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Rotarians Nancy and Missi know how to handle Amy, much to the benefit of The Key

Nancy Amerman, Amy Merritt, Missi Arens Nancy Amerman, Amy Merritt, Missi Arens

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.

Photos and video of a music night in Northfield: The Big Strong Men; Area 51; Fort Wilson Riot

Downtown Northfield under a full moonDowntown Northfield under a full moonAs 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.

See my album of 18 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow (videos below):

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.”

Northfield Union of Youth purchases building on 6th St for The Key

111 West 6th St.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.

The KeyIt’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.

Podcast: Amy Merritt, Executive Director of the Union of Youth

Ross Currier, Amy Merritt, Tracy Davis, 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.

Click play to listen. 30 minutes.

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It’s Spring Clean-Up Day, Dump Day, Clean-up/Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day

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Got 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.

Another Northfield podcast: KeyMN

Kevin Krein,  Addy Payne, and Dan Zenner 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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Podcast: Northfield Union of Youth

Union of Youth board members Maisie, Hattie, and Ruth with Griff Wigley 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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