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August 27, 2015 Newsletter

August 27, 2015

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today: Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity (Hager-Dee)

Birthdays: Hannah Puczko (8/28)

Next Week: Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:
Chris Heineman, Community Development Director for the City of Northfield, has always had good feelings about water on the move. From his early years visiting a family hunting cabin on Gooseberry River to his current home in Red Wing and work in Northfield, rivers have been a theme that runs through his life.

He grew up in rural Forest Lake and counts the Upper St. Croix among his river refuges. He enjoyed the Thames in London during a global term while in college. He first kissed his wife on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, and now he lives near the Mississippi and thinks about the Cannon River most days at work.

Chris graduated from Bethel University and earned a masters degree from Hamline University. He has worked for the State Legislature, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, the Minneapolis City Planning Department, the City of Anoka, City of Lake City, the City of Kenyon and now Northfield.

During his career, he helped administer the Mighty Ducks program that leveraged $18.4 million of state money for a $122 million investment in 64 new sheets of ice and many renovations of existing ice. Working for Minneapolis, he was involved in neighborhood revitalization and coordination of the planning for parts of the light rail line that run along Hiawatha Avenue.

Now on his Northfield plate are the library project, the community solar project in the northwest corner of town, the sale of the armory and potential development around The Crossings.

A couple of years ago, Chris took a leave of absence and went with his wife and two children to Quzhou China. He calls it a ‘life-changing experience” for all of them.

Chris is chairing this year’s bike tour and he said now is the time to step up the promotion. The majority of our riders come from out of town and need to know about this exceptional ride. Brochures are available for distribution.


Michelle Lasswell sees plenty of club member Brad Frago. They are partners in life and law. They share a law practice in Northfield and share two children, Christopher, 13, and Lauren, 10, who both play soccer and string instruments.

Michelle graduated in a class of 42 from Silver Lake High School, did her undergraduate work at St. Benedicts, and received her law degree from Drake University. She enjoys time with family and friends, journal writing, walking and biking. She is training for our 45-mile Outlaw route this year.

Brad encouraged her to join Rotary, and she has not been disappointed. They have been exchange counselors for six years. Michelle is currently our vice president.

Fun fact about Michelle: She has the distinction of having participated in a toilet bowl race. Who else can claim that notoriety?

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Marion Arpin and Joseph Sidler, John Thomas, prospective member, and Jean Thares (Halverson); Tracy Fossum (J. Fossum),

Scholarship Enhancement: Tracy Fossum


The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks, a high school soccer game, high school football games and the steam engine show in Dundas. It is a great opportunity to sell tickets and fun to work in teams.

Volunteer opportunities for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour are going fast. See Jean Wakely if you want to help that weekend.

Rotary will be working a Habitat for Humanity site in Dundas Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake Conway if you are interested.

Northfield Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th year with a birthday party at the Estenson Event Center Saturday, Oct. 17. We are inviting the Janesville, Waseca and Faribault clubs to help us celebrate.

We will be hosting a friendship exchange group from Brazil for a few days beginning Sunday, Oct. 4. We need places for the five to stay.

Our program chair, Tim Madigan, will be teaching a course at Mankato State University this fall. It conflicts with our meetings, but he assures us he will continue coordinating our programs. If you have an idea, let him know.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)

September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)

September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)

October 1 — Mike Lemming, Bereavement Process (Holden)