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YMCA announces full slate of fall programs

YMCA program guide The Northfield Area Family YMCA may not have its own building yet, but it is working throughout the community to offer it first full slate of fall programs for people of all ages, from toddlers to teens to parents and grandparents.

Core training, basketball, youth sports and even wee ones flag football are among the offerings in sports and fitness. And if you think camping is just for summer, there will be a long-weekend camping trip over MEA weekend. Teens can join in a model United Nations, hang with friends on teen nights or help plan other activities. Families can help organiza Y Guides groups and participate in other events together.

Tour de Nick - Raise Awareness for S.A.V.E

Aug 12 2007 1:00 pm
Aug 12 2007 5:00 pm

tour de nick logoPlease join the 5th annual Tour de Nick bicycle ride. Four ride lengths are available, 10, 25, 35 and 55 miles. There will be a mass start leaving Mike's Bikes with the first 2 miles a ride of silence. The ride is to raise awareness and good will donations for SAVE , Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. Executive Director of SAVE , Dr Dan Reidenberg plans on attending and riding the 10 mile loop.

Give Your Old NSA Soccer Uniforms A Second Life

Do you have a used Northfield Soccer Association uniform that sits unused in a drawer? If so, by donating the uniform to a school in Thailand you can give it a second life and make a deserving child happy.

I am collecting NSA soccer uniforms (shirts, shorts, and/or socks), shin guards, coach's shirts, cleats, and balls to give to underfunded schools in northeastern Thailand. Last year Northfielders donated over 250 individual uniforms (and another 275 old traveling team uniforms from the NSA) to children in Thailand. These uniforms were sorted by color and then given to public schools to use for their volleyball and soccer teams. Any uniforms collected this year will supplement the uniforms already donated.

At any point from now through Labor Day you can drop off your donation at the following locations:

Just Food Co-op
516 S. Water Street (look for red box by the entrance)

The Goerwitz House
203 Woodley Street W (near Spring Street--okay to leave on porch)

Dukes race past Greyhounds 5-1

The Dundas Dukes continued their winning and hitting ways by slugging out 15 hits for the third straight game beating the Austin Greyhounds 5-1.

Eddie Hagberg was tremendous on the mound for the Dukes limiting the Greyhounds to three hits and one run through seven innings. Doug Sylvester came in with one on and no outs in the eighth inning and struck out the side. He also got through the ninth allowing no hits or runs.

Full story + box score available on the Dundas Dukes website .

Additional swimming lessons offered

swimmers Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division is offering an additional session of swimming lessons for Levels 1 and 2, Aqua Tots, and Starfish. These lessons will be held on Saturday mornings, July 21 - August 18 at the Northfield Outdoor Pool. For more information on class times or to register, stop at the Community Services office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at 1651 Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, call 507-664-3649, or visit our website at and follow the Community Services links.

Erin Mayberry is the recreation coordinator for the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division.

Church "all-star" softball game to benefit Community Action Center

ballThe Northfield Church Softball League is going to bat for the Northfield Community Action Center. Funds raised at its 18th annual all-star game Sunday, July 15, will be donated to the CAC. Game time is 2 p.m. at Babcock Park.

The league hopes to raise $6,500.00 this year. Each of the 16 teams will send two players to the event. Each team will be collecting cash and food donations. Several local banks and businesses are offering matching funds for this event.

John Frederick, commissioner of the Northfield Church Softball League, said the summer months are the time of year when the CAC has its greatest need, especially for the Northfield Food Shelf.

Dukes top Knights 3-2 in 10 innings in annual Independence Day game

100 1059The Dundas Dukes completed a season sweep of the Northfield Knights by beating them 3-2 in an exciting Fourth of July game at Dundas. Leading 1-0 the Dukes gave up two runs in the fourth inning when starter Jeff Deuth walked the first two batters and gve up a bunt single to Luke Teske, which was also the first hit of the game. Picha lined a single off Deuth's glove for the first run and Mike Wickman hit a deep fly to center that was dropped scoring the second run. It could have been worse for the Dukes, however, as they threw Teske out at the plate Moore to Maus to McDermott. The second time that combo has worked in as many games. The Dukes tied the score 2-2 in the sixth and Deuth and Jeremy Kruse battled until the tenth.

