Youth Alive Fall Kickoff

St. Dominic - Church News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:03am

Calling all youth grades 6-12!

Sunday September 21st at 12 noon – 3pm, Youth Alive will meet at the Red Barn of Northfield for the best handmade, brick oven cooked pizza around!  We’ll top off the pizza with ice cream bars and Bingo (with prizes of course!)

Please bring $5 to defer the cost of the pizza, a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and a parent if they’d like to chaperone.

Any questions???  Contact Allyson Bernstorf at 507-664-9638 or

Deb Ulve at 402-290-3381

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Rotary Cogwheel | 09.18.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:50pm

Today:Jesse Streitz and His Cross Country Bike Tour (Williams)

Birthdays: Chris Weber (9/15)

Next Week: Matt Hillmann, Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools, (Lawlor)

Last Week:

Susan Tarkowski, Vice President of Students and Academic Affairs at South Central College, said partnerships are essential to preparing students for the 21st century world of work.

Higher education needs to be relevant, affordable and tailored to the needs of the students, she said. And that requires collaboration with public education, business and industry.

“Those kinds of relationships are more and more critical to the things that we do,” she said.

Susan is new to South Central as of last February, but not new to higher education. She’s spent 35 years in higher ed, the last 17 in administration.

She said educators see a growing need to prepare students for “gold collar” jobs. The worker of the future will need to integrate head and hands to do their work. They will need to be good communicators, critical thinkers and problem-solvers. They will need to have cross-functional knowledge of the workplace.

South Central has worked hard to smooth students’ transition from high school to college. Sue said the faculty has redesigned remedial courses to better align with high school achievement standards.

She also noted the important role played by college advisory committees. This is where schools learn what students need to succeed in the workplace, she said.


Chris Richardson By the Numbers:

Age – 66; Years in Education – 45; Years as Superintendent – 35; Years in Northfield – 10; Children – 2; Wife, 1, Joyce. He said Northfield is a great community with a great school system. He feels privileged to be able to work with the faculty and staff at Northfield Public Schools.

Paul Harris Recognition:

Jim Pokorney was recognized for his three Paul Harris Fellowships. David Brown did the honors.

LastWeek’s Guests:  Karen Allawala (Taylor); Shari Holman and Phillipe (former exchange student) V. Dilly; and our new exchange students: Marcelo (Brazil), Philipy (Peru), Giulia (Italy) and Lydia (Feroe Islands).

Scholarship Enhancement: Keith “The Mayor” Covey


Chris Heineman, chair of the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour, pronounced the event a success. With 1,011 riders, the event grossed $47,000. All expenses have all been submitted, but he predicts a good net for the weekend. He thanked the 50 Rotary members and the 100 other volunteers who helped with the event.

Jean Wakely has a number of lost items from the bike tour. She has jackets, shoes, gloves. Fortunately, no bikers. If anyone is missing something, check with Jean.

Kurt Larson said it is time to talk turkey. The Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is next on our agenda. Kurt is interested in expanding the circle of corporate donors. If your company or a company you work with is a potential donor, see him.

President-elect Russ Halverson invited members to check their information on the web site member directory. If changes are necessary, you can correct them online.

Brad Frago, our Youth Protection Officer, reminds members to consider becoming a “certified volunteer.” Club members and others who participate in Rotary youth activities and have significant interaction with youth must be certified. Only 21 club members are currently certified. It is an easy online process. Here is the link:

Our Rotary Club will be supplying volunteers for Thursday’s Table November 13. If you can help, see Jacob Conway.

If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know.  We have many openings for future programs.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:
Oct. 2 — Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop owner (TBD)
Oct. 9 — Inbound Exchange Student (V. Dilley)
Oct. 16 — Ramiz Allawala, Wellstone Leadership Training (Taylor)

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Sermon 9/14/14

First United Church of Christ - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:32pm

Read Pastor Todd’s sermon, Leaving Home (Genesis 12:1-9), here. Audio here.

