Items related to the running of Northfield

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 28, 2013)

A full Board packet for the meeting, including agenda and table file, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Presentation Wednesday at Senior Center: Information about MNsure



Chad Wojchik, Senior Linkage Line Specialist, will present the key elements of the Affordable Health Care Act and the Health Exchange program known as MNsure. He will explain who is affected and how, who needs to purchase health insurance and who does not, patient protections and options to reduce the costs of coverage. Learning the facts will protect you from the fiction.

For more information:  Chris Ellison <>

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 14, 2013)

Here's the complete video from the Monday, October 14, 2013 meeting of the Northfield School Board. Highlights of the meeting included:

Carleton Convocation Provides a Conservative Perspective on Immigration

Angela "Bay" Buchanan

Political commentator Angela “Bay” Buchanan will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 25 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “U.S. Immigration: The History and the Consequences," Buchanan’s presentation will provide a conservative perspective on the debate surrounding immigration policy in the United States. This event is free and open to the public; convocations are also streamed online and can be viewed at

Buchanan is President of The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to advancing traditional conservative issues. She also chairs Team America, which is a political action committee devoted to border security and immigration reform.

Northfield Civil War Veterans Featured at Northfield Historical Society Cemetery Stories


Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that the Northfield Historical Society will present the 8th annual Cemetery Stories on October 19 at the Northfield Cemetery. As part of the 150th observance of the Civil  War, this year’s event will highlight Northfield-area veterans of that war.  In spring 1861, political solutions having failed, southern forces fired upon Fort Sumter and the American Civil War had commenced.

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


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:



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

League of Women Voters

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


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  Nominations should be received by August 1, 2013.

To learn more about HCI, visit

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