Grizzly Holzer's Yellowstone adventures

Late this afternoon I received a Google News alert about Northfielder Jerry Holzer's grizzly bear adventure in Yellowstone on Wednesday. About an hour later, I happened to biking past his house on Division St. and there he was, having just arrived 15 minutes earlier.

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No, that's not a Holzer appendage that the grizzly is snacking on in the photo above. He was uninjured.

Many media outlets, including USA Today are carrying the AP story but this one from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle seems to be the most complete:

Grizzly attacks hikers near Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone

Two men were attacked by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park Wednesday, but escaped serious injury. Pat McDonald, 52, of Bismarck, N.D., and Gerald Holzer, 51, of Northfield, Minn., were hiking on a trail near Shoshone Lake in the park's southern portion when...

09/17 update @ 10 PM: Tomorrow's Sunday Star Tribune has their own story by Tom Ford: Suddenly, a grizzly was upon them.

09.18 update 10 am: I swapped out the Friday photo with the one I sent to the Star Tribune last night, as they used it in the story today and on the front page of their web site with this caption: "From a dense patch of forest, Jerry Holzer saw the head, chest and front legs of a grizzly barrelling forward at full speed."


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Katrina relief update

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Left: Jutta Thompson loaded up the donations to the Katrian relief truck at Lansing's on Friday morning and drove it to the drop-off center at Cub Foods in Apple Valley.

Center: Northfield Communication Action Center Director Jim Blaha issued a Northfield Hurricane Support Network press release on Wed. A relief truck is parked at St. Peter's Lutheran Church through Sunday, September 18, open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day.

And the Northfield Area United Way is considering adopting a community in the devasted area. Executive Director Elizabeth Schott wrote via email that they are...


Live music - downtown, outdoors, on the river

Last Saturday night saw at least three bands playing outdoors, downtown, along the Cannon River.


An unidentified band played on The Key's outdoor patio last Saturday night during DJJD, while at the same time...

killerhayseeds.jpgThe Killer Hayseeds (left) performed at the DJJD entertainment center (photo from their website), while at the same time...

(below), Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders (which includes Doug Bratland, NCO board member and Don Bratland, Holmes Design) performed on the outdoor patio at The Contented Cow. Click photos for larger views.


Downtown Streetscape Plan - PDF summary

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The City of Northfield has created a 2 page summary of the Downtown Streetscape Plan (PDF).


Discussion of the plan is hot and heavy on the Northfield ISSUES list. Join the list or preview the discussion by looking at the web archives.


The Crossing on the Riverfront - website

thecrossingthumb.gifThe new website for The Crossing on the Riverfront is up, the mixed-use development by Mendota Homes bordered by Hwy 3, St. Olaf Ave., 2nd Street and the river.

Construction is slated to begin this fall. The developer recently purchased the Community National Bank drive-up property on Highway 3 & 2nd where they plan to construct a temporary condo model. A sales office is scheduled to open in Community National Bank's downtown location within two weeks.


More scenes from the kiddie parade

Scenes from the DJJD kiddie parade last Saturday. Click to enlarge. Right: 3 generations of Richardson boys: Grandpa Scott, Dad Sam, Baby Soren.

See 9 dozen more photos in the DJJD Kiddie Parade photo album.


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: civic leader bloggers, Jean Mohrig, Northfield Police Dept., St. Olaf, Maggie Lee, Amy Gage, Northfield artists, Gregory Blake Smith, Dave Bubser, Grodon Morino, Ray Cox.


Web site redesign meeting tonight

webredesignthumb.gif Mike Bollinger of Livefront will be facilitating a public meeting at the City Hall Council chambers tonight at 6:30.

Purpose? to gather input and feedback on the navigation and layout of the new web site for the city.

See the 132 page PDF Final Research & Recommendations For Web Site Redesign which was updated on Aug. 30.


Mayor Lansing's office, mailbox

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Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing not only has an office at City Hall. He's got his own mailbox I discovered yesterday. It's across the hall from his office, inside the door to the handicap access ramp.


Downtown streetscape plan

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The plans and graphics for the City of Northfield's Downtown Streetscape Plan are now available at the Northfield Public Library for public viewing. And I've taken high-resolution photos of all of them and placed them in a streetscape photo album. Click the medium-size photos to see the large versions.

Deanna Kuennen, economic development specialist for the city, and Howard Merriam, resource and park planning director, are leading the project and will be available for streetscape-related questions and discussion on the Northfield ISSUES list. They're also taking questions via email: streetscape@ci.northfield.mn.us.

In last week's Northfield News, reporter Michelle Kubitz wrote...


Goin' fishing: one scores; others shutout


Left: 1st National Bank's Rick Estenson sent me this photo of "Peter Daniels, son of John and Gwen Daniels with a 40 inch, 18 pound Northern." He reportedly caught it on Lake Byllesby not far from Veracity Creek.

Right: Eric Johnson, Ken Bank, and Denny Alstaetter took Jim Crow's convertible yesterday morning at 6:30am to see what they could catch along Division St. Click photos for larger views.


Contact Us form <strike> temporarily broken</strike> fixed

Our Contact Us form is having a few hiccups.

Apologies. We'll fix asap.

Update 10:45 pm: FIXED.


DJJD photo albums


Center: Defeat of Jesse James Days Board member and neighbor Jeanne Schnobrich with my better half;
Right: Disc Jockey and Dundas Mayor Glenn Switzer at the bike tour HQ.

See all four DJJD photo albums in the N.org photo gallery:

There is now a total of 113 photo albums going back to late 2002 in the N.org photo gallery.


Northfield City Council mtg Monday night

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets Monday at 7:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. The agenda is available on the City's agenda web page.

See the City's Weekly Meetings web page for an updated list of other city-related meetings this week.


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