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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.


Union Pacific Foundation Honors Northfield Retirement Community with $1,000 Grant

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Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Union Pacific Community-Based Grants Program to assist in the development of Pathways of Faith Park. The park, located on the NRC campus, is designed to be a community gathering place that will provide space for relaxation, reflection and opportunities for individual meditation. The Union Pacific Foundation, which awarded the grant at a special reception in the Twin Cities, exists to support nonprofit organizations whose projects improve and enrich quality of life in the communities in which Union Pacific employees live and work.


First National's Janet Topp Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Janet Topp

This month, Northfield’s own Janet Topp celebrates 50 years of service to First National Bank of Northfield. She began her career after graduating from Northfield High School in 1962. An open house in Topp’s honor is planned for Thursday, June 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the bank’s Downtown location – 329 Division Street.

Topp, who joined First National as a bookkeeper, has seen her responsibilities steadily grow. Today, she serves as a teller supervisor and oversees the bank’s Mainstreeters Club – a nearly 1,000-member social club for customers 55 years of age or older.

She says, “I’ve seen an amazing amount of change in the banking industry – the progression from 10-key adding machines to calculators to computers – and I couldn’t be more proud to have contributed my time and skills to First National. It’s really a great place to work.”


Taste of Northfield returns this Thursday

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The 7th Annual Taste of Northfield returns Thursday, June 14th, in downtown Northfield. The event will take place on Bridge Square from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Bring your taste buds to this feast! Whether you’re an epicurean or just know a good burger when you bite into one, this event is sure to meet your cravings. There’s also a James Gang bank raid re-enactment, beer & wine tent, silent auction, raffle for $1000.00, and plenty of family-friendly activities — fun for all ages! Live music from the Northfield Community Band, the Rice Country Roosters, and the Big Wu will add to the lively scene, plus dancing in the streets into the night!


Northfield Retirement Community Announces 2012 Golf Classic

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Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) invites the community to participate in its 6th Annual NRC Golf Classic, held on Monday, June 4, at Northfield Golf Club. The NRC Golf Classic is a fundraising event put on by the Northfield Retirement Community Foundation and is designed to provide broad support for the NRC mission of delivering premier living environments and outreach services to aging individuals.

Event organizer and NRC Vice President of Long Term Care Operations Tom Nielsen said, “Last year’s event went extraordinarily well and we’re looking forward to building on its success. The Northfield community – those who are familiar with NRC, those who know us by reputation alone, as well as others – has been tremendously supportive and we’re anticipating a full house once again this year.”


No cost events to help you improve your employee wellness program

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Rice County Public Health is pleased to announce a series of free skills sessions, e-newsletters and turn-key tools to help employers build and strengthen their employee wellness program.

A kick-off meeting is being held Tuesday, May 15. Attendees will receive an overview of the series, guidance on building a stronger business case for workplace wellness and learn about workplace wellness best practices. The kick-off meeting is Tuesday, May 15 from 8:15 to 10:30 am in the Teleconference Room at South Central College, 1225 3rd Street SW, Faribault. A light breakfast will be served.


Atina Diffley Speaks at Just Food

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Local author and co-founder of Gardens of Eagan Atina Diffley will be at Just Food Co-op on Thursday, April 26, 7-8:30 p.m. to do a free talk on her new book and her life in the organic farming business. Register through justfood.coop and hear her words of wisdom.  
 
About the book:
 
“Turn Here Sweet Corn is an unexpected page-turner. Atina Diffley’s compelling account of her life as a Minnesota organic farmer is deeply moving not only from a personal standpoint but also from the political. Diffley reveals the evident difficulties of small-scale organic farming but is inspirational about its value to people and the planet.”—Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat

Visitor Bureau Seeking Travel Packages & Promotions

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The Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is currently collecting travel packages & promotions starting with the months of May and June.

Accommodations, restaurants, area attractions & retail shops are encouraged to collectively, or independently, develop their own enticing travel packages and/or share deals for spring and early summer promotion. 

General theme suggestions for the upcoming tourism season are around music, recreation, history and the arts tied with lodging, dining and shopping. See a list of upcoming events here. Please send submissions to info@northfieldchamber.com by Friday, April 20th.

This listing will be promoted through the Northfield CVB’s website at no cost to participants.


Cities, Services, and Funding: Broader Thinking, Better Solutions - Community Conversation

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The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) met with people from Northfield and across the state to look at the future of Minnesota cities.   People shared their preferences, ideas and concerns about what city services and funding should look like. This is an opportunity for you to hear what our friends and neighbors had to say about this important topic, weigh-in on what was learned, and give input on the issues affecting our city.

The meeting will be held at the NCRC at 7pm on April 19th.  Space is limited – please RSVP directly todreeder@lmc.org or 651-215-4031. 


Northfield Retirement Community Announces April 22 Youth Volunteer Spring Event

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Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) has announced the details of its Youth Volunteer Spring Event, a gathering of community members, youth groups and others, designed to build connections, encourage community involvement and enrich the lives of both NRC residents and volunteers. This year’s event coincides with National Volunteer Week and Earth Day, and will take place on Sunday, April 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Northfield Retirement Community campus.

“This event is an outgrowth of our Backyard Mission, which emphasizes our belief in the importance of putting Christian love into action,” said Milosha Malecha, director of activities and volunteer opportunities at NRC. “Our goal is to bring people together – young and old, residents and community members – to create lasting connections and make a positive impact on our campus. We encourage organizations, groups, youth and families to help us celebrate Earth Day with our Youth Volunteer Spring Event.”


KYMN reports sale of the Northfield Hospital

KYMN posted a story this morning, reporting on the imminent sale of the Northfield Hospital:

The Northfield Hospital Board of Directors have announced they have reached an agreement to sell the facility and its clinics to retail giant Walmart, signaling the Arkansas-based behemoth’s long-awaited entrance into the healthcare industry.

The company’s website today is trumpeting the arrival of the “Walspital” in Northfield.

Click here to visit the KYMN website and read the entire article.


Malt-O-Meal rolls out new "Chipotle" breakfast cereal

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Malt-O-Meal announced the regional testing of a new hot breakfast cereal flavor: Smoky Chipotle.  Chipotle will join existing hot cereal flavors Original, Chocolate, and Maple & Brown Sugar.  MOM spokeswoman April Sloof explained their decision to expand the flavor line-up:

"The flavor preferences of the average American are evolving over time and we here at M-O-M pride ourselves at staying at the forefront of American haute hot cuisine.  As the melting pot of America changes, so to will the Malt-O-Meal breakfast pot."

"The new 'Smoky Chipotle' cereal features a strong Southwest pepper flavor and hints of liquid smoke, just like the porridge your Mom used to make.  We think it harkens back to a simpler time, a time where kids were free to bicycle among the cactii without helmets on."

The new flavor will be appearing on store shelves soon as Northfield has been selected as one of the test markets.


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