesse James Cafe,” from 1966 Carleton Voice. Sid’s wife, Lydia, wrote of Sid’s tenure as national chairman of the Alumni Fund: “He took to the idea the way students take to the arb in the springtime.” Courtesy Carleton College Archives.

had taken time off from pursuing his degree to manage The Hub but returned in 1968, graduating in 1970.) Dan was proprietor of the Rueb ‘n’ Stein from 1975 to 1983. After The Hub closed and Sid died in 1986, Dan took over Skeffington’s Formal Wear for 12 years. He now runs Freeman’s Formal Wear from his home. He has driven for EcoTrans shuttle service and has been on KYMN radio for more than 40 years, including a Sunday morning radio show. Dan and his former wife, Gretchen Christeson (NHS ‘57), have three children, Nate, Jeff and Suzanne. Dan has acted in more than 70 stage productions throughout Southern Minnesota. He had a “dream come true” in 2010 when he and his daughter, Suzanne, starred together in On Golden Pond at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault. Dan has been an integral part of Defeat of Jesse James Days activities and many visitors and townspeople are familiar with his long-time narration of the bank raid re-enactments on Division Street. He also stepped up to the plate to be coordinator of the Sesquicentennial celebration of Northfield in 2005 and to find funding for the annual 4th of July fireworks displays. Dan was the recipient of the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award in 1994. I asked Dan what he thought of the title “Mr. Northfield” that has been bestowed on him by many in the town. He said, “Well, it’s daunting, believe me, because at this age [72], I can’t keep up with what I used to be able to do but so be it, I’m not going to dismiss it or anything. It brings me to an age I’m not ready to be, how’s that?” Dan has had recent health setbacks and on Jan. 25 there was a tribute and benefit called “Stepping Out for Mr. Northfield” for him at the Grand Event Center. Dan is grateful for the support of his community and told me, “It’s one of the great things about Northfield, the way we look after each other.”

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Sid Freeman once told writer Maggie Lee that he enjoyed life and, if he could, he would come back as a dolphin because “they’re always happy.” Both Sid and Dan Freeman have left a legacy of happiness and service in their wake to the town they both have loved.

Dan Freeman (shown here, left, with Skip Zimmerman on the 4th of July, 2007) was inspired by his parents, Sid and Lydia, to give back to his community. For his service Dan has been recognized as “Mr. Northfield.”

SID’S FRIEND: GEORGE GOBEL Sid had an enduring friendship with the much beloved, amiable comedian with a crew cut, George Gobel. Gobel started singing country music on Chicago’s WLS “Barn Dance” and went on to win an Emmy Award for “Outstanding New Personality” in 1955 for his NBC comedy show, which ran from 1954-60 (with the last season on CBS). Sid had been introduced to Gobel at an event in Minneapolis by Rev. Robert Dillon, a priest at St. Dominic Church in Northfield, who had served in the military with Gobel. (One of Gobel’s favorite lines was that he had been a B-26 bomber flight instructor for the U.S. Army Air Force in Oklahoma during World War II and “We must have done a good job down there because not one enemy plane got past Tulsa.”) Sid soon became Gobel’s clothing supplier and friend. Scott Richardson wrote in the Northfield News of Sept. 1, 1983, “Gobel would occasionally make reference to Sid Freeman and Northfield on his comedy show…And Gobel once got a big laugh on the Johnny Carson show by wearing a mink tie sent to him from Freeman’s The Hub in Northfield.” Sid persuaded Gobel to serve as celebrity grand marshal of the Defeat of Jesse James Days parade in 1983. In full “outlaw” regalia, Chip DeMann (chairman of the 1983 DJJD committee) and Wayne Eddy met Gobel and his son Greg at the Minneapolis airport and immediately outfitted Gobel in derby and duster, much to his delight.


