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Submitted by susanpokorney on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:15pm
Spring is near and that means registration is underway for Northfield YMCA spring programs. Class offerings and details are available in the spring session brochure, which is available on the Y’s website www.northfieldymca.org
You do not need to be a member to enjoy all that we have to offer. Browse our spring preschool and youth offerings and join us!
Also included in the brochure and on the website is information about the 8th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Bridgewater School. Save the date and participate in a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways.
Neuger Communications Group Joins Forces With Henry Schafer Partners; Firm to Open Satellite Office in Downtown MinneapolisSubmitted by Leah Rich on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:19am
Neuger Communications Group announced that it has acquired Henry Schafer Partners in a deal that significantly enhances the media relations and social media expertise of the Northfield-based integrated marketing and communications firm. The agreement also means a stronger presence in the Twin Cities market for the expanded firm. The company’s Twin Cities office will be located in the North Loop of downtown Minneapolis. Its headquarters will remain in Northfield, Minn.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 8:32pm
Fare For All is a cooperative food purchasing program that has been in Minnesota for almost 25 years. The program is open to anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. Because Fare For All is a bulk buying program, the more people who participate, the better. Northfield will be part of the Express food program and customers do not need to pre-order or pre-pay. The site is cash and carry (cash, EBT, credit card, debit card accepted, no checks).
Fare For All provides packages of fresh fruits and vegetables ($10), as well as quality frozen meat items ($11 or $25). This program will be available once per month from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden Street N. Dates in 2014 are: March 6, April 10, May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 4, October 2, October 30, December 4.
For more information: www.fareforall.org or 763.450.3880
Submitted by Betsey Buckheit on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 4:24am
NDDC presents Strong Towns’ Curbside Chat
PLAN TO ATTEND! The NDDC has invited the Strong Towns organization to Northfield for one of their “Curbside Chats”. The event will be held on Monday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Archer House Riverview Conference Room on the lower level. The Curbside Chats are designed with special attention to city officials and community leaders, but strong towns are built from the grassroots and your voices needed at this free event.
Submitted by susanpokorney on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:01pm
The walls are going up and it is beginning to look like a building. The Northfield YMCA is pleased to announce that ongoing construction photos will be hosted on the KYMN AM 1080 Radio website. If you haven't driven by the property where the Y is being built or want updated views of construction, visit KYMN! http://kymnradio.net/ymca-construction/ Have you played a role in helping to raise the roof yet? A decision on whether we can afford the gym and indoor walking track will be made by the end of February so make a pledge now and help our community build a Y. To make a pledge, visit the Y's website http://northfieldymca.org/and press Give or download a pledge card by clicking Capital Campaign and Make a Pledge.
Submitted by susanpokorney on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:23am
The Northfield YMCA is pleased to announce its newest 2014 Board Volunteers: Gretchen Ehresmann, Tracy Nelson, Chris Kennelly, Andrea Hoff, Cheryl Buck and Beth Berry. “This will be a very exciting year as we work to open the new Y facility,” says Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director. For a complete list of all Y Volunteer Board members, visit the YMCA website at http://northfieldymca.org/about/board Pictured at the Y's construction site are Nate Jacobi, Y Board Chair, Chris Kennelly, Cheryl Buck, Gretchen Ehresmann, Tracy Nelson and Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director.
Submitted by Lewis Campbell on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:51am
Plans are afoot to organize a new Toastmasters club in Northfield. The planners envision the group will meet on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening in classroom or public meeting space on the St. Olaf campus. Interested community members and students should contact either Elisabeth Sepulveda, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lewis Campbell, email@example.com.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:17am
Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s. We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.
There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:43pm
Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community? The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week. Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:53am
On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.
According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:33pm
On January 18, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students, institutions, and business representatives. Find practical solutions to benefit our community through a Community Activity & Idea Fair on energy saving steps and resources for large and small local businesses. Breakout session topics include the science of climate change, business perspectives on climate and energy, and the impact of climate on local agriculture and more. The Summit will take place at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College and is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For the schedule of free events and registration, go to http://northfieldclimatesummit.org. Join in the conversation at facebook.com/northfieldclimatesummit and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate.
Submitted by Julie Ryan on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:27am
Epic Enterprise, a non-profit in Dundas that serves people with disabilities in Rice County and the surrounding area, hosted its annual awards banquet on November 12th at the Northfield Ballroom. More than 250 attended the event, including Epic individuals, their families, staff, board members and area business leaders who partner with Epic to help people actively participate in the community.
Linda Hibbard, Executive Director of Epic, recognized many individuals and staff for their involvement with Epic Enterprise. The annual Business Partnership of the Year Award was given to Peter Abrahamson and Randy Clay of Bon Appetit at St. Olaf because they consistently demonstrate that they value and embrace every individual with their efforts to include Epic’s supported employees in company activities.
Interested in learning more about the building of the Northfield Y Community Center? Join us for Breakfast with VirginiaSubmitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 9:27am
Join us for Breakfast with Virginia, Friday October 25th 7:30-9:00 am at the National Guard Armory (519 Division Street).
7:30-7:45 Welcome Guests
7:45-8:00 Short presentation
8:00- ? Q&A and more opportunities to learn more
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 5:58am
October 16, 2013 – Today, the Northfield Area Family YMCA has announced it will host its official groundbreaking celebration for its new facility, located at 1500 Honey Locust Drive, on Tuesday, November 5. Groundbreaking activities for all ages are set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m., with a formal program slated to begin at 4 p.m. More information about the groundbreaking event can be found on the Y’s website – www.northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign.
Northfield Area Family YMCA Executive Director Virginia Kaczmarek said, “This is a big day for our Y. It will be a great resource for the entire community, open to everyone. Breaking ground on a new facility is a tremendous milestone for the organization, which has been steadily building up to this moment for the past eight years. We owe a great amount of thanks to everyone – donors, members, volunteers, staff members and more – for making this day a reality.”
Submitted by Rob Schanilec on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 9:42am
THE Entertainment Guide, the region’s number one resource for area arts and culture happenings, published its 100th issue last month.
What began as a last-minute volunteer-driven idea to provide Northfield with a program for an activity-packed 4th of July weekend eight years ago has grown into an indispensible monthly compendium of regional events that serves four counties.
The Guide is a product of By All Means Graphics, located then and now on Bridge Square, in the beating heart of downtown Northfield.
“It was a pretty amazing weekend,” says publisher Rob Schanilec of that all-important 2005 4th of July, “and it was happening right on our doorstep. The Showmobile was filled with local and regional entertainment, Johnny Western and Marilyn Sellars gave a joint concert at the high school, the Square was lined with food vendors and to top it off, we were shooting a man out of a cannon over the Cannon. The only thing missing was a program to put it all together.”