State Demographer Tom Gillaspy at the Grand

MN State Demographer Tom Gillaspy spoke at the Grand Event Center yesterday afternoon, courtesy of Catherine McBride of Investment Centers of America. Click the photos to enlarge and see a dozen more in the photo album.
Center photo, L to R: Dave Shumway, Tom Gillaspy, James Schlicting. Right photo, L to R: Becky Behrens, Jennifer Sawyer, Theresa Fierst, Geralyn Sheehan, Catherine McBride, Jody Graff.

Oliver! starts tonight at the Northfield High School

The musical "Oliver" begins today at the Northfield High School auditorium, directed by Bob Gregory-Bjorklund. See the calendar event entry for details.

I took a dozen photos of the first hour of the dress rehearsal last night and put them up in a photo album.

Local churches promoting Club Ed

I snapped these photos (click to enlarge) last night of at least two area churches (Trinity and First Baptist) that are using their outdoor signs to promote the Northfield Historical Society's annual auction -- Club Ed -- coming up this Saturday at the Grand. See the Club Ed blog post from a week ago featuring an audioblog promo. And see yesterday's Northfield News for an article by Emily Zimmer titled Going, going, gone.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Dave Machacek & ArtOrg, Sarah Hale & ARTech, Mark Setterstrom.

Art show openings

Left: Dean Kjerland's Art on Water studio opens a show on Friday called Bead Days - Studio Nights. "chARTonnay, wine, women, chocolates" is the byline and it features the work of Judy Saye-Willis, Leanne Stremcha, Jennifer Wolcott, Lori Schmidt, Cathy Collison, Elizabeth Schott, and Sue Hammes-Knopf. For a spicier promo of the show, see Ross Currier's Torrid Sex Downtown blog post.

Right: Dave Machacek has blogged a press release on the John Berkey Observed Exhibition which opens Nov. 4 at ArtOrg

One year ago in the weblog: elections

What was happening this week a year ago in Northfield, according to blog posts to Scott Davis (city council) and Katy Hargis (school board), among others, were elected. See the October 31, 2004 - November 06, 2004 archive.

Northfield Entertainment Guide: November issue

negcoverthumb.gifThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now 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.)

It's published by Rob Schanilec at By All Means Graphics.

Boys soccer team takes 3rd at State

In the Class A 3rd place soccer game this afternoon at the dome: Northfield 2, St. Thomas Academy 0. See the MSHL narrative below and the box score for more.

Thanks to Rick Estenson for the phone tip.

October web traffic for

We had a record month for web traffic in October in the visitor category (click image to enlarge):

Visitors: 12,709
Visits: 37,803
Pages/pageviews: 155,724

Hits? It's an irrelevant stat. Want to know more? Our web host provider says this:

Revamped website for ARTech

The Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech) has revamped its website, courtesy of student webmaster Sean Hayford O'Leary. I snapped the photo of Sean at last month's NCO annual meeting. He's on the NCO Tech Committee and has his own weblog,

Soccer updates from the Dome - it's over. :-(

rick estenson.jpgRick Estenson and 250 Northfield area high schoolers are at the Metrodome this morning for the state high school Class AA semifinal soccer match against St. Louis Park at 10:00 am. Rick just phoned me from the Dome with the news that Breck beat St. Thomas Academy 5-1 in the other semifinal match.

He promises to phone me with a half-time update but I may be in the car on my way to the Twin Cities when he calls. If so, I'll post an audioblog entry via cell phone... AKA a type of moblogging.

10:50 am update: Halftime score 0-0. Teams appear to be evenly matched, according to Rick. Shots on goal: SLP 5, NFLD 4.

11:45 am update: The score is still tied 0-0 at the end of regulation. Shots on goal: SLP 18, NFLD 7. The game now shifts to a sudden-death overtime. If it's still tied after the overtime, then it's a shootout.

Noon update: St. Louis Park scored at about 9 minutes into overtime. Final score: St. Louis Park 1, Northfield 0.

12:30 pm update: See the MSHL box score on the game.

City administrator Bill Bassett at NDDC forum

Bill Bassett, Northfield's interim city administrator, will be the speaker at the NDDC's November Forum on Tuesday morning, November 1st.

See the Oct. 25 Northfield News article titled Meet Northfield's newest pinch hitter for more on Bassett.

Blogosphere/newsfeed additions

rss.jpgMore and more organizations in the area are using weblogs and RSS feeds on their websites. We add them to our civic blogosphere right sidebar on our homepage where the four most recent entry headlines are automatically imported. We also list the weblogs on the Civic Blogosphere project page.

Recent additions:

Northfield Area United Way (Elizabeth Schott)
Northfield Arts Guild Spotlight (newsfeed)
Northfield Soccer Association

If you know of an organization in the area with an RSS feed or a weblog, contact us.

For more information on RSS:
- How to read RSS Feeds
- RSS Readers

Mr. Sticky's Halloween performance at the Grand

mrstickyhallowweenthumb.gifI got an email from Michael Blaha of Organic Arts about Mr. Sticky's Halloween show at The Grand on Friday night: "We uploaded a bunch of images to the Mr. Sticky website. There is a little video there too." (And some shots of NCO board member Alex Beeby, I might add.) I couldn't get the music videos to run on my PC so I downloaded the intro clip and have posted it here via

College Board of Business Consultants: t-shirts

I was in Ross Currier's downtown NDDC office on Friday for a little blog coaching and noticed his new shirt sporting a logo for the College Board of Business Consultants.

CBBC is a new organization in town in which local businesses team up with area college students to provide real-world business experiences. For more info, see this Aug. 24 Carleton news story, as well as Ross' Oct. 5 Impressive Partnership blog post.

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