St. Olaf Christmas Festival

St. Olaf held the first of four concerts of their annual Christmas Festival last night. See the article titled Annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival ushers in Advent season on this year's event.

Above left photo: My wife Robbie and I attended the Northfield community leaders' dinner (a Scandinavian buffet that includes lutefisk and lefse) before the festival, courtesy of Director of Communications, Amy Gage (right).

Center photo: (Shirley and Jim Evans; Ellen and Ray Cox.

Right photo: Scott Neal and spouse Dee Dee sat in front of us at the concert.

Photos/recordings of the performance are not allowed. Photo on the left is from last year's event from their website. Radio, TV and internet broadcasts of the event will soon be available. Full disclosure:

Photos of Winter Walk needed

If you have photos of the last night's Winter Walk festivities that you'd be willing to share with the community, (ones of you and your family/friends especially) please contact us.

Rotary Exchange student says goodbye

Left: Northfield Rotary's 2005-2006 Inbound Youth Exchange Student Kirsty Greenwood from South Africa made her goodbye presentation today at Northfield Rotary's lunch. Center: Kirsty was introduced by Vicki Dilley, one of her host moms. Right: with Northfield Rotary President David Brown.

New sponsor: Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run
A new sponsor for the first two weeks of December: the 2005 Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 17. It's a charity event, with all registration fees going to the Jeff Amerman Pavilion at Spring Creek Park. Left photo: NCO Board member and Jingle Bell Run committee member Jonathan Jaranson with Justin Stets, Carlson Cap, in promotion high-gear at last week's Turkey Trot. (Click to enlarge.) The event is sponsored by Carlson Capital Management and the MN Center for Philanthropy.

Alberta Clipper delivers for Winter Walk

Last night's Alberta Clipper delivered just enough snow for tonight's Winter Walk. Left photo: Bridge Square at 6:30 this morning. Center photo: No parking on Division St. downtown begins at 1 pm. Right photo from 2004: again this year, you can have your kids shot with the James Gang at the Northfield Historical Society.

See the full schedule of activities on the Chamber's Winter Walk page.

See the 100+ photos in the Winter Walk 04 photo album. See the 25+ photos in the Winter Walk 03 photo album. See the 10 photos in the Winter Walk 02 photo album.

Carlson Capital Management's donation to NCO

Carlson Capital Management logo
Justin Stets and Greg Carlson (left and right in the photo - click to enlarge), principals of Northfield-based Carlson Capital Management (CCM), announced today that they were making a $7,500 contribution to Northfield Citizens Online (NCO), the non-profit organization that operates

ncoccmpressreleasethumb.gifI'm more than pleased, of course.

As a co-founder of NCO, it's been a dream of mine to be able to devote more time to it and have it grow to the next level as an organization. Carlson Cap's generosity will go a long way towards making that happen.

See the PDF of the press release or keep reading for the HTML version, complete with links.

NCO Board Elects New Officers

In their first Board meeting of the new operating year, Northfield Citizens Online's new Board elected officers for the next year (terms expire next Fall).

Bruce W. Morlan

Board Chair
Bruce Morlan.
Doug Bratland.
Jan Allister
Rick Estenson

Winter Walk; downtown merchant extended hours

Left: Northfield's 7th annual Winter Walk is tomorrow, Dec. 1, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. See the full schedule of activities on the Chamber's Winter Walk page. Right: The NDDC has created an extended hours poster for downtown merchants to display. Both posters are in windows all over downtown Northfield.

Santa's coming to Bridge Square

Santa's elves were hard at work yesterday morning on Bridge Square, constructing the house where he'll be stationed the next three Saturday mornings. Among the elves, L to R: NDDC's Dan Bergeson and Ross Currier, with City of Northfield's Resource Planning Director Howard Merriam. Right photo: Howard modeling the latest in long underwear technology.

SpeechGear moves to Montessori building

SpeechGear has moved into the old Montessori school building on Hwy 19. Left photo: a pile of new furniture in their break room, overlooking Malt-O-Meal and Kwik Trip. Right photo: they're testing the release of their Summer Weather V1.4 software on the landscaping around their building.

CEO Rob Palmquist sent me this email re: their need for some temp help:

Welcome Home today for the Northfield National Guard

The arrival of the 434th Chemical Company (Northfield, Redwing and Roseville) is scheduled for November 29th. The best guess for time is around 3:00p.m. Listend to KYMN or check here for updates.

Update: photos added 11/30 6:30 am:

Dundas city administrator's contract not renewed

I received a phone call this morning from a government official, informing me that the Dundas City Council last night voted 3-2 to not renew the contract of City Administrator Sue Kyllo.

Elvis helps raise funds for ARTech

Elvis was on hand in a big way at ARTech's Thanks-Give fundraiser last week.

Over $5,000 for the school was raised.

Click the photo to enlarge and see dozens more in the Thanks-Give photo album.

Migration to Senator Coleman's office

Dan Borek, St. Olaf student, sent me this photo "... of our November 3rd migration herd to Senator Coleman's office. We were a delegation of Oles and Carls who met up with U of M caribou for the migration."

The issue?

Drilling in the ANWR.

Click photo to enlarge.

Winter wonderland gives way to rainbows

Friday's blanket of snow has been wiped out by a warm rain, punctuated this morning at about 9:30 with an on-again off-again rainbow, seen here (faintly; click photo to enlarge) over the Country Inn.

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