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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.


The Northfield Skateboard Coalition is Making a Difference

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The Northfield Skateboard Coalition has received the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for March/April 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Rob Hardy, an adult adviser to the group, and filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo nominated the coalition members for the award, citing the dedication and resolve the youth demonstrated throughout the lengthy civic process of working to bring a permanent skate park to Northfield.

“There have been times when the adults have gotten frustrated, angry, or rude, and the kids have never done that. They’ve been models of good behavior and civility,” Hardy said.


Looking for a job that makes a difference?

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More than 10 full-time AmeriCorps positions are available in Northfield for next school year working with youth and/or families.

CLICK HERE to see the descriptions and application processes for positions that are currently accepting applications.

Application review for many of the positions is underway so APPLY TODAY!

Positions are available with the Northfield Public Schools, Growing Up Healthy, the Northfield LINK Center, the Northfield Union of Youth/The Key, the Northfield Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) program, and Accelerate Northfield.

Questions?  Contact the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.


Veteran’s Park Neighborhood Revitalization Program

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The City of Northfield is offering two informational meetings in regard to a new Veteran’s Park Neighborhood Revitalization Program on Tuesday, April 2 at City Hall. The first meeting will be held at 10 a.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. The Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) in cooperation with Three Rivers Community Action has made funding available for the purpose of improving house exteriors and/or garages, energy efficiency improvements and to address health and safety concerns in the neighborhood.
 


Civil War Presentation at Northfield Historical Society Thursday, March 14th

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Northfield Historical Society Director Hayes Scriven announces that on March 14th at 6:00 p.m. the society will continue the series on the Civil War as part of the sesquicentennial  observance of the that important period our history.  There will be a presentation by Civil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark entitled, Murfreesboro to Chancellorsville. Following the horrific defeat at Fredricksburg, Lincoln was facing new pressure from both his own Republican Party and the Peace Democrats.  Within his own party and cabinet political intrigue was at work while the Democrats began to push for a peaceful solution to the war.  Lincoln also faced a near mutiny within the Army of the Potomac and General Burnside’s leadership came into question from many fronts. Both England and France questioned if the union could be held together as one nation.  Early 1863 would challenge Lincoln’s leadership on all fronts.


A school calendar conversation with the Northfield community

This announcement is from the Northfield Public Schools news page:

The Northfield Board of Education and district administration would like to invite parents, students and community members to participate in a broad discussion of the future of school calendars, beyond 2013-14. The first of three calendar meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 7 in the high school upper cafeteria. 

The March meeting will include a review of the history and elements of academic calendars around the world and in the United States. Board and administration will gather ideas from attendees about calendar features that best support student learning. Discussion will include the level of involvement that meeting participants would like to have in upcoming months. 


Epic thanks the City of Northfield

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A recent Northfield City Council meeting included a presentation by the Dundas-based nonprofit Epic Enterprise Inc. The organization thanked the city for eight years of employing work crews made up of Epic's developmentally disabled clients.

"Hiring people with disabilities is not charity," said Kathy Topp, community employment liaison at Epic, during the presentation. "Bringing them into the City of Northfield is an exemplary act that models corporate and civic responsibility."


The Northfield Public Library has Zinio!

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The Northfield Public Library, in partnership with Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault and the Lonsdale Public Library, is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio, an online resource for digital magazines.  Download new popular magazines, page for page, including full color pictures and some with interactive elements such as audio and video.  It’s easy to do and free with your Northfield Library card. The collection includes over 200 magazines and includes titles such as:


Do We Need A Constitutional Amendment To Help Select Good Judges?

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The League of Women Voters Northfield-Cannon Falls invites the public to join a discussion about how to elect and keep good, fair judges. The meeting will take place 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
on Monday, January 28, 2013 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street West, Northfield.

Judicial independence and the proposed Impartial Justice Act will be discussed by two persuasive supporters of this new way toselect and keep fair judges. Their presentation will be followed by questions and discussion.

Sarah Walker, President of the Coalition for Impartial Justice
Also Chief Operating Officer of 180 Degrees, Inc. and founder of the MN Second Chance Coalition, Walker is a Carleton College graduate, and is now completing her doctorate in sociology at the University of Minnesota.


Public Help Sought For City Website Design

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The City Council invites members of the public to see and comment on the new website which will be launched later this month. On January 14, 15 and 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. there will be computers available in the second floor training room at City Hall for this purpose.

Funded with cable fund money, the city contracted with Kansas-based CivicPlus to develop, roll out, support and host the new website for the next four years. Presently, city employees are training to maintain the site.  The redesign was informed by a committee of 30 individuals, including city staff and members of the public.  As part of the inclusive process, the committee sought and selected photos submitted by citizens for banners and galleries.


Help Solve Downtown Parking Problems

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Want to have a voice in solving downtown parking problems?

The city has contracted Griff Wigley (Wigley and Associates) to create and manage a way for the public to participate in a conversation about downtown parking.  He has launched “Parking Management for Downtown Northfield, MN (http://northfieldparking.wordpress.com/) where everyone can learn about the parking issue, participate in the discussion, and have an impact on future city decisions.

Need for and possible solutions for additional parking downtown have been discussed for many years. Creating new parking lots is one option. At a recent meeting the city council approved their parking committee’s proposal (which included use of social media) for engaging stakeholders in discussions for better management of parking in the downtown area.  The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation will conduct the conversation, according to City Administrator Tim Madigan in his December 11 memo to the council.


Northfield Public School District Hosts Public Meetings in January

The Northfield Public Schools will be hosting a series of public meetings during January in an effort to gather community feedback regarding three important decisions coming before the Board of Education. The issues are:


Local Issue: Transit Hub

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On December 4, 2012, the Northfield City Council approved a recommendation to locate a proposed local transit hub on the Q-Block, on the southwest corner of Second Street and Highway 3. This is an important step forward in a project that began in 2001, with the completion of a Rice County local and regional transit study that identified a need for a transit hub in Northfield. The proposed transit hub is envisioned as the central element of a redevelopment of the Q-Block which would also include the relocated and renovated Northfield depot.  For those interested in learning more about this issue, here is a timeline and a compilation of documents and links related to the transit hub project.


Nominees Sought for 2013 Northfield Human Rights Award

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The Northfield Human Rights Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Human Rights Award.  The award will be presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration, which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013.  The event will be held at a Emmaus Baptist Church.


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