Mill Towns Trail group to focus on Northfield Wednesday

Submitted by Peggy Prowe. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, we'll meet at 6:30 p.m. at Dundas City Hall. Hope you can come help discuss the Downtown beautification project, Northfield Trail head dilemmas and Waterford bridge development.

We'll also celebrate the Jesse James Rotary Bike Tour, which so many of you helped with or rode in. In all, 1,091 people registered to ride. With this 2006 tour, Rotary will complete its 10-year commitment to give matching funds for the federal funds for Northfield trailhead construction next year.

Thank you for all the support.

Peggy Prowe is a member of the Mill Towns Trail board. 

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Ten Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our 10th "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  Yes, that's 10 weeks of winners, enjoing 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And you can join them, just by joining us. But hurry, because this party can't go on forever.

By becoming a member of you will be entered into the next Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 17, with the winner being announced on Monday, September 18.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

City Hall Insider

Al RoderAs usual City Administrator Al Roder has prepared a detailed report of everything that went on at  City Hall last week. Everything's 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. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

The most important thing this week isn't a meeting, but Election Day on Tuesday. You can check the city site for information on polling places and other election details.

This week...

Dog park proponents take plans to City Council Monday

Submitted by Amy Gage

The City of Northfield and Canines at Play (CAP), a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing off-leash dog parks to Northfield, have finalized a development agreement that would locate the first off-leash dog park at Babcock Park in Northfield.

CAP Board Chairman Rich Lorang, a veterinarian who runs Countryside Animal Hospital in Dundas, and CAP board member Rick Estenson, an executive with First National Bank in Northfield, will present the agreement to the Northfield City Council on Monday, Sept. 11.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in City Hall council chambers, Washington and Ninth streets.

Babcock Park is located on the northwest corner of Highway 3 and Woodley Street, just north of Southgate Cinema and adjacent to the outdoor hockey rink and the Defeat of Jesse James Days (DJJD) rodeo grounds. The proposed dog-park site has 1.4 acres along the Cannon River, with fencing and a separate area for small-breed dogs, should their owners prefer to keep them segregated.

DJJD fun lives on in our photo galleries

The Defeat of Jesse James Days are over, but the fun lives on here.

David Perez, Adam Gurno and others have added over 200 photos of the various events to our Defeat of Jesse James Days 2006 Photo Gallery.

Griff Wigley sent us links to his own gallery of the Budweiser Clydesdales, another of the Prairie Creek Group playing up a storm at the Contented Cow, and a photo set from the Jesse James Rotary Bike Tour

We have photos of the parade, the bank robbery re-enactment, even some shots of the James Gang's private hideout along the Cannon River, near downtown, where the re-enactors camped in between events.  

Love blooms online for former Northfield resident

I recently received a very happy piece of news from a former Northfield resident who wants the folks back home to share her happiness.

And it makes sense that she'd share it online, since that's where this love story began. Kelly Ciolkosz of Boyd, Wisconsin, and Roxanne Loken (Bockenhauer) of Northfield met through We'll let Roxanne tell the story...

"We communicated online for a week or so, then met in person. We had an immediate connection. We both currently reside in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Kelly is a seargent for the Department of Corrections in Chippewa Falls, Wis.,  and I am a rate management specialist at Marten Transport in Mondovi, Wis. Kelly has a 16-year-old daughter, Samantha. I have two sons, 22-year-old Blake Loken and 12-year-old Ethan Hofslien. We are going to have the ceremony January 5, 2007, at the Eau Claire, Wis. courthouse. We will have a reception/party in early spring."

You can send your good wishes to the couple by adding a comment at the end of this story.

Learn more about Medicare's 'doughnut hole' Thursday

Peter MeidalSeniors’ opinions concerning Medicare part D are slowly coming in and the results are mixed.  Some seniors are happy with their plans and boast savings on prescription drug costs, while others—particularly seniors who have expensive drugs—have found the plans confusing and costly.

If you want to find out more information about the "doughnut hole" or cutting your prescription drug costs, attend my presentation at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, September 14, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. I will be presenting information and answering questions as part of my role at the Minnesota Senior Federation as an AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer.

Part of the confusion associated with Part D is the doughnut hole.  Some Medicare supplemental plans cover expenses through the donut hole and some do not.  The doughnut hole is reached when Medicare Part D has paid $2,250 toward the beneficiary cost of prescription drugs; this includes deductibles, co-payments, and the cost of the drug.  The beneficiary is then responsible for the out-of-pocket costs covering their drugs until a total of $5,100 is reached (that total includes the $2,250 that has already been spent). 

Stanton Glider Pilot given World Distance Award

Jim HardJim Hard, a glider pilot who flies from Stanton Airfield, recently was awarded a World Distance Award by the Soaring Society of America for gliding cross-country in excess of 40,000 kilometers, or approximately 25,000 miles.  Jim began this quest in 1992 and crossed the 40,000 km distance threshold in a flight of 197 miles that ended in Cable Wisconsin.  Jim achieved the distance goal with 168 flights and with an average distance per flight of 147 miles.

Jim flies an inexpensive but dependable glider called a Schweizer 1-26.  It is a safe glider but is relatively low performance that requires the pilot to be very skilled to stay aloft for many hours riding the warm thermal currents that rise from the ground on sunny days. Although most glider pilots prefer to fly cross-country on a route that returns them back to the home airport at the end of the flight, Jim enjoys drifting downwind which increases his total distance traveled.  Jim has flown well past Chicago from Stanton in his glider. 

Fall library story times resume soon!

After the big kids go to school we will be resuming our story times for little ones at the Northfield Public Library.

The programs, which are free and open to all, begin Wednesday, September 13.

  • “I like books!” preschool story time returns on September 13.  We will have two story times each week: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 with caregiver.
  • “Patty Cake, Patty Cake” Infant Lapsit returns Tuesday, September 19 at 10 a.m. for children 6 to 24 months.
  • Our on-going FIRST STEPS Early Literacy Center is open Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 10a.m. – noon.  It features hands-on fun and learning for children 6 months to 5 years! 
  • “Merlin Mondays” is a boys-only book group that meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m.  New members are always welcome. 

Watch for updates on when the following activities resume:

  • Saturday morning Carleton ACT Student’s story hour 
  • Adventure Girls, St. Olaf Honor house's girls only book group. 

Library programs are free and open to all.  For special needs or more information please call 645-6606 or visit Northfield Public Library website.

Week 2 Northfield Football Video Highlights

The Northfield Raiders took the field in the second game of the 2006 High School Football season, and overpowered Holy Angels 28-14 to remain undefeated for the year.

The game was filled with numerous big plays both on offense and defense, so this week we have 10 video highlights from the game. Anyone can also vote on their favorite play of the game!

See the videos inside, and to vote!

DJJD is in full swing, so have fun - and send us the photos

The Defeat of Jesse James Days are in full swing. David Perez, Adam Gurno and others have added dozens of photos of the rodeo, kids' events and the bright lights of the midway. And Griff Wigley sent us his photo gallery of the Budweiser Clydesdales and this gallery of the Prairie Creek folks playing up a storm at the Contented Cow.

You can add your photos by following the simple directions's as easy as sending an e-mail.

Long before most of you were up this morning, the middle school was awash in spandex-clad cyclists, ready and eager to head out for the Jesse James Rotary Bike Tour. Griff has posted his photos here. The early birds headed out for 100 miles of pedaling, while slackers in the shorter races could afford a few minutes for coffee and conversation. Members of the James Gang were there on horseback to greet the riders and wish them well, and hundreds of volunteers were fanning out to man water stations and prepare for activities to celebrate the cyclists' return.

People for Peace and Goodwill Celebrates Five Years

The Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill (PPG) group will celebrate 5 years of existence on September 11, 2006. An informal gathering of diverse people, PPG has held weekly vigils every Saturday at noon on Bridge Square since its inception. Along with vigils, the group has sponsored many events, guest speakers, movies, and activities in the Northfield community centered around topics of peace and social justice.

To commemorate their five years, PPG will gather for a special candlelight vigil on Monday, September 11, 6:30pm, once again on Bridge Square.

Visit The Center for Sustainable Living's website for a slideshow of the events and people of PPG.

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

Carleton students volunteer at River Bend Nature Center

Submitted by Carleton College 

On Saturday, September 9, 507 members of the Carleton College Class of 2010 will work all afternoon at the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault as part of the annual "Into the Streets" program, a component of New Student Week.

Sponsored by the ACT Center (Carleton's center for community service and academic civic engagement), "Into the Streets" is a national initiative designed to connect students to their community. Established in 1990, the goal of the program is to encourage and invite civic participation during the students' time at Carleton.

This year, the students will be part of a major buckthorn removal process at River Bend Nature Center. Working along with the new students will be New Student Week leaders, the ACT Center student staff, and the Campus Activities staff. Putting in a collective total of approximately 1,200 hours of labor, the group hopes to make major headway in the elimination of this invasive plant species.

Carleton College and the ACT Center would like to thank its sponsors for their assistance in planning this event: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for funds to purchase travel mugs; Cub Foods of Northfield for donating bottled water; the Carleton Alumni Annual Fund for donating ice cream treats; and DuFours Cleaners for providing work gloves.

Explorer Will Steger to speak at Bethel Lutheran

Submitted by Connie DeGrote

Will Steger, perhaps the best known and most accomplished Polar explorer of the modern era, will speak on climate change—particularly the extent to which Earth is warming—at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 1321 North Ave.(at the corner of Cedar and North Avenues). Displays will be open for viewing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Will Steger's talk is titled "Eyewitness to Global Warming." Since seeing evidence of global warming "up close and personal," Will Steger has become a voice calling for understanding and the preservation of the Arctic. He has led significant feats in dogsled exploration, such as the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply in 1986.

Steger has received the John Oliver La Gorce Medal for "accomplishments in geographic exploration, in the sciences, and for public service to advance international understanding." Others who have received the medal include Amelia Earhart, Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, and Jacques Cousteau.

What was your favorite play of the Raiders first 2006 Game?

Last Friday, the Northfield Raiders took the field in the first game of the 2006 High School Football season, and won 28-0 over the Princeton Tigers. showed five video highlights from the game that have been viewed over 400 times! You could also vote for your favorite play of the game and you can see the results HERE. The Raiders play Holy Angels tonight at Home starting at 7pm. If you can't make it to the game, listen to it on KYMN 1080 AM.

Don't forget to check Saturday morning to watch the best plays of this week's game!

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