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The library will be closed at City Hall staring Saturday, April 30th

TABleau (Northfield Public Library) - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 3:06pm
We will be closed Monday, May 2nd thru Friday, May 6th at both library locations.
Due to circumstances beyond our control neither bookdrop will be available- please keep your items (although nothing is due the week we are closed) and bring then to the Library at 210 Washington anytime starting May 7th.
Please join us in a GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION on Saturday, May 7th from 10 am until 5 pm.  Ribbon cutting and speeches at 10 am!  Rain or shine! Entertainment throughout the day thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Library.
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Saturday, April 30th is our last day at City Hall

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 2:54pm
We will be closed Monday, May 2nd thru Friday, May 6th at both library locations.
Due to circumstances beyond our control neither bookdrop will be available- please keep your items (although nothing is due the week we are closed) and bring then to the Library at 210 Washington anytime starting May 7th.
Please join us in a GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION on Saturday, May 7th from 10 am until 5 pm.  Ribbon cutting and speeches at 10 am!  Rain or shine! Entertainment throughout the day thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Library.
Plus the kids can come meet Mo Willems' "Elephant & Piggie"
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Friends of Way Park (FWP) Meeting Minutes Mar. 14th, 2016

Friends of Way Park - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:55am
Friends of Way Park (FWP) Meeting Minutes Mar. 14th, 2016, 7:30 pm FWP Members Present: Anne Berry (Chair), Mary Emery (Treasurer), Mary Steen (Vice Chair), Mary Poole, Keith Covey, Cynthia Kauffeld (Secretary), Matt Rohn, Ed Smith, Michelle Martin, Mary Cisar; Cindy Carlson for ROMP present for the first half-hour. Meeting location: Anne’s house. I. ROMP update (Cindy Carlson) Edward Smithhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12993394011213644693noreply@blogger.com0
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Cogwheel – April 28, 2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 7:50pm

Today: Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate Change (R. Flaten)

Birthdays: Wayne Abdella (4/17), John Fossum and Dennis Hanson (4/19), Regi Haslett-Marroquin (4/28).

Next Week: Robert Garcia, Cinco de Mayo (Kallestad)

Last Week:

Project Friendship, a home-grown mentoring program that matches local college students with kids grades 2 through 7, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

There will be a special event Saturday, May 7, at Central Park, beginning with a 5K run-walk at 9:30 a.m., a 1K fun run at 10:30 a.m. and family activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sarah Van Sickle, executive director, said Project Friendship has served more than 4,000 children since 1965. The program goals are to improve self-confidence, self-worth and healthy decision-making in the lives of Northfield youth. Students from Carleton and St. Olaf are matched with a student based on similar interests. They meet one-to-one for an hour a week during the academic year and attend three large group activities. Most relationships last on average 2 ½ years. Many grow into lifelong relationships with life-long impact, Sarah said.

Statistics bear out the value of the program. Children who have the benefit of Project Friendship are more likely to assume leadership roles among their peers, more likely to participate in extra-curricular activities, less likely to become involved with alcohol or drugs, and more likely to go to college.

Sarah emphasized that there is mutual benefit in these relationships. The mentors get as much if not more out of the program as the kids. For them it is the multi-generational experience they don’t get on campus and a preview of life as a parent.

Project Friendship has 83 matches this year. Northfield Promise, a Healthy Community Initiative program that supports youth development cradle to career, has identified another 336 children who would benefit from having an adult presence in their lives.

The program is leveraging the 50th anniversary to build awareness of the program and to raise funds so the program can remain free to all.

For more information, go to: www.projectfriendshipmentoring.org.


Mini-Classification:

As the Northfield Y closes in on a second anniversary (It opened in September 2014.) Virginia Kaczmarek, executive director, was excited to share some statistics with us. The Y has 5,000 members, 26 percent above projections. Seventy-five percent have a Northfield address.  Seventy-five percent sign up as families. The largest demographic is an adult 24-52 with children. During 2015, 3,392 guest passes were issued, and someone crossed the Y threshold 133,000 times during the year. She also mentioned Northfield’s Healthy Kids Day is coming up on Saturday, April 30. Lots of fun activities for the kids.


