"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Seven Drawing:  James Gang Hideaway

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the James Gang Hideaway.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 20, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 21.

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.

"The Early Years of Northfield" exhibit opens Thursday

Where can you find out how the Cannon River got its name? Where can you see a chair that sat in John and Ann North's house? Where can you get your picture taken next to a life-sized cut-out of John North?

Well, the answer is the Northfield Historical Society's grand opening of the new permanent exhibit entitled "The Early Years of Northfield." The grand opening will be held on Thursday, August 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society.

The exhibit chronicles the founding of Northfield from the early 1850's to the late 1880's! The event is free to NHS members and $2.00 for non-members. Refreshments will be served during the event.

Come on down and learn a little bit about this amazing town!

There's still time for summer photo fun

Sure. It's summer and you've been meaning to upload all those photos but you just haven't had time. We understand completely. Been there ourselves.

That's why we're going to extend our Beat the Heat photo contest a few more days. Now you have no excuses. Dig out your summer photos, or take a few, and send them to us by midnight Friday.  

The grand prize will be $25 worth of ice cream and lemonade for you and your friends—as long as you agree to send photos of the party. It's not a fortune, but on the other hand, you can have some fund with your friends and not get into too much trouble.

You can shoot people relaxing, beach scenes, kids eating drippy ice cream cones, nature scenes...we're pretty flexible around here. (As we've mentioned before swimsuit shots are allowed, but keep the topless photos for your personal albums.)

Anyone can enter, and you can send as many photos as you want. It's easy to enter:

1. Take photos.

2. Create an e-mail, attach photo.

3. Describe the photo, add your name.

4. Send to pictures@northfield.org.

That's it.

Deadline is midnight Friday, August 18. You can see all the current entries by clicking on the photo above.

Jon Wee makes finals on 'America's got Talent'

Hometown boy Jon Wee has been featured in USA Today. He was on the "Today" show last Wednesday.

That’s pretty exciting, but it gets even better. All the attention is leading up to the big night, Wednesday, August 16, and the finals of NBC’s summer competition, “America’s Got Talent.” Wee (left) and his partner Owen Morse, performing as The Passing Zone, will pit their unique blend of juggling and comedy against competitiors from across the country.

Parents Karen and David Wee saw the semi-finals two weeks ago, then have been enjoying time at their cabin near Walker – where they deliberately chose not to have a television or Internet access. They had friends tape the Today show appearance, but there’s no way they’ll miss the show Wednesday.

Jonathan, as he’s still known at home, isn’t allowed to give interviews until the show is over (producers control access to avoid skewing the public voting process), but his parents let us in on the excitement. “It’s been kind of a crazy swirl of activity since they’ve gotten this far in this competition,” said David.

Experimental Soaring Association visit Stanton Airfield

Stanton Airfield hosted the Midwest chapter of the Experimental Soaring Association (ESA) recently.  The gathering of 30 pilots met to discuss sailplane design, sailplane construction, and sailplane avionics.  A special visit was made by 3 pilots who own the new ultralight Sparrowhawk glider built by Windward Performance LLC at http://www.windward-performance.com/

These gliders represent the state of the art for Ultralight class sailplanes.  The gliders weight just 155 pounds and have a 36 foot wingspan.  They have a glide ratio of 36 and a top speed of 135 mph.  Each of the visiting sailplanes flew over Stanton during part of the workshop.

If you'd like to learn more about Soaring, including scheduling a ride, come visit us at Stanton Airfield or visit the website at http://stantonairfield.com.

Tom Rent is on the board of directors of the Stanton Airfield. 

Hometown guy wins "Dinner on Us" at the Tavern

Well, we have another winner in our "Dinner on Us" contest. Tim Freeland wins a $50 certificate to use at the Tavern—and our gratitude for helping support Northfield Citizens Online and Northfield.org.

Learn more about this great contest by clicking on the little waiter in the right column. You can make a donation of $20 and become a member, make a larger (or smaller) donation, or just register your name to win. You do a good deed, and every Monday, you've got a shot at dinner at one of Northfield's finest restaurants.

And now learn more about Tim. 

Tim has the distinction of being both a native son and a newcomer to town. And while his plans involve retailing, you won't see his shingle downtown.

We'll let him tell the story.  

"My address is 708 East Ridge Drive. I live with my 4-year-old daughter and have been back in Northfield for almost two years. I grew up here and graduated in 1991.

"While working in the Cities I was an eMarketing manager for Major League Baseball's online store. I am currently the owner and developer of a web store specific to Northfield gifts and collectibles. We look to launch NorthfieldStore.com in time for the 2006 Christmas season. We look to be an innovative platform in regards to Northfield's online presence.

City Hall Insider

Al RoderEver wonder what happens at City Hall each week? Here's the scoop. Each week City Administrator Al Roder (left) shares the memo he sends to city officials summarizing all the work of all the departments. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report for last week. 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.

