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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.

ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD Seeks Academic Support Volunteers

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A great deal of normalcy is expected to return to NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS this fall, which is music to the

River Bend Nature Center Annual Meeting to be Held Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


The 2020 Annual Meeting of River Bend Nature Center will be held virtually at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 30. Given the complications of an in-person gathering, the board decided to hold the meeting online.

There will be the election of two board members.  Executive Director Breanna Wheeler will give the Annual Report, including the adjustments the Center is making in its programing in response to the challenges the pandemic has created. She and staff will also talk about how they are planning for the year ahead.  The Center’s Gambling Manager, Stacy Dupont will give the annual Charitable Gambling Star Report.

For more information about how to join the meeting and for copies of meeting documents, contact:

Breanna Wheeler, Executive Directot

Phone 507-332-7151







RiverBend Nature Center Seeks Board Members


Do you care about environmental education, outdoor recreation and restoration of natural lands? 

River Bend Nature Center is looking for new members to serve on the Center’s Board of Directors.  Candidates will be voted on at the 2020 Annual Meeting on July 30.

RBNC board members may serve two three-year terms. The board meets once a month to work with Center staff to establish programs to implement the Center’s mission:  “ . . . to help people discover, enjoy, understand and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us.”  

Located in Faribault on the Straight River, RBNC is comprised of over 700 acres of forest, prairie and wetlands. Extensive trails provide places to walk, ski and bicycle.  During the school year, staff provides environmental education programs for schools and other groups. During the summer, various camps with environmental themes attract children of all ages. 

Earth Day to be Celebrted on Zoom


Check out http://northfieldearthday.com to see the many ways we can celebrate  the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday.

Accelerate Northfield Seeks Tutors for 'Learning Superheroes'

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Electronics, Appliances, Scrap metal and other materials E-cycled Saturday

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Jim Caswell invites people to bring  outdated computers, printers, modems, phones and other electronic materials to the parking lot of the First UCC Church on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.ml until noon. 

ThinTVs or monitors are OK to bring, but old-fashioned bulky, TVs or monitors will only occasionally be accepted.  There will be a fee of $5 to $40, depending on size.

For questions about items or to schedule a separate pickup or drop-off, call:Jim CAswell, .

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Jim Caswell

Electronic Recycling Saturday April 6

The first Saturday of every month, Jim Caswell will be collecting electronics, appliances, tools and scrap metal at First Unite Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, Northfield from 20 a.m. until noon. Examples of what you can bring AT NO COST: Computers, printers, modems/routers, phones, cables, dehumidifiers, microwave ovens, air conditioners, toasters, refrigerators, tools, batteries, scrap metal. Thin TVs or monitors are OK to bring, but old-fashioned, bulky TVs or monitors will only occasionally be accepted. There will be a fee of $5 to $40, depending on size. For questions about items or to schedule a separate pickup or drop-off, call: Jim Caswell: 651-214-3857.

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.  On Saturday, February 2nd from 10:00 until 12:00 we will be hosting at 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 2019-2020 school year will be available. Our tables and chairs may be small, but our hearts are big!


Next electronic recycling event is Saturday

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The next electronics recycling event is on Saturday June 2nd.  It will take place at the UCC Church at 300 Union Street in Northfield from 10am to noon.

Please drop off materials on the collection day only.  Jim, the recycler, is still accepting CRT televisions and monitors, but they must be transportable by one person and there is a small cash fee for each, depending on the size.

Any other electronic items will be accepted, as will metal items.  If you have questions about what can or can't be dropped off, please contact Jim directly at 651-214-3857.

Monkey Valley Race for Epilepsy

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The Monkey Valley and Funky Monkey Mile were inspired by Reuben Menk, age 12, after his cousin Coho Menk died suddenly from an epileptic seizure. Reuben loves to run, especially if it is for a god cause. Reuben is hosting this race at his family farm in rural Kenyon.  All proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. The race is at Monkey Valley – Kenyon, MN, 11301 East 230thSt., Kenyon, MN 55946. Come for the race – stay for a picnic! If weather permits, we’ll have a campfire, music and games, too. If you’d like to volunteer at the race instead of participate, contact us at cshigin@yahoo.com.  Please check the website for details.  www.monkeyvalleyrace.com.  Register before May 5 to get a T-shirt.  Online registration ends May 15.  Same day registration (for an extra $5) will take place from 9-9:45 a.m. on race day. Cost is $30 for adults and $20 for youth under 14.

Not Afraid to be Creative or get a little Dirty? The Y is Hiring Summer Counselors!

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The Y is Hiring ! 

To view all open positions and to apply, visit our website by clicking here

Are you...

Graduating this year or home for the summer?  Looking to make a difference? Good with Kids? Not afraid to be creative or get a little dirty?  Apply to join the Y's summer camp staff team.

Duties: Serve as a lead for a group of 8-10 campers each day; oversee the health, safety, and welfare of the campers; provide supervision, direction, enthusiasm, and positive reinforcement for the campers; demonstrate patience and positive role-modeling and teach daily skill session activities. Works 20-35hours/week.

Wild Flower Walk At Carleton Arboretum

On April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, in the Upper Arboretum, corner of 2nd and Oak Streets in Northfield. join us for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones: Northfield Prairie Partners Chapter. Nancy Braker will guide us through the Upper Arboretum to see beautiful spring flowers. Braker is the Director of the Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College.  She oversees all aspects of management of the Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie and works with faculty, students and outside users on research and use of the properties.  She restores and maintains the prairies with native plants and flowers. Learn more about events in Northfield at https://northfield.wildones.org.

YMCA Announces New Board of Directors

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is very pleased to announce two new community members who have joined the Y's Board of Directors:  Nancy Antoine, Bridgewater Elementary School Principal and Nate Engle, Controller for St. Olaf.  Nancy and Nate will provide wonderful guidance with their time and talent in support of our local YMCA.  Pictured (L to R):  Gretchen Ehresmann, Board Chair, Nancy Antoine, Nate Engle and Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director

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