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Submitted by Penny Hillemann on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 9:45am
These last few weeks of unusually warm weather, a good-sized community of mallards has been enjoying the open water in downtown Northfield. Most years, you're not likely to see mallards on the Cannon River in January. Click photo to enlarge.
According to the DNR, mallards typically migrate to southern states when frigid weather sets in, following open water as rivers and ponds freeze over to the north.
Submitted by Holly Cairns on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 9:32am
Where, in Northfield, is it? Originally posted 1/21/06
Answer: Oaklawn Cemetery, 1415 Wall Street Road, 645-4502
Several of you knew it was a cemetery, but Lois Stratmoen was the first to know exactly where it is. The picture was taken in Oaklawn Cemetery, just east of town. Caretaker Dave Huberg answers the number listed for Oaklawn.
Submitted by Bruce Morlan on Mon, 01/30/2006 - 8:53pm
Last weekend I observed a bit of drama in a field in Dundas. Apparently there is a nesting pair of bald eagles near the Cannon River in Dundas (where a section of the river is designated "wild and scenic", and we plan on keeping it that way).
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/30/2006 - 9:29am
Issues covered in show #5 of "Locally Grown," recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton last Friday afternoon: 1. Northfield public library expansion with guest Lynne Young, director: 0:00 to 21:00 2. The need for a nightclub: 21:00 to 29:15 3. Outdoor swimming pool: 29:15 to 36:00 4. Traffic light and MNDOT: 36:00 to 38:00 5. School district's handling of problematic employees: 38:00 to 40:45 6. Wrap-up, issues being followed: 40:45 to 42:45
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sun, 01/29/2006 - 9:58pm
The Northfield Historical Society held an appreciation party for Sesquicentennial volunteers last night at the Northfield Golf Club. Left: NHS president Rob Schanilec addresses the crowd. Center: Sesquicentennial co-chairs Jennifer Sawyer and Dan Freeman; Right: The Prairie Creek Group. Click the photos to enlarge and see two dozen more in the Sesquicentennial appreciation album.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sat, 01/28/2006 - 9:35am
These guys were doing front flips on the boulevard on the west side of downtown last night. Zane Anway, on the right in the group photo, nailed his flip for my camera on his first try. Click the photos to enlarge. *Update* Thanks to several readers who used the contact us form to give us the names of the other guys in the photo. They are, left to right: Schuyler Huber, Joe McGowan, Drew Wilson and Zane Anway.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 3:21pm
Goodbye Blue Monday regular Charlie Kyte, former Northfield schools superintendent and now Executive Director of the MN Association of School Administrators, sent me this document (PDF) that he wrote recently for Minnesota superintendents regarding the bird flu. He also wrote, "I provided Superintendents a further private briefing paper outlining what to expect and actions to take in the event a serious outbreak actually happens."
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 1:12pm
It was 44 degrees downtown at 6 am, after a high yesterday of 48, according to the Carleton College Weather Database.
The hockey rink at Woodley and Hwy 3 had small waves on it at 9 am when I took this photo. Click to enlarge.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 7:02pm
Julia Braulick was volunteering today at the Northfield Area United Way office, running the letter sealing/postage meter (left). Two weeks ago, it was her $20 donation from her allowance (center photo) that put the current campaign over the 50% level. It now stands at 80%. Right photo, L to R: Executive Director Elizabeth Schott with Julia's mom, Leslie Schultz. Click the photos to enlarge. Elizabeth would like to remind everyone that you can also donate to the Northfield Area United Way via credit card.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Thu, 01/26/2006 - 6:31pm
Dan Dimick phoned me earlier this afternoon, concerned about what he thought was excessively harsh tree trimming near his house on 2nd St. West near St. John's Lutheran Church. Asplundh is evidently the contractor that Xcel Energy uses here in Northfield for tree trimming around its powerlines. Click the photos to enlarge. Join the ISSUES list to follow/contribute to the conversation.
Friday, 01/27 6:15 am update: Dan Dimick posted an update on this to the ISSUES list.
Friday 10 am update: I added the photo on the right which I took this morning.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Tue, 01/24/2006 - 1:17pm
Susan Crow sent me these photos she took recently of various snowmen she spotted around town. Click to enlarge. And tonight, the Union of Youth is hosting a Snow Sculptures for Art Project at The Key. See Joshua Jude's blog post for more info.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/23/2006 - 10:15am
The Northfield City Council meets Monday at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. The agenda and complete council packet are available on the City's Jan. 23 agenda web page.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/23/2006 - 10:07am
Ray "Jake" Jacobson's unveiled a model of his proposed sculpture "Harvest" in Bridge Square last Thursday afternoon. Thanks to Rick Estenson at First National Bank Northfield and Susan Crow for the photos. Click to enlarge. And see Ross Currier's post 10 Foot High Mock-Up of Proposed Sculpture Displayed Downtown from Jan. 4 for more background on the piece.
Submitted by Holly Cairns on Mon, 01/23/2006 - 2:37am
Where, in Northfield, is this? Click to enlarge. Here's your hint: Usually, a worn path indicates an easier stride. But in this place, the opposite is true -- a worn path signifies greater human stuggle. Attach a comment here or use the Contact Us form.
Submitted by Holly Cairns on Mon, 01/23/2006 - 2:30am
We're lonely out here. The Cairns' bird feeders are swinging away, completely empty. Not a single fine feathered friend. You might be surprised that we have to have it this way. Much to our chagrin, we realized we just couldn't feed the birds, anymore. We are, after all, kind hearted and responsible. We'd like to encourage you to be bird friendly, too: If you have a cat, you might not want to feed the birds, either.