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Personal loss sparks fundraiser


Annette Frandrup’s sudden death due to cardiac arrest left her family devastated. At 53, this vibrant, mother, grandmother and professional businesswoman had a lot of living to do.

Nine months later, her husband, Jim Frie, wants to do something in her memory that might spare another family a similar tragedy. He is launching a campaign in her honor to purchase a Lucas automatic CPR device for Northfield Hospital & Clinics. It costs $15,000, but he considers it an investment in life.

"Heart disease is the number one killer in America,” Frie said. “It’s going to affect someone you know sooner or later.”

Four times in a row! Northfield again named as one of the nation’s best communities for youth

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On Wednesday, Northfield was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, presented by ING. The national award was given to Northfield to recognize its outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.

This is the fourth consecutive time Northfield has received this national 100 Best distinction.  Each time, Northfield’s application has been written primarily by young people themselves.  The Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council (an official City of Northfield Board of high school juniors and seniors) again authored this year’s successful application.

Calling all book clubs!


2012 Book Club in a Bag Kits are available via the Northfield Public Library.

Kits are based on the 2012 Minnesota Book Award Winners. Each kit includes 10 copies of the book as well as reading guides and book marks. Perfect for book clubs! Kits can be booked through the library www.northfieldmn.info or by calling the library 507-645-6606.

The following titles are available:

  • Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America by Shawn Lawrence Otto
  • Big Wheat by Richard A. Thompson
  • A Song at Twilight: Of Alzheimer’s and Love by Nancy Paddock
  • Pioneer Modernists: Minnesota’s First Generation of Women Artists by Julie L’Enfant
  • The Law of Miracles and Other Stories by Gregory Blake Smith
  • Whorled by Ed Bok Lee
  • With or Without You by Brian Farrey
  • The Tanglewood Terror by Kurtis Scaletta
  • BookSpeak! Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

Northfield Community Services Open Gyms

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Need a little exercise?  Enjoy a pick-up game of basketball or volleyball?  Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division offers a variety of open gym opportunities for adults.  Adult open gym basketball is held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. in the Middle School Gymnasium.  Adult open gym volleyball is held on Monday evenings from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. in the Bridgewater Gymnasium.  Beginning October 16, open gym dodgeball will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Carleton College Welcomes Class of 2016; 531 Students Hail From 45 States and 18 Countries

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On Tuesday, September 4, Carleton College welcomes the Class of 2016 to campus. There are 531 students in the class, selected from a pool of 5,856 applicants. The students represent 45 states and 18 countries, with 99 students coming from Minnesota, followed by Illinois (57), California (52), Wisconsin (37), Massachusetts (29), New York (24), Washington (18), Texas (13), and Connecticut and Ohio (10 each).

Arcadia Charter School Board Election

Arcadia Charter School, formerly the Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech) is holding an election this fall for 4 open positions.  Arcadia is a publicly-funded charter school whose board of directors meets monthly to provide financial oversight, strategic planning, and guidance consistent with the school's mission.  Board members also serve on at least one committee.

We're Growing - The Y has a Variety of Positions Available - Join Our Growing Team!

Join the Y

Northfield Area Family YMCA now has positions available - Join Our Growing Team!

At the YMCA, our programs incorporate our Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. We work hard to support healthy lifestyles by reaching out and engaging families and individuals who seek well-being and who are looking for ways to sustain a healthier lifestyle. Join our YMCA team and help us provide quality, safe and healthy programs and services in our community.

Community art sale this Thursday — new & previously owned art available

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The Key will host a Community Art Sale this Thursday (August 23) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Carleton College Weitz Center, 320 – 3rd Street East in Northfield.

The sale includes hundreds of works of art, from fine to fun!  There are original works, numbered prints, framed posters, ceramics, and more.  Please join us for live music, light refreshments, and a silent auction for select pieces.  Kids are welcome.

All proceeds benefit The Northfield Union of Youth/The Key, a free local youth center owned and operated by young people.

St. Olaf, Carleton receive grant to explore institutional collaboration


St. Olaf and Carleton colleges will use a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore how increased institutional collaboration could enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of services provided to students, faculty, and staff.

The $50,000 grant will support a number of planning activities beginning this summer, and will enable the two colleges to examine the opportunities and challenges related to expanded collaboration. Carleton and St. Olaf have found an increasing number of ways to work together in recent years, most notably by using previous support from the Mellon Foundation to merge library catalogs and create a collaborative collection that is available on both campuses.

Win $200 in Northfield’s 2nd Annual Youth PSA Contest — deadline is August 17!


The 2nd Annual Youth PSA Contest is currently accepting submissions!  This year’s theme: Youth Under Pressure.

Youth are under a lot of pressure these days.  What creates that pressure?  How do you cope?  How do you find balance? What do adults need to know to create the most supportive environments possible for young people?

Northfield youth — Grab your video camera and tell us your story, your solution.

Two $200 prizes will be awarded!!  One prize will be determined by public vote. One will be determined by a panel of judges.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 17, 2012.

For more information, visit the contest’s website HERE.

The PSA contest is sponsored collaboratively by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use.

August Library Programs help children get ready for kindergarten

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1—2 pm Thursdays in August


Special kindergarten prep with Early Childhood Educator Julia Daly! Julia will focus on pre-reading and the basic skills children need to feel comfortable at school. There will be stories and activities! Come to all 4 sessions or just one.  Give your child a head start before Kindergarten starts this fall. (Child must be accompanied by an adult).

Meet Calvin- the last "Reader of the Week" of the Library's summer reading program.

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Come by the library sometime between now and August 6th and you will see a huge display of book slips hung from the ceiling!  Kids who read books, or listen to books read to them wrote the title and their name on a slip, every week we drew out one "Reader of the Week."  The lucky reader was rewarded with a cool Friends & Foundation of the Library T-shirt and praise for reading during the summer!  The rest of the slips are now hanging in the library- you will be amazed at the number of books read!

Cool down during Crazy Daze at the library and enjoy our 2nd annual doll house show!

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  The library is nice and cool with comfy chairs but also on Thursday, July 25th there will also be a display of Doll Houses!  You are invited to stop in at the library between 10 am and 4 pm to rest from all the Crazy Day events.  Local people have volunteered to share their treasured doll houses with Northfield. 

The Friends and Foundation of the Library is co-sponsoring the event.  The houses will be upstairs with one the kids can play with downstairs.  One day only, just like Crazy Day!  No charge.

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.  645-6606 www.northfieldmn.info

It's a Cuban Carnaval at Books & Stars on Wednesday July 25th!


SALSABROSA brings it’s “Cuban Carnaval” to Northfield! The band has an extensive repertoire of Latin styles including Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Merengue, Salsa and Salsa-Hip Hop. Upon request, SALSABROSA’s performances are always a powerful celebration of the marvelously diverse community that our country has become. www.salsabrosa.com

See a sample here! www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f0JX6P4D2M

Books & Stars is free, fun, family friendly entertainment on Wednesday evenings at local parks in Northfield. Bring something to sit on and get ready for fun.

Meet the Library's 5th Reader of the Week! Anna!

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Every week children record the books they read or ones that are read to them and enter the "Reader of the Week" drawing.  We draw one reader out who recieves a special t-shirt from the Friends & Foundation of the Library and is recognized for reading!  The remaining entries are hung around the library to show Northfield how many books children have read this summer.  The 2012 summer reading program ends Thursday, July 26th.  All reading rewards must be collected by noon that day.

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