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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.08.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 1:02pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 8, 2016

Today: Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)

Birthdays: John Ehresmann (12/4), Alan Anderson (12/5), Jim Holden (12/6) and Jim Pokorney (12/7)

Next Week: Dinner at the Dome (Estenson)

Last Week:
John Ehresmann does not court disaster, but he is quick to respond when one occurs.

After retiring from his Northfield dental practice in 2011, John became a trained volunteer for American Red Cross, first providing damage assessment and now disaster services technology (DST) when duty calls. In five short years, he has seen it all — hurricanes, floods, mudslides, tornadoes, and wild fires — all of the ones we read about in the national news.

The Red Cross is mandated by Congress to provide food and shelter for victims of natural disasters with privately-raised funds. Volunteers, like John, are asked to deploy on a moment’s notice. He has the option of declining an assignment, but if he says “yes,” he needs to go now. A supportive spouse, like John’s wife, Gretchen, is key to his volunteer career. He said he couldn’t do it without her.

Red Cross assignments offer long hours and Spartan living; they put a premium on the resourcefulness of volunteers to make equipment work in all kinds of settings.

A financial donation is the best way to support Red Cross’s work, John said. Cash instead of in-kind services or goods gives clients some control over lives that have been turned upside down.

Mini-Classification:
Richard Maus has lived with polio all of his life. He contracted it at four months of age. Over a period of 16 years, he had multiple surgeries and logged some 900 days in the hospital. He documented his experience in a book called “The Lucky One.”

Richard went on to have a 30-year career as a math instructor. He also worked for a period of eight years in the computer software industry. He is just now finishing a new book called “Faith Enterprise,” which reflects on his experience with the Catholic faith.

Marston Headley Award
Matthew Rich was named this year’s recipient of the Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. He was recognized for his ongoing efforts to support the work of the club. Matthew has served on the board and is a past president. He has stepped up to serve on the bike tour and Turkey Trot committees. He also is a very successful recruiter of new members.

Besides his Rotary work, he has served on the board of directors for HealthFinders and the Community Action Center, and he is involved in Northfield Sertoma, Connected Kids and Emmaus Baptist Church. Thanks for all you do, Matthew.

Guests: Gretchen Ehresmann (Ehresmann)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Brown

Announcements:
Rob Bierman reported that the Turkey Trot was a great success. Final numbers are not yet in, but he believes we had a record number of runners, a record number of food donations and a record net profit. He thanked those who worked on the planning of the event and those who volunteered their time Thanksgiving morning. He also thanked Carleton for making the Weitz Center available to us. 

Congratulations Rotarians. In two short weeks, we raised $5,000 for the new Northfield Public Library’s bookmobile. The club contributed $2,500 from the club budget and individual members donated the other $2,500. Our total contribution will qualify for an additional match from a gift to the Friends of the Library. Besides the satisfaction that comes from supporting an important community literacy asset, Rotary will have its logo prominently displayed on the vehicle. A big thanks goes to Chris Weber for his creative financing for this project.

Rotary is responsible for Meals-On-Wheels delivery the first two weeks of January. See Lynne Pederson if you can help.

David Brown pointed out that we now have 79 Paul Harris fellows among our active membership. We have also contributed $272,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Both are club records.

Rachel Estrella had a baby boy recently.

Start going through your closets to find your “ugliest” winter sweater. President Lasswell is inviting us to show off our most garish or misguided threads at our meeting December 22.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford, Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

December 22 — Santa Visits Rotary

December 29 — No Meeting

January 5 — Darcy Ellarby, Dakota Curling Club (D. Hanson)

January 12 —

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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.01.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:13am

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 1, 2016

Today: John Ehresmann, My Red Cross Experiences (Prichard)

Birthdays: Kim Briske (11/22), Art Monaghan (11/25), Matt Hillmann (11/29), and Chris Kennelly (12/1).

Next Week: Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)

Last Week:
If you are a life-long learner and your birthdays number somewhere north of 50, check out the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium.

