Riverfront Development - public input meetings today & Thurs.

The Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) will host two public meetings for the public this week on the plans for the Riverfront Redevelopment site by Mendota Homes, the developer. (Click the images for larger views. I'll try to get higher-quality PDF's from the developer.)

Today's meeting is from 5:30-7 PM at City Hall and will be repeated on Thursday, May 19, 7-8:30 PM.

Mendota Homes will also be present at the NDDC's Block Head Gathering on Wed. morning at the Rueb. See Ross Currier's post to the NDDC weblog for details.

Council approves Froggy Bottoms request for River Walk seating

On a 4-3 vote, the Northfield City Council last night approved "a Request for the Temporary Private Use of a Portion of the Public River Walk and Amendment of the Liquor License for Froggy Bottoms."

See the motion and conditions documents (PDFs).

See the photo album of the meeting. I also added photos of the area in question, the letter to the City from Dave Hvistendahl, owner of Froggy Bottoms, and a sketch of the plans.

Several members from the Union of Youth and members of the public spoke against the motion (see the photo album for their pictures. The Key's deck/rear entrance is adjacent to the rear entrance of Froggy Bottoms.

Scott Davis resigns from NCO board; to head ad hoc group on community media

Northfield City Council member Scott Davis resigned from the Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) board of directors last night. The City Council revised this motion, and on a unanimous vote, placed Davis solely in charge of the public input process.

The ad hoc group will examine all types of community media, including public access television and the internet.

I'll post the full text of the revised motion here as soon as I obtain it.

Update 5/20: The full text is now attached.

Syttende Mai

Today is Syttende Mai, the 17th of May, the day of Norwegian Independence.

I walked down the sidewalk on the west side of downtown at 6:30 this morning and got invited in to this group of locals celebrating. L to R: Kiffi Summa, Ruth Sylte, Julie Bixby-Johnson, Dean Kjerland, and Victor Summa. I don't know any of them but they seemed like nice people.

Full disclosure:

Northfield City Council meets tonight

northfiled_logo.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight, 7:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.


See the Council Meeting Agenda page. It has PDF links within the page.

Northfield Area Veterans Memorial

The model for the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial that is under construction in Riverside Park is on display in the lobby of the First National Bank of Northfield. Print brochures are available on the table.

I'd like to link to a web page for this project, and/or make the PDF of the brochure available. Contact me if you have information.

May 17 update: Here's the PDF of the brochure. Thanks to Leah Whitworth at Neuger Communications Group for sending it to me.


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media this week: Village on the Cannon, Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, Northfield Retirement Center, Northfield High School, Band of 10,000 Aches.

USAgain Clothing & Shoes dropbox

There is a USAgain clothing and shoes dropbox in front of Northfield Family Dentistry on Woodley near Jefferson Road.

The Fireplace Connection

A business called Fireplace Connection has leased the old Polzin Glass building next to McDonald's at Hwy 3 and Woodley.

Jumal, the Albino squirrel

Colin McLain, Carleton College student, sent me this photo of Carleton's resident Albino squirrel, nicknamed Jumal.

NAG auction photo album

Doug Bratland has a photo album up of the NAG auction from two weeks ago... 32 photos.

Daisyfest this weekend

I got a note from Michael Blaha of Organic Arts about this weekend's Daisyfest music festival just south of Dundas.

The website says that "Daisyfest is a southern Minnesota musical festival. Small festival feel, with Rock, Bluegrass, Reggae, Jam Band and more... Camping, vendors, drum circle, and other projects too."

Their news page is a weblog with an RSS feed.

Who was Carl Squint Hower?

Thanks to Sue Odette, Paul Raadt, Bryce Willett, and Mellissa Cuccio for background info on Carl Squint Hower. I've attached their replies to the blog post.

Public hearing - street reclamation project

My wife and I attended the public meeting on the proposed street reclamation project held at City Hall last night. (Reclamation is grinding up existing pavement and reusing it. Ten streets in Northfield are targeted for this later this summer... including ours, Linden St., south of Woodley.)

Brian Hilgardner (left photo) from Bolton & Menk, a Mankato-based engineering and consulting firm, and Northfield Public Works Director Heidi Hamilton presented and answered questions from the audience.

Another public hearing will be held at the June 6 city council meeting. I'll see if I can get the Powerpoint presentation and post it here. In the meantime, join the ISSUES discussion list if you're interested in discussing the pros and cons of this project.

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