Concerned Citizens Oppose Cutting Elementary School Orchestra Program

At 7 p.m. last night at the Northfield High School media center, several dozen concerned students, parents, music educators and other community members appeared at an open work session of the Northfield School Board, and about a dozen spoke in passionate opposition to a budget proposal which would eliminate the elementary school orchestra program. The proposal is to shift the program to the Community Services Division, making it an after-school, fee-for-service program. Many of the speakers expressed their belief that this course of action would cut the string program at its roots, heralding the eventual demise of the entire program.

Kari Nelson, board chair, apologized for a scheduling conflict between the upcoming community hearing session on the budget proposals, to be held at the high school auditorium on March 9, and the middle school orchestra concert. She stated that when the meeting was set, it was not known that an issue of orchestra funding would be on the agenda. Zack Pelletier, elementary and middle school orchestra teacher, said that efforts were being made to reschedule the concert. Ms. Nelson urged all concerned citizens to feel free to contact board members by telephone, mail, or by e-mail via Superintendent Chris Richardson, and said that not being at this next meeting in person would not diminish their voices.


The N.org directory of local business web sites


I had coffee on Sunday with former NCO Board members Nick Benson and his dad Curt Benson. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Nick's away at college but Curt's still lurking about, having taken on the volunteer task of updating and maintaining the N.org directory of local websites. Since we switched platforms earlier this month, Curt's been steadily adding web sites to the Business Directory.

If you know of a local website that's not listed, use our Contact Us form to alert Curt. And if that web site has a weblog or RSS feed associated with it, be sure to alert us to that as well so we can aggregate the latest headlines into our various newsfeed areas.

Curt also contributes to the local economy via his business, Fab Lab, a "machine and fabrication shop specializing in high quality work for science and industry."

 


"Locally Grown" #9: telecom infrastructure

 

Issues covered in show #9 of Locally Grown, recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon:

Ultra high-speed broadband and Northfield's economic development.

Guest: Milda Hedblom, adjunct professor at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and professor of politics and communications at Augsburg College

Click the play button to listen (30 mintues). Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes. Join the ISSUES discussion list to continue the conversation on these and other issues. Attach a comment to give us feedback. See the Locally Grown page for more on the show.

 


St. Thomas defeats Carleton for men's MIAC basketball title

NCO Board member Rick Estenson phoned me a few minutes ago from St. Paul where St. Thomas had just defeated Carleton, 54-47, for the men's MIAC basketball championship.


Northfield 360: Where in Northfield?

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This is a 360 degree panorama shot somewhere in Northfield a few days ago. Can you identify the location?

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Post your guesses in the comment section!


Chamber Names Business and Business Person of the Year

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that All Flex, Inc. has been named Northfield's Business of the Year in 2006. Steve Schmidt, owner of Steven Schmidt Construction, has been selected as the 2006 Business Person of the Year. Both will be recognized at a banquet in March.

All Flex, Inc. has made an important investment in our community and continues to evolve and grow with their innovative products, services and business strategies. The company’s success can be attributed to its unique market niche, willingness to quickly make changes and positive approach to customer satisfaction. The company’s active accounts continue to increase through relentless marketing efforts and proactive efforts to identify new customers. All Flex, Inc. provides contributions for many worthwhile local efforts that help promote the local business community and improve the quality of life in the Northfield area.

Steve Schmidt (pictured at left with wife Lori at The Grand on Thursday; click to enlarge. - Editor) has consistently encouraged and participated in economic development efforts that have led to significant improvements for the greater Northfield area. He has been a strong leader in the business community, willing sharing volunteer time, financial contributions, business knowledge and business expertise.


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Catalyst Foundation presentation at Rotary

Thursday's Northfield Rotary lunch speaker was Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker, co-founder and Executive Director of the Catalyst Foundation based here in Northfield. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Their mission is to "improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned and homeless children in Vietnam through educational scholarship programs and direct relief efforts. We also work to build cultural awareness and enrich the lives of children adopted from Vietnam."

Coincidence #1: While working in my corner office at the Blue Monday earlier this morning, a guy walks up to me to introduce himself, saying how much he appreciates Northfield.org.  His name: John Rinn. He's on the Advisory Board of the Catalyst Foundation.

Coincidence #2: John works at AC Nielson, the same place as N.org board member, tech committee member, and library board member Adam Gurno


Photo album and video clip: Spider John Koerner at The Grand

   

Left: Spider John Koerner played at the Grand last night; center: with the NDDC's Ross Currier and Dan Bergeson; right Tim Sellars, Tiny's Dogs All Day, kicking in the bucks in the bag for the Northfield Area United Way campaign. Click to enlarge.

 

See three dozen more photos of the night in either the N.org photo album or the Flickr photo album. And click "Read the rest of this entry..." to watch the videoclip.

 


Winter photos: east end of the Cannon River Wilderness Area

I took a few photos last weekend in the east end of the Cannon River Wilderness Area park, near the intersection of County 20 and 22 just south of Northfield.

See the photo album in our N.org gallery or the photo set in my Flickr area or sr see them in the Northfield Group Photo Pool on Flickr  that we're experimenting with.
 


The Freezer to host First Anniversary Show

The Freezer, a student-run music venue in Northfield, is holding their First Anniversary Concert this weekend.

The Freezer is located in the back of the building that is also used for the Northfield School of Arts and Technology.

The show itself will be held on Friday, with doors opening at 6pm. The cover charge is $5.00 at the door.

Featured bands are Killer Prom Queens, Autophobia, Dose, and Captain Purple.

For more information, see  this page on the show.


Upcoming PTO Beach Carnival

Brighten up your end of winter and come to Northfield’s Annual PTO Beach Party Carnival.  The Carnival will be held at the Northfield High School from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, March 3rd.  Cafeteria and ticket sales open at 4:30pm.  A silent auction will feature many items such as 2 tickets to the 2006 St. Olaf Christmas Festival as well as the signed work of artist Wendell Arneson and author Mary Janice Davidson.  New this year for children is the inflatable climbing wall and slide.  There is also face-painting, games, cotton candy, pizza, souvenirs, a cakewalk and more!


Grandma Estenson wins


Evelyn Estenson's relatives delivered the comments to my entry last week titled A challenge to the relatives of these Northfielders.

She wins an all-expenses paid trip to a local coffeehouse of her choice with me. w00t!

Evelyn, pick a time and place and let me know by attaching a comment here.


Tony Glover plugs Spider John Koerner's and United Way's Elizabeth Schott's appearance at The Grand

The NDDC is bringing legendary guitarist and singer Spider John Koerner to The Grand this Thursday at 8 pm. Tickets are $6, $4 for students. (Click the poster image for a large PDF.)

See NDDC Exec. Director Ross Currier's three blog posts for background on Koerner and his collaborators, "Snaker" Dave Ray and Tony "Little Sun" Glover: 1) John Koerner and the Folk Revival ; 2) Carleton Class to take Field Trip to the Grand: 3) My Koerner, Ray and Glover Story .

Here's me doing a 5 minute recreation of Tony Glover's opening for his nightly stint as an 'underground' DJ on Twin Cities' radio station KDWB 63 back in 1968-69. Theme song: Procol Harum's Repent Walpurgis. 'Tony' plugs Spider John's appearance and asks his audience to donate to the Northfield Area United Way's campaign when they see Elizabeth Schott at the event. (My apologies for the lousy audio quality. No fancy tools available last night when I got the inspiration to do this.) Keep reading for the transcript:


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