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Submitted by susanpokorney on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:23am
The Northfield YMCA is pleased to announce its newest 2014 Board Volunteers: Gretchen Ehresmann, Tracy Nelson, Chris Kennelly, Andrea Hoff, Cheryl Buck and Beth Berry. “This will be a very exciting year as we work to open the new Y facility,” says Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director. For a complete list of all Y Volunteer Board members, visit the YMCA website at http://northfieldymca.org/about/board Pictured at the Y's construction site are Nate Jacobi, Y Board Chair, Chris Kennelly, Cheryl Buck, Gretchen Ehresmann, Tracy Nelson and Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director.
Submitted by Lewis Campbell on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:51am
Plans are afoot to organize a new Toastmasters club in Northfield. The planners envision the group will meet on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening in classroom or public meeting space on the St. Olaf campus. Interested community members and students should contact either Elisabeth Sepulveda, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lewis Campbell, email@example.com.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:17am
Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s. We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.
There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:43pm
Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community? The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week. Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:53am
On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.
According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:33pm
On January 18, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students, institutions, and business representatives. Find practical solutions to benefit our community through a Community Activity & Idea Fair on energy saving steps and resources for large and small local businesses. Breakout session topics include the science of climate change, business perspectives on climate and energy, and the impact of climate on local agriculture and more. The Summit will take place at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College and is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For the schedule of free events and registration, go to http://northfieldclimatesummit.org. Join in the conversation at facebook.com/northfieldclimatesummit and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate.
Submitted by Julie Ryan on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:27am
Epic Enterprise, a non-profit in Dundas that serves people with disabilities in Rice County and the surrounding area, hosted its annual awards banquet on November 12th at the Northfield Ballroom. More than 250 attended the event, including Epic individuals, their families, staff, board members and area business leaders who partner with Epic to help people actively participate in the community.
Linda Hibbard, Executive Director of Epic, recognized many individuals and staff for their involvement with Epic Enterprise. The annual Business Partnership of the Year Award was given to Peter Abrahamson and Randy Clay of Bon Appetit at St. Olaf because they consistently demonstrate that they value and embrace every individual with their efforts to include Epic’s supported employees in company activities.
Interested in learning more about the building of the Northfield Y Community Center? Join us for Breakfast with VirginiaSubmitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 9:27am
Join us for Breakfast with Virginia, Friday October 25th 7:30-9:00 am at the National Guard Armory (519 Division Street).
7:30-7:45 Welcome Guests
7:45-8:00 Short presentation
8:00- ? Q&A and more opportunities to learn more
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 5:58am
October 16, 2013 – Today, the Northfield Area Family YMCA has announced it will host its official groundbreaking celebration for its new facility, located at 1500 Honey Locust Drive, on Tuesday, November 5. Groundbreaking activities for all ages are set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m., with a formal program slated to begin at 4 p.m. More information about the groundbreaking event can be found on the Y’s website – www.northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign.
Northfield Area Family YMCA Executive Director Virginia Kaczmarek said, “This is a big day for our Y. It will be a great resource for the entire community, open to everyone. Breaking ground on a new facility is a tremendous milestone for the organization, which has been steadily building up to this moment for the past eight years. We owe a great amount of thanks to everyone – donors, members, volunteers, staff members and more – for making this day a reality.”
Submitted by Rob Schanilec on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 9:42am
THE Entertainment Guide, the region’s number one resource for area arts and culture happenings, published its 100th issue last month.
What began as a last-minute volunteer-driven idea to provide Northfield with a program for an activity-packed 4th of July weekend eight years ago has grown into an indispensible monthly compendium of regional events that serves four counties.
The Guide is a product of By All Means Graphics, located then and now on Bridge Square, in the beating heart of downtown Northfield.
“It was a pretty amazing weekend,” says publisher Rob Schanilec of that all-important 2005 4th of July, “and it was happening right on our doorstep. The Showmobile was filled with local and regional entertainment, Johnny Western and Marilyn Sellars gave a joint concert at the high school, the Square was lined with food vendors and to top it off, we were shooting a man out of a cannon over the Cannon. The only thing missing was a program to put it all together.”
Submitted by Penny Hillemann on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 1:37pm
First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Taylor Ebneter as assistant vice president of technology and operations officer. Ebneter brings more than 10 years of banking experience to First National.
First National President Tim Viere said, “Taylor is an outstanding addition to the First National team. She represents the bank’s ongoing commitment to providing a community banking experience that is rich with the everyday technology conveniences customers have come to expect from their financial institutions. We’re delighted to have a person of her caliber join us.”
Prior to joining First National, Ebneter served in the technology department at Voyager Bank in Eden Prairie, Minn., spearheading key technology initiatives, managing the network, and configuring and installing the network infrastructure and software.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Sun, 07/14/2013 - 3:36pm
In 2009, T McKinley’s brother committed suicide, and his first question to himself was why he hadn’t done the same. In this moving and poignant memoir, McKinley takes the reader back through the events that led to a lifelong struggle with depression, shame, and inadequacy. Beginning with his own conception and birth and continuing through his parents’ divorce and the fragmentation of his family, McKinley traces the origins and evolution of his deep-seated belief that everyone would have been better off if he had never existed at all. In this way, McKinley blamed, rejected, and buried his inner child, setting himself up for a lifetime of disconnection and…
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 8:00am
Summer is the season for fresh, ripe fruit and berries, and there are several places around Northfield where you and your family can buy fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruit—or pick them yourself. Here’s a current list:
Cherry Leaf Farm. Cherries. 9697 Decker Avenue. (612) 669-4778.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 9:54am
At their meeting on Tuesday evening, Northfield City Council member Suzie Nakasian reported that the language to lift the ban on the Dan Patch Rail Line was not included in the legislature’s 2013 transportation bill. Although Senator Kevin Dahle succeeded in getting approval from the full senate for his proposal, Representative David Bly’s companion bill never got a hearing in the House Transportation Committee.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:48pm
This year's group of retiring St. Olaf College faculty and staff includes (front row, l–r, including year hired in parentheses): Phyllis Larson '69 (1993), Dean of the College's Office and Asian Studies; David Schodt (1977), Economics; Jill Ewald '87 (1998), Art and Art History; and Ruth Block (2006), Bookstore. Back row: Alan Norton (1996), Treasurer's Office; Bob Jacobel (1976), Physics; Kathy Schuurman (1999), Alumni and Parent Relations; Susan Jorgensen (1985), World Languages Center; Duane Schlobohm (1985), Facilities; Diane Thompson (1990), Facilities; Wendell Thompson (1990), Facilities; Cathy Draves (1984), Facilities; and — not retiring — President David R. Anderson '74.