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 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... Statistics

Yay!  More statistics!  Here we are, again, providing readers with more interesting 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'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.

Alphorn Trio kicks off Vintage Band Festival

Joan and Carl Behr sent us photos of the Rocky Mountain Swiss Alphorn Trio, a colorful group of musicians who performed during Thursday's Crazy Daze in Northfield. The music also kicked off the much anticipated Vintage Band Festival. 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 more images from today's performance.

Books & Stars photo gallery keeps growing

Librarian Kathy Ness tells us the Books & Stars program had another hit Wednesday, with an exciting performance by Dennis Warner (at left) at Way Park. You can see pictures from the performance and from earlier shows in the Books &' Stars photo gallery.

There are just two more events on the schedule. Both nights, Booker the Bus will open at 6 p.m. and performances will start at 7 p.m.

Aug. 2, Jason the Juggler at Bridgewater School. High energy, fast paced interactive show, and he’s from Zumbrota!
Aug. 9, Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra at Central Park.

Books & Stars is sponsored by the Northfield Public Library and Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division. This 8th year of fun made possible with support from: Friends of the Northfield Public Library, Wells Fargo Bank Northfield, Northfield Hospital, Northfield Public Library, Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division, Quarterback Club, Northfield Orthodontics, Cocoa Bean, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Grace Whittier Fund Grant, and Northfield SERTOMA.

Teen's 1981 electric car turns heads

 I've had several people ask me if I kow the identity of the mystery owner of the flashy white, yellow, orange and red electric car seen around town this summer. The mystery was solved late last week. Beth Langer, Northfield High School class of '07, is the proud owner of this rare 1981 Jet Electrica.

Another Jet owner, Dave Anderson (no relation to yours truly) of Corvallis, Ore., writes of his similar car "Th[e] Jet Electrica was originally manufactured by Jet Industries of Austin, TX, which produced about 3,000 EV conversions while they were in business. Most Jets were based on Ford Escort and Mercury Lynx chassis purchased new as from FoMoCo as "gliders" (body and chassis without engines). To convert the Escort to electric, Jet mated a Prestolite 96v traction motor to the original Ford transaxle, fabricated battery boxes front and rear, and added a speed controller and an on-board battery charger."

You can read more about this interesting young woman and her unique car at RENew Northfield.  

Bruce Anderson is the executive director of RENew Northfield.

Vintage Band Festival starts Thursday

Editor's note: The story below about baseball in 1906 is being reprinted with permission from the Official Vintage Band Festival Program. The program is filled with everything you need to know about this week's festival including band biographies, a full schedule of events and a premiere glimpse of Jim Bonhoff's 2005 rendition of the 1888 bird's-eye view of downtown Northfield. The program is a special edition of the Northfield Entertainment Guide, a production of By All Means Graphics in downtown Northfield. It's free and available at coffeeshops, hotels, restaurants and the like. You can go to the festival site and download a copy by clicking on the program cover. And for a taste of turn-of-the-century baseball, be sure to catch the Festival’s Vintage Base Ball Game Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at St. Olaf’s Main Green (see page 22 of the program).


Thursday means Crazy Daze fun -- and bargains

Crazy Daze The weather is muggy, your shorts look as tired as you feel and you just don't want to make another meal. Thank goodness, Thursday is Crazy Daze in Northfield. Don't let the name fool you; this event lasts one day only.

Stores will open at 7 a.m., so you can grab your morning coffee at one of downtown restaurants and beat the heat if you wish. If you're still snoozing until the sun is high, that's no problem. There will be bargains and activities all day. For a complete schedule, check out the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce calendar.

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Four Drawing:  Froggy Bottoms

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Froggy Bottoms.  By becoming a member of you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 30th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 31th.


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.

Bill Ostrem wins 'Dinner on Us'

We have another winner!

I have a special reason to be excited this week because I know the winner!

Bill Ostrem is a great guy who is making a huge difference in the way people think about the city. He's working with Bruce Anderson over at RENew Northfield and city officials to promote bicycle and pedestrian friendly transportation plans. An avid bicycle rider and nature lover, he also shares his wide interests in his blog Northern Letter, which is part of our blogosphere.

Bill certainly deserves a prize but all he needed was a little luck to have his name drawn as the winner of a $50 gift certificate for Chapati, just for joining Northfield Citizens Online, the group that brings you

This is what Bill has to say about us...

Legendary Norwegian Fiddler to perform Tuesday

Hauk BuenMaster Hardanger Fiddler Hauk Buen will perform a concert on Tuesday, July 25th, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield. The concert is followed by a Dance Party with Northfield's Nordic Jam and the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag joining Hauk. The suggested donation for the concert is $5.

The following is from the website of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America (HFAA)...

Griff heads to Budapest

Our good friend and former colleague—and the honorary mayor of—Griff Wigley has exciting news on his own Leadership Blogging weblog.

Let him tell you in his own words, from his site:
“On Monday, I depart for next week’s International e-Participation and Local Democracy Symposium in Budapest, Hungary. As the UK’s ReadMyDay weblog coach, I’ll be doing a couple of presentations on leadership blogging while I’m there, and again the following week in Baltimore, Maryland.”

Griff has been preaching the benefits of blogging in Northfield for years and he's made believers out of many of us. Now he's taking his message to an international audience.

We wish Griff a safe and successful journey. You can follow his adventures in his blog, which you can find anytime in our handy blogosphere.

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