ArtSwirl events today

* Books and Stars/Eric the Juggler

* Writers' Night

* Live Art Demonstrations

Details on the Northfield Arts Guild's ArtSwirl page.

Single-speed bike jazz threshing

Left: ArtOrg jazz at the Rueb last night. Center: a flyer for the Single Speed Cyclist League. Right: last weekend's oats threshing. Dozens more photos by Ed Kuhlman, Kuhlman Auction, added to the oats harvest photo album.

Full disclosure:

Storms again

A fast-moving thunderstorm moved through Northfield late yesterday afternoon. The squall line whipped up dust, hair and hats among downtown pedestrians. There were scattered power outages but all was calm by sunset. Click the photos for larger views.

Draft of recommendations/research for city website

draftwebthumbw100.gifThe City of Northfield has put up a draft of the 132 page website redesign Research and Recommendations document (pdf) on its website.

See the's ISSUES list archives for the ongoing discussion of this issue.

Or JOIN the list so you can participate, too.

ArtOrg's "Hot Nights, Pop Jazz" at the Rueb

ArtOrg's jazz concert is tonight, 7 pm at the Rueb upstairs.

Musicians: Alicia Wiley (below right), Steve Jennings (below left), Karl Koopman, Jeff Bailey, and Tim Snow.

It's part of ArtSwirl and is sponsored by The Art Store. See our photos from last year's event.

Bloodmobile in Northfield next week; new website

Gene and Claire Fox and Cindy Anderson are the coordinators for the Red Cross blood drive being held in Northfield next week. Gene emailed me the details:

"The draws will take place at the American Legion Ballroom, 1054 Highway #3, North on Monday, August 15, 2005, and on Tuesday, August 16, 2005, from 1:00 PM to 6:45 PM on both days. To make an appointment, call Merrell at 507-645-9821 prior to the drive dates. For donor elegibility questions call 1-800-Give Life."

The Rice-LeSueur Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross (based in Faribault) has a new website. I spoke with Executive Director Judy Blackmer this morning.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Tom Nelson, Terry Tofte, St. Olaf's Women's Golf Team.

Northfield Entertainment Guide: August issue

The August issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now available free throughout the Northield area... and now here in PDF. What is the NEG?

"Northfield locals and visitors alike are all too often stumped when asked, "what's going on in town?" You won't find all the answers here -- but we're going to strive to provide a decent overview of music, food and fun for the after 5 p.m. and weekend crowds."

It's published by Rob Schanilec at By All Means Graphics. This is the third issue. The first two were bi-weekly but Rob says it'll be monthly from now on.

CRWP Festival/canoe & kayak race

David Bly and Ray Cox both have blog posts with many photos of Saturday's Cannon River Watershed Partnership Festival.

Charley Skinner, FIT Organizations (shown in the photo at last week's NDDC Downtown Forum), organized the canoe and kayak race and emailed this article:

"The Cannon River (originally known as the Canoe River) is proving itself to be a great place for sports and recreation. On Saturday the first annual Canoe and Kayak race..."

Cotton candy in the sky

An approaching thunderstorm at sunrise today on Division St.

Christian Rock on Bridge Square

Livingstone Ministries hosted a rock concert on Bridge Square last night. Click the photos for larger views.

Northfield News editorial on the local blogosphere

Saturday's Northfield News carried this "Our View" opinion piece by the paper's editorial team:

Officials extend thoughts to the Web.

Some excerpts:

New prohibition signs downtown

I took photos of the ten different places downtown where the City has put up signs prohibiting bicycling, skateboarding, and inline blading/roller skating on sidewalks.

The two signs on the footbridge read "Prohibited in downtown area. By ordinance." The others read, "Prohibited on sidewalks. By ordinance."

See all ten location photos in the photo album. For the ordinance language...

ArtSwirl events today

The Comedy of Errors

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Cannon River Water Festival

Canoe/Kayak Race

Open Mic Night

Details on the Northfield Arts Guild's ArtSwirl page.

Japanese Garden tour

Bardwell Smith led a tour of Carleton's Japanese Garden at noon yesterday, part of ArtSwirl. (See the July 6 blog post for more on the garden.) Bardwell is a Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus at Carleton College, where he taught from 1960 to 1995. He launched the creation of the garden and raised funds for its construction and continued maintenance. He's also on the board of the NDDC.

Margit and Eric Johnson help to maintain the garden. They had visitors last week.

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