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Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 10:38am
At the May 15 city council meeting, Councilor Betsey Buckheit recognized two students for their contributions to the city’s Complete Streets policy development. Ben Hellerstein, a Carleton senior, was instrumental in organizing the citizen group, which met for several months soliciting community support, and drafting the resolution which the council passed to direct the drafting of a policy. He had read about the Complete Streets Task Force in the Northfield News, contacted Councilor Buckheit and then scheduled meetings, provided agendas, brought in other Carleton students and generally kept the group on task.
Submitted by Nathan White on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 8:45pm
- Future of Public Library Discussed
- Council Reviews Debt Study
- First Steps on 2012 Budget Discussed
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Submitted by Elizabeth Child on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 6:26am
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) of the City of Northfield recently approved a budget of $16,100 to support the promotion and marketing of Riverwalk Market Fair in 2012. Established in 2010, Riverwalk Market Fair provided the opportunity for 60 local artists and 40 farmers and food artisans to sell their products and generate $240,00 in new revenue in the past two years. Last year Riverwalk Market Fair drew an estimated 20,000 visitors from around the region and across the United States.
“EDA support of the Riverwalk Market Fair will help make Northfield a magnet as a regional center for the arts, which is part of the city’s plan for economic development,” said Jack Hoschouer, EDA president. “Riverwalk Market Fair gives visitors from southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities a unique opportunity to get to know what our city has to offer: our talented and friendly people, interesting and charming shops and restaurants. We hope that visitors to the Riverwalk Market Fair will find Northfield a great destination for a future day trip or an overnight visit. I hope that some visitors may also be impressed with Northfield as a great place to do business.”Thegoals of the Riverwalk Market Fair align with the city’s comprehensive plan to promote arts-related tourism, encourage the creation of new businesses and attract more businesses to downtown retail shops and restaurants. The funding provided by the EDA enables Riverwalk Market Fair to increase publicity and advertising to attract more visitors from the region and the Twin Cities.
Submitted by Jessica Peterso... on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 8:56am
This Week at the Northfield City Council Meeting:
This Week at the Northfield City Council Meeting:
Council Meets with Fire Relief Association
Rural Fire Protection District and Council Discuss Negotiations
Charter Commission Suggests Subcommittee
Rental Ordinance Changes Considered
This Week at the Northfield Hospital Board Meeting:
Board appoints 3 to Council-Board Task Force
Financial results down from last year
CFO says hospital triages first, then collects info.
Gina Franklin elected Board Chair
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 12:37pm
At their April 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved mini-grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. Funded projects included:
Writers’ Workshop Poetry Book. ARTech students participating in the Writers’ Workshop group are compiling prose and poetry they have authored throughout the school year and are putting it into one publication, a poetry book. Several copies of this journal will be given to the Key and area businesses who have hosted the writers during writing sessions this school year.
Latino Play Festival. Students in the ESL (English as a Second Language) Performing Arts class at Northfield High School have spent the year writing and preparing plays. Planned performances will be held at Carleton College and at the Northfield High School. There will also be special performances for middle school students. Evening performances at the Northfield High School are scheduled for May 11th and 12th.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 7:11am
Rachel Matney and Fritz Bogott are the March/April 2012 recipients of the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” award. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.
After reading reports about the achievement gap in Minnesota and Northfield, Matney started thinking of local solutions. She wondered: are there willing and interested volunteers in Northfield who could be asked to assist in closing this gap?
She approached her husband, Fritz Bogott, with the question, and they sprang into action. They contacted Northfield Public Schools, HCI, St. Olaf College and Carleton College. Bogott reported that from the first meeting, the enthusiasm from the partners was “irrepressible.” A new pilot initiative – Accelerate Northfield – was born, aiming to recruit volunteers to work in the Northfield schools primarily with youth who are struggling academically. Matney and Bogott have played key roles in designing the Accelerate Northfield model and recruiting community volunteers.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 8:01am
At their meeting on Thursday evening, April 19, the Northfield Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted to recommend Riverside Park as the location of a temporary skate park for the 2012 season. Riverside Park is the home of a preexisting asphalt pad on which (after sealcoating) the skateboard equipment can be temporarily installed.
