Hwy 3 construction

Left: The Water St. parking lot on the West side of downtown is now gone. Right: Two signs at Division and Woodley point detour traffic to downtown.

Photo album - Union of Youth Writing Workshop

See the photo album from tonight's performance by participants in the Union of Youth Writing Workshop. Jan Allister was the advisor/writing instructor, with assistance from Ted Tuel.

Participants: Stephanie Bove, Madi Cooper, John Witt, Althea Allen, Willie Gregory-Bjorkland, Sarah Lee, Becca Mellstrom, Nat Allister, Gilly Wigley, Amanda Madsen, Siobhan Meehl, Joey Cherney

Northfield Montessori construction

Northfield Montessori's new school building is under contruction.

It's new location is between the American Legion Ballroom and the Girl Scout Council of Cannon Valley on North Highway 3.

Bridge Square memorials

Last week I blogged photos of Sheldahl Fountain on Bridge Square. There are other commemorative plaques there... in addition to the Civil War Veterans Memorial in the center of the park.

Don McRae, 1992 recipient of the Joseph Lee Heywood award, has a memorial tree on the west edge of the park. McRae died in 1996.

Carl Squint Hower has two of the benches dedicated to his memory. Hower died in 1967. I couldn't find any information on Hower on the web. Attach a comment if you know who he was, or contact me.

Prairie Creek Plant Sale

Right: Northfield School Board Member Katy Hargis, about to unload a wad of cash at Prairie Creek Community School's annual plant sale on Bridge Square on Saturday.

High school writers to read their work at The Key

Area high school students who have taken the year-long Writing Workshop at the Northfield Union of Youth read from their work tomorrow, 7pm at The Key.

Left: the poster promoting the event, titled "The Man from Nantucket and other stories by the fashionably late," was created by Becca Mellstrom. Lead instructor this year (right): Jan Allister, Assistant Professor of English at St. Olaf.

Run Downtown to the Spring Fling

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Spring Fling is today.

See the schedule of events below.

The photo on the left of runners and walkers gathering for the 9 am Run Downtown is from the 2004 Spring Fling photo album. See the NDDC's Run Downtown Poster (PDF) for more.

Can you tell who these people are and who they're watching?

Veteran's Memorial construction begins

Construction has started on the Veteran's Memorial in Riverside Lion's Park, across Hwy 3 from the rodeo grounds.

See the photo album I started back in January of the site and plans.

Academic Civic Engagement Summit

100_1431med.jpgToday was day two of the three day "2005 Service Learning and Academic Civic Engagement Summit" hosted by St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. The summit consists of a variety of lectures and discussions regarding students, education, and community involvement.

The Ole Store - Internet Cafe

Ken Wedding sent me this photo of a neon "Internet Cafe" sign in the window of the Ole Store, currently undergoing a revamping under new owners.

As reported back in March, the Ole Store will re-open sometime in June.

Hwy 3 Detours - starting Monday

Detour Map #1: Eastbound Hwy 19 traffic routed east on Woodley to Prairie, north to Wall St. Road, east to Spring Creek Road, north to Hwy 19. (Right photo: the new, temporary parking lot at Hwy 3 & 2nd St., replacing the Water St. lot to the east of the footbridge.)


Detour Map #2: Southbound Hwy 3 traffic routed west on Greenvale to Spring, north to Lincoln Parkway, west to Lincoln St., south to Forest Ave, east on Forest/Third St.

Update 5 PM: I've attached the text of the MN DOT press release.

Photo album - Rally for Education

Northfield Middle School history teacher Earl Weinmann, one of the 10 finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, speaking to the Rally for Education crowd on Bridge Square tonight. (Click the photos for a larger view. Thanks to Jane McWilliams for the photo on the right.)

See the Rally for Education photo album for two dozen more photos.

Hundreds Rally for Education on Bridge Square

Approximately 200-300 people converged on Bridge Square this afternoon to show their support for education. They called for a 5% increase to the education funding formula for two years.

Attendees listened to multiple speakers: Lee Lansing, Northfield Mayor; Frank Flavell, a NHS Student; Earl Weinmann, Northfield Teacher of the Year; Dr. Chris Richardson, Northfield Superintendent; and Mary Cecconi of Parents United. They were also given the opportunity to sign their names to prepared postcards or fill out their own to be sent to State House Representative Ray Cox, State House Majority Leader Steve Sviggum, State Senator Tom Neuville, Governor Tim Pawlenty, and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson.

Duck march to the Cannon River - the whole story

The Division Street duck hatchery closed today. Mother and thirteen offspring made the trek to the Cannon River. Photos by Nikki Whipple.

Update, Friday 9 am: I got the complete story from Joy Westenberg at The Kuyper Group this morning.

Northfield Farmer's Market Begins Friday

The Northfield Farmer's Market, a 32 year tradition, begins again tomorrow in Riverside Park (the one next to the Collegeville Development construction by Wells Fargo).

In a nation where most food purchased at supermarkets have traveled an average of over 1,000 miles, the Farmer's Market is as local as you can get without growing it yourself or raiding your neighbor's garden. More than a dozen vendors bring their in-season products-all from the Northfield Area. Available products are expected to include a variety of plants, asparagus, rhubarb, eggs, maple syrup, jams & jellies, baked goods, dried flowers, honey, and meats.

The Market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11:00 a.m.

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