New Members:

Sharon Flaten and Richard Schulte were formally inducted into the club. Sharon, who is married to Robert Flaten, has a background in nursing and educational psychology. Richard is an active community member who serves on the Northfield Planning Commission. Sharon is sponsored by Peg Prowe, Richard by Richard Collman.


Guests: Tom Hanson (R. Flaten), Andrei Sivanich (W. Sivanich), Ramiz Allawala (Cogan) and Gunho Park, former exchange student, now in school in British Columbia, (Brown-Wescott)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Chris Weber, a testament to tenacity

Announcements:

The graduation party for our inbound students, Nicole and Carson, will be Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Details to follow.

On Thursday, May 12, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank, lower level, for lunch and a performance by the fabulous Troubadours.

Northfield will host the District’s farewell party Saturday, June 11, for 60 inbound exchange students. We need chaperones for this overnight party. If you can help between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. let Jean Wakely know.

Charlie Cogan announced to upcoming sporting events to help benefit the Polio Plus campaign. The first is a golf tournament associated with the May 12 and 13 District Conference. The second is a Polio Plus night at the Twins-Yankees game Saturday, June 18.

Here is a list of our outbound students.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

May 26 — Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heinemann)

June 2 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification (Estenson)

Quote for the Day:

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” Albert Schweitzer

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Youthprise Announces $579,000 Grant to Regional Youth-Serving Coalition in Southeast Minnesota

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:08am

Social Innovation Fund Grant Supports Career Pathways for Minnesota Youth

Youthprise announced a 3-year grant totaling $579,000 to “Tri-City Bridges to the Future”, a new collaborative in Northfield, Faribault, and Red Wing, including the MN Correctional Facility-Red Wing. The initiative will offer career pathways approaches for 85 youth ages 14-24 in the three cities who are in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, homeless, or are disconnected from school and work. The primary focus is high school completion with dual enrollment options through partnerships with area higher education institutions and postsecondary training in career clusters that have clear pathways to higher degrees.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) will serve as the convener and backbone organization for the coalition.  Lead partners in the project include Workforce Development, Inc., Faribault Public Schools, Northfield Public Schools, Minnesota Department of Corrections–Red Wing Juvenile Facility, Riverland Community College, South Central Community College, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, the Rice County Family Services Collaborative, and more than 20 local businesses and community organizations.

The Tri-City grant is part of a larger announcement of $3.75 million in grants to six Minnesota organizations to connect Minnesota’s opportunity youth with services and support that will lead to careers in high demand, like IT, health care, construction and manufacturing. The project, Opportunity Reboot, targets youth ages 14-24 who are either homeless, in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system or disconnected from school and work. An additional focus is on building social-emotional skills to strengthen education and career outcomes.

This funding opportunity was made possible through a 3-year $3 million Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant to Youthprise for Opportunity Reboot. SIF is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service that is focused on improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. Youthprise was one of eight intermediaries across the country to receive a SIF grant in 2015. SIF funds must be matched dollar for dollar and Opportunity Reboot sub-grantees must also provide a dollar for dollar match, resulting in an additional $5.4 million in funding being leveraged.

Youthprise received requests of more than $71 million from 23 organizations statewide. Using a peer review panel process, Youthprise engaged individuals from the community, youth workers, youth, and foundation partners to recommend projects. Key partners in the project – Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) – Office of Youth Development, Search Institute and the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) also participated in the review.

In addition to the Tri-City project, five other organizations from Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth and Sauk Rapids were selected in total to receive 3-year grants ranging from $193,000 to $234,000 annually. Funded organizations are implementing evidence-based models and utilizing a career pathways approach. The goal is to build the evidence on which models are most successful in reaching disconnected youth so they can be brought to scale so more youth can benefit.

“We are very pleased to support the Tri-City innovative approach to creating career pathways for Minnesota youth,” commented Marcus Pope, Youthprise Director of Partnerships and External Relations. “We are excited to see how this collaboration can open up new career pathways for youth in southeast Minnesota. In the face of a 40% reduction in federal funding for youth workforce development, these Opportunity Reboot grants are greatly needed to help reduce economic disparities in our state.”