Now approaching its 20th anniversary, the self-organized and self-sustaining educational consortium offers between 35 and 40 courses each year to some 700 seniors citizens, broadly defined. Jerry Mohrig, retired Carleton College chemistry professor and now board chair, and Rick Noer, retired Carleton College physics professor and now executive director, said the collegium provides a high-quality academic experience. Many of the instructors are retired professors from St. Olaf College and Carleton College. They know of what they speak. But moreover, the instructors are known for great communication skills and a passion for their subject.

The collegium offers 13 courses, mostly of the liberal arts variety, twice a year in eight-week terms. Classes meet at various sites, including the senior center, churches, and retirement-living settings. Most classes have 15 to 20 students. The cost is $50 a class.

Jerry said successful aging depends on a healthy brain. The collegium is designed to provide a place where people can feed their curiosity and stay in the learning posture. And, Jerry says, it is a place to meet new and interesting people.

A local grant and grants from the Minnesota Humanities Commission were used to launch the venture, but now the collegium covers costs with tuition and an annual fundraising appeal. Rick said the collegium’s future is bright.

The collegium is a real asset for the community, he said, contributing to Northfield’s quality of life and giving retirees another reason to move here.

Guests: Max Melberg (Heilman) and Mikayla Fischer (Achinson)

Scholarship Enhancement: “The Mayor” Keith Covey

Announcements:
In an effort to support Northfield Public Library’s new bookmobile, our Literacy Committee is challenging members to match a $2,500 club donation with $2,500 of individual contributions from members. Our total contribution would also qualify for an additional match from a gift to the Friends of the Library. Chris Weber is leading this initiative. Look for more on this in coming weeks.

At the recent District dinner celebrating the Paul Harris Foundation centennial, Northfield was recognized for its efforts in support of Polio Plus.

Start going through your closets to find your “ugliest” winter sweater. President Lasswell is inviting us to show off our most garish or misguided threads at our meeting December 22.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford, Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

December 15 — TBA

December 22 — Santa Visits Rotary

December 29 — No Meeting

January 5 — Darcy Ellarby, Dakota Curling Club (D. Hanson)

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The Northfield School District seeks your input

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 7:52am

The Northfield Public Schools want to hear from you! Share your anonymous feedback with district leaders through this ThoughtExchange between now and December 7.

Thanks for reading and for sharing this with others in your network!

Greetings,

Northfield Public Schools would like to hear what you think about our schools and to better understand what is important to you, both in our schools and in the District.

Thoughtexchange is an online learning process that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in our District. This process enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities.

There are three steps that you are invited to participate in:

1.   SHARE – answer open-ended questions about education in our schools
2.   STAR – review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best
3.   DISCOVER – learn what is important to the community as a whole

The SHARE step is now open through December 7, and we encourage you to join the conversation. Parents with children in Northfield Public Schools received an email inviting them to participate.

If you are not a parent and would like to participate, or if you are a parent but haven’t received an invitation email click the button below:

or email jointheconversation@northfieldschools.org to be added to the ThoughtExchange process.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Sincerely,
Matt Hillmann, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Northfield Public Schools

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Rotary Cogwheel | 11.17.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 5:00pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 17, 2016

Today: Rick Noer and Jerry Mohrig, Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (Madigan)

Birthdays: Matthew Rich and Jim Prichard (11/17) and Teresa Jensen (11/19)

Next Week: Turkey Trot. All hands on deck.

Last Week:

Tri-City Bridges to the Future is a regional collaborative designed to help disadvantaged youth get traction on their path toward careers or post-secondary education. Sonji Davis of Workforce Development, Inc., the project’s lead agency, and Anne Marie Leland of Faribault Public Schools Community Services, one of the collaborating agencies, were on hand to tell us about this new initiative.

A three-year matching grant of $579,000 from Youthprise, an affiliate of the McKnight Foundation, will help some 85 youth, ages 14 to 24, from Northfield, Faribault and Red Wing receive intensive training, mentoring and counsel. The project is aimed at youth who are at high risk of failing to reach high school graduation and who need social support to develop and achieve their goals. Candidates include those in foster care, homeless youth and some who are clients of the criminal justice system.

