NCO Board retreat

NCO's Board of Directors is having its first board retreat this weekend... tonight for 3 hours and tomorrow morning through the afternoon. We're meeting in the lower level conference room of the Archer House. The retreat is being facilitated by Blake Abdella, longtime Northfielder and a strategic planner for Andersen Corporation. NCO Board members (click the thumbnails to enlarge):

Jan Allister, Alex Beeby, Doug Bratland, Rob Brown, Rick Estenson

Adam Gurno, Ellen Iverson, Jonathan Jaranson, Bruce Morlan

Weekend entertainment


There's lots happening this weekend in the Northfield area.


  • The Dittman Center at St. Olaf
  • The Goodsell Observatory at Carleton
  • Hogan Brothers
  • The Tavern (2 events)
  • The Grand
  • The Contented Cow (3 events)
  • Brad's Corner Bar
  • St. John's Lutheran Church

See pages 4-5 of the current issue of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF).

Q-Block and one vs. two-story structures

Last Saturday, my wife Robbie and drove through Hastings and I noticed the new Schoolhouse Square development on Hwy. 61 in the center of town. Click photos to enlarge.

The feasibility of this type of development was a discussion item at last month's EDA forum on the Q-Block development. The consultant expressed doubts that the market would support a two-story structure like this on the Q-Block site. Thus, the PDFs of the short-, mid-, and long-term Preferred Development Alternative sketches for the Q-Block available on the EDA Q-Block Master Plan page show a one-plus story building there ("commercial infill" in red).

Join the ISSUES list to discuss these and other aspects of the Q-Block development.

Library director barricades herself in office

Northfield Public Library Director Lynne Young (left) barricaded herself in her office yesterday, refusing to come out until the old carpet (left center) was removed and new carpet (right center) installed. Children's Programming Librarian Kathy Ness (right, with Lynne at a Booker event last summer) submitted these photos. Click to enlarge.

Northfield Public Library Partially Closed for Renovation - Jan 5th - 13th

NPL Carpet Press ReleaseThe Northfield Public Library will be receiving new carpeting starting on January 5th. Certain areas of the library will be closed to public traffic during this time. The Children's Area, circulation desk, and meeting room will be open as normal - most everything else will be closed.

You may read more information in the attached press release from the library.

It's also worth noting that the library does an excellent job of announcing events via the Northfield Events feed. This feed is syndicated by on the top-right hand corner of the front page. You may also subscribe to it via RSS or iCal, the latter will allow Upcoming events to appear automagically on your personal calendar program. It's quite nifty and worth checking out.

NDDC Forum: Mayor Lee Lansing

Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing spoke to the NDDC Downtown Forum yesterday morning. (Click photos to enlarge.)

Here's an audio of his presentation and the Q&A. Click the play button to listen. Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes. Time: approximately 50 minutes.

For more on the Mayor's presentation, see Ross Currier's blog post titled Mayor Presents Vision for 2006.

January sponsor: First National Bank of Northfield

fnbnorthfieldwebsitehome300w.gifThe First National Bank of Northfield is our main sponsor this month.

They have completely redesigned their web site.

Northfield Entertainment Guide: January 06 issue

NEGjan06coverthumb.gifThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

Click image to view within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then download it and view/print from your PC.

NDDC downtown forum: Q&A with Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing

The NDDC's Downtown Forum hosts Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing (shown at the Governors Ball; click to enlarge) for a question-and-answer session on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 8 a.m. at the Archer House's lower-level conference room.

See the calendar entry of the event for more.

Carlson Capital Management & the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball

Carlson Capital Management was the main sponsor for the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball. Their Northfield-based staff who attended, L to R (click photos to enlarge):

Senior Planner Bo Aylin and wife Mari; Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Jaranson and wife Allison; Senior Planner and Tax Advisor Kristy Schaffer and husband Shawn; Client Servicing Representative Kelly Dillon and fiance Pete Roehl; Client Relations Manager Sandy Rowan and son Brent; Investment Operations Manager Tim Jackson and wife Tanya.

Principal Justin Stets and wife Kristen, co-chair of the Governors Ball; Principal Greg Carslon and wife Nancy. (Someone evidently forgot to tell them to dress up.)

T-Mobile coming to downtown's west side

T-Mobile has a sign in the window in the space adjacent to the entrance of Froggy Bottoms River Pub on Water Street. Click to enlarge.

Building for Creative Professionals proposed

View of a concept for the Building for Creative Professionals and its proposed location. Click to enlarge. For details on the development, see NDDC director Ross Currier's blog post titled Historic Middle School Moved Across the River.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently:

Left: The Passing Zone in today's Wall St. Journal. The Ole Store, Center and right: In the Star Tribune: Northfield's Ole Store reopens; WCCO-TV: Ole Store adds comtemporary touches after 100 years

Thanks to Sean O'Leary for the TV tip and Rick Estenson for the WSJ tip.

Snow emergency declared for tonight

From the City of Northfield's alerts: "Downtown Parking Lot and Downtown Snow Removal: The Northfield Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield. the snow emergency will start at 2:00am Saturday December 31, 2005 and will continue until all streets are plowed curb-to-curb. All downtown parking lots..."

Photos above: what downtown snow removal looks like. Click to enlarge and see this Jan. 23, 2005 blog post for more.

City's Liquor Store made 5.5% profit in 2004

The State Auditor has released an Analysis of Municipal Liquor Store Operations For the Year Ended December 31, 2004.

The report shows that the City of Northfield's municipal liquor store had a net profit of $118,500 (5.5%) for the year. (Click to enlarge graphic.) Stephen DeLong is the manager of the Muni.

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