HOPE Center Luminary Celebration

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

On the evening of April 27th, 2006, HOPE Center will have luminaries and a clothesline project on display in Bridge Square--as visual testimony to victims served, contributors who make services possible, and to acknowledge unknown survivors of violence still living in silence, fear and isolation.

We welcome you to walk through the luminaries and hear a special performance by Singer-Songwriter Barb Ryman. Barb is a nationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter who expects music to be more than entertaining. Her music is lyric-driven, emotional and heart-opening. With a clear winsome voice and skillfully played guitar, she delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, country blues, Celtic flavored ballads, old-time gospel, and bits of folk-rock. She brings it all forward in the tradition of great folk music, through songs that tell stories and put us in touch with our human condition.

The walk begins at 6:30pm and music begins at 7:00pm.


Neighbor to Neighbor: Musing with Michael Martin

  Mike Martin

I saw Mike sitting by the river and stopped to talk-- "I mean this personally" is the first thing he said to me. He always makes me think, and then laugh. I enjoy talking with Mike.

Mike went to Rosemount High School and right now he's a credit short of three years at St. Olaf College. Mike and I like to talk about my dad, since my dad was a dean at St. Olaf the same time Mike and I went there. Both Mike and I had to see my dad when we didn't want to see him-- but later we decided that my dad was just getting us back on track.

I learned that Mike's birthday is soon-- it is either today (April 17, 2006) or tomorrow. We talked further and he told me that his mother died on his birthday. We discussed how that's is a tough day to lose someone, but Mike said the interesting part is there is always something better ahead.

Mike then brought up a recent scientific discovery he just read about-- bones a million years older than Lucy-- and said that humans have been living and dying, and doing things the same way for millions of years, now. That's pretty profound.

Locally Grown podcast #13: Econ Dev draft; Q-Block update; Monday's vote on 1306

Issues covered in episode #13 of Locally Grown, recorded yesterday with blogger Ross Currier, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) Executive Director and member of the Northfield Planning Commission; and blogger Tracy Davis, local business owner, Northfield Planning Commission member and a member of the Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA); and me, business owner.

1. The draft of the Economic Development Plan: 0 to 26:45

2. Update on the Q-Block: 26:45 to 38:25

3. The Council vote on 1306 on Monday night: 38:25 to end

Click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (47 minutes).

Northfield Documentary Film Festival

Click to view a PDF of the posterThe Northfield Documentary Film Festival will take place on Thursday, April 20 from 7-9 pm at the Grand Event Center, 316 Washington Street, in downtown Northfield. This is another in the Third Thursday Presentation Series sponsored by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the Grand Event Center.

During the evening, several short films about Northfield’s past will be featured.  Leading off the evening will be “The Jesse James Music Festival”, a 1978 film by Martin Schieckel, Carleton College class of 1977. Martin currently lives in St. Paul and will be attending the showing of his film. Next will be “The Cannon River,” produced by Dennis Wilcox and Paul Krause for the Northfield Community Video Project. This documentary was originally released in 2000 and was recently revised for the Northfield Sesquicentennial in 2005. It artfully and succinctly provides a look at the historical, cultural, environmental, aesthetic, and recreational aspects of the river.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)As always, ­ Northfield has more entertainment than you can shake a stick at starting tonight, Friday, April 14, with a Faculty Recital by the Veblen Trio, 8 p.m., at Carleton and The Fabulous Lovehandles at the Fabulous Grand Event Center at 8:30 p.m.

Marty Anderson will be rocking the Contented Cow (the deck might even be open!). Harmonic Voodoo is playing Dawn's Corner Bar in Dundas and Chris Herriges is at the Tavern (again - it's deckable!)

Saturday night the Contented Cow is hosting Chernobyl the Musikal, Dawn's will again sport Harmonic Voodoo and Bridgewater Ramblers are at the Tavern. And then on Sunday you can enjoy one more shot at the weekend with Sunday Night Live from 5-11 p.m. at the Cow.

Before the next weekend rolls around, you might want to download a copy of the Northfield Entertainment Guide for the most comprehensive details on what's ahead for the after 5 p.m. and weekend crowds. And there's more great weeknight entertainment just ahead, including Nordic Jam Monday at the Cow, and Mark Mraz Thursday night at the Tavern. And for yet another opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of the Grand, NDDC and the Grand are hosting a Northfield Documentary Film Festival Thursday at 7 p.m.

Fairy Tale Princess visits Northfield

Click for larger sizePrincess Märtha Louise of Norway came to Northfield yesterday on a book tour to support her new childrens book, a fairy tale featuring her grandfather and great-grandparents as characters. She is the last member of Norway's royal family to visit our fair city, coming just six months after a visit by her brother, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus.

The Junior Singers of the Northfield Youth Choirs entertained the standing-room-only crowd at St. Olaf's Buntrock Commons and Svein Nyhus, the book's illustrator, showed and spoke about a few of the illustrations, pointing out some interesting "hidden" details in the images. Then the princess read from the book, with an expressiveness that delighted the schoolkids gathered at her feet, before settling down to sign autographs for hundreds of book-clutching admirers.

