Sewing Book

The Children's House - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:57am

Simone reviews the book, "Sewing in the Montessori Classroom" by Aimee Fagan

I loved this book from the opening page where Aimee says she is looking for practical life activities to include in her classroom. "I knew that I wanted activities that were culturally and socially relevant and appealing in my classroom, but what could those lessons be? ....For me, the answer was sewing."
The book shows the sequence of sewing activities you could do with your child even at home. Each activity has very clear steps and beautiful photos.

* The beginning sewing activities build from threading beads on a string to sewing cards.
* Intermediate sewing activities  include learning to sew button bracelets, bookmarks and simple felt finger puppets.
* And more advanced activities progress to making pillows and drawstring bags.
* Embroidery, french knitting and finger knitting are also included.

All with really clear, simple instructions to follow.

A really lovely modern Montessori book with projects you would love to make with your child. Available on Amazon or order it from your favorite independent bookstore!

I have no affiliation with this book. Just think it is worth sharing!
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Rep. Garofalo — working against landowner interests

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:32am

The price of Garofalo is too cheap — toadying to the corporate masters.

Rep. Garofalo claimed it is not the legislature’s role to interfere in private contracts.  But in taking out the language specific to Black Oak/Getty wind, he adds this tidbit, it supposedly was added in committee “during markup” — did anyone on the committee understand? Did anyone look at this footnote to Minn. Stat. 500.30?  It’s in the 2nd Engrossment, then 3rd, and 4th which was passed yesterday with some amendments:

This is language that modifies a footnote to Minn. Stat. 500.30.  It pushes up the sunset of the 7 year limit for wind easement contracts.  And there’s nothing in here that says that it does not apply to current contracts.  Geronimo wants it because it WOULD apply, at least they’d try to make that happen!

Nope, this is not OK at all.  That’s just doing the corporation’s bidding in another way.  Thanks, thanks a lot.  If you want to keep this language in, it needs to expressly state that it has no application to existing contracts.

I wonder — did Sempra know they were jumping into this morass when they bought the project?

Now it’s time to keep on Senate to remove it, and be alert for the Conference Committee.

Here’s the contact info for all Senators, it will hit the floor sometime, either in SF 1431 or maybe even SF 2101:



1) We need to make sure that the Senate, THE WHOLE SENATE, knows that the special legislation for Geronimo in S.F. 1431, p. 34, lines 8-16, must be deleted when this comes to the floor in the Senate, if not before.  Check that bill carefully.

2) Also don’t try to sneak it in like they did in the House:

3) They also need to know that this special legislation for Geronimo must not appear in any other bill — don’t try to sneak it in somewhere else, and don’t forget to take it out, don’t try to drop it in during Conference Committee!  NO!  NO!  NO!

Contact each and every Senator and let them know “No special legislation for Geronimo” and that under Minn. Stat. 500.30, wind easement contracts now terminate after 7 years — do not attempt to change this 7 year limit for existing contracts between landowners and the wind developer/owner.  This change would be for the benefit of the Black Oak/Getty wind project(s) and to the detriment of the landowners.



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Riptide Quest!

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:21pm

One of the cooler assignments that Julia has had in elementary school was creating an alternate title, blurb, and cover for a real book. She chose Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, which she read and reread this winter. I love her alternate cover, and her new blurb is really good too.

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Energy Omnibus Bills this session?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:17pm

What’s going on with these Energy Omnibus Bills?  It’s bad enough that they do it in this “Omnibus” form, instead it’s OMINOUS, because they toss such a mash of incongruous things together, a little for everyone so they have a “deal, a package deal, and it’s a good deal” when it’s really just a mess that adds up to bad policy.

Senate Energy Omnibus bill is SF 1431:

SF 1431 – 1st Engrossment

The Companion HF 1678 Textisn’t going anywhere…

House Employment and Economic Development Bill is filled with energy related backpedaling and is even more OMINOUS:

HF 0843 – 3rd Engrossment

The “Senate Companion” to HF 843 does not really exist, but the stated companion, SF 804 was added to S.F. 2101, the Omnibus agriculture, environment, natural resources, jobs, and economic development appropriations:

SF 2101 – 1st Engrossment

With the different bills, it gets difficult when considering the special legislation for Black Oak/Getty that Geronimo added to the Senate bill (SF 1431).  That language remains in SF 1431.  Now it’s BACK in HF 843 — as of tonight. 

