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Big winner plans to have friends share 'Dinner on Us'

Congratulations to Jane Fenton, the grand prize winner in our 'Dinner on Us' membership contest.

After 10 weeks of giving away dinners at restaurants throughout Northfield, we decided to give our final winner the option to choose the perfect dinner -- and we threw in $100 to pay for it.  Jane says she plans to invite her friends over, order dinner from her favorite restaurant, Kurry Kabab, and let the fun begin.

Here's a little more about Jane:

"I am the Director of community relations at Laura Baker Services and have been since last November.  I’ve lived in Northfield since my first days as a freshman at Carleton College, slightly over 20 years ago. 

"I have two sons, Eddie Martin, a sophomore at the high school, and Cliff Martin, a sixth grader at the middle school.  The three of us have appeared in several plays at the Arts Guild over the last couple of years, most recently “The Jungle Book.” I just competed in the 15K road race during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, and I finished, much to my delight. I visit at the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital as a Pet Therapy volunteer with my dog Patch.  I’ll be spelling in Thursday night’s spelling bee at the Grand, and will appear as part of a dance troupe in the upcoming cabaret at the NAG on Oct. 14.  Fortunately in both cases, my sense of humor will keep me from dying of embarrassment in public."


Small business owners pool talent for fall workshop series

Several members of Northfield Professional Resource Exchange (NPRE) are making their services available through workshops this fall.

James Schlichting will be presenting on wills as part of a seminar for those planning ahead for retirement at a seminar on Monday evening, September 18, to be held at the Senior Center.

Roger Kelm will be sharing his expertise as an investment advisor with those who are nearing or in retirement in a new Northfield community education workshop, “Making Sense of Retirement,” on Thursday evening, September 28, and again Saturday morning, September 30.

Kevin Ward will also be offering a new community education workshop, “Home Ownership/Investment: Mortgage 101,” on two Monday evenings, September 25 and October 2, for those seeking to understand mortgage basics and negotiate a fair and reasonable mortgage for themselves.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Ten Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our 10th "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  Yes, that's 10 weeks of winners, enjoing 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And you can join them, just by joining us. But hurry, because this party can't go on forever.

By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the next Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 17, with the winner being announced on Monday, September 18.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


History comes to life each fall in DJJD

If you live in Northfield, I don't have to explain who these men are and what's going on this weekend. If you're not volunteering, you've already picked out your favorite events and made plans to be a part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days -- DJJD as its known here. As usual with big events, we have a photo gallery set up and will update it through the weekend. And you can go directly to the DJJD homepage and schedule by clicking here or on the logo at right.

For those of you new to town or visiting, this is a typical festival, with food, entertainment, a parade, craft show and bank robbery...

OK, a bank robbery is a little different. And it's what has set this event apart for 58 years now.

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"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Nine Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our ninth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Chapati.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 10th with the winner being announced on Monday, September 11th.

And hurry. We only have a few weeks left before we wrap up our membership campaign with a grand prize drawing. More on that soon...

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Settlement: No Oil In Organic

Atina and Martin DiffleyMinnesota Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, agreed to not build an oil pipeline through Gardens of Eagan in a settlement with the organic farm north of Northfield on Friday.

In January, the Public Utilities Commission recieved the company's proposal for a new pipeline from Clearbrook, Minn., to the Koch refinery in Rosemount. The proposed route for the crude oil line bisected Gardens of Eagan, the organic farm of Atina and Martin Diffley.


Northfield Hospital adds staff to new clinic

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic - Northfield is significantly expanding the number of physicians practicing in its facility at 710 Division St. in Northfield.

Two internal medicine specialists and an ear, nose and throat specialist will begin practicing there this month. Two family practice physicians will be added at that location in October. Next spring, all will move to new clinic space currently under construction on the Northfield Hospital campus.

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic - Northfield is owned and operated by Northfield Hospital. The new physicians will be employed by Cannon Valley Clinic --- Mayo Health System and will provide services to patients through a professional services agreement with the hospital.

The new physicians starting in September are Randolph Reister, MD, Internal Medicine; Kyaw Naing, MD, Internal Medicine; and Greg Jones, MD, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). Family practice physicians Jami Reister, MD, and Mary Ann Scheid, MD, will begin in October.      


