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Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”


Genesis: The Art of Creation to be Broadcast this Saturday on TPT-MN

Paul Krause's documentary, Genesis: The Art of Creation, will be broadcast four times this coming Saturday, February 22. on TPT-MN (Charter cable channel 396) Broadcast times are 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm. The film documents the creation of the painting Genesis by our nationally honored local artist Fred Somers.

The painting was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondolet in St. Paul. At the time of its creation, the painting was Fred's largest work.


Skateboard Coalition Advisers are Making a Difference

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Three adult advisers to the Northfield Skateboard Coalition received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for January/February. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Cecilia Cornejo, Rob Hardy and Jane McWilliams have regularly volunteered their time during the past two years helping youth from the Skateboard Coalition work toward the goal of building a permanent skate park in Northfield. The Parks and Recreation Board has selected Old Memorial Park as the location, and the project is in the design phase.

McWilliams said even though her children are grown, and she had no personal interest in the skate park, she felt an obligation as a citizen to help bring closure to a project that’s been discussed and debated since 2005.


Blog: Christopher Tassava's Arrowhead 135 Story

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On Monday and Tuesday, January 27 and 28, as the air temperature dropped to more than 20 below zero and most of us were staying inside to keep warm, Northfield's Christopher Tassava was riding his fat-bike through the frozen North Woods to a seventh-place finish in the grueling Arrowhead 135. The race starts in International Falls, the coldest place in the United States, and heads down the Arrowhead State Trail to finish 135 miles later near Tower, Minnesota. In an riveting set of blog posts, Christopher takes you along with him on his incredible journey. Bundle up and enjoy a great read.

"Don't Get Froze": Part One

"When I checked into my motel in International Falls around three in the afternoon on Sunday, January 26, the night before this year’s Arrowhead 135, the old lady at the counter gave me two things I needed: a huge pink shower curtain to lay on the floor under my bike ('those bikes are so messy, you know?') and a piece of advice: 'Don’t get froze'..." Continue reading

"Don't Get Froze": Part Two

"Skipulk came at a funny place on the course..." Continue reading


Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community?  The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week.  Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment


Patterns Shifting: on the subject of climate change, a Northfield focus

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On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.

According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century. 


Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration Monday, January 20

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Northfield Human Rights Commission Chair Corinne Smith announces that the 20th annual Northfield Community Celebration of the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on Monday, January 20th, at the Church of St. Dominic (104 Linden Street N), 7:00-8:00 pm.  The theme of the event this year is Creating a Beloved Community, one of the aspirations of Dr. King.


Northfield Citizens Online Seeks Nominees to Board

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The 2014 Annual Meeting of Northfield Citizens Online, the group that makes Northfield.Org happen, is coming up on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Contended Cow. The public is welcome to attend and participate. There are three board vacancies which may be filled at the meeting by nominations from the floor (in addition to those prepared by the board), and voted on by those in attendance, our "members."  If you would like to make a nomination, including yourself, email  contactus@northfield.org.


Patsy Dew to Receive Living Treasure Award Thursday

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Chair Philip Spensley announces that the Arts and Culture Commission's 2014 Living Treasure Award which annually honors a Northfield area resident who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture, will be presented by Mayor Dana Graham to Patsy Dew at a ceremony starting at 7 pm at the Grand Event Center, Thursday, January 16.  The public is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Patsy's many and significant contributions to the community.  Live music will be provided by Peterj Webb.  Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available.  Two tickets to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and two to the Old Log Theatre will be given as door prizes, thanks to Jeff Johnson and KYMN.


Neighborhood Leaders are Making a Difference

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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

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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 http://northfieldclimatesummit.org. Join in the conversation at facebook.com/northfieldclimatesummit 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

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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 Northfield.org'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.


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