Initially, it was added to the House bill (HF843) without any committee discussion, but was then removed (YES!) after loud objections.

Better yet, the new owner of the project, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, wants nothing to do with Geronimo’s legislative “fix.”  From “Signed, sealed and sold: Controversial legislative fix gone with the wind” Minnesota Bureau, by , Sempra confirms that important distinction between itself and the former owner, Geronimo (also linked below):

Sempra U.S. Gas and Power assumed ownership of the up to 41-turbine wind farm March 25, according to the letter.  But the California company distanced itself from any statehouse deal that infringes on landowner agreements.

“From our understanding the Omnibus energy bill is no longer in consideration and will not move forward as legislation. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is not in favor of any legislation that would change the terms of the leases agreed to by the Black Oak Getty landowners,” Steve Schooff, Sempra U.S. Gas and Power communications director, said in an email.

Good!  Sempra, thank you for taking a step back!  That they’re distancing from legislative action on private contracts is a sign that they have a sense of ethics and won’t try to steamroll this project through.  They deserve a hearty “Here! Here!”  Will Sempra give a listen to landowners?  We shall see!

But then tonight, I heard that Rep. Garofalo put it back in. Specific wording remains to be seen, let’s have a look at the 4th Engrossment, which should be out soon.  But noooo, this sly change was added a while ago:

Rep. Garofalo, you’d said on the record that it wasn’t the legislature’s business to interfere in private contracts.  Now it’s suddenly OK.  So which is it?  Now you think it’s OK to jump to your corporate masters and put that language in, to the detriment of the residents of Raymond and Getty Township who have contracts, contracts with specific stated termination dates?  Shame… what changed?

And Sempra supposedly isn’t the only one to publicly back off — two sources in the Senate have said, IN WRITING, that Geronimo has said it wants that language deleted from the Senate version.  SO LET’S DO IT!

In the meantime, though, despite those assurances, we need to keep at it.  We need to continue to let the Senate know to remove Section 40 of S.F. 1431, which is lines 34.8 – 34.16 on p. 3,4 to eliminate that special legislation for Geronimo:

It’s supposed to happen when it hits the floor for a vote, and right now, “negotiations” seem to be stalled out, everything is behind closed door, and we have no way of knowing what’s really going on.

So what to do?

1) We need to thank everyone for removing the offensive special legislation from HF 843.   We need to make sure they know that the special legislation language must not appear in any House version.  And don’t even think of putting this special legislation interfering with private contracts into any bill in Conference Committee.

Contact each and every House member and let them know “No special legislation for Geronimo” and that under Minn. Stat. 500.30, wind easement contracts now terminate after 7 years — do not attempt to change this for existing contracts between landowners and the wind developer/owner of the Black Oak/Getty wind project(s).  Stand up for the people of Raymond and Getty Townships and remove this language.  Say NO to your corporate masters!


2) We need to make sure that the Senate, THE WHOLE SENATE, knows that the special legislation for Geronimo in S.F. 1431, p. 34, lines 8-16, must be deleted when this comes to the floor in the Senate.  They also need to know that this special legislation for Geronimo must not appear in any other bill — don’t try to sneak it in somewhere else, and don’t forget to take it out, don’t try to drop it in during Conference Committee!  NO!  NO!  NO!

Contact each and every Senator and let them know “No special legislation for Geronimo” and that under Minn. Stat. 500.30, wind easement contracts now terminate after 7 years — do not attempt to change this for existing contracts between landowners and the wind developer/owner of the Black Oak/Getty wind project(s).


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For the Love of Books!

The Children's House - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:09am
We love books!

It has been a pleasure to watch the success of our new bookstore, Content (the purveyors are parents at our school) here in Nfield. We are also excited to have Booker back on the road this summer and hope to hear the "beep, beep" in our parking lot during summer school in June and July.

