August Art at the ArtOnWater gallery

Regional artists launched their August Art show at the ArtOnWater gallery on Thursday night.

ArtSwirl Kickoff photo album

Left: ArtSwirl coordinator Jill Enestvedt (pictured with ARTech Advisor Sarah Hale) led the activities on Bridge Square last night, including the creation of a community painting. Cottage Industry stretched the canvas and The Rare Pair is displaying the painting today in their store. Right photo: Vera Johansen, the popcorn lady.

Click any photo for a larger view and see 3 dozen more in the ArtSwirl kickoff photo album

Spring Creek Park Shelter

A new shelter at the Spring Creek Park south of Jefferson Parkway is being planned. (See this June post.)
Rick Estenson, Northfield Rotary/First National Bank Northfield, has created a PowerPoint presentation (PDF).

Three Links Golf Tournament

link.gifThree Links Care Center hosted their Seventh Annual Golf Tournament at the Northfield Golf Club today (8/04/2005) with a 1PM Shotgun Start.

Hwy 3 detours to be removed for DJJD

Hwy 3 construction crews worked around a plentiful supply of ground water on Tuesday morning when I took these photos.

Barring rain delays, MNDOT & contractor Heselton Construction hope to have the detours removed for the start of DJJD. Heidi Hamilton, City Engineer, emailed this announcement earlier today:

A new schedule was issued for the Highway 3 construction project at the progress meeting this morning. According to the schedule, the current detours will be removed on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day), just before Defeat of JJ Days. The next phase of construction will not include any detours, although Highway 3 traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.

ArtSwirl kicks off today

Northfield's second annual ArtSwirl Festival starts today, "bringing ten days of unique arts events to Northfield. ArtSwirl will feature plays by Shakespeare and Neil Simon, storytelling and stained glass, painters and writers, chamber music and jazz, jugglers and silent movies, walking tours of public art and architecture, a tour of twelve local artists' studios, gallery exhibits, an "unwanted art" auction, and more."

It's presented by the Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and coordinated by volunteer Jill Enestvedt. See the photo album from last year's Kickoff.

Today's Kickoff events:

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Ray Cox, Northfield Schools, Northfield police chief, Contented Cow, me.

Business newsletters: Just Food's ComPost; Froggy Times

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Just Food Co-op has published the premiere issue (Aug/Sep) of The ComPost. And Froggy Bottoms has published its spring/summer issue of The Froggy Times.

A New Volunteer for NCO?

stork.delivers.gifI hear through the grapevine that Alex (NCO's esteemed vice-chair) Beeby's wife has just delivered their latest baby! We celebrate with them, and are excited to hear that the new arrival is already on tap to be a future front page blogger! Now that's one way to get more volunteers!

Hoyt resigns as city administrator

Northfield News reporter Michelle Kubitz has a story in today's paper that Susan Hoyt resigned yesterday as city administrator of Northfield.

Northfield/National Night Out photo album

Northfield's annual National Night Out was held last night in front of the Safety Center. Here are 6 of 75+ photos in the NNO photo album. Click any photo for a larger view.

Left: waiting in line for face-painting. Right: Officer Thad Monroe.

Left: Karen Larson at Larson's Printing booth. Right: Community Service Officer Kris Wilson, NNO Event organizer.

Left: Members of Northfield's Fire and Rescue demonstrate the jaws of life. Right: Ruth Smith, wife of Police Chief Gary Smith, dishing out the cotton candy.

See all 75+ photos in the Northfield/National Night Out photo album.

July web traffic


We had our best month ever for web traffic in July... in all three major categories:

Visitors: 11,330
Visits: 33,829
Pages: 192,042

Hits? Not quite one million. It's really an irrelevant stat, however. Want to know more?

eSubscriptions: RSS or email announcements

Use a PC- or web-based newsreader? If so, you can subscribe to our RSS feed, which we've had here for a couple of years. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is like a radio signal for a website, a format designed for sharing headlines and other Web content. xml.gif This icon is the cue that we're RSS capable. So train your newsreader (aggregator) to grab content from's syndicated weblog.

Email announcements
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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

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