Vienna? Paris? No, Northfield.

Romantic Walk Along the Cannon

Many people went out last night to enjoy the beautiful evening -- including this couple taking advantage of a romantic evening along the Cannon.

But beware! I saw my first mosquito this morning. Heidi Hamilton also said the city will have a wide variety of projects going on this summer, but that this year's Highway 3/19 work shouldn't be quite as disruptive as last year's.

Speaking of the Cannon and projects, the Cannon River Watershed Cleanup will be 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29. Interested volunteers can contact Hilary Ziols at 507-646-8400.

Bob Dole tells St. Olaf audidence about leadership


Former Senator and presidential nominee Bob Dole delivered a speech to more than 700 students and community members at Skoglund Auditorium Tuesday, April 11. His speech, titled "Leadership in the 21st Century," described some of Dole's personal heroes and their leadership styles and touched on topics such as education, immigration, the current administration and foreign affairs.

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They're Bitin'

Ice cream by the river 

Northfielder's enjoy the harvests of the deep and the local ice-cream shop. How big were the fish? This one was so big, it broke the net! Check out the flicker collection of several pics I took this afternoon.

Wednesday Afternoon-- Who Was Downtown Northfield

 Sandy Krueger and Linda Gill

Sandy and Linda were on the go but did manage to stop for conversation. Although Sandy now lives in Rogers, Arkansas, she was once a long time Northfield resident. She values our downtown stores. In her home town Wal-Mart even operates a gas station and her "downtown" is comprised of not much more than antique shops.

 Dusty Powers

Dusty is an Ole and was spotted in Champion Sports.

 Pat, Lynn, and grandchild

Pat Littlejohn, Lynn Liston, and grandchild were out for a stroll. Oops, these names are spelled phonetically -- and I hope I got them right.

 Jo and Mary Ashmore

Neighbor to Neighbor: Champion Sports' Bill Brodin

Are you heading downtown Northfield to buy cleats? If you go to Champion Sports, you'll probably be helped by Bill Brodin. Bill has worked at Champion Sports for years. Here’s the scoop on Bill:

Bill Brodin, NHS ’87, was born and raised in Northfield. His mother graduated from NHS in the 1950's when the old middle school was the high school. Bill has one older brother, Dan, and one older sister, Beth. He plays golf but his favorite sport to watch is hockey. Bill's father used to be a hockey referee here in town.

Bill says the coolest thing he's ever seen in his life was game seven of the 1991 World Series. It was the loudest experience he's ever heard and outside the dome everyone was "slapping hands and acting crazy".

Sign of the Season: Road Construction

!{float:left;margin: 0 5px 0 0 }http://northfield.org/files/road_closed.jpg! The old joke goes like this: _There are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction._

Jefferson Rd, near the clinic, was temporarily closed yesterday as infrastructure was laid for the new development to the south. I spoke with Joel Walinski from the City of Northfield who informed me that it will be temporarily closed again around Monday to replace the asphalt.

When I asked about summer plans for construction, he noted that there will be a few small projects, but the upcoming work on Hwy 3 will be the one that affects everyone.


A Festival of Student Art

Edible Dinosaur Art - click for larger imageLast week my family, along with many others in Northfield, happily participated in an array of student art events. On Thursday evening, Sibley Elementary School, where my son is in kindergarten, presented an celebration of arts and literacy. Student art filled the hallways, and participants could make bookmarks or books, listen to stories in a tent at "Camp Caldecott" (staged in the darkened gym, where shadows of tree branches were silhouetted against the wall), or attend a poetry reading. Pizza in the cafeteria was also popular; a second order from Domino's was required to meet the demand of hungry kids and parents.

On Friday night, the popular annual Arts a la Carte event took place at the high school. Honors Art students displayed and discussed their work, a viewer-judged student art show was on display in the media center, and entries in the Edible Art contest were on view in the upper cafeteria (see photo for one fine example). Magicians, musicians and dancers performed in the lower cafeteria. Visitors could also get their faces painted by a number of student artists, including my 11th grade daughter, and many flocked to the fish printing studio. "Fish printing," you ask? Yes, indeed, fish printing. For a $5 donation, one could paint a genuine dead fish to one's heart's content; a student assistant then carefully pressed the decorated fish against a new white t-shirt, leaving, well, a fish print! My son wore his proudly on Sunday, after we set the colors by briefly baking the shirt in the oven in accordance with the directions supplied with the shirt. The odor lingers a bit, since we have not yet washed the shirt, but that of course is part of the charm.

On Saturday, the Northfield Arts Guild presented Imagination Celebration, its official day-long reception for the all-school art exhibit now on view. Parents flocked to the gallery to see their children's artwork, and students added to the festive feel with performances, musical and otherwise, throughout the day. My 7th-grade daughter played a Bach concerto on violin!

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