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District Grant supports Cilongo Foundation

Northfield Rotary Club - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:25pm

Northfield Rotary Club secured a District Grant to help Cilongo Foundation ship donated shoes, socks, clothes and backpacks to schools in Democratic Republic of Congo.  After seeing a Star Tribune story on their dilemma, the club contacted Books For Africa to be a partner. Together, we funded a shipping container that 1) got the shoes and goods to Africa, and 2) enabled Books For Africa to ship more books than they otherwise would. Northfield Rotary committed $2,000; Woodbury Rotary contributed $500; and the District matched that with a $2,500 grant.

Cilongo Foundation leader Albert Nyembwe spoke to Northfield Rotary Club on March 5 about the project, and shared photos.

Click here to see the Northfield News story on the grant.

Click to view slideshow.

 

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LBSA Easter Service

Laura Baker Services Association - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:35am

Every year, Laura Baker hosts an Easter service designed for clients, family, and staff and supported by local area churches. It is a short service with client participation and refreshments to follow. This year’s service will be held at Emmaus Church, located at 712 North Linden Street, Northfield, at 6:30 p.m.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.26.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:59am

Today: Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

Birthdays: Earl Crow (3/24) and Yogi (3/27)

Next Week: Kevin Born, Environmental Tillage Systems (R. Lorang)

Last Week:

Here are some fun facts about Guilia Mercanti, our inbound exchange student from Italy.

Fact: She speaks several languages, including French and German.
Fact: She has a twin brother back home in Italy.
Fact: She is afraid of dogs.
Fact: She started ballet lessons at age 4.
Fact: This Italian girl discovered opera in the United States.

Guilia comes from a small town (19,000) 15 minutes from Turin in Italy’s northwest corner. Her father is a finance director for a paper recycling company. Her mother is a marketing manager for a company that makes packaging materials. She has two brothers back home, an older brother who is 21 and her 17-year old twin brother. When Guilia returns home, she will complete one more year of high school. Then she hopes to go on to college, maybe in the United States, to study foreign languages.

She clearly is proud of her home region of Turin, from the art and culture and the local soccer team, Juventus, and a dynamic regional economy that produced Fiat and Vespa. Stunning mountain ranges are located close to her home town, but she prefers the sea shore for relaxation.

Guilia has enjoyed her time in Northfield. She’s found people helpful and supportive. She experienced her first team competition on the high school swim team. She’s seen several theater productions and has taken dance lessons at the Northfield Arts Guild.

She thanked Rotary and her host families for this experience. It has allowed her to experience a different culture and meet people from all over the world.


Mini-Classification:

Judy Brown-Wescott admires those who are dedicated to their work, no matter how big or how small the task. She remembers as a nine-year old girl, watching a woman behind the Woolworth lunch counter take exceeding care to get the egg salad sandwiches she made just right. Judy said she is grateful to have had eight or 10 positions over the course of her professional life that inspired her to do her best work.


Guests: Dan Kelley (Yogi), and members of Guilia’s host families and many, many friends, including several of our next outbound class.

Scholarship Enhancement: Ericka Fredrickson, one of our guests.

Announcements:

— Erica Zweifel reported that the first annual Rotary women’s event was a success. It raised $535 for the skateboard park. Jean Wakely shared her quilt stories with the group.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

April 9 — Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

April 23 — Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

April 30 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retiree Volunteers

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April at the Library

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 7:24pm

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Northfield Hospital Board Meeting - March 19, 2015

League of Women Voters Northfield - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:08am

This Week at the Northfield Hospital Board Meeting

  • Auditor gives NH&C clean bill of health
  • Hospital makes donations to community organizations
  • Medical staff donates $10,000 to Healthfinders
  • Total income negative for February
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TAB's April meeting will be Monday the 6th at 7 pm.

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:55pm
It's time to plan the teen summer reading program.  And to get ready to help the library move to city hall, get ready for the auction and packing up many items to move into storage. 

