Skatepark Benefit Concert and Design Meeting

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:00am
A lot has happened in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.  

Here's a slideshow of photos from the concert.

You can also find the photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalitions raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring.

The best way to contribute toward the skatepark is to send a check made out to "Northfield HCI" and send it to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS 128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line). You can also contribute online with a credit card through our page

"This is legit!" Brad Siedlecki, president of Pillar Design Studios, looking at designs drawn by Charley with input from members of the Skateboard Coalition. One original Skateboard Coalition member present at today's meeting with Brad said the meeting left him more stoked about the skateboard park than he'd been in years.
The other exciting development this week was yesterday's meeting with Brad Siedlecki, president of Pillar Design Studios, who was in town to get input from the Skateboard Coalition and neighbors of Old Memorial Park. Brad looked at drawings made by Charley Markson with input from the Coalition, and was impressed with what he saw. He said that in his fourteen years as a professional skatepark designer, Charley's drawings were the best any skateboarder had shown him. The drawings will provide a good starting point for a professional design. 

Brad met with representatives of NESNA in the morning, then sat down with the Coalition from 1:30 to 3:00. From 5:00 to 6:30 pm, he joined assistant city engineer Brian Erickson for a public meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. There was no formal presentation, but members of the public were able to ask Brad and Brian questions about the design and siting of the skateboard park.

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Wed, July 30 - Eagan 7, Dundas 0

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:40pm
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Dundas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 1 Eagan 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 x   7 7 0

WP - Czaplewski  LP - Ruud (2-1)  
Full Box Score

Dundas lost its third straight on Wednesday, dropping a 7-0 game at Eagan. The Dukes' bullpen yielded a season-high seven walks, while the offense stranded 11 runners and hit into four double plays. Carson Jones had two hits for Dundas while Mark Tatera was 2-for-4 with four RBI for the Bandits. 

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Northfield Skateboard Coalition T-Shirt

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:33pm
If you come down to The Key on Sunday for the Concert for the Skateboard Park, you can be one of the first people in town to pick up a stylish Northfield Skateboard Coalition tee. Just $12!
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Concert for the Northfield Skateboard Park

Northfield Skateboard Coalition - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:22am
Come down to The Key on Sunday, July 27, at 3:00 p.m. for a Concert for the Skateboard Park, featuring popular local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. While you're enjoying the music, pick up a fabulous Northfield Skateboard Coalition t-shirt, button, or sticker. Entry to the concert is $5. All proceeds go toward the construction of a skateboard park in Northfield.

Find out more at the event page on Facebook
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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.24.2014

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:39pm

Today: Matt Saari, Director of Product Engineering at Multek (Heineman)

Birthdays: Gerhard Meidt (7/10), Teresa Jensen (7/11), Duane Benson (7/21), and Linda Willgohs (7/22).

Next Week: No noon meeting; evening social event at the Estenson Event Center

Last Week:

Randy Peterson probably has a say in the placement of Target store logos and those red spheres near store entrances. But as a member of the retail giant’s Property Development Group, he does much more than that.

He and his department help create and maintain 1,900 Target stores across the United States and Canada. They provide the engineering, architectural services and construction management to support the stores we shop.

All of his work is dedicated to driving sales, he said, $70 billion worth annually at last count. They are constantly creating different store models to accommodate the changing needs of consumers. For instance, they are testing a concept called “Target Express,” a smaller 20,000 square foot store that mirrors the format developed by Walgreen’s and CVC. They are developing store concepts to better meet the needs of college students, and they are working on innovative design to wedge stores into urban centers like one in Boston near Fenway Park.

Randy lives in Northfield. He served as Director of Public Works for the City of Northfield for eight years in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. He now is one of the thousands of Target employees who work in downtown Minneapolis, but his work requires that he travel a couple of times each month.

