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The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce Wants Your Two Cents!

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Could you spare the time to answer four brief questions? Your input will help shape the future of Northfield’s business landscape as the Board of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and newly formed selection committee begin a search for a new executive director. Give us your thoughts by filling out the survey here: If you’re curious, you can view the current job description on our website:

Thank you for your time. We greatly appreciate your input and look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Eclectic Goat Hosts Guest Artist Jimmy Reagan


Jimmy Reagan, a prolific young Minnesota artist who faces the challenges of autism will be a guest artist at the Eclectic Goat on March 22 from 5-8 p.m. Eclectic Goat, which showcases the work of over fifty regional artists, has selected Reagan’s work to be on display throughout the end of the month and into mid-April.

Although Reagan’s language was lost at about the age of two due to the regressive on-set of his condition, the 18-year-old artist from Mendota Heights’ future shines bright today. His art has become a way for him to communicate, in great depth and intensity, his passion for life. “It’s opened doors,” said his mother Peg Schneeman Reagan, and “the viewer is transported into Jimmy's world, genuinely experiencing the world as he understands it.  It is full of bold color, imagination, and beauty … a celebration of life.”

The talented artist has garnered some notable attention as of late. Reagan was recently selected as the featured artist for the 2012 University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital WineFest No. 17, benefiting children’s health research. His painting, "Cafe at Night," provides the inspiration for the two-day event. In addition, six of Jimmy's images are on magnums of wine from the William Gordon Winery in California.  His art is also featured in collections adorning the walls of private and public residences, law offices, investment firms and physician clinics.

Dutch Masters, Impressionism, Cubism and Pop Art have inspired him. Renowned artists such as Rembrandt, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso and Warhol fuel his imagination, yet Reagan’s artistic style speaks for itself – it’s both distinct and uniquely his own.

5th Bridge Seeks Ideas for Large-Scale Volunteer Event

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5th Bridge, the Northfield-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting habits of volunteerism and philanthropy, announced a request for proposals (RFP) process to gather ideas for a large-scale volunteer event to be held in the community later this year or early next year. Through the process, the group aims to collect ideas from partnering organizations interested in co-hosting an event that will engage between 250 and 2,000 volunteers in a locally based activity. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2012.

WCCO visits The Ole Store Restaurant


Twin Cities CBS affiliate WCCO recently visited The Ole Store Restaurant.

Curiocity: Big Flavors At Small Town Ole Store

"As I drove south on Interstate 35, as the early winter sun set with vibrant orange-yellow light, I was reminded of the beauty of this state. Not 15 minutes into the drive, the dirty black and white cityscapes melt into snow-kissed farm fields, dotted with country farm houses of the past — once painted in vivid red, now just a reminder of what used to be."    

         - Adam Estrem @mspfoodie

Read the full story at WCCO.

MPR features Northfield 'Agripreneurs'

Victor Torres, MPR


"More than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, Latinos are entrepreneurs, and that tendency has been increasing," begins Elizabeth Baier in a Minnesota Public Radio story that focuses on Northfield's Rural Enterprise Center. "Nearly a quarter of all new entrepreneurs in 2010 were Latino, according to the Kauffman Foundation, which has been studying the topic for many years.

Exhibitors needed for Northfield's Perennial Earth Day Celebration on April 28


The organizers of Northfield's Perennial Earth Day Celebration would like to invite area organizations, businesses, local growers, and anyone else with something to share about re-localization and sustainability efforts, to register as an exhibitor at this year's event.

The event, with the theme "A Call to Action," will take place on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 5:00 p.m., outside the UCC Church on Union Street. Bring a table and chair to set up your display. The cost to be an exhibitor is $15, payable to Transition Northfield, PO Box 414, Northfield MN 55057.




Getting,Active,Motivated and Energized

Based on the award-winning I Am Moving, I Am Learning approach from Head Start



Come to local GAME trainings for:

  • Practical ideas that fit your mixed age enrollment
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  • Learn how without following a special program.


Chamber Executive Director Steps Down


After 31 years of service to the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Feldbrugge announced this week that she is resigning her role as executive director effective at the end of April 2012. She informed the Board of Directors on Monday at its monthly Board meeting and the Chamber membership was notified through an email from Chamber President Rick Estenson.

Neuger Communications Group Announces Staff Changes in Web Services

Wendy Placko

Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing communications and public relations, announced the addition of Wendy Placko as web specialist. Placko joins the web and data services team where she will be responsible for helping to develop and manage client websites and to support database management efforts.

