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It had been 25 years since Northfield’s Defeat of Jesse James Days had a young lady become a Minneapolis Aquatennial Princess prior to this year. The 1990 title went to Amy Machacek Etzell who still makes Northfield her home and owns and operates the local downtown business Heartwork Yoga. This year, Northfield’s own Sonia Berdahl was chosen as the 2015 Minneapolis Aquatennial Princess along with Morgan Scheiller of Cambridge and Queen of the Lakes Laura Swartz of Willmar.
Sonia was a 2013 DJJD Ambassador. “The reason the Aquatennial Ambassador Program is so beneficial is that it mirrors the values of the DJJD Ambassador Program”, says Julie Eddy, DJJD Ambassador Program chair. “It revolves around community, leadership and scholarship.” Each year three ambassadors are chosen to represent DJJD & Northfield in a non competitive environment. After completing their year where they promote DJJD through parades and coronations as well as volunteering at many worthwhile causes both on local and state levels, they can apply for an opportunity to attend Minneapolis Aquatennial’s “Best Days of Summer”.
Each year, Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) provides the opportunity for approximately 50 young Minnesota women to participate in a candidate development and scholarship program. Candidates who take part in this program participate in volunteer activities, interview sessions, professional development opportunities with local organizations, and more. At the end of the week-long program, three ambassadors are selected to represent AAO for the next year.
Being selected as an Aquatennial Princess means Sonia has been busy travelling around the state of Minnesota as well as other states and Canada promoting the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Sonia enjoys speaking about her hometown of Northfield and DJJD to anyone who will listen. Sonia is a 2012 graduate of Northfield High School where she was a two time inductee of National Honors Society. She was a mentor at Greenvale Park, taught Sunday School and was a member of the dance team. She was choreographer and all-conference for dance for three years, MVP for two years and Captain her senior year. Sonia was all-conference and captain of the girls’ soccer team, as well as all-conference of the track team. She was awarded most outstanding female athlete for individual sports her senior year. She was also a member of LINK and R.A.L.I.E., choir and Youth in Government.
Sonia is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities pursuing a major in nutrition and a minor in public health. After graduation, she plans to continue her education with a Master’s of Public Health program. She would like to ultimately work in preventative healthcare to reduce socioeconomic health disparities in Minnesota and the United States. This would include researching how different communities respond to messages about healthy eating and active living, designing programs to implement in communities to encourage healthy living, and legislative advocacy for funding and policies related to community health. On campus, Sonia is involved with the Minnesota Student Association, the Chi Omega Fraternity, and is an avid Golden Gopher fan. She also volunteers with Cooking Matters, which is an organization that teaches cooking classes for low income families on how to cook inexpensive healthy meals in the Twin Cities.
The DJJD Committee will be hosting an Open House in honor of Sonia on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5:00pm with a program at 6:30pm to be held at The Grand Event Center. This is open to the public.
The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award Recipient is Bill Cowles. The public announcement will be at the Northfield Golf Club at 6 PM on Wednesday March 29th 2015 Bill is the 33rd Recipient of this very prestigious award Bill will be honored Wednesday September 9, 2015 during the
Defeat of Jesse James Days at the Northfield Ballroom.
Mission State of the Heywood Committee
To honor a Northfield citizen who we feel exemplifies the commitment to public service, which Heywood lived. It is an award, which reminds us of our past and our promise to improve ourselves, and our community for the future. An award each of us would someday hope to be considered worthy of receiving.
12,200 Defeat of Jesse James Days buttons are assembled each year by 3 groups of special needs students through the Northfield School District. Approximately 30 kids from the High School and Middle School work from mid February into May assembling at least 100 buttons each weekday. Between 5 and 6 adults oversee each group. Lisa Lagergren said… “the students enjoy what they do and know what’s expected”.
Brooke is nearly 18, she’s assembled 600 buttons so far this year. With a bright lovely smile, she said she loves to do it. Brooke works the electric stamper while others work the hand operated one. The DJJD Committee pays a stipend which the students then use for a fun shopping day. The program has been in existence for longer than the adults who chaperone the kids could remember. Over 20 years. For the first time, incoming General Chair of the DJJD Committee, TJ Heinricy, wanted to recognize their efforts. Each student received a 2015 Defeat of Jesse James Days t-shirt with the designation “Official Button Maker” on the back.
Thank you so much for all your hard work!
