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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

Northfield Depot Clean-Up September 2013

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.

Awesome Club volunteers are Making a Difference


St. Olaf College students who volunteered with the Awesome Club at Northfield High School (NHS) during the 2012-13 school year received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for July 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The Awesome Club was founded three years ago by a then-St. Olaf student, Natalie Davis, as a social skills club for high school students with autism. This year, about 16 high school students and about half a dozen college volunteers met weekly after school to play games and spend time together. Through the sale of lollipops, the group members raised money to buy T-shirts and have a bowling party.

“The friendships that are developed are the core of what makes this club so wonderful,” said NHS teacher Lisa Weis, the group’s adviser. “Many other things develop along the way – conversation skills, leadership roles, and greater understanding of each other and ourselves.”

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative invites board nominations


The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is currently seeking nominations for positions on the HCI Board of Directors.  HCI expects to have at least two open adult board positions and one board position for a high school student, beginning in September 2013.  HCI board members serve three-year terms.

Formed in 1992, HCI is a coalition run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school representatives.  HCI’s mission is to “to foster a collaborative environment in Northfield that empowers youth, strengthens families, and builds community.” To achieve this, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs.  Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families.

The HCI Board meets from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

For more information on the HCI board or to nominate yourself or someone else for the board, please contact HCI at 664-3524 or info@northfieldhci.org.  Nominations should be received by August 1, 2013.

To learn more about HCI, visit www.northfieldhci.org.

News Roundup: July 13th Flooding

Between 4 and 6 inches of rain fell between 3 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, causing flash floods in the Northfield and Dundas areas. Flooded homes were evacuated in Dundas, sandbags were deployed along the river in Northfield, and a flooded metal culvert tore through Armstrong Road near the Northfield compost site. Here's a digest of coverage of the flooding (click "Read more").

HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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

Funded projects included:

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Note: July 2 marks the 150th anniversary of the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was marked by the charge of the 1st Minnesota Regiment down Cemetery Ridge. The Northfield Historical Society will be hosting a talk on the Gettysburg Campaign on Thursday, July 11, at 6:00 pm, at the historical society museum. Meanwhile, it's possible to make a short trip from Northfield, to Cannon Falls, to visit the grave of one of the heroes of the 1st Minnesota. The cemetery is across from Cannon Falls High School on Highway 19, east of Cannon Falls.

On July 2, in the heat of the Battle of Gettysburg, Union general Winfield Scott Hancock realized that there was a dangerous weakness near the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. He needed time—five minutes—to shift reinforcements into position to meet the oncoming brigade of 1,600 Alabamans, so he ordered the 262 men of the 1st Minnesota Regiment to charge. The Minnesotans bought Hancock the time he needed, but only 47 men survived the attack. One of the survivors was the six foot five inch officer who led the charge, Col. William Colvill.

Alberto Fierro, Cónsul de México, Visits Northfield

Northfield had a visit from Alberto Fierro Garza, the new Consul of Mexico in St. Paul, on Monday, June 24.  He has been in the St. Paul post for only a month and a half, and is eager to get to know people in his assigned region, which includes the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.  Mr. Fierro’s trip included a series of informal meetings  to acquaint himself with the people and the resources available to the Mexican community in Northfield.

Lost Therapy Dog

UPDATE: The dog was found on Saturday. Larry Sanftner, employee of Northfield Public Schools and Community Services lost his dog Molly last evening in the thunderstorm.  Molly is a therapy dog and works in both the Northfield and Faribault communities.  Each week she visits residents at the Northfield Retirement Community as well as at Three Links Care Center.  Molly attends the Faribault Public Library for the children's reading program and is the star of each child's week there.  She is a working member of both communities and we can use all the help we can get to find her and bring her back.  Larry can be reached at 507-301-3299 or 507-291-0770.   

Organic Compost Program Available to Northfielders


The city has established a pilot program for householders on the west side to compost their food waste. If successful, this may become a citywide service in the future.  However, there is an opportunity for other residents to collect food wastes for composting, although it means taking a trip from time to time to the city’s Compost Site on Armstrong Road, from where, according to TJ. Heinricy, Northfield’s Street and Park Supervisor, the organic waste is taken by Waste Management to a site in Empire, to be composted.

Community Services Summer Programs


Soak in the summer!  Community Services is offering recreation and enrichment programming throughout the summer and wants to help YOU soak in the many opportunities available.  Register today for swimming lessons, football, tennis, volleyball, tae kwon do, lacrosse, soccer, fly fishing, family programming, art classes, and more.

For registration and information on all of our summer programs, please view the link below, call our office at 507-664-3649, or visit our office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield.  Register soon, programs are filling fast!

Online registration adn information: https://ssl.dwebsite.com/secure2/ce_northfield/php/public.php

All of our summer opportunities are also located in our 2013 Summer Brochure. 

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