Over and Back: end of an era

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Over and Back's final show is this weekend. See their goodbye page and bios of the cast of regulars: Will Healy, Susan Lohmann, Craig Wasner, Michael Hildebrandt, Charlotte DeVries, Gordon Oschwald, Steve Jennings, Casey Wasner, LuAnn Aldrich, Roger Fette, Brian Bjorklund, and The Bleacher Girls. There are evidently still a few tickets remaining for the Saturday performance. Guest artist: Neal and Leandra.


Rotary lunch; CAC event/drive; Salvation Army request


I attended the Northfield Rotary Club's weekly lunch today at the...


Nfld Public Library Board Meeting Report - Nov 15th

The Northfield Public Library Board met on Tuesday, Nov 15th. Did Booker the Bookmobile catch on fire? Did Lynne Young threaten a lock-out if the librarians failed to raise December checkouts by 15%? How many times was the library stormed by protestors angry over controversial book holdings?

Find out, inside!



The return of winter


Winter returned to Northfield this week. Yes, those of us who live here probably don't need to be told. But our site visitors from other countries might like to know. Left: the Northfield Public Library yesterday morning, with an inch of blowing snow. Center: 6 degrees on the First National Bank Northfield thermometer this morning under a full moon. Right: Traffic to the N.org site from other countries in October. Click to enlarge.


Wile E. Coyote and more at St. Olaf

Last week I asked for help in identifying some natural features of the area west of St. Olaf.

I got answers (comment attached to the blog post) from someone named Megan.

And she included links to photos taken last year on the campus prairie with a motion-sensing camera, including the one above. Click to enlarge.


A handwritten thank-you note


Do people appreciate Northfield.org? I get a steady stream of thanks (sometimes several times a week) from people I happen to see or meet face-to-face. We get an occasional email thanks via our Contact Us form. But I think this might be the first handwritten thank-you note we've gotten... from Jessica Paxton who was one of the people in charge of the Northfield Historical Society's "Club Ed" auction. Click to enlarge.


The Legacy bites the dust


Demolition of the Legacy Motel started yesterday... and by 3 pm this afternoon, it was gone. It was the last structure on the site left standing. Construction of Northfield Crossing, a mixed-used development, should begin soon. (A tip of the blogger hat to Kurt Larson, Larson's Printing, for the alert.)


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Mark Setterstrom, Gary Smith (2), Carolyn Fure-Slocum, Ken Grisim, Bill Morson, Al Greenlee, David Koenig, B.T. McElrath.


South Hwy 3 development


Miscellaneous development along Hwy 3 south. Click photos to enlarge.
Left: Perkins is hosting a job fair today. Renovation appears to be nearing completion.
Center: Earth-moving equipment has appeared on the Jasnoch parcel just south of the Allina Clinic.
Right: Super America has reopened after extensive renovations.


Northfield City Council meeting tonight

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.

7:00 am update: The agenda and council packet are not current. I've notified staff, requesting a quick update.

10:30 update: Agenda is now updated.


"Bob's Sleep Out" on Bridge Square

The local Edina Realty office sponsored Bob's Sleep Out on Bridge Square last night to raise money for the homeless.

I took the photo of the wind-whipped, partially-collapsed tent this morning at about 7:30. I assume there were people inside, otherwise the tent would have blown away. But I didn't want to find out as they likely didn't get much sleep, given the nasty weather.


Photos of the day - Veterans Memorial dedication

Photo highlights from yesterday's Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony. Left photo: Mayor Lee Lansing with Paul Rieffer, sculptor of the bronze statue. Left center photo: Leif Knecht with former MN Governor Al Quie, keynote speaker at the event. Right center photo: Bagpiper Steve Hamilto playing "Amazing Grace." Right photo: "Hey, how's it goin'? Oh, I can't kick." Wayne Eddy and a veteran comparing their prosthetic legs. Click photos to enlarge. And see more in the dedication photo album.


Hwy 3 reopens completely; developments underway


Hwy 3 fully reopened yesterday. The trees in front of the Quarterback were removed earlier this week (see April blog post). And the old Community National Bank drive-up has been torn down... soon to be replaced by a Mendota Homes model condo for Northfield Crossing, the mixed-used development that's now ready to begin construction across the street. (Last Monday, the Northfield City Council endorsed the development and provided $3.6 million in TIF.)


Veterans Memorial Dedication photo album


Dedication of the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial was held today at 11:00 am in Riverside Lions Park. Click the photos above to enlarge. And see seven dozen more in the dedication photo album.

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