Taste of Northfield draws hungry crowd

Sure there was live music and face painting, a warm summer breeze and lots of friends to share good conversation.

But let's be honest. Thursday night's debut of the Taste of Northfield was all about the food. Hundreds of people stood in long lines, then fanned out through Bridge Square with plates and and cups and paper-wrapped samples of everything from pizza and burgers to Indian dishes and cookies. People shared picnic tables, perched on the edge of the fountain, sprawled on the ground or just noshed as they walked and visited with friends. And then they headed back into line for more.

The event, a new addition to the Third Thursday tradition, was cooked up by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and local restaurants, including, Chapati, Tiny's, Rueb 'N' Stein, Bittersweet and Quarterback Club. Click here to see more photos of the event.

Just Food seeks new board members

Submitted by Joey Robison

Four people will be elected in 2006 to serve on the Just Food Board of Directors. Member-owners are eligible to be elected to three of the open positions. Co-op employees are eligible to be elected to the fourth open position. Board members are elected democratically by member-owners: one membership may cast one vote for each of the four open positions. Votes cast by the beginning of the annual meeting in October will be tabulated and the results announced during the program. New board members begin serving their terms in October.

Northfield featured in 'Mother Earth News'

Northfield one of 12 Great PlacesIn its August/September issue, Mother Earth News, a magazine about sustainable living, lists Northfield in an article entitled 12 Great Places You've Never Heard Of.

Northfield is listed among smaller towns that offer options for sustainable-minded people looking for "places to visit or sink roots." Among the other cities listed were Fairfield, Iowa, Ithaca, New York; Blue Hill, Maine, and others. Northfield is described as "charming," and having "an air of prosperous contentment that’s quite unusual for a town this small."

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

Two candidates pull out of council race

Two candidates have pulled out the race for Northfield City Council, eliminating the need for a local primary and leaving one incumbent without much need to campaign at all.

Norman Butler pulled out the three-way race for an at-large council seat, leaving Noah Cashman and Terry Gersemehl to vie for the seat that will open up when incumbent Dixon Bond leaves office in December. Bond, now 70, chose to retire. Gersemehl filed at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, just five minutes before the filing deadline, forcing a primary in that race. Candidates had until Thursday to withdraw and have their names taken off the ballot.

Also on Thursday, James Herreid pulled out of the First Ward race, leaving incumbent James Pokorney unopposed. The Fourth Ward race remains unchanged, with Jon Denison and Victor Summa running for the seat Galen Malecha gave up to make a run for Rice County Commissioner, District 2.

The Northfield city website lays out the details of the filings. If more than two people had filed for a position, the race would be part of the state and county primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

NDDC to host "Taste of Northfield" tonight

Click to open PDFThe Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, in cooperation with the City of Northfield and downtown business owners, will host the Taste of Northfield, Thursday, July 20th (tonight!), from 5 to 8 p.m., in Bridge Square.

The event was born out of a discussion at the NDDC’s recent Downtown Mixer.  Several downtown retailers shared the challenges that the construction detour through downtown has created for their customers.  “It makes it hard to get in and out of the parking spaces along Division Street,” said NDDC Board Member and Digs owner, Linda Schneewind. “Some long-time customers are avoiding downtown, at least during rush hour.”

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFThe temperature has dropped, and it will be a great night outside Thursday, July 20.

Yes, that's tonight. Stop by Bridge Square for the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation's Taste of Northfield! Local restaurants including, Chapati, Tiny's, Rueb 'N' Stein, Bittersweet and Quarterback Club will be providing food for sampling from 5-8. There will be performers to keep you entertained while you chow down.

There's lots more inside...

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere

The 'Sphere is back after a bit of a summer break. I'm going to stretch the rules a bit this week, so let's call this edition _This Week Plus a Few Days in the Northfield Blogosphere_. There's lots to cover, so let's get to it...

Books & Stars features Northfield's own String Fever

String FeverWe hope you'll join the toe-tapping good time TONIGHT with Northfield's String Fever Bluegrass Band at Books & Stars! We'll be in a new location, on the lawn of Emmaus Church (along Lincoln Parkway). Booker the book bus opens at 6 with library materials for all ages. The show starts at 7 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and be ready for a great evening of music and fun... and it's all FREE!

Cocoa Bean will be on hand to cool you off with their Hawaiian Shaved Ice!

The show always goes on! In case of inclement weather we'll move to the Northfield High School Auditorium (use the Raider Drive entrance off Greenvale Parkway).

Finally -- a primary

Right up until 4:55 p.m. Tuesday it seemed as though Northfield voters would skip local primaries and go straight to the November election to fill three open School Board and three open City Council seats.

And then Terry Gersemehl walked into City Hall and became the third candidate running for the at-large seat.

