Need some inspiration? Join us July 16th 7-9PM

Special Olympics May 2014 (98)We are very pleased to host a guest speaker this year for our ambassador candidates.  The message is so good we would like to extend the invite to everyone!

Jennifer Grant has a lot of experience working with community programs and knows the work that goes in.  Her message supports young & old  to know and
embrace that they are amazing and their life is a choice.  Since the candidates are also asked to be volunteers in DJJD, she shares a message about service to others and the impact they can have.  The support you give along with your time, passion, and connection is one that will be remembered.

Check out her webpage: or her facebook page “Inspiring Radiance” to learn more about this incredible woman!

Please join us:
When: Wednesday, July 16th 7-9PM
Where:  St. John’s Hall, 500 3rd St W
RSVP requested please!

DJJD Seeking Ambassador Candidates

The Defeat of Jesse James Days Ambassador Committee is seeking new ambassadors to reign over the 2014 DJJD Celebration. The Ambassador Coronation will be held on August 16, 2014 at the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. The Junior Coronation will be held August 9, 2014 at the Weitz Center for Creativity.

Ambassador scholarship candidates must be 17 years of age by July 15, 2014, be unmarried with no children and live or work within the Northfield School District. If chosen, they will receive a Scholarship of $2,000.

Junior ambassador candidates must be age 6-8 by August 9, 2014, and live or have parents who live or work within the Northfield School District. The candidates will spend time volunteering, getting to know the DJJD committee, become more proficient at public speaking and participating in many fun events while gaining new friends. If chosen, the DJJD Ambassadors will spend the next year visiting other communities throughout the state and meet hundreds of people through parades, coronations and other special events gaining valuable friendships, experience and making lifelong memories.

According to Ambassador Scholarship Program Chair Julie Eddy, “This is NOT a beauty pageant or a popularity contest. Our program revolves around volunteerism and developing leaders that will serve as positive role models and be ambassadors for the Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration and Northfield.”

The DJJD Ambassador Scholarship Committee will host an informational meetings for all interested in learning more at 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, June 10th

Wednesday, June 18th at the Northfield Library. Information is also available on our website . For those unable to attend this meeting, you may contact Shelley Brady (952) 237-9281 or Julie Eddy (612) 986-9418.

For Junior Candidates questions you may contact Tina Lemke (612) 227-8845.

, Thursday, June 12th

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Bob Will named 2014 Joseph Lee Heywood distinguished services award recipient

Bob WillThe Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award Recipient is Bob Will. Bob is the 32nd recipient of this very prestigious award that will be given Wednesday September 3, 2014 at the Northfield Ballroom.

Bob Will was born in 1928 in Dousman, Wisconsin to Gena and Irvin Will. His father was the mechanic, farm machinery implement dealer, and chief of the local firehouse. His mother was a school teacher. They were each community organizers and taught their only son about the value of giving to and being a part of a community.

Bob graduated from Hartland High School in 1944 and enlisted in the US Navy. When the war was over, with his Navy footlocker dragged behind him and the GI Bill clutched in his left hand, Bob entered Carleton College in 1946. He left Milwaukee by train and arrived in Northfield at the train depot. Over the course of the next four years Bob would go back and forth to Wisconsin during school breaks, departing and returning through the Northfield train depot. Little did he know that 67 years later Bob would find himself presenting to the Northfield City Council on behalf of the Save the Depot effort.

In 1950, Bob graduated with a BA in Economics and headed east to pursue graduate studies at Yale. He later moved to the town of Amherst to teach at UMass. It was there that he met and fell in love with his future wife, Barbara — a story Bob will have to tell. After their wedding in 1956, the newlyweds packed their worldly belongings into a trailer and drove across the country to the small midwestern town of Northfield. A position in the Economics Department at Carleton College waited for Bob. Barbara wept as they crossed the Hudson, leaving civilization behind, but Bob promised her that if after the three­year contract she wanted to move back east they would.

Clearly, time has shown that in those first three years Northfield proved to be … a special place.

During the early 60’s the Will family grew by three children, Jonathan, Jennifer, and Leslie, and by many pets, Sailor, Asher, Snowball, Wilbur, and Melbourne, which helped to keep the local pet food shop in business. Between his teaching career and family, Bob made time to participate in the community volunteering with their church, the United Way, the Joint Town and Gown Commission, and later the Sister Cities Commission.

Bob taught economics at Carleton for over 30 years. When his son, Jonathan, was asked in his elementary school ‘What does your father do?’ he replied ‘My father teaches people how to think.’ Bob loved teaching. He was born to teach. At the heart of everything he does, is a passion for education, life, and a compassion for people. Professor Will is known and remembered for his closing farewells at the end of every class:   Live a little, laugh a little, love a little, and  Onward and upward with the arts.

After this very healthy “starter career” of teaching at Carleton, Bob retired in 1993. But he is not one to sit for long, he devoted more time to building up his career as a community volunteer. You will find Bob’s mark on organizations like the Northfield Historical Society, Northfield Retirement Community, the Rotary Club of Northfield, the Mayor’s Streetscape Task Force, Northfield Area Foundation/5th Bridge, the Northfield Historic Preservation Commission, and All Saints Episcopal Church.

