Open house at the NATC

The Northfield Area Technology Center (NATC) held an open house yesterday in their lab at the senior center in the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) building.

Left: Instructors Paul Woodings and Lee Klimisch; Right: instructor Ray Eng (far right) working with some young whippersnappers. Click photos to enlarge.


More entrants in Chamber's Halloween display contest

Two more entrants in the Northfield Chamber of Commerce's Halloween display contest.


Left photo: Knecht's Nurseries and Landscaping, created by (center photo, L to R: Heidi Gervais, Deb Knecht, Shar Jacobsen); Right photo: Northfield Construction Company, created by Jodi Duden.

If your business is participating in the contest and you'd like us to feature it with a photo here on N.org, contact us.

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ISSUES list topic of the week: Stop light at 3rd and Hwy 3?

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

Recent topic of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on whether or not there should be a stop light or pedestrian crossing signal light (similar to the ones for Malt O Meal on Hwy 19 - right photo) at 3rd St. and Hwy 3 (left photo)?

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There are 145 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.


The multicolored Asian lady beetle invades Northfield

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My wife Robbie's office has been invaded by Asian lady beetles. They cluster on the fan light and occasionally drop on her head, much to my amusement her dismay.

Are these bugs helpful? Harmful? How to manage them? See the U of MN Extension Service's web page on the Asian lady beetle.


Old Main in the morning; St. Olaf's fall colors


When driving to the Ole Store this morning, I noticed the setting moon over St. Olaf's Old Main, with the flag flying and the early eastern light reflecting in its windows. A couple hours later, I took a photo of the fall colors in the morning light. And later in the day, one of the Hwy 19 campus entrance. Click photos to enlarge.


PDZ, Pool and Liquor


PDZ, pool and liquor, no this isn't a Viking party; it's tonight's city council meeting. In a session that actually ended before ten, the meeting covered topics including the Target site, a new public pool and the liquor store's location.


Over and Back's last show

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Over and Back will perform their final show next month. I spoke with Susan Lohmann this morning (Susan serves as Over & Back's co-producer & administrator when she's not singing and playing guitar). After 14.5 years, the group has decided for a variety of reasons to end the production. A complete story will evidently appear in an upcoming Northfield News article.

The November 18, 19, & 20 shows will feature guests Neal and Leandra. Beneficiaries for the show the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial, and Christmas Dinner for All.


High school's "Students to Students" raising money for Katrina victims

I noticed this fundraiser bucket at the counter at the Blue Monday this morning. It reads in part, "This relief effort is coordinated by an NHS student group concerned about the effects of the hurricanes on high school students. Mr. Ron Nuebel is the staff coordinator."

Students to Students has a web page, as does Ron Neubel.


Northfield City Council meeting tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets Monday at 7:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. The agenda is available on the City's agenda web page.

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

7 am update:
The agenda, council packet, and weekly meetings schedule are not current. I've notified staff requesting a quick update. 10:30 am: the pages/files have been updated.


Ranch House closed; reportedly sold to Perkins


Although I've not been able to get confirmation of the owner, several people have reported to me the past two weeks that the Ranch House has been sold to Perkins. Two of them spoke with the owners. This morning, I took the photo of the sign on their door announcing that they closed yesterday at 3 pm. I mistakenly blogged on the sale back in mid-July.


Photos from the Quantum Mechanics talk at the Library

The third and final presentation celebrating 100 Years of Relativity took place on Thursday. Arjendu Pattanayak, physics professor at Carleton College delivered "Quantum Mechanics is weird, and I love it!" to a crowd of 40+ at the Northfield Public Library.

More information and a picture gallery inside...


Moonlight Serenade

Intricate rhythm patterns dance through the frosty air tonight as Northfielders celebrate community in Way Park under a nearly full moon.

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Halloween display contest

The Northfield Chamber of Commerce is conducting a Halloween display contest this year.


The Archer House is participating and evidently managed to get Robert Bierman of Bierman's Home Furnishings & Floor Covering and current Chamber president, to model for the display (center photo). Click the thumbnails to enlarge.

If your business is participating in the contest and you'd like us to feature it with a photo here on N.org, contact us.


Full Moon Events

full moonWith the extended weather forecast calling for mostly clear skies, the upcoming full moon brings a flurry of autumnal activity to the area. Friends of Way Park kicks things off this Saturday at 7 p.m. with an evening of folktales and music in Way Park. Joseph Mbele, St. Olaf professor and author, will spin tales from his native Tanzania, and the Carleton African Dum Ensemble will perform between stories.

Sesquicentennial Cemetery ToursOn Monday, the night of the actual full moon, Sesquicentennial Cemetery Tours will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. and/or 8 to 9 p.m. at Northfield Cemetery (across from the High School) with actors portraying former Northfielders from their gravesites. Also on Monday, Faribault's River Bend Nature Center hosts a free Full Moon Hike from 7 to 8:30 p.m. And, if that's not enough, this full moon will also feature a very slight partial lunar eclipse, but not until just before sunrise.


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