Local Issues

Carleton College to Host Community Open House on Facilities Planning

Carleton College announces a Community Open House on Wednesday, March 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Larson Meeting Room 236, to share emerging plans for the long-term layout of the campus, including desired locations for future academic, administrative, and residential functions.  The public is invited to attend; light refreshments will be served.


Sr Center Brings Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker to Speak on Sustainability

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Larkin McPhee, Emmy-awardin winning producer, will be the keynote speaker for the kick off event of a 4-part series on Local Sustainability, presented for the public by the Northfield Senior Center.  The first event will be Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, starting with a viewing of the film "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story," followed by comments from McPhee, who produced and directed the film.   McPhee won three Emmys for this documentary: Best Topical Documentary, Best Writer of Program (non-news) and Best Editor of Program (non-news).   The film shows the relationship between farming practices and the health of the river.   It tells the story of changes on the land, and the initiatives people are taking to ensure a more sustainable food production system.       


Strong Towns "Curbside Chat"

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NDDC presents Strong Towns’ Curbside Chat

PLAN TO ATTEND!  The NDDC has invited the Strong Towns organization to Northfield for one of their “Curbside Chats”.  The event will be held on Monday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Archer House Riverview Conference Room on the lower level.  The Curbside Chats are designed with special attention to city officials and community leaders, but strong towns are built from the grassroots and your voices needed at this free event.


New Toastmasters Group Now Forming in Northfield

Plans are afoot to organize a new Toastmasters club in Northfield. The planners envision the group will meet on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening in classroom or public meeting space on the St. Olaf campus. Interested community members and students should contact either Elisabeth Sepulveda, sepulvee@stolaf.edu, or Lewis Campbell, lfc-813@sevenpathswebdesign.com.


Address by Paul Douglas at Climate Summit Scheduled on NTV Channel 12

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In you were not able to attend the Northfield Area Climate Summit, Paul Douglas' keynote speech will be rebroadcast on Northfield Cable Television/NTV Channel 12 on Monday, February 10 and Monday February 17 at 8:30 pm (check NTV program schedule for additional show times on those dates), and on Tuesday February 11 and February 18 at 7:30 am

These will be the only re-broadcasts of Paul Douglas' keynote, so please spread word of these dates to friends and colleagues in Northfield.         


Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community?  The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week.  Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment


Immigration 101: A Public Information Forum on Minnesota's Immigration Laws

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UPDATE: Immigration 101 Event Cancelled Due to Severe Winter WeatherDue to severe winter weather, tonight's "Immigration 101: A Panel Forum on Minnesota's New Immigration Laws" event has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The event will be rescheduled at a future date. Organizers ask for your assistance in spreading the word about this cancellation. For more information, contact Susannah Ottaway of the Carleton College Humanities Center at (507) 222-4217.


Public Invited to attend Immigration 101: Panel Forum on Minnesota’s New Immigration Laws

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The public is invited to attend a panel discussion entitled “Immigration 101,” a look at Minnesota’s new immigration laws and what they mean for Northfield students, families and employers. This event will take place Monday, Jan. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The free forum will feature short presentations by an expert panel, followed by audience questions and discussion. There will also be a reception with light refreshments, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Carleton Humanities Center. Everyone is welcome. Headsets will also be available for simultaneous Spanish translation.

Ricky Peterson, president of the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls, encourages community members to attend this forum. “We know we've always been a nation of immigrants,” says Peterson, “yet each new immigrant group presents new challenges to our communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how our system is adapting to those challenges today."


Patterns Shifting: on the subject of climate change, a Northfield focus

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On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.

According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century. 


Climate Summit Registration Still Open

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There is still time to register for the Saturday January 18, 2014 Northfield Area Climate Summit at St. Olaf’s Buntrock Commons. This event is free and open to the public. (http://northfieldclimatesummit.org/registration/ )

In addition to the keynote speaker Meteorologist Paul Douglas, there will be nine break out sessions led by a wide range of experts, from academics to activists. The panels will include attention to the local implications of cimate change and offer practical information and resources to foster ongoing diecernment and action. 

For example, Robert Jacobel, St. Olaf Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies will lead a session offering participants the opportunity to learn more about the science of climate change.


Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration Monday, January 20

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Northfield Human Rights Commission Chair Corinne Smith announces that the 20th annual Northfield Community Celebration of the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on Monday, January 20th, at the Church of St. Dominic (104 Linden Street N), 7:00-8:00 pm.  The theme of the event this year is Creating a Beloved Community, one of the aspirations of Dr. King.


Northfield Citizens Online Seeks Nominees to Board

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The 2014 Annual Meeting of Northfield Citizens Online, the group that makes Northfield.Org happen, is coming up on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Contended Cow. The public is welcome to attend and participate. There are three board vacancies which may be filled at the meeting by nominations from the floor (in addition to those prepared by the board), and voted on by those in attendance, our "members."  If you would like to make a nomination, including yourself, email  contactus@northfield.org.


WINGS Accepting Grant Applications for 2014

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area non-profit organizations to apply for a 2014 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and children in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified non-profit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District. Deadline for applications is March 15.

WINGS funds grants in the following areas of focus: housing stability, food stability, economic stability, safe environments for victims of domestic violence, early learning, out-of-school programs, adult education, health care, healthy behaviors and entrepreneurship. WINGS grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Every grant candidate is considered anew in each grant cycle.


Northfield Youth Choirs Rehearsals Cancelled for Monday, Jan. 6th

Rehearsals for the Northfield Youth Choirs, including the evening Regional Choir, are cancelled on Monday, January 6th in conjunction with the school closings.  Rehearsals will resume normally for Monday, January 13th.  Email: office@northfieldyouthchoirs.org if you have any questions.


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