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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:

Kids Night at the Y Returns March 22


“Jungle Adventure” is the theme for this month’s edition of the Northfield Area Family YMCA’s popular Kids Night at the Y, set for Friday, March 22, at the National Guard Armory, 519 Division St.

Kids Night—an evening of fun conducted by the Y—is open to children ages 3 to 10. It features games, crafts, music and dinner. The program runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m.

YMCA members pay $10 each for the first two children in the family – a fee that include dinner – and $5 for each additional child. Nonmembers pay $15 each for the first two children in the family, then $10 for each additional child.

Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund Announces New Grant Recipient


The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund announces a new grant recipient, Alex Beeby, operations manager at Just Food Co-op.

Alex participated in the Rising Star 2 (RS2) leadership training that was offered by Cooperative Development Services. This training has resulted in Just Food implementing trainings, communications and evaluations systems and establishing an employee personal development plan.

This opportunity allowed Alex to refine and reinforce approaches he has learned over the years and will continue to have an impact on not only Just Food Co-op, but on the larger community as well.

Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund Announces New Grant Recipients

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The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund announces new grant recipients, Victoria Ostenso and Ellie Youngblood, both representatives of Carleton College Student Farm.

Victoria and Ellie participated in a Sustainable Agriculture Education Conference in Corvallis, OR. Victoria and Ellie are developing a community outreach program through the Carleton Student Farm that involves teaching sustainable agriculture, plant science and cooking to Northfield area youth in the schools and summer programs. They are also working on networking with other food-related groups at Carleton and St. Olaf to fuel initiatives in the greater Northfield community.

Buchwald and Webster are Making a Difference

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Two longtime volunteers with a Northfield Boy Scout Troop have received the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for January/February 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Ed Buchwald and Clark Webster have each served as adult leaders of the Carleton-based Troop 337 for more than four decades. Buchwald, a retired Carleton College geology professor, stepped down as Scoutmaster last October but still helps out with the troop, which he started in 1968. Webster joined the troop as its committee chair in about 1970, a position he still holds.

Both men greatly enjoy camping and backpacking, which is one reason they continue to volunteer with the troop, long past the days when their own sons went through scouting. They also have found it rewarding to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the outdoors with the boys.

Four Northfield Area Residents Join Northfield Area Family YMCA Board of Directors


Four Northfield area residents have been added to the Northfield Area Family YMCA Board of Directors.

Named to serve three-year terms on the volunteer board were:
• Kris Estenson, associate director of Employer and Alumni Engagement at St. Olaf College.
• Kris Finger, owner of the Rare Pair and co-owner of the Quarterback Club.
• Kelly Irvine, director of marketing and communications for Carlson Capital Management.
• Jim Pokorney, former Northfield City Council member and owner of Medical Elements, LLC.

Kids Night at the Y Planned for Feb. 22


“Sail Away” is the theme for this month’s edition of Kids Night at the Y, set for Friday, Feb. 22, at the National Guard Armory, 519 Division St.

Kids Night at the Y—an evening of fun conducted by the Northfield Area Family YMCA—is open to children ages 3 to 10.

Kids Night features games, crafts, music and dinner. The program runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

YMCA members pay $10 for the first two children in the family – a fee that include dinner – and $5 for each additional child. Nonmembers pay $15 for the two children in the family, $10 for each additional child.

Nature Writing Workshop At River Bend Nature Center - Limited Spaces Left

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There are a limited number of spaces left for the nature writing and reading workshop to be conducted by author and poet Kaethe Schwehn on Saturday, February 23rd, from 1-4pm, at River Bend Nature Center. During the workshop she'll use the work of environmental writers and the wildlife surrounding us as inspiration for your own pieces of nature writing. Schwehn will also give a reading of her own work and then invite other workshop participants to share their own creations. Pre-registration is required, for more details and to register visit our public programs page.

Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be held at Carleton College Arboretum

Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!

Carleton College and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership in Northfield are hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning April 1 and running through May 15, 2013. Registration is now open and the class is expected to fill up quickly.

WINGS Accepting Grant Applications for 2013

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2013 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and children in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District. 

For the first time in 2013, WINGS has identified entrepreneurship as a focus for the annual granting process. WINGS also continues to fund grants in the following areas of focus: housing stability, food stability, economic stability, safe environments for victims of domestic violence, early learning, out-of-school programs, adult education, healthcare, and healthy behaviors. WINGS grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Every grant candidate is considered anew in each grant cycle.

Northfield Area Family YMCA’s Daddy Daughter Dance is Feb. 16


The Northfield Area Family YMCA will have its sixth annual Daddy Daughter Dance from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Northfield Armory, 519 Division St.

This event is for girls ages 3 to 12 years old and their special adult male, whether that be their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, big brothers or others.

The evening will include dancing, refreshments, crafts, photos of each couple, and plenty of quality time with the girls dressed like princesses. 

Admission for YMCA members is $20 per couple, with a $5 charge for each additional child. Non-members pay $26 per couple and $8 for each additional child.

Males are encouraged to wear shirt/tie, sport court or suit.

Northfield’s Daddy Daughter Dance is patterned after a dance that has been a huge success for many years in Wausau, WI, where the YMCA draws more than 1,000 dads and daughters for an evening of dancing and fun.

Two AmeriCorps Promise Fellow positions currently accepting applications to start immediately


There are currently two openings for part-time AmeriCorps Promise Fellow positions working in Rice County.  These positions will provide additional academic support and community connections for youth in grades 6-10 who are at-risk of not succeeding academically.

The Promise Fellows will also assist with the expansion of the Rice County Dollars and $ense financial literacy program.  For more information on how to apply, please read the position description HERE.

Application review begins soon and the positions are open until filled.

The Promise Fellow positions have been awarded to Rice County by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.

Conexiones Comunitarias (Diciembre 2012)

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.

Connexiones Comunitarias (Diciembre 2012)

Visit Montessori Children's House


Next Saturday, February 9th, Montessori Children's House welcomes the public to an open house from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. MCH is a preschool located at 2400 Division Street South serving children ages 3 to 6. Come see a Montessori environment for young children that is designed to help them become independent, self motivated, joyful learners in their own little world. Founded in 2007, MCH has fully accredited teachers and experienced staff who will be on hand to answer questions about our popular outdoor summer sessions and the upcoming school year. Registration for 2013-2014 will begin at the open house. We look forward to meeting your family and helping you explore the world of Montessori at MCH--an environment for learning and discovery.

Regi Haslett-Marroquin to Speak on Changes in Food Production

The Northfield Senior Center offers a series of conversations on Hot Topics of the day.  This Wednesday (1/30) at 10:30am Reginaldo Haslett Marroquin will address these questions about our food production:

How do we plan to produce the food of our future under a less predictable climate, with higher demand and heavy industry manipulation? What would it take to make our food system local?

Regi will break down these questions with specific examples of products, following them from farm to table, then counterposing them with the challenges of climate change, food demands, resources, seasonality of our food production in MN and other factors that must be accounted for in MN.   He will also address food-industry barriers to making our food system local. 

The talk is open to the public.  Location: Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy.

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