Carleton bulldozes the Arb

Bulldozers have been at work in the lower part of Carleton College's Cowling Arboretum ["the Arb"], cleaning up an old dump site as part of an oak savanna restoration. Click photos for larger views.

HomeSource moves; Carlson Cap. rehabs

Home Source Mortgage has moved out of the lower level of Carlson Capital Management building and into the old Stone Creek Gifts building on 6th St. behind Tires Plus. CCM president Greg Carlson says that they'll use the extra space to expand their offices.

Tim Goodwin joins the blogosphere

Tim Goodwin, Executive Director of the Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech Charter School) is now a blogger, part of Northfield's civic blogosphere project. (I took the photo of Tim playing guitar at a school event last spring. Click for a larger view.)

From his intro, "Northfield is an exciting town in which to be a leader in the field of education. Northfielders show great passion towards education issues. Because of this passion for education, both in myself and in the community, I am excited to be a part of the community dialogue."

Bloodmobile in Northfield Monday and Tuesday

The bloodmobile for the Rice-LeSueur Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross will be at the American Legion Ballroom, 1054 Highway #3, North on Monday, August 15, 2005, and on Tuesday, August 16, 2005, from 1:00 PM to 6:45 PM on both days. To make an appointment, call Merrell at 507-645-9821 prior to the drive dates. For donor elegibility questions call 1-800-Give Life.

Tours de Nick photo album

The annual Tours de Nick was held yesterday. See all 18 photos in the album.

Center photo, L to R: Ken Sansome, Bill Metz, and Executive director of SAVE, Dan Reidenberg.
Right photo, L to R: Bruce Anderson, Director of RENew Northfield; some biker babe; Erling Jorstad, retired St. Olaf Professor Emeritus of History.

Click photos for a larger view and see all 18 photos in the album.

Northfield City Council meets tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight, 7:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

See the Council Meeting Agenda page. The entire Council packet, including addenda, is available.

Public Hearing: Police Department accreditation

The Northfield Police Department started the formal process of accreditation over the weekend. See Police Chief Gary Smith's weblog post from Aug. 8.

Three assessors representing the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) are in town to test the department on compliance of more than 600 standards.

There will be a public hearing held by the assessors at 7 p.m. Monday at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at which citizens can speak for five minutes in support of the department's re-accreditation.

People also may call 507-663-9303 on Monday, August 15th between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and relay a message by phone directly to one of the assessors.

Tours de Nick

Tours de Nick, the annual bicycle tour in memory of Nick Sansome, will be held today at 1 PM. See the map and more detailed info on the Northfield Bicycle Club's tour page. "This is a casual event and there is no fee to participate."

Northfield Bicycle Club member Bill Metz's book, "Saturday Morning Rides," is available at the Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse, River City Books, and at Mike's Bikes (Mike in the photo above) for $10. Proceeds go the the Nicholas Sansome Named Memorial at SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices for Education. The Executive director of SAVE, Dan Reidenberg, is planning on coming to the start of the ride today.

Lansing Hardware announces redevelopment project

Lee Lansing and David Lansing (David in photo above at this year's Home and Garden show) announced today that the west side of the 600 block of Division St. and the Lansing Hardware building will be part of a large redevelopment project. The developers, Beth Closner and Randy Lutz, are partners with Bob and Kate Kuyper for the Lockwood's Opera House condominiums, above the old Jacobson's Department Store. Click the photos and sketch for larger views and see the press release below.

EDA member Tracy Davis has a blog post on yesterday's EDA meeting that includes more on the development. The EDA's website has the developer's letter in Word doc format but here's a PDF version.

Tracy Davis joins the blogosphere

EDA Member Tracy Davis, shown at last week's ArtSwirl kickoff, is now a blogger, part of Northfield's civic blogosphere project.

From her intro: "I've been a Northfield resident for the past fifteen years, and a member of the City's Economic Development Authority for five. My service on the EDA is part of my commitment to the Northfield community... call it a labor of love."

St. Olaf wind turbine construction begins

Construction of the wind turbine at St. Olaf College began this week.

Location: the soybean field below Ytterboe Hall, just southwest of the Skoglund Athletic Center. The footings were being poured this morning at 9 am.

2:15 PM updated:
David Gonnerman, Communications Specialist and Staff Photographer for the college (in the photo, click to enlarge) has more info posted on the St. Olaf news page, including a link to this Feb. story about the turbine.

ArtSwirl today: Comedy of Errors; Walking Tour of Architecture

Norman Butler and Don Forsberg, two of the many local thespians performing in The Comedy of Errors, a NAG play and ArtSwirl event in Central Park. The final two performances are this weekend. The play is sponsored by Chapati and The Contented Cow.

Noon today: A Walking Tour of the Architecture of Downtown Northfield by Preservation Commission member Clifford Clark.

Happy Birthday Northfield - photo album

The sun came out just in time for last night's 150th birthday party on Bridge Square, a Sesquicentennial and ArtSwirl event. Click any photo for a larger view and see 3 dozen more in the 150th party photo album.

Left: David Koenig and daughter, working on the birthday card. Center: Donna's Boys (Merle Dahl, Noel Stratmoen, David Legvold, Bill Johnson) serenade Lynn Tchida, the new Family Services Coordinator in the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division. Right: NPS Community Education Director Hannah Puczko and Northfield News Publisher and NDDC board member Renee Huckle.

The balloon hat-making clowns and some of their victims. Click any photo for a larger view and see 3 dozen more in the 150th party photo album.

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