Julia Ward Howe addresses Northfield citizens

P1010007.JPGJulia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910), the famed writer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as poet and women's rights activist, traveled back to earth through time to address Northfield's citizens on Bridge Square on Saturday, April 29. Following the peace vigil by members of the People for Peace and Goodwill, Howe read her famous Mother's Day Proclaimation that she read in 1870 as a call to action for women to organize for peace.

"I've come back to Earth today to address women and mothers once again," proclaimed Ms. Howe.

P1010019.JPGHowe (portrayed by local resident Sharon Gates-Hull) also met with members of PPG and volunteers with the Community Composting Project of The Center for Sustainable Living. Howe took time to talk about composting in the 1800s, as well as ask where she could obtain a stylish new hat, similar to that worn by Kristen Melby (pictured - left).


Community Day of Service - today

Northfield's Community Day of Service is today.

Northfield's Community Day of Service is today.

Northfield's Community Day of Service is today.

Northfield's Community Day of Service is today.

Downtown's changing streetscape

John Slack, a consultant with Dahlgren, Shardlow, and Uban was at the Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse Friday afternoon, seeking input from downtown building and business owners about potential changes to the streetscape in the downtown district.

L to R: Karin Larson, Kurt Larson of Larson's Printing; Howard Merriam, Director Resource & Park Planning and Deanna Kuennen, Housing & Economic Development Specialist for the City of Northfield; John Slack; Jim Bohnhoff of Bohnhoff Design, Dan Riggins, co-owner, Goodbye Blue Monday.

Bill McGrath gives overview of Northern Ireland at PPG

On Thursday, April 28, local citizen and activist Bill McGrath gave a presentation on the history and politics of the conflicts in Northern Ireland at the Center for Sustainable Living. The presentation, put on by the Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill (PPG), gave attendees an overview of the differing political parties and the role religion plays in the politics of Northern Ireland. In the discussions following McGrath's presentation, attendees explored similarities between the conflicts in Northern Ireland and other nations around the world, as well as spoke about the potential benefits and pitfalls of the unification of Northern Ireland with the southern Republic of Ireland.

Disclosure: The author is a member of PPG and a board member of the Center for Sustainable Living.

Take Back the Night - tonight

Gloria Krusemeyer was staffing the "Take Back the Night" booth on Bridge Square this afternoon. All the T-shirts (click the photo for a larger view) were decorated by Rice County survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

Leah Lutz, Executive Director of the HOPE Center, has posted more info on the other "Take Back the Night" events for today, including the 8 pm march through downtown area to Carleton, on the HOPE Center weblog.

Full disclosure:

Agricultural easements in Sciota Township

Hilary Ziols, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, sent me photos that she took Wednesday at nearby Sciota Town Hall. Officials from the Natural Resources Conservation Service were on hand to celebrate "the first several agricultural easements in Minnesota."

See the photo album for more. See the press release from Jane Vanderpoel, Dakota County Communications Manager.

Garbage enclosures downtown

Are these candidates for garbage enclosures? (Click any photo for a larger view.)

If so, who should pay for them... the City, like the one recently constructed on the West side? Or the building/business owner, like the one at The Rueb that the NDDC's Ross Currier noted last fall?

(A tip-of-the-blogger hat to Bill Metz for photo suggestions.) Full disclosure:

This Town - this weekend

From Rob Shanilec, Board President of the Northfield Historical Society:

"Thursday's premiere performance of "This Town," an original theatrical production written for this year's Sesquicentennial celebration, is sold out - but tickets remain for Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (4 p.m.).

They can be had at the Northfield Arts Guild, 645-8877, and the Northfield Historical Society, 645-9268. Cost is $5.

Don't miss this, for many, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate Northfield's rich culture and heritage by catching a glimpse into the lives of the pioneers that founded the town.

Update 4/28:

I just saw on Carleton's web site that Teresa Oden, wife of Carleton College president Rob Oden, wrote the play.

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Hwy 3 construction begins

MNDOT and Heselton Construction began work on Hwy 3 through the middle of Northfield yesterday. (Thanks to Mark Lange, Careful Painting, for permission to use the photo on the right from his weblog post about the construction.)

City Engineer Heidi Hamilton emailed me this Hwy 3 MNDOT document this morning (large PDF).hwy3constructiontn.gif

On the bottom of this PDF: To discuss how we can work together to make highway 3 work better contact: Steve Cuddy, Northfield Public Liaison, 952-484-9805.

[Discussion continues in yesterday's post about the trees in front of the Quarterback.]

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Barrientos Family Fundraiser Potluck scheduled for May 4th

My wife Robbie and I had dinner last night at Las Delicias, the Guatemalan restaurant owned by the Barrientos family on Division St. in downtown Northfield in the Ideal Cafe building. (Click photos for larger views. And see the review Not much for the eyes, but a fiesta for the buds in last week's Star Tribune.)

The Barrientos Family Fundraiser Potluck will be held Wednesday, May 4th. 6:30 PM in Great Hall (Connected to Sayles) at Carleton College to help the family pay their mortgage, medical and legal bills. There will be music. Student minimum donation is $10, adult minimum donation is $20. If you can bring food or supplies, please contact Simon Harts. For any other questions please contact Chris Petit.

For more background info on the situation, continue reading.

Quarterback Club's trees - removed today?

I just got an email from Quarterback Club co-owner Krin Finger (with hubby Dale) that the five trees in front of their restaurant (left photo) will be taken down today, part of the Hwy 3 construction.

I noticed that the trees all have pink ribbons on them, as do the smaller trees across the highway (right photo).

Click the photos for a larger view. See the text of Krin's email (continue reading).

Downtown improvements "hit the streets"

Recent changes via the downtown improvement process: New shrubery and refurbrished benches on Bridge Square.

New signs detailing the "Hit the Streets" campaign. On the right: a Rubbermaid box on Bridge Square. If you know what it's for, please attach a comment. (Click any photo for a larger view.)

Book fair starts today

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary's annual book sale, "The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid," begins today at the ice arena.

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 27-April 29; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

State High School Chess Tourney photos

The Northfield High School Chess Team tied for 3rd place at the State High School Chess Tourney in mid-March.

Senior Mark Anderson (click photo on left for larger view) was co-champion.

A tip-of-the-blogger hat to coach/advisor Rebecca Messer and assistant coach David Ludescher for getting the photos to me.

See large versions of these and six more photos in the state chess tourney photo album.

Frosty cheeks - Northfield Bike Club

I took this photo of members of the Northfield Bike Club defrosting their cheeks on Saturday morning, after their morning ride. It was 23 degrees when they started.

The group rides every Saturday at 8 am. and meets at Mike's Bikes.

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