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Mary Carlson is Making a Difference

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A Northfield woman who has served as a longtime youth mentor has received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for October. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Mary Carlson was matched with a middle school student seven years ago through the Connected Kids mentoring program. Carlson and the student, Melody Altamirano, began meeting regularly after school to do homework, with the long-term goal of supporting Altamirano’s ambition to finish high school.

Altamirano graduated last spring and is now planning to pursue further education.


Northfield History Series Book Signings Scheduled

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The Northfield Historical Society announces the fourth book in the award-winning Northfield History Series. Dear Santa, Mama Wants Hat Pins, Papa, One Mule, is a compilation by St Olaf College Associate Archivist and long time NHS member, Jeff Sauve, of letters from the Northfield News,  dating from 1902 to 1945.

 

“In her column, Maggie Lee would often reprint letters to Santa. I always enjoyed reading them, so I thought we should compile some of them in a book.” Sauve says they provide a seldom-considered historical perspective and a “joyous reflection of Christmases past, as well as a richer understanding of a child’s spirit that resides in each one of us.”

 


Help HCI meet its match -- all donations DOUBLED Thursday for "Give to the Max Day"

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) has been making a difference in the lives of youth and families in our community for more than 20 years, working behind the scenes in support of successful programs like TORCH, Take It to The Box, Accelerate Northfield, the Mayor's Youth Council and many, many more.

Over the past eight years, HCI has helped to bring in over $4 million in state and federal grants to make a difference for our kids, and HCI has been recognized statewide and nationally for our collaborative approach to local issues. 

HCI's work has been funded in part by a generous federal grant, which has now expired. We ask your support with a tax-deductible donation to close our funding gap and ensure that our work can continue. Together we can make a difference and leave a legacy that will make the health and well-being of our children our first priority both today and tomorrow.

Through generous matching contributions, any donation made to HCI on Thursday, November 15, 2012, as part of the "Give to the Max Day" celebration, will be DOUBLED, up to a total match of $3,600.  Click HERE to help us meet this match!


"Civic Stories" Photo Essay of the Day - Rhonda Pownell

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Rhonda Pownell, City Councilor, mother, and St. Olaf grad, has devoted her life to service. She graduated from St. Olaf with a degree in Social Work, making a firm commitment to changing lives. Today, she works extensively within her church and the Northfield community as a whole. For Mrs. Pownell, our goal as community members should be to serve others, even in the smallest of acts. From her work as City Councilor to inspiring her children through homeschooling, Rhonda Pownell is a leader.

See the photo essay covering Rhonda on the League of Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls Website


15th Annual Veterans' Day Assembly at Bridgewater School

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Elizabeth Larson, third grade teacher at Bridgewater School, invites veterans and other citizens to the Veterans' Day event at 9:00 a.m. Monday to honor all military veterans. "We will be singing songs, showing pictures, reciting poems, showcasing artwork, and much more."  
 
The celebration will be held in the school gymnasium. Following the social hour, there will be cards, coffee and cookies.
 
 
 

Mind-Altering Drugs: Prevention is the Key

This article was written by Joan Janusz, a member of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.

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Marijuana and the newer synthetic drugs promoted as “Incense” and “Bath Salts” have caused a lot of concern and received a lot of attention. There is a lot of misinformation about these drugs. Is marijuana a dangerous drug or a medical miracle? Is “Incense” a safer, legal form of marijuana? Are “Bath Salts” safer, legal forms of cocaine, LSD, or ecstasy?


Youth voice in the 2012 elections

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Charged by the City Council with ensuring a youth voice in civic affairs, the high school students in the Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) have been working to help guarantee that issues impacting Northfield’s young people are front and center in the 2012 elections.  This fall, the MYC has:

  • Held local candidate forums on issues important to youth
  • Filmed candidate videos to introduce youth to local candidates
  • Organized a Youth Vote at the Northfield High School

Learn more about these efforts, check out the videos they produced on the local races, and see the results of the Youth Vote HERE.

A special thank you to the Youthprise Foundation, the Sheltering Arms Foundation, the America’s Promise Alliance, and the Northfield Area United Way for supporting these efforts to empower and give voice to Northfield youth.


Fundraising Event for Haiti

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Paul Miller, Director of Northfield Haiti Justice Alliance, invites all to the 4th annual TIE DYE event Sunday, November 4th from 2-6 p.m. at the Pause in Buntrock Commons on the St Olaf College campus.  Members of the Northfield High School, Carleton and St Olaf College bands will perform.  Cost is $10 per shirt.