“The organizations selected by Youthprise are an extremely great fit for the Social Innovation Fund. We’re especially impressed by how young people were engaged in the decision-making process right from the start working alongside local philanthropic leaders to select these sub-grantees. Certainly, when young people can be hired for high-demand careers in IT, healthcare, construction and manufacturing, the entire state of Minnesota benefits.  All of this training potentially creates financial independence and lays the foundation for future life success,” said Damian Thorman, Director of the Social Innovation Fund.

About Youthprise

Founded in 2010 by the McKnight Foundation, Youthprise is a nonprofit intermediary that invests in the future of Minnesota by investing in youth. The organization works on multiple levels: supporting nonprofit organizations that serve youth; aligning efforts through citywide and statewide initiatives; and providing opportunities directly to young people. Grounded in a commitment to addressing racial disparities, Youthprise works to increase young people’s opportunities for learning and social emotional development, economic prosperity, and health and safety.

About the Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) unites public and private resources to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions with evidence of results. The SIF and its private-sector partners have invested more than half a billion dollars in compelling community solutions. As a result, the SIF has awarded grants to more than 35 community-based organizations and over 180 nonprofits working in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April of 2009, the Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency focused on improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Since 1994, more than 830,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. Together, service and innovation provide a vehicle to harness the power of ordinary people and unleash the potential of innovative ideas to help address our communities’ toughest social problems and transform lives.

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May is Bike Month! Affordable bike locks now available in Northfield.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:32am

May is Bike Month. Be prepared with safety gear at an affordable price. Kryptonite bike locks are now available for $8 at two locations in Northfield. They can be purchased at Northfield Public Schools Community Services, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays, and also at Northfield EMS (ambulance garage), 1600 Riverview Lane. For pick-up at the ambulance garage, please call 646-1414 to arrange an appointment.

The locks are made available at cost through a partnership between the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Tom’s Downtown Bicycles and the Rice County SHIP initiative.

As in the past, bike helmets are also available at those same two locations. Cost of a helmet is $10.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Strike at 507-664-3532.

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New Sr Ctr technology

Cannon Valley Elder Collegium - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 9:29pm
New technology for our Senior Center classroom

We’ve recently purchased a new audio-visual cart, intended to simplify and improve the use of our projected and audio materials at the Northfield Senior Center.  The cart includes a projector, a DVD/Blu-ray player, a document camera, an audio mixer, and multi-directional speakers.  Now instructors can quickly connect their laptop or tablet computers, iPods, and other external devices, to produce images on the screen at the front of the room and sound from the cart’s speakers – without the thrashing and churning that instructors and students alike often had to endure in the past.  We thank our many fund drive donors who made this possible!

Here’s the Technology Committee giving the cart its first trial.

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Northfield Rotary donors recognized as ‘major donors’

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:26pm

Northfield Rotarian Scott Richardson wrote a great piece in the Northfield News regarding major donors in the Northfield Rotary club.

Here’s the link to the post.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.21.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:27am

Today: Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Wayne Abdella (4/17), John Fossum and Dennis Hanson (4/19)

Next Week: Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate Change (R. Flaten)

Last Week:

After eight years of researching and writing about Harold Stassen, author Steve Werle says the former Minnesota Governor and perennial presidential candidate deserves to be remembered as more than a political punch line. The more he read about Gov. Stassen and the more he studied his record, Werle gained a greater appreciation for how much Stassen accomplished over his lifetime.

“I wish we had more people like him today,” he said.

So here are some of those accomplishments Steve included in his book: “Stassen, Again.”

— Stassen graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul at the age of 15.

— He was elected Dakota County Attorney at the age of 22.

— He argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court at the age of 26.

— In 1938, running as a progressive, internationalist Republican, he was elected

governor of Minnesota, the youngest governor in state history.

— He won re-election in 1942, but handed over the office to Northfield’s Ed Thye,

the Lieutenant Governor, so he could join the Navy.

— Stassen helped liberate 20,000 POWs in Tokyo as the war drew to a close.

— He served on the United States delegation to the United National Charter

Commission.

— Stassen served in the Eisenhower Administration from 1953-1957.

— And he ran for president 10 times.

Recent generations remember Stassen for his quixotic presidential runs and an ill-fitting toupee. But Steve knows him for battling organized crime, crusading for international understanding, and reviving a fading Minnesota Republican Party in the late 1930s. When he is not researching, writing or promoting his book, Steve teaches Advanced History at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.


