Around the local blogosphere on eminent domain

Local bloggers reacting to last week's Supreme Court decision on eminent domain:

bbuckheit.gif Northfield Planning Commissioner Betsey Buckheit: Eminent Domain. And she provides some additional links in a separate post.

"The Court ruled that local governments could use their power of eminent domain to take private property (in this case, well-kept, not blighted homes) to assemble parcels of land to be transferred to a private developer to redevelop the area (in the economically depressed city of New London) with a riverwalk, office and residential space intended to increase tax revenue and create jobs (a project not unlike Northfield

Last night's storm

Last night's thunderstorm at approximately 7 pm hit the west side of Northfield the hardest with some small trees and powerlines downed.

I took these photos this morning near the Manitou and Greenvale intersection. Police Chief Gary Smith posted to his blog about the storm at 9 pm last night.

4th of July weekend - schedule of events

Click the image for a larger view of the schedule of events planned for the 4th of July weekend.

11:30 am update: the train rides have been cancelled for the weekend.

The fireworks are scheduled for Sunday, July 3rd, in order to accommodate all the high school reunion people coming to town.

LWV Forum next Monday on I-35 development

The Northfield League of Women Voters is hosting a forum on the proposed commercial development corridor along I-35, south of Hwy. 19.

The forum will be held this Monday, June 27th, 7 PM at the Northfield Public Library.

This is the first of their new public meeting series called 4th Mondays.

Early morning gangs roaming downtown

I was accosted by this gang at 6 am morning and forced to take their photo. (Click for a larger view.)

A similar gang, less photogenic and marked by hairy legs and a noticeably different smell, appeared at 6:30 am.

It wasn't clear whether downtown turf is an issue with these gangs but I did hear talk of a gang summit scheduled for 8 am at the GBM.

Historic Northfield banners

The City, in collaboration with the NDDC, has put up new "Historic Northfield - since 1855" banners on light poles throughout downtown, part of this year's Sesquicentennial. I took these photos this morning in front of the Scriver Building, home to the Northfield Historical Society, the NHS Museum, and the Museum store.

Passing Zone - photo album

Owen Morse and Jon Wee of The Passing Zone performed a show tonight at the Middle School. See the photo album (44 photos) of their performance.

They perform again on Sunday at 3 pm. The show is a Northfield Sesquicentennial event and sponsored by the First National Bank of Northfield and Malt O Meal.

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Also, view this short video clip (right) of the grand finale, when Dave Shumway, Jennifer Sawyer, and Earl Weinmann were juggled.

David Wee and Karen Herseth, parents of Northfielder Jon Wee. (Click any photo for a larger view.)

Photo album - Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration at Way Park

Doug Bratland has put up a photo album of Tuesday's solstice event.

A Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration, sponsored by Sons of Norway, The Swedish Club and Friends of Way Park, was held in Way Park on June 21st. The evening began with a concert at St. John's Lutheran Church by Mannskoret Klang, a men's choir from Lillehammer, Norway. After the concert, musicians following the maypole led participants in a procession to Way Park. The evening continued with a bonfire, music by Nordic Jam, dancing, games and refreshments.

Sesquicentennial Summer Stroll is today

9:00 am update: City workers have the Showmobile in place on Bridge Square. Waste Management has dropped off extra garbage containers. And the new drinking fountain is installed. (Click image/photo to enlarge.) Weather forecast: Sunny, hot & humid.

Around the civic leader blogosphere

bbuckheit.gif Northfield Planning Commissioner Betsey Buckheit has a weblog post titled Comp plans, who cares?

She argues that "Having a comprehensive plan along with a capital improvement plan is a big step toward demonstrating the constitutionally required relationship of the fees to development costs."

brucemorlan.jpgDundas Planning Commissioner Bruce Morlan has a Mill Towns Trail-related post this week.

It's titled Trail head proposals - rough drafts and includes several maps/sketches.

garygsmith.jpgNorthfield Police Chief has a blog post this week titled No Easy Way To Say It.

He's making the case for additional expenditures for the police department in the 2006 budget.

Summer Solstice gathering at Way Park

Thanks to Jane McWilliams for sending these photos (click to enlarge) of the solstice festivities at Way Park on Tuesday evening.

PPG to host cyclist and HIV/AIDS activist Gary Mazzone

How long does it take a person to complete 25 bike rides and fundraise over $100,000 in the fight against HIV and AIDS? For more than ten years, Gary Mazzone has been bicycling all around the country, and he's still not stopping.

Long Time AIDS Activist, Gary Mazzone, along with a representative from the Minnesota AIDS Project, will speak this Thursday at 7pm at the Center for Sustainable Living (333 1/2 Division Street, Above Jenkins Jewelers).

This year, Gary was honored to be one of the "poster people" for the Minnesota AIDS Walk which took place May 15th in Minneapolis. He has been on a speaking tour across Minnesota, speaking to schools, churches, businesses, and community groups since 2005 began.

I still find it amazing to see an audience of sometimes 300 or more people crying tears of sadness and joy, then laughing with me about the crazy life experiences I share with them.

Grease spill

This grease spill is on the Riverwalk access ramp behind Jerry's Hair Shop on the west side of downtown.

Local westside resident and building owner Dean Kjerland says it has been there since the weekend.

Wading pool opens today

The City's wading pool opens today, free of charge. The large pool is now permanently closed due to leaks.


The Spring Creek ponds east of the Northfield Golf Club are filled with algae. The City-owned lot at the corner of Division and 2nd St. is filled with thistles and a variety of other weeds.

6/25 Update: The weeds on the City-owned lot were cleaned out less than a day after I posted this.

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