Favorite young adult photos - 4th of July weekend


Left: These are some of my favorite young adult photos that we took last weekend.

Right: Pepe Kryzda sent 6 more photos (2 kids, 2 fireworks, 2 bike race) and I've added them to the bottom of P. 12 of the 4th of July weekend photo album.

See previous blog posts for favorite parent and favorite kid photos.

Harry Potter book release event


This group of Northfielders (click photo, above left) was scheming at The Contented Cow Wednesday for a variety of activities planned for next Friday's (July 15) midnight release of the new Harry Potter book at River City Books. See all the info on the ArtOrg weblog: Northfield Becomes Cowsmeade! Harry Potter Book Release

Gasoline contamination delays Hwy 3 construction

Hwy 3 construction activity is nearly non-existent this week. But it's not due to the state government shutdown.

I talked with MN DOT employee Anthony Stakston this morning. He said that gasoline-contaminated water was discovered at the site last week (to the north and west of the fire hydrant in the photo - click for a larger view).

Community Band Concert tonight on Bridge Square

The Northfield Community Band is performing tonight on Bridge Square, 7 pm. The photo is from a July 2004 performance.

NAPA's motorcycle show

Northfield's NAPA Auto & Truck Parts store hosted a motorcycle show/competition yesterday on 7th St.

Downtown building improvements

Left: The Central Block building is having its roof redone. Right: Bierman's Home Furnishings & Floor Covering is upgrading the awning over its downtown store and extending it to include the building next door which houses Ragstock.

$1.5 million for the Northfield Community Investment Fund

necwebsitethumb.gifCommunity National Bank, First National Bank of Northfield, St. Olaf College and Carleton College have contributed capital to establish the Northfield Community Investment Fund. The fund, currently $1.5 million, will be administered by the Northfield Enterprise Center.

"The Northfield Community Investment Fund will be used to facilitate economic development and redevelopment in Northfield and fund projects that further the city's economic development plan."

See the Carleton press release: Local Organizations Create Northfield Community Investment Fund.

Carleton's Japanese Garden

Carleton's Japanese Garden (Jo Ryo En or "The Garden of Quiet Listening") was recently ranked the ninth best public Japanese garden in the country in a recent issue of Journal of Japanese Gardening (issue not yet online). See the Carleton press release.

fullcirclevideocover.jpgCarleton has released a new DVD on the garden, titled: In Full Circle: The Japanese-Style Garden as a Work of Art in Progress. It was filmed and edited by Northfielder Paul Krause, written by David Slawson and Paul Krause, and produced by Bardwell Smith.
"Eric and Margit Johnson are the garden's most dedicated volunteers." The DVD is available through the Carleton Bookstore.

The July/August 2005 issue of the Journal of Japanese Gardening has a review of the video. It's not yet online but Krause has it posted on his website.

July 9 update: Mary Bigelow, Head Gardener of the Garden of Quiet Listening, on Thursday morning at the Goodbye Blue Monday.

New And Improved: The Ole Store

Under new ownership and operation, after significant updating, with a new focus and chef, a new and improved Ole Store opened for business this morning. Todd and Linsay Byhre, proprietors of the establishment on St. Olaf Avenue near Lincoln, are focusing the business on simple and healthy foods with organic and additive free ingredients. With initial offerings of a wine bar and coffee house, they expect to open the restaurant half in a couple weeks starting with breakfast and lunch and eventually adding a dinner menu. Brian Stansberry, the head chef, is in charge of their simple menus and creating the dishes the Byhres expect will delight their customers' taste buds with a simple and healthy place to enjoy food's potential achieved.

The Ole Store's hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

ArtOrg joins the blogosphere


ArtOrg's website now has a weblog on their home page with an RSS feed. Dave Machecek, ArtOrg's new Executive Director (on the left in the above photo taken on Bridge Square this weekend, with Kari Albert and Brett Reese), is the chief blogger thus far. His most recent post is titled ArtOrg's Equipment-Intensive-Studio Strategy for Northfield and contains details on the arts building to be built on the Lubbers property by Mendota Homes.

So we've added ArtOrg to our Civic Blogosphere project. And like other local civic-oriented weblogs (citizens, civic leaders, non-profit organizations), we aggregate the headlines of their four most recent blog posts into the right sidebar of the Northfield.org homepage under the Blogosphere section.

Favorite parent photos

4thfavoriteparents.gifOf all the photos of parents with kids we took this weekend, these are my favorites.

Favorite little kid photos

4thfavoritekids.gifOf all the photos of young kids we took this weekend, these are my favorites.

4th photos

4thalbumtn2.gif My wife Robbie and I took a couple hundred more photos today of the 4th of July/Sesquicentenial festivities.

Photos include the kiddie parade, bike race, flea market, kids carnival, music acts, color guard, patriotic speeches, and faces in the crowds.

See all 300+ photos in the 4th of July 2005 photo album.

Bike race, flea market

The Criterium bike race downtown and the flea market in Ames Park are going on this morning. Right photo: Nathan Kuhlman lays down a whithering sales pitch on Dan Freeman.

Revised schedule for the 4th

See this revised schedule of events for today's festivities.

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

And see the weekend's photo album for 100 photos posted thus far.

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