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Chamber Executive Director Steps Down


After 31 years of service to the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Feldbrugge announced this week that she is resigning her role as executive director effective at the end of April 2012. She informed the Board of Directors on Monday at its monthly Board meeting and the Chamber membership was notified through an email from Chamber President Rick Estenson.

Neuger Communications Group Announces Staff Changes in Web Services

Wendy Placko

Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing communications and public relations, announced the addition of Wendy Placko as web specialist. Placko joins the web and data services team where she will be responsible for helping to develop and manage client websites and to support database management efforts.

Prior to joining Neuger Communications Group, Placko served as an administrative assistant at St. Olaf College where she worked with the TRiO Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound and GEAR UP programs. At St. Olaf, she managed three different websites, designed and edited newsletters and brochures, and administered databases for the TRiO programs. She has also served as the webmaster for the Monarch Gift Shop and The Measuring Cup, local retailers in Northfield, Minn.

Dean Kjerland Honored at City Council Meeting



Dean Kjerland was honored at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening for the work he has done to energize the Northfield downtown area.  In their comments recognizing Kjerland’s contributions, Councilors Suzie Nakasian and Betsey Buckheit emphasized the importance of the arts as an economic development engine in the community and congratulated him for his role in fueling that effort,

Carleton College Community Newsletter: February 2012 Issue is Online

IntersectionsThe latest issue of Intersections, Carleton’s email newsletter for the Northfield community, is out now. You can read the issue online or subscribe to the newsletter via the College's Community Connections website.

Stories in the February 2012 issue:

  • Chronicle of Higher Education: "In an Old School Building, Carleton College and Its Community Enjoy New Lessons"
  • Carleton Joins St. Olaf, NDDC in College-Community Collaborative Plan
  • Getting to Know: Sameena Ahmed '12, ACT Volunteer
  • Video Feature: Tour of Perlman Teaching Museum, Sneak Preview of Winter Term Exhibits
  • Carleton Announces Formation of Center for Community and Civic Engagement
  • Carleton, St. Olaf Make Annual Donation to City of Northfield

Read the full newsletter online.

Northfield Retirement Community Receives Grant from the Mardag Foundation

Northfield Retirement Community

Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Mardag Foundation of St. Paul, Minn., to facilitate the development and launch of family caregiver support groups. It’s NRC’s hope that these groups will provide family caregivers with a safe place to share emotions and voice needs, and offer education and information about caregiving and relating to an aging family member.

Kyle Nordine, president and CEO of NRC, said, “We’re very grateful for the monies from the Mardag Foundation – they’ll go a long way in helping us launch this much-needed program. In an era where more and more adult children find themselves offering support and guidance to their aging parents, it’s increasingly important to have a support system in place to help them navigate their care options. NRC has a long history as an educational resource for the community and this is no exception.”

Epic Enterprise Receives CarTime donation

CarTime General Manager Jared Hubers presents a $1,000 check to Epic Enterprise Executive Director Linda Hibbard

Epic Enterprise is pleased to announce receipt of a $1,000 donation from Dundas auto dealership CarTime Auto Center"All of us at CarTime are proud to support and be a part of the community efforts of Epic," said CarTime General Manager Jared Hubers (in photo) as he presented the check to Linda Hibbard, executive director of Epic. The money will go toward the purchase of a new bus for the Dundas-based nonprofit that serves adults with disabilities.

The bus will join Epic's fleet of two dozen vehicles that together transport 100 clients per day from their residences to various area locations, including workplaces. Epic vehicles drove 250,000 miles in 2011. 

First National Bank of Northfield Hires Vice President of Business Banking

Dan Scheffler

First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Dan Scheffler as vice president of business banking. Scheffler brings more than 15 years of banking experience to First National.

First National President Tim Viere said, “I am delighted we were able to hire a person of Dan Scheffler’s caliber. He will be a terrific addition to our business banking team, and provide the quality of service and expertise that Northfield area businesses need.”

Throughout his banking career, Scheffler has served in a variety of capacities. He most recently served as senior business relationship manager at Wells Fargo Bank in Bloomington, but has been a part of Wells Fargo teams in Northfield and the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. Scheffler also spent some time with M&I Bank in Wisconsin.

Just Food Celebrates International Year of Cooperatives with Video Premier


The United Nations (UN) has declared 2012 the "International Year of Cooperatives,"and Just Food Co-op is joining other cooperatives locally, nationwide and across the globe in marking the occasion. Titled "Cooperatives in Social Development," UN's resolution recognizes the diversity of the cooperative movement around the world, and the economic and social contributions cooperatives make. This includes the many co-ops in the Northfield area.

Just Food Co-op is kicking off the year of celebration with a starring role in the premiere of “Lights, Cameras, Co-ops.” Kevin Gillespie, celebrity chef from the Woodfire Grill in Atlanta and sixth season Top Chef finalist, has been traveling around the country with a film crew, exploring farm fields and co-op grocery aisles as part of this year’s celebration of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives. On Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7 p.m., grab your favorite movie snacks and visit to take part in an online streaming "premiere party" featuring the first three videos in the thirteen-episode series featuring co-ops from Vermont to California.

