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.

Retail Trade Analysis of Northfield and Rice County

Bruce Schwartau presented to the NDDC Downtown Forum on Tuesday morning, the second in a series. He's a Regional Extension Educator in Community Economics with the U of M Extension Service.

At the end of Tuesday's presentation, participants generated 20 Ideas to Strengthen Northfield's Retail, blogged yesterday by NDDC's Executive Director Ross Currier.

Downtown beautification

Many downtown businesses are placing flowers outside their storefronts. Above left: B & L Pizza. Center: Agora. Right: Oolala.

The City of Northfield has put up their hanging flower baskets all over downtown, including in front of these businesses. Left: Bookfellows. Center: Fine Groove. Right: Quality Bakery.


School board approves sale of Middle School to Carleton

I spoke by phone with board member Diane Cirksena this morning at 6:20. She told me that at last night's School Board meeting, the Northfield School Board voted 6-1 to approve the sale of the old Middle School to Carleton College. Paul Hager voted against the measure, evidently because he felt the process was moving too fast.

At the meeting, Carleton upped their offer from $400,000 to $452,000 to meet the appraised value of the building.

After the meeting, the Board met in closed session with their attorney to discuss the details for the final negotiations on the deal.

RENew Northfield joins the blogosphere

renewlogo.gifRENew Northfield's website now has a weblog on their home page with an RSS feed. Bruce Anderson's the chief blogger thus far.

So we've added them to our Civic Blogosphere project. And like other local civic-oriented weblogs (citizens, civic leaders, non-profit organizations), we aggregate the headlines of their four most recent blog posts into the right sidebar of the homepage under the Blogosphere section.

RENew is hosting a biodiesel co-op exploratory meeting on Thursday night.

Spring St. about to reopen

Spring Street is getting ready to reopen all the way through to Riverside Park for the first time in over a decade -- since Petricka's County Market was constructed in the area.

It's being reconstructed between the Village on the Cannon and Millstream Commons, the new 44-unit Assisted Living facility by Three Links Care Center. Millstream has a new logo:


WWWMD (What will Waste Management Do?

Will Waste Mangement pick up all these items for free?

Or will they insist on orange stickers for the extra items?

On a possibly related note, Carleton's annual garage sale is Thursday.

The fountain of foam

On Sunday morning, the fountain on Bridge Square appeared to be a large dessert.

Later in the day, the fountain was turned off, apparently by the City's public works department. Anyone know if this regular prank does damage to the fountain?

6/16 update: See the attached comments for answers.

School board decision on old middle school tonight

The Northfield School Board meets tonight and has on its agenda a decision on Carleton College's proposal for reuse of the old Middle School. The agenda has a time period at the beginning for public comment.

Photos (click to enlarge): The 1910 portion of the Middle School, the 1934 theater addition, the 1934 and 1954 classroom wings and cafeteria.

The Middle School Reuse Committee is expected to make its recommendation to the board.

School Board member Diane Cirksena (shown circled at left -- click to enlarge -- with her husband Ron at the May 5 Rally for Education on Bridge Square) has blogged her rationale for supporting Carleton's proposal.

"I am posting the most pressing questions (according to my mail and phones) and answers to those questions... "

At the Northfield Historical Society

Left photo: While doing my banking at the First National Bank of Northfield yesterday afternoon, I noticed that they're running a videotape of The Passing Zone which I blogged about earlier this week.

Center photo: I went across the street to pickup my tickets at the Northfield Historical Society (I could have gotten them at the bank but I'd put them on reserve at NHS) and noticed that they have a new sidewalk signboard pointing to the NHS Museum store.

Right photo: Selling me the tickets in the store were these new volunteers (L to R): Claire Patnaude, Katharyn Hood-Center, and Carolyn Wise.

Full disclosure:

Northfield Garden Club joins the blogosphere

The Northfield Garden Club's new website now has a weblog on their news page with an RSS feed.

So we've added them to our Civic Blogosphere project. And like other local civic-oriented weblogs (citizens, civic leaders, non-profit organizations), we aggregate the headlines of their four most recent blog posts into the right sidebar of the homepage under the Blogosphere section.

The construction of the Memorial Pergola at Riverside Park (click the photo to enlarge) is proceeding. I took this photo last night.

Pool remains closed

Joint News Release City of Northfield and Northfield Public Schools Community Education & Recreation

For Immediate Release

TO: Northfield News and KYMN Radio
FROM: Hannah Puczko, Northfield Public Schools Community Education Director
Joel Walinski, City of Northfield Operations Manager

The City of Northfield

Upcoming entertainment

This coming weekend:

Over and Back's upcoming show is called "Way Back" and will benefit the
Rice County Habitat for Humanity and The Northfield Sesquicentennial.

Next weekend:

Owen Morse and Jon Wee of The Passing Zone perform a Northfield Sesquicentennial show on June 24 and 26 at the Northfield Middle School. Dan Freeman will be juggled, I'm told. Tickets are available at First National Bank and the Northfield Historical Society.

Changes at downtown businesses

Left: Tiny's Dogs All Day has a new mural on its external wall. The Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse has overhauled its bathroom with stainless steel. (Thanks to Mike Thorsteinson, Three Rivers Community Action, for the GBM tip.) Click photos to enlarge.

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