Colleges' annual donation to City

I got this email and photo (click to enlarge) from David Gonnerman, media relations/photographer guy at St. Olaf:

"On Monday St. Olaf College Vice President and Treasurer Alan Norton (right) presented a check to 3rd Ward Alderman Arnie Nelson (a St. Olaf alumnus whose ward includes St. Olaf), while Carleton College Vice President and Treasurer Fred Rogers (left) presented a check to Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing. The two checks, totaling $138,000, are an annual donation to the city's general fund. Beginning in the 1920s, St. Olaf and Carleton were among the first colleges in the nation to offer such contributions to their city."


FREE Subway certificates for community benefit/donation

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I got this email from Candy Taylor, a member of the Northfield Sesquicentennial committee, about free Subway Sub certificates available for the benefit of the community or a donation to a local charity.

Dennis Langhoff, the owner of our local Subway restaurant, generously donated over $2500 worth of Subway food to help our community celebrate it's 150th birthday. The largest portion of his gift was a 150-foot long sub that was served in honor of Northfield's Sesquicentennial Anniversary at this year's High School Homecoming Game in September. The balance of his gift was in certificates good for party subs.


NEA names David Bly "teacher of the year"

davidbly96w.jpgThe Northfield News is reporting this morning that David Bly has been selected as the 2005-06 Teacher of the Year by the Northfield Education Association (NEA).

Bly is an English teacher at the Area Learning Center (ALC) and has been part of the Northfield civic blogosphere since August of 2003.


NVO's first outcome

When I saw this exchange happen on the ISSUES list last week, I asked Candy Taylor, the new executive director of Northfield Volunteer Organization (NVO), to write up a blurb about it for posting here since she doesn't yet have a weblog. I've added links and a photo to it. (See the Dec. 14 blog post for more on NVO.)

annebretts.jpgIsn't it amazing? When you combine the power of the Internet with the caring of thoughtful people, the community gets results and everybody wins.

When Anne Bretts (left) heard about our new initiative to promote volunteerism and philanthropy using the web as a primary tool, she immediately started thinking of the possibilities.

She mentioned on the ISSUES list that, through a minister friend in Minneapolis, she knew of a Twin Cities couple in dire need of a bed, and that she had a mattress to donate but no way to get it there.


Solar 101 Workshop at the library tonight

RENew Northfield is hosting a Solar 101 Workshop tonight at the Northfield Public Library.

See RENew Executive Director's Bruce Anderson's blog post for more details. Maybe he'll be there wearing the same shirt. (Click to enlarge.)


"Saturday Morning Rides" stocking stuffer


My wife Robbie and I stopped for lunch at the Area 57 Coffee Cafe in Wanamingo on Saturday and I noticed that Northfield Bicycle Club member Bill Metz's book, "Saturday Morning Rides," was on the bookshelf (red arrow; in the photo with me, Amy Parlier, a worker at the shop). I then saw Bill this morning at the GBM and asked him to do a promo shot for a stocking stuffer idea. He said that it has sold well -- about 75 of the original 300 that were printed remain. (Click photos to enlarge.)

The book is available for $10 at the Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse, River City Books, Mike's Bikes in Northfield, and Erik's Bike Shops in the Twin Cities. Proceeds go the the Nicholas Sansome Named Memorial at SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices for Education.


Q-Comp discussion on the ISSUES list

Northfield.org's ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

davidbly96w.jpg dianecirksena129w.jpgA new topic of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on Q-Comp, David Bly, a blogger and a Northfield teacher who helped draft the school district's plan, and Diane Cirksena, Northfield School Board member and blogger, are participating.

To join the discussion, subscribe to the ISSUES list.


Photo highlights - Governors Ball

What are these guys smiling about? (Click photos to enlarge.)

Left: ArtOrg Executive Director Dave Machacek. The original photo can be seen here.

Right: Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing. The original photo can be seen here.

See the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball Photo Album for 150 photos of the night's festivities.


City Council Meeting tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets Monday at 7 pm at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

The agenda and complete council packet are available on the City's Dec. 19 agenda web page.


City of Northfield's RSS feeds now on Northfield.org

The City of Northfield's new website offers nine different RSS feeds that anyone can subscribe to. You can now see at a glance the most recent six headlines for each feed on the lower right sidebar here on the Northfield.org homepage. Here's a screencapture of this morning's feeds.
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Governors Ball Photo Album

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See the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball Photo Album for 150 photos of last night's festivities.

1. All the photos in the album are available in three sizes: thumbnail, medium (usually 640 pixels-wide), and full-sized, high-resolution original. Click the mediums to see the originals. Right click on any photo and select "save picture/image as..." to download it/save it to your PC.

2. If you have photos of the event to share with the Northfield community, contact us. We'd especially like photos of the arrival of the honored guests in horse-drawn carriages.

3. We're going to experiment with allowing anyone to edit the text of the photo descriptions in the album. If you know the names of the people in any of the photos, please edit the text. If you have a clever caption, add it. Please don't remove the comments/text of others.


Governors Ball photos - coming soon (2:15 pm)

My wife Robbie and I took over 250 photos at last night's Governors Ball. We should have the best of them posted in an album here by noon 1 PM 2 PM today. In the meantime, here are two. (Click to enlarge.)


Left: Kari Alberg with her Governors Ball lithograph which fetched $2,300 in a silent auction.
Right: Event co-chairs Kristen Stets, Emily Monaghan, and Rob Schanilec.

If you have photos from last night that you'd like to share with the Northfield community, contact us.

11:55 AM Update: We just finished sorting/deleting and are starting the upload. Estimated finish time: 1:00 PM. Apologies for the delay. Go take a nap in the meantime.

12:55 PM Update: We did some extra editing; also, the uploading is taking longer because the photos are higher resolution than normal. Estimated finish time: 2:00 PM. Go Vikings! ("And take the Twins with you," sayeth Robbie.)

2:05 PM Update: Almost done... ten more minutes.


Jingle Bell Run/Walk photo album

This morning's Jingle Bell Run/Walk drew 200 participants in zero degree weather.
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Center: Men's 5K 1st place: Chris Lundberg; 2nd: Andy Clark; 3rd: Scott Propson. Right: Women's 5K 1st place: Daisy Christopherson. Click the photos to enlarge and see six dozen more in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk 2005 photo album.

The Jingle Bell Run is a charity event, with all registration fees this year going to the Jeff Amerman Pavilion at Spring Creek Park. The event is sponsored by Carlson Capital Management and the MN Center for Philanthropy. Some of the Carlson Cap'ers who worked on the event: (L to R) Jonathan Jaranson, Sandy Rowan, Tim Jackson, Katie Carlson, Kelly Dillon, Greg Carlson, Barry Carlson.


Northfield Union of Youth joins the blogosphere; seeks Executive Director

The Northfield Union of Youth (NUY), has a new weblog/website, so we've added their RSS feed to our right sidebar.

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Recent blog posts include Mr. Sticky show (today) and the announcement that they're
hiring a new Executive Director.


Governors Ball preparation photo album

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Volunteers have been working all week at Carleton's Great Hall and Sayles-Hill Center on preparations for today's Governors Ball. See the preparation photo album for a couple dozen photos I took late yesterday afternoon.


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