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5th Bridge Seeks Ideas for Large-Scale Volunteer Event

5th Bridge Logo

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'

Victor Torres, MPR


"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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Based on the award-winning I Am Moving, I Am Learning approach from Head Start



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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.

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