Heat Index Pushes 116F on Monday

If you're not sick of talking about weather yet, we've got one last little tidbit before this hot spell (hopefully) breaks.

The heat index today topped out at 116F. That's right, one hundred and sixteen degrees. Fortunately, the five day forecast for Northfield shows highs in the 80s and some precipitation for the rest of the week.

WCCO.com has lots more information regarding the weather today and the smoking-hot July.

We here at Northfield.org hope everyone came through the heat wave with as good of spirits as possible and look forward to complaining about the week we'll spend in January where the highs are all below zero.

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Five Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  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 6, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 7.

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.

Kevin and Peggy Fink win 'Dinner on Us'

We are happy to report that Kevin and Peggy Fink are the winners of this week "Dinner on Us" drawing, which means they recrive a $50 gift certificate for Froggy Bottoms, just for joining Northfield Citizens Online, the group that brings you Northfield.org.

We will bring you a photo and some comments from our winners as soon as we reach them with the good news.

As most of you know, we have launched a membership campaign, aimed at getting all of you who enjoy Northfield.org to support it financially. We're asking just $20 for an individual membership, and we're doing it on the honor system so you won't be getting a bill or seeing a blank screen if you don't pay.

You can join right now by visiting the new member page. But you don't have to join to enter the drawing; just hit the contact us button and send us an e-mail. That's all there is to it.

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. There's a LOT 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 details for all meetings for this week. Although it's a slow week, there is an important meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m., as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board holds a public review of the city parks master plan for Way Park. The meeting will be held at the Northfield Community Recreation Center.

Editor's Note: This story was updated to include the meeting location and a clarification that the master plan under review is for Way Park. 

2,000 mile bike ride to aid kids in Vietnam

I'm Scott Parker and I'm going on a cross country bike ride to benefit 300 homeless children in Vietnam. The ride will begin in Astoria, Ore. on Aug. 17 and finish in Northfield on Labor Day.

My wife Caroline and I are the co-founders of an organization called the Catalyst Foundation. We started the foundation in 1999 after we adopted a set of twin girls from an orphanage in southern Vietnam. The mission of the Catalyst Foundation is to improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned and homeless children in Vietnam. You can see photos of some of the children here.


NDDC Tuesday forum to focus on the arts

Submitted by Amy Gage 

The Northfield Downtown Development Corp. (NDDC) will present its monthly Downtown Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 1, with a review of strategic initiatives for how Northfield can become a more effective “arts town.”

The Downtown Forum is held at 8 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House, Third and Division streets. The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Travel back to 1910 Vaudeville

The North Star Cinema Orchestra will present a Vaudeville show at The Grand Theater on Monday, July 31, at 7 p.m. as the finale to the Vintage Band Festival and joint conference of the Historical Brass Society and the International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music.

Enter our Beat the Heat photo contest!

Click to view larger imageSure, it's going to be hotter than Hades this weekend. And you can hide in the air conditioning if you must. But, as a weatherman said last night—in about 90 days it could be snowing.

So we have decided to challenge you to wipe the sweat from your brow, seize the moment and take some photos to record this amazing weekend. We are calling it the "Beat the Heat" photo contest. 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. 

You can shoot people relaxing, plants struggling, lakes and rivers drying up, kids eating drippy ice cream cones, anything that means heat. (Swimsuit shots are allowed, but keep the topless photos for your personal photo albums.)

We were inspired by a couple of photos we received Thursday night. Carl and Joan Behr have been doing a spectacular job of chronicling all the events of the Vintage Band Festival. Amid all the tubas and crazy Alpine horns, they sent a gorgeous photo of one of the hot air balloons that drifted over the city as part of the opening celebration. Then Kelly Irvine sent the charming photo above in which her dad, Scott Anfinson, captured her 5-year-old son as he watched the balloons drift through the evening sky.

Sure, it's hot...but let's make the most of it. And the contest is easy.

1. Take a photo (or 10)

2. Create an e-mail, attach photo.

3. Describe the photo, add your name.

4. Send to pictures@northfield.org.

That's it.

Oh, yeah, a deadline...Aug. 15. After all, it's too hot to rush around. 

Mill Towns Trailhead party draws crowd

Submitted by Peggy Prowe

The unveiling of the Faribault Trail head for the Sakatah/Singing Hills Trail and the Mill Towns Trail took place this morning at the former White Sands Park next to highway 21. You can click on the photo to see a larger version of it and the rest of the gallery of photos from the event.

A serviceable building with covered picnic spaces and indoor toilet facilities has been built with funding from Faribault Parks, the Department of Natural Resources, a grant from the Multiuse Fund (snowmobile/bicycle), and bonding money from the Minnesota Legislature.

Meet the man behind the camera

When you see this man, smile.

Meet Carl Behr, one of the people who has been sending us photos from the Vintage Band Festival. Miriam Mueller has joined in as well, and we're waiting for someone to send in a photo of her. Our thanks to them and to everyone who sends stories and photos to Northfield.org. We are a volunteer site, a community bulletin board, and we depend on all of you to share what's going on in your lives to create a broad picture of life in this wonderful community.

And there's a lot going on. The weekend is crammed with concerts and other events. You can click on the festival site to check in on everything about the festival and download the program. You also can scroll down and see other stories about the events, and click on the photo at left to see the entire festival photo gallery.

Northfield Under Construction: An Update

Construction continues apace for Northfield, and we've got news on three of the bigger projects - Highway 3, Northfield Crossing, and the new Library Plaza.

There's more inside and we've got a photo gallery also...

Northfield.org Statistics

Yay!  More Northfield.org statistics!  Here we are, again, providing readers with more interesting Northfield.org statistics and analytics, based on data collected from June 25, to July 27.

Look inside for the details...

Bands, balloons delight Bridge Square crowd

Joan and Carl Behr have been our official photographers for the Vintage Band Festival. But we're happy to say that Miriam Mueller has joined in with 20 photos. The latest images are from Thursday evening's concert in Bridge Square, but they also include a shot of one of the hot air balloons that floated over the city during the event.

The weekend is crammed with concerts and other events. You can click on the festival site to check in on everything about the festival and download the program. You also can scroll down and see other stories about the events, and click on the photo at left to see the entire festival photo gallery.

Keep checking in to see more photos, and send us your pictures. Just go to the Submit Pictures button at left for the directions...it's as easy as sending an e-mail! 

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFThe big weekend is finally here. So many Vintage Bands, so little time, how to plan your schedule? Go to the festival site and grab a program. And there will be many visitors to town, so put on a smile, point them in the right direction and tell them to come back again in September (for the Defeat of Jesse James Days, of course).

Friday and Saturday are the last regular season games for the Dundas Dukes and Northfield Knights, they take on my home-town baseball team, the Cold Spring Springers.  The Knights play the Springers on Friday night at 7:30 at Sechler Field; the Dukes play the Springers at 2:00 on Sunday at Memorial Field.

Stay cool, and see you at the concerts.

You can see all the details in the Northfield Entertainment Guide. Just click on the link to download a copy or pick up the handy paper version at many businesses around town.

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