The NCO/ tech committee

We're getting ready to move to a new platform. The NCO Tech Committee members who will be leading the overhaul and redesign (click to enlarge):

Left: Committee Chair and blogger Chip Cuccio, shown with his wife Melissa at their home last week.
Center: NCO Board member and blogger Adam Gurno, show with his wife Sara at the Governors Ball.
Right: ARTech student and blogger Sean Hayford O'Leary, shown at a library meeting earlier this year.

Northfield Crossing's model condo

The model condo for Northfield Crossing is going up on the site of the old Community National Bank drive-up at 2nd St. and Hwy. 3.

The sign reads, "Anticipated grand opening Feb. 11."

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Q-Comp documents; vote results: No: 118; Yes: 61

Approximately 63% of the teachers in the Northfield school district participated in last week's vote on the Q-Comp proposal. The results: No: 118; Yes: 61. Here are the documents (PDFs):
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Left: Q-Comp application to the state (41 page PDF); Center: Q-Comp overview/summary graphic (1 page PDF); Right: Q-Comp Performance Evaluation Rubric (24 page PDF).

Public discussion of the Q-Comp proposal and vote continues on the ISSUES list. See the web-based archives for the comments.

Switzer's Nursery & the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball

Switzer's Nursery and Landscaping donated all the labor in putting up and taking down the 100-plus light-bedecked trees for the Governors Ball. Left: Glenn Switzer and Jim Switzer, setting up. Center: Northfield Mayor Lansing with Dundas Mayor Switzer (in the Northfield t-shirt). Right: Glenn and Michelle Switzer, putting on the ritz. Click photos to enlarge.

Kuyper Group to move; Cocoa Bean to stay; ducks likely to adapt

Bob Kuyper told me yesterday that they will be moving the Kuyper Group real estate office a few doors south on Division to the site of the former Northfield Emporium, next to Las Delicias. The Kuypers have been rehabbing the building (they own it) the past few months. The Cocoa Bean had been rumored to move to that location but according to Norman Butler, they're planning now to stay at their current location in his building for another 18 months. Why the duck family photo?

Traffic light at Hwy 3 and 3rd St.

Northfield City Councilor Galen Malecha, NDDC Exec. Director Ross Currier, and Northfield's Director of Public Works Heidi Hamilton met this morning at the GBM to discuss issues surrounding a traffic light at Hwy 3 and 3rd St. Galen told me last week that he and fellow councilors support the installation of a light there and are discussing strategies to make it happen.

See Ross' blog post, New Hope for the Traffic Light at 3rd and 3, for his view of the issue and their meeting.

Citizen radio: broadcast and podcast opportunities

A couple of weeks ago, I met with Carleton's KRLX-FM 88.1 radio station manager Cameron Nordholm and news director Morgan Weiland (above left) to discuss collaboration ideas. One result: instead of me stringing a microphone from a ceiling tile (right photo, courtesy of Ross Currier), we're going to record in the Ross/Tracy issues confabs in the KRLX studio and broadcast the show. They are looking for other local programming ideas, too... by Jan. 6. See their entry and the flyer (center) requesting submissions frrom local musicians. And if you have an idea for a audio or video podcast that you'd like to distribute via, contact us.

Just Food Co-op's birthday

Just Food Co-op president Ron Griffith sent me some photos (click to enlarge) from their one-year anniversary celebration last week. Left: Iris Lee lands a cow cookie while Alex Beeby looks on; Center: Stuart Reid, general manager, models his holiday hat; Right: Caricaturist Taylor Franklin. I wonder who those people are in the caricature?

Locally Grown: Dec. 27 audio interview/podcast

I hosted another audio interview -- second in a series -- yesterday afternoon with Ross Currier, Northfield Planning Commission member and Executive Director of the NDDC and Tracy Davis, Northfield EDA member and downtown business owner (Donegal Carpets). The purpose: a light and lively discussion of current issues and events of interest and relevance to Northfield citizens.

Today's topics: The outdoor swimming pool (0-08:00 min); the Q Block development (08:00-14:30); traffic light at 3rd & Hwy 3 (14:30-17:15); Q-Comp (17:15-24:45); a dog park (24:45-30:00). Length of show: 30 minutes.

Click the play button to listen. Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes.

CRWP erects sign on Hwy 19

I got this email and photo (click to enlarge) from Hilary Ziols, Outreach and Development Coordinator at Cannon River Watershed Partnership:

"Cannon River Watershed Partnership finally fulfilled its wish to help more people find their way to its offices at 8997 Eaves Avenue in Northfield. New Executive Director David Legvold, CRWP staff, and ardent supporters of the organization dug the holes, placed a time capsule, and set up the long-awaited sign on Thursday, Dec. 22nd. Brushwork Signs of Faribault, owned by Ann Meillier and Dave Correll, designed and created the sign."

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Gary Dahl (2), Tammy Metcalf-Filzen, Scott Parker, Jarrett Iovinella, Matthew Wehling, Tom Neuville, ArtOrg

Minnesota-China trade mission presentation

After belting out a rendition of "Everybody Loves Somebody," Dean Martin impersonator Tom Durkin gave an overview of his recent trip to China to the Northfield Rotary last Thursday. (Click photos to enlarge.) Tom, who also moonlights as Vice President of International Operations and Global Sourcing for Midwest of Cannon Falls, was part of Governor Pawlenty's trade mission to China in November.

"Talk Back" ad campaign

For several weeks, a group or organization named "Talk Back" has been putting up posters around town and placing ads in the Northfield News. (Click photos to enlarge.) They appear to have upper/lower case fixation syndrome:

LiKe SoUp? LiKe YoUr PaJamas? WaNt to SLeEp In? LiKe CaMp ChAirs AnD CoFfee?

Anyone know what it's about? Attach a comment here or Contact Us.

Twas the day after Christmas and ...

Anne Bretts posted this to the ISSUES list this morning.

Twas the day after Christmas and all through old North's fields
The keyboards were silent as we kept our eyes peeled.
Our e-mails were crafted and addressed with care.
In hopes on the Issues list they would be shared.

Thank You Griff!

The NCO Board and Committee volunteers would like to extend our deepest collective "thank you's" and our gratitude to Griff Wigley, for his incredible dedication, hard work, and civic service.

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