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Rowley receives statewide award for EPIC work

Neil Rowley has been awarded the DIrect Support Professional Award from the Minnesota Habilitation Coalition.The Minnesota Habilitation Coalition has named Neil Rowley, who directs the Life Enrichment Program for EPIC Enterprises, the recipient of this year's Direct Support Professional Award. The statewide award recognizes Rowley's efforts to develop EPIC's Life Enrichment Program into a central element of the organization's services. The Dundas-based nonprofit EPIC provides services to and work opportunities for area adults with developmental disabilities.

Executive Director of Northfield Union of Youth/The Key Stepping Down.....Looking for a Suitable Replacement

Joshua Hinnenkamp, the Northfield Union of Youth's current Executive Director will be stepping down late August/early September.  If you are an organized, multi-tasking individual that who has experience with youth ages 12-20 you should consider applying.  If anyone wishes to catch a glimpse of the job description or apply, please check out 

St. Olaf College named Xcel Energy's No. 2 'Efficiency Partner'

Xcel Energy has named St. Olaf College its No. 2 "Efficiency Partner" -- one of 56 businesses the company has honored for participating in Xcel's 2008 efficiency programs. Collectively, the 56 businesses saved more than 80 million kilowatt-hours, "enough to power 36 big box retail stores," according to Xcel. St. Olaf was noted in the "Top 10" list for having saved 6.91 million kWh.

St. Olaf also ranked No. 1 in natural gas efficiency, with 417,840 therms saved.

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Carleton's Community Newsletter: commencement, construction updates, community service and more!

Intersections - June 2009The latest issue of Intersections, Carleton’s email newsletter for the Northfield community, is out. Visit the College’s Community Connections web site to subscribe to the newsletter.

Stories in the June 2009 issue:

  • Carleton Set to Host 135th Commencement, Alumni Reunion
  • New Residence Halls Near Completion
  • Carleton Announces Major in Environmental and Technology Studies
  • Empty Bowls Project Raises More Than $5,600 for Local Food Shelf
  • Carleton to Host Ninth Annual "Lighten-Up" Garage Sale
  • Summer Volunteer Work Days in the Arboretum
  • Seen Around Carleton

Read the full newsletter online.

Featuring Art & Photography by Pam Teorey

May 30 2009 1:17 pm
Jun 30 2009 5:00 pm

Pam Teorey Art & Photography on display in our showroom until June 30th!  Stop by anytime Monday-Friday from 9-5 or Saturday 9-2.






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Register NOW for Summer Dance Programs at Northfield Dance Academy!

Register NOW for Northfield Dance Academy's "Top-of-the-Line" yet affordable Summer Programs!  Our Summer Programs are a great opportunity to try a class out for fun!  Visit our website for details, schedules, teacher bios, and registration forms!  Classes fill fast! Register via phone, mail, fax, or stop-in! 

Northfield's Klingon Connection

If you were suddenly beamed aboard a Klingon Bird of Prey, would you know how to ask for directions to the bathroom?  Thanks to Ultralingua, a software company co-founded by Northfielder Jeff Ondich, all you would need to handle such a 24th century emergency is a little 21st century technology—an iPhone equipped with Ultralingua’s Klingon Language Suite.  Available from the iPhone App Store, the Klingon Language Suite includes a Klingon-English Dictionary, a phrasebook, and the audiobook Conversational Klingon.  The Klingon Language Suite is the latest offering from the Minneapolis-based company, which specializes in dictionary, translation, and grammar software.  

OASIS facilitates social innovation at St. Olaf

Oles Advancing Social Innovation and SustainabilityAs they wrap up a busy yet successful inaugural school year of operation, members of a new St. Olaf organization committed to meeting universal social needs are already looking ahead. Oles Advancing Social Innovation and Sustainability (OASIS) is a learning community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are actively engaged in social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Compact Fluorescent Recycling in Northfield

According to the EPA's EnergyStar website, compact fluorescent lightbulbs use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, representing a $30 saving in energy costs over the life of the bulb.  "If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL," the EPA states, "we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 800,000 cars." 

