Justin Roberts kicks off Books and Stars on June 11

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Northfield Public Library is ready for summer!

Nationally known Justin Roberts will kick off Books and Stars on June 11 at Central Park. Booker, the book bus opens at 6:30. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Books and Stars provides the entire community weekly, family friendly, fun, and entertaining shows in our beautiful Northfield parks June 11- July30.

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Young People's Theater Workshops Starting Soon

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The Northfield Arts Guild is once again conducting their popular Young People's Theater Workshop. The Arts Guild staff of theater artists lead young students in creating an original production.  The mornings are filled with classes in creative dramatics and dance.  In the afternoons, participants take part in writing an original script and rehearsing. Live performances are open to the public on the last two days of the session.

This year, two week and three week workshops are being offered.  "The two week workshop (YPTW2) is in response to our students who were unable to commit to three weeks in the summer." says Ann Mosey, Executive Director of the Guild.  "These workshops are already full, though we have spaces available for YPTW3, which is our three week workshop."


Summer -- Time for Celebrating and Fun!

This article was written by Joan Janusz, a member of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.  

 

Keeping Youth Safe

June at last!  A new burst of energy and time to “let go”, a time of endings and beginnings: Ending of the school year and the beginning of summer.  For our graduates and their families, it is a time of celebration of an important milestone.  As is tradition, a letter recently was sent to the parents and guardians of all graduating seniors in Northfield from Monte Nelson, Chief of Police and Chris Richardson, Superintendent of Public Schools. 


The Skateboard Coalition Video

Why should Northfielders support a skatepark? In this new video from the Northfield Skateboard Coalition, local skaters and other youth, adult community members, local business owners, and the Northfield Chief of Police all give their compelling answers to that question. Please take ten minutes to watch the video, share it, and encourage others to show their support. You can make a contribution toward the design and construction of the skateboard park on GiveMn.org, or by check made out to "Northfield HCI" (with "skatepark" in the memo line) and sent to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS 128, Northfield, MN 55057-2760.
 

 


Pregnancy Prevention Program Coordinator is Making a Difference

Clarita Kell is Making a Difference

The coordinator of a pregnancy prevention program for Latino youth has received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for May. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Clarita Kell has been a resource and advocate for Latina and Latino students for more than 10 years through the Comadres and Compadres Pregnancy Prevention program. The program aims to help teens in grades 6-12 learn about themselves, and how their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors can influence their futures. It has been part of the HealthFinders Collaborative since 2010.

The students meet with Kell in weekly sessions to discuss difficult topics of growing up, including sexuality, sexual health and negotiating the future. Kell also created a peer-to-peer program that brings the high school students and middle school students together in “Friends Teaching Friends” classes.


HCI's 2014 Report to the Community Highlights Successes

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s annual report has been published and is now available online. “Setting the Stage for Healthy Youth Development,” the 2014 Report to the Community, highlights the non-profit organization’s past year of successes and summarizes the work of nearly a dozen HCI-supported collaborations.

The report includes a feature story on Rey Andrade, a 2012 Northfield High School and TORCH program graduate who is attending St. Thomas University on a full-tuition scholarship.

HCI formed in 1992 and is a coalition run by community leaders, youth parents and school personnel. Its mission is to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens family and builds community. In the past 11 years, HCI has helped bring in $4.5 million in grant funds from sources outside the community to support Northfield youth efforts.


Carleton College Announces Faculty Promotions

The Carleton College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of five faculty members, from Professor to Professor Emeritus, effective September 1, 2014.


Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process

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Media Release

 

June 4, 2014

 

Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process 

 

On July 9th and 10th the Northfield City Council will interview candidates for the position of City Administrator.  The City Council values public input and is therefore making opportunities available for public involvement in the process.

 

The City Council will be holding a meet and greet event on July 9th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  This will be an opportunity for members of the public to visit with the final candidates and get to know them a bit.  Interested persons are invited to stop by anytime during the event. 

 


Carleton College to hold its 140th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 14

Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 484 graduating members of the Class of 2014 on Saturday, June 14, in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required.


Civil War Presentation at Northfield Historical Society

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Civil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark will discuss the American Civil War’s 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in his presentation, “Grant Goes East and Meets Lee on the Battlefield,” Thursday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Stark, a former president of the Northfield and Rice County historical societies, will discuss Ulysses S. Grant’s appointment as general of all Union armies and his subsequent decision to direct the Army of the Potomac in the eastern theater of battle. “This brought the two most prominent generals of the Civil War — Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee — in direct conflict for the first time,” explains Stark. The Battle of the Wilderness commenced on May 4, 1864.

“Both North and South fought many battles with heavy losses on both sides and neither side would back down,” says Stark. “Many believed that the war’s outcome was in the balance that summer of 1864.”


First National Bank of Northfield Awards Two College Scholarships

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, has awarded two college scholarships to Northfield High School (NHS) seniors. The recipients of this year’s $1,500 awards are Sandy Carson of Northfield, Minn., daughter of Mark and Alice Carson, and Nathan Berthelsen of Northfield, Minn., son of Mike and Melissa Berthelsen. The award is unique in that applicants must enroll in either St. Olaf College or Carleton College. In the case of this year’s award winners, Carson will attend Carleton and Berthelsen will attend St. Olaf.

For more than 10 years, First National has awarded two high school seniors scholarships – one is marked for an NHS graduate attending St. Olaf College, and the other Carleton College. The scholarship program is just one of the ways in which First National has given back to the community across its 140-year history.


Multicultural effort for peace featured in 3 free films in June

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A trio of thought-provoking films about Israelis and Palestinians working together for justice and peace in Israel-Palestine are planned for the 2014 Palestine Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, the series features films in which Israelis and Palestinians tell stories of how the Middle East conflict has impacted their lives.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1050 Cedar Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with a brief question-and-answer period.


Carleton College's Kelly Connole Named Winner of Prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship

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The Northern Clay Center has announced the recipients of this year’s 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Of the two fellows named to this prestigious honor is Kelly Connole, Carleton College Associate Professor of Art. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.

Kelly Connole teaches ceramics and metalsmithing. A story teller by nature, Connole uses clay to examines relationships between humans, their environment, and other creatures. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received numerous awards including a McKnight Residency and a Jerome Foundation Project Grant.


City of Northfield’s Youth Leadership Academy — apply today!

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The City of Northfield and the Mayor’s Youth Council are accepting applications for the inaugural Youth Leadership Academy, which will run from June 23-27.

Five high school students will be selected for this week-long program.  Students will meet with city leaders, shadow different city departments, and learn about potential careers in municipal government.  This is a great career exploration and resume building experience!  For more information and the application, CLICK HEREApplications should be submitted before June 10!

Questions?  Email info@northfieldhci.org


New Video! Northfield Downtown Beautification

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The City of Northfield has a new video to share:

Judy Code, Volunteer Master Gardner, and TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor, highlight our Northfield downtown beautification project.

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A wonderful project for the entire Northfield community!  This video will be added to the City of Northfield website's Media Center. 


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