 Just because we love books so much, this post is a share from two favorite bloggers--Simone Davies at The Montessori Notebook and Dr. Dave Walsh at Mind Positive Parenting

In a nutshell--keep it real and let them chew on it.

 1. Keep it real

Young children are interested in the world around them (rather than fantasy) so choose books with pictures of real objects and stories about known experiences, such as visiting grandparents, going shopping or getting ready in the morning.
One of my favourite books for young children is Sunshine by Jan Ormerod -- it has no words but the most beautiful illustrations of daily life.
It is also nice to have books which show children from all cultures.
And, in keeping with having books based on reality, save books with animals driving cars, animals talking or animals going to the supermarket until your child is a little older. Last time I looked, there were no teddy bears driving down my street.
2. Choose beauty
If you have been learning about Montessori for a while you would have heard of the term “absorbent mind”. Young children are like sponges and absorb everything - good and bad (!) - from their environment.
So when we choose books, we should also make sure that they are beautiful so that the children can already build appreciation for beauty.
When we choose beautiful things, how carefully we hold them as if they were works of art. And it won’t be lost on the child if the adult is also super excited to explore the book and admire the beauty.
3. Make them age appropriate
The age of the child will also impact the choice of book.
Materials Board books are great for children under 1 who also enjoy exploring books with their mouths. Lift-the-flap books get interesting from 12 - 18 months and sturdy pages are also a good choice for toddlers. Then as the child gets older and are able to handle the books more gently, we can choose paper-back books and, for special editions, hard-back books.
Number of wordsA book with one picture on a page is perfect for an infant; then a picture with a single word; then comes a picture with one sentence; followed by simple and then increasing complex stories.
For me, there are no strict rules though. For a very young child, I might make up my own sentence to sum up a page for a wordy book. Or often we have not even followed the story instead discussing the pictures, for example, “What do you think they are doing?” or “What can you see?”.  And I have read books numerous times in reverse order as the child turns the pages from back to front, sometimes quite quickly. Hilarious.
4. Choose books with rich language
Even though the child is young, my favourite books use descriptive words, accurate language and avoid baby talk. Children under 3 also enjoy books with a nice rhythm and rhyme. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy has great realistic pictures and a beautiful rhyme - one book that the children will ask to read again and again.
5. Look for books with attractive details
I am sure I do not have to tell you that your child will want to read the same books over and over again. So it is extra fun when the books have lots of details in the illustrations and you can find new discoveries to discuss each time you read it.
A great example is the book by Dutch author/illustrator Charlotte Dematons called The Yellow Balloon. Again without any words, the pictures are so full of details that adult and child alike love to pore over this book to find new things, as well as look for the yellow balloon on each page.
And before I go, here is a small selection of the books that are being read over and over again in my classes at the moment.
For children under 1 year

For children from 1 to 2 yearsFor children from 2 to 3 years

So find a nice corner of the house, add a small chair or cushions, a small selection of books in a basket or front facing shelf, and you have a cosy reading corner that I am sure will be well used!
Please come and visit me over at Jacaranda Tree Montessori ( and if you are ever in Amsterdam, I would love you to pop by and say hello!

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The Practical Piper Pacer

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 6:27pm
I'm happy to share that I've had another feature story published in Piper Flyer Magazine - The Practical Piper Pacer.

Cover and center title spread of The Practical Piper PacerMy first Piper Flyer article,  Airshow Entertainer: Lowell White’s Vagabond – A Piper Vagabond Finds Its Way Home, was published back in November 2014. Writing for Piper Flyer was a great experience so I was thrilled when editor Heather Skumatz contacted me to see if I wanted to write an article on Piper Pacers for the magazine. For a moment  I considered passing up the assignment because my schedule at the time was super busy and the deadline just two weeks away. But the idea of writing about Pacers - that's the kind of airplane I own and know so well -  was way too tempting. So, instead of passing up the opportunity, I asked Heather if I could write the story from the first person perspective (primarily to save time) and bump out the deadline a few days. She said yes to both so I got to work.

