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YMCA Fall Program and Services Begin Soon - Come See What's New at the Y!

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0in">The YMCA is very pleased to offer a huge number of programs and services.  Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community.  

Our new Fall Brochure supports our intent to ensure our youth have opportunities to realize their potential to become active, engaged and thriving members of the community as well as nurture their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development through holistic youth programming, experiences and supports.   

Super Hero Kickoff for the Northfield Area United Way Campaign

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The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly Super Hero Kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to meet powerful United Way partner agencies and learn how these local heroes benefit one in three Northfield area residents. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes for the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Super Hero.

The public is invited to try the YMCA all day. Other features of the morning kickoff include live folk music, interactive games and giveaways. Super heroes and common folk are invited to dress up and take their own photos in the photo booth sponsored by Brand Yourself Consulting.

The Y is Hiring: Full-time Member Services Coordinator (apply by Aug 23rd)

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is Hiring!

Job Title: FT Member Services Coordinator – apply by Aug 23rd
Posted: August 5, 2015
Status: Full Time Non-Exempt
Wage Range: $26,020 - $30,960 annually (includes a $6,000 health insurance stipend)

Northfield Hospital receives trauma designation


 The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently renewed Northfield Hospital’s designation as a Level 4 trauma hospital.


The designation affirms that Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Department staff has trauma-specific training and protocols in place to facilitate rapid management of the patient. With the designation, Northfield Hospital is included in Minnesota’s statewide trauma system


CAC Summer Food Service Program is a Success!

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The first two weeks of the Summer Food Service Program (SPSF) have been a success! For the second year, the Community Action Center of Northfield has sponsored a Northfield site of this USDA program, which provides free lunches to kids 18 and younger on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of each week. Lunches run from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM at the Jefferson Square Townhomes Leasing Office, and kids can come anytime during that interval to receive a sandwich, milk, fruits, and vegetables. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer, and kids of any income and situation can eat lunch with no qualifications other than their ages. After a slow start, the program has nearly doubled in size, and we are hopeful for continued growth as the summer continues. If you are interested in attending and would like to find out more, you can contact the Northfield CAC at (507) 664-3550.

Dermatologist seeing patients at FamilyHealth in Lakeville

Amer Kalaaji, MD, a Mayo Clinic specialist in Dermatology, will begin seeing patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville July 13.

Dr. Kalaaji, an associate professor at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, will be in Lakeville three days a week. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Specialty Services.  

Youth to be honored with 'Life Saver' award

Northfield Heart Safe Project will honor 10-year old Amber Fredrickson Monday, June 1, with a “Life Saver” Award for taking heroic action earlier this spring when her mother suffered a diabetic reaction while driving on Highway 3.

Hospital recognized for limiting early elective deliveries


Northfield Hospital’s First Touch Birth Center was recently recognized by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its commitment to reducing early elective deliveries. Research shows that important development takes place for a baby’s brain and lungs during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Yet according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), early elective deliveries --- which include inductions and planned Cesarean sections that are not medically necessary --- still account for 10 to 15 percent of all deliveries nationally.

10 Weeks to a 5K

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10 Weeks to a 5k.  Do you want start running?  Train to run your first 5K with support from the Northfield Y. 

Enjoy a fun way to get healthy, meet new people and experience the power of the group in helping you to reach your goal. 

Wedensdays May 27 - July 29, 10 sessions 

6:30-7:30 pm 

Meet in the Northfield Y gathering room (just inside the front doors). 

Registration fee:  $30 for Y Members, $40 for Community Members.  Ages 16+  Before the first session, get your legs ready with 8 days of walking.  Visit the Y's website to register or call 507-645-0088.   Download our flyer for more details. 

VIDEO: Northfield YMCA's Healthy Kids Day

Join us Saturday, April 25th 9:00-noon at Bridgewater Elementary School.  Free for all community members. 

Meals-On-Wheels celebrates 45 years

It was May of 1970. Fourteen women from Church Women United gathered at the home of Dorothy Becker in rural Dundas for their spring meeting. Seven churches and the senior center were represented.

They discussed their balance sheet, Operation H.O.P.E, the Clothes Closet and a trip to Prairie Island (before casinos). Then, the meeting turned to New Business: Meals-On-Wheels.

Register for Y Navigator Camp in April and Receive Rewards

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Best Summer Ever!
Friendship, Accomplishment, Belonging

Register for Y Navigator Camp in April and get rewarded! If you register between April 1-15, you’ll receive a $15 gift card, good towards merchandise in the Y Store! Register between April 16-30 and receive a $10 gift card. It’s easy– register today!

Y Navigator is a flexible 3-, 4- or 5-day-a-week camp, available from 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with programmed activities from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., that is based at the new Northfield Y facility.  Come one week or come all summer! Kids will enjoy trips to local and not-so-local destinations, all designed to strengthen their imaginations and stretch their bodies. Includes swimming at our pool.

Your kids will have an amazing experience, all in a safe, inclusive, nurturing environment.

Earth Day Is Around the Corner!

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Mary Jo Christofaro reminds readers that the Northfield community will be springing into its sixth Perennial Earth Day Celebration on April 17th and 18th. "Mark your calendars for a great event. The kick-off will be Northfield AreaCommunity Solar’s 'Sun Power Hour' on Friday, April 17th from 5pm-7pm at First UCC.  Join us for a community gathering with appetizers, tea and coffee. Learn more about Community Solar and take advantage of this opportunity to subscribe."

Triathlon been on your bucket list?

Do you want to complete a triathlon? The Northfield Y is offering a 6-week Y "Tri" to Get Fit program that will teach you proper form and strategy to train for a triathlon. Each session will include an educational and a workout component. Work with Kyle, one of our Certified Personal Trainers; he will take you through a 6-week course meeting once a week (no class April 22) to learn about the training process for a Sprint Triathlon, and give you workouts to complete for the next week. Ages 15 and up.  

More information on the Y's website, including online registration and more details on Kyle's Personal Training experience

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group at Northfield Hospital


Northfield Parkinson’s Group will meet Wednesday, March 25, at the Northfield Hospital Conference Center from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

With gratitude for Northfield Hospital support, the Parkinson’s group has been meeting on the third Wednesday of the month for many years. This will be a special meeting to welcome interested new members as well as to discuss the future of the organization. All are welcome. The group will be discussing future leadership as well as topics for future meetings. For more information, please phone Nancy Soth at 507-645-8991, or email at

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