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Northfield Retirement Community Awarded $10,000 Grant from ELCA Foundation

NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 11, 2013) – The Northfield Retirement Community Foundation announced today that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Lutheran Services for the Elderly Endowment at the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Foundation. The grant will fund the next phase of Meeting the Need – Launching and Mentoring Unexpected Caregiver Support Groups, a program that addresses the need among family caregivers for accessible and appropriate family support groups.

Lynn James is Making a Difference

Lynn James is Making a Difference

Lynn James, the Northfield Police Department’s evidence technician, has received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for November. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

James has been a key player in Rice County’s “Take it to the Box” program since its inception in 2009. She collects and securely stores the unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are dropped off in the Northfield police department lobby. The box is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Once the amount nears 200 pounds, she contacts her counterpart at the Faribault police station, where there’s also a drop box, and together they take the accumulated drugs to an incinerator in Mankato.

Northfield Promise receives an inaugural Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant


The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to help with the launch of the Northfield Promise collective impact initiative.

“We are honored and humbled that Northfield Promise was selected for one of the Bush Foundation’s inaugural Community Innovation Grants,” said Zach Pruitt, HCI Director.  “We are excited about the community stakeholders who have committed to working collectively to help improve cradle-to-career outcomes for young people in Northfield.”

The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community problem-solving – inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets – and be more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches.  The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to enable, inspire and reward community innovation.

Please help us to get Larry up and rolling again!

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Melissa Bernard wrote this to make Northfielders aware of the Ramp Up For Larry campaign that was launched with regards to raising funds to help Larry Sanftner fix his van.  I know Larry and dog Molly have a prominent role in your Northfield or Faribault school, business, non-profit, etc. and as you know it is so important that he continue as a contributor to the plethora of activities and programs with which he is involved.  His transportation to those programs is vital to their success.    

Doing So Much, The Chair Not A Crutch!


It’s Friday night lights and out on the field,

not a person doesn’t see the man and his wheels;

“Kick the ball straight and through the uprights,”

says the man to the kicker with all of his might.


It’s a Tuesday and Thursday evening in the fall of the year,

Northfield Area Groups Collaborate to Restore Cannon River Health


On the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation website, Ross Currier, Executive Director reports:

“Sometimes you work long and hard to pull things together.  Other times, things just seem to come together.

Carleton College Geology Professor Mary Savina has been providing guidance to the NDDC for several years on restoring the Cannon River to health.  She’s part of an organic “team” of professors and students from both colleges who have been working on projects and commenting on policy in pursuit of a long term community goal.

Human Rights Commission Seeks Award Nominees


The Northfield Human Rights Award is an annual honor presented to a Northfield area individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in January of each year.  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will take place on Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 pm, St. Dominic’s Church.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend this event.

Check out what Northfield youth are doing with their time!

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Five HCI Investing with Youth Grants awarded

At their November 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.

Funded projects included:

What Two Northfielders Saw In the Holy Land

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Northfielders for Justice in Palestine-Israel (NIP) invite the public to a presentation about the recent visit of Soraya Dangor and Graison Hensley Chapman to the Holy Land.  The couple spent 40 days there this summer in order to learn about the lives of Palestinians.  Funded by a scholarship from NIP, they traveled through Israel and the West bank. They will tell about their experiences living with a Palestinian Christian family, working as volunteers with children and seniors and visiting with Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists.

The event is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at the Northfield First United Church of Christ.  Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact:

HCI funds eight “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their September and October 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.

Funded projects included:

Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for Living Treasures Award


The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of the City of Northfield is once again seeking nominees for its annual Northfield Living Treasures Award, sponsored by the Northfield News.  ACC Chair, Philip Spensley says the commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by November 9, 2013.  Attached is the nomination form. Hard copy forms are available at the Northfield News, the Public Library, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Historical Society, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and at City Hall. They are also available at the above organizations' websites.  Completed nomination forms should be turned in at the circulation desk of the Public Library or at the City Administrator’s office at City Hall.

Interested in learning more about the building of the Northfield Y Community Center? Join us for Breakfast with Virginia


Join us for Breakfast with Virginia, Friday October 25th 7:30-9:00 am at the National Guard Armory (519 Division Street). 

7:30-7:45 Welcome Guests

7:45-8:00 Short presentation 

8:00- ? Q&A and more opportunities to learn more

Beth Berry is Making a Difference

Beth Berry

Beth Berry, who recently retired as high school coordinator of the TORCH program, has received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for October. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Berry has been the driving force behind Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) since it formed in 2005. Concerned that few Latino students were graduating from Northfield High School in the early 2000s, Berry organized the collaborative effort to encourage and motivate Latino students to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education or training. The program grew to include low-income students and potential first-generation college students, and it now serves more than 300 youth in grades 6-12.

Rick Esse, Candidate for 4th Ward City Council

Rick Esse

I have lived and worked in Northfield since 1981. I am a graduate of St. Olaf College and have studied at Luther Theological Seminary. My career path has led me from retail clothing (including Freeman’s the Hub in downtown Northfield while a college student) to the insurance and travel industries, and ultimately, advertising and communications. I currently work with a wide range of clients in agriculture, construction, financial services, manufacturing, health services and retail.

My wife Pam and I live in a two-story stucco home on North Orchard Street that we purchased in 1983 and have painted several times. We have one adult son, Alexander, and a barking Bichon named Churchill, who is too well known in the neighborhood.

Community Involvement:

Jessica Peterson White, Candidate for 4th Ward City Council

Jessica Peterson White

I'm proud to be part of Northfield, a community that supports people at all stages of life, and invests in economic prosperity for the long term and for the common good. I'm proud to know that we put our key assets—the environment, our local businesses, and our unique culture—at the heart of our decision-making. I'm honored—and excited—to keep working hard to bring these values to the City Council. In my many roles in our community, I've learned the importance of collaborative leadership, of innovation, and of appreciating the wonderful range of lives being lived here.

Let's keep Northfield vital, unique, and moving forward.

Scott Oney, Candidate for 4th Ward City Council

Scott Oney

I’ve lived in Northfield, in the same house, since 1987. Our neighborhood was in Ward 2 until the last redistricting, when it was placed in Ward 4. I’m a full-time freelance copy editor and proofreader, mostly for college textbook publishers. I maintain an office in downtown Northfield, but I’m not a member of the Chamber of Commerce or the NDDC.

What issues or council actions have prompted you to run for council? What relevant experience do you bring to the job?

I would like to bring some fairness and common sense to the council. It’s no secret that members of the present council haven’t been getting along well lately. They seem to have divided into two factions, hence all the 4-3 and 3-4 votes. I am not locked into either of these camps, but I would like to work with members from both.

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