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Welcome to the City of Northfield, Nick Haggenmiller!

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City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller’s employment agreement was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Nick’s first day of employment is Monday, August 18, 2014.  Starting on August 18th allows two weeks of transition time with current City Administrator Tim Madigan.  City Administrator Madigan gave a 6-month retirement notice to the City in February 2014.  

Nick is coming to Northfield from the City of Howard Lake, Minnesota, where he has been employed for the past 2 years as City Administrator.  Prior to that, he was an Assistant City Manager for Community Development in Montevideo, Minnesota. 

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science – Public administration from Winona State University (Cum Laude) and Master of Art - Urban Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato (Magna Cum Laude).


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and three board positions for high school students, beginning in September 2014.  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.

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


Spring greens and fresh local vegetables at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Spring Wind Farm brings lettuce, spinach, radishes, and other spring vegetables to Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday.

Local seasonal produce at available at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday, June 21 includes fresh-picked salad greens, head lettuce, spinach, snap peas, rhubarb, radishes, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, and green onions, along with a variety of bedding plants, eggs, and flowers.  


Northfield Calls for Flood Volunteers

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An email distributed by Northfield Shares this afternoon asks for Northfield-area volunteers to help with sandbagging and other flood-preparation activities. It says:

Urgent Volunteer Alert!

We need YOUR help! The City of Northfield has declared a flood emergency and the river continues to rise, with more rain in the forecast. With two colleges in town and the high school down the street, we can normally mobilize hundreds of volunteers in minutes. However, most of those students are not easily available in the summer, so we're relying on citizens like you.


History Month Continues with "A Beacon So Bright"

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The next event in the Northfield History Month Celebration is a presentation by Carleton College Archivist Eric Hillemann of his book “A Beacon So Bright:  The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould.” In addition to chronicling his life, Hillemann’s book tells the story of Gould’s work at Carleton College where he served from 1932-1962, including seventeen as president. Known as “Mr. Antarctica”, Gould was a polar explorer and geologist who, rather than becoming a politician, leading a major foundation or directing NASA, devoted himself to higher education, and to Carleton College, in particular.

Hillemann will speak at the Northfield Historical Society on Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events in the Northfield History Month Celebration:

June 22: Free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum


Skating School Director Published in SKATING Magazine; NHS Students Featured

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Two Northfield High School students, Emma Sayner and Elizabeth Penny, were featured in an article about running successful skating camps written by Northfield Skating School director Carey Tinkelenberg and published in the June/July issue of SKATING Magazine (p 52-53). Emma and Elizabeth are both coaches and competitive skaters at the Northfield Skating School. SKATING Magazine is the official publication of the sport's national governing body, U.S. Figure Skating, covering skating news and updates about all aspects of the sport, from grassroots programs through Olympic competition.


Summer -- Time for Celebrating and Fun!

This article was written by Joan Janusz, a member of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.  

 

Keeping Youth Safe

June at last!  A new burst of energy and time to “let go”, a time of endings and beginnings: Ending of the school year and the beginning of summer.  For our graduates and their families, it is a time of celebration of an important milestone.  As is tradition, a letter recently was sent to the parents and guardians of all graduating seniors in Northfield from Monte Nelson, Chief of Police and Chris Richardson, Superintendent of Public Schools. 


Pregnancy Prevention Program Coordinator is Making a Difference

Clarita Kell is Making a Difference

The coordinator of a pregnancy prevention program for Latino youth has received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for May. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Clarita Kell has been a resource and advocate for Latina and Latino students for more than 10 years through the Comadres and Compadres Pregnancy Prevention program. The program aims to help teens in grades 6-12 learn about themselves, and how their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors can influence their futures. It has been part of the HealthFinders Collaborative since 2010.

The students meet with Kell in weekly sessions to discuss difficult topics of growing up, including sexuality, sexual health and negotiating the future. Kell also created a peer-to-peer program that brings the high school students and middle school students together in “Friends Teaching Friends” classes.


Carleton College Announces Faculty Promotions

The Carleton College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of five faculty members, from Professor to Professor Emeritus, effective September 1, 2014.


First National Bank of Northfield Awards Two College Scholarships

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, has awarded two college scholarships to Northfield High School (NHS) seniors. The recipients of this year’s $1,500 awards are Sandy Carson of Northfield, Minn., daughter of Mark and Alice Carson, and Nathan Berthelsen of Northfield, Minn., son of Mike and Melissa Berthelsen. The award is unique in that applicants must enroll in either St. Olaf College or Carleton College. In the case of this year’s award winners, Carson will attend Carleton and Berthelsen will attend St. Olaf.

For more than 10 years, First National has awarded two high school seniors scholarships – one is marked for an NHS graduate attending St. Olaf College, and the other Carleton College. The scholarship program is just one of the ways in which First National has given back to the community across its 140-year history.


Carleton College's Kelly Connole Named Winner of Prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship

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The Northern Clay Center has announced the recipients of this year’s 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Of the two fellows named to this prestigious honor is Kelly Connole, Carleton College Associate Professor of Art. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.

Kelly Connole teaches ceramics and metalsmithing. A story teller by nature, Connole uses clay to examines relationships between humans, their environment, and other creatures. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received numerous awards including a McKnight Residency and a Jerome Foundation Project Grant.


City of Northfield’s Youth Leadership Academy — apply today!

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The City of Northfield and the Mayor’s Youth Council are accepting applications for the inaugural Youth Leadership Academy, which will run from June 23-27.

Five high school students will be selected for this week-long program.  Students will meet with city leaders, shadow different city departments, and learn about potential careers in municipal government.  This is a great career exploration and resume building experience!  For more information and the application, CLICK HEREApplications should be submitted before June 10!

Questions?  Email info@northfieldhci.org


New Video! Northfield Downtown Beautification

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The City of Northfield has a new video to share:

Judy Code, Volunteer Master Gardner, and TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor, highlight our Northfield downtown beautification project.

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A wonderful project for the entire Northfield community!  This video will be added to the City of Northfield website's Media Center. 


Carleton’s Alex Freeman Awarded Prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship

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The American Composers Forum has announced the recipients of this year’s McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Among the four fellows named, chosen from a pool of 63 applicants, is Alex Freeman, Carleton College assistant professor of music.  The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, is meant to acknowledge excellence in the field of music composition.

Freeman’s music has garnered acclaim from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Sibelius Academy, American Composers Forum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His chamber works and choral music are performed regularly in the United States and abroad, particularly in Finland, where he studies as a Fulbright Fellow in 2001 and where he continues to create new works and research on Finnish music. Recordings of his music have been released by Albany Records, innova Recordings, and Navona Records, including, most recently, a CD of his complete piano works by Albany Records entitled “Inner Voice;” a recording of his chamber work from Parma Recordings entitled, “Blueshift;” and internationally acclaimed recordings of his choral works by The HOL Choir and Tapiola Children’s Choir.


Annual Public Sculpture Unveiled

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On Friday, May 16, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission held the unveiling of Octopus Garden,the annual work of outdoor sculpture created through collaboration between the Commission and the Northfield Public Schools. Hand made glass forms, steel and concrete are the materials used by the team comprised of local glass artist Rick Swearer, Carleton apprentice Eliza Dennis and twelve Northfield High School students:  Maddie Guyot; Noah Heil; Caitlin Kelley; Calvin Kragseth; Bailey Mastin; Carmela Ortiz; Alex Pepel; Annika Peterson; Olivia Riggins; Irene Stoutland; Avery Swearer, and Amber Zetelmo.

Located on the corner of 3rd and Division Streets, Octopus Garden is the third work of local artists and high school students. The projects are funded by the South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.


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