Hwy 3 cleanup to begin

Carbon Air Environmental Systems, the Houston company that's been hired to purify the contaminated water found last week on the Hwy 3 project, has its equipment in place this morning. (Click photos for a closer look.)

There's evidently a 9 am meeting today with representatives from MN DOT, the City of Northfield, and Heselton Construction. I've asked City Engineer Heidi Hamilton, MN DOT's Anthony Stakson, and city/MN DOT liaison Steve Cuddy for an update which I hope to have posted here later today.

Update 3:30 PM: I got this email from Anthony Stakston, MN DOT District 6 Project Engineer: "The equipment is a portable groundwater treatment system. The two major components seen in your pictures are the 18,000 gallon weir tank, and the four liquid phase carbon absorbers with 10,000 pounds of activated carbon in each vessel."


John Ophaug, minor league pitcher


Sarah Maxwell, Director of Media Relations at Carleton College, sent me these photos and a blurb on Northfielder John Ophaug:

Carleton College sponsored the St. Paul Saints baseball game on Friday, July 8, at Midway Stadium. The game was billed as "Renaissance Knight Night sponsored by Carleton College" and included a number of promotional activities that highlighted the College.


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Ray Cox, Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, Lee Lansing, Tom Neuville, Steven Schmidt, John Tuma.

(A tip of the blogger hat to Wendell Ellis at SpeechGear for the tip on the article about Northfield in the current issue of Minnesota Real Estate Journal.)


NCO Monthly Meeting tonight

Northfield Citizens Online (parent organization to NORTHFIELD.ORG) will meet Tuesday, 12 July 2005 in an open meeting. Agenda follows:


Cowsmeade on Friday: video interview

Last week I blogged about the downtown Northfield festivities surrounding the Harry Potter book release this Friday.


Here's my interview with The Art Store's Ann Marie Boyle about the event.


Veterans Memorial construction

Construction of the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial in Riverside Park is continuing.

See the May 15 blog post for more details.


Wi-fi at the Northfield Public Library, Ole Store

The Ole Store (site not yet up) and the Northfield Public Library are now public wi-fi hotspots -- places offering free, high-speed, wireless internet access that's accessible to the public.

Northfield area hotspots:

wirelessaccesspointsign.gifArcheoPaleo (outside the Kjerland Building, serving the West bank/Riverwalk
Contented Cow
Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse
James Gang Coffeehouse & Eatery
Just Food Natural Food Market
The Kitchen - A Coffee Cafe
Northfield Public Library
The Ole Store (site not yet up)

Know of others? Let me know or attach a comment here.


Does an Art Town need an Art Town Coordinator?

The July 9th edition of the Northfield News has an article by Adam Johnson titled "Taking Northfield arts to the next level." He reported on last Thursday's meeting at the library where a group of community leaders and arts representatives met to discuss the need for an Arts Town coordinator who "would manage the efforts of the town's various organizations in the hopes of developing and maintaining a high-profile, well-organized 'arts town.'"

rossvbloginterview100w.gifNDDC's Ross Currier posted to his blog earlier today about the Thursday meeting (Community Resources and the Pursuit of the Art Town), disagreeing with this approach and inviting people to discuss its pros and cons on the Northfield.org ISSUES List: Does an Art Town need an Art Town Coordinator?

For more background on the issue...


Chairman's Corner

brucemorlan240.jpg Welcome to the NCO Chairman's Corner, where I use the bully pulpit to present the workings of Northfield Citizen's Online. Today I will be previewing one of the issues that will be on the NCO open meeting agenda next week.


Today's topic:
If I had a million dollars ... what would I do ...?



Favorite young adult photos - 4th of July weekend

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Left: These are some of my favorite young adult photos that we took last weekend.

Right: Pepe Kryzda sent 6 more photos (2 kids, 2 fireworks, 2 bike race) and I've added them to the bottom of P. 12 of the 4th of July weekend photo album.

See previous blog posts for favorite parent and favorite kid photos.


Harry Potter book release event

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This group of Northfielders (click photo, above left) was scheming at The Contented Cow Wednesday for a variety of activities planned for next Friday's (July 15) midnight release of the new Harry Potter book at River City Books. See all the info on the ArtOrg weblog: Northfield Becomes Cowsmeade! Harry Potter Book Release


Gasoline contamination delays Hwy 3 construction

Hwy 3 construction activity is nearly non-existent this week. But it's not due to the state government shutdown.

I talked with MN DOT employee Anthony Stakston this morning. He said that gasoline-contaminated water was discovered at the site last week (to the north and west of the fire hydrant in the photo - click for a larger view).


Community Band Concert tonight on Bridge Square

The Northfield Community Band is performing tonight on Bridge Square, 7 pm. The photo is from a July 2004 performance.


NAPA's motorcycle show


Northfield's NAPA Auto & Truck Parts store hosted a motorcycle show/competition yesterday on 7th St.


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