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St. Olaf 'townies' tap trees, pavement

St. Olaf student -- and townie -- Rebecca Carlson outside her sugar shack

Two local Northfielders attending St. Olaf College, Rebecca Carlson and Gus DeMann, currently are featured in separate stories on stolaf.edu. A video story about Carlson shows her hard at work in her on-campus sugar shack as she collects sap from college maple trees and boils it down to syrup. The DeMann story outlines how he's spent the past year juggling work in the classroom, on theatre productions, and at Goodbye Blue Monday in preparation for Monday's Boston Marathon.


NDA Announces it's NEW Summer Camps & Classes!

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Here it is!  Our NEW Summer Program Brochure!

This summer we are excited to offer many summer camps and classes, however we have taken it a step further and gave our curriculum a “face-lift” so as to provide the BEST summer experience for your dancer and receive the BEST value for your money. 

These are not your typical summer camps and classes…  they are the highest quality summer programs around!

Students taking our “classes” will learn dance technique and skills from our top-notch teaching staff.  Students may wish to take summer classes to help them improve or just to learn the basics for fun!  We are even offering a “Family” Zumba! Class in the park for adults and their children!   


Northfield: The Video

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Watch local Northfielders, including pastor -- and noontime basketball star -- Will Healy (in photo), talk about why Northfield is so great in the new Get to Know Northfield! video series produced by Blue Moon Productions of St. Paul. The series includes nine “webisodes” featuring stories about Northfield's people, places, and qualities.

Funded by a number of local organizations and businesses, the videos are intended to introduce Northfield to people in their 30s and 40s. Northfielders are encouraged to promote the videos via social media.

"When I first moved here it was summer," Katie Helgen, a doctor at Northfield Medical Center, says in one segment. "So everybody was outside all the time in their yards, kids were in town on their bikes, and I really felt like I had moved to Mayberry."


Hula Hoop Fitness

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Think you can’t hoop? Now you can with this unique, manufactured, adult-sized, three-pound hula hoop. In the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division Hula Hoop Fitness class, you will utilize the hoop for a great cardio dance workout, along with yoga mat exercises to tone and stretch.

The class is held Monday evenings, April 11 - May 2 from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. in the Greenvale Park Elementary gym. You will need a mat, supportive aerobic shoes and clothes to sweat in. For more information or to register please view the website www.nfld.k12.mn.us (following the Community Services links), call 507-664-3649, or visit the office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield.


Youth Hockey Tournament coming up in March

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Announcing the 2011 Spring Classic 3x3 Cross-Ice Youth Hockey Tournament!  March 12 & 13 at the Northfield Ice Area.  There are boys and girls divisions from u8/mites to Highschool varsity. There is a $70 per team entrance fee.  For more details and registration forms go to http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/parksandrec/arena

For more details and information email allison.watkins@ci.northfield.mn.us


Northfield boxer wins pro championship

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Northfield resident Vincente Alfaro won the Bantamweight Championship of Minnesota (complete with a championship belt) in Duluth Saturday. Alvaro is trained by Northfielder Gordon Marino.

"To the delight of a capacity crowd of about 1,200 for 'Clash at the Clyde,' the eight-round bantamweight bout went the distance, with Alfaro winning the slugfest with a majority decision, 78-74, 75-78, 78-74. 'We had seen (Eyer) fight before, so we knew it was going to be a battle,' said Alfaro, a former highly touted Mexican amateur who gave up his boxing dreams to pursue work in Minnesota nearly 10 years ago. 'But I could tell as the fight went on that he was getting tired, and as he got tired, I gained confidence.'" (In photo: Trainer Gordon Marino congratulates Vincente Alfaro after a 2010 match in St. Paul.)


YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Announced: Doug Antoine

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The Northfield YMCA is very pleased to announce the YMCA 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award to Doug Antoine.  Doug and his family moved to Northfield the summer of 2007.  He has always been active in youth programs, volunteering his time and talent to programs ranging from youth sports to youth band.  When we first arrived in Northfield, he began volunteering as a coach for the Northfield Baseball Association and soon found himself in all sorts of programs coaching from basketball to volleyball and much more.  It is a pleasure to award the YMCA Volunteer Award to someone who demonstrates the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Doug is a true role model. 

Pictured:  L-to-R:  Virginia Kaczmarek, Y Executive Director, Doug Antoine, Pat Murtha, Y Board Member & Emily Monaghan, Y Board Member.


Wall Street Journal checks out Zoom! Yah! Yah!

