Way Park Update

What's happening with Way Park, now that the hospital is gone and the reclaimed parkland south of First Street has been graded and reseeded?

The next step in the development of the expanded park is to gather public input and suggestions for park design and amenities. To that end, the Friends of Way Park are in the process of mailing out a survey (PDF) to park neighbors and others on their mailing list. Also included in the survey mailing is the group's fall newsletter (PDF).

See the group's new web site for information about how to add your name to their mailing list.

LEFT: Young west side residents imagine the possibilities of an expanded Way Park.
RIGHT: A poster created by Judy Swanson illustrates some possible visions for the restored park (click to enlarge).

PPG to host Songs and Words of Peace


The Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill will host "Songs and Words of Peace for the Children of the World" on Thursday September 22, at 5:30pm, on Bridge Square. The event will feature performances and speeches from Mayor Lee Lansing, Mary Mena, Marge and Lalo Evans-de-Carpio, Lakota George, and others, as both a commemoration of International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), and to celebrate Northfield's contribution to the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.

Seasons in Transition

Sunny and 77 F, but with leaves beginning to fall on bridge square, we are reminded that this is Minnesota, and autumn approaches.

St. Olaf and Carleton -- and local businesses -- have welcomed faculty, staff, and students back to Northfield, and children of all ages have recommenced their annual accademic pursuits. With summer vacations behind them, Northfielders have begun to prepare for the the next season.

Chairman's Corner - welcome to our latest patron

First National Bank
Another public-spirited local business has become our latest sponsor.

We are growing, and changes are underway. Our next Annual meeting is scheduled for later in October and we hope to add several new board members as we re-align our organization for these changes.

Northfield City Council mtg & work session tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight in a work session at 6:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. And then a council meeting at 7 pm.

See the agenda web page.

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

Division St. signs and faces

Left: Bardwell and Charlotte Smith with two of their grandchildren who just moved to town, Zoe and Tucker.
Left center: the renovation of the Ragstock store/building appears to be complete: a new sign, new paint, and restored windows.
Right center: Bookfellows shopkeeper Shanti Austvold and whiskered colleague.
Right: The New Division Deve.opment Co. has a new sign between Lansing's and Tires Plus, announcing the new office/retail/condo development.

More Katrina fundraising

Left: The Center for Sustainable Living has a weblog post up, announcing that they're organizing a compost fundraiser, "... much like we did in an effort to respond to last December's tsunami. Donations collected in compost buckets in the next coming weeks will be sent to ACORN."
Right: Jim Spaulding at the James Gang Coffeehouse has blogged about a "quadruple your donation" to Katrina bottle on their counter.

ArtOrg, this week's sponsor of N.org, has a link to Amazon.com's Katrina relief donation site on the right side of their banner on every web page.

The NAG Theatre season launches with The Nerd

The 2005-06 Northfield Arts Guild Theater Season opens this week with The Nerd by Larry Shue. Tickets can be ordered online.

Featured in the right poster (click to enlarge) are T. McKinley, ARTech Project Manager and Ryan Heinritz, Northfield News. Featured thespian wannabe in the left poster is head usher Dave Shumway, 1st National Bank of Northfield. The Northfield Cub Foods store is the featured sponsor.

New sign, website for Veterans Memorial

The Northfield Area Veterans Memorial has a new sign up at their construction site in Riverside Park. A table of the Memorial model along with construction photos is on display at the 1st National Bank of Northfield.

And their new web site is up.

A cavity for Division St. Dentists to fill

Construction of new offices for Division St. Dentists (David Brust, David Buck, John Ehresmann, Michael Remes) has begun on Jefferson Road, across from Heritage Square. There's a Steven Schmidt Construction sign near the hole.

Northfield YMCA meeting on Wed.

The Northfield YMCA organzing group is hosting a community meeting this Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 PM in the Northfield High School Auditorium.

A YMCA consultant will "present his conclusions to a preliminary study and recommendations on next steps to establish a Northfield YMCA." See the Upcoming.org calendar entry by Emily Monaghan for details.

Drag your butts over here

Carleton College has at least one designated area outdoors. Might similar containers be appropriate anywhere in downtown Northfield? Join the Downtown Streetscape discussion on the ISSUES list.

Holzer grizzly story update

I've twice updated Friday's blog post on Jerry Holzer.

"Pay it forward" Katrina relief campaign

I snapped the photo of Oolala co-owner Nancy Gregerson last week in the Blue Monday when a thunderstorm interrupted her morning run (store photo taken last June). She told me about her idea for Katrina relief and later emailed me this:

The intention behind 'Pay it forward' is to take a Northfield tradition and reverse the savings of 20% given to customers on each purchase and instead send the 20% to the Katrina Relief Aid. This would be a fairly easy way for the citizens of Northfield to generate $$ (the main need at this point) for the victims. It is important to remember that if, as a business, you already do Third Thursdays, this is the customer giving up their savings, not the business. Oolala is beginning on 9/16/05 but it would be great to get it going for October as well. November? Let's Go!

Contact Nancy via email or at her store if you're interested in participating.

Bike trails, bike lanes, bike discussion

Left photos: The Mill Towns State Trail has new official signs posted at various intersections on the trail between Northfield and Dundas. Dundas Mayor Glenn Switzer showed them at the trail's booth last weekend during the Defeat of Jesse James Days Annual Rotary Bike Tour. Right photos: Bike lanes are now evident along the new northbound section of Hwy 3 which reopened last week.

New "biking prohibited on sidewalks" signs are now posted all over downtown (see photo album) yet bicylists are seen frequently on downtown sidewalks.

Since the city's Downtown Steetscape Plan is now being considered (see blog posts here and here), and the Mill Towns Trail about to enter downtown, is this the time to consider what, if anything, needs to be done about bicycling on downtown streets and sidewalks? What are the pros and cons of bike lanes adjacent to parallel or diagonal parking?

Join the ISSUES list discussion on the topic, going on now.

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