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Beverly Bell to Discuss Effects of Responses to Haiti Earthquake, April 21

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Beverly Bell will speak about her recent book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide. The book illustrates how the earthquake compounded pre-existing socio-economic injustices in Haiti. It sheds light on how the exploitative doctrine of “disaster capitalism” has driven the international response to the quake. And perhaps most importantly, it highlights the work grassroots actors are undertaking to resist this influence and define a future based on domestic priorities, rather than imported (and imposed) ones.


Columnist Lori Sturdevant to Speak In Northfield

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant will speak about her recent book Her Honor:  Rosalie Wash and the Minnesota Women’s Movement on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center.  Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey.

A 1967 graduate of William Mitchell Law School, Wahl was the first woman named to the Minnesota State Supreme court, appointed in 1977 by then Governor Rudy Perpich. She is credited with influencing how her fellow justices saw the cases they decided. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl, documenting societal challenges faced by women in the late 20th century and the strategies employed to address them.  


Northfield Historical Society Honors Two Volunteers

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Former board member Judy Sosted and Northfield High School Junior Erin Hahn will be recognized as Volunteers of the Year at the Northfield Historical Society’s Volunteer night.

Executive director Hayes Scriven notes that since 1981, Judy has served in many capacities including a docent on the Posse and working in the store. She has also volunteered for alumni-related tasks at her alma mater, Carleton College, and at the Norwegian-American Historical Society at St. Olaf College.

Erin became involved in eighth grade as a participant in the SCOPE program. She helped write the textbook Our Storythat has since become part of the Northfield School District’s third grade curriculum. This is her fourth year on the Posse and also works in the store. She plans to continue her volunteer work as long as she lives in Northfield.


HCI Invests in Youth – Read about this month’s Investing in Youth Grant recipients

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At their March 2014 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:


St. Olaf sudent awarded Humanity in Action Fellowship

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A passion for using education to foster tolerance and respect throughout the world has earned St. Olaf senior Sudip Bhandari a Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Humanity in Action is an international organization that brings young international professionals and students together together to promote human rights, diversity, and active citizenship. The highly selective fellowship aims to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to create a forum where potential solutions can be considered and discussed.

Bhandari was one of 40 students around the country selected for the fellowship from a pool of 605 applicants.


St. Olaf German professor publishes article in bilingual anthology

An article by St. Olaf College Professor of German Karen Achberger is included in a new German anthology titled Die Waffen nieder! Lay down your weapons!

The book’s title comes from an 1889 novel of the same name by Bertha von Suttner, an author and peace activist in Germany. Like the original novel, in which Suttner explores the relationship between peace and war, this new anthology comprises essays and articles of the same themes.


St. Olaf students spend spring break helping with tornado cleanup

St. Olaf College students who are spending this week helping Illinois communities clean up after a devastating tornado tell the local CBS affiliate that it’s a rewarding way to spend spring break.

“We’ve found that a lot of our students are really transformed by the experience,” says St. Olaf senior Eric Lander, one of the leaders of this year’s Ole Spring Relief trip. “We’re able to hear a lot of really interesting stories, hear from the community, and help them out in whatever way.”


"Northfield Tales" from Carleton's Winter Term Journalism Class

As a final project for their Winter Term 2014 journalism class at Carleton, Doug McGill's students put together a website of "Northfield Tales," which includes "stories of the city's inspiring elders, war veterans, everyday environmentalists, the practice of curiosity, and much more." Each of he stories in the collection is a brief and engaging read, and illuminates a facet of life in Northfield. Each section of the "Northfield Tales" website includes several thematically-linked stories. The "Education Town, USA" section, for example, includes stories on kindergarten and kindergarten-readiness, TORCH, career and technical education at the high school, and the Senior Center and Cannon Valley Elder Collegium. The site highlights the vibrancy and diversity of the Northfield community. 

"I've never heard anyone say they came here to gradually decompose," says one retiree quoted in the piece on educational opportunities for seniors. 

Click the link or the photo at right to go to the "Northfield Tales" website. 


Service of Renewal Set for April 6

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A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, prayer and music meditation, will be Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” the service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare workers, therapists, clergy and volunteers.

The service will include a litany for healing, hymn singing, harp music, and readings. Lois Lindbloom, a spiritual director and licensed psychologist (L.P.M.A.), will offer the meditation. Local musicians John Ferguson, Elinor Niemisto and Jenny Pelletier will provide music and accompaniment.


Northfield Area Learning Center Students Are Making a Difference

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Sixteen students and a teacher from the Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC) who have helped get food to youth and families in need have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for March. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Each week, ALC students fill an average of 17 backpacks with donated food and deliver them to social workers at Bridgewater, Greenvale Park and Sibley elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school. The backpacks are also distributed to families in need at St. Dominic’s school, Arcadia and the Three Links senior apartments. During the 2012-2013 school year, students packed and delivered 535 bags of food.

Teacher Cheryl Mathison said the experience has taught her students many things, including the fact that there are people in the community who don’t have enough food.


Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”


Genesis: The Art of Creation to be Broadcast this Saturday on TPT-MN

Paul Krause's documentary, Genesis: The Art of Creation, will be broadcast four times this coming Saturday, February 22. on TPT-MN (Charter cable channel 396) Broadcast times are 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm. The film documents the creation of the painting Genesis by our nationally honored local artist Fred Somers.

The painting was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondolet in St. Paul. At the time of its creation, the painting was Fred's largest work.


Skateboard Coalition Advisers are Making a Difference

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Three adult advisers to the Northfield Skateboard Coalition received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for January/February. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Cecilia Cornejo, Rob Hardy and Jane McWilliams have regularly volunteered their time during the past two years helping youth from the Skateboard Coalition work toward the goal of building a permanent skate park in Northfield. The Parks and Recreation Board has selected Old Memorial Park as the location, and the project is in the design phase.

McWilliams said even though her children are grown, and she had no personal interest in the skate park, she felt an obligation as a citizen to help bring closure to a project that’s been discussed and debated since 2005.


Blog: Christopher Tassava's Arrowhead 135 Story

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On Monday and Tuesday, January 27 and 28, as the air temperature dropped to more than 20 below zero and most of us were staying inside to keep warm, Northfield's Christopher Tassava was riding his fat-bike through the frozen North Woods to a seventh-place finish in the grueling Arrowhead 135. The race starts in International Falls, the coldest place in the United States, and heads down the Arrowhead State Trail to finish 135 miles later near Tower, Minnesota. In an riveting set of blog posts, Christopher takes you along with him on his incredible journey. Bundle up and enjoy a great read.

"Don't Get Froze": Part One

"When I checked into my motel in International Falls around three in the afternoon on Sunday, January 26, the night before this year’s Arrowhead 135, the old lady at the counter gave me two things I needed: a huge pink shower curtain to lay on the floor under my bike ('those bikes are so messy, you know?') and a piece of advice: 'Don’t get froze'..." Continue reading

"Don't Get Froze": Part Two

"Skipulk came at a funny place on the course..." Continue reading


Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 


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