Northfield's 150th Birthday Party

An ArtSwirl event tonight on Bridge Square.

Click the image for details.

And continuing: Comedy of Errors in Central Park.

Unwanted Art Auction to benefit NAG

John Kristiansen of Northport Michigan has contributed many items to tomorrow's art auction at The Contented Cow, an ArtSwirl event to benefit the NAG. Center: John's mother Mary Ann, with her husband Ray Eng, both Northfielders, in front of John's work, on display at the Cow. Right: Ed Kuhlman, Kuhlman Auction, will be the auctioneer. (Click the images for larger views.)

See photos of the individual items of most of the contributed items in the unwanted art auction photo album. Full disclosure:

DJJD Thanks Sponsors

The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee hosted their annual "Thank You" for their many sponsors.

ArtSwirl events today

* Books and Stars/Eric the Juggler

* Writers' Night

* Live Art Demonstrations

Details on the Northfield Arts Guild's ArtSwirl page.

Single-speed bike jazz threshing

Left: ArtOrg jazz at the Rueb last night. Center: a flyer for the Single Speed Cyclist League. Right: last weekend's oats threshing. Dozens more photos by Ed Kuhlman, Kuhlman Auction, added to the oats harvest photo album.

Full disclosure:

Storms again

A fast-moving thunderstorm moved through Northfield late yesterday afternoon. The squall line whipped up dust, hair and hats among downtown pedestrians. There were scattered power outages but all was calm by sunset. Click the photos for larger views.

Draft of recommendations/research for city website

draftwebthumbw100.gifThe City of Northfield has put up a draft of the 132 page website redesign Research and Recommendations document (pdf) on its website.

See the's ISSUES list archives for the ongoing discussion of this issue.

Or JOIN the list so you can participate, too.

ArtOrg's "Hot Nights, Pop Jazz" at the Rueb

ArtOrg's jazz concert is tonight, 7 pm at the Rueb upstairs.

Musicians: Alicia Wiley (below right), Steve Jennings (below left), Karl Koopman, Jeff Bailey, and Tim Snow.

It's part of ArtSwirl and is sponsored by The Art Store. See our photos from last year's event.

Bloodmobile in Northfield next week; new website

Gene and Claire Fox and Cindy Anderson are the coordinators for the Red Cross blood drive being held in Northfield next week. Gene emailed me the details:

"The draws will take place 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."

The Rice-LeSueur Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross (based in Faribault) has a new website. I spoke with Executive Director Judy Blackmer this morning.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Tom Nelson, Terry Tofte, St. Olaf's Women's Golf Team.

Northfield Entertainment Guide: August issue

The August issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now available free throughout the Northield area... and now here in PDF. What is the NEG?

"Northfield locals and visitors alike are all too often stumped when asked, "what's going on in town?" You won't find all the answers here -- but we're going to strive to provide a decent overview of music, food and fun for the after 5 p.m. and weekend crowds."

It's published by Rob Schanilec at By All Means Graphics. This is the third issue. The first two were bi-weekly but Rob says it'll be monthly from now on.

CRWP Festival/canoe & kayak race

David Bly and Ray Cox both have blog posts with many photos of Saturday's Cannon River Watershed Partnership Festival.

Charley Skinner, FIT Organizations (shown in the photo at last week's NDDC Downtown Forum), organized the canoe and kayak race and emailed this article:

"The Cannon River (originally known as the Canoe River) is proving itself to be a great place for sports and recreation. On Saturday the first annual Canoe and Kayak race..."

Cotton candy in the sky

An approaching thunderstorm at sunrise today on Division St.

Christian Rock on Bridge Square

Livingstone Ministries hosted a rock concert on Bridge Square last night. Click the photos for larger views.

Northfield News editorial on the local blogosphere

Saturday's Northfield News carried this "Our View" opinion piece by the paper's editorial team:

Officials extend thoughts to the Web.

Some excerpts:

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