Local Issues

Finding Local History: A Panel Discussion

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On Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a panel discussion among local historians Bruce Colwell, Susan Hvistendahl and Earl Weinmann and his Middle School students, moderated by Northfield Historical Society Director Hayes Scriven

The panelists/authors will talk about how they research and write about Northfield history - their resources, the surprises, the struggles and, of course, their triumphs. Colwell has recently completed a history of our Northfield Public Library; Hvistendahl has written and published several local histories, as have Weinmann's students.  Books will be on sale.  Refreshments will be free.  All are welcome!

This event will be held at the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington Street


Role of the Media in Elections Is the Topic of League of Women Voters Fall Kick-Off

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“As a matter of fact: using, misusing, and ignoring political information” is the topic for the discussion at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls on Saturday, September 24.

Professor Chris Chapp of the St. Olaf College Political Science Department, will tackle this issue, addressing a range of topics including:(1) How trust in a source influences the uptake of information, (2) How individuals' prior attitudes influence political learning, (3) How misinformation is received and processed by voters, and (4) How ambiguous messages are understood by voters. 

The event will begin with coffee and conversation from 9:30-10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street West, in Northfield.  The program will begin at 10:00,


Grief expert to speak Sept. 22 on “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion”

Grief and Loss Support Group to meet weekly; plus, drop-in group begins

Individuals experiencing grief and loss have two options for support this fall: a support group that meets weekly, and a less formal drop-in group, both offered by Northfield Hospice.

As a prelude to the support group meetings, clinical counselor Naomi Mandsager Bartley will present “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion” on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level). This event, and support group meetings, are free and open to the public.


Thinking about joining the Y? Interested in a Tour first? Tour the Y with Deb

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Fall is often the time of year people begin to think about making healthy lifestyle changes.  At the Y, we're just everyday people, your neighbors, people that shop at the same stores you do.  Come take a tour and consider the Y to be one of your healthy resources. 

Deb Olien, the Y's Member Coordinator is providing personalized tours to give you a chance to check-out the Y and see what we have to offer.  Maybe we fit what you are looking for. 

Stop in for a tour anytime - OR - stop in for a tour during one of the times below with Deb: 

Weeks of Aug 22nd and Aug 29th: 

Mondays at 1:00 pm 

Tuesdays at 10:30 am or 6:00 pm 

Thursdays at noon or 6:00 pm


Community Needs Assessment: We Want to Hear From You

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We Want to Hear from You. 

Y Community Needs Assessment

Survey closes August 30, 2016

In an effort to provide strong, effective programs, the Northfield Area Family YMCA is conducting a community needs assessment. We want to hear from you.

Based on this community needs assessment, the Y, in partnership with other organizations, will design and deliver new programs and services that address critical issues in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The focus is to identify needs that are not currently addressed in our community.


WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS Awards More Than $70,000 to Area Agencies

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2016 grant recipients at a celebration last Thursday at the St. Olaf Sun Ballroom.

Over 100 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $70,400 in grants from WINGS. The group also presented a $10,000 Dare to Dream award to Growing Up Healthy, which will be used to create a Latino Childcare Providers Network that builds the capacity of Latino childcare providers and offers monthly trainings in Spanish. WINGS 2016 grant recipients can be viewed at http://www.wings-mn.org/current-grant-recipients


Mayo oncologist joins Cancer Care & Infusion Center at Northfield Hospital

Dr. Sarah Kratz takes a personal approach to treating cancer – right down to the cellular level.

“So much progress is being made in treatment that’s much more directed to cancer cells with much less collateral damage,” says Dr. Kratz. “Our ability to personalize care by analyzing the actual cancer cells and treatments that might affect them has made it possible to highly personalize the treatment for each individual patient.”Dr. Sarah Kratz

Dr. Kratz joins Northfield Hospital & Clinics through a partnership with the Mayo Clinic. She sees patients at the Cancer Care & Infusion Center at Northfield Hospital.


YMCA Receives $25,000 from Community Resource Bank!

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Community Resource Bank is helping to meet the needs of our community by ensuring the long-term success of our Y by donating $25,000 to the Y Capital Campaign. The Northfield Area Family YMCA sends a hearty THANK YOU to Denny Hanson, the Board of Directors, and the entire staff at Community Resource Bank for their continued support. The Y has quickly become a valued asset and already serves more than 25% of our community. It is a safe, healthy place for families and people of all ages to come together to recreate and connect.


YMCA Receives $25,000 from Minnesota Orthodontics

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA has quickly become a valued asset and already serves more than 25% of our community. It is a safe, healthy place for families and people of all ages to come together to recreate and connect.  Minnesota Orthodontics is helping to meet the needs of our community by ensuring the long-term success of our Y by donating an additional $25,000 to the Y Capital Campaign.  The YMCA sends a hearty THANK YOU to Dr Blevins, Dr.


Jump Start Your Wellness with 5 High Impact Nutrition Strategies

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Jump Start Your Wellness with 5 High Impact Nutrition Strategies

Learn how to put good nutrition to work for you!  This free workshop will provide you with simple, effective eating strategies you can use right now to achieve your wellness goals.  You’ll receive an overview of the key nutrition principles of Movement, Balance, Variety, Moderation and Enjoyment, and learn how they can guide your efforts to make effective behavior changes.  The session will also include a brief introduction about how Personal Nutrition Training with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist works, and how it can help move you in the right direction.

This 45 minute workshop is free for Y Members and only $7 for Community Members; it will be offered twice at the Northfield Area Family YMCA: June 6th at 11:00 a.m. and June 7 at 3:15 p.m.


Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group begins June 2

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A new support group for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Northfield Hospital in Meeting Room A.

This free support group brings people with TBI together to share their experiences, learn how others have adapted, and encourage each other. 

To learn more, contact group leader Shelley Klevos at 612-812-1311 or shelleyklevos@gmail.com.

For more resources, visit www.braininjurymn.org.

This support group is hosted by Northfield Hospital & Clinics.


The Y is hiring: Aquatics Coordinator

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The Y is searching for an enthusiastic, passionate person who enjoys working with youth and families.  Our Aquatics Coordinator is responsible for the sound operation and high quality of a new indoor pool and aquatics programs to include swim lessons, water fitness, open youth and family swim and lifeguard needs.

New for Summer: Teen H.E.A.T (Healthy Eating Active Teens) - weekly drop-in program open.

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Teen H.E.A.T. (Healthy Eating Active Teens) Program
Ages 13-17

A different theme each week - aquatic, fitness, sport, or nutrition.  This program is aimed at keeping teens active and giving them some knowledge about healthy eating as well.  Come one, two, or the whole summer!  This program will help teens create a healthy lifestyle through eating healthy and physical activity.  Each week there will be something new to learn from nutrition to pool activities. Each week will be a different activity so it will always be something new to try.


YMCA Goods for Good Garage Sale - Buy & Donate Opportunities

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The Y is hosting a sale site during the city-wide Goods for Good garage sale weekend.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Y Scholarship Fund.  Come shop the sale for good deals and a great cause. 

Donate your gently used household goods and furniture (no clothing please) to our sale:  Drop-off is on Friday, May 13th at the Y. 

YMCA Goods for Good Garage Sale Details: 


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