Exciting times coming up this summer!
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Moving to city hall info-

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:07pm
Yes!! It's happening June 1stThe Northfield Public Library is moving to City Hall.
The MOVE (It’s temporary)¨ The library will be relocated to City Hall from June 1st through the completion  of the NEW RENOVATED LIBRARY in December or January.¨ City Hall is 6 blocks south of the existing library at 801 Washington St.¨ We will not be closing. Library services will continue at city hall.¨ We will be removing all library materials– that’s over 65,000 items.  That’s not including desks, chairs, artwork, computers and shelves.  It’s about 100 pallets or 5 semi loads going into storage.¨ About 9,600 items will move with us to City Hall.  We will still have full access to all our regional library partners materials! It is easy to request items from the other libraries, please ask for a demo.¨ Yes, we will have volunteer opportunities. Watch for dates!¨ The library will be on the second floor. There is an elevator and 2 sets of stairs. It’s great we have a space to move to.
At the temporary Library at city hall there will be:¨ Books for all ages, adults, teens, kids  and babies.¨ DVDs,  Books on CD for all ages.¨ Public computers and printers.¨ Library staff ready to help you.¨ Booker, the book bus will house the summer reading program and will be   LOADED with great books and movies for all ages.¨ Books & Stars, our summer outdoor entertainment series will begin June 10.
Hours etc.Monday  9 am to 6 pm
Tuesday  9 am to 8 pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am to 6 pmSaturday 9 am to 5 pmCity Hall 801 Washington St.Phone 507-645-6606(all the library extensions will follow the staff to the temporary location)
For more info check out the Library’s websitewww.northfieldmn.info


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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.19.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 8:35am

Today: Guilia Mercanti, Inbound Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

Birthdays: Rich Lorang (3/21)

Next Week: Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

Last Week
Ken Drivdahl is not one to sit still. If he’s not biking, he’s skiing. And if he’s not biking or skiing, he is talking about biking or skiing.
Ken was named Nordic Ski coach at Northfield High School two years ago. But his influence on local skiing extends back some 30 years. He is a founding father of the Northfield ski program. He and his wife, Cheryl, started a youth ski league in the 1980s, and they were central to the school district establishing a high school ski program in the 1990s.

He has forged some good partnerships to the benefit of local skiers. Carleton College allows skiers to use the arboretum for ski trails. Ken has an all-volunteer force that keeps the trails groomed. College teams use the trails as do high school skiers and community members.
The high school program has grown in recent years — 54 students participated this year — and it has become more competitive. For the past three years, Northfield has had an entrant in the state meet.

This past year, for the first time, Northfield skiers had a steady diet of good competition week to week. The South Suburban Conference allowed them to participate in competitive meets two or three times a week on exhibition status. The kids can ski, but they will not win. Yet, Ken called it a “giant step” for the program.

Ken has an impressive racing resume of his own. He is a regular entrant in the Birkebeiner, the Vasaloppet and even the 2008 World Cup. He’s pretty good.
Biking is also a passion of Ken’s. He and Cheryl have taken numerous European bike tours, and he started the Northfield Bike Club in the 1980s. He is a man on the move.


Guests: Gary and Sandy Campbell (V. Dilley). Gary is a past District Governor; Sandy is the Country Officer for Croatia for the exchange program.

Scholarship Enhancement: Dave Brown

Announcements:

— Jean Wakely said the Northfield Skateboard Coalition is looking for donations of construction material for the skate park. Jean has a list of their needs if you want to take a look.

— Rick Estenson gave an endorsement to buy and read “The Second Chance,” by Wyatt Harris. Wyatt was adopted from China and raised in Oregon. The book chronicles his search for his biological parents and his adoption story.

— Jim Blaha thanked those who have contributed to helping the Northfield Community Action Center participate in the Northfield Community Solar Garden.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

April 2 — Kevin Born (R. Lorang)

April 9 — Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

April 23 — Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

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Library Pages 2015!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 4:34pm

Applications for Library Pages has closed for the year.  We have 27 super excited kids to begin Spring Training for Library Pages on April 7th.
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AED Training

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:55am

Important Training Update for Ushers, Parish Council, Parish Staff, All Committee
Members and Mass Coordinators, as well as all interested Parishioners…

St. Dominic has an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), located in the social hall, near the kitchen. It is highly recommended that folks in the above groups know how to locate and use this piece of equipment in a cardiac emergency. This is a great time to learn about the updates in CPR.  WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 from 6-7:00pm in the O’Gara Social Hall.

Questions call: Nancy Ludescher, at the Parish Office. 645-8816, ext.203

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Northfield Rotary’s March Madness Fundraiser

Northfield Rotary Club - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:14pm

This year our club has taken on some ambitious local service projects, pledging to give substantial support to Save the Northfield Depot, Rotary Outdoor Musical Playground, and the Skateboard Park.

As a fun way to raise some funds from within the club (and friends and family), we’re launching the first annual Rotary March Madness event.

Check out the rules and all the details at our event page here.

