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.

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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.

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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.


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.


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