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Five HCI Investing with Youth Grants awarded

At their November 2013 board meeting, 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.

Funded projects included:

What Two Northfielders Saw In the Holy Land

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Northfielders for Justice in Palestine-Israel (NIP) invite the public to a presentation about the recent visit of Soraya Dangor and Graison Hensley Chapman to the Holy Land.  The couple spent 40 days there this summer in order to learn about the lives of Palestinians.  Funded by a scholarship from NIP, they traveled through Israel and the West bank. They will tell about their experiences living with a Palestinian Christian family, working as volunteers with children and seniors and visiting with Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists.

The event is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at the Northfield First United Church of Christ.  Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact:

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

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At their September and October 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.

Funded projects included:

Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for Living Treasures Award


The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of the City of Northfield is once again seeking nominees for its annual Northfield Living Treasures Award, sponsored by the Northfield News.  ACC Chair, Philip Spensley says the commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by November 9, 2013.  Attached is the nomination form. Hard copy forms are available at the Northfield News, the Public Library, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Historical Society, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and at City Hall. They are also available at the above organizations' websites.  Completed nomination forms should be turned in at the circulation desk of the Public Library or at the City Administrator’s office at City Hall.

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

Beth Berry is Making a Difference

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Beth Berry, who recently retired as high school coordinator of the TORCH program, has received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for October. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Berry has been the driving force behind Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) since it formed in 2005. Concerned that few Latino students were graduating from Northfield High School in the early 2000s, Berry organized the collaborative effort to encourage and motivate Latino students to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education or training. The program grew to include low-income students and potential first-generation college students, and it now serves more than 300 youth in grades 6-12.

Rick Esse, Candidate for 4th Ward City Council

Rick Esse

I have lived and worked in Northfield since 1981. I am a graduate of St. Olaf College and have studied at Luther Theological Seminary. My career path has led me from retail clothing (including Freeman’s the Hub in downtown Northfield while a college student) to the insurance and travel industries, and ultimately, advertising and communications. I currently work with a wide range of clients in agriculture, construction, financial services, manufacturing, health services and retail.

My wife Pam and I live in a two-story stucco home on North Orchard Street that we purchased in 1983 and have painted several times. We have one adult son, Alexander, and a barking Bichon named Churchill, who is too well known in the neighborhood.

Community Involvement:

Jessica Peterson White, Candidate for 4th Ward City Council

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I'm proud to be part of Northfield, a community that supports people at all stages of life, and invests in economic prosperity for the long term and for the common good. I'm proud to know that we put our key assets—the environment, our local businesses, and our unique culture—at the heart of our decision-making. I'm honored—and excited—to keep working hard to bring these values to the City Council. In my many roles in our community, I've learned the importance of collaborative leadership, of innovation, and of appreciating the wonderful range of lives being lived here.

Let's keep Northfield vital, unique, and moving forward.

Scott Oney, Candidate for 4th Ward City Council

Scott Oney

I’ve lived in Northfield, in the same house, since 1987. Our neighborhood was in Ward 2 until the last redistricting, when it was placed in Ward 4. I’m a full-time freelance copy editor and proofreader, mostly for college textbook publishers. I maintain an office in downtown Northfield, but I’m not a member of the Chamber of Commerce or the NDDC.

What issues or council actions have prompted you to run for council? What relevant experience do you bring to the job?

I would like to bring some fairness and common sense to the council. It’s no secret that members of the present council haven’t been getting along well lately. They seem to have divided into two factions, hence all the 4-3 and 3-4 votes. I am not locked into either of these camps, but I would like to work with members from both.

Arts Learning Grants Have Epic Impact

The people we serve at Epic Enterprise are experiencing the opportunity to develop artistically thanks to Arts Learning grants awarded by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Epic is a non-profit organization providing supports to adults with disabilities in the Rice County area and we have used Arts Learning grants in 2010, 2011 and this year to host a variety of artists that work directly with individuals who encounter significant barriers to engaging in creative experiences on their own. Visiting artists have shared their instructional skills in the areas of visual art, puppetry, clay, papermaking, music, dance and storytelling with our staff. As a result, we have developed a daily program at Epic that enables us to help individuals discover empowering forms of self-expression through the arts.

Northfield Civil War Veterans Featured at Northfield Historical Society Cemetery Stories


Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that the Northfield Historical Society will present the 8th annual Cemetery Stories on October 19 at the Northfield Cemetery. As part of the 150th observance of the Civil  War, this year’s event will highlight Northfield-area veterans of that war.  In spring 1861, political solutions having failed, southern forces fired upon Fort Sumter and the American Civil War had commenced.

First National Bank of Northfield Hires Assistant Vice President of Technology, Operations Officer

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Taylor Ebneter as assistant vice president of technology and operations officer. Ebneter brings more than 10 years of banking experience to First National.

First National President Tim Viere said, “Taylor is an outstanding addition to the First National team. She represents the bank’s ongoing commitment to providing a community banking experience that is rich with the everyday technology conveniences customers have come to expect from their financial institutions. We’re delighted to have a person of her caliber join us.”

Prior to joining First National, Ebneter served in the technology department at Voyager Bank in Eden Prairie, Minn., spearheading key technology initiatives, managing the network, and configuring and installing the network infrastructure and software.

Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through Blue Cross Foundation

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Growing Up Healthy has received a $50,000 grant, with a chance for renewal for a second year, from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help improve health in Rice County. The funds will be used for social capital development work in low-income neighborhoods in Rice County. The work will empower groups of leaders from historically marginalized communities to better advocate for their peers and foster important connections both within and beyond their neighborhoods.



Marie Vogl Gery and Judith Stoutland, organizers of the event, invite all to  the 11th Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace in Bridge Square on Saturday,  Sept. 21. 

“Education for Peace” is the theme for this year. It grows out of concern for the UN Second Millennium Development Goal which promises basic education for every girl and boy on the planet. Progress in achieving this goal  revealed a widening circle of advantages in the cultures where this had happened. War and recession have stopped and reversed many benefits.  

The theme also offers opportunities to learn about making, retaining, and renewing peace. We will hear about the work of local peacemakers and groups. There will be information and encouragement for the work.

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.

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