Target has had its share of “bad press” in the last year, Randy acknowledged. An aggressive expansion into the Canadian retail market did not meet expectations (It generated $1.5 billion in sales, not the projected $1.8 billion.) There was the technology breach during last year’s holiday season, and there has been a change in top corporate leadership, which suggests new strategic direction.

Randy said he appreciates Target’s corporate culture with its emphasis on service, community giving, environmental sensitivity and innovation. He shared a quote that sums up the need to keep evolving to meet customer needs. “What’s made you successful in the past may prevent you from seeing the future.”

Paul Harris Fellows: Jim Prichard and Tim Madigan were presented with Paul Harris Fellowships. David Brown, chair of the Paul Harris Foundation Committee, reminded us that our goal is to have each Rotarian commit $100 a year to the foundation. The half-price sale is in effect through December. A $500 donation qualifies you for a Paul Harris Fellowship. Think about it.

Leadership Recognition: President Rich presented former president Jim Prichard with a gavel in appreciation for his service as president this past year. This case is closed.

Last Week’s Guests: Leah Rich and new member Adam Elling (Rich).

Scholarship Enhancement: Brett Reese (The Cow-Calling Star of “Northfield Rotary’s Got Talent” or was it “Hee-Haw?”).


President Rich reported that the Members Section of the Rotary website has been updated. A reminder: the new password is the current president’s surname, lowercase.


Charlie Cogan said the Books for Africa book shipment has reached the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Books will soon be distributed to the schools.


Judy Brown-Wescott presented a flag from the Leyland, England Rotary Club, which she visited recently. She said one of their rituals each week is to raise a glass and toast the Queen of England. The monarchy lives on.


There will be no noon meeting on Thursday, July 31. Instead, there will be a social at the Estenson Event Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be a family-friendly social event with dinner.


We’re looking to fill a board position for this year. The community service directorship is open. All members who are interested in serving this year or in the future should contact any board member. The next stages of the succession plan are being developed, so now is the time to make leadership aspirations known.


The club is now accepting applications for a local service project. All details, including the guidelines, process, and application, can be found on the club’s website on the Service page.


We learned that Jean Wakely’s first job was in hospital laundry department, where she earned 75 cents an hour washing sheets.


Coming Up
August 7 — Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central Technical College

August 14 — Todd Thompson, Teaching Music in Guatemala, (Sinning)

August 21 — Matt Hillman, Transformation Technology in Northfield Public Schools (C. Richardson)

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Sermon 7/20/14

First United Church of Christ - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:11pm

Click below to read Pastor Abby’s sermon, Your People Shall Be My People (Ruth 1:1-22).

Sermon 7-20-14

No audio this week.

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Rev. Mark Follansbee Obituary

First United Church of Christ - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:44pm
One of our former ministers, Mark Follansbee, has died. Here is his obituary, published in The Burlington Free Press on July 22, 2014.

MARK FOLLANSBEE – SOUTH BURLINGTON – Mark Follansbee died on July 19, 2014, at the age of 93. He was born in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 26, 1921, son of the late Marcus Acheson Follansbee and Mary Hosack Follansbee. Swimming and camping were great loves of his. He was captain of the Ohio State National Champion Swim Team, which would have gone to the Olympics, had it not been for W.W.II. He led many church canoe trips for youth and families. He loved the outdoors – and people! Mark was a graduate of Ohio State University and Yale Divinity School. Ordained in 1953 in the United Church of Christ, he served churches in Ohio, Minnesota, Connecticut and Montpelier, Vt. After retirement from the ministry, he was an early director of JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project). He was also chaplain of a cancer rehab team and a Hospice volunteer (after helping to found Central Vermont Hospice). Mark was among the founders of Vermont Interfaith Action. He had great love for the Church, and since 1987 was an active member of College Street Congregational Church, singing in the choir there for years. Mark is survived by his wife, Marylou Crooks; her children, Merriam Rink and Curtis Crooks, and their children; and his sons, Mark Alston-Follansbee, David Follansbee and Peter Follansbee; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service at College Street Congregational Church (UCC) will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to College Street Church Steeple Fund, 265 College St., Burlington, VT 05401; or to Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), 38 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.


