Morgan and Cameron to abandon Northfield; Locally Grown to survive

IMG_2265w1000.jpgCarleton College's KRLX Radio (88.1 FM) is off the air for the summer. Its station manager, Cameron Nordholm, and news director Morgan Weiland, are graduating from Carleton this weekend. And then they're abandoning Northfield, heading to Washington DC, hoping to eventually become contributing members of society. I took this photo earlier this week when I and my fellow podcasters and bloggers, Tracy Davis and Ross Currier, met them at The Cow for a little celebratory libation. Click to enlarge.

Morgan and Cameron took our unnamed, unknown local issues podcast, gave it its name (Locally Grown), put it on the air, polished up the production, and helped make it the most popular local-issues podcast in most parts of downtown Northfield. And for that, we're grateful to them and Carleton College... as long as they eventually return to Northfield.

Are teens spinning their wheels?

Editor's note: This story comes from Dean Kjerland, the owner of a downtown business, ArcheoPaleo.

A couple of property crime incidents occurred earlier this week on the west side near the Hwy 3/Water Street construction area. That's my neighborhood and the home of my business, so I stepped up my regular dialog with the young people who frequent the area.

We talk a lot, and one of the ongoing points of potential confrontation is the abuse of the 'human-powered vehicle' restrictions in effect downtown. I'm aware that many warnings and tickets have been issued to young skateboard and bicycle violators. However, in an informal survey, I snapped a series of pictures of adult violators between late morning and early afternoon on Tuesday. The images are posted on my website click on ArtOnWater at

Locally Grown podcast #20: Don Tarr and Kris Vohs on workforce housing

We took our Locally Grown show recording session to The Tavern's outdoor patio this afternoon. Our guests: Don Tarr, Chair of the Northfield Housing and Redeveloment Authority; and Kris Vohs, City Councilor and member of the HRA. Our topic: Northfield and the need for workforce housing.

Click photos to enlarge and continue reading to hear the whole show (30 minutes).

Still time to join 'Women on the Move'

On behalf of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, I want to thank those of you who joined us Thursday, June 8th, in "Women on the Move," our quest to encourage women to choose health.

Our newly formed group of delightful women - led by Sue Pokorney, along with an outstanding group of coaches from the Northfield area – enjoyed an excellent beginning to what will be a fun-filled summer of walking, running, and learning about heart health!

It’s not too late to join this dynamic group of individuals determined to take charge of their life and become a part of this ever-growing population of women who are choosing health.

Wild West Roundup, art and music fill the weekend

Click to view PDFThe obvious choice this weekend for excitement is the Wild West Roundup at the Rice County Steam and Gas Engine grounds in Dundas.Click to visit the website

Activities start both Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. Experience life in the old west through Wild West demonstrations, stories and lots of music. For more details you can check out our recent story on the Round Up

Both the Dundas Dukes and Northfield Knights are in action on Friday night taking on a pair of Aces. Owatonna Aces for the Knights, 7:30 p.m. At Sechler Field and the Lonsdale Aces take on the Dukes at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Field in Dundas. If you prefer afternoon baseball, both teams are in action again on Sunday at 2 p.m. at their respective fields.

Want to get moving? Learn how tonight

Sure, you been talking about getting in shape, getting out there on the trails or just getting all the way around the block.

Well, the Northfield Area Family YMCA and the Minneapolis Heart Institute and Minnesota Monthy magazine are calling your bluff. They're sponsoring "Women on the Move," an eight-week walk/run training clinic especially for women.

The "fun" starts tonight. The class runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 3 at the Northfield Middle School, 2200 Division Street South. The cost is just $40 -- less than eight weeks of take-out pizza. To register call 612-863-3839 or just show up with your walking shoes and register.

Sign up now for summer sports, camps, trips

Now that school is over, it is time to get registered for some great summer recreation activities. Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division still has openings for a myriad of programs.

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This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere...

The 'Sphere is back from Sin City - tanned, rested, and with both of my kidneys. That's a successful Las Vegas trip by any standard.

Since the 'Sphere's been out of the loop for a while, it's *_Current Events_* as the topic this week: things being built, things being torn down, and everything in between.

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City hopes for quick sale of hospital land

If you’re in the market to buy a home or build one near Way Park, get your financing in place. If you’re a Realtor who’d like to list a couple of cute homes in a nice neighborhood, get your proposal in by June 13.