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Sermon 9/7/14

First United Church of Christ - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:43am

Read Pastor Abby’s sermon, Rainbows (Genesis 6: 16-22; 9: 8-15), here. Apologies, no audio this week.

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Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:24pm
Sorry– no Infant Lapsit Tuesday 9/16! (Kathy has Jury Duty!) Please come in and play!! 

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Cub Scout Registration

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:02pm

Pack 300, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, is looking for new boys, grades K-5, to join in the adventure of scouting.  Register online at or at St. Dominic School on Thursday, September 18 between 7-8 PM.  New members receive a free rocket.  For more information contact Cubmaster Dale Brown at

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New Fiction Titles

Northfield Reader's Corner - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:40pm
Are you looking for new fiction titles?  See below for some suggestions of books I enjoyed.

The Wives of Los Alamos  by Tarashea Nesbit.  2014
      This novel is written in a collective voice, representing all the women of the physicists who worked at Los Alamos, on the atomic bomb.  The wives were not allowed to know what their husbands were working on.  Families were isolated from much of society.  They were not allowed to visit their families elsewhere, nor were their families allowed to visit them.  The wives came from all  over the country and the world.  The narrator reveals that they did not always agree on things, and had different ways of looking at their lives.  However, it is clear that there were strong bonds because the women needed to rely on each other for several years, without the support of family networks or other social networks.  They raised their children and tried to cook decent meals in spite of rationing, and tried to keep their homes as nice as possible, although their were many problems.  The narrator reveals how all the women changed to deal with the situations at Los Alamos.   By the end, it is clear to the reader that the project was the creation of the atomic bomb. The novel describes the various reactions of the scientists and families when they hear reports of the atomic bomb maiming and killing so many civilian Japanese.  Well written, and an interesting historical novel.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen.  2014
     Well known photographer Rebecca Winter moves out of her New York City apartment and  into a small cottage, in order to rent out her apartment and try and cover her finances, including her mother's nursing home bills.  Her twenty-something son Ben, does not realize how poor she has become.  She hasn't produced anything new in years.  She begins a relationship with a roofer, Jim.
who gets a raccoon out of her house.  She is unaware that he has a mentally sister, and the photography project that gets her reestablished is connected to his sister.  In the end, pieces of her life are brought together.  Wonderfully written, with unique chapter headings.

A Star For Mrs. Blake by April Smith.  2014
      This novel is a WWI follow up story, set in 1931.  Cora Blake lives in Deer Isle, Maine, and lost her son, Sammy, in the war.  She has been selected as a Gold Star Mother - one of the mothers who will travel to France to see her son's burial site.  The U.S. government spent over $1 million to give mothers who lost sons the opportunity to go to England and France.  Cora corresponds with the other mothers before the trip, and discovers that they all come from different backgrounds - Bobbie, a wealthy woman; Katie, an Irish immigrant who worked for women like Bobbie; Minne, a Jewish immigrant, and Wilhellma, married to a famous architect who has declared her legally insane because of her grief.  The group is accompanied by Thomas Hammond, a young military man who comes rom a long military family, and Lily, a nurse assigned to the group.
      As different as the women are, they have all lost their sons, and must grapple with feelings of what did they die for.  There is reference to the Depression and a possible second world war coming. 
They meet a writer, who has been badly injured in the war and must wear a face mask.   The women find out more about their sons lives, themselves,  and each other on the trip.  There are good descriptions of ordinary women being exposed to travel, new events, and worlds they had never experienced, while dealing with their grief.   The author found a great entry in the aftermath of World War I, and poses questions about patriotism and the waste of human lives in war.


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Rotary Cogwheel | 09.11.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:37pm

Today: Dr. Susan Tarnowski, Vice President of Students and Academic Affairs, South Central College (C. Richardson)

Birthdays: Therese Whitesong (9/9)

Next Week: Jesse Streitz and His Cross Country Bike Tour (Williams)

Last Week:

We had a bike tour. More to come.

Bob Will honored
Bob Will’s life-long commitment to community service was recognized last week during Defeat of Jesse James Days. The committee honored him with the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award.

