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Conexiones Comunitarias (Junio 2013)

Conexiones Comunitarias es un boletín mensual que ofrece información sobre servicios y actividades disponibles en Northfield. Este boletín es cortesía del Centro LINK y puede pinchar aquí para acceder a los boletines anteriores.

Conexiones Comunitarias (Junio 2013)

Hospital names new director for CSMR

Colleen Johnson

Colleen Johnson is the new director of the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation (CSMR), a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

She comes to Northfield by way of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where she spent 27 years working in a variety of clinical and leadership positions. Vicki Stevens, Division Administrator for Ancillary Services at Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Johnson brings a wealth of leadership and management experience to her new position.

“Over her career, Colleen has worked in numerous rehabilitation settings and demonstrated a commitment to leadership and professional development,” Stevens said. “We are excited to have her join our rehab team."

2013 Road Construction Projects


Road construction season is in full swing. Here are some of the projects in the area, with links to project websites where you can find maps, schedules, updates about construction, lane closures, and other information:

Community Action Center Receives a "College Ready" grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for TORCH


     The Community Action Center has received a College Ready grant for $126,345 from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to support the TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) project.  This grant will benefit 455 Northfield students by helping to prepare them for academic success when they arrive at college.

     The Community Action Center, part of the collaborative group supporting TORCH, was one of 34 recipients to receive grants totalling more than $4,000,000 in College Ready funds from Great Lakes.  TORCH will use the funding to provide academic-focused services during the 2013-14 academic year to students to improve the academic preparedness of students in grades 6-12 who are low-income, students of color and/or potential first-generation college attendees.

After-school sewing club volunteers are Making a Difference

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Three local women who led an after-school sewing group at Northfield Middle School have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for May 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Joyce Schlossin started the group and recruited Beth Endert and Emily Schmitz to assist her. Over a 12-week period, they taught a group of about a dozen girls to make items such as scarves, mittens, headbands, placemats, potholders, pillows and cell phone holders.

“They were pleased – they couldn’t believe they could do it,” Endert said. “We’re already getting ideas for next time.”

Susan Sanderson, coordinator of the middle school TORCH program, said the women also taught the girls about the economics of sewing, how to save money and make the most out of every scrap of fabric.

“Joyce and her partners have great energy, and we are so fortunate to have them sharing their skills and love of sewing,” Sanderson said.

- Written by Joy Riggs, HCI Board member and freelance journalist

The Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, click HERE for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application or find HCI on Facebook.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

HCI funds 15 “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their April 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support four projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth and 11 Service Learning projects designed by Arcadia middle school students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.


Funded projects included:

Friends of the Library Membership Month

May is New Member Month for the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library.

“Strengthening Families” facilitator training – registration deadline May 15

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Rice County is very fortunate to be able to host a facilitator training for the “Strengthening Families: For Parents and Youth Ages 10-14” program.  The training will be June 11-13, 2013, at St. Olaf College.  It will be led by Dr. Virginia Molgaard, the program’s developer.

Strengthening Families is an evidence-based program recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  In independent research, it has been shown to dramatically decrease substance use and abuse, reduce aggression, and strengthen academic success in teens.

Click HERE for the registration form.  CEUs are available.

The registration deadline is May 15, 2013.

The training is sponsored by the St. Olaf Social Work & Family Studies Department and the Rice County Chemical Health Coalition.

Help Northfield Citizens Online figure out “What’s Next?”

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The Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) board is looking for two fans (or critics) of Northfield.org to join the “What’s Next for NCO?” workgroup.

The group, chaired by Christopher Tassava, will be meeting bi-weekly, and will look at the big picture question - what changes can we make to better pursue our mission “to create an electronic commons that strengthens the fabric of community in the greater Northfield area.”

What should we keep doing? What should we stop doing? What should we start doing?

The workgroup will develop questions (and methods) to gather feedback from the public about our future directions. The goal is to present concrete recommendations for short term and long term goals to the Northfield Citizens Online Board this summer.

Community Action Center Seeks Board Nominees

  The Community Action Center of Northfield is seeking nominations for election to the Board of Directors.  You may nominate yourself or someone else by completing an application and including a letter describing the nominee's skills, background, and interest in serving on the Board.  Nominations will be reviewed for upcoming vacancies and maintained for future consideration.

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition is Making a Difference


The Northfield Skateboard Coalition has received the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for March/April 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Rob Hardy, an adult adviser to the group, and filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo nominated the coalition members for the award, citing the dedication and resolve the youth demonstrated throughout the lengthy civic process of working to bring a permanent skate park to Northfield.

“There have been times when the adults have gotten frustrated, angry, or rude, and the kids have never done that. They’ve been models of good behavior and civility,” Hardy said.

Tree Planting Rescheduled


The First UCC has decided to postpone the April 20 tree planting at River Bend Nature Center, but has rescheduled the planting for Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The public is welcome to join in this delayed Earth Day project. This is an intergenerational event, planting 150 bare root seedlings of Red Oak, White Oak and Basswood. Dress for the weather, and bring a picnic lunch and stay for the whole time, or come when you're available that day.

To register:   www.transitionnorthfield.org

RBNC is located in Faribaut at 1000 Rustad Drive.

For more information, call 507-645-7532.





Looking for a job that makes a difference?

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More than 10 full-time AmeriCorps positions are available in Northfield for next school year working with youth and/or families.

CLICK HERE to see the descriptions and application processes for positions that are currently accepting applications.

Application review for many of the positions is underway so APPLY TODAY!

Positions are available with the Northfield Public Schools, Growing Up Healthy, the Northfield LINK Center, the Northfield Union of Youth/The Key, the Northfield Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) program, and Accelerate Northfield.

Questions?  Contact the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.

Outdoor Adventures Program Coming at River Bend Nature Center

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The brand new River Bend Nature Center Outdoor Adventures Programbegins in June. This exciting program seeks to engage both youth and adults in a variety of outdoor recreation activities. There will be programs on camping, fly-fishing, archery, slack lining, canoeing, and rock climbing. Many of the programs are designed for those with limited experience who are looking to try something new outside. 

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

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At their February and March 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 funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:

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