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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.

TIGER Grant Project to be Discussed


From Peggy Prowe comes the announcement that on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the City of Northfield will be hosting an informational meeting to brief interested members of the public about the current status of the TIGER Grant -funded trail project.  This meeting will be held using an open house format in the 2nd Floor Training Room at the Northfield City Hall at 801 Washington Street, Northfield, MN.

TJ Heinricy is Making a Difference

TJ Heinricy receives his Making a Difference Award from Lynn Vincent (HCI Board member).  Photo by Suzy Rook, Northfield News

A Northfield city employee who spearheaded the acquisition and installation of skateboard park equipment at Riverside Lions Park has received the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for June 2012. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

TJ Heinricy, Northfield’s street and park supervisor, has been involved for several years with efforts to maintain an interim skateboard park until the city selects a permanent location. When Heinricy learned last winter that the city of Plymouth was building a new concrete skatepark and getting rid of its older, steel equipment, he contacted Plymouth officials and helped negotiate a sale between that city and the Key, which bought the equipment for $500.  The Northfield Parks and Recreation Board agreed to allow the equipment to be installed at a temporary skateboard park in Riverside Lions Park through 2012.

4th of July Celebration Duals with Annual Bike Criterium in Northfield

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Celebrate Independence Day and take in the rush of adrenalin as cyclists speedily maneuver through the streets to compete in the popular 4th of July Bike Criterium held in Northfield each year. Racing begins at 9:00 a.m. with the final race of the day starting at 4:30 p.m. A kids’ parade follows with a carnival offering fun games, face paintings, and prizes for children. A firework show will be held at the Middle School grounds starting at nights’ fall.

In its 13th year, the 4th of July Bike Criterium has built momentum. Ben Witt, organizer of the event, says the criterium “draws some of the best amateur bicyclists from around the state and beyond.” It is a great spectator sport and attracts even some top contenders and semi-professional racers to downtown Northfield.

Northfield’s Bike Criterium consists of timed events ranging in length from 15 to 70 minutes using a series of laps. Races are divided by age, gender, ability levels and different combinations thereof.

“The layout of the town and the course makes it exciting,” said Witt. The hills can be quite steep in places and it’s a challenging course to ride around well. It is regarded as one of the better criteriums in the state for that reason.”

Northfield is becoming known as a destination for bicycling. Cycling groups enjoy weekly rides on favorite routes around Northfield’s scenic countryside, and Northfield is actively pursuing the goal of a city-wide network of connected trails and on-street routes for commuters, leisure and family recreation. Bike racks have been installed at key locations throughout the historic downtown’s commercial district, as well as bike repair stations. There is also a project underway to create an extended trail system between Northfield and Dundas, and the Mill Towns Trail that will connect Northfield to Cannon Falls and Red Wing to the east, and to Faribault and Mankato to the south and west.

Northfield Swim Club to Host Official Swim-a-Thon™ on June 28, 2012

Northfield Swim Club Bull Sharks

The Northfield Swim Club Bull Sharks will be holding an official Swim-a-Thon on June 28, 2012 at the Old Memorial Park Pool in Northfield, MN. During this Swim-a-Thon, swimmers will have a two-hour period in which to swim a maximum of 200 lengths. Donors are encouraged to support our athletes by pledging to support their efforts-either via a flat donation, or by pledging a certain amount of money per length that the swimmer completes.

The Swim-a-Thon will provide funds to enable our club to provide scholarships to include all youth of Northfield and its surrounding area. The club is also looking to provide its membership with new technology to record each swimmer underwater in effort to study stroke technique for speed improvement and injury prevention.

Northfield Retirement Community Announces 2012 Golf Classic

NRC Golf Classic

Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) invites the community to participate in its 6th Annual NRC Golf Classic, held on Monday, June 4, at Northfield Golf Club. The NRC Golf Classic is a fundraising event put on by the Northfield Retirement Community Foundation and is designed to provide broad support for the NRC mission of delivering premier living environments and outreach services to aging individuals.

Event organizer and NRC Vice President of Long Term Care Operations Tom Nielsen said, “Last year’s event went extraordinarily well and we’re looking forward to building on its success. The Northfield community – those who are familiar with NRC, those who know us by reputation alone, as well as others – has been tremendously supportive and we’re anticipating a full house once again this year.”

Hauck leads Bull Sharks


The Northfield Swim Club Bull Sharks swam hard last weekend while hosting a total of 17 teams at the middle school’s Skip Boyum Pool. While every swimmer had excellent races with improved stroke technique and speed, the race of the meet belonged to Marcus Hauck as he qualified to swim at the state meet in the 50 backstroke with a time of 38.10. He’s been on the verge of achieving state qualifying times in a few events for a few months and finally jumped into that level.

Other great swims belonged to Carrin Baker, who bravely volunteered to take on the 1000 yard freestyle minutes after swimming the 200 Butterfly for the first time. Both were excellent swims and she got out of the water smiling which speaks loudly for her character as a swimmer.

