Items that deal with people in and around Northfield

Human Rights Commission seeks nominees for annual Human Rights Award


With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a good time for the Northfield area to consider those in the community who have served generously in the area of human rights.  Each year, the Northfield Human Rights Commission gives an award to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award will be presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration, which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2016.  

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is actively soliciting nominees for this award. Community members are encouraged to think about those in the area who have contributed locally to the cause of human rights.  A diverse slate of nominees is sought. The Northfield Human Rights Commission will evaluate all nominees, and is ultimately responsible for choosing the award recipient.

Northfield High School Students, Emily Morsching and Cole Glassing Join the YMCA Board

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is very pleased to announce the addition of two new Youth Board Members.  Emily Morsching, Senior at Northfield High School and Cole Glassing, Sophomore at Northfield High School were heartily welcomed to their first YMCA Board Meeting this month.  "The addition of youth in all our conversations will bring a wonderful perspective and value to the future of the YMCA."  said Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director.  For a complete list of all board members, visit

Ready to serve? Join the Arts Guild Board!

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The Northfield Arts Guild is soliciting recommendations for three new board members. The organization is at an exciting point of forward growth and progress, and we’re looking for new board members to help lead the way!

YMCA Fall Program and Services Begin Soon - Come See What's New at the Y!

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0in">The YMCA is very pleased to offer a huge number of programs and services.  Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community.  

Our new Fall Brochure supports our intent to ensure our youth have opportunities to realize their potential to become active, engaged and thriving members of the community as well as nurture their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development through holistic youth programming, experiences and supports.   

Super Hero Kickoff for the Northfield Area United Way Campaign

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The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly Super Hero Kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to meet powerful United Way partner agencies and learn how these local heroes benefit one in three Northfield area residents. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes for the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Super Hero.

The public is invited to try the YMCA all day. Other features of the morning kickoff include live folk music, interactive games and giveaways. Super heroes and common folk are invited to dress up and take their own photos in the photo booth sponsored by Brand Yourself Consulting.

Community Services Recreation Positions Available


Community Services is currently accepting applications for a number of fall, winter and spring job opportunities.  Instructor opportunities exist in a variety of sports including basketball, floor hockey, soccer, tennis and outdoor adventure.  Basketball and volleyball scorekeepers and officials, aquatics staff (lifeguards and WSI instructors) and those interested in leading birthday parties are also needed.  Community Services is looking for staff who are outgoing, responsible and who work well with youth. Applicants must possess knowledge and aptitude of their desired position.

The Y is Hiring: Full-time Member Services Coordinator (apply by Aug 23rd)

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is Hiring!

Job Title: FT Member Services Coordinator – apply by Aug 23rd
Posted: August 5, 2015
Status: Full Time Non-Exempt
Wage Range: $26,020 - $30,960 annually (includes a $6,000 health insurance stipend)

Northfielder raising money for Walk to End Alzheimer's


I've decided this is the year I participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's after putting it off year after year.

This walk falls on the sixth anniversary of the passing of my grandfather, George Butler. He suffered from Alzheimer's for the last leg of his life, and the disease accelerated when my grandmother passed away in October 2008.

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He spent the last 11 months of his life in a nursing home, in and out of good and bad spells. Throughout it all, for whatever reason, he knew who I was each time I visited him. I was fortunate to be living in Minneapolis at the time, visiting him three times a week. He wasn't just my grandfather; he was my friend.

This Northfield Life now on Facebook!


This Northfield Life is now on Facebook! Check out and LIKE the page for the KYMN 1080AM radio show, which is hosted by Corey Butler and Brad Ness. 

The show is guest-driven and focuses on Northfielders about who they are, their history with the city, and what they do in the community. Ultimately, this is a show about people and how they help make Northfield the place we call home.

City of Northfield and PRIMEtime network highlighted by National League of Cities

The City of Northfield and Northfield’s PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network were featured in a recent national newsletter published by the National League of Cities.  The article highlights the efforts of the PRIMEtime collaborative to provide free summer programming to over 500 Northfield youth this summer.  Northfield is recognized as a national leader among small cities in creating citywide out-of-school-time systems.

4PM logo-orangeThe article notes the City of Northfield’s support for PRIMEtime, including partnerships with the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield City Pool.  The piece also recognizes valuable financial grants provided to PRIMEtime by the Northfield Area United WayWomen In Northfield Giving Support, and Youthprise.

Participating PRIMEtime summer programs include:

  • Summer PLUS – serving youth in grades K-5, four days per week for 7 weeks at Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • Summer BLAST – serving youth in grades 6-8, four days per week for 7 weeks, and splitting time between Northfield Middle School & Carleton College
  • The Key – a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield, open daily to all youth ages 12-20

Partners in the PRIMEtime collaborative include the Northfield Public Schools,Northfield Healthy Community InitiativeTackling Obstacles and Raising College HopesCarleton CollegeSt. Olaf College, and Minnesota Alliance With Youth Promise Fellows program.

To access the full National League of Cities article, CLICK HERE.

Northfield Skateboard Park Nears Completion


Jasper Kruggel, city of Northfield Project Manager, announces that construction of the Northfield Skateboard Park is well under way. To the entire Northfield community, Kruggel gives this friendly reminder: Please stay off the recently poured concrete and out of the fenced in construction zone. Concrete structures are not completely cured.”

The next step is the grading and seeding for grass, to be done in mid-July. Bids will be going out for trees to complete the landscaping.

It is probable that there will be a “soft opening” August 1, with an official Grand Opening around Defeat of Jesse James Days. 

For more information contact:

Jasper Kruggel at 507/645-3027 or

WINGS Awards More Than $73,000 to Area Agencies


WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a celebration last Tuesday at the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity.

Over 125 people attended the event to hear about the work of the 27 organizations that received $73,868 in grants from WINGS. 2015 grant recipients can be viewed at

Youth choir to sing in Carnegie Hall

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Northfield Youth Choirs (NYC) has made it to Carnegie Hall.

Members of the Concert Choir will perform in the world’s most prestigious concert hall, Saturday, June 20, in New York City.

Forty-six Northfield choristers will join with choirs from around the country to sing in the National Children’s Festival Chorus with orchestra, under the direction of renowned conductor Emily Ellsworth. They will perform in the main hall, the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the stage reserved for such musical luminaries as Isaac Stern, Billie Holiday and the famed New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elizabeth Shepley, Artistic Director for NYC, said this is an exciting opportunity for the singers both musically and culturally.

Community Services Summer Recreation

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Have a splendid summer this year by enrolling in Community Services recreation programs.  Opportunities include parks and playground programs, a large variety of sport activities, aquatics for all ages and adventure outings.  Whether you are an adult, teen, youth or infant, there is something for you!  See the flyer below for further information.  If you'd like to register or to learn more about a specific program, click HERE to be directed to the Community Services classes and registration web page.  Please also find us by going to and follow the Community Services Link.  To reach us by phone, call 507-664-3649

Palestine Film Series Begins June 9


Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.  The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.

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