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Submitted by Kathy Ness on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 2:44pm
Each week during the Northfield Public Library's summer reading program kids enter a drawing slip for "reader of the week." The rest of the slips are hung from the library's ceiling to show everyone how many books kids in Northfield are reading. Claire Casson is the first to recieve the honor that comes with a special "I became a reading animal at the Northfield Public Library" t-shirt courtesy of the Friends and Foundation of the Library. All reading children- including those who are read to- can add their books in the special summer reading purple tent in the children's area. Congratulations Claire!
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 11:34am
Northfield Public Safety Director Mark Taylor has issued a statement about sandbags: "Due to the large amount of local rainfall recently, flooding concerns continue. This includes properties along the Cannon River as well as residential areas in the community. The forecasts for the Northfield area continue to include rainfall, potentially large amounts. For those reasons I felt it prudent to put out information on sandbagging for private property owners should they deem it necessary. The attached information includes vendor contact information on sandbags and other supplies. It also includes information on proper sandbagging techniques. I would encourage residents to continue to monitor the weather situation, and to stay informed on current weather and rainfall scenarios."
Submitted by David Gonnerman on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 8:11am
Thursday's rain caused quite a bit of flooding in and around Northfield throughout the evening. Get a sense of what happened from our own Facebook page (including the photo at right of the carcass of the bridge at the Spring Creek Soccer Complex), photos and videos at Patch (from last night and this morning), and the Northfield News. Even Fox and KSTP TV news crews came down for a visit.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 5:53am
The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently seeking nominations for positions on the HCI board. HCI expects to have at least one open adult board position and two board positions for high school students, beginning in September 2012. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations should be received June 30, 2012.
To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.
Submitted by Erin Mayberry on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 2:27pm
School is out ....what are you, your kids, or your grand kids doing this summer? Hang out with Community Services! Community Services has lots of recreation and enrichment opportunities for summer fun. Register today for softball, baseball, lacrosse, swimming lessons, archery, football, volleyball, tennis, SUPER Kids, tae kwon do, fishing, soccer, track, magic classes, art camps and much more.
For registration and information on all of our summer programs, please view the link below, call our office at 507-664-3649, or visit our office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield. Register soon, summer is here!
Online registration and information: https://ssl.dwebsite.com/secure2/ce_northfield/php/public.php
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 8:26am
A Northfield parent who’s been an integral volunteer with the Northfield Youth Choirs for more than a decade is the May 2012 recipient of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.
Mike Paulsen began assisting the organization when his daughter Olivia joined the choir in early elementary school, and he’s taken on additional responsibilities as Olivia and his other daughter, Claire, have grown up in the choirs. During the 2011-12 season, Paulsen served as choir parent to the Troubadours (the boys’ choir), he helped with the Concert Choir (for kids grades 5 and up), and he ran the after-school program, coordinating snacks and activities for participants in the younger choirs.
“If something needs to be done and done well, Mike Paulsen is the man to do it,” said Liz Shepley, NYC artistic director. “He has that rare ability to see what would be helpful in any situation and act on it. He is invaluable to the NYC.”
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 4:21pm
The 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program is created and sponsored by TAB (the Library's Teen Advisory Board)!
This summer, from May 29th through July 26th, read as many books, audiobooks, e-books, graphic novels and other forms of literature as you can. Particpants should be going into 6th grade and up.
For each book you read, write down the title and the number of pages in the log.
You get a prize for the first 300 pages you read every week and will be entered into the weekly drawing. Read 300 additional pages during the week and earn another entry into the drawing.
Weekly prize drawings will be held on Thursdays at 2pm. Prizes include $5 coupons to local shops and Own the Night swag.
