Rice County Mental Health Collective Offers Programs

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The Rice County Mental Health Collective announces two new opportunities for assistance with mental health. The Collective strives to promote good mental health through education and support. To that goal, two programs are scheduled.

The NAMI Family Support Group provides ongoing support, information and resources for families and friends with mental illness. It meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning on December 2, 2014 at the Northfield Community Resource Center, Room 222, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield.


E-Recycling December 6 at First UCC

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Bring your unwanted electronics and appliances THIS COMING Saturday, December 6, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St.

NO televisions or computer monitors with bulky CRT tubes will be accepted this time.

The following items will be accepted at no charge:

-- Computers (desktops, towers, laptops)

-- iPads, Kindles, other tablets, and smartphones.

-- Small printers

-- Network equipment (modems, routers)

-- Stereos

-- Radios

-- Phones

-- Cables

-- Other electronics

-- Dehumidifiers

-- Microwave ovens

-- Small air conditioners

-- Toasters

-- Very small refigerators

-- Other small appliances if they are largely metal

If weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled. 


Northfield Arts Guild presents INSPECTING CAROL

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The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of the hilarious holiday comedy INSPECTING CAROL by Daniel Sullivan. Come ring in the holidays with us as we get a behind-the-scenes look at this theater company’s slapdash yearly production of A Christmas Carol.  When the ridiculousness of the production hits an all time high, and rehearsal productivity hits an all-time low due to casting mishaps and funding issues, this theater company must try to pull off one more year of their big money-making show in order to impress the surprise inspector from the NEA.  Full of laughter, silliness and warm holiday cheer, this show is the perfect celebration of art and the things we endure as non-profit arts-organizations.  If we weren’t laughing, we’d be crying!  Join us for the show described as “A razzle dazzle of funny characters and ingenious jokes” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 


Second Street (MN TH 19) Bridge Lane Closure

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On November 24, 2014 Xcel Energy began preparations for boring a gas line underneath the Cannon River.  As part of those preparations, Xcel coordinated lane closures with MnDOT since that portion of Northfield’s Second Street is also MN TH 19.  Xcel estimates that their work will take approximately 3 weeks.  There will be additional work after that time; however, it is anticipated that the bridge will be reopened.  There may be other shorter closures in early 2015 as an existing gas main is removed from the bridge structure.

For additional information contact Brian Erickson, Interim Public Works Director/City Engineer at 507-645-3037, brian.erickson@ci.northfield.mn.us


City of Northfield Declares Snow Emergency

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Date:   November 26, 2014

SUBJECT: Snow Emergency

Date Snow Emergency is declared: 11/26/2014

Date residential streets will be plowed: 11/26/2014

Date all downtown parking lots except 5th & Washington Street are closed: 11/27/2014

Date of downtown snow removal: 11/28/2014

Date 5th & Washington Street lot is closured: 11/28/2014

Length of Snow Emergency: 72 hrs

The Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield.  The snow emergency will start on the date above and will continue until the streets are plowed curb-to-curb after the weather system has passed.  During the emergency there is NO PARKING OR TRASH/RECYCLING CANS ALLOWED ON CITY STREETS.


Safety Reminder

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The Northfield Police Department and City of Northfield would like to remind the community to be very careful when responding to emails, paper mailings, and/or phone calls requesting Any personal info.  Recently, residents have reported receiving phone calls asking for information about where/how household members 


Announcing Vacancies On City Advisory Boards And Commissions

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The City of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on City advisory boards, commissions and committees.

At the end of December, the terms of several members of the City’s boards, commissions and committees will expire.  Please visit the City of Northfield’s website at http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/Index.aspx?NID=98for information on all City boards and commissions. 

Over 100 citizen members annually provide valuable leadership to the City through their participation on these groups and special study committees.  


Acclaimed troubadour Jack Klatt comes to The Contented Cow in Northfield!

