Food & Health

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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.

The ABCs of the Affordable Care Act

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Interested in learning about the options available to you under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?  Want more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace?  The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a public forum addressing the ACA on Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Local Fruit Farms and Orchards


Summer is the season for fresh, ripe fruit and berries, and there are several places around Northfield where you and your family can buy fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruit—or pick them yourself. Here’s a current list:

Lorence’s Berry Farm. Strawberries and raspberries. 28625 Foliage Avenue. (507) 645-9749.

Silkey Gardens. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, apples, blueberries. E. 115th Street.  (507) 645-4158.

Little Hill Farm. Blueberries. 4174 320th St. W. (612) 599-5548. 

Cherry Leaf Farm. Cherries. 9697 Decker Avenue. (612) 669-4778.

Fireside Orchard. Apples (mid-August). 2225 Lonsdale Blvd. E. (Hwy 19).  (507) 663-1376.

Organic Compost Program Available to Northfielders


The city has established a pilot program for householders on the west side to compost their food waste. If successful, this may become a citywide service in the future.  However, there is an opportunity for other residents to collect food wastes for composting, although it means taking a trip from time to time to the city’s Compost Site on Armstrong Road, from where, according to TJ. Heinricy, Northfield’s Street and Park Supervisor, the organic waste is taken by Waste Management to a site in Empire, to be composted.

Summer Lunches for Kids

 The Community Action Center is working with the USDA to provide summer lunches to children.  Lunches will be provided to all children without charge under standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Lunches will be available at two Northfield sites.  At Jefferson Square Apartments, 1356 Jefferson Road, lunches will be served from 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  At Emmaus Church, 712 Linden Street, lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The summer lunch program will begin at both sites on Monday, June 10.  Lunches will be served on Monday - Friday until August 30, 2013, except for July 4th and 5th.  The meal is available to all children under 18.  All children may participate regardless of race, color, national origin, gender or disability.  Complaints of discrimination can be addressed to the USDA at 866-632-9992.

For more information, call the Community Action Center at 507-664-3550.

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.

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