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Open Door Nursery School Registration Scheduled

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Open Door Nursery School will hold  registration events for the 2013-14 year on January 29th and February 2nd.  Tuesday, January 29th will be a chance for parents to come, meet with the staff, and learn about ODNS.  The  presentation  will begin at 6:30pm. On Saturday, February 2nd an open house will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Registration will be available at both sessions. For further information, please call 507-645-8532 or 507-645-5786 or visit the website:  www.opendoornurseryschool.org

Local Author to Present Nature Writing Workshop At River Bend Nature Center

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Author and St. Olaf College faculty member Kaethe Schwehn will lead a nature writing and reading workshop at River Bend Nature Center on Saturday, February 23, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  She will show participants how to draw inspiration from the works of environmental writers and from the wildlife to create their own pieces of nature writing.

Schwehn will give a reading of her own work and invite workshop participants to share theirs. Participants will receive a journal to take home and continue their own creative writing.

The cost is $20.00 ($15 for RBNC members). To register online: www.rbnc.org, or call 507/332-7151. RBNC is located at 1000 Rustad Road in Faribault. The workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 

Northfield Area Family YMCA’s Family Fun Night at the Y is Jan. 25

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Looking for something fun to do this Friday night? The Northfield Area Family YMCA is offering its new Family Fun Night at the Y program from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Northfield National Guard Armory.

Come inside the armory and play together as a family. We will play games and have scavenger hunts, special family challenges and more. Activities will be appropriate for children ages 3 and up, but younger children are welcome to attend. This is a great way to spend time together as a family and get to know other families.


The program is free for YMCA members and $10 per family for community members.


Kids Night at the Y Returns Jan. 18


The Northfield Area Family YMCA’s popular Kids Night at the Y program returns this week.

“The Curious Circus” is the theme for this month’s edition of Kids Night at the Y, set for Friday, Jan. 18, 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. The programs features games, crafts, music and dinner. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30.

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

History Day Hullabloo at the Northfield Public Library.

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Attention all sixth graders! Jumpstart your History Day project by coming to the first ever Northfield Public Library History Day Hullabaloo, on Saturday, January 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

History Day mentors, (volunteers from Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and the Northfield community) will meet individually with students and provide guidance with topics, research sources, and bibliographic information. Mentors and librarians will demonstrate library and other databases available for research. Librarians will also display primary and secondary resources.

Come for help with your project and enjoy the fun! Refreshments will be served. $5.00 gift certificates to downtown businesses will be raffled off during the morning. Students attending the Hullabaloo will receive extra credit toward their project. All sixth grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Northfield YMCA Kids Cooking Club Begins 2013 Sessions on Jan. 14

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The first Northfield Area Family YMCA Kids Cooking Club session of 2013 is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in the kitchen of the Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden St., Northfield.

The monthly cooking class, taught by students from St. Olaf College’s Wendell Berry Honor House, focuses on building eating habits that are healthy and good for the environment.

Each session will highlight a local, seasonal ingredient of the month, and children will be taught to prepare a dish with that ingredient. They will learn to master basic cooking techniques and, of course, will eat the yummy final product.

Northfield YMCA Winter Session Youth, Sports Classes Begin This Month


Get ready. Get set. Get going to register for winter session classes that start this month at the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

Preschool programs begin the week of Jan. 7, while most youth sports programs kick off the week of Jan. 14.

Programs take place at the Northfield National Guard Armory, 519 Division St.

Among the classes offered during the January winter session are new courses "Wonderful Winter," "Biddy Sports" and "Songs, Finger Plays and Gym Time."

Class offerings and details are available in the winter session brochure, which is available at the Y’s website—www.northfieldymca.org—and at the usual places in Northfield:

Y Kids Tri Volunteers are Making a Difference


Nine Northfield area residents who organized the third annual Y Kids Tri have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for November/December. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Andrea Hoff, Angie McCarthy, Amy McBroom, Anne Lehmkuhl, Kelly Foster, Sally Lindell, Kristy Mikula, Marilyn Nelson and Leah Sand were all members of the coordinating team that oversaw the most successful kids triathlon yet—the July 14 event attracted 222 participants, 100 more than the previous year.

