Arb flakes

Early this evening, under a slightly obscured full moon yet with big snowflakes falling, I was cross country skiing in the lower Arb and ran into Sam Demas and Laurel Bradley.

Their smiles at the scene we were experiencing were as wide as mine. (Click photo to enlarge. And yes, that's a snowflake about to land on Sam's nose.)

Laurel is Carleton's Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the College Art Collection. Sam is the College Librarian and on the board of the Northfield Arts Guild.

Just Food Co-op birthday

The Just Food Co-op natural food market turns one year old today. The celebration, however, will be Saturday, Dec. 17. Here is a schedule of events from an email announcement:

Northfield Public Schools to Close Early (Wed)

From the Northfield Public Schools Web site:

"Today, December 14th school will be dismissing two hours early due to bad weather."

This includes all Northfield public schools -- including the charter schools. It also affects many other groups: for example, Northfield Montessori is also closing early (at 2 p.m.).

Restaurant/pub news

Left: The Ole Store launched their website this week. Members of the NDDC's outreach committee (L to R: Ross Currier, Bardwell Smith, Tristan Cox, Amy Gage -- I'm a member, too) were chowing down there on Tues morn.

Center: Froggy Bottoms has a new edition of its newsletter/menu on its website.

Right: The Contented Cow has encased its lower outdoor patio area in plastic.

Full disclosure:

Northfield Volunteer Organization (NVO)

There's not an official name yet but details on the formation of the Northfield Volunteer Organization (NVO) are being released. Last week's Northfield News had an article titled Ball funds to create NVO.

candytaylor100w.jpgGreg Carlson and Justin Stets, principals of Carlson Capital Management and founding members of the Northfield-based Minnesota Center for Philanthropy, sent out a press release and an FAQ (PDFs) today on the new organization. Candy Taylor is the new executive director. Proceeds from this weekend's Sesquicentennial Governors Ball (see yesterday's blog post) will be used to help fund NVO.

They also announced a temporary web site. Interested people can subscribe to the RSS feed of the weblog there and/or the email announcement list.

ISSUES list topics of the week: Dog park, snow removal

dogs.GIFThe ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on the pros and cons of a dog park for Northfield as well as snow removal from sidewalks.

To join the discussion, subscribe to the ISSUES list.

Registration requires a working email address along with a first and last name.

There are 149 area citizens currently on the list. The discussion is moderated, i.e., all comments are reviewed before allowing them to be posted to the list. See the guidelines for participation.

Andrea Een

I met Andrea Een a couple weeks ago in the Blue Monday and learned that she's not only an Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf but a volin, viola, and fiddle player with her own web site, one CD out (From the Valley) and another on the way. (20% of the proceeds from sales of her first CD go to the Valley Grove Preservation Fund, as some of the CD was recorded at Valley Grove Church in Nerstrand.) She was featured on the back page of last week's Northfield News for the annual Norwegian chapel service at St. Olaf.

Arb deer hunt

A deer management archery hunt continues through the end of December in the Carleton Arb.

Fundraiser for Brenda Gilbertson at Papa Murphy's

I got this email from Becca Brinkman about today's fundraiser for Brenda Gilbertson at Papa Murphy's Take n' Bake Pizza.

papamurphyslogo.gif "Papa Murphy's will contribute half of ALL proceeds from sales on December 13th to Brenda and Andrew Gilbertson. Brenda is a teacher in the Northfield Schools and is battling cancer. Andrew is a teacher at Bridgewater."

Click the photo to enlarge and see Becca's calendar entry for more details.

caringbridgelogo.gif11:30 am update: Becca reports that Brenda has a Caring Bridge site for keeping people updated on her condition and for accepting messages of support. And that Papa Murphy's has received 180 preorders.

5:30 pm update: I called Papa Murphy's and they're overwhelmed. They can no longer take any more orders for the evening.

Sesquicentennial Grand Finale: the Governor's Ball

GovBallLogo.jpgThe final event of Northfield's Sesquicentennial year -- the Governor's Ball -- is this Saturday, Dec. 17 -- at Carleton College's Great Hall. This event will honor four Northfielders who have risen to the office of governor: Al Quie - MN Governor (1979-1983), Karl F. Rolvaag - MN Governor (1963-1967), Edward Thye - MN Governor (1943-1947), and Adelbert Ames - Mississippi Governor (1868-1870). Tickets to this black-tie-optional affair -- $50 per person -- are sold out.

govtickets2cropped.jpgMusic will include "Come Make a Home," a piece commissioned by Robert and Liz Shepley and created by Dan and Christine Kallman; it will be performed by the Northfield Youth Choirs. Participants will dance to the big band sounds of the MN Jazz Orchestra and will get to see the unveiling of a 4-by-6-foot lithograph commissioned by the Sesquicentennial committee and created by local artist Kari Alberg. The piece will be sold during a silent auction.

ccmlogovert112h.gifThis Northfield Historical Society sesquicentennial event is made possible by the support of Carlson Capital Management. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the Northfield community.

Sesquicentennial committee: Front row, L to R: Renee Huckle, with event Governor's Ball co-chairs Emily Monaghan, Rob Schanilec, & Kristin Stets: back row, L to R: Jennifer Sawyer, Bo Aylin, Candy Taylor, Debby Larson and Mark Fagerwick. and

We're in the process of making the domain name more invisible to site visitors, so that appears in the browser address bar no matter where on our site you happen to be. The two domains are essentially the same and in most cases, it won't matter which one is used.

This changeover has caused some technical glitches in the past few days, notably with the Contact Us form and with weblog comments, which hopefully are now fixed.

We'd appreciate you letting us know (yep, use that form!) if you come upon other glitches. And my apologies for the hassles.

Update 12/14: For those of you using Internet Explorer as your web browser, you can fix the image problem by clearing your browser cache.

Tools > Internet Options > general tab > delete files

City Council Work Session AND Regular Meeting tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets Monday at 6 pm at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

The agenda and complete council packet are available on the City's Dec. 12 agenda web page.

City's new "Tell the City about... " page


The City of Northfield has a new Tell the City about web page that invites citizens to fill out forms informing the City about:

  • A good experience
  • Streetlight trouble
  • Potholes
  • Graffiti
  • Garbage pickup problem
  • Recycle pickup problem
  • Housing code violations
  • Traffic speed problem
  • Crime info or leads

There's also a drop-down menu on the City's home page for this feature.

City's new calendar page

The City of Northfield has scapped its Meetings web page in favor of a Calendar page that shows an entire month. "The calendar shows four different types of content: events (e.g. Library Book Club), standing meetings (e.g. City Council Meetings), public notices, and special meetings associated with projects."

It also has added a "Calendar this week" feature on its home page.

"The Market" to become "The Hideaway"

Anastasia Balfany is closing "The Market" antiques and home decor store in downtown Northfield. In its place, Jim and Joan Spaulding, owners of the James Gang Coffeehouse and Eatery, plan to open "The HideAway," a deli, coffee and wine bar. See the press release for more details. Full disclosure: The James Gang Coffeehouse is a client.

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