Locally Grown podcast #12: bike racks, bike lanes, economic development and traffic light updates

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I took the train to Cambridge in the UK yesterday to visit Northfielders Betsey Buckheit (former blogging planning commissioner), husband Justin London (Carleton music prof) and daughter Elizabeth who've been there since Sept. Justin received a Fullbright to do research there for the year.  I took the opportunity to do another show for our podcast, Locally Grown, with Betsey as a guest and the two of us participating via Skype Out to the KRLX studios where Ross Currier, Tracy Davis and Cameron Nordholm graciously got up very early on Saturday morning central time to accommodate my schedule.

Topics: 1) Bike racks and the pros and cons of bike lanes in downtown Northfield; 2) the forthcoming economic development report from the consultants hired by the EDA; 3) an update on the Highway 3 & 3rd St. traffic light request.

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Bob Dole to speak at St. Olaf College

"!{float:left;margin:0 5px 5px 0;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_dole2.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/StO-Dole.jpg Former presidential candidate and United States senator Bob Dole will speak at St. Olaf Tuesday, April 11, at Skoglund Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Dole will begin speaking at 7 p.m. Following the speech, Dole will answer questions from the audience. The event, sponsored and paid for by the "St. Olaf Student Government Association's Political Awareness Committee":http://www.stolaf.edu/orgs/sga/pac/index.htm, is free and open to the public.

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This week in the Northfield Blogosphere...

Springing anew through the defrosted grounds of the "Northfield Blogosphere":http://northfield.org/aggregator/sources this week are entries on soccer, science, singing, and sustainability. Sweet!

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Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)It's the start of another jam-packed weekend full of cultural events in Northfield! In addition to tonight's Arts a la Carte at the high school, a quick glance through the Northfield Entertainment Guide presents so many options you'll want to clone yourself so you can take them all in! You'll find details on pages 6-8 of the NEG, but here's a preview of what's going on...


Listen to the Music

Last Monday (April 3, 2006) I could hear the frogs and toads in our slough. I thought you might also enjoy listening.

 



Put Your Story on Northfield.org!

Long-time readers of Northfield.org have no doubt noticed a significant change on our front page of late—beyond the ongoing visual and organizational changes. Scroll down and take a look at the list of recent contributors...ten different people have submitted stories this week!

I know what you're thinking: "Hey...how can I get a story posted on Northfield.org?"

Well, here's how NOT to do it. We often get submissions through our Contact Us form—everything from a quick note about an event to a full-blown press release. That email form is a great way to get a question answered, but we rarely publish anything that we receive that way.

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The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium

"!{float:left;margin:0 5px 0 0;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_ware.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/ware.jpg The Northfield Historical Society presents The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium. This event will be held at the Grand Event Center on Wednesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. A special exhibit designed and produced by NHS intern and St. Olaf Student *Becca Wheeler*, will be on display. Becca will also give a quick history on the Grand.

Following Becca's presentation there will be a video documentary, which was done by two Carleton Students *Megan Vig* and *Lauran Allinson*. Following the video, there will be a brief panel discussion on remembrances of the Grand given by *Steve Swanson, Herb Fick, Phyliss Finger, Brynhild Rowberg*, and *John Mark Schad*.

This event is _free_ to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

_Editor's note_: Hayes has kindly agreed to file a write-up of the event after it happens. Thanks, Hayes!


Northfielders Return from Mission Trip to Nicaragua

"!{float:right;margin:0 0 0 5px;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_School.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/School.jpg On Saturday a group of Northfielders returned from a 13 day mission trip to Nicaragua. The group provided medical, education and construction support to the community of Jalapa, Nicaragua, a remote community in northern Nicaragua by the Honduran border. The group's sponsor ISLA www.isla.cc, has been connecting with the community of Jalapa since the early 90's.



March's Nfld Public Library Board Meeting Notes

!{float:left; margin:0 5px 3px 0;}http://gurno.com/adam/images/books.png! March's Library Board Meeting has come and gone. This is an informal report of the happenings. To entice you to read it, there's a library joke at the end. :)

Enough with the chit-chat! On with the "Knots Landing"-esque drama of a modern public library!


Arts A La Carte at Northfield High School This Friday

Click to view larger sizeThe music and visual art departments at Northfield High School are gearing up for Arts a la Carte, a student celebration of all the arts on Friday April 7th from 6:00 until 9:00 at the High School. And the one dollar admission will buy you a chance to win an Ipod! 

This event will showcase the talents of hundreds of talented students and will feature vocal and instrumental ensembles, a student art exhibit and booths of the Honors Art students who will be demonstrating in various media, including painting, ceramics and filmmaking. 

There are also student run activities for the whole family such as face painting, art button making, marbleized paper making, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), wandering magician, portrait artists and book making, just to name a few! And back by popular demand is the make your own fish print T-shirt event. 


Health Insurance Forum with Kip Sullivan

Kip Sullivan of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition, will be at St. Olaf on Thursday, April 6th to present the background history of our current health insurance system and explain why the coalition believes a universal single-payer insurance system is a better plan. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Northfield League of Women Voters and the St. Olaf Nursing Dept.

April 6, 2006 at 7pm, St. Olaf Science Center, Room 274.

For more information, see the MUHCC website: http://www.muhcc.org/


Norwegian girls choir to perform at St. Olaf

Jentekor, the Nidaros Cathedral's Girls' Choir from Norway, conducted by Anita Brevik, will perform a concert at St. Olaf College on Tuesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the choir's United States tour titled "Songs Across the Sea."

In addition to visiting St. Olaf, the choir will travel to Minneapolis, Madison, Wis., and New York. The tour runs from April 1-11 and aims to promote Norwegian culture and heritage.

The tour follows the St. Olaf Choir's visit to Trondheim, Norway in June 2005. While at Nidaros Cathedral the two choirs, together with Norwegian mezzo-soprano Randi Stene, recorded the holiday special A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway, which aired nationally in December on PBS.

The concert program for this tour includes selections spanning the musical spectrum, from Norwegian, Swedish, English, Latin and German songs, to Mozart compositions to traditional Norwegian folk songs.


The Spring Melt fills the Cannon River (with Video!)

The spring melt has begun to fill the Cannon River again. While it's not nearly as high as it was in 2004 ("Gallery One":http://www.flickr.com/photos/gurno/sets/72057594059801058/, "Gallery Two":http://northfield.org/gallery/highwater0604), it was making quite a racket as it churned past downtown.

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Tonight's Entertainment Options

Wow! Check out what's happening TONIGHT in our not-so-sleepy little town...

On the live music front, the Blue Moon String Band gets a jump on all the other bands by strutting their acoustic/country/folk/americana stuff at 7pm at Hogan Brothers.

90 minutes later your musical options increase dramatically. A new band called Scattered Skies makes their debut at Froggy Bottoms at 8:30. Harmonic Voodoo gets their groove on at the Tavern Lounge right around the same time.

Also at 8:30, Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders [full disclosure: I am a Bratlander] rock the Contented Cow with their original folk, gospel and protest songs and an eclectic mix of roots music and outlaw country.

And finally, If music's not your thing, Faribault's Merlin Players theater company bring their Monty Python-esque Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) to The Grand for the second night of a two-night stand.

Hope to see you downtown!


This Week In The Northfield Blogosphere...

Among the items of interest in the "Nfld B-sphere":http://northfield.org/aggregator/sources this week: People on horses, people on electric horseless carriages, and people who used to have horses, but now there are electric horseless carriages everywhere and they're getting charged for it.

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