Former Chief Justice "Sandy" Keith at NDDC forum

sandykeith.gifFormer Chief Justice A. M. "Sandy" Keith will be the speaker at the NDDC's September Forum on Tuesday, September 6th, 8 am at the Northfield Arts Guild.

The topic: Rochester's efforts to increase the vitality of their downtown.

See Ross Currier's blog post for complete details.

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A volunteer prepares for DJJD

My wife Robbie and I were walking past the high school this afternoon when we saw this woman pulling weeds along the curb on Division St., adjacent to the Northfield Cemetery. Her name is Doris Nelson and she wanted to make sure the cemetery was looking as good as possible for DJJD this week. (Click any photo for a larger view.)

Not only is her husband buried there ("Charles E.

Neighbors raising money for Katrina relief

Two families have set up a vegetable stand on Maple St., just south of Sibley Elementary School and the United Methodist Church, to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Click photo for larger view.)

Back: Dennis McNamara and Erik Burton.
Front: Isaac Burton, Bret McNamara, Evan McNamara.

As of 3 pm when I took this photo, they'd raised over $180 which will be given to the Red Cross. And a tip of the blogger hat to John Thomas for the phone call alerting me to their efforts.

Building changes: MOM, Lansing's, The Merc

Malt-O-Meal is getting a paint job. Cannon Construction has started work on the condos above Lansing's. Just Food's Northfield Community Mercantile has a new sign. Click photos for larger views.

A new, 4-story building in downtown Northfield?

Left: I took the photo of the Central Block building after Saturday's 6 pm thunderstorm. (Click photos for larger views.)
Center: the plaque on the north side of the building reads: "Northfield Downtown Historic District. Central Block 1893. Renovated by the Jasnoch Family 1988. Heritage Preservation Commission."
Right: The Community National Bank building across the street. The Northfield City Council and the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) will soon consider a proposal from Mendota Homes to tear down the bank building and build a 4 story building in its place.

Scenes from the Farmer's Market

Scenes from yesterday's Farmer's Market. Left photo: an unidentified family. Center photo: Liz Coffield and Olivia Woods selling pet treats and an apple pie. Liz's parents run Pat and Tom's Farm in Webster which sells pasture-raised Angus beef. Right photo: Deb Knecht of Knecht's Nurseries and Landscaping digs deep for cash.

The Northfield Farmer's Market operates in Riverside Park on 7th St, across from Wells Fargo Bank and Village on the Cannon. It's open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11:00 a.m.

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ISSUES list topics of the week: Wal-Mart; Katrina evacuees

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Rice County Steam and Gas Engines show - photo album

There are four dozen photos in the Rice County Steam and Gas Engines show photo album that I took this morning. Not everything and everybody at the show is old. In the middle photo above is David Claxton and family.

The show continues today and tomorrow. See the blog post from earlier this week for details.

Click photos above to enlarge and see 48 more in the show photo album.

Update 3PM: volunteer Adam Gurno has a photo album of the show posted on his site, with ten photos.

Chairman's Corner - So you want to be a blogger

first.ammendment.gifChairman of the BoardNorthfield Citizens Online, through its premier publication presence (, is actively supporting web logs ("blogs"). In addition we bring to our frontpage the RSS feeds from
selected local bloggers.

In fact, we are still actively seeking people to act as front page bloggers, to help expand our sources and diversify our perspective. This note, however, is more an assessment of how
to be a responsible blogger.

August web traffic for


We had a record month for web traffic in August in two of three major categories:

Visitors: 11,986
Visits: 39,365
Pages/pageviews: 163,036

Hits? It's an irrelevant stat. Want to know more? Our web host provider says this:

Git your banners up, boys...

New green and maroon Defeat of Jesse James Days banners were put up all over downtown early this morning, including these in front of the Northfield Historical Society and the recently restored Bierman's Home Furnishings building on Division.

The NDDC's Ross Currier fixes responsibility for the deed in a blog post this morning.

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Dundas Detour Days

The 27th annual Dundas Detour Days is this weekend, hosted by the Dundas Area Jaycees. Activities include family baseball tournaments, kids games, a street dance, a city-wide picnic at the Dundas Mill Park.

I can't find a web-site for the event (the only business or organization with a web address in Dundas that I know of is Brad's Corner Bar) but see the Aug. 30 issue of the Northfield News for an article titled "Detour Days to roll into Dundas."

I took the above photo of downtown Dundas last April. Click the photo for a larger view.

Gas prices; street reclamation

Left photo: gas at $2.99/gallon at Casey's on W. Woodley at 8 pm last night. In the Twin Cities, gas prices ranged from $2.72 to $3.27 according to Twin Cities Gas Prices website.
Right photo: markings for the City's upcoming street reclamation project to start later this month. On Linden St. South at Woodley, facing north.

Fall 2005 Community Education & Recreation

communityedfall05thumb.gifCommunity Education & Recreation's Fall 2005 Brochure (PDF) is posted on their website.

And online registration is now open.

Steam and Gas Engines show this weekend

The 31st annual Rice County Steam and Gas Engines show is Saturday and Sunday.

The show will take place on the steam and engine club's grounds located off Minnesota Highway 3 south of Dundas.

Admission buttons are $7 and are good for both days. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m both days

Click the flyer for a larger view of the event details.

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