Christian Rock on Bridge Square


Livingstone Ministries hosted a rock concert on Bridge Square last night. Click the photos for larger views.


Northfield News editorial on the local blogosphere

Saturday's Northfield News carried this "Our View" opinion piece by the paper's editorial team:

Officials extend thoughts to the Web.

Some excerpts:


New prohibition signs downtown

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I took photos of the ten different places downtown where the City has put up signs prohibiting bicycling, skateboarding, and inline blading/roller skating on sidewalks.

The two signs on the footbridge read "Prohibited in downtown area. By ordinance." The others read, "Prohibited on sidewalks. By ordinance."

See all ten location photos in the photo album. For the ordinance language...


ArtSwirl events today

The Comedy of Errors

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Cannon River Water Festival

Canoe/Kayak Race

Open Mic Night

Details on the Northfield Arts Guild's ArtSwirl page.


Japanese Garden tour

Bardwell Smith led a tour of Carleton's Japanese Garden at noon yesterday, part of ArtSwirl. (See the July 6 blog post for more on the garden.) Bardwell is a Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus at Carleton College, where he taught from 1960 to 1995. He launched the creation of the garden and raised funds for its construction and continued maintenance. He's also on the board of the NDDC.

Margit and Eric Johnson help to maintain the garden. They had visitors last week.


August Art at the ArtOnWater gallery

Regional artists launched their August Art show at the ArtOnWater gallery on Thursday night.


ArtSwirl Kickoff photo album

Left: ArtSwirl coordinator Jill Enestvedt (pictured with ARTech Advisor Sarah Hale) led the activities on Bridge Square last night, including the creation of a community painting. Cottage Industry stretched the canvas and The Rare Pair is displaying the painting today in their store. Right photo: Vera Johansen, the popcorn lady.

Click any photo for a larger view and see 3 dozen more in the ArtSwirl kickoff photo album


Spring Creek Park Shelter

A new shelter at the Spring Creek Park south of Jefferson Parkway is being planned. (See this June post.)
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Rick Estenson, Northfield Rotary/First National Bank Northfield, has created a PowerPoint presentation (PDF).


Three Links Golf Tournament

link.gifThree Links Care Center hosted their Seventh Annual Golf Tournament at the Northfield Golf Club today (8/04/2005) with a 1PM Shotgun Start.



Hwy 3 detours to be removed for DJJD


Hwy 3 construction crews worked around a plentiful supply of ground water on Tuesday morning when I took these photos.

Barring rain delays, MNDOT & contractor Heselton Construction hope to have the detours removed for the start of DJJD. Heidi Hamilton, City Engineer, emailed this announcement earlier today:

A new schedule was issued for the Highway 3 construction project at the progress meeting this morning. According to the schedule, the current detours will be removed on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day), just before Defeat of JJ Days. The next phase of construction will not include any detours, although Highway 3 traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.


ArtSwirl kicks off today

Northfield's second annual ArtSwirl Festival starts today, "bringing ten days of unique arts events to Northfield. ArtSwirl will feature plays by Shakespeare and Neil Simon, storytelling and stained glass, painters and writers, chamber music and jazz, jugglers and silent movies, walking tours of public art and architecture, a tour of twelve local artists' studios, gallery exhibits, an "unwanted art" auction, and more."

It's presented by the Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and coordinated by volunteer Jill Enestvedt. See the photo album from last year's Kickoff.

Today's Kickoff events:


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Ray Cox, Northfield Schools, Northfield police chief, Contented Cow, me.


Business newsletters: Just Food's ComPost; Froggy Times

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Just Food Co-op has published the premiere issue (Aug/Sep) of The ComPost. And Froggy Bottoms has published its spring/summer issue of The Froggy Times.


A New Volunteer for NCO?

stork.delivers.gifI hear through the grapevine that Alex (NCO's esteemed vice-chair) Beeby's wife has just delivered their latest baby! We celebrate with them, and are excited to hear that the new arrival is already on tap to be a future front page blogger! Now that's one way to get more volunteers!


Hoyt resigns as city administrator

Northfield News reporter Michelle Kubitz has a story in today's paper that Susan Hoyt resigned yesterday as city administrator of Northfield.


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