A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michelle
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Updates for downtown bars and restaurants

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 9:44pm

With restaurants, bars, and other eateries poised to re-open on June 1, the City of Northfield is asking local businesses to submit their plans to the Community Development office, especially regarding outdoor seating and service:

“Businesses considering outdoor service areas, should prepare detailed plans for their outdoor space and include accurate and scaled measurements of tables, chair locations, aisle widths, perimeter dimensions and access controls for outdoor service. For downtown businesses that may want to include use of public right-of-way, they should prepare plans that include these details and clearly identify the space they may need for viable operations, while still maintaining access for other businesses.”

Check out the full press release here for more info, and we’ll see you Downtown soon!

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Announcing Artists on Main Street 2020-2021!

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:13am

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC), the Northfield Arts Guild, and the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) are pleased to announce the next round of the Artists on Main Street program!

For more information about the 2020-2021 program, please see this info sheet.  You can also download this year’s application here.  Applications are due by July 17th and projects must be complete by May 31, 2021.   An informational webinar will be held on Friday, June 5th from 11:30am-1:30pm for anyone interested in learning more about the program.  More details about the webinar will be shared soon in an event on NDDC’s Facebook page.

The NDDC was selected in Fall 2018 to participate in the Artists on Main Street program (AOMS), a three-year community development initiative offered through Rethos: Places Reimagined and Springboard for the Arts, with support from the Bush Foundation. The program explores the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation by investing in “creative placemaking” projects within a defined area of a community.  Creative placemaking has many different definitions, but could be simply described as using art and other creative activities to make positive physical, economic, and social impacts within a particular place or community.

The overarching goals of Northfield’s program include:

  • Providing art and creative placemaking experiences that draw people to shop, dine and connect in Downtown Northfield;
  • Enhancing the downtown’s aesthetics through the creativity of our local artists;
  • Utilizing the arts as a springboard for improving diversity and inclusiveness in Downtown Northfield across all cultures.

Northfield’s first year of involvement (2019) in the program was a rousing success, with ten projects funded under the theme of Connections/Conexiónes – highlighting the physical and cultural divides that too often get in the way of a thriving community.  These projects included musical performances, poetry readings, spoken word events, pop-up art installations, and one large cement shark.

In this second year of Northfield’s program, we are looking to support creative placemaking projects under the theme: “Visions of Northfield’s Future.”  Artists and creatives can apply for up to $10,000 to support projects that might, for example, address concepts such as evolving demographics and increasing cultural diversity; climate change or the environment/ nature in general; the impact of technology and digital life on physical communities; or many others besides.  We encourage all applicants to think broadly and make a case for your vision.  Preference will be given to projects that embody a positive vision of the future, in accordance with the principles of creative placemaking – think of adjectives such as welcoming, delightful, whimsical, thought-provoking, and so on.

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Upcoming webinars of interest

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 8:35am

Perhaps a small silver lining of the current situation is the growth in free resources on all kinds of interesting and useful subjects.  Check out a few of these that are coming up soon:

May 20th from 1-2pm     For those interested in historic preservation and property development, Erin Hanafin Berg (Rethos: Places Reimagined) will be a featured panelist on an upcoming webinar highlighting the challenges and opportunities of working within historic districts.

June 16th, 9am-12:15pm     For small businesses and other organizations, marketing is more important now than ever.  The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has organized a training called “Make Marketing Matter” for individuals seeking competitive advantages in this time of change and uncertainty.

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Staying safe in our “new normal”

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 6:39am

Even with the Governor’s stay-at-home order lifting tomorrow, there remain many questions about how we as a community can safely resume our day-to-day activities.  There are many great resources out there for businesses, employees, and communities to consider, but we wanted to share at least a few here that we found to be interesting and helpful.  Check them out and be well!

From MN DEED: Safely reopening and returning to work: What businesses and workers need to know

From MN Retailers’ Association: Guidelines For Retailers Re-Opening

From Main Street America: Reopening Safely: Helpful Tips for Community Leaders and Small Business Owners

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Help us support local businesses!

