Northfield throws a party!

Editor's Addition: We just added a short video clip from the vintage baseball game, viewable if you read the whole story. Also: the online photo gallery is up to 165 pictures! If you were there, I bet we've got a shot of you...

Wow, what a party it was! The 4th of July brought thousands of people to downtown Northfield. We want to thank those of you who sent photos – and remind the rest of you that it’s not too late to add yours to the gallery.


Thanks to the proud grandpa of Max Albertson, 1, at left, who did a turn as Superman during the Kiddie Parade. Thanks to Bridget Spencer, who sent along photos from Monday evening’s entertainment, Mim Mueller for sending great photos of the Kiddie Parade, and our own Adam Gurno for sharing fun shots of the Vintage Baseball Game and the fireworks.

You can check out the gallery here. You can add your photos by hitting the Submit Photos option here or in the left-hand column of this page. Check back to see what’s being added. Now for the real fun. If you find your picture, feel free to write your own caption in the comment box below the photo. If you sent a photo, take the credit and put your name below the photo.

There certainly was plenty to see. Cyclists, from the best in the state to those still wobbling on training wheels, took turns tooling down Division Street. Contemporary tap dancers and old-fashioned bluegrass singers forced people to ponder how to clap while holding hot dogs, ice cream sandwiches and cold drinks.

The annual Northfield Criterium doubled as the Minnesota State Championship Criterium this year. Racers looped the downtown with style and grace as they proved who was the best in each class.

The only downer of the day was that the Northfield Historical Society still needs some help to cover the tab for all that fun. Marybeth Luing of NHS said Tuesday that the organization still was $3,000 short of meeting the $27,000 in costs for everything from fireworks to music acts. Just click here to get to the NHS website.

First Street parade marks 13th year

Holiday celebrations filled Northfield Tuesday, and not all of them were downtown.

Residents of First Street West barricaded the street between Plum and Linden Tuesday morning and held the 13th annual First Street 4th of July parade. Residents cheered the colorfully decorated bikes, trikes, strollers, wagons, and a few lawn tractors, all either ridden or pulled by neighborhood kids, dogs and a few parents.

The parade was the brainchild of Franklin and Bette Lee, 505 First St. W., who came up with it as a way to give their grandkids something to do the morning of July 4th. Grandchild Robert Lee, 13, was an infant the first year; Tuesday he led the parade as grand marshal.

Circle of Service spreads chips, plants trees at Sechler Park playground

IMG_2468w800.jpg The Circle of Service crew (Denny Dempsey, Leota Goodney, Jim Pokorney, Mark Werner, Norman Butler, Heidi Hamilton, Steve Hamilton, along with Joel Walinski, City of Northfield Operations Manager) worked at the new playground at the southern end of Sechler Park on Saturday, spreading two mountains of woodchips throughout the play area. The group's $50/person donation was used to purchase five trees which were planted around the play area.

Circle of Service is an interesting concept, in which 12 people get together and do 12 works of service over 3 years, paying for the costs and doing the work themselves. Each person in the group takes leadership responsiblility for one of the projects. This is the 4th project of 12 for the local group.

Click the photo to see the dozen photos posted in the Flickr photo set.

Carleton cast-offs net $12,500

Don't you just love a happy ending? Erin Sterling, an educational associate in the ACT (Acting in the Community) Center at Carleton College, just let us know about one.

Erin was one of the organizers of the 6th annual Lighten Up Garage Sale, held in Carleton College's West Gym June 15-17. With the support of the ACT Center, the sale raised more than $12,500 for Special Olympics, Northfield Union of Youth, The Village School, and Project Friendship. More than 125 volunteers helped make the sale a huge success.

Nice work. And for the rest of us, maybe this is just the excuse we needed to put off cleaning out the basement or the attic until next spring.

Books & Stars photo gallery keeps growing!

Click for larger imageA happy crowd of tiny dancers and their lawn-lounging families converged upon Oddfellows Park Wednesday night to hear the music of Gaelic Tribe in the latest offering from the library's Books & Stars series.

Once again, we've added a batch of photos to the ongoing Books & Stars 2006 gallery and we welcome you to add your own.

There's no concert this week, due to the 4th of July holiday, but Books & Stars returns Wednesday, July 12, with Nancy, Eddie & Friends at Central Park.

In with the old! 1909 desk returns to the library

City crew members T.J. Heinricy, Steve Malecha and Bryan Haugen hauled a nearly 100-year-old heavy oak desk from the Northfield Historical Society store back into its old home at the Northfield Public Library where it will serve a new role as reference desk upstairs. 

Though most recently used at NHS, the 1909-10 desk has resided in many places in town. After the 1985 addition at the library, it served Paul Hager and the staff at NTV. Then in 1998, to celebrate the library's centennial, it was part of the display at the Historical Society. When the NHS store expanded and they needed a check-out desk, it moved into the store. 

Now NHS Has remodeled again and the desk has come back home. Who knows, It may also bring back the "spirits" of past librarians Constance Doty, Shirley Merill, Marsten Headley and Leota Stewart! At one time all the library transactions were handled at this desk. Times have changed!

Northfield Entertainment Guide: July, 2006

Click to view PDFThe new first anniversary issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

You can click the image to view it within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then view or print it from your computer.

The NEG is published by Rob Schanilec and Lora Steil at By All Means Graphics. We're partnering with them to keep readers updated regularly on what's going on around town.

