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No cost events to help you improve your employee wellness program


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

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 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


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 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


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 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


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.

Community Action Center of Northfield Seeking Nominations for its Board of Directors

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The Community Action Center is seeking nominations for election to its Board of Directors. You may nominate yourself or someone else by completing an application and including a letter addressing the nominee’s skills, background, term availability and interest in serving on the Board. Nominations will be reviewed for upcoming vacancies and will be maintained for future consideration.

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce Wants Your Two Cents!

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Could you spare the time to answer four brief questions? Your input will help shape the future of Northfield’s business landscape as the Board of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and newly formed selection committee begin a search for a new executive director. Give us your thoughts by filling out the survey here: If you’re curious, you can view the current job description on our website:

Thank you for your time. We greatly appreciate your input and look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Eclectic Goat Hosts Guest Artist Jimmy Reagan


Jimmy Reagan, a prolific young Minnesota artist who faces the challenges of autism will be a guest artist at the Eclectic Goat on March 22 from 5-8 p.m. Eclectic Goat, which showcases the work of over fifty regional artists, has selected Reagan’s work to be on display throughout the end of the month and into mid-April.

Although Reagan’s language was lost at about the age of two due to the regressive on-set of his condition, the 18-year-old artist from Mendota Heights’ future shines bright today. His art has become a way for him to communicate, in great depth and intensity, his passion for life. “It’s opened doors,” said his mother Peg Schneeman Reagan, and “the viewer is transported into Jimmy's world, genuinely experiencing the world as he understands it.  It is full of bold color, imagination, and beauty … a celebration of life.”

The talented artist has garnered some notable attention as of late. Reagan was recently selected as the featured artist for the 2012 University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital WineFest No. 17, benefiting children’s health research. His painting, "Cafe at Night," provides the inspiration for the two-day event. In addition, six of Jimmy's images are on magnums of wine from the William Gordon Winery in California.  His art is also featured in collections adorning the walls of private and public residences, law offices, investment firms and physician clinics.

Dutch Masters, Impressionism, Cubism and Pop Art have inspired him. Renowned artists such as Rembrandt, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso and Warhol fuel his imagination, yet Reagan’s artistic style speaks for itself – it’s both distinct and uniquely his own.

5th Bridge Seeks Ideas for Large-Scale Volunteer Event

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5th Bridge, the Northfield-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting habits of volunteerism and philanthropy, announced a request for proposals (RFP) process to gather ideas for a large-scale volunteer event to be held in the community later this year or early next year. Through the process, the group aims to collect ideas from partnering organizations interested in co-hosting an event that will engage between 250 and 2,000 volunteers in a locally based activity. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2012.

WCCO visits The Ole Store Restaurant


Twin Cities CBS affiliate WCCO recently visited The Ole Store Restaurant.

Curiocity: Big Flavors At Small Town Ole Store

"As I drove south on Interstate 35, as the early winter sun set with vibrant orange-yellow light, I was reminded of the beauty of this state. Not 15 minutes into the drive, the dirty black and white cityscapes melt into snow-kissed farm fields, dotted with country farm houses of the past — once painted in vivid red, now just a reminder of what used to be."    

         - Adam Estrem @mspfoodie

Read the full story at WCCO.

MPR features Northfield 'Agripreneurs'

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"More than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, Latinos are entrepreneurs, and that tendency has been increasing," begins Elizabeth Baier in a Minnesota Public Radio story that focuses on Northfield's Rural Enterprise Center. "Nearly a quarter of all new entrepreneurs in 2010 were Latino, according to the Kauffman Foundation, which has been studying the topic for many years.

Exhibitors needed for Northfield's Perennial Earth Day Celebration on April 28


The organizers of Northfield's Perennial Earth Day Celebration would like to invite area organizations, businesses, local growers, and anyone else with something to share about re-localization and sustainability efforts, to register as an exhibitor at this year's event.

The event, with the theme "A Call to Action," will take place on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 5:00 p.m., outside the UCC Church on Union Street. Bring a table and chair to set up your display. The cost to be an exhibitor is $15, payable to Transition Northfield, PO Box 414, Northfield MN 55057.




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