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Lin Bruce: "Extraordinary Bike Rides of an 'Ordinary' Person"

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On Wednesday, March 13 at 10am, Lin Bruce will talk about her adventures on the bicycle at the Senior Center.  Approaching one of those decade-birthdays, Lin was wondering how she might celebrate, and was looking for adventure, when she noticed an ad in a magazine for a cross country bicycle ride that started on her birthday.  What put that ad before her eyes just as she was looking for something special to do? Since seeing that ad, Lin has crossed the country 4 times on her bicycle, most recently in the fall when she rode along the Pacific coast from northern Oregon to San Francisco, CA. 

Lin considers herself an ordinary person, who has had extraordinary times as she has crossed this country on a bicycle.   Come hear a bit about Lin’s experiences, and how she makes each journey one pedal stroke at a time.

Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund Announces New Grant Recipients

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The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund announces new grant recipients, Victoria Ostenso and Ellie Youngblood, both representatives of Carleton College Student Farm.

Victoria and Ellie participated in a Sustainable Agriculture Education Conference in Corvallis, OR. Victoria and Ellie are developing a community outreach program through the Carleton Student Farm that involves teaching sustainable agriculture, plant science and cooking to Northfield area youth in the schools and summer programs. They are also working on networking with other food-related groups at Carleton and St. Olaf to fuel initiatives in the greater Northfield community.

Buchwald and Webster are Making a Difference

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Two longtime volunteers with a Northfield Boy Scout Troop have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for January/February 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Ed Buchwald and Clark Webster have each served as adult leaders of the Carleton-based Troop 337 for more than four decades. Buchwald, a retired Carleton College geology professor, stepped down as Scoutmaster last October but still helps out with the troop, which he started in 1968. Webster joined the troop as its committee chair in about 1970, a position he still holds.

Both men greatly enjoy camping and backpacking, which is one reason they continue to volunteer with the troop, long past the days when their own sons went through scouting. They also have found it rewarding to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the outdoors with the boys.

Documentary "Harvest" to air on Twin Cities Public Television

"Harvest: A Community's History Founded in Bronze" will be shown four times on Saturday, March 16 on Twin Cities Public Television's Minnesota channel.

It will be shown at 1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm.

Harvest is a documentary created by Northfield film-maker Paul Krause. It focuses on the creation of the sculpture Harvest by Ray "Jake" Jacobson.

The sculpture was created as part of the 150th anniversary of Northfield and can be found on Northfield's River Walk. The film not only shows Jake's creative genius but gives a detailed explanation of the "lost-wax" process of bronze founding.

For more information about Harvest, visit the website at

Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission 2013 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners Announced


The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the City’s third annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest and congratulate them for their efforts.  Chosen from among 121 poems submitted for judging, nine poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  

The Arts and Culture Commission applauds and thanks the many local poets who submitted their poetry to the competition.  We are pleased to announce the following winners, in alphabetical order, of Northfield’s 2013 Sidewalk Poetry Contest:

Epic thanks the City of Northfield

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A recent Northfield City Council meeting included a presentation by the Dundas-based nonprofit Epic Enterprise Inc. The organization thanked the city for eight years of employing work crews made up of Epic's developmentally disabled clients.

"Hiring people with disabilities is not charity," said Kathy Topp, community employment liaison at Epic, during the presentation. "Bringing them into the City of Northfield is an exemplary act that models corporate and civic responsibility."

Conversations That Matter Series at Senior Center

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Patsy Dew, Assistant Director of the Northfield Senior Center, announces that the Northfield Senior Center and the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium are presenting a series intended to help people think about, and plan for, their own death.    This is a topic many would rather avoid until a health crisis forces decisions to be made.   Attending this series will help individuals identify what is important to them, what their resources are, and how to effectively communicate their end-of-life wishes.   The series may also be helpful to spouses or adult children as they anticipate the death of a family member.   The hope for the whole series is that it will engage people in significant conversation with each other, and eventually with their loved ones.  In addition we will be offering concrete tools, eg. on writing of wills, advance-care directives, etc.    

Best Wishes from, Corey

Patch.jpg would like to extend its best wishes to Corey Butler, Jr., as he leaves Northfield Patch for a new position as communications coordinator for the Minnesota Society of CPAs. You can read Corey's farewell to Patch here.

