Items related to businesses in and around Northfield

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.

Just Food Class: Ukrainian Egg Decorating!

You can learn a new skill and make something pretty this weekend at Just Food Co-op’s Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class. It’s taught by Laura Heiman, who has been using this unique art form (also called Pysanky) for more than 25 years. But what is Ukrainian Egg Decorating?

How cool is this? You use beeswax to draw on an egg, then dye the egg. When the wax is then removed, you’ve got a beautifully decorated, unique egg. Laura will show you how to do it, step by step. And those who attend the class can take at least three finished eggs home with them! Because the egg is blown, this can make a wonderful gift for Mothers Day or any other spring holiday. How intricate can these designs get? The photo you see in this post is of an egg that Laura did when the Co-op first opened.

An Economic Stimulus Plan That Starts With “Thank You”

We’ve all been through it. The empty feeling in the pit of our stomach when a treasured friend moves away, later to be replaced by long distance phone calls, a stream of emails, and birthday cards in the mail, always looking forward to the day we’ll reunite.

Sadly, those comforting feelings don’t apply when the treasured friend is a retail store that’s become part of our daily life. When River City Books closes at the end of the month, countless residents of Northfield will be left with that “pit of the stomach” emptiness that has no long distance relief on the horizon.

Northfield Health Reform Update

Mar 31 2009 7:00 pm
Mar 31 2009 10:00 pm

 The Northfield Area Citizens for Universal Health Care are meeting Tuesday March 31st 7pm at the Northfield Library meeting room. The community is invited to come and learn more about what is happening at the state and federal levels with health reform. After the meeting we will adjourn to St.Olaf College, Buntrock Commons – Viking Theater to view the new PBS Frontline program “Sick Around America” which begins at 9pm.

NDA Dancers Perform for Northfield Retirement Center Residents

Northfield Dance Academy (NDA) dancers ages 2-15 performed for the Northfield Retirement Center (NRC) Residents on Friday, March 20th.  The dancers shared 12 of their dances and also handed out cards they made for the residents.  NDA Dancers look forward to performing at NRC every year as one way they can give back to the Northfield Community!  For more information about NDA's community performances, please visit

Northfield Dance Academy's Competition Camp & Auditions (August 3-6 & 10-13)

Aug 10 2009 11:00 am
Aug 13 2009 6:00 pm
Competition Camp & Auditions (Ages 7 & up: August 3-6 & 10-13)
Come and audition for NDA's Competition Teams! 
Classes instructed by Carisa Drews, Faith Mitchell, and Ellen Keane. 
Classes take place Mon-Thurs for two weeks. 
Northfield Dance Academy
640 Water St. So. (River Park Mall)

Northfield Dance Academy's Competition Camp & Auditions (August 3-6 & 10-13)

Aug 3 2009 11:00 am
Aug 6 2009 6:00 pm

Competition Camp & Auditions (Ages 7 & up: August 3-14)
Come and audition for NDA's Competition Teams!  Classes instructed by Carisa Drews, Faith Mitchell, and Ellen Keane. 
Classes take place Mon-Thurs for two weeks. 

Northfield Dance Academy's Competition Team Info. Meeting

Jul 27 2009 6:00 pm

Competition Team Info. Meeting (All ages: July 27 @ 6pm at studio)
Interested in one of NDA's Competition Teams?!  Come to our informational meeting to learn about our program and ask questions! 




Northfield Dance Academy's July Summer Classes (All ages: July 13-24, Two weeks)

Jul 13 2009 3:30 pm
Jul 24 2009 7:45 pm

Northfield Dance Academy's July Summer Classes (All ages: July 13-24, Two weeks)

Visit for more information! 

Classes include:
Ballet II, Ballet III, Ballet IV, Ballet V (call for placement)
Tap/Jazz/Hip Hop (Ages 5-7) & (Ages 8 & up)
Kicks/Jumps/Turns (Beg/Int)& (Int/Adv)
Baton Twirling (All Ages/All Levels)
Open Ballet (All Ages/All Levels)
Creative Movement (Ages 3-4)
PrePointe (call for placement)
Hip Hop (All Ages/All Levels)
Fairytale Ballet (Ages 5-6)
Lyrical (Ages 7 & up)

Hot Summer DEAL!!!
1st class full price.  Addt'l classes half off!  (July Classes only)



Northfield Dance Academy's Mini Theme Camps (Ages 3-12: Mon-Thurs)

Jun 22 2009 4:00 pm
Jun 25 2009 7:45 pm

Northfield Dance Academy's Mini Theme Camps (Ages 3-12: Mon-Thurs)

Dancers experience a new theme everyday!  Instructed by Faith Mitchell (Masters in Dance Performance).

5:15-6:30 (Ages 3-5)
4:00-5:15 (Ages 6-8)
6:30-7:45 (Ages 9-12)

Visit for more information!


Health Care Access for All - The Minnesota Health Plan

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).

These words written by our founding fathers still ring true today. Surely, good health is one of the unalienable Rights (of all) to ensure Life---and the pursuit of Happiness.

Northfield First Rally at Bridge Square

Mar 7 2009 1:00 pm
Mar 7 2009 2:00 pm

4th and 5th Graders from Prairie Creek Community School will be on Bridge Square distributing pledge sheets urging people to shop in stores unique to Northfield whenever they are able.  Just Food and other area businesses will join in the celebration.

Shop Northfield First -- Students Work to Help Downtown Businesses

prairie creek community schoolSubmitted by Jeremy Andrew, 4th grade student at Prairie Creek Community School

Recently at Prairie Creek Community School, the 4th and 5th graders created a plan to keep businesses unique to Northfield running. We have a pledge asking people to look in Northfield first for what they need before going to chain stores. When it’s time to go out for dinner we want people to consider local restaurants like Tiny’s or The Tavern. If nobody considers stores that only Northfield has, those stores will probably go out of business, and then there won’t be many unique-to-Northfield shops left.

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