Local Issues

Invitation to Join Northfield Masters Swim Club---join us in our 21st season!

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We are starting our fall season of the local Masters Swim Club on October 1. We will swim every mwf at 5:15 am; workouts end at 6:25. We swim at the West Gym of Carleton. Sessions feature customized workouts created by a great coach (Kevin O'Brien) and some individualized instruction. Swimmers are placed in lanes according to ability. All swimmers are welcome. Current members range from those who have swum in college to those whose background is purely recreational. A small number of members compete in US Masters meets, but most swim for fitness and the comradery of our early morning plunges into the pool. Join us!

Not Afraid to be Creative or get a little Dirty? The Y is Hiring Summer Counselors!

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The Y is Hiring ! 

To view all open positions and to apply, visit our website by clicking here

Are you...

Graduating this year or home for the summer?  Looking to make a difference? Good with Kids? Not afraid to be creative or get a little dirty?  Apply to join the Y's summer camp staff team.

Duties: Serve as a lead for a group of 8-10 campers each day; oversee the health, safety, and welfare of the campers; provide supervision, direction, enthusiasm, and positive reinforcement for the campers; demonstrate patience and positive role-modeling and teach daily skill session activities. Works 20-35hours/week.


Climate Activists Invite Public to Earth Day Celebration

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Join us on the afternoon of April 21st in front of Armory Square for activities, local music and exhibitors, art and food trucks. We will have a ‘Climate Art March’ and circle back to Armory Square to take in our keynote speaker Mark Seeley! From there we will be listening to local climate stories and then convening as a community to gather your input and ideas to conceptualize a community wide response for Northfield’s Climate Action Plan.


YMCA Announces New Board of Directors

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is very pleased to announce two new community members who have joined the Y's Board of Directors:  Nancy Antoine, Bridgewater Elementary School Principal and Nate Engle, Controller for St. Olaf.  Nancy and Nate will provide wonderful guidance with their time and talent in support of our local YMCA.  Pictured (L to R):  Gretchen Ehresmann, Board Chair, Nancy Antoine, Nate Engle and Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director


2018 Northfield State of the City Address Was A Night To Remember

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On March 19, 2018, Mayor Rhonda Pownell presented her annual State of the City Address to over 150 attendees in Kracum Performance Hall, Weitz Center, Carleton College.Poet Laureate Rob Hardy shared words of reflection and inspiration of “vision”. Contributions to his reading by Northfield poets Becky Boling, Florance Dacey, D.E. Green, Marie Gery, Karen Herseth-Wee, Diane LeBlanc, Steve McCown, Hannah Pahs, Leslie Schultz, Nancy Soth and Anne Sovik. Stitched together by Rob Hardy.

Mayor For A Day Essay Contest, a first time award, was presented to six Northfield students; three from 4th grade and three from 5th grade:  Lola McCarty 5th gr. Sibley, Crystal Palma 4th gr. St. Dominic, Grace Mostad 4th gr. St. Dominic, Madyson Sevcik 5th gr. Bridgewater, Riley Schwamb 5th gr. Prairie Creek, and Ben Flory 4th gr. Sibley Elementary School.


2018 Northfield Reads Events Scheduled

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The public is invited to this year’s Northfield Reads events, focused on the book The Revolution Where You Live.   This year’s book considers how people can reimagine their immediate world and, in so doing, create a new and deeper sense of community.Reading the book provides a background for the discussion, but is not necessary. Join your neighbors in a conversations about how to make this community even better.


How and Why to Caucus

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Former Minnesota Senator Kevin Dahle and Executive Director of American Majority Jennifer DeJournett will talk about the role caucusing plays in our democracy on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m.at St. John's Church, 500 3rd st. W., Northfield. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls, this valuable forum will help us learn how to participate effectively in the caucus of our choice.

 


School Levy Presentation November 2 at Bridgewater Town Hall

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Superintendent of the Northfield Public Schools, Matt Hillmann, will explain the school district’s levies at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2nd in the Bridgewater Town Hall, 500 Railway Street, Dundas. On November 7, 2017, school district residents are asked to vote on two important funding changes:  increasing the operating levy and authorizing the sale of $109 million in bonds for building construction and improvements.

