Northfield Garden Club's Memorial Pergola at Riverside Park

On Monday, the Northfield City Council approved an agreement with the Northfield Garden ClubPDF of the motion or the text below. Click the sketch and photo for larger views.

Note that the Northfield Garden Club has a new blogsite (web site with a weblog), built/designed by Michael Blaha, Organic Arts and Kari Alberg, Studio Kari.


Tom Thumb bites the dust

Mendota Homes, developer of the Riverfront site, tore down the Tom Thumb store this week. (Construction on Highway 3 is happening all around the Riverfront development site.)

The Legacy Motel, left in the photo, is next to be torn down. I spoke with representatives from Mendota Homes this week and they said they will have PDFs of the Riverfront plans on their web site next week.


Power outage

I spoke with Northfield Police Chief Gary Smith late this morning. The electric power outage from approximately 10:30 am to 11:45 am was evidently caused by a downed power line pole in the rural area between Northfield and Faribault. Areas of Northfield primarily affected were south of Woodley.


City of Northfield to give city Website an overhaul

citylogo.gif The City of Northfield is kicking off the first step in redesigning their web site; gathering input from the public on what they want to see and use on the city web site.

There will be 2 public input meetings in addition to other feedback gathering processes for gathering as many public comments, suggestions and ideas for the new City of Northfield website as possible.

The first meeting will be on Monday, May 23rd at 7:00pm. The event is located in room SS103 of the Northfield Community Resource Center. For those who can't make Monday's meeting, a second meeting will be held June 14 at 5:30pm at the City Hall.

Livefront (the company hired to gather requirements for this project) has set up a blog to post project updates, surveys, and other ways to get involved: The Northfield Web Site Redesign Blog.


Spring Cleaning at The Key

I took these photos (click for larger views) of staff and members of the Union of Youth doing spring cleaning in The Key's back yard/deck area this afternoon at about 4 pm. Above left: Josh Hinnenkamp and Ben Simpson. Sweeping: Stu Meyers.

Scott is on the roof, filling Ben's garbage bag with gutter leaves; Megan (blue shirt) is bagging trash with Josh.
Victor and Kiffi Summa donated the use of their truck for the cleanup.

(I'd appreciate help with the names of the others in the photos.)


Community National Bank building to be sold to Mendota Homes?

About an hour ago, Ross Currier posted to the NDDC weblog:

"...We have heard that there is a verbal agreement to sell the downtown Community National Bank building to Mendota Homes and that the written agreement is either executed or close to execution."

What might they intend to do with it?

See Ross' post.


Today: School District open house on old Middle School Reuse

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The Northfield School District is holding an Open House today on the reuse of the historic Middle School and site.

The Open House will be held at the new Northfield Middle School Media Center, 2200 Division Street South, from 5 pm to 7 pm.

See the Q&A document on the district's web site (PDF).


DJJD - 2005 Heywood Award Recipient Announced

17 May 2005 - Today the Heywood Reception Committee of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration Committee
announced their selection for the 2005 Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award. Gene Finger (right) will be presented the 2005 Joseph Lee Heywood Award at the 2005 Joseph Lee Heywood Award Banquet this September 7th.


Police chaplains hold memorial service

The Northfield Police Chaplains held the annual peace officer memorial service this afternoon at the Northfield Safety Center.

Left photo: Officers Jody Spinner and Thad Monroe. Right: Rev. Bill van Oss and Chief Gary Smith.

See more photos in the memorial service photo album.


Riverfront Development - public input meetings today & Thurs.

The Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) will host two public meetings for the public this week on the plans for the Riverfront Redevelopment site by Mendota Homes, the developer. (Click the images for larger views. I'll try to get higher-quality PDF's from the developer.)

Today's meeting is from 5:30-7 PM at City Hall and will be repeated on Thursday, May 19, 7-8:30 PM.

Mendota Homes will also be present at the NDDC's Block Head Gathering on Wed. morning at the Rueb. See Ross Currier's post to the NDDC weblog for details.


Council approves Froggy Bottoms request for River Walk seating

On a 4-3 vote, the Northfield City Council last night approved "a Request for the Temporary Private Use of a Portion of the Public River Walk and Amendment of the Liquor License for Froggy Bottoms."

See the motion and conditions documents (PDFs).

See the photo album of the meeting. I also added photos of the area in question, the letter to the City from Dave Hvistendahl, owner of Froggy Bottoms, and a sketch of the plans.

Several members from the Union of Youth and members of the public spoke against the motion (see the photo album for their pictures. The Key's deck/rear entrance is adjacent to the rear entrance of Froggy Bottoms.


Scott Davis resigns from NCO board; to head ad hoc group on community media

Northfield City Council member Scott Davis resigned from the Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) board of directors last night. The City Council revised this motion, and on a unanimous vote, placed Davis solely in charge of the public input process.

The ad hoc group will examine all types of community media, including public access television and the internet.

I'll post the full text of the revised motion here as soon as I obtain it.

Update 5/20: The full text is now attached.


Syttende Mai

Today is Syttende Mai, the 17th of May, the day of Norwegian Independence.

I walked down the sidewalk on the west side of downtown at 6:30 this morning and got invited in to this group of locals celebrating. L to R: Kiffi Summa, Ruth Sylte, Julie Bixby-Johnson, Dean Kjerland, and Victor Summa. I don't know any of them but they seemed like nice people.

Full disclosure:


Northfield City Council meets tonight

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

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


Northfield Area Veterans Memorial


The model for the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial that is under construction in Riverside Park is on display in the lobby of the First National Bank of Northfield. Print brochures are available on the table.

I'd like to link to a web page for this project, and/or make the PDF of the brochure available. Contact me if you have information.

May 17 update: Here's the PDF of the brochure. Thanks to Leah Whitworth at Neuger Communications Group for sending it to me.

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