YMCA Self-Guided Biathlon



Stay connected to the Y this summer! You can complete the biathlon indoor, outdoor, or a combination of both!

Run and swim wherever you prefer! Once you finish, stop in to Member Services and receive a prize! »

Inside or outside or at the Y; Jun 20- Aug 1 Y Members: Free


At the Northfield Area Family YMCA, we’ve made it our mission

YMCA Personal Training Fitness and Nutrition



Want to get more fit but not sure how to go about it?

Personal training offers you one on one experience working with a Certified Personal Trainer.

You will receive workouts based on you and your goals. The schedule is completely based on what works for you and your trainer.

We are here to motivate and help you succeed! Available all year (packages available)

Y Members: $25 per ½ hour, $40 per 1 hour • Community Members: $30 per ½ hour, $45 per 1 hour


Eating well has its rewards.

Fueling your body properly helps you feel better, improve performance and productivity, resist chronic disease, boost energy, b u i l d immunity, age well and control your weight.

Meet one-on-one with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

YMCA SWIM Endurance Course



Need some help building up your endurance?

Join us for a course that focuses directly on building your endurance in the pool.

Tues & Thurs Jun 14-30; 7-7:45p

» Northfield Y pool Y Member: Free • Community Member: $35

Still plenty of time to register click here

At the Northfield Area Family YMCA, we’ve made it our mission
to build strong kids, strong families, and a strong community.



GOLF (ages 6-10) PEEWEE GOLF (ages 3-5)

This is an awesome opportunity for your child to participate in this life-long sport.

Kids will learn the basic skills of putting, chipping and driving.

Come join us outside this summer for some heart-healthy fun.

Ages 6-10: Mon-Fri, June 20-24; 10–10:45a or 7–7:45p 

Ages 3-5: Mon-Fri, June 20-24 9:15–9:45a or 6:15–6:45p

Twin Oaks Driving Range Y Members: Free • Community Members: $40

For further information and to register for programs click here.

YMCA Teen Health & Fitness Camp (ages 11-14) - A few spots still available (June 27 - July 1)


Our new Specialty Camps are packed with adventures and opportunities.  Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush, wanting to learn a new skill or just be a part of something bigger than yourself, we've got a camp for you.  Grab some friends for these half-day, hands-on camps. 

Y Teen Health & Fitness Camp (ages 11-14).  The Y has a couple more openings yet for you to complete your own fitness assessment, learn about healthy snacks, swim in our pool and get to work with a Y certified personal trainer. Develop skills and form using stability balls, resistance bands, Bosu balls and more!  Click to register.

2016 YMCA Teen Camps are Monday-Thursday, 1-5pm:

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (June 13, 2016)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, June 13, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included:
  • approval of the FY 2016-2017 budget
  • approval of changes to the Student Citizenship Handbook
  • eliminaiton of the position of Director of Administrative Services
  • congradulations to Dr. Chris Richardson on his last board meeting as superintendent

Oldies Sing-Along with Marc Reigel at Froggy Bottoms!


On Thursday, June 16, Marc Reigel (Carleton Class of '67) returns to lead his 11th oldies sing-along of classic hits from the 50s and 60s at Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio from 8-10:30 pm. Reigel (keyboard) will be joined by Barry Gillespie of Owatonna, the lead singer of Reigel's popular Night Crawlers band from Carleton of the 1960s, and Wendy Smith (guitar), Rae Rusnak (harmonica) and Lori Williams (saxophone). Carleton grads Ann Etter and Michelle Drenth add their voices and Go Go Girl outfits to golden age rock and roll songs by Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and many more, including the Night Crawlers' own "You Say." Songbooks will be provided. 

Northfield to Name a Poet Laureate


If the Library of Congress can have a Poet Laureate, why not the Northfield Public Library?

As the Library celebrates its renovation and new spaces, Teresa Jensen, Director of the Northfield Public Library, is looking ahead to using the occasion to inspire interest in reading and literary arts. One of the ways to focus attention on reading and language, she says, will be to appoint a Poet Laureate to serve as a spokesperson for reading and writing: “The Library is already the sponsor of a wide range of reading groups, celebrations, and author readings, including authors of books for children, teens and adults. We are looking forward to getting even more people involved in reading and literature.”

The Poet Laureate competition was announced at the Sidewalk Poetry event on April 28th, at which this year’s winning poets were honored.  Applications for selection as Northfield’s Poet Laureate must arrive via email (teresa.jensen@ci.northfield.mn.us) dated no later than midnight on Saturday, July 30th.

Pickleball Courts Ready for Play in Riverside Lions Park


Riverside Lions Park is the site of the City Parks Department’s newest recreation facility – a Pickleball Park. After seeing the popularity of indoor play, the decision was made to create the courts on a trial basis to determine the popularity of the sport that is growing nationally. Located on the asphalt pad formerly the home of the temporary skate park, the new amenity has four courts, ready for pickleball players, old and new to enjoy.

Northfield Public Library's website's new look by John Maakestad

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            We hope you have visited our renovated library since it reopened on May 7.  The two words most commonly heard about the library are “open” and “bright.”  Children delight in the much larger space and many books, DVDs, new toys and play areas.  Adults hang out in the glass atrium, reading the daily newspaper and drinking coffee.  Groups find the renovated meeting room to be comfortable and accommodating.

            A number of people have asked about the library’s website's new look – the brightly colored abstract.  With the permission of John Maakestad’s family, a detail of his 1983 painting “Jubilate” is now on new library cards (and key fobs), book bags and the library’s website. 

Susan Hvistendahl to Talk about Anna Dickie Olesen Thursday Evening


The name of Anna Dickie Olesen was once known coast to coast in political circles. She was praised nationwide by the press for her oratorical skills and was the first woman ever endorsed by a major party for the U.S. Senate. She gave fiery speeches throughout Minnesota on her goal of representing the common people, accompanied by renowned orator and three-times candidate for president Williams Jennings Bryan.

On Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm, local historian Susan Hvistendahl will speak at the Northfield Historical Society about Olesen's life as a politician before and during her time living in Northfield and about her strange second marriage to a Georgia man, Chester Burge, who was the subject of Richard Jay Hutto's book "A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia." Burge's life and murder trial were featured in the recent Investigation Discovery "Crime to Remember" series.

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!


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


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.

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