Scott Richardson, among others, paid tribute to Bob at the banquet Sept. 3. Here are excerpts of his remarks.

“What can I say about Bob Will that he hasn’t already told us? I mean the man has a true gift for gab.

“Every time he would get up at Rotary to invite our support for the Paul Harris Foundation, we knew we could settle in for a somewhat elliptical rhetorical excursion reminding us of the benefits — both personal and humanitarian — of supporting  Rotary’s work across the globe. We came to know these periodic reminders as the Bob Will Parables. There was always a method to his madness and always a moral to the story or a nugget of wisdom to be mined….”

“Bob comes by the philanthropic impulse honestly. He watched his parents invest their time and energy in improving the small Wisconsin town where Bob was raised.

And he does it not out of duty, but out of his own reservoir of goodwill and generosity. He calls it Happy Duty and he does it with a nod of the head, a sly smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He is a disarming, but effective community leader.”

Last Week’s Guests:  Many, many bike tour volunteers. Thank you one and all for helping make this event happen.

Scholarship Enhancement: We were so wound up about the bike tour that we ran right by this. Maybe it’s double or nothing today.

First Job:

Chris Richardson detailed cars for $2 an hour and turned heads driving a pink Caddie convertible through the Iowa countryside.


Dana Norvold, a member of the order, is celebrating the birth of a baby boy.

Bob Coonley, a past member of the club, died August 21. He was 89.
Bob made a career of advertising, marketing and public relations. He worked for Omar Bakeries, Archer Daniel Midland, E.F. Johnson Co., and Northwestern Bell Telephone. He and his wife, Phyllis, raised their three children in Hopkins. In retirement, they split their time between Pelican Lake, and Cathedral City, California, before relocating to Northfield.

Our Rotary Club will be supplying volunteers for Thursday’s Table, tonight and November 13. If you can help, see Jacob Conway.

Tuesday evening, the Board of Directors heard presentations from six local community groups that are seeking financial support from the club. The board will make a recommendation today. The groups are: Save the Depot, Skate Board Coalition, Northfield Public Library, musical playground, bike trails and Habitat for Humanity.

If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know.  We have many openings for future programs.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:
Sept. 25 – Matt Hillmann Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools (Lawlor)
Oct. 2 — Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop owner (TBD)
Oct. 9 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)

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Joseph Hruza Obituary

St. Dominic - Church News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:29am

Joseph Robert Hruza was born February 6, 1930, at Lonsdale, Minnesota, to Joseph A. and Phoebe (Dvorak) Hruza. He was born and raised on a farm south of Lonsdale and was baptized at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. When he was 8 years old he moved with his family to Faribault and 3 years later to Northfield. He graduated from Northfield High School in 1949 and joined the National Guard. In 1951, he enlisted in the US Army and served in the Korean Conflict with two of his brothers. Joe married Marian Malecha on July 19, 1952, and after marriage they made their home in Northfield. Marian passed away on August 16, 1976. He was the LP Gas Manager for Midland Cooperative in Northfield until retiring in the mid 1980′s. Following retirement he spent his summers at Lake of the Woods and his winters in Texas.

Joe was a member of the Church of St. Dominic, Northfield VFW, Northfield American Legion and College City Coin Club. He loved to fish, golf, collect coins and visit with friends. He was kind, generous, outgoing and loved his family dearly.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law; Karyn and Steve Richardson of Clermont, Florida; his granddaughter, Savannah S. Richardson; 2 brothers: George (Marlene) of St. Paul, Bob (Sharon) of Northfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his sisters Betty Marko, Philomena Hruza and Mary Hanson, and his brothers Frank, John and Tom.

Joe passed away with his family by his side on Monday, September 8, 2014, in Tavares, Florida, at the age of 84.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00AM, Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with Fr. Dennis Dempsey officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Northfield. Pallbearers will be Gordy Carpenter, Mark Kimber, Larry Marko, Mark Nordahl, Bill Parsons and Brian Paulson. Visitation will be 4-7PM, Thursday, September 11, 2014, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and at church on Friday one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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Fun with Summer Buddies

Laura Baker Services Association - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:54pm

Some fun things happened over the summer with Girl Scout Troop 25258 and their girlfriends at Lincoln House! Over the course of three months, they did several crafts together and also went on a scavenger hunt that lead them to visit the neighbors. They are going on 6 years of friendship, and it’s fun to see these 10 year old girls grow up with these wonderful ladies!

