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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!

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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

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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

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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

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