Mini-Classification:

Charlie Kyte was recruited for a board position with United National Association Minnesota by our own Robert Flaten. The group promotes and advocates for democracy and diplomacy around the world. Since 2004, the organization has reached more than 17,000 students with its Model United Nations program and in-school curriculum. Last year alone, more than 3,000 students and 70 teachers from 51 schools participated in the program. If you want to learn more, talk to Charlie.


New Member:

Janine Atchinson, Housing Coordinator for the City of Northfield, was formally inducted into the club. Chris Heineman is her sponsor. Welcome Janine.


Guests: Michael Nemo (R. Flaten)

Scholarship Enhancement: The Lucky One – Richard Maus

Announcements:

  • The graduation party for our inbound students, Nicole and Carson, will be Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Details to follow.
  • On Thursday, May 12, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank, lower level, for lunch and a performance by the fabulous Troubadours.
  • Erin Bailey had her baby, Carter Thomas, on April 4. Mother and baby are doing well.
  • Michelle Lasswell reported that we now have 137 members in our club.
  • You are invited to attend the Annual District Conference on May 12-13 at Mystic LakeCasino.  It is a combined event with District 5950.  There will be golf on Thursday and a big Celebration Dinner on Friday and a Project-in-a-Day.

Here is a list of our outbound students.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

May 5 — Robert Garcia, Cinco de Mayo (Kallestad)

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

May 25 — Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heinemann)

Quote for the Day:

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”

― Kahlil Gibran

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Friends of Way Park (FWP) Meeting Minutes Jan. 19th, 2016

Friends of Way Park - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 7:09pm
Friends of Way Park (FWP) Meeting Minutes Jan. 19th, 2016, 7:30 pm FWP Members Present: Anne Berry (Chair), Mary Emery (Treasurer), Mary Steen (Vice Chair), Mary Poole, Keith Covey, Cynthia Kauffeld (Secretary), Matt Rohn, Ed Smith. Meeting location: Just Food Co-op meeting room. A. Treasurer's report.  Balance $30, 737.48. Total donations for the year were $2350. Give MN donations Edward Smithhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12993394011213644693noreply@blogger.com0
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Friends of Way Park (FWP) Meeting Minutes Nov. 17th, 2015

Friends of Way Park - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 7:03pm
Friends of Way Park (FWP) Meeting Minutes Nov. 17th, 2015, 7:30 pm FWP Members Present: Anne Berry (Chair), Mary Emery (Treasurer), Mary Steen (Vice Chair), Mary Cisar, Mary Poole, Keith Covey, Cynthia Kauffeld (Secretary), Matt Rohn. Meeting location: Mary Poole’s house. A. Treasurer's report.  ● Mary E shared paper copies of the monthly report. Current balance is $29,218.86. Our Edward Smithhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12993394011213644693noreply@blogger.com0
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Friends of Way Park (FWP) Meeting Minutes Oct. 13th, 2015

Friends of Way Park - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 7:03pm
Friends of Way Park (FWP) Meeting Minutes Oct. 13th, 2015, 7:30 p.m. FWP Members Present: Matt Rohn, Anne Berry (Chair), Mary Steen (Vice Chair), Cynthia Kauffeld (Secretary), Mary Emery (Treasurer), Edward Smith, Michelle Martin, Mary Cisar, Mary Poole, Keith Covey. Meeting location: the Hideaway. A. Treasurer’s report: Mary Emery passed around paper copies of the monthly report. Current Edward Smithhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12993394011213644693noreply@blogger.com0
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2016 MINNESOTA BOOK AWARD WINNERS!

Northfield Reader's Corner - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:27am
 The Minnesota Book Awards were held on Saturday evening, April 16, at the St. Paul Depot.
As a judge, I received tickets, and I was able to attend.  The awards ceremony is like the Oscars, but for writers and books, which to me seems like more fun!  The 2016 winners are listed below.




Children's Literature
Red; A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall.


General Nonfiction
No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg.


Genre Fiction
The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart


Memoir and Creative Nonfiction
Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life by Karen Sabine


Minnesota
Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury by Larry Millett


Novel and Short Story
There's Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter


Poetry
Beautiful Wall by Ray Gonzalez


Young People's Literature
See No Color by Shannon Gibney


Ellen Hart won her fourth Minnesota Book Award this year.  Ray Gonzalez won his third, and Charles Baxter and Michael Hall both won their second awards.
All of the above titles can be obtained through the Northfield Public Library.