Northfield History Collaborative Schedules "Preserving Your Family's Stories" Classes



The Northfield History Collaborative announces their four-part series, Preserving Your Family’s Stories, an opportunity for people to learn how to collect and celebrate their family’s life stories.  Staff and volunteers from the Northfield, Rice County and Minnesota Historical Societies and the Northfield Senior Center will lead classes and provide individual assistance on each of the topics covered.  Additional work sessions will be available with the presenters on the Saturday following each class, all of which will be held at the Northfield Senior Center or the Northfield Historical Society.

Cost for the series is $50 for members and $60 for non-members of either organization.  Individual sessions are $15 for member and $20 for non-members. Registration is at the Senior Center.

For detailed information about each session:

Becky Carlson Joins Neuger Communications Group

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Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing communications and public relations, announced that Becky Carlson has joined the firm. Carlson, who has served as an intern with the organization since June, will hold the position of communications assistant.

Carlson’s new role at the company will span a breadth of disciplines; among them, writing, editing, proofreading and photography. Prior to joining Neuger Communications Group, Carlson enhanced her art portfolio when she was chosen for the St. Olaf 5th Year Art Apprentice program, a highly selective, intensive program designed to prepare students for careers in the arts.

David Neuger, president and CEO of Neuger Communications Group, said, “Becky has already proven to be a wonderfully dedicated individual who shares the firm’s values of integrity, excellence and success. She’s a valuable member of our team and we’re delighted to have her on board.”

Carlson is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and management studies. A native of Shakopee, Minn., Carlson now resides in downtown Northfield.

Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund Announces New Grant Recipient


The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund announces a new grant recipient, Cliff MartinCliff participated in the National People’s Action Leadership Training that took place in Cedar Lake, Indiana in August. National People’s Action is a nationwide activist and organizing group. This grant gave Cliff the opportunity to participate in a week-long training where he learned how to build a team, analyze community problems and create solutions, use tactics to move issues forward and to manage organizations. Cliff will bring what he has learned back to the Northfield community by organizing around issues concerning environmental sustainability, social equity and participatory governance.

Bishop Whipple's Role in War of 1862 Topic of Northfield Historical Society Program


On Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, writer and church historian The Venerable Canon Benjamin Scott will speak on the role Bishop Henry Whipple played in the 1882 U. S. Dakota War. This event is part of the Northfield Historical Society’s seven-month observation of the 1862 war which includes an exhibit depicting the roles local Rice County residents played in this episode of our state’s history.

Whipple was Minnesota’s first Episcopal Bishop.  He came to this state in 1859 with his wife Cornelia and six children.  When the fighting broke out in August of 1862 Whipple returned home from Northern Minnesota as fast as possible.  He had seen the conflict coming since the signing of the Treaty Traverse des Sioux when many promises were broken.  He went to St. Peter were many injured were taken and he served as nurse and chaplain.

Artist Tom Frank Debuts Children’s Video Storybook


Bridging the gap between an artist’s childhood dream and the retelling of this story years later is a new video storybook by author and illustrator Tom Frank titled, “It Happened One Night on the Milky Way Trail.”

An exhibit revealing the electronic talking storybook and the process of making it will be held at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, February 26 through April 16. A family-friendly artist’s reception with kids’ activities and live acoustics by the ebook’s musicians will be held March 1, from 5-7 p.m. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to view Tom Frank’s creative process - from hand drawing characters, to developing a storyboard, to writing copy and adding colorized scenes to the finished product.

Trial Approaching for Man Charged in Death of Shea Stremcha

The scheduled trial date is approaching for Xavier Walker, one of the criminals charged with first degree murder in the death of Shea Stremcha.  Jury selection is expected to begin on Tuesday, March 5, with the trial itself likely to begin on Monday, March 11. Shea was killed during an invasion of his home located in the otherwise quiet Longfellow area of south Minneapolis on July 20, 2011. Walker has pleaded not guilty of the crime.

Two AmeriCorps Promise Fellow positions currently accepting applications to start immediately


There are currently two openings for part-time AmeriCorps Promise Fellow positions working in Rice County.  These positions will provide additional academic support and community connections for youth in grades 6-10 who are at-risk of not succeeding academically.

The Promise Fellows will also assist with the expansion of the Rice County Dollars and $ense financial literacy program.  For more information on how to apply, please read the position description HERE.

Application review begins soon and the positions are open until filled.

The Promise Fellow positions have been awarded to Rice County by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.

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