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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.

Update 8:45 am: The agenda is up.

Update 6am: The agenda is not yet available on the City's agenda web page.

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


Community events calendar via windows and walls

Sometimes the only way to find out what's going on in the area is to browse the windows and walls of businesses and organizations downtown.

Left: the entrance to the Goodbye Blue Monday. Right: a poster advertising an event (for which I can find no information on the web) in the entry to the downtown branch of the Community National Bank. Click for larger views.

upcomingorglogo.gifFor the digitally-oriented, we have a syndicated community events calendar on the right side of this home page. Anyone can submit Northfield-related events to the community calendar at Upcoming.org's listings for Northfield.


Hwy 3 progress

Curb was poured last week on the Hwy 3 project.

Click the photo for a larger view.

Will they make the DJJD deadline? As of this morning, the last update on the MNDOT's Hwy 3 news page was when the project began in May.


DJJD Horseshoe Hunt starts today

button05.gifThe 8th annual Defeat of Jesse James Days Horseshoe Hunt begins this morning.

Clues will be posted on the Horseshoe Hunt page of their web site after 9am each day.

They'll also be announced on KYMN (1080 AM) and appear in the Northfield news.

Update 9:10 am: no clue posted yet.


Police Department accreditation

Autul Mondal and Judy Dierks (left photo) appeared before the assessors from the Commission on Accreditation For Law Enforcement Agencies last week at the NCRC building, as did former Northfield City Administrator Scott Neal (right photo), now City Manager in Eden Prairie. (Click photos for larger views.)

See Police Chief Gary Smith's blog post on the meeting. And yesterday, Smith blogged that Mondal, a former employee of Chapati, has opened a restaurant in St. Louis Park called The Best of India.

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Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Mark Setterstrom, Chapati, Kurry Kabab, Bernadette and Al Whipkey, St. Olaf's ghosts.


New bank raid exhibit at NHS

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The Northfield Historical Society opened their expanded permanent Bank Raid exhibit this week. See Executive Director Mark Fagerwick's blog post with photos.

Board President Rob Schanilec blogged earlier about the exhibit and recognized those involved: "The Rotary Club of Northfield and the family of Eva Lou Scott have provided funding. The following have provided time and resources: Nancy Ashmore, Bob Boze Bell, Dan Bergeson, Bart DeMalignon, Chip DeMann, Jennifer Edwins, Susan Garwood, Jack Koblas, Allyn Kuennen, Debby Larson, Joan Olson, Joy Riggs, Mary Rossing, Rob Schanilec, Wendy Thorpe, Earl Weinmann and R.L. Wilson."

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Northfield Mentoring Coalition - 78 Kids Can't Wait

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Northfield Union of Youth Executive Director Anne Kroes and colleagues staffed a Mentoring Coalition booth at last week's Books & Stars event in Central Park. It's part of the "78 Kids Can't Wait" campaign to recruit adults to serve as mentors for 78 local youths on a mentoring waiting list.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative has a web page devoted to the Northfield Mentoring Coalition.


ISSUES list topics of the week

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue. Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse:

  • Tonight's City Council/Hospital Board work session (7 pm at City Hall); restructuring study
  • EDA hires consulting firm for $80k
  • Draft recommendations for city website

There are 131 area citizens currently on the list.

To join the discussion, subscribe to the ISSUES list.

Registration requires a working email address along with a first and last name.

The discussion is moderated, i.e., all comments are reviewed before allowing them to be posted to the list. See the guidelines for participation.


Movie being remade in Northfield?

The sequel to the 1972 movie What's Up, Doc? is being made in Northfield, according to unsubstantiated sources.

Yesterday, stuntmen in front of Las Delicias (closed for a week, click photo for a larger view) were preparing for a remake (scaled down, apparently) of the infamous "pane of glass" chase scene.

Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal and Peter Bogdanovich were rumored to have had lunch at Tiny's Dogs All Day.

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Economic impact from Inver Grove Heights

Members of the Red Hat Society from Inver Grove Heights were downtown this afternoon. (Click photo for a larger view.)

They were weilding considerable economic impact at the sidewalk tables in front of the Cocoa Bean for over an hour.


Ted Berg receives HCI Youth Asset Builder Award

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative held its 11th annual Mid-Year Celebration at The Grand Event Center yesterday.

Northfield Police Sergeant Ted Berg (click photo for a larger view) received a Youth Asset Builder Award yesterday for his work as an advisor to the department's law enforcement explorer post. Police Chief Gary Smith was unable to attend the event but his remarks were read at the luncheon and he blogged them earlier in the day.

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Downtown dancewear opens

Downtown Dancewear opened downtown on Monday, on the west side of dowtown above Froggy Bottoms.

According to owner Eileen Seely, "the store will carry a complete line of dance, yoga & gymnastics wear and accessories for all ages and all levels." They're having an open house on Monday, Aug. 29 from 6-8 pm. Eileen and her husband also own the Cocoa Bean.


Downtown building facelifts


Malt-O-Meal's Ames Mill facility and the Ideal Cafe building (currently housing Las Delicias) are undergoing improvements. Click the photos for larger views.


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