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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.12.2015

February 11, 2015

Today: Mary Jo Christofaro and Erica Zweifel, Northfield Solar Project (Zweifel)

Birthdays: Janet Hanson (2/13)

Next Week: Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

Last Week:

Tanner Schiek is a boom-a-rang college student. Originally from Austin, Minn., he graduated from Carleton College and worked in a couple of larger Midwestern cities. But when it came time to put down roots and raise a family, he chose to come back to Northfield.

His wife, Jackie, is the orthodontist behind Schiek Orthodontics, a new Northfield dental practice. She went to dental school in Kansas City and practiced for a couple of years in her home town of Sioux Falls.

Their wish list for a place to live could have been lifted from a Northfield’s community development brochure. They were looking for a family-friendly community with good schools, one with a vibrant downtown, interesting people, a small-town feel, and proximity to the Twin Cities. Because of Tanner’s college experience here, Northfield was an easy sell.

They bought a building on Jefferson Road south of Jefferson Parkway for multi-purpose use. Jackie has her orthodontic practice in one half; they remodeled the other half for living space. Jackie commutes exactly eight steps to work each day.

Tanner is a half-time stay-at-home dad with two small boys and manages the business end of the practice. Tanner said thanks to good working relationships with dentists in town, their business is growing. Patients primarily come from Northfield, but word gets around. They treat people from as far away as Rochester and the Twin Cities.


Candy Taylor had two things to share: 1) Northfield Shares, the amalgam of Northfield Area Foundation and Fifth Bridge, has new offices in the SMSQ building on Water Street, and 2) She is a fan of the new Northfield Y.

Guests: Matt Christensen (Estenson), Caitlin Elliot (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: Curtis Tiano


— The Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota is honoring Peggy Prowe with the 2015 Reuel Harmon Award, an annual recognition for exemplary service and outstanding achievements on behalf of the state’s parks and trails. Peggy is being recognized for her tireless work on the development of Mill Towns Trail and for her ongoing advocacy and support for trail development and outdoor exercise. Peggy will receive the award at the council’s annual meeting on March 24. Reuel Harmon was a founding member of the Minnesota Council of State Parks. He died in 1994.

— Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative’s “Love Your Planet Weekend” will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-15, at the Carleton College Weitz Center and First United Church of Christ. This is a follow-up to last winter’s climate summit, which was sponsored, in part, by Rotary. Erica Zweifel said all events are free, but pre-registration is encouraged. See Erica if you have questions.

— President Rich announced that Jayne Hager-Dee has been formally approved for membership.

— Several board members accompanied President Rich to a district conference in Roseville on January 31. There is safety in numbers.

— The Bike Tour Committee, under the leadership of Chris Heinemann, had its first meeting of the year Tuesday.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up:

Feb. 26 — Philipy inbound exchange student (Quinnell)

March 5 — Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

March 12 — Chris Kennelly, Classification, (Reese)

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, inbound exchange student (Brown-Wescott)