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HCI to benefit from sales at Verizon Wireless World this Thursday, Friday & Saturday!


HCI has been selected for a fantastic opportunity by Northfield’s Wireless WorldNote new dates!

On December 8, 9, and 10, please visit Verizon Wireless World (400 W. 5th Street – next to Caribou Coffee).  All proceeds (100% of retail value) from accessory sales during these three days will be donated to HCI.  100%!  Thus, if you buy a $20 cell phone cover, HCI will receive all $20!

This is a great chance to do your holiday shopping and benefit a local nonprofit at the same time.

For an informational flyer from Verizon Wireless World, click HERE.

Don’t forget to visit Verizon Wireless World from Thursday, December 8 through Saturday, December 10, 2011!

Holiday Ornament Hunt!

The Inaugural Winter Walk Holiday Hunt started at 6 a.m., Saturday morning, December 3!

If you love hunting for the horseshoe, you'll love hunting for the snowflake ornament, a new tradition starting this year courtesy of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and organized by Tim Freeland.  Click here to read more about it at KYMN Radio.

Cool Behind-The-Scenes at the Rare Pair

Behind the Scenes: The 2011 Holiday Window Display

The Rare Pair has a nice post detailing the work that went into their Christmas window display. Read it! It's good. :)

Fine Craft Collection 2011 Open for the Holidays

The Fine Craft Collective is an annual collaborative show of fine craft in Northfield. This is our 8th year contributing to a vibrant downtown by filling a vacant space with color and light for the holiday season and creating connection between the community and local artisans.

We encourage you to stop by during our regular gallery hours or for a special event at the shop to meet participating artisans and learn more about our work. You can always visit our website and "like" us on Facebook to keep up with what's going on in the gallery.

7 Days a Week from November 4 through December 24.  For complete hours, click Read More.

Northfield Retirement Community to Host Free Memory Screenings

In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) will host a free memory screening event on Tuesday, November 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Parkview West Corner Clinic located on the NRC Campus at 910 Cannon Valley Drive West in Northfield. The event coincides with AFA’s National Memory Screening Day, an initiative to promote early detection and intervention for people concerned about memory loss.

Kyle Nordine, president and CEO of NRC, said, “We’re pleased to host a memory screening event and provide this important service to our residents and their families, as well as the greater Northfield community. There are millions of people whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-loss diseases, and it’s been proven time and time again that early detection and appropriate care make a significant impact on an individual’s safety and quality of life. The purpose for the event is one that aligns perfectly with NRC’s goals to provide the highest level care to aging adults.”

Mark Moors Joins First National Bank of Northfield Board of Directors

Mark Moors

First National Bank of Northfield announced today the addition of Mark Moors to its Board of Directors. Moors, a Northfield resident, most recently held the position of president/owner of Moors Capital Management. He retired in 2010 having served as an independent investment advisor to dozens of clients in the area. He’ll join the seven-member First National board, which provides strategic direction to advance the organization’s mission to provide top-notch, relationship-based banking solutions.

Moors, who will officially begin his duties at the November 18 meeting, will bring with him a career’s worth of banking and financial expertise. His responsibilities steadily grew from a position as a commercial banking officer to a district president for Wells Fargo Bank’s south suburban district of Minneapolis, where he managed 15 banks with $1.5 billion in deposits and 350 employees. His tenure includes seven years as president of Wells Fargo Bank in Northfield.

First National CEO David Shumway said, “Mark will make an excellent addition to our board. He brings with him a valuable balance of knowledge, understanding the complexity of the banking arena as well as the unique service opportunities that arise in community banking. He knows Northfield and he knows the financial industry as a whole. We’re confident he will help First National grow in a way that will benefit the business and community.”

McLaughlin Promoted to Executive Vice President of Neuger Communications Group

Jeff McLaughlin

Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing and public relations, is pleased to announce that Jeff McLaughlin has been promoted to executive vice president. McLaughlin has been a member of the firm since 2004.

Having joined Neuger Communications Group as a senior communications counselor, McLaughlin has provided key leadership throughout his tenure, heading up the organization’s data management services, technology projects, and most recently, client development initiatives. He serves clients in a breadth of industries including retail, education and professional services.

President and CEO David Neuger said, “Jeff has been a terrific team member, playing a pivotal role in the growth of our firm. Our clients speak very highly of him and his ability to understand and meet their needs. His work ethic is tremendous and dedication to the company’s values of integrity, excellence and success is clear.”

A graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history. Having served in the admissions office at St. Olaf College for more than 10 years, including a stint as the director of admissions and acting vice president for enrollment management, McLaughlin brings a wealth of experience in developing results-oriented communications campaigns that are directed, in part, on strong data analysis.

Vision and Visuals Build an ‘Arts Town’


A room full of artists, art connoisseurs, and art advocates brought energizing conversation to the Archer House on Wednesday night as plans were revealed for the vision of marketing Northfield as an Arts Town destination.

