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New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

2016 WINGS Board

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and youth in the Northfield area through focused giving.

2016 WINGS Board (from left to right): Laura Riehle-Merrill, Leah Eby, Nancy Moe, Meleah Follen, Kathy Olson, Alice Carson, Diane Lyman, Nancy Carlson, Maelynn Rosas, Vicki Stevens, Jacqui Dorsey (Not pictured: Patsy Ophaug, Bonnie Jean Flom)


Skatepark Documentary Screening January 27th at Weitz Center

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Make No Noise ~ The Story of a Skatepark chronicles the 17-year long struggle of skateboarders in Northfield  to secure a permanent place for their sport. Shot in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition, the film is a testament to young people's resilience and perseverance as well as an examination of the victories and failures of the democratic process in small town America. There will be a Q&A session following the screening with the filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo and members of the Coalition.

The public is invitvited to this exciting event at no charge. The screening will be at 7:00 p.m.in the Cinema at Carleton's Weitz Center, 3rd Street East. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund


Martin Luther King Celebration Monday Evening

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Members of the Northfield Human Rights Commission invite all to the Color of Unity, the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:00 pm. At Emmaus Church, 712 Lincoln Street N. This year's program will feature four performing groups, a talk on Black Lives Matter by a St. Olaf student, and the annual awarding of the Human Rights Award.  This year's recipient is Susan Sanderson, honoring her years of commitment to the youth of our community in numerous ways, including her work as head of the Middle School TORCH program.

There will be performances by Glory Singers, Northfield Dance Academy, Ann Gregory-Bjorklund, Northfield High School Performing Arts Students (Latino anf Friends Players.)


Jim Sipe is Making A Difference

By Cheryl Strike

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Jim Sipe, Lego League coach at Greenvale Park Elementary School, with a “Making a Difference” Award.

The award is given out monthly to community members or organizations that have made a significant contribution to positive youth development.

Jim, who spent more than 30 years as an environmental engineer with the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities, began his journey with Lego League in the fall of 2009.  He has recently retired after seven consecutive years of coaching at Greenvale Park Elementary.  Lego League is much more than playing with Legos;  Lego League teams – typically six to ten 4th and 5th grade students –  research a real-word problem such as food safety, recycling, or energy, and are then challenged to develop a solution.


Health & Wellness Challenge begins Jan 11 - A Challenge you can Achieve with Prizes!

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Health & Wellness Challenge!  Are you ready to get healtheir in 2016?  

Sign-up for one (or all of the following): 

  • 12 Weeks with no Soda Pop
  • 12 Weeks averaging 5,000 steps per day
  • 12 weeks to lose 30 pounds (teams of two - combined loss should be 30 pounds)

Sign-up at the YMCA or at the Northfield News with 3 ways to win prizes (as an added health incentive)!~

Click here for the registration form. Submit your form at the Northfield News office or at the YMCA.  

More information on the Northfield News Facebook page

Health & Wellness Challenge Sponsors: 


Volunteer Fair Hosted by the YMCA - Saturday, Jan 9th. Visit local organizations to find out what is available.

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When you volunteer, benefits abound.  That is why the YMCA is hosting a Community Volunteer Fair - Saturday January 9th.  If you have thought about volunteering but want to learn more about what is available.  Stop by the YMCA Saturday morning. 


Northfield YouthBank Awards Fall 2015 Grants

At a ceremony on Monday night, December 14, Northfield YouthBank awarded five grants for youth-initiated projects in Northfield. The grants went to:

  • Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC), for their Food Recovery and Cookie Program
  • Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (CROCT), for a portable pump track
  • Film Club, a collaboration between Arcadia Charter School students and the Northfield Public Library
  • TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes), for an Extracurricular Activites Scholarship Fund
  • a student group at Northfield High School who will use funds to renovate parks in the Viking Terrace neighborhood

Grants of up to $20,000 were available. You can find out more by downloading the attachment. 


Jan Shoger is Named 2016 Living Treasure

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Chair  Philip Spensley reports the Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield is pleased to announce Jan Shoger as the recipient of its 2016 Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to the Shoger at a public ceremony to be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at 7 p.m at the Grand Event Center.  Goodies will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.  Everyone is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Jan's many contributions to the community.


Public Invited to Skatepark Documentary Screening

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Cecilia Cornejo invites all to come to the premier of Make No Noise--The Story of a Skatepark, a documentary about the creation of the Northfield skatepark. Made in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition since 2012, the film chronicles the process of securing a permanent place for the skateboarders in town. Cornejo says,”Though we all know the skatepark was finally built this past summer, this is not a spoiler, since the marrow of the story lies elsewhere.”

Cornejo is Visiting Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton. The screening is Sunday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center, 3rd St. East.


HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants this fall to benefit area youth

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This fall, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 10 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including the first-ever “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant”. All projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


Introducing the Northfield District Youth Council

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Submitted by Lars Ripley. Hello, citizens of Northfield. I am writing this to tell you about a student-run organization called the District Youth Council (DYC), of which I am currently a member. You probably haven’t heard much about us, if anything, since this year is only our second year of existence. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will know more about us than you currently do.

The District Youth Council was created as a way of giving students a say in how things are run in the Northfield School District. Similar to the Mayor’s Youth Council, another student-run organization you may have heard of, we try to collect students’ opinions about the issues concerning Northfield Youth and use that information to creeate a positive impact. However, while Mayor’s Youth Council focuses on issues that impact the community as a whole, we focus specifically on issues relating to the Northfield School District.


Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season - YMCA hosted Blood Drive: Thurs, Dec 17th (free child care available noon-3, if needed)

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Northfield Area Family YMCA hosts community blood drive

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season.  Northfield Area Family YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, December 17th  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at YMCA,  1501 Honeylocust Drive, Northfield. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (507) 645-0088 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code Nfld Area Y.


Northfield baby carrier drive benefits refugees

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Help make a difference in the lives of refugee families without leaving Northfield. A local drop-off point is now available for Carry The Future, which hand-delivers baby carriers to refugees in Europe and the Middle East.
 
Refugees can end up walking hundreds of miles to their asylum destinations. They desperately need a safer, more comfortable way tovcarry their babies and toddlers.

Human Rights Commission seeks nominees for annual Human Rights Award

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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 http://northfieldymca.org/about/board-of-directors/


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