Griff heads to Budapest

Our good friend and former colleague—and the honorary mayor of—Griff Wigley has exciting news on his own Leadership Blogging weblog.

Let him tell you in his own words, from his site:
“On Monday, I depart for next week’s International e-Participation and Local Democracy Symposium in Budapest, Hungary. As the UK’s ReadMyDay weblog coach, I’ll be doing a couple of presentations on leadership blogging while I’m there, and again the following week in Baltimore, Maryland.”

Griff has been preaching the benefits of blogging in Northfield for years and he's made believers out of many of us. Now he's taking his message to an international audience.

We wish Griff a safe and successful journey. You can follow his adventures in his blog, which you can find anytime in our handy blogosphere.

Needed: Your old soccer uniforms

Attention Soccer Parents and Players!

Give your old Northfield Soccer Association (NSA) soccer uniforms a new life by donating them to underprivileged kids in Thailand. I am collecting all NSA uniforms from both this year and earlier years. My hope is to have enough of each color to be able to give each school a complete set for their entire team. To do this, I need your help.

Please donate your:

* Shirts   * Shorts    * Socks    * Shin guards   * Cleats   * Coaches' shirts  

Partial uniform donations welcome.

100 Plays in 100 Days

Those of you in the habit of browsing our blogosphere may have already discovered the amazing “A Play A Day” blog, the creation of Brendon Etter (pictured here enjoying last week's Taste of Northfield event downtown). As of this weekend, the blog hit a milestone of 100 plays in 100 days.

By day Brendon is the textbook manager for the Carleton College bookstore, by night he's an actor, having appeared in many Northfield Arts Guild theater productions, and a playwright. Just prior to launching his Play A Day efforts, Brendon organized the Very Short Play Festival, which took place on a very snowy Thursday night in March yet still managed to pack a sizable audience into the Grand Event Center. He's making plans for next year's 2nd annual festival, but says that he's planning to move it to April to (hopefully) mitigate the chances of a snowstorm.

Remembering architect, Scout leader Don Starr

Don StarrUpdate: Alec Irwin has let us know that visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Bierman's Funeral Home and the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's Church. Scouts should wear their Class A uniforms.

We have received word that Don Starr, a local architect and Scout leader, died Friday. We are waiting for more details on funeral arrangements. Alec Irwin, a friend of Don's, has shared some photos of him doing the Scout work that he loved. You can see them by clicking on the photo in this post.

Alec wrote:

Registration Begins for Musical Theater Workshop

Northfield Youth ChoirsNorthfield Youth Choirs (NYC) announces open registration for its Musical Theater Workshop, a new program that begins in August.

NYC's Musical Theater Workshop (MTW) is open to all youth in grades 4-12, and 2nd and 3rd graders with previous experience in NYC. The workshop will be taught by NYC’s artistic director Liz Shepley and local dancer/choreographer Sherri Setchell. The summer workshop begins August 21, with a week of intensive rehearsals. Weekly Thursday evening rehearsals continue into the fall. MTW culminates with a dinner theater review at the Grand Event Center on November 12th.

City Hall Insider

Al RoderEver wonder what happens at City Hall each week? Here's the scoop. City Administrator Al Roder (left) has agreed to share the memo he sends to city officials each Friday. There's a LOT here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file.

There's still time to see the fair

You know you've been thinking about it. And there's still time to do it. The Rice County Fair runs through Sunday. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. each day, and you can check out the all the details at the fair website.

Our special thanks go to the kids of Northfield Montessori and their teachers for sending us their photos of the fair. From the photos you can see in our gallery, it looks like they had a real ball.

If you go to the fair, send us your photos! Just look at the left column and click the Submit Pictures link for instructions—it's as easy as sending an e-mail. (Remember to add your names.) We'll add them to the gallery.

More musicians head to Northfield

Editor's note: Well, we've had church musicians and soon we'll have a Vintage Band Festival. This week another national group of musicians will bring their sounds to Northfield. One of their members sent us this information.

Submitted by Suzanne Beaudry

The Viola da Gamba Society of America will be having its annual week-long conclave at St Olaf College from July 23-30.

The viola da gamba is an early music instrument with six strings, frets and a flat back. For local residents interested in studying the gamba, Julie Elhard will offer a free beginning class during the event (instruments provided). Contact Martha Bishop at to reserve an instrument, or come to registration (lower level of Ytterboe Hall) from 2-5 on Sunday, July 23.

On Thursday, the 27th, we will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Urness Recital Hall in the Christianson Music Building. Featuring David Douglass and friends (world renowned musicians), it will be entitled "When Worlds Unite: Music of the Presence Chamber," viols and violins in the courts of James I and Charles I.

