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Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through Blue Cross Foundation

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Growing Up Healthy has received a $50,000 grant, with a chance for renewal for a second year, from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help improve health in Rice County. The funds will be used for social capital development work in low-income neighborhoods in Rice County. The work will empower groups of leaders from historically marginalized communities to better advocate for their peers and foster important connections both within and beyond their neighborhoods.


Skateboard Park Design Workshop

Charette03Last night (Wednesday, September 25), the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) held a design workshop for the skateboard park at the City Council chambers in City Hall. The workshop was led by Hays Hitzing, the director of skatepark development from Spohn Ranch Skateparks. Hays showed some concept designs for the skatepark, including those developed by Charley Markson in consultation with the Skateboard Coalition, and fielded questions from the audience. Neighbors in attendance expressed concerns about noise and landscaping and the impact on property values; skateboarders offered a variety of opinions about the possible design features of the park. BMXers were also in attendence to advocate for use of the park by BMX riders. After the general meeting, the skateboarders met with Hays to brainstorm design ideas, which Hays will incorporate into designs to be presented to the PRAB. The next meeting of the PRAB is on Thursday, October 17.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (September 23, 2013)

Here's the video from the Northfield School Board meeting on Monday, September 23, 2013. A packet from the meeting, including a complete agenda, can be found here. The highlights of the meeting included:


Skateboard Park Design Charette

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Now that the Park and Recreation Advisory Board has decided on a location in Old Memorial Field, they will soon decide on a design in preparation for the construction of a permanent skateboard park. There are several design drafts under consideration, as well as landscaping in the vicinity of the skateboard park. The charette is an opportunity for interested citizens to see the designs and to offer their suggestions. The design charette will take place Wednesday evening, September 25, from 7:00 to 8:30, at the City Council Chambers in City Hall (801 Washington Street).

For more information, contact PRAB Chair Nathan Knutson: nathan-knutson@vjaa.com

 

 


League sponsors The ABCs of the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, September 17

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On October 1, an ambitious program of the Affordable Care Act will be launched. From that date until the end of 2013, Americans will have access to an electronic “marketplace” where we can shop for a health care plan. Implementing the program requires a huge organizational effort, including alerting us to where to find information so that we may understand how the program works and how to apply. In Minnesota, MNsure is the official health insurance exchange. Funded by the federal government, MNSure has created a website to which we can go to learn more about this important public resource.

The League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls has scheduled a public forum on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 503 W. Third Street designed to provide information on the national, state and local implications of the law. Anna Odegaard of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Christina Wessel of the Minnesota Budget Project; and Charlie Mandile of Health Finders of Northfield and Faribault, will present information about October enrollment, January coverage, and much more.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (September 9, 2013)

Highlights of the September 9, 2013 Northfield School Board meeting:

  • An overview of security upgrades and other facilities work undertaken over the summer.
  • A discussion of the possibiity of launching a strategic planning process for the district. The current strategic plan can be found here.

A packet from the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here. The additional table file can be found here.


The ABCs of the Affordable Care Act

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Interested in learning about the options available to you under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?  Want more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace?  The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a public forum addressing the ACA on Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 26, 2013)

The Northfield School Board held is regular meeting on Monday, August 26, 3013, at 7:00 pm in the high school media center. A packet for the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here. The highlights of the meeting were as follows:


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 12, 2013)

Here's the full video of the Monday, August 12, 2013 Northfield School Board meeting. A packet, including an agenda for the meeting, can be found here. You can read about some of the action (or non-action) at the meeting in the Northfield News.


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently seeking nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and one board position for a high school student, beginning in September 2013.  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 foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.” 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.

For more information on the HCI board or to nominate yourself or someone else for the board, please contact HCI at 664-3524 or info@northfieldhci.org.  Nominations should be received by August 1, 2013.

To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (July 8, 2013)

A brief summary of the July 8 School Board meeting can be found below the fold (click Read More). The Board work session that followed the regular meeting is not included in the video. The complete video is 27 and a half minutes.


Dan Patch Rail Line Moratorium on Hold

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At their meeting on Tuesday evening, Northfield City Council member Suzie Nakasian reported that the language to lift the ban on the Dan Patch Rail Line was not included in the legislature’s 2013 transportation bill. Although Senator Kevin Dahle succeeded in getting approval from the full senate for his proposal, Representative David Bly’s companion bill never got a hearing in the House Transportation Committee.


Vote now on the Northfield Public Schools' seven calendar concepts

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At the April 30 community calendar meeting, participants identified the benefits and concerns of seven calendar concepts. At the end of the meeting, participants were asked to vote yes or no on each one (abstaining was also permitted), answering this question:

Does this calendar type have enough merit to move it forward for more consideration and "fleshing out" with specific detail and actual days?

If you were not able to attend the meeting, this calendar concepts online straw poll is your opportunity to weigh in.  You can vote yes or no on each calendar concept, or you can abstain.


HCI funds 15 “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their April 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support four projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth and 11 Service Learning projects designed by Arcadia middle school students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

 

Funded projects included:


Rice County Planning Commission to Consider CUP for Motor Sports Park

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On Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.,in the Rice County Public Services Buidling in Faribault,  there will be a public hearing before the Rice County Planning Commission for the public to comment on the proposed conditional use permits for the establishment of a motor sports park on 135 acres north of Faribault on interstate 34.  The park will accommodate ATVs, dirt bikes, pit bikes and street legal motorcycles. There will be a wooded area with campsites. The three conditional use permits under consideration are for the campground, grading and filling and for organized motor sports. This project has been in the Rice County analysis and decision-making process for more than three years, and the CUP is the final hurdle before President Lee Theis and his MotokazieLand Development can begin construction.

For more information: http://www.co.rice.mn.us/calendar-event/planning-commission-immediately-following-board-adjustment.


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