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The Library needs YOU!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:15pm

At the council meeting tomorrow (April 19), a resolution will be presented asking the City to add an additional $100,000 to the Project's contingency funds to cover additional costs for maintenance to the existing structure and some other costs to bring the project fully to completion. If you visit Library Director Teresa Jensen's Project webpage you can get up to date images and a budget counter (http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement).Below please the rationale in favor of this request, and we hope that you will share your views on this resolution with your city councillor and the mayor, whatever they may be. Also, it would be wonderful to have you attend the Council meeting tomorrow evening, 7-9 pm, and express your views at the public comment period.Thank you, as ever, for being a Friend and for supporting our Library and lifelong learning in our community!Rationale for resolution
  • Our original contingency funds (contingencies are funds set aside to cover additional work not specified in the original contract, but due to, for the most part, hidden and undiscovered conditions) were set a 5% of the construction budget. This is fairly low for a renovation project, where the range would be from 5% to 15% contingency. Our goal was to come in at our under our contingency budget, and until the end of March we were on track to meet that goal. The April Change Orders, which have been approved, get us to the $119,000 plus project. In order for us NOT to go over budget, we are asking for an additional $100,000 to successfully close out the project. This still brings us to a 9.2% contingency, which is still pretty low. We are asking for City Council to identify the funding mechanism for those additional funds—general fund or operating are the logical choices.
  • This project has been very value-conscious. Even with the additional contingency, costs per square foot are $94, compared with an average cost of new library construction range between $161 psf to $250 psf—and it is generally acknowledged that renovation costs run higher than new construction. We have what is basically a new building—all new mechanicals,  every surface touched—at a very economical price.
  • Actual costs to the City of Northfield have been considerably less than the full price of the project, with the citizens of Northfield not only contributing with their taxes, but with their additional donations to fully fund the project. 45% of the project has been funded privately. This has been a very economical construction project for the City.
  • There has been widespread support throughout the city, with over 500 donors contributing to the Capital Campaign, raising funds  in little more than a year. This is a very important point to note. Consider it a mandate from the citizens to do this project.
  • Please take the long view of this building project for the community. This is a building over 100 years old, and with the renovation, it could last another 100 years. In any building project, either commercial or residential, the mantra should be “build it right”. We do not want to cut corners at the end of the project, only to have the outstanding issues come back to us a few years later, at greater cost. This includes the repair and painting that we are asking for City Council to approve as a recommended option. We have the contractor now, on site, with a proposal to do the work this summer. Delaying the repairs and painting will cost the City more in the future.
The City Councillors may be contacted by email or phone. Consult the website for details: http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=118
  •  All the best,Bill North
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Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 23rd at Friends Meeting House

League of Women Voters Northfield - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:56am

The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls invites the public to attend its Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 23rd at the Friends’ Meeting House at 512 Washington Street in Northfield.  All are welcome to come for the entire morning.

There will be coffee and social time at 9 am, followed by a brief business meeting at 9:30 am. The program begins at 10:00 am.

Deb Fitzpatrick, Program Director of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Policy’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy, will speak on “The Battle for Equal Pay: Men on Paternity Leave, Women in Hard Hats, and Other Fronts in the Fight.” There will be time for Q & A following Ms. Fitzpatrick’s presentation.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.14.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:27am

Today: Steve Werle, author of book on Harold Stassen (Kyte)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the globe.

Next Week: Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:

Let the wallpapering begin.

The addition to the Northfield Public Library is almost complete, according to Teresa Jensen, Director of Northfield Public Library. The $3 million renovation will be celebrated Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting, music, tours and activities all day long. All are invited.

The new atrium on the building’s east side is the library’s signature feature, but that tells only part of the story. Its addition allowed architects to rework the interior space, removing the stairway from the middle of the building to free up more room for children’s services, shelving, more efficient staff space, conference space and public access.

But there are many “invisible” features to this project, Teresa said, some that the public will never see, such as air handling, building footings, an interior sprinkler system, insulation, power and data cable. The new library will have LED lighting, more computers, study space, an improved book drop and an overhead public address system.

