Northfield people are making news

Just when you think things might be slowing down for the summer, Northfield people and institutions are accomplishing quite a bit -- and getting quite a bit of recognition for it.

Here are just a few highlights courtesy of the St. Olaf website. You can read the entire stories there:

Associated Press writer Amy Forliti was tipped off recently about the friendly rivalry that exists between St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, especially when it comes to keeping the campuses environmentally friendly.

St. Olaf Art Department graduate and Hollywood producer Andrea Michaud will screen her new film at the Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis on June 16. Originally a pre-med major, Michaud says that her college education taught her how to blend art and science, and the creative with the pragmatic.

Harry Potter look-alike Jeremy Gustafson '08, a computer science and religion major at St. Olaf, (pictured above),has been profiled in the Pioneer Press for his "mockumentary" films about Harry Putter, whom Gustafson calls the "real" boy behind the Harry Potter legend. "We're just doing it to have fun and learn," says Gustafson, who plans to distribute the films for free on the Internet.

Wild weather tests Wild West show

Historic reenactors pride themselves in being able to live through the hardships of the times they represent. The brave reenactors Friday night as they prepared for the Wild West Roundup, today and Sunday at the Rice County Steam & Gas Engine Grounds grounds in Dundas.

They camped in canvas tents through a cold, miserably rainy night to be ready to greet visitors over campfire coffee early Saturday. By 8 a.m. riders were putting their horses through practice runs for the mounted gunfights, demonstrations and performances through the weekend. Participants traveled from all over for the event. Rick Gustafson and his horse Driftwood Red Hat, seen here, came down from Cloquet for the weekend.

There are some concessions to modern living. While most reenactors slept in tents, they are allowed to use waterproofing chemicals their ancestors didn’t have. And some of the riders have trailers where they camp in comfort. This is the second year for the event –- and the second year of horrible weather. Performers remain upbeat and are having a ball living out their childhood cowboy games.

Teacher loses her school, then her home

The end of the school year usually is a happy time, but not for Maria Musachio. Carol Overland's blog tells the heartbreaking story as this teacher at the Village School first endured the closing of her program and then Monday,June 5, barely escaped as her home in Kenyon was engulfed in flames.  These photos show the devastation that has left the family starting from scratch. Many people are helping, but as Maria writes to Carol, the family needs everything from a place to live to clean underwear and socks.

Thanks to Carol for sharing this story.

Fire and Ice exhibit gets warm reception

The Northfield Arts Guild held an opening reception Thursday, June 8, for the exhibition "Fire and Ice" which highlights the work of artists Dan Bliss, Colleen Riley, and Donovan Palmquist. "Fire" was represented by Colleen and Donovan's fabulous salt-fired porcelain pottery, and "Ice" was present in the form of Dan's intriguing closeup photographs of ice formations.

All three artists are local: Dan lives in Northfield, and Colleen and Donovan live practically in Northfield...just over the northern border in Eureka Township. That's Dan in the top photo, talking with Jill Ewald. The second photo shows Jan Shoger admiring some of  Donovan's mugs.

The art lovers who came Thursday were treated to tasty food and great eye-candy. You can still treat your eyes...though you've missed the food, this show is definitely worth visting! The exhibit will hang through June 24. You can find gallery hours listed on our website.

Sheryl Joy is the Office Manager of the Northfield Arts Guild. 

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...

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