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North by Northfield Music Festival

Northfield Arts Town - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 4:46pm

Northfield will add another reason to claim the title of “Music City, Minnesota” when it hosts a three-day festival this weekend, September 12–14. Bands from Chicago to Seattle will join their Minnesota label mates for the first-ever NORTH BY NORTHFIELD music festival, featuring the music of artists on the town’s four independent recording labels—Bank Raid Records, Broke Folk Records, Plastic Horse Records, and Rice County Records.

All shows will take place at The Chapel, an “occasional venue” above a downtown storefront. The space is named for its gorgeous, sanctuary-like sound qualities, and known for presenting nationally-touring independent artists in an intimate, all-ages-welcome setting. Tickets can be purchased in advance as either single-day or all-festival passes, with significant discounts for students.

The event kicks off at 7 pm on Friday, Sept. 12 with four Minnesota bands: The Liberty Orchestra, Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders, Charley Markson & The Cutters, and Wesley Church & The Fabulous Vanguards.

Music resumes at 2 pm Saturday and features The Holy Broke (Spokane), Richard Album & The Singles (Chicago), Wildcat Choir (Seattle), and local artists Little Omar, The Basements, Chili Dog & Fozzy Bear, and El Triunfo.

Sunday’s music begins at 6 pm, and includes a set from Washington state’s Valley Fair (pictured above), plus three more Minnesota acts—Helen Forsythe, Dewi Sant, and The Favourite Child.

North by Northfield is a production of Rocking Horse Touring & Promotion. Find more information at

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Women’s Bible Study

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 2:58pm

Whether this is your first time or tenth time, come join us!  We will be studying “Living Beyond Yourself: Explorng the Fruit of the Spirit” Saturday mornings from 7-9 AM, beginning on September 20th.  Please contact Kristen Craft at 645-7076 or by September 14 to order a workbook.

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St. Dominic - Church News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 3:41pm

The ancient practice combining relaxation and exercise, called Yoga has been popular in recent years for stress relief, pain management and overall wellness.  St. Dominic’s popular class will be continuing on this fall on Thursdays, Sept.11 through Oct. 9, 2014, from 7:00-8:00pm.   Beginners are welcome to sign up.  Comfortable clothing and a yoga mat are recommended.  Class fee is approx. $30.00 for this five week, one hour-session, class.  Registration is REQUIRED, due to space limitations. Location will be Heartwork Yoga Studio.  Payment (checks to Heartwork Yoga Studio) is due at the Parish Office by Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Call Nancy Ludescher, Parish Nurse at 645-8816, ext. 203 – leave your phone number or email address.

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Hey middle schoolers! We need your input!!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:04pm
Please contact Kathy Ness if you're interested.
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Northfield Hospital Board Meeting - August 28, 2014

League of Women Voters Northfield - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:49am

This Week at the Northfield Hospital Board Meeting

  • The Board held a one hour closed session to discuss strategic issues affecting the Hospital’s market position, as permitted by Minnesota law.
  • The July and first 7 months financial reports show strong positive results.
  • Assessment of Clinic Services indicates strong need to expand hours of operation and medical staff.
  • The Board approved constructing a hospital addition and remodeling of existing Clinic space, subject to City council approval.
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Made a Donation to the Skateboard Coalition

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 7:00pm
Secure online donations can be made with a credit card through Donations go to Northfield HCI, the Coalition's fiscal agent, but will be designated for the Skateboard Coalition. Donations are tax-deductible. Click HERE to make an online donation.

Donations toward the construction of the skateboard park can also be made by sending a check made out to "Northfield HCI" with "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line. Send your donations to:

Northfield HCI  
1651 W. Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS128  
Northfield, MN 55057-2760 
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