Now that it’s August, we’re just a month away from the annual Defeat of Jesse James Days, and promotional fliers and poster are out. Every year a week prior to this festival many partake in the Horseshoe Hunt where daily clues lead participants to the location of a hidden horseshoe. But this year Event chairperson Tim Freeland has some special news to announce.
“I am very pleased to announce that the horseshoe hunt will payout its largest purse in event history, giving $1300 to the winner, IF they have registered their 2015 event button prior to the start of the event,” says Freeland. “Anyone who fails to register their button can claim the $300 consolation prize”.
Freeland spent the winter recruiting donors to this event which include US Federal Credit Union, Professional Pride Realty, Bursch Travel and Edina Realty. The first clue will be announced here, on KYMN and on the Northfield News website at 7am starting August 31st. You will also need to read and agree to the important rules and regulations.
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!
Please observe the no parking zones during the Defeat of Jesse James Days per the Northfield Police. (Note: Posted in 2014 but relevant for 2015)
Congratulations to our 2015 Defeat of Jesse James Days Ambassadors, Carolyn Meyer, Emily Oberto, and Matthew Dempsey. The judges had 6 amazing candidates to choose from and had the tough job of selecting these three. Welcome to the DJJD family.
They are Madilyn Snyder and Coltyn Otte. Madilyn is 8 years old and her parents are Candi & Chad Snyder. Her sponsor is Harry Browns Automotive. Coltyn is 8 years old and his parents are Casi and Jason Otte. His sponsor is Otte Excavating.
The coronation event was held Saturday August 9th at the Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity. 12 candidates participated with introductions on stage, answering questions and showing their talents.
During the prior 6 weeks all the candidates participated in a number of activities including a Dundas Dukes game, a bowling evening with the current ambassadors and candidates, helped at Laura Baker Services Assn Family Fun Day and a pancake breakfast fundraiser. The candidates were all required to sell coronation tickets, pancake tickets and DJJD Buttons. It was announced at coronation that Madilyn Snyder had sold the most on two categories and tying on the third with her sister Abigail who was also a candidate. Prizes were awarded as well as each candidate receiving a ‘bucket of awesomeness’ for a job well done.
As Junior Ambassadors, over the next year Madilyn & Coltyn will participate in many parades, coronations and be available to volunteer at many special events including Special Olympics, Salvation Army bell ringing as well as at the DJJD Celebration.
The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award Recipient is Bob Will. Bob is the 32nd recipient of this very prestigious award that will be given Wednesday September 3, 2014 at the Northfield Ballroom.
Bob Will was born in 1928 in Dousman, Wisconsin to Gena and Irvin Will. His father was the mechanic, farm machinery implement dealer, and chief of the local firehouse. His mother was a school teacher. They were each community organizers and taught their only son about the value of giving to and being a part of a community.
Bob graduated from Hartland High School in 1944 and enlisted in the US Navy. When the war was over, with his Navy footlocker dragged behind him and the GI Bill clutched in his left hand, Bob entered Carleton College in 1946. He left Milwaukee by train and arrived in Northfield at the train depot. Over the course of the next four years Bob would go back and forth to Wisconsin during school breaks, departing and returning through the Northfield train depot. Little did he know that 67 years later Bob would find himself presenting to the Northfield City Council on behalf of the Save the Depot effort.
In 1950, Bob graduated with a BA in Economics and headed east to pursue graduate studies at Yale. He later moved to the town of Amherst to teach at UMass. It was there that he met and fell in love with his future wife, Barbara — a story Bob will have to tell. After their wedding in 1956, the newlyweds packed their worldly belongings into a trailer and drove across the country to the small midwestern town of Northfield. A position in the Economics Department at Carleton College waited for Bob. Barbara wept as they crossed the Hudson, leaving civilization behind, but Bob promised her that if after the threeyear contract she wanted to move back east they would.
Clearly, time has shown that in those first three years Northfield proved to be … a special place.
During the early 60’s the Will family grew by three children, Jonathan, Jennifer, and Leslie, and by many pets, Sailor, Asher, Snowball, Wilbur, and Melbourne, which helped to keep the local pet food shop in business. Between his teaching career and family, Bob made time to participate in the community volunteering with their church, the United Way, the Joint Town and Gown Commission, and later the Sister Cities Commission.
Bob taught economics at Carleton for over 30 years. When his son, Jonathan, was asked in his elementary school ‘What does your father do?’ he replied ‘My father teaches people how to think.’ Bob loved teaching. He was born to teach. At the heart of everything he does, is a passion for education, life, and a compassion for people. Professor Will is known and remembered for his closing farewells at the end of every class: Live a little, laugh a little, love a little, and Onward and upward with the arts.
After this very healthy “starter career” of teaching at Carleton, Bob retired in 1993. But he is not one to sit for long, he devoted more time to building up his career as a community volunteer. You will find Bob’s mark on organizations like the Northfield Historical Society, Northfield Retirement Community, the Rotary Club of Northfield, the Mayor’s Streetscape Task Force, Northfield Area Foundation/5th Bridge, the Northfield Historic Preservation Commission, and All Saints Episcopal Church.
In 1996, Bob added an entirely new job to his resume, the very rewarding position of Grandfather. In fact, he did such a good job, he received two more grandchildren, proving once again, the more love you give, the more you love you receive.
Bob’s life has always revolved around service: it’s about giving back and building up, about appreciating the past and embracing the future. For over 50 years Bob’s contributions to the Northfield community and dedication to public service in Northfield have been a way of life.
The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee is very proud to announce that one of our own has been crowned Aurora, Queen of the Snows, the top royal in the St Paul Winter Carnival court. Abby Hoglin (Brogger) was crowned by the 2013 Queen Friday night at RiverCenter.
Abby is a 2005 Northfield High School graduate and current member of the DJJD Committee working the VIP Ambassador/Royalty Reception and chaperoning the Jr Ambassadors during the festival.
Abby will tour with the Winter Carnival royalty making a reported 400 plus appearances over the next year. This is Abby’s second run at the crown.
Members of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee presented Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center with a $2,200 check on Thursday, October 24. The money was the result of fundraising efforts throughout the year with the Tough Enough To Wear Pink program. Tough Enough To Wear Pink is a national rodeo program created to involve the rodeo community in the fight against breast cancer. Fundraising concluded at the three rodeos held over Defeat weekend with the passing of pink donation barrels throughout the rodeo stands. According to the staff at the Breast Care Center, the money will be used to put together pink care bags for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Each bag contains a book, a journal, comfy socks, and a variety of other items that patients might need in their journey. The Committee is proud to support the efforts of the Breast Care Center through the generosity of the citizens of Northfield.