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.
As Robbie and I got out of our car in downtown’s west side parking lot last night, we heard music coming from both the Cow’s outdoor stage and the back deck of The Key. Northfielders who ventured downtown, it turns out, got a real treat from the bands at both outdoor venues—with warm temps, spectacular skies, and later on, a full moon.
Below: a two-minute video clip of The Big Strong Men (Facebook page). The band wowed the audience (wide age range) in ways that I’d not seen in a while in Northfield. Members include:
Ben Greenwald: Guitar/Vocals Christopher "Philly" Williams: Keyboards/Vocals Joe Silberschmidt: Drums/Vocals Jon Camp: Bass
Below: a 30-second video clip of Jacob Mullis and Amy Hager of Fort Wilson Riot (also follow them on Twitter and Facebook). Marie Fischer also has some photos in a post on The Key’s blog where she thanks them “for playing the most incredible drum-free show The Key has ever seen.”
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)
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)