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Northfield Reads

St. Dominic - Church News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:37am

Northfield Reads is a community sponsored gathering for people across the area to come together around a common reading.  The readings are selected to illuminate issues related to human rights.  The goal of this program is to encourage people from diverse corners of our community to meet, to discuss ideas, to share perspectives, to listen to others with openness and respect.  The long term hope is to bring us closer together as a community.

The book selected for this year is Enrique’s Journey.  The book tells of the arduous trip to the US of a Honduran youth in search of his mother who had left years before.  She had gone to the US in search of work to support the children she left behind.  This reading was chosen in response to  the flood of Central American youth into this country last year and to offer insight into the experiences and situations of some within our community.

Northfield Reads is sponsored by: Northfield Human Rights Commission, Northfield Public Library, League of Women Voters, Content Bookstore, Carleton College.  The book is available through both the Library and Content Bookstore.  For more information, contact Corinne Smith or Leah Eby.

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Upcoming Bulletin Deadlines

St. Dominic - Church News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:28am

Please note, due to the Easter holiday, the following deadlines for bulletin materials:

  • March 29 bulletin – deadline noon, Wednesday, March 18
  • April 5 bulletin – deadline noon, Thursday, March 26

 

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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.12.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:18am

Today: Ken Drivdahl, Life of a Skier and Cyclist (Madigan)

Birthdays: Bob Will, the reigning Joseph Lee Heywood Award winner, (3/8) and Jim Herreid (3/10)

Next Week: Guilia Mercanti, Inbound Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

Last Week

Albert Nyembwe is a grateful man, an inspiring man, a man who puts service above self.

He is the face of Cilongo Foundation, a nonprofit that supports education for children living in Africa and Haiti. Operating from his home in the Twin Cities, his aim is to provide school children with the tools they need to acquire an education, to have life choices and to have a voice in their communities.

“Education is the way out of poverty,” he says.

His philanthropy has touched the lives of children in Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Sierre Leone, Kenya, Zambia and Haiti. Since 2006, he has been sending them financial support, books, school supplies, backpacks, bicycles, PCs and shoes. The shoes have special meaning for Albert. They speak to his own life story. When he was a boy growing up, he walked 45 minutes to school each day….without shoes. He knows how challenging that can be, and he wants to remove that barrier for others.

Albert began this work when he immigrated to the United States. First, he sent support to his family back in The Congo. Then, the mission broadened to include friends, friends of friends and then an ever-expanding circle of service.

Our club learned of his work last year and secured a district grant to help ship donated shoes, socks, clothes and backpacks to schools in Democratic Republic of Congo. We also partnered with Books For Africa on the shipping, which allowed for more books to be sent. Northfield Rotary committed $2,000 for the project; Woodbury Rotary contributed $500; and the district matched that with a $2,500 grant.

If you are interested in continuing to support Albert’s work, you can donate by going to:
Cilongo Foundation

PO Box 490602

Blaine, MN 55449

www.cilongo.org


Mini Classification

Since we last heard from Betsy Spethmann, she is fully immersed in writing and editing projects. She has nine on her plate at this time. But the rest of her life — by the numbers — goes like this: 17 years in Northfield, 2 children, 36 years with her husband, the aforementioned 9 active projects, 2,000 dollars donated by our club to the Cilongu Foundation, and 700 pairs of shoes delivered to children in the Congo.


Condolences:

Diet Prowe, Peggy’s husband, died Saturday, March 7, at the age of 74. He taught modern European history at Carleton College for 42 years. He is survived by Peggy; two children, Derek and Freya; and five grandchildren. A memorial service for Diet will be held during Carleton’s Alumni Reunion on Friday, June 19, at 9:30 a.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Guests: Leah Rich (Rich), Patrick Plonski of Books For Africa (Cogan/Maus)

Scholarship Enhancement: Lydia

Announcements:

— The Rotary Clothing Incentive has been extended. Many have taken advantage of it. A gift of $100 to the Rotary Foundation qualifies one to wear the Rotary colors.

— The club will offer its own NCAA basketball pool as a fundraiser to replace the youth basketball tournament of yore. It will be an online event. All are encouraged to participate and to extend the invitation to friends and family. The winner will receive half of the proceeds and a call from the Minnesota Attorney General.

—There will be a Rotary Women’s Event at Community Resource Bank Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A $15 donation is recommended. Proceeds will go to the skate park. For more information, see Jean Wakely.

— Friends and family will gather Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Northfield Golf Course, 707 Prairie St., to remember Ken Bank, former President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics and a former member of this club.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

March 26 — Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

April 2 — Kevin Born (R. Lorang)

April 9 — Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

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Thank You!