Target enlists St. Olaf students, alumni for Rube Goldberg production

Target Rube Goldberg machine

What do soup cans, flying toilet paper, and a disco ball have in common? 

They're all part of Target’s impressive new Rube Goldberg-like machine that was constructed last summer by St. Olaf students and alumni. The complex contraption performs a series of tasks in chain reaction involving Target products. 

First National Bank of Northfield Announces Staff Changes

Lucy Wefel

First National Bank of Northfield announced the addition of experienced, local banker Lucy Wefel to its customer service staff, and the promotions of Carolyn Seas, Angela Busch and Angie Tanghe.

First National President Tim Viere said, “We’re pleased to add Lucy Wefel to our staff. She is an exceptional banker who understands community banking and our banking philosophy, and will help provide our customers the high level of service and expertise they have come to expect. Many of our customers already know or will recognize Lucy, so it will be a comfortable relationship from the beginning.”

Throughout her 30-year banking career, Wefel has served in a variety of capacities at Wells Fargo Bank in Northfield. She joins the First National team as a customer service representative and will be responsible for opening new client accounts, answering questions, and explaining products and services to business and personal customers. Wefel and her husband, Merle, live in Dundas.

The Ole Roll is Making a Giant Comeback!


The Ole Store Restaurant is “rolling” in the New Year with their famous Ole Roll — a gooey, caramelized sweet — to compliment a new breakfast menu beginning the weekend of January 21-22, 2012. The buttery pastry has long been a favorite of locals and out-of-town visitors to the Northfield landmark, nestled in a quaint neighborhood on the west side of town just down the hill from St. Olaf College.

The restaurant’s soft opening, under new ownership this past summer, is what really began to stir the pot. Patrons were asking almost daily,“When are you bringing back the Ole Roll?” It was apparent to the new owners and management that the tradition of this well-known, sticky roll had really stuck. Armed with a couple of tried-and-true recipes passed down through the years, Executive Chef Chris Basina was up for the challenge to reintroduce the long-awaited roll. 

A from-scratch recipe of this largest importance (and proportions) certainly couldn’t be half-baked — “Research was an important step in the process,” shared Basina. The chef also mentioned he’d be sprinkling in of few ideas of his own.

HCI releases its 2010-11 Mini-Grants Report

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) has released its 2010-11 Mini-Grants Report.  The document highlights results from the over 70 projects that HCI helped to support through its mini-grants program during 2010-11.  For a copy of the report, click HERE.

Funded HCI mini-grant projects:

  • allow Northfield young people to develop positive intergenerational relationships with caring adults and/or
  • connect Northfield youth with their communities (ex. neighborhood, school, greater Northfield)

A record number of projects — nearly 70% — were designed and/or implemented by youth themselves.

Historical Society Receives Donation from Bank Beer Company


This is history turned upside down, the James-Youngers actually donating money to Northfield.

It came in the form of a $1,400 check delivered by Jason Markkula of Bank Beer Company. He is the brew master who developed the James-Younger 1876 Rye Ale last summer for a Northfield Historical Society (NHS) fundraiser. It was unveiled atDefeat of Jesse James Days and received good reviews. In the photo are Markkula, NHS Vice President Christian Hakala and NHS Exective Director Hayes Scriven. 

Just Food Co-Op Celebrates Seven Years


December 15 is a special day for Just Food Co-op and its 2,200 owner households. It marks seven years since the cooperatively owned store first opened its doors in 2004.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating seven years of business,” said Marketing and Member Services Manager Joey Robison. “We are so grateful for the support of the community, the hard work of our staff, and the investment of our thousands of owners that got us here.” The Board of Directors will be serving cake on Thursday, December 15 from 4–6 p.m. at the front of the store in celebration of the anniversary.

Just Food: Northfield Community Co-op rung up its first customer after two and a half years of planning and organizing by an amazing group of volunteers. As a cooperative, Just Food is owned and governed by its member-owners, and exists to serve the needs of those owners. Everyone is welcome to become an owner, and all owners have an equal investment in the store. Not an owner? Not a problem. You do not have to be an owner to shop at Just Food—all are welcome! Find out more about Just Food Co-op at

Come see the model trains at the library -only during Winter Walk!

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Once again, for one day only- model trains will fill the library! You will find trains in the meeting room, the children's area and upstairs! Sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Library.  Many thanks to the great volunteers who bring their trains to the library for this very special event.
The TAB (the library's Teen Advisory Board) members will have their specially designed train up and running with a new interactive feature! You will have to try it. TAB will also be selling yummy chocolate chip cookies!
From 3-8 in the library- no charge- of course.
Winter Walk 2011

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.  645-6606

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