SpeechGear moves to Montessori building


SpeechGear has moved into the old Montessori school building on Hwy 19. Left photo: a pile of new furniture in their break room, overlooking Malt-O-Meal and Kwik Trip. Right photo: they're testing the release of their Summer Weather V1.4 software on the landscaping around their building.

CEO Rob Palmquist sent me this email re: their need for some temp help:


Welcome Home today for the Northfield National Guard

The arrival of the 434th Chemical Company (Northfield, Redwing and Roseville) is scheduled for November 29th. The best guess for time is around 3:00p.m. Listend to KYMN or check here for updates.

Update: photos added 11/30 6:30 am:


Dundas city administrator's contract not renewed

I received a phone call this morning from a government official, informing me that the Dundas City Council last night voted 3-2 to not renew the contract of City Administrator Sue Kyllo.


Elvis helps raise funds for ARTech

Elvis was on hand in a big way at ARTech's Thanks-Give fundraiser last week.

Over $5,000 for the school was raised.

Click the photo to enlarge and see dozens more in the Thanks-Give photo album.


Migration to Senator Coleman's office

Dan Borek, St. Olaf student, sent me this photo "... of our November 3rd migration herd to Senator Coleman's office. We were a delegation of Oles and Carls who met up with U of M caribou for the migration."

The issue?

Drilling in the ANWR.

Click photo to enlarge.


Winter wonderland gives way to rainbows

Friday's blanket of snow has been wiped out by a warm rain, punctuated this morning at about 9:30 with an on-again off-again rainbow, seen here (faintly; click photo to enlarge) over the Country Inn.


LWV 4th Monday forum: Transportation Safety Issues

lwvnfldlogo.gifThe League of Women Voters Northfield is hosting their 4th Monday forum tonight at the Northfield Public Library.

The topic: Transportation Safety Issues in our Community. Capt. Randy Slinger of the Minnesota State Patrol and Rep. Ray Cox are featured guests. See Marcia Walters' blog post for more details.


Rice County Report (quarterly newsletter)

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Wait, wait a minute Mr. Postman


I ran into USPS mail-carrier Tom Kotula on his new beat yesterday: downtown Northfield, as of three weeks ago. I seem to take a photo of Tom every December. Center photo: presenting to the city council about Way Park at a meeting in December, 2003. Right photo: being attacked by Sue deMalignon in the produce section at Just Food Co-op's member opening night, December, 2004. Click photos to enlarge.


... or during snow removal


City crews plowed downtown streets last night and several cars that were left parked on Division were tagged, including this one in front of Quality Bakery. Right photo: Bridge Square at 6:30 this morning, under a blanket of fresh snow, a crescent moon and a lightening eastern sky. Click photos to enlarge.


Snowfall and the Arb's spooky old tree


Snow started falling around 6 am this morning when I was having coffee downtown. By the time it ended and I went for a walk in the Arb mid-afternoon, four inches or more of fluffy had blanketed the area. Center right photo: the spooky old tree in the lower Arb along the Cannon River that's been a source of climbing pleasure for decades of Northfield's kids collapsed a year ago or longer. But the tracks of kids playing on it were still evident everywhere today. Click photos to enlarge.


Turkey Trot photo album


This morning, over 200 runners and walkers participated in Northfield Rotary's 5K Turkey Trot at the Northfield Golf Club. Over $3,000 was raised to benefit the Jeff Amerman Pavilion at the Spring Creek Fields. Left center photo: the back of the race t-shirt showing the local business sponsors: Winners: Women: 1st: Sally Paulson; 2nd: Christine Peters; 3rd: Megan Kelly. Men: 1st: Colin O'Neill; 2nd: Nathan McCann; 3rd: Dan Westlund. Fastest Rotarian (right photo): Greg Carlson gets a high five from his niece Abby. Click photos to enlarge.
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See 8 dozen more (in thumb, medium, large sizes) in the Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 2005 photo album.


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Girls A State Swimming & Diving Championship

The 2005 State Girls' Swimming & Diving Meet was held today at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. In the Class A finals:

Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
3rd place: Maggie Perrott

Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
3rd place: Northfield
Maggie Perrott
Kim Brodziak
Claire Perrott
Tanya Thomforde

Northfield finished 8th overall.


Bridge Square is dressed for the holidays

The City put up Christmas lights on the trees in Bridge Square yesterday and put up the holiday/seasons greetings banners and wreaths on the downtown poles.

NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier told me this morning that this is the last time time those banners will be used, as they're getting tattered. Fundraising for new banners will begin soon. I took this photo (click to enlarge) this morning from the Northfield Historical Society's Scriver Building stairway.


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