Telecommunications Disrupted

Editor's note: Service was finally restored at 7:45 p.m., after seven hours! Thanks to all the commenters for the great information and updates! You can see photos of the fiber that was cut in this photo set courtesy of Craig Dunton.

Northfield is experiencing a major telecommunications outage right now. Midwest Wireless, T-Mobile, Qwest (and Qwest DSL), and others are down. Cable internet service appears to be unaffected. Check out the comments attached to this story for more information.


Northfield in the news

Lawyer jokes aside, we happen to like the ones down this way. One of our favorites, attorney and activist—and blogger—Carol Overland of Red Wing sent us this note:

"Didja all notice Carleton & St Olaf in the STrib today?"

We hadn't until she noted it, and we're glad she did. It's a wonderful piece on college rankings and the friendly rivalry between our two outstanding local colleges, St. Olaf and Carleton College.

Check out the story, then you can take sides here, adding comments in support of your personal favorite.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Eight Drawing:  Hogan Brothers

We are proud to announce that our eighth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Hogan Brothers.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 27, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 28.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Carleton ranked among best liberal arts colleges for 11th year

Carleton College placed sixth overall in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s annual rankings of the best national liberal arts colleges. The College also ranked first in alumni giving, a measure of alumni satisfaction with the school, for the fifth consecutive year.

“What we work on weekly, monthly, annually, and over the years here at Carleton is to offer an extraordinary education in the liberal arts,” said President Robert A. Oden Jr. “It is a richly deserved honor to the people who are Carleton when any national ranking recognizes the quality of education we offer here.”

This is the eleventh consecutive year that the magazine has ranked Carleton in the top 10; the College has five times been ranked among the nation’s top five liberal arts schools. The rankings take into account the academic reputation of the school, admissions selectivity, retention and graduation rates, class size, financial resources and alumni giving, among other factors. Carleton’s overall score was 91 on a scale of 100, and the College received a score of 4.4 on a 5.0 scale in peer assessment, which is an evaluation of the academic reputation of the school by presidents, provosts and admissions deans from similar colleges.


Malt-O-Meal gets high marks in Consumer Reports

You may have seen a familiar brand name on the cover of the current Consumer Reports. The magazine doesn't tout the companies it features—it doesn't even allow advertising in its pages. So I had to track down some information from the folks over at our favorite cereal company.

They are a pretty modest bunch, but they put together a bit of info for us. Here's how they explained what's up:

The September issue of Consumer Reports features ratings and recommendations for ready-to-eat cereal, granola and cereal bars. The head-to-head comparisons of Frosted flakes, Toasted oats and Mini-wheats highlighted the expensive national brands, Northfield-based Malt-O-Meal and other store brands. The ratings were based on nutrition, taste, and cost per serving.

In each category, Malt-O-Meal was competitive in taste quality and nutrition, but boasted significant cost savings compared to name brand cereal from Kellogg’s and General Mills. Malt-O-Meal varieties were rated as “very good” in each flavor category.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Seven Drawing:  James Gang Hideaway

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the James Gang Hideaway.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 20, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 21.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Kwik Trip to build bigger store

Well, it’s no secret that the Kwik Trip at Hwy. 3 and 19 has been suffering, what with all the road construction making a visit there anything but a quick trip.

 

The company, which is based in LaCross, Wisconsin, isn’t discouraged, however. Quite the contrary. In a few days you’ll see even more construction equipment move into the area as the company builds a new store directly behind the existing one.

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Recycling pays off for Green Teams

Have you ever noticed the recycling centers outside EconoFoods and Cub Foods? Have you ever used them?

Lots of people do, and their trash is turning into treasure for local nonprofit organizations. The youth groups, operating as "Green Teams," encourage people to bring in their recycling items and at the end of their designated months, pick up a check for the value of the material recovered. This week two Green Teams picked up their checks at the City Council meeting.

The teams are The Northfield Youth Choirs (at left) and The Northfield Goal Club (above). These two teams served as the Youth Recycling Green Teams for May-July. Together the two teams educated residents, monitored the recycling boxes and recycled 151.6 tons of cardboard and mixed paper at the two recycling drop-off locations in Northfield. Waste Management donates $15 for each ton recycled to the Green Teams. Each organization will receive a check for $1,337.45.


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