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Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 12:37pm
At their April 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved mini-grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. Funded projects included:
Writers’ Workshop Poetry Book. ARTech students participating in the Writers’ Workshop group are compiling prose and poetry they have authored throughout the school year and are putting it into one publication, a poetry book. Several copies of this journal will be given to the Key and area businesses who have hosted the writers during writing sessions this school year.
Latino Play Festival. Students in the ESL (English as a Second Language) Performing Arts class at Northfield High School have spent the year writing and preparing plays. Planned performances will be held at Carleton College and at the Northfield High School. There will also be special performances for middle school students. Evening performances at the Northfield High School are scheduled for May 11th and 12th.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 8:31am
St. Olaf President David R. Anderson '74 has announced that Matthew Marohl has been called to serve as college pastor. When Marohl assumes his new duties July 2, he will succeed W. Bruce Benson, who retired last spring after 30 years at St. Olaf, and interim pastor Ann Svennungsen, who recently was elected bishop of the Minneapolis synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
"The college pastor plays a central role in fostering our college's faith life, our students' vocational discernment, and our identity as a college of the church," Anderson says. "Pastor Marohl is a gifted preacher, an inquiring intellect who welcomes the diversity of religious expression, and an experienced spiritual guide. And he knows how to have fun with college-age students."
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 7:11am
Rachel Matney and Fritz Bogott are the March/April 2012 recipients of the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” award. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.
After reading reports about the achievement gap in Minnesota and Northfield, Matney started thinking of local solutions. She wondered: are there willing and interested volunteers in Northfield who could be asked to assist in closing this gap?
She approached her husband, Fritz Bogott, with the question, and they sprang into action. They contacted Northfield Public Schools, HCI, St. Olaf College and Carleton College. Bogott reported that from the first meeting, the enthusiasm from the partners was “irrepressible.” A new pilot initiative – Accelerate Northfield – was born, aiming to recruit volunteers to work in the Northfield schools primarily with youth who are struggling academically. Matney and Bogott have played key roles in designing the Accelerate Northfield model and recruiting community volunteers.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Mon, 04/23/2012 - 3:50pm
Earlier this month Northfield’s Band of Ten Thousand Aches — an aging adult running club founded in 1989 — inducted longtime Northfield residents David Wee (at left in photo) and Peter Sandberg (at right) as the first members of its Hall of Fame.
It all began when Sandberg, assistant vice president for facilities at St. Olaf College, convinced his running friends to form a club/team to compete in the annual Edmund Fitzgerald 100k (62 mile) 8-person-team relay race along the North Shore. For years Sandberg ran the difficult pre-dawn 20k first leg (12 miles), setting the pace for Northfield’s Masters team (over age 40) to regularly finish first or second.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 6:58am
The Rice County Dollars and $ense program was featured on the front page of Wednesday’s Northfield News. In case you missed the article, check it out HERE.
The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is proud to partner on this new financial literacy program for local youth. Dollars and $ense is funded by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education through the College Access Challenge Grant Program (a federal program that seeks to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education).
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 7:15am
The Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is currently collecting travel packages & promotions starting with the months of May and June.
Accommodations, restaurants, area attractions & retail shops are encouraged to collectively, or independently, develop their own enticing travel packages and/or share deals for spring and early summer promotion.
General theme suggestions for the upcoming tourism season are around music, recreation, history and the arts tied with lodging, dining and shopping. See a list of upcoming events here. Please send submissions to email@example.com by Friday, April 20th.
This listing will be promoted through the Northfield CVB’s website at no cost to participants.
Submitted by Jeff Stremcha on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 7:38pm
A trial date has been set for Semaj Williams, one of two men charged with first degree murder in the death of Northfield native Shea Stremcha. Jury selection is expected to begin on Tuesday, May 15 with the trial itself likely beginning on Monday, May 21. Shea was killed during an invasion of his home located in an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood in south Minneapolis on July 20, 2011. Williams has pleaded not guilty of the crime.
Submitted by Katie Crider on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:01am
Last week two Carleton students, Meagan Doi and Seawon Eum, taught a class in Origami to students at the Laura Baker Services Association school. All of the students participated in making paper elephants, and Meagan and Seawon were wonderful teachers! Thanks so much to Meagan and Seawon for their creative and exciting contribution to the Northfield community and the LBSA students! (See photos on Northfield Patch).
