Strong Towns "Curbside Chat"

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NDDC presents Strong Towns’ Curbside Chat

PLAN TO ATTEND!  The NDDC has invited the Strong Towns organization to Northfield for one of their “Curbside Chats”.  The event will be held on Monday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Archer House Riverview Conference Room on the lower level.  The Curbside Chats are designed with special attention to city officials and community leaders, but strong towns are built from the grassroots and your voices needed at this free event.

Carleton Convocation Discusses the Digital Divide for Girls of Color

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Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls Code, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Feb. 14 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Bryant’s presentation, entitled “Behind the Click: Securing the Future for Girls of Color as the Tech Leaders and Creators of Tomorrow,”discuss the digital divide currently faced by girls of color. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

Black Girls Code is a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color to the field of technology and computer programming.Their mission is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

Three Links hosts Job Fair Open House for Nurses and Nursing Assistants


Three Links is hosting a Job Fair and Open House for Nurses and Nursing Assistants

Join us Thursday, February 13 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Three Links. We're located at 815 Forest Avenue, Northfield MN. Three Links is excited to introduce our Resident Centered Staffing Model. This allows for 4 or 3 day work weeks! Choose either the Monday-Thursday team or the Friday-Sunday team. It's easier on daycare, predictable schedule, 4 paid bonus hours for every weekend shift, all focusing on resident centered care.

The Dream is Becoming a Reality - Follow Construction of the Y Community Center

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The walls are going up and it is beginning to look like a building. The Northfield YMCA is pleased to announce that ongoing construction photos will be hosted on the KYMN AM 1080 Radio website. If you haven't driven by the property where the Y is being built or want updated views of construction, visit KYMN! Have you played a role in helping to raise the roof yet? A decision on whether we can afford the gym and indoor walking track will be made by the end of February so make a pledge now and help our community build a Y. To make a pledge, visit the Y's website press Give or download a pledge card by clicking Capital Campaign and Make a Pledge. 

Coming Soon to The Northfield Public Library – Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries exhibit


On Thursday, February 13, the Northfield Public Library will open the Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries (easel) exhibit to the Northfieldcommunity.  Showcasing original artworks by regional artists, this exhibit revolves around each artist’s interpretation of the theme of books, a letter or letters, reading authors, or the library.  One of thirteen locations in Southeastern Minnesota selected to host the exhibit, it will be open in our community from February 13 to March 26, 2014.

An Artists’ Reception will be held opening day - Thursday, February 13, from 7-8pm on the library’s 2ndfloor. Refreshments will be served. Come and meet some of the easel artists and enjoy a homemade treat!

Carleton Concert Presented by Distinguished Pianist Lydia Artymiw

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On Sunday, Feb. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to a piano performance by distinguished guest artist Lydia Artymiw, performing a diverse program of works by Mozart and Schumann, along with a selection of works by Ukranian composers. This performance, held in the Carleton College Concert Hall, is free and open to the public.

“Lydia Artymiw has such a satisfying musical soul; she is a pleasure to hear,” wrote Bernard Holland in a recent New York Times review. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw is considered one of the most compelling talents among pianists of her generation. 

Northfield YMCA Adds New Board Members

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The Northfield YMCA is pleased to announce its newest 2014 Board Volunteers:  Gretchen Ehresmann, Tracy Nelson, Chris Kennelly, Andrea Hoff, Cheryl Buck and Beth Berry. “This will be a very exciting year as we work to open the new Y facility,” says Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director. For a complete list of all Y Volunteer Board members, visit the YMCA website at Pictured at the Y's construction site are Nate Jacobi, Y Board Chair, Chris Kennelly, Cheryl Buck, Gretchen Ehresmann, Tracy Nelson and Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director. 

Nutrition Program: “A Child’s Healthful Start; Nutrition strategies for your children and their future”to be held on Thursday, February 13,

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Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will present the second in a series of five nutrition program that are free and open to the public, on Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m at the Northfield Public Library

Nutrition is the cornerstone for a child’s foundation I life.  Aldrich will review the basic nutrition principles that will strengthen your children and give them a strong start in life.  Resources will be recommended for continued personal learning.

Noel Aldrich is a Licensed Nutritionist with a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

What is a house for children?

It is a place for voices to be heard, laughter to be shared, wonder to be experienced.  Come see a children's house for yourself. Saturday, February 8th from 10:30 utnil 12:00 we will be hosting at our Spring Open House. We would love to meet your family to discuss our vision for early childhood education and show you what we mean by "an environment for discovery and learning." Enrollment for summer programs and the 2014-2015 school year will be available. Our tables and chairs may be small, but our hearts are big!

Blog: Christopher Tassava's Arrowhead 135 Story


On Monday and Tuesday, January 27 and 28, as the air temperature dropped to more than 20 below zero and most of us were staying inside to keep warm, Northfield's Christopher Tassava was riding his fat-bike through the frozen North Woods to a seventh-place finish in the grueling Arrowhead 135. The race starts in International Falls, the coldest place in the United States, and heads down the Arrowhead State Trail to finish 135 miles later near Tower, Minnesota. In an riveting set of blog posts, Christopher takes you along with him on his incredible journey. Bundle up and enjoy a great read.

"Don't Get Froze": Part One

"When I checked into my motel in International Falls around three in the afternoon on Sunday, January 26, the night before this year’s Arrowhead 135, the old lady at the counter gave me two things I needed: a huge pink shower curtain to lay on the floor under my bike ('those bikes are so messy, you know?') and a piece of advice: 'Don’t get froze'..." Continue reading

"Don't Get Froze": Part Two

"Skipulk came at a funny place on the course..." Continue reading

Renowned Psychologist Joy DeGruy, Author of ‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,’ to Present Carleton Convocation

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Renowned educator, psychologist, and social worker Joy DeGruy, author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing,” will present the Carleton College weekly convocation on Friday, Feb. 7 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. DeGruy will discuss her book, whichaddresses the residual impact of trauma on African Descendants in the Americas. This event, commemorating Black History Month, is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed online at

“Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing” (Uptone Press, 2005) lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can eliminate non-productive attitudes, beliefs and adaptive behaviors, building upon the strengths we have gained from the past to heal injuries of today.

New Toastmasters Group Now Forming in Northfield

Plans are afoot to organize a new Toastmasters club in Northfield. The planners envision the group will meet on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening in classroom or public meeting space on the St. Olaf campus. Interested community members and students should contact either Elisabeth Sepulveda,, or Lewis Campbell,

Address by Paul Douglas at Climate Summit Scheduled on NTV Channel 12


In you were not able to attend the Northfield Area Climate Summit, Paul Douglas' keynote speech will be rebroadcast on Northfield Cable Television/NTV Channel 12 on Monday, February 10 and Monday February 17 at 8:30 pm (check NTV program schedule for additional show times on those dates), and on Tuesday February 11 and February 18 at 7:30 am

These will be the only re-broadcasts of Paul Douglas' keynote, so please spread word of these dates to friends and colleagues in Northfield.         

Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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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. 

Precinct Caucuses Scheduled for February 4


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.

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