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HealthFinders ramps up services, outreach to patients in Rice County

Renae Blom HealthFinders Dental Director

HealthFinders Collaborative has high hopes for health care this year, having welcomed two additional staff members to the team to help patients access new services and connect with an underserved demographic.As part of the organization’s most recent initiative to provide dental care options for Rice County residents, HealthFinders has used new grant funding from Delta Dental to hire a hygienist who will serve as a coordinator for all dental care services. “I’ll be doing everything from getting basic supplies to quality control,” said Renae Blome, the new dental director. “I will be doing direct patient care, too. There are going to be a lot of patients. They’re already lining up.”

Northfield Area Climate Summit, Jan. 18


On January 18, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students, institutions, and business representatives. Find practical solutions to benefit our community through a Community Activity & Idea Fair on energy saving steps and resources for large and small local businesses. Breakout session topics include the science of climate change, business perspectives on climate and energy, and the impact of climate on local agriculture and more. The Summit will take place at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College and is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For the schedule of free events and registration, go to Join in the conversation at and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate

Head Out The Door, Adventure Galore!

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Northfield Community Services has partnered with a number of Northfield organizations, businesses and community members to offer classes in outdoor adventure!  Classes for both the novice and experienced adventurer are available and range from one day classes to year round opportunities.  Take a sneak peek below or for more specific information, click on the appropriate link below.  Registration opens December 20th.

Link: Youth Outdoor Adventure

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Adventure Mania mixes learning and reading about an outdoor adventure with the exhilaration of engaging in the activity. After an hour in the books, we will take the adventure off the page and into real life experiences…

Northfield Retirement Community Awarded $10,000 Grant from ELCA Foundation

NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 11, 2013) – The Northfield Retirement Community Foundation announced today that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Lutheran Services for the Elderly Endowment at the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Foundation. The grant will fund the next phase of Meeting the Need – Launching and Mentoring Unexpected Caregiver Support Groups, a program that addresses the need among family caregivers for accessible and appropriate family support groups.

Assistance for MNsure Enrollment Available At Community Action Center


The Northfield Community Action Center announces there are three trained and certified specialists, called navigators (including a Spanish speaker), ready to assist anyone in the community who wants to apply for health care insurance through the Minnesota version of the affordable care act, MNsure.

Kathy Bjerke, CAC administrative director, is a trained navigator who can work with interested people to explore MNsure’s marketplace for health insurance. Bjerke says the doors are open at the CAC and that she and the other navigators are ready to assist anyone needing help. People who have been seeking direction and information about enrolling in MNsure are welcome to contact the CAC, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

If you have questions, contact Sharon Vangsness at 507.664.3550 or

League of Women Voters Sponsors MNsure Informational Session


MNsure Community Outreach Liaison Jacob Grippen will join CAC Executive Director Jim Blaha and local insurance agent, Dale Ness in a discussion of the current status of the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act, MNsure, on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. at The Hideaway. The public is welcome to attend.

This event is a follow up to the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters earlier this fall.  While there has been reporting on the state level about MNsure, this is an opportunity to learn about what programs are in place in the Northfield area to help people enroll in the health care program.  Insurance agents and brokers are trained play a role in assisting individuals, families and small businesses to enroll. Organizations, including non-profits, religious organizations and libraries may also be trained serve their populations to help individuals and families successfully enroll in the MNsure market place.

Hospital's Long Term Care Center earns high marks

Northfield Hospital’s Long Term Care Center is among the most highly ranked nursing homes in the state, according to the latest Nursing Home Report Card released earlier this year by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Presentation Wednesday at Senior Center: Information about MNsure



Chad Wojchik, Senior Linkage Line Specialist, will present the key elements of the Affordable Health Care Act and the Health Exchange program known as MNsure. He will explain who is affected and how, who needs to purchase health insurance and who does not, patient protections and options to reduce the costs of coverage. Learning the facts will protect you from the fiction.

For more information:  Chris Ellison <>

Interested in learning more about the building of the Northfield Y Community Center? Join us for Breakfast with Virginia


Join us for Breakfast with Virginia, Friday October 25th 7:30-9:00 am at the National Guard Armory (519 Division Street). 

7:30-7:45 Welcome Guests

7:45-8:00 Short presentation 

8:00- ? Q&A and more opportunities to learn more

Northfield Area Family YMCA Groundbreaking News!

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October 16, 2013 – Today, the Northfield Area Family YMCA has announced it will host its official groundbreaking celebration for its new facility, located at 1500 Honey Locust Drive, on Tuesday, November 5. Groundbreaking activities for all ages are set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m., with a formal program slated to begin at 4 p.m. More information about the groundbreaking event can be found on the Y’s website –

Northfield Area Family YMCA Executive Director Virginia Kaczmarek said, “This is a big day for our Y. It will be a great resource for the entire community, open to everyone. Breaking ground on a new facility is a tremendous milestone for the organization, which has been steadily building up to this moment for the past eight years. We owe a great amount of thanks to everyone – donors, members, volunteers, staff members and more – for making this day a reality.”

Health assessment may come your way

Local health officials may seek your help in assessing the health of our community.

Rice County Public Health, District One Hospital, Northfield Hospital & Clinics and HealthFinders are collaborating to assess the health of Rice County. 1,200 randomly selected households will receive a health survey in the mail.  Local health and wellness providers will use the information gathered to improve the health of the community. The confidential survey will ask about physical and mental health, lifestyle habits such as nutrition and exercise, smoking, alcohol use, access to health and dental care, and health care insurance coverage. More information is available at

HCI funds five “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their July and August 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.

Breast Care Center offers 'spa' experience

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is offering a “mini-spa experience” with every mammogram scheduled on10 dedicated days during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Dr. Hans Bengtson joins OFC

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Hans Bengtson, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined the practice of Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic of Northfield, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Dr. Bengtson will be working with Robert Shepley, MD; Brad Wille, MD; Clint Muench, MD; and Erik Stroemer, MD. He will see a full range of patients in clinic at Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic in Northfield and at FamilyHealth Medical Clinics in Lakeville and Farmington. He will operate at Northfield Hospital.  

Dr. Bengtson’s professional association with OFC is a homecoming of sorts. He is a graduate of Northfield High School. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, performed his residency at Marshall University in Huntington, West Va. and recently completed an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. His physician services are provided by Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, P.A. of Mankato.

Hospital offers emergency medical training


Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering training this fall to prepare students for emergency medical responder (EMR) or emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 17, the class will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings and alternate Saturday afternoons throughout the fall at EMS base headquarters at 1600 Riverview Drive. The classes are designed to maximize your time and energy to position you for certification.

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