Outside, the Carnegie Porch will be renovated and a Division Street patio created. There will be improved access, better exterior lighting and a number of landscape upgrades.

This is all a far cry from the $13 million of improvements recommended in 2008 after several studies were done to determine library needs. But Jensen says it represents “the library of the future.” The project got off the ground in 2014 when then-City Administrator Tim Madigan offered the library $1 million in city funds for renovation. That was accepted and the library board and Friends of the Library initiated a capital campaign that has raised more than $1.3 million from 500-plus donors. The project required the off-site storage of much of the library’s collection and the temporary relocation of library services to the second floor of City Hall. Jensen said some 50,000 books were expected to be loaded into the library earlier this week and would be shelved by the end of April.

This is the second major renovation of the library since it was built in 1910 with a construction grant from steel mogul-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The other was an expansion in 1985 that tripled library space.


New Members:

Dorothy Ishler, a psychologist and owner of Center for Human Resources in Northfield, and John Larson, a commercial loan officer at First National Bank, were formally inducted into the club. Dorothy’s sponsor is Jean Wakley; John’s is Matt Rich. Welcome Dorothy and John.


Guests: Char Carlson (Bill Carlson), Hans Muessig (Jensen), Caroline Holden (Holden), Steve Maus (Maus), Richard Schulte (Halsor), and Kari Nelson (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: A delighted Jean Wakely

Announcements:

Vicki Langer, our new chair of Youth Exchange, is looking for 12 host families for four students next year. If you have leads or could help, contact her.

Tim Madigan has turned the reins of the Program Committee over to Elizabeth Child. If you have program ideas, she is listening. Tim will remain a member of the committee.

Chris Weber reported that applications from six St. Olaf students and one from Carleton will be considered by the District for a Global Grant Scholarship. The interviews will be later in April.

News of Dr. Matt Hillmann’s selection as the new superintendent for Northfield Schools was greeted by a standing ovation. Matt said he feels grateful to follow in the wake of Dr. Chris Richardson, who has done an outstanding job working with a community that places a high value on education. Dr. Richardson said Matt will carry on the Northfield tradition of educating all of our students.

You are invited to attend the Annual District Conference on May 12-13 at Mystic Lake Casino.  It is a combined event with District 5950.  There will be golf on Thursday and a big Celebration Dinner on Friday and a Project-in-a-Day.

Here is a list of our outbound students.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

April 28 — Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate

Change (R. Flaten)

May 5 — TBA

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

Quote for the Day:

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank: the play

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Connie Nelson is Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 8:30am

Connie Nelson (center) receives her HCI “Making a Difference” Award from HCI Board members Erin Bailey (left) and Kris Estenson (right)

 

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Connie Nelson, former elementary teacher and current chair of the Northfield Promise Reading Team, with the March 2016 “Making a Difference” Award.

The award is given out monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.

“Connie cares deeply about the people she works with,” said Becky Gainey, Sibley Elementary Response to Intervention Coach and Reading Specialist. “She is calm and caring, and always puts students’ needs first.”

Connie was an elementary teacher or reading coach for 25 years in Northfield. She understands that classroom teachers can’t do the monumental task of educating all children without additional resources. That is why she is so passionate about her role with Northfield Promise – this gives her the opportunity to continue to support Northfield youth and impact their literacy at different times in their journey. Connie has specifically been working toward the Northfield Promise benchmark of “Every Northfield child is reading at grade level by the end of 3rd Grade.”

“Connie has been the driving force behind Northfield Promise’s Reading Team,” noted Fritz Bogott, Reading Team member and Northfield School Board member. “Even before I joined the team, I had heard about Connie’s energy, passion and commitment to help all Northfield’s kids learn to read.”

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, visit www.northfieldhci.org for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application, or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

By Cheryl Strike, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

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NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK, APRIL 10 - 16, 2016

Northfield Reader's Corner - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 6:23pm




     National Library Week celebrates the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers, and promotes library use and support.  Libraries provide free access to books, newspapers, magazines, dvd's and online resources to all patrons.  National Library Week was first sponsored by the American  Library Association in 1958 and every April, continues to celebrate all types of libraries - school, public, academic and special libraries.     At the Northfield Public Library, we usually have special displays and events.  However, this year, we are getting ready for the reopening of our library!  We have been in City Hall since last July.We have a small collection and have been interlibrary loaning materials for out patrons.  We are looking forward to being back in our library.  Our grand opening is set for Saturday, May 7!We will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This week boxes of books were delivered to the library and the library workers are busy putting books on shelves.  Come see our newly renovated library soon!

