Salvation Army kettle at Cub Foods and Econofoods

Northfield High School science teacher Jeanne Hanzlik (right) and her daughter, Kaitlin Hanzlik, were staffing the Salvation Army kettle at Cub Foods yesterday afternoon. Kaitlin and other members of the National Honor Society at the High School staffed the kettle from 10 am to 8 pm. (Click photo to enlarge.)

More signup slots for kettle ringers need to be filled for Fri. Dec. 9, Sat. Dec. 10, Fri. Dec. 16, and Sat. Dec. 17 at both Cub Foods and Econofoods. Click the flyer (PDF) for more information from Rice County Sheriff Dick Cook.

Got Firefox?


A little more than a year ago, I wrote an article entitled;
"Tired of Spyware On Your PC?" The intent of my article was to expose a very decent (and FREE) web browser, called Firefox, to folks who thought they were stuck with Internet Exploder Explorer as their only browser of choice.

Winter Walk at the library: photo album

Librarian Kathy Ness sent us 18 photos of Winter Walk at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday eve. Click these for a larger view and see the rest in the Winter Walk library photo album.

If you have photos of the last night's Winter Walk festivities that you'd be willing to share with the community, (ones of you and your family/friends especially) please contact us.

River City Books expands, temporarily

River City Books in downtown Northfield has opened a "bargain book annex" during the month of December in the former Bagel Bros. space next door.

NCO'ers in the Northfield News

Left: NCO Board Member Rob Brown and his company, badbrain computers, were featured in Wednesday's Northfield News.
Right: I'm in a photo with Justin Stets and Greg Carlson in today's paper re: the Carlson Capital Management donation to NCO.
Center: Northfield News reporter Adam Johnson authored both pieces. logo for the holidays

norg-xmas-logo.gifIn the spirit of Google Holiday Logos, we have a festive logo in our banner, courtesy of NCO Board Member, Tech Committee member, Library Board Member, and blogger, Adam Gurno.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Henry Fritz, Tom Meagher, Fred Sommers, St. Olaf's campus farm, Northfield

Northfield Entertainment Guide: December issue

NEGthumb.gifThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF. (Click image to view within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then download it and view/print from your PC.)

The NEG is published by Rob Schanilec and Lora Steil at By All Means Graphics. We've allowed the NEG to use photos from for several months now in exchange for a "thanks to" in the publication. The PDF has consistently been one of the most frequently downloaded files each month on, so for December, we've placed a linked thumbnail in our right sidebar under the calendar. We exploring ways for this to be a mutually beneficial arrangement for NEG,, and our site visitors. Let us know if you have feedback.

November web traffic for; milestone: 2,000 blog posts

We recently passed the milestone of 2,000 posts to this weblog since we started it two years ago... November, 2003.

We had a record month for web traffic in November in all three major categories (click for a more complete graphic):

Visitors: 14,354
Visits: 45,564
Pages/pageviews: 231,345
Hits: Over a million but it's an irrelevant stat. Want to know more? Our web host provider says this:

CoachCrafters & Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks was arrested thirty years ago (December 1, 1955) in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give her seat to a white male passenger on a segregated bus. Last year, Northfield-based CoachCrafters rebuilt a 1956 General Motors transit bus for the 50th anniversary of bus boycott. See the story: The Montgomery Bus Project: Bringing a Piece of History Back to Life including a photo album of the project.

The Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS) unveiled the bus last year with Northfielder Wayne Wolf, president of CoachCrafters, on hand (center in photo; click for larger view.) CoachCrafters celebrated their 20th anninversary earlier this fall.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival

St. Olaf held the first of four concerts of their annual Christmas Festival last night. See the article titled Annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival ushers in Advent season on this year's event.

Above left photo: My wife Robbie and I attended the Northfield community leaders' dinner (a Scandinavian buffet that includes lutefisk and lefse) before the festival, courtesy of Director of Communications, Amy Gage (right).

Center photo: (Shirley and Jim Evans; Ellen and Ray Cox.

Right photo: Scott Neal and spouse Dee Dee sat in front of us at the concert.

Photos/recordings of the performance are not allowed. Photo on the left is from last year's event from their website. Radio, TV and internet broadcasts of the event will soon be available. Full disclosure:

Photos of Winter Walk needed

If you have photos of the last night's Winter Walk festivities that you'd be willing to share with the community, (ones of you and your family/friends especially) please contact us.

Rotary Exchange student says goodbye

Left: Northfield Rotary's 2005-2006 Inbound Youth Exchange Student Kirsty Greenwood from South Africa made her goodbye presentation today at Northfield Rotary's lunch. Center: Kirsty was introduced by Vicki Dilley, one of her host moms. Right: with Northfield Rotary President David Brown.

New sponsor: Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run
A new sponsor for the first two weeks of December: the 2005 Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 17. It's a charity event, with all registration fees going to the Jeff Amerman Pavilion at Spring Creek Park. Left photo: NCO Board member and Jingle Bell Run committee member Jonathan Jaranson with Justin Stets, Carlson Cap, in promotion high-gear at last week's Turkey Trot. (Click to enlarge.) The event is sponsored by Carlson Capital Management and the MN Center for Philanthropy.

Alberta Clipper delivers for Winter Walk

Last night's Alberta Clipper delivered just enough snow for tonight's Winter Walk. Left photo: Bridge Square at 6:30 this morning. Center photo: No parking on Division St. downtown begins at 1 pm. Right photo from 2004: again this year, you can have your kids shot with the James Gang at the Northfield Historical Society.

See the full schedule of activities on the Chamber's Winter Walk page.

See the 100+ photos in the Winter Walk 04 photo album. See the 25+ photos in the Winter Walk 03 photo album. See the 10 photos in the Winter Walk 02 photo album.

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