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Target enlists St. Olaf students, alumni for Rube Goldberg production

Target Rube Goldberg machine

What do soup cans, flying toilet paper, and a disco ball have in common? 

They're all part of Target’s impressive new Rube Goldberg-like machine that was constructed last summer by St. Olaf students and alumni. The complex contraption performs a series of tasks in chain reaction involving Target products. 

First National Bank of Northfield Announces Staff Changes

Lucy Wefel

First National Bank of Northfield announced the addition of experienced, local banker Lucy Wefel to its customer service staff, and the promotions of Carolyn Seas, Angela Busch and Angie Tanghe.

First National President Tim Viere said, “We’re pleased to add Lucy Wefel to our staff. She is an exceptional banker who understands community banking and our banking philosophy, and will help provide our customers the high level of service and expertise they have come to expect. Many of our customers already know or will recognize Lucy, so it will be a comfortable relationship from the beginning.”

Throughout her 30-year banking career, Wefel has served in a variety of capacities at Wells Fargo Bank in Northfield. She joins the First National team as a customer service representative and will be responsible for opening new client accounts, answering questions, and explaining products and services to business and personal customers. Wefel and her husband, Merle, live in Dundas.

The Ole Roll is Making a Giant Comeback!


The Ole Store Restaurant is “rolling” in the New Year with their famous Ole Roll — a gooey, caramelized sweet — to compliment a new breakfast menu beginning the weekend of January 21-22, 2012. The buttery pastry has long been a favorite of locals and out-of-town visitors to the Northfield landmark, nestled in a quaint neighborhood on the west side of town just down the hill from St. Olaf College.

The restaurant’s soft opening, under new ownership this past summer, is what really began to stir the pot. Patrons were asking almost daily,“When are you bringing back the Ole Roll?” It was apparent to the new owners and management that the tradition of this well-known, sticky roll had really stuck. Armed with a couple of tried-and-true recipes passed down through the years, Executive Chef Chris Basina was up for the challenge to reintroduce the long-awaited roll. 

A from-scratch recipe of this largest importance (and proportions) certainly couldn’t be half-baked — “Research was an important step in the process,” shared Basina. The chef also mentioned he’d be sprinkling in of few ideas of his own.

HCI releases its 2010-11 Mini-Grants Report

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) has released its 2010-11 Mini-Grants Report.  The document highlights results from the over 70 projects that HCI helped to support through its mini-grants program during 2010-11.  For a copy of the report, click HERE.

Funded HCI mini-grant projects:

  • allow Northfield young people to develop positive intergenerational relationships with caring adults and/or
  • connect Northfield youth with their communities (ex. neighborhood, school, greater Northfield)

A record number of projects — nearly 70% — were designed and/or implemented by youth themselves.

Historical Society Receives Donation from Bank Beer Company


This is history turned upside down, the James-Youngers actually donating money to Northfield.

It came in the form of a $1,400 check delivered by Jason Markkula of Bank Beer Company. He is the brew master who developed the James-Younger 1876 Rye Ale last summer for a Northfield Historical Society (NHS) fundraiser. It was unveiled atDefeat of Jesse James Days and received good reviews. In the photo are Markkula, NHS Vice President Christian Hakala and NHS Exective Director Hayes Scriven. 

Just Food Co-Op Celebrates Seven Years


December 15 is a special day for Just Food Co-op and its 2,200 owner households. It marks seven years since the cooperatively owned store first opened its doors in 2004.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating seven years of business,” said Marketing and Member Services Manager Joey Robison. “We are so grateful for the support of the community, the hard work of our staff, and the investment of our thousands of owners that got us here.” The Board of Directors will be serving cake on Thursday, December 15 from 4–6 p.m. at the front of the store in celebration of the anniversary.

Just Food: Northfield Community Co-op rung up its first customer after two and a half years of planning and organizing by an amazing group of volunteers. As a cooperative, Just Food is owned and governed by its member-owners, and exists to serve the needs of those owners. Everyone is welcome to become an owner, and all owners have an equal investment in the store. Not an owner? Not a problem. You do not have to be an owner to shop at Just Food—all are welcome! Find out more about Just Food Co-op at

Come see the model trains at the library -only during Winter Walk!

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Once again, for one day only- model trains will fill the library! You will find trains in the meeting room, the children's area and upstairs! Sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Library.  Many thanks to the great volunteers who bring their trains to the library for this very special event.
The TAB (the library's Teen Advisory Board) members will have their specially designed train up and running with a new interactive feature! You will have to try it. TAB will also be selling yummy chocolate chip cookies!
From 3-8 in the library- no charge- of course.
Winter Walk 2011

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.  645-6606

Reminder: Shop at Verizon Wireless World now through Saturday to benefit HCI


The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) has been selected for a fantastic opportunity by Northfield’s Wireless World.  Note the new dates!

Now through December 10, please visit Verizon Wireless World (400 W. 5th Street – next to Caribou Coffee).  All proceeds (100% of retail value) from accessory sales during these three days will be donated to HCI.  100%!  Thus, if you buy a $20 cell phone cover, HCI will receive all $20!

This is a great chance to do your holiday shopping and benefit a local nonprofit at the same time.

For an informational flyer from Verizon Wireless World, click HERE.

Don’t forget to visit Verizon Wireless World from now through Saturday, December 10, 2011!

Garvey Promoted to Graphics Specialist at Neuger Communications Group


Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing communications and public relations, announced that Betsey Garvey has been promoted to graphics specialist. Garvey, who has been with the company since September 2006 when she joined the firm as an intern, has been instrumental in the company’s expansion in graphic design services. She teams with Senior Graphics Specialist Elin Odegaard and others to provide the company’s clients with top-of-the-line design services.

David Neuger, president and CEO of Neuger Communications Group, said, “We are delighted to recognize Betsey’s achievements in this manner. She has served our firm and our clients extremely well for the past five years and her work is first class.”

Garvey is a native Northfielder and lives with her husband, John. Her parents are Michael and Darlene Witt. She is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and is a member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. She said, “Neuger Communications Group has been a great fit for me, and I’m excited to be a part of the company’s growth in the years ahead.”

HCI to benefit from sales at Verizon Wireless World this Thursday, Friday & Saturday!


HCI has been selected for a fantastic opportunity by Northfield’s Wireless WorldNote new dates!

On December 8, 9, and 10, please visit Verizon Wireless World (400 W. 5th Street – next to Caribou Coffee).  All proceeds (100% of retail value) from accessory sales during these three days will be donated to HCI.  100%!  Thus, if you buy a $20 cell phone cover, HCI will receive all $20!

This is a great chance to do your holiday shopping and benefit a local nonprofit at the same time.

For an informational flyer from Verizon Wireless World, click HERE.

Don’t forget to visit Verizon Wireless World from Thursday, December 8 through Saturday, December 10, 2011!

Holiday Ornament Hunt!

The Inaugural Winter Walk Holiday Hunt started at 6 a.m., Saturday morning, December 3!

If you love hunting for the horseshoe, you'll love hunting for the snowflake ornament, a new tradition starting this year courtesy of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and organized by Tim Freeland.  Click here to read more about it at KYMN Radio.

Cool Behind-The-Scenes at the Rare Pair

Behind the Scenes: The 2011 Holiday Window Display

The Rare Pair has a nice post detailing the work that went into their Christmas window display. Read it! It's good. :)

Fine Craft Collection 2011 Open for the Holidays

The Fine Craft Collective is an annual collaborative show of fine craft in Northfield. This is our 8th year contributing to a vibrant downtown by filling a vacant space with color and light for the holiday season and creating connection between the community and local artisans.

We encourage you to stop by during our regular gallery hours or for a special event at the shop to meet participating artisans and learn more about our work. You can always visit our website and "like" us on Facebook to keep up with what's going on in the gallery.

7 Days a Week from November 4 through December 24.  For complete hours, click Read More.

Northfield Retirement Community to Host Free Memory Screenings

In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) will host a free memory screening event on Tuesday, November 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Parkview West Corner Clinic located on the NRC Campus at 910 Cannon Valley Drive West in Northfield. The event coincides with AFA’s National Memory Screening Day, an initiative to promote early detection and intervention for people concerned about memory loss.

Kyle Nordine, president and CEO of NRC, said, “We’re pleased to host a memory screening event and provide this important service to our residents and their families, as well as the greater Northfield community. There are millions of people whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-loss diseases, and it’s been proven time and time again that early detection and appropriate care make a significant impact on an individual’s safety and quality of life. The purpose for the event is one that aligns perfectly with NRC’s goals to provide the highest level care to aging adults.”

Mark Moors Joins First National Bank of Northfield Board of Directors

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First National Bank of Northfield announced today the addition of Mark Moors to its Board of Directors. Moors, a Northfield resident, most recently held the position of president/owner of Moors Capital Management. He retired in 2010 having served as an independent investment advisor to dozens of clients in the area. He’ll join the seven-member First National board, which provides strategic direction to advance the organization’s mission to provide top-notch, relationship-based banking solutions.

Moors, who will officially begin his duties at the November 18 meeting, will bring with him a career’s worth of banking and financial expertise. His responsibilities steadily grew from a position as a commercial banking officer to a district president for Wells Fargo Bank’s south suburban district of Minneapolis, where he managed 15 banks with $1.5 billion in deposits and 350 employees. His tenure includes seven years as president of Wells Fargo Bank in Northfield.

First National CEO David Shumway said, “Mark will make an excellent addition to our board. He brings with him a valuable balance of knowledge, understanding the complexity of the banking arena as well as the unique service opportunities that arise in community banking. He knows Northfield and he knows the financial industry as a whole. We’re confident he will help First National grow in a way that will benefit the business and community.”

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