New for 2006: Live election results!

On August 31, I attended the Northfield area election judge training at the Northfield Community Recreation Center. County and city election officials handed out manuals and gave an overview of election day procedures, including the new procedures and the use of voting machines. While the Secretary of State's Web site provided state-wide election information and basic voter information last election, this year, the site will include local election information, too.

Full post at

Settlement: No Oil In Organic

Atina and Martin DiffleyMinnesota Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, agreed to not build an oil pipeline through Gardens of Eagan in a settlement with the organic farm north of Northfield on Friday.

In January, the Public Utilities Commission recieved the company's proposal for a new pipeline from Clearbrook, Minn., to the Koch refinery in Rosemount. The proposed route for the crude oil line bisected Gardens of Eagan, the organic farm of Atina and Martin Diffley.

Week 1 Northfield Football Video Highlights

The Northfield Raiders took the field in the first game of the 2006 High School Football season, and whipped the Princeton Tigers 28-0 in an impressive display of both offensive prowess and stingy defense that has become the Raider trademark the past few years.

Read more to see the five video highligts from the game. Anyone can also vote on their favorite play of the game!

Time is running out to win 'Dinner on Us'

Week Eight Drawing:  Hogan Brothers

OK, it was the end of August, we were fixing the holes in our cars and our roofs and we didn't get a drawing done last week. That means you still have time to enter your name to win our eighth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate, which is for $50 to the Hogan Brothers.  By becoming a member of you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 3, with the winner being announced on Monday, September 4.

Now, the fun can't go on forever. We'll be wrapping up the contest soon, with a big final prize. More on that soon. 

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. Everyone who enters will be eligible for the final prize.

Now, we don't mean to nag, but if you loved the great storm coverage last week, our fun photo contests, our rich photo galleries of major events and our passionate ISSUES List discussions, we need your help. (Think public radio, but without all the big money).

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.

O'Connells win Rotary Good Neighbor Award

Many people are familiar with Northfield Rotary’s Service Above Self Award, given annually to a local member who embodies the title phrase.

There’s another award, one given to people outside the organization to acknowledge major contributions to the community. Appropriately, it’s called the Good Neighbor Award. The annual winner is given the Paul Harris Fellowship and $200.

This week Dr. Kevin O’Connell and Kay O’Connell shared the award, a plaque and the appreciation of the Northfield Rotarians for the couple’s efforts in developing the Spring Creek soccer fields, the Amerman Pavilion, and for their tireless efforts leading the Northfield Soccer Association for the last several years. (Click on the photo to see a larger version of it.)

Horseshoe Hunt winner ineligible, prize goes to charity

Defeat of Jesse James Days Chairman Sandy Vesledahl compared the news to hearing that the Grinch had stolen Christmas.

It's not quite that bad, but the end of this year's Horseshoe Hunt clearly didn't go as planned.

Here is Sandy's statement:

"This morning it was announced that the Defeat of Jesse James Days horseshoe hunt had been solved and that the horseshoe had been found late Thursday evening. 

"Officials of the DJJD committee are now announcing that the person who found the horseshoe is an ineligible person to claim the prize.  The person who found the horseshoe is an employee of the Northfield News and would have had access to all of the clues.  Employees and families of the Northfield News, KYMN Radio and the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee are ineligible to claim the prize money. 

"After much discussion on what to do, the DJJD Board of Directors has determined that the $300 prize money will be donated to the local Operation Backpack organization.  There will also be an additional matching donation of $300 given to this organization from the Northfield News for a total of $600.

Northfield Hospital adds staff to new clinic

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic - Northfield is significantly expanding the number of physicians practicing in its facility at 710 Division St. in Northfield.

Two internal medicine specialists and an ear, nose and throat specialist will begin practicing there this month. Two family practice physicians will be added at that location in October. Next spring, all will move to new clinic space currently under construction on the Northfield Hospital campus.

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic - Northfield is owned and operated by Northfield Hospital. The new physicians will be employed by Cannon Valley Clinic --- Mayo Health System and will provide services to patients through a professional services agreement with the hospital.

The new physicians starting in September are Randolph Reister, MD, Internal Medicine; Kyaw Naing, MD, Internal Medicine; and Greg Jones, MD, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). Family practice physicians Jami Reister, MD, and Mary Ann Scheid, MD, will begin in October.      

Labor Day Steam and Gas Farm Show starts Today

This area has a rich farm heritage, and you can learn a lot more about it—and have fun—this weekend. Friday marks the opening of the Rice County Steam & Gas Engines, Inc. 33rd Annual Labor Day event.

The event is expanding to three days this year. It still includes all the popular events: the tractor pull, parade, flea market, music and exhibits. The fun runs from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at the Rice County Steam and Gas Engines, Inc. Show grounds, Highway 3 South, in Dundas.