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This year's annual Zoom! Yah! Yah! indoor marathon at St. Olaf attracted the attention of Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer Kevin Helliker. "A new badge of hardship is gaining popularity among marathoners," he writes in "Another Round? Indoor Marathons Keep Athletes Running in Circles."

"It's no longer so exceptional to have completed extra-long marathons, extra-hard ones or extra-large numbers of the 26.2-mile race. So the latest thing is to run a marathon that's extra dull."

Helliker notes perspectives from participants and observers, including the unique value of a marathon that begins with the letter "Z."

(And be sure to read the WSJ story's reader comments.)


Bring a Friend to Skating Day

skatersOn Sunday, Jan 16, the Northfield Skating School welcomed dozens of new skaters to the Northfield Arena with our annual Bring a Friend Day. Parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends enjoyed a lesson with an NSS coach and some time to learn new skills with their friends.

See more photos.


Announcing Skating School/Community Services Partnership and Session 3 Registration

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We have an exciting announcement! Effective now with Session 3 registration, the Northfield Skating School will be partnering with the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division. NSS will continue to offer the same high quality skating programs, U.S. Figure Skating curriculum, professional staff, and parent meetings. However, registration will now be handled directly through Community Services instead of through NSS staff.

Under the Community Services umbrella, we will be able to offer classes at a slightly lower cost and to promote our programs more widely throughout the community. Skaters will also be able to register online with a credit card – no more sending checks to the NSS post office box! Be on the lookout for the Community Services brochure in your mail box.


Registration Now Open for Northfield Rotary Club Turkey Trot

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The Northfield Rotary Club will hold its annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2010. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Northfield Golf Club, 707 Prairie Street in Northfield. Registration for pre-registered and same day registrations opens at 8 a.m. Each of the first 250 registrants will receive a commemorative long sleeve t-shirt. The cost to participants is $12 prior to November 19 and $15 after that date.  All proceeds from this year's Turkey Trot will benefit the Northfield Rotary Club's service projects, including support for the Northfield Union of Youth (Key) and Rotary International's polio project.

For a downloadable registration form, visit the Northfield Rotary Club seb site at http://northfieldrotary.org/.

For more information about the event, please contact Michael Lane at 507/581-o543 or by email at lane@rconnect.com.


Attention Child Care Providers - Lean On Us!

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We are here to support you!  The United Providers Association (UPA) is a local organization of child care professionals in the Northfield/Dundas area working for the betterment of child care related issues.  

We pride ourselves in providing support and networking to all child care providers.  

For $25 a year - benefits include:

a) access to our free referral program;

b) local, FREE training for your ongoing licensure requirements;

c) ability to participate in the Y’s Healthy Champs program;

d) low cost CPR/First Aid training;

e) and business advice from other experienced providers. 

Join by Nov 15thand receive a SwagBAGofGOODIES.  Sign up on the YMCA’s website (www.northfieldymca.org) or call Cindy Graff at 507-650-2905.


Y School's Out Day Trips Planned - Join Us!

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Enroll your K-3rd grade child for a fun filled day of trips, games, crafts, activities, friends and MORE!

This full day program is offered when local schools are not in session.

Dress to be active, bring a bag lunch. Trips every day! Costs includes all costs to include field trip, admission, 2 snacks a day and all program supplies. Program is small by design so join us for some YMCA fun!


YMCA 5K Fall Classic (run/walk) and Kids Fun Run & Obstacle Course

ymca logoNorthfield YMCA Fall Classic 5K and Kids Fun Run & Obstacle Course!

When: Saturday, October 16

  • Registration: 7:30-9am
  • Race Time: 9am (families, kids, neighbors - all welcome to join!)

What: 5K (3.1 miles)

Location:  Riverside / Lions Park Pavilion (700 Poplar Street), Northfield MN

Youth Fun Run: 10:15am (FREE - no registration necessary) Fun Run is for ages 3-8 and includes a fun obstacle course. All Kids Get a Pumpkin, while supplies last!


Register Now for Winter Skating Classes (November-January)

Register now for winter classes with the Northfield Skating School! We offer skating classes for all abilities and skating goals, including beginners through adults and aspiring hockey players. We are a U.S. Figure Skating model program and encourage participation, enjoyment, and achievement in skating by fostering a positive and challenging learning environment. 

This session's programs include group and private lessons, power/edge class, spin class, off-ice strength & stretch, practice ice, Santa Skate, and Bring a Friend Day.


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