By Teri Knight, News Director
The AARP approved the City of Northfield’s Age Friendly designation and action plan. FiftyNorth Director Lynne Pederson is co-chair of the Age Friendly committee. She gave a presentation to the city council stating that the designation deliberately considers the well-being of residents at every stage of life, especially older citizens. The committee is currently in step three of a four-step plan. Through multiple surveys, meetings and various outreach, the committee discovered the top priority is community information. Pederson said that includes “better communication of that information, how to access that information, keeping information up to date, assistance and understanding what services are
available and the need to ‘remove the organizational silo’.” The plan is to create a centralized website through FiftyNorth, a place consistently mentioned in surveys. Pederson said they don’t have to invent the wheel but rather add space to their current site. That means, “By hiring a shared full-time position Community Outreach Coordinator between Age-friendly Northfield and FiftyNorth will bring the communications and the resource lists that we need for Northfield.” The position would office at FiftyNorth and be supervised by Pederson. She added, “The person will work with the businesses and work with the nonprofits, organizations that provide services to the community.” The Community Outreach Coordinator would cultivate partnerships to assure current information. Pederson been with FiftyNorth for a dozen years and said information is missing; there are gaps in that organizations don’t know what the others are doing and there’s probably duplication. She said there’s a better way to do this but no one has stepped up to manage it yet. FiftyNorth is committed to funding half the dollars for this position and is asking the City of Northfield to fund the other half. She left the council with this thought: “Age friendly must be defined, not as a new program or trend in service delivery, but as a fundamental rethinking of how we live together.” This will be a discussion item for the council soon. The presentation and the action plan will be posted on kymnradio.net at noon today.
Local Legion post welcomes ALL veterans
Ray Ozmun, membership chairman of our local American Legion Post 84, alerted KYMN that veterans of all wars are now eligible to join the American Legion. President Donald Trump recently signed the LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service). The new law changes the Legion’s eligibility dates to now be open to all those who served during WWII and all veterans since then with at least one day of honorable federal service. Ozmun said there are an estimated 1500 veterans here in the Northfield area. He’s already had two applications. Post 84 Commander Michelle Bornick welcomes the veterans and their families.
Dakota County Fair offers something for everyone
The Dakota County Fair is in full swing with lots going on. One of the organizers, Mark Henry, commented on the Chautauqua, a historical song and dance skit about Dakota County and throughout the state of Minnesota. There are performances today and all weekend long. There are lumberjack shows, a natural resource building, demolition derbies (which you need to get your tickets early for or you’ll miss out) and much much more. Go to dakotacountyfair.org to view all the events and find out when they’ll be judging the animals.