Pioneer Press profiles Northfielder Gordon Marino

St. Olaf's Gordon Marino mixes philosophy and boxing

The St. Paul Pioneer Press begins its profile of St. Olaf faculty member Gordon Marino, "Meet the boxing philosopher of Northfield's St. Olaf College," with two "surprising" facts: 1) the Wall Street Journal has a boxing writer and 2) he's a philosophy professor at St. Olaf. "The life of Gordon Marino has a lot of twists like that," writes Richard Chin.

HCI Board funds 8 mini-grants in April to benefit area youth

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At their April 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved mini-grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  Funded projects included:

Writers’ Workshop Poetry BookARTech students participating in the Writers’ Workshop group are compiling prose and poetry they have authored throughout the school year and are putting it into one publication, a poetry book.  Several copies of this journal will be given to the Key and area businesses who have hosted the writers during writing sessions this school year.

Latino Play Festival.  Students in the ESL (English as a Second Language) Performing Arts class at Northfield High School have spent the year writing and preparing plays.  Planned performances will be held at Carleton College and at the Northfield High School.  There will also be special performances for middle school students.  Evening performances at the Northfield High School are scheduled for May 11th and 12th.

Two locals become first inductees into Band of Ten Thousand Aches Hall of Fame

David Wee and Peter Sandberg inducted into Band of Ten Thousand Aches Hall of Fame

Earlier this month Northfield’s Band of Ten Thousand Aches — an aging adult running club founded in 1989 — inducted longtime Northfield residents David Wee (at left in photo) and Peter Sandberg (at right) as the first members of its Hall of Fame.

It all began when Sandberg, assistant vice president for facilities at St. Olaf College, convinced his running friends to form a club/team to compete in the annual Edmund Fitzgerald 100k (62 mile) 8-person-team relay race along the North Shore. For years Sandberg ran the difficult pre-dawn 20k first leg (12 miles), setting the pace for Northfield’s Masters team (over age 40) to regularly finish first or second.

3rd Northfield Table Tennis Open Tournament, May 5

The 3rdAnnual Northfield Table Tennis Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Northfield Middle School, 9am – 5pm.  In its 3rd year, this event is sponsored by the Northfield Senior Center, and draws top table tennis players of all ages from southeastern Minnesota.  This is an Open tournament; anyone interested in competing may enter, but there is room for just 60 entrants.  Players may compete in singles, doubles or both.  For more information and a registration form, see the Senior Center website:

Visitor Bureau Seeking Travel Packages & Promotions


The Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is currently collecting travel packages & promotions starting with the months of May and June.

Accommodations, restaurants, area attractions & retail shops are encouraged to collectively, or independently, develop their own enticing travel packages and/or share deals for spring and early summer promotion. 

General theme suggestions for the upcoming tourism season are around music, recreation, history and the arts tied with lodging, dining and shopping. See a list of upcoming events here. Please send submissions to by Friday, April 20th.

This listing will be promoted through the Northfield CVB’s website at no cost to participants.

Northfield Swim Club needs new Bull Sharks

Bull Sharks!

The Northfield Swim Club is looking for new sharks to join their team! The recent successes of the Northfield Swim Club includes a 5th place finish as a team at the state championships in March. We want to win! And, we need you to do it!

The Northfield Swim Club Bull Sharks will be hosting a clinic for beginner swimmers starting April 16. The clinic will run for two weeks and meet Monday-Friday from 6-7 pm. This clinic will introduce all four competitive strokes, touch and flip turns and diving off the side of the pool with a possibility of diving off the starting blocks. After the clinic, the swimmer and family has an opportunity to join for the full season. Half of the clinic fee will be applied to the membership fee for all those who join immediately following the clinic. Come join our team!

Three-Season Athlete Excels at a New Sport: Poetry Recitation


On February 11, Andrew Wilson faced a choice. As a member of the Northfield High School boys varsity swimming and diving team, he could compete in the Missota Conference finals in Northfield, or he could head about 50 miles south to Mantorville to compete in the regional round of the Poetry Out Loud competition. Wilson chose to recite poetry.

Actually, the choice had been made three weeks earlier, when Wilson became aware of the conflict and approached Coach Davis to request permission to attend the Poetry Out Loud semifinals. It’s an indication of his character that Wilson not only obtained his coach’s permission, but was later chosen as one of the captains of next year’s swim team.

It’s an exceptional student who has to make the kind of choice that Andrew Wilson made, but Wilson—an ARTech junior who is also a star of the Northfield cross country and track teams—takes it all in stride.

“I like sports that make you push yourself to be your individual best,” Wilson says. “Sports like swimming and running—and reciting poetry.”

John Daniels is Making a Difference

Antonia Cristofaro-Hark, Arlo Cristofaro-Hark and John Daniels display the completed cedar strip canoe.

A Northfield man who helped a group of teenagers from the Key build a canoe is the February 2012 recipient of the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award.  The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

John Daniels spent nine months guiding the teenagers through the 200-hour process of building a cedar strip canoe, which will be used for a fundraiser.  It was his fifth canoe project, but the first one involving youth.

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