And that meant a primary for that one race. Two other City Council races will be contested in November, while all three School Board incumbents are running completely unopposed.  

City Council incumbent James Pokorney will face a challenge by James Herreid in the first ward. In the Fourth Ward, Jon Denison and Victor Summa will run for the seat Galen Malecha gave up to make a run for Rice County Commissioner. In the at-large race, Dixon Bond didn't file for re-election, but Norman Butler and Noah Cashman did. That leaves two people who have filed as of mid-afternoon Friday. Norm Butler, 1001 Division St., has filed in the at-large race. James Herreid, 13 Riverside Commons East, has filed in the first ward race.

Stanton Airfield adds sport pilot license training

Click on photo for larger viewStanton Airfield has added a fun new aircraft, called a Flight Design CT, that is designed for the emerging sport pilot community.  The sport pilot rating is a new rating type that is designed to bring flying to more people.  It is about half the cost and half the time to obtain than a private pilot rating, and only requires a valid driver's license rather than a 3rd class aviation medical cerificate to qualify. 

Stanton Airfield was the first to grant a sport pilot rating in Minnesota and the first to grant a sport pilot instructor rating in Minnesota.  In 2006 thus far, more than six new pilots have been trained in the new Flight Design CT at Stanton.

If you have ever desired to learn to fly, the Sport Pilot rating could be right for you.  Some pilots receive their rating in less than three months and for about $4,000.  We welcome anyone to stop by the airport and learn more about the sport pilot program and the Flight Design CT aircraft.  You can also visit the website at www.stantonairfield.com

A Northfield Community Garden

Community GardeningA group is forming in Northfield to establish a Community Garden that would be planted in the Spring of 2007. Community gardens help build community, improve food security, and help participants eat better, thus improving health. The Northfield project plans to create a beautiful garden space, enable participants to grow some of their own food, and to share some of this food with the local food shelf.

If you would like to be involved, please contact Sheryl Joy at 649-0707, or email northfieldcommunitygarden@hotmail.com.

More information as the planning for the garden progresses will be shared here and on The Center for Sustainable Living's website.

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

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Three Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our third "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Chapati.  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 July 23th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 24th.

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.

This week at City Hall

It's another short week at City Hall, with lots of paperwork but no big issues or controversy. You can check for agendas by clicking on the individual meetings or go to the City of Northfield for a complete calendar of events.

City Council, 7 p.m.

Charter Commission, 4 p.m.
Environmental Quality Commission, 7 p.m.
Library Board, 7 p.m., Northfield Public Library.

Historic Preservation Commission, 4:30 p.m.

Mary Schier wins 'Dinner on Us'

We have another winner!

Mary Schier of Northfield loves her family, her dog, Lily -- and Northfield.org. She loves us a little more today because she has won a $50 gift certificate for Grundy's Reub 'N' Stein, just for joining Northfield Citizens Online, the group that brings you Northfield.org.

This is what Mary has to say about us: 

"I have been an almost daily visitor to Northfield.org for the past two years. It's a great source of up-to-the-minute information on what's happening around Northfield--from city government to the business community to arts and social events. I especially enjoy the photos from events and the blogs. As someone who works from home, I think of northfield.org as a virtual water-cooler or coffee shop."

And here's how Mary describes herself: 

"I've lived in Northfield 19 years (my hubby, Steve, teaches at Carleton, and we have two high-school age daughters.) I'm a freelance writer and editor. My main assignment is editing Northern Gardener (www.northerngardener.org), the magazine of the the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. I also write for regional business and alumni magazines. Those flowers in the picture are 'Rocket Mix' snapdragons. Locally, I'm a volunteer with the Friends of the Northfield Public Library."

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.

In return for helping out, however, we are giving you a chance to win "Dinner on Us," a $50 gift certificate for dinner at local restaurant. We're drawing one name a week, and this is our first drawing. Those of you who didn't win, don't worry. Your names will be forwarded to our next drawing, for a gift certificate to Chapati. The next deadline for entries is midnight on July 23, with the winner being announced on Monday, July 24.

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.

Cows, corndogs, crazy rides -- It's the fair!

Rice County FairThe cows are groomed and pampered and nearly as happy as the one at left.

The rides are set up. And the deep fryers are heating up.

Yes, that means it's time for the Rice County Fair. The fair opens Tuesday and runs through July 23. Gates open at 1:30 daily.

The entertainment includes Johnny Holm, Killer Hayseeds, Whitesidewalls, Smokescreen, Sheltered Reality and more. For a full schedule of events check out the fair website.

If you go to the fair, send us your photos! Just look at the left column and click the Submit Pictures link for instructions—it's as easy as sending an e-mail. We'll start a gallery and you can add to it all week.

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