The very first of the DJJD banquets was held with former Minnesota governor Al Quie being presented with the first Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award. The Northfield News reported on Sept. 15, 1983, “George Gobel was delightful in his role as celebrity grand marshal for the celebration. He kept the 300 who attended the Friday evening banquet in stitches during a 20-minute monologue.” Gobel concluded with the words, “Always remember, you can lead a horse to water but before you push him in, remember how a wet horse smells,” after which he was given a standing ovation. When reminded of this, Dan Freeman said, “Oh, that’s wonderful. That’s what made Gobel so funny because he had a way of being humorous without being harmful. He never would put someone down.” Gobel was “a little daft, a little goofy, but his humor was just so gentle.” The 1983 DJJD celebration was termed the “best ever” in the Northfield News of Sept. 15. Chairman Chip DeMann estimated that about 60,000 spectators lined the grand parade route to salute Quie and “Lonesome George” Gobel, lonesome no more. Wayne Eddy told me that Gobel expressed how nice the people were to him and what a good time he was having. Gobel was impressed by the small community “with the big hearts” and “he was very receptive to it all,” said Eddy.

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Jack Carson (left) visited with Carleton College president Larry Gould on July 18, 1954. Carson was expelled from Carleton in 1931 but went on to a successful career in movies and on television. Photo

So here’s the story that’s been around about actor Jack Carson and Northfield clothier Sid Freeman. From Jan. 1929 to Jan. 1931, Carson had been a Carleton student and then went off to seek fame. Years later Sid saw Carson playing a role on the screen in a movie at the Grand Theater and said, “That guy owes me a bill!” Sid tracked him down, they became fast friends and when Carson died, Sid was among the pallbearers at his funeral.

True? Probably, Sid’s son Dan Freeman told me. But there is more to the story. Jack and Sid had been drinking buddies during Carson’s time at Carleton and “I think they had their share of fun and perhaps a few troubles together.” Since Northfield was “dry,” Dundas was the place to drink and “Jack would frequently end up in the Dundas jail” and have to be bailed out by Sid. courtesy Carleton College Archives.

Carson came to Carleton from Milwaukee and established himself as a “perennial prankster,” as evidenced in the Carleton Archives. When he and his friends became irritated with a speaker at the chapel who habitually talked too long, they planted several alarm clocks set to go off when his time was up. Carson once filled the pipes of the chapel organ with flour before a recital and would amuse himself by taking potshots from his dorm window with a rifle at the campus clock, causing it to chime. “Puzzled maintenance staff repeatedly try to fix the clock before they discover the cause of its malfunction.” In 1931, Carson was asked to leave college after several drinking and gambling episodes. But accounts say he “literally stumbled into his future career” during his time at Carleton when “dressed as Hercules for a college stage production, he tripped and nearly demolished half the set.” Carson and a friend Dave Willock formed a vaudeville act featuring physical comedy for which Carson’s frame (6’ 2”, 220 pounds) was well-suited. Carson went on to appear in more than 100 movies, playing roles described as “bluff blowhards or happy-go-lucky sidekicks” in pictures such as Strawberry Blonde (1941) with James Cagney and Rita Hayworth, Gentleman Jim with Errol Flynn (1942) and as Officer O‘Hara in Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant (1944). He also teamed up with Dennis Morgan for musical comedies and was in a couple films with Doris Day, with whom he had a brief romance. Carson found his way into dramas, as well, including A Star is Born (1954) with Judy Garland (where he played a “backstabbing publicity chief”), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) with Burl Ives,

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Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman (as the brother of Newman’s character) and Mildred Pierce with Joan Crawford (1945). Carol Donelan, associate professor of cinema and media studies at Carleton, told me that when she teaches Mildred Pierce every year in her Film Noir class, she points out Carson’s portrayal of real estate agent Wally Fay, a Jack Carson, Sid’s friend, teamed jerk who is always “on the up for two movies with Doris Day make.” Yet, Donelan said, in 1949. “You can’t help liking him. He’s charming. The ability to make us like and empathize with a smarmy jerk is a testament to Jack Carson’s considerable acting skills. You can tell he’s having fun with the role.” Her students are always “thrilled to claim him as a fellow Carl.” (Carson once told an interviewer that Carleton was his school, though “perhaps I’m prouder of it than it is of me.” He joked that its name “doesn’t lead itself easily to any good vaudeville gags. Like Siwash.”) Carson also was a guest and host on television shows in the 1950s, with his own show on NBC 1954-1955. In the fall of 1962, he collapsed during a rehearsal for a Broadway play. The diagnosis was stomach cancer, which claimed his life Jan. 2, 1963. He was only 52 years old. From his funeral, an AP photo was sent out of his fourth wife, Sandra Jolley, in tears “on the arm of Sid Freeman.” A columnist once called Carson “the best educated and most erudite actor in the film industry.” In response, Carson wrote: “Thank you. I want you to know I didn’t have to go to the dictionary to see what ‘erudite’ meant.” *********************************************************** According to Dan Freeman, Sid was a “hero worshiper” who actually befriended his heroes. Sid would say, “I like to find out what makes them tick! Sometimes I can’t see it, but you stick around with them for a while and you find out most of them are a lot smarter than people think and most of them are more determined and goal-oriented.” Sid, the clothier, “had a head for business,” said Dan. “He knew when to turn it on and really go to work at it.” And then he “wanted to have fun” and loved meeting famous people. That was, said Dan, sort of Sid’s hobby. The Jaycee award citation Sid was given in 1966 called Sid “Northfield’s international goodwill ambassador. He has made friends all over the world and has a knack of meeting important and average people in the same easy manner, making them feel comfortable immediately. Counted among his friends are statesmen, entertainers and big-league athletic stars. But more importantly, he has never forgotten his friends at home – here in Northfield.”