Even though the story was a first person narrative talking about why I bought a Pacer and how my family has used the plane over the years, I still had a fair amount of research to do. I contacted several other Pacer owners to talk about why they love their planes (thank you Mark, Ohlau, Fred Mayes, Steve Pierce and Bryan Hunt for all of the information!) I read historical articles on the Pacer and why it was developed and I looked up the airplane's specifications. Then, for a sidebar piece, I talked to Univair Aircraft Corporation and Steve of Pierce Aero to find out what it takes to convert a Piper TriPacer into a Piper Pacer. After I turned the story in to Heather for her capable editing (she's really good!), I gathered pictures and wrote up photo credit and caption information. There's a lot of work beyond writing the story to get an article all wrapped up and ready to go!

But, boy, the work was well worth it when I got a copy of the magazine in my hands and saw not just my article on the cover but ELEVEN whole pages of the magazine devoted to the story (twelve if you count the picture on the title page). To top it off, Piper Flyer's Creative Director, Yee Chan, did a fabulous job with the layout and used 17 pictures with the story.

I'm absolutely thrilled with the way my story turned out and am happy to share it here with you.

Click HERE to view a PDF of The Practical Piper Pacer - this includes all of the pictures
Click HERE to view a text version of the story on the Piper Flyer website.

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Now what’s Micheletti up to?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:09am

Doesn’t this guy ever quit?  New legislation with new option, wanting to change the law to allow a “biomass” plant on the Mesaba Project site.  WHAT?  Aren’t they paying attention to the Laurentian Energy Authority’s unworkable “biomass” projects in Hibbing and Virginia, the “biomass” plants that don’t have enough feedstock and so are burning coal?  Did they forget that the MPCA has only issued one woody biomass permit, for Laurentian (Hibbing and Virginia) and that that permit was violated, so extremely that the MPCA issued fines and reworked the permit?

LEGALECTRIC POST: Laurentian “biomass” Air Permit Draft (second time around)

LEGALECTRIC POST: “Biomass” violates air permit – fines likely


Thanks to a little birdie for the heads up on this.

Here’s the change, hidden in Senate File 2101:

Today, say NO to lines 191.4 – 191.19 of Senate File 2101.

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GARBAGE made for a busy day!!!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:08am

There’s the Garbage Queen Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County Commissioner, promoting the Joint Powers of Ramsey and Washington County’s dream of buying a RDF processing facility in Newport, one that’s now a private entity that they’re contracted with to handle their garbage!  Why buy it?  Why lock the counties into decades of grinding up garbage?  They couldn’t answer that.

And it’s a bit of a conflict, as after they grind it up and turn garbage into RDF, they send it down here to burn it.  Thanks Ramsey & Washington Counties.  Let’s be clear here — you need to deal with YOUR garbage problem, and not send it to us, and not put it in our lungs.

They talked some about “what ifs,” like dreams/nightmares of anaerobic digestion and garbage gasification, but that is not dealing with their problem.  It’s an issue of REDUCTION, REUSE, RECYCLING.  How difficult is that?

More Value Less Trash_Open Houses Powerpoint

Here’s their site and read between the lines for the plan:

More Value Less Trash

Last night’s meeting was at Century College, which was 916 Area Vo-Tech when I went there and emerged in 1983 with a Truck Driver Certificate and the first of a few jobs of over the road driving that got me through a BA at Metro State!  It’s changed a lot, big expansion, and the trucks are no longer there, but offsite.

The next “Talkin’ Trash” garbage open houses will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.:

• Tuesday, April 21, in the Marsden Room of the Ramsey County Department of Public Works building, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive in Arden Hills.
• Thursday, April 23, in lower level conference room 14 at the Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd St.t N., Stillwater.
• Monday, April 27, in at the Newport City Hall, 596 Seventh Ave., Newport.
• Tuesday, April 28, in Auditorium A of the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway N. in St. Paul.

