(New) Chairman's Corner

Doug B.Greetings from the new Board Chair of Northfield Citizens Online. I've served on the board for three and a half years, but just a few weeks ago our former chair (and current vice-chair), Bruce Morlan, passed the reins of leadership over to me. And what a fortnight it's been!

I don't want to spend a lot of time talking about the new look and functionality of Northfield.org, but I would like to say one thing about the change: it's huge. At this point it may just look like we moved a few things around (and maybe you take issue with where we moved them...let us know!), but stick around for awhile and you'll start to feel the fundamental shift that's underway. And keep this phrase in mind: "Power to the people!"

I'd really just like to use this "bully pulpit" to share a few of my recent observations about Northfield and NCO...


Changeover heroes


These guys delivered the pizza this week, pulling off the major changeover from the old N.org platform to the new with hardly a hiccup.

L to R: Adam Gurno, Chip Cuccio, Sean Hayford O'Leary. Click to enlarge.

Tech committee chair Chip deserves special mention for orchestrating the high drama switch flipping Friday night from 11 PM to 3 AM, and then doing the all-day tweaking on Saturday to whip the platform into shape.



Learning about Democratic Education

Several citizens recently attended an open forum at The Village School of Northfield to learn more about its vision and mission, and to call out for support from the local community. Teachers, students, and community members joined in the conversation about democratic education, restorative justice, and current and past projects of The Village School. For more in-depth coverage, see my editorial in The Center for Sustainable Living's blog. -Scott Schumacher


Welcome to the new Northfield.org

Greetings! And welcome to the new platform for Northfield.org. [This post will remain "sticky" (on top) for several days to alert everyone to the changes.]

We're furiously working on miscellaneous items that need tweaking after the changeover from the Movable Type platform to this CivicSpace platform. Also, this design template is a temporary one.


Where in Northfield is this? La Mena

This week's "where is it" post from January 31st asked: "What's the name of that new store next to the Forget-Me-Not Florist and Le Nails Northfield?"


Wiggles & Wok sneak preview/fundraiser


Wiggles & Wok, in the old Quiznos building at 2nd St. and Hwy 3, opens on Monday, Feb. 6. Right: Brett Shepard with owner Mike Hoover, former owner of The Ranch House. Click photos to enlarge.

But tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 3), they'll be open from 11 am to 3 pm, serving a menu of noodles, stir fry, soups and salads.

The food will be free but patrons will be asked to make a donation to help pay the medical expenses for the Gilbertson family and the Mendoza family.


Weekend entertainment

negcoverthumbgeneric.gifThere's lots happening this weekend in the Northfield area... starting tonight.

Where?

  • Carleton
  • Art on Water
  • Northfield High School
  • NAG Theater
  • The Tavern (2 events)
  • The Contented Cow (3 events)
  • Brad's Corner Bar (2 events)

See page 5-6 of the current issue of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF)


Northfield.org web usage stats for Jan. 2006

According to the software that our web host service (Tiger Technologies) uses (AWStats), the traffic to our web site for January, 2006 looks like this:

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Translation: we had 14,385 different people visiting 36,850 times and viewing 200,938 pages. We averaged 1,188 people/per day for the month, with a peak of 1,581 on Jan. 17.

We just purchased another web traffic analysis software application, so that we can be more confident of the numbers. We hope to have it installed soon. Along with our new platform, we expect to be able to offer sponsors much better information on traffic by early March.


Circle of Service photo album

The Circle of Service volunteerism group (PDF explanation) brought new carpeting and a fresh coat of kitchen paint to a Northfield family last Saturday. Members of the team: Pat O'Neill, Marge Evans-De Carpio, Fr. Denny Dempsey, Leota Goodney, Jim Pokorney, Scott Nesbit, Doug Wornson, Norman Butler, Heidi Hamilton, Clarice Grenier Grabau, me.


Farmers' Market Brainstorming Session

From Mary Ellen Frame, Northfield Farmers' Market:

"A brainstorming session of Northfield Farmer's Market will be held on Wendesday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Northfield Public Library. Preliminary to the March annual meeting, this meeting is for the purpose of discussing plans and ideas for the upcoming season. All current and potential members as well as interested community members are invited to attend. If you have any questions, please call Mary Ellen Frame @ 507-645-7976, Jessica Page @ 507-663-8901, Rae Rusnak @ 507-824-2068."


Northfield Entertainment Guide: Feb, 06 issue

NEGthumbdfeb06.gifThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

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

The NEG is published by Rob Schanilec and Lora Steil at By All Means Graphics.

We allow them to use photos from N.org in each issue of the NEG; and we place a linked thumbnail to the current month's PDF of the document in our sidebar.

In exchange, they give us an ad in the publication.


Feb. 8 deadline: Very Short Invitation to Playwrights

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Karaoke performer extraordinaire Brendon Etter sent the above flyer on a Feb. 8 submission deadline for a "festival of very short plays to coincide with Downtown Northfield's Third Thursday in March." See the NAG's description of the event titled Very Short Invitation to Playwrights and Brendon's Upcoming.org calendar entry.


Where, in Northfield, is this?

What's the name of that new store next to the Forget-Me-Not Florist and Le Nails Northfield? Click to enlarge. Attach a comment here or use the Contact Us form.


Mallards in Winter

These last few weeks of unusually warm weather, a good-sized community of mallards has been enjoying the open water in downtown Northfield. Most years, you're not likely to see mallards on the Cannon River in January. Click photo to enlarge.

According to the DNR, mallards typically migrate to southern states when frigid weather sets in, following open water as rivers and ponds freeze over to the north.


Where, in Northfield, is this? Oaklawn Cemetery

Where, in Northfield, is it? Originally posted 1/21/06

Answer: Oaklawn Cemetery, 1415 Wall Street Road, 645-4502

Several of you knew it was a cemetery, but Lois Stratmoen was the first to know exactly where it is. The picture was taken in Oaklawn Cemetery, just east of town. Caretaker Dave Huberg answers the number listed for Oaklawn.


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