Prior to joining Neuger Communications Group, Placko served as an administrative assistant at St. Olaf College where she worked with the TRiO Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound and GEAR UP programs. At St. Olaf, she managed three different websites, designed and edited newsletters and brochures, and administered databases for the TRiO programs. She has also served as the webmaster for the Monarch Gift Shop and The Measuring Cup, local retailers in Northfield, Minn.

Dean Kjerland Honored at City Council Meeting



Dean Kjerland was honored at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening for the work he has done to energize the Northfield downtown area.  In their comments recognizing Kjerland’s contributions, Councilors Suzie Nakasian and Betsey Buckheit emphasized the importance of the arts as an economic development engine in the community and congratulated him for his role in fueling that effort,

Carleton College Community Newsletter: February 2012 Issue is Online

IntersectionsThe latest issue of Intersections, Carleton’s email newsletter for the Northfield community, is out now. You can read the issue online or subscribe to the newsletter via the College's Community Connections website.

Stories in the February 2012 issue:

  • Chronicle of Higher Education: "In an Old School Building, Carleton College and Its Community Enjoy New Lessons"
  • Carleton Joins St. Olaf, NDDC in College-Community Collaborative Plan
  • Getting to Know: Sameena Ahmed '12, ACT Volunteer
  • Video Feature: Tour of Perlman Teaching Museum, Sneak Preview of Winter Term Exhibits
  • Carleton Announces Formation of Center for Community and Civic Engagement
  • Carleton, St. Olaf Make Annual Donation to City of Northfield

Read the full newsletter online.

Northfield Retirement Community Receives Grant from the Mardag Foundation

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Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Mardag Foundation of St. Paul, Minn., to facilitate the development and launch of family caregiver support groups. It’s NRC’s hope that these groups will provide family caregivers with a safe place to share emotions and voice needs, and offer education and information about caregiving and relating to an aging family member.

Kyle Nordine, president and CEO of NRC, said, “We’re very grateful for the monies from the Mardag Foundation – they’ll go a long way in helping us launch this much-needed program. In an era where more and more adult children find themselves offering support and guidance to their aging parents, it’s increasingly important to have a support system in place to help them navigate their care options. NRC has a long history as an educational resource for the community and this is no exception.”

Epic Enterprise Receives CarTime donation

CarTime General Manager Jared Hubers presents a $1,000 check to Epic Enterprise Executive Director Linda Hibbard

Epic Enterprise is pleased to announce receipt of a $1,000 donation from Dundas auto dealership CarTime Auto Center"All of us at CarTime are proud to support and be a part of the community efforts of Epic," said CarTime General Manager Jared Hubers (in photo) as he presented the check to Linda Hibbard, executive director of Epic. The money will go toward the purchase of a new bus for the Dundas-based nonprofit that serves adults with disabilities.

The bus will join Epic's fleet of two dozen vehicles that together transport 100 clients per day from their residences to various area locations, including workplaces. Epic vehicles drove 250,000 miles in 2011. 

First National Bank of Northfield Hires Vice President of Business Banking

Dan Scheffler

First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Dan Scheffler as vice president of business banking. Scheffler brings more than 15 years of banking experience to First National.

First National President Tim Viere said, “I am delighted we were able to hire a person of Dan Scheffler’s caliber. He will be a terrific addition to our business banking team, and provide the quality of service and expertise that Northfield area businesses need.”

Throughout his banking career, Scheffler has served in a variety of capacities. He most recently served as senior business relationship manager at Wells Fargo Bank in Bloomington, but has been a part of Wells Fargo teams in Northfield and the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. Scheffler also spent some time with M&I Bank in Wisconsin.

Just Food Celebrates International Year of Cooperatives with Video Premier


The United Nations (UN) has declared 2012 the "International Year of Cooperatives,"and Just Food Co-op is joining other cooperatives locally, nationwide and across the globe in marking the occasion. Titled "Cooperatives in Social Development," UN's resolution recognizes the diversity of the cooperative movement around the world, and the economic and social contributions cooperatives make. This includes the many co-ops in the Northfield area.

Just Food Co-op is kicking off the year of celebration with a starring role in the premiere of “Lights, Cameras, Co-ops.” Kevin Gillespie, celebrity chef from the Woodfire Grill in Atlanta and sixth season Top Chef finalist, has been traveling around the country with a film crew, exploring farm fields and co-op grocery aisles as part of this year’s celebration of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives. On Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7 p.m., grab your favorite movie snacks and visit to take part in an online streaming "premiere party" featuring the first three videos in the thirteen-episode series featuring co-ops from Vermont to California.

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