VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 25 & September 8, 2014)

Due to some techinical difficulties in recording last month's school board meeting, the video from August 25 was unavailable until now. Here are the videos from the regular Northfield School Board meeting on September 8, 2014, followed by the video of the meeting on August 25, 2014. The board packets and table files for both meetings can be found here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Highlights of the September 8 meeting included a presentation on the Transformational Technology Project (iPads) by the District's Director of Technology, Kim Briske. 


Lunch and Learn at the Northfield Enterprise Center

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Megan Tsui, Executive Director of the Northfield Enterprise Center and SPUR, announces that the next Lunch and Learn will be on September 15th. The topic is preventing harassment in the workplace.  “We’ve had some business clients ask for help and understanding in what they can do to make sure their workplaces are safe and productive places,” Tsui comments.  Gina Franklin will be the presenter.

Tsui also says the interns are ready to work through the Hired Hands program. “If you have a project or research question you’ve been meaning to get done, but haven’t found the time, Let us help you! The interns are super-duper, and love to work with small business owners.”  


Garden Project Organizers are Making a Difference

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Two Northfield residents who helped middle school students plant and care for a summer vegetable garden have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for August. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Sara Tetreault, a site lead for the school district’s Summer BLAST program, and her husband, Hank, led a group of 20 rising ninth graders through the process of planting, weeding and watering at garden at the SEEDS farm. The garden project was an enrichment activity for students enrolled in BLAST, a seven-week program for middle school students designed to close the achievement gap.

Susan Sanderson, the middle school TORCH coordinator, nominated the Tetreaults for the award. “Hank and Sara not only supported and nurtured a garden, but more importantly, they supported and nurtured a great group of rising ninth-graders,” she said.


JOIN NORTHFIELD'S ADULT SWIM CLUB!

Starts September 15. Get your exercise in first thing in the morning!  Join the Knightcrawlers Adult Swim Club for the 17th season of organized swim training.  Whether you are training for triathlons, swim competitions or just want to stay in shape, Knightcrawlers is for swimmers of all levels.

The Club is a dedicated group of people who swim together Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 5:15 – 6:25 AM.  Swimmers receive structured workouts and useful instruction and tips from coach Andy Clark (Carleton College swim coach).  

Swimming is a fabulous form of whole-body exercise.  It provides low impact exercise while increasing strength, flexibility and endurance.  Interested in a great workout and camaraderie?  Come to an organizational meeting at Carleton College’s Thorpe Pool (West Gym) on Monday, September 8, at 7pm to learn more.  Or, contact Andy Clark (aclark@carleton.edu).


Former Minneapolis mayor and education advocate R.T. Rybak to present Carleton College’s Opening Convocation Address.

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Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 15 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocation will also be streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/

A three-term mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013, Raymond Thomas “R.T.” Rybak, Jr. is currently head of Generation Next (www.gennextmsp.org), a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.


Northfield HCI Seeks Entries for Youth Video PSA Contest

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There's still time for local youth to enter the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative's 2014 video PSA contest. Entries on the topic "Who or What Inspires You?" should be created and submitted to the HCI office (1651 W. Jefferson Parkway, Suite 128) by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. Two $200 cash prizes will be awarded.

The entries will be judged by a panel of youth and community leaders, and a viewer's choice award will be determined by online voting. Voting will take place later in September.

For rules and guidelines, visit the HCI website at www.northfieldhci.org/psacontest.


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.


September is full of special events at the Northfield Public Library.

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Sept. 9 Meet author Michael Perry who will be talking about his new young adult novel “The Scavengers”.  Co-sponsored by Monkey See, Monkey Read! 6:30-8 pm 

Sept. 11 One Cobbler’s Adventure on the Appalachian Trail—Randy Malecha will talk about his hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 7-8 pm

Sept. 20 Meet local author Lisa Galle Bolduc She will be reading from and talking about her picture book “Autumn” 10:30 am

Sept. 24 “The Amish in America” with David Sudermann   This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks. For more information about the CVEC go to www.cvec.org.7-8 pm 


Minnesota's Safest Cities - NORTHFIELD #20

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Northfield, MN has been selected as the #20 city on the list of Minnesota's Safest Cities by Safe Choice Security.

To ensure the accuracy of the rankings, Save Choice Security compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Minnesota to determine the list of the safest cities. Northfield, MN should be very proud to have made it on the list!

http://www.safechoicesecurity.com/blog/safest-cities-minnesota/


TH19 Maintenance MNDOT Contact

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If your car received any damage on Saturday due to the oil on TH19, please contact the Contractor - Astech Corporation of St. Joseph, MN at 320-363-8500 to file a claim.


Northfield Shares to Host Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk

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A community-spirited event to benefit Northfield-area nonprofits is right around the corner. Northfield Shares, the nonprofit that formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, will host the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk on Sunday, September 7. The 5K run/walk and 15K run are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Northfield at the Northfield Armory (519 South Division Street). Proceeds from the event will be used to support the organization’s vital operating expenses. Online registration is now open at www.djjdrun.org. On-site registration will also be available on the day of the event.


Bee Observation and Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday

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Schoolhouse Apirary will present bee watching (in an enclosed observation hive) at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 30.  Learn about bee habits and efforts to keep beehives healthy and robust against colony collapse disorder from Laura Heiman, beekeeper.  Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.   This small reprise of the hugely popular Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place Saturdays, June through October in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts. (Riverwalk will be closed Saturday, September 6, for Defeat of Jesse James Days). 


Hilary Scott at the Contented Cow

Hilary Scott is an award-winning singer-songwriter who brings her unique brand of melodic and lyrically memorable indie/pop songs to audiences nationally and internationally. Her Midwestern tour makes at stop at the Contented Cow on Wednesday, Setpember 3, at 8:00 pm. Scott has recorded with Nashville producer Matthew Wilder, and was signed for a five song writing and publishing deal with him in 2005.


NORTHFIELD Y TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 3RD

The Northfield Area Family YMCA is pleased to announce that we will open our doors to Charter Members on September 3, 2014 and to the general public on September 5th. After more than eight years of planning and fundraising, the dream of a Y Community Center has become a reality. Located at 1501 Honeylocust Drive, behind Target and Cub Foods in Northfield, our 31,000 square foot facility features an indoor pool, indoor walking/running track, full size gymnasium, wellness floor, locker rooms and group exercise studio. The Y will offer more than 30 group exercise classes each week, plus personal training, aqua fitness classes, open swim and open gym hours. 


The Bridge Chamber Music Festival continues …

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As the summer winds down, a celebration of music is still underway with the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. Concerts will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, at Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College, Monday, Aug. 25, at Carleton Concert Hall at Carleton College and Tuesday, Aug. 26, at The Grand Event Center. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are available at the door for $5.

Festival Concert II –

Sunday's performance began with WindWorks playing Sextet for Piano and Winds in B-flat major, Op. 6, followed by new works -- a Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014 debut called kids these days -- by Composer Doug Opel. The evening concludes with Piano Trio #2 in E-flat major, Op. 100 of Franz Schubert.

“I wrote two short pieces for a piano trio comprised of violinist Kyu-Young Kim, cellist Pitnarry Shin and pianist Esther Wang, who have come together for the occasion of this year's Bridge Chamber Music Festival, said Composer Doug Opel. “These are the first two of what I intend to be several short pieces under an album titled kids these days, a collection that will evoke the exuberance, playfulness and carefree spirit of youth. These works, individually titled in the library and spin dizzy are each a musical depiction of the image implied by their name.”


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