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St. Olaf students spend spring break helping with tornado cleanup

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St. Olaf College students who are spending this week helping Illinois communities clean up after a devastating tornado tell the local CBS affiliate that it’s a rewarding way to spend spring break.

“We’ve found that a lot of our students are really transformed by the experience,” says St. Olaf senior Eric Lander, one of the leaders of this year’s Ole Spring Relief trip. “We’re able to hear a lot of really interesting stories, hear from the community, and help them out in whatever way.”


Looking for a "few good kids" who would like to volunteer at the library this spring and summer.

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It's time for "Spring Training" for Library Pages! We are looking for kids who will be finishing 5th grade and up who want to volunteer to help create, prepare and present the summer reading program for children from preschoolers to 5th grade! Library Pages will learn team work, library skills, early literacy techniques and have fun doing it. A time commitment of 1 or 2 days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays afterschool until 5) from April 8th through the end of May is required. Then during the summer reading program T W TH June 10- July 30. Our summer evening entertainment series; Books & Stars is part of the summer reading program and the Library Pages are often needed to assist the performers.


Electronics Recycling Scheduled for Saturday, March 22.

There will be another ELECTRONICS RECYCYLING opportunity on Saturday, March 22, from 10 A.M. until noon, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street.

The following items will be accepted at no charge:


MNsure Enrollment Assistance Available at Community Action Center

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The Community Action Center (CAC) is  offering free appointments to anyone in Northfield who needs help securing MNsure health insurance. Beginning April 1, all Minnesotans are required to have health care coverage in order to avoid financial penalties. The CAC has three staff members and two volunteers who are trained MNsure navigators and are available to answer questions and guide people through the enrollment process. 

In anticipation of the April 1 deadline, the CAC has scheduled two evenings when navigators will be available. There is a session today, March 11 from 5:00 until 7:00.   Navigators are also available onThursday afternoons and at other times by appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Community Action Center at 507-664-3550. Additional assistance from MNsure Navigators is available by calling HealthFinders at 507-646-8964.


Lisa Franxman Joins First National Bank of Northfield

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First National Bank of Northfield, the longtime cornerstone of Northfield’s banking community, announced that it has hired Lisa Franxman as vice president of business banking. Franxman brings more than 13 years of banking experience to First National.

First National Senior Vice President Pam Galle said, “We’re excited to welcome Lisa to our team. Throughout her career, she has provided value to the relationships she has handled by getting to know her customers and their particular situations well. Her knowledge of banking needs and relationship-focused approach make her a perfect fit for us and the clients we serve.”


Two special programs at the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, March 1.

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From 10:30-4:30 the Carleton Mortar Board Society members are hosting a Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon!  In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday they will be reading his books in the children's area of the library.  Come on by to listen or take a turn reading!

Library Kids Club is a new afternoon program that begins this Saturday.  It's just for kids K-5.  They will explore the library with awesome volunteers from Minnesota Reading Corps, St. Olaf & Carleton Colleges.  They will be exploring a different topic every week– transportation, crafts, cooking/baking (food), travel, sports or animals! Learn about using the library, how to find books and then expanding the topic with reading, crafts, and activities.

No charge! Saturdays 1 to 3 March 1, 8 and April 5, 12 & 26.

For more information email or call Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us 507.645.1804


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 8th from 10:30 utnil 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 2014-2015 school year will be available. Our tables and chairs may be small, but our hearts are big!

www.mchnorthfield.com


Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community?  The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week.  Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment


eReader Help Sessions at the Northfield Public Library

Did you get an eReader for Christmas? If so, you should know about our free downloadable ebooks! Come to the Northfield Public Library to get help downloading library ebooks to your eReader.   These are walk-in sessions so no appointment is necessary. Bring your device and your library card. If you have a Nook bring your lap top computer.


Northfield Youth Choirs Rehearsals Cancelled for Monday, Jan. 6th

Rehearsals for the Northfield Youth Choirs, including the evening Regional Choir, are cancelled on Monday, January 6th in conjunction with the school closings.  Rehearsals will resume normally for Monday, January 13th.  Email: office@northfieldyouthchoirs.org if you have any questions.


Volunteers needed for HealthFinders Collaborative!

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HealthFinders Collaborative is looking for YOU to join our volunteer team in the New Year! We are currently seeking healthcare providers (Nurse Practioners, Physicians, PA's), Interpreters (Spanish and Somali), Nurses and Medical Assistants. You don't have medical skills? We still need you! Be a receptionist, assist with childcare at our clinics or help in the office. Are your creative juices aching to get used in the New Year? Volunteer for planning and development of HealthFinders annual Spring Gala! For more information, and to learn more about these opportunities go to our website at HealthFindersmn.org/get involved or call Katy at 507-649-0613. 

Start the New Year out right...Make a difference in your community! Join our volunteer team!


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

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At their December 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support six projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including five Service Learning projects designed by Northfield High School students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


Get involved! Help Your Community! Make an Impact! HeatlhFinders Collaborative is currently seeking volunteers. Your talents and skills are needed.

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 Join our great group of volunteers and become a valued member of the HealthFinders team making an impact.  At HealthFinders, we believe that everyone in our community should have access to the health care they need and we are committed to providing health care that is accessible, and high quality.   Our clinics are staffed by all volunteers and as we grow, so our need for volunteers grow. Help us, Help others!


HCI seeks part-time coordinator

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative is currently accepting applications for a part-time HCI Coordinator position.

The coordinator will provide staffing to HCI-supported coalitions and committees, as well as strategic direction for HCI’s youth engagement initiatives.

The complete position description is attached to this post.

Application review will begin on January 3, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.


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