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 7:28pm

#GiveAtHomeMN is almost over (midnight Friday!), and we’re close to our $2,500 goal to support small downtown businesses in this time of great uncertainty and challenge.

If you are able, please consider a donation to help these businesses survive, adapt, and transition into the future.

Check out our previous post or the donation page for more information about this important initiative!

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Downtown Business Blitz for #GiveAtHomeMN

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 2:30pm

Last month the NDDC partnered with Rethos: Places Reimagined to award $4,000 in micro-grants to several Downtown Northfield MN businesses in response to the current COVID-19 crisis. As great as this outcome was, we were overwhelmed with applications for support; business need exceeded supply and some businesses that applied did not receive the financial support they sought.

So, in conjunction with GiveMN’s #GiveAtHomeMN campaign, we’ve created a “downtown business blitz” fundraiser with a goal of raising an additional $2,500 to supplement the initial Rethos funding and support the worthy businesses that were not selected in the first round. If we exceed our goal, we’ll look at opening up an additional round for businesses to apply for support.

Small businesses are the heart and soul of our downtown and we know that many in our community are looking for ways they can help. Every dollar raised from this campaign will go directly back into the Downtown Northfield MN business community. And every donation received through GiveMN between May 1-8 will enter the NDDC into hourly and daily drawings for bonus gifts directly to this fundraising campaign!

With your gift of $25, $50, or whatever amount is right for you, we can continue delivering on the NDDC’s mission to ensure a vibrant and vital downtown Northfield–now and as we move through the days, months, and years ahead.

Click here to donate now through the GiveMN portal, and thank you for your ongoing support of Downtown Northfield!


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Why Community Matters: Share Your Talents

Laura Baker Services Association - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 10:01am

This is the fifth and final segment of the radio series called, Why Community Matters. In partnership with KYMN Radio, several community members tell their stories on how they’ve contributed to and been affected by Laura Baker.

Community members can get involved to help Laura Baker, whether that’s through volunteering your time or your talents. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be involved in a formal program or dedicate an extraordinary amount of time in order to be a part of the solution.

Teri Knight from KYMN interviews Rob Hardy, who is a Northfield poet laureate and is doing a poetry collaboration with Laura Baker clients; Angie Ekern, a local artist; and Mike and Kenna Schulz, who are longtime donors and have been involved with Laura Baker over the years in many ways.


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2020 season on hold

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:44am

At this time, the Dundas Dukes season and all of Minnesota amateur town baseball seasons are on hold due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Dukes and MN Baseball are continuing to monitor the state and city guidelines and will resume play when it is safe for the players, fans, and personnel.

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Why Community Matters: Stronger Together

Laura Baker Services Association - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:11am

This is the fourth segment of the radio series called, Why Community Matters. In partnership with KYMN Radio, several community members tell their stories on how they’ve contributed to and been affected by Laura Baker.

Partnerships between community organizations address gaps and improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as help the community overall.

The Community Action Center is a nonprofit organization in Northfield that helps people meet their most basic needs, such as providing them with food or helping them find housing and employment. The Community Action Center and Laura Baker are rallying together to address employment challenges in the community through an innovative cross-staffing pilot that provides wraparound support and services to employees of Laura Baker.

Teri Knight from KYMN interviews Scott Wopata, who is the executive director of the Community Action Center, and Anika Rychner, who is the program director at the Community Action Center.


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Why Community Matters: Home Sweet Home

Laura Baker Services Association - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 12:06pm

This is the third segment of the radio series called, Why Community Matters. In partnership with KYMN Radio, several community members tell their stories on how they’ve contributed to and been affected by Laura Baker.

Laura Baker believes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve to have a choice in how they live in the community with others. One size does not fit all in terms of housing; some may only need support for a few hours a week, while others may require 24 hours per day of support. Not only are housing options a challenge, waiting lists for housing has tripled, according to the Case for Inclusion Report 2019.

Teri Knight from KYMN interviews Lee and Vicki Dilley, who have an adult son with autism living at home with them; and Randy and Lynn Miland, who have an adult daughter living at home with them.


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