Scenes from DJJD

I'm working on a DJJD album but in the meantime, here are three photos. Click for larger views.

Left: Brad Ness, somewhat taken aback after the McCaw extracted a chunk of flesh from his hand while he was on duty at the beer tent entertainment center.
Center: Northfield Community Action Center director Jim Blaha and Mill Towns Trail champion Peggy Prove working the bike tour.
Right: Northfield Historical Society office manager Tracy Morris and City of Northfield Economic Development Specialist Deanna Kuennen working the NHS tent on Friday.

Cows in the Kitchen

The book, Cows in the Kitchen: An Annotated History of Food and Eating in Northfield, Minnesota is now available from many retailers in Northfield as well as the Northfield Historical Society museum store. The book is published as a public service by the Neuger Communications Group in Northfield.

Left: Joy Wolfe and Lydia Quanbeck Moe, two of the ten authors, were signing books on Bridge Square on Friday afternoon.
Center: Max Jennings, son of Neuger's communications impresario Randy Jennings, was drafted for promo postcard distribution duty. Click photos/images for larger views.

The other authors: Connie Gunderson, Joan Halvorson, Joan Kark, Ruthabeth McElrath, Joan Olsen, Nancy Soth, Candyce Taylor, and Molly Woehrlin.

Donation drop-off site volunteers, schedule

Patty Courchaine (left) and Lisa Thompson were among the volunteers yesterday for the Katrina relief truck at Lansing's yesterday. Click the photos for larger views.

The final drop-off time slots are Monday, September 12 at Lansing's, from 10-12 am and 1-2 pm.

DJJD events Sunday

The 5K walk/run & 15K run, arts/crafts shows and parade are among the the Defeat of Jesse James Days events for today.

For complete details and additional links, see the DJJD Sunday page.

Kiddie Parade photo album

Some participants in today's DJJD Kiddie Parade. Click photos to enlarge.

kiddieparadethumb.gifSee 9 dozen more in the DJJD Kiddie Parade photo album.

(Each photo is posted in 3 sizes: thumb, medium, and full-size original which is suitable for making prints. Click the medium to see the original. Albums can also be viewed in an automatic slideshow, either in medium or full-size mode.)

Hwy 3 detour ends; parking lot, sidewalks open

Just in time for DJJD, Hwy 3 opened to two-way traffic late yesterday afternoon. The Water St. parking lot opened to cars and the new adjacent sidewalk soon took on outdoor seating, pedestrians, and one illegal bicyclist. Click photos for larger views.

Donation drop-off site volunteers

Chris Barron (left) and students from the Village School took on Katrina relief truck duty on Friday morning, joined by two members of the James Gang. Click photo for larger views.

See this blog post for the schedule of volunteers for Saturday, with time slots still needed to fill.

DJJD events Saturday

The bike tour, car show, tractor pull, kiddie parade, arts/crafts shows and fireworks are among the the Defeat of Jesse James Days events for today.

For complete details and additional links, see the DJJD Saturday page.

Hwy 3 detour to end at <strike>noon</strike> 3 PM

I spoke with one of the MNDOT supervisors late Thursday afternoon and he said that Hwy 3 would be open in both directions by noon 3 PM on Friday. (The rain this week evidently caused them to miss today's deadline.)

The 2nd St. intersection will be a 3-way stop. The parking lot and sidewalks should be ready for the weekend. Work on the west side of the highway will begin next Monday.

Laurel and Hardy and Dave

Evidently encouraged by the career possibilities after being juggled last June, Dave Shumway, president of the 1st National Bank of Northfield was seen practicing his balancing act on Thursday afternoon. (Click the photo for a larger view.)

The handicap sticker on the door adds a nice touch to the act because when NDDC's Ross Currier opens the door...

This blog post is sponsored by Meshbesher and Spence.

SpeechGear on Discovery Channel

I took a tour of SpeechGear's HQ in the Central Block building this week. Hardware-type guy Gary Reed (left) and founder/owner type guy Rob Palmquist showed me the their Interact speech translation gizmo that will be featured this fall in an upcoming episode of the Australian TV show, Beyond Tomorrow which airs in the US on the Discovery Channel. "In the episode, the program's host uses Interact while traveling in New York City. This includes communicating in Arabic with a taxi cab driver and in Korean to order a meal in a restaurant."

SpeechGear is growing rapidly and plans to move into the old Montessori school building on Hwy 19 across from Malt-O-Meal.

Donation drop-off site volunteers

Some of the volunteers who were on hand Thursday afternoon at the Katrina Relief truck at Lansing's (L to R): Robbie Wigley, Cynthia "biker babe" Anderson, Vicki Dilley, Judy Covey, Jutta Thompson, Kathleen Doran-Norton. Click photos for larger views.

See this blog post for the schedule of volunteers for Friday and Saturday, with time slots still needed to fill.

Volunteers needed for donation drop-off site

Volunteers are needed to help handle donations at the Lansing's Hardware drop-off this week. (See this earlier blog post for details.) If you can help, contact Jutta Thompson (email) or at 507-645-9508... or visit her on-site. (Please don't call Lansing's.)

Left: Jutta with Dave Lansing at 9 am Thursday morning. Right: with donors/volunteers Pat and David Halsor. CLick for larger views.

Time slots (last updated: Sept. 10, 7:00 AM) available are ...

DJJD special events today

genefinger.jpgGene Finger, this year's recipient of the Joseph Lee Heywood Award, at last night's Heywood Award Banquet at the Northfield American Legion.

Some of the Defeat of Jesse James Days events for today:

CARNIVAL Wrist Band Night - 5pm to Close
Advance Purchase Wrist Band --- $12
At-The-Door Wrist Band --- $15
Wrist Bands are available at the following businesses:

  • Community National Bank
  • 1st National Bank of Northfield
  • Kids on Division
  • Premier Bank Minnesota

5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Button Event - No Cover Charge
"Crossfire" 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m., Between 4th & 5th Sts. on Division St.

(For complete details and additional links, see the DJJD Thursday page.)

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

A group of Northfielders from the United Methodist Church were getting ready to depart tonight for Meridian, Mississippi.

They are part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), an international aid group that supports relief training and humanitarian missions.

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