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HCI Invests in Youth – Read about this month’s Investing in Youth Grant recipients

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At their March 2014 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:


Video: 2014 City of Northfield Flood Preparedness Video and Emergency Resources Page

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Check out a new flood preparedness video with Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson and Emergency Management Director Tim Isom:

http://ci.northfield.mn.us/mediacenter.aspx?VID=35

Follow the link below to a collection of emergency prepardness resources on the City of Northfield's website:

http://ci.northfield.mn.us/Index.aspx?NID=985


Save The Date: April 26 - Earth Day Celebration

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Northfield’s 4th Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at Carleton College’s Weitz Center. Organizers invite everyone to join the free resilient skill- building activities:  make goat cheese and goat soap; sew snack bags; attend a solar tour; make a felted wool project; create a garden bed for “Free Food Help Yourself”; plant seedlings in the Carleton Arboretum; tour a gravity fed rain water system and bike powered table saw; help create a recycled sculpture and many more. 

There will be a free soup supper and community potluck. After supper, visit local sustainability stations to learn how you can get involved in projects happening here in the Northfield area.

Bring your instruments and voice. We will end the day with a community jam!


Carleton College Welcomes Feedback on Master Planning Effort

Since last spring, Carleton College has been engaged in a facilities master planning effort to determine the physical changes needed to support the College’s academic mission, and to make the best use of its existing buildings and space.  The College has shared these emerging plans for the long-term layout of the campus, including desired locations for future academic, administrative, and residential functions, with many groups on campus and at a recent Community Open House.


Save the Northfield Depot 2013 Annual Report Available

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Save the Northfield Depot is pleased to release its 2013 annual report, which summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments. The report reflects a busy year with progress in all dimensions of the project: legal and governmental requirements, site planning and preparation, public awareness campaign, fundraising activities, and financial status. The report also includes new rendered images of the planned depot-transit hub complex.


Carleton College to Host Community Open House on Facilities Planning

Carleton College announces a Community Open House on Wednesday, March 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Larson Meeting Room 236, to share emerging plans for the long-term layout of the campus, including desired locations for future academic, administrative, and residential functions.  The public is invited to attend; light refreshments will be served.


Sr Center Brings Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker to Speak on Sustainability

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Larkin McPhee, Emmy-awardin winning producer, will be the keynote speaker for the kick off event of a 4-part series on Local Sustainability, presented for the public by the Northfield Senior Center.  The first event will be Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, starting with a viewing of the film "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story," followed by comments from McPhee, who produced and directed the film.   McPhee won three Emmys for this documentary: Best Topical Documentary, Best Writer of Program (non-news) and Best Editor of Program (non-news).   The film shows the relationship between farming practices and the health of the river.   It tells the story of changes on the land, and the initiatives people are taking to ensure a more sustainable food production system.       


Strong Towns "Curbside Chat"

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NDDC presents Strong Towns’ Curbside Chat

PLAN TO ATTEND!  The NDDC has invited the Strong Towns organization to Northfield for one of their “Curbside Chats”.  The event will be held on Monday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Archer House Riverview Conference Room on the lower level.  The Curbside Chats are designed with special attention to city officials and community leaders, but strong towns are built from the grassroots and your voices needed at this free event.


New Toastmasters Group Now Forming in Northfield

Plans are afoot to organize a new Toastmasters club in Northfield. The planners envision the group will meet on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening in classroom or public meeting space on the St. Olaf campus. Interested community members and students should contact either Elisabeth Sepulveda, sepulvee@stolaf.edu, or Lewis Campbell, lfc-813@sevenpathswebdesign.com.


Address by Paul Douglas at Climate Summit Scheduled on NTV Channel 12

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In you were not able to attend the Northfield Area Climate Summit, Paul Douglas' keynote speech will be rebroadcast on Northfield Cable Television/NTV Channel 12 on Monday, February 10 and Monday February 17 at 8:30 pm (check NTV program schedule for additional show times on those dates), and on Tuesday February 11 and February 18 at 7:30 am

These will be the only re-broadcasts of Paul Douglas' keynote, so please spread word of these dates to friends and colleagues in Northfield.         


Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community?  The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week.  Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment


Immigration 101: A Public Information Forum on Minnesota's Immigration Laws

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UPDATE: Immigration 101 Event Cancelled Due to Severe Winter WeatherDue to severe winter weather, tonight's "Immigration 101: A Panel Forum on Minnesota's New Immigration Laws" event has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The event will be rescheduled at a future date. Organizers ask for your assistance in spreading the word about this cancellation. For more information, contact Susannah Ottaway of the Carleton College Humanities Center at (507) 222-4217.


Public Invited to attend Immigration 101: Panel Forum on Minnesota’s New Immigration Laws

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The public is invited to attend a panel discussion entitled “Immigration 101,” a look at Minnesota’s new immigration laws and what they mean for Northfield students, families and employers. This event will take place Monday, Jan. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The free forum will feature short presentations by an expert panel, followed by audience questions and discussion. There will also be a reception with light refreshments, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Carleton Humanities Center. Everyone is welcome. Headsets will also be available for simultaneous Spanish translation.

Ricky Peterson, president of the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls, encourages community members to attend this forum. “We know we've always been a nation of immigrants,” says Peterson, “yet each new immigrant group presents new challenges to our communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how our system is adapting to those challenges today."


Patterns Shifting: on the subject of climate change, a Northfield focus

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On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.

According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century. 


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