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Neighborhood Leaders are Making a Difference

Growing Up Healthy Neighborhood Leaders

Eight neighborhood leaders of the Growing Up Healthy coalition received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for December. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Growing Up Healthy coordinator Leah Eby said the eight leaders – Vicky Agapito, Stephanie Calderon, Dannia Chavez, Lucy Gonzalez, Maribel Gomez, Taide Rodriguez, Clara Rojas and Lucy Velazquez – have planned and led successful projects and activities that have improved community connectedness, including mother-child craft activities, the twice-monthly cooking club, and the popular Tuesdays in the Park summer program, when families gather at the playground behind Greenvale Park Elementary School to socialize.

“We get to do different activities that we wouldn’t otherwise do, and we come up with new ideas,” said Agapito.

Northfield Area Climate Summit, Jan. 18


On January 18, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students, institutions, and business representatives. Find practical solutions to benefit our community through a Community Activity & Idea Fair on energy saving steps and resources for large and small local businesses. Breakout session topics include the science of climate change, business perspectives on climate and energy, and the impact of climate on local agriculture and more. The Summit will take place at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College and is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For the schedule of free events and registration, go to Join in the conversation at and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate

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

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At their December 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support six projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including five Service Learning projects designed by Northfield High School students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:

Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting-January 22, 2014


All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at the Cow on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will hear about the strategic plan for's future. Laptops and board members will be on hand to help folks through the process of submitting content to the website. AND, QuizMistress Jessical Peterson White will be on hand to challenge our minds! Should be fun!

There’s a Y in Family – Regi Haslett-Marroquin

Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett-Marroquin, originally from Guatemala, works in economic development and is the chief operating officer for the Main Street Project, which is about building a resilient food system to revitalize rural communities.

Do you have a Y personal story?

I had known about the Y for a long time, but I never thought of it as a place you go.  As a kid I attended a Y camp. The volunteers probably came from Guatemala City; we lived in the northern rainforest, but the experience stuck. The Y in Guatemala was founded in the mid-sixties before the civil war started; I was not born yet. We did not have a Y anywhere except the capital city.  As I think about it, their idea was probably to bring some sort of experience that would make kids feel like kids in the middle of the war. We all gathered at a soccer field.  We talked first, they asked questions, some kids cried, but I don’t remember why.  We played games; that was something I had never done with children — play, touch, laugh — all those things that children do.  We were always careful. The daily drill was that you never knew who was around and their intentions; this was a serious rule. Being with the Y folks somehow made everything feel okay, safe, welcoming, probably the reason those memories have stuck so strongly with me up to now.

HCI seeks part-time coordinator


The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative is currently accepting applications for a part-time HCI Coordinator position.

The coordinator will provide staffing to HCI-supported coalitions and committees, as well as strategic direction for HCI’s youth engagement initiatives.

The complete position description is attached to this post.

Application review will begin on January 3, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.


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NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 11, 2013) – The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that John Stull will serve as the organization’s interim executive director. Stull, a longtime Northfield resident and noted community leader, will begin his new role on Monday, December 16.

With a résumé that includes 30 years at MOM Brands®, stints as Northfield’s mayor and a Northfield city councilor, president of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC), Stull will use his experience to further build the Chamber’s collaborations with like-minded organizations and establish a strategic direction for the future.

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:

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