Rotarian lunch

At yesterday's Northfield Rotary lunch: Left: Jim Blaha, Charlie Skinner, Bob Will, Mark Mohlke, and Rick Estenson. (Skinner and Mohlke were admitted. It'll be my turn in a few weeks.) Center and right: Vicki Dilley's presentation included she and her husband Lee's Peace Corps years in Tuvalu. The basket of flags represent the countries of exchange students they've hosted at their home over the years. Click photos to enlarge.

Tidying up downtown

City of Northfield crews were downtown yesterday morning, taking advantage of the March-like weather to trim trees and remove Christmas lights and holiday banners. Click photos to enlarge.

Ramping up for the new

Despite the appearances, it was not an Oprah discussion group at my house earlier this evening. It was actually the NCO Tech Committee, scheming and building the next generation platform for (Click photo to enlarge.)

L to R: NCO Board member Adam Gurno, NCO Tech committee chair Chip Cuccio, Sean Hayford O'Leary.

Our target date for the new site is Feb. 1. What could happen?

St. Olaf professor wins $200,000 award

armstrong.jpgStar Tribune: St. Olaf choir leader wins $200,000 teaching prize. "St. Olaf College choir conductor and music professor Anton Armstrong is the winner of the most lucrative award in the nation for great college teaching."

St. Olaf News Service: Anton Armstrong '78 receives $200,000 'great teaching' award

Baylor University has named Anton Armstrong, conductor of the famed St. Olaf Choir, the recipient of the 2006 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching -- the single largest award given in the United States to an individual for great teaching. Armstrong, the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and a 1978 alumnus, will receive $200,000; an additional $25,000 will be awarded to the St. Olaf Music Department.

Library Reopens With A Little Help From Its Friends

Vol Betsy And Shelver Bonnie AustinThe Northfield Public Library is fully open again, thanks to the hard work of many volunteers yesterday. After the new carpeting had been fully installed, the books needed to be returned to their home. Lynne Young, Head Librarian, activated the volunteer bat signal and many responded. See the photo gallery of the upstairs coming back together.

CAP presents to PRAB; discussion continues on ISSUES list

cappowerpointthumb.gifThe dog park proponent group, Canines at Play (CAP) made a presentation to Northfield's Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) on Tuesday. CAP member Rick Estenson sent me this PowerPoint of their presentation. I've converted it to a PDF (4 meg).

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Northfield, Lee Lansing featured in today's South section of Star Tribune

Northfield and Mayor Lee Lansing are featured on the front page of today's Strib South Section: Hammering out an identity: "A downtown businessman himself, Northfield's mayor has pushed plans to let the city grow without losing its small-town feel."

Ross Currier of the NDDC and The Crossing are also included in the article.

The Parlor is closing

The Parlor Home Decor and More store in the Archer House is closing and is having a sale.

New blogger at the Historical Society

Hayes Scriven is the Northfield Historical Society's Education and Exhibit Coordinator. Click for a larger view.

He joined the blogosphere last week with this post.

$25,000? Click. Kaching!

I took this photo yesterday of ArtOrg Executive Director Dave Machacek taking a long gaze at one of John Berkey's pieces that recently was purchased for $25,000 by a visitor to the ArtOrg web site.

Over $100,000 of Berkey's work has been sold since the exhibition, John Berkey Observed, opened last fall at their Moving Walls Gallery. The show closes this Friday, Jan. 13, with a party, part of this weekend's Northfield Art Crawl. Berkey and his wife Demi Wahl Berkey plan to attend. See Dave's blog post for more.

CRWP open house for "Sewer Man" Dave Legvold

I got invited to the Cannon River Watershed Partnership Open House yesterday afternoon, held to honor its new executive director, Dave "Sewer Man" Legvold, shown in the left photo above on the right with City Councilor Kris Vohs. Right photo, L to R: Hilary Ziols, CRWP's Outreach and Development Coordinator, Charley Skinner of FIT Organizations, George Kinney, CRWP Board Member. Below: Grandpa and grandma Dave and Ruth Legvold with grandsons Jorgan Legvold (8) and Kai Legvold (3).

Veterans recognized by City Council

Last night, the City Council recognized the efforts of the Veterans Memorial Committee in the planning and construction of the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial. Committee members: Will Brosz, Paul McGuire, Al Greenlee, Kenneth Grisim, William Morson, Orville Schmidt, Larry Turner.

See nine more photos on page 4 of the dedication photo album.

Northfield City Councilor Arnie Nelson hospitalized

Mayor Lee Lansing announced at tonight's City Council meeting that Third Ward Councilor Arnie Nelson is in Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls tonight. Lee said that Arnie fell and hit his head a couple of weeks ago and went he went in for a checkup yesterday, it was discovered that he had some blood on his brain. Arnie told Lee by phone earlier today that he was doing well and was expecting to make a full recovery.

Union of Youth reading workshop today at The Key

CamusBookClubcopy.jpgNorthfield Union of Youth blogger Joshua Jude has posted this on their web site: Reading Workshop Continues with Albert Camus' The Stranger.

"The Key's newest program, Reading Workshop, will be following up Siddhartha with the existential classic The Stranger by Albert Camus. The books will be handed out Monday, January 9th 5:00pm at the Key. All copies are free."

The books are free because of a grant from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.

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