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Northfield Retirement Community Awarded $10,000 Grant from ELCA Foundation

NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 11, 2013) – The Northfield Retirement Community Foundation announced today that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Lutheran Services for the Elderly Endowment at the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Foundation. The grant will fund the next phase of Meeting the Need – Launching and Mentoring Unexpected Caregiver Support Groups, a program that addresses the need among family caregivers for accessible and appropriate family support groups.

Northfield Promise receives an inaugural Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant


The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to help with the launch of the Northfield Promise collective impact initiative.

“We are honored and humbled that Northfield Promise was selected for one of the Bush Foundation’s inaugural Community Innovation Grants,” said Zach Pruitt, HCI Director.  “We are excited about the community stakeholders who have committed to working collectively to help improve cradle-to-career outcomes for young people in Northfield.”

The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community problem-solving – inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets – and be more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches.  The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to enable, inspire and reward community innovation.

Check out what Northfield youth are doing with their time!

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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:

List of Local Wifi Compliled by Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor's Youth Council (MYC) has been hard at work over the last several days. Members of the council have compiled a list of local wifi hot-spots for students in Northfield. The project is a mark of coroboration between the MYC and the school district's Transformational Technology Project, which is responsible for the new student ipads. The list is intended as a tool for students to do homework and connect to the internet. The list will be published as a poster in classrooms and as a handy bookmark for individual youth. 

See public wifi locations here: 


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:

Carleton Grad to Discuss Critical Watershed Management



Bernstein Geologist-in-Residence James Pizzuto, a 1975 Carleton Graduate, and now Professor of Geology at the University of Deleware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment will give an alll campus talk on Friday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 149 on the Carleton Campus. Everyone is welcome.

Pizzuto says most watersheds in the U. S. are no longer entirely natural systems, but rather reflect centuries of human impacts, many of which have impaired the valuable ecosytem services that watersheds provide.  He will argue that restoring watershed ecosystms will require a new discpline of goengineering, guded by a new ethos of our relationship with nature. Professor Pizzuto says that what is needed is a "new marriage of science, engineering, ethics and values."

DJJD Committee Contributes to Breast Cancer Center

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Defeat of Jesse James General Chair Hayes Scriven reports that members of the DJJD Committee presented Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center with a $2,200 check on Thursday, October 24. The money was the result of fundraising efforts throughout the year with the Tough Enough To Wear Pink program. Tough Enough To Wear Pink is a national rodeo program created to involve the rodeo community in the fight against breast cancer. Fundraising concluded at the three rodeos held over Defeat weekend with the passing of pink donation barrels throughout the rodeo stands.

According to the staff at the Breast Care Center, the money will be used to put together pink care bags for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Each bag contains a book, a journal, comfy socks, and a variety of other items that patients might need in their journey. The Committee is proud to support the efforts of the Breast Care Center through the generosity of the citizens of Northfield.

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

Northfield Area Family YMCA Groundbreaking News!

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October 16, 2013 – Today, the Northfield Area Family YMCA has announced it will host its official groundbreaking celebration for its new facility, located at 1500 Honey Locust Drive, on Tuesday, November 5. Groundbreaking activities for all ages are set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m., with a formal program slated to begin at 4 p.m. More information about the groundbreaking event can be found on the Y’s website – www.northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign.

Northfield Area Family YMCA Executive Director Virginia Kaczmarek said, “This is a big day for our Y. It will be a great resource for the entire community, open to everyone. Breaking ground on a new facility is a tremendous milestone for the organization, which has been steadily building up to this moment for the past eight years. We owe a great amount of thanks to everyone – donors, members, volunteers, staff members and more – for making this day a reality.”

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.

Depot Clean-Up Day

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Volunteers from Save the Northfield Depot spent the morning of Saturday, September 28 cleaning up inside and around the Northfield Depot. Among the surprising items removed from inside the depot were a sofa bed; two end tables, a mattress, a headboard, 23 dozen small bottles of water, 17 dozen large bottles of water (chiefly unopened in boxes), many used candle bases, and an artificial Christmas tree.

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.

School Bus safety is important to all.


ASK A TROOPER by Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha September 6, 2013


 Question: I was just told that it is more dangerous to drive my kids to school than having them ride the bus; Is this true?

Riding on a school bus is the safest way for your child to travel to and from school, yes, safer than riding in a parent’s vehicle. The greatest risk is approaching or leaving the school bus – the 10 FT surrounding the bus is the DANGER ZONE.

Position Opening: Rice County Dollars and $ense seeks part-time coordinator

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The Rice County Dollars and $ense program seeks to increase the financial education of local youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees. Funded by a grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Dollars and $ense works with a diverse group of community organizations to achieve this aim through financial literacy workshops and assisting students with accessing financial aid resources.

Representing these diverse community organizations, the Dollars and $ense Partnership Team seeks a coordinator to help lead this project.

More details can be found HERE.

Application review begins on Monday, August 19, 2013.

Hospital ambulances get new graphics


Northfield Hospital & Clinics ambulances have a new look.

New graphics reflect the themes and colors in the organization’s logo and provide a consistent look to the ambulances used by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department.

“We are very pleased with the new look,” said Brian Edwards, manager of Northfield Hospital & Clinics EMS. “It reinforces our relationship with the hospital and clinic network and, overall, presents a smart, fresh look.”

EMS provides 24-hour emergency care and transportation to 284 square miles in parts of Rice, Dakota, Scott, and Goodhue counties with their three ambulances.  Its nationally registered paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) bring advanced care to homes or to the scene of an accident or illness.

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