New bank raid exhibit at NHS


The Northfield Historical Society opened their expanded permanent Bank Raid exhibit this week. See Executive Director Mark Fagerwick's blog post with photos.

Board President Rob Schanilec blogged earlier about the exhibit and recognized those involved: "The Rotary Club of Northfield and the family of Eva Lou Scott have provided funding. The following have provided time and resources: Nancy Ashmore, Bob Boze Bell, Dan Bergeson, Bart DeMalignon, Chip DeMann, Jennifer Edwins, Susan Garwood, Jack Koblas, Allyn Kuennen, Debby Larson, Joan Olson, Joy Riggs, Mary Rossing, Rob Schanilec, Wendy Thorpe, Earl Weinmann and R.L. Wilson."

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Northfield Mentoring Coalition - 78 Kids Can't Wait

Northfield Union of Youth Executive Director Anne Kroes and colleagues staffed a Mentoring Coalition booth at last week's Books & Stars event in Central Park. It's part of the "78 Kids Can't Wait" campaign to recruit adults to serve as mentors for 78 local youths on a mentoring waiting list.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative has a web page devoted to the Northfield Mentoring Coalition.

ISSUES list topics of the week

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue. Recent topics of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse:

  • Tonight's City Council/Hospital Board work session (7 pm at City Hall); restructuring study
  • EDA hires consulting firm for $80k
  • Draft recommendations for city website

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Movie being remade in Northfield?

The sequel to the 1972 movie What's Up, Doc? is being made in Northfield, according to unsubstantiated sources.

Yesterday, stuntmen in front of Las Delicias (closed for a week, click photo for a larger view) were preparing for a remake (scaled down, apparently) of the infamous "pane of glass" chase scene.

Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal and Peter Bogdanovich were rumored to have had lunch at Tiny's Dogs All Day.

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Economic impact from Inver Grove Heights

Members of the Red Hat Society from Inver Grove Heights were downtown this afternoon. (Click photo for a larger view.)

They were weilding considerable economic impact at the sidewalk tables in front of the Cocoa Bean for over an hour.

Ted Berg receives HCI Youth Asset Builder Award

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative held its 11th annual Mid-Year Celebration at The Grand Event Center yesterday.

Northfield Police Sergeant Ted Berg (click photo for a larger view) received a Youth Asset Builder Award yesterday for his work as an advisor to the department's law enforcement explorer post. Police Chief Gary Smith was unable to attend the event but his remarks were read at the luncheon and he blogged them earlier in the day.

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Downtown dancewear opens

Downtown Dancewear opened downtown on Monday, on the west side of dowtown above Froggy Bottoms.

According to owner Eileen Seely, "the store will carry a complete line of dance, yoga & gymnastics wear and accessories for all ages and all levels." They're having an open house on Monday, Aug. 29 from 6-8 pm. Eileen and her husband also own the Cocoa Bean.

Downtown building facelifts

Malt-O-Meal's Ames Mill facility and the Ideal Cafe building (currently housing Las Delicias) are undergoing improvements. Click the photos for larger views.

Building moves: Northfield Montessori and maybe SpeechGear

Northfield Montessori's new building on N. Hwy 3 appears to be ready for the move. Early this morning I took the photo of workers playing on the playground equipment one last time. (Click photos for larger views.)

According to the July 28 EDA minutes, SpeechGear, currently in the Central Block building, hopes to move into the Montessori building. "SpeechGear has outgrown their existing facility and wants to stay in the community. After an exhaustive search, they have found a location at 516 5th Street West, and have negotiated a lease. The lease will be executed pending the receipt of the JOBZ benefits."

I spoke to Wendell Ellis, Director of Strategic Planning and Business Analysis for SpeechGear. He said they hope to hear from the state on the JOBZ application by the end of Sept. which would allow them to move by the end of Nov. SpeechGear currently has 15 employees and expects to add many more as they position themselves for a "... planned IPO in the coming years."

Library pages make city-scape

The sesquicentennial prompted the library pages to create a handmade cityscape/map of Northfield. They started with the city grid and the river and added important buildings like Jacobsen's, M-O-M, the library, etc. It grew from there...

One year ago in the weblog

What was happening this week a year ago in Northfield, according to blog posts to

See the August 08, 2004 - August 14, 2004 archive.

And among the photo albums last August: Carleton College Wind Turbine Construction, which continues to be one of our most-viewed albums, currently viewed a total of 3,230 times.

Outdoor pool/old Memorial Park meetings this week

The Northfield League of Women Voters continues its public meeting series called 4th Mondays tonight and on the agenda are Park Design and Recreation Issues. One likely topic: the outdoor pool and the old Memorial Park.

The City of Northfield's Park and Recreation Advisory Board is hosting a public meeting on that issue on Wed. eve. I got this email on the meeting from Joel Walinski, City Operations Manager.

Northfield City Council work session tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight in a work session, 6:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

Update 7am: The agenda was published as an ad in Saturday's Northfield News but is not yet available on the City's agenda web page. See this photo of the ad in the meantime. 11:45 am update: The agenda is now up.

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

ARTrail walking tour photo album

Dundas Mayor and ARTrail Chair Glenn Switzer submitted text and photos of last week's ARTrail walking tour, part of ArtSwirl. ARTrail is a group dedicated to bringing sculpture to the Mill Towns Trail. Click the photos above for larger views and see a dozen more in the ARTrail walking tour photo album.

ARTrail walking tour raises awareness of public art

Nearly forty people spent two hours with sculptor Raymond Jacobson as he spoke on the "Language of Sculpture" Saturday morning (8/13/05).

Miscellaneous photos

Some photos from the past two weeks. Click photos for larger views.

Left: The Char Carlson park and trail near Target.
Center: An addition to the Schilling Business Center off Jefferson Road
Right: Ongoing construction of the Veteran's Memorial in Riverside Park by Jasnoch Construction.

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