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Interested in learning more about the building of the Northfield Y Community Center? Join us for Breakfast with Virginia

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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


Northfield Area Family YMCA Groundbreaking News!

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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.”


THE Entertainment Guide publishes 100th issue

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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.”


First National Bank of Northfield Hires Assistant Vice President of Technology, Operations Officer

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Taylor Ebneter as assistant vice president of technology and operations officer. Ebneter brings more than 10 years of banking experience to First National.

First National President Tim Viere said, “Taylor is an outstanding addition to the First National team. She represents the bank’s ongoing commitment to providing a community banking experience that is rich with the everyday technology conveniences customers have come to expect from their financial institutions. We’re delighted to have a person of her caliber join us.”

Prior to joining First National, Ebneter served in the technology department at Voyager Bank in Eden Prairie, Minn., spearheading key technology initiatives, managing the network, and configuring and installing the network infrastructure and software.


T McKinley Reading at Monkey See, Monkey Read

ibg.common.titledetail.imageloaderLocal author T McKinley will read from his book, Boy in the Ivy: The Inner Child of a Buried Man Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm.

In 2009, T McKinley’s brother committed suicide, and his first question to himself was why he hadn’t done the same. In this moving and poignant memoir, McKinley takes the reader back through the events that led to a lifelong struggle with depression, shame, and inadequacy. Beginning with his own conception and birth and continuing through his parents’ divorce and the fragmentation of his family, McKinley traces the origins and evolution of his deep-seated belief that everyone would have been better off if he had never existed at all. In this way, McKinley blamed, rejected, and buried his inner child, setting himself up for a lifetime of disconnection and…


Local Fruit Farms and Orchards

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Summer is the season for fresh, ripe fruit and berries, and there are several places around Northfield where you and your family can buy fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruit—or pick them yourself. Here’s a current list:

Lorence’s Berry Farm. Strawberries and raspberries. 28625 Foliage Avenue. (507) 645-9749.

Silkey Gardens. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, apples, blueberries. E. 115th Street.  (507) 645-4158.

Little Hill Farm. Blueberries. 4174 320th St. W. (612) 599-5548. 

Cherry Leaf Farm. Cherries. 9697 Decker Avenue. (612) 669-4778.

Fireside Orchard. Apples (mid-August). 2225 Lonsdale Blvd. E. (Hwy 19).  (507) 663-1376.


Dan Patch Rail Line Moratorium on Hold

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At their meeting on Tuesday evening, Northfield City Council member Suzie Nakasian reported that the language to lift the ban on the Dan Patch Rail Line was not included in the legislature’s 2013 transportation bill. Although Senator Kevin Dahle succeeded in getting approval from the full senate for his proposal, Representative David Bly’s companion bill never got a hearing in the House Transportation Committee.


St. Olaf College recognizes 20 retiring employees

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This year's group of retiring St. Olaf College faculty and staff includes (front row, l–r, including year hired in parentheses): Phyllis Larson '69 (1993), Dean of the College's Office and Asian Studies; David Schodt (1977), Economics; Jill Ewald '87 (1998), Art and Art History; and Ruth Block (2006), Bookstore. Back row: Alan Norton (1996), Treasurer's Office; Bob Jacobel (1976), Physics; Kathy Schuurman (1999), Alumni and Parent Relations; Susan Jorgensen (1985), World Languages Center; Duane Schlobohm (1985), Facilities; Diane Thompson (1990), Facilities; Wendell Thompson (1990), Facilities; Cathy Draves (1984), Facilities; and — not retiring — President David R. Anderson '74.


Looking for a job that makes a difference?

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More than 10 full-time AmeriCorps positions are available in Northfield for next school year working with youth and/or families.

CLICK HERE to see the descriptions and application processes for positions that are currently accepting applications.

Application review for many of the positions is underway so APPLY TODAY!

