New Interim City Administrator Appointed

During the reports from the mayor at tonight's city council meeting, Lansing said that he was ready to make a recommendation for an interim administrator to fill the role left by Susan Hoyt. Lansing recommended William A. Bassett for the role, and the council consented by not objecting.


Target Debate Reemerges in Council Meeting

The Northfield City Council held its regular meeting today from 7 to 10 p.m. In addition to its regular business, the council welcomed a local Boy Scout Troop observing the evening's meeting. Three major agenda items and a surprise utilized the majority of the time.


County and City Bite into Joint Work Session

"We want to work with the cities -- not against them." said County Commission Chair Jim Brown at a worksession this afternoon. The Rice County Board of Commissioners joined the Northfield City Council to discuss issues that affect both groups.


Defeat of Jesse James Days Saturday

The James Gang rode into town yet again this Saturday. They were once again defeated by the intrepid citizens of the City.


Here we see the the altercation at the door, to be followed by those famous lines, "Get your guns boys, they're robbing the bank!"

Here we see one of the riders on the sidewalk, attempting to intimidate the citizens as the gang is exiting the bank.


Bank Raid Exhibit Opening

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A full house packed the Scriver Building last night at a reception celebrating the opening of the Northfield Historical Society's new Bank Raid Exhibit.

A dozen photos of the event are in the NHS Reception photo album.


One of our wetlands




One of our local wetlands caught my eye today. This little piece of heaven lies in the south-east quadrant of the CSAH 1 - I-35 intersection. (See the blue pond there on the map?). Actually, it lies due east of the overpass, since CSAH 1 curves north.





Rice County Dispute Resolution Program News

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Rice County Dispute Resolution Program continues to grow, providing volunteer-based mediation and arb-med services to the Rice County Conciliation Court(s).


Eduardo Wolle (right), Director of the program, continues to lead the volunteers, providing training, materials and scheduling volunteer mediators.


Questioning Session

"When are we going to have an answering session?" asked Robert Howe, a Northfield resident, at last night's hospital restructuring public comment session. The Northfield Hospital Board of Directors hosted the event at the First United Church of Christ. The session was dominated by comments with few responses and questions with few answers.


Northfield Union of Youth Hurricane Relief Concert

This Saturday October 1st, the Northfield Union of Youth will host a hurricane relief benefit concert and fair on Bridge Square from 1-8pm. Performing at the benefit will be The Dank, and local acts The Exiles, Dylan McKinstry, Mike Anderson, Jon Larsen, and others. Activities at the fair will include henna tattoos, face painting, cotton candy, a dunk tank, and more. At 7pm will be a raffle for a brand new skateboard. All activities will be a dollar or less. Food at the event will be provided by Tiny's, and pop
and water will be available. All proceeds from the event will go to the Northfield High School Hurricane Relief fund. If weather does not cooperate, the event will take place at the Key. Contact Josh at the Key 663-0715 with any questions.


Wellstone Memorial Dedicated in Eveleth

A memorial to the late senator and longtime Northfield resident Paul Wellstone was dedicated yesterday in Eveleth, Minnesota. The memorial, near the site where a plane crash took the lives of the senator, his wife Sheila and six others three years ago, features a series of paths with a commemorative stone for each of the crash victims.
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A sketch of the memorial site in Eveleth (click to enlarge).

The Wellstones moved to Northfield in 1969, when Paul was hired as a professor of Political Science at Carleton College, where he remained until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1990.

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The young professor teaching a 1970 seminar at Carleton.


NCO Annual Meeting

Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) will host its Annual Meeting at 7PM, 26th October 2005 at the Northfield Public Library meeting room. The last year has been one of change and your NCO Board will be looking for more community involvement as we move to take on new challenges and expand upon the foundation that northfield.org represents.


NORLUG went Bowling

NORLUG, the Northfield Linux Users Group, had its mid-month meeting on Wednesday at Jesse James Lanes. This outing was one of the ways in which our members get together and talk about computers, open-source software and other geeky topics outside of our formal meetings. At a formal meeting there is typically some technical presentation, usually suitable for neophytes, but still interesting to seasoned linux users. Many of the documents from a presentation are archived on the NORLUG site.

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NORLUG will host the 1st Annual Minnesota IntraLUG Picnic right here in Northfield on October 8. Details can be found at http://picnic.norlug.org/.

Formal NORLUG meetings are held at badbrain computers at 400 Washington Street every first Tuesday of the month.


Peaceful Gathering on Bridge Square


About 30 people gathered on Bridge Square this afternoon to recognize the International Day of Peace. Organized and emceed by Sharon Gates-Hull, the gathering hopes to spread, as Allison Unger says, "a culture of peace and nonviolence for the children of the world."

The event featured a variety of speakers and the music of Marge Evans de Carpio and Lalo Carpio de Evans.


Way Park Update

What's happening with Way Park, now that the hospital is gone and the reclaimed parkland south of First Street has been graded and reseeded?

The next step in the development of the expanded park is to gather public input and suggestions for park design and amenities. To that end, the Friends of Way Park are in the process of mailing out a survey (PDF) to park neighbors and others on their mailing list. Also included in the survey mailing is the group's fall newsletter (PDF).

See the group's new web site for information about how to add your name to their mailing list.


LEFT: Young west side residents imagine the possibilities of an expanded Way Park.
RIGHT: A poster created by Judy Swanson illustrates some possible visions for the restored park (click to enlarge).


PPG to host Songs and Words of Peace

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The Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill will host "Songs and Words of Peace for the Children of the World" on Thursday September 22, at 5:30pm, on Bridge Square. The event will feature performances and speeches from Mayor Lee Lansing, Mary Mena, Marge and Lalo Evans-de-Carpio, Lakota George, and others, as both a commemoration of International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), and to celebrate Northfield's contribution to the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.


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