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Save the Northfield Depot Receives $10,000 Matching Grant

Save the Northfield Depot co-chair, Lynn Vincent, announced this week that they have received $10,000 in matching funds. A successful matching of these funds will put the total amount raised to $143,000 toward the $293,000 goal to move and renovate the 1888 depot for public use. They are asking the public to take advantage of this opportunity to double the value of their contribution in helping reach the goal.

The city-owned land where the depot will be moved lies between the roofless freight building and the Quarterback Club property and is currently blighted with brush, weeds, trash, and parked semis. The pictured future site plan will create a hub of activity and promote economic development in the area.


Local Volunteer Reports on Rice County MNsure Participation

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As the program was gearing up last fall, several people in Rice County volunteered to become trained certified Navigators to help people through the process of enrolling in MNsure, the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act. Northfielder Joan Janusz is one of those volunteers and is providing this report on the work done in Rice County. She also explains how continuing enrollment is available to certain people between the March 31 end of the previous enrollment period and the next period in November


Food Truck Tuesday is Coming to Northfield!

An exciting option for good food and hanging out is coming to a church near you!  Starting May 6, come to the First United Church of Christ parking lot at 300 Union Street on Tuesdays between 11am–1pm to pick up a tasty, affordable lunch from a different food truck each week. See friends, have a picnic on our lawn, and sample some fun new eats! 


Northfield Reads Gears Up

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Northfield Reads is a new community initiative to encourage people from across the community to come together to talk, to share ideas, to connect, and to open themselves to new perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections within the community. 

Northfield Reads events will be offered twice a year, often in conjunction with another community event.  Readings will be made available in various ways and locations. The program is being sponsored by several area groups:  Northfield Human Rights Commission, Carleton Humanities Center, League of Women Voters, Arcadia Charter School, and Northfield Public Library. The first Northfield Reads will be offered on May 18th.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more information.


Sr Center Offers Special Bird Watching Opportunity, May 9

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On May 9, Gene Bauer will lead a group through the Riverbend Nature Center area looking especially for migratory birds.  This is an optimal time for birding, as this is the peak time for birds on their way north for the summer to pass through the area.  


St. Olaf project on Asia and the environment attracts Luce Foundation award

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The Henry Luce Foundation awarded St. Olaf College $400,000 to refine and expand an interdisciplinary project on environmental issues in Asia.

Environmental Connections began in 2012 with an exploration grant from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment. This program aims to train the next generation of experts on global environmental challenges by coupling the study of Asian culture and language with knowledge about environmental systems and practices to promote sustainability.

Pursued jointly by the departments of Asian Studies and Environmental Studies, Environmental Connections creates new opportunities for faculty and students to conduct research in and about Asia and the environment. The project also promotes awareness of environmental concerns and solutions in Asia among students, faculty, and the greater St. Olaf community. Finally, the project deepens current collaborations between St. Olaf and partner institutions in Asia, including Lanzhou University in China and the Asian Rural Institute in Japan.


The Library's Teen Advisory Board is seeking donations of GREAT stuff!

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Are you spring cleaning? Would you like to help out teens in Northfield?

For the second year in a row the members of the  Northfield Public Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB)  will be helping out at the city wide clean up events on 8- noon Saturday, May 3 and May 12 at the City Maintainance Facilty.  Donations for TAB along with your city clean up items can be brought to 1710 Riverview Lane. (Turn off Hwy 19 at Perkins and go just past the new Safety Center to the building with diamond windows! There will be signs. 


President Anderson calls for balanced approach to regulation

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“Many institutions of higher education in America don’t need more regulation to help or force them do their job. Some do,” St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson writes in Inside Higher Ed. “Regulation that starts from that simple fact is most likely to be good for students, good for higher education, and good for the country.”


Community Services summer brochure arriving in your mailbox this weekend!

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Start planning your summer schedule with Northfield Public Schools Community Services. The Northfield Public Schools Community Services summer brochure will arrive in mailboxes starting this weekend and online registration opens on Friday, April 18.  There are many new classes as well as old favorites to choose from.  

Adult class highlights include: Pickleball, Learn to Sail at Lake City Yacht Club Sailing School, Tae Kwon Do for Adults, Beginning Belly Dance, Family Tennis Fun, Aqua Zumba, an Introduction to Fly Fishing, a gourmet cake-baking class for special occasions, Beginner American Sign Language, an Introduction to Local Medicinal Herbs, a Canine Good Citizen dog-training class as well as a series of personal finance classes related to Social Security, retirement and college funding and planning.


HCI Invests in Youth – Read about this month’s Investing in Youth Grant recipients

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At their March 2014 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:


St. Olaf project in Kenya combines engineering, health care

St. Olaf College student Dan Lilly (left) and his dad, Brian, pose with an irrigation pump in Kenya.

Earlier this year, Dan Lilly traveled to Kenya to work on a solar-powered irrigation project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

One month of the work wasn’t enough, however, and this summer he’ll return — with several other St. Olaf College students by his side.

Lilly spent this Interim helping his dad, Brian Lilly, an engineering professor at the University of Illinois, build solar-powered irrigation pumps out of car parts that are given to subsistence farmers in Africa.

At the same time, the St. Olaf junior was interning for Living Positive Kenya, an organization that works to provide aid to women with HIV.


CAC Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors

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

The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 a.m. and a commitment to membership is normally for up to three consecutive two-year terms.


First UCC Northfield Goes Solar

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First United Church of Christ of Northfield will be installing a solar panels on their building this summer.  This week, The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources notified First United Church of Christ that they were recipients of funds through the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.  These incentives, paid over the course of ten years, will allow First UCC to place a 15 Kilowatt solar array on a south facing roof of their church building.  The church is working with All Energy Solar, headquartered in Minneapolis, and will be installing TenK panels.  The TenK panels are manufactured in Bloomington. 


St. Olaf students spend spring break helping with tornado cleanup

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St. Olaf College students who are spending this week helping Illinois communities clean up after a devastating tornado tell the local CBS affiliate that it’s a rewarding way to spend spring break.

“We’ve found that a lot of our students are really transformed by the experience,” says St. Olaf senior Eric Lander, one of the leaders of this year’s Ole Spring Relief trip. “We’re able to hear a lot of really interesting stories, hear from the community, and help them out in whatever way.”


Looking for a "few good kids" who would like to volunteer at the library this spring and summer.

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It's time for "Spring Training" for Library Pages! We are looking for kids who will be finishing 5th grade and up who want to volunteer to help create, prepare and present the summer reading program for children from preschoolers to 5th grade! Library Pages will learn team work, library skills, early literacy techniques and have fun doing it. A time commitment of 1 or 2 days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays afterschool until 5) from April 8th through the end of May is required. Then during the summer reading program T W TH June 10- July 30. Our summer evening entertainment series; Books & Stars is part of the summer reading program and the Library Pages are often needed to assist the performers.


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