Following a three-year process to analyze building needs, the school board voted to place the levy and bond questions on the ballot this November. The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization dedicated to voter education, is the sponsor of this opportunity for the public to prepare for the November vote. 


Join us (all family members (and the dog too)): Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning.

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The 17th annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is an opportunity to have fun while doing good.

The 5K Run-Walk Thanksgiving morning in Northfield raises funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and for Northfield’s successful youth exchange program. And don’t forget the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring a food item to replenish the store.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per participant if you register by Thursday, Nov. 9, or $20 if you register after that. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event. Canines will be recognized with a bandana complements of Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, one of the Turkey Trot’s major sponsors.


Candidate Forum for Council Seat October 23

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The League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls will hold a candidate forum on Monday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at the Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

On November 7, there will be an election for an at-large seat on the Northfield City Council, with three candidates vying for the position. The incumbent, Greg Colby, was appointed to fill the vacancy created in November 2016 when Rhonda Pownell was elected Mayor. Colby’s term ends on December 31, 2017.  The term of the elected candidate will be one year with the possibility of running in the 2018 election for a 4-year term.

The three candidates are:  Greg Colby, Jon Denison and Don McGee.  Allene Moesler of Cannon Falls will moderate the forum. There will be opportunities for the public to submit questions to the candidates following their formal presentations.


Jesse James Bike Tour - Saturday, Sept 9th - 5 routes!

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The countdown for the 2017 Jesse James Bike Tour has officially begun – the event will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017, rain or shine.
 
The Northfield Rotary Club organizes and hosts the annual tour, inviting riders of all ages and skill levels to participate in the family-friendly event. Participants under 18 can register for free with a paid adult, courtesy of Northfield McDonald’s.
 
New this year, a shuttle will take riders from the finish line to downtown Northfield for a post-ride celebration being co-hosted by Imminent Brewing and Armory Square.

Y Kids Tri - 8 years and counting!

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Summer is here and the kids might already be looking for something fun to do.  Direct some of that energy into running, swimming and biking at the Y’s Kids Tri on Saturday, June 24th at the Old Memorial Pool.  

The 8th Annual Y Kids Tri is a fun, non-competitive triathlon that’s all about getting kids excited to get fit! Kids ages 6-14 will experience a morning of encouragement, cheers and satisfaction of completing this swim, bike and run event. There’s nothing like the excitement of crossing a finish line! No experience is necessary! Kids are encouraged to train during the summer, so it’s a great way for family to get fit together.


This is Medicaid: Northfield Townhall

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Join This Is Medicaid for a public conversation about the benefits Medicaid offers to Minnesotans in Northfield, what coverage will look like if the AHCA passes the Senate in its current form, and what you can do to advocate for protecting Medicaid. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from 6  to 7:30 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church (500 3rd Street West, Northfield). More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-medicaid-northfield-townhall-tickets-34470793070.


Current State of Health Care in Northfield Topic of Forum

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The state of health care in Northfield is the topic to be discussed at a forum onThursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  A panel will talk about current health care plans and challenges, the consequences of repeal of the Affordable Care Act as well as pending health care legislation at both state and federal levels. Members of the panel are:  Steve Underdahl, president & CEO of Northfield Hospital and Clinics; Charlie Mandile, CEO of Health Finders Collaborative; Ashley Hodgson, Assistant Professor of Economics at St. Olaf College; and David Bly who represents Northfield in the Minnesota House.

The public is invited to attend. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield-Cannon Falls.


Looking for an Amazing Summer Job? Join the Y Team.

YMCA Summer Camp
 
The Northfield Y is seeking energetic, caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of youth. Spend your summer break making a positive impact, promoting inclusion, embracing diversity, and strengthening communities. Day Camp positions include full and part-time counselors, activity specialists, camp coordinators, and more.

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