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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is Community’s Unofficial Homecoming

November 14, 2016

The Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot has become Northfield’s unofficial homecoming event for the 1000-plus runners and walkers who participate each year.

Now in its 16th year, the 5K run/walk is a Thanksgiving tradition for many Northfield households, a “must-do” for those who want to connect with old friends and neighbors and be reminded that Northfield is always home.

Rob Bierman, chair of Rotary’s Turkey Trot Committee, said this event has become one of the community’s signature events.

“The Turkey Trot gives Northfielders an opportunity to touch base with one another and reflect on their shared experience here in Northfield,” said Bierman. “You’ll see lots of hugs and hear a lot of catching up before and during the run/walk. There is always a lot of positive energy here.”

He said it also gives people an opportunity to show their gratitude by running or walking for a good cause.  Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.

On the polio front, Rotary International and its partners have made remarkable progress toward a polio-free world. Over the last 30 years, polio cases around the globe have been reduced by 99 percent. Only three countries remain polio endemic — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria — so the campaign continues.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center (north entrance) at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. Online registration for the Turkey Trot is available now at northfieldrotary.org. The cost to participate is $15 prior to Friday, Nov. 11, $20 after that date. All entries made online before November 11 are guaranteed a commemorative long sleeve t-shirt. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event.

This event also dedicated to collecting food for the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are invited to bring a food donation to the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning.

If you have questions, please call Rob Bierman at 612-226-9237.

Rotary takes ‘turkey trot’ online

October 19, 2016

This year, Northfield Rotary is taking the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot online.

For those who support Rotary programs, but will be somewhere else on Thanksgiving morning, there is now the “Free-Range Turkey Trot.” Long distance runners are invited to sign up at northfieldrotary.org/event/turkeytrot and share a photo or video of their virtual run. The cost is $20 per participant. The fee includes a T-shirt mailed in advance so those out of town can wear them for the photos or videos they post. The most creative will be awarded a prize. The deadline for those who will be running elsewhere is Friday, Nov. 11.

“We saw an opportunity to include more people in this event,” said Rob Bierman, chair of the Rotary Turkey Trot Committee. “This gives those who cannot physically be in town an opportunity to support Rotary’s important work.”

Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.

On the polio front, Rotary International and its partners have made remarkable progress toward a polio-free world. Over the last 30 years, polio cases around the globe have been reduced by 99 percent. Only three countries remain polio endemic — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria — so the campaign continues.

The actual Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center (north entrance) at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. Online registration for the Turkey Trot is available now at northfieldrotary.org. The cost to participate is $15 prior to Friday, Nov. 11, $20 after that date. All entries made online before November 11 are guaranteed a commemorative long sleeve t-shirt. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event.

This event is also dedicated to collecting food for the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are invited to bring a food donation to the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning.

For more information, go to northfieldrotary.org/event/turkeytrot or call Rob Bierman at 612-226-9237.

Fundraiser in Memory of Ken Bank

May 16, 2016

Ken Bank was a leader in our community who cared about people. He had a passion for education, health and supporting youth. He was instrumental in the development and growth of much throughout our community. Kens friends are holding this event to help us all remember Ken, celebrate and keep him with us. Donations raised at the event will benefit three local organizations Ken was passionate about, including Northfield Rotary.

For more information about the event, click here: Ken Bank Event Details

Northfield Rotary donors recognized as ‘major donors’

April 20, 2016

Major Donors 2016

Northfield Rotarian Scott Richardson wrote a great piece in the Northfield News regarding major donors in the Northfield Rotary club.

Here’s the link to the post.

People For Pollinators – March 8, 2016 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

January 31, 2016

People For Pollinators – March 8, 2016 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane, St. Paul
Cost – $45.00

Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Pollinate Minnesota invite you to join us for an in-depth symposium designed to inspire, connect and unite for a pollinator friendly Minnesota. Learn about pollinators and their relationship to birds, wildlife and biodiversity, farm and urban habitat, pesticide and advocacy issues in a friendly and motivational environment. We welcome all who want to help pollinators including educators, farmers, gardeners, city staff, elected officials, conservationists, and community organizers. Click here to register.

Beth Kallestad is going from Northfield if anyone would like to car pool contact her at bethcrokallestad@gmail.com.