How to join the Northfield Civic Blogosphere

blogosphereiwantu114w.jpg The RSS feed of the most recent headlines from Jim Pokorney's weblog posts are now listed on the right side of the home page along with the others civic bloggers/blogging non-profit organizations in the area who are part of the Northfield Civic Blogosphere. (Those blogs are now grouped by Gov't officials, organizations, citizens - each group in alphabetical order.)

If you're an area citizen and want a blog hosted by, contact us. If you're involved with an area non-profit which has a weblog on its website, let us know. You can also create your own blog with a service like Blogger, Typepad, Live Journal or many other services, and then let us know about it. If you regularly post to your blog about civic issues, we'll consider including it in our Northfield Civic Blogosphere list and aggregating your recent weblog headlines to our homepage list.

Thumbnails, text wrap, extended entry

We're experimenting with using smaller images (thumbnails) in this weblog, letting you click them to see the larger versions, having the text wrap around them, and using the "extended entry" option for blog posts that contain more than 100 words or so.

These changes allow us to post more information on the blog in a compact way, while keeping the slow-loading images to a minimum for those with slower connections.

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Bloodmobile in Northfield this week

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the First United Church of Christ this week, noon to 6 pm on Wednesday, 300 Union St. I saw the blurb in Saturday's edition of the Northfield News.

There doesn't seem to be a Red Cross web site for the Rice-LeSueur counties chapter, looking at their MN links page. Nor is the donation event this week listed at the Give Life website. So call them at 800-GIVE-LIFE or 651-291-4607 (which is a local call for Northfield).

Post-performance photos - Rock 'n Roll Revival

I took a couple dozen photos after today's final performance of Rock 'n Roll Revival VI. Pictured at left: John "Lowrider" Witt and Derek "Whole Lotta Shakin'" Remes. (Click the photo for a larger size original.)

See the 24 new photos starting at the bottom of P. 8 of the Rock 'n Roll Revival album.

Northfield Councillor Jim Pokorney launches a weblog

Northfield City Councillor Jim Pokorney has launched his weblog here on, joining a growing list of civic leader bloggers who are part of Northfield's civic blogosphere.

Jim's first post is on this week's Patty Dazzle: St. Patrick Parade Secret Revealed. (He also sent me 15 photos of the event and I've put them up in a Patty Dazzle album subfolder.) His second post is Talk the Walk, on the "pedestrian crossings across the downtown portion of Highway 3 as part of the new reconstruction planned this summer and next."

Snow piles downtown; removal scheduled for tonight

IMG_1202.JPGNorthfield received about 10 inches of snow yesterday. By 7 am this morning, all the streets and city sidewalks, including Bridge Square, were plowed and intersections salted/sanded.

IMG_1204.JPGI saw City Engineer/Director of Public Works Heidi Hamilton checking the streets at about 6:45 am. She said crews returned to the streets at 1 am to plow. They were out all day Friday, continued plowing primary routes from 8 pm on during Friday night. And even though rapid snow melt is predicted for next week, downtown snow removal will happen tonight.

Update 3/21: My original report incorrectly stated that crews finished up at 1 am. Thanks to Heidi Hamilton for the correction. Also, Heidi reports that the snow from the downtown streets was dumped at Sechlar Park parking lot because the rodeo grounds were soft.

Twin Cities (Dundas and Northfield) transportation planning

rossglennbetsey.JPGI took this photo (click for large version) of NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier, Dundas Mayor Glenn Switzter, and Northfield Planning Commission Chair Betsey Buckheit looking at a Rice Country transportation map at the Goodbye Blue Monday on Thursday morning.

Overland turns up the juice on Ray Cox, Mesaba Plant, and Minnesota electricity transmission policy

Authors Note: This event was hosted by People for Peace and Goodwill, Ray Cox has also been contacted to guage his interest in presenting his own perspective on Energy and Electricity in a similar forum.

Pictured l to r: Rep Ray Cox, Tristan Cox, Carol Overland

On Thursday, March 17, local attorney Carol Overland led a discussion in front of a crowd of 25, called "XMSN 1001: It's all Connected", at the Center for Sustainable Living in Northfield. Overland gave an overview of Minnesota's electricity transmission grid, key public utility transmission law, and information concerning the recent trends of transmission of electricity by private, for-profit industry, often subsidized by MN tax payers, to be sold to consumers outside of Minnesota. About half of the time spent at this community presentation focused on criticism of the proposed Mesaba Coal Project, which resulted from a bill authored by Representative Ray Cox (R) of Northfield.

Tonight's performance of Rock 'n Roll Revival rescheduled for Sunday

The Nfld High School Activities Line at 645-3456 is now reporting that tonight's sold-out performance of Rock 'n Roll Revival has been rescheduled for Sunday at 2 PM.

Tonight's performance of Rock 'n Roll Revival

Because of the heavy snow, K-12 schools in the Northfield area have cancelled classes. Normally this means that all other extra-curricular activities are cancelled as well. But what about tonight's performance of Rock N Roll Revival?

I just spoke with Bonnie Liebelt, Admin Asst. in the Northfield High School's Activities office.

She said a decision has not yet been made on whether tonight's performance will go on as scheduled, but that it'll likely be made this afternoon sometime as the weather forecast is better known.

The first place they'll announce it will be the Activities Hotline: 645-3456. They'll also have an announcement on KYMN Radio.

