Pool remains closed

Joint News Release City of Northfield and Northfield Public Schools Community Education & Recreation

For Immediate Release

TO: Northfield News and KYMN Radio
FROM: Hannah Puczko, Northfield Public Schools Community Education Director
Joel Walinski, City of Northfield Operations Manager

The City of Northfield

Upcoming entertainment

This coming weekend:

Over and Back's upcoming show is called "Way Back" and will benefit the
Rice County Habitat for Humanity and The Northfield Sesquicentennial.

Next weekend:

Owen Morse and Jon Wee of The Passing Zone perform a Northfield Sesquicentennial show on June 24 and 26 at the Northfield Middle School. Dan Freeman will be juggled, I'm told. Tickets are available at First National Bank and the Northfield Historical Society.

Changes at downtown businesses

Left: Tiny's Dogs All Day has a new mural on its external wall. The Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse has overhauled its bathroom with stainless steel. (Thanks to Mike Thorsteinson, Three Rivers Community Action, for the GBM tip.) Click photos to enlarge.

Old Hospital site demolition completed

The site of the old hospital is now a field of dirt. Can the Friends of Way Park be far behind? Do they have a web site?

Thomforde's Last Year as Head of 'Olaf

At 2:00 this afternoon, Jerry Tostrud, Chair of the St. Olaf Board of Regents, sent out an announcement that the 2005-2006 acedemic year would be Chris Thomforde's last year as President of St. Olaf College.

"President Chris Thomforde has agreed that the 2005-06 academic year will be his last at St. Olaf College. This decision was finalized at the Board of Regents retreat June 2 and 3."

More information is available at "St. Olaf College announces change in leadership."

Northfield City Council meets tonight

northfiled_logo.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight, 7:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.


See the Council Meeting Agenda page. It has PDF links within the page.

Early morning update: The agenda page has not yet been updated.

Ole Store: wine bar, coffeeshop, cafe

This sign is now up on the Ole Store. Click to enlarge.

ARTech graduation

The Northfield School of Arts & Technology (ARTech) held its graduation ceremony last night for seven seniors.

Click the photos to enlarge and see the ARTech graduation album for a dozen more photos.

ARTech is one of three Northfield-area public charter schools sponsored by the Northfield School Board. The others: Prairie Creek Community School and the Village School of Northfield.

Full disclosure:


Prayer Runners to pass through Northfield June 9


Members of the Wolakota Youth Council have coordinated a Prayer Run for World Peace in conjunction with World Peace and Prayer Day that will convene in the Black Hills of South Dakota on June 21st. The relay run, which starts in the four directions, North, South, East, and West, will consist of youth and adults carrying sacred Native American prayer flags and staffs on their journey to the Black Hills.

The run from the East, organized by Northfield High School graduate, Grace Horn, will pass through Northfield to Winthrop in the afternoon of Thursday, June 9th.

Recent Northfield High School graduate, Nell Holden, is organizing an all-volunteer luncheon for the runners and participants as they pass through Northfield. If you would like to make a food donation, you may email Nell at whoanellywhoa@hotmail.com.

Plans are to host a "sandwich bar" lunch at Riverside Park, Thursday, approximately 1pm.

Weekend events: Sonicate CD release; Police Dept. Bike Rodeo

Click a poster to enlarge. See the Sonicate website for more.

More Memorial Day photos

Jane McWilliams sent me these photos from Monday's Memorial Day services. (Click to enlarge.)

Business news

Left: An Indian restaurant, Kurry Kabab, opened yesterday in Heritage Square on So. Hwy 3.

Right: Doug Child, Child Painting, gives the Champion Sports building on Division St. a fresh coat of paint.

Area phone outage

wires.jpgArea phones are experiencing technical difficulties. I phoned the Northfield police at 11:20 and they confirmed it but don't yet know the cause.

Cell phones don't work at all, apparently. Local calls from 645 to other 645 and 663 numbers seem to be working.

I'll post an update as soon as I hear something.

11:28 Update: Sergeant Bill Olson said that 911 is working but running on backup.

Noon Update: no change. Twin Cities area phones don't seem to be having a problem, according to my relatives. (I used Instant Messaging to confirm.) Local 645 calls to local 650 numbers (Hickory Tech) do not seem to work.

1:35pm Update: St. Olaf email to all staff at 11:38 am:

Our Internet connection went down about 11:15 this morning. The outage is likely due to either a hardware problem in the Qwest Northfield Central Office or a fiber cut somewhere between Northfield of Owatonna. Qwest is working on resolving the problem.

2:40pm Update from Chief Gary Smith:

Apparently a phone line was cut, (maybe a fiber optic) line that feeds most of the cell phones, internet stuff, DSL, and all our T-1 communications for the public safety channels.

Our backup system to allow us to continue to talk to Dispatch is working. We are dispatching non-emergency calls received at our office in our emergency operations center. 911 lines still work but people should not overload those with questions, only life threatening emergencies.

It looks like the cable modems are working as I'm still getting stuff.

It was supposed to be fixed by 1pm and it's now 2:45 and no word from Quest. This is the second time in the past several years that constructions crews have cut this line.

2:55pm Update: Phone services seem to be restored.

Parental misbehavior solved


In yesterday's Star Tribune: Reorganized priorities in Northfield

"We were having all kinds of problems, the usual things you see in youth sports," said Bill Szydlo, president of the Northfield Youth Baseball Association at the time. "We had problems with parents...


A vital part of the Northfield plan is a simple little card. If a fan gets out of hand, he or she is handed a card that reads in part: "If your behavior continues, we will stop the game until you leave the premises."

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