Business changes

Left: The Archer House has converted the hallway leading to the Tavern Lounge into a gift shop. Center: the conversion of The Ranch House into a Perkins Restaurant and Bakery started this week. Right: Target has installed new shopping cart corrals in its parking lot. Click photos for larger views.

Sunshine on Public Bodies

About 30 community members showed up at a League of Women Voters function Monday night to listen to an attorney speak for two hours. Mark Anfinson, legal adviser to the Minnesota Newspaper Association, answered questions about Minnesota's open meeting and record laws -- known as sunshine laws.

Vigil for Soldier Casualties tonight at 7

I got this email from PPG member Judith Stoutland this afternoon:

Today the 2,000th American soldier was killed in Iraq. The Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill invites all members of the Northfield community to join in a vigil of remembrance and honor tonight on Bridge Square at 7 p.m. Bring a candle (with a shield for the wind, if possible).

PRESS RELEASE -- Online organization to hold real-world annual meeting

Northfield Citizens Online will hold its annual
meeting at the Northfield Public Library at 7 p.m. on
Oct. 26. The organization invites the public to attend
and participate in its discussion and board election.

Bittersweet Eatery and Gathering Place

The Kitchen has a new name: Bittersweet Eatery and Gathering Place. And this morning, I discovered that they carry Italian gelato. In the photo, The Archer House's Katherine Baty (right) gets a chocolate gelato fix from Kathy Akre. Their hours are the same, they still offer free wi-fi, but new decor is evident and couches/comfy seating is on the way for the middle room.

Stop light straw poll continues

strawpollpiechart.gif's straw poll on the issue of a stop light at Hwy 3 and 3rd St. continues through Thursday this week. See last week's blog post for more details. Sixty people have completed the poll thus far.

We'll compile the results and comments on Friday and get them to TPTB.

LWV 4th Monday forum: open meeting laws

lwvnfldlogo.gifThe League of Women Voters Northfield is hosting their 4th Monday forum tonight.

The topic: Behind closed doors. How much public business can be conducted in private?

See Marcia Walters' blog post for more details.

City of Northfield meetings this week

northfiled_logo.gifSee the City's Weekly Meetings web page for an updated list of city-related meetings this week.

Among the meetings: Planning Commission, Economic Development Authority (EDA), Hospital Board Meeting, Old Memorial Field Public Forum #3.

Ted Tuel's new look

I spotted Ted Tuel early this morning in the GBM.

No, he's not a really a skinhead; yes, he's still a drug user (see mug); and yes, he's now a Buddhist priest, ordained last week.

Ted and the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center were profiled by reporter Michelle Kubitz in Saturday's Northfield News: Northfield Buddhists encourage peace of mind.

Circle of Service day photo album

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Last weekend, my wife Robbie and I travelled to the Feed My Starving Children facility in Eagan with a group Northfielders to help bag food.

We're part of a new volunteerism group organized by Jim Pokorney (center photo below) called a Circle of Service (see the invitation/explanation - PDF). Click photos to enlarge and see the photo album for ten more.

Back row, L to R: Denny Dempsey, Leota Goodney, Jim Pokorney, Robbie Wigley, Scott Nesbit, Doug Worson, Mark Werner.
Front row, L to R: Norman Butler, Griff Wigley, Heidi Hamilton, Clarice Grenier Grabau.

"Make a Difference Day" photos

Joseph Mbele (left) told traditional African folktales to a group of children at yesterday's Make a Difference Day book drive at the NCRC. According to AmeriCorps worker Gillian Wigley (right), over 300 children's books were donated for the READS Initiative.

Full disclosure: Gillian will occasionally admit to being a distant relative.

Chapati Fire -- Updated @ 20:15 10/22/2005

A shrill fire alarm evacuated the Archer House just before 4 p.m. today. A dryer in Chapati, the Indian restaurant, caught fire but caused minimal damage according to 2nd Assistant Fire Chief Tom Nelson.

.08 event at Froggy Bottoms tonight

bac.gifThe Northfield Police Department and College City Beverage are sponsoring a .08 awareness night at Froggy Bottoms tonight. "The demonstration has two rounds, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Minnesota law changed on August 1st when the standard for driving under the influence of alcohol dropped to a blood/alcohol level of .08. The goal of the event is to educate the drinking public on factors that influence the blood alcohol level."

More details in Susan Hvistendahl's blog post.

AmeriCorps children's book drive today at NCRC

americorpslogo96w.gifThe AmeriCorps READS Initiative (Reading Early Achieves Developmental Success) and the Northfield School District Family Services Division are hosting a children's book drive and family fun event today from 10am-1pm at the NCRC building.

Click the poster image for more details.

Disc golf courses; labyrinth

Both Carleton and St. Olaf colleges have disc golf courses open to the public. St. Olaf has 9 holes west of its entrance road at Hwy 19, and another 9 holes in the field northwest of the Hwy 19/Armstrong Road intersection. Carleton's 9 hole course has 4 holes around Lyman Lakes and the rest scattered around the "three oaks" fields in the upper Arb.

Carleton's advantage is that, once you lose your disc in Lyman Lakes , you can take a meditative trip or two around the Stewsie Island Labyrinth to relax.

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