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Now we've made more neighbors happy with the news that they've won a $50 gift certificate in our latest "Dinner on Us" drawing. Rich Noer and Laurie Fleming both have shared their happiness, along with some kind words for

By now, you probably know about our "Dinner on Us" membership drive. You know the routine. You make your $20 donation (or more) to become a member of, and we put your name in our weekly drawing for a $50 gift certificate to one of the city's fun restaurants. (You also can enter just by sending an e-mail.

Find out more about our latest winners inside...

Valley Grove Country Social is Sunday, Sept. 17

Nordic Jam at Valley GroveNorthfield's Nordic Jam will be performing at tomorrow's Valley Grove Country Social, sponsored by the Valley Grove Preservation Society. In addition to music, this annual event also features wagon rides, prairie walks, farm animals, food and more family-friendly fun. It's a great way to celebrate the last full weekend of the summer!

For more information, visit

Doug Bratland is a member of Nordic Jam. 

Sunday's 'Bark in the Park' to raise funds for new dog park

Submitted by Amy Gage

Canines at Play (CAP) is sponsoring a fund-raising event called “Bark in the Park” on Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park in Northfield. The event is intended to raise money for the city’s first off-leash dog park, which will be located in Babcock Park at Highway 3 and Woodley Street.

Bark in the Park is a family- and dog-friendly event that will feature a canine dance troupe, a sample obedience class and Tellington Touch, a type of massage intended to calm animals during stressful situations. Food and other family-style entertainment, including a “Picture Your Pet in the Park” photo booth, also will be available.

The event is free, but free-will donations are strongly encouraged to help CAP move closer to its $10,000 fund-raising goal.

The Northfield City Council gave final approval to the first off-leash dog park during its meeting on Sept. 11. CAP Chairman Rich Lorang, a local veterinarian, and First National Bank executive Rick Estenson, also a CAP volunteer, presented the plans.

Northfield Skating School's Learn-To-Skate Program is Back!

Submitted by Carey Tinkelenberg:

After a successful opening year, the Northfield Skating School has returned for its second season at the Northfield Ice Arena. Our program has expanded to offer two 8-week sessions of Sunday afternoon skating lessons for students of all abilities, ages 4-adult. We are a sanctioned program of US Figure Skating and follow their established curriculum.

Session 1 runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 10, 2006, and Session 2 runs from Jan. 7-Feb. 25. Registration deadlines are Oct. 1 for Session 1 and Dec. 15 for Session 2, but students are encouraged to register now to secure their spot for both sessions. Discounts apply to additional family members enrolled in the program.

Registration brochures are available at the Northfield Ice Arena, the Northfield Public Library, Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House, and various other downtown locations. See the registration brochure for more details, or contact Carey Tinkelenberg, Founder and Executive Director, for more information (

Take a 'Run in the Wild' at Maltby Nature Center

The Maltby Nature Preserve is hosting the third annual “A Run In The Wild” 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 7.

Bring the whole family and join the fun to support the science education programs of The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve. Enjoy a beautiful fall day and run or walk the trails through the prairie and woods, around the ponds and along the river. Even your family dog is welcome, on a leash.

We'll have free food, beverages, t-shirts, and prizes! Entry fee is $12 before September 30. For more details, click the image at left to view a poster for the event (PDF). For registration forms and other information, visit or call 507-664-0770.

The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve is 90 acre wildlife sanctuary located just outside of Randolph on the banks of the Cannon River . It is a non-profit, educational organization teaching the science of nature and the nature of science.

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Jon Manners brings his rock & roll stories back to the Tavern

People seem to be enjoying my colorful rock 'n' roll stories—my wild ride with Andrew Loog Oldham of the Rolling Stones; my highschool band, The Critters with "our" hit song, "Younger Girl"—so I think I'll add a bit to the "legend" and wax-on about the so-called "rock 'n roll lifestyle" that I've lived ;)

For a while in the late 70's I resided in a chicken shack that I'd converted into a practice studio/loft, on my brother Paul's ranch out in Santa Cruz, California. Essentially I was living in a barn! On more than one occasion I'd open the door and find a large animal, like a horse, in my living space. The barn was actually pretty nice, I built a deck off the back, put in a lot of windows, a couple skylights, a loft area for sleeping. I had a refrigerator and an electric hotplate. A sink. A blender. Did I mention mice?

During this time I was driving for Yellow Cab, 12 hours a day, six days a week. I lasted exactly 6 months, just enough time to get enough money together to buy a recording mixer, a reverb, and a couple good microphones! Yep, that rock 'n roll lifestyle, pretty glamorous!

St. Olaf art museum to open Tetlie exhibit Friday

The Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College will open its 2006–07 program year with “A Collector's Legacy: Richard N. Tetlie,” an exhibit of work from the estate of Richard Tetlie ’43.

