Northfield Public Library Partially Closed for Renovation - Jan 5th - 13th

NPL Carpet Press ReleaseThe Northfield Public Library will be receiving new carpeting starting on January 5th. Certain areas of the library will be closed to public traffic during this time. The Children's Area, circulation desk, and meeting room will be open as normal - most everything else will be closed.

You may read more information in the attached press release from the library.

It's also worth noting that the library does an excellent job of announcing events via the Northfield Events feed. This feed is syndicated by on the top-right hand corner of the front page. You may also subscribe to it via RSS or iCal, the latter will allow Upcoming events to appear automagically on your personal calendar program. It's quite nifty and worth checking out.

NDDC Forum: Mayor Lee Lansing

Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing spoke to the NDDC Downtown Forum yesterday morning. (Click photos to enlarge.)

Here's an audio of his presentation and the Q&A. Click the play button to listen. Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes. Time: approximately 50 minutes.

For more on the Mayor's presentation, see Ross Currier's blog post titled Mayor Presents Vision for 2006.

January sponsor: First National Bank of Northfield

fnbnorthfieldwebsitehome300w.gifThe First National Bank of Northfield is our main sponsor this month.

They have completely redesigned their web site.

Northfield Entertainment Guide: January 06 issue

NEGjan06coverthumb.gifThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

Click image to view within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then download it and view/print from your PC.

NDDC downtown forum: Q&A with Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing

The NDDC's Downtown Forum hosts Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing (shown at the Governors Ball; click to enlarge) for a question-and-answer session on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 8 a.m. at the Archer House's lower-level conference room.

See the calendar entry of the event for more.

Carlson Capital Management & the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball

Carlson Capital Management was the main sponsor for the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball. Their Northfield-based staff who attended, L to R (click photos to enlarge):

Senior Planner Bo Aylin and wife Mari; Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Jaranson and wife Allison; Senior Planner and Tax Advisor Kristy Schaffer and husband Shawn; Client Servicing Representative Kelly Dillon and fiance Pete Roehl; Client Relations Manager Sandy Rowan and son Brent; Investment Operations Manager Tim Jackson and wife Tanya.

Principal Justin Stets and wife Kristen, co-chair of the Governors Ball; Principal Greg Carslon and wife Nancy. (Someone evidently forgot to tell them to dress up.)

T-Mobile coming to downtown's west side

T-Mobile has a sign in the window in the space adjacent to the entrance of Froggy Bottoms River Pub on Water Street. Click to enlarge.

Building for Creative Professionals proposed

View of a concept for the Building for Creative Professionals and its proposed location. Click to enlarge. For details on the development, see NDDC director Ross Currier's blog post titled Historic Middle School Moved Across the River.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently:

Left: The Passing Zone in today's Wall St. Journal. The Ole Store, Center and right: In the Star Tribune: Northfield's Ole Store reopens; WCCO-TV: Ole Store adds comtemporary touches after 100 years

Thanks to Sean O'Leary for the TV tip and Rick Estenson for the WSJ tip.

Snow emergency declared for tonight

From the City of Northfield's alerts: "Downtown Parking Lot and Downtown Snow Removal: The Northfield Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield. the snow emergency will start at 2:00am Saturday December 31, 2005 and will continue until all streets are plowed curb-to-curb. All downtown parking lots..."

Photos above: what downtown snow removal looks like. Click to enlarge and see this Jan. 23, 2005 blog post for more.

City's Liquor Store made 5.5% profit in 2004

The State Auditor has released an Analysis of Municipal Liquor Store Operations For the Year Ended December 31, 2004.

The report shows that the City of Northfield's municipal liquor store had a net profit of $118,500 (5.5%) for the year. (Click to enlarge graphic.) Stephen DeLong is the manager of the Muni.

The NCO/ tech committee

We're getting ready to move to a new platform. The NCO Tech Committee members who will be leading the overhaul and redesign (click to enlarge):

Left: Committee Chair and blogger Chip Cuccio, shown with his wife Melissa at their home last week.
Center: NCO Board member and blogger Adam Gurno, show with his wife Sara at the Governors Ball.
Right: ARTech student and blogger Sean Hayford O'Leary, shown at a library meeting earlier this year.

Northfield Crossing's model condo

The model condo for Northfield Crossing is going up on the site of the old Community National Bank drive-up at 2nd St. and Hwy. 3.

The sign reads, "Anticipated grand opening Feb. 11."

Click to enlarge.

Q-Comp documents; vote results: No: 118; Yes: 61

Approximately 63% of the teachers in the Northfield school district participated in last week's vote on the Q-Comp proposal. The results: No: 118; Yes: 61. Here are the documents (PDFs):
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Left: Q-Comp application to the state (41 page PDF); Center: Q-Comp overview/summary graphic (1 page PDF); Right: Q-Comp Performance Evaluation Rubric (24 page PDF).

Public discussion of the Q-Comp proposal and vote continues on the ISSUES list. See the web-based archives for the comments.

Switzer's Nursery & the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball

Switzer's Nursery and Landscaping donated all the labor in putting up and taking down the 100-plus light-bedecked trees for the Governors Ball. Left: Glenn Switzer and Jim Switzer, setting up. Center: Northfield Mayor Lansing with Dundas Mayor Switzer (in the Northfield t-shirt). Right: Glenn and Michelle Switzer, putting on the ritz. Click photos to enlarge.

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