Want to know more about what goes on at the show? Click on the photo to see a whole gallery of photos from last year. And as always, you can check back here for a photo gallery from this year, and you can add your photos by e-mailing them to


DJJD Horseshoe Hunt moves into fifth day

Editor's note: The Defeat of Jesse James Days festival kicks into high gear next weekend, but things are warming up now. Watch for the DJJD logo at left, which will appear with all stories linked to the event. And check out our DJJD photo gallery. It's small now, but it will grow. And you can help. Just snap some photos and e-mail them to We'll do the rest.

Update, 9 a.m. Friday: Winner claims prize!

Franklin Lee e-mailed Friday morning to confirm that a winner turned up late Thursday night with the horseshoe, which was in Babcock Park.  DJJD Chairman of the Board, Sandy Vesledahl will announce the winner's name, or names, at 4 p.m. Friday. Stay tuned.

And here's the rest of the story... 

Forget the clues offered to competing teams in "The Amazing Race" or hidden in the subplots of "Survivor." The code to break this week is the one leading to the location of a hidden horseshoe—and up to $300 in prize money.

And you may still have time to join the curious souls who are busy playing in the Horseshoe Hunt. Here's the deal: individuals or teams use the clues—and a little luck—to find a simple horseshoe and turn it in to win $200. A few teams that pre-registered also can claim a bonus of $100 from the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce if they win.

Read on for more information, and all the clues so far...

Who are the best spellers in Northfield?

Mark your calendars now!

The Friends of the Northfield Public Library, along with the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the Grand Event Center, will be hosting a Spelling Bee fundraiser for Booker, the Northfield Public Library Book Bus. 

The current Booker Bus needs to be replaced and the Friends have found a good, used bus to replace it.  The Spelling Bee will be held on Thurs., Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Grand.  Companies, businesses or individuals can enter teams of three adults.  There are various levels of sponsorship. 

Check the Friends' website at for entry forms or stop by the library.  For more information call the library at 645-6606.

Kathy Ness is a children's librarian at the Northfield Public Library. 

Weekend Entertainment and Events

I know you have your sights set on the big DJJD weekend, but there is a lot going on THIS weekend, so take it in.

Rice County Steam & Gas Engines, Inc., located at Hwy. 3 South in Dundas, is having their Annual Labor Day Event Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

Activities include a tractor pull and parade, flea market, music and exhibits. For more information visit

Also this weekend in Dundas is Dundas Detour Days. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday for all the events. The Tavern has two great bands in town, Ian Alexy on Friday night and Bear on Saturday night.

Pick up your September Guide at fine places all over town, or download it here by clicking on the guide above and plan out your month!  Lora Steil works for By All Means Graphics, which publishes the Entertainment Guide.

Northfield in the News

The Sunday edition of the New York Times featured a piece in their Real Estate section titled, Why Some Towns Place Roadblocks on Cul-de-Sacs. The "Some Town" highlighted is Northfield, with quotes about the controversy provided by city planner Dan Olson and planning commissioner Tracy Davis. The article contrasts Northfield's stance with our near neighbor, Eagan.

Check out the story.

If you have trouble viewing the story from this link, Tracy Davis' blog also provides a PDF download.

St. Olaf Wind Turbine: Weblog and Photo Gallery user Pat Kelley sent us this note about the new St. Olaf wind turbine weblog that he's created (check out the great panoramic photos!):

The St. Olaf wind turbine construction documentation now has its own blog, separate from the St. Olaf construction blog, at

I'll continue to update the construction blog when I shoot new panoramas and whatnot around the new science center complex site.

And user Tim Freeland sent us a batch of photos of the wind turbine construction, along with this note:

Trap Shooting 101 with the Cannon River Sportsmen's Club

Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division and the Cannon River Sportsmen’s Club are sponsoring a trap-shooting outing this Saturday, September 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Phillippo Boy Scout Camp.

This event is for anyone age 12 and older, including adults. The event will feature trap-shooting skills with plenty of opportunity to experience the thrill of shooting clay targets. A parent or guardian must accompany youth. The Cannon River Sportsmen’s Club furnishes all equipment and lunch.

More information inside...

After the storm: what now?

It's good to see that more people are following Police Chief Gary Smith's lead and posting information and advice following last Thursday’s incredible hailstorm. The following posts can all be found in one handy location: the Blogosphere.

David Bly has a wealth of information about making insurance claims for your home and property in a resource page full of storm damage info.

Northfield Construction Company posted a list of considerations regarding storm repair to your home.

And Bruce Anderson has a story about “making lemonade from hail-damaged lemons” (also known as replacing that totaled gas guzzler with a much more efficient vehicle) in the RENew Northfield blog.

If you’ve got anything you want to share, add a comment to this story, or email it to us and we’ll do our best to pass it along.

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