Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media this week: Northfield Police, Chapati, Village on the Cannon.


Two Men Sought in Northfield Assaults (includes 2 min. video clip)
nfldsuspectsketch.jpg Northfield, Minnesota police are searching for two suspects in a pair of attempted abductions of college-aged women on Sunday night. One suspect is described as a five-foot tall Hispanic male with a muscular build. He was described wearing a white sleeveless tee shirt, blue jeans, and sunglasses. The other suspect is a white male in his late forties. The victims of both attacks are students at St. Olaf College.

Police Dept. press release: attempted abductions, assaults last night


Northfield Police Chief Gary Smith sent me this press release this morning on two attempted abductions and assaults that occurred last night.

Click the image for the PDF or see the text below.

Cannon River Clean-up

Malt-O-Meal and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership joined forces on Saturday to clean the east bank of the Cannon Rriver from the 5th street bridge south to the Highway 3 bridge.

Left photo: Katy Gillispie, Environmental Engineer for Malt-O-Meal, CRWP member Patti Haskins, and CRWP Board member, George Kinney. Center photo in wetsuit: Charley Skinner. Right photo: Charley, George, Patti.

Tonight: City of Northfield website redesign forum

nfldredesignforum.gifFrom a post on Livefront's redesign weblog: "Come share your ideas for a new city web site at the City of Northfield Web Redesign Public Forum coming up on Monday, May 23rd at 7:00pm. The event is located in room SS103 of the Northfield Community Resource Center."

We've added their blog to our Civic Blogosphere and have started aggregating their most recent posts to the right sidebar of this page.

Commuter Challenge, Share the Road

RENew Northfield hosted a Commuter Challenge/Share the Road (formerly known as B-BOP) breakfast on Bridge Square last Friday.

Pledgers were encouraged to walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus to their workplace.

[21 May 2005] Special Olympics (Regional)

Today, as in the past, Carleton College hosted (at Laird Field) the 2005 Special Olympics.
This event gives year-round sports training and athletic competition to more than 1 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 150 countries (Ref: Special Olympics)

Northfield Garden Club's Memorial Pergola at Riverside Park

On Monday, the Northfield City Council approved an agreement with the Northfield Garden ClubPDF of the motion or the text below. Click the sketch and photo for larger views.

Note that the Northfield Garden Club has a new blogsite (web site with a weblog), built/designed by Michael Blaha, Organic Arts and Kari Alberg, Studio Kari.

Tom Thumb bites the dust

Mendota Homes, developer of the Riverfront site, tore down the Tom Thumb store this week. (Construction on Highway 3 is happening all around the Riverfront development site.)

The Legacy Motel, left in the photo, is next to be torn down. I spoke with representatives from Mendota Homes this week and they said they will have PDFs of the Riverfront plans on their web site next week.

Power outage

I spoke with Northfield Police Chief Gary Smith late this morning. The electric power outage from approximately 10:30 am to 11:45 am was evidently caused by a downed power line pole in the rural area between Northfield and Faribault. Areas of Northfield primarily affected were south of Woodley.

City of Northfield to give city Website an overhaul

citylogo.gif The City of Northfield is kicking off the first step in redesigning their web site; gathering input from the public on what they want to see and use on the city web site.

There will be 2 public input meetings in addition to other feedback gathering processes for gathering as many public comments, suggestions and ideas for the new City of Northfield website as possible.

The first meeting will be on Monday, May 23rd at 7:00pm. The event is located in room SS103 of the Northfield Community Resource Center. For those who can't make Monday's meeting, a second meeting will be held June 14 at 5:30pm at the City Hall.

Livefront (the company hired to gather requirements for this project) has set up a blog to post project updates, surveys, and other ways to get involved: The Northfield Web Site Redesign Blog.

Spring Cleaning at The Key

I took these photos (click for larger views) of staff and members of the Union of Youth doing spring cleaning in The Key's back yard/deck area this afternoon at about 4 pm. Above left: Josh Hinnenkamp and Ben Simpson. Sweeping: Stu Meyers.

Scott is on the roof, filling Ben's garbage bag with gutter leaves; Megan (blue shirt) is bagging trash with Josh.
Victor and Kiffi Summa donated the use of their truck for the cleanup.

(I'd appreciate help with the names of the others in the photos.)

Community National Bank building to be sold to Mendota Homes?

About an hour ago, Ross Currier posted to the NDDC weblog:

"...We have heard that there is a verbal agreement to sell the downtown Community National Bank building to Mendota Homes and that the written agreement is either executed or close to execution."

What might they intend to do with it?

See Ross' post.

Today: School District open house on old Middle School Reuse

The Northfield School District is holding an Open House today on the reuse of the historic Middle School and site.

The Open House will be held at the new Northfield Middle School Media Center, 2200 Division Street South, from 5 pm to 7 pm.

See the Q&A document on the district's web site (PDF).

DJJD - 2005 Heywood Award Recipient Announced

17 May 2005 - Today the Heywood Reception Committee of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration Committee
announced their selection for the 2005 Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award. Gene Finger (right) will be presented the 2005 Joseph Lee Heywood Award at the 2005 Joseph Lee Heywood Award Banquet this September 7th.

Police chaplains hold memorial service

The Northfield Police Chaplains held the annual peace officer memorial service this afternoon at the Northfield Safety Center.

Left photo: Officers Jody Spinner and Thad Monroe. Right: Rev. Bill van Oss and Chief Gary Smith.

See more photos in the memorial service photo album.

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