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Irish Music��������������� Wednesdays – Hogan Bros Iron Horse��������������������� 1 – Babe’s – 16 – Spike’s Grant Haake����������������������������������23 – Crossings Timothy Howe�������������� 15 – Ruby’s – 22 – Frog Jagged Ease���������������17 – Cannon River Winery Jena Marie Band���������������������������������� 2 – Spike’s Jambon Cru��������������������������������9 – Field House Jimmi and the Band of Souls����9 – Field House Jivin’ Ivan Swing��������������������������� 16 – Signature Billy Johnson��������������������������������������28 – Tavern Julie Johnson and the No Accounts���������24 – Lakeville Area Arts Jack Klatt����������������������������������������������8 – Tavern Lew Klimesh�������������������������������9 – Field House Dave Lambert���������������������������������������1 – Wings Martha Larson�������������������������������������5, 19 Rueb Annie Lawler������������23 – Cannon River Winery Cait Leary�������������������������������������������������1 – Frog Jeff Lee�������������������������������������������23 – Crossings Lonesome Dan Kase�������������������������22 – Tavern Michael Loonan��������1 – Cannon River Winery Howard “Guitar” Luedtke & Blue Max����������������������������������9 – Field House Matthew McCright��������������������������27 – St. Olaf Sasha Mercedes����������������������������������15 – Tavern Midnight Collision����������������������������14 – Tavern Scottie Miller������������9 – Oak City General Store Minnesota Sinfonia����������������������14 – Cathedral Mister Peabody������������������������� 9 – Grandpa Al’s Monroe Crossing���������������������������� 15 – Paradise Mark Mraz���������������������������������������� 7, 21 Tavern Ned Netzel����������������������������������� 2 – Hogan Bros New Moon Trio.....................................8 – Cow New Orleans Marine Quintet���������12 – St. Olaf New Orleans Suspects���������22 – Whiskey Bones Northern Roots Session������������Mondays – Cow

North of Nowhere���������������������������������23 – Cow Occasional Jazz��������������������������������������22 – Cow Optimum Trajectory�����������������������������15 – Cow Outtakes�����������������������������9 – American Legion Brenda Owens�����������3 – Cannon River Winery Tim Patrick����������������2 – Cannon River Winery Don Paulson������������24 – Cannon River Winery Barb Piper��������������������������������������� 22 – Boston’s PKZ���������������������������16 – Cannon River Winery Joe and Vicki Price��22 – Whistle Binkies North Alison Rae������������������������������������������16 – Tavern Ragamala�������������������������������������������23 – St. Olaf Rebel Queens�������������������������������������15 – Spike’s Bernhard Scully��������������������������������25 – St. Olaf Shaw Brothers�������������������������������������15 – Babe’s Shirts and Skins����������������������������������22 – Babe’s Everett Smithson Band������������3 – Covered Bridge, 24 – Reggie’s Smokescreen����������������������������� 2 – Grandpa Al’s St. Olaf Band�������������������������������������10 – St. Olaf St. Olaf Choir������������������������������������17 – St. Olaf Step in Clouds���������������������������� 8 – Hogan Bros Sudden Lovelys�����������������������������16 – Crossings Dan Switch������������������������� 2 – Frog, 22 – Ruby’s Tex Pistols Band������������������������������2 – Crossings treVeld������������������������2 – Cannon River Winery Tuition Daddies������������������������ 16 – Hogan Bros David Ullman��������������������������� 15 – Hogan Bros Art Vandalay����������������������������������������9 – Tavern Vecchione/Erdahl Oboe Bass Duo�����������24 – Lakeville Area Arts Andrew Walesch��9, 10 – Cannon River Winery Ken Wanovich������������������������������������� 1 – Ruby’s Whiskey Trick������������������������������������������8 – Frog Willie B’s Blues Band�����������������2 – Tipsy Turtle Zillionaires����������������������������������������������1 – Rueb

