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Library <strike>destruction</strike> improvements

Workers began demolition of the Northfield Public Library building this morning to, according to my sources, make room for the new downtown Wal-Mart that was apparently approved at last night's City Council meeting.

5 pm update/correction: I spoke with Library Director Lynne Young who said that the workers are actually installing a new retaining wall, to improve the safety of the stairs and help hold the mulch in place after heavy rains. Other recent outdoor improvements include miscellaneous landscaping and a working flagpole.

One year ago in the weblog

What was happening this week a year ago in Northfield, according to blog posts to

July 25, 2004 - July 31, 2004

Harry Potter Illustrator Mary Grandpre at ArtOrg today

Harry Potter Illustrator Mary GrandPre was at ArtOrg this morning, helping to teach in the ASAP Summer Kids Program.

See the Mary GrandPre album for a dozen photos. See the Mary GrandPre portfolio website for more.

Mary's husband, Tom Casmer, (in the yellow shirt, right photo) was also in town, attending the NDDC downtown forum. Tom is Department Head at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

Council approves transfer of $35K for city website

Last night, the City Council moved this item from the consent agenda to the regular agenda. After considerable discussion, it was unanimously approved:

"Consider approval of transfer of $35,000 from the Cable Fund to the EDA for a portion of the costs of the web site redesign."

See/join the blog discussion hosted by the website developer, Livefront. See/join the ISSUES list discussion of the issue. And see page 13 of last night's council packet for more details.

Northfield's National Night Out

Northfield's annual National Night Out will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm on 5th St. in front of the Safety Center and in Ames Park. The 2005 NNO logo was designed by Kurt Larson, Larson's Printing, which will have a t-shirt booth at the event (like last year) with all proceeds going to the Northfield Police Department.

See Community Service Officer Kris Wilson's calendar entry for the event for more details. And see the photo album from last year's event.

Full disclosure:

More Crazy Daze photos

Kim Paddock and Becky Behrens from the First National Bank of Northfield were handing out two-dollar bills at Crazy Daze last week.

Todd Lien, retail manager for Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls, tended the grill outside of Just Food Co-op. Inside, Hortense MacLeod, Meat, Cheese, and Deli Manager, in her uniform-of-the-day.

See all the Crazy Daze photos in the album. Additional photos on page 3: car show photos submitted by Ron Currer at Graphic Mailbox and board-members-in-action submitted by Ross Currier at the NDDC.

Northfield City Council meets tonight; entire packet now online

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

See the Council Meeting Agenda page. The entire Council packet, including addenda, is available.

Northfield's Blogosphere

Northfield News reporter Adam Johnson has a story in today's paper titled: The Future is Now: A look at the Northfield blogosphere. (08.01.05 update: the article is now available on their website.)

Among those in the piece: Alex Beeby, Diane Cirksena, Ray Cox, Jim Pokorney, Gary Smith, Center for Sustainable Living, Northfield Garden Club.

Live at The Key

7/31 correction: Among the groups playing at The Key last night: White Foliage.

Village on the Cannon grand opening (updated)

Village on the Cannon, on the site of the former Petricka's grocery store, has its grand opening today. Among the residents who've moved in (L to R): Kenneth and Carolyn Jennings, Jo Ashmore.

Monday, Aug 1 update: Left: Mayor Lee Lansing led the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Right: Generations of Bierman's were on hand in the model unit, furnished by Bierman's Home Furnishings and Floor Coverings.

See 100+ photos of the festivities in the Grand Opening photo album.

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Dundas Dukes host a game (Update)

The Dundas Dukes are hosting a game at Memorial Field in Dundas. This is just a short bike ride from Northfield.

Crazy Daze photo album

The Crazy Daze 2005 photo album is now up. All photos are available in three sizes: thumbnail, medium, and full-size original.

As of 2:45 PM, there are 61 photos in the album, all taken by Robbie Wigley.

4:30 update: another 6 photos have been added.

Full disclosure:

Let the craziness begin

At 6:30 this morning, the downtown streets were blocked off to traffic and stores were setting up their Crazy Daze booths... like Ann Marie Boyle of The Art Store.

Stores/booths open at 7 am. Schedule of events:

Oats harvest

Oats were havested yesterday on Melvin Malecha's farm in Waterford. The binder machine ties the oats into a bundle. Six bundles are then placed together into a shock to dry.

Next week, the bundles will be taken to the Rice County Steam and Gas Association's property south of Dundas on Hwy 3 and threshed.

Others on the workcrew: Jerry Taylor, Bernie Hughes, Paul Day, Gene Lyman, and Carlisle Aldrich.

See the oats harvest album more more photos. All photos by Ed Kuhlman, Kuhlman Auction.

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