MNDOT's Hwy 3 Project

mndothwy3w200.gifMNDOT has a Hwy 3 Project web page posted but it's outdated. Director of Public Works/City Engineer Heidi Hamilton has the latest: "Construction of the retaining wall on Water Street north of St. Olaf Ave is scheduled to start April 25. The rest of construction won't begin until road restrictions are lifted in mid-May. The first activity will be construction of the temporary parking lot at 2nd and TH3 (for use while the city Water Street lot is begin reconstructed). This will be followed by implementing the detours for southbound TH3 and Hwy 19."

Downtown Dundas at sunrise

I took this photo of downtown Dundas this morning at sunrise. Click the photo for a larger view.

Left to right/south to north: Brad's Corner Bar, an unidentified building, Dundas City Hall, L & M Bar and Grill, Fermentations Wine Bar and Bistro, Almen's Glass.

Compost site opens Tuesday - Smoke Free

The City of Northfield's Yard Waste and Compost Facility opens for the season on Tuesday, April 12.


Tue - Fri: 2-7
Sat: 8-5
Sun: 12-5

Entertainer or lawbreaker?

This guy was juggling while unicycling on the sidewalk in front of the Archer House on Division St. in downtown Northfield on Friday afternoon. I took this photo when he stopped to engage a group of pedestrians in an impromptu demonstration. They appeared to be impressed and delighted.

The city has an ordinance that forbids bicycling, skateboarding and in-line skating on the sidewalks in the downtown district. Maybe unicycling, too? Does it matter if some judged this to be more entertainment than transportation? Do these kinds of activities add to the vitality of downtown Northfield? Or do they pose more of a risk to pedestrians?

Hospital Auxiliary Book Sale

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The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary has started collecting books at the Northfield Ice Arena for their annual book sale, "The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid." Details on their web page.

Storm drain stenciling

A group of students working on a Clean Water project at ARTech are going around town stenciling "Dump No Waste - Drains to River" next to the grates of the storm drains.

Click the photo for a larger view. featured by U of MD school of journalism

jlabarticle200w.gifThe New Voices project at the Univ. of Maryland's School of Journalism (J-Lab) has a feature on this month titled From Town Blog to Town Hall by Nathan Alderman. "The Civic Blogosphere Project is one of the first efforts by a community news site to actively recruit and train public officials as bloggers."'s New Feature

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Chipping brush at the compost site

Warren Ringlien seems to have found some bliss in this rocking chair at last week's Home and Garden show. And he's probably still smiling after Monday's City Council meeting when the Council decided to halt routine brush burning at the city's compost site.

It was Warren who initiated discussion of the problem with this posting to's ISSUES discussion list on May 26, 2004.

We hosted a special ten-day web forum on the issue in August, and Warren got appointed to the EQC earlier this year. (Click photos for larger view.)

Garbage structure construction on West side

Construction has begun for a garbage structure on the River Walk access path.

Location: between the Kjerland Building and Basil's Pizza on the west side of the Cannon River in downtown. Click the photo for a larger view.

NORLUG's April Meeting

NORLUG (Northfield Linux Users Group) held its monthly meeting tonight. The meeting began with a presentation on RPM (Red Hat Package Manager), a method of building, installing and managing software on Red Hat based computer systems. NORLUG member Jima gave the presentation, explaining the basics to experienced and novice attendees alike.

The meeting ended with a friendly discussion of various things Linux. Lastly, President Steve Usdansky announced that the organization will hold officer elections at its May meeting. NORLUG meets every first Tuesday of the month, and consists of members from Northfield, Dundas and Faribault. Click here for details.

The Key at the NDDC Downtown Forum

The NDDC held its monthly Downtown Forum this morning at the Archer House, featuring the Northfield Union of Youth. The Union, according to its literature, is "the longest standing youth-run center in the nation." The Union was started in 1993 in order to address a growing need to provide local youths with activities, and as their mission puts it "to bring power and voice to area youth and create a caring community."

As Kevin Brown put it "the youth needed a place to call their own." The Union, a non-profit organization, launched its youth center "The Key" in 1995. It is named after a member who committed suicide, and serves as both a memorial and a reminder for the Union.

Griff created this set of photos Enjoy!

Northfield Union of Youth (The Key) at NDDC tomorrow

The Northfield Union of Youth (whose youth center is know as "The Key") is the featured organization at tomorrow's monthly NDDC Downtown Forum. See Dan Bergeson's blog post for details.

This photo (click for a large view) is from last spring's writing class at The Key. See the photo album for more.


Faces from the Home and Garden show last week (click any photo for a larger view):

L to R: Lee Klimisch with some hunky guy; Retired St. Olaf Processor Bruce Roberts with a former student, Leif Knecht; KYMN manager Ned Newberg and Nola Mathison drawing tickets for door prizes.

Downtown scenes

Left photo: The Mill Towns Trail will go under this Hwy 3 bridge (that's Walgreen's in the background) on the north side of the river and then behind the Safety Center. How soon? Stay tuned.
Center photo: Wednesday sunset on River Walk.
Right photo: a City of Northfield work crew, cleaning up Bridge Square on Thursday morning.

Click any photo for a larger view (popup).

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