FYI, the above image links to a 1 meg photo of the cast.

Patty Dazzle parade photo album

The 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade -- the Patty Dazzle -- was held earlier this evening in downtown Northfield.

Ann and Mike McGovern



Northfield City Councillor Jim Pokorney (kneeling), Kevin "Where's Waldo?" O'Connell and Jim Bohnhoff (St. Patrick) were among the chief organizers.

See high-res versions of these and five dozen more in the Patty Dazzle 2005 photo album.


St. Patrick's Day parade - the PATTY DAZZLE

From Jim O'Bohnhoff:

stpatricksdaytn.gifTop of the Morning to You!

It is the first time that the 5th Annual Parade (this year called - PATTY DAZZLE) has been in the early evening. Should be a great time. C'mon Downtown and have some fun. Pre- parade starts at EconO'Foods around 6:00. Everyone is welcome to march in the Parade. It sounds like a favorite group of marchers - the PAST QUEENS - will be Dazzling everyone they meet. Don't miss them. We are proud to introduce this years Grand Marshall - Mike McGovern. Parade starts around 6:30 and marches to Bridge Square. There will be something for everyone. Bring your appetites, after the Parade many of the local restaurants will be offering Irish specialties.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.

Jim O'Bohnhoff and the St. Patrick's Celebration committee.

(Click the image for a larger PDF of the poster)

Millstream Commons construction

I took this photo of the construction of Three Links Care Center's Millstream Commons yesterday.

The Three Links Care Center page on the construction says:

Three Links Care Center is pleased to announce that construction of Millstream Commons has begun on the site of the former Petricka's County Market in Northfield. Northfield Construction Company serves as general contractor. Financing was arranged by Community National Bank. The completion date of Millstream Commons, a 44-unit Assisted Living, is expected to be November 2005. Questions may be directed to Pat Vincent, CEO, Three Links Care Center, (507) 664-8815.

Civic blogosphere roundup

A random selection of recent posts from some of Northfield's civic weblogs:

The weblog discussion of the Old hospital and Way Park continues; Jane McWilliams has added her comments to the mix.

Northfield Historical Society Board member Rob Schanilec gives a preview of April Events in The NHS Sesquicentennial Blog.

Northfield Police Chief Gary Smith blogs his 6th anniversary as chief. And spends a day at the Capitol, including teaming up with Faribault Police Chief Michael Lewis to meet with Rep. Ray Cox who blogged the meeting, too.

The NDDC Inquirer: Chamber, NDDC Caught French Kissing. Exclusive photos.

NDDC Exec. Director Ross Currier blogs on Arts and Recreation as Economic Drivers. Northfield Planning Commission Chair Betsey Buckheit adds to the discussion with a blog post on building the city's arts and recreation assets, as well as a Monty Python analogy: Blood coagulates.

David Bly blogs on the proposed hog feedlot in Wheeling Township including a letter re: Gordon Cumming's (Cannon River Watershed Partnership Exec Director) presentation to the Rice County Board on March 8. Georgiana Campbell, LVW observer, filed a report on the meeting that's been posted on the LWV weblog.

Dundas Planning Commissioner Bruce Morlan blogs a report on the Bridgewater Farms - Preliminary Plat - Public Hearing and explains his vote. Mike Piper attaches a comment; and Northfield Planning Commission Betsey Buckheit attended the meeting and blogs her take on the meeting: Bridgewater Farms is a big deal, Dundas.

Scott Schumacher has blogged some thoughts on local coffee and the new Caribou Coffee that just opened last weekend, a follow-up to the weblog discussion about coffeeshops in town a month or so ago.

Northfield School Board Member Diane Cirksena blogs on Carelton & the Middle School Reuse. Citizen Wig replies. Northfield News reports today: Carleton, school district middle school talks postponed.

Citizen Wig: Northfield News disses the blogosphere?

NDDC Mixer photo album

The area's politicians and public servants were seen making the scene at the NDDC mixer at the VFW tonight.

Northfield News Publisher Renee Huckle reacting to Mayor Lee Lansing's comment that "print-based newspapers are sooooo 20th century" while discussing Lansing Hardware's advertising budget for the upcoming year.

Northfield City Councillor Scott Davis (R) with City Administrator Susan Hoyt (center) who was saying: "And I find that if I close my eyes, plug a beer bottle with my left index finger, and make a wish, the Council tends to... "

Northfield City Councillor Kris Vohs (L) with fellow Councillor Galen Malecha (R): "Kris, I really think that you're the logical choice to make a motion raising our Council pay. I promise, I'll second the motion."

Northfield City Councillor Jim Pokorney (L): "Trees? Shrubs? Flowers? Landscaping? I mean really, what's the point?" Dundas Mayor Glenn Switzer, of Switzer's Nursery & Landscaping (Center) with Northfield Garden Club president and Hodge Podge Que Antiques co-owner Jerry Nord (R).

Northfield City Councillor Arnie "Where's Waldo?" Nelson with downtown building owner Victor Summa. Arnie: "I can match him drink for drink but his singing is, well, matchless."

Northfield City Councillor Dixon Bond (R) with Judy Grundhoeffer. "C'mon Ross, let's wrap this up. I got a couple of meetings tonight." Later: "If that $200,000 downtown revolving loan fund isn't enough, there's more available!"

See full-size versions of these and a couple dozen other photos in the NDDC Mixer Photo Gallery.


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