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Photo album and video: Jingle Bell Run/Walk 2010

A little old blizzard did not deter the organizers or participants (some on cross country skis) for yesterday’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Justin Stets was the MC and Northfield HCI czar Zach Pruitt was beauty on duty, as this year’s charitable recipient was the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Mini-Grants Program.

See the album of 14 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

Here’s a 45-second video of the start of the run/walk:

Today’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a go in the snow

Today’s Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk, sponsored by Carlson Capital Management, 5th Bridge, and the American Center for Philanthropy, is on, despite the forecast of a few flakes here and there.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Mini-Grants Program is this year’s charitable recipient.

See my Jingle Bell Run photo albums from 2005, 06, 07:

Growing Up Healthy: $25,000 is theirs if they get the most votes by Friday, Dec. 10

Visitors to Locally Grown should know about this so I’m passing along this request from Zach Pruitt, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative:

Growing-Up-HealthyAs you may have seen in the local paper, the Rice County Growing Up Healthy Coalition is ONE of THREE finalists for the statewide InCommons collaboration prize.  More than 200 coalitions and collaborative efforts started in the competition and its down to the final three. Growing Up Healthy is a coalition of community organizations and neighborhood leaders seeking to increase the level of community connectedness experienced by marginalized families in Rice County.

InCommons is now asking for votes on which of the three finalists should be selected as this year’s winner — the finalist with the most votes by Friday, December 10 will receive $25,000!

Needless to say, $25,000 would be an incredible contribution to this grassroots effort that runs on a shoestring budget.  I hope you will please take 60 seconds and vote for the Growing Up Healthy Coalition.  The process is super easy:

  • Growing-Up-Healthy VOTEGo to the Incommons Collaboration Challenge Finalists section 
  • Click on the check mark next to Growing Up Healthy
  • A page will pop up—create a Username, include your First and Last name, and an email address (and complete the image verification) in order to have your vote counted. You may click “I do not want to receive emails from InCommons.org” to opt out of emails from them.

It will tell you that an email has been sent to you. Go to your email and follow the instructions to complete the “creation” of your official account and the confirmation of your vote. It is very important that your vote is confirmed!
You may only vote once with a given email address. And once you have voted, please encourage other people in your network to vote!

I’d also encourage you to watch the video on the Growing Up Healthy coalition that’s posted on the InCommons website above (click on the filmstrip) — it’s a very impressive collaboration!

Thanks for taking a minute to help with this…

Zach Pruitt, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

Take it to the Box: Rice County’s Medication Safety Program launches

In last week’s Friday Memo, Northfield Police Chief Mark Taylor announced the new Rice County Medication Safety Program named Take it to the Box.

Griff Wigley takes a bottle of Oxycodone to the Box; Nothfield Police Chief Mark Taylor approves Northfield Safety Center Take it to the Box poster   
I had a bottle of Oxycodone from my 2008 rotator cuff surgery that I never used so I was eager to get rid of it today, given the prevalence of theft from household medicine cabinets that contribute to the drug abuse problem. (Note that any pharmaceuticals can be placed in the Box. See, for example, last week’s environmental news about the problem of feminized male fish in the Mississippi River, "a problem linked to women’s birth control pills and other hormone treatments.")

Mary Nelson, member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth and Alcohol and Drug Use Chief Taylor cited the efforts of Mary Nelson, a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth and Alcohol and Drug Use, for her work on this program.

Take it to the box- A prescription drug disposal program will start on Tuesday September 22, 2009. This program will feature two drop boxes in Rice County. One will be at the Northfield Police Department and the other at F aribault P.D. The public will be able to come to the police station and place their unused, unneeded prescription drugs in a drop box in the police station lobby. This is an anonymous program encouraging person(s)  to remove their name from labels, leaving the drug name to aid us in safe disposal. Two of the main goals of this program are; safe disposal will impact/reduce opportunities for drugs falling into the wrong hands, leading to drug abuse. Secondly, safe disposal ensures drugs do not end up in landfills, city water, etc. having an environmental impact. The box will be available during all hours.

This project was a large undertaking that took the cooperation and hard work of many organizations. They include: Rice County Chemical Health Coalition, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI), Northfield Hospital, Faribault Police, Northfield Police, Northfield Mayor’s Youth Task Force on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Rice County Drug Task Force. A special thank you to Northfield resident Mary Nelson, who contributed countless hours on this project.