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Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:17am
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:04am
On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., the first steps in preparation for the November general election will be taking place at precinct caucuses.These are political party-organized meetings which bring neighbors together to set in motion the structures and political goals of their respective party.
What happens at the caucus?
*Elect precinct officers who work to organize political activities in the precinct. This could include maintaining contact lists, convening political meetings and helping with campaign efforts.
*Discuss issues and ideas for the party to support. People may bring ideas, called resolutions, to be voted on. People usually bring a typed or handwritten copy of their resolution.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 8:57am
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. A packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:
Carleton Invites Public to Screening and Discussion of the Critically Acclaimed Film, “Never Let Me Go”Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:22pm
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema, the public is invited to a special screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film, “Never Let Me Go” (2010, rated ‘R’). Based on best-selling novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”), the film is a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. Following the screening of the movie, Alan Rubenstein, senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics and Hanson Scholar in Ethics, will lead a discussion. This event is free and open to the public.
This hauntingly poignant and emotional story stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightly—who live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. Released in 2010, “Never Let Me Go” was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex Garland.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:20pm
Carleton College is once again partnering with FACE, the French American Cultural Exchange, to present the Tournées Film Festival, bringing five acclaimed contemporary French films to the campus and the Northfield community.
The Tournées Festival offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. The films span generational and geographic borders, offer a range of genres and subjects, and showcase innovations in both style and storytelling. There are films by first-time directors alongside those from respected and revered figures in French cinema.
The films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Carleton College faculty members will provide a brief introduction prior to each film. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and are free and open to the public.
Submitted by susanpokorney on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 8:03pm
The Northfield Area Family YMCA will host its seventh annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Northfield Armory, 519 Division Street.
This event is for girls ages 3 to 12 years old and their dad or special male adult. Grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, big brothers and others are invited to be escorts. Men are encouraged to wear shirt/tie, sport coat or suit.
Submitted by Scott Richardson on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:36pm
Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering Part Two of the Emergency Medical Technician Initial Training course this winter and spring. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians practical and written exams.
The course begins Tuesday, Feb. 18. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some Saturday afternoons throughout the late winter and spring at EMS base headquarters, 1600 Riverview Drive, Northfield.
Submitted by Becky Carlson on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 9:24am
The Community Action Center (CAC) is now offering free appointments to anyone in Northfield who needs help securing MNsure health insurance. Beginning April 1, all Minnesotans are required to have health care coverage in order to avoid financial penalties. The CAC has three staff members and two additional volunteers who are trained MNsure Navigators available to answer questions and guide people through the enrollment process. Navigators will be available on Thursday afternoons by appointment from now until mid-March. Additional appointment times are available on a case-by-case basis.
Submitted by Debby Nitz on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:47pm
Sue Leaf, author of "A Love Affair with Birds: the Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts", will give a talk and sign copies of her book in the meeting room of the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 PM. The book is the first full biography of Roberts, the father of Minnesota ornithology. Roberts was a physician, professor of Ornithology at the University of Minnesota and founder of the Bell Museum of Natural History. Roberts was a mentor and friend to local physician and birding enthusiast Dr. George Rysgaard. Leaf, an avid birding enthusiast herself, will elaborate on the Northfield connection in her talk. The book was listed as one of the top 10 books for 2013 in the Dec. 27, 2013 edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Submitted by Debby Nitz on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 2:29pm
Did you get an eReader for Christmas? If so, you should know about our free downloadable ebooks! Come to the Northfield Public Library to get help downloading library ebooks to your eReader. These are walk-in sessions so no appointment is necessary. Bring your device and your library card. If you have a Nook bring your lap top computer (not necessary if you have a Nook HD).
Saturdays - February 1, 8, 15, 22 - 1-3 PM
For individual appointments or questions call the reference desk at 507-645-1802.
Submitted by Paul Krause on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:47am
Twin Cities Public Television will air Paul Krause's documentary Harvest this coming Saturday, February 1 on their Minnesota channel (Charter Cable 396). The program will air four times: 1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm.
Submitted by Virginia Kaczmarek on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:43pm
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.
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:16pm
Marco Werman, host and senior producer of Public Radio International’s “The World” will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 31 from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Stories, Not Punditry,” Werman’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
Werman has been working in journalism since the age of 16, when he got his first job as a copy-boy for the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. After a three-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, Werman began his radio career with the BBC World Service in Burkina Faso, West Africa. From there he moved to London to produce the BBC’s flagship breakfast program for Africa, “Network Africa.” “Radio impressed me in Africa,” says Werman. “Everyone had one, broadcasts happened in many languages, and in the two coups I witnessed, the radio station was important booty: it and the electrical generator were always the first targets.”
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:29pm
UPDATE: Immigration 101 Event Cancelled Due to Severe Winter Weather. Due 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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 7:42pm
Northfielder Jane McDonnell's reading of her new poetry collection, A Bone in the Throat, has been postponed.
Watch Northfield.org for the rescheduling of the reading next spring.