Summer Recreation Opportunites Galore!!

girl with volleyballNow that school is out, it is time to get registered for some great summer recreation activities. Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division still has openings in the following programs for children and youth: Little League Softball, Little League Baseball, Tennis Lessons, Volleyball Boot Camp, Basketball Camps, Raider Football Mini-Camp, SUPER Kids, Adaptive SUPER Kids, Tae Kwon Do, Summer Track Program, Northfield Volleyball Youth Team Camp, Lacrosse, Youth Soccer Program, Wiggle & Giggle, Skyhawks Multi-Sport Camps, Art Programs, Family Tennis Fun and Swimming Lessons.

Minnetonka wins Dundas Baseball Tournament, Dukes drop two

The annual Dundas Invitational Baseball Tournaments was held this last weekend at Memorial Field in Dundas. Minnetonka made it seem easy, winning all three games by a combined score of 36-6. This is their third consecutive DIBT championship.

The Dukes dropped both games they played and did not place. A full recap of all the scores and box scores from the Dukes games available by clicking here.

Dundas Dukes beat rival Northfield Knights 6-3 in annual Memorial Day matchup

Dukes Screenshot The Dundas Dukes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and held on to beat the Northfield Knights 6-3 in their annual Memorial Day rivalry. A full recap including box score is available on the Dundas Dukes website. The Dukes and the Knights will meet again on July 4th in Dundas at 2 p.m.

The next game for the Dukes is Wednesday against Stewartville-Racine in Dundas. The next game for the Knights is Friday vs. Prescott.

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This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere - May 15th, 2007

The 'Sphere, she is back. We're converted to 100% recycled electrons and washed our 'Destroy Entropy' t-shirt - it gets so dirty so quickly...

The Northfield Construction Company has a picture-filled post detailing their work on laying the foundation for the third First National Bank branch...

The workers need to carefully compact soils around the water and storm water piping to ensure there is no floor or pavement settlement in the building or parking lots. We also took delivery of the reinforcing steel for the foundation. This gets to be quite a pile of steel----all specially bent to match the requirements of the foundation.

The Rotblatt Mystery

We got a letter from someone in Ohio the other day via our contact form, and this is what it asked:

I was curious as to when the Rotblatt Softball game takes place each year in your town. Thank you for any info you can provide…

Say what? Rotblatt? I've lived here going on seven years now and I've never heard of it. A little Googling revealed...

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Track Tournament May 19

The Area 10 Track & Field Competition for Special Olympics will be held in Northfield on Saturday, May 19 at Carleton College. Approximately 350 athletes from 11 southeastern Minnesota counties will participate in this event. Events include the running long jump, standing long jump, shot put, high jump, softball/ tennis ball throw, runs, walk, wheelchair events and pentathlon.

It takes approximately 125 volunteers to put this one-day event on and YOUR help is needed. Volunteers help as escorts, measurers, caller/recorder, retrievers, etc. The competition starts at 9:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies and concludes by 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. You will receive a t-shirt and lunch is provided for those who work all day. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Lori by email at If you have any questions, please call Robin 507-646-4155.

Baseball storytelling at the Grand - Video from April 12, 2007

A few weeks ago, there was a big event - "Baseball Storytelling" at the Grand Event center, with a veritable 'Who's Who' of Northfield baseball:

  • Ron Gardner
  • Peter Maus
  • Sandy Johnson
  • Bardwell Smith
  • Jim Dimick
  • Mike Allen
  • Chuck Engel
  • Jack Thurnblad
  • Bill Nelson

It's been converted to DVD and full-color, hi-res copies are available from the Northfield Historical Society. They've also been gracious enough to allow us to post it online here.

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