Frederick Somers 30th anninversary open house

I met painter Fred Somers and his wife Avis at last Friday's Bead Days, Studio Nights show at Art on Water and they invited me to their 30th Anniversary open house at their Somers Studio & Gallery, about 5 miles south of town on Hwy 246. Robbie and I went last Saturday and got the grand tour of their 95 year-old granary studio, as did (right photo) Peter and Mary Schmelzer of Vivus Architecture and Design (see their recently launched weblog, Vivus News). The Somers' open house started last Saturday and runs weekends through Dec. 4. Click photos to enlarge.

The New City Website Opens For Business

screenshot of the city website as it looks right now The new City of Northfield website is now open! You can read more about it with the news release that is posted on the site, which also serves as a demonstration of some of the new features.

The crew @ Livefront also has information about the launch.

Questions about Hwy 3 lane markings

Dick Daymont and Curt Swenson approached me yesterday morning in the Bittersweet coffeeshop, wondering about the lane markings on the newly opened section of Hwy 3. (Click photos to enlarge.)
Left: Why is the southbound left turn lane at 3rd St. marked by a double-yellow, which usually means "do not cross"?
Right: Why is there no right-turn only markings for the northbound right turn lane at 2nd St.? And how are right-turning vehicles supposed to know when it's permissible to cross the bike lane, in essence, sharing that space?
If you have info, attach a comment, contact us, or join the ISSUES list for a discussion.

The Naked Truth about Art

I saw Northfielder Gracia McKinley in the Just Food Co-op on Saturday and told her that Robbie and I had purchased her nude calendar at Friday night's Art on Water artists' reception. Gracia is the new director of the Faribault Art Center and they're selling "The Naked Truth about Art" calendar ($16) as a fundraiser. See the spreads for Judy Saye-Willis (May) and Ivan Willock (June) for samples (click photos to enlarge).

Holden Farms open house

Holden Farms held an open house on Saturday for their new offices on Hall Ave at Hwy 246. Left photo: Owners/brothers Kent and Barry Holden in front of photos of their parents, Howard and Evelyn Holden. Right: with Kent's son Nick in the entryway of the new facility. Click photos to enlarge.

Northfield City Council work session/meeting Monday night

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets Monday at 6:00 PM (worksession) and 7 pm (meeting) at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. The agenda and complete council packet are available on the City's agenda web page.

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

ISSUES list topic of the week: New policy on Guest Columns at the Northfield News

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

Recent topic of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on the new policy on Guest Columns at the Northfield News. Discussion participants include Anne Bretts, Daniel Dimick, Jane McWilliams, Carol Overland, Bright Spencer, John Thomas, and Warren Ringlien.

To join the discussion, subscribe to the ISSUES list.

Registration requires a working email address along with a first and last name.

There are 145 area citizens currently on the list. The discussion is moderated, i.e., all comments are reviewed before allowing them to be posted to the list. See the guidelines for participation.

Over and Back Ten Year Anniversary CD; show sponsors

cd-front.jpg The Over and Back Ten Year Anniversary CD, "Over Ten and Back for More" is still available and can be ordered via their website.

Featured sponsors of Over and Back: College City Beverage; First National Bank Northfield; Northfield Construction Company; Steven Schmidt Construction; Wells Fargo Bank; TBC Foundation

Listen to this two-minute audio clip of track 13 on the CD: Orange Blossom Special. Click to play. No special audio players/plugins required.

Northfield Rotary Turkey Day 5K Fun Run/Walk

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Northfield Rotary hosts its Turkey Day run/walk on Thanksgiving morning, 9 am at the Northfield Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit the Jeff Amerman Pavilion at the Spring Creek Fields. T-shirts for the first 200 registrants. See the PDF for complete details and registration. See the year 2001 results.

Five videoclips: Over and Back's last show

I saw Over and Back's performance last night (final performances of their final show are today) and snapped some videoclips, including the grand finale: "Gone at Last"; the Bleacher Girls: "Goodnight Sweet Heart"; Neal and Leandra: "Mold Love"; Will Healy: "Amazing Grace".

Whole cast grand finale: "Gone at Last" Part I (left, 2:17) and Part II (right, 3:00)

Click to play. No special video/audio players/plugins required. THREE MORE...

Northfield Community Video Project: Session II on Monday night

The New Northfield: A Video and Community Dialog Project hosts Session II on Monday night, 7-9pm at the Northfield High School Auditorium.

"A view of Northfield from a business enterprise perspective, facilitated by Pat Allen, President of Learning Innovations, Inc. of Northfield. Videos by Northfield filmmakers Paul Krause and Dennis Wilcox."

For more details, see the Northfield Video Project and Rob Schanilec's Oct. 8 blog post on the Sesquicentennial weblog.

ARTech's Thanks-Give! fundraiser

At 7:00 Tuesday the 22nd, ARTech will host its second annual fundraiser. Click the photo and poster for larger views and see Director Tim Goodwin's blog post for more.

Bead Days - Studio Nights: photo album

genericalbumthumb100w.gifFive of the artists at whose work is featured in the Bead Days - Studio Nights show at Art on Water were there last night for a "chARTonnay, wine, women, chocolates" reception. Left photo, L to R: Leanne Stremcha, Judy Saye-Willis, Lori Schmidt, Sue Hammes-Knopf, Elizabeth Schott. Right photo: Lori and Elizabeth, smokin' the chocolates.

Click the photos to enlarge and see three dozen more in the Bead Days - Studio Nights album.

Photo album of "Life from Sketches" show at the NAG

genericalbumthumb100w.gifA show titled Life from Sketches opened at the Northfield Arts Guild last night, featuring the work of Jennifer Otis and Chad Miller. It continues through January 5, 2006. Center photo L to R: NAG Executive Director Rebecca Bazan and Visual Arts Coordinator Jan Rohwer were on hand to introduce the artists and schmooze the guests. Right photo, far right: Jessica Peterson, District 2 Rice County Commissioner and owner of Cottage Industry, with colleagues.

Click the photos to enlarge and see over a dozen more in the Life with Sketches photo album.

Sleepout for homelessness

At 6 this morning, this crew was packing up their camping gear after sleeping out on Bridge Square for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

L to R: St. Olaf student Eric Cameron, Carleton student Amber Swiggum, St. Dominic pastor Denny Dempsey, and CAC Executive Director Jim Blaha. Click photo to enlarge.

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