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 7:55am
Up to 15 paid, full-time AmeriCorps positions will be available working with youth and families in the Northfield community for 2012-13.
Positions currently accepting applications:
- AmeriCorps VISTA with Growing Up Healthy
- AmeriCorps VISTA with the HealthFinders Collaborative
- Accelerate Northfield VISTA
- VISTA with Northfield TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes)
- Reading Corps Tutor — Greenvale Park Elementary School
- Reading Corps Tutor — Sibley Elementary School
- Math Enrichment Corps Tutor — Northfield Middle School (two positions!)
- Math Enrichment Corps Tutor — Greenvale Park Elementary School
- LINKing Youth & Families VISTA
- Promise Fellows — up to six positions at school and community sites
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 9:58am
Amid falling bombs, electricity blackouts and medical personnel stretched to the breaking point, Dr. Mads Gilbert was one of only two Westerners to witness the 2008-09 Israeli bombing of Gaza. Dr. Gilbert will talk about those harrowing days 16 days and the countless people who touched at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Tomson Hall 280, St Olaf College, Northfield. The event is free and open to the public. Gilbert will answer questions and sign books after his talk. Refreshments will be served.
Gilbert and Dr. Erik Fosse are co-authors of “Eyes in Gaza,” their day-by-day account of their experiences during “Operation Cast lead,” the Israeli military’s devastating attack on Gaza from Dec. 27, 2008, to Jan. 18, 2009. They worked around the clock with Palestinian doctors to provide medical attention to the wounded and the dying during the bombardment. They also contributed to some of the rare news reports that came out of Gaza during the assault.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Fri, 03/30/2012 - 4:27pm
The Community Action Center is seeking nominations for election to its Board of Directors. You may nominate yourself or someone else by completing an application and including a letter addressing the nominee’s skills, background, term availability and interest in serving on the Board. Nominations will be reviewed for upcoming vacancies and will be maintained for future consideration.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 3:08pm
On February 11, Andrew Wilson faced a choice. As a member of the Northfield High School boys varsity swimming and diving team, he could compete in the Missota Conference finals in Northfield, or he could head about 50 miles south to Mantorville to compete in the regional round of the Poetry Out Loud competition. Wilson chose to recite poetry.
Actually, the choice had been made three weeks earlier, when Wilson became aware of the conflict and approached Coach Davis to request permission to attend the Poetry Out Loud semifinals. It’s an indication of his character that Wilson not only obtained his coach’s permission, but was later chosen as one of the captains of next year’s swim team.
It’s an exceptional student who has to make the kind of choice that Andrew Wilson made, but Wilson—an ARTech junior who is also a star of the Northfield cross country and track teams—takes it all in stride.
“I like sports that make you push yourself to be your individual best,” Wilson says. “Sports like swimming and running—and reciting poetry.”
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Tue, 03/27/2012 - 12:48pm
At their March 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved mini-grants to support four projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.
Funded projects included:
- After Prom Party. This event is planned by parents of local juniors in high school. It provides a safe, fun, and chemical-free place for all Northfield juniors and seniors to continue the celebration after the Prom ends on Saturday, April 21st. Planned activities include bowling, casino games, prize drawings, and food. The After Prom Party will be held at Jesse James Lanes (doors open at midnight and the event runs from 12:30 to 4:00 a.m.).
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 7:13am
A Northfield man who helped a group of teenagers from the Key build a canoe is the February 2012 recipient of the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.
John Daniels spent nine months guiding the teenagers through the 200-hour process of building a cedar strip canoe, which will be used for a fundraiser. It was his fifth canoe project, but the first one involving youth.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 1:30pm
5th Bridge, the Northfield-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting habits of volunteerism and philanthropy, announced a request for proposals (RFP) process to gather ideas for a large-scale volunteer event to be held in the community later this year or early next year. Through the process, the group aims to collect ideas from partnering organizations interested in co-hosting an event that will engage between 250 and 2,000 volunteers in a locally based activity. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2012.