Workforce Development is providing the mentors, but it will rely on the other involved entities to help identify and connect with students. The Northfield and Faribault school districts, and specifically the area learning centers and adult basic education programs within them, will serve as important sources.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative wrote the grant for the project and serves as the collaborative’s fiscal agent. Participating organizations are Faribault Public Schools, Northfield Public Schools, the Red Wing Juvenile Facility, Riverland Community College, South Central Community College, Minnesota State College — Southeast Technical, Rice County Family Services Collaborative and more than 20 local businesses and organizations.

Sonji said the collaboration is real. A leadership circle with representatives from participating agencies “guide” the project. Meaningful systems change to help these youth is always top of mind.

Tri-City Bridges is looking for community partners to broaden its reach. If you are interested in helping with anything from being a guest speaker, mock interviewer or career panelist, hosting a business tour or intern/apprentice, contact Sonji or Anne.

Mini-Classification:
Virginia Kaczmarek has been a Rotarian for 13 years, nine here in Northfield. She grew up in St. Cloud, joined the U.S. Marines out of high school, got married, had two children, divorced and returned to St. Cloud to start her post-secondary education. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Economics and went on to get a master’s degree from Kansas. She was working with the Twin Cities YMCA when she was asked to help Northfield hire a Y executive director. She was so smitten with the community that she applied for the job herself and the rest is history.

Guests: George Davis (Stevens), Carol Roecklein (Taylor), Teresa Tilson (Lasswell) and Rick Tursh (Koenig)

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull

Announcements:

Registrations for the 16th annual Turkey Trot are streaming in well ahead of last year. Sponsorships are up and all indicators point to a successful event. Come run or walk, come volunteer, or, at the very least, promote it among your family, friends and neighbors. Funds raised will support our exchange program and polio eradication.

Rotarians will gather at Loon Liquors, 1325 Armstrong Road, No. 165, tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. for an informal social get-together for club members, their spouses, guests and kids.

Three videos about Northfield produced by Paul Krause will be screened Monday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at the Weitz Center, Carleton College.

Community Resource Bank is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make an appointment, go to www.redcross.org.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford, Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

December 1 — John Ehresman, My Red Cross Experiences (Prichard)

December 8 — Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)

December 15 — TBA

December 22 — Special Guest

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Hvistendahls three to be honorary chairs at NHS annual gala

Northfield Historical Society - Thu, 02/02/2012 - 2:33pm

Marion, Susan and David Hvistendahl, three long-time supporters of Northfield Historical Society, will be the honorary chairs at the society’s annual meeting Saturday evening, March 17, at Carleton College’s Great Hall.

Marion retired to Northfield in 1990 with her husband, Jake, following rich and varied college teaching careers. She volunteered in the Museum Store and brought local historical figure Ann North to life as part of her Women in History presentations. Marion has also teamed with Brad Ness to present Ole and Lena Night, an NHS benefit.

Susan, a St. Olaf College graduate, has done extensive historical research since moving to Northfield in 2004. She chaired NHS’s Oral History Committee, edited a publication written by Alvin Houston on Lewiston, a local ghost town, and, in 2010, published a book on the Lyceum Building, the second publication of the NHS History Series. Susan is a regular contributor on local history to the Northfield Entertainment Guide.

David Hvistendahl, also a St. Olaf College graduate, has provided legal counsel to NHS since the early 1980s. He has served on the board of directors and as president. His Dr.Visty medicine man show was a fixture for many years during Defeat of Jesse James Days. David also appeared as one of the bank tellers in in the early video re-creations of the infamous James-Younger Bank Raid.

The annual meeting is free to all members of NHS. will begin with a social hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., a short business meeting and then food and social time.

The event is sponsored by Community Resource Bank and Carleton College. For more information, contact Hayes Scriven at 507-645-9268.

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Why the Civil War was Fought

Northfield Historical Society - Tue, 01/31/2012 - 3:07pm

Civil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark will discuss the origins of the American Civil War in his presentation, “Why the Civil War was Fought: The Antebellum Period,” Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. at the newly renovated Northfield Historical Society. The event, sponsored by KYMN Radio and the Northfield News, is the first of a series of discussions about the Civil War during the war’s ongoing sesquicentennial.

