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12/9/13 Update: The problems appear to now be fully resolved. Thank you for your patience.

Our hosting provider, Dreamhost, performed emergency maintenance several days ago on our web server. This maintenance involved migration to a new server. Since that time, various things have not been working properly, most notably:

  • E-mails from the site do not work (user registration / contact us form).
  • Images uploaded with stories are not displaying.

We would like to get these problems fixed as soon as possible, but that depends on Dreamhost responding to our ticket requests in an adequate manner. Keep your fingers crossed.

Habitat House Dedication

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Rice County Habitat for Humanity will hold a house dedication at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 for the Weaver family. The dedication will be held at the house, 216 1st Ave SW, Faribault. The dedication is open to the public, and will include a short program and a chance to meet the Weaver family.

Nicole Weaver is the mother of three children - Alleena, Alex and Adyran - and works at Rust Consulting. The Weavers are one of two Rice County Habitat Partner Families for 2015. This year’s Faribault build was in honor of Bill Sartor, a long-time Habitat supporter and volunteer.

Rice County Habitat for Humanity partners with families who otherwise may be unable to achieve the dream of homeownership by establishing partnerships among God’s people to build simple, decent, affordable homes.

HealthFinders is GROWING! Check out our open positions!

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HealthFinders is growing! We are in the process of hiring 6 new positions ranging from a part time development and communication associate, a part time grants writer, two community health care workers and a care coordination project lead. Check out our website at healthfindersmn.org/getinvolved.

2015 Northfield CROP Walk


The Northfield CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk is the largest walk in the state and the only community-wide event/effort in Northfield to eradicate hunger and poverty, provide disaster relief, and resettle the growing number of refugees worldwide.

Please join us on Sunday, October 4th, 2 p.m. as we leave from All Saints Episcopal Church, 419 Washington St. and walk through Northfield, ending at Bridge Square.

Seventy-five percent of monies raised will go to support projects around the world sponsored by Church World Service (CWS); the other twenty-five percent will go to the Northfield Community Action Center.

E-Cycling this Saturday, October 3rd!

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Bring your unwanted electronics, appliances, and scrap metal this Saturday, October 3, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street.   As a special option this month, even LARGE appliances such as refrigerators are OK to bring.   

Old-fashioned CRT-based TVs (or monitors) will NOT be accepted this month.  But Bestbuy will take up to 3 such TVs per day as long as they are 32" or less.  Here is a website giving more details about all aspects of Bestbuy's recycling program:


YMCA Fall Program and Services Begin Soon - Come See What's New at the Y!

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0in">The YMCA is very pleased to offer a huge number of programs and services.  Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community.  

Our new Fall Brochure supports our intent to ensure our youth have opportunities to realize their potential to become active, engaged and thriving members of the community as well as nurture their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development through holistic youth programming, experiences and supports.   

E-Recycling Scheduled for Saturday

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Carl Henry invites you to bring your unwanted electronics and appliances Saturday, September 5, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, Northfield.

Old-fashioned CRT-based TVs (or monitors) will be accepted BUT there is a $5 fee for up to 19" and $10 for larger than 20".

PLEASE pass the word and post news about this event on any local bulletin boards, such as St. Olaf and Carleton.

Super Hero Kickoff for the Northfield Area United Way Campaign

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The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly Super Hero Kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to meet powerful United Way partner agencies and learn how these local heroes benefit one in three Northfield area residents. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes for the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Super Hero.

The public is invited to try the YMCA all day. Other features of the morning kickoff include live folk music, interactive games and giveaways. Super heroes and common folk are invited to dress up and take their own photos in the photo booth sponsored by Brand Yourself Consulting.

Education at the State Fair--Montessori on a stick!

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It has been nearly one hundred years since the first glass classroom was installed by Maria Montessori at the World Expo in California. This year at the MN State Fair the MN Montessori Network will do it again. They have sponsored a booth in the education building for the fair that will be staffed by volunteers from all over the state. Northfield will be represented by Montessori Children's House. We would love to see your faces, young and old, so stop by at the Education Building on Cosgrove St.

