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Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sat, 01/15/2005 - 4:45am
We have a syndicated community events calendar on the right side of this home page.
Anyone can submit Northfield-related events to the community calendar at Upcoming.org's listings for Northfield.
And any Northfield-area company or organization can have this listing of events automatically displayed on their website.
Contact Us if you're interested or need help posting an event to the calendar.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sat, 01/15/2005 - 3:26am
Translation: for the month of November, 2004 (our peak month), we had 9,631 different people visiting 21,558 times and viewing 111,138 pages.
Our web host uses this explanation for the above terms:
* Each page is a request for the server to send a single file other than a GIF or JPEG image. You can think of this as (roughly) the number of pages anyone viewed on your site. (Someone viewing a single "page" will probably show up as several "hits", because most pages include links to GIF or JPEG graphics.)
* Each visit is one or more file requests from an individual computer that hasn't requested any files in the previous hour. Think of this as (roughly) the number of times anyone visited your Web site. If the same person visited twice in one month (at least an hour apart), that would be counted as two separate visits.
* The number of visitors is the number of visits in a month that appear to come from different computers. Think of this as (roughly) the number of different people who visited your Web site in a month.
How accurate are these stats? I have no idea. If you're a technical person and would like to help us further anaylyze our usage, please Contact Us.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/14/2005 - 7:03am
From last summer's Artswirl photo album
Candidates Lee Lansing and Ray Cox (I think they're the two in the middle) campaigning at last summer's National Night Out.... successfully, as it turned out.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/14/2005 - 6:33am
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/14/2005 - 5:55am
On the badbrain computers weblog, Rob Brown announced that "... we commit to match funds given to us yesterday by some of our friends to support the [tsunami] disaster relief effort."
Norman Butler on Wed. afternoon on Chapati's weblog: "On Tuesday January 10th, Chapati and The Archer House agreed and signed a new lease. The lease will include expansion of the dining area into the adjacent retail store by April 2005." Dan Bergeson wrote about this on the NDDC weblog.
The NDDC has a new board of directors photo posted to their blog.
See the Lockwood's Opera House weblog for a link to their new exterior photos.
Julie Selleseth on the Rueb 'n' Stein weblog announced that they're competing in the Applauze Magazine "best burger" contest.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Tue, 01/11/2005 - 11:33am
Leota Goodney: "Gosh darn it, Rollie. I forgot my wallet."
Rollie Jacobsen: "Jeepers, that's too bad, Leota. I guess you'll have to give us a hand mopping floors at our Grand Opening on Saturday, Jan. 15."
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Tue, 01/11/2005 - 10:42am
Smart City Radio
Jan 1 show
"...Also on the show is Minneapolis-based planner John Shardlow. He has been studying closely a number of development cases in Minnesota initially opposed by their neighborhoods - the people commonly known as NIMBYs or "Not in My Backyard." (Note: Shardlow comes on about 60% of the way thru the program. Northfield is specifically focused on at the 36 minute mark.)
The Business Journal (Mpls/St. Paul)
Companies start blogging for sales, dialogue
The owner of Northfield Construction Co. Inc., Ray Cox knows the success of his business depends heavily on how well he communicates with customers. Frustrated with the stale format offered by traditional Web sites, Cox started a Weblog at www.northfieldconstruction.net two years ago to better connect with current and potential clients. "Virtually all we do is custom work for people," said Cox, who is also a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. "In that respect, from our Web page, you get a feeling that we're very personal and understanding. ... That comes forward in a blog."
Retail Renegade (article not online)
To St. Olaf professor Jim Farrell, shopping is a more than a trip to the mall -- it's a journey to the heart of who we are.
Rezoning angers Rice residents
Residents in Rice County upset over the recent rezoning of more than 1,000 acres of land near Interstate Hwy. 35 and County Rd. 1 hope to get the decision reversed.
Area students, artists give tribute to MLK
The task before Ben Simpson, a junior at the art-centered Northfield charter school ARTech, has been a challenge.
