Singing Valentines

I had an uncharacteristically grueling workday today, which involved a 200-mile commute and a run-in with the state patrol. So I wasn't really in the mood to even pick up the phone when it rang this evening. But when I realized it was a group of singers from the Northfield Youth Choirs calling with a "singing valentine," my day got a whole lot better.

The valentine was a gift from my wife (NYC's manager), who snapped these photos of members of Chorale, the high school group, singing a "Love Me Tender/You are my Sunshine" medley over several cell phones simultaneously. Chorale and the middle school Treble Choir successfully "delivered" more than 100 singing valentines this evening, with proceeds going to the singers as a fundraiser for their upcoming tours to Des Moines and Chicago.

School District Announces Updated Website

Looking for up to date news about the Northfield Public Schools? The district released its updated website on February 13 providing more information and access points for parents, community residents and other visitors to the website.

Updated features include family access for food services accounts, a student health services page, websites for every school building and Community Services (Community Education and Recreation), and more current information on the “What’s New” page.

Also new are the parent resource page, student services page, and an “About Us” section that provides district boundary and registration information.  The website address is .

Local legislators' town meeting schedule

The 2006 MN legislature convenes on March 1, so local legislators Rep. Ray Cox and Sen. Tom Neuville have scheduled a series of town meetings in the next two weeks.

The meetings are designed to be non-partisan, which is why I've linked to their pages at the legislature rather than their campaign web sites.

Here are the meeting dates/places:

Ruby is gone

Downtown Northfield has lost a dog friend. Ruby is gone.

She was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma in December and succumbed to the disease on February 9. She was 10 years old.

Adam de Malignon found Ruby in a Seattle, Washington shelter in 1997 and she moved to Minnesota and into our home on Bridge Square in Northfield a year later.

For many years she greeted customers at Bridge Square Gallery. Bridge Square Park was her front yard. Most people downtown knew her and many had treats for her in their desk, behind the counter or at the drive-up window.

It didn't take long for Ruby to know the routine, pulling us into various stores on our walks around town. Aquatic Pets was her favorite hang-out and the Carleton Arb her favorite walk.

Your love story?

HeartYou may have read Michelle Kubitz's cover-story in the Northfield News on Victor and Kiffy Summa this Saturday. The article tells us a love story about the Summas that has lasted for over 50 years. The 'News also included several other love stories from locals. I thought this was a great way to get to know our community members, so I am requesting that you post your love story in a comment on this post.

Here's mine:

I moved to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf in the fall of 1996. During my first semester, that fall, I would occasionally catch a glimpse of a beautiful woman. She seemed very European: classically and simply dressed and a straight, confident posture.

Mardi Gras in Northfield: photo album

Mardi Gras started early in Northfield last Saturday night when the Coldwell Banker South Metro staff hosted a Mardi Gras dinner for the winning bidders at last November's Northfield Historical Society Fundraiser Auction

Click to enlarge. 

More pictures of King Charlie Sewich, his court and other revelers in my Kuhlman Auction photo album.


Come one, come all, to a Night of a Zillion Laughs February 18, 7-11 p.m. at the Grand Event Center!

The Northfield Historical Society is saying thank you to the Grand for their support of downtown Northfield with this fundraiser. There will be stand-up comedy by T. McKinley at 7:30. Then from 8:45 to 11:00 dance the night away to the music of the Zillionaires. (Click image to enlarge.)

This event is FREE to the public with NO COVER at the door. Donations will be accepted at the door, with the proceeds going to the Northfield Historical Society. This is an event not-to-be-missed! COME ON DOWN AND HAVE SOME FUN WITH US!

Fighting Crime: Reading to Kids

Chief Smith, storytellerA few night ago at the Greenvale Park elementary school's Family Fun Night, along with basketball, origami, button making and other activities, police chief Gary Smith was doing a bit of extra community service by reading stories to children around a "campfire."

I saw on Chief Smith's web log that he did the same thing last month at Sibley, and will be reading again at Bridgewater elementary in March.

