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History of Northfield Restaurants Exhibit Opens at Historical Society

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Running a restaurant is hard work. Fortunately, Northfield has had a long history of places to eat meals carefully prepared and served by people of vision, energy, creativity and determination. Many of these places, in addition to providing food, serve as gathering spots, adding to the character of the community. Some have had short lives, while others have been in business for decades.

The current Northfield Historical Society exhibit provides a glimpse of the long history of eating-places in our town.  NHS Director Hayes Scriven says the exhibit features those places still open and which have been in business the longest.  Others, including some that have passed into history, are also documented. The exhibit will be on display through the summer.

Meditation Events to Promote Mental Health Awareness

Would you like to be happier? Could you use more kindness in your life? The Rice County Mental Health Collective invites the public to learn more about the practice of meditation at its positive psychology “Jam” sessions on May 14 and May 15.

Make mammogram part of spring ritual

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is inviting women to combine an important Spring Screening with their seasonal Spring Cleaning.

  Those who schedule mammograms on eight select days in May --- May 1, 8, 9, 13, 14, 22, 23 and 28 --- will receive a complementary potted plant and treat. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, Fridays 7:30-4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-4 p.m. Evening appointments are available until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. For an appointment, call 507-646-1143.

Northfield Community Garden 2013

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Greenvale Park Community Garden is now making applications available for the 2013 gardeningseason. A limited number of 10 x 10’ and 10 x 20’ plots will be available. Gardeners can plant what theychoose and will be responsible for weeding, watering, harvesting and otherwise maintaining their plotsthroughout the growing season. All gardeners at the community garden will use organic gardeningmethods, and experienced gardeners will be available to help newer gardeners learn the necessaryskills. In addition to gardening in their own plots, gardeners will participate on work teams to sharetasks like maintaining the compost, mowing and trimming grassy areas, and tending the Sharing Plot.

All the produce from the Sharing Plot is donated to the Northfield Food Shelf.

Hops, Grapes & History - Northfield Historical Society Benefit Coming Soon


The Northfield Historical Society presents “Hops, Grapes & History,” a benefit event on Saturday, March 2 at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. The evening includes a beer and wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring a hand-selected variety of Minnesota craft beers and wines; hors d’oeuvres; and a silent auction with a chance to bid on numerous goods and services from local businesses. Then from 9 to 11:30 p.m., the event concludes with a not-to-be-missed performance of “Guaranteed Cash,” a tribute to the songs and sounds of Johnny Cash, performed by legendary guitarist Bob Wootten (lead guitarist for Johnny Cash’s band for over thirty years) and country rockers, Six Mile Grove.

All 3 Northfield Elementary Schools meet the HealthierUS School Challenge

Bridgewater Elementary School, Greenvale Park Elementary School and Sibley Elementary School in Northfield, MN are making national news by working to support and improve the health of our children and our community.

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.  It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.  Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime.  Schools, such as Bridgewater Elementary School, Greenvale Park Elementary School and Sibley Elementary School, that champion the HUSSC work hard to make changes to their school nutrition environment in order to (1) improve the quality of the foods served, (2) provide students with nutrition education, and (3) provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity. 

Sustainable Food Advocate and Former Bon Appétit Executive Helene York to Present Carleton College Convocation

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Carleton College will host Helene York, an advocate for sustainable food who directed the purchasing initiatives of the Bon Appétit Management Company (Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges’ food service provider) from 2005 until 2013, on Friday, Jan. 25. York’s presentation, “Beyond Consumer Activism: What Companies Must Do to Fix a Broken Food System,” will discuss how Bon Appétit works to make more sustainable food available to its large network of clients. Carleton’s weekly convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

Eat. Talk. Connect! Eating Family Meals Together

This article was written by Kathy Sandberg, Rice County Chemical Health Coalition, on behalf of the Northfield Mayor’s Task on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use. 

Around the holidays, we often use the term "old-fashioned” in a nostalgic way.   Old-fashioned generates images of warm memories and good feelings.  But old-fashioned can be pretty irritating, too.  Think about old-fashioned cars that don't have anti-lock brakes or power steering.  Or consider old-fashioned phones that were hard wired to your house.  How about old-fashioned cooking that didn't include frozen foods or microwavable meals?  Some things from the old days we don't miss and wouldn't want back.