Positions are available with the Northfield Public Schools, Growing Up Healthy, the Northfield LINK Center, the Northfield Union of Youth/The Key, the Northfield Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) program, and Accelerate Northfield.

Questions?  Contact the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.


Epic thanks the City of Northfield

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A recent Northfield City Council meeting included a presentation by the Dundas-based nonprofit Epic Enterprise Inc. The organization thanked the city for eight years of employing work crews made up of Epic's developmentally disabled clients.

"Hiring people with disabilities is not charity," said Kathy Topp, community employment liaison at Epic, during the presentation. "Bringing them into the City of Northfield is an exemplary act that models corporate and civic responsibility."


Becky Carlson Joins Neuger Communications Group

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Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing communications and public relations, announced that Becky Carlson has joined the firm. Carlson, who has served as an intern with the organization since June, will hold the position of communications assistant.

Carlson’s new role at the company will span a breadth of disciplines; among them, writing, editing, proofreading and photography. Prior to joining Neuger Communications Group, Carlson enhanced her art portfolio when she was chosen for the St. Olaf 5th Year Art Apprentice program, a highly selective, intensive program designed to prepare students for careers in the arts.

David Neuger, president and CEO of Neuger Communications Group, said, “Becky has already proven to be a wonderfully dedicated individual who shares the firm’s values of integrity, excellence and success. She’s a valuable member of our team and we’re delighted to have her on board.”

Carlson is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and management studies. A native of Shakopee, Minn., Carlson now resides in downtown Northfield.


Charlie Stark Is At It Again: Solarize Northfield

In 2008 Metro Transit awarded Charlie Stark with Commuter of the Year and again in 2012 they recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Now Stark is at it again.

Stark made the transition to solar four years ago when he purchased a 7kW solar array for his Northfield home. He received incredible incentives from the State of Minnesota and Xcel Energy, along with a generous Tax Credit from the federal government. His experience prompted him to look further into solar. Now Stark is helping other Northfield Residents go solar for a fraction of the price by teaming up with a Minnesota Solar installer.


Local Doodle Artist Goes National

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Shona Brooks, local artist and co-owner of the Eclectic Goat, was recently awarded a contract with MindWare®, a national game and toy company for kids, for the production of two illustrated books based on her line of Doodle your day away. The illustrations are intended as artwork to be added to by coloring with crayons, colored pencils or markers. The books, titled Fantastical Style Animals and Fantastical Style Flowers, will hold over twenty pages of designs and will be available for purchase on the company’s website mindware.com in the fall of 2013.

“I’m grateful to have this opportunity,” said Brooks. "The goal is to aspire others to create their own art."


First National Bank of Northfield Promotes Kim Paddock, Hires Lindsay Hawkins

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has promoted Kim Paddock to vice president and hired Lindsay Hawkins as deposit services officer.

Paddock, who has 26 years’ experience at First National, will continue to serve the personal lending needs of customers. With her promotion, she’ll take on additional leadership responsibilities for the retail banking team at First National – South.

Hawkins brings with her 12 years of banking experience. She is also an Iraq War veteran. Located at the bank’s historic downtown location, her primary responsibilities will be to educate personal and business banking clients on the products and services available through First National.


Help Solve Downtown Parking Problems

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Want to have a voice in solving downtown parking problems?

The city has contracted Griff Wigley (Wigley and Associates) to create and manage a way for the public to participate in a conversation about downtown parking.  He has launched “Parking Management for Downtown Northfield, MN (http://northfieldparking.wordpress.com/) where everyone can learn about the parking issue, participate in the discussion, and have an impact on future city decisions.

Need for and possible solutions for additional parking downtown have been discussed for many years. Creating new parking lots is one option. At a recent meeting the city council approved their parking committee’s proposal (which included use of social media) for engaging stakeholders in discussions for better management of parking in the downtown area.  The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation will conduct the conversation, according to City Administrator Tim Madigan in his December 11 memo to the council.


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