ISSUES list topics of the week: Dog park, snow removal

dogs.GIFThe ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on the pros and cons of a dog park for Northfield as well as snow removal from sidewalks.

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Andrea Een

I met Andrea Een a couple weeks ago in the Blue Monday and learned that she's not only an Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf but a volin, viola, and fiddle player with her own web site, one CD out (From the Valley) and another on the way. (20% of the proceeds from sales of her first CD go to the Valley Grove Preservation Fund, as some of the CD was recorded at Valley Grove Church in Nerstrand.) She was featured on the back page of last week's Northfield News for the annual Norwegian chapel service at St. Olaf.

Arb deer hunt

A deer management archery hunt continues through the end of December in the Carleton Arb.

Fundraiser for Brenda Gilbertson at Papa Murphy's

I got this email from Becca Brinkman about today's fundraiser for Brenda Gilbertson at Papa Murphy's Take n' Bake Pizza.

papamurphyslogo.gif "Papa Murphy's will contribute half of ALL proceeds from sales on December 13th to Brenda and Andrew Gilbertson. Brenda is a teacher in the Northfield Schools and is battling cancer. Andrew is a teacher at Bridgewater."

Click the photo to enlarge and see Becca's calendar entry for more details.

caringbridgelogo.gif11:30 am update: Becca reports that Brenda has a Caring Bridge site for keeping people updated on her condition and for accepting messages of support. And that Papa Murphy's has received 180 preorders.

5:30 pm update: I called Papa Murphy's and they're overwhelmed. They can no longer take any more orders for the evening.

Sesquicentennial Grand Finale: the Governor's Ball

GovBallLogo.jpgThe final event of Northfield's Sesquicentennial year -- the Governor's Ball -- is this Saturday, Dec. 17 -- at Carleton College's Great Hall. This event will honor four Northfielders who have risen to the office of governor: Al Quie - MN Governor (1979-1983), Karl F. Rolvaag - MN Governor (1963-1967), Edward Thye - MN Governor (1943-1947), and Adelbert Ames - Mississippi Governor (1868-1870). Tickets to this black-tie-optional affair -- $50 per person -- are sold out.

govtickets2cropped.jpgMusic will include "Come Make a Home," a piece commissioned by Robert and Liz Shepley and created by Dan and Christine Kallman; it will be performed by the Northfield Youth Choirs. Participants will dance to the big band sounds of the MN Jazz Orchestra and will get to see the unveiling of a 4-by-6-foot lithograph commissioned by the Sesquicentennial committee and created by local artist Kari Alberg. The piece will be sold during a silent auction.

ccmlogovert112h.gifThis Northfield Historical Society sesquicentennial event is made possible by the support of Carlson Capital Management. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the Northfield community.

Sesquicentennial committee: Front row, L to R: Renee Huckle, with event Governor's Ball co-chairs Emily Monaghan, Rob Schanilec, & Kristin Stets: back row, L to R: Jennifer Sawyer, Bo Aylin, Candy Taylor, Debby Larson and Mark Fagerwick. and

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City Council Work Session AND Regular Meeting tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets Monday at 6 pm at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

The agenda and complete council packet are available on the City's Dec. 12 agenda web page.

City's new "Tell the City about... " page


The City of Northfield has a new Tell the City about web page that invites citizens to fill out forms informing the City about:

  • A good experience
  • Streetlight trouble
  • Potholes
  • Graffiti
  • Garbage pickup problem
  • Recycle pickup problem
  • Housing code violations
  • Traffic speed problem
  • Crime info or leads

There's also a drop-down menu on the City's home page for this feature.

City's new calendar page

The City of Northfield has scapped its Meetings web page in favor of a Calendar page that shows an entire month. "The calendar shows four different types of content: events (e.g. Library Book Club), standing meetings (e.g. City Council Meetings), public notices, and special meetings associated with projects."

It also has added a "Calendar this week" feature on its home page.

"The Market" to become "The Hideaway"

Anastasia Balfany is closing "The Market" antiques and home decor store in downtown Northfield. In its place, Jim and Joan Spaulding, owners of the James Gang Coffeehouse and Eatery, plan to open "The HideAway," a deli, coffee and wine bar. See the press release for more details. Full disclosure: The James Gang Coffeehouse is a client.

Chairman's Corner - Thanks to Anne and Wendell

I am writing to thank Anne Bretts and Wendell Ellis for hosting what I hope is the first of many such face-to-face meetings of the community. This type of event will even more bind us together as a cummunity, and their initiative is much appreciated. Everyone had a wonderful time and it is really nice to put
faces to names..

NCO appreciates all of their contributions and looks forward to a continuing dialog.

Bruce W. Morlan


Northfield Citizens Online

EDA and the Q-Block forum

The Northfield EDA met on Thursday morning at City Hall and then hosted a Public Input Forum on the Q-Block in the Archer House Conference Room on Thursday night.

Left photo, L to R: Dixon Bond, Rick Estenson, Paul Smith, Tracy Davis, Deanna Kuennen, Brian O'Connell, Bill Cowles, Mark Moors
Left center photo: Consultant John Slack from Dahlgren, Shardlow, and Uban with EDA president Paul Smith
Right center photo: SMSQ architect Steve Wilmot next to City Councilor Jim Pokorney,
Right photo: Mendota Homes developer John Mathern. He's one of eight who own property on the Q-Block.

ISSUES list holiday party photos

The ISSUES discussion list held a holiday party at the home of Anne Bretts and Wendell Ellis (click photo to enlarge). See the dozen photos in the ISSUES list holiday party album.

Shop, ski Northfield at night

Most Northfield retailers are open evenings every night for the holiday shopping season and many downtown stores have seasonal window displays, including The Art Store and Digs. After I took those photos on Wednesday night, I went cross country skiing in the Arb, under a half moon. The photo on the right of the Carleton campus is from the service road above Lyman Lakes, looking south.

Oles blow 4-2 lead, kiss their sisters.

The St. Olaf Men's Hockey Team lost a held a two goal lead for most of the evening, 2-0, 3-1, 4-2, but couldn't stop the high-scoring Augsberg squad from rallying late. Even though the Oles outshot the Augies 5-2 in OT, they still came away with a 4-4 tie.

The next Ole game is tomorrow, at Augsburg. The next Ole Men's home game is January 9th.

There are 28 pictures in the photo gallery.

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