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.


All-school renunion; military flyover

More Sesquicentennial events (click for the full-size pdfs).

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Vintage military aircraft will do a flyover on Saturday at 4:30 pm.

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The Northfield High School All School Renunion begins tomorrow.


Human Cannonball sets up in Ames Park

The Human Cannonball has set up in Ames Park. Click the photo and the Sesquicentennial poster image for a closer look. Is the net in the middle of the Cannon River his target or a safety net? Find out on Saturday, 8:30 pm or Sunday at 5 pm.


Quizno's closed; to be torn down

I got an email from Kurt Larson at Larson's Printing this morning. He said a customer asked him if Quizno's Subs was closed. After trying their phone several times and getting no answer, I stopped by to take some photos. (Click for a larger view.)

Shortly after the lunch hour, the parking lot was bare and a peek inside the windows revealed shelves were likewise.

I called Ross Currier at the NDDC and he confirmed that Quizno's will be torn down to make way for future commercial development on what's known as the "Q Block" (Quizno's and Quarterback). Mendota Homes is the developer.


"Visting Northfield" website launched by CVB

visiting_nfld.jpgThe Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce's Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a new website called Visiting Northfield.

Site credits: A+ Communications; Kivell Design; Organic Arts; hosted by Northfield Internetworking.


Revised schedule of events - 4th of July weekend

There's a revised schedule of events for this weekend's festivities.

Click the image for a larger view, this PDF for a printable poster, or "continue reading" for a text schedule.

The 4th of July poster and all the other Northfield Sesquicentennial posters are done by Rob Schanilec, Northfield Historicial Society President and owner of By All Means Graphics on Bridge Square. Left photo: Rob and his kids at last year's 4th of July celebration. (See the 150 photos in the 2004 July 4th photo album.) Right photo: The Northfield Sesquicentennial office rents space from Rob. (Click to enlarge.)

Why were the train rides cancelled? See John Thomas' comments to Monday's post, chronicling his communications with the Union Pacific railroad to find out.


Braving the Storm for I35 Community Discussion

Griff Wigley, blogger, Braving the Elements

The League of Women Voters held a loosely moderated discussion about the I35 corridor development last night at the Northfield Public Library. The development is the result of a controversial rezoning of 1,046 acres along the West side of Interstate 35 that was carried out in a controversial manner under the lead of Rice County Commissioner Jim Brown. About 25 residents and public officials from throughout Rice County braved the weather to participate in the discussion (including one County Commissioner: Jessica Peterson), though no proponents of the development chose to attend.


Around the local civic blogosphere

kathleendorannorton.jpg Kathleen Doran-Norton: Health Care and the Uninsured in Northfield

"Fifty-eight out of 140 hospitals in Minnesota are offering lower prices for folks who are uninsured, according to the Star Tribune. The Northfield Hospital is not on this list, though Faribault and Owatonna's hospitals are."

garygsmith.jpgPolice Chief Gary Smith: Sex Offenders

"I noticed the Northfield News ran an article in this Saturday's paper about "Educating the Community About Sex Offenders." Unfortunately, the article didn't speak about the involvement of local law enforcement and the part they play in the community process... What the article did not mention... "

robbrown.jpgRob Brown: The Union of Youth

"The Key, or The Union of Youth, is held to higher standards for some reason. I guess it's easy to pick on kids. The Key is seen by many as a hive of delinquents. There are some bad kids everywhere, right? Some of those bad kids turn into good adults when they are supported and a sense of responsibility is fostered. The Key is this amazing youth-run organization. It's full of creative young adults."


Around the local blogosphere on eminent domain

Local bloggers reacting to last week's Supreme Court decision on eminent domain:

bbuckheit.gif Northfield Planning Commissioner Betsey Buckheit: Eminent Domain. And she provides some additional links in a separate post.

"The Court ruled that local governments could use their power of eminent domain to take private property (in this case, well-kept, not blighted homes) to assemble parcels of land to be transferred to a private developer to redevelop the area (in the economically depressed city of New London) with a riverwalk, office and residential space intended to increase tax revenue and create jobs (a project not unlike Northfield


Last night's storm

Last night's thunderstorm at approximately 7 pm hit the west side of Northfield the hardest with some small trees and powerlines downed.


I took these photos this morning near the Manitou and Greenvale intersection. Police Chief Gary Smith posted to his blog about the storm at 9 pm last night.


4th of July weekend - schedule of events

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Click the image for a larger view of the schedule of events planned for the 4th of July weekend.

11:30 am update: the train rides have been cancelled for the weekend.

The fireworks are scheduled for Sunday, July 3rd, in order to accommodate all the high school reunion people coming to town.


LWV Forum next Monday on I-35 development

The Northfield League of Women Voters is hosting a forum on the proposed commercial development corridor along I-35, south of Hwy. 19.

The forum will be held this Monday, June 27th, 7 PM at the Northfield Public Library.

This is the first of their new public meeting series called 4th Mondays.


Early morning gangs roaming downtown

I was accosted by this gang at 6 am morning and forced to take their photo. (Click for a larger view.)

A similar gang, less photogenic and marked by hairy legs and a noticeably different smell, appeared at 6:30 am.

It wasn't clear whether downtown turf is an issue with these gangs but I did hear talk of a gang summit scheduled for 8 am at the GBM.


Historic Northfield banners


The City, in collaboration with the NDDC, has put up new "Historic Northfield - since 1855" banners on light poles throughout downtown, part of this year's Sesquicentennial. I took these photos this morning in front of the Scriver Building, home to the Northfield Historical Society, the NHS Museum, and the Museum store.


Passing Zone - photo album


Owen Morse and Jon Wee of The Passing Zone performed a show tonight at the Middle School. See the photo album (44 photos) of their performance.

They perform again on Sunday at 3 pm. The show is a Northfield Sesquicentennial event and sponsored by the First National Bank of Northfield and Malt O Meal.

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Also, view this short video clip (right) of the grand finale, when Dave Shumway, Jennifer Sawyer, and Earl Weinmann were juggled.


David Wee and Karen Herseth, parents of Northfielder Jon Wee. (Click any photo for a larger view.)


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