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Support Local Dancers - Fundraiser at Northfield Dance Academy on February 2

dancersCompetition Teams from Northfield Dance Academy will be selling products from Schwan's in the Northfield Dance Academy parking lot on February 2 from 1:00pm-8:30pm.

The fundraiser will raise money for their trip to Nationals in Chicago this summer.

Items will be available to take home immediately!

We appreciate any help you can offer and thank you in advance!

Healthy Rice County: Achieving Wellness in the Workplace Coalition Forming to Help Worksites with Employee Wellness

Rice County Public Health is pleased to introduce Healthy Rice County: Achieving Wellness in the Workplace.

The purpose of Achieving Wellness in the Workplace is to engage employers in developing or enhancing worksite wellness. The goal is to build a culture of health at the workplace that supports healthy behaviors. A team of wellness experts will provide consultation through two new employer coalitions for both the Faribault area and the Northfield area.

Employers are being recruited now to participate. Whether your organization has an employee wellness program in place or is new to this type of work – you are invited to learn more and participate. The project runs from early 2010 through June 2011. The registration deadline is February 26, 2010.

YMCA Looking for Good Candidates for Part Time Worksite Wellness Specialist

Northfield Area Family YMCAThe Northfield Area Family YMCA seeks a part time "Worksite Wellness Specialist." The deadline for applications is January 29th, 2010.

A new collaborative effort between Rice County Public Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Northfield Area Family YMCA has been established to create two worksite wellness coalitions with employers in Rice County. The purpose of this project is to build a culture of health in the workplace supportive of healthy behaviors including physical activity, proper nutrition and tobacco use cessation. This program is funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and takes place from early 2010 through June 2011 with a possibility of further funding.

Register NOW for Northfield Dance Academy's 8-week Session!

Register NOW for Northfield Dance Academy's 8-week Session!  Classes begin January 20th.  See flyer for more information!  Classes fill fast!  For more details, visit, or call 507-645-4068.

St. Dominic School Takes Part in Kwik Trip Gift Card Fundraiser

St.Dominic School is selling Kwik Trip Gift cards. The gift cards come in various denomination levels from $10 - $100 and are good at all Kwik Trip locations. Consumers buy the gift cards at face value and St. Dominic School retains ten percent (10%) of the gift card value.

Kwik Trip gift cards make great stocking stuffers or gifts for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and more!

Gift cards may be purchased at St. Dominic School, at the Parish Center (216 N. Spring St.) or in the social hall after weekend Mass. For more information please call St. Dominic School at (507) 645-8136.


Just Food Turns Five! Celebrate with cake and in-store specials.

just food co-opJust Food Co-op is celebrating five years of business this week - an accomplishment for not only the store itself but for the whole community. As a co-op, Just Food is equally owned by nearly 1,900 local households.

Those owners, as well as the many shoppers who are not yet owners, have supported their co-op for the past five years. It’s thanks to that support that Just Food recently posted its first profitable year.

Although the store opened its doors five years ago, the work started years before that. In the spring of 2002, there was an initial meeting to gauge interest in the idea of a community co-op. For the next two years, more people got involved and volunteered for everything from promotion and membership to organizing the writing of bylaws and the conduction a feasibility study.

By the time the doors opened on December 15, 2004, there were 750 owners who had invested. This community was ripe for a cooperatively owned venture, and for a store where local farmers could sell their products to community members. Access to local food was an important part of the reason that this store opened in the first place, and Just Food’s commitment to local food and local farmers continues today.

Volunteer opportunities with the Riverwalk Arts Quarter and Riverwalk Market Faire

riverwalk arts quarterRiverwalk Arts Quarter and Riverwalk (Summer Saturday) Market Faire have plenty of volunteer opportunities.

We are in need of talented and hard working Northfielders to get to work right after the Holidays so we can create the wonderful 'arts, eats and entertainment' activities we've planned for the riverwalk beginning in May 2010.

Give the gift of yourself!

The Riverwalk Arts Quarter website to find all the details about volunteer opportunities.

Donate a Toy to a Child at Northfield Toys for Tots Dropoff Locations

toys for totsToys for Tots has, over the last 62 years, provided more than 400 million toys to over 188 million children. Several Northfield businesses are participating this year, and Winter Walk is a great time to donate a new, unwrapped toy at a local drop off.

Your donation location options include:

Cannon Valley Vet Retail Store - 1200 South Highway 3 - donators will receive 15% off any one item now through December 18th.

Sweet Peas Loft - 220 Division Street - taking donations through December 12th and offering a 10% discount for people who donate during Winter Walk.

The Garage - 18 Bridge Square - taking donations during Winter Walk from 6 to 9 PM.

Turkey Skate and Skating School Registration Sunday

Join us this Sunday 11/22 at the Northfield Arena. Open skating is FREE from 3:15 - 4:45 if you bring a bag of non-perishable food or make a cash donation to the Northfield Food Shelf. Rental skates are available for $3. Skate Drive donations accepted at the pro shop window.

Join us at the turkey crafts table and register for Northfield Skating School lessons (deadline Monday 11/23).

More information at or contact the Northfield Ice Arena at (507) 645-6556.

Be Local … Buy Local in the Northfield Area

There’s no better time than now to support the area in which you live! The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce together with the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) are kicking-off a community-wide awareness campaign effective immediately to promote “buying local” in the Northfield area.

The Riverwalk Arts Quarter launched

The Riverwalk Arts Quarter began as a concept of a handful of artists and arts services businesses and non-profits in July 2008. We received an initial grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) in Sept 2008 to form a year-long partnership to help us make our dream of an arts destination become a reality.

St. Olaf College's Regents Hall awarded prestigious LEED platinum rating

St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences has earned platinum certification -- the highest rating attainable -- from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The nearly 200,000-square-foot, $63 million building is the largest and most complex academic facility in the nation to earn the prestigious platinum rating. Read more at ...

Read Locally on National Bookstore Day

Saturday, November 7, 2009 marks the first National Bookstore Day, a great idea cooked up by the folks at Publishers Weekly to promote local independent bookstores. This would be a great opportunity to stop in at Northfield's downtown independent bookstore, Monkey See, Monkey Read and do your holiday book shopping.  Jerry Bilek, the proprietor, has a great selection in the shop, and he's always happy to place special orders for books he doesn't have on hand.  The shop is open from 10 to 5 on Saturday.

"Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009" Booksigning

Monster, a short story by Rebekah Frumkin (Carleton '12), is featured in the 2009 edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), edited by award-winning author Dave Eggers. Described by its editors as an "offbeat but vital anthology," Best American Nonrequired Reading is renowned for bringing together the country's best fiction, journalism, humor, essays and comics while simultaneously introducing a vast readership to dozens of new writers and publications each year. The Carleton Bookstore carries the just-released edition and will host a booksigning event for Frumkin on Tuesday, November 3, from 12-1 p.m.

Custom Framing Studio is having a 20% off Sale!

Until the end of October, CUSTOM FRAMING STUDIO is having a 20% off sale. This is definitely the time to get your holiday and other projects done. 20% can add up to a big chunk of change! Projects must include the purchase of a new frame. The studio, run by framer  (also known around town as a guitar wiz) Jon Manners and his wife Connie Halpern is located at 108 East 5th Street, just around da corner from da Rueb. Open Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat from 10-4pm, and Thursday, a little different, 10-2 and 4-6pm. Love that siesta!

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