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Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014: Thursday, April 24

As part of National Poetry Month, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will be placing boxes of poems in twelve city locations beginning Thursday, April 24th in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Community members are invited to take a poem or two from one of the red boxes on display across Northfield and share them with others throughout the day.  In response to business owners’ requests to maintain the boxes of poetry for more than one day this year, the ACC has extended the event for several days beyond April 24th – as long as there are poems still available in the boxes!

Begun in 2002 by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City in partnership with their Department of Cultural Affairs and Education, in 2008 the Academy of American Poets embraced the Poem in Your Pocket project as a national endeavor.  Schools, communities, libraries, and a wide

range of organizations across the country now celebrate poetry in this exciting way.


Join the Y team! Looking for a full-time youth development program director!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a strong community? The Northfield Y has a fantastic full-time opportunity for a Youth Development Program Director to join our team at our soon-to-be open facility. For details on the position, the Y and the Northfield community, visit our website. Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn to be kept posted on more positions as they become available. The Y has plans to hire more than 80 employees from now until September. 


Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”


Register now for YMCA spring programs

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Spring is near and that means registration is underway for Northfield YMCA spring programs. Class offerings and details are available in the spring session brochure, which is available on the Y’s website www.northfieldymca.org

You do not need to be a member to enjoy all that we have to offer. Browse our spring preschool and youth offerings and join us!

Also included in the brochure and on the website is information about the 8th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Bridgewater School. Save the date and participate in a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways.


Neuger Communications Group Joins Forces With Henry Schafer Partners; Firm to Open Satellite Office in Downtown Minneapolis

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Neuger Communications Group announced that it has acquired Henry Schafer Partners in a deal that significantly enhances the media relations and social media expertise of the Northfield-based integrated marketing and communications firm. The agreement also means a stronger presence in the Twin Cities market for the expanded firm. The company’s Twin Cities office will be located in the North Loop of downtown Minneapolis. Its headquarters will remain in Northfield, Minn.


Northfield is Added to Fare for All Express Food Network

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Fare For All is a cooperative food purchasing program that has been in Minnesota for almost 25 years. The program is open to anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. Because Fare For All is a bulk buying program, the more people who participate, the better. Northfield will be part of the Express food program and customers do not need to pre-order or pre-pay. The site is cash and carry (cash, EBT, credit card, debit card accepted, no checks).

Fare For All provides packages of fresh fruits and vegetables ($10), as well as quality frozen meat items ($11 or $25). This program will be available once per month from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden Street N.  Dates in 2014 are:  March 6, April 10, May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 4, October 2, October 30, December 4.

For more information:  www.fareforall.org or 763.450.3880


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.


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! http://kymnradio.net/ymca-construction/ 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 http://northfieldymca.org/and press Give or download a pledge card by clicking Capital Campaign and Make a Pledge. 


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 http://northfieldymca.org/about/board 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. 


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, sepulvee@stolaf.edu, or Lewis Campbell, lfc-813@sevenpathswebdesign.com.


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. 


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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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


Patterns Shifting: on the subject of climate change, a Northfield focus

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On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.

According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century. 


Northfield Area Climate Summit, Jan. 18

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On January 18, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students, institutions, and business representatives. Find practical solutions to benefit our community through a Community Activity & Idea Fair on energy saving steps and resources for large and small local businesses. Breakout session topics include the science of climate change, business perspectives on climate and energy, and the impact of climate on local agriculture and more. The Summit will take place at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College and is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For the schedule of free events and registration, go to http://northfieldclimatesummit.org. Join in the conversation at facebook.com/northfieldclimatesummit and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate


St. Olaf's Bon Appetit Receives Business Partnership of the Year Award

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Epic Enterprise, a non-profit in Dundas that serves people with disabilities in Rice County and the surrounding area, hosted its annual awards banquet on November 12th at the Northfield Ballroom. More than 250 attended the event, including Epic individuals, their families, staff, board members and area business leaders who partner with Epic to help people actively participate in the community.

Linda Hibbard, Executive Director of Epic, recognized many individuals and staff for their involvement with Epic Enterprise. The annual Business Partnership of the Year Award was given to Peter Abrahamson and Randy Clay of Bon Appetit at St. Olaf because they consistently demonstrate that they value and embrace every individual with their efforts to include Epic’s supported employees in company activities.


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