Become a Member

nco_logoCan you believe it? We've been doing this for almost 15 years! Long before blogging and digital cameras and chat rooms and wi-fi were part of our everyday vocabulary, a small group of local residents were exploring the new online world.

Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) was started in December of 1991 and has evolved over the years into two main platforms: the site and the ISSUES discussion list. NCO is a non-profit (501c3) organization whose overall goal is to strengthen the sense of community in the greater Northfield area.

We have dubbed 2006 our Year of Change. We've reached out to people and organizations to create a broader, more vibrant, more exciting site. We've revamped the technology to make the site look and work better. We've given you one place to check out everything in town, with new items every day. We've received national and international recognition as pioneers in online community journalism. And we have more features, more contests and more fun planned.

Planners play tourist to get new perspective

Wednesday evening we made like tourists, complete with cameras, sandals, and shorts, and took a bus tour. The Planning Commission, along with city staff members Brian O’Connell and Dan Olson as tour guides, spent almost two hours driving all around Northfield.

The purpose of our adventure was to be better able to visualize our “sense of place” as a group by sharing the common experience. I thought that it was very worthwhile. Pictured here is our tour group, wearier but wiser for our efforts.

This journal of our journey represents my own thoughts. It does not necessarily represent the opinion of the entire Planning Commission and has nothing to do with my role as part-time executive director of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation. I have done my best to capture the comments made by the participants on the tour.

Dukes Open Big, Shut Down Burnsville 4-1

The "Dundas Dukes": took on the Burnsville Bobcats last night at Memorial Field in Dundas. was there and we've got a "small photo gallery": courtesy of Jonathan Jaranson.

The Dukes opened strong scoring 3 in the bottom of the first on two walks, a wild pitch, a throwing error, and a homerun. They followed that up with another in the second and that would be all they needed.

Burnsville scored 1 in the third, but a team of Dukes pitchers shut them down the rest of the way.

The Dukes play three this weekend - 7:30 Friday night at home against Elko and two away, Hastings on Sunday and the mighty *Northfield Knights* on *July 4th*.

Musicians Needed for West Side Story

Editor's Note: We received this note from Mary Steil, a trumpeter with the Faribault Area Community Theater's stage band.

Our stage band for the Faribault Area Community Theater production of "West Side Story" needs some help. 

We need a french horn player and a trombonist to complete our ensemble. We've been unable so far to find anyone to fill these positions.

Since the production opens July 22, we're all getting a little anxious (pull-your-hair-out kind of anxious) and we would really appreciate any interested musicians calling our conductor, Scot Gardner, in Faribault at 507-332-2356 or me, Mary Steil, 646-4519 (days), 331-9573 (Faribault, evenings).

What a Weekend!

Click to view PDFEditor's note: The current issue of the NEG runs through Friday. We will add the new issue July 1. We also want to join in congratulating Rob Schanilec and his crew on the first anniversary of the Northfield Entertainment Guide.

Big weekend! Loooooooong weekend???

It sure is in Northfield, because the events just keep happening. Read about them all inside...

Downtown library draws support

Editor's note: Our thanks to League of Women Voters member Kiffi Summa, who was kind enough to send these notes, along with a challenge to people to get involved in an important civic discussion. You can do that by adding a comment here or joining the dialog on the ISSUES List.

The Northfield League of Women Voters (LWV) devoted its "4th Monday" public meeting in June to discuss expansion or replacement of the Northfield Carnegie Library.

The meeting was hosted by Lynne Young, library director, and Mark Gleason, chair of the library board. Lynne began with a short tour of the library, which clearly illustrated the many space problems the library currently faces. There is a lack of shelf space for developing/growing the collection, but an even more pressing need is for additional work space for all the behind-the-scenes work of processing materials, inter-library services, etc.

Students return from France

DSCN0643 More than a dozen Northfield High School students returned to Minnesota on Saturday after an 18-day trip to France through the Language & Friendship program.

Leaving Northfield on the final day of exams, the students flew via Frankfurt to Nice. From there they made their way by coach and train to Arles, the chateaux of the Loire valley, Mont St. Michel, the D-Day beaches in Normandy, Rouen, and Monet's home and garden at Giverny. The students then lived for six days with host families in or near Paris and concluded the trip with two final days in Paris, culminating with dinner at the Eiffel Tower and a late-night cruise of the Seine.

While in Paris they visited Northfield French teacher Denise Halvorson, who has been on a Fulbright teaching exchange in Paris for the past school year while Frenchman Thomas Werth has been teaching in Northfield. The group also included two Fairmont High School students and was led by two Fairmont teachers, Carol Voss and Carol Nasby.

Class targets fun and fitness

Wow, we've only been at this four weeks and we're seeing results already. Women from all over town are getting healthier -- and having fun doing it.

And it's not too late for you to get involved. The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and the Northfield Area Family YMCA will sponsor another lively gathering of women in the "Get Moving!" class Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 for an invigorating warm-up, walk/run and stretching routine, folllowed by a health lesson.

This week's lesson is "Nutrition for the Active Woman" by Kitty Runzheimer, of the Carleton College Active LIfestyles Program.

Classes run through Aug. 3; cost is $40. Newcomers are welcome to join the class, which travels the trails of Northfield Middle School. For information or to register, please call 612-863-3839.

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