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Submitted by Nathan White on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:36am
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 5:46pm
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.
Submitted by Cheryl Strike on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 10:09am
This article was written by Joan Janusz, a member of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.
Mind Altering Drugs-Old or New-Prevention the Key
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?
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 9:16am
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 7:16pm
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, email@example.com or visit the Alliance website: http://haitijusticealliance.homestead.com/index.html
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 8:00pm
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...
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 5:31pm
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.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 9:28am
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.
Submitted by Cheryl Strike on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:25am
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.
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 9:51am
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.
Submitted by Nathan White on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 3:21pm
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.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 1:09pm
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.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 8:55am
Jessica Peterson White attended Carleton College and has remained a part of the Northfield Community. Jessica founded a knitting supply business downtown, and then was elected, as one of the youngest women ever elected to a county board in Minnesota, to the Rice County Board. Jessica was the DFL-endorsed candidate for State Senate in the 25th district in 2006, and is also active in the League of Women Voters. She is now a Senior Project Manager at Grassroots Solutions, which is a consulting firm that specializes in grassroots engagement and organization.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 6:20am
At their September 2012 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 funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.
Funded projects included:
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 8:42am
Don’t forget to VOTE and help pick this year’s winner of the youth video PSA contest, sponsored by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use. Voting ends this Sunday (September 30, 2012).
The theme of this year’s contest is "Youth Under Pressure," with videos focusing on stress and young people. The three finalists were selected from entries from across the community.
Check out the three finalists HERE and vote for your favorite! The top vote getter will receive a $200 cash prize!