On July 26 all entries will be merged into one pool for the GRAND PRIZE drawing.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 11:00pm
As school winds down, it is time to make plans for summer activities. Check out River Bend Nature Center's 2012 Summer Camp Season which begins on June 19 and runs though August. Taking advantage of the over 700 acres of woods, river, ponds and prairie, experienced naturalists direct age appropriate camps for kids from toddlers to 16 year olds. The sessions vary by age level and by theme, so children may participate in multiple sessions which vary in length from 3-hour mornings to full days. There will also be two camps for 10-16 year olds in northern Minnesota. Enrollments are kept low to ensure individual attention. There is a scholarship program available. To see camp descriptions, schedules and fees: http://www.rbnc.org/summercamp/index.htm
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 8:23pm
A Northfield.org reader emailed to ask about clothes recycling in Northfield. She had read a story about Denmark-based group called The Teacher's Group that collects recycled clothing allegedly as part of a money-laundering scam. The story, which you can find here, identifies USAgain as a for-profit subsidiary of the group. USAgain used clothing bins can be found in several locations in Northfield. According to published news reports (from the Lincoln Courier in Nebraska and KIRO-TV in Seattle), USAgain disclaims any connection with The Teacher's Group. Update: In an email to Northfield.org, a representative from USAgain writes: "USAgain is based in Chicago and owned by an American citizen. We have no affiliation whatsoever with the Teacher's Group."
Northfield.org was able to confirm (from looking at the USAgain bins in the Econofoods parking lot, pictured here) that USAgain is up front about being a for-profit venture. Donations to USAgain are not tax deductible. If you have used clothing to donate to charity, here are some other options in Northfield:
Submitted by Scott Richardson on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 3:08pm
The public is invited to tour Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ new Cancer Care & Infusion Center Monday, May 7, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Visitors will have an opportunity to see the new clinic space, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments. Northfield Hospital’s new Sleep Center, the Breast Care Center and the relocated Kaleidoscope gift shop will also be open for tour.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 12:37pm
At their April 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved mini-grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. Funded projects included:
Writers’ Workshop Poetry Book. ARTech students participating in the Writers’ Workshop group are compiling prose and poetry they have authored throughout the school year and are putting it into one publication, a poetry book. Several copies of this journal will be given to the Key and area businesses who have hosted the writers during writing sessions this school year.
Latino Play Festival. Students in the ESL (English as a Second Language) Performing Arts class at Northfield High School have spent the year writing and preparing plays. Planned performances will be held at Carleton College and at the Northfield High School. There will also be special performances for middle school students. Evening performances at the Northfield High School are scheduled for May 11th and 12th.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 7:11am
Rachel Matney and Fritz Bogott are the March/April 2012 recipients of the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” award. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.
After reading reports about the achievement gap in Minnesota and Northfield, Matney started thinking of local solutions. She wondered: are there willing and interested volunteers in Northfield who could be asked to assist in closing this gap?
She approached her husband, Fritz Bogott, with the question, and they sprang into action. They contacted Northfield Public Schools, HCI, St. Olaf College and Carleton College. Bogott reported that from the first meeting, the enthusiasm from the partners was “irrepressible.” A new pilot initiative – Accelerate Northfield – was born, aiming to recruit volunteers to work in the Northfield schools primarily with youth who are struggling academically. Matney and Bogott have played key roles in designing the Accelerate Northfield model and recruiting community volunteers.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 6:58am
The Rice County Dollars and $ense program was featured on the front page of Wednesday’s Northfield News. In case you missed the article, check it out HERE.
The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is proud to partner on this new financial literacy program for local youth. Dollars and $ense is funded by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education through the College Access Challenge Grant Program (a federal program that seeks to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education).
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 12:44pm
NPR station WBUR in Boston has a story today about students at the College of William and Mary attempting to break Carleton's spooning record. The image accompanying the story is from Northfield.org's June 2010 story about Carleton's record, written by Maia Rodriguez. The story, about how the attempt to break the spooning record has diverted attention from Friday's planned "Kony 2012" events on the William and Mary campus, is not entirely complimentary about the "attention span" of college students. What do you think of the story? It should be noted that Carleton's record-breaking feat in 2010 took place on the day before final exams began, and provided a much needed break from the stress of studying for finals.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 2:08pm
Three-year old spayed, healty female needs a new home. Gentle, submissive and shy, she is good with kids, her own cats and well-behaved dogs. She loves to walk in the woods. Her medium length hair is soft, does not tangle and never smells doggy. She is mid-sized, around 40 pounds, house-trained and very sweet. She has done agility training, and clicker training. Loves to work for treats and toys. I am moving, and can’t take her with me. I’m looking for a responsible owner who lives here in Northfield who can adopt her and give her a good home. $50 re-homing fee includes bed, leash, dog bowls, etc.
Call Linda, (507) 581-0925 if you’d like to meet her.