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Pardon the Dust!

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.


Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.


Northfield community benefits from HCI’s latest “Investing in Youth” grants

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At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May.  There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments.  Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.


E-Recycling July 5 at First UCC Church Parking Lot

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Carl Henry of Northern specific invites you to bring your unwanted electronics and appliances THIS COMING Saturday, July 5, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. If weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled. The following items will be accepted at no charge:

-- Computers (desktops, towers, laptops)

-- Small printers

-- Network equipment (modems, routers)

-- Stereos

-- Radios

-- Phones

-- Cables

-- Dehumidifiers

-- Microwave ovens

-- Small air conditioners

-- Toasters

-- Very small refrigerators

-- Other small appliances if they are largely metal

Modern "thin" monitors or TVs are free, but old-fashioned CRT-based monitors or TVs are $5 each.  Extra-large televisions -- requiring two people to carry -- will NOT be accepted.


Community School Coordinator for Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division

Northfield Public Schools (in partnership with the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and a number of local community organizations) is excited to announce the launch of the Greenvale Park Community School initiative this fall. 

Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. A community school’s integrated focus on academics, health & social services, youth & community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. 

The community school partners seek a Community School Coordinator to help lead this ambitious effort.


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and three board positions for high school students, beginning in September 2014.  HCI board members serve three-year terms.

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.” To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information on the HCI Board or to nominate yourself or someone else for the board, please contact HCI at 664-3524 or info@northfieldhci.org.

To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.


Northfield Calls for Flood Volunteers

Sandbagging Volunteers

An email distributed by Northfield Shares this afternoon asks for Northfield-area volunteers to help with sandbagging and other flood-preparation activities. It says:

Urgent Volunteer Alert!

We need YOUR help! The City of Northfield has declared a flood emergency and the river continues to rise, with more rain in the forecast. With two colleges in town and the high school down the street, we can normally mobilize hundreds of volunteers in minutes. However, most of those students are not easily available in the summer, so we're relying on citizens like you.


HealthFinders Collaborative awarded $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota

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HealthFinders Collaborative has recently received a  $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help eligible low-income Minnesotans access health care coverage in Rice County. The funds will be used to support Health Finders patient advocates in enrolling patients for MNsure and other outreach programs as well as coordinating efforts for patients across the county.

The HealthFinders Collaborative grant is one of 12 awarded across the state to help more people access the services they are eligible to receive through MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance.


NORTHFIELD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY TO HOST 2014 GOLF CLASSIC ON JUNE 2

NRC Golf Classic at Northfield Golf Club on June 2

Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) welcomes the community to participate in its 8th Annual NRC Golf Classic at Northfield Golf Club on Monday, June 2. The NRC Golf Classic is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Northfield Retirement Community Foundation and provides support for the NRC mission of providing premier housing and care services to older adults.

Event organizer and NRC Vice President of Long Term Care Operations Tom Nielsen shared, “The NRC Golf Classic is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a chance to show support for the mission of NRC while enjoying a friendly day of golf in the company of good friends and community members.


St. Olaf publishes new data on activities of recent graduates

Members of the St. Olaf College Class of 2013 leave last year’s commencement ceremony.

Newly published data on what St. Olaf College students who graduated in 2013 are doing in their first year away from the Hill show that 73 percent of students in the report are employed or involved in full-time service work, and another 24 percent are pursuing further education.

The newest data, available in a searchable online database, includes information on 91 percent of the Class of 2013. The information is gathered through a survey and follow-up inquiries the college makes each year to determine what graduates have gone on to do immediately after leaving St. Olaf.

Top employers of students who graduated in 2013 include Epic Systems Corporation, Target Corporation, and St. Olaf. Most students pursuing service opportunities are with Americorps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and Teach for America.


Save the Northfield Depot Receives $10,000 Matching Grant

Save the Northfield Depot co-chair, Lynn Vincent, announced this week that they have received $10,000 in matching funds. A successful matching of these funds will put the total amount raised to $143,000 toward the $293,000 goal to move and renovate the 1888 depot for public use. They are asking the public to take advantage of this opportunity to double the value of their contribution in helping reach the goal.

The city-owned land where the depot will be moved lies between the roofless freight building and the Quarterback Club property and is currently blighted with brush, weeds, trash, and parked semis. The pictured future site plan will create a hub of activity and promote economic development in the area.


Local Volunteer Reports on Rice County MNsure Participation

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As the program was gearing up last fall, several people in Rice County volunteered to become trained certified Navigators to help people through the process of enrolling in MNsure, the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act. Northfielder Joan Janusz is one of those volunteers and is providing this report on the work done in Rice County. She also explains how continuing enrollment is available to certain people between the March 31 end of the previous enrollment period and the next period in November


Food Truck Tuesday is Coming to Northfield!

An exciting option for good food and hanging out is coming to a church near you!  Starting May 6, come to the First United Church of Christ parking lot at 300 Union Street on Tuesdays between 11am–1pm to pick up a tasty, affordable lunch from a different food truck each week. See friends, have a picnic on our lawn, and sample some fun new eats! 


Northfield Reads Gears Up

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Northfield Reads is a new community initiative to encourage people from across the community to come together to talk, to share ideas, to connect, and to open themselves to new perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections within the community. 

Northfield Reads events will be offered twice a year, often in conjunction with another community event.  Readings will be made available in various ways and locations. The program is being sponsored by several area groups:  Northfield Human Rights Commission, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, Arcadia Charter School, and Northfield Public Library. The first Northfield Reads will be offered on May 18th.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more information.


Sr Center Offers Special Bird Watching Opportunity, May 9

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On May 9, Gene Bauer will lead a group through the Riverbend Nature Center area looking especially for migratory birds.  This is an optimal time for birding, as this is the peak time for birds on their way north for the summer to pass through the area.  


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