The Haiti Justice Alliance is a non-profit whose mission is to work for the sustainable structural changes needed in Haiti to provide social, political and economic rights to all Haitians.  Comprised of several local and regional organizations, the Alliance works through organizations on the ground in Haiti. For more information:  contact Paul Miller, thehaitiman@msn.com or visit the Alliance website: http://haitijusticealliance.homestead.com/index.html


Pebbles in Her Shoe: Introducing Filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo

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On Thursday, November 1, members of the Northfield community will have an opportunity to view two non-fiction films by local filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo at the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The films will be preceeded by an introduction by noted filmmaker and scholar Daniel Eisenberg (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and each will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker. The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cecilia Cornejo was born in Chile. In her early youth, she saw her homeland descend into the brutal dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew the democratically-elected President Salvador Allende in the coup d’étât of September 1973. That coup, and the tragic events of another September twenty-eight years later, form the historical background of her film I wonder what you will remember of September (2004).

The film is about...


Dale Finger is Making a Difference

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A Northfield businessman who’s provided job experience for hundreds of local teenagers has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s (HCI) “Making a Difference” Award for September. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Dale Finger has hired and trained an estimated 300 youth in the 23 years he’s owned the Quarterback Club family restaurant. Many employees have continued working for him part-time through high school and college, and some former employees have even been known to come in to work at times like Homecoming and Prom, when the high school employees are unavailable.


Northfield TORCH program highlighted in Star Tribune editorial

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In case you missed it, the Northfield TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) program was highlighted in the lead editorial of the October 10, 2012, edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.   Click HERE to check out the editorial, titled, "Northfield closes achievement gap."

TORCH works to increase the graduation and postsecondary attendance rates of Northfield's low-income youth, students of color, and potential first-generation college attendees.

TORCH is funded by local donations, as well as grants from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Northfield Area United Way, Women In Northfield Giving Support, Blandin Foundation, and Xcel Energy Foundation.


Youth First; Who is the Mayor's Task Force?

This article was written by Joan Janusz; she is a member of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.

Long name?-yes. Short-lived task force?-no. A focus on youth?-yes. Only on youth?-no

Who is this group known generally as the MTF? (Mayor’s Task Force).  What do they do?

The answers to these questions can be found in the annual “Report to the Community”, September 2012.  The Report can be read at http://northfieldhci.org/publications or a copy can be requested by calling the Healthy Community Initiative office:  507-664-3524.                                     


Norwegian explorer to deliver lecture tonight

Norwegian explorer Thorleif Thorleifson will lecture at St. Olaf about climate change Oct. 11, 2012.

Norwegian marine explorer Thorleif Thorleifsson is visiting St. Olaf College Thursday, Oct. 11, to deliver a lecture titled "A Voyage Around the North Pole: Modern Exploration and Climate Change." His lecture -- free and open to the public -- will begin at 7 p.m. in Regents Hall 150.

In 2010 Thorleifsson and fellow explorer Børge Ousland became the first to sail around the North Pole in a single short season. Their voyage — which took them through the Northern Sea Route in Russia, the Northwest Passage in Canada, and across the North Atlantic — covered 10,000 nautical miles in a record-breaking 80 days. 


Re-scheduled Trial Approaching for Man Charged in Death of Shea Stremcha

The re-scheduled trial date is approaching for Semaj Williams, one of the men charged with first degree murder in the death of Shea Stremcha.  Jury selection is expected to begin on November 6, with the trial itself likely beginning on Monday, November 12. 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.


Youth Video PSA Contest Winners Named

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Many thanks to everyone who voted in the 2nd annual Northfield Youth Video PSA Contest.  Nearly 500 people (a record number!) cast votes to determine this year’s winner.  The top vote getter was “Wave,” produced by Chen Ye and Seth Hanson.  Chen and Seth will receive a cash prize for their win.   Click HERE to view this year’s winner.

The theme for this year’s PSA contest was “Youth Under Pressure,” with entries focusing on stress faced by youth and ways that adults can help reduce this stress.  This year’s three finalist videos can be found HERE.

“We were very excited about the quality of submissions for this year’s PSA contest,” said Zach Pruitt, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative director.  “They speak to the truly amazing talents of Northfield youth.”

The video PSA contest is sponsored by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use.

The 2013 video contest theme will be announced in the late spring, with entries likely due in early September 2013.


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