Friends of Way Park - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:11am
Thank you to everyone that came out to "It's Jazz and Desserts"! We hope that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the music and desserts. Thank you for all the amazingly generous donations towards the Kids' Musical Plaza. Your support means everything to the continued success of Way Park. A special thank you to Dave Hagedorn, Eric Hanson, and Kevin Clemens (and expected guest Bat) for your Edward Smithhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12993394011213644693noreply@blogger.com0
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Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival

Northfield Arts Town - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 3:28pm

Every other year Northfield High School stages an epic musical production called Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival. This year it takes place from March 6–14 at the middle school auditorium, and as is always the case, the entire run is sold out. If you can get your hands on a ticket, or if you’re lucky enough to have one, you’ll see a production unlike anything you’d expect from a cast of 14 to 18-year-olds. The production’s 105 singers, dancers, and musicians deliver 32 rock-solid songs that span over 70 years of popular music, from the Andrews Sisters to Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Seriously, it is EPIC. Catch it if you can.

Performances are 7:30 pm on Friday–Saturday, March 6–7 and 13–14, 3 pm on Sunday, March 8, and 7 pm on Thursday, March 12.

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The Arts Guild Presents Oliver!

Northfield Arts Town - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 12:12pm

The Northfield Arts Guild presents Oliver! Based on the Charles Dicken’s novel Oliver Twist, this musical theater classic is fun for the whole family! Come along on the exciting adventures of Oliver, a boy trying to survive on the streets of London early in the twentieth century.  Audiences will recognize the beautiful and often touching score, including the musical theater classics “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” and “Where Is Love?”.

Dates: April 17-19, 23-26, and May 1-2, 2015
Times: Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm
Venue: Arts Guild Theater
Tickets: $18 Adults, $13 Students and Seniors, available at northfieldartsguild.org

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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.05.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:18pm

Today: Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

Birthdays: Pat O’Neill (3/5) and Mark Quinnell (3/7)

Next Week: Ken Drivdahl, Life of a Skier and Cyclist (Madigan)

Last Week

Philipy is clearly a great ambassador for his home country of Brasil and a great promoter of all things Brasilian.

He knows of what he speaks. He was born in Itabira, Minas Gerais, Brasil in 1997.

His hometown is known for mining, architecture, coffee and poetry. It was home to Carlos Drummond, who is considered one of the most influential Brasilian poets of the 20th century.

Brasil has 202 million people spread across 8.5 million square kilometers. It is the largest country in South America. The capital is Brasilia. Portuguese is the common language, but it incorporates native Tupi language so it is different from what you would hear in Portugal.

Philipy shared examples of Brasil’s food and wildlife. He noted that avocado is considered a dessert item there, usually mixed with sugar. He shared a dynamic promotional video titled “Why to Come to Brasil,” which featured surfing, boating, fishing, beaches, waterfalls, wildlife, the Amazon, Cities, adventure, soccer, and carnival.


Mini Classification

Mark Quinnell is the quintessential “townie.” Except for a two-month furlough, he has lived all of his life in Northfield. He and his wife, Susan, have two grown children. Emily, 27, a former Rotary Exchange student, lives in Madison, Wis. and works as a child protection officer. Evan, 22, is working with a non-profit in Ecuador, teaching English among other things. They both graduated from St. Olaf College.

Mark has been a State Farm insurance agent in Northfield for 23 years. He took over his father’s agency after his father died. Mark is an Ole, but has high regard for Carleton College. He is a past president of Rotary and remains involved with our youth exchange program.


Guests: It would be easier to list who wasn’t there. Philipy had a huge following.

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Blaha

Announcements:

— Reminder that the Rotary Clothing Incentive has been extended. Many have taken advantage of it.

— Bob Will reported that Jessie Diggins, who visited the club a while back looking for sponsorship, took second in the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Norway. She is first American woman to ever medal at the World Championships.

— Barry Carlson announced a fundraiser for the Musical Plaza at Way Park will be held at First UCC Church, 300 Union, Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. It is called “Jazz and Desserts.”

—There will be a Rotary Women’s Event at Community Resource Bank Sunday, March 15, 11-1. A $15 donation is recommended. Proceeds will go to the skate park. For more information, see Jean Wakely.

— Friends and family will gather Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Northfield Golf Course, 707 Prairie St., remember Ken Bank, former President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics and a former member of this club.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, Inbound Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

March 26 — Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

April 2 — Kevin Born (R. Lorang)

April 9 — Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (Pat and Dawn O’Neill)

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

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