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Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sun, 01/30/2005 - 10:43am
I snapped a few other photos while I was in Just Food yesterday.
They're selling a Mill Towns Trail t-shirt that reads, "Linking the river communities of Cannon Falls, Randolph, Waterford, Northfield, Dundas and Faribault."
NCO board member Doug Bratland and son Halvor, about to fill up their shopping cart.
Shepherd's Way Farms cheese is still available
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sun, 01/30/2005 - 10:28am
Volunteers come to aid of sheep farm
It was barely 10 Saturday morning, but already more than two dozen volunteers had signed up in the cheese shop at Shepherd's Way Farm... "So many people have called or written; this has just taken on a life of its own," said Steve Read, explaining why he and his wife held an open house at the farm Saturday morning. "In a way, we're being shepherded ourselves." It helps, he said, because the worst isn't yet behind them. Although about 300 sheep survived the fire, animals continue to succumb, mostly from lung damage. Friday night was the worst so far, with 40 sheep dying.
Twins 'put Carleton on MIAC athletic map'
The Freeman twins, Beth and Katie, were sitting on a bench outside the home locker room at Carleton's West Gymnasium.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sat, 01/29/2005 - 7:10am
Mary and John North will be leading the Northfield Historical Society's Sesquicentennial Candlelight Walk tonight at 7 PM.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sat, 01/29/2005 - 2:19am
Know of others? Let me know or attach a comment here.
Just Food Natural Food Market is now a public wi-fi hotspot -- high speed wireless internet access accessible to the public. Employee Efie Wahlstrom, recently acknowledged as the 1000th member to join the Co-op, willingly staged this photo for me this morning.
What's that on the screen of the laptop that Efie's using above? Why it's Northfield.org's photo album of the Co-op's member preview night back in December, which you're now viewing on Northfield.org and might be viewing from the Co-op's wi-fi access. You've now entered the Twilight Zone.
Other businesses in the area offering free wi-fi access:
Know of others? Let me know or attach a comment here.
4:20 update: Dean Kjerland attached a comment here: "ArcheoPaleo in the Kjerland Building has offered free wi-fi to the West bank and Riverwalk since 2003." So I've added it to the list and alphbatized it. Thanks, Dean.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/28/2005 - 10:05am
Eric Johnson volunteered at Shepherd's Way Farms this morning and with the permission of the owners, took a couple dozen photos of the fire's aftermath. I've put his photos in a Shepherd's Way Farms photo album. No photos of dead animals are in the album.
Crew leader Nathan Vergin.
See the high-res versions of these and two dozen other photos of Eric's in the Shepherd's Way Farms photo album.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/28/2005 - 7:57am
Twenty people have taken the poll on 89.3 The Current as of noon today. The results on Question 1 thus far:
I'm working with Ross Currier at the NDDC to craft a new poll on the "safe crossing of Hwy 3" that's been the focus of discussion on the ISSUES list the past two weeks.
(The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.)
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The list is moderated, meaning, we review all comments before allowing them to be posted to the list. See the guidelines for participation.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/27/2005 - 4:19pm
Anyone know why the old Exhaust Pros building is still standing, even though all the neighboring buildings were leveled for the Riverfront Development project?
If so, attach a comment, please.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/27/2005 - 3:51pm
I just noticed this sign that the City has put up for the Veteran's Memorial which is to be constructed in Riverside Park later this year. The view is facing north on Hwy 3 across from the rodeo arena.
I took several close-ups of the plans/design on the sign and posted them in Veteran's Memorial photo album.
If anyone from City Hall has the PDF's for these designs, let me know and I'll post them here.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/27/2005 - 2:24pm
A random selection of posts in the past week or so from some of Northfield's civic leadership weblogs:
Police Chief Gary Smith posted on "why police administrators should become familiar with weblogs in their area and be willing to participate." Also, on Snow & Personal Responsibility: "I recently received a letter from an individual who was concerned that most of the "law-abiding" citizens were working to remove their vehicles from the streets as per the ordinance only to see some misguided neighbors parking on the street."
School Board member Diane Cirksena on The Hard Work is Started: "Superintendent Richardson has recommended a "Program Based Budgeting" reduction process. It seeks lots of input from the community, but let me summarize: ... Okay, so it's time to get involved. Got ideas? Got input? Get those ideas into the stream. This is going to be difficult. There are going to be programs and positions on the line. If you don't have time to participate, respond to me by email."
Northfield Planning Commission Chair Betsey Buckheit on Blogging ethics: "Bloggers and their ethics (or purported lack thereof) have been in the news lately, especially when it turns out that some have been paid to blog about specific people or issues... At least one local blogger, Chief Gary Smith, is talking about these issues, too."
Georgiana Campbell, Observer for the League of Women Voters, has a report on the County Commissioners' Meetings - January 11 and 18, 2005: "As you recall, there was a county-wide "economic planning summit" last summer, with the implicit assumption that the economic planning process would continue in the months ahead, but nothing concrete was set up at that time. When the discussion began on the11th, the idea of establishing three committees was perhaps the most solidpart of the plan. It became obvious that the issue was too complicated to settle at that point..."
Dundas/Bridgewater planning commissioner Bruce Morlan on the Rice County Transportation Plan Meeting: "So, what dog did not show up at this event? If you look at the map they presented as the Rice County zoning plan you will note the lack of an I-35 highway commercial zone as recently passed by the county. Of course, given the fast-track nature of that re-zoning, it is not surprising that a firm tasked with helping Rice County plan would be unaware of the new zone."
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/27/2005 - 1:13pm
Shepherd's Way Farm is inviting neighbors and others to an open house/"mutual support rally" on Saturday, 9 to noon.
Address: 8626 160th St E Nerstrand, MN 55053
Use this Mapquest link to help you find the farm. Rough directions: Take MN-246/S DIVISION ST.to HALL AVE/CR-30/VALLEY GROVE RD. to CR-30/IBSON AVE. CR-30/IBSON AVE becomes 160TH ST E.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/27/2005 - 3:06am
The Northfield Arts Guild has a new website.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 8:38pm
St. Olaf's former radio station, WCAL 89.3 is now MPR's KCMP 89.2 "The Current" and has been on the air with its new format since Monday, Jan. 24.
We'd like to know what you think thus far... so take our KCMP poll.
I've created the poll with a new survey/polling application that we'll hopefully be able to use frequently here on N.org... for purposes both civic and whimsical.
So please, take the KCMP poll.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 8:13pm
The event commemorates John North's walk 150 years ago. The procession will begin at the Ames Mill, with a brief stop at Bridge Square for a short program, and concluding at The Grand Event Center for appetizers, entertainment and a preview of the year
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 8:04pm
From Alex Beeby via email:
Shepherd's Way Farms needs crews of 4 at a time to help move sheep and fill syringes. Sheep will be put down in their presence. Volunteers should be prepared to wear clothes that can be wrecked. If you are interested in helping, call Kelly Scheuerman at 507-664-9234.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 8:02pm
Cuts loom in Northfield district
The Northfield school district may have to cut nearly 10 percent of its $31 million operating budget for next school year to balance its books.
Blaze at sheep farm was arson
There was little surprise at Shepherd's Way Farm Tuesday when state and county investigators determined that the fire that killed hundreds of sheep Monday morning was arson.