Here are the latest reports that they’ve generated…  they lose it by only looking at burning or landfilling — there’s a much wider range of options.  And the Foth Report (first up) should make you froth:

Foth Analysis of Mixed Waste Processing
This study examines the potential of adding Mixed Waste Processing Technology at Newport and the costs associated with adding the technology.

Ownership Analysis
This analysis includes looking at the current Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) processing facility and also looking at other technologies that may be used to process MSW.

Governance Report
This policy study investigates the governance options available to the counties, describes the process to implement and consequences associated with each.

Waste Delivery Assurance Analysis and Options
This document provides an overview of options for assuring delivery of mixed municipal solid waste, and potentially other solid wastes, to the Newport Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) Facility or another resource recovery facility involving Ramsey and Washington Counties.

Technology Comparative Analysis
This report compares the three options analyzed in the Preliminary Resource Recovery Feasibility Report to the current RDF System and to landfilling.

Preliminary Resource Recovery Feasibility Report
This report addresses the technologies selected for continued evaluation by the Ramsey/Washington Counties Resource Recovery Project as part of the future of waste processing decision process.

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Fun urbanism – Spring edition

Betsey Buckheit - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 8:18am
Now that it is getting Springy in Northfield, thoughts turn to flowers, getting outside, and enjoying public spaces.  Here’s a way to get all: I’m thinking they’d look lovely in Bridge Square, along the Cannon River, scattered in parks or … Continue reading →
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Overland’s Plains & Eastern DEIS Comments

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:53pm

Quick comments — this project is bizarre, a private project proposed on request of DOE (with applicant ringleader a former DOE employee) that has no demonstrable need.  ???

Overland Comment 4-20-2015

Here’s the link for the DEIS, from their site:

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project (DOE/EIS–0486; Draft EIS) is now available

I do hope the DOE will explain how they intend to review this under Section 1222… it’s all too bizarre for words!

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Emergency Planning For Safe Learning Environments – ACRL 2015 – Links and Handouts

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:18pm

As I mentioned before, my coworker Kristin and I presented a workshop at ACRL 2015 on emergency planning for libraries. The idea was that there are all kinds of things that libraries or individual groups within libraries can do to be more prepared for disruptive circumstances, many of them are even very simple.

The workshop proved to be an action-packed 3 hours featuring a cast of wonderful participants. I learned a lot, and I hope they each came away with something useful. If you want to see our materials, we shared all of our handouts here including example copies of an emergency plan and a set of scenarios to use if you’d like to conduct a lively and informative exercise with your colleagues.

Happy planning!

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Sunday Funday

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:26pm

The girls and I fought off a dreary Sunday afternoon by going to Carleton’s rec center to shoot baskets and then over to the art gallery for an amazing exhibit of hanging works like "The Collector" by HOTTEA:


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Wider bars and shorter stem make my XC 29’er hardtail into an all-mountain bike. Kind of.

Mountain Bike Geezer - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:43pm

My 2011 Trek Gary Fisher X-Cal 29’er hardtail is going to have to do duty as an all-mountain bike this year because A) I’d like to ride one or more gravity enduros; and B) I can’t afford full squish yet.

So this past week, I upgraded to a:

(I’m somewhat less than mechanically-inclined so I needed a little rescuing from Stew Moyer & Ryan Hutchinson at Mike’s Bikes.)

I rode all of Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trail yesterday and I can tell already: the wider bars and shorter stem is a change for the better.  It felt awkward at first but I quickly realized that the wider bars helped to keep my arms bent and chest down more which translated to more leverage and stability when hitting rocks and roots at speed.  The shorter stem seemed to help me keep my hips ‘hinged’ more instead of crouching.  All that translates to being more in the attack/ready position.

I was a little worried about hitting trees, since my old bars were 625mm.  But it turned to not be a problem, as I’m pretty good at reflexively leaning my bike anyway.

I was most concerned about how it would affect my technical riding. I was relieved when I cleaned Leb’s long, twisting log skinny on my first attempt.  But I didn’t immediately feel confident riding over big rocks and and off ledges.  My timing seemed off.  I’m too worried, though. It’s a big change and I should be able to adapt.

