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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.


HealthFinders Shoe Drive. Ever try working out in sandals? Not Good. Donate your gently used athletic shoes to patients who need them!

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Many underserved members of our HealthFinders community have been exercising in inadequate footwear, resulting in painful and expensive injuries! Especially affected are Somali women, who work out in sandals very similar to flip-flops. Imagine running on a treadmill in sandals!


Huebner Joins First National Bank of Northfield Board of Directors

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First National Bank of Northfield announced today the addition of Paul J. Huebner to its Board of Directors. For the past five years, Huebner has been working with the senior management team and board of First National and its holding company, Heywood Bancshares, in the areas of strategic planning and information technology consulting.

Huebner is the founder and a partner of Congruiti, LLC, a company that helps businesses and nonprofits leverage their strengths and use technology to better serve customers, save money and grow. Prior to starting his own business, he served as senior vice president and chief information officer of UNIFI Companies, Inc., a diversified insurance and financial services company with $17 billion in assets. Previously, Huebner worked for IBM Corporation, where he was a sales representative, business process consultant, project manager and consulting practice executive.

Free E-Recycling Saturday October 4

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Carl Henry announces that the next free pickup of old electronics and appliances will be Saturday October 4 from 10 to noon at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street.

He emphasizes that NO televisions or computer monitors with bulky CRT tubes will be accepted this time.

Questions: carlfhenry@gmail.com


Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.


TORCH awarded College Ready Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

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The start of the new school year brought news of an exciting wave of additional resources for Northfield students.  The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative was among the 10 recipients of the $1.3 million in College Ready grants awarded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. A $55,660 grant will fund rigorous extracurricular instruction in math and English to help 56 Northfield high school juniors and seniors ultimately pass college-level courses.  The 56 students will be members of the TORCH cohort, which serves youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees.


Northfield HCI Seeks Entries for Youth Video PSA Contest

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There's still time for local youth to enter the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative's 2014 video PSA contest. Entries on the topic "Who or What Inspires You?" should be created and submitted to the HCI office (1651 W. Jefferson Parkway, Suite 128) by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. Two $200 cash prizes will be awarded.

The entries will be judged by a panel of youth and community leaders, and a viewer's choice award will be determined by online voting. Voting will take place later in September.

For rules and guidelines, visit the HCI website at www.northfieldhci.org/psacontest.


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

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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.


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