Fireworks photos

Tonight's fireworks were held near the new Middle School.

Click the photo for a medium size view.

And see ten other photos (thumb, medium, and full size views of each) of tonight's fireworks in the 4th of July weekend photo album, starting at the bottom of page 3.


Townhouse construction fire


From Police Chief Gary Smith: "Northfield Fire and Police were called to a new residential construction site adjacent to Maple Street, south of Jefferson Parkway, south of the soccer fields at approximately 4:45 p.m. today on a report of a fire in a townhome that was under construction. The center townhome was fully involved as firefighters arrived..."

John Severson submitted the photos. Click for a larger view.

See additional information on Police Chief Gary Smith's weblog: Press release: Structure Fire.


Community/all-NHS reunion photos

I took these community/all-NHS reunion photos from the roof of the Community National Bank building about a half hour ago.

Click the thumbnails to enlarge to medium, 800 pixel-wide photos.

Or view full-size, 2 meg version of the photos:

Full-size left photo; - - - Full size right photo


The Human Cannonball - video clip


See this 90 second video clip of the Human Cannonball's (Dave Smith) performance in downtown Northfield last night at 8:30 pm. His performance today is at 5 pm.

11 am update: More photos have been added the weekend's photo album. Cindy & Dick Jenson submitted several close-ups of Cannonball Dave Smith. And D. Barvir submitted two photos of the Scott Barvir Band playing on Bridge Square.

Reminder:
The fireworks are tonight near the new Middle School.


4th/150th/Reunion photo album

4thalbumtn.gif The photo album for the 4th/150th/Reunion weekend is up, with four dozen photos from last night.

I hope to have a video clip of Human Cannonball Dave Smith's performance posted early in the morning.


4th/150th/Reunion photos wanted

gjwcamera96w.jpgI'll be taking photos of some of this weekend's festivities (4th of July, High School Reunion, Sesquicentennial) and putting them up in an album.

If you have photos you'd like to have included, or if you have dozens of them and you'd like to put up in your own album, or if you know of an album on some other website that you'd like us to link to, attach a comment here or contact me.


Sesquicentennial sponsors

sponsorsthumb.gifMany local businesses and organizations are sponsors of Northfield's Sesquicentennial and many people have volunteered their time.

Click the image for a PDF or "continue reading" to see the text listing with links to those who have websites.


Heard on Division Street

What's up with Wayne Eddy (left) and Bart de Malignon? Click photos to enlarge and...


Northfield High School All School Renunion

Many people have come to town this weekend for the Northfield High School All School Renunion, part of the Northfield Sesquicentennial.

I caught this group downtown last night in front of the Northfield History Museum Store. Locals Nola and Bob Mathison are on the right. Click photo to enlarge.

See the reunion's schedule of events for what's happening the rest of the weekend.


Music at the Farmer's Market

This group of musicians performed yesterday for shoppers and vendors at the Farmer's Market in Riverside Lions Park.

Click photo to enlarge.

Farmer's Market is open Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:45, and Saturdays at 9.


Arts building to be built on the Lubbers property

Developer John Mathern, Mendota Homes, has decided to build an arts building on the southeast corner of Hwy 3 and 2nd St. The announcement is significant in light of the recent decision of the school board to sell the old middle school to Carleton College.

It's known as the Lubbers property and is the site of the former Byzantine restaurant and El Buen Gusto grocery store. The SMSQ offices are visible in the left background of the photo. Quizno's is across the highway on the right. Click to enlarge.

Contact me if you have more information on this breaking story or attach a comment to this post.

Noon update: Ross Currier posted a brief blurb about this story on the NDDC weblog at 10:00 am.

Saturday 6 am update: Nothfield News headline: Group proposes a


State gov't shutdown

shutdown.jpg MPR: Legislators fail to reach deal

Star Tribune: Talks stumble; government shuts down

Pioneer Press: Sorry, we're closed

State Rep. Ray Cox: Shut down

State of MN: Shutdown website

Contact me if you have suggestions on other links on this breaking story or include them in a comment attached to this post.


Green water in the closed swimming pool

Adam and Sara Gurno visited the wading pool with their kids Tuesday night and contacted me, wondering about the green water in the now-closed outdoor pool and whether it would soon be hatching mosquitoes.

I took the photos Wed. afternoon (wading pool closed because of rain) and contacted the City about the situation. Joel Walinski replied:

"Draining the pool is on our work list but a low priority. The old pool doesn't gravity drain, so we need to bring a portable pump out to finish pumping out the water that remains in the pool. Because of the storms and prepping for the 4th of July weekend celebrations this work item has been put to the back burner, although we should be able to get to it in the next several days."


Downtown business changes


Signs on downtown Northfield storefronts: Cocoa Bean is moving. Cottage Industry will no longer be selling yarn and knitting supplies. Northfield Home and Realty is moving into the old Digs space on Bridge Square. Green Lighthouse Photography has moved into a space above Champion Sports.


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