Sports moralizers have a field day with Moss
By Gordon Marino (a professor of philosophy at St. Olaf)
Last week all-pro wide receiver Randy Moss moseyed off the field 2 seconds before the game ended. Given the reaction in the press, you'd have thought he had robbed a concession stand or something.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/07/2005 - 8:50am
Last week, NDDC President Dan Bergeson noted in the NDDC blog that seven buildings were to be demolished this week along the Riverfront Development site. As of this morning, all the buildings were still standing.
Bergeson and NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier evidently decided to take matters into their own hands, starting with the Exhaust Pros building. I took this photo (click it for a high-res version) around 12:30 pm. They hoped to finish off all seven buildings by sometime later today.
Submitted by Alex Beeby on Fri, 01/07/2005 - 5:00am
According to the City of Northfield, demolition of the buildings along highway 3, that was supposed to begin this week, has been pushed back to the 17th of this month.
Submitted by Bruce Morlan on Thu, 01/06/2005 - 8:23am
"County residents and business owners are invited to participate in
local area informal open house meetings to identify issues and potential
improvements to the existing and future transportation systems of Rice County. "
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/06/2005 - 4:25am
Many weblogs allow readers to attach comments to a weblog post. Like this one.
Another way of having a conversation about an issue across multiple weblogs is via a feature called Trackbacks.
Amy Gage's post to the NDDC weblog earlier this week about the need for a downtown footbridge over Hwy 3 now has a couple of comments attached to it (mine and Ross Currier's) plus two trackbacks to weblog posts on the issue (Adam Gurno and some flake named Citizen Wig).
So to join the discussion on this issue, you have several options:
1. Attach a comment to one of the weblog posts.
2. If you have a weblog, post to your own blog on the issue and include a link to somebody's else's blog post on the issue.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/06/2005 - 3:09am
Northfield native Gary Dahl works for the American Refugee Committee Int'l (ARC). He's the Country Director for Thailand and Relief Team Leader.
For more info see this PDF: ARC's Fishing Boat Project: Responding to the Needs of Tsunami Survivors
ARC says you can donate directly to the Fishing Boat Project or for general tsunami relief.
FYI, in the Dec. 2004 issue of Money Magazine, ARC was named as one of the top 8 charities in the US. See the ARC press release for more.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/06/2005 - 2:46am
Teachers study history to reach immigrant students
Northfield teachers are becoming students this year, and the lesson is U.S. immigration history.
100 years of hoops
Sherri Langfeldt and her teammates on the Northfield High School girls' basketball team went to the state tournament as spectators her freshman year, in 1976.
Costly upgrades coming if cities keep railroad crossings quiet
Cities with "quiet zones" - including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Plymouth, Northfield and Duluth - must notify federal officials if they want to remain whistle-free, and then evaluate the safety of every crossing...
Minnesotan launches plan to replace lost boats
Gary Dahl has been away from Minnesota for 17 years, living and working in Thailand for the Twin Cities-based American Refugee Committee (ARC). His wife, Suwanna, is Thai, and their three children have an easier time reading Thai than English. But as the Northfield native and University of Minnesota graduate walked through the shambles of coastal Thai villages last week, listening to fishermen mourn all that was lost to the tsunami, a sort of "Minnesota Plan" took shape in Dahl's mind.
Northfield native launches assistance plan
The raging ocean killed the fisherman's wife and put him and his 13-year-old daughter in the hospital. In a loss nearly as devastating, the Asian tsunami destroyed his boat -- the means to his livelihood.
Minnesotans and the movies
Alexandra Holden, Northfield, actress, "How to Deal" and "The Hot Chick"
More Capitol memories
As a young man in college (St. Olaf) I had a 1958 Buick. My mother
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/05/2005 - 2:55am
L to R: Arnie Nelson, Lee Lansing, Scott Davis. The newly sworn-in Northfield City Council members were the featured guests at yesterday's NDDC mtg. See Amy Gage's report/opinion piece in the NDDC weblog.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/03/2005 - 5:21am
Lee Lansing, Scott Davis and Arnie Nelson will be sworn in at tonight's Northfield City Council meeting.
And all three will appear at tomorrow morning's NDDC meeting.