Riverwalk Arts Quarter’s spokesperson and board member Christie Clarke addressed the group’s primary focus: 1) to create an arts alliance for the area’s broad spectrum of artists’ groups 2) create an art-centric “think tank” for like-minded people to come together and share ideas 3) offer mentoring and social gatherings to the artists’ community and 4) be an advocate for the arts by offering classes to further assist art entrepreneurs.

A sneak peek and demo of the new ArtsTown Web site mock-up was unveiled. The crowd was noticeably impressed with the depth of content and well thought out approach that streamlined the highly visual and cinematic artists’ website that would include blogging and social media integration.

Neuger Communications Group to Host Open House Today


Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing and public relations, is hosting an open house for the Northfield community today, Thursday, October 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at its new world headquarters at 25 Bridge Square in Northfield. The public is invited to enjoy coffee, cider and cookies, and tour the renovated space which was formerly home to Community Resource Bank.

Schultz Eggs Recalled

From the Just Food Co-op website: Larry Schultz Organic Farm has issued a voluntary precautionary recall of some of its eggs following a Salmonella outbreak connected with these eggs. At this time, it does not appear any eggs Just Food carries are included in the recall, and we are confident in the safety of these eggs. However, Just Food recall policy calls for an abundance of caution. Accordingly, Just Food is voluntarily pulling all Schultz eggs and products made with Schultz eggs from our shelves and is refunding customers who return these eggs and/or products.

Harvest Festival at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday, Oct. 15


Riverwalk Market Fair's Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the Cannon River in downtown Northfield. The weekly artists’ and farmers’ market is planning a spectacular harvest celebration full of family-friendly events including: hands-on activities and games for kids, wool spinning demos, apple cider pressing and a community painting project, to name a few.

Visitors to Riverwalk Market Fair can stroll and shop amid a plentiful array of goods including farmers' fresh seasonal produce and artisan foods including pastries, jams, mustards and honey as well as the best of regional fine art and craft with juried pieces in mixed media, paintings, pottery, hand crafted jewelry and photography. Musicians will add to the open air autumn celebration. For more information visit

Along the Cannon: This Week at Market Fair


Start your Saturday morning with a visit to Riverwalk Market Fair. Anne Archibald will be serving up organic fair trade coffee with her pastries and confectionary creations. Swing over to the artists’ side to see Alexandra Betzler’s work as she creates peaceful impressions of the world with her oil and acrylic paintings. Famous for their Brick Oven Pizza Nights, Red Barn Farm of Northfield offers organic fresh produce, pesto, pickles, jellies and more!

Riverwalk Market Fair Awarded $15,000 Sustainability Grant


Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awarded a $15,000 Sustainability Grant for the Riverwalk Market Fair in Northfield. The funds will be used for maintaining the collaborative open-air market open Saturday mornings June through October.

SMIF has supported the Riverwalk Market Fair with $51,000 in grants since 2008 as part of SMIF’s investment in local entrepreneurs to improve community vitality. Because of the partnership with Riverwalk Market Fair, SMIF President/CEO Tim Penny will personally present the check to Riverwalk at the Saturday, July 16 market, at 11:00 a.m.

“We commend this innovative effort by the Riverwalk Arts Quarter,” says Tim Penny, President/CEO. “By aligning their visual arts assets and supporting entrepreneurs through Market Fair, their effort is helping to create a healthy economic climate in Northfield.”

Laura Baker Services Association Announces Capital Campaign Theme and Kick-off Event

Laura Baker Services AssociationLaura Baker Services Association, the nationally regarded Northfield-based campus that houses and serves people with developmental disabilities, announced today the theme for its upcoming capital campaign: Inspiring Possibilities / Realizing Dreams. The campaign will officially launch with a community event on Bridge Square in downtown Northfield on Thursday, July 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The capital campaign is seeking to raise $1.3 million to renovate two existing residence halls and create two new cottages on Laura Baker’s Oak Street campus. Laura Baker Executive Director Sandi Gerdes said, “The people of Northfield and the surrounding area as well as our supporters around the nation have been wonderfully kind and generous to our organization and the people we serve. They truly inspire possibilities and help our clients to realize their dreams.”

Fieldwork by St. Olaf student cultivates corn, cleaner water

Rebecca Spurr and David Legvold

After graduating from St. Olaf in May, Rebecca Spurr '11 hit the fields. Combining her passion for sustainability with real-world practicality, she is spending her summer planting soybeans, driving a tractor, and spreading mulch on Dave Legvold's local farm.

The partnership was first established last fall when Spurr conducted research on Legvold's land for her Field Ecology class, a relevant course for her biology and environmental science majors that is taught by Professor of Biology Kathy Shea. Part of Legvold's farming operation is on land owned by St. Olaf, and he is constantly trying to improve his farming techniques for better efficiency and environmental sustainability. Over the course of a semester, Spurr worked with him to develop a fertilization technique that would be less harmful to local water quality without sacrificing efficiency or crop yield.

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