HCI "2016 Report to the Community" is now available online.

HCI 2016 Report to the Community

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) "2016 Report to the Community" is now available online. Learn more about the work of HCI, its signature initiatives, and its community impact. Check it out here!

Want to help people feel better?


There’s one thing that every volunteer at Northfield Hospital & Clinics has in common: They help people feel better.

Beyond that, every experience is different.

There are so many ways to volunteer at Northfield Hospital that adults of all ages and interests find a role that suits their talents (and schedule).

Join us for an information session on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center. You'll hear about volunteer opportunities throughout the hospital, take a tour, and -- if you want -- begin the application process.

We’re lucky to have many community members who give their time and talent. Helping others helps them feel better, too.

Here is the full line up for this summer's BOOKS & STARS!

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Books & Stars is an evening summer series of music and entertianment for all ages at parks in Northfield!  Join us for fun, free, family friendly entertainment plus an opportunity to check out/return library materials at Booker, the Book Bus.  It's Wednesday evenings from June 15 to August 3 at parks throughout Northfield.  If it looks rainy we move to Oddfellow's Park Pavilion at Forest Ave & Madison St. -the SHOW always goes on!

Booker opens at 6:30, the show begins at 7 pm.

The Y is hiring: Aquatics Coordinator

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The Y is searching for an enthusiastic, passionate person who enjoys working with youth and families.  Our Aquatics Coordinator is responsible for the sound operation and high quality of a new indoor pool and aquatics programs to include swim lessons, water fitness, open youth and family swim and lifeguard needs.

Laura Goodwin is Making a Difference


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Laura Goodwin, Autism and the Arts Coordinator and instructor at the Northfield Arts Guild, with the May 2016 “Making a Difference” Award.

Thanks for the Renovated Library!


Thanks to the 500+ private donors and the City of Northfield AND the 2,200 visitors who came to the reopening of our public library on Saturday, May 7.  Your enthusiasm, donations, tax dollars and your patience all made the library renovation possible in record time.  

It was just two years ago that then City Administrator Tim Madigan suggested that the City spend $1M on necessary upgrades to the 1910 original building and the 1985 addition.  The Friends of the Library offered to match that amount.  Both partners kicked in more to make our library modern, flexible, code compliant and fun. Nine months of construction and a lot of hard work by Brennan Construction and city staff resulted in the grand opening on May 7. The library has resumed regular hours in a most amazing space!

Composer/Lyricist Gary Rue Offers Summer Songwriting Class


Award winning composer/lyricist Gary Rue is offering an intensive professional level songwriting class in Northfield, June 13 through August 8 at Hot Spot Music, 801 Division Street, Northfield. The class focuses on songwriting as a craft, employing the major elements of the American popular song:  lyric, melody and harmony, in a lecture/workshop environment. The course is recommended for artists who are currently writing and/or performing their own work and who want to broaden their work to film, music theater, jingles, composing for other artists, paid commissions, etc.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board (May 9, 2016)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 7pm, in the high school media center.

Save the Northfield Depot Receives Natonal Railway Historical Society Grant

Save the Northfield Depot Receives Natonal Railway Historical Society Grant

Communications Committee member Alice Thomas announces that the National Railway Historical Society (NHRS) has provided a grant of $2,000 to Save the Northfield Depot. One of twelve national recipients, SND will use the grant to build replacements for eleven of the original twenty-four brackets on the depot that were removed in 1944 when a freight house was attached. Thomas notes, “The brackets are an important part of enhancing the historical integrity of the 1888 Milwaukee Depot”.  Wood purchased with the funds will leverage many volunteer hours to produce and install the unique, detailed brackets next fall.

The wood, white pine, will be obtained from Dennis Lien of South Range, WI and dried this summer in a storage facility provided through the generosity of Northfielder Jim Gleason. Volunteer Richard Schulte used templates made from existing brackets to craft prototypes during the winter.

New for Summer: Teen H.E.A.T (Healthy Eating Active Teens) - weekly drop-in program open.

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Teen H.E.A.T. (Healthy Eating Active Teens) Program
Ages 13-17

A different theme each week - aquatic, fitness, sport, or nutrition.  This program is aimed at keeping teens active and giving them some knowledge about healthy eating as well.  Come one, two, or the whole summer!  This program will help teens create a healthy lifestyle through eating healthy and physical activity.  Each week there will be something new to learn from nutrition to pool activities. Each week will be a different activity so it will always be something new to try.

YMCA Goods for Good Garage Sale - Buy & Donate Opportunities

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The Y is hosting a sale site during the city-wide Goods for Good garage sale weekend.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Y Scholarship Fund.  Come shop the sale for good deals and a great cause. 

Donate your gently used household goods and furniture (no clothing please) to our sale:  Drop-off is on Friday, May 13th at the Y. 

YMCA Goods for Good Garage Sale Details: 

First responders to conduct hostile event training on May 9

Local public safety agencies are teaming up to prepare for emergency scenarios like a shooting or a bomb threat.

First responders will hold a hostile event training exercise the evening of Monday, May 9 at St. Dominic School. Participating agencies are Northfield Police Department, Northfield Area Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.  

This is a planned exercise. The site will have police, fire and ambulance traffic outside the school. Inside, trainees will be conducting different scenarios and drills to prepare themselves in the event that a hostile situation ever presents itself.

Hostile event training has become common for first responders across the U.S.

“It’s now the standard to include police, fire and EMS in the training because those are the three groups that will respond to an event,” said Monte Nelson, Northfield Chief of Police.

Northfield Public Library News

May 7th

The Northfield Public Library will emerge from its construction cocoon this Saturday, May 7th at 10 am everyone is invited to the Grand Re-Opening ceremonies beginning at 10 am with a formal ribbon cutting.  In the meantime the library at City Hall and the 210 Washington site are closed as library & city staff move the remaining materials and shelves and to prepare the new space.  Neither bookdrop is available during this time, please keep your items until we open.

We will have new hours beginning May 9 with Sunday hours from 1 -5 pm running through June 5.  New weekly hours are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.  Our contact numbers and email remain the same.  For more information call 507-645-6606.

Destroyed Palestinian villages remembered at events on May 14


“Never forget” is a phrase used to encourage remembrance for wide-scale tragedies. People in the Northfield area will have the opportunity this month to participate in an event to remember a painful period in Palestinian history.

“Remembering the 1948 Nakba (the Catastrophe)” is a pair of public events that will explore the mass expulsion of Palestinian people and destruction of their homes in the late 1940s. Palestinians will tell how they and their families were impacted by the Nakba at a panel discussion to be held 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., May 14, 2016, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., Northfield.

The second part of the commemoration will be held later that day at Bridge Square, Northfield (First UCC if weather is inclement). Audience members at the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. event will be invited to place Palestinian flags on a 4-foot-by-8-foot map of Palestine/Israel as the names of destroyed Palestinian villages are read.

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