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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.

More inside...


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.


'Eat Local Challenge' starts August 15

Submitted by Joey Robison

It's estimated that our food travels an average of 1,300 miles from field to fork. Eating food produced locally is better for the environment and better for the local economy. But where do you start if you’d like to adopt a more regional diet?

You can begin by taking the Eat Local Challenge, which runs from August 15 to September 23. Just Food Co-op is challenging community members to eat 80 percent of their diet from food produced in the five-state region for six weeks.

The Eat Local Challenge will kick off with a book talk and reading by professional chef and locavore Jessica Prentice at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 14, at Just Food.

“It’s a big commitment, but it’s good to be able to support your friends and those who are good stewards of the land,” says Rollie Jacobsen, lead cashier at Just Food. The Co-op labels its locally produced foods to make them easier to find, and the Farmers Market and Community Supported Agriculture farms are also great places to find local fare.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Six Drawing:  The Tavern of Northfield

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Tavern of Northfield.  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 13, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 14.

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.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Five Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  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 6, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 7.

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.


Northfield Under Construction: An Update

Construction continues apace for Northfield, and we've got news on three of the bigger projects - Highway 3, Northfield Crossing, and the new Library Plaza.

There's more inside and we've got a photo gallery also...


Thursday means Crazy Daze fun -- and bargains

Crazy Daze The weather is muggy, your shorts look as tired as you feel and you just don't want to make another meal. Thank goodness, Thursday is Crazy Daze in Northfield. Don't let the name fool you; this event lasts one day only.

Stores will open at 7 a.m., so you can grab your morning coffee at one of downtown restaurants and beat the heat if you wish. If you're still snoozing until the sun is high, that's no problem. There will be bargains and activities all day. For a complete schedule, check out the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce calendar.



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