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Just in time to officially kick-off the holiday season, The Contented Cow in Northfield is pleased to present a special appearance by acclaimed troubadour, Jack Klatt on Friday, November 28 from 8 to 10 p.m.

“Northfield audiences always pack the house when Jack comes to town – so I’m especially pleased to present him this holiday weekend,” says Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “The Cow will be hopping Friday night!”

In authentic troubadour tradition, Jack Klatt has traveled far and wide through the highways and bi-ways of America, Europe and Canada with his guitar always near by. Klatt has sang in countless barrooms, cafes, living rooms, theaters and street corners all over the world, entertaining folks with his boisterous finger-picking style and whiskey worn voice, continuing in the tradition of folks like Utah Phillips, Blind Willie MacTell and Towns Van Zandt.


Jingle Bell Run set for Dec. 13th in Northfield

The 13th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run and 2K Family Run/Walk will be held in downtown Northfield on Saturday, December 13th at 9:00 am. Registration and check-in will begin at 8:00 am at the Northfield Armory at 519 Division Street. Participants will receive a t-shirt and take part in post-race festivities including live music, photos with Santa, coffee, cider and treats. The Jingle Bell Run is presented by the Northfield Area Family YMCA with support from Carlson Capital Management.


New provider joins FamilyHealth Medical Clinic

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Ashley Gilland, MSN, FNP-BC, a family medicine nurse practitioner, will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic December 1.

She will see a full range of patients of all ages. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and management of chronic diseases.


First UCC to dedicate solar panels

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Northfield’s First United Church of Christ (UCC) is reducing its carbon footprint.

Earlier this month, it activated 39 solar panels installed on the roof of its 19th century brick church on the corner of Third and Union streets. The panels will prevent the release of 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, while reducing the congregation’s electricity costs by almost 50 percent.

The congregation will dedicate the solar panels and affirm its commitment to ecological stewardship with a special worship service Sunday, Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Every one is welcome.


NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

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With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a good time for the Northfield area to consider those in the community who have served generously in the area of Human Rights.  Each year, the Northfield Human Rights Commission gives an award to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration held in January.

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is actively soliciting nominees for this award. Community members are encouraged to think about those in the area who have contributed locally to the cause of human rights.  A diverse slate of nominees is sought. The Northfield Human Rights Commission will evaluate all nominees, and is ultimately responsible for choosing the award recipient.


Carleton College’s Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale Returns to the Weitz Center

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Carleton College will hold its annual Craft and Custodial Bake Sale on Friday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Class of 1980 Commons of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A wide variety of hand-crafted items and baked goods will be available for purchase, including wool mittens, birdhouses, garden art, glass ornaments, rugs, quilts, jewelry, Kenyan products, wooden bowls and toys, baskets, outerwear, candles, and much more. This popular annual event is free and open to the public.


Former Nurse Donates Hospice Quilt

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Sue Josephson, a retired nurse with Northfield Home Care & Hospice, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, recently donated a handmade quilt to the department in honor of National Hospice Month.

The design contains hands representing the important work of caregivers and members of patients’ families, and different representations of the heart. Together they represent the love that is expressed through the physical care provided to those in need.

Kathy Blomquist, director of Northfield Home Care & Hospice, calls it “hearts and hands,” a perfect reflection of the service they provide to their hospice patients.

“Hearts and hands, that’s what we do,” she said.


Registration Now Open for Northfield Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot”

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The Northfield Rotary Club will hold its 14th annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2014. The popular run has grown from 200 participants the first year to over 1000 in 2013.

This year’s event will begin and end at a new venue: The Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, located at Third and College Streets in Northfield. The Turkey Trot begins at 9 a.m. Registration, for pre-registered and same-day registrants, will open at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online by November 15 in order to receive a free long sleeve t-shirt.

The cost to participate is $15 before November 15 and $20 after. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Student Youth Exchange Program and the Rotary EndPolio effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

Participants are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food shelf donation to help local families in need.


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