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Here is the August Calendar!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:24am

Click on them to enlarge!
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Celebrate Our Unique Mix of Retailers…on Crazy Daze

Yeah, that’s me with a doughnut…again.  As always, it’s one of those delicious raised glazed from Quality Bakery in downtown Northfield, MN.  Hey, I take my training seriously, slowly building up to the Alaskan Doughnuts of CRAZY DAZE.

Northfield Crazy Daze, this Thursday, July 24th, with stores opening at 7:00 a.m.  City-wide bargains, sidewalk sales galore, tasty food specials, fun activities throughout the day…

…and Alaskan Doughnuts.

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It's Xibaba at Way Park for this week's Books & Stars!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:08pm
Cool Jazz for a HOT night!!
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Welcome to First UCC!

First United Church of Christ - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:22pm

         All are welcome here.

In the posts below this slideshow, you can also find recent announcements, sermons, and other information.

Click to view slideshow.
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Last Week’s Chronicle (7/17/14)

First United Church of Christ - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:49pm

Apologies for the delay! Check out last week’s Chronicle for information about:

  • Special congregational meeting on 7/27/14
  • Proposed Core Values
  • Wellness Project Update
  • Community Action Center needs
  • And more!

You can get The Chronicle delivered right to your inbox each Thursday by subscribing from our website.

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Be part of the first-ever Northfield Safety Camp!

Northfield Public Library - Kids Info - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:45pm
For kids going into grades 3 to 8th!  Click HERE for the online registration!  Booker will be there!!
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Kathy Wise Obituary

St. Dominic - Church News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:57pm

Kathy Wise, age 55 of Northfield, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Reflections Hospice in Northfield, after a two year battle with cancer.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Wednesday, July 23 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Northfield. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 to 8 pm at Bierman’s Funeral Home in Northfield, and for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be following services at Calvary Cemetery in Northfield.

Kathryn Marie Forsyth was born in Sioux City, Iowa on March 16, 1959, daughter of John and Patricia (Flanagan) Forsyth. She and her three younger siblings were raised in Worthington, Minnesota. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1977 and Worthington Community College in 1979. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1982. On August 7, 1982 she married Paul Edward Wise in Worthington.

After their marriage, Paul and Kathy made their home in Northfield. During her 32 year career as a Physical Therapist, Kathy worked at the Northfield Hospital, Zumbrota Health Care and for the last eleven years, the Northfield Retirement Community. She was well respected by her peers and patients. Kathy also actively volunteered in the community. The Northfield Education Association recognized her as a “Friend of Education” in 2005 for her many volunteer hours in the classroom. She was active in her church, helping with the confirmation classes for many years. Kathy was an avid sports fan and spent many evenings on the bleachers keeping score.

Kathy is survived by her husband of 32 years, Paul Wise of Northfield; daughter Carolyn Wise of Bellingham, WA; son Thomas Wise of Northfield; mother Patricia Forsyth of Northfield; sister Michele (Paul) Patnaude of Maplewood, MN; sister Janelle (Brian) Stroh of Lakeville, MN; brother Bruce (Nicole) Forsyth of Hanover, MN; mother-in-law Gen Wise of Northfield; brother-in-law Russel (Lorenda) Glade of Ocheyedan, IA; sister-in-law Becky (Steve) Serck of Winterville, NC; 12 nieces and nephews and one great nephew. She was preceded in death by her father, John Forsyth; father-in-law, Maurice Wise; sister-in-law, Pamela Glade, and her grandparents.

Memorials may be made to Northfield Hospice, St. Dominic Catholic Church, or Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.

Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.


