Local Issues

Carleton Hosts Northfield City Council Candidate Forum

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Are you familiar with the many local races that will be on the ballot come November? Want to meet the candidates who may end up deciding Northfield's future? Join us on Thursday, October 30th from 7:00-8:00pm in the Carleton College Boliou Hall Auditorium for a public forum with all your local city council candidates. Audience members will have the ability to submit questions during the forum and hear how potential City Councilors would respond to issues that are important to them.

There will four candidates present from the two contested city council races in town. Running for the Ward 1 City Council position will be Joe Gasior and Incumbant Suzie Nakasian. Running for an At-Large City Council position will be Dale Gehring and Incumbant Rhonda Pownell.


Thank you, Northfield

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For these past 17 months we have been living in a sad limbo. In May of 2013 three families lives changed forever when Matthew Jensen broke into their houses and killed and injured their family pets. Yesterday, on October 22 he was finally sentenced to up to 57 months in prison.
 
57 months. It doesn’t bring back our pups. It doesn’t bring back our feeling of safety. It doesn’t bring back all the innocence and love that we lost.

HealthFinders Shoe Drive. Ever try working out in sandals? Not Good. Donate your gently used athletic shoes to patients who need them!

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Many underserved members of our HealthFinders community have been exercising in inadequate footwear, resulting in painful and expensive injuries! Especially affected are Somali women, who work out in sandals very similar to flip-flops. Imagine running on a treadmill in sandals!


Volunteer puts brakes on Meals-On-Wheel route

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Guy Kalland won’t be hitting the road again anytime soon, at least not for Northfield’s Meals-On-Wheels program.

After 20 years of owning the Tuesday “Blue Route” September through May, he is rolling to a stop.

“It was always an enjoyable hour,” said the long-time varsity basketball coach at Carleton College as he reflected on his weekly regimen. “I couldn’t wait to get to Tuesdays. It was a mini-sabbatical for me, especially if we were coming off of a Monday night loss.”


Northfield Reads Hosts First Amendment Conversation

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Have you been mulling over issues of Free Speech as they relate to the public use of Bridge Square?  Have you been debating the concept of Freedom of Religion as it relates nationally to issues of health care?  If so, Corinne Smith invites you to  join with your neighbors for a Northfield Reads! on these subjects.  This will be a time to read, discuss, connect, and learn.


Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.


TORCH awarded College Ready Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

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The start of the new school year brought news of an exciting wave of additional resources for Northfield students.  The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative was among the 10 recipients of the $1.3 million in College Ready grants awarded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. A $55,660 grant will fund rigorous extracurricular instruction in math and English to help 56 Northfield high school juniors and seniors ultimately pass college-level courses.  The 56 students will be members of the TORCH cohort, which serves youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees.


Discover why some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, they are volunteers.Volunteer for HealthFinders Collaborative!

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HealthFinders Collaborative is seeking volunteer nurses, providers, interpreters (Spanish and Somali), and receptionists.  

Who are we? HealthFinders is a non-profit located in downtown Faribault and Dundas dedicated to providing quality healthcare, advocacy and wellness education to people with limited healthcare alternatives.


Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.


Northfield community benefits from HCI’s latest “Investing in Youth” grants

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At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May.  There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments.  Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.


Skatepark Update: Benefit Concert and Design Meetings

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A lot has happened on the skatepark front in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.

You can find photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalition raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through GiveMN.org in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring. You can donate to the Skateboard Coalition through GiveMN.org, or by sending a check made out to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS  128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line).


City Council Candidate Forum - July 30 at City Hall

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Make an informed choice in the August 12th Primary Election:   Come to the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters!  All At Large and Ward One Candidates have been invited to participate in a Forum on Wednesday, July 30th, in Council Chambers at City Hall.  It will begin at 6:00 pm with the candidates for the At Large position on the Council.  Invited candidates are: Jon Dennison, Dale Gehring, Rhonda Pownell, and Nika Sharp.  At 7:00 pm, the candidates for First Ward Councilor are invited to participate.  Invited candidates are:  Jeremy Bishop, Joe Gasior, and Suzie Nakasian.


WINGS Honors 2014 Grant Recipients

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2014 grant recipients at a celebration Thursday at Buntrock Commons.

About 60 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 22 organizations that received $74,964 in grants from WINGS. The group also presented a $10,000 Dare to Dream award to the Healthy Community Initiative on behalf of the Community School Advisory Council, which will be used to convert Greenvale Park Elementary School into a community school.

WINGS focuses its giving in four areas: Basic needs, especially programs that provide housing, food and economic stability and safe environments for victims of domestic violence; Education, including early learning, out-of-school programs and adult education; Physical and mental health, especially programs that promote access to healthcare and healthy behaviors; and Entrepreneurship, including access to micro-loans, networking, technical assistance and mentoring.


Just Food Co-op is Making a Difference

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Just Food Co-op, a community-owned natural foods market and deli, has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for June. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The Northfield business was nominated for the award because of its community outreach efforts. These include providing healthy snacks for youth in the school district’s summer PLUS program, and supporting the Multicultural Cooking Club run by the Growing Up Healthy coalition.

The club meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. It began as a way for members of the Latino community to socialize, but now the club strives to build cross-cultural relationships and is open to anyone in the community who’s interested in learning how to make Latin-inspired dishes and other ethnic cuisine.


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and three board positions for high school students, beginning in September 2014.  HCI board members serve three-year terms.

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.” To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information on the HCI Board or to nominate yourself or someone else for the board, please contact HCI at 664-3524 or info@northfieldhci.org.

To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.


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