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Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:39am
“We are honored and humbled that Northfield Promise was selected for one of the Bush Foundation’s inaugural Community Innovation Grants,” said Zach Pruitt, HCI Director. “We are excited about the community stakeholders who have committed to working collectively to help improve cradle-to-career outcomes for young people in Northfield.”
The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community problem-solving – inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets – and be more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches. The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to enable, inspire and reward community innovation.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:38am
Melissa Bernard wrote this to make Northfielders aware of the Ramp Up For Larry campaign that was launched with regards to raising funds to help Larry Sanftner fix his van. I know Larry and dog Molly have a prominent role in your Northfield or Faribault school, business, non-profit, etc. and as you know it is so important that he continue as a contributor to the plethora of activities and programs with which he is involved. His transportation to those programs is vital to their success.
Doing So Much, The Chair Not A Crutch!
It’s Friday night lights and out on the field,
not a person doesn’t see the man and his wheels;
“Kick the ball straight and through the uprights,”
says the man to the kicker with all of his might.
It’s a Tuesday and Thursday evening in the fall of the year,
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 9:17am
On the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation website, Ross Currier, Executive Director reports:
“Sometimes you work long and hard to pull things together. Other times, things just seem to come together.
Carleton College Geology Professor Mary Savina has been providing guidance to the NDDC for several years on restoring the Cannon River to health. She’s part of an organic “team” of professors and students from both colleges who have been working on projects and commenting on policy in pursuit of a long term community goal.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Sun, 12/01/2013 - 1:44pm
Five HCI Investing with Youth Grants awarded
At their November 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.
Funded projects included:
Submitted by Mary Schier on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 8:06am
WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) will award a one-time, $10,000 grant to a local non-profit with the most compelling dream to help women and/or children in the Northfield area reach their full potential. The Dare to Dream Award winner will be announced in June 2014.
WINGS is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations that are innovative, impact the community and build capacity. Risk taking is encouraged. Each proposal must outline an idea that could not be carried out without this financial award. Proposals for new endeavors and enhancements to current initiatives are welcome.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 4:18pm
At their September and October 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.
Funded projects included:
Interested in learning more about the building of the Northfield Y Community Center? Join us for Breakfast with VirginiaSubmitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 9:27am
Join us for Breakfast with Virginia, Friday October 25th 7:30-9:00 am at the National Guard Armory (519 Division Street).
7:30-7:45 Welcome Guests
7:45-8:00 Short presentation
8:00- ? Q&A and more opportunities to learn more
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 5:58am
October 16, 2013 – Today, the Northfield Area Family YMCA has announced it will host its official groundbreaking celebration for its new facility, located at 1500 Honey Locust Drive, on Tuesday, November 5. Groundbreaking activities for all ages are set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m., with a formal program slated to begin at 4 p.m. More information about the groundbreaking event can be found on the Y’s website – www.northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign.
Northfield Area Family YMCA Executive Director Virginia Kaczmarek said, “This is a big day for our Y. It will be a great resource for the entire community, open to everyone. Breaking ground on a new facility is a tremendous milestone for the organization, which has been steadily building up to this moment for the past eight years. We owe a great amount of thanks to everyone – donors, members, volunteers, staff members and more – for making this day a reality.”
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 7:17pm
Growing Up Healthy has received a $50,000 grant, with a chance for renewal for a second year, from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help improve health in Rice County. The funds will be used for social capital development work in low-income neighborhoods in Rice County. The work will empower groups of leaders from historically marginalized communities to better advocate for their peers and foster important connections both within and beyond their neighborhoods.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 9:30am
Now that the Park and Recreation Advisory Board has decided on a location in Old Memorial Field, they will soon decide on a design in preparation for the construction of a permanent skateboard park. There are several design drafts under consideration, as well as landscaping in the vicinity of the skateboard park. The charette is an opportunity for interested citizens to see the designs and to offer their suggestions. The design charette will take place Wednesday evening, September 25, from 7:00 to 8:30, at the City Council Chambers in City Hall (801 Washington Street).
For more information, contact PRAB Chair Nathan Knutson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 8:08pm
At their July and August 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 9:08am
Northfield Historical Society volunteer and middle school teacher, Earl Weinmann, reports that history is alive and well in southern Minnesota, so much so in fact that students in Northfield, Minn., are writing it. In a soon-to-be-released book, Our Story: A Guide to the History of Northfield, Minnesota , eighth graders at Northfield Middle School have engaged in an innovative research and writing project that had them searching back through Northfield’s history from the early geology of the area to the present day. The 42 chapter and richly illustrated history is written in the style of a textbook and will be used in the local schools. The book is a stunning example of how teens can learn and participate in scholarly endeavors while contributing to the historical landscape of the area.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:34am
ASK A TROOPER by Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha September 6, 2013
SCHOOL BUS PROTOCOL
Question: I was just told that it is more dangerous to drive my kids to school than having them ride the bus; Is this true?
Riding on a school bus is the safest way for your child to travel to and from school, yes, safer than riding in a parent’s vehicle. The greatest risk is approaching or leaving the school bus – the 10 FT surrounding the bus is the DANGER ZONE.
Submitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 8:39pm
Interested in learning about the options available to you under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Want more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace? The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a public forum addressing the ACA on Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 1:04pm
Do you know someone age 50+ who has lost their job since 2008 as a result of a downturn in the economy and might be willing to share their story?
Annette Nierobisz, a sociology professor at Carleton College, is conducting a study of older workers who have experienced job loss. She is seeking participants for one-on-one interviews (taking approximately 60-90 minutes) and her questions are designed to understand how unemployment is experienced.