Can't come to the Fair? Visit us at Montessori Children's House--2400 Division St. S. We will be giving tours all week! 645-2445

Northfield Hospital offers EMS training

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Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will offer training this fall to prepare students to become certified as Emergency Medical Responders or Emergency Medical Technicians.The EMR class will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings and occasional Saturdays, September 21 through November 14 at EMS headquarters.The EMR course can serve as a stand-alone certification program, or the first half of the EMT course.Students who successfully complete the EMR class and wish to obtain certification as an EMT will progress to the second session of the training which begins on February 15, 2016.

For more information, contact Brian Edwards, manager of Northfield Hospital & Clinics EMS at (507) 646-1444 or email edwardsb@northfieldhospital.org.



The Y is Hiring: Full-time Member Services Coordinator (apply by Aug 23rd)

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is Hiring!

Job Title: FT Member Services Coordinator – apply by Aug 23rd
Posted: August 5, 2015
Status: Full Time Non-Exempt
Wage Range: $26,020 - $30,960 annually (includes a $6,000 health insurance stipend)

Community Youth Fair

Enteraining experiences at every booth!

Northfield's thirteenth annual Community Youth Fairs are this coming Wednesday, August 19th. These events will take place at Greenvale Park Elementary from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and at Bridgewater Elementary School from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, the fairs will be held indoors at each school.

Come learn how your child can get involved in a variety of youth programs offered within your own community! Over 30 organizations representing sports, clubs, arts and more will be present!  School administrators will be handing out free popsicles, raffle drawings are available, passport maps can be stickered and turned in for a prize and numerous games, activities, face painting and GaGa participation in our new game pit are all options as well!  Hot dogs, chips, and pop will be for sale, with proceeds going to the Community Services scholarship fund.

Northfield Public Schools - Venture Programs are Hiring!

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The Ventures program with Northfield Public School’s Community Services Division is now hiring for full-time, part-time, and substitute positions. Get the chance to be a kid again by joining our KidVenture team, which provides before and after school care at all three Northfield Elementary Schools. Or, experience the wonder and joys of early childhood by working with EarlyVentures, a licensed child care center serving children birth to age 5. To apply, visit the posted positions on Northfield Public School’s website at: http://northfieldschools.org/departments/hr/

City of Northfield and PRIMEtime network highlighted by National League of Cities

The City of Northfield and Northfield’s PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network were featured in a recent national newsletter published by the National League of Cities.  The article highlights the efforts of the PRIMEtime collaborative to provide free summer programming to over 500 Northfield youth this summer.  Northfield is recognized as a national leader among small cities in creating citywide out-of-school-time systems.

4PM logo-orangeThe article notes the City of Northfield’s support for PRIMEtime, including partnerships with the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield City Pool.  The piece also recognizes valuable financial grants provided to PRIMEtime by the Northfield Area United WayWomen In Northfield Giving Support, and Youthprise.

Participating PRIMEtime summer programs include:

  • Summer PLUS – serving youth in grades K-5, four days per week for 7 weeks at Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • Summer BLAST – serving youth in grades 6-8, four days per week for 7 weeks, and splitting time between Northfield Middle School & Carleton College
  • The Key – a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield, open daily to all youth ages 12-20

Partners in the PRIMEtime collaborative include the Northfield Public Schools,Northfield Healthy Community InitiativeTackling Obstacles and Raising College HopesCarleton CollegeSt. Olaf College, and Minnesota Alliance With Youth Promise Fellows program.

To access the full National League of Cities article, CLICK HERE.

Interim Public Library Up and Running


The Northfield Public Library is open for business at the City Hall (801 Washington Street) where visitors will find many materials on location, staff to assist, space to read, and access to computers. Take a look at this video and you’ll see what I mean!


If something you’re hoping to get is unavailable on site, there is always the SELCO where loan requests between Northfield and other SELCO libraries are usually filled promptly.  After hours, items may be returned to the book drop located in front of the City Hall. Library website: www.ci.northfield.mn.us/library; Phone: 5-7-645-6606.

Library hours:

Monday:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday:  9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Friday:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday:  Closed

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