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World's Largest Swim Lesson

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What a magnificent turn out for the first annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson put on by Community Services and held at Northfield's Old Memorial Pool.  Fifty-six participants engaged in a half hour swim lesson in an attempt to help break the world record for the most people taking a swim lesson at once.  Northfield was one of more than seven hundred sites across five continents registered for the event.  WLSL is an event to help raise awareness that swimming lessons save lives.  I saw lots of shivers this morning, but everyone was engaged and was learning something.  Participants learned about water safety and took part in blowing bubbles, kicking, floating, submerging their bodies under water to look for dive toys, and worked on swimming strokes.  Parents and children proved hardy on this brisk morning and turned out for a most important swimming lesson!  Stay tuned to find out if the world record was broken!

World's Largest Swim Lesson

Have you ever wanted to help break a world record? 
Now is your chance...right here in Northfield!!!
Northfield Community Services has entered Northfield as a host community for the World's Largest Swim Lesson.  Attached is a flyer about the WLSL and more detailed information is below. 
WLSL - Take part in breaking a record in the Guinness World Record Book!  On Tuesday June 18th from 10 - 10:30 am, a simultaneous swimming lesson will take place across the world (16 countries on 5 continents)!  Come and be part of this great event and help us to break the world record for the largest number of people participating in a swimming lesson at one time!

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition is Making a Difference


The Northfield Skateboard Coalition has received the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for March/April 2013. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

Rob Hardy, an adult adviser to the group, and filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo nominated the coalition members for the award, citing the dedication and resolve the youth demonstrated throughout the lengthy civic process of working to bring a permanent skate park to Northfield.

“There have been times when the adults have gotten frustrated, angry, or rude, and the kids have never done that. They’ve been models of good behavior and civility,” Hardy said.

Carleton-St. Olaf Basketball Doubleheader on Feb. 4 to Benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Minnesota Affiliate

On Monday, Feb. 4, sports rivals Carleton College and St. Olaf College will meet once again on the basketball court. Admission is free and the Northfield community is invited. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Minnesota Affiliate.

Registration Open for Session 2 Skating Lessons! A Great Holiday Gift!

Online registration for Northfield Skating School winter classes is open now through Jan 7th, 2013!

View our website to learn about our 2012-13 programs, which include group lessons, private lesson, spin class, power and edge class, practice ice, special events, and more. Sunday classes begin Jan 20th. 

Register with Northfield Public Schools Community Services by January 7th.

The Northfield Skating School offical US Figure Skating Model Program that is community-based and nationally recognized. We teach Skills and Confidence for Skating and for Life. We welcome skaters ages 4+ with a full range of skating goals, including recreational and competitive skaters, beginners, adults, and hockey players. Learn more about us on our website.

Try Hockey for Free Day on November 3rd

The Northfield Hockey Association invites boys and girls ages four to nine years old to the Northfield Ice Arena on Saturday, November 3rd  from 10:15-11:15am for a Try Hockey for Free clinic to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.

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

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At their September 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program. 

Funded projects included:

Skating School Registration Open Through 9/18!

JNSS Funoin the Northfield Skating School, in partnership with Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division, for our fall session of professional skating lessons! Online registration is open now through September 18th, 2012. Programs  include group lessons, private lessons, specialty classes, and extra practice ice. We are an official U.S. Figure Skating model program with the mission "Building Skills and Confidence for Skating and for Life." We teach skaters with a full range of goals, including recreational and competitive skaters, beginners, adults, and hockey players. Sunday classes begin Sept 30th.

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.

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

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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.

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