100% Local - Yes, United Way

When you donate to charity, you like to know where your money goes.

You’ll like this: When you give to Northfield Area United Way, your money stays here. It helps fund 28+ programs in the Northfield area – all of them local services, helping people here at home.

Together, we feed our neighbors, help with housing, guide at-risk kids. We fund healthcare for the uninsured. We come through for victims of fire, flood, and domestic violence when they need help the most.    

Northfield Retirement Community Offers Family Caregiver Support Groups - Groups Help Address Caregiver Stress

Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) announced recently that it would be hosting Caregiver Support Groups, a series of gatherings designed to help caregivers let go of stress, support loved ones and find ways to care for themselves in the process. The sessions are designed to be safe places to share with one another and learn helpful tips on how to juggle a caregiver role with other responsibilities during the holidays.

The groups will meet for five sessions on Thursdays before the holidays – November 8, 15 and 29; and December 6 and 13 at the following sites:

  • Noon–12:45 p.m. – St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Room 145A
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. – Northfield Retirement Community, Buckeye Conference Room
  • 6–7 p.m. – Northfield Senior Center, Room 106

Community Resource Bank hosts its 2nd Annual Halloween Blood Drive


Community Resource Bank is hosting its 2nd Annual Halloween Blood Drive on Friday, October 26th from 9am to 2pm at 1605 Heritage Drive, Northfield.  Dominoes has donated Pizza for all donors and volunteers at the event.  There will also be keebler cookies, and halloween treats!  Please sign up by calling Christina at 507-645-3125 or email  All donors will be put into a drawing for a "lifesaver" T-shirt.  Let's save lives together!!

Northfield Retirement Community Receives National Recognition for Outstanding Customer and Workforce Satisfaction for the Fifth Year in a Row

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Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) announced today that for the fifth year in a row its Care Center has received My InnerView’s annual Excellence in Action award. This national award honors the facility’s commitment to superior customer and workforce satisfaction. Participating nursing homes from across the United States took part in a satisfaction survey, and of nearly 5,500 participants, the award recognizes only those providers that performed in the top 10 percent.

River Valley Eye Professionals Educates on Glaucoma

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In keeping with River Valley Eye Professionals’ commitment to education, the company will hold two additional educational programs on glaucoma in September as part of its 2012 Eye Health Lecture Series. David K. Hakes, OD, says, “We are looking forward to connecting with community members and letting people know about such an important issue.” Lectures are free and will be held Wednesday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the Three Links Apartments (805 Forest Avenue) and Thursday, September 27, at 2:00 p.m. at the Park Ridge Apartments (905 Forest Avenue). No RSVP is required and all are encouraged to attend. Dr. Hakes and Dena L. McGee, OD, will lead the seminars and will be available to answer questions.

We're Growing - The Y has a Variety of Positions Available - Join Our Growing Team!

Join the Y

Northfield Area Family YMCA now has positions available - Join Our Growing Team!

At the YMCA, our programs incorporate our Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. We work hard to support healthy lifestyles by reaching out and engaging families and individuals who seek well-being and who are looking for ways to sustain a healthier lifestyle. Join our YMCA team and help us provide quality, safe and healthy programs and services in our community.

Stress and Pressure Affecting our Youth

Race to Nowhere

This article was written by Joan Janusz, a member of the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use.  

 “I just can’t get it all done—play practice, homework, job, soccer practice”.  We live in a high stress world and our youth are not immune.  They face many pressures; from parents, teachers, coaches, employers, peers, their own expectations.  Unfortunately adults aren’t always good role models or available to help learn to balance their many roles. 

The Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use (MTF) recognizes the issue of youth stress.  It can lead to substance use, thinking it will relieve stress.  One of the goals of our committee focused on youth, schools, and parents is to dialog with youth groups to gain insight about concerns.  In May, small group discussions were held with RALIE youth at Northfield Senior High.  Meaningful conversation occurred; youth identified a myriad of things they would like adults to understand about being a teen today; their perspective on teen drinking and drug use and suggestions for reducing chemical use; and other teen issues adults should be concerned about.

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