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Pardon the Dust!

12/9/13 Update: The problems appear to now be fully resolved. Thank you for your patience.

Our hosting provider, Dreamhost, performed emergency maintenance several days ago on our web server. This maintenance involved migration to a new server. Since that time, various things have not been working properly, most notably:

  • E-mails from the site do not work (user registration / contact us form).
  • Images uploaded with stories are not displaying.

We would like to get these problems fixed as soon as possible, but that depends on Dreamhost responding to our ticket requests in an adequate manner. Keep your fingers crossed.


New Depot Progress Visible

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“Is that a chimney going up on the depot?” is a frequent question to Save the Northfield Depot (STND) board members.  They enthusiastically confirm that, indeed, it is.

When faced with the need to identify the exterior location of the white vent pipe for the bathroom, the idea of reconstructing the chimney to hide the pipe was quickly adopted.

The 1888 depot blue prints show a stove in the center of the depot.  It served the two waiting rooms (one for the women and one for the men) separated by a wall down the middle of the depot.  The two flues account for the width of the chimney.

“We are fortunate to have the original 1888 drawings that Alex Rappe of Rappe Custom Creations can use for the reconstruction”, noted Alice Thomas, STND Board Member.  The unique pattern of bricks that form ridges can be seen in the original 1888 plans (see image) and is evident in archival photos.


Y Kids Tri - 8 years and counting!

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Summer is here and the kids might already be looking for something fun to do.  Direct some of that energy into running, swimming and biking at the Y’s Kids Tri on Saturday, June 24th at the Old Memorial Pool.  

The 8th Annual Y Kids Tri is a fun, non-competitive triathlon that’s all about getting kids excited to get fit! Kids ages 6-14 will experience a morning of encouragement, cheers and satisfaction of completing this swim, bike and run event. There’s nothing like the excitement of crossing a finish line! No experience is necessary! Kids are encouraged to train during the summer, so it’s a great way for family to get fit together.


Public Invited to Film Series Sponsored by Northfielders for Peace and Justice in Palestine/Israel

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Not all battles involve bombs. In the battle for justice for Palestine, opponents deploy persuasion and influence to mobilize supporters as foot soldiers of their respective messages. For its ninth annual film festival, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel will present three films exploring occupation and nonviolent resistance to it.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 6, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.


Summer Fun for Children

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A playful, meaningful connection with the world outdoors needs to be a fundamental ingredient of every childhood. An integral part of the Montessori philosophy is the belief that children learn through personal experience. The summer at Montessori Children’s House focuses on increasing the child’s awareness, particularly in the area of life sciences. The summer is an ideal time for exploration of our natural areas, bird life and other animal life surrounding our school. Many practical life activities like washing, scrubbing and polishing are moved outdoors. The program is designed to involve children in environmental education through interactive stories, songs and games.  They create arts and crafts projects and conduct experiments and scientific studies.  Regular cooking classes take place in our summer kitchen and feature healthy products picked on site.


Chess Players Invted to Public Library Club

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The Northfield Public Library will be starting a chess club which will be held in the meeting room from 6 to 8 pm on the first and third Mondays of the month beginning  May 1.  We have five chess sets available, but attendees are welcome to bring their own.  If you wish to use a chess clock you must bring your own.  Participants are welcome to play whatever style of chess they would like.


E-cycling on April 1!

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The next e-cycling event will take place next Saturday, April 1st at the UCC Church a 300 Union Street in Northfield from 10am until noon.  I'd make an April Fool's joke, but e-recycling is far too serious.As usual, please make sure to drop off all materials on site only on the collection day.  Jim, the recycler, will accept a small number of CRT televisions and monitors, but they must be moveable by one person and there is a small fee for each, depending on the size.Otherwise, all items will be accepted.  If you have questions about what can or can't be dropped off, please contact Jim directly at 651-214-3857.

Sam Steinberg


Northfield Depot Renovation Video Tour

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Next Wednesday, March 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Northfield Senior Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway),  Alice Thomas will provide an update on the progress of the major restoration project with a “video tour” of the depot.  Find out what has been happening this winter on the exterior (under the  plastic shelter), the interior progress and the summer work plans.

