"Bob's Sleep Out" on Bridge Square

The local Edina Realty office sponsored Bob's Sleep Out on Bridge Square last night to raise money for the homeless.

I took the photo of the wind-whipped, partially-collapsed tent this morning at about 7:30. I assume there were people inside, otherwise the tent would have blown away. But I didn't want to find out as they likely didn't get much sleep, given the nasty weather.


Photos of the day - Veterans Memorial dedication

Photo highlights from yesterday's Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony. Left photo: Mayor Lee Lansing with Paul Rieffer, sculptor of the bronze statue. Left center photo: Leif Knecht with former MN Governor Al Quie, keynote speaker at the event. Right center photo: Bagpiper Steve Hamilto playing "Amazing Grace." Right photo: "Hey, how's it goin'? Oh, I can't kick." Wayne Eddy and a veteran comparing their prosthetic legs. Click photos to enlarge. And see more in the dedication photo album.


Hwy 3 reopens completely; developments underway


Hwy 3 fully reopened yesterday. The trees in front of the Quarterback were removed earlier this week (see April blog post). And the old Community National Bank drive-up has been torn down... soon to be replaced by a Mendota Homes model condo for Northfield Crossing, the mixed-used development that's now ready to begin construction across the street. (Last Monday, the Northfield City Council endorsed the development and provided $3.6 million in TIF.)


Veterans Memorial Dedication photo album


Dedication of the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial was held today at 11:00 am in Riverside Lions Park. Click the photos above to enlarge. And see seven dozen more in the dedication photo album.

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Northfield Youth Sports web site

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The Northfield Youth Sports web site has updated links to all these area youth sports web sites:

  • Northfield Basketball Association-Boys
  • Northfield Basketball Association-Girls
  • Northfield Booster Club
  • Northfield Fastpitch Softball Association
  • Northfield Gymnastics Club
  • Northfield Hockey Association
  • Northfield Soccer Association
  • Northfield Swim Club
  • Northfield Volleyball Club
  • Northfield Wrestling Club
  • Northfield Youth Baseball Association
  • Making Waves Swim Club
  • Starlets Dance Club


Last weekend for compost site

The city's compost site closes for the season on Sunday, Nov. 13

Full disclosure: this photo is a year old. I changed the date on the sign to make it appear current. The hours, however, are still the same.


Veterans Memorial dedication tomorrow: 11/11 at 11:00 AM


Dedication of the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial in Riverside Lions Park is tomorrow, Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The bronze soldier was added recently. Click photos to enlarge and see the dozen hi-res photos in the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial photo album. In case of inclement weather, see the dedication web page for details.


Sunset on St. Olaf's prairie

I snapped these photos (click to enlarge) at about 5:15 on Tuesday afternoon on the St. Olaf arb-like area just west of the Tostrud Center. Does the prairie area have a name? Does the evidently-new pond have a name? Attach a comment or contact me.


Cannon River Watershed Partnership Hosts Task Force

The Cannon River Watershed Project has assembled a task force of local talent to address three components of polution: mercury, phosphorous and fecol coliform bacteria.


Northfield United Way campaign - online donations

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Elizabeth Schott 100w.jpgElizabeth Schott, Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way, just announced on her weblog that they're now accepting online donations via their site for the 2005-06 campaign currently underway.

They've also registered two new domain names that point to their site/weblog:
Northfield Area United Way  http://northfieldareaunitedway.org
and
Northfield United Way http://northfieldunitedway.org


Blogosphere addition: Friends of Way Park

rss.jpgwayparklogo.gifMore and more organizations in the area are using weblogs and RSS feeds on their websites. We add them to our civic blogosphere right sidebar on our homepage where the four most recent entry headlines are automatically imported. We also list the weblogs on the Civic Blogosphere project page. Recent addition: Friends of Way Park


Chairman's Corner - Welcome to our new Executive Director

As most of you know, NCO is transitioning from its pure all-volunteer model to a real non-profit venture.
One of our first steps was to hire an Executive Director.


Walking the talk: my new blog & podcast

execdirectorblogscreenshot200w.gifpodcast75w.gifAs part of my new gig as Executive Director of NCO, I've created a weblog for that role.

I've been teaching the art of leadership blogging for the past couple of years. Now I have to actually do it. Oy. And as long as I'm at it, why not become a podcaster (a serial audioblogger), too? Video podcasting (serial videoblogging) may be on the horizon as well.

I hope you'll follow my blog and podcast as another way of following the development of NCO and Northfield.org. And I hope you'll offer criticism to help me make them better.


Woman's body found six miles west of Northfield

Posted to the Star Tribune website about 45 minutes ago: Woman's body found in Forest Township ditch

At first, a backhoe operator west of Northfield, Minn., thought he saw a mannequin lying face-down in a ditch on Sunday afternoon. But closer inspection revealed it was the body of a blonde woman in her mid-30s, who had shoulder-length hair and wore a silver friendship ring.

Update 11/08 6 am: StarTribune


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