Local Issues

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.


Northfield Area Climate Summit, Jan. 18

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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 http://northfieldclimatesummit.org. Join in the conversation at facebook.com/northfieldclimatesummit and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate


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

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At their December 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support six projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including five Service Learning projects designed by Northfield High School students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


HCI seeks part-time coordinator

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative is currently accepting applications for a part-time HCI Coordinator position.

The coordinator will provide staffing to HCI-supported coalitions and committees, as well as strategic direction for HCI’s youth engagement initiatives.

The complete position description is attached to this post.

Application review will begin on January 3, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.


There is a Y in everyone

Scott Sannes, principal of Sibley Elementary School and president of the boys’ Northfield Basketball Association, speaks to how the new YMCA building will offer increased opportunities for our youth. To find out more about how you can contribute to the YMCA building project, go to http://northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign.

The YMCA works to raise building funds to offer increased opportunities to youth in our community.

In light of the Northfield Area YMCA’s latest groundbreaking news – I believe families are getting pretty excited!

The community building located near Target on the south end of town and slated to be open fall of 2014 is an investment worth making for our youth.

As the YMCA takes shape, it represents to me increased opportunities for children.


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.

NORTHFIELD ARTS AND CULTURE COMMISSION NAMES ITS 2014 LIVING TREASURE

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 by Philip Spensley, Chair, Northfield Arts and Culture Commission

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The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield has named Patsy Dew as the 2014 recipient of its Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to Dew at a public ceremony on Thursday, January 16th at the Grand Event Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration, which starts at 7 pm, and to share in the expression of appreciation for Patsy's many and significant contributions to the community.


Northfield Promise receives an inaugural Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to help with the launch of the Northfield Promise collective impact initiative.

“We are honored and humbled that Northfield Promise was selected for one of the Bush Foundation’s inaugural Community Innovation Grants,” said Zach Pruitt, HCI Director.  “We are excited about the community stakeholders who have committed to working collectively to help improve cradle-to-career outcomes for young people in Northfield.”

The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community problem-solving – inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets – and be more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches.  The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to enable, inspire and reward community innovation.


Please help us to get Larry up and rolling again!

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Melissa Bernard wrote this to make Northfielders aware of the Ramp Up For Larry campaign that was launched with regards to raising funds to help Larry Sanftner fix his van.  I know Larry and dog Molly have a prominent role in your Northfield or Faribault school, business, non-profit, etc. and as you know it is so important that he continue as a contributor to the plethora of activities and programs with which he is involved.  His transportation to those programs is vital to their success.    

Doing So Much, The Chair Not A Crutch!

 

It’s Friday night lights and out on the field,

not a person doesn’t see the man and his wheels;

“Kick the ball straight and through the uprights,”

says the man to the kicker with all of his might.

 

It’s a Tuesday and Thursday evening in the fall of the year,


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