More Crazy Daze photos


Kim Paddock and Becky Behrens from the First National Bank of Northfield were handing out two-dollar bills at Crazy Daze last week.


Todd Lien, retail manager for Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls, tended the grill outside of Just Food Co-op. Inside, Hortense MacLeod, Meat, Cheese, and Deli Manager, in her uniform-of-the-day.

See all the Crazy Daze photos in the album. Additional photos on page 3: car show photos submitted by Ron Currer at Graphic Mailbox and board-members-in-action submitted by Ross Currier at the NDDC.


Northfield City Council meets tonight; entire packet now online

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight, 7:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

See the Council Meeting Agenda page. The entire Council packet, including addenda, is available.


Northfield's Blogosphere

Northfield News reporter Adam Johnson has a story in today's paper titled: The Future is Now: A look at the Northfield blogosphere. (08.01.05 update: the article is now available on their website.)

Among those in the piece: Alex Beeby, Diane Cirksena, Ray Cox, Jim Pokorney, Gary Smith, Center for Sustainable Living, Northfield Garden Club.


Live at The Key


7/31 correction: Among the groups playing at The Key last night: White Foliage.


Village on the Cannon grand opening (updated)


Village on the Cannon, on the site of the former Petricka's grocery store, has its grand opening today. Among the residents who've moved in (L to R): Kenneth and Carolyn Jennings, Jo Ashmore.


Monday, Aug 1 update: Left: Mayor Lee Lansing led the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Right: Generations of Bierman's were on hand in the model unit, furnished by Bierman's Home Furnishings and Floor Coverings.

See 100+ photos of the festivities in the Grand Opening photo album.

Full disclosure:


Dundas Dukes host a game (Update)

The Dundas Dukes are hosting a game at Memorial Field in Dundas. This is just a short bike ride from Northfield.



Crazy Daze photo album


The Crazy Daze 2005 photo album is now up. All photos are available in three sizes: thumbnail, medium, and full-size original.

As of 2:45 PM, there are 61 photos in the album, all taken by Robbie Wigley.

4:30 update: another 6 photos have been added.

Full disclosure:


Let the craziness begin

At 6:30 this morning, the downtown streets were blocked off to traffic and stores were setting up their Crazy Daze booths... like Ann Marie Boyle of The Art Store.

Stores/booths open at 7 am. Schedule of events:


Oats harvest


Oats were havested yesterday on Melvin Malecha's farm in Waterford. The binder machine ties the oats into a bundle. Six bundles are then placed together into a shock to dry.

Next week, the bundles will be taken to the Rice County Steam and Gas Association's property south of Dundas on Hwy 3 and threshed.

Others on the workcrew: Jerry Taylor, Bernie Hughes, Paul Day, Gene Lyman, and Carlisle Aldrich.

See the oats harvest album more more photos. All photos by Ed Kuhlman, Kuhlman Auction.


Northfield Emporium closes; Cocoa Bean to move in

The Northfield Emporium has their last day today.

After some renovation, the Cocoa Bean will move in.


Northfield bloggers present to international audience


After a Chapati-catered lunch on the outdoor patio and deck at The Contented Cow yesterday, International Symposium on Local E-Democracy conference participants heard from a panel of Northfield and Eden Prairie bloggers in the lower level conference room at the Archer House.

L to R: Gary Smith, Northfield Police Chief; Betsey Buckheit, Chair, Northfield Planning Commission; Ross Currier, Executive Director, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation; Scott Neal, Eden Prairie City Manager, George Esbensen, Eden Prairie Fire Chief; Dan Carlson, Eden Prairie Police Chief. See the bottom of conference page 2 of the photo album for more photos of the Northfield visit.


Crazy Daze - July 28

Tomorrow, the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Crazy Daze.

See the photo albums for Crazy Daze 2003 and 2004.

Schedule of events:


Ragstock building renovation

Renovation continues on the building next to Bierman's Home Furnishings that houses the Ragstock store. Yesterday, the stone underneath was revealed.

In a July 13 article in the Northfield News, reporter Adam Johnson wrote:


Housing developments in Dundas, Bridgewater Township

College City Homes has started construction of a housing development called Stoneridge, just north of their Millstone development in Dundas.

The photo on the left is facing south on Dundas Blvd/Cty 78 (aka Armstrong Rd).

I&S Engineers and Architects of Mankato is putting in a housing development called Bridgewater Heights (formerly called Bridgewater Farms) on County Rd 1 (110th St. E.) near its intersection with Farrel Ave. (Enebak Construction Company of Northfield is doing the site prep.) More developments possibly on the way according to Dundas planning commissioner Bruce Morlan.

Reminder:Marcia Walters' blog post on tonight's League of Women Voter's 4th Monday forum at the library will focus on the Rice County Transportation Plan.


International Symposium on Local E-Democracy visting Northfield this week

Dylan Jeffrey (center in photo) and Julian Bowrey (right), two officials from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the U.K. who visited Northfield last summer, are spearheading the International Symposium on Local E-Democracy being held in Mpls. this week at the Humprhey Institute.

On Wednesday, approximately 50 conference participants will be bused to Northfield for lunch and a blogging panel/presentation which will include three civic leader bloggers from Northfield: Northfield Planning Commissioner Betsey Buckheit, NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier, and Northfield Police Chief Gary Smith. The event is not open to the public but it will be blogged and webcast.


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