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Becky Carlson Joins Neuger Communications Group

Becky Carlson

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.


100% Local - Yes, United Way

When you donate to charity, you like to know where your money goes.

You’ll like this: When you give to Northfield Area United Way, your money stays here. It helps fund 28+ programs in the Northfield area – all of them local services, helping people here at home.

Together, we feed our neighbors, help with housing, guide at-risk kids. We fund healthcare for the uninsured. We come through for victims of fire, flood, and domestic violence when they need help the most.    


Roundtable Workshop on South Highway 3 Scheduled for Friday and Saturday

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The Northfield Roundtable invites the community to another workshop with urban designer, Bill Johnson, on Friday, November 16 in the Lower Level of the Archer House from 8 AM – 12 noon and again on Saturday, November 17 from 8:30 – 10 AM. 

This is the fifth workshop facilitated by Johnson to assist the community to envision what “could be” regarding current and future uses and configurations in key areas of the city. This session will focus on the Highway 3 South corridor from the Cannon River bridge south of 5th Street to Menards in Dundas. 


The Eclectic Goat Adds More ART & Now BEADS!

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The store that is known for its eclectic mix of “hip handmade goods” recently relocated to 413 Division Street in Northfield. Nestled in the shopping district in the historic downtown, the Eclectic Goat is an artists’ emporium of sorts, drawing inspiring works from local talent ranging in mediums of wood to pottery and fabric to metal and more.

Eclectic Goat also recently acquired the business of Glass Garden Beads.

An open house will take place on Thursday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m. as a meet-and-greet in the new space with local artists’ debuts plus refreshments, sweets and a list of class offerings.

Co-owners Suzanne Klumb and Shona Brooks are excited about the new location and saw the time honored Northfield-based bead business as a natural fit, not only as a product line for Eclectic Goat’s expansion but also as an opportunity to incorporate jewelry making into their well-established schedule of monthly, hands-on classes.


Dale Finger is Making a Difference

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A Northfield businessman who’s provided job experience for hundreds of local teenagers has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s (HCI) “Making a Difference” Award for September. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Dale Finger has hired and trained an estimated 300 youth in the 23 years he’s owned the Quarterback Club family restaurant. Many employees have continued working for him part-time through high school and college, and some former employees have even been known to come in to work at times like Homecoming and Prom, when the high school employees are unavailable.


Northfield Retirement Community Receives National Recognition for Outstanding Customer and Workforce Satisfaction for the Fifth Year in a Row

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Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) announced today that for the fifth year in a row its Care Center has received My InnerView’s annual Excellence in Action award. This national award honors the facility’s commitment to superior customer and workforce satisfaction. Participating nursing homes from across the United States took part in a satisfaction survey, and of nearly 5,500 participants, the award recognizes only those providers that performed in the top 10 percent.


We're Growing - The Y has a Variety of Positions Available - Join Our Growing Team!

Join the Y

Northfield Area Family YMCA now has positions available - Join Our Growing Team!

At the YMCA, our programs incorporate our Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. We work hard to support healthy lifestyles by reaching out and engaging families and individuals who seek well-being and who are looking for ways to sustain a healthier lifestyle. Join our YMCA team and help us provide quality, safe and healthy programs and services in our community.


Epic employees earn statewide recognition

Epic Enterprise staff recognized by MHC

The Minnesota Habilitation Coalition (MHC) recently awarded special recognition to Epic Enterprise employees Gary Schelin (at left in photo) and Jennifer Turner. Schelin, a job coach, was given the Employment Service Award while Turner, in-house manager, earned the Enrichment Focus Award. The awards were given during the MHC annual meeting held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum earlier this summer.


Outlaw Run - Motorcycle Event this Saturday, Aug 18

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Jump on your steel horse and take to the Outlaw Trail Saturday, August 18, following the infamous James-Younger Gang escape route which dates back to the September 7, 1876, foiled bank robbery. Motorcycle enthusiasts follow the gang’s hoof prints tracking their desperate flee.

The event includes a re-enactment at the original bank site and a gathering afterwards at the Rueb’N’Stein. The event also includes live music, entertainment and stops along the way.  All proceeds benefit the Northfield Historical Society Youth Programs.

The first 100 people to check in at the registration table (8:00 -10:00 a.m.) will receive an Ole Roll from the Ole Store.  You will also get a banana from Just Food Co-Op and a free cookie from the James Gang Hideaway!

For more information, go to http://www.northfieldhistory.org/outlawrun/ or http://visitingnorthfield.com/.


Epic Enterprise once again earns top accreditation rating

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Epic Enterprise, 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.


NRC’s Nielsen and Holden Receive Prestigious Awards

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Two members of the Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) senior leadership team recently received prestigious awards. Tom Nielsen, vice president of long term care operations and administrator, received the Melvin Jones Fellowship from The Northfield Lions Club, and Shelley Holden, vice president of residential housing and property management, was selected to participate in the 2012-13 Aging Services of Minnesota Leadership Academy.


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