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This Northfield Life now on Facebook!

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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.


Northfield Skateboard Park Nears Completion

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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 jasper.kruggel@ci.northfield.mn.us


WINGS Awards More Than $73,000 to Area Agencies

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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 http://www.wings-mn.org/current-grant-recipients.


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 www.nfld.k12.mn.us and follow the Community Services Link.  To reach us by phone, call 507-664-3649

Palestine Film Series Begins June 9

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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.


Mayor's Youth Council hosts community garage sale this weekend!

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The Mayor’s Youth Council is hosting a community garage sale this Friday and Saturday.  There are hundreds of items for sale!  The sale is part of the Northfield Shares “Goods for Good” community garage sale initiative.

WHEN:  

  • FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 — 3:30-6:00 p.m.
  • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015 — 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Northfield Maintenance Facility (1710 Riverview Drive, behind Perkins Restaurant and across from the new police station)

WHY? All proceeds will go to the Northfield YouthBank, which provides grants to youth-run projects. All funds raised at the sale will be matched — dollar-for-dollar — by the Youthprise Foundation.


10 Weeks to a 5K

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10 Weeks to a 5k.  Do you want start running?  Train to run your first 5K with support from the Northfield Y. 

Enjoy a fun way to get healthy, meet new people and experience the power of the group in helping you to reach your goal. 

Wedensdays May 27 - July 29, 10 sessions 

6:30-7:30 pm 

Meet in the Northfield Y gathering room (just inside the front doors). 

Registration fee:  $30 for Y Members, $40 for Community Members.  Ages 16+  Before the first session, get your legs ready with 8 days of walking.  Visit the Y's website to register or call 507-645-0088.   Download our flyer for more details. 


Instrument Fund Renamed for Longtime Northfield Band Director

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The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters (NFAB) have renamed their organization’s Instruments For All program in memory of longtime Northfield elementary band director Roger Jenni.

The program, which aims to put an instrument into the hands of every Northfield Public Schools student who wants to participate in the band or orchestra program, is now known as the Roger Jenni Instruments For All Memorial Fund.

NFAB made the announcement at Monday evening’s Northfield High School band concert, before the performance of “Hymn and Celebration,” which was composed by St. Olaf Music Professor and NFAB board member Tim Mahr. The Concert Band’s performance of the song was dedicated to Jenni, who launched the band career of most of the students in the auditorium.

Jenni passed away unexpectedly in February, several months after he had retired. He had taught the fifth grade band in Northfield for nearly 40 years and was known for his enthusiasm—for band and for students.


Register for Y Navigator Camp in April and Receive Rewards

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Best Summer Ever!
Friendship, Accomplishment, Belonging

Register for Y Navigator Camp in April and get rewarded! If you register between April 1-15, you’ll receive a $15 gift card, good towards merchandise in the Y Store! Register between April 16-30 and receive a $10 gift card. It’s easy– register today!

Y Navigator is a flexible 3-, 4- or 5-day-a-week camp, available from 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with programmed activities from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., that is based at the new Northfield Y facility.  Come one week or come all summer! Kids will enjoy trips to local and not-so-local destinations, all designed to strengthen their imaginations and stretch their bodies. Includes swimming at our pool.

Your kids will have an amazing experience, all in a safe, inclusive, nurturing environment.


Eight Northfield Poets Included in SELCO's 2015 Poetic Strokes Anthology

Eight Northfield poets were chosen for inclusion in SELCO's 2015 Poetic Strokes anthology. SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is a consortium of public libraries in eleven southeastern Minnnesota counties, representing communities from Cannon Falls to Austin and Winona. 55 poems were chosen from 286 entries submitted by 219 individual poets. The Northfielders included in the anthology are: Toni Easterson, Scott Forsgren, D.E. Green, Rob Hardy, Brenda Hellen, Jim Holden, Laura Cloak Meyers, and Anna Priore.  


Kids’ Obstacle Course Event on Saturday

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Do you love physical challenges? Does U.S. history fascinate you? Then this Saturday’s Kids’ Obstacle Course event being held at the High School gym at 4 – 5:30 p.m. is a perfect opportunity to participate in these activities surrounded by a positive atmosphere. Kids will roll, climb, scoot, hula-hoop, and more, as well as answer fun quiz questions about the United States.

This multi-age interactive event will help build confidence in kids, encouraging them to try new things even if they look hard at first. The challenges are there to help build stamina and resilience while being supportive of each other. Children 4-9 years old and their families are recommended to attend this fun-filled event. Small prizes will be earned as kids move their way through the course.


Open House

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Bring your little sweetheart to our open house on Saturday, February 14th from 10:00-12:00. The public is invited to visit our Montessori environment for young children. Tour the classrooms and meet the staff who will be on hand to answer queestions about our popular summer sessions and the upcoming school year. Enrollment for 2015-2016 will be open.

MCH Mini Film Festival

Consider staying for our first children's film festival from 12:00-2:00. More information available on the community page of our website.


Chris Richardson Receives Minnesota Association of School Administrators Polaris Leadership Award

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The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Chris Richardson, Superintendent for Northfield Public Schools, the recipient of the MASA Polaris Leadership Award. Dr. Richardson will be honored for his exemplary school leadership and a lifetime of balanced achievement inside and outside of education at a statewide recognition ceremony to be held at the 2015 MASA Fall Conference, September 27-29, in Duluth, Minnesota. This award is presented with the support of Ehlers and Associates.

Polaris, the “North Star”, themes this award because, just as exemplary administrators serve as definitive leaders, Polaris is constant and unmoving in the sky. A navigator’s benchmark, the star marks “true north”, the fundamental direction that defines east, west and south. With this award, Dr. Richardson is recognized for qualities such as professional courage, creation of a legacy of excellent leadership, fostering innovation, contribution through example and mentoring, exemplary conduct reflecting integrity and bearing emulation, and significant tenure in each position to support district vision and affect positive change.


Northfield Funeral Homes Announce Partnership

Northfield’s two venerable funeral homes – Benson & Langehough Funeral Home & Cremation and Bierman Funeral Home – have announced they are joining forces effective immediately. Between the two mortuaries, they will continue to provide comprehensive funeral and cremation services in Northfield and the surrounding region.

The two businesses will remain in their current spaces, Benson & Langehough at 201 East 4th Street and Bierman Funeral Home at 1316 Division Street South. The directors, Andy Langehough and Jim Bierman, will each continue to manage their respective facilities. Their collaboration will be most evident during on-call hours when they will respond for one another on weekends and weekday evenings, allowing each to have time “off duty” without sacrificing their service to those in need.


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