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Clubs, Classes and More… Cannon River Woodcarving Club – 507/339-0336

Third Monday of the month, 7pm, Ivan Whillock Studio, Faribault

Cannon Valley Civil War Round Table • Feb. 21, 7pm

Rice County Historical Society, Faribault desc. Crossings at Carnegie –, 507/732-7616 Classes in the arts for preschoolers through adults. Writing to be Drawn – Feb. 9, 10am-1pm – ages 12 through adult. Bill Willingham, a 30-year veteran of comic book writing and winner of comics’ most prestigious award for comic writing, will take you through the ins and outs and how to write when it’s going to be drawn. Willingham’s comics series include Fables and Sons of Empire. He is a novelist, short story and comic book writer, winner of many industry awards and four time Hugo nominee. Painting by Intuition: A Point Zero Workshop – Feb. 28-Mar. 3, 10am-6pm – Point zero painting, with its emphasis on process, not product, is a method of self-exploration and spiritual discovery rather than a traditional painting class. A sense of trust and integration can be gained as unexpected images emerge. Debby Purdy, M.A.A.T., L.C.P.C., is an art therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor and teacher of the point zero painting process as described in the books by Michele Cassou. Cub Scout Pack 300 – 612/490-4048, Just Food Co-op, Northfield – 507/650-0106 Mondays: Knitting Night, 7-9pm, 507/645-6331 MOMS Club – – First Wednesday of each month, 10am, St. Peter’s Church, Northfield – If you are a full-time or part-time stay-at-home mom, this club may be for you. MOMS Club is a local chapter of the International MOMS Club, an organization dedicated to providing support and a sense of community for stay-at-home moms. Northfield Arts Guild – 507/645-8877 – Find classes for kids and adults at All Abilities Dance Workshop – Feb. 9 3:30-5pm – Drop ins welcome. $15 non-member, $13 member. For all abilities – whether you get around by wheelchair, walker, or can do cartwheels – whether you have developmental or sensory issues – this class will help you explore themes from modern dance, improvisation and somatics to move your body and connect with others in ways you never thought you could. Instructed by Kate McDonnell, Dancer with Different Abilities (HonorYourBody.Net). If you need a personal care assistant, bring him or her along. For information, call the Northfield Arts Guild, 507/645-8877 Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center – Children’s Circle Class (ages 3-9), Sundays, 3-4pm – Children and their parents

meditate, do yoga and learn about Buddhism in a fun, peaceful atmosphere of exploration. Everyone welcome.

Northfield Public Library – 507/645-6606

First Steps Early Literacy Center, Mon, Fri, Sat, 10-12pm Lego Club, Thu, 3:30-5pm Paper Art Club, Tue, 3:30-5pm Patty Cake Infant Lapsit, Tue, 10-11am Toddler Rhyme Time, Wed, 12-1pm Preschool Story & Craft Time, Thu, 10-11am

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Northfield Senior Center –

507/664-3700 – Programs for active older adults in a premier fitness facility with an indoor pool and certified fitness instructors. Bike club, hiking trips, ping pong, nutrition talks, art classes, writing classes, card groups, dining center, fitness classes and more. Northfield Yarn – 507/645-1330 – Open Stitching, third Thursday of each month, 6-8pm. Bring a project and share in the fun. Free. Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault – 507/332-7372 Find art-related classes for kids and adults at Education Potter for Adults with Tom Willis – Wed. through Feb. 20, 6-8pm – age 40+. Tools are optional. This class is for any skill level. $84 members, $108 nonmembers, $36 supply fee for clay, glazing and firing. Basic Keepsake Ornament Display Box Workshop - Feb. 9, 10am-1pm – In this three-hour workshop you will complete a simple display box with acrylic glass. A kit is provided that includes a prepped cigar box, foil and acrylic glass at a cost of $10. You bring the ornament. You will select a background and vintage Christmas wrap. The cost of the vintage wrap depends upon your selection and can range from $3 to $17, or bring your own. Bring an old shirt or apron. Instructed by Mary Warner. $21 members, $27 nonmembers. Rice County Historical Society, Faribault