The vote came after a discussion in which some residents of the Village on the Cannon (VOC), which adjoins Riverside Park, voiced concerns about locating a skatepark near senior citizens housing. Some of the residents of VOC fall into the category of vulnerable adults. Skateboarding advocates said they understood these concerns, and promised to work together with residents of VOC, with The Key, and with city officials, to educate skateboarders about their responsibilities.
Submitted by Jessica Peterso... on Tue, 04/17/2012 - 10:47am
- Council and Hospital Board Hold Joint Meeting
- Council Considers New EMS Propery Purchase
- City Administrator Review Reported
- Sibley PLC reports flex grouping results
- Student Activity Fee revised
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 11:51am
The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) met with people from Northfield and across the state to look at the future of Minnesota cities. People shared their preferences, ideas and concerns about what city services and funding should look like. This is an opportunity for you to hear what our friends and neighbors had to say about this important topic, weigh-in on what was learned, and give input on the issues affecting our city.
The meeting will be held at the NCRC at 7pm on April 19th. Space is limited – please RSVP directly email@example.com or 651-215-4031.
Submitted by Jessica Peterso... on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 12:46pm
- New Police Officer Sworn In
- April 8-14, 2012 Designated Library Week
- Cowles Property Negotiations Move Forward
- Local Options Sales Tax Discussed
- Pros & Cons of Drug Court Idea to be Investigated
- Auditor Praises 2011 Financial Performance
- Emergency Response Services Relocation Approved
- Board Frames April 10 Meeting with City Council
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 7:55am
Up to 15 paid, full-time AmeriCorps positions will be available working with youth and families in the Northfield community for 2012-13.
Positions currently accepting applications:
- AmeriCorps VISTA with Growing Up Healthy
- AmeriCorps VISTA with the HealthFinders Collaborative
- Accelerate Northfield VISTA
- VISTA with Northfield TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes)
- Reading Corps Tutor — Greenvale Park Elementary School
- Reading Corps Tutor — Sibley Elementary School
- Math Enrichment Corps Tutor — Northfield Middle School (two positions!)
- Math Enrichment Corps Tutor — Greenvale Park Elementary School
- LINKing Youth & Families VISTA
- Promise Fellows — up to six positions at school and community sites
League of Women Voters Presents: Health Care Reform in Minnesota: Realities and Promise, Thursday April 12Submitted by Jessica Peterso... on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 2:02pm
On Thursday, April 12th Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner of Health for Minnesota, will describe what the Affordable Care Act means for Minnesotans at a Health Care Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield - Cannon Falls. The public is invited to hear his talk, “Health Care Reform in Minnesota: The Realities and the Promise,” and join the discussion at 7 p.m. on April 12th, at St. John’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Northfield.
For more information on the event, Dr. Ehlinger, and the Affordable Care Act, visit the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls site.
Submitted by adam.gurno on Sun, 04/01/2012 - 8:54am
KYMN posted a story this morning, reporting on the imminent sale of the Northfield Hospital:
The Northfield Hospital Board of Directors have announced they have reached an agreement to sell the facility and its clinics to retail giant Walmart, signaling the Arkansas-based behemoth’s long-awaited entrance into the healthcare industry.
The company’s website today is trumpeting the arrival of the “Walspital” in Northfield.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 3:10pm
High school students in the Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) approved a total of $2,000 in grants to support five projects and activities designed to promote high school graduation among Northfield youth. All grants were made possible through funding from the “100 Best Communities for Young People” award that Northfield received from America’s Promise.
Submitted by Jessica Peterso... on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 2:34pm
- Surprise Safety Center Solution Adopted
- EDA to Work with Save our Post Office
- Two Ward Maps Selected for Consideration
- Councilor to Attend Via Video Conferencing
- Ray Cox Appointed to EDA
- ARTech external visitation report presented
- proposed debt service budget presented
- Response To Intervention (RIT) proposed
- Calendar adopted