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Carleton & St. Olaf 5th-Year Artists Exhibition

Northfield Arts Town - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 2:46pm

“Connect,” the 2016 St. Olaf and Carleton 5th-Year Emerging Artists Exhibition, runs April 14–May 14 at the Northfield Arts Guild Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South.

Every year, a select group of senior art majors are invited to continue their studies at St. Olaf College and Carleton College as part of a 5th year intern/apprentice program, which culminates with an exhibition in the Arts Guild’s main gallery. The work in this show represents various pieces that were created during the duration of their 5th-year experience, and features the work of Liz Brindley, Daniel Bynum, Tom Dunning, Gina Haugen, Ellen Kwan, Bridget Novak, and Leah Willemin.

A reception for the show is on Friday, April 22 from 7–9 pm, with artist talks starting around 7:30pm. The reception will also include an interactive performance piece by Liz Brindley.

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Two Northfield youth-led projects are 2016 “Serve a Smile” grant recipients

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:55am

Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, in collaboration with the Minnesota Alliance With Youth and Minnesota FCCLA, has awarded $30,000 in annual youth service grants and in-kind dental hygiene supplies to 36 sites in 31 communities. These competitive grants are awarded through Delta Dental’s Serve a Smile grant program to support youth-led service projects that address important oral health and overall health issues. The program provides young people with funds to create healthier schools and communities.  Locally, two grants (totaling $1,875) were awarded to youth-led projects.

Girl’s Group meets weekly at the Greenvale Park Community School

An $875 grant was awarded to Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) to support a Girls’ Group that focuses on topics of health and nutrition. Members of the TORCH Youth Advisory Board initiated this Delta Dental Serve a Smile project after seeing that there was a need for young women to have a safe space to discuss issues of health and wellbeing. Girls’ Group meets weekly at the Greenvale Park Community School to prepare healthy recipes together and to discuss issues of physical, mental, and socioemotional health relevant to high schoolers. Thanks to Delta Dental, Girls’ Group has been able to access much-needed food prep equipment and fresh, healthy ingredients, as well as journals for participants to record recipes and reflect on each week’s discussion topic. Girls’ Group welcomes all high school girls in grades 9-12 and meets each Thursday evening at the Greenvale Park Community School.

The second Delta Dental Serve a Smile grant adds $1,000 in financial support to the Viking Terrace Park playground project. Viking Terrace is a low-income mobile home park. The biggest observation made by youth in the neighborhood is the number of kids in the streets playing due to poor playground structures. With the support of Delta Dental, the young people living in the neighborhood will be able to purchase one additional piece of equipment to add to the park.

“Youth in Minnesota have some of the best ideas to change the world,” said Joseph Lally, Interim Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and Community Benefits. “As we have for 13 years, we are proud to support their creativity and initiative through the Serve a Smile mini grant program.”

“The Serve a Smile program gives young people in our state the opportunity to engage in their communities through creative and impactful health-related service and leadership projects.” said Sarah Dixon, CEO of Minnesota Alliance With Youth. “The opportunity to give back and become involved in the community is critical to the academic and lifelong success of youth. We are thankful for our 13-year partnership with Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, an incredible supporter of youth in Minnesota.” Dixon said.

Please join the Serve a Smile grant recipients at Global Youth Service Day, the largest youth service event in the world. The Minnesota celebration will be held on April 16th at Southdale Mall. 

Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is designed to support Delta Dental of Minnesota’s mission of improving the oral health of the people in Minnesota and advancing the science and art of oral health in Minnesota. The Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation supports initiatives that promote access to oral health and, in turn, improve the overall health and vitality of our community. To learn more, visit www.deltadentalmn.org.

Minnesota Alliance With Youth is a leading convener, collaborator, and capacity-builder for youth development. The Alliance seeks to strengthen youth success in school and learning, increase youth engagement in communities, develop and magnify youth voice, and advance collaboration and innovation with entities that share its vision. For more information about Minnesota Alliance With Youth or Global Youth Service Day, visit www.mnyouth.net.

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