After reading extensively about Civil War battles and leaders, Stark, a former president of the Northfield and Rice County historical societies, says he wanted to learn more about the causes of the war. “How could a nation that fought for its freedom, and whose people spoke the same language and worshipped the same god find itself wanting to separate in the middle of the 19th century?” he asks.

Stark traces the roots of the Civil War to the 1787 Constitutional Convention where, as one delegate noted, “Slavery sat under the table like a giant snake coiled up ready to strike at any moment.” Stark will discuss how during the next 73 years “we would see one nation become two, with separate economies and dissimilar workforces. This created mistrust and suspicions that began to initiate a divide of political parties, religious institutions, and societies in general.”

Program starts at 6:00 p.m. on February 16.

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2012 Winter Scream, a big success!

Northfield Historical Society - Mon, 01/16/2012 - 9:02am

This past Saturday we hosted the second annual Winter Scream Ice Cream Social.  Many people came out and told Winter “We are not gonna take it anymore!”  Thank you our sponsors, Econo Foods, the Reub N Stein, Hogan Brothers, KYMN Radio and the Northfield News!

Check out the videos from the Northfield News and Northfield Patch . Photos from Northfield Patch.

NHS Photos by Jane McWilliams, Scott Richardson and Hayes Scriven

Northfield Patch Video

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Voices from the NAG: Jill Enestvedt

NAG 50th Blog - Wed, 12/16/2009 - 8:52pm

For the past two months we’ve been featuring the ten portraits created by photographer Craig Perman for the Voices from the Northfield Arts Guild project. Each of the subjects was photographed in a setting appropriate to their artistic discipline and asked to answer the question: “How has the Northfield Arts Guild enriched your artistic life?”

“The Northfield Arts Guild has been a source of enrichment for me my whole life. As a young child I did kids art projects in Central Park during the art fair, took tap and ballet classes in elementary school, studied Chinese brush painting in high school, began volunteering as a young adult, and now have had a chance to exhibit in the gallery. The impact of a quality arts organization in a small town cannot be overestimated. To grow up in a community where there is value in volunteering for the arts, value in hearing and seeing the arts, and value in creating art is extremely fortunate. I will continue to learn and grow as an artist because of this organization. The NAG is a gem that makes all of Northfield shine, and with it, the talents of its many creative residents. I’m grateful to be one of them.”
- Jill Enestvedt

{Voices from the Northfield Arts Guild}

Working with the Arts Guild as a volunteer exposed me to a variety of artists and craftsmen from the Northfield community as well as throughout the state. This experience enhanced my interest in the arts and influence my choice of studies at St. Olaf College.

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Beaux Arts Ball: 5 days away!

NAG 50th Blog - Mon, 12/14/2009 - 5:08pm

I know you’ve heard everything there is to be said about the Beaux Arts Ball by now, right? I mean, it’s been on your radar for months already, you’ve heard about it on the radio, and you’ve read about it in the newspaper, on Facebook, on Twitter, and all the cool blogs in town.

What you may not know is that there are still some tickets available!

Tell your friends they really should be joining you THIS SATURDAY at Carleton College’s Great Hall and Great Space for the best party of 2009!

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Voices from the NAG: Dorothy Palmquist

NAG 50th Blog - Fri, 12/11/2009 - 6:43pm

From now until next Saturday’s Beaux Arts Ball [Buy your tickets now!], we’re featuring the ten portraits created by photographer Craig Perman for the Voices from the Northfield Arts Guild project. Each of the subjects was photographed in a setting appropriate to their artistic discipline and asked to answer the question: “How has the Northfield Arts Guild enriched your artistic life?”

“Working with the Arts Guild as a volunteer exposed me to a variety of artists and craftsmen from the Northfield community as well as throughout the state. This experience enhanced my interest in the arts and influence my choice of studies at St. Olaf College.”
- Dorothy Palmquist

{Voices from the Northfield Arts Guild}

Working with the Arts Guild as a volunteer exposed me to a variety of artists and craftsmen from the Northfield community as well as throughout the state. This experience enhanced my interest in the arts and influence my choice of studies at St. Olaf College.

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