Hiliners advance to the state tournament

What's it like to do 500 kicks a practice? Just ask a Hiliner. These girls have worked hard, and their reward is a trip to the 2006 state dance tournament. The Northfield Hiliners took third in Section 1AA and will be going to the state competition for the third year in a row.


The Hiliners dance team practices three hours a day, four days a week. On Wednesday they have a shortened, 6:00 to 7:30 AM practice. The team is coached by Kristin Cade, Dana Thomas, Audrey Stanton (JV), Liz Rohach (JV) and will be competing at the Excel Energy Center on Saturday, February 18th. The team would love your support! Go Hiliners! The photo is a still image taken from a video clip. Click to enlarge but it's not the best quality.

A challenge to the relatives of these Northfielders


I took photos of these people (click to enlarge) at yesterday's open house at Village on the Cannon.  Some, possibly all, have roots and relatives in Northfield. I know who they are, but I'm not going to name them just yet, as I have in mind a blatantly manipulative scheme to get more people to register as new users here for the new Sooooo....

If you are related to any of these people -- immediate family member, relative, distant relative, lost relative, disowned relative, etc. -- please REGISTER and attach a comment to the blog post, identifying yourself and your relationship to which person in which photo. The more relatives who register and attach a comment, the better. The person who has the most relatives attach individual comments will win an all-expenses paid trip to a local coffeehouse of their choice with me. 2nd and 3rd place? I'll think of something. DEADLINE is one week from today: Feb. 19, 2006.

If you know these people but are not a relative, you can help by contacting their relatives and telling them what needs to be done and the dire consequences if they don't. In the near future, I'll post a new entry with an update on the scheme.

"Locally Grown" podcast for 02.10.06


Issues covered in show #7 of Locally Grown, recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon:

  • Carleton's Bursting the Bubble civic engagement series: 0-6:00
  • Economic development plan update: 6:00
  • Outdoor swimming pool update: 8:15
  • Clem Shearer Micro Grant decision: 9:30
  • Upadopting 1306: 13:45
  • Public utitlities/city-wide wi-fi: 16:00
  • Green businesses: 21:45
  • Jobs for/business startups by college students: 26:00
  • "Third" places in downtown: 35:45
  • Outdoor dining on public spaces in downtown: 38:15
  • Community media task force update: 49:00

Click the play button to listen (52 mintues). Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes. Join the ISSUES discussion list to continue the conversation on these and other issues. Attach a comment to give us feedback. See the Locally Grown page for more on the show.


Open houses today: Village on the Cannon; Northfield Crossing

Northfield's two large-scale downtown residential developments are both hosting open houses today. Left: Village on the Cannon's Phase II grand opening is from 11-2. Right: Northfield Crossing's condo demo unit is open from noon-6. I took both photos early this morning during a light snowfall. Click to enlarge.

Be a Part of Northfield History in the Making - Take Our Survey!

With the incredible broadening and improvement of our services, facilities and community outreach at the Northfield Historical Society your comments; thoughts, ideas and opinions are essential. To be sure we’re headed down the right path in enhancing our relevance, importance and value to the widest possible audience we have posted a simple Web-based survey.

This is just a starting point to gain some initial general public perceptions. We will be conducting much more research in the near future which will guide how your Historical Society can play an even more significant role in the future of the Northfield Community. We need your insights and perspectives as we continue building the bridge from our past to our future.

Please take a moment to click through this questionnaire and add any thoughts, comments or concerns you might have. Click here to take survey Also, please feel free to stop in for a visit. If it’s been more than six months you’ll be amazed. And best yet, there’s more to come!

Friday Folic- Toff the College Cat Video

See this weblog post to access a student movie/video of Toff the College Cat.

Toff is sometimes found in classrooms, dorm rooms, even the President's Office.  On rare occasions I have had the honor of cat-sitting him or house-sitting his caretaker's residence.

Toff is becoming more famous, as his story has been on not only the Carleton website, but now the mnstories site linked above. Rumors of his moving to Hollywood are pure rubbish!

Weekend entertainment

negcoverthumbgeneric.gifThere's lots happening this weekend in the Northfield area.


See pages 8-9 of the current issue of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF)

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