The opening reception will be Friday, Sept. 15, from 5–7 p.m. in Dittmann Center. The opening will include food and live chamber music, plus a talk by Philip Rosenbaum, manager of the Tetlie collection.

CRWP hosts Paddle Event & Fundraiser Saturday

The Cannon River Splash is a fund-raising event for the Cannon River Watershed Partnership that happens this Saturday, Septrmber 16. Proceeds will be used to fund activities to protect and improve surface and groundwater resources of the Cannon River Watershed. Please download the attached Cannon River Splash flyer (PDF) to uncover details and to register, or to sponsor a paddler.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFWhew!  The concessionaires are gone, the streets are open and we are free to move around town again.

Not that we didn't have fun at DJJD, but . . .

Lots to do on this fall weekend. Friday night the new exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild opens.  "Melange" features the work of Rhonda Banks, Toni Easterson, Sharol Nau and Riki Kolbl Nelson.  The opening reception is Friday night, from 7-9 p.m.  NAG is also hosting 'Coffeehouse Writer's Night' on Friday at the Center for the Arts on Division Street.  Local writers are invited to read their works in an open mike setting starting at 7:30 p.m.

Northfield Area United Way launches new initiative

Today is the kick-off for the 2006 fall campaign for the Northfield Area United Way.  Many of Northfield’s CEOs and their appointed campaign directors will gather to learn about the campaign, and about the United Way's new initiative.

In collaboration with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, we as a community will mail a free book each month to the home of every child from birth to 5 years old in our area. 

Early literacy is regarded nationally as one of the important ways to improve the educational opportunities for our children. We know that learning to read is a process much like learning to speak or learning to walk.  This process begins at birth.  They need to learn how a book works – you read left to right and you turn pages.  They associate pictures with words and emotions.  These are all steps along the way to learning to read.  Perhaps even more importantly, they also learn to love to read

Buckheit and Malecha will face off in November

 Follow the key races with one click here.

Election LogoEditor's note: This story has been updated as numbers became available.

Attorney Betsy Buckheit posted a solid first place finish, with Northfield City Councilor Galen Malecha a weak second in the only contested county primary race. They will continue to the Nov. 7 general election to see who wins the District 2 County Commissioner seat vacated by Jessica Peterson, who is running for the Minnesota State Senate. Buckheit's lead appears strong, but with a dismal 11.22 percent voter turnout and no incumbent in the race, anything can happen in this campaign.

You can follow this race and Rice County results for state races just by clicking here. Dakota County residents can click here for results.

Small business owners pool talent for fall workshop series

Several members of Northfield Professional Resource Exchange (NPRE) are making their services available through workshops this fall.

James Schlichting will be presenting on wills as part of a seminar for those planning ahead for retirement at a seminar on Monday evening, September 18, to be held at the Senior Center.

Roger Kelm will be sharing his expertise as an investment advisor with those who are nearing or in retirement in a new Northfield community education workshop, “Making Sense of Retirement,” on Thursday evening, September 28, and again Saturday morning, September 30.

Kevin Ward will also be offering a new community education workshop, “Home Ownership/Investment: Mortgage 101,” on two Monday evenings, September 25 and October 2, for those seeking to understand mortgage basics and negotiate a fair and reasonable mortgage for themselves.

State Representative Ray Cox to host veterans' forums

I’ll be hosting two town meeting forums on veterans' issues on Tuesday of next week, September 19, from 2-4 p.m. The first one will be in Northfield at the American Legion Post 84.

The American Legion is located at 1055 North Highway 3. This is next to the John Deere implement dealership.

Then I’ll move on to Belle Plaine at the Veterans Club, 221 North Meridian Street. This forum will go from 7-9 p.m.

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Sign up now for 10th Annual Youth Hockey Golf Open

Submitted by Carrie Carroll

Support the girls and boys who play hockey in Northfield by supporting the 10th annual Northfield Hockey Association FUNdraiser golf tournament on Thursday, September 21 at the Northfield Golf Club.

Here's how you can help:

SPONSOR a hole: $175 Maroon sponsor; $275 Gold Sponsor; $500 Stanley Cup Sponsor; $2000 Miracle Hole Sponsor (includes a foursome).
DONATE something for the silent auction.
PLAY! $100 per person/includes 18 holes, cart and dinner.  $21 for dinner only. Sign up as an individual/twosome/foursome!

12-12:45 Check-in and Deli Lunch
1 p.m. Shotgun Start
5-6 p.m Social and Silent Auction
6 p.m. Dinner and Awards
Optional: Skins Game and Mulligans

The proceeds from this event will sponsor: hockey scholarships, additional skating and hockey development opportuntities for all NHA participants, ice time, equipment and uniforms.

For more information, contact: Cheryl Buck, 507-663-9056 or Margaret Cloud, 507-645-5692

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