Lots out there on the interwebs about these changes. Just search on the words ‘wider bars shorter stem’ to get started. Blog posts by mtb instructors Lee McCormack (here) and Gene Hamilton (here) helped convince me. Another good blog post here on the topic by AimFor Harkor.


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Again! Legislative Auditor on IRRRB!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:00pm

Big thanks to Citizens Against the Mesaba Project for the heads up!

Minnesota’s legislative auditor will investigate IRRRB _ Duluth News Tribune

This specifically includes the $9.5 to Excelsior Energy and its Mesaba Project:

$9.5 was loaned, but as of 2008, with interest, that number was up to over $14 million, per the Legislative Audit report of 2008 (full report below):

Here’s an overview from CAMP:

CAMP UPDATE _ Mesaba Energy Project _ Excelsior Energy

Here’s the 2008 Legislative Auditor Report_IRR Loans to Excelsior Energy

And on this site, also posted in 2008:

Excelsior Energy under the auditor’s microscope

Here are some of the pertinent documents from that round — Read it and see for yourself. Anyway, wanted to dig around in the IRR’s records, so we started in filing this and that…

Subpoena Request IRR September 7, 2006

Or was it a Data Practices Act request?

IRRB Data Practices Act Request

Letter to IRRRB June 19, 2006

Letter to IRRRB July 26, 2006

All of the above!

We got quite a bit of information, and here’s Ron Gustafson’s spreadsheet, it may not be all inclusive, but some choice tidbits are there:

IRR Receipts – Final Review

The IRRRB’s handling of money, particularly handing it over to Excelsior Energy a/k/a Tom Micheletti and Julie Jorgensen, was appalling, and it’s about time this got another review.  The Mesaba Project was one of the most obvious and disturbing examples of special legislation ever, from the legislatively granted perks like a mandate of Power Purchase Agreement, to eminent domain for a private company, to the Renewable Development Funds to the IRRRB money, pouring money down the rathole.

What were theys thinking?  And what was the pay-off?  The pay-off to Xcel Energy was that they got to keep their Prairie Island nuclear plant going.  What was the pay-off to legislators who agreed to this?  What was the pay-off to the “environmental” groups, particularly Bill Grant, then Izaak Walton League, who Tom Micheletti furiously accosted after the deal was temporarily stopped, yelling, “WE HAD A DEAL!!!  BUT WE HAD A DEAL!!!”  What did Bill Grant’s organization and its supporters get?

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Postcard: April 20, 2015

Winona Media (Leslie Schultz) - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 9:38am

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App Review – Chromatik! Finally…free instrument sheet music for modern mucisians

Tim Freeland - What's going on with this guy? - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:29am

Sheet music, chords, tabs, and lead sheets! Create a FREE account to play along with our sheet music collection, anytime, anywhere.

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There are two DIY bicycle repair stands available on Division St

Locally Grown - Griff Wigley - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:10am

You can perform some maintenance on your bicycle with this bike repair stand on Division St. in front of the Northfield Public Library. There’s another one at 5th and Division. How did these come to be? See this Feb., 8, 2012 blog post.

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Flower pots are sprouting on Division St., Part 2

Locally Grown - Griff Wigley - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:31pm

The toy wagon in front of Judy’s Flower Market (part of Judy’s Floral Designs) on Division St. is sprouting flowers.

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Spring Thursday

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 8:44pm

Today was just one of those days that went right. Perfect weather. Lots, but not too much, to do at work – including doing off a few to-dos that had been to for too long. A hard workout at noon. Some Carleton silliness: free root-beer floats at the library.

Root Beer Float Line

A task at the end of the day that turned out to be easier than I thought. Wonderful floral smells in the humid spring air. A great bike ride home, seeing a half-dozen friends and acquaintances and met a new fatbike. A gorgeous sunset. A pleasant few minutes with the girls when they got home, jazzed up, from tae kwon do. Now, a good new book to read and a delicious beer…

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Flower pots are sprouting on Division St., Part 1

Locally Grown - Griff Wigley - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:18pm

This planter is outside the Nutting Block building, Division St. near 3rd.


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