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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


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.

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.”

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