River Bend Nature Center, Faribault, 507/332-7151 – Classes

and activities at History Tours of River Bend – Join a naturalist for a journey back in time to discover the history of the land. Travel is by golf cart. Tours last 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to five people. Call to schedule. Donations welcome.

Secure Base Counseling Center, Northfield –

­ – 507/301-3412 Mindful Parenting – 4th Saturday each month, 2-3pm – Parenting is an challenging opportunity to practice being present and mindful. This discussion group supports its members as they apply mindfulness practice to parenting. Blended Families – 4th Tuesday each month, 7-8pm – Couples who bring children together from previous relationships have an opportunity to create a whole new family. This blending of families brings with it many rewards and many challenges. This group supports its members as they celebrate lovely aspects and grow through challenges of life in a blended family. VFW Club, Northfield – Sundowners Car Club

First Wednesday of each month, 7:30pm. – Anyone who has an interest in street rods, customs, antiques, special interest or foreign is welcome to attend.

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404 Wilson Ave. NW, Faribault • 507/334-9379 – Old-fashioned restaurant and drive-in, bringing people together to share great food, great root beer and friendly hospitality. Enjoy our signature root beer in a cold frosty mug for a truly one-of-a-kind taste and don’t forget the A&W original Coney Dog. Carbone’s Pizza & Sports Bar

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620 So. Water St, Northfield, MN 55057, 507/645-2300,, Mon-Sat 11-1am, Sun 11am to midnight. Family friendly sports bar. Monthly and daily food and beverage specials. 2-for-1 happy hour daily, 11am-7pm, 10pm-12am. Half-price appetizers Mon-Fri 3-7pm.

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302 Division St. S., Northfield • • 3pm-close British-style pub with authentic British specialties and a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. Extensive patio overlooking the Cannon River. Great selection of imported and domestic draft beer and a full selection of wine and spirits. Culver’s

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960 Highway 3, Northfield • 507/645-7700 • northfield/ • 10:30am-7pm – Culver’s ButterBurgers use fresh, never frozen 100% Midwest beef. Our fresh frozen custard is made daily from real Wisconsin dairy. For something different, try the hearty tenderness of beef pot roast, the grilled-up-fresh goodness of a rueben or the hand-battered North Atlantic cod filet. Dairy Queen

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507/645-0676 • Facebook: Castle Rock N Roll Bar and Grill – 11-1am (every day). Great burgers and pizza, with daily specials. Located at the corner of Hwy. 3 and Cty. Rd. 86. Private party room available.

900 N Highway 3, Northfield • 507/645-8912 • • Feb-Apr: 10am-9pm, May-Aug: 10am-10pm, Sept-Oct: 10am-9pm – Dairy Queen treats and cake, homemade or southern style BBQ brisket sandwiches and famous juicy polish hotdogs. Home of the Blizzard.


El Tequila

Castle Rock N Roll Bar and Grill – 27798 Chippendale Ave

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214 Division St., Northfield • 645-2462 •, closed Mondays – Cuisine of India. Variety of curry and Tandoori entrees including a large selection of vegetarian items. Wine and beer.

1010 Hwy. 3 S. • 664-9139 • 11 a.m. -10 p.m., ­Northfield – ­Family restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine as well as wonderful margaritas and more.

Cocoa Bean

Fireside Lounge and Supper Club – 37540 Goodhue Ave., Dennison 507/645-9992 • – Tu-Su 10am-close, closed Mon. A menu to satisfy all tastes, from burgers and sandwiches to steaks and shrimp dinners. Friday night fish special, Saturday night prime rib special and Sat/Sun breakfast specials. Like FiresideLoungeSupperClub on Facebook and receive a coupon for a free appetizer – limited time offer.

