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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.


Holiday gift to our public library!

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Looking for that gift that keeps giving to children, teens, young adults, older adults and seniors? Consider a donation to the Northfield Public Library improvement project, which can be in the form of cash, pledges for 2015 and 2016, all tax deductible, and appreciated stocks.
 
Go to the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library website, www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org and click on "Capital Campaign."
 
If you borrow a book from the library this week, insert a note about your donation in honor of the recipient, wrap it and give it to them on December 25, the recipient can read your note and the book and still return it within the three-week loan period.  You’ll feel good about the donation, they’ll enjoy the book, and the library will benefit all around!
 
 

NJP Accepting Applications for 2015 Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship

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Anyone who has dreamed of visiting Palestine/Israel may be excited by an upcoming travel opportunity. Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is accepting applications from area residents for its 2015 Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 1, 2015.

In the belief that the best way to understand the realities of the conflict in Palestine/Israel is to visit the place itself, NJP established the Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship in 2012. It did so in honor of one of its founding and most committed members, long-time Northfield resident Ruth Hansen, in recognition of her decades of advocacy for peace and justice in the Middle East.

This is the second time NJP will award the scholarship. The first recipients, in 2013, were Soraya Dangor and Graison Chapman.


Rice County Mental Health Collective Offers Programs

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The Rice County Mental Health Collective announces two new opportunities for assistance with mental health. The Collective strives to promote good mental health through education and support. To that goal, two programs are scheduled.

The NAMI Family Support Group provides ongoing support, information and resources for families and friends with mental illness. It meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning on December 2, 2014 at the Northfield Community Resource Center, Room 222, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield.


E-Recycling December 6 at First UCC

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Bring your unwanted electronics and appliances THIS COMING Saturday, December 6, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St.

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

The following items will be accepted at no charge:

-- Computers (desktops, towers, laptops)

-- iPads, Kindles, other tablets, and smartphones.

-- Small printers

-- Network equipment (modems, routers)

-- Stereos

-- Radios

-- Phones

-- Cables

-- Other electronics

-- Dehumidifiers

-- Microwave ovens

-- Small air conditioners

-- Toasters

-- Very small refigerators

-- Other small appliances if they are largely metal

If weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled. 


First UCC to dedicate solar panels

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Northfield’s First United Church of Christ (UCC) is reducing its carbon footprint.

Earlier this month, it activated 39 solar panels installed on the roof of its 19th century brick church on the corner of Third and Union streets. The panels will prevent the release of 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, while reducing the congregation’s electricity costs by almost 50 percent.

The congregation will dedicate the solar panels and affirm its commitment to ecological stewardship with a special worship service Sunday, Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Every one is welcome.


Northfield Hospice to Create Tree of Remembrance

Northfield Hospice invites you to pay tribute to someone special in your life and make the season brighter by adding lights to its “Tree of Remembrance.”

Kathy Blomquist, Director of Northfield Hospice, said a decorated tree at Northfield Hospital will symbolize gratitude for those who have meaning to us and have made a difference in our lives.

“This can serve as a memorial to someone you miss, a tribute to a special person in your life or a “thank you” for service or kindness,” she said.

Individuals and families can purchase a single light for $10 or a string of lights for $100. Funds raised from this event will be used in the hospice program to support those with life-limiting illnesses. Forms are available at Northfield Homecare & Hospice, 700 Division, or online at northfieldhospital.org/services/hospice.


E-Cycling November 1

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Bring your unwanted electronics and appliances THIS COMING Saturday, November 1, from 10 A.M. until noon, to the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. 

The following items will be accepted at no charge:

-- Computers (desktops, towers, laptops)

-- Small printers


DJJD Committee Contributes to Breast Cancer Center

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Several members of the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee presented a check to staff members of the Northfield Breast Care Center in the amount of $5,000.00. Funds raised were part of a new campaign spearheaded by a handful of DJJD Committee members. The new campaign titled ‘Give Cancer the Boot’ began efforts to raise funds this past summer and continued through the DJJD Celebration the weekend after Labor Day. Funds were collectively raised due to local sponsors, sales of t-shirts, a silent auction held at Froggy Bottoms River Pub, and good will donations collected at the DJJD Rodeo performances. All funds raised were donated to the Breast Care Center.


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.


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