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Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.


Northfield community benefits from HCI’s latest “Investing in Youth” grants

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At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May.  There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments.  Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.


Project Prevention Champions Sought

The Rice County Chemical Health Coalition needs your help to find and recognize PROJECT PREVENTION CHAMPIONS in our community.  

A Project Prevention Champion is someone who has helped provide support for a healthier life in our community – someone who helps reduce risk factors for alcohol and drug abuse, someone who supports recovery, or builds assets for our youth and other community members.


All Comers Track Meet

All Comers Track Meet!

An All-Comers Track & Field Meet will take place Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School track, located at 2200 Division St. South. The event is free and open to the public. The fun, family-friendly meet welcomes ages 2-102!

Races for participants include various sprints and distance runs, build-your-own relay and medley teams, in addition to a field event competition. First, second, and third place recipients will be awarded ribbons.


Northfield Historical Society is Making a Difference

The Northfield Historical Society has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative's "Making a Difference" Award for July. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.


National Teen Council Names Jenna Scheffert as Minnesota Representative

Jenna Scheffert was selected to help to achieve the Vision of the National Teen Council: To connect the nation’s brightest young leaders, providing them with resources and ideas to make an impact on both a local and nationwide level.

The National Teen Council was founded in 2013 as an opportunity to engage the nation’s greatest young leaders. The program is student-based and student-ran (and is not affiliated with any national government organization–rather, we are a student-led network of passionate student leaders).Selected leaders engage in discussion about local and national youth issues, exchange leadership ideas, and take part in both local and national projects.

Jenna Scheffert is a rising senior from Northfield, Minnesota. She is a member of her city’s youth council, and is currently working with the Mayor to implement new positions for youth on standing voting committees. She also takes part on the YMCA State Board Committee of Youth in Government (YIG) and has been appointed as floor leader for a youth model assembly session. 


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

Sandbagging Volunteers

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.


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