DJJD Horseshoe Found!


The DJJD Horseshoe has been found!

From the website:

The Horseshoe was FOUND on 30 August by a team of 4: Evelyn Pelleymounter, Steve Phlaum, Lucy Gaylor, and Judy Anderson. It was found under the Water Conservation Sign attached to the Odd Fellows Park sign on Forest Avenue.

"Congratulations!" to the finders and "Better Luck Next Year" to the rest of us hunters.


Highway 3 Detours to end September 8

MNDOT's Kristine Hernandez has posted a news release on the Hwy 3 website: Highway 3 Detours to End in Northfield on September 8.

Update 8/31: photo from last night at 7 pm added).
Update 8/31: Date changed from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) are [sic] scheduled to reopen both northbound lanes of Highway 3 from Third Street to the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge in downtown Northfield, weather permitting. The second stage of construction, beginning September 7th, will focus on the construction of city utilities, shoulder and intersection widening, and new pavement. continued...


Hurricane Katrina Response Fund

unitedwaylogo.gifI got this email today from Elizabeth Schott, Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way.

Griff, here is the web address for people wishing to donate to the United Way fund for Katrina relief. It is a
secure site and no one will contact or use your email if you donate online at this site.


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Sheriff Richard Cook, Mark Setterstrom, Paul Thiboudot.

A tip-of-the-blogger hat to an anonymous contributor for the WSJ item.


Library wi-fi to the rescue

Since Charter's cable/internet access is down (see Chip's blog post from an hour ago or so), I've brought my laptop down to the Northfield Public Library to use their public access wi-fi. They have a DSL connection, not cable.


I set up under this painting by John Maakestad, a gift to the library from St. Olaf. Library staffers Kathy Rush and Lynne Young are in the photo on the right. One of them was actually working.


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Northfield City Council mtg & work session tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight in a work session at 6:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. And then a council meeting at 7 pm.

Update 8:45 am: The agenda is up.

Update 6am: The agenda is not yet 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.


Community events calendar via windows and walls

Sometimes the only way to find out what's going on in the area is to browse the windows and walls of businesses and organizations downtown.

Left: the entrance to the Goodbye Blue Monday. Right: a poster advertising an event (for which I can find no information on the web) in the entry to the downtown branch of the Community National Bank. Click for larger views.

upcomingorglogo.gifFor the digitally-oriented, we have a syndicated community events calendar on the right side of this home page. Anyone can submit Northfield-related events to the community calendar at Upcoming.org's listings for Northfield.


Hwy 3 progress

Curb was poured last week on the Hwy 3 project.

Click the photo for a larger view.

Will they make the DJJD deadline? As of this morning, the last update on the MNDOT's Hwy 3 news page was when the project began in May.


DJJD Horseshoe Hunt starts today

button05.gifThe 8th annual Defeat of Jesse James Days Horseshoe Hunt begins this morning.

Clues will be posted on the Horseshoe Hunt page of their web site after 9am each day.

They'll also be announced on KYMN (1080 AM) and appear in the Northfield news.

Update 9:10 am: no clue posted yet.


Police Department accreditation

Autul Mondal and Judy Dierks (left photo) appeared before the assessors from the Commission on Accreditation For Law Enforcement Agencies last week at the NCRC building, as did former Northfield City Administrator Scott Neal (right photo), now City Manager in Eden Prairie. (Click photos for larger views.)

See Police Chief Gary Smith's blog post on the meeting. And yesterday, Smith blogged that Mondal, a former employee of Chapati, has opened a restaurant in St. Louis Park called The Best of India.

Full disclosure:


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Mark Setterstrom, Chapati, Kurry Kabab, Bernadette and Al Whipkey, St. Olaf's ghosts.


New bank raid exhibit at NHS

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The Northfield Historical Society opened their expanded permanent Bank Raid exhibit this week. See Executive Director Mark Fagerwick's blog post with photos.

Board President Rob Schanilec blogged earlier about the exhibit and recognized those involved: "The Rotary Club of Northfield and the family of Eva Lou Scott have provided funding. The following have provided time and resources: Nancy Ashmore, Bob Boze Bell, Dan Bergeson, Bart DeMalignon, Chip DeMann, Jennifer Edwins, Susan Garwood, Jack Koblas, Allyn Kuennen, Debby Larson, Joan Olson, Joy Riggs, Mary Rossing, Rob Schanilec, Wendy Thorpe, Earl Weinmann and R.L. Wilson."

Full disclosure:


Northfield Mentoring Coalition - 78 Kids Can't Wait

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Northfield Union of Youth Executive Director Anne Kroes and colleagues staffed a Mentoring Coalition booth at last week's Books & Stars event in Central Park. It's part of the "78 Kids Can't Wait" campaign to recruit adults to serve as mentors for 78 local youths on a mentoring waiting list.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative has a web page devoted to the Northfield Mentoring Coalition.


ISSUES list topics of the week

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue. Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse:

  • Tonight's City Council/Hospital Board work session (7 pm at City Hall); restructuring study
  • EDA hires consulting firm for $80k
  • Draft recommendations for city website

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