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CROP Walk is Sunday, October 5th!

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Northfield CROP Walk is the annual community-wide collaboration to help eradicate world hunger and poverty, provide disaster relief, and assist refugees around the world.

Please join your fellow community members on Sunday, October 5th at 2 p.m. as we start from United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, and walk together for about 17 blocks to Bridge Square.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised will support projects around the world sponsored by Church World Service (CWS).  The other twenty-five percent goes to eliminate poverty and hunger right here in Northfield through programs sponsored by the Northfield Community Action Center.


Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for 2015 Living Treasures Award

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Philip Spensley, on behalf of the Arts and Culture Commission. invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered a Northfield Living Treasure.

The award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

Nominees may be either a practitioner in one or more of the arts, or an arts or cultural leader, supporter, or advocate.  The award is one of recognition and has no financial value.

Criteria for nomination are adapted from the United Nations guidelines to countries, states, and cities who also offer such awards:


Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.


TORCH awarded College Ready Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

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The start of the new school year brought news of an exciting wave of additional resources for Northfield students.  The Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative was among the 10 recipients of the $1.3 million in College Ready grants awarded by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. A $55,660 grant will fund rigorous extracurricular instruction in math and English to help 56 Northfield high school juniors and seniors ultimately pass college-level courses.  The 56 students will be members of the TORCH cohort, which serves youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees.


September is Recovery Month

By Kathy Sandberg. Robin Williams was an American actor, stand-up comedian, screen writer and movie producer.  His career began in the TV role of Mork (from sitcom Mork and Mindy), an extraterrestrial alien from the planet Ork.  Williams went on to star in TV shows, Broadway performances and in films.  From the early days of a starring role in Good Morning, Vietnam to more than 80 feature films, Williams entertained by drawing laughter from his audiences while also supplying a tender humanness to every story he offered. I am a long-time fan of Williams and in reflecting on the struggles he had, my admiration for him has grown.  I am going to miss Robin Williams.


Elizabeth Child Hired as Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way

The Northfield Area United Way is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Child has been hired as its executive director. “Elizabeth is a proven leader in local and Twin Cities corporate and nonprofit organizations. We are thrilled to welcome her as our new executive director,” says Priscilla Paton, chair of the Northfield Area United Way board of directors.


Garden Project Organizers are Making a Difference

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Two Northfield residents who helped middle school students plant and care for a summer vegetable garden have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for August. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Sara Tetreault, a site lead for the school district’s Summer BLAST program, and her husband, Hank, led a group of 20 rising ninth graders through the process of planting, weeding and watering at garden at the SEEDS farm. The garden project was an enrichment activity for students enrolled in BLAST, a seven-week program for middle school students designed to close the achievement gap.

Susan Sanderson, the middle school TORCH coordinator, nominated the Tetreaults for the award. “Hank and Sara not only supported and nurtured a garden, but more importantly, they supported and nurtured a great group of rising ninth-graders,” she said.


Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.


Northfield community benefits from HCI’s latest “Investing in Youth” grants

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At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May.  There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments.  Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.


Project Prevention Champions Sought

The Rice County Chemical Health Coalition needs your help to find and recognize PROJECT PREVENTION CHAMPIONS in our community.  

A Project Prevention Champion is someone who has helped provide support for a healthier life in our community – someone who helps reduce risk factors for alcohol and drug abuse, someone who supports recovery, or builds assets for our youth and other community members.


All Comers Track Meet

All Comers Track Meet!

An All-Comers Track & Field Meet will take place Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School track, located at 2200 Division St. South. The event is free and open to the public. The fun, family-friendly meet welcomes ages 2-102!

Races for participants include various sprints and distance runs, build-your-own relay and medley teams, in addition to a field event competition. First, second, and third place recipients will be awarded ribbons.


Northfield Historical Society is Making a Difference

The Northfield Historical Society has received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative's "Making a Difference" Award for July. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.


National Teen Council Names Jenna Scheffert as Minnesota Representative

Jenna Scheffert was selected to help to achieve the Vision of the National Teen Council: To connect the nation’s brightest young leaders, providing them with resources and ideas to make an impact on both a local and nationwide level.

The National Teen Council was founded in 2013 as an opportunity to engage the nation’s greatest young leaders. The program is student-based and student-ran (and is not affiliated with any national government organization–rather, we are a student-led network of passionate student leaders).Selected leaders engage in discussion about local and national youth issues, exchange leadership ideas, and take part in both local and national projects.

Jenna Scheffert is a rising senior from Northfield, Minnesota. She is a member of her city’s youth council, and is currently working with the Mayor to implement new positions for youth on standing voting committees. She also takes part on the YMCA State Board Committee of Youth in Government (YIG) and has been appointed as floor leader for a youth model assembly session. 


Welcome to the City of Northfield, Nick Haggenmiller!

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City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller’s employment agreement was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Nick’s first day of employment is Monday, August 18, 2014.  Starting on August 18th allows two weeks of transition time with current City Administrator Tim Madigan.  City Administrator Madigan gave a 6-month retirement notice to the City in February 2014.  

Nick is coming to Northfield from the City of Howard Lake, Minnesota, where he has been employed for the past 2 years as City Administrator.  Prior to that, he was an Assistant City Manager for Community Development in Montevideo, Minnesota. 

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science – Public administration from Winona State University (Cum Laude) and Master of Art - Urban Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato (Magna Cum Laude).


Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently accepting nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and three board positions for high school students, beginning in September 2014.  HCI board members serve three-year terms.

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.” To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information on the HCI Board or to nominate yourself or someone else for the board, please contact HCI at 664-3524 or info@northfieldhci.org.

To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.


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