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Sun, July 20 - Miesville 4, Dundas 3

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:33pm
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Dundas 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0   3 10 1 Miesville 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1   4 6 1

WP - Erik Olson   LP - Picha (2-2) S - None  HR - VanDerBosch, LaShomb
Full Box Score

Pinch hitter Chris Olean drew a bases loaded free pass in the ninth inning as Miesville walked off with a 4-3 win over Dundas on Sunday afternoon at Jack Ruhr Field. The Dukes hit into three double plays in the loss, their second straight. Tyler Jones was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Dundas (22-8, 14-2 CCVL, 7-3 Sect. 1B).

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Arts Guild Produces a New Music Festival for Northfield

The Northfield Arts Guild, a local non-profit serving the community since 1959, has produced a new festival.  The Cannon River Roots Music Festival premieres Saturday, July 26th, in Bridge Square, the heart of Northfield.

It’s a fun time down by the river, listening to American roots music.  The Cannon River Roots Festival will present a full day of bluegrass, blues, folk-grass, gypsy jazz, Scottish, Irish, and Nordic music, featuring national, regional, and local musicians.  The Festival will also offer programs for folks who love to play, as well as hear, acoustic music, including a jamming workshop and a picking workshop for beginning and intermediate musicians.

The performers include Grammy-Winner Clay Hess, a Powdermilk Biscuit Band Reunion, Ross & McKenzie, Ile Du Berceau, Alabaster Falls, Jon Manners, Chance Meetings, and Hutenanny.  It’s a full day of music, from 1:00 to 11:00 p.m., down by the Wild and Scenic Cannon River.

So come on down(town) and listen to the music, at the Cannon River Roots Festival, Saturday, July 26th, in downtown Northfield, MN.

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Fri, July 18 - Elko 5, Dundas 1

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:23pm
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Dundas 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 7 0 Elko 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 x   5 10 0

WP - Brekke   LP - M. Neuger  S - None  HR - Altavilla
Full Box Score

Tyler Brekke scattered seven hits over seven innings to lead Elko to a 5-1 win over Dundas, snapping the Dukes' 14-game winning streak. Jon Bishop had two hits for Dundas (22-7), which will be the No. 2 seed in the Section 1B playoffs behind the top-seeded Express. 

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Thu, July 17 - Dundas 15, Lake City 6

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 8:29am
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Lake City 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0   6 14 4 Dundas 2 2 1 1 4 4 1 0 x   15 19 2

WP - Donkers (2-2)   LP - H. Baab  S - A. Neuger (1)
Full Box Score

Tyler Jones was 4-for-5 and Nate Van Roekel 4-for-6 as Dundas won its 14th straight with a 15-6 home win over Lake City. Jones drove in four and Van Roekel three in the win. Steve Loos added a 3-for-4 night as the Dukes pounded out a season-best 19 hits. 

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Weekend Forecast for Downtown Northfield, MN…

The weekend forecast for downtown Northfield, MN is warmer and drier, with plenty of music.  It’s not MayFly or JuneBug, but with all the music at the Cow, it must be JulyBeetle.  Thea Ennen & Dave Ja Vue, The Zillionaires, Ageless, Optimum Trajectory, Nigel Egg, and the Lone Wolf One Man Band…down by the river.

Friday, July 18th: Thea Ennen & Dave Ja Vue, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Billy Johnson, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; Room for Gray, 9:00 p.m., Froggy Bottoms; and The Zillionaires, 9:00 to 11:00 p.m., Contented Cow.

Saturday, July 19th: Eat Local Farm Tour, times vary, pick up a tour book at Just Food Co-op; Riverwalk Market Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Bridge Square; Ageless, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Relativity, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; Optimum Trajectory, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Contented Cow; and Nigel Egg, 9:00 to 11:00 p.m., Contented Cow.

Sunday, July 20th: Lone Wolf One Man Band, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Contented Cow; and Quiz Night, 8:00 p.m., Contented Cow.

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