LWV examines "Who Should Annex Whom?"

LWV LogoThe League of Women Voters Northfield is hosting its 4th Monday forum at 7 p.m. July 24 at the Northfield Public Library.

The July meeting, "Who Should Annex Whom?", will center on the provocative subject of the relationship between Northfield and Dundas. If annexation occurred, would it be "Dunfield", or "Northdas?"

Who has the most pressing growing need for city services; who pays a higher residential property tax; who is more constrained with respect to expansion and acquisition of land? Are there benefits to merging, or are independence and community identity impediments to shared growth? Join the chairpersons of the Northfield and Dundas planning commissions for this very current topic of discussion.

On the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m., in the Northfield Public Library’s first floor meeting room, the LWV hosts a lightly moderated discussion of an issue of current interest or concern to the community.

Art exhibit features vintage instruments

Editor's note: Carl and Joan Behr graciously sent along photos from a reception Friday evening for the exhibit. We have added them to the photo gallery, which you can see by clicking on the photo at left.

It was a busy day Friday in the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery today as about 10 volunteers worked hard to install an extensive collection of vintage instruments from the Schubert Club's Kugler Collection in time for the exhibit opening.

This varied collection of brass and wind instruments is visiting Northfield for only a week, to kick off the Vintage Band Festival, which opens July 27. The world-wide music history conference also will include 40 concerts throughout Northfield and lots of community involvement.

Rotarians enjoy annual picnic

Northfield Rotary members usually use their weekly meetings as a little break from the office routine. But the men at left gave new meaning to business casual Tuesday night when they traded their noon meeting for their annual evening picnic.

More than 100 Rotarians and guests packed the barn at the ranch of Rick Estenson, also known as v.p. of First Natioal Bank, dog park advocate, soccer supporter and a member of our own NCO board.

Read more about it inside...

Taste of Northfield draws hungry crowd

Sure there was live music and face painting, a warm summer breeze and lots of friends to share good conversation.

But let's be honest. Thursday night's debut of the Taste of Northfield was all about the food. Hundreds of people stood in long lines, then fanned out through Bridge Square with plates and and cups and paper-wrapped samples of everything from pizza and burgers to Indian dishes and cookies. People shared picnic tables, perched on the edge of the fountain, sprawled on the ground or just noshed as they walked and visited with friends. And then they headed back into line for more.

The event, a new addition to the Third Thursday tradition, was cooked up by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and local restaurants, including, Chapati, Tiny's, Rueb 'N' Stein, Bittersweet and Quarterback Club. Click here to see more photos of the event.

Just Food seeks new board members

Submitted by Joey Robison

Four people will be elected in 2006 to serve on the Just Food Board of Directors. Member-owners are eligible to be elected to three of the open positions. Co-op employees are eligible to be elected to the fourth open position. Board members are elected democratically by member-owners: one membership may cast one vote for each of the four open positions. Votes cast by the beginning of the annual meeting in October will be tabulated and the results announced during the program. New board members begin serving their terms in October.

Northfield featured in 'Mother Earth News'

Northfield one of 12 Great PlacesIn its August/September issue, Mother Earth News, a magazine about sustainable living, lists Northfield in an article entitled 12 Great Places You've Never Heard Of.

Northfield is listed among smaller towns that offer options for sustainable-minded people looking for "places to visit or sink roots." Among the other cities listed were Fairfield, Iowa, Ithaca, New York; Blue Hill, Maine, and others. Northfield is described as "charming," and having "an air of prosperous contentment that’s quite unusual for a town this small."

Scott Schumacher is a board member of The Center for Sustainable Living.

Two candidates pull out of council race

Two candidates have pulled out the race for Northfield City Council, eliminating the need for a local primary and leaving one incumbent without much need to campaign at all.

Norman Butler pulled out the three-way race for an at-large council seat, leaving Noah Cashman and Terry Gersemehl to vie for the seat that will open up when incumbent Dixon Bond leaves office in December. Bond, now 70, chose to retire. Gersemehl filed at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, just five minutes before the filing deadline, forcing a primary in that race. Candidates had until Thursday to withdraw and have their names taken off the ballot.

Also on Thursday, James Herreid pulled out of the First Ward race, leaving incumbent James Pokorney unopposed. The Fourth Ward race remains unchanged, with Jon Denison and Victor Summa running for the seat Galen Malecha gave up to make a run for Rice County Commissioner, District 2.

The Northfield city website lays out the details of the filings. If more than two people had filed for a position, the race would be part of the state and county primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

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