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

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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.


A week in St. Olaf news: Another Caldecott, Paterno's legacy, a transformative economist, Peace Corps honors, and rapping Ovid

St. Olaf Professor of Philosophy Gordon Marino

A few St. Olaf-related news items of note from the past week include an alumnus winning his second Caldecott Medal, longtime Northfield resident and Professor of Philosophy Gordon Marino (in photo) writing about the legacy of Joe Paterno in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and a Star Tribune obituary about how the late Frank Gery (find the Strib link at the end of our story) transformed the St. Olaf Economics Department "into a bastion of modern economics, steeped in statistical analysis." 


Special Olympics Gymnastics

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For those of you who may not have heard, Special Olympics Gymnastics will be starting at the Northfield Gymnastics Club in ONE WEEK.  This is NOT a new sport to Special Olympics, BUT it is definitely new to Area 10.  Practices will begin at 5:30 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Northfield Gymnastics Club.   

Special O Gymnastics is an excellent opportunity for you to “benefit physically, mentally and socially”.  Competitions are offered for men/boys in the artistic events and women/girls in artistic and rhythmic events.  This is open to ANY person; male and female, and any skill level.   If you have any further questions contact Kathy Lean, Head Coach Area 10 at 507.645.4817 or Melissa Bernhard, Program Coordinator, Northfield Gymnastics Club at 507.663.7773.  Please plan on accompanying your child or client throughout the duration of the practice.


Skating School Registration Open Until 1/9 - A Great Winter Gift!

Join the Northfield Skating School for our winter session of skating lessons! This is the final chance to sign up for the 2011-12 season. Online Registration is open now through January 9th, 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, adults, and hockey players. 
 
See our website for class descriptions, full calendar, and for more information about our NEW Preschool & Homeschool program and our evening program with the St. Paul Figure Skating Club.

Northfield Tennis Association Annual Meeting -- Monday, December 5, 2011

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The Northfield Tennis Association (NTA) invites you to its annual meeting on MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The gathering will take place in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Pkwy).

This important meeting will cover a number of key topics:

  • Hear about the activities that the NTA helped support and fund in 2011
  • Share ideas and suggestions for how to grow tennis in Northfield in the future
  • Shape the direction of the NTA in 2012
  • Elect the 2012 NTA Board of Directors


Northfield Skating School Welcomes New Skaters on Bring a Friend Day

On Sunday, Nov 20, the Northfield Skating School welcomed dozens of new skaters to the Northfield Arena for our annual Bring a Friend Day. Parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends enjoyed a lesson with an NSS coach and time to learn new skills with their friends. Lessons were followed by a special exhibition of competitive skaters from the Northfield Skating School and guest skaters who train with NSS coaches at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club and Eagan Ice Crystal Figure Skating Club. For more photos and information about our programs please visit our website.


Northfield Tennis Association seeks board nominations

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The Northfield Tennis Association (NTA) is accepting nominations for the 2012 NTA Board of Directors.  The NTA works to help promote the development and growth of tennis in the Northfield area.  The NTA board meets 5-7 times per year and provides oversight to the association.  The NTA is particularly interested in adding board members who have a passion and ideas for additional tennis playing opportunities in the community. Nominations are due by WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30


Chuck Perkins is "Making a Difference" award winner

Chuck Perkins with the Northfield High School football team

Chuck Perkins, a volunteer coach with the Northfield High School Raiders football team, is the September/October 2011 recipient of the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) “Making a Difference” Award.  The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

“We’ve often referred to him as our positive energy coach,” head coach Bubba Sullian said of Perkins.  “He’s always got a lot of energy, and he does a great job of pumping the kids up – it’s something he’s always brought to our coaching staff and our teams.”


Registration Open for Session 1 Skating Lessons! NEW programs and more lesson days!

LogoRegistration is open for Northfield Skating School Session 1 classes, which now include 3 days of group lessons! View our class descriptions and calendar to find out about our NEW Tuesday evening program with the St. Paul Figure Skating Club and our NEW Thursday Pre-school/Homeschool Group Lessons.

Tuesday evening classes have begun and continue year-round. Register at any time. First class is FREE!

Thursday homeschool/preschool classes begin Sept 29. Register by Sept 20.

Sunday afternoon classes begin Oct 2. Register by Sept 20.

Northfield Skating School is our community skating program run in collaboration with Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division. We are a U.S. Figure Skating model program open to all levels of skaters, beginner through advanced, ages 4-adult. Hockey players are welcome. Read more about our local and national recognition at www.northfieldskating.com.


Northfield YMCA, Rotary team up for Nordic walking/hill bounding clinic

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Please note the corrected registration time. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The Northfield Area Family YMCA and Northfield Rotary are teaming up to help local residents get the most from their uphill climbs.

A Nordic walking/hill bounding clinic is set for Saturday, Aug. 20, at Buntrock Commons, on the campus of St. Olaf College. Nordic walking uses poles for a full-body outdoor exercise for people of all ages. The poles equalize stress across the body, reducing the impact on lower joints. Hill bounding builds on the benefits of Nordic walking. It is an activity used by Nordic skiers for off-season training. Jessie Diggins, a competitive skier who recently graduated from Stillwater High School, will lead the clinic. She also will speak about her victory at the United States Nordic Senior Nationals and her participation in the Nordic World Cup and world championship during a buffet lunch that is included as part of the clinic fee.


Outlaw Run Slated for August 27

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The Northfield Historical Society invites you to explore Southern Minnesota like the notorious James-Younger Gang did, but this time, we are riding steel horses.

         On September 7, 1876, the Gang, led by Jesse and Frank James and the Younger brothers, attempted a bank raid on the First National Bank of Northfield.  While the raid was in progress, the townspeople rounded up their firearms and fought back.  When the fighting stopped, two Northfielders had been ruthlessly murdered by the Gang, and two of the outlaws lay dead in the streets.  The largest manhunt in U.S. History (at that point) ensued.  The Younger brothers were captured in a slew outside of Madelia, MN, while the Jesse and Frank escaped to meet their fate at a later day.


Swimming Clinic

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Mark your calendars! The Northfield Swim Club Bull Sharks will be hosting a clinic for beginner swimmers starting September 12. The clinic will run for three weeks and meet Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 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 can decide whether or not 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 of 120+ swimmers!

Our pricing for the clinic is $50 for 9 lessons. For more information regarding the clinic and our team, please see our website at www.northfieldswimclub.org.


Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative featured in local news

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The Northfield News had an excellent story on the Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative in Saturday’s edition.

Run by volunteers, the Youth Sports Collaborative helps to assure that all Northfield youth — regardless of their family’s socioeconomic status — can take part in local youth sports associations. 

One of the collaborative’s key efforts has been the establishment of a shared scholarship pool for the local associations to use when their internal scholarship pools have been exhausted.  The Community Action Center of Northfield serves as the fiscal agent for the collaborative and assists with screening scholarship applicants to assure their financial eligibility

Since 2004, the Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative has awarded over 900 scholarships for low-income youth to take part in local sports associations.


Northfield YMCA to offer Wee, U4 soccer

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Preschoolers can get their kicks this summer, thanks to the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

The YMCA will conduct Wee and U4 soccer programs for 3- and 4-year-olds beginning next month, in partnership with the Northfield Soccer Association (NSA).

Similar to the NSA’s in-house summer program for older youngsters, YMCA soccer is scheduled from Tuesday, June 14, to Thursday, July 28. Practices and games will be each Tuesday and Thursday, for a total of 14 sessions.


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