This week...

City Council meets at 7 tonight at City Hall for a quick business meeting to clear up the liquor license for the upcomming Defeat of Jesse James Days and then a work session.

Tuesday offers a full slate of events at City Hall:
Charter Commission
, 7 p.m.
Candidate Information Session, 7 p.m.
Environmental Quality Commission
, 7 p.m.

St. Olaf named in 'Colleges That Change Lives'

St. Olaf College is one of 40 U.S. colleges listed in Colleges That Change Lives (Penguin, 2006), the influential guide by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope.

St. Olaf is the only Minnesota college to make the cut and the only Lutheran-affiliated school in the book. Other colleges on the list include Beloit College in Wisconsin, Reed College in Oregon and Denison University in Ohio — the previous employer of St. Olaf’s new president, David R. Anderson ’74.

“This book... will help youths of many levels of academic aptitude find catalytic colleges that will change their lives,” writes Pope. “In doing so it will free them from our system’s obscene obsession with academic aptitude, which does not determine achievement, satisfaction with life, or the merit of a human being.”

Director of St. Olaf Admissions Jerry Pope (no relation) says that many people he meets during the admissions process are passionate about Colleges That Change Lives. “It has a huge following,” says Pope, pictured above.

5th Bridge invites teens to Movie Night Thursday

5th Bridge, a new Northfield organization committed to deepening the culture and habit of volunteerism in Northfield, will be hosting a “Movie Night” at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 17, to introduce Northfield youth to the “Utter Joy” campaign.  We are inviting all high school youth leaders to enjoy an evening of fun and an opportunity to learn about this new initiative.  The gathering will be hosted at the farm of Rick and Kris Estenson, at 10541 Ibson Avenue (see map), about two miles east of town.  The evening will start with music and root beer floats, followed by a short program and capped off with a fun movie projected on a huge screen.  You don’t need to sign up in advance.  If you are entering 9th grade through 12th grade come and join us for a great event.  If it’s raining, no problem—the event is taking place in a huge pole barn. To learn more about 5th Bridge go to www.5thbridge.org.

Kwik Trip to build bigger store

Well, it’s no secret that the Kwik Trip at Hwy. 3 and 19 has been suffering, what with all the road construction making a visit there anything but a quick trip.


The company, which is based in LaCross, Wisconsin, isn’t discouraged, however. Quite the contrary. In a few days you’ll see even more construction equipment move into the area as the company builds a new store directly behind the existing one.

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Election Judge Training: New Machines

The AutoMark Voter Assistance TerminalI went to my my first election judge training for the year on Wednesday, August 9. Primarily, the training was for head election judges, like me, and city clerks. We were given a brief overview of the changes to the post election review process, and the new election equipment.

Read the rest of this post for more information about the new equipment at beeby-us.com.

Skiers perform in summer event

First Ski-less Skidaddle raises $1,000

The Northfield High School Nordic Ski Team proved they could maneuver well in the heat as well. The team hosted its first Ski-less Skidaddle race and pancake breakfast last Saturday -- and raised more than $1,000 for their sport.

Michael Collins of St. Paul won the 5k with a time of 18:05, while David Beck of Northfield won the 10k with a time of 42:55. There were 33 runners in all, not bad considering the competition from 10 other races in the state and a host of activities throughout Northfield. In fact, runners came from around the area and as far away as Iowa.

How did they pull it off? I asked Nick Swanson, a junior and one of the four team captains. He provided a whole gallery of photos you can see here or by clicking on the photo above.

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Writers speak out at ArtSwirl event

Dozens of writers and fans of writing showed up Wednesday for a tasty buffet of works at the Northfield Arts Guild presentation of “Time, Summertime, No Time: Readings of Original Work” Wednesday at the NAG studio.

The line-up included: D.E. Green, Brendon Etter, Kevin Krein, Mary Steil, Bill Metz, Robert Rokke, Doug Mead, Stephanie Vasko, Raven Bradt and Olivia Frey. The event was part of the ArtSwirl festival, which runs through August 13. Just click the link for a schedule of events.

Sheryl Joy of the Arts Guild has sent along photos, which we have added to a whole gallery of pictures from ArtSwirl. You can click on the photo to see a larger version and browse the entire gallery.

Orchestra highlights Books & Stars finale

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra brought sweet music to Central Park, providing a rousing finale to the Books & Stars summer season.

Librarian Kathy Ness has sent us photos of the event, which you can see by viewing our archives for Wednesday, August 9th. You also can see a gallery of more than 100 photos from the entire season.

Northfield Swimming Pool Construction Update

Progress is being made on the new $2.85 million Northfield Swimming Pool at Memorial Field.  The construction started on July 7th and target opening date is June 2007.  The pictures show several sections of the new pool under construction along with the sign showing the completed pool.

More details, plans and documents can be found on the Pool Project section of the city website.

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