Ranging in age from 6 to 14, the youth swam (50-100 meters, depending on their age group), biked (1.25 miles to 5 miles), and ran (a 1/4-mile to a mile). The event was sponsored by the Northfield Area Family YMCA, and about 75 adult volunteers assisted with the logistics.

First United Church of Christ's Longest Night Service is Friday, Dec. 21


On Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., First United Church of Christ will again offer a Longest Night Service for our community. Such services are an acknowledgement that for some of us, it is hard to be joyful in this season of joy.

We can feel this way because we are grieving the loss of a loved one, because our lives just aren’t going the way we would like, or simply because we’re tired and need a chance to catch our breath.

We will gather to hear healing words, to pray, to be still and feel God’s loving presence, to light a candle if we choose, and to hear music of peace and calm. This service holds the promise of joy in the Savior’s birth amidst all that is not joyful. After the service, there will be a chance to visit for a while over refreshments for all who wish.

First United Church of Christ is at 300 Union St. in Northfield.  For questions, please call the church at 507-645-7532.  All are welcomed.

Minnesota Public Radio spotlights Northfield's TORCH Program!

Northfield's TORCH (Tackling Obstacles Raising College Hopes) Program - was featured on a prime-time radio segment that was aired last night on MPR's "Ground Level/Making Connections" Program." 

Click here MPR salutes Northfield TORCH to hear the program (once on the site, find and click on AUDIO (right center of page) to replay the 10 minute program. The segment celebrates TORCH's effectiveness in building relationships that support the academic and personal success of income challenged youth in the Northfield School District. Since 2001, TORCH has raised the high school graduation rate among latino/a students alone from 38% in 2004, to 98 % for the past four years, and 100% in 2012. The program, which to this point has been completely funded by private grants and donations, is uniquely effective in addressing the "achievement gap" in Northfield and its results have made it a model that other Minnesota communities are beginning to study and emulate.

Kids Night at the Y Coming Up Dec. 14


“Kids Winter Holiday Party” is the theme for this month’s edition of Kids Night at the Y, set for Friday, Dec. 14, 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.

There’s Still Time to Register for Saturday’s Northfield Jingle Bell Run and Family Run/Walk


There still is time to register for this year’s Northfield Jingle Bell Run and Family Run/Walk, planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Carleton College Weitz Center, 320 Third St. E., Northfield.

The 11th annual will support programming at the Northfield Area Family YMCA. 

Over the years, the run—which is presented every year by Carlson Capital Management, the American Center for Philanthropy and 5th Bridge—has raised thousands of dollars for Northfield community organizations. For instance, the 10th anniversary run in 2011 contributed a total of $10,000 to 10 community groups: Brite Smiles, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Community Action Center, HealthFinders Collaborative, Hope Center, Laura Baker School, YMCA, Northfield High School Angel Fund, Rice County Humane Society and Northfield TORCH Program.

Carleton College Cowling Arboretum awarded funds to assist with restoration programs

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This winter Carleton College Cowling Arboretum staff will take the first steps in a new forest and grassland restoration project, funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. A $64,593 grant, administered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will help restore 38 acres, about 4% of the Carleton Arboretum. “While 4% seems like a small portion, Arboretum users will notice some big changes, so we wanted to make sure our users were aware of what this project entails,” reports Nancy Braker, Arboretum Director.

The overall goal of the Cowling Arboretum is to restore examples of native plant communities: the forest, oak savanna and prairie that were originally found in the Northfield area. The current project includes 27 acres of future forest and oak savanna in the Lower Arboretum and ten acres of future prairie in the Upper Arboretum.

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This year’s Jingle Bell Run and Family Run/Walk will support programming at the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

The 11th annual event is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Carleton College Weitz Center, 320 Third St. E., Northfield. Registration is under way.

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

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At their October and November 2012 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support four 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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