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Susan Hvistendahl Entertainment Guide Columns Captured in New Book,"Historic Happenings"

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“Historic Happenings,” a book by Susan Hvistendahl, has recently been published through a partnership of The Entertainment Guide and Northfield Historical Society Press. It is a compilation of selected “Historic Happenings” columns which were originally published in The Entertainment Guide between 2007-2013. Other volumes will follow, including historic happenings at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges.

The newly published book includes stories about the people, businesses and events that have made Northfield the unique place that it is today, dating back to John North, who founded the town in 1855. The book contains stories of North’s establishing a Lyceum where settlers sought “intellectual improvement” in debates on issues of the day and North’s ties to Abraham Lincoln. Also noted is an episode when “Ax-Wielding Settlers” promoted temperance in Northfield in 1858 and the inspiring life of Hiram Scriver, early merchant.


New provider joins FamilyHealth Medical Clinic

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Physician Assistant Carrie Gray will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic January 5.

She will be part of the clinic’s Family Medicine practice and see a full range of patients of all ages. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and pediatrics.

Carrie comes to FamilyHealth with 15 years experience in Family Medicine. Most recently she practiced in a primary care clinic in St. Paul. Prior to that, she practiced for nine years at a clinic in Washington, Iowa. For the last five years, she has also served in an academic capacity, providing instruction to aspiring physician assistants at Augsburg College for four years and now at St. Catherine’s University.

Family medicine gives Carrie an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of her patients. She enjoys building relationships with individuals and families and helping them make informed decisions about their healthcare.


Northfield Youth Choirs Director is Making a Difference

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Elizabeth Shepley, the artistic director of the Northfield Youth Choirs, has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for November. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The Northfield Youth Choirs (NYC) consists of seven choirs and summer programs that serve 200 singers in grades preK-12 and 50 college students and adults. Shepley has been an NYC conductor since 2001 and has served as its artistic director since 2005.

Under Shepley’s leadership, NYC singers have performed locally, regionally and internationally; this summer she will lead a tour to New York City, where Northfield singers will participate in a children’s choir series at Carnegie Hall.


Former Nurse Donates Hospice Quilt

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Sue Josephson, a retired nurse with Northfield Home Care & Hospice, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, recently donated a handmade quilt to the department in honor of National Hospice Month.

The design contains hands representing the important work of caregivers and members of patients’ families, and different representations of the heart. Together they represent the love that is expressed through the physical care provided to those in need.

Kathy Blomquist, director of Northfield Home Care & Hospice, calls it “hearts and hands,” a perfect reflection of the service they provide to their hospice patients.

“Hearts and hands, that’s what we do,” she said.


Bicycling Couple is Making a Difference

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A year after moving to Northfield and immersing themselves in efforts to make the community more bicycle-friendly, Derek and Laura Meyers have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for September/October. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The young married couple moved to Northfield from San Francisco last October to be closer to family. They had done some volunteer envelope-stuffing-type work for a large bicycling coalition in San Francisco, so a month after their arrival in Northfield, Derek signed up to attend a bicycling event.

“The next thing I knew, I was putting together a resource guide for the event. That would never happen in San Francisco,” he said.


Huebner Joins First National Bank of Northfield Board of Directors

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First National Bank of Northfield announced today the addition of Paul J. Huebner to its Board of Directors. For the past five years, Huebner has been working with the senior management team and board of First National and its holding company, Heywood Bancshares, in the areas of strategic planning and information technology consulting.

Huebner is the founder and a partner of Congruiti, LLC, a company that helps businesses and nonprofits leverage their strengths and use technology to better serve customers, save money and grow. Prior to starting his own business, he served as senior vice president and chief information officer of UNIFI Companies, Inc., a diversified insurance and financial services company with $17 billion in assets. Previously, Huebner worked for IBM Corporation, where he was a sales representative, business process consultant, project manager and consulting practice executive.

Be Inspired and Vote for Your Favorite Video

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The 2014 Youth Video PSA Contest needs your vote! The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative received an enthusiastic and impressive response to its call for videos produced by local youth on the topic of “Who or What Inspires You?” Now it's up to you to help determine the winner.

A panel of youth and adults narrowed down the entries to three finalists. Click HERE to watch the three short videos and place your vote. The voting closes Wednesday, Oct. 15, so don't delay. The finalist with the most votes will receive one of the cash prizes!


CROP Walk is Sunday, October 5th!

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Northfield CROP Walk is the annual community-wide collaboration to help eradicate world hunger and poverty, provide disaster relief, and assist refugees around the world.

Please join your fellow community members on Sunday, October 5th at 2 p.m. as we start from United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, and walk together for about 17 blocks to Bridge Square.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised will support projects around the world sponsored by Church World Service (CWS).  The other twenty-five percent goes to eliminate poverty and hunger right here in Northfield through programs sponsored by the Northfield Community Action Center.


Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for 2015 Living Treasures Award

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Philip Spensley, on behalf of the Arts and Culture Commission. invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered a Northfield Living Treasure.

The award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

Nominees may be either a practitioner in one or more of the arts, or an arts or cultural leader, supporter, or advocate.  The award is one of recognition and has no financial value.

Criteria for nomination are adapted from the United Nations guidelines to countries, states, and cities who also offer such awards:


Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.


TORCH awarded College Ready Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

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The start of the new school year brought news of an exciting wave of additional resources for Northfield students.  The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative was among the 10 recipients of the $1.3 million in College Ready grants awarded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. A $55,660 grant will fund rigorous extracurricular instruction in math and English to help 56 Northfield high school juniors and seniors ultimately pass college-level courses.  The 56 students will be members of the TORCH cohort, which serves youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees.


September is Recovery Month

By Kathy Sandberg. Robin Williams was an American actor, stand-up comedian, screen writer and movie producer.  His career began in the TV role of Mork (from sitcom Mork and Mindy), an extraterrestrial alien from the planet Ork.  Williams went on to star in TV shows, Broadway performances and in films.  From the early days of a starring role in Good Morning, Vietnam to more than 80 feature films, Williams entertained by drawing laughter from his audiences while also supplying a tender humanness to every story he offered. I am a long-time fan of Williams and in reflecting on the struggles he had, my admiration for him has grown.  I am going to miss Robin Williams.


Elizabeth Child Hired as Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way

The Northfield Area United Way is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Child has been hired as its executive director. “Elizabeth is a proven leader in local and Twin Cities corporate and nonprofit organizations. We are thrilled to welcome her as our new executive director,” says Priscilla Paton, chair of the Northfield Area United Way board of directors.


Garden Project Organizers are Making a Difference

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Two Northfield residents who helped middle school students plant and care for a summer vegetable garden have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for August. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Sara Tetreault, a site lead for the school district’s Summer BLAST program, and her husband, Hank, led a group of 20 rising ninth graders through the process of planting, weeding and watering at garden at the SEEDS farm. The garden project was an enrichment activity for students enrolled in BLAST, a seven-week program for middle school students designed to close the achievement gap.

Susan Sanderson, the middle school TORCH coordinator, nominated the Tetreaults for the award. “Hank and Sara not only supported and nurtured a garden, but more importantly, they supported and nurtured a great group of rising ninth-graders,” she said.


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.


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