Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation Announces 2016 Serve a Smile Winners

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Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, in collaboration with the Minnesota Alliance With Youth and Minnesota FCCLA, has awarded $30,000 in annual youth service grants and in-kind dental hygiene supplies to 36 sites in 31 communities. These competitive grants are awarded through Delta Dental’s Serve a Smile grant program to support youth-led service projects that address important oral health and overall health issues. The program provides young people with funds to create healthier schools and communities.   Locally, two grants (totaling $1,875) were awarded to youth-led projects.


Connie Nelson is Making A Difference

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Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Connie Nelson, former elementary teacher and current chair of the Northfield Promise Reading Team, with the March 2016 “Making a Difference” Award.  

The award is given out monthly to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.

“Connie cares deeply about the people she works with,” said Becky Gainey, Sibley Elementary Response to Intervention Coach and Reading Specialist.  “She is calm and caring, and always puts students’ needs first.”


The Y is Seeking Caring, Enthusiastic Candidates for Summer Positions - April 22 first consideration

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The Northfield Y is seeking caring, enthusiastic candidates who want to make a difference in kids' lives. If you like being active, spending time outdoors, and working with youth, we invite you to join our Day Camp Staff Team for Summer 2016! Check out the job description details and download our application at www.northfieldymca.org or stop by the Y to pick one up.


The library cornerstone is in!

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The "2016" cornerstone has been set into the base of the glass atrium of the renovated library.  There are now three cornerstones at the library - 1910, the original Carnegie building; 1985, the Steve Edwins addition that tripled the size of the original library; and now 2016, the atrium that has enabled the interiors of the 1910 and 1985 buildings to meet 21st century library needs and demands.  

Come see it all on Saturday, May 7.  Ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 AM, celebrations throughout the day until 5 PM.  


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (April 11, 2016)

 
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016. Highlights of the meeting included:
  • a discussion of low-enrollment language classes, specifically Chinese 2 and Spanish 6

The next regular school board meeting will be held on Monday, April 25, at 7pm, in the high school media center. 


Northfield’s other annual tradition: Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair gears up

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It’s a sure sign of Spring: The annual Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair.

The 2016 Book Fair takes place April 26-30 at the Northfield Ice Arena on Highway 3.

This Northfield tradition got its humble start 55 years ago on the back porch of an Auxiliary member’s home. (At the time, members thought they might collect enough books to do the sale once.) Now, it fills the Northfield Ice Arena with more than 10,000 books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl. The Book Fair has raised over $750,000 to support Hospital projects and scholarships for local students training for careers in healthcare. 


Public Invited to Hear Latest News About Save the Depot

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Save the Northfield Depot invites the public to an update on the depot project next Thursday, April 14th at 3 p.m.


Save the date! Sat. May 7th GRAND RE-OPENING of the Library!

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You're invited to "check out" the new, renovated, updated and spiffy Library.  There will an official ribbon cutting at 10 am and entertainment through out the day!  Larger than life Mo Willem's children's book characters "Elephant and Piggie" will be on-hand to welcome the kids. 

Back to our original address 210 Washington St.  

Our hours begining Sunday, May 8th are:

Monday -Thursday

9 to 8

Friday 9-5:30

Saturday 9-5

Sunday 1-5

    September through May

www.northfieldmn.info


Say Hello To Summer: YMCA Summer Camps (register by April 15 for big savings)

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The YMCA is so excited for another summer at the new Northfield Y facility.  At Y Navigators, kids get to be kids. Whether it’s sliming their favorite counselor, learning a new stroke in swim lessons, collecting cool bugs or simply making a friend, Y Navigatros is a place for everyone to feel like they belong. We are here to welcome each kid for who they are and to help them grow mentally, physically and emotionally. Each day will bring fun and exciting opportunities for your child to try new things, get outside their comfort zone and walk away with a sense of accomplishment.

Our Y Navigator program is based on the Y’s Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We are here to help kids understand what it means to live with character in their life and how to do so through relationship-building games, teamwork challenges, and camper-to-camper recognition.


Your healthier lifestyle starts with Personal Nutrition Training at the YMCA

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Personal Nutrition Training at the Northfield Area Family YMCA helps you function at peak performance by properly fueling your body.  Eating well leads to more energy, improved performance and increased immunity. A healthy diet combined with regular exercise aids in treating and preventing Diabetes, heart disease and more. And you’ll just feel better. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist will work with you to identify eating strategies that will enable you to control your weight, reach your wellness goals and enjoy a healthier life. Affordable, one-on-one training sessions are held at the Y and are available to members and non-members.    


The Library Moves Forward

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Our public library continues to make progress inside and out. Painting is nearing completion. The air handling system is in. The restrooms are beautiful - and ADA compliant! The terrazzo floors are curing. The carpeting is being installed. The staff will soon begin moving materials from long-term storage in Dundas back to 210 Washington. If the weather cooperates, we'll even see some landscaping and the new sidewalks before the grand reopening. Be sure to mark your calendars - Saturday, May 7, 10 AM for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony, 10:30 AM - 5 PM for tours, entertainment and a community-wide celebration! For more information, see www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. 


NORTHFIELD READS--Final Event

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Northfield Reads' final event is approaching.  This year's book is "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America".  The book highlights the strengths and challenges of people who are living on a very low income, in a way that helps explain a complex issue.  

The closing event will offer a variety:  Interspersed among discussion of the issues, Broke Folk will provide music, an NHS group will perform a one act play, two speakers will share their stories, Jim Blaha will speak about Northfield, and Kevin Dahle and Todd Smith Lippert will suggest action ideas.  This will be held on Thursday, April 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, at St. John’s Church, 500 Third St. W. 


HealthFinders Spring Gala -- April 22

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Please join HealthFinders in celebrating our annual spring gala, ‘In the community for the community’ on April 22nd at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. The evening promises to be a great event with a silent community basket auction, a craft beer wall, live auction and our fund-a-need which will be raising much needed dollars for our medication assistance program. Special entertainment by renowned gospel singer Robert Robinson! There will even be an After Gala Party (free will offering) featuring wonderful dance music by- La Raza De Mexico. Hurry, tickets are going fast!

For more information visit: http://healthfindersmn.org/event/annual-spring-gala/

Questions, please contact Katy 507-323-8100. Don’t miss out on the event of the spring!


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Seeks Board Nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least three open adult board positions and one board position for a high school student, beginning in September 2016.  HCI board members serve three-year terms. 

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to cultivate a collaborative community that supports, values and empowers youth.”   To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. 


Purple Up! For Military Kids

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Salutes Military Kids

The Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network proudly joins the military and Veteran communities in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. From deployments to new schools, military children face unique challenges most youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt must be applauded, their courage must be recognized and their hard work must be celebrated.

It is estimated that aver 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by a parent’s deployment and that number continues to grow. We are encouraging our community to join together and honor our military youth for their sacrifices, for their courage, and for the important contribution they make to the strength of the military family.


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