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Lunch and Learn at the Northfield Enterprise Center

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Megan Tsui, Executive Director of the Northfield Enterprise Center and SPUR, announces that the next Lunch and Learn will be on September 15th. The topic is preventing harassment in the workplace.  “We’ve had some business clients ask for help and understanding in what they can do to make sure their workplaces are safe and productive places,” Tsui comments.  Gina Franklin will be the presenter.

Tsui also says the interns are ready to work through the Hired Hands program. “If you have a project or research question you’ve been meaning to get done, but haven’t found the time, Let us help you! The interns are super-duper, and love to work with small business owners.”  


NORTHFIELD Y TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 3RD

The Northfield Area Family YMCA is pleased to announce that we will open our doors to Charter Members on September 3, 2014 and to the general public on September 5th. After more than eight years of planning and fundraising, the dream of a Y Community Center has become a reality. Located at 1501 Honeylocust Drive, behind Target and Cub Foods in Northfield, our 31,000 square foot facility features an indoor pool, indoor walking/running track, full size gymnasium, wellness floor, locker rooms and group exercise studio. The Y will offer more than 30 group exercise classes each week, plus personal training, aqua fitness classes, open swim and open gym hours. 


New Program Empowers Northfield Youth through Hands-On Work Experience

Bailey Mastin, TORCH CORE student, supervised by Ann Mosey and Terra Krebsbach at the Northfield Arts Guild.

Nearly 40 people attended an event to hear high school youth share stories about their summer internships.  The youth were students from Northfield’s Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) collaborative. The audience was made up of their internship supervisors, parents, TORCH mentors, and program funders.  The event was the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of planning: The Career and Occupational Readiness Experiences program, or CORE, was piloted this year in an effort to intentionally engage TORCH students in the process of career exploration and preparation.


Skateboard Coalition is Just Food Co-op's Community Partner for August

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For the month of August 2014, the Skateboard Coalition will be Just Food Co-op's community partner. What does this mean? It means that if you shop at the co-op, you have the opportunity to round up your total at check-out, and Just Food will donate the difference to the Skateboard Coalition. 

For example, my total today came to $23.19. I rounded up to $24.00, which means that 81¢ will be donated to the Coalition. The more people who round up, the more all of that spare change will add up to. So spread the word and tell everyone to shop at Just Food and round up for the Skateboard Coalition. 


Salvage. Auto Art by Corrie Erickson

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"Salvage" is an art exhibition featuring recent oil paintings by local artist Corrie Erickson. The theme of the series is older American cars, exposed to the elements in rural areas. Local tattoo shop High Noon Ink, located at 306 Division in downtown Northfield, will be the hosting venue. No need to get a tattoo or piercing (though you're more than welcome to), just stop on in and enjoy some art and check out the tattoo shop voted 'Best Tattoo Shop in Southern MN' for 2013!

 

Salvage. Auto Art by Corrie Erickson

Saturday, July 12, 2014 @5pm

High Noon Ink, 306 Division St

Downtown Northfield

 

Free Admission


YMCA Raises Over $200,000 in Recent Match Campaigns

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is pleased to announce that it raised $218,151 in donations in 40 days during two match campaigns. The Business Builders Match brought in 40 donations from area businesses and the Rotary Community Match yielded 82 donations from community members. The Y has raised $7.7 million to date toward a project goal of $9.3 million. The new Y Community Center is scheduled to open this September behind Target and Cub Foods in Northfield. To see the list of donors or to make a donation, visit northfieldymca.org.


YMCA Rotary Match Update

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA has raised more than $44,000 in the last month during their Rotary Community Match Challenge. Through June 30th, The Northfield Rotary Club will donate $1 for every $2 pledged. The Y is encouraging community members who have not yet supported the Y to make a tax-deductible gift of any size this week. The new Y Community Center is scheduled to open in September behind Target and features a full-size gym, indoor walking track and indoor pool. More information about the Rotary Match and the new Y facility is available at northfieldymca.org.


Northfield Area Family YMCA Business Challenge Update

The Northfield Area Family YMCA has raised $27,500 so far this month during their Business Builders Challenge. Thanks to matching gifts from Heartman Insurance, Just Food Co-op, and an anonymous donor, business donations are being matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. The deadline for making a tax-deductible gift is this Friday June 20th.


First National Bank of Northfield Awards Two College Scholarships

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, has awarded two college scholarships to Northfield High School (NHS) seniors. The recipients of this year’s $1,500 awards are Sandy Carson of Northfield, Minn., daughter of Mark and Alice Carson, and Nathan Berthelsen of Northfield, Minn., son of Mike and Melissa Berthelsen. The award is unique in that applicants must enroll in either St. Olaf College or Carleton College. In the case of this year’s award winners, Carson will attend Carleton and Berthelsen will attend St. Olaf.

For more than 10 years, First National has awarded two high school seniors scholarships – one is marked for an NHS graduate attending St. Olaf College, and the other Carleton College. The scholarship program is just one of the ways in which First National has given back to the community across its 140-year history.


Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014: Thursday, April 24

As part of National Poetry Month, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will be placing boxes of poems in twelve city locations beginning Thursday, April 24th in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Community members are invited to take a poem or two from one of the red boxes on display across Northfield and share them with others throughout the day.  In response to business owners’ requests to maintain the boxes of poetry for more than one day this year, the ACC has extended the event for several days beyond April 24th – as long as there are poems still available in the boxes!

Begun in 2002 by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City in partnership with their Department of Cultural Affairs and Education, in 2008 the Academy of American Poets embraced the Poem in Your Pocket project as a national endeavor.  Schools, communities, libraries, and a wide range of organizations across the country now celebrate poetry in this exciting way.


Join the Y team! Looking for a full-time youth development program director!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a strong community? The Northfield Y has a fantastic full-time opportunity for a Youth Development Program Director to join our team at our soon-to-be open facility. For details on the position, the Y and the Northfield community, visit our website. Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn to be kept posted on more positions as they become available. The Y has plans to hire more than 80 employees from now until September. 


Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”


Register now for YMCA spring programs

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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 Minneapolis

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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.


Northfield is Added to Fare for All Express Food Network

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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


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