That’s the day the Northfield Hospital Board will close its selection process, with a decision slated June 20 on an agent to handle the sale of two houses. The modest white homes at 805 (shown here) and 809 West First Street are part of a bundle of properties that had been held in reserve near the former hospital site. With the hospital gone, the city is selling the land. In addition to the homes, the city plans to sell a lot at 803 West First Street and two at 826 and 900 West Second Street.

Nordic Jam Heads North

Nordic Jammers in the 2005 Nisswa-stamman paradeNorthfield's Nordic Jam, a group of local musicians who have been gathering every Monday evening at the Contented Cow for over three and a half years, is taking its show on the road this weekend.

For the third year in a row, Nordic Jam has been invited to perform at Nisswa-stämman, a Scandinavian Folk Music Festival held every year in Nisswa, Minnesota. The festival, now in its seventh year, has become one of the largest traditional Scandinavian music festivals in the region, featuring some 140 musicians from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Washington D.C. and, of course, the upper midwest.

If you're vacationing up in the Brainerd lakes area this weekend, you might just want to take in some great Scandinavian music. The festival kicks off with a Friday night concert featuring the international musicians, followed by a dance, with the rest of the festivities beginning at 10 am Saturday in downtown Nisswa. More information is available at

Doug Bratland is a member of Nordic Jam.

Workers buzz along at soccer fields

Amerman PavilionProgress is being made on the Amerman Pavilion at the community soccer fields along Jefferson Parkway.

The steel beams are up and painted and now the roof is being put up by Rick Pavek's construction crew. We hope to see it completed the early part of this week. Work is also being done by Tony Guth Electric and Northfield Construction.

Next up is cement work—a lot of it!

No—it will not be ready for use during the Jesse James Tourney in a little more than a week, but we are hoping for good weather so that it's ready by August.

To view more progress pictures, click the composite photo below...

Second-grade scientists

Greenvale Park Students Investigate the Natural World at The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve

Editor's Note: This story was written by Seliesa Pembleton, Education Director of The Science Center

Click to visit photo galleryFor the past two years, The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve has been working with the Greenvale Park Elementary School second grade teaching team of Ms. Danielle Amundson, Ms. Cheryl Duffert, Ms. Nichole Papke and Ms. MaryBeth Youngblut, to enhance science activities in the classroom and to provide students with authentic science investigations in an outdoor setting on the school grounds and at the Maltby Nature Preserve.

May 15 through May 18, as part of the curriculum focusing on plant growth and development, soils, and plant/animal interactions, students engaged in hikes, hands-on activities and authentic scientific research. Each day, as a class arrived, students were divided into three groups for small-group instruction.

For more information and a bunch of photos, read the rest of the story...

Council OKs theater, keeps some land industrial

Editor's note: This is the second part of a story we started yesterday outlining the issues surrounding a proposed new movie theater in Northfield.

Owatonna CinemaThe Northfield City Council, faced with a need for both commercial and light industrial land, reached a compromise Monday that maintains a little of each.

"I like this better than the last meeting," said Steven Payne, vice president of Lakes & Rivers Cinema, which plans to bring a multi-screen cinema to seven acres along Canon Road, just off Hwy. 3. He was referring to the May 23 meeting of the Planning Commission, which rejected the land use designation needed as a first step to rezoning for a theater.  

For the details on the vote and much, much more, read the rest of the story...

ARTech honors Class of 2006

ARTech GradsNorthfield School of Arts and Technology graduated its biggest class yet this past Friday.  Eighteen graduates were honored at the ceremony held outside under perfect skies.

ARTech grads"I want to thank you all here at ARTech for the best three years of my life," said one student speaker.  "We will never forget each other.  We will never forget ARTech.  And we will never forget who we are." From here, many graduates will move on to college in places from Washington State to Florida to Iowa.  The school community is incredibly proud of the graduates and their accomplishments.

Best of luck Class of '06!

Road construction continues...

Road Construction MosaicThe big Highway 3 road construction project continues in Northfield. is there, and while "our online construction photo gallery": won't make your trip any quicker, we hope that the indication of progress will make it a little cheerier.

The construction this summer is in two phases. Phase One (the current phase) is scheduled to be complete by August 18th, "according to MNDOT": Phase two will start after that and finish in October. This means that there may be some significant DJJD(Defeat of Jesse James Days) traffic impact.

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