Governors Ball preparation photo album

Volunteers have been working all week at Carleton's Great Hall and Sayles-Hill Center on preparations for today's Governors Ball. See the preparation photo album for a couple dozen photos I took late yesterday afternoon.

Jingle Bell Run tune-up

Nancy Moe, wellness coordinator at Northfield Hospital, Juliana Sayner, and Laura Clements were heading out on a run at 6 am this morning downtown. Are they tuning up for tomorrow's Jingle Bell Run? Show up at the Armory for the 9 am start of the race and find out.

Weekend entertainment

negcoverthumbgeneric.gifThere's lots more happening this weekend besides the Jingle Bell Run and the Sesquicentennial Governor's Ball.

See the current issue of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF) for other events around Northfield this weekend.

Was Quiznos; soon Wiggles & Wok

New signage went up on the old Quiznos building on the Q-Block yesterday. "Wiggles & Wok" (no relation) does not appear to be a franchise, as a web search turns up nothing.

I've heard from two people on who the new owners are, but they did not want to be attributed as the source. If you have details, contact us.

A tip of the blogger hat to Dean Kjerland (Archeopaleo) and Bob Courchaine (Northfield Internetworking) for the heads-up.

Seven inches of new snow

This week's 7-inch snowfall has helped to dress up downtown for the holidays. I took these photos of the Northfield Public Library and the Archer House earlier this evening. The DNR map (click to enlarge) that I got from their current conditions site shows Rice County among the southern counties with the most snow.

Items of discussion: dumpster and rink lights

Left: Some people think that the hockey rink lights on Hwy 3 at Woodley are aimed improperly... making it difficult for southbound drivers to see. Right: others are wondering why the dumpster in front of Las Delicias is still there, unused and taking up a couple of parking spaces for past couple of weeks. Click photos for larger views.

If you have information or an opinion about either one, attach a comment here or join the ISSUES email discussion list.

Caroling on Bridge Square

Sibley Elementary School students sang Christmas carols on Bridge Square tonight, led by Holly Fischer, music teacher and choir director and a member of the String Fever Bluegrass Band. Click photos to enlarge.

Arb flakes

Early this evening, under a slightly obscured full moon yet with big snowflakes falling, I was cross country skiing in the lower Arb and ran into Sam Demas and Laurel Bradley.

Their smiles at the scene we were experiencing were as wide as mine. (Click photo to enlarge. And yes, that's a snowflake about to land on Sam's nose.)

Laurel is Carleton's Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the College Art Collection. Sam is the College Librarian and on the board of the Northfield Arts Guild.

Just Food Co-op birthday

The Just Food Co-op natural food market turns one year old today. The celebration, however, will be Saturday, Dec. 17. Here is a schedule of events from an email announcement:

Northfield Public Schools to Close Early (Wed)

From the Northfield Public Schools Web site:

"Today, December 14th school will be dismissing two hours early due to bad weather."

This includes all Northfield public schools -- including the charter schools. It also affects many other groups: for example, Northfield Montessori is also closing early (at 2 p.m.).

Restaurant/pub news

Left: The Ole Store launched their website this week. Members of the NDDC's outreach committee (L to R: Ross Currier, Bardwell Smith, Tristan Cox, Amy Gage -- I'm a member, too) were chowing down there on Tues morn.

Center: Froggy Bottoms has a new edition of its newsletter/menu on its website.

Right: The Contented Cow has encased its lower outdoor patio area in plastic.

Full disclosure:

Northfield Volunteer Organization (NVO)

There's not an official name yet but details on the formation of the Northfield Volunteer Organization (NVO) are being released. Last week's Northfield News had an article titled Ball funds to create NVO.

candytaylor100w.jpgGreg Carlson and Justin Stets, principals of Carlson Capital Management and founding members of the Northfield-based Minnesota Center for Philanthropy, sent out a press release and an FAQ (PDFs) today on the new organization. Candy Taylor is the new executive director. Proceeds from this weekend's Sesquicentennial Governors Ball (see yesterday's blog post) will be used to help fund NVO.

They also announced a temporary web site. Interested people can subscribe to the RSS feed of the weblog there and/or the email announcement list.

ISSUES list topics of the week: Dog park, snow removal

dogs.GIFThe ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on the pros and cons of a dog park for Northfield as well as snow removal from sidewalks.

To join the discussion, subscribe to the ISSUES list.

Registration requires a working email address along with a first and last name.

There are 149 area citizens currently on the list. The discussion is moderated, i.e., all comments are reviewed before allowing them to be posted to the list. See the guidelines for participation.

Andrea Een

I met Andrea Een a couple weeks ago in the Blue Monday and learned that she's not only an Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf but a volin, viola, and fiddle player with her own web site, one CD out (From the Valley) and another on the way. (20% of the proceeds from sales of her first CD go to the Valley Grove Preservation Fund, as some of the CD was recorded at Valley Grove Church in Nerstrand.) She was featured on the back page of last week's Northfield News for the annual Norwegian chapel service at St. Olaf.

Arb deer hunt

A deer management archery hunt continues through the end of December in the Carleton Arb.

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