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.
Wellstone memorial site
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.

young professor Wellstone
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 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.


NORLUG will host the 1st Annual Minnesota IntraLUG Picnic right here in Northfield on October 8. Details can be found at

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


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.

Seasons in Transition

Sunny and 77 F, but with leaves beginning to fall on bridge square, we are reminded that this is Minnesota, and autumn approaches.

St. Olaf and Carleton -- and local businesses -- have welcomed faculty, staff, and students back to Northfield, and children of all ages have recommenced their annual accademic pursuits. With summer vacations behind them, Northfielders have begun to prepare for the the next season.

Chairman's Corner - welcome to our latest patron

First National Bank
Another public-spirited local business has become our latest sponsor.

We are growing, and changes are underway. Our next Annual meeting is scheduled for later in October and we hope to add several new board members as we re-align our organization for these changes.

Northfield City Council mtg & work session tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight in a work session at 6:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. And then a council meeting at 7 pm.

See the agenda web page.

See the City's Weekly Meetings web page for an updated list of other city-related meetings this week.

Division St. signs and faces

Left: Bardwell and Charlotte Smith with two of their grandchildren who just moved to town, Zoe and Tucker.
Left center: the renovation of the Ragstock store/building appears to be complete: a new sign, new paint, and restored windows.
Right center: Bookfellows shopkeeper Shanti Austvold and whiskered colleague.
Right: The New Division Deve.opment Co. has a new sign between Lansing's and Tires Plus, announcing the new office/retail/condo development.

More Katrina fundraising

Left: The Center for Sustainable Living has a weblog post up, announcing that they're organizing a compost fundraiser, "... much like we did in an effort to respond to last December's tsunami. Donations collected in compost buckets in the next coming weeks will be sent to ACORN."
Right: Jim Spaulding at the James Gang Coffeehouse has blogged about a "quadruple your donation" to Katrina bottle on their counter.

ArtOrg, this week's sponsor of, has a link to's Katrina relief donation site on the right side of their banner on every web page.

The NAG Theatre season launches with The Nerd

The 2005-06 Northfield Arts Guild Theater Season opens this week with The Nerd by Larry Shue. Tickets can be ordered online.

Featured in the right poster (click to enlarge) are T. McKinley, ARTech Project Manager and Ryan Heinritz, Northfield News. Featured thespian wannabe in the left poster is head usher Dave Shumway, 1st National Bank of Northfield. The Northfield Cub Foods store is the featured sponsor.

New sign, website for Veterans Memorial

The Northfield Area Veterans Memorial has a new sign up at their construction site in Riverside Park. A table of the Memorial model along with construction photos is on display at the 1st National Bank of Northfield.

And their new web site is up.

A cavity for Division St. Dentists to fill

Construction of new offices for Division St. Dentists (David Brust, David Buck, John Ehresmann, Michael Remes) has begun on Jefferson Road, across from Heritage Square. There's a Steven Schmidt Construction sign near the hole.

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