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515 Division St., Northfield • 9:30am-6am, 7 days a week • 507/6455322 – Fresh crepes, Belgian waffles, hot coffee, chai, tea and more.

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Froggy Bottoms River Pub

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307 S. Water St., Northfield • 507/301-3611 • Sun 11am-9pm, Mon/ Tue 11am-11pm, Wed-Sat 11am-1am – Upper-class bar food including appetizers, salads, burgers and more. Open for lunch and dinner. Entrees starting at 5pm. The HideAway

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421 Division St., Northfield • 507/664-0400 Mon-Fri, 6am-10pm, Sat-Sun 7am-10pm – Cozy bistro atmosphere serving unique appetizers and sandwiches. Coffee drinks, wine and beer specialties. Hogan Brothers’ Acoustic Cafe

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415 Division St., Northfield • 645-6653 • Sun-Tue 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri and Sat 9 a.m.-10 p.m. – Hot hoagies since 1991. Also soup, sandwiches, Espresso, gourmet coffee and ice cream. J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein

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503 Division St., Northfield • • 507/645-6691 • 11amclose – Great burgers and famous Ruebens. Casual relaxing atmosphere. Huge selection of imported and domestic beers, fine spirits and wines. Game room, happy hour 3:30-6pm, Karaoke on Fridays at 9pm. Johnny Angel’s Eatery & Pub

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37592 Goodhue Ave., Dennison 507/645-6666 • Tue-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri-Sun 12pm-2am – American (Traditional), Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches. Nightly specials include Wednesday-Baby Back Ribs; ThursdaySpecialty Pasta; Friday-Fish Fry; Saturday-King Cut Prime Rib. Mandarin Garden Restaurant

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107 East 4th St., Northfield • 507/645-7101 – ­, Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9pm. Fri/Sat, 4:30-10pm. Authentic Peking and Szechuan cuisine, freshly prepared, dine-in or take-out.

Quality Bakery and Coffee Shop

Quarterback Club

Ranchero Supper Club

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4452 40th St W, Webster • 952/652-2700 • Tu-Th 5-9 pm, Fri-Sat 5-10 pm, Sun 5-8:30 pm – Owned by the Ettlin family for 35 years, Ranchero steaks are among the best in Southeast Minnesota. For traditional German fare try the Pork Schnitzel with German beer. Excellent food, fine service, a true supper club experience. The Tavern of Northfield – 212 Division St., Northfield

507/663-0342 • ­ • Sun-Thu 6:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-11pm, lounge open daily 3pm-midnight. Located in the historic Archer House since 1984, The Tavern offers casual dining with a wide variety of homemade menu items and specials daily featuring fresh fish on Fridays and prime rib on Saturdays. The Tavern Lounge sports a deck overlooking the Cannon River, appetizers and a full bar with live music Thur-Sat.

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116 3rd St. W., Northfield • 507/645-7886 • Mon-Sat 6am-9pm, Sun 10:30am-8pm – Family friendly dining in Northfield for 37 years. House specialties include broasted chicken, BBQ ribs and flame-broiled hamburgers.

The Ole Store Restaurant – 1011 St. Olaf Ave., Northfield 507/786-9400 • – Mon-Th 11am-9pm, Fri/We’re Sat 11am-10pm (breakfast: Sat 7am-12pm, Sun 7am-1pm) – Contemporary dining with neighborhood charm. Relax at a table with linens and fresh flowers or sit in our cozy lounge. A full menu including appetizers, rustic flatbread pizzas, salads, soups, entrees, steaks, fresh seafood, sandwiches and gourmet desserts. Reservations available.

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410 Division St., Northfield • 645-8392 – Opens 6 a.m. TuesdaySaturday – Owned and operated by the Klinkhammer family since 1949. Quality baking from scratch using delicious family recipes with no preservatives. Custom cakes, homemade breads, donuts, pies, cookies, espresso, lunch and more.


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1200 S Hwy 3, Northfield, MN • • 507-650-7208


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Up to 5 quarts of oil, fully synthetic oil extra. Excludes diesel and hybrid engines. Plus tax and shop supplies. Must have coupon. Not valid with other coupons. Expires 2/28/13

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February 2013 Entertainment Guide  

An array of happenings for the month of February in and around Northfield including theater, music, food, and other forms of entertainment.