International Symposium on Local E-Democracy visting Northfield this week

Dylan Jeffrey (center in photo) and Julian Bowrey (right), two officials from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the U.K. who visited Northfield last summer, are spearheading the International Symposium on Local E-Democracy being held in Mpls. this week at the Humprhey Institute.

On Wednesday, approximately 50 conference participants will be bused to Northfield for lunch and a blogging panel/presentation which will include three civic leader bloggers from Northfield: Northfield Planning Commissioner Betsey Buckheit, NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier, and Northfield Police Chief Gary Smith. The event is not open to the public but it will be blogged and webcast.

Chairman's Corner - the Digital Divide

brucemorlan240.jpgWelcome to the NCO Chairman's Corner, where I use the bully pulpit to present the workings of Northfield Citizen's Online.

Clinton wrote "It takes a village", which derives its name from an old African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child". Well, it also takes a village to help newcomers adjust to living in the USA. Chief Blogger Smith writes about a recent talk he gave at a local group, where he reported a bit of good news.

"The good news that I shared is that 99.99 percent of our public safety officials are dedicated, honest, hard working individuals."

"Saturday Morning Rides" bicycling book published

Northfield Bicycle Club member Bill Metz's book, "Saturday Morning Rides," was published this week. The book is available at the Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse and at Mike's Bikes for $10. Proceeds go the the Nicholas Sansome Named Memorial at SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices for Education.

Tours de Nick, the annual bicycle tour in memory of Nick Sansome, will be held Sunday, August 14, 2005.

Mary Grandpre show continues at ArtOrg

Left: At last week's Pottermania event at ArtOrg, Executive Director Dave Machacek's profile was evidently the inspiration for Harry Potter illustrator Mary Grandpre's characters, Viktor Krum. Right: Pam Torrey and Kari Albert gave him additional coaching on more accurately depicting the lips. Click the photos for larger views. See all the photos in the Pottermania photo album.

Mary Grandpre's show continues at ArtOrg through July 31.

One year ago in the weblog

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

July 18, 2004 - July 24, 2004

Northfield Crossing's new website

I took this photo of Mendota Homes' CEO John Mathern (right) meeting with NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier this week. Mathern's company has put a new website for Northfield Crossing, the mixed-used development on the Riverfront Development site. The site won't be fully operational till mid-August. Mathern said that they will soon be opening an information center for the development in the old Community National Bank building in downtown Northfield, a building which he recently purchased.

Update on city website redesign

Mike Bollinger (left in photo with Paul Larson), CEO of Livefront, posted last week to the redesign weblog that they've presented their website redesign recommendations to the City of Northfield on July 8.

This week he blogged that an email from Deanna Kuennen, saying the draft is being reviewed by the website redesign committee and will be made available to the public when it's presented to the City Council.

Rice County Fair

SqaplogoThe Rice County Fair begins today and continues through the weekend at the fairgrounds in Faribault.

Water damage at the Northfield Historical Society

Yesterday morning, workers began removing the peaked roof at the Northfield Historical Society. This morning's 6 am rainfall found its way into many areas of the Scriver building, despite the tarp placed on the roof overnight.

Rob Schanilec, NHS board president (pictured above), gave me a tour of the building at about 7:00 am. Water damaged at least one of the new ceilings in the recently restored museum area. The museum store and basement collections areas were spared, despite falling ceiling tiles. Amid the many buckets and baskets collecting the dripping water, Servicemaster was doing the immediate cleanup. Click the photos for larger views.

Around the local civic blogosphere

David Bly, Betsey Buckheit, Chip Cuccio, Kathleen Doran-Norton, Citizen Wig.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Ray Cox, Tom Neuville, Gary Smith.

Sesquicentennial Story Gathering; Books & Stars

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Margit Johnson, Director of Off-Campus Studies at Carleton College, sent me 9 photos of the Sesquicentennial Story Gathering project that is underway every Wednesday evening prior to the Books and Stars events. See the photo album for all the pictures.

Click the Books and Stars image for a PDF schedule. The project meets tomorrow (Wed, July 20) at the Northfield Outdoor Pool (deck). See the Northfield calendar for more.

Carleton stables/barn burns - arson investigation begins

The old Carleton stables/barn in the Arb burned Friday night (located at the start of Wall St. Road near 4th and Prairie). According to the Carleton security personnel I spoke with at noon today when I took these photos, there was nothing of value inside.

A tip of the blogger hat to Greg Carlson, CEO of Carlson Capital Management who alerted me to the fact that there was a fire, as he saw huge flames from his house two miles south of Northfield; and to Brent Nystrom, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs at Carleton College, who alerted me on the details via email.

7/20 update: Police Chief Gary Smith's press release on his weblog: "Upon further investigation in conjunction with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal

Not a tornado

Jasnoch Construction continues to clear the section of land between south Highway 3 and Jefferson Road, south of the Allina Clinic.

Late last week, the two remaining houses on the land were moved.

Pottermania photo album

pottermaniaalbumtn.gifSee 100+ photos in the Pottermania album, the festivities leading up to Friday's midnight release of the new Harry Potter book.

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