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NAG's Auction for the Arts

The Northfield Arts Guild is hosting its annual Auction for the Arts on Saturday. They have an online photo gallery of some of the items being auctioned. Auctioneer Ed Kuhlman (pictured in the hat) will do the live auction with assistance from Mary Rossing, Northfield Historical Society Board Member and owner of Present Perfect. Also pictured: Jerry Nord, co-owner of Hodge Podge Que Antiques.

And see the 100+ photos from last year's auction that are posted in our N.org album.

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Missing mother located; returned home

Police Digest, Friday, April 8

"A duck laid her eggs in a flower pot in the 300 block of South Division Street. Police were unable to locate the mother duck."

Police Digest, Wednesday, April 20

"After receiving dozens of complaints from local duck hunters, the city's police department agreed to conduct a city-wide search for the mother, involving 4-6 undercover officers. The mother was located at a private residence and escorted back to her home. Whereabouts of the father has not been determined."

Thanks to Krin Finger at Rare Pair and Paul Krause of Paul Krause & Associates for the alert on this developing story. And to Robbie Wigley for the photos.

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CVRO photos

Paul Niemisto, Director of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, with his two guest composers - Christopher Forbes [left] and Daniel Kallman [right] - at the CVRO's 25th Anniversary Concert on Sunday. (Click for a larger view.)

See the CVRO photo album for more photos.

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Thanks to John Severson, CVRO Board Member, for submitting all these photos.


Northfield in bloom

Since it's spring and the Downtown Improvement Process is in full bloom, I plan to blog photos occasionally that show some of the area's natural beauty. Join me! Use this file upload page to send me your photos and I'll consider posting them here.


Left: Overlooking Lyman Lakes at Carleton College. Right: The back patio of the Medical Arts Building at Division and 2nd, at the entrance to ArtOrg. Click photos for larger views.


CVRO 25th Anniversary Concert today

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), a program of the Northfield Arts Guild, celebrates its 25th Anniversary today with a concert at the Middle School Auditorium at 7 pm followed by a public reception. It will include a new work by composer and former Northfielder Chris Forbes, and "an opportunity for all former CVRO players to join the orchestra for the final number."

Paul Niemisto, Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf, received a Certificate of Appreciation plaque from Mayor Lee Lansing at the April 4th Northfield City Council meeting in recognition of his 25 years as directgor. The council passed a motion recognizing Niemisto and the CVRO for their contributions to community. (And a tip of the bloghat to the person who sent this photo to us.)


Painted trash cans downtown

The trash container in front of the First National Bank of Northfield at 4th and Division has been painted, as have several others along Division St. downtown.

Click this image for larger view of the "Hit the Streets" sign to be placed downtown soon. Drinking fountains, benches, and planters are next.


Community Day of Service scheduled for April 30


Northfield's Community Day of Service will be held in two weeks. "Volunteer to help garden, clean up parks, visit seniors and more -- or sign up your organization as a service site."

Use the CDOS web site to sign up as a volunteer or to request service. And see the five dozen photos from last year's CDOS in the N.org photo album.


Downtown Northfield - more business changes

Left: Coffman Realty has moved into the old Turtle Hill Beads store between Bridge Square Barbers and Carlson Capital Management. (Click photos for larger views.)

Right: I got an email from the Chamber announcing that the "Owners of the Scandinavian Marketplace in Northfield want to inform the members of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce of their recent decision to sell their Northfield business and building."


City Council Work Session, Monday, April 11, 2005

The Northfield City Council met in a work session this Monday. Betsy Buckheit, the chair of the Northfield Planning Commission met with the council to present the Planning Commissions recommendations for some changes in city residential building code. The proposed modifications are to "Residential (R-2) zone setbacks."

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questioned the logic of setting zone policy for future projects based on older housing. Community Development Director, Brian O'Connell, responded that zoning in a historical manner establishes consistent patterns. The setbacks will be reduced by a few feet.

"The Northfield zoning code contains the minimum distances (setbacks) that houses, garages, and porches must be from the front, side, and rear property lines. There are also minimum lot sizes, lot widths, height, and a variety of additional dimensional requirements. These zoning standards apply to new construction on vacant lots as well as remodeling and expansion projects on existing inner city lots. This can be a problem for owners of older properties. Often, old properties are built closer to lot lines than the modern requirements allow."

From "Analysis of Zoning Variances from 1994 to October 2004".


Downtown Northfield - business changes

L to R (click any photo for a larger view): The Village Drug complex has a new sign and new landscaping. D & M Gathering has opened an antiques and collectibles store between the VFW Club and DuFours Cleaners. Linda Schneewind is closing her Red Letter Day store on Bridge Square and merging it with her digs store on Division.


New graffiti on the West Side

There's new graffiti on the side of the building that houses Jerry's Hair Shop and Old Stuff Antiques on the West Side of downtown, along the River Walk access path.

4/23 update: I've removed the larger photo on the advice of Police Chief Gary Smith.


What's going on here?

Castle Rock Construction is clearing this lot, just south of the Allina Medica Clinic on Jefferson Road. (Click for a larger view.)

Jasnoch Construction has a permit posted. Paul Smith, Metrowide Realty, has a sold sign up.


Downtown Improvement Process forum - photo album

Charlie Skinner facilitated the brainstorming at last night's forum on the Downtown Improvement Process, held at the Upstairs Rueb. (Click photo for a larger view.)

See 18 more photos in the album.


Ad Hoc Task Force on the Downtown Improvement Process

Got opinions about whether downtown Northfield needs more of this kind of beautification?

(Click the photo for a larger view. I took it last summer behind Oolala.)

How about parking? Outside dining? River access?

Then show up at The Rueb on Wed. April 13th, 7 to 9 pm. More details in Ross Currier's post to the NDDC blog.

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