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Northfield Hospital Seeks Input on Important Qualities for New President and CEO

northfield hospitalThe Northfield Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors is commencing a search for a new President and CEO.  A Search Committee has been appointed by the Board to lead this effort and includes the following members:

  • John M. Lundblad, Board & Committee Chair
  • Dixon Bond, Board & Committee Vice Chair
  • James Schlichting, Board Member
  • Randy Reister, M.D. & Board Member
  • Rodney Christensen, M.D.
  • Robert Shepley, M.D.
  • Mary Quinn Crow, Administration
  • Mary Rossing, Northfield Mayor
  • Jim Blaha, Community Action Center
  • Karen Gervais, League of Women Voters Member

The Search Committee is in the process of developing a position profile and is interested in what the community believes are the most important qualities for candidates for the President/CEO position.  If you are interested in providing input about these qualities, please contact the Search Committee by e-mail at:

St. Paul paper features Northfield lawyer's blog

A recent St. Paul Pioneer Press story, "When marriage goes bad, family law attorney steps in to ease the pain," features Northfield divorce attorney and family mediator Carl Arnold's blog, Always Family Center.

"There's a popular news blog in Northfield, it's a way for people to talk about civic issues and things like that," Arnold told the paper. "I thought I could apply the same approach to family law, use this technology to share information and links, to point people in the right direction.

Conserving through composting at St. Olaf College

Lots of people have heard that St. Olaf composts its food waste ... but do you know how the process actually works? Check out this new video news story at and learn how the process turns leftover cafeteria food into nutrients for new food that's raised by students in the St. Olaf vegetable garden. (And watching this video is a little less stinky than visiting the composter shed.)

Watch the video.

Berry Good and Fresh

woman, girl, and boy picking raspberriesThe raspberry season is underway and there is no better way to support locally grown products than to make a stop at Lorence’s Berry Farm this summer.  The farm, which planted its first berries in 1979, began with strawberries and raspberries.  The raspberry crop, however, had a rough start according to Shawn Lorence, co-owner of Lorence’s Berry Farm.  After the crop suffered the effects of a hailstorm, Shawn’s father, Dave Lorence said, “That’s it, I don’t want to mess around with raspberries anymore.”  The struggle to grow a successful raspberry crop continued after Shawn planted a few more raspberry bushes in 1989 but had a hard time getting them to fruit.  However the Lorence’s stuck with it and have been doing pick your own raspberries and farmer

Hospital long term care center gets high marks

Northfield Hospital’s Long Term Care Center is among the most highly ranked nursing homes in the state, according to the latest Nursing Home Report Card released earlier this year by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The hospital’s Long Term Care Center received 31 stars out of a possible 35 based on seven quality measures, tying it with the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Paul, Fair Meadow in Fertile, Minn., and Caledonia Care in Caledonia, Minn. for top honors. The Long Term Care Center received five out of a possible five stars for staff retention, the sparing use of temporary staffing, the high proportion of single rooms” (100 percent), and scores on state inspections. It received four of five stars for outcomes on a number of state-mandated quality indicators and hours of direct care, and three out of five for quality of life ratings by residents. 

Smart Shoppers Shop Used

While the state of the nation’s economy remains troubled, it seems as if everyone is on the lookout for a good bargain.  Aside from the usual garage sales, thrift shops are a great place to save a few bucks.

Northfield’s Used A Bit Shoppe offers everything from household furnishings, tools, toys & puzzles, collectables, home décor, and jewelry. 

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. 

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