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Submitted by Amy Acheson on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 12:08pm
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."
Submitted by Leah Rich on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:36pm
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 11:09pm
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.
Submitted by Betsy Spethmann on Sat, 11/24/2012 - 3:55pm
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:36am
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.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 7:26pm
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.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 5:31pm
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 RowSubmitted by Leah Rich on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 3:48pm
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.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 2:39pm
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.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 9:54am
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.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:46am
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!
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 1:17pm
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.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 3:01pm
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.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 9:05am
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.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 4:04pm
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.”