City Council Meeting tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets Monday at 7 pm at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

The agenda and complete council packet are available on the City's Dec. 19 agenda web page.

City of Northfield's RSS feeds now on

The City of Northfield's new website offers nine different RSS feeds that anyone can subscribe to. You can now see at a glance the most recent six headlines for each feed on the lower right sidebar here on the homepage. Here's a screencapture of this morning's feeds.

Governors Ball Photo Album

See the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball Photo Album for 150 photos of last night's festivities.

1. All the photos in the album are available in three sizes: thumbnail, medium (usually 640 pixels-wide), and full-sized, high-resolution original. Click the mediums to see the originals. Right click on any photo and select "save picture/image as..." to download it/save it to your PC.

2. If you have photos of the event to share with the Northfield community, contact us. We'd especially like photos of the arrival of the honored guests in horse-drawn carriages.

3. We're going to experiment with allowing anyone to edit the text of the photo descriptions in the album. If you know the names of the people in any of the photos, please edit the text. If you have a clever caption, add it. Please don't remove the comments/text of others.

Governors Ball photos - coming soon (2:15 pm)

My wife Robbie and I took over 250 photos at last night's Governors Ball. We should have the best of them posted in an album here by noon 1 PM 2 PM today. In the meantime, here are two. (Click to enlarge.)

Left: Kari Alberg with her Governors Ball lithograph which fetched $2,300 in a silent auction.
Right: Event co-chairs Kristen Stets, Emily Monaghan, and Rob Schanilec.

If you have photos from last night that you'd like to share with the Northfield community, contact us.

11:55 AM Update: We just finished sorting/deleting and are starting the upload. Estimated finish time: 1:00 PM. Apologies for the delay. Go take a nap in the meantime.

12:55 PM Update: We did some extra editing; also, the uploading is taking longer because the photos are higher resolution than normal. Estimated finish time: 2:00 PM. Go Vikings! ("And take the Twins with you," sayeth Robbie.)

2:05 PM Update: Almost done... ten more minutes.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk photo album

This morning's Jingle Bell Run/Walk drew 200 participants in zero degree weather.
Center: Men's 5K 1st place: Chris Lundberg; 2nd: Andy Clark; 3rd: Scott Propson. Right: Women's 5K 1st place: Daisy Christopherson. Click the photos to enlarge and see six dozen more in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk 2005 photo album.

The Jingle Bell Run is a charity event, with all registration fees this year going to the Jeff Amerman Pavilion at Spring Creek Park. The event is sponsored by Carlson Capital Management and the MN Center for Philanthropy. Some of the Carlson Cap'ers who worked on the event: (L to R) Jonathan Jaranson, Sandy Rowan, Tim Jackson, Katie Carlson, Kelly Dillon, Greg Carlson, Barry Carlson.

Northfield Union of Youth joins the blogosphere; seeks Executive Director

The Northfield Union of Youth (NUY), has a new weblog/website, so we've added their RSS feed to our right sidebar.


Recent blog posts include Mr. Sticky show (today) and the announcement that they're
hiring a new Executive Director.

Governors Ball preparation photo album

Volunteers have been working all week at Carleton's Great Hall and Sayles-Hill Center on preparations for today's Governors Ball. See the preparation photo album for a couple dozen photos I took late yesterday afternoon.

Jingle Bell Run tune-up

Nancy Moe, wellness coordinator at Northfield Hospital, Juliana Sayner, and Laura Clements were heading out on a run at 6 am this morning downtown. Are they tuning up for tomorrow's Jingle Bell Run? Show up at the Armory for the 9 am start of the race and find out.

Weekend entertainment

negcoverthumbgeneric.gifThere's lots more happening this weekend besides the Jingle Bell Run and the Sesquicentennial Governor's Ball.

See the current issue of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF) for other events around Northfield this weekend.

Was Quiznos; soon Wiggles & Wok

New signage went up on the old Quiznos building on the Q-Block yesterday. "Wiggles & Wok" (no relation) does not appear to be a franchise, as a web search turns up nothing.

I've heard from two people on who the new owners are, but they did not want to be attributed as the source. If you have details, contact us.

A tip of the blogger hat to Dean Kjerland (Archeopaleo) and Bob Courchaine (Northfield Internetworking) for the heads-up.

Seven inches of new snow

This week's 7-inch snowfall has helped to dress up downtown for the holidays. I took these photos of the Northfield Public Library and the Archer House earlier this evening. The DNR map (click to enlarge) that I got from their current conditions site shows Rice County among the southern counties with the most snow.

Items of discussion: dumpster and rink lights

Left: Some people think that the hockey rink lights on Hwy 3 at Woodley are aimed improperly... making it difficult for southbound drivers to see. Right: others are wondering why the dumpster in front of Las Delicias is still there, unused and taking up a couple of parking spaces for past couple of weeks. Click photos for larger views.

If you have information or an opinion about either one, attach a comment here or join the ISSUES email discussion list.

Caroling on Bridge Square

Sibley Elementary School students sang Christmas carols on Bridge Square tonight, led by Holly Fischer, music teacher and choir director and a member of the String Fever Bluegrass Band. Click photos to enlarge.

Arb flakes

Early this evening, under a slightly obscured full moon yet with big snowflakes falling, I was cross country skiing in the lower Arb and ran into Sam Demas and Laurel Bradley.

Their smiles at the scene we were experiencing were as wide as mine. (Click photo to enlarge. And yes, that's a snowflake about to land on Sam's nose.)

Laurel is Carleton's Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the College Art Collection. Sam is the College Librarian and on the board of the Northfield Arts Guild.

Just Food Co-op birthday

The Just Food Co-op natural food market turns one year old today. The celebration, however, will be Saturday, Dec. 17. Here is a schedule of events from an email announcement:

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