Last week I was working in The HideAway, one of my other Division St offices, when I spotted these women in a corner, appearing to be working/collaborating/scheming. Northfield Rotary Club members Missi Arens and Nancy Amerman were meeting with Amy Merritt, Director of the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key). Amy is famously camera-shy but with a little bit of arm twisting from Nancy, she caved.
I asked Nancy to send me a blurb about what they were meeting about:
We were meeting to discuss our organizations’ collaborative efforts to fundraise for The Key’s capital campaign. The Rotary Club of Northfield and The Key joined forces in 2010 and have worked together on the Rotary fun runs, car raffle, canoe sale, and The Key’s Valentine’s Day Rose Sale among other projects.
Alex Beeby, member of the Adult Board of Directors for the Northfield Union of Youth (NUY), told me this morning that they’d closed on the purchase of the old Northfield Photo building at 111 West 6th St.
It’ll be the new location for NUY’s youth center, The Key, currently at 303 Water St. A press release is forthcoming.
NUY owns the north half (building and property) of its current location. The City of Northfield owns the other half.
Our radio show/podcast guest this week: Amy Merritt, the new Executive Director of the Northfield Union of Youth, whose youth center is known as The Key. Former ED Josh Hinnencamp blogged about her hiring back in August.
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crap junk to get rid of? Today’s your day to unload it for free. Josh Hinnencamp, Executive Director of the Union of Youth, calls it Dump Day in his Got stuff you don’t need? blog post and the Northfield News calendar item calls it Clean-up/Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day (links are mine):
Bring useable items to this year’s annual Spring Clean Up Day from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Northfield Rodeo Grounds, or from 7 to 11 a.m. at Lansing’s Hardware, where youth groups collect them. Items will be sold at the youth garage sale held (rain or shine) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 at the former Lansing’s Hardware Store, corner of Division and 7th Streets. Proceeds benefit the many project funds of The Key and the Mayor’s Youth Council. Hosted by the EQC, the Mayor’s Youth Council and The Key Youth Board. Waste Management provides dumpsters to unload debris free of charge to Northfield residents (must show I.D.) from 7 to 11 a.m. at the rodeo grounds. Disposal fee on electronic appliances.
Next Saturday, May 2, Waste Management will again be taking items.
At last week’s Union of Youth open house at The Key, I met Kevin Krein, Addy Payne, and Dan Zenner, co-hosts of the KeyMN radio show which airs on Saturday mornings at 9am on KYMN 1080. The show now has its own web site where each episode is blogged with a clickable Flash player. They started podcasting in early December. (continued)
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See the album of photos from last night’s open house or this slideshow. (I’ve turned off comments here. Continue discussion on my blog post from earlier this week on the event.)
Three youth board members from the Northfield Union of Youth joined us yesterday to discuss the organization on its 15th anniversary. L to R in the photo with me and Jesse James: Maisie, Hattie, and Ruth. They’ll be at tonight’s open house at The Key. See my blog post from earlier this week on the event. There are over two dozen comments attached to it, many by young people talking about what the organization has meant to them. (continued)
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I got an email from Ruth Amerman, president of the Youth Board of the Northfield Union of Youth, alerting me to their Open House this week. I plan to attend and take photos… and chime in on their long-range planning. (continued)
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