First Place: Defeat of Jesse James Days Junior Ambassadors(Will Marsh)
Second Place: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Ambassadors
Third Place: Fridley 49ers Ambassadors
First Place: Vintage Band Festival
Second Place: Northfield Arts Guild
Third Place: Restored Randolph, MN Fire Truck
First Place: Canine Design
Second Place: Wells Fargo Bank Stage Coach
Third Place: SEMA Equipment
First Place: St Paul Clown Club
Second Place: Clowns Across The River
First Place: Schell’s Hobo Band
Second Place: Royal Order of Klondike Kate’s
Third Place St: Mill Town Haunt
HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BANDS
First Place: Simley High School
Second Place: St. Peter High School
Third Place: United High School
- Golf Tournament 2:00 p.m. Shot Gun Start Northfield Golf Club BUTTON EVENT
- Entertainment Center “Townie Night” 5:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 5th & Water Street. 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. “8th Street Band (Russ Franek and Chad Johnson)” BUTTON EVENT
- Giddy-Up Horse races. Registration 5:00 p.m. Premier Bank 5th & Washington BUTTON EVENT
- “TippeCanoe & Tyler Too” 7:00 p.m. Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Tickets $12.50 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carnival Highway 3 & 5th Street 5:00 p.m. 6:00-10:00 p.m. “Wrist Band Night”
- Pedal Tractor Pull 5:30 p.m. Between 4th & 5th Streets on Division
- NORTHFIELD HISTORICAl SOCIETY. 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 408 Division St. Book signing by Johnny Boggs “Jesse James and Northfield in the Movies”
- Bingo on Bridge Square 6:00 p.m.-Midnight
- Joseph Lee Heywood and Nicolaus Gustavson Graveside Memorial Service. Noon Northfield Cemetery, South Division across from High School.
- Joseph Lee Heywood DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Award Banquet. 6:30 p.m. (doors open 5:00 p.m.) Northfield Ballroom, Highway 3 North. Prepaid Reservations BUTTON EVENT. $125 Pin Drawing, Auction of Defeat of Jesse James Days Collector Buttons Numbers 1 through 5
Karen Roback and her daughter found the horseshoe at 10:15am this morning (Thursday) behind the “THE OLD SAFETY CENTER” in the area directly behind the current fire station (City property on 5th and Hwy 3). This area will be host to the firemen’s party/event next week during DJJD as they do every year.
Karen and her family deciphered the sidewalk poems throughout downtown Northfield this week gathering letters and unscrambling them to assist in leading them to this spot.
On Friday (tomorrow) hunters would have received the 3 more letters and Saturday they would receive the “wheel of fortune” like letter/word layout (giving the number of words and total letters in each word) along with the word THE. THE XXX XXXXXX XXXXXX.
Karen has registered her button and will receive the full $900 purse.
The letters that make up the name of the hiding spot have been scrambled and you will be given 3 letters of the puzzle through a clue each day. The clues will lead you to locations downtown where you must walk to the cipher near the particular location and gather a particular letter as instructed in each clue.
The Purse is $900 this year thanks to cash donations by E&J Photography, US Federal Credit Union, Professional Pride Realty and Bursch Travel.
Location 1. We’re moving right along! I hope you’re having fun exploring our city and sidewalk poems! When I hid away the shoe, I sat down for some Joe. Then I got up with swagger and left down the road. Find the letter located on line 3, word 5 and letter 3.
Location 2. When you arrive at the hiding spot, you can park in the back. Just look for the Gras near a 136 year Landmark that suffered from cracks. Find the letter located on line 4, word 2 and letter 2.
Location 3. And finally this building, you know the one. Just yell to the hunters, go get your guns. Find the letter located on the bottom line, word 6 and letter 2.
Location 1. This building recently had something removed from it. This large structure was used extensively when it was a restaurant in the 90’s. Find the letter located on line 1, word 3 and letter 2
Location 2. This spot in the middle of town has always been a popular talker. Grab a snack and take a break. Seating provided by Schjeldahl. Find the letter located on line 1, word 2 and letter 1
Location 3. Bring a net for this one. Built in 1893, this structure replaced that Dampier House which is where Henry Wheeler was positioned during the 1876 raid. Find the letter located on line 4, word 2 and letter 6
Location 1. This cipher lays close to the original 1885 YMCA in Northfield but you’ll need to look High, not at the horseshoe up there, but near the prominent half circles to the south. Find the letter located on line 4 of 7, word 2 and letter 1
Location 2. What was your favorite item at the Ideal Cafe? Work as a pair and you’ll find these two circles. Find the letter located on line 1 of 3, word 2 and letter 2
Location 3. Ryan would be lying if he said this would be a piece of cake. Find the letter located on line 2 of 4, word 3 and letter 1
Location 1. This building was built the same year “Jesse James Day” began and was the first Medical Arts building in Rice County. Look on the “mural” side and pass each other on the ground. Find the letter located on line 2 of 5, word 1 and letter 3
Location 2. This public building was constructed by money donated by Andrew Carnegiein the winter of 1908. Look at the bottom on Division. Find the letter located on line 1 of 4, word 2 and letter 5
Location 3. Opened in 1877 this Stuart from Dallas was the second of its kind in Northfield. Find the hot letter located on line 1 of 7, word 4 and letter 1
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