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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. 

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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