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Two AmeriCorps Promise Fellow positions currently accepting applications to start immediately

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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.


Local Doodle Artist Goes National

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Shona Brooks, local artist and co-owner of the Eclectic Goat, was recently awarded a contract with MindWare®, a national game and toy company for kids, for the production of two illustrated books based on her line of Doodle your day away. The illustrations are intended as artwork to be added to by coloring with crayons, colored pencils or markers. The books, titled Fantastical Style Animals and Fantastical Style Flowers, will hold over twenty pages of designs and will be available for purchase on the company’s website mindware.com in the fall of 2013.

“I’m grateful to have this opportunity,” said Brooks. "The goal is to aspire others to create their own art."


First National Bank of Northfield Promotes Kim Paddock, Hires Lindsay Hawkins

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has promoted Kim Paddock to vice president and hired Lindsay Hawkins as deposit services officer.

Paddock, who has 26 years’ experience at First National, will continue to serve the personal lending needs of customers. With her promotion, she’ll take on additional leadership responsibilities for the retail banking team at First National – South.

Hawkins brings with her 12 years of banking experience. She is also an Iraq War veteran. Located at the bank’s historic downtown location, her primary responsibilities will be to educate personal and business banking clients on the products and services available through First National.


Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship Applications Sought

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Anyone who has dreamed of visiting Palestine/Israel but found it unaffordable may be excited about a new travel opportunity. Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is accepting applications from area residents for its Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship. Applications are being accepted now through Feb. 15, 2013. The scholarship is named for the long-time Northfield resident and her decades of activism for peace and justice in the Middle East.

The scholarship will pay program expenses and ground transportation for the selected applicant(s), who will participate in an alternative tourism program by the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies (sirajcenter.org). Siraj offers a variety of programs (http://tinyurl.com/njptravel) throughout the year.


Stepping Out for Mr. Northfield - A benefit for Danny

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A community-wide celebration for and tribute to Dan Freeman at the Grand Event Center is planned for January 25, from 6 to 10:00 p.m. Everybody is welcome for this chance for Northfielders to honor Dan for all he has done for Northfield all these years. There is no admission charge, but a silent auction, a live auction, and “donations” of storytelling at the microphone will bring in money to make his life easier this coming year.

The event is free. Planners seek auction items: for example, merchandise, creative dinners, tickets for games or entertainment venues, and gift certificates. Contact Susy Immel at susyimmel@charter.net to make a contribution. She can take them right now or any time until January 25.  


Y Kids Tri Volunteers are Making a Difference

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Nine Northfield area residents who organized the third annual Y Kids Tri have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for November/December. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Andrea Hoff, Angie McCarthy, Amy McBroom, Anne Lehmkuhl, Kelly Foster, Sally Lindell, Kristy Mikula, Marilyn Nelson and Leah Sand were all members of the coordinating team that oversaw the most successful kids triathlon yet—the July 14 event attracted 222 participants, 100 more than the previous year.

Ranging in age from 6 to 14, the youth swam (50-100 meters, depending on their age group), biked (1.25 miles to 5 miles), and ran (a 1/4-mile to a mile). The event was sponsored by the Northfield Area Family YMCA, and about 75 adult volunteers assisted with the logistics.


Safe Rides for the Holidays

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

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season and reminds us of all the things we are thankful for — like family and friends.  I am also thankful that through the work of the Northfield Mayor's Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use and the Rice County Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Coalition, there is hope for a future without underage drinking and drug use and even without drunk driving.  Working with wonderful organizations like MADD, Minnesotans for Safe Driving, and the Rice County Chemical Health Coalition we have been able to do some amazing things together this year.


Monday is Human Rights Day

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From Northfield peace activist Judith Stoutland comes this reminder:  

Monday, December 10 is   Human Rights Day throughout the world. Commemorating the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Dec. 1950, the day draws attention to the this significant document and to the importance of   supporting the rights of all people. (http://www.un.org/events/humanrights/2007/hrphotos/declaration%20_eng.pdf)


Thank You from The Key

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This piece was written and submitted by members of the youth board at The Key.

The Key has been through a lot this past year. With new staff, a new youth board, daily programming, keeping ourselves financially stable, and trying to serve as many youth as possible (just to name a few things), we have been so busy and so constantly moving forward with new ideas that we rarely take a chance to step back and appreciate how much has been given to us. Seeing that Thanksgiving has just come and gone, we would like to take a moment and thank everyone (well all the people we can think of at the moment) that has helped us this past year. Note that all the people/groups on here are not on in order of importance. We love you all equally.

We really want to thank all our granters that have helped us throughout the years and have given us the chance to provide great programming for so many youth every day. We would also like to thank the donors that have given money to the organization. All of your contributions, be it $1 or $1000, mean the world to us and its great to know how many people care for The Key and want to see it continue to grow.


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

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At their October and November 2012 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support four projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.  Funded projects included:


100% Local - Yes, United Way

When you donate to charity, you like to know where your money goes.

You’ll like this: When you give to Northfield Area United Way, your money stays here. It helps fund 28+ programs in the Northfield area – all of them local services, helping people here at home.

Together, we feed our neighbors, help with housing, guide at-risk kids. We fund healthcare for the uninsured. We come through for victims of fire, flood, and domestic violence when they need help the most.    


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


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