Eliminate the possibility of nasty March weather and the difficulty of navigating the mud and building materials to join others in the warm, comfortable Senior Center, Room #106.

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Looking for an Amazing Summer Job? Join the Y Team.

YMCA Summer Camp
 
The Northfield Y is seeking energetic, caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of youth. Spend your summer break making a positive impact, promoting inclusion, embracing diversity, and strengthening communities. Day Camp positions include full and part-time counselors, activity specialists, camp coordinators, and more.

Montessori Open House

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OPEN HOUSE
What is a house for children?
It is a place for voices to be heard, laughter to be shared, wonder to be experienced. Come see a children's house for yourself. Saturday, February 11th from 10:00 until 12:00 we will be hosting our Spring Open House. We would love to meet your family to discuss our vision for early childhood education and show you what we mean by "an environment for discovery and learning." Enrollment for summer programs and the 2017-2018 school year will be available. Our tables and chairs may be small, but our hearts are big!
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Northfield Public Safety Explorer Post 3300 is Making a Difference

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Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Chris Matek and Brian Kramer, advisors of Northfield Public Safety Explorer Post 3300, with the January 2017 “Making a Difference” Award.

The award is given out to community members or organizations that help to make Northfield an even better place for young people.

The Northfield Public Safety Explorer Post is dedicated to providing youth (ages 14 to 20) with training and information about the public safety career fields of Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Law Enforcement and Fire Fighting. This post is the first in the state to combine all three emergency service disciplines into one program.


Northfield Promise receives national support to accelerate change

Northfield Promise and Every Hand JoinedNorthfield Promise, in partnership with Red Wing’s Every Hand Joined, is one of five communities across the country selected for the 2016 Accelerator Fund after a competitive application process. These network members, along with the six communities chosen for the first round in 2015, will receive support from a $12 million investment fund.

The communities belong to the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network and will work to expedite progress toward better educational outcomes for all kids by joining a learning network run by the national education-focused network, StriveTogether.

“Our goal as an organization is to prove that we can achieve consistent and sustained improvements in student outcomes at scale,” StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said. “The Accelerator Fund is designed to help communities reach education goals faster while building the strength of partnerships to accelerate their progress over the long term. We believe these five communities will identify and spread practices that achieve results, particularly for the most vulnerable children, and capture lessons that will advance other collective impact partnerships across the country.”


Community Solar Garden Availability

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Community solar gardens are finally being built and now renters, home owners, small businesses and others can join companies and institutions like St. Olaf College in subscribing.

We at Northfield Area Community Solar (NACS) are hosting an event Saturday, January 21st at the Weitz Center from 9am to noon, for information about MN Community Solar's gardens and to help people obtain the needed information from Xcel or to subscribe to a community solar garden. Come and go as you please to the January event. We will have computers to walk you through the processes or bring your own laptop if you prefer for confidentiality reasons and we'll help with what you need.

Community solar is a way you and your family can make an environmental change in the right direction. Please also sign the petition at www.northfieldearthday.com, if you haven't, urging the city of Northfield to join other communities in going 100% carbon free.


Community Preschool Survey - What do Parents Want? Take the Survey!

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Preschool Parents - The Y wants to hear from you. 
 
We put together a short 5-question survey to get feedback from parents of preschoolers.  
 
What types of programming would you like?  
What days of the week and times work best in their schedules?

Save the Northfield Depot Paver Fundraiser

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Save the Northfield Depot is pleased with the 2016 progress — successful move of the depot and completion of initial repairs — but more work needs to be done for which funding is needed.

The group is announcing an opportunity to permanently show support of the depot project through its “Paving Our Way from the Past to the Future” engraved paver sale, which begins in December and will extend through 2017.

Next summer, the pavers will be placed in the sculpture garden and pathways. The sculpture garden plan, a pro bono effort of a landscape planner, will include plantings, two sculptures donated by private individuals and a water feature centered in the garden patio (see illustration).


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