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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.


Arts and Culture Commission Celebrates Theo and DeWayne Wee

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The public is invited to celebrate the 2015 Living Treasure Award to Theo and DeWayne Wee on Thursday, January 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Event Center. The award is given annually by the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission to a person or organization that has contributed substantially over a period of time to the identity of Northfield and to its quality of life through arts and culture.

Commission chair, Philip Spensley, notes that over the years since their arrival in Northfield in 1966, the Wees “consistently, generously and unstintingly contributed their skills and talents to a wide range of community organizations and events;” They both serve as organists for local churches and have worked with the public schools’ music programs.


Book Signing at Northfield Historical Society

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Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that Susan Hvistendahl will do a book signing and presentation of her new book, Historic Happenings, at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street, on Thursday, January 15, starting at 6:30 pm. The book includes stories about the people, businesses and events that have made Northfield the special place it is today. These selected columns were originally published in The Entertainment Guide, which partnered with the Northfield Historical Society to publish the book in December.

There are inspiring stories of early merchant Hiram Scriver and John North, who founded the town in 1855 and soon established the Lyceum as a library, reading room and place for settlers to debate issues of the day. North’s ties to Abraham Lincoln are given, along with how North’s temperance policies led to an ax-wielding episode in 1858.


Volunteer Coach is Making a Difference

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Longtime Raiders coach and community volunteer Larry Santfner has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for December. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Northfield High School football head coach Bubba Sullivan said that during the years Santfner has volunteered with the football program, he has served in many roles, including kicking coach, equipment manager, and weight room attendance monitor.


Neuger Communications Group Announces Promotion of Betsey Garvey to Senior Graphics Specialist

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Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing communications and public relations, announced the promotion of Betsey Garvey to senior graphics specialist. Garvey plays an important role on client service teams across the firm.

Garvey, who has been an employee of Neuger Communications Group for more than seven years, serves on the firm’s graphic design team, providing leadership in the development of print publications, logos and graphic standards. As the industry has shifted, her design portfolio – which includes clients in the higher education, nonprofit, engineering and senior services industries – has expanded to include emails and websites. Garvey resides in Northfield, Minn., with her husband, John.


LOCATION CHANGE for Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting - January 22, 2015

Due to an event conflict at the previous location, Thursday's annual meeting of Northfield Citizens Online (Northfield.org) has been moved to Froggy Bottoms.

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All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at Froggy Bottoms on Thursday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will unveil a sneak preview of the new Northfield.org website design. Board members will be on hand to discuss goals for Northfield.org and available volunteer roles. Learn how you can get involved and help share stories about Northfield and the people who live here!


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.


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