In 1996, Bob added an entirely new job to his resume, the very rewarding position of Grandfather. In fact, he did such a good job, he received two more grandchildren, proving once again, the more love you give, the more you love you receive.

Bob’s life has always revolved around service: it’s about giving back and building up, about appreciating the past and embracing the future. For over 50 years Bob’s contributions to the Northfield community and dedication to public service in Northfield have been a way of life.

2014 Entertainment Center Lineup

(Bridge Square – Water Street – Big top event tent) – Button required for music acts

66129951Thursday – “Townie Night”

Doors at 5pm. Close: 12:30am. Entertainment 7pm- 11pm – 8th Street Band

Chad Johnson and Russell Franek grew up in Northfield, Mn. They both began playing music at the age of 13, and have been playing ever since! They grew up playing everything from Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, to Tom Petty and the Doors. These days their style is more of a county/Rock mix.


Doors: 4pm.  Close: 1am.  Poprocks 8:45 – 12:45am



Doors: Noon. Close: 1am.  32 Below 9:30 – 1am

32 Below


Open Noon – 6:00 pm

DJ Linda Jean, Prize Drawings and Special Appearance after the Grand Parade by the “Minnesota Pipes & Drums”

The Defeat of Jesse James Days is proud to honor one of our own!

Abby (Brogger) Hoglin - 2014 Aurora, Queen of the Snows, St Paul Winter Carnival

Abby (Brogger) Hoglin – 2014 Aurora, Queen of the Snows, St Paul Winter Carnival

The DJJD Committee invites you to a reception to meet and greet Winter Carnival Queen Abby & the Royal Family

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014
  • 5:00PM – 8:00PM with a program at 6:00pm
  • The Grand Event Center, 316 Washington St, Northfield MN 55057
  • This is open to the public – feel free to spread the word to others!
  • Appetizers provided, cash bar.
  • Please RSVP to Julie Eddy (612) 986-9418 or

2014 Princess for a Day Registration

1970fc2552433154277f3ada1538b63aThe Defeat of Jesse James Days Ambassadors will be hosting its 3rd annual Princess for a Day. The event is for young girls ages 4 through 5th would like to be pampered and have fun with our royal ambassadors and friends on March 15, 2014 from 9:00AM-12:00pm at the Northfield Ballroom. This is a fundraising event to benefit the DJJD Ambassador Scholarship program. The fun morning will allow girls to spend time playing games, making crafts, visiting the Royal Hair & Nail Salon, and have a “royal tea” with the DJJD Ambassadors, while learning how to walk and wave like a princess for a Fashion Show at Noon. Attendees will receive a tiara, sash, royal photo, snack and many prizes. Registration fee is $25 and forms are available at the Northfield Historical Society Museum and by downloading below.

For additional information, contact Andria Schwalbe (952) 847-3324.

Princess for a Day Flyer 2014

Northfield grad and DJJD Committee member crowned Aurora, Queen of the Snows

SnowQueen - Hoglin, AbigailThe Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee is very proud to announce that one of our own has been crowned Aurora, Queen of the Snows, the top royal in the St Paul Winter Carnival court.  Abby Hoglin (Brogger) was crowned by the 2013 Queen Friday night at RiverCenter.

Abby is a 2005 Northfield High School graduate and current member of the DJJD Committee working the VIP Ambassador/Royalty Reception and chaperoning the Jr Ambassadors during the festival.

Abby will tour with the Winter Carnival royalty making a reported 400 plus appearances over the next year. This is Abby’s second run at the crown.



DJJD Donates to Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center

DJJD Gives BackMembers of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee presented Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center with a $2,200 check on Thursday, October 24. The money was the result of fundraising efforts throughout the year with the Tough Enough To Wear Pink program. Tough Enough To Wear Pink is a national rodeo program created to involve the rodeo community in the fight against breast cancer. Fundraising concluded at the three rodeos held over Defeat weekend with the passing of pink donation barrels throughout the rodeo stands. According to the staff at the Breast Care Center, the money will be used to put together pink care bags for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Each bag contains a book, a journal, comfy socks, and a variety of other items that patients might need in their journey. The Committee is proud to support the efforts of the Breast Care Center through the generosity of the citizens of Northfield.

Car Bag

Defeat of Jesse James Days Parade 2013 Judging Results


  • First Place Woodbury Ambassadors
  • Second Place Fridley 49ers Ambassadors
  • Third Place Montgomery Kolacky Days


  • First Place Mill Town Haunt
  • Second Place Northfield High School Cheerleaders
  • Third Place Northfield Arts Guild


  • First Place Edina Realty
  • Second Place MOM Brands
  • Third Place SEMA


  • First Place Schell’s Hobo Band
  • Second Place Brio Brass
  • Third Place St. Olaf Marching Choir


  • First Place Winona High School
  • Second Place Simley High School
  • Third Place St. Peter High School
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