The problem with compact fluorescents is that each bulb contains a small amount of mercury—approximately 4 milligrams per bulb.  Mercury is a toxic element and hazardous environmental contaminant. 

National, area business leaders to be featured in 'Best Practices in Business Leadership' presentation

May 5 2009 7:00 pm
May 5 2009 8:30 pm

As part of his senior project for his major in business leadership, St. Olaf senior David Sayre will present "Best Practices in Business Leadership" Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in Regents Hall 210. "Over the last two semesters I've read more than 14 books and 65 articles, and interviewed 12 business executives/emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds -- all on the topic of leadership," he says. "I encourage you to come even if you're not necessarily interested in business."

Business leaders who have been interviewed by Sayre and who will be featured in his multimedia presentation are:

Kitchen Concepts & Olson Brothers Grand Opening!!!

May 4 2009 9:00 am
May 30 2009 2:00 pm

Kitchen Concepts & Olson Brothers recently moved to a new location.  We have doubled our size.  Please come visit us at our new place: 1001 Hwy 3 South, Northfield, MN 55057.  Just a couple blocks from our old location- right next to McDonalds- can't miss us!

Grand Opening Promotion:

  • Free sink with countertop purchase
  • 30% Off Top Knob Hardware
  • 10 % off American Olean tile orders and Install
  • 10% OFF Moen, Kohler, Grohe adn Delta faucets
  • $8 sf installed- Seasons 3/4" prefinished wood floor (oak, hickory, birch)
  • Free wood species upgrade on Dura Supreme and Bertch Legacy cabinets
  • Choise of KitchenAid Mixer, All Clad Cookware Set or J.A. Henchel Cutlery Set with your qualifying Dura Supreme Cabinet order
  • Also Register to win some great PRIZES!!!!!


Northfield Downtown Development Corporation forum to feature 'College Civic Engagement' May 5

May 5 2009 8:00 am
May 5 2009 9:15 am

On Tuesday, May 5, at 8 a.m. join Northfield's business and civic leaders in the Riverview Conference Room (lower level, Archer House) to hear staff members from St. Olaf and Carleton colleges discuss their respective civic engagement programs that get students into the community through work and study programs.

The event, sponsored by the NDDC, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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EPIC Enterprises earns top accreditation rating

EPIC Enterprises, the Dundas-based nonprofit that provides services to and work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, recently was evaluated by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an independent agency that certifies a variety of human care facilities around the world. According to CARF, services that meet their rigorous standards "are among the best available."

After a two-day process conducted by two CARF reviewers, EPIC received a three-year accreditation -- CARF's highest possible rating. Published comments from the reviewers call the EPIC staff "caring and well-trained" and note that they are "dedicated to improving the quality of life" for clients. "Persons served ... are obviously benefiting from the services they are receiving," the report says.

Free Ecological Yard Care Workshop

Apr 25 2009 11:00 am
Apr 25 2009 12:30 pm

Ever considered the ecological impact of your yard?  The choices you make in your yard are far more than aesthetic: they affect the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the health of your family and our ecosystem. To help you make your yard as environmentally-friendly as possible, this Arbor Day the Northfield Environmental Quality Commission will present a free workshop on eco-savvy landscaping. This information-packed workshop will cover “green” lawn care, native plants, trees, and fruit and vegetable gardening.  We’ll end with an informal seed swap (bring any extras you’d like to give away) and time for you to talk to college student farmers interested in helping you get started on your yard projects!

Presented by the Northfield Environmental Quality Commission in partnership with Just Food Co-op

When: April 25, 11am-12:30 p.m., No Charge
Location: In the Just Food Event Space, 516 Water St. S.

Lecture on supply chain networks in a global economy

Apr 16 2009 8:00 pm
Apr 16 2009 9:30 pm

Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will present "Synergies and Vulnerabilities of Supply Chain Networks in a Global Economy: What We Can Learn from Half a Century of Advances in Transportation" Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. at St. Olaf College in Regents Hall 390. Nagurney also is director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks and director of the Supernetworks Laboratory for Computation and Visualization, and she teaches in the Department of Finance and Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management.

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