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Blood Drive at Senior Center Tuesday



Conducted by Memorial Blood Centers, there will be a blood drive on Tuesday, May 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Northfield Senior Center. In our region, Memorial Blood Centers is the primary supplier to over 30 area hospitals in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.  To meet the demand, they must collect over 2,000 units every week. 

Memorial Blood Centers has been saving and sustaining lives for over 60 years. A Minnesota-based, independent nonprofit, the Centers supplies life-saving blood, state-of-the-art laboratory services, and biomedical expertise to area hospital and clinic partners, national blood centers, biotechnology companies, research institutions, and international clients from Australia to Switzerland.

 For more information, or to make an appointment, contact Diane Gehler at (507) 645-8719 or The Senior Center is located at 1651 Jefferson Parkway. 

Meditation Class for Children ages 8-15 June 9


Have you always wanted to learn a simple method that can help you relieve stress, give you more self confidence, and help you concentrate on your schoolwork? Then please join in on June 9 for a day of meditation instruction, recreational activities, and lunch at St. Olaf College!

This is the third year this course has been offered here in Northfield.  Some of the children have remarked:  "I never knew I could feel so calm" and "It was a really cool experience".

Earth Day Celebration to Include Several Free Workshops


Note: Earth Day is Saturday, April 21, but Northfield's celebration will be held the following Saturday, April 28.

Earth Day will once again be celebrated in Nortfhfield, on Saturday, April 28, outside the UCC church on Union Street, between 3rd and 4th. New this year are several hands-on workshops open to the public. FREE workshop topics include Building a Compost Bin, Building a Raised Garden Bed, Improving Your Home's Energy Performance, and Bread Baking. There will also be an opportunity to learn about and assemble a rain barrel for only $40. Detailed descriptions and registration information can be found at

The family-friendly Earth Day Celebration will also feature earth-friendly activities such as making May Day baskets, creating books out of recycled paper, and participating in the Earth Day Promenade with homemade newspaper hats. Other attractions include local music, exhibitors, chalk art, and food.

Go Outside and P L A _ ! (We all need the Y)


“Go outside and play!” our grandma ordered as we sat on the floor directly in front of the giant Zenith TV set on a Saturday morning watching Bugs Bunny cartoons. We were all under the age of 7. The year? 1970. Fast forward to 2012 and parents aren’t competing against just the giant Zenith anymore. Screen time for children appears in many more forms: the home computer, laptop, smart phones, PS3, Xbox, AND the plug-in drug known as television; and now even a screen is playing for passengers in the backseats of family vans.

Studies have shown that an average ten year old spends eight hours in front of a screen per day. While technology and other factors draw children indoors, conscious effort towards opening the door and stepping out is critical.

Community Action Center of Northfield Seeking Nominations for its Board of Directors

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The Community Action Center is seeking nominations for election to its Board of Directors. You may nominate yourself or someone else by completing an application and including a letter addressing the nominee’s skills, background, term availability and interest in serving on the Board. Nominations will be reviewed for upcoming vacancies and will be maintained for future consideration.

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.

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.

Bone Builders Offers Better Health-for Free

Common Good RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) partners with Three Links Apartments in Northfield to offer a FREE exercise class at Three Links  two times each week.  BONE BUILDERS is a class that has been shown to prevent and even reverse osteoporosis-the loss of bone density.  The class is held at Three Links year round, is open to all community members and currently has openings.

Participants use adjustable ankle and hand weights that are provided free of charge.  The resistance caused by exercising with these light weights is what causes bones to stay strong.  Participants have had some great results. Those who attend regularly report increase in strength, balance and improvement in bone density scans.

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.

Winterscream on Bridge Square Saturday Noon!!

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Finally, we're getting a taste of Winter just in time for Winter Scream, the NHS declaration of independence from winter’s grip. This year’s event, the second annual, will be Saturday, January 14, from noon to 2 p.m.on Bridge Square. 

Besides the traditional communal sing of the Winter Scream Anthem and ice cream social, this year there will be hot chili from the Reub-N-Stein. The coloring contest winners will be announced. Bring the family, friends and your appetite! Come do the Winter Scream with Northfield's Most Dangerous Choir.

For more information, contact Hayes Scriven at 507-645-9268 or e-mail at

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.

Expanded Sleep Center opens at Northfield Hospital


Northfield Hospital’s Sleep Center is now open in new, expanded space, designed specifically for sleep studies. The new center features two sleep suites that promise a hotel-like experience. Each is tastefully decorated and equipped with comfortable Sleep Number double beds. The suites have private baths and business workstations. They are climate controlled and soundproof with special lighting that can replicate patients’ sleeping conditions at home. All of the testing equipment is discreetly stored behind cabinets and walls.

Winter Scream II - Saturday, January 14, 2012


Winter Scream II is coming soon to a square near you, and there are several ways you can participate.

Winter Scream is the Northfield Historical Society’s annual declaration of independence from winter’s grip. This year’s event, the second annual, will be Saturday, Jan. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. on Bridge Square.

Besides the traditional communal sing and ice cream social, NHS has expanded its Winter Scream menu with a chili option from the Reub-N-Stein, and a coloring contest for the kids. It also is inviting people to submit lyrics for the Winter Scream anthem, sung to the tune of Twisted Sister's “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Riverwalk Market Fair Farmers Market this Saturday at the Armory

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Riverwalk Market Fair’s artists and farmers will be back at the Armory on Division Street this Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Farmers Market will include ready-to-eat pastries by Martha Schuetzle, as well as salsas, sauces, preserves and baked goods from Red Barn Farm, Larchill Farm, Sison and Yoders. Schoolhouse Apiary is bringing beeswax candles and ornaments and Simple Harvest Farm will have goat milk soap, soap-on-a-rope, Icelandic wool and handspun yarn, sheepskin rugs. Finca Mirasol will bring their black beans and free range chickens; and the Jiriks from Kilkenny will bring their maple syrup.
The Artists Market includes pottery by Haas; fused glass by Brown and Thelen; photography by McClintock and Perez; linoblock prints by Stephens; and jewelry and accessories by YazBerry Fashions, Elwells, Frawley, Kilanowski.

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