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

What’s Happening Today??!! (Sunday)

  • 337117_10151103295043963_1903326562_oJesse James 5K & 15K runs National Guard Armory. Registration: 6:30-7:30 a.m. (run begins at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Antique tractor pull Registration: 7:00 a.m. Tractor Pull at 9:00 a.m. Jeese James Arena, Hwy 3 South BUTTON EVENT
  • VFW breakfast 7:30-11:00 a.m. Children under 10 $4, Adults $8
  • Northfield Dance academy performance 11:55 a.m. Division Street
  • Royalty Reception 10:00 a.m. Northfield High School
  • Craft Show 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Central Park, 4th & Winona Streets
  • Carnival Highway 3 & 5th Street Noon-6:00 p.m.
  • Bingo on Bridge Square Noon-8:00 p.m.
  • Entertainment Center Noon-6:00 p.m. 5th & Water Streets. DJ Linda Jean, Prize Drawings and Special Appearance after the Grand Parade by the “Minnesota Pipes & Drums”
  • Grand Parade 2:00 p.m. Division Street


Bank Raid Re-Enactments ASL interpreted: Friday 6:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.,
Sunday 11:00 a.m., Spanish interpreted: Friday 7:00 p.m.
BUTTON EVENT = Buttons required for bleacher seating 408 Division Street
Friday 7:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 p.m.,
Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Limited bleacher seating available for 12:30 raid)

Northfield Historical Society Bank Site & Museum
408 Division Street 507-645-9268,
See website for admission prices.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Defeat of Jesse James Days RODEO
Friday, September 6, 8:00 p.m. • Saturday, September 7, 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Reserved tickets available at Dokmo Ford-Chrysler, Hwy 3 S., 645-4478.
General admission tickets available at EconoFoods, 601 Division St.
General admission parking at MOM Brands (Malt-O-Meal), Hwy. 19.
Free shuttle service every 20 minutes from MOM parking to rodeo.
Limited general admission parking at rodeo site.
Professional Rodeo At Its Best!

What’s Happening Today??!! (Saturday)

  • bf386618e3ac549d65edbe3a730d2788Bank Raid Re-Enactments, Division Street. 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm
  • Jesse James Bike Tour Northfield Middle School. Registration, 6:30 a.m. More info
  • Soap Box Derby Registration 8:30 a.m., Race begins 10:00 a.m. 3rd & Orchad St. (Longfellow School). More info,
  • Defeat of Jesse James Days Car Show. Sundowner Car Club 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Riverside Park. Admission: $2, 15 and under free with paid adult BUTTON EVENT
  • Craft Show 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central Park, 4th & Winona Streets
  • Arts & Crafts Show 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Northfield Arena, Highway 3 South Homemade Crafts/Free Drawings/Concessions
  • Kiddie Parade 9:30 a.m. 6th & Division Streets. Entertainment following parade – Paul Spring 10:00 a.m. 200 Division Street (In front of KYMN Radio)
  • Northfield Arts Guild riverfront arts festival 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Cannon River Walkway
  • Carnival Highway 3 & 5th Street, 11:00 a.m.
  • Northfield Dance academy performance. 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Division Street
  • Bingo on Bridge Square Noon-Midnight
  • Entertainment Center Noon-1:00 a.m. 5th & Water Streets. Prize Drawings 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m. BUTTON EVENT
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment BUTTON EVENT. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment BUTTON EVENT
  • 8:45 p.m.-12:45 a.m. “Sweet Siren” BUTTON EVENT
  • Vintage baseball 1:00 p.m. Northfield Silverstars vs. St. Croix. Base Ball Club (1870 Rules), 7th St. E. (Old Memorial Field)
  • P.R.C.A. Professional Rodeo. 2:00 p.m. Jesse James Arena, Highway 3 South. General Admission: Adult $12, Child $8 (ages 4-12), Under 3 Free
  • Vaudvesque. 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Tickets $10.00,
  • Western Style Steak Fry Northfield Cannon Valley Lions. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Jesse James Arena, Highway 3 South
  • Sneaky Pete’s garden tractor pull. 6:00-9:30 p.m. Division Street, BUTTON EVENT. Participant Registration 4:30 p.m., Off Lawn $10, Other $15
  • P.R.C.A. Professional Rodeo 8:00 p.m. Jesse James Arena, “Tough enough to wear pink” Night A fundraiser for Northfield Hospital’s Breast Cancer Center, wear pink, donate and show your support. Highway 3 South. Reserved: $14; General Admission: Adult $12, Child $8 (ages 4-12), Under 3 Free


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