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Business Planning Workshop Offered In Northfield

Northfield area residents will have the opportunity to take advantage of a unique workshop on April 30, 2011.  The “Business Plan in a Day” workshop is designed for start up or existing business owners.  This fast-paced workshop shows you how to create a business survival plan in just one day. Use the easy-to-follow outline to craft a plan for making it through the economic downturn, launching a new service, or getting a jump on the competition.  Attendees will leave the six-hour workshop with a completed business plan.

“We believe this hands-on approach to writing a business plan will provide valuable help to local entrepreneurs,” says Megan Tsui, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) Business Development Specialist. “The condensed six-hour format will also fit in with peoples’ busy schedules.”

SMIF, as part of its efforts to strengthen local entrepreneurs, is hosting the workshop along with partners Northfield Enterprise Center, Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Olaf College, WINGS, and SCORE.  Instructors are Megan Tsui, Bryan Standing (Riverbend) and Shane Bowyer (Bethany College).

Northfield Historical Society Announces New T-Shirt

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The Northfield Historical Society (NHS) is proud to announce a new, custom-designed "Every Girl Loves an Outlaw" long-sleeve women's T-shirt to be sold in the Museum Store, located in the heart of downtown Northfield on Bridge Square.

First in a series of NHS "Outlaw" theme women's apparel, it takes inspiration from the 1876 attempted robbery of our First National Bank at the hands of the James-Younger Gang, as well as Northfield's modern-day James-Younger Gang.

From concept, design and production, this shirt is a 100% Northfield project. The NHS Museum Store Committee provided the original idea, while James Gang member Trip De Mann, resplendent in his duster coat and full James Gang regalia, posed as the "Outlaw" that all girls will love. Talented local artist Nick Sinclair created the graphic and Larson's Printing brought it to life in colors of red, gray and ivory on a shapely black T-shirt that will flatter every woman.

How the Arts Help Build Sustainable Communities


Ann Markusen, who has served as a professor and director of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will be the keynote speaker at a regional arts conference to be held at the Owatonna Arts Center on May 7. The focus: Building Sustainable Art Communities.

Markusen, a specialist in the relationship between culture and economic development, will speak about “Accessing Creativity: How the Arts can help Build a Stronger Community.”

“In many smaller cities, investments of time and energy in arts and cultural space, events, and networks are producing multiple benefits for citizens: more and varied artistic experiences, revitalized downtowns, ways of bridging across generations and ethnicities, and a renewed sense of identity and confidence,” commented Markusen.

Other speakers include Bruno Borsari from Winona State University, who will discuss “The Arts as Living Landscapes, an Agronomist’s View,” Catherine Egenberger, who will speak about “Connecting the Arts and Schools,” and Hal Cropp, who will share his views on “Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations: The Lanesboro Model.”   Panel discussions will address perceptions of “Good Art, Bad Art” and “How the Arts Can Help Sustain Communities.” 

Markusen will share what she learned from research done for the National Endowment for the Arts, and from studies she has done on the role of arts and cultural organizations in Minnesota and California. She will address the key role of artists and arts organizations in the creative placemaking process.

Following the presentations by featured speakers, small group sessions will focus on topics of interest, including the latest in grant writing tips.  The conference, sponsored by the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council in cooperation with the Owatonna Arts Center, is open to artists, members of arts organizations, and the general public.

Northfield Retirement Community Announces Plans for Youth Volunteer Event

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Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) recently announced details about its first Youth Volunteer Event, a gathering of community members, youth groups and others, designed to build connections, encourage community involvement and enrich the lives of both residents and volunteers. This year’s event, which coincides with National Volunteer Week, will be held Saturday, April 16, 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.”

Get your pens boys they’re threatening our post office!


As you are probably aware, Regional District Manager, Anthony Williams, of the U.S. Postal Service has contacted Mayor Rossing indicating the Post Office is considering a consolidation of the downtown branch of our post office - and relocation of postal services from that site to the Highway Annex.  We are writing to appeal for clarity and pointed action on this important issue.  In fact it’s not clear that a final decision has been made to close our post office. City Administrator Tim Madigan is working to find out the facts. As we await that word – let’s get busy.

Three new pizza places set to open, all serving same flat pizza

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Northfield has spoken and it wants more flat pizza!

Three new pizza restaurants are scheduled to open this weekend, Bill's II, Floody's, and Ye Olde Tyme Depot Pizzae/Visitor Informatione/Transite Hubbe, all of whom plan on serving the popular "Northfield-style" pizza.   When asked about their gastronomical decisions, the owner of Bill's II responded "Well, we did some local market research and discovered that Northfield is dominated by 'flat pizza' parlors, therefore we decided to enter our version of this pizza since that's obviously what Northfield wants."

Local resident Arlo Lipof was happy to sit down for an interview: "We were on vacation the other month out of state and when we ordered pizza it came in something called a 'pan'.  Well, we didn't know what to do with such a thing - so foreign, so unappetizing.  It was good to get home to some real food, something we can sink our teeth into." 

"But not too deeply", he added.

Floody's will be opening in the old Froggy Bottoms location.

New Malt-O-Meal cereal a knockoff of existing M-O-M cereal.

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Due to a communications slip-up, the new Malt-O-Meal cereal "Frooty Hooptys" has been revealed to be a knock-off of an existing M-O-M cereal "Tooty Fruitys", which is in itself a take on Kellogg's "Froot Loops".  The square-shaped marshmallow corn cereal is "our take on the classic family favorite 'Tooty Fruitys'", says M-O-M spokeswoman April Sloof.  "The addition of 'froot-flavored' marshmallows distinguishes Frooty Hooptys from it's Tooty Fruity predecessor.  It's a market-leader type of product", she added.

"We don't see this as a mistake, but rather breaking new ground in our product line, enabling us to really stretch our froot-flavored offerings."

She also announced the forthcoming launch of several new cereals: "Phroot LoopZ", a derivative of the popular new "Frooty Hooptys" cereal which is a knock-off of "Tooty Fruitys", which is a nod to the original "Froot Loops", and is aimed at the urban market.  Phroot LoopZ features a mixture of froot-flavored puffed rice star-shaped cereal with a 'rainbow' of marshmallow options. 

Also coming soon: The Toots Loops, a bold look at the newly popular "Phroot LoopZ", which is a take on the new "Frooty Hooptys", which is a nod to "Tooty Fruitys", based off the ideas put forth in "Froot Loops", and is aimed at the emerging 'Adult Cereal Market'.  "This is a cereal which breaks new ground in the 'aduilt-oriented' market, featuring froot-flavored chunks of pure iron and marshmallows of puffed folic acid."

Northfield: The Video


Watch local Northfielders, including pastor -- and noontime basketball star -- Will Healy (in photo), talk about why Northfield is so great in the new Get to Know Northfield! video series produced by Blue Moon Productions of St. Paul. The series includes nine “webisodes” featuring stories about Northfield's people, places, and qualities.

Funded by a number of local organizations and businesses, the videos are intended to introduce Northfield to people in their 30s and 40s. Northfielders are encouraged to promote the videos via social media.

"When I first moved here it was summer," Katie Helgen, a doctor at Northfield Medical Center, says in one segment. "So everybody was outside all the time in their yards, kids were in town on their bikes, and I really felt like I had moved to Mayberry."

Railroad Exhibit at Northfield Historical Society Opens on Thursday

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The Northfield Historical Society, in cooperation with Save the Northfield Depot, will unveil their joint exhibit “The History of Northfield’s Railways” on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m.   Jim Machacek, long time Northfield railroad buff, will talk about trains in Northfield at 7:00.  The public is urged to attend.

The exhibit includes historic photos and objects depicting important railroad developments from 1865 to the present. The one remaining 1888 depot on the west side of the river is a reminder of the history of the railroads which contributed to the thriving agricultural businesses in historic Northfield.  Members of Save the Depot Northfield are working to move the building and restore it to former condition and use as a hub for transportation and visitors.

New Business Training Series Being Offered Locally: "Building Up To A Business Plan"

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Every year over ten million people think about starting a business, and over six hundred thousand actually do. Ever thought of starting your own business, but not sure what it takes or how to go about it?

As a follow-up to its introductory series in February, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, the Northfield Enterprise Center, WINGS, the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, and St. Olaf's Center For Experiential Learning  have teamed up to provide an in-depth series of classes for would be entrepreneurs and business owners called "Building Up To A Business Plan.

Research shows that people who go through the process of creating a business plan before they launch their new venture, have a three to four times GREATER probability of sustaining a succesful business.  A business plan is a low-cost tool that will help ensure you that your business concept is feasible, viable and desirable.

‘Next Level’ campaign passes $250K mark


The Northfield Historical Society’s ongoing “Take Northfield History to the Next Level” campaign has surpassed $250,000 in pledges, including $60,000 recently pledged by the City of Northfield. The campaign, currently in its eighth month, is raising money to upgrade the historic Scriver Building by adding an elevator and public restrooms.

Last Days at the Ole Cafe


The news that the Ole Café is closing at the end of the week prompted a group of loyal breakfasters to gather one more time to celebrate the years of pleasant times at that venerable institution and to thank the staff for their friendly service. Claire Erickson prepared a card for the Breakfast Club to sign and give to Bridget who had served us coffee and a smile every Thursday morning.

Other customers joined the group to serenade the staff with the Ole Store Ode, composed to the tune of “O Christmas Tree”:

O, Ole Store whom we adore, We are so sad you’re leaving!

And when they shut that big front door, Your loyal fans start grieving!

The white frame landmark bravely stands - Waiting for new and helpful hands

To bring back here the Ole Roll - Which all in Northfield doth extol.

Free Entrepreneur Classes In February


Every year over ten million people think about starting a business, and over six hundred thousand actually do. Ever thought of starting your own business, but not sure what it takes or how to go about it?

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, the Northfield Enterprise Center, WINGS, the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, and St. Olaf's Center For Experiential Learning  have teamed up to provide a series of classes for would be entrepreneurs and business owners.

Hear first hand from local business owners and business coaches about the rewards and challenges to being a small business owner. Discover what local resources are available to help and support you.

YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Announced: Doug Antoine

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The Northfield YMCA is very pleased to announce the YMCA 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award to Doug Antoine.  Doug and his family moved to Northfield the summer of 2007.  He has always been active in youth programs, volunteering his time and talent to programs ranging from youth sports to youth band.  When we first arrived in Northfield, he began volunteering as a coach for the Northfield Baseball Association and soon found himself in all sorts of programs coaching from basketball to volleyball and much more.  It is a pleasure to award the YMCA Volunteer Award to someone who demonstrates the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Doug is a true role model. 

Pictured:  L-to-R:  Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director, Doug Antoine, Pat Murtha, Y Board Member & Emily Monaghan, Y Board Member.

YMCA: New Board Members Announced

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is proud to announce the addition of three new board members.  As the Y continues to move forward with quality programs and services and the building of a a full facility YMCA, we are proud to add the talents of Paul Beaumaster, Rice County Attorney, Linda Thornton, Carleton Controller and Amy Gohdes-Luhman, Moravian Church pastor.

Pictured:  L-to-R: Mari Aylin, Y Board Chair, Paul Beaumaster, Linda Thornton, Amy Gohdes-Luhman, Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director

For more information about the YMCA in Northfield, visit our website at or call 507-645-0088.  At the Y, we support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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