Bridge Square drinking fountain nearing completion

It appears as though the new drinking fountain on Bridge Square will be ready for the 4th of July weekend.

4th of July prep

Downtown businesses are hanging 4th of July banners.
Left: the Rare Pair. Right: the Archer House.

Post-storm sunset

I took this photo on Bridge Square last night after the thunderstorms passed through the area.

Malt 'O Meal, the Eagles club, and the Hvistendahl, Moersch & Dorsey law office building are visible in the background.

Northfield City Council meets tonight

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


See the Council Meeting Agenda page. It has PDF links within the page.

St. Olaf's Norway trip bloggers

norwayblogs.gifSt. Olaf recently sent 260 musicians, 20 faculty and staff, and nearly 100 students to Norway for the the country's Centennial Anniversary of its independence from Sweden.

Seven chronicled the trip with weblogs, including:

Le Ann Finger, media relations and marketing specialist

Karen Hansen, executive director of the Center for Lifelong Learning

Update 6/21: Sean O'Leary attached a comment: "Just a correction/clarification to the post: 2005 is the centennial anniversary of the independence from Sweden, not for Norway's beginning as a country." Thanks, Sean. Correction made.

NHS razes the roof

The Northfield Historical Society is replacing the roof on the Scriver Building. See Rob Schanilec's June 6 blog post:

The first step will be to cut into the existing roof from the outside and extract insulation, monitoring for possible artifacts in the attic space. Then workcrews will work inside the dark, hot and messy structure increasing the support structure before they begin tearing the old roof off in favor of an upgraded and reinforced flat one, restoring the building to it's 1876 roofline.

Froggy Bottoms' tables on Riverwalk

Froggy Bottoms began serving patrons on the Riverwalk on Friday. I took these photos last night.

Soccer/picnic pavillion planned

This group of locals gathered yesterday morning at GBM, discussing plans for a soccer/picnic pavillion at the the Spring Creek Park Soccer Complex on Jefferson Parkway.

The pavillion was a dream of Jeff Amerman, longtime member of the Northfield Youth Soccer Association and coach of the Northfield Middle School girls' soccer team. Amerman died unexpectedly in February at the age of 48.

L to R: Curtis Tiano, Andrew Tiano, Rick Estenson, Joel Walinski, Charlie Cogan, Dave Medin, Jim Pokorney.

Carleton Reunion Weekend

Carleton is holding their Reunion 2005 Weekend thru Sunday.

Evening fireworks were part of the event tonight. I took this photo (click to enlarge) on the downtown footbridge at about 10 pm.

Outdoor Pool closed - Kiddie Pool to open

After monitoring the water levels since the last repairs were made, the pool continues to leak over 30,000 gallons per day. For a pool the size of the Northfield pool, the maximum water loss permitted by health and safety standards is no more than 6,000 gallons per day.

At this point in the season and the life of the pool, built in 1958, there are really no other options to consider except to get moving on developing a plan for a new pool facility.

"The Kiddie pool will open Wednesday (June 22nd) at no charge to users. The city is absorbing the cost for the personnel time. The new Middle School will have some open swim hours. We are also exploring other community options," said Susan Hoyt, Northfield City Administrator.

Last day: 5th annual Carleton College Garage Sale

garage-sale.gifThe last of day of Acting in the Community Together's (ACT) annual Carleton College Garage Sale is Saturday, June 18th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Carleton College West Gymnasium.

Proceeds benefit ACT, The Key/Union of Youth, Project Friendship, Ruth

Outdoor pool update

I took this photo of the outdoor pool last night, since the weather forecast is for several sunny warm days in a row.

It shows that pool is full of water; the wading pool is empty. I contacted City Public Works Director Heidi Hamilton for an update and she forwarded this email to me from Operations Manager Joel Walinski, written on Thursday afternoon.

Sidewalk salonistas

Yesterday morning at 7 am, this group was reportedly obstructing the sidewalk while using mood-altering chemicals in front of the Goodbye Blue Monday.

Left to right: Assistant Dakota County Attorney Jim Crow, Northfield High School Principal Bruce Santerre, Northfield Hospital Administrator Ken Banks, retired teacher Sandy Breiland, retired teacher Mark Code, St. Olaf performance librarian Mary Davis, architect Wes Chapman, and MASA Executive Director Charlie Kyte.

Soap in the fountain - update

My blog post about soap in the Bridge Square fountain over the weekend has three comments attached, including one with info from Joel Walinski, Operations Manager at the City.

City considers a Stop Sign at 7th and Division

The wheels are in motion for the City of Northfield to put a stop sign on Division St. at 7th, thus making it a four-way stop.

Left photo: NDDC honchos Ross Currier and Dan Bergeson were discussing the issue this morning at the Goodbye Blue Monday with City Councilor Jim Pokorney. See Ross' May 28 blog post for the rationale.

Right photo:
the intersection at 7th and Division, looking northwest from the driveway at Witt Brothers Auto Repair. Lansing's Hardware is on the opposite corner, Village Drug is on the SW corner, Econofoods on the NE corner.

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