"Historic Northfield" Sign Installed

A fantastic new "Historic Northfield" sign went up along Interstate 35 yesterday. I may just have to start using the highway more often for my commute, just so I can see it on my drive and smile smugly about what a great town I live in!

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation blogger Ross Currier has got the full-size photo and the long list of folks responsible for the sign on the NDDC website at http://nddc.org.

Library Expansion Meeting Tonight

Monday, June 26, 7 p.m. at Northfield Public Library

The Northfield League of Women Voters (LWV) will continue its "4th Monday" public meeting series tonight, June 26, to discuss expansion of the Northfield Carnegie Library.

The library director, Lynne Young, along with board members and a consulting firm representative will be present. The library's needs, as identified by library consultants, and the additional square footage requirements for an enlarged facility have raised concerns about finding adequate space to keep the library downtown.

A short tour of the current library building will begin the meeting.

Call 663-6097 for further information.

Northfield.org Statistics

NCO and the NCO Tech Committee love statistics. Especially when there are pretty charts and graphs to go along with them (hey, corporate life will do that!). We've provided some interesting Northfield.org statistics and analytics, based on data collected from May 25 to June 25.

Look inside for the details...

Gaelic Tribe plays Wednesday at Oddfellows Park

Gaelic TribeThis Wednesday's Books and Stars features the music of Gaelic Tribe, playing tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales at Oddfellow's Park. This free, family-friendly show starts at 7 pm. Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6 pm with library materials for all ages. The rain location is the Middle School auditorium.

Why not bring your camera to the show? We'll add your pix to the Books & Stars gallery, now at 45 photos and growing!

Check out the Books & Stars schedule for the full list of upcoming concerts, locations and sponsors.

4th of July Events

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Editor's Note:  The Fireworks will be launched from Sechler Park this year. 

Guess what...the 4th of July is coming up really fast. The Northfield Historical Society (NHS) has planned a pretty interesting celebration. There will be music, food, a kiddy carnival, children's bike parade, Vintage Baseball Game, bike races, and...oh yeah, FIREWORKS!

One addition to the original list of events is a Vintage Baseball game, which will be played at 1 p.m.July 4th at the foot of Old Main. I hope everyone can come on down and enjoy some good old family fun! For any updates vist www.northfieldhistory.org.

NHS is still looking for donations to fund the event. If you would like to make a donation of any size, please call 645-9268. Thank you and see you on the 4th!!!

Hayes Scriven is the Northfield Historical Society's Education and Exhibit Coordinator. 

Nature's air-conditioning kicks in

temperature dropA lot of places around the country are fond of saying about themselves "if you don't like the weather, stick around a few minutes and it'll change." That saying sure applied to Northfield this afternoon, when one minute I had the A/C on in the car, and the next my son was huddling under a blanket.

As I drove through downtown, the bank thermometer read 79 degrees and the sky was boiling with black clouds. When I got home after the rain started, I was curious whether it was really as cold as it felt. So I checked the Carleton College Weather Database for the current readings and saw that it was 57 degrees! Once again, Northfield escaped the serious storms that have hit all around us over the past few weeks and all we really got from this system was some much-needed irrigation.

This week at City Hall

It's the end of the month and next week is a holiday, so We're moving into a light schedule of public events. All are at City Hall unless otherwise noted. You can click on the links to see details when they become available.

Zoning Board of Appeals
, 7 p.m.
Planning Commission, 7:10 p.m.
Planning Commission Bus Tour, 5 p.m.
ArtsPlan06 Stakeholder Forum, 6:45 p.m., Northfield Community Recreation Center, Room SS 103.
Hospital Board, 6:35 p.m., Northfield Hospital

Weblogs are Alive and Well on Northfield.org

Q: What moves faster than high-speed Internet?
A: The Northfield rumor network!

I just heard that we're eliminating citizen weblogs from Northfield.org. That's news to me!

Of course we're not eliminating citizen weblogs. In fact we're adding new blogs to our feeds every week. What we're doing is finally getting ourselves out of the blog hosting business. We currently have less than half a dozen active bloggers using Northfield.org as a web host. This change only affects them. All our other citizen bloggers are using one of the hundreds of other sites that offer free blogging tools and hosting.

We still syndicate every citizen blog we can. We still spotlight local blogs in our regular This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere feature. We still have a completely open picture and story submission policy. And we're freely offering our time and services to transition those few remaining locally hosted blogs to a new location.

St. Olaf starts work on new ring road

St. Olaf College continues to move forward with plans to relocate a portion of the campus ring road near the Old Main building as part of site preparation for the new Science Complex in the southeast portion of campus. Construction has begun and will be completed by the start of the new academic year in September.

Rerouting the road up to the east side of Old Main and down to the north side of Norway Valley will eliminate the roadway and parking between Holland Hall and Old Main, allowing the creation of a "green" area that will include outdoor teaching spaces and areas planted in native vegetation.

The Prairie Creek Group

IMG_2345w1000.jpgThe Prairie Creek Group performed at the Cow last night -- their "Celebrate the Summer" gig. The 5 member band of local musicians (parents of students at Prairie Creek Community School) plays "an eclectic mix of styles, from country to rock." Members: Alisa Leonard, lead vocals and keys; Tom Leonard, drums; Peter Diggins, guitar and vocals; Bo Aylin guitar and vocals; Joel Cooper, bass and backup vocals. Click the photo to enlarge and click the images below for two videoclips (40 seconds and 2 minutes).


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFIt's a great weekend coming up! Get out, enjoy!

Friday brings the opening of Cinderella at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. This off-the-wall version of a standard classic promises to sell out fast. For more details, scroll down to our story on the event.

Both the Knights and the Dukes are playing baseball at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while music offerings include Spruce Top Review at The Contented Cow and Michael Anderson at The Tavern.

Saturday you can take a tour of four area gardens as well as the Sommers Gallery. Get inspired! Tickets are available at Hodge Podge Que, Lansing's and at the tour sites. For information call Jerry Nord at 645-0760 or 645-6191. That evening relax at the Contented Cow with Marty Anderson, or at the Tavern with Bear.

"Olympics" take over Way Park

Limbo!A dramatic victory in the limbo competition helped push the team from "Greece" over the top to win the gold medal in the 2006 Summer Games. "Turkey" captured silver, and "Burundi" took home the bronze.

Thursday afternoon's "Olympic Closing Ceremonies" included medal presentations to all 35 participants as well as songs from the 4-9 year-olds and their leaders.

These hilariously adorable activities were all part of the SUPER Kids Program from the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division.

I put up a gallery of photos from the festivities, but I counted at least six other parents with digital cameras, so send more pix if you got 'em!

Spanish teachers go wild videos

A group of Spanish teachers in town for a seminar at Carleton were at the Contented Cow last night, whipped into a frenzy by Jellystone Yogi (Joel Cooper on bass, George Marich on drums, Peter Diggins on guitar). You can click the photo to enlarge, and click the icons below to play the three short (10 - 30 seconds) videoclips. La Bamba!

Cooper and Diggins perform again tonight at the Cow, part of the Prairie Creek Group.

Justin Roberts rocks Books & Stars

The longest day of the year made for another beautiful Books & Stars event as Justin Roberts entertained a huge crowd of kids of all ages in Bridge Square. Hundreds of happy people gathered downtown to dance, sing and do crazy hand motions along with the midwestern kid-rock superstar.

Nine images from this evening's concert have been added to the Books & Stars photo gallery. If you've got your own pictures from this or other Books & Stars events, please send them our way! (Update: the photo gallery has TRIPLED in size since this post went up. Thanks to all the shutterbugs around town!)

The next Books & Stars will be held on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in Odd Fellows Park with Gaelic Tribe. You can find the full summer schedule here.

Community Band heads back to Bridge Square

Northfield Community BandIf you like the idea of listening to music under the summer sky, you can head downtown Thursday night. The Northfield Community Band, under the direction of Claire Larson, is offering a series of concerts at 7:30 pm every Thursday in Bridge Square.

This photo, taken at last week's concert, features Claire and her band of volunteers, who range in age from 14 on up. What you can't see from this angle are all the people who filled the square to enjoy the fun. 

People who come are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concerts are free, and the folks from the Senior Center will be selling popcorn, so you can munch in time to the music.

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