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KYMN's Light Up Northfield, Christmas lights contest is back


KYMN is hosting an old tradition.  Read below and go to their site to submit your entry. ENTER HERE

"After years on hiatus, we are re-launching “Light up Northfield”, a residential, exterior Christmas light contest. We will be judging Christmas-light & decorations within the Northfield city limits or a maximum of  5 miles from the city borders.  We will be announcing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners on December 17th, 2010. Winners will receive a prize package full of great tickets and passes to regional events. Winning names will be announced and photos of their homes will be displayed on this website.

Interim City Administrator Madigan to Speak at NDDC Forum



The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) will host Interim City Administrator Tim Madigan at its November Downtown Forum on Tuesday, November 2nd, beginning at 8 a.m., in the Riverview Conference Room (lower level) of the historic Archer House River Inn, 212 Division Street.

Madigan, who replaced the departing Joel Walinski on September 3rd, has decades of experience in city administration, including cities with historic downtowns such as Excelsior, Waseca, and Faribault. In a meeting with the NDDC Board of directors last month, Madigan said that a city’s downtown can be the key driver behind the overall economic success of a community.

City Holds Business/Industrial Park Plan Open House


The City Economic Development Authority (EDA) is holding a public open house on Thursday, September 23 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Community Resource Bank, 1605 Heritage Drive, to present, review and receive public comments on drafts of the two business and industrial park master plans for the approximately 530 recently annexed acres northwest of the city and for an area in Bridgewater Township which has not been annexed, but about which the city and township have had discussions. The public is encouraged to attend the open house and provide input to city officials and the planning team.

The EDA has been working on the master planning process supporting recommendations stated in the 2006 Comprehensive Economic Development Plan. The City is committed to developing business park plans that will be embraced by the larger community.

First National Bank of Northfield Promotes Three Staff Members


First National Bank of Northfield announced the promotion of three employees – Angela Busch, Lindsey Fogelson and Christina Simon. Busch will now serve as a credit analyst, Fogelson as a loan administrator and Simon as a personal banker.

First National CEO David Shumway said, “I can’t say it enough – the entire First National team is top notch and Angela, Lindsey and Christina are wonderful examples of this. They are all very knowledgeable and have exceptional customer service skills. We’re very pleased that they will be increasing their responsibilities and further representing First National in their interactions with customers.”

Busch, a Northfield resident, has been an employee of First National for more than five years. She is stationed at the Downtown bank and in her new role as credit analyst will be assisting First National’s lending team by analyzing and reviewing commercial loan packages.

WCCO features '10 of the Best Things to See and Do in Northfield'


A recent blog post by Twin Cities CBS affiliate WCCO looks at "10 of the Best Things to See and Do in Northfield," including ("in no particular order") Northfield's downtown, the Northfield Historical Society, the Northfield Arts Guild, the upcoming Defeat of Jesse James Days, St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, sports, snowmobiling, and more -- plus the "bonus" of Malt-O-Meal.

MPR features local Latino 'agripreneurial' operation


A recent story by Minnesota Public Radio's Elizabeth Baier looks at the 'agripreneurial' activity happening on a patch of farmland near Northfield where Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, director of the Rural Enterprise Center, has helped immigrant farmers start their own operations.

"The way he sees it, if hundreds of thousands of Latinos already work in the nation's food and agricultural sectors, many of them could also branch out and be their own bosses," reports Baier.

"Rather than letting someone in a factory define what you're worth, why don't we try to create a path so you can decide what you're worth?" Haslett-Marroquin asks.

Epic employee receives statewide award

Epic Enterprise's Heather Duban (at left) wins Minnesota Habilitation Coalition's Enrichment Focus Award

The Minnesota Habilitation Coalition recently named Heather Duban (at left in photo with award committee member Becky Girvan), a personal support assistant working with adults with developmental disabilities for Dundas-based Epic Enterprise, the recipient of this year's Enrichment Focus Award. The statewide award recognizes Duban's efforts to enrich Epic’s developmentally disabled clients, specifically those who are less active in Epic’s work program.

Live Candidates Forums (via KYMN)

KYMN is broadcasting the candidates forums tonight and you can watch it here! The chat window embedded in the whole story is shared with the entire town! You can follow along and discuss the meeting without leaving your office. :)

We Want Your Feedback - YMCA/School Partnership Proposal - Building a YMCA


If we haven't heard from you then it's you we want feedback from!

Spend just a few minutes (we promise under 3 minutes) to complete our online survey and give us your thoughts about the bringing of a full YMCA facility to Northfield and partnering with the School District to build the YMCA on High School Property.  A complete Executive Summary and Appendix filled with details of our evaluation process is available online.

YMCA/School Partnership Proposal - First Informational Meeting - July 6th 7:30-8:30 pm


YMCA/School Partnership Proposal Informational Meetings - Join us!

Learn more, ask questions, provide your thoughts.  Open to the entire community.  We'll provide a short presentation on the proposal and then have time for Q&A.

Tuesday July 6th

Thursday July 22nd

Tursday Aug 3rd

7:30-8:30 pm

Location:  Community Resource Bank

For more information or to view the Summary Proposal and Appendix, visit the YMCA website at

Olaf report on the library now available

Is the library economically, culturally, or socially important for the downtown area?

For a spring anthropology class, five students from St. Olaf collaborated on a survey of 32 different people from three groups: business owners, library patrons, and citizens of Northfield.

We conducted 32 interviews with business owners, community members, and library patrons in order to gain information about how they viewed the library in relation to downtown Northfield. These interviews revealed that the library contributes a great deal to the City Center community by acting as an “anchor” for the downtown area, serving as a meeting place for citizens, and providing a quality space that has a wealth of resources. The two main challenges for the library mentioned by interviewees included a lack of adequate parking and the need to keep up with technology.

You can click here to read the entire report via Google Documents.

Carleton College Community Newsletter: June 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 June 2010 issue:

  • Board of Trustees Approves Arts Union Construction Phase Start
  • Students Organize "Carls In the Community" Day of Service

Five Ways To Make Tough Economic Times Pay Off For Your Business

instinct to intent5. It’s a great time to "plan your work" when business is slow so when it picks up, you can "work your plan."The difference between a business that you run and one that runs you. is the presence of systems and processes. If you define how everything operates, both the manner in which the work gets done and the quality of the outcome are repeatable, scalable, and manageable. Isn't it time you experience the freedom you intended to find when you started your business?

4. When a business is trying to survive, employees will step up -- but only if given a reason.

Bring out your books -- Northfield Hospital Auxiliary accepting donations now


The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary is gearing up for this year's Great Northfield Minnesota Book Raid April 27-May 1. It's the perfect chance to unload a few books, and the best part is they'll take just about anything: the Thomas Kincaid album that Aunt Donna gave you for Christmas five years ago, that pile of children's books that you've been meaning to "do something with" for a few years, and the copy of Bombproof Your Horse you got to kick off this century.

Riverwalk Market Fair to begin June 5th


This summer, Northfield residents can look forward to an open air market every Saturday morning along the Cannon River, where strollers may purchase high-quality artwork or take home fresh and organic produce from local growers.   Organizers of the new Riverwalk Market Fair hope that the Fair will bring to mind a European marketplace through its focus on high-quality and regional goods.  Co-founders Dean Kjerland and Gail Jones Hansen (Carleton ’74) hope that the fair will “counterbalance the sterility of the